07 Dec 2021

From the Principal

2022 and beyond at Tintern Grammar – Our Forward Strategy and what does it mean for students and families?

As we move towards the end of term, Christmas celebrations, and the end of the year, we are also moving towards the publication of the School’s “Forward Strategy Towards 2030” document. This will be available for all families and will also be a public document on our website. It is only intended to be a summary document that can be read without significant knowledge of the School and is supported by a detailed Operational Plan overseen by the Board through the School Leadership Team.

While detailed knowledge of a school’s strategic direction is not important for everyone, the significant amount of community consultation undertaken through this planning phase will have ensured interest from a larger group than usual, I suspect. While I look forward to being able to deliver this to families (hopefully prior to Christmas), I think it is important to outline what it will mean for students, families and the broader Tintern community from 2022 onwards.

Our forward strategy is based on three fundamental elements that in many ways will look familiar to families who have been at the School over recent years:

  1. Care

Care will underpin all decisions and actions of the School as a fundamental underpinning of our Forward Strategy Towards 2030. This will apply of course to all matters involving students but will also encompass decisions and actions regarding our wonderful staff, our families, and our alumni, as well as our broader partners, educational and commercial. It is care that will steer achievement, growth, emotional intelligence, opportunity and options, financial management, and every other aspect of the School’s activities.

Supported by this underpinning of care will be the two foundations of the student, staff, family, and alumni experience at Tintern.

  1. Learning

This will continue to encompass highest quality academic learning for our students, with the goal of enabling every student to achieve their own personal excellence, as has been a key priority for Tintern for many years. It will also emphasise the development of general capabilities essential in our modern world and workplaces, collaborative capacity, critical thinking, creativity and innovation and conceptual intelligence. Values and ethical understanding and action will continue to be key to the growth of students and our community, and we will be consciously developing self-awareness, empathy, and broader emotional intelligence as part of the “Learning” foundation of our forward strategy. And we will continue to emphasise the importance and significance of ethically and morally appropriate decision making and action as part of being an educated citizen of the modern world.


  1. Wellbeing

As our second key foundation, wellbeing will be prioritised both proactively and responsively. The decline in pre-adolescent and adolescent mental health over the last 30 years has been distressing and alarming, and this will have only be amplified by the pandemic over the last two years. Healthy social and emotional wellbeing is a pre-condition for achievement and success for any person, and we must seek to build this into our young people in a deliberate and conscious journey from our youngest in the ELC to our Year 12 leavers. At the same time, addressing the effects of the pandemic on the younger and older members of our community is going to be a multi-year project in our wellbeing domain also.

Our goals in the wellbeing domain will also encompass the development of confidence and resilience, and a deep sense of belonging, key attributes for future success in a rapidly changing world that they will move out into after school.

The aim of the forward strategy and operational plan will be to ensure our graduates are prepared for their future not our past. The world they will be working in and influencing in 2030 and 2040 will be very different to our current one, and if they are to be prepared to face the challenges of a future we cannot see, they will need more than excellent academic knowledge and understanding.

They will need to be able to learn and unlearn, to be creative and adaptable, to be courageous, ethical, and resilient, and to be able to understand themselves and others in order to collaboratively address the key challenges of their future.

You may already have seen in my email sent today (Tuesday 7 December), that we have also reviewed and reallocated roles and responsibilities in the senior leadership team to ensure our organisational structure also fully supports the new Forward Strategy. This is a key step in achieving our strategy.

While our “Forward Strategy Towards 2030” public document will not set out our forward strategy quite as I have above, these are the fundamental points as they will affect students, staff, families, and alumni. I hope that this sneak preview for our current community paints a future for our school that excites you as it does me!

I wish you a wonderful end to the year, a Merry Christmas for those who celebrate it, and I hope you and all your loved ones get time to have a much-needed step back from what has been a chaotic existence for the last two years, as we all try to truly re-charge our batteries!

Factis non verbis


Chaplain’s Corner

How’s your countdown to Christmas? With young kids in a house, the countdown to Christmas usually begins somewhere in October! There was one year where every morning I was woken by the question, “Mum, how many days til Christmas?” I got an app on my phone so could just hold it up instead of trying to speak. As I write this it is 19 days, 13 hours and 31 minutes until Christmas 2021.

