05 Jun 2018

From the Principal

This week we have a guest post from Anna Riddell, Head of Girls’ Junior School and Early Learning Centre.

Creative Thinking!

‘Thinking outside the box’ is a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective. This phrase often refers to creative thinking. It is an important concept and reflects much of the work we do with our students at Tintern. This concept is a key competency for the 21st Century workforce.

This is not exclusively for the older Tintern students but applies equally to the ELC students when they work on STEAM activities. Currently, the School is working on a most exciting project, which is getting us to ‘think outside the box’ for the benefit of students and families in Years 5 and 6. This has led to the launch of a new idea, which is quite a unique opportunity for students of this age.

For the first time in the Junior Schools we are offering an Exchange trip to Thailand. Thai students will be visiting Tintern in August. Following this, some Tintern Exchange students will visit Thailand in September.

In October and November last year, I had the honour and privilege of representing our School at two events in Bangkok. As part of these two visits, I had the good fortune of spending some quality time at the Roong Aroon School. I had the opportunity to listen and learn from the staff and students of the school as they spoke passionately about the philosophy of holistic learning, which provides the foundation of the student experience. They place great emphasis on their natural environment; they are situated on 20 acres and are located at a distance from the crowded and dense inner city. The sense of lush Asia is captured by the school’s very own rice paddy in which the students are able to learn some of the key skills of rice. Adjoining the paddy is the beautiful architecture of the school – a far cry from the noisy, polluted, downtown Bangkok.

But this school doesn’t just stop at practical engagement; the very philosophy of the school is based on the nexus between action and reflection. Indeed, the process of learning evolves doing, and the deeper learning that comes from developing the inner being, using mindfulness as a key component. There is a real sense of achieving that essential crossover between engagement with the world and exploration of the inner self.

What does that this all mean for Tintern? There are many striking parallels between the two schools. Both are located in beautiful natural surroundings; both have a rich tradition to look back to but are committed to cutting-edge exploration in the 21st century. Both have a keen appreciation of their local context but a growing awareness of global opportunities. These two visits to Bangkok stimulated my interest in international education. There seemed to be enormous potential for developing international links with schools in other countries, which are like-minded in many ways yet are sufficiently different to allow great opportunity for growth and development.

Since those visits, we have established a strong link with the Roong Aroon School. We now have ten Year 5 and 6 students (boys and girls) who will be visiting Thailand later this year. There is no doubt that these students and their families are ‘thinking outside the box’. Like any skill, this is one that can be developed through practice. These students are doing just that!

The lesson here? Think broadly. Don’t discount things that seem unconnected. The benefits to your thinking can be tremendous and exciting and possibly life-changing opportunities can arise!


Music Matters

Going for Gold at the Victorian School Music Festival

On Monday 28 May, the Tintern Grammar Chamber Orchestra participated in the Victorian School Music Festival. This event was held at the Hawthorn Arts Centre. We performed three works: one movement of Holst’s St Paul’s Suite, the Theme from Schindler’s List and Swamp Thang. All of the pieces ran smoothly on the day and I think we pulled off an outstanding performance. We were rewarded with a Gold Award. Our performance was a reflection of the amount of time we had spent working on these pieces to improve them.  After our performance, one of the adjudicators, Dr Mark Laycock, came onstage and gave us something like a masterclass on the St Paul’s Suite. Dr Laycock is a Professor of Music at Wichita State University, where he serves as Director of Orchestras and Coordinator of Strings. He worked with us on varying our dynamics more, having the soft parts softer and loud parts stronger, and our overall balance as an ensemble. Dr Laycock commented that he really liked the variety of our program and it was engaging to the audience. The rhythmic accuracy, presentation and use of dynamics, tone, technique and interpretation were considered excellent too. This experience, I believe, has given us all a better insight into working as a group. I have enjoyed participating in this event very much and hope to play in the Festival again!

by Clarisse Liew, Chamber Orchestra Leader

Amazing opportunity to work with world-class Jazz exponent

On 4 June, the Senior and Intermediate Jazz bands were given an amazing opportunity to do a two hour Jazz workshop with well-known Baritone saxophone player, Denis DiBlasio. After acquiring his Masters at the University of Miami, Denis became a member of the Big Band of Maynard Ferguson, where he spent five years as musical director. He currently serves as the Executive Director of The Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz and is Director of Jazz and Composition at Rowan University in Glassboro in New Jersey. He travels the world performing and running personalized clinics with people of all ages and has recordings, compositions and texts. Given that he is a world-class composer and musician, he taught the group many interesting things to do with jazz. He gave the rhythm section (which consists of drums, bass guitar and piano) some pointers and gave the frontline (which was made up of brass and woodwind) some constructive advice, especially when it came to successful strategies for improvisation. I would like to thank Mrs Clarke for making this opportunity possible.

by Charlie Victoria, Middle School Girls’ Music Captain

House Music Festival lifted the roof on the CM Wood Centre

Last Wednesday, the school had one of the most exciting events of the year—the Annual House Music Festival. The five houses represented themselves in spectacularly colourful fashion. This year’s theme was Disney music. Each House had to sing a set song, Circle of Life from “The Lion King”. Then they could choose their own choice song to finish off their round and there was a great variety of music. The students also enjoyed the traditional karaoke at the end before the announcement of the winner. Everybody was pumped with energy and all sang along to the tracks. Once the judges had reached their final decision, the winning house for 2018 was Dann-Watt House. The trophy was handed to the two House Captains by Mr Fry and the judges. All Houses did a fantastic job in both singing and arranging music instrumentally. We would like to thank all of the House Captains and the students for the huge amount of work preparing for this event. We would also like to thank the teachers for their support and especially thank the judges on the day, Miss Catie Spears, Mrs Jenni Campbell and Mr Dave Bathgate.

by Steven Zhang, School Pianist 2018

Congratulations to the Senior Girls Chamber Choir

Well done to our Senior Girls Chamber Choir on their lovely performance in the a cappella section of the Boroondara Eisteddfod last week. The choir received a well-deserved third place against other ensembles, which put up some stiff competition on the day. The adjudicator complimented the choir on their rhythmic and energetic performance, and their lovely intonation and poise. Well done, girls!


Sport Matters


The recreation groups have been attending fitness classes at Aquanation in the past few weeks. These sessions have been run by qualified instructors. The students have completed a cycle class and a body attack session. The students who have participated have enjoyed these sessions and displayed enthusiasm during the classes.

Sport update

The following teams are performing well in their weekly EISM competition:

Senior Girls Netball B are currently 2nd

Senior Girls Hockey are currently equal 1st

Year 9 Boys Badminton are currently equal 1st

Year 9 Boys Table Tennis A & B are currently equal 1st


Community Matters

Friends of Young Farmers Social Dinner 

Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Friends of Young Farmers’ Social Dinner on Friday 1 June 2018 and helped make the evening so wonderful.

