07 Aug 2018

From the Principal

This week we have a special guest introduction from Adam Kenny, Head of Boys’ Junior School and Boys’ Education, and Director of Students.

“Boys will be boys” is a prescriptive form of masculinity that is limiting to boys who may not be the little brutes our society says they should be. It shames boys who are sensitive, boys who don’t like getting dirty or wrecking things, and boys who don’t perform their gender in any other way society dictates they should.” So says Joanne Schroeder writing for The Good Men Project.

It is a phrase that I detest as it can often be used as an excuse for lower standards of behaviour, care, tidiness and general respect for others and lumps all boys as the ‘same’.

Dr Michael Gurian is renowned for promoting learning that reflects the gender differences in the brain which he states are corroborated in males and females throughout the world. I would encourage you to take the time to read his article, shared below, outlining these differences.

With Boys and Girls in Mind

Our unique Parallel Model affords us the opportunity to work with and for our students in a manner that recognises gender differences, and differences within the genders, while also acknowledging the different stages of age, social and emotional development.

Next week our Year 9 girls and boys will head to Camp Howqua for their Winter Camp. All students will participate in the same activities including white water rafting, snow skiing, mountain Bike Riding and a special Commando Course. Completing these activities in gender groups allows girls and boys to generally exhibit more controlled ‘risk-taking’ behaviour without the concern about what ‘the other gender’ may think. Yet with so many of Year 9 students having developed friendships among both genders, the ‘down time’ at camp, meals and social time, sees the girls and boys mixing freely and comfortably, another ideal ‘transitional’ opportunity before they join together next year in our Senior College.

The mornings of Tuesday 21 and Friday 24 August will be very special ones for us all as we celebrate the unique journeys of our Tintern Grammar boys and girls in our annual Prep-Year 12 Boys’ and Prep-Year 12 Girls’ assemblies respectively. The themes for the Assemblies, “…Many Voices One”, and “Come Tinternites…”, taken from our School songs, reflect the unity and togetherness that is special amongst our students. At these Assemblies, we will share in the stories of current and past students, enjoy musical items and photo presentations that reflect all of our year levels and join together to sing our School songs. There is a special bond amongst our Girls and Boys, within and across year levels. I warmly welcome parents and friends to join with us at the Assemblies, commencing at 8.40am in the CM Wood Centre.

Most significantly, Friday 31 August will see our Junior School girls and boys join together with their ‘dads’ or another significant adult male in their lives, at our annual Father’s Day Breakfast. This special event will, for the first time, see brothers and sisters sharing hands-on activities with their special adult male guest. That afternoon, all of our Secondary students will participate in our annual House Cross Country event. After year level events, all Year 7-12 girls and boys will be slipping on ‘women’s footwear’ as we then support Harcourts “Walk A Mile In Their Shoes’ event, raising awareness and understanding of Violence against Women’. As Year 12 student Jimmy Cox said in Assembly on Friday, All of us that are boys and men in this room, can especially be an example to other men, and can show our female friends, our sisters, and teachers, our mums and aunties and every female we know, that we believe that we can and will change the attitude of Men who consider sexist comments and actions, violence and harassment towards women to be acceptable.”

In our Boys’ Junior School this term we use “Fish In A Tree”, a reference to an Einstein misquote Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid”

There are similarities with our parallel model; if girls and boys are in learning environments that don’t recognize their unique differences, then we are setting them up for failure and disengagement at school.

At Tintern Grammar, it’s not “Boys Will be Boys”. It may not be as catchy but IS true, to say “our Girls and Boys will express their personalities in a way that are true to themselves”.


Vale Mr Haydn Park

The Tintern Community mourns the passing of Haydn Park. A member of our community since 1986. Member of the School Board from 1997 until 2012 where he was Chair between 2005 and 2011. During this time, he helped achieve the dream of a boys’ school, and helped to shape the parallel approach to schooling.  Haydn contributed enormously to the strength and development of Tintern Grammar being instrumental in the Appeal campaign for the Pool and PE centre. On his retirement from the Board Haydn was inducted as Life Governor of the School in 2013. He also was a very committed family man. The Tintern Community extends its condolences to his wife Pam, their children, Hamish, Nathan and Amy (YG 1998), and their families.

A Memorial Service for Haydn will take place at Portsea Golf Club at 11.00am this Friday 10 August.