When I was a child we had an advent calendar that you opened a door every day to discover a picture behind it and my sisters and I took turns opening the doors. We all wanted to be the one to open the door on day 25 because it was a double door with a bigger picture behind it. I loved the element of surprise and also the expectation of the coming Christmas Day. When my son was three(now thirteen!), he got his first chocolate Advent calendar, and I explained to him that we use it to countdown to Christmas and he will know it’s one more sleep until Christmas, once there are no more chocolates left. So December 1 arrived and he opened door one and got his first chocolate. December 2 arrived and he rushed up to me, “Mummy, mummy it’s Christmas Day tomorrow!”. To which I replied, “No Jacob, it’s still 23 days away.” “But mummy”, he replied, ‘you said that when there were no more chocolates left, the next day would be Christmas, and look, all the chocolates are gone!”

Advent calendars are great fun, the word ‘Advent’ is derived from Latin word ‘coming’ so Advent prepares us for the ‘coming’ of Jesus. Prior to Jesus’ birth, God’s people had been under foreign rule and oppression, and had been waiting, longing for a ‘Messiah’ a king above all kings who would release them from their oppression. In the Bible the prophet Isaiah speaks of a ‘Prince of Peace, a Mighty God’. And after hundreds of years of waiting, a Prince of Peace arrives in the form of a baby. Baby Jesus. And this baby grows into a man who heals, restores and brings peace, dignity, hope and life.

When talking with the students from ELC to Year 12 about Christmas over the past two weeks there are some questions that arise:

What are you waiting for this Christmas?

What does your wish list look like?

What will you be counting down to?

Because the key question is this:

If you were to get everything you wished for this Christmas, would anyone’s life be changed other than your own?

You see, whether or not you believe Jesus was Gods son, or a just a person, you would have to agree that his life seemed remarkable. He lived to restore hope and dignity to people, he changed people’s lives for the better and if we all followed that example the world would be an amazing place.


Community Matters

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

The Community Relations team and all the Community Groups would like to take this opportunity to wish all Tintern Grammar families a happy and safe Christmas. 

2021 was another unexpected year. We were pleased to host some incredible Community events early in the year, but the second half of 2021 saw further cancellations due to another long metro Melbourne lockdown.

Thank you to our Friends of Young Farmers, Friends of Equestrian and Friends of Music, who all approached the uncertainty with grace and creativity. A special thank you also to the Tintern Parents Group, who once again gifted our entire Year 12 Class a $25 Uber Eats gift voucher, to bring a spark of joy to the cohort.

We were grateful for the events and fundraisers that were able to go ahead; the FOE Horse Trials, Mother’s Day Stall, TPG Movie Night and Trivia Night, Second Hand Book sale, Equestrian Clinics and the mango drive.  We look forward to many wonderful Community events in 2022!

Seeking Parent Representatives for 2022!

Are you interested in being a Class representative for 2022? Parent Representative are a liaison between parents/guardians and the school. Informing parents about activities planned either by Tintern, our community groups or within the class or year level, such as fundraisers or events.

Parent Reps also organise class or year level functions to provide parents with the opportunity of meeting and socialising in a relaxed atmosphere. It would be a great opportunity for class groups to connect, while supporting our local community cafes and restaurants still recovering from the lockdowns.

We greatly appreciate the time and commitment given by our Parent Reps. This role is suitable for Parents or Guardians who are in the workforce or who undertake home responsibilities. 

Thank you to all those who have already signed on to assist in 2022:

Pre-Prep A   Lia Taylor
Pre-Prep A   Emma Griffiths  
Prep   Ivon Tio
1 M Sarah Western
1 F Ereney Francis
2 M Emma Griffiths
3 M Jane Wilcock 
4 M Danielle Kelberg
4 F Nicole Doyle
5 M Sally Robinson
5 M Samantha Bray
7 M Michelle Kuo
7 F Danielle Kelberg
7 M Lisa Chivers
9 F Kerry Boromeo
12 joint Annette Dark
12 joint Wendy Zhang


The role can be shared between many people, so please get in touch with you are interested or would like to volunteer, by email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au or by phone 03 9845 7877.

A special thank you to our wonderful team of Parent Representatives from 2021. Though the year was again not what we expected, with the cancellation of many events, we greatly appreciated their efforts in unusual times.

Volunteer Thank You Night 2021

On Wednesday 1 December we came together at the Sage Hotel to thank the many incredible volunteers who have dedicated their time to Tintern in 2021. We also wished a sad farewell to many long term volunteers, thanking them for their many years of service to the school.

Whether assisting with events and fundraisers, as a Community Group member, or our Alumni who have generously supported both our current and past students – we say thank you!

Your support enriches the experience for our students, their families and our wider community – forming the backbone of many of our largest events. Thank you for the creativity, skills, time and service you have given to the school.