The dinner was held at the Croydon Hotel and we had a record turn out with more than 60 people enjoying the delicious food and great company.

We also had a chance to chat about The Annual Sheep and Wool Show which will be held in Bendigo between 18 – 21 July 2018.

Thanks again to everyone for attending and we look forward to seeing you all in Bendigo next month to support our Young Farmers!

New members are always welcome. Please contact Di Lacey or Tegan Martin in Community Relations for further information or to register your interest.

Movie Under the Stars – Donation to Student Groups

The Tintern Parents Group were very pleased to donate the following amounts to the incredible student groups who assisted at the 2018 Movie Under the Stars through sales on the stalls:

  • School Leaders – Glow in the Dark – $159.55
  • Social Justice – Lollies & Icy Poles – $364.30
  • World Challenge – Pop Corn & Fairy Floss  -$251.90

Thank you to everyone who attended on the night and supported these student groups in their sales and fundraising. Thank you also to the students and community volunteers who worked tirelessly on the night toward an incredible evening. Your efforts were greatly appreciated.

Save the Date – Trivia Night 2018

Don’t forget to save the date for the annual Tintern Grammar Trivia Night.

The Tintern Parents Group are once again hosting an incredible evening of excitement and adventure on Saturday 25 August! Share with your friends, start arranging your teams and brushing up your trivia.

Please visit the TPG Portal page for further information as it becomes available.

Volunteers Needed – Tintern Grammar Giant Fair 2019

Do you have any new ideas that could make our next Fair an even bigger success than before?

Are you interested in being a part of the dynamic team of individuals who plan the Fair and create the fun for our community?

Please get in touch to assist with any of the following:

  • Fair Planning Committee
  • Event Planning
  • Food Handling
  • Managing the Stage and Entertainment
  • Fundraising & Prize Donations

If you are keen to be involved in any way, please email your expression of interest by 22 June to fair@tintern.vic.edu.au. Or contact Community Relations on 9845 7877.

TPG Thank You to Maintenance

The Tintern Parents Group recently thanked the Maintenance Department for their tireless contributions to the many Community events throughout the years, through the donation of a coffee machine.

The Maintenance Team are an incredible support to all of the Community Groups; assisting in preparation, set-up, pack-up and often on the ground helping to ensure the success of our many events. And always with a smile!

Community Committee dates 

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 14 June 2018 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage Co-Presidents: Haidee Wallace and Leeza Crowe
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 6 June 7pm CM Wood Common Room President: Tim Oldmeadow
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Monday 18 June 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage President: Jonathan Cross
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meeting: TBA President: Sandra Garland

Community Group Fundraising

Entertainment Book – available for purchase now!

The Entertainment Book is the gift that keeps on giving. Filled with valuable up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers for the most popular restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more. The book is current from purchase until the end of May 2019.

Please click here to order your 2018/2019 Entertainment book from Tintern Grammar. Books can be collected from Main Reception, or instantly purchase and access a digital membership which can then be used on two separate devices.

Please contact Community Relations on 9845 7877 for further information.

All proceeds raised go towards the fundraising for the TPG for 2018.

Tintern Grammar Photo Albums

The TPG is also continuing to offer beautiful quality made customised ‘buckram’ binders for only $72. The albums are Navy, featuring the school crest and name printed in silver on the front cover and come complete with 10 transparent sheet inserts.

The albums are great for storing:
– The official school photos
– Certificates
– NAPLAN and ICAS results
– Sports and performer ribbons
– Artwork
– Programs from concerts, sports days and special assemblies
– Photos
– Newsletter clippings
– Your own scrapbook creations (as the pages are 30cm x 30cm standard scrapbook size)

In fact, if you think of it like a filing cabinet of memories, over the years it builds up into quite a treasure! Samples can be viewed in the uniform shop and all orders are now taken at this link through trybooking

Once you have placed your order, please take your confirmation to the Uniform Shop to collect your Album and/or extra pages.


2018 Annual Appeal

It is with great excitement that we announce our 2018 Annual Appeal will be directed to transforming Science at Tintern Grammar with the re-imagining of The Speagle Science Centre.

Following the 2017 pilot redevelopment of the Physics room, 2018 will see The Speagle Science Centre Chemistry and Biology laboratories transformed into 21st Century learning spaces with a contemporary and flexible design. This will allow for collaborative teaching and learning, enquiry learning, and peer teaching and exploration, all in facilities that will support, challenge and extend our students.

The Annual Appeal provides an opportunity to show your continued support of the School. Please show your support where possible, every gift makes a difference! Learn more or donate here: www.tintern.vic.edu.au/annualappeal

Watch the video


Girls’ Junior School Music Night

Our annual Junior School Music Night event came around again last week. This event is a high point of the Junior School Calendar, providing the opportunity to showcase the rich and diverse musical talents of our girls. We are especially proud of the inclusive nature of the evening; every girl from Years 3 to 6 takes part in at least two items. Also making an appearance are all of our Junior School performing groups. Once again the dress and behaviour of each girl was outstanding and the evening was a great success.

The evening also provided the opportunity to showcase other talents in the Junior School. The audience was treated to a display of a range of Year 6 solo items. These items were outstanding and it was hard to believe that these girls were only 11 and 12 years old. Adding great value to the evening was a String Quartet, Junior Strings and Paganini Strings. The entire evening was compèred most ably by many of our Year 6 students.

You probably know the saying… ‘It takes a village to raise a child’… This concert is a great example of this proverb, as the planning for the concert brought together a huge number of Tintern staff.  Our expert staff have worked as a team, using all their talents and expertise to support the girls to put on this event. It has been over a relatively short period of time since Mrs Wagner retired so it has meant the staff have been very busy indeed.

There are number of people in particular whom we need to acknowledge.  Thank you to Mrs Jacquie Casey for her care, friendship and expertise.  She has been the driver of the engine which has directed the proceedings. Special thanks also goes to Mrs Lyn Henshall and Ms Kelli Green for their wonderful work with the girls.  It has also been a superb team effort amongst other staff too – Mrs Mackie, Mr Veldman, Mrs McKenzie, Mrs Paula Grinbergs – for their part in leading the ensembles.  All the Junior School staff assisted on the night as well, which ensured the very smooth running of the event. Other supporting staff, such a Mrs Bezaire and our Audio experts Lachlan and Callum, and Molly Fleming (current School Pianist), also worked hard behind the scenes.   

It was indeed a special night…another special event in the life of Tintern!