Music Matters

Music Camp 2018

Music students from Years 7-12 did the unthinkable and came to school on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July for the whole weekend to attend our annual Music Camp. This event allows us to rehearse for Tintern’s Annual Concert and learn the medley for the massed final item. On Friday after school, the students participated in rehearsals for their choirs and other ensembles. They also enjoyed a pizza dinner while watching Sister Act 2, to get into ‘the zone’ for the medley this year.

Saturday morning saw some dedicated students at School at 8.45am for more ensemble rehearsals, before we began learning the medley, which is sure to be a memorable ending to our concert for everyone. After the infamous burger lunch, the Music Captains ran a game ‘Substitute’ based on the Spicks & Specks favourite, in which groups of students had to sing songs while using lyrics from unrelated books.

On Sunday, students returned to School for the last day of camp to either finish learning the vocal parts, or the band parts, for our Annual Concert medley. The Music Captains organised a trivia Kahoot for the students, including questions testing their South Pacific and House Music knowledge. Music Camp was a rewarding and fun experience for students of all ages to come together and make music. We look forward to sharing all of our musical efforts with you at the Annual Music Concert at 7.30pm on the 10th August in the CM Wood Centre.

by Lauren Higgins, Choral Captain 2018


Sport Matters

EISM Medal Winners and EISM Carnival Awards Winners

Congratulations to the following EISM medal winners and EISM Athletics Carnival awards winners for Outstanding Contribution.

EISM Sport Best and Fairest Coacher’s Award
Touch Rugby Maddy Block Maddy Hupfeld
Hockey Emma du Blet / Grace Jenkin (runner-up) Elizabeth Madge
Volleyball A Aleisha Paul / Kate Ensor (joint B&F) Jasmine Boss
Volleyball B Elise Dunkley Keeley Thomas

EISM Athletics Carnival – Outstanding Contribution 

Vishnu Pillay
Matt Evans
Alice Callahan
Tess Power

Boys’ Middle School students represent Tintern Grammar at State Squash Finals

Congratulations to Yuvraj Pandher, Craig Bonnington and Lachlan Bastin in our Boys’ Middle School who competed in the Year 9 and 10 State Squash finals at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre on Thursday 2 August.

The students played extremely well winning two and losing two matches, one which was extremely close. They put in a terrific effort and were just a few points off making the next round of finals.

Well done, Yuvraj, Craig and Lachlan!

Victorian Interschool Snow Skiing Cross Country Championships Results

Congratulations to Charlie (Year 9) and Ella Carboon (Year 6) who competed at the recent Victorian Interschool Cross Country Championships at Mt Buller. They both competed in cross-country skiing events, with Charlie placing 13th out of 34 competitors, and Ella placing 21st of 48 competitors.  Well done, Charlie and Ella!

Year 9 student Mitch Snowball current U17 Cross Country Eliminator MTB National Champion and U17 Cyclocross Victorian State Champion

Congratulations to Year 9 student Mitch Snowball who has achieved some fantastic XCO racing results this year. Mitch is the current U17 MTB National Champion for the Cross Country Eliminator and U17 Cyclocross Victorian State Champion. Well done, Mitch! Good luck for this weekend’s U17 Cyclocross National Championships in Bright.

Strong win to start the Boys’ Year 7 Soccer season

Our Year 7 Boys’ Soccer Team started their season in sensational form with an emphatic 10 – 3 victory on Monday 30 July. Their good form continued with a 7 – nil victory yesterday.

Well done, boys!

Three Senior College Netball teams represent Tintern Grammar at Schools’ Netball Championships

Three Tintern Grammar teams participated in the Schools’ Netball Championships at the State Netball Centre on Friday 27 July. Our students competed against schools from across the state and played with vigour and their usual good sportsmanship, and above all they had fun on a glorious winter’s day. Well done, everyone!

Alumna Madeleine Wright (YG 2016) named in 21 & Under Women’s Indoor Cricket team for the 2018 Australasia Cup

Congratulations to alumna Madeleine Wright (YG 2016) who has been named in the 21 & Under Women’s Indoor Cricket team for the 2018 Australasia Cup in Sri Lanka in September. This is a magnificent opportunity for Madeleine which she has worked very hard to achieve.