Secondhand Books

Thank you to everyone who submitted second-hand books through the TPG and I Love Books partnership. 

You can still submit books directly to I Love Books. Please contact them on 9898 1677 or by email to enquiry@ilovebooks.com.au.

Friends of Equestrian – We need you!

The Tintern Friends of Equestrian Committee is a parent led group of equine enthusiasts who gather to support the children of Tintern in their equestrian pursuits. After 22 years of organising events and clinics for our equestrian community, FOE is in desperate need of new volunteers to be able to continue in to 2022.

FOE organise training days in all disciplines and run the prestigious Tintern Horse Trials. As we move in to a new year, the FOE Committee can explore the options for Equestrian events moving forward.

Please if you have any interest joining us, please get in touch with either Sherie on 0484750500 or Nelaana to discuss how you can help.  

Presentation Ball Committee

Are you interested in being involved in the Presentation Ball Committee? An opportunity has opened up to join the Committee and take this traditional pastime into a new era.

 Offered each year to our Year 11 students, it is a wonderful opportunity for them to receive modern dance instruction whilst having fun and experiencing a formal presentation to family and friends.

If you are interested in being a part of this Committee, please contact Di Lacey in Community Relations on 9845 7777 or communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

Community Committee Dates 

Community Group Meetings have returned to Zoom due to the current restrictions. Please check the information below carefully for details:

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 10 February 2022 at 7pm President: Haidee Wallace Location: TBC
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: TBC  President: Debra Fryer Location: Click here to join.
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: TBC President: Ranald Young Zoom:  Click here to join Meeting   Password: FOYF
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Interested in joining FOE, contact them here to be included in meeting notifications 

Upcoming Reunions 2021

  • YG 2016, 5 Year Reunion – Friday 10 December at 7.30pm – High and Dry Bar @ Sage Hotel, Ringwood – Book Here
  • YG 2012, 10 Year Reunion – Saturday 19 February 2022 at 3.30pm to 6.30pm – Tintern Grammar followed by Bar offsite – Booking link coming soon

2022 Community Events Calendar



Foundation Service 2022

Friday 4 February at 8.30am

2022 Musical

Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 March

Community Fun Day

Saturday 5 March at 2pm to 7pm

2022 FOE Horse Trials, including Anzac service

Saturday 23 April to Sunday 24 April

Cathedral Service 2022

Thursday 5 May 1pm to 2pm

Career’s Night

Thursday 19 May at 6pm

TPG Trivia Night

Sat 30 July at 7pm

Jazz Night

Friday 26 August at 7pm

FOYF Spring Celebration at the FARM

Friday 2 September, 3.30pm to 7.00pm

TPG Presentation Ball

Saturday 10 September at 7.30pm

Celebration Evening

Monday 17 October at 7pm

TPG Spring Garden Tour

Friday 21 October – 9.00am to 3.15pm

Principal’s Volunteer Thank You evening

Thursday 24 November at 7.00pm

Munch with the Musos

Sunday 27 November 10am

*Current as at 29 November 2021

2022 Reunions Calendar



10 Year Reunion YG 2012

Saturday 19 February at 3.30pm, followed by offsite

5+2 Year Reunion YG 2015

Term 1 – Date TBC offsite

50, 55, 60 & 55+ Year Reunion YG 1970, 1971 and 1972, 1965, 1966 & 1977, 1960, 1961 & 1962

Tuesday 5 April, 11am to 2.00pm

15 Year Reunion YG 2007, 2006 and 2005

Saturday 4 June at 3.30pm, followed by offsite

5 Year Reunion YG 2017

Friday 22 July at 7.30pm, offsite

Reunion Festival 2021 YGs 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982, 1977

Saturday 5 November at 3.30pm, followed by Offsite

Return to Tintern Alumni Admissions Tour

Thursday 17 November, 6pm – 8pm CM Wood Centre

Community Group Fundraising

Entertainment Books

The Entertainment Book is now 100% digital! Excitingly this means that your Membership is valid for 12 months from the date of activation

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

You can purchase a membership now, for yourself, friend or family member, and activate at any time over the next 6 months (extended from 60 days). You then have 12 months to take full advantage of the many wonderful offers!

You can purchase Woolworths Wish e-vouchers for a 3% discount. Whether purchasing to do your weekly groceries, shopping at Big W, or stocking up on Essentials at BWS, Cellarmasters or Dan Murphy’s, or even getting petrol at Woolworths Caltex, the savings can add up:

Please click here to order your Entertainment book from Tintern Grammar. 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!