Year 6 Canberra Civics Education Camp

Year 6 Girls recently visited Canberra where they had the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. The activities and programs that they undertook helped them to learn about Civics in a very enjoyable and interactive way. Highlights were the Australian War Memorial where girls placed a poppy beside the name of a loved one or another soldier they had researched. They felt very touched by the whole scene there. In Parliament House, we were able to go into both houses during our tour. Students also took part in a role-play of the House of Representatives. Other places they visited were The Australian Electoral Commission, The National Gallery of Australia (including the Cartier Exhibition) The National Capital Exhibition, Questacon and The Royal Mint where they were able to see how coins are made.

A bus tour of the embassies and Yarralumla and Lake Burley Griffin was also enjoyed with our bus driver Mark acting as our tour guide. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the National Capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding for each student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion. Please enjoy the reflective writing the girls completed upon returning from Canberra. It certainly was an informative and enjoyable week. Canberra was looking particularly beautiful with all the autumn foliage and we had beautiful clear, sunny days.

Kathy Agius – Year 6B Teacher


Canberra is an amazing planned city.

Amazing damper was cooked by the fire. Yum!

Natural beauty abounds in Canberra.

Beautiful buildings everywhere.

Educational activities for Science at Questacon.

Robots were doing impressions from movies.

Referendums are when people have their say

A great time that we will never forget.

Capital city of Australia.

Arguments between the Government and the Opposition.

Ministers always have a portfolio.

Parliament house is where the House of Representatives the Senate is.

By Ashley Honan 6B


Canberra is the Capital of Australia

Amazing stars

National Capital of Australia

Bill is an idea before a law

Electing people for the Government

Remembrance for the solders

Referendums are held

Arguments and debates at Parliament House

By Ella Carboon 6B


Democracy is when everyone eligible has the right to vote

Equality for everyone

Must be an Australian citizen

Over at least 18 to vote

Commonwealth Government

Represented by your electorate

Australians make the decisions

Campaigns are used to make laws

Yes, we are very lucky to have a say in what happens to our country

By Olivia Beaton 6B


Political affairs are discussed in Parliament

All eligible people 18 years or over have the right to vote

Representatives from all over Australia

Liberal Party is in Government now

In the House of Representatives bills are made

Australians make decisions

Ministers elect a Prime Minister

Election time is when the people of Australia vote for Government

National Capital is Canberra

Tension between the two major parties

House of Representatives

Opposition leader is Bill Shorten

United minor parties form Government

Senate garden is beautiful

Electorates are represented at the House of Representatives and States and territories are represented at the Senate

By Caitlin Tainton 6B


Gardens and trees lined up and trimmed.

Opportunities to play The Speaker in a role play.

Valuables everywhere at Parliament House.

Every day brought new adventures.

Ready for what the next day will bring.

National Art Gallery and the Cartier Exhibition.

Memories made every day.

Educational activities happening everywhere.

National Capital of Australia.

Tasty food served for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

By Elise Mitchell 6B


Lest we forget the time that countless brave people sacrificed their lives to save others

Every life that was lost was lost for our the safety of our country, family, friends and future generations to come

Standing up to volunteer to protect our Mother Country

Treasuring forever the valuable stories, artefacts and lessons they left behind for us

We shall remember them for countless generations to come

Every day, age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn

For every time we see their graves, let us dip our heads in remembrance

Our trip to the War Memorial in Canberra was a solemn occasion, as we acknowledged the people who did things that we would never be brave enough to do or things that we would’ve only dreamed of doing

Right were the people who wanted peace, wrong were the people who wanted destruction and war

Going down to theTomb of the Lost Soldier reminds us of the hundreds whose identities were lost and that were not able to be acknowledged

Every day at the going down of the sun and in the morning we shall remember them

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old

By Ananya Khatry 6B


Canberra is our Capital City of Australia, located in between Melbourne and Sydney,

And it was designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. We visited

Parliament House to learn how a government works and 

I liked the role play we did, it was good fun. I also enjoyed 

The Science Museum, which is called Questacon, 

And the Drop Slide there is especially fun and exciting. Using the hands-on activities, we  

Learnt a lot about Science in a short amount of time. 
Canberra is great fun with all my friends and 

I really enjoyed learning things in activities.  

The place we stayed is called Greenhills and the people there were really friendly to us.  

Yes, I have had a great time there.

By Helen Yang 6B


Decisions are made by the people, for the people

Elections to choose our leaders

Majority rules – the party with the most votes is elected

Our opinions as the people are the most important and valued

Constitution is a set of laws that are required to be followed by all citizens

Right to vote

All the people have a say

Campaigns are made to achieve a goal such as making new laws

Yes, we are very lucky that Australia is a democratic country because we can all have our say.

By Anika Mulemane 6B


Quality education with heaps of fun involved

Unique and talented robots

Excitement and adventure bubbles up inside you

Super scary Drop Slide!

Terrific activities

Amazing experiments

Continuously entertaining

Obviously an exciting place!

Noisy activities involved

By Chloe Hong 6B



My experience at Canberra was one of the best I’ve had, full of surprises and excitement. It was thoroughly planned out, as bedtime and wake up were organised so that we wouldn’t have to rush too much, but we wouldn’t find ourselves too tired. 

Education was the main focus, yet the camp was still awesome, especially at Questacon, where there was a Drop Slide, a Water Gallery, an Earthquake Gallery, and many more hands-on activities that were both interesting and fun. 

Michael Sukkar is the representative for Deakin, which is the area in which Ringwood East is situated. He represents each of us by being our public voice, and expressing our opinion in Parliament. 

Over our time in Canberra, I think everyone, even the teachers, learnt a lot, made stronger bonds with each other, and left with at least one tender memory, or a beautiful memento that will be cherished forever. 

Referendum is the word that is used when referring to politicians having hardly any say in a decision; it is where the people vote. Common referendums occur in an election, or decisions that will hugely affect the people. 

In World War 1, a boy named Jimmy Martin manipulated his mother into allowing him to join the army, even though he wasn’t yet eighteen. He died of a disease during the war. He was fourteen.

Elections are usually held after a budget that pleases the public, so that the current government is more likely to be elected again. However, a shadow budget is also created by the Opposition, which is what the budget would be if they were elected. 

Senate is the name of the room in which politicians decide the very laws that we follow today. It is where the final outcome of a new bill or law is decided, after having being voted on in the House of Representatives. 

By Scarlett O’Connor 6B


Government House is immaculate and is very big. It is cool to see where our Governor General lives. 

On the way to make some damper and roasted marshmallows.  

Over the moon when we got home and got to see my mum and dad. 

Designing new facilities that we hadn’t seen and thought that Canberra’s people could benefit from. 

Taking photos of beautiful sights and amazing places that we went to.

In the House of Representatives, looking at the chamber and learning cool things. 

Marvellous experiences at all the different places we went to.  

Eating lunch at the top of Mount Ainslie and looking over Canberra and what Walter Burley Griffin had designed. 