While some sports at International level are fully funded, Indoor Cricket is not. To compete in the Australasia Cup, Madeleine needs to raise $4,700 to cover costs such as airfares, accommodation, transport, uniforms and competition levies. Madeleine would love your support to represent Australia in Sri Lanka in September. Follow this link to donate:https://asf.org.au/athle…/australasian-cup-madeleine-wright/ Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

Tintern Equestrian Team members in China!

During the school holidays, Ella and I travelled to China as ambassadors for Pony Club Australia. We stayed in Wuhan, China with a team of eight other Australians. Billeted out in pairs, we stayed with one Chinese family for 4 nights and the other family for 5 nights. Every day we visited the iHorse Centre, where we would sometimes ride the horses or play games and some days we would give lessons to the Chinese host children. We had a lot of fun teaching the Chinese students. When we were not riding, we went to historic Chinese sites and learnt about Chinese history and culture. A few of the places we visited were the Yellow Crane Tower, the Yangtze River, Hubei Province Museum, various temples and we watched two plays and music pieces. We also attended a calligraphy class and attempted to write the word horse in Chinese. We were very fortunate to have warm and welcoming families who took us to amazing restaurants and shops after these activities.

Ella and I were very lucky to have been given the opportunity to travel to China to be ambassadors for PCA and to stay with lovely families and we can both say we had a wonderful time. We enjoyed the experience immensely and we definitely made friends from different states across Australia and in China. 

by Lilly Trevorrow, Year 9


Community Matters

TPG Trivia Night 2018

Don’t forget to book your tickets for the TPG Annual Trivia Night on Saturday 25 August! 

This year the TPG are proud to support the Anglicare Missions, providing educational resources to under-resourced schools in the Northern Territory. $5 from every ticket sold goes directly to the assisting these students.

Share with your friends, start arranging your teams and brushing up your trivia. There will be fun new games, a silent auction and many fantastic prizes on offer.

Booking can be made through Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/WKGN

FOYF Spring Celebration 2018 – Friday 31 August

Our Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) warmly invite you to the Tintern Farm on Friday 31 August from 3.30pm – 7pm for our Annual Spring Celebration.

Come along and see our lambs, enjoy a complimentary sausage sizzle and toast a marshmallow on the bonfire.

Our Young Farmers will be on hand to give you a tour of the farm and there will be raffles and farm snacks to purchase and support our FOYF group.

Proceeds from this event will go to Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale of Hay campaign. Find out more here: www.buyabale.com.au

This event is free and open to everyone, but please remember to book to help us cater on the day.

Bookings can be made at TryBooking: https://www.trybooking.com/XAAH

Volunteers Needed – Tintern Grammar Giant Fair 2019


Would you like to get involved in the Tintern Grammar 2019 Giant Fair? Come along to our next meeting on Tuesday 4 September, 7.30pm at Kennedy Cottage.

The Tintern Giant Fair is an incredible, fun-filled day out for families and our wider community to enjoy great food, entertainment, second-hand sales and exciting rides. It raises funds that contribute to many different programs in the school, including sustainability, which enriches every student’s educational experience.

The Fair is also an opportunity for you to become part of the dynamic team of individuals who plan the Fair and create the fun for our community. 

Do you have any new ideas that could make our next Fair an even bigger success than before? Do you want to meet other parents and families? Then 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 17 August to fair@tintern.vic.edu.au. Or contact Community Relations on 9845 7877.

Community Committee Dates 

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 9 August 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage Co-Presidents: Haidee Wallace and Leeza Crowe
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 8 August 7pm CM Wood Common Room President: Tim Oldmeadow
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Monday 8 October 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage President: Jonathan Cross
  • Fair Committee – Next Meeting: Tuesday 4 September 2018 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage Fair Convenor: Amanda McKenzie
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meeting: TBA President: Sandra Garland

Community Group Fundraising

Entertainment Book – available for purchase now!

Remember it isn’t too late to purchase your Entertainment Book Membership! Filled with 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.

With many new offers and all the old favourites the value of this book is incredible!

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

Protect your child’s school photos with a stunning Tintern Photo Album. The TPG is offering 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.


Gardening in the ELC

As the ELC continues on our study about change, each class has had a different focus on plants.

The Early Learners planted lettuce, peas and cabbage into the vegetable garden. They started by digging a small hole, then they put the little seedling into the ground and pushed the soil back around it. Then it was time to water them in. All children were involved in this process.

The following day Anisha and Charlotte were excited, they raced outside to see the veggie patch.