Music Matters

Year 8 Concert 

Students in 8A and 8D recently participated in a wonderful end-of-semester Music concert. With remote learning robbing these classes of much of their practical time in the classroom this semester, the performance component of the Year 8 Music course was presented quite differently this semester. There were performances of small ensemble items created by the students, and solos performed by the students who learn an instrument either at school or with teachers in the local community. It was a fantastic showcase of the musical talent that exists in this year level. Such a wide variety of instruments were represented on the day, including piano, clarinet, cello, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, guitar and flute, and a gorgeous sounding Chinese instrument, the Ruan. It takes courage to perform to your peers in such an intimate concert setting, and all of these students presented strong performances, showcasing their commitment to music making, to an audience that was engaged and respectful. This was a delightful conclusion to this semester of classroom Music.

Mrs Lisa Clarke

Head of Music – Instrumental

Music lessons for 2022

A reminder to all families with students who currently learn Instrumental Music to return your enrolment forms for lessons in 2022 if you wish to continue lessons in the new year. Emails were sent recently to parents of all existing instrumental/voice students at Tintern. New Music Lesson enrolments for 2022 also are welcome at this stage. Please call Elizabeth Feenane in the Music Office (Ph: 9845 7837) if you have any questions regarding these matters or if you would like to receive an enrolment form for Music lessons in 2022.


A Merry Christmas to all Tintern families from the magical musos at Tintern.

We look forward to seeing you return to our concerts and musical events in 2022!




Sport Matters

Skye Sriratana Weightlifting Championships

Congratulations to Skye Sriratana in Year 9 on an incredible performance at the recent Victorian Age Weightlifting Championship held at the Eleiko Victorian Weightlifting Stadium. Skye won all of her categories and is now the U15 and U17 Victorian state champion. Her weight categories were: Snatch – 60kg Clean & Jerk – 73kg Total – 133kg During the lifts Skye also broke nine Victorian state records and five Australian national records, a great achievement!



2021 Volleyball Victoria Schools Championship

Our Years 7 and 8 volleyball teams attended the 2021 Volleyball Victoria Schools Championship last week at MSAC, 175 teams attended the event from 30 schools. Our teams gave their all in a very close competition, as you will see from the results below: Year 7 Girls placed 7th, showing incredible improvement and confidence over the week. Year 7 Boys won Gold, defeating Upwey in the final, in two sets. Year 8 Girls won Bronze, showing incredible skill. Year 8 Boys came 7th, a great effort after being moved up to division 1 with such a tight competition. Well done to all students involved, it was certainly a successful year on the volleyball court for our Tintern teams!


ELC News

ELC Christmas Concert

On Friday night for the first time in a long time the ELC families came together to celebrate and while the children could not present their Christmas Concert live, the screenings and community gathering provided a sense of togetherness felt by all.

It was so nice to see the children and families enjoying the screening together especially when the children began to sing the songs along with the film. They have been practising these songs for several weeks at music, in the ELC, and even could be heard as the children played. I wonder if they were singing them at home as well?

The atmosphere at the concert and in the ELC playground as families gathered to share some food and chat was lovely. For some families this was the first time that they had been inside the ELC and have the chance to meet each other. The children had the opportunity to show their classrooms to their families and play in our lovely outside area.

However, I have to say that the biggest hit was the ice-cream van. The children happily lined up to select their treat and the pleasure on their faces was delightful. This was part of the evening that the children had been asking about all week and topped off a very successful event.

The cornerstone of our philosophy is community and care and Friday night demonstrated that no matter what a year may throw at us community is indeed the glue that holds the ELC together.

A special thanks to Mrs Shari Bhatt our wonderful music teacher for all that she did to prepare the children, their costumes and the filming of the event.

Thanks to our ELC staff, families and children who have made this event and the last 12 months memorable and rewarding.

To all our families leaving, thank you for your support and contributions. We wish you and your children all the best for their next educational adventure.

For those returning, I am looking forward to welcoming you back in 2022.

To all our families, on behalf of the ELC staff, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



Girls’ Junior School News


Pyjama Day for the Prep and Year 1 girls was a hugely fun time for all! The girls thoroughly deserved this special day in recognition of the commitment they have consistently shown to their learning throughout this often, challenging year.

Highlights for the Year 1 girls from the day included; designing a pair of perfectly amazing pyjamas, bedtime Yoga, paper doll fun, making a pyjama question chatterbox, PJ Memory games, crafty food treats, a highly entertaining magician visit, The Little Bear movie with special afternoon tea and the oh so popular ice cream van visit! Snuggling down with their soft toy from home for a bedtime story about a little, lost star was a perfect end to our very special day!

