08 Jun 2021

From the Principal

This week we have a special lead introduction from Ashley Viney, Head of Sport.

After 2020, a year in which very little sport was played it has been fantastic to see the students back out on the sporting fields in 2021. Last year outlined the importance of regular physical activity and sporting competitions. This year, Tintern Grammar students have represented the school extremely well so far, achieving some outstanding results in a variety of weekly EISM sports and also in the swimming and athletics carnivals. During our summer season the Years 8 and 9 Girls Tennis team won the premiership, the Years 8 & 9 Girls finished runners up in the Indoor Soccer grand final and Senior Girls Table Tennis A also finished runners up. The majority of other teams competed in semi finals for their sports.

On Tuesday 9 March Tintern Grammar competed in the EISM Division 2 Swimming carnival at Ringwood Aquanation. The students had trained well in squad training leading into the event and were confident in their abilities. There were some fantastic efforts from David Derham (Year 8) who swam even though he was injured, Leia Yeoh and Yi-Jen Hsu (Year 7) who swam two age groups higher than their own to ensure that we scored points in every race. The students swam extremely well on the day against strong opposition from Donvale Christian College especially. The carnival was extremely close all day with Tintern and Donvale exchanging the lead on multiple occasions. The carnival came down to the last few relay events. Congratulations to all of the students on the day for the fantastic result and to our swimming coach Graeme Stephenson. 

Congratulations to the girls for winning the overall girls’ trophy and the U/13 girls and U/16 boys for winning their age groups. Congratulations to Tintern Grammar students for winning the EISM Division 2 carnival and being promoted back into Division 1 in 2022.

On Tuesday April 27, Tintern Grammar competed in the EISM Division 3 Athletics Carnival at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park. With some excellent performances from our students in the house athletics carnival only a week prior, staff and students were looking forward to the competition. Tintern Grammar students competed hard in each of their events and consistently achieved good results throughout the day. Having our seating area at the finish line allowed the students to cheer on their peers as they were completing their races. With the only score update near the end of the day having Tintern Grammar only 10 points clear of second and 40 points clear of fourth, the final track and field events would decide the winner of the carnival. Tintern Grammar performed well in each of these events to give ourselves the best chance of winning the carnival and promotion to Division 2 in 2022.

Congratulations to the Tintern Grammar girls’ students who won the overall girl’s trophy. Congratulations to all of the students for winning the EISM Division 3 carnival and promotion back to Division 2 in 2022.

It is fantastic to see the students embracing their sporting opportunities again this year. We look forward to the competitions to come in the second half of the year with more weekly sport, EISM Chess and EISM cross country.



Music Matters

Annual Music Camp and Annual Music Concert 2021

Each year the fine tradition of Music at Tintern Grammar is celebrated at the Annual Music Concert. This event traditionally features our larger choirs and instrumental ensembles, but it was rudely curtailed by the arrival and extended stay of COVID-19 in 2020. This year, all things being equal, the concert is scheduled to be held in the CM Wood Centre on Friday 6 August, commencing at 7.00pm, so please do mark this date in your diaries, in the hope that we can get this marvellous event to stage in 2021! Entry to this event is free and we hope you will bring family and friends along to support the students’ musical endeavours.

In preparation for the Annual Music Concert, we are planning to hold rehearsals over the weekend of Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 July at Tintern Grammar. All students should attend their relevant ensemble rehearsals, as this is vital extended rehearsal time for the concert, considering we have lost a couple of weeks of rehearsals already in Semester 1.

Students may wear casual clothes and bring their own snacks and drinks to Music Camp.

Ensembles Required

  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Concert Band
  • Concert Choir
  • Intermediate Choir
  • Intermediate Jazz Band
  • Scrolls String Orchestra
  • Senior Girls’ Chamber Choir
  • Senior Jazz Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Wind Symphony

Choirs will rehearse on Friday afternoon/early evening and instrumental ensembles throughout the weekend. A timetable of rehearsal times will be sent to relevant students and parents through the Music Department Office early in Term 3.