Charlotte – “Mrs Hill they have grown”

Anisha – “They need more water”

Pre-Prep B has been planting small plants in our veggie patch. They will be watching and nurturing and noticing the changes and growth. We planted lettuces and cabbages. Next week we will plant mystery seeds and watch what grows.

Nathan “I can’t wait to eat them”

Juliette “They need water every day and we need to watch for snails”

Pre-Prep A has been given some broad bean seeds to grow. So far, the children have had a look at the seeds and tried to guess what they are and what they might become. They will be germinating seeds, planting them and watching how they grow and change. We will discuss what we need to do to help them with this process.

“Is it a nut? I think there is a plant inside it. (Packet then shown). It will change into beans. It will change easily. I need to plant it. Dig a hole and plant it. Wait, and then water and then sun and it growed and growed and growed.” – Kalan

“Is it rocks? It feels hard. It’s brown. Is it food? (Packet then shown). Is it peas? Are they seeds? We can bury it and water it and look after it and it will change into this (points to picture on the packet).” – Mackenzie


100 Days of Learning Fun!!!

Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 girls were thrilled to be greeted by 100 helium balloons in the IJDay corridor, upon their arrival for the 100 Days of School celebration this week. Each girl engaged in Maths activities grouping, their 100 collections into a variety of numerical arrangements. A range of fun, exciting multi-age activities incorporating STEAM investigations were enjoyed by all. However, the favourite activity of the day was the 100-year-old dress-up photo booth! Enjoy these hilarious photos on the P-2 class Portal pages.


100 Days in Prep!

Tuesday 31 July marked the Preps 100th Day of School. The boys really enjoyed the special activities we did and commented on remembering when we put the first brick on the wall! We also enjoyed some KitKats, which Luke brought for Show and Tell, as we were learning about Kicking King this week. Thanks Luke! Our gummy bear experiment concluded, with the water-logged gummy bears pretty much disintegrating, and their heads falling off, much to the delight of the boys!


Yoga in Year 1 and 2

Yoga is a wonderful practice that supports both the mind and the body. With a strong focus in our Junior Schools on establishing mindfulness routines within each classroom, the Year 1 and 2 boys have been exploring the world of yoga, undertaking a consistent practice two to three times each week. Starting the day with a short session of yoga is supportive in the development of body awareness and teaches the students to use their bodies in a healthy way. Yoga is a non-competitive activity, which improves concentration and provides a calming environment to increase confidence and to nurture the development of self-awareness. A worthwhile activity to complement the ongoing practice of mindfulness in our classrooms.


Prep/Year 3 Buddies visit The STEAM Centre

As part of our Prep/Year 3 Buddies program this term, we are exploring the worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering, The Arts and Mathematics further (STEAM).

This week the Prep girls and their Year 3 buddies visited The STEAM Centre and worked on a Science activity as part of their Life Cycles Unit. After drawing a caterpillar on one side of a balloon and a butterfly on the opposite side, the girls added a tablespoon of bi-carb soda into their balloon and used a small funnel to pour some vinegar into a juice bottle, before sealing the top of the bottle with their balloon. The girls watched with excitement as the bi-carb soda emptied out of their balloons, down into the vinegar solution. They carefully and excitedly observed bubbles and sizzling sounds inside the bottle and watched their balloons inflate to reveal an enlarged version of their caterpillar and butterfly. Group discussion after the experiment ensured that the Prep and Year 3 students had a clear understanding of what happened when the two ingredients mixed together and what was produced – a gas! The girls also talked about metamorphosis as their caterpillar ‘inflated’ into a butterfly.

Our thanks to Mrs Sue Healey, Director of Information and Technology Services and The STEAM team, for their kind support.


Year 3 Boys’ weekly visits to Donwood Community Aged Care Facility

This Semester, the Year 3 Boys’ will be visiting Donwood Community Aged Care Facility each Wednesday afternoon. Before each visit, the boys eagerly enter the classroom, straightening and tidying their uniforms and polishing their school shoes until they sparkle. It is wonderful to see both the boys and the residents engage in conversation and support each other during the games and activities. So far, we have shared a very competitive game of multi-dice number bingo, coloured and labelled pictures of the facilities chickens, played guess who, chatted and demonstrated a game of twister, which the residents loved. This activity is most definitely a highlight of the week for the boys and each of the students in attendance represent both themselves and the School in an admirable manner. I look very forward to watching the boys’ growth and development as our future visits unfold.