Quotes of the day

“Can we have Pyjama Day every day??!!”

“This is the best day ever!”

“I love Pyjama Day sooooooo much!”

All up, an extremely happy day!!

Mary Whitcher

Year 1A Teacher


Mornington and the Enchanted Adventure Park 

Unfortunately, this year saw two cancellations of Year 3/4 Camp – our original and rescheduled dates both fell within Melbourne lockdowns. So, we decided we needed to get out of the classroom and have some fun outside before 2021 concluded. The excitement was pouring out of them from the minute we began our trek to the bus bay. We travelled down to Mornington and visited Enchanted Adventure Park as a 3/4 group. It was fantastic to see the girls in a setting similar to camp – even just for one day. We also took a detour on the way home to have dinner at Mothers Beach, delicious fish and chips. The seagulls kept a close eye on all of us as we chatted and shared a meal together. Our dinner setting was full of nostalgia for the girls as it was the exact location as their Prep to 2 Beach Day!

We had a marvellous time – but don’t take my word for it, here is what some of the Year 4’s had to say.

“I loved the excursion to the Enchanted Adventure Park and to Mother Beach. At Mothers beach we ate fish, chips and blackcurrant and apple juice for an early dinner. When we go back on the bus all of us were wrecked. It was so fun to run around the beach with my friends” – Jess Van Lierop

“We really enjoyed our trip to Enchanted Adventure park. The best part in my opinion was the tube slides. I loved them so much because they were so exciting but so terrifying at the same time. Even though it was tiring bringing the donut up, it would be a perfect example of entertainment at its finest!” – Linna Yue

“I really enjoyed our excursion to The Enchanted Adventure Garden. I thought it was a good make-up for camp because had lots of awesome things. My favourite was the Sky Scramble playground. It was a giant playground in the sky with lots of things like slides, net bridges, yoga ball pits and noodles pits. I loved the giant slide because when you go in is pitch black. And it was really long!” – Riya Yogesh Kumar

“I really loved the excursion! My favourite part of the Enchanted Adventure Park was the mazes. Although they were a bit confusing, I enjoyed weaving around the pathways with my group. Even if some people went ahead, we still worked as a team to make our way out!” – Eryn Lee



Will Fogarty

Year 4 Girls’ Junior School Teacher


Prep to Year 2 Beach Day

On Friday 3 December the Preps travelled by bus to the Mornington Peninsula for our annual Prep to Year 2 beach day. The bus trip was a highlight for the girls and was a buzz with great anticipation for what lay ahead. We were blessed with pleasant weather after the storm the night before. Once at the beach, it was wonderful to see the girls relaxing and enjoying swimming, building sandcastles, creating mermaids and having lots of fun with their friends. It was lovely having parents join us at the beach and celebrate the year that was. There were many tired girls on the way home and some even managed to have a nap! Thank you to the Year 11 students who joined us to help out with the junior students in the water and on the sand.

Sana- I loved going in the water, because I am a good swimmer. Going on the bus was fun, I sat next to Aleayah.

Sarah- I loved swimming and making sandcastles with my friends.

Lena- I liked feeling the edge of the water and my feet sinking into the sand.

Abi- It was fun building sandcastles, being a mermaid with Isla and Beatrice and swimming in the water.

Millie- I liked building things with the sand and water.

Helen- It was fun splashing in the water. I shared my beach bucket with Isla. I fell asleep on the bus on the way home!

Rianna- I really enjoyed going in the water.

Beatrice- I liked being with my friends at the beach.

Doris- It was fun playing with my brother, Cooper at the beach. My Mum came too!

Blaire- I liked going in the sea, but not too deep!

Olivia- The sea was so much fun. I liked splashing around.

Jessica- I liked going on the bus to the beach, sometimes I fall asleep on the bus.

Mila- I liked going to the beach and going in the water.

Luna- I built some sandcastles and sat in a tent with my family.

Aleayah- It was fun building sandcastles with Luna.

Hannah- I liked swimming in the water and making a tiny pool. I liked having my Mum at the beach. The bus trip was also fun.

Isla- It was so much fun playing with my friends at the beach. The water was cold, but I still liked swimming in it.

Have a safe and happy holiday,

Joelle Lake

Prep Girls Classroom Teacher


Boys’ Junior School News

The Lion King

It is with fingers and toes and eyes and nose crossed that we eagerly await the re-re-re-re-scheduled The Lion King performance for our Boys’ Junior school tomorrow evening.