Seeing all the history behind our war and seeing the names of those who fought for us.

By Eden Drummond 6B


Robots are very intelligent

Obviously fun and exciting   

Busy days and schedules 

Of all the things the War Memorial was the most interesting 

Telling stories by the camp fire 

Sleeping in bunk beds was comfy 

By Yuellyn Sun 6B


Reflection for the soldiers in the War Memorial  

Elections for the politicians  

Fun and games around cabins 

Exhibitions everywhere  

Really fun games in the games room  

Even all the adults enjoyed camp 

National Capital Exhibition  


Under control

Magical experience  

By Mietta Chrisfield 6B


Everlasting. The eternal flame will burn forever.

Time. As time goes on, we will forever remember what they did for the country we love.

Eternity. The eternal flame will remain ignited for all eternity.

Remembrance. The eternal flame is lit in remembrance of all the soldiers who fought and died in the war.

Never ending. The flame is never ending.

Almighty. The almighty eternal flame is a sign of hope, and bravery.

Life. The eternal flame represents life.

Forever. The eternal flame will forever be in our hearts.

Lest we forget. Lest we forget those who died in the war.

Australia. We will be forever grateful for our homeland, Australia

Monstrosity. The monstrosity the war brought to so many people is represented by the eternal flame.

Educational. The War Memorial was very educational.

By Jasmine D’Elton 6B


Australia’s Capital is called the A.C.T which stands for Australian Capital Territory.

USA is 4 times the A.C.T’s size.

Starting in 1965 the Royal Australian Mint is still working today.

The A.C.T is not a State because they specifically wanted it so that other States did not have influence over them.

Royal Bluebell or the Wahlenbergia gloriosa is the Floral Emblem of the A.C.T.

Area of Lake Burley Griffin is 6.64km2.

Lake Burley Griffin is 10-12 feet deep.

In Lake Burley Griffin the Captain Cook memorial Jet is 152m tall.

A.C.T’s Faunal Emblem is the Gang-gang Cockatoo or the Callocephalon fimbriatum.

Northern Territory is 1.421 million km2 and has a population of 211 945 yet the A.C.T has an area of 2 358km2 and has a population of 380 000.

By Jessica Fettell


National art goes into our stunning, prodigious National Art Gallery.

Art from up to 2,000 years ago is displayed in our National Gallery of Australia.

Tax. Your tax went into making this beautiful building. That doesn’t mean that you own a 1,000 dollar 603 year old painting of William Shakespeare just before he died!

Interesting pictures we saw included two pictures by Tom Roberts, one of which was a painting of Captain Thunderbolt called “In the Corner of the Macintyre”.

Our tax goes into building amazing places like the National Gallery. It’s also put into things like hospitals, education and our defence force.

Native animals are shown a lot in Indigenous Art

Australian Indigenous Art is very unique to other types of art as it really represents the land and animals before the First Fleet arrived.

Local artists from past and present have their art showcased in the National Art Gallery of Australia

All the art that we saw was about our countries history and was fun to learn the story behind them.

Really old and expensive paintings by Indigenous Australians and Non-Indigenous Australians.

The Big Picture was all about the first government in Australia. It is located in Parliament House (the new one) and lives up to its name as it is 3.4.5 m in height and 5.9.2 m in length.

Gory details on the statue made by G.W.Lambert made us feel intrigued.

All the paintings and sculptures were beautiful and interesting. Every one of them had a fun story behind it.

Learning about the paintings was really interesting, fun and educational.

Lambert’s statue of Ares and the soldiers of WWI was very detailed.

Everyone is allowed to visit our National Gallery as our GST (General State Tax) went into making our Art Gallery.

Reflecting back on my experience at the Art Gallery I think that it was a really good learning experience and I had a great time learning about Australian Art.

Year 6 would like to thank the Art Gallery for teaching us about our country’s amazing unique art.

By Coco Butterfield


Memories, big and small. Forever in our hearts even one hundred years after. The Australian War Memorial.

This place of remembrance and loved ones. 

Our love and admiration for those people who fought for Australia blossoms at this place.

This place of memory and honour.

Items from the brutal scene itself collected and show cased for us to see.

This place of history and records. In our minds we picture the battlefield, Gallipoli where so many lives were cut short and souls screamed for mercy, begging those left to give in and hear them.

This place of crimson poppies with black centres.

This place of remembering the first fight we stood as Australians. As ANZACs, and as one.

To those who fought for Australia, may we remember you as those brave soldiers willing to risk their lives to honour our country.

To those who fought for their families, may we remember you as those loving soldiers who honoured their unspoken promises of a better life for their families to their last, dying breath.

To those who fought to make amends with their selves, may we remember you as those courageous soldiers who made a sacrifice in honour of their friends, their family, and themselves so when they took their last breath they knew they had proved themselves worthy.

And to all those families and soldiers that had to stand strong through thick and thin as they watched or heard their friends and family fall and join the cacophony of voices surrounding them.

May their legacy live on until we pass, for they will live forever. 
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old. 

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them. Lest We Forget.  

By Katherine Howell 6B

Experiencing the moments of darkness when looking up at the stars.

Enjoying the yummy banana cake on Audrey’s 12th birthday.

Nature and wild life roams on the fields of grass as we drive through the front gates.

Hills and mountain tops covered with thin layers of snow on the freezing, icy mornings.

Interesting history was learnt GreenHills and all over Canberra.

Lots of fun when playing in the games room after winning the room inspection.

Life at GreenHills was so much fun and it was definitely the best camp ever.

Supper was delicious and I loved the hot chocolate and biscuits on the last night.

By Sophie Riddell 6B

I felt butterflies before camp because I had never travelled to Canberra before and I was ready to learn new information. All the activities were educational because they all taught me about new things. A highlight of camp for me was the Royal Australian Mint because I learned how all the coins I have at home were invented at the Mint, and it was very intriguing to see how they are pressed, collected and checked by the robots to see if they are all correct.   

Another highlight for me was having lunch at Mount Ainslie because it had unbelievable views. It also had a great look out point where I could see hills and the Parliament House. We stayed in Green Hills Centre which was acceptable. I had superb sleeps and the food was nice. There was plenty of food and we never went hungry. Overall the camp was impeccable because I learned so much and it definitely took my breath away. I would do the camp again in a heartbeat.

By Emma Cooke

Camp was a trip full of jubilant, proactive, lively and upbeat surprises and destinations. My highlight was Questacon, the home of science. As soon as we walked in I felt overjoyed to be there. We played around with the robots and some staff explained how they worked. We hurried along through room to room until we got to the drop slide – my highlight of Questacon. I was slightly nervous and jittery, but I got up there and did it. I felt glad that I did, because I knew I would regret it if I didn’t have the courage to do it. Year 6 camp was an educational experience, and I relished almost every minute of it.