HOT Shots Tennis!

Congratulations to the HOT SHOTS team of 2018.  For the first time in Coach Green’s living memory, the HOT SHOTS team were unbeaten in their division and made it to a finals round.  Superb efforts of  Emma Cooke, Daniel Sun, Anika Mulemane, Ananya Khatry, Charlotte Collins, Nesreen Taher, Holly White, Ainsley Light, Joanne Ye and Aryan Chekka for their great teamwork, sportsmanship and energy on the finals day. Unfortunately, we did not get past the first final against Croydon P.S. but did not go down without a fight, taking an impressive 114 points to C.P.S 221.   Thank you also to others in the team who played and trained in the preliminary rounds: Scarlett O’Connor, Hallie Walder, Odette McCallum, Josie Pang, Abbey Van Bremen and Coach assistants Lucia Cockerell and Jasmine D’Elton.


HOT Shots Sports!

Well done to the three Inter-School Sport teams who represented Tintern Grammar and Warrandyte South District in the Finals Gala in the first two weeks of term. Hotshots Tennis, Netball and AFL teams participated in the round robin format against the winning Schools from Ringwood North and Ringwood Districts. Whilst each Sport came up against very strong opposition in the finals, the Tintern Grammar teams displayed characteristic fair play, teamwork, and determined skillful play across all the matches. Congratulations to all of these students for being such outstanding representatives for Tintern Grammar.

Netball Girls Final (available Year 6 students): Jade Dyason, Sophia Li, Olivia Beaton, Katherine Howell, Elise Mitchell, Caitlin Tainton, Ella Carboon, Sophie Riddell, Audrey Tandori, Coco Butterfield.

Scorer: Sarah Zhu

Extended Netball Squad: Ashley Honan, Ruby Smiley, Amelia Sprake, Sahdia Ali, Charlotte Davies, Elisha Sze, Emily Manton, Alex Beaton (mixed), Kyle Pickering (mixed), Harry Wang (mixed)

by Karen Worland & Jayde Scoby-Smith – Inter-School Sport Netball Coaches


Boys’ Junior School News

This morning we gathered as our Boys’ Junior School to talk about the ‘Gaff-Brayshaw’ incident in the Eagles-Dockers game on Sunday.

We spoke about how the hit has impacted upon so many people in many ways: Andrew Brayshaw’s injuries, the distress at the time and the potential emotional fragility he may now suffer, especially when playing sport, and the support he and his family will need; Andrew Gaff’s action that also caused him remorse, potential emotional anxiety and stress, how he may now struggle to shake off labels of a being a dirty player, or worse, and that he will also need people to support yet not condone his actions. We know that men tend to ‘clam up’ when they have made bad decisions or face adversity, and providing support at times of distress and self-blame is critical.

We spoke about Pat Cronin and the ‘Cowards Punch’ campaign, about self-control when frustrated or angry and how violence, hitting, kicking, punching, slapping is never ok…..and that at the young age of our boys, they can develop the skills that allow them to deal with situations respectfully.

As always, our boys were insightful and listened with care and interest.


Junior School Father’s Day Stall – Wednesday 29 August

Our Father’s Day stall will be held on Wednesday 29 AUGUST from 8.30am to 1.30pm in the Southwood Centre.

Gifts will range in price from $3 – $15.

A gift wrapping day is being held on Wednesday 22 August at Kennedy Cottage 8.30am – onwards.

We would love some help on the day of the Stalls and the Gift wrapping day.

Please return the reply slip to Junior School Reception: Father’s day Stall notice

If you have any further questions please contact:

Danielle Kelberg on 0419560987 or email dkelberg04@gmail.com

Haidee Wallace on 0417052273 or email wallace.haidee@gmail.com


Club Tinwood Amazing Race – Tuesday 21 August 3.30-5.15pm

All Year 3 – 6 students are invited to come along and join your friends for our Amazing Race at Tintern on Tuesday 21 August.

Teams will complete a Tintern Trivia tournament before then exploring the campus for clues to help them find the Treasure.

Each Team will then receive a Sweet Surprise at the completion of the race.

                 All this for JUST $15

Afternoon tea will be provided on arrival at the Colebrook Hall

Don’t forget to bring your water bottle, wear your Sports shorts/Tracksuit pants, and YOUR CLUB TINWOOD T-SHIRT (and a windcheater in case it’s chilly).