Having been sent into lockdown on the day of the original re-scheduled 2020 event, the Junior School boys have patiently endured the frustrations of constant change, and deserve not only the chance to perform to family and friends, but to be rewarded for their resilience and Grit!

Beach Day

Our Prep to Year 2 boys, and many families, enjoyed our annual beach day at Mornington last Friday. It was wonderful to be able to share a special outdoor event with so many members of our community.



Year 6 Celebration Dinner

Last night, over 100 people gathered together in our CM Wood centre to thank and acknowledge our Year 6 boys and their families for their Junior School journey.

This very special occasion saw each boy present a powerpoint of their unique journey, parents record a message to their boys, and a 10 minute movie featuring photos from the boys Prep to Year 6 journey.

It was a lovely occasion!


Middle School News

I remember writing at this time last year about the optimism we had for 2021 following on from 2020, only to have another year full of even more challenges and disruptions. It’s a strange sense of de ja vu that we currently have leading into the summer holidays and prior to 2022. What does 2022 have in store for us? Will there be periods of remote learning? Will our year be uninterrupted? The honest answer to these questions is that we really don’t know. I must admit however, that I am significantly more optimistic around the idea of being provided with less interruptions to our teaching and learning program next year.  

Despite the challenges of 2021, the year has been one where all students can look back with a real sense of accomplishment and fulfilment for the effort they have put into their learning. Fortunately, we were able to run several key activities in the beginning of the year including all three camps, the school musical and both our swimming sports and athletics carnival. Many co-curricular programs operated throughout the year along with academic challenges such as ICAS testing, mathematical and scientific competitions, and computing and algorithmic challenges. Even with remote learning, many students engaged in both internal and external academic and non-academic competitions, as well as co-curricular activities. I am very confident that this is something that will improve even more in 2022 as extra opportunities avail. 

I would like to express my gratitude to the staff of the Middle School (and whole school) for their ongoing effort and commitment that they demonstrated this year. This includes both teaching and non-teaching staff who work tirelessly to provide a wonderful level of education during the times we were on campus and when in remote learning. The sense of care that was displayed by staff to all students and families is something we are very grateful for.  



In the last two weeks of school our students move into their transition classes; this is the beginning of their academic work for 2022. All students are now in their future class groups and have begun work on their 2022 content for Semester 1. It has been impressive to see the smoothness to which the students have moved into transition, and the eagerness to which they have applied themselves to their work.  


Year 9 Camps 

Last week our Year 9s completed their Summer Expeditions. This is normally the third of their three camps; however, this year their Winter Camp (camp 2) was lost due to restrictions. The Summer Expeditions saw our students on one of the following experiences: 

  • Sea kayaking/Sailing the Gippsland Lakes 

  • Mountain Biking the high country 

  • White Water Rafting 

  • Hiking journey 

All camps are a five-day journey-based option, with the exception of the hike which runs over 7 days. All camps were very successful, providing both challenges and new experiences for all students and staff. A huge thank you to Emma Lowing and staff for facilitating a great experience for our students.  



Last week we had four teams enter a state volleyball competition held at MSAC. This is something our students have been training for since early in the year under the guidance of Mrs Petchell and Ms Vine and other key staff members. It has included many training sessions and practice matches, as well as being interrupted by periods of remote learning where competitions and practice became impossible. All students deserve to be congratulated for their ongoing commitment which they displayed throughout the competition. Over the four-day long tournament we had a Year 7 girls team and Year 8 boys team finish an impressive 7th overall in their category. Our Year 8 girls team fell just short of the gold medal play off and subsequently went on to win the bronze medal play-off game. Our Year 7 boys team demonstrated improvement day by day throughout the tournament and won their way through to the gold medal match against Upwey High School. In the gold medal game, our boys outclassed their opposition in a wonderful display of volleyball, running out straight set winners to take home the gold medal. Congratulations to these boys and all other teams for their amazing effort throughout the tournament. We look forward to watching you again next year. 


The Middle School Endeavour Award 

Awarded to a Year 9 girl and boy who have distinguished themselves through displaying: ongoing commitment and responsibility for their own behaviour and learning, and determination to improve their academic grades across the Middle School years. Significant service to their classmates and to the School and outstanding qualities of character and integrity including, demonstrated respect for self and others. 

In 2021 this award went to: Emily Block and Bryan Hsieh. 


The JP Masters Award 

Jerry Masters was a foundation member of the Southwood staff who was an outstanding teacher, demonstrating dedication and commitment to the education of Southwood students. The JP Masters award is presented to a Middle School student who, as judged by the Middle School Pastoral Staff, best exemplifies the values portrayed by the Compass. 