By Ava Cantor

Camp was breath taking with all the friendly people and the educational activities that we did as a class.

And the amazing view was stunning from Mt Ainslie.

Never again we would see Cartier, so we were very lucky to see the Queen’s crown as it was very luxurious.

Boarding the plane, I felt jubilant in anticipation to see who I would sit next to.

Exhausted coming back from the big day out and getting ready to go to sleep.

Rushing on the last day to get our uniform on and pack our suitcases to head off to Questacon.

Reacting to the cold when it was -2 degrees at night.

Activities were challenging and educational, I had a great time in Canberra.

By Jade Dyson

Camp was an exhilarating, yet exhausting trip, due to the amount of activities and walking we did.

A highlight for me was going to the Australian War Memorial because it was interesting learning about all the different troubles everyone had to go through.

Never I thought someone could design a whole city; I was impressed by all the buildings and artwork.

Being in the War Memorial I felt very reflective about how people risked their lives for Australia.

Every day held a new and educational trip that we all enjoyed and treasured.

Really seeing all these places was breathtaking, particularly Parliament House because of its size and how each room was planned out so intently.

Relying on everyone at camp to make it memorable and everyone did so by making my birthday more enjoyable.

As all the days fell out of my hands, I soon found myself back at home.

By Audrey Tandori

Camp overall was an educational and inspirational experience because we learned that this picturesque city was actually designed and created.

Answering as many questions and asking them to our heart’s content, we learnt a ginormous amount of knowledge.

No tedious situations because every single activity was unique in its own way.

But, I personally favoured the War Memorial by far the highest because of its solemn surroundings and fascinating history.

Exhilarating sights from Questacon filled our minds with sophisticated facts about technology.

Responsibility for our money triggered our leadership instincts: commitment, integrity, independence, compassion, fulfilment, respect and confidence.

Returning to Greenhills, we had some scrumptious dinners and restful sleeps.

Arriving at the airport, brought a friendly yet melancholy parting with Canberra!

By Sophia Li

The plane shuddered as my ears popped, we had arrived at our destination, the A.C.T. As I took my first step on land my stomach exploded and my mind was blown away, I had actually set foot in Canberra! The past 4 days went smoothly as we went to Parliament House, Mount Ainslie, The Australian Mint, The Australian War Memorial, Questacon and a whole lot of other places. Canberra in my view was a modern Atlantis that hadn’t sunken yet. Every building seemed so white and new. The flag was fleeting at the top of Parliament House, the War Memorial was so white that it was glowing with pride. The right side of Parliament House was full of trees and fields. All the way to the oceans. The country side stretched far and vast and the left side of the Parliament House was full of tall buildings stretching towards the sky, it was just like a child reaching far up high for the cookie jar at the top shelf. There were 2 different faces at Canberra; a country side and a modern city. It was so beautiful and astounding, I cannot describe the bewildering scenes and the perplexing Parliament. Everything was so perfect. Canberra was just like a dream.

By Aileen Zhang

Overwhelmed, eager, concerned, the plane lifted off the ground. Its wings cutting the air, the land of Melbourne shrinking behind. There was so much to see and learn, I felt quite hard taciturn. I loved the hands-on activities at Questacon and placing a poppy solemnly as the sound of trumpets flowed from their bells. Glaring and twinkling in the dim light were the jewels from the Cartier Exhibition which shone like stars. After the day, I was exhausted: We walked for almost the whole day! My snores spilled out like the coins from the Royal Australian Mint. In the morning, Katherine would make announcements like the Speaker in the House of Representatives. This whole camp taught me about Canberra, but also to be responsible. Rating this camp from one to ten, I choose eight point five.

By Chloe Chiu

Camp was exhilaratingly and inspirational, educational and intriguing.

Arguing, the politicians fought for their ideals persistently.

National buildings that surround Canberra like the War Memorial, represent our countries pride and honour.

Bursting with scientific questions, the answers were scattered across Questacon.

Exhausted after long days of educational activities, everybody slept peacefully.

Rules/Bills in Parliament House become laws that should never be disobeyed.

Rating Canberra from one to ten I give Canberra a rating of nine as it is an exhilarating place; the frosty temperature was the only setback.

As always, we represented the school with impeccable behaviour. 

By Melody Ch’ng

Contemplating the thought of visiting Australia’s most famous landmarks made me bubble inside with exhilaration.

As we stepped out of the plane and onto the terminal, I marvelled at the stunning view of Canberra.

Nervous and thrilled and the same time, we settled into our Greenhills cabins, where we would be spending our nights in our snuggly beds.

Bewildered by Lake Burley Griffin’s sumptuous appearance, we gaped at Captain Cook’s Jet, springing as high as a rocket.

Engrossed by the educational explanations at Parliament House, we finally understood the bill system.

Reflecting on the sacrifices the ANZACS provided, we respectfully and solemnly explored the Australian War Memorial.

Rare, expensive, exquisite and famous jewellery produced by Cartier, including Queen Elizabeth II’s tiara, stood before our eyes.

Amplified speakers rung in our ears announcing the departure to Melbourne.

By Sarah Zhu

Canberra was a great learning opportunity whilst full of tonnes of entertainment and excitement.

At Mt Ainslie the view was breathtaking, peering through wattle trees out to the Parliament House and the autumn leaves.

National Art Exhibition was a once in a life time opportunity. As we were well behaved we got to explore the Cartier Exhibition with Kate Middleton’s wedding tiara inside.

Enjoying every moment one of my favourites was our time at Parliament and gazing up at The Big Picture by Tom Roberts because I’ve researched it and it was very fascinating to see in person.

Remembering how fantastic camp was I wish I could go back.

Rising in the morning was the toughest part of the day as I was so exhausted from all the huge busy days.

Amazing is the most accurate word to describe Canberra because of how flexible the teachers and students were.

By Rose Rostron

Canberra camp was exhilarating especially going on a plane with all my Year 6 friends.

At Parliament House we went to the House of Representatives and the Senate Chambers.

Next we went to the National Art Gallery and we saw lots of historical art.

Buttons were pressed to count votes at the Australian Electoral Commission.

Every day we travelled on the bus to visit new places and learn new things.

Recognising Simpson and his Donkey at the War Memorial and placing poppies was memorable.

Remembering how exciting and how much I learnt on camp, I wish I could have stayed there for a bit longer.

Awesome, amazing, exciting, educational and fabulous Year 6 camp. I have memories I will never forget.

By Abby Dunn

Camp was an educational, inspirational, and jubilant experience I will never forget.

All of it was just so thrilling, that I can still hear the robots making the coins at the Mint.

Never will the memory of sitting in Parliament House ever fade from my mind because it was so incredible and noble.