Learn more: Club Tinwood Amazing Race notice  


Junior School Footy Day – Friday 24 August

Come and join in the fun by placing a special lunch order for our football fever day and gold coin donation.


Place your order by Friday 17 August.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of Australians stand shoulder to shoulder to unite in the fight against cancer by wearing their team’s colours with pride.

Fight Cancer Foundation’s education support programs were developed in 2005 in partnership with the Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute in Melbourne to address the gap in educational support for kids and young people living with cancer.


Junior School Piano Concert

Our annual Junior School Piano Concert was held in the Southwood Centre last week on Wednesday 2 August.

Forty-two girls and boys from Prep through to Year 6 presented a varied programme of Piano solos and duets to an appreciative audience of parents, families, friends and staff.

The students have been working hard with their teachers to prepare for this evening, which is one of our most anticipated events on the Music Calendar. The excitement level has been building over the past few weeks, and this translated into performances full of energy and vitality, and at the same time, poised in a most professional manner. The students are justifiably proud of their performances and are already looking forward to the 2019 Piano Concert.

This concert was a huge success due to the combined team effort of diligent teaching, individual student practice, and parental support.  

Special thanks to my fellow Piano teachers Mrs Fiona Thompson and Ms Catherine Wilson, and to the Junior School Class Music Teachers Mrs Jacqueline Casey and Ms Suzanne Agius.

by Heather McKenzie, Head of Keyboard


Adam Wallace Workshops in the Junior School

For the first two weeks of Term 3, both Junior Schools have had the pleasure of hosting guest author, Adam Wallace. Adam has written and illustrated scores of books and is currently on the New York Times Bestseller List for How to Catch the Easter Bunny.

Adam participated in all library classes by conducting writing and illustration workshops. In these workshops Adam walked the students through ways to generate ideas for writing stories by juxtaposing characters and situations. During the drawing lessons he modelled cartooning techniques by conducting step-by-step guided drawing tasks. He also answered questions about his life as an author, his best writing habits and steps involved in the publishing processes.

The students were highly engaged and motivated during Adam’s sessions. His keen sense of humour, lively manner and creativity will have undoubtedly inspired a whole new generation of writer/ illustrators.

We thank Adam for making himself available to be part of our library program and look forward to his return.

by Emily Mars, Junior School Library Teacher


Girls’ Middle School News

Social intelligence is the capacity to know oneself and to know others. This definition comes from Wikipedia, and goes on to say that it is social intelligence that defines who we are.

Being socially intelligent prevents a variety of social problems, including drug and alcohol abuse, violence, truancy and bullying. Being socially intelligent promotes student’s academic success, health and overall well-being. Effective social skills learned in school significantly improves student academic achievement, attitudes about self and others, and conduct in school, home and the community. School is not only a place where we learn reading, writing and math; it is also a place where students learn to get along and develop social skills.

Exposure to a wide variety of activities, both within the curriculum and of an extra-curricular nature, increases and improves the opportunity to develop social skills. Activities occurring outside regular classes help students to expand their circle of acquaintances and awakens social development. These various activities can unlock new ideas, creativity, experiences and opportunity. They can also provide occasions for leadership to develop and introduces students to new ideologies.

We are very fortunate at Tintern to have a number of co-curricular activities which students can involve themselves in, both within and outside the classroom. Social intelligence can continue to develop effectively when students take advantage of the events offered. We encourage students to participate in these where possible, broadening and enriching their education and social intelligence. Our new STEAM Centre provides another opportunity for students to interact in an environment that is unlike the traditional classroom. This space is being used more frequently by a variety of classes since it became available. Not only does a STEAM education match the technology workforce of the future, it also encourages ‘liquid skills’ enabling students to adapt to a fluid working landscape throughout their lives. These social skills include the ability to work with others, verbal communication, creative and critical thinking, active listening and learning. These are deemed to be more important than high academic achievement.

Several extra-curricular activities are also scheduled by staff during class time, one example being the recent 100 Days of Year 7 which all Year 7 students enjoyed recently. Activities on the day included muffin-making and organised games – both opportunities to mix with others, unlock creativity and diversify experiences. Further opportunities yet to come this term include the Big Day In, Year 8 Smoothie Bar and the Year 9 Winter Camp.