In 2021 this award went to: Flynn Hutchinson. 


Elspeth Adamson Award 

The most prestigious Award made available to a Middle School girl is the Elspeth Adamson Award  which is given annually to the Year 9 student who most embodies the School’s motto and who has made a significant contribution for the good of the School in service of her Middle School peers and the whole School Community. Elspeth Adamson was a former staff member who was Deputy Principal of Tintern Schools from 1997 – 2006. 

In 2021 this award went to: Skye Sriratana. 


I would like to finish by wishing everyone a wonderful summer break and Christmas period. It has been a year that has challenged all of us and as a school we have been incredibly grateful for the ongoing support we have received from our parent and wider community. Our staff have worked hard to  provide quality education and I know they too are looking forward to the upcoming break. 



Senior College News

We have entered our final week of transition and it was terrific to welcome the Year 10s back from camp and hear such glowing feedback about their experiences. It was a busy morning for them as they organised lockers and navigated new timetables. I am still meeting with students who wish to change their subjects but they are encouraged to contact me as soon as possible do discuss options for next year. The Year 11s seem quite happy to just enjoy being together and I have appreciated their calm manner towards transition and they are looking forward to the prospect of a pizza lunch this week. For our Year 12s they have settled into their upstairs social and study spaces quickly and seem to be quite at home. As a school we were so proud of their behaviour at the “Year 11 Formal” and with plenty of dancing and food the evening flew by and this photograph captures them as a group enjoying Potters Restaurant.

For families of our departing Class of 2021, we have the filmed Celebration Evening to be screened at the Coburg Drive-In on Thursday 9 December. A reminder that COVID Marshalls shall be checking that all eligible people can show their double vaccination status and QR code into the venue at the entry gates. A refreshment package has also been ordered to enjoy while watching the screening. The Class of 2021 Year 12 Formal is also approaching on Monday 13 December at Bramleigh Receptions. Information will be sent home shortly about the Valedictory Dinner to be held at Leonda by the Yarra on Wednesday 9 February 2021.

VCE results will be released on Thursday 16 December and there is a most comprehensive list of Change of Preference Events, Activities and Support hotlines etc published on the VTAC website at:

https://www.vtac.edu.au/institutions/inst-cop.html I will be sending out further information directly to the Class of 2021 Year 12 families with my Careers contact details and availability later this week for both the VCE and IB students. A reminder that Year 11 students undertaking a VCE Unit 3 and 4 subject are encouraged to register for their results using the Results and ATAR Service at https://resultsandatar.vic.edu.au/results/applicants.htm as they do not have a VTAC account. Using this service means that the students can access their results from 7.00am on Thursday 16 December. They will need their VCAA number to register.

The Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Award from the University of Melbourne is an academic enrichment program designed for high achieving students during their final years of school in Years 11 and 12. Professor Kwong Lee Dow is a former Vice-Chancellor and distinguished scholar and recipients receive a number of benefits and opportunities. The Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Award for this year for Tintern Grammar goes to Max Lalor and we congratulate him on this prestigious achievement.

Today is our “Touch of Christmas” day organised by our School Leaders and there is a considerable amount of tinsel, Santa hats and Christmas apparel which complements the Christmas trees dispersed around the Senior College. Families have been generous with the assortment of Christmas items to fill our Big Boxes of Kindness that will brighten Christmas for families who are in need across the wider community.

Senior College students are also joining the Middle School Tintern Tough Mudder event on Friday 10 December. Interested Year 10 students need to join the event at 1.00pm and Year 11 and 12 students at 1.15pm. At the end of lunch time students will need to get dressed in their full school uniform for our final assembly.

The Senior College Camp/Conference programs for Years 10, 11 and 12 will all be from Monday 14 to Wednesday 16 February 2022 so please make a note of these dates for next year. Finally, I would like to thank all families for their support of the school as we have worked together through what has been a challenging year but I am grateful that we have returned to our normal routines to finish the school year. The last day for students is Friday 10 December and they will be dismissed at the usual time of 3.30pm. My personal best wishes for the festive season and may families all stay safe and well.