Because of the magical, neat Senate gardens, I think I will never get the autumn leaves out of my hair.

Everyone was solemn ad respectful as soon as we walked into the War Memorial. Lest we forget.

Rounding up all the bouncing kids for Questacon must’ve been exhausting for the teachers, because we were full of energy and excitement.

Resting wasn’t exactly the easiest, for we just couldn’t sleep with the wonders of tomorrow interrupting.

Airplanes are by far my new favourite mode of transport as I enjoyed the idea of being up in the air and the in-flight entertainment.

By Sarah Fisher

Camp was solemn yet intriguing, arduous yet exhilarating due to all the activities we participated in.

Against the edge of Mount Ainslie, we could see the alluring city of Canberra.

Nothing was more breathtaking that the once in a lifetime chance to see the dazzling Cartier exhibition, particularly the Royal Collection.

Being able to experience this magnificent trip with my friends was special because I could explore Canberra with them by my side.

Extremely challenging to leave the beautiful city after all the memories and discoveries we made.

Realising how fortunate we were to be able to have the teachers to make it possible, we were able to see the renowned landmarks in the state.

Relying on the heater and five blankets to retain warmth during the night helped us sleep soundly ready for the next day.

After all the wonderful, educational experiences that had happened, I will never forget the new friendships I made along the way.

By Joanne Ye 

C alm and neutral in The Senate Gardens because of the magnificent clusters of flowers

A lert and fascinated in the AEC as we learnt about Australia’s electoral system

N eurotic waiting to discover my cabin-mates yet excited to have a boisterous time

B ewildered during our prodigious tour of the mint, as I gaped at mammoth robots

E arnest and upholding in The National Capital Exhibition and The War Memorial as I placed my poppy in the slot for Robert Rogers

R everant at Parliament House and Old Parliament House because I was in historic places

R esponsive in the NGA and the resplendent Cartier Exhibition while we were taught about many amazing artworks

A n overall marvellous camp due to all the magnificent sights we saw

By Charlotte du Blet

Monumental buildings, such as the National Gallery Australia, Parliament house and The War Memorial cover Canberra.

Technology and science, explanations, and experiments – Questacon has it all!

A marvellous time was spent in awe of all the great sights we saw.

I know this was my favourite camp because of the wild, yet calm, exhilarating, yet tiring days. Throughout all the mishaps and typos, it was a stunning trip.

Nervously waiting to find out who our cabin mates were, I was restless!

Sluggish mornings led to thrilling days, as we trailed around Canberra in amazement!

Leaving to go all around Canberra, I never knew there were so many embassies!

I’m certain that going outside to see the stars was my favourite part, the Southern Cross shining in the sky reminding us of freedom.

Even though we had to leave, we moved lively, yet carefully.

By Ainsley Light

Camp is the most memorable event up until now this year that I will hold on to and cherish forever. It will never be forgotten.

Arrived at Canberra including smiles on our faces whilst swallowing a few bites on our snack booster at the Senate Gardens.

National Gallery continued to be unbelievable as always. Flawless artwork covered the building and we were so lucky to visit the Cartier exhibition.

But all Year 6 students were awakened and remembered the soldiers in the War Memorial where we placed a blooming poppy on the name of a researched soldier.

Embassies circulated the Parliament House while we drove amongst them to see the exquisite houses of the different countries.

Ready with hunger to eat some food, we sat by a bench with a view of a massive, gorgeous fountain and munched away when we were ready to return to Greenhills.

Rested that night, stepped out into the bright as we were ready to start our day at Questacon as our next destination.

And the day had concluded when we were on the bus with bags under our eyes ready to arrive back home and never forget the awesome trip.

By Nesreen Taher


Robbie Peime – This is Me Assembly

We were most fortunate to have paraplegic Robbie Peime, as our This Is Me guest speaker in Assembly yesterday. Robbie states his ‘journey’ as follows;

“When I was 17, my life changed forever when I was involved in a head-on collision between a car and the motorbike I was riding. I was airlifted to hospital in critical condition and spent 14 days in an induced coma in intensive care. I had broken approximately 60% of the bones in my body, was facing the possibility of an arm amputation, and had been left a complete paraplegic. I underwent major surgery to secure my back and severed spinal cord, and multiple other operations to repair my broken body. After months of recovery in a rehabilitation centre, then came the overwhelming task of learning to accept how life was going to be now that I was living in a wheelchair and not able to do the things I once did. I found myself battling with depression, obesity, low self-esteem and isolation due to my fear of people judging and staring at me. Friends and family stuck by me and started to encourage me back to the gym. This was my turning point. I then decided to dedicate my life to being as strong, fit and healthy as I could be. My training regime consists of daily gym workouts, swimming, hand-cycling and my race chair. I am building up my cardiovascular fitness and strength to compete in a Half Iron Man event. I have established my own personal training and fitness business and I have set my sights on helping other people in similar situations to my own. I understand the physical and emotional struggles that they are going through and can help them improve their lives to be the best they can. If they can achieve a happy and healthy life as I have, then I will have achieved my goal.”

He certainly engaged and motivated the audience of more than 200 Junior and Middle School students with his courage and resilience.

Robbie spoke about his crash, stating that he took full responsibility for the crash, and he emphasised the importance of understanding that every action/choice has a consequence.

He then shared the low points of his journey and that it was the arrival of his pet dog Lenny, that changed his life, providing an avenue for responsibility, having something to care for, and opening doors to conversations that were more than just about him and his wheelchair.

Robbie heads to Cairns on Thursday to participate in another Ironman competition. He told the girls and boys that he is a naturally lazy person, and it is hard to train and compete, but he sets himself small goals each day.

Our girls and boys asked many meaningful questions of Robbie, including Charlie Carleton’s “Would you rather have not had the accident, or do you prefer the character that you have now developed as a result of it?”

Robbie spoke about taking nothing for granted, appreciating all that you have and his frustration about an “everyone wins” mentality (he had just been listening to a segment on radio that suggested that “Pass The parcel” should be banned from parties because some children feel bad when they don’t ‘win’). He more than most understands that life offers challenges and that they can be tackled, or be allowed to defeat you.

We look forward to welcoming Robbie back to Tintern Grammar, and of hearing of his achievements in his Ironman competitions, and following his progress as he aims for the Olympics.