During the most recent Principal’s Assembly, we celebrated both the sporting and academic achievements of many of our Middle School girls: EISM medals were awarded for the recently completed inter-school rounds, and Distinction Certificates for the Science ICAS competition were also presented. It was also wonderful to hear many of our pianists perform at the Senior Piano Concert last week and we look forward with anticipation to the Annual Music Concert which takes place this Friday 10 August, where we will again be celebrating the many talents of our Middle School girls. We are very blessed with talented students at Tintern.


Boys’ Middle School News

Over the weekend I had a moment where I looked at my four children and thought, ‘you still do as we ask (for the most part)’ and, ‘you still think that mum and dad are the “bosses” of everything’. I then began to dread the moment in time when they shift from being beautiful, fun, energetic children and move into that scary world of adolescence. I’m sure there are many of you reading this that would be nodding with a wry smile about what is still to come for my wife and I.

Whilst pondering these scary thoughts I did come across a good article that talked about adolescence and understanding the teen years by a gentleman called Steven Dowshen, MD. The article talks about puberty being so much more than the obvious physical changes that we see in our children, as well as tips on how to help yourself when dealing with a teenager (or sometimes more than one) such as recognising signs, communicating, picking battles, etc. Read the article here

Despite these adolescent challenges, our boys have still been doing some pretty amazing things at school. Adam and Joshua Choong from Year 9, combined with their big brother Gavin, to enter the 2018 ChooseMaths Student Competition and have made it to the national finals. It is an amazing effort and highlights the incredible talents, academic and creative, of our Middle School boys. Watch their video here.

Our Year 9s have been busily preparing for Winter Camp which begins on Monday 13 August. It has our boys skiing, white water rafting, mountain biking, etc. and promises to be a lot of fun. Our Year 8s have moved into their new rotating core and elective subjects, whilst our Year 7s have celebrated 100 days of Year 7, as well as begun their EISM sporting competition. Our Year 7 & 8 boys have also begun a new social media program called SoMe which is aimed at helping to educate our boys (and girls) around the safe use of social media.



News From the Careers Department

All Year 10 and 11 students are encouraged to attend at least one of the University or TAFE Open Days that generally occur during August. It is hoped that Year 12 students are finalising their choices as VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre) applications opened at 9.00am on Monday 6 August. It is important that those students wishing to apply through VTAC begin the registration process and note all of the key dates published in terms of timely closing dates, SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme) and scholarships. A copy of the presentation can be found at: https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/16412/

Post-Secondary Information Night for Year 12 Parents/Guardians

Date: Thursday 9 August

Time: 7.30 – 8.45pm

Location: Tintern Theatre

Please note this is an evening for parents or guardians. Students are not required to attend as they have received the information at a year level assembly. The format for the evening includes an overview of the VTAC application process with reference to interstate and overseas applications, the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) and a presentation from the Deakin University Admissions team to provide insights into the transition process from school to tertiary study including advice for families.

Year 12 Student Reminder

The ASPIRE conditional early entry program offered by La Trobe University closes on Friday 31 August 2018. ASPIRE recognises service to the community in a range of contexts. Applications are made online at: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/study/aspire

Year 11 Careers Assembly

Last week a presentation was given to the Year 11 students that outlined the importance of researching future career options, the role of community service in gaining conditional early entry offers with a reduced ATAR, exploring scholarship opportunities and preparing for VTAC requirements such as personal statements. The Year 11 students had a follow up pastoral session using the newly formatted Course Search tool on the VTAC website found at: http://delta.vtac.edu.au/CourseSearch/searchguide.htm




The latest editions of Career News Numbers 20 and 21 are now available on the Portal at http://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/14962/ and includes the following items:

Number 20

  • Dates for the Diary in Term 3
  • VTAC Year 11 and 12 Guide
  • Key Dates for Tertiary Applications for 2019 Entry
  • Free TAFE for Select Courses
  • UAC Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS)
  • New University of Melbourne Principal’s Scholarship
  • CASPer Entry Requirement for Teacher Qualifications
  • News from Monash University
    • New Bachelor of Design
    • New Master of Architecture
  • Scholarships to Study Abroad
  • Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Science Courses in Victoria
  • Studying Allied Health at Holmesglen Institute in 2018
  • Upcoming Open Days 2018