Community Matters

Friends of Young Farmer’s Spring Celebration 2021

Friday 3 September 2021 from 3.30pm – 7.00pm

Please Save the Date for the Tintern Grammar Spring Celebration on Friday 3 September 2021.

  • Date:         Friday 3 September 2021
  • Time:         3.30pm – 7.00pm
  • Location:   Tintern Grammar Farm, 90 Alexandra Road, Ringwood East VIC 3153

Friends of Music Jazz Night 2021

Save the Date for the 2021 Friends of Music Jazz Night. This year we have a Winter Wonderland theme, and it will held on Friday 27 August.

Students are invited to submit an entry in to the competition to design the poster! Prize is a $50 Hoyts voucher. For further information please contact the Music Office.

Thank you to our Parent Representatives

Year 4A enjoyed a welcome morning tea at Cafe Emjay for the Lukman family, who recently joined their class. Held on Monday 24 May they were able to gather before the Victorian Snap Lockdown. Thank you to Class Rep Viv Liou for arranging such a lovely welcome.

Interested in taking on the role of Parent Representative?

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. We are still seeking Parent Reps for the following classes / year levels:

  • Year 3 Girls
  • Year 7 Girls
  • Year 8 Boys
  • Year 9 Boys
  • Year 9 Girls
  • Year 10

If you are interested, please get in touch with Di Lacey in Community Relations, 9845 7893 or communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au

June Reunion Festival

Last Saturday we celebrated our June Reunion festival through an online Zoom-union. Despite months of careful planning, the snap lockdown in Victoria meant that our onsite Reunion had to be postponed once again. We called on the skills learnt in 2020 and offered an interim option of an online reunion. Attendees joined us from the Class of 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1985 and 1986, with cheerful and spirited conversations.
We look forward to seeing everyone in person, at the on-site Reunions at a date to be confirmed.

Footy Tipping Competition – AFL and AFLW

The Tintern Grammar community footy tipping competition is here, and it is not to late to join!

For those interested in joining the 2021 competitions, details are below:

You will then have to log into your own account or create one. When setting up your account, you might like to check the reminder email box so you don’t forget!

The competition is free and open to our entire adult (18+ @ 28/1/2021) Tintern community – Tintern Grammar students will not be permitted to enter. Competition is until the end of the home and away  games (finals are not included). If you have any questions please email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au and we’ll help you get started.

Cash Prizes, paid by direct deposit, awarded for the winners of each Tipping Competition:

AFL Footy Tipping Prizes:

  • 1st Prize $250
  • 2nd Prize $120
  • 3rd Prize $60
  • 4th Prize $40
  • 5th Prize $20

If the AFL season is shortened at a later date due to Covid, the tipping competition will continue, but the prizes will be adjusted accordingly. 

Good luck and start tipping!!

Community Committee Dates 

We are pleased to welcome our Community Group volunteers back on site. To view a map with venue locations marked, please select here.  Please check the information below carefully for details:

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) AGM –Next meeting: Tuesday 8 June 2021 at 7.30pm President: Haidee Wallace Location: Online due to the lockdown, click her to join.
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 16 June 7pm  President: Debra Fryer Location:  Venue TBC
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) AGM – Next Meeting: Monday 9 August 2021 at 7.30pm President: Ranald Young Location: Kennedy Cottage or 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 2015, 5+1 Year Reunion – Friday 11 June 2021 at Beer DeLuxe in Hawthorn in the Hop Lounge (TBC dependent on Lockdown Restrictions) – Book Here 
  • YG 2016, 5 Year Reunion – Friday 16 July at 7.30pm – Beer Deluxe in Hawthorn – Book Here
  • 20, 25 & 30 Year Reunion YGs 2000 & 2001, 1995 & 1996, 1990 & 1991 – Saturday 31 July at 3.30pm, followed by Offsite

Community Group Fundraising

Tintern Umbrellas

Thank you to everyone who ordered a Tintern Umbrella through the TPG Umbrella Fundraiser. We will be in touch when they arrive.

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!



ELC News

Building and Construction.