Career News

News from the Careers Department

Students may still change their electives in the Middle School by contacting Mr Brett Trollops or Mrs Ruckert for Senior College students. A Pathways to University file has been uploaded to the Careers page of the Portal in addition to the latest editions of Career News and each file can be accessed using the link at: https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/14962/

Number 35 Career News 19 November 2021

  • Final reminder: VTAC 2022 Upcoming Key Dates  
  • Accessing VCE Results
  • La Trobe University Campus Tours
  • RMIT Maths Bridging Programme
  • Monash University Campus Tours are Back!
  • 2022 VCE Summer School Programs
  • My Science 3-Day Program at Monash University
  • Useful Tips for Successful Interviews
  • Swinburne University – MathsLink Bridging Programs 

A reminder that families need to be logged in to the Portal to access the links or select the Careers tab to view all the relevant folders containing the files.





The Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Award – Congratulations Max Lalor

The Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Award from the University of Melbourne is an academic enrichment program designed for high achieving students during their final years of school in Years 11 and 12. Professor Kwong Lee Dow is a former Vice-Chancellor and distinguished scholar and recipients receive a number of benefits and opportunities. The Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Award for this year for Tintern Grammar goes to Max Lalor and we congratulate him on this prestigious achievement.


Kathy Watt OAM (YG 1982)

Congratulations to alumna Kathy Watt OAM (YG 1982) on the opening of her photography exhibition titled ‘Tokyo Dreams’.
Kathy Watt is an international award-winning photographer and Olympic gold medallist, her exhibition takes you behind the scenes at the Tokyo Olympics, portraying a variety of Australian and international athletes across a wide range of sports.
The exhibition is free to attend and will remain open until 10 December, click here to find out more.

Green Team winds up 2021 with Guest Speaker, Claire Butcher (YG 2010)

During lunch on Tuesday 7 December, the Green Team had the privilege of hearing from Landscape Architect, Claire Butcher. Claire is a former Tintern Grammar student who graduated in 2010 and went on to study at RMIT and the University of Melbourne. When she came back to Tintern for her 10 year reunion, she heard about the Green Team and nominated herself forward as a possible guest speaker, stating that “it’s so wonderful to see students standing up for a better future”.

Landscape Architects design ‘everything around buildings’, such as parks, streetscapes, plazas, outdoor malls, waterfronts, waterways, national parks, and even the design of new suburbs or towns. They also work closely with many other interrelated industries, including ecologists, horticulturalists, architects, urban planners, urban designers, and engineers.

The main goals of Landscape Architects are to make cities and environments more liveable, to find new and sustainable ways to live, and to find creative solutions to how our cities can adapt to cope with changing climate conditions, such as heat and flood.

Many Green Team students came along and asked interesting and engaging questions, for example “is it more difficult to work with commercial or domestic clients?” and “what is your favourite part about being a Landscape Architect?”

Claire is an excellent role model for the Year 12s, and she reassured us that there is no problem with changing your mind along the way about what you are studying at university, and reiterated that there is always freedom and flexibility to pursue and discover what you are passionate about.

The Green Team is so grateful that Claire took the time out of her day to come and speak to us and we wish Claire all the best in her personal and professional life as she continues to work towards being a Registered Landscape Architect.

For more information on what a Landscape Architect does and how to become one, there is a link to the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, a link from the University of Melbourne which explains the pathway to becoming a Landscape Architect , and a link outlining the Landscape Architecture courses that RMIT offers.

By Alei Paul (Year 11)

Green Team Captain



TeamKids School Holiday Program

TeamKids have another amazing SUMMER Holiday program planned!


•  Learn new skills and make new friends

• Qualified and REMARKABLE Educators

• Digital detox with our no screens policy

• Delicious and nutritious morning and afternoon snack

• CCS approved care


Head to teamkids.com.au to secure your spot!

Click below to view the Prep to Year 6 Holiday Program! 

Click below to view the ELC Holiday Program! 


2022 Welcome Events

Parents/Guardians, you are invited to join us for the upcoming welcome events at the beginning of 2022, a wonderful way to celebrate the start of the School year and to connect with other families!


Where: Community Hub

When: Monday 31 January 8.30am (Term 1 commences for all students in Years 7, 11 and 12 full day, Years 8 – 10 part day)

Please book for catering purposes – https://events.humanitix.com/welcome-morning-coffee-year7-parents    



Where: Community Hub

When: Tuesday 1 February 8.30am – (All students return to campus)

Please book for catering purposes – https://events.humanitix.com/welcome-coffee-morning



Where: Community Hub

When: Wednesday 2 February 8.00pm (to follow after the ELC & JS Information Evening)

Please book for catering purposes – https://events.humanitix.com/elc-junior-school-parent-welcome-drinks



Where: Community Hub

When: Thursday 3 February 8.00pm (to follow after the MS & SC Information Evening)

Please book for catering purposes – https://events.humanitix.com/middle-and-senior-school-parent-welcome-drinks