Number 21

  • Dates for the Diary in Term 3
  • News from the University of Melbourne
    • Guaranteed Entry Scheme
    • Access Melbourne
    • Graduate Degree Packages for 2019 Entry
    • VCE Music Workshop in Preparation for Auditions
    • Girls Guide to Great Careers in STEM
  • Monash Entry Schemes
    • 1. The Monash Guarantee
    • 2. Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS)
  • ANU Roadshow – Melbourne
  • 2018 Study Overseas Expo
  • Teaching Matrices
  • Upcoming Open Days 2018


News From Year 10

Subject selections are now closed and the students have tried hard to select courses that both reflect their interests, pre-requisites and future aspirations that include a wide range of options including the University and TAFE sectors. The school has ordered a copy for each Year 10 student of the Herald Sun from Tuesday 7 August that included a range of relevant articles plus the pre-requisites for 2021.

The school congratulates our Year 10 Mentor Leaders for Semester 2 and we particularly look forward to working with them in the Community Action Project later this term.

  • 10A        Finn Cussen and Phoebe Young
  • 10B        Ashleigh Dowling and Mitch Isbel
  • 10C        Sarah Huang and Darcee McCallum
  • 10D        Fintan McCrave and Inari Morales-Ameca Reyes
  • 10E        Alice Church and Natalie Owen

Last week we welcomed Ms Sue-Anne Dias the Tintern Grammar Human Resources Manager to our level assembly and she provided many insights from her experiences in recruitment. Ms Dias highlighted the importance of the 3Ps (Punctuality, Preparation and Presentation), the interview format, group interviews and mistakes to avoid. She also outlined the STAR technique when responding to behavioural interview questions (Situation, Task, Action, Result) for students to try in their upcoming mock job interviews.


News From Year 11

This week the Year 11 students will commence their pastoral program focused on leadership and personal responsibility. Talks from guest speakers as well as staff will hopefully inspire students to consider nominating themselves for a leadership role within the school next year. There are opportunities for School Leaders, House Captains, as well as many co-curricular positions.  With nominations, presentations and voting for School and House Leaders scheduled to occur throughout the second half of Term 3. Applications for and appointment of Co-curricular positions will occur early in Term 4.


News From Year 12

This week the students were addressed by Mrs Heather Ruckert (Careers Consultant) about the up and coming VTAC applications. VTAC applications are now open and all students have also received a VTAC guide to help them through the process. The presentation given by Mrs Heather Ruckert, which includes a number of key dates and other very important information, will be available to both students and parents on the Year 12 Level portal page as well as the Careers portal page.

Another important aspect of the VTAC application process for some students will be applying for special consideration via VTAC’s Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS). The Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) is designed to make sure institutions get a sense of your full potential and it enables institutions to consider the circumstances you have experienced and their impact upon your studies when making selection decisions. Students were briefed about the requirements for a SEAS application by Mr Andrew Cho (VCE Co-ordinator). If you have any questions regarding a SEAS application please contact him on acho@tintern.vic.edu.au.

A Post-Secondary Information Night for Year 12 Parents/Guardians will be held this Thursday 9 August from 7:30-8:45pm in the Theatre. This evening is for parents or guardians, students are not required to attend. The format for the evening includes an overview of the VTAC application process with reference to interstate and overseas applications, the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) and a presentation from the Deakin University Admissions team to provide insights into the transition process from school to tertiary study including advice for families.


Ashlee Maywald (YG 2011) to compete in Ironman 70.3 World Championship Triathlon in South Africa


Good luck to alumna Ashlee Maywald (YG 2011) who will be competing in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship triathlon in South Africa in early September. This event includes a 1.9 km swim, 90.1km bike leg and 21.1km run. Best wishes Ashlee!


Alumna Madeleine Wright (YG 2016) named in 21 & Under Women’s Indoor Cricket team for the 2018 Australasia Cup

Congratulations to alumna Madeleine Wright (YG 2016) who has been named in the 21 & Under Women’s Indoor Cricket team for the 2018 Australasia Cup in Sri Lanka in September. This is a magnificent opportunity for Madeleine which she has worked very hard to achieve.

While some sports at International level are fully funded, Indoor Cricket is not. To compete in the Australasia Cup, Madeleine needs to raise $4,700 to cover costs such as airfares, accommodation, transport, uniforms and competition levies. Madeleine would love your support to represent Australia in Sri Lanka in September. Follow this link to donate:https://asf.org.au/athle…/australasian-cup-madeleine-wright/ Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.


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