Children require access to construction activities throughout the year. We supply construction of many types both inside and outside.

Giving children these experiences enables them to make their own choices, engage in collaborative play, develop negotiating skills and develop both fine and gross motor skills. This in turn enables a child to plan, design and construct with 3D materials. Block construction encourages children to engage in symbolization and representation, make comparisons, classify, learn about directionality and sequencing and experience divergent thinking and logical reasoning. It provides opportunities for learning about mathematical concepts of size, shape, space and weight, along with developing imagination and creativity.

During construction we see the children co-operate, take turns and share equipment as part of a group alongside respecting and valuing others ideas.

It is wonderful to see the children develop independence in constructing with different materials. And we often see the children use construction to create props for imaginative play and the blocks or construction will travel to all parts of the room and program.

It is important that they have the opportunity to plan their work, explain the process of construction – (what worked/didn’t work?) and enjoy the moment of building, creating and breaking down constructions.

A well-resourced construction area is a busy zone as it encourages language, social engagement, cooperation and problem-solving, encouraging children to work together towards a common goal.

We hope you enjoy the collection of the children’s work.



Boys’ Junior School News

One of the joys of remote learning has been the opportunity for our Junior School boys to participate in Kenny’s online Cooking Classes, led by Mr Kenny, and very ably supported by Margaret Hagley, our wonderful Home Economics Assistant.

Akin to Masterchef v Improvisation, the wonderful final results have been a credit to the boys and families cooking along at home!

This week’s Chocolate cake recipe was a real winner. 


Girls’ Junior School

Exploration and creation in Art 

The Junior School girls always have an enjoyable time in the Art room.  The routine is very familiar to the girls, the first few weeks of Term 2 are spent on their self-portrait and then we begin the highly anticipated Mother’s Day gift. All the girls await with excitement: what their year level will be making and creating. This year the Preps continued the long-standing tradition of the Mother’s Day cushion. The girls drew their mother and using transfer crayon, heat transferred the image onto a cushion cover. The Grade 1’s created and made using clay a basket of flowers. Clay certainly was the preferred material with the Grade 4’s making and glazing a coil bowl. Grade 5’s a clay slab abstract jewelry tray and the Grade 6’s a little clay sculpture. The grade 3’s enjoying creating their own Chinese lacquer box and the Grade 2 a special paper mache bowl. The excitement throughout all year levels was quite contagious. Each girl worked very hard to make a gift for their mother to cherish. The gifts were certainly made with love.

Naomi Greco

Girls Junior School Art Teacher


Middle School News

It is amazing how quickly thing can change! This time two weeks ago I was commenting on the many co-curricular activities happening at school including Year 8 Smoothie Bar, EISM Sport and our Chess Club training for the EISM Chess competition at the beginning of Term 3. Today, we are in Lockdown 4.0 and back to completing our learning remotely like what was done for a large part of 2020.

It has been fantastic to see the smoothness in which our community can transition between face-to-face learning onsite, to remote learning from home with little warning. This is a real testament to the flexibility and adaptability of our students and their families, as well as that of the staff. If COVID-19 is teaching us one thing, it is to be able to accept and deal with change as it is presented, and our students are doing a great job in this area.  

As has been communicated to both families and students, it is important that when working from home that an appropriate environment is created for each student. This includes the right light, desk set up, and routines, as well as many opportunities to have a break from screens and engage in some physical activity outside. Below is a link from a great website that helps to provide some tips for parents about supporting online learning. 


For our Year 9 families, we have our ‘Guiding your Future’ Evening on Wednesday 9th June commencing at 7.00pm via Microsoft Teams. This event is designed to provide students and families with detailed information around options available for 2022 and beyond. This will include subject selection, details about the VCE and VCE/VET courses and pathways, plus the role of subject selection in providing opportunities for future careers. Questions entered into the Chat will be responded to during the evening. Details for this have been sent to Year 9 families already and we look forward to seeing many of you on the screen that night.  