Prep boys visit Kew Traffic School

The Prep boys had lots of fun learning about Road Safety at the Kew Traffic School last week. They enjoyed riding their bikes around the little roads and did a great job of navigating the roundabouts and traffic lights.

by Claire McDonald, Boys’ Prep teacher

Year 4 Footy Maths

This term in Year Four we have been doing Footy Maths every Monday. Eight teams were formed and named. A draft was held and each team selected eight players from the current AFL roster.  Each week they select their five best performing players from the weekend and work out their score based on their statistics. The calculations take about 20 minutes. The ladder is updated and the fixture for next week is posted. The boys need to be accurate with their calculations as penalties apply for any errors. They have learned about some complex mathematical concepts such as calculating percentages and creating Excel Spreadsheets.

by John Bonnyman, Boys’ Year 4 Teacher


Year 6 Parliament

The boys are well into their study of Government and so far, we have looked at the Levels of Government, Government Portfolios, Electing members of Parliament and the preferential voting system and Federation. While working through the unit, we have elected leaders, appointed ministers, and set up a Class Parliament in the classroom.

The leaders are:

Prime Minister: Adam Blake

Leader of the Opposition: Tim Elliott Bruce

Deputy Prime Minister: Barathan Mahadeva

Deputy Leader of the Opposition: Jack Gale

The Speaker: Trent Chisholm

Our Ministers are:

Minister for Downtime: Theo Lam                             Shadow Minister for Downtime: Jay Jensen

Minister for Seating: Regan Jones                              Shadow Minister for Seating: William Jones

Minister for iPads: Harry Wang                                    Shadow Minister for iPads: Kye Bertram

Minister for Mindfulness: Adrian Pang                    Shadow Minister for Mindfulness: Aryan Chekka

Minister for Canteen: Brady King                               Shadow Minister for Canteen: Raph Lever

Minister for Sport: Flynn Hutchinson                       Shadow Minister for Sport: Jacob Millet

Minister for Maths Challenge: Casper Pang         Shadow Minister for Social Space: Will Kenny

Minister for Special Events: Oskar Mitchell

We are now holding Class Parliament sessions where we debate bills and make amendments to see how many bills can be passed in the Year 6 classroom. Our first bill of debate was the Downtime Bill to support our focus on Mindfulness this term. Of course, these bills must also be passed by The Senate (Mrs Neilson the Year 6 teacher) and signed off by our Governor General (Mr Kenny).

Such an exciting time is being had by all in Year 6 at the moment, plus we have our trip to Canberra coming up next week. Life just doesn’t get any better than this!

by Ros Neilson, Boys’ Year 6 teacher


Family Bush Dance – Friday 22 June, Sports Centre, 1-3pm – All Welcome

We are grateful to our Tintern Parents Group and the Blackberry Jam Bush band who have re-scheduled our Family Bush dance to Friday 22 June (last day of term 2), 1 – 3pm in the Sports Centre. This event is for all our Prep to Year 6 girls and boys, and parents are most welcome to join in the fun. 


In the Art Room

The Year 5 and 6 boys have learnt 3 origami folds to create these amazing patterns.

The Year 3 and 4 boys have been studying life in Antarctica.

Didn’t they do a fabulous job of their penguins and Krill!

The boys in Year 1 and 2 have been studying Australia.

Have you ever seen the Field Of Lights at Uluru or the Sydney Opera House during the VIVID light festival?

The Prep boys are learning their shapes and have created these Polygon Trains. How many shapes did they use?

by Maria Lumsden, Boys’ Junior School Visual Arts Educator


Prep and Year 3A Buddy Time

With help from their kind Year 3 buddies the Prep girls are currently learning how to use the Book Creator app on their iPads. Over a series of lessons, their buddies have demonstrated various features of the app, including how to insert text, photos and drawings and how to change the font, sizing and background colours on each page. The Prep girls are creating a book about healthy foods using this app. All the girls in Prep and Year 3 look forward to these Buddy sessions very much. It is wonderful to see them building relationships across our school community.

by Christine Campbell, Girls’ Prep Teacher


From the Head of Senior College

Term 2 is well underway, and as we near the end of Semester 1 students across Year 10 and 11 are undertaking their first examinations for 2018, while Year 12s have been undertaking assessments and are preparing for the GAT. During this busy time for students, families and teachers, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and perhaps overlook the things we need to do to keep balance and perspective in our lives. It can also be easy to underestimate the support we can offer to each other through a few kind words or a small gesture of assistance or understanding. As we start winter and the final two weeks of school I would encourage students to live by the Year 12 Class of 2018 motto of “Stay positive. Work hard. Make it happen.”

School Uniform

As all families and students would be aware we have now officially entered the winter season for school uniform and thus, apart from “free dress” days and days when particular year groups may wear full sports uniform, winter uniform is required every day, including to all examinations.

The GAT – Wednesday 13 June

All Year 12 students and all Year 11 VCE students who are completing a Unit 3/4 subject this year will be sitting the GAT (General Achievement Test) – a state-wide 3-hour test of general knowledge and skills which runs from 10am to 1.15pm and is scheduled for next Wednesday 13 June. There will be no Periods 1 – 3 classes for these students on this day.

Year 11 IB students will have their usual Periods 1 – 3 classes; Year 11 VCE students who are not completing a Unit 3/4 subject this year will have a study day and may elect to work in the school library or at home.

Students undertaking the GAT are required to meet Mr Andrew Cho (VCE and VET Co-ordinator) in the Anderson Centre at 9.00am on the day to check the seating plan and to allow sufficient time for staff to organise the large number of students who will be sitting the GAT in accordance with VCAA regulations.

Key points for students sitting the GAT to remember include:

  • Photo ID is required and this may be a school card or driver’s licence or learner’s permit
  • No electronic equipment is permitted
  • An English or bilingual dictionary is acceptable but not one with a thesaurus (no highlighting, annotations or tabs are allowed)
  • No electronic dictionary 
  • Blue or black pen must be used for the writing task
  • Pencil to be used in the multiple choice section
  • All writing materials, eraser and sharpener to be kept in a clear bag
  • No white out is permitted
  • Water bottles must be clear, have labels removed and be no larger than 1.5L
  • No eating is permitted but medication is allowed with special permission – asthma inhalers are an exception



News from the Careers Department

Year 10 Subject Choice Interviews and Year 12 Careers Interviews

 Year 10 Subject choice interviews continue this week and Year 12 Careers interview times are also available for those students who have not yet made an appointment. A list of appointment times for the next two weeks has been emailed to students. Year 11 students wishing to make any changes to their program for Semester 2 are also invited to speak with a Careers staff member.

Tertiary Open Days

A list of tertiary open days primarily for Years 10 to 12 families has been prepared to assist planning for the busy period during August. In addition to information sessions, Open Days are an ideal way to investigate course options and provide opportunities to view facilities and speak with staff and current students. Please refer to http://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/16009

Early Achievers’ Program (EAP) at ACU and Aspire at La Trobe University

Year 12 students have been reminded about the two scholarship programs that recognise community service and leadership in its broadest sense. A significant benefit for successful applicants includes an early conditional offer at a reduced ATAR.

 Community Achiever Program (CAP)

Applications close for the CAP program at midnight on Tuesday 31 July and further information about preparing, submitting and monitoring an application can be found at: http://www.acu.edu.au/study_at_acu/pathways_and_entry_schemes/year_12_student_entry/early_entry


Aspire Early Admissions Program

The Aspire program applications are also open and close on Friday 31 August so Year 12 students are encouraged to prepare their applications over the holiday period. Further information can be found at: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/study/aspire

Scholarships for Study Abroad

As Year 12 students start to explore their travel options within courses at tertiary institutions, this site may be useful to keep for future reference:



The latest edition of Career News Number 14 and 15 are now available on the Portal at http://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/14962/ and includes the following items:


Career News Number 14

  • UPDATED: ‘My Melbourne Future’ Series
  • La Trobe University Aspire Program 2018
  • Engineers Australia
  • Career as a Civil Engineer
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Degrees in Victoria   
  • Snapshot of William Angliss Institute (WAI) in 2018

Career News Number 15 

  • Faculty of Arts and Education Information Sessions at Deakin
  • Experience Clever at La Trobe
  • News from Monash University
    • Upcoming Inside Monash Seminars
    • Medicine, Nursing & Health Science Campus Tour
    • Science Precinct Tour
  • Trades at RMIT
  • ACU University Experience Days
  • Career as a Paramedic
  • Science Degrees in Victoria 
  • Snapshot of Box Hill Institute (BHI) in 2018


News from Year 10

The examination period is going well for Year 10 students and they have generally arrived promptly and with all the correct materials. The students have also responded well to directions. Examinations are not only a learning experience for subject knowledge and skills but also in examination protocol.

The students have been spoken to about the importance of Wednesday afternoon Sport sessions both for their own well-being but also to support EISM with large numbers of Year 10s representing the School. Later in Term 3, students will have the option to complete recreational sport or sign up for study sessions. We are also fortunate to have our Human Resources Manager, Ms Sue-Anne Dias to help prepare the Year 10 students for their mock job interviews later in the year. Parents are reminded that if a student needs to leave for an appointment or other family reasons, then a note is required or an email sent to their Mentor.

While Work Experience expectations will be discussed with the Year 10 students at school, I do encourage families to have a ‘dinner time’ conversation about such issues as mobile phones, appropriate dress, punctuality, possible risks and hazards that our students may encounter in the workplace. Students are expected to have an induction meeting with their Supervisor upon arrival at their place of work. Guidelines to help with this meeting will be included in their final Work Experience package to be distributed on Thursday 14 June. 

During next week, the students will be receiving their examinations back in class. Semester-length subjects will be concluded but work continues in the VCE subjects, English, Science and Mathematics with holiday homework as preparation for the new term. The Year 10s typically acknowledge this time as a break from routine and an opportunity to be involved in new learning environments. The Year 10 staff look forward to visiting the students during Work Experience in the last week of term.


News from Year 11

The Year 11 students are currently undertaking their Mid-Year examinations with the GAT scheduled for next Wednesday 13 June.  It is a busy couple of weeks of studying for the students and they all need to ensure they are getting proper rest, eating well, and reviewing the work their teachers set for them. Taking time to de-stress is always a good idea at this time.

Most students will have work requirements over the holidays, and it is essential that they give the time and effort required to ensure that they return in Semester 2 confident and ready to approach their next challenges.


News from Year 12

This week marks the halfway point of the year; a significant milestone for our Year 12 students. They celebrated this ‘hump day’ in a number of ways and took the opportunity to eat, connect and relax with their peers. Students started the day off with a delicious breakfast and some music before heading to their normal classes. They then enjoyed a pizza lunch and made the most of the photo booth. Utility provided an opportunity to take a special look back at their past selves during a Leaders’ run assembly. All of this was done in good spirits and in the comfort of pyjamas!

We are also looking forward to hanging the traditional but revamped version of the Year 12 banner this week. The banner will be signed by all the Year 12 students and serves as a reminder that we are all one in the Tintern Grammar Community and thus should continue to encourage and support each other as much as possible throughout the remainder of the year.

Now that ‘hump day’ has passed we look forward to a very busy, challenging, yet enjoyable journey towards the end of year examinations and finally, the Valedictory Dinner. In these last few weeks of Term 2 maintaining motivation and enthusiasm for study can be difficult for Year 12 students. However, now that the ‘end is in sight’ all students are encouraged to do the best they can do to maintain a positive and proactive approach to their studies.

by Jen Tsai Bove, Year 12 Co-ordinator


Emily Cowin (YG 2017) Recipient of a Monash Engineering Scholarship

Congratulations to alumna Emily Cowin (YG 2017) who was among a select group of recipients celebrated at the Monash Engineering Scholarship Celebration evening.

Well done, Emily on this fantastic achievement and best wishes for your further studies!


Maddy Edwards’ (YG 2016) Summer Camp Adventure

Wishing alumna Maddy Edwards (YG 2016) all the best as she starts a three-month adventure as a Camp Counselor and Culinary Arts Instructor at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts Summer Camp in New York State this week.

Maddy has been working two jobs for the past year while figuring out what she would like to do next. During this reflection, Maddy decided she would do all the things she has always wanted to do and an American Summer Camp is the next adventure. 

Best wishes Maddy for your new position and this exciting experience!


Social Justice Group – Comedy For a Cause Evening – Friday 3 August

Comedy For A Cause presents a showcase of some of the best comedians from the Sydney and Melbourne International Comedy Festival presented by the Tintern Grammar Social Justice Group.

Join us on Friday 3 August, 6.30pm onwards, in the CM Wood Centre for a great night of entertainment! There will also be silent auctions, raffles, and carnival games on the evening. Food will be available to purchase: yummy pizzas by the slice, bake sale and other theatre snacks.

Tickets can be booked at comedyforacause.net/TG $25 for Adults and $20 students/children. ***Included in the cost of your ticket is delicious finger food that will be prepared and served by the Hospitality students***

Please note: this is an all ages event and may contain some low-level coarse language.

by the Social Justice Group and Miss Kropp


Tintern Grammar Visual Art & Design Staff Exhibition 2018

In our Visual Art & Design Department at Tintern Grammar, the staff have a wealth of skills and knowledge that we share with the students on a daily basis, assisting them in the creation of their work. We then ask our students to be particularly brave and display their work in our exhibition space. It is now time for the staff to be brave. So….we would like to announce the inaugural Tintern Grammar Visual Art & Design Staff Exhibition 2018.

From Monday 5 June until Friday 22 June, 8.00am – 4.30pm, each member of the Visual Art & Design Department will have an allocated space in the display wall next to the Visual Art & Design Art office, featuring works they have created. Accompanying the works will be information that will explain the process, inspiration and use of materials.

Please come and view the variety of pieces on display and feel free to discuss the works with the artists! We look forward to seeing you in the exhibition space soon.