Another event that was occurring this term is our Year 9 House Showdown event. This involves our Year 9 cohort working in their House groups (girls and boys) to create a dance performance that is presented to families at an evening event. With current restrictions and uncertainty around the ability to host families onsite, we have rescheduled this event to Term 3 and will provide information on this as soon as we are able to confirm the new dates. 

Our Year 7s and 8s have been working on units to do with study skills this term through their pastoral program and it has been great to see many of them implementing successful strategies both when at school and now for remote learning. In Term 3 the program shifts to a social media focused program titled ‘Positively Shaping Digital Practices’. This will focus on the safe use of social media, an understanding of risks associated with it, as well as the positive use of such mediums in today’s society. There will also be a big focus on positive self-esteem and positive body image, with programs from Butterfly Education for our Year 7 & 8 girls on Wednesday 21st July, and The Man Cave working with our Year 7 & 8 boys on Friday September 10th. 

The Resilience Project continues to play a big part in the pastoral development of our secondary students, as well as with staff and families. I feel it is important to remind parents that we have many resources available to parents from the Resilience Project that are accessible from the landing page of the portal. If you are interested in this but are unable to locate the resources, please contact the school for assistance.  

The Resilience Project has focused a lot on gratitude, empathy and mindfulness in many of the activities for students and staff. Emotional literacy is another area that the program focusses on helping to develop. This is the ability of one to understand their own emotions and that of others, and to help develop self-confidence and self-esteem. Information for this can be found on the Resilience Project link on the portal, as well as from the link below to an article discussing the importance of developing this in our children. 


The journey through school, and especially through the Middle Years, is one that needs to be a continual team effort. Families and school need to work together to help provide the best possible environment for the growth and development of our young ones. This includes the right level of challenge, independence and support. As a school we are grateful for the ongoing support and connection we have with our families during their educational journey. 



Senior College News

Senior College News

We are experiencing an unusual end to the term with the extended lockdown resulting in unexpected changes for our students. The Year 12s returned to campus last Friday and I appreciated their wonderful suggestion to wear PJs which made the transition back to school feel special and it was such a cold day. This is a particularly busy time for Year 12s in terms of the completion of internal assessments for IB students and SACs for VCE students that have been delayed due to the lockdown.

I would like to acknowledge the initiative from Jaimee Jalocha in Year 12 and supported by the Leadership team to raise awareness and money for “Tintern’s Big Freeze”. Big Freeze beanies will be on sale for $20.00 at school. Students wearing a Big Freeze beanie (only) will receive a free sausage on Friday 18 June and all students may participate in an ice bucket challenge to a brave teacher.

Year 11s returned on campus yesterday for their examinations and I commend their ‘business as usual’ approach to completing these assessments. One reminder for families is that we now require all students to be wearing winter uniform each day. Sports uniform is not to be worn during any of the examinations at Year 10 and 11. Year 11 students will resume their usual on campus learning in the final week of term subject to government regulations. Students in Years 10 and 11 are invited to contact me if we need to discuss their subject selections in preparation for next semester.

Year 10 parents/guardians and students have been invited to our online ‘Guiding your Future’ evening on Wednesday 9 June and they will be joining Year 9 students at families at 7.30pm using the one Teams link. There will be a study day for Year 10 students on Friday 11 June with examinations commencing on Tuesday 15 June to Friday 18 June. We are also currently working through options for the postponed ‘Future Ready’ program and also investigating new options for the ‘Study Sensei’ and ‘Ace your Exams’ workshops in Term 3 and 4 with Elevate Education.

My best wishes are extended to families as they navigate potential changes to holiday plans and it is my hope that the students can find time to explore some different opportunities to rest and re-charge in readiness for Term 3.


University of Melbourne Maths and Statistics Undergraduate Experience

Congratulations to Adam Choong on being selected for the upcoming University of Melbourne Maths and Statistics Undergraduate Experience. This 2-day event will take place during the upcoming holidays and provides students with the opportunity to gain insight of the mathematical and statistical courses on offer, including the Bachelor of Science (and related) courses.




Career News

News from the Careers Department

Our thanks are extended to parents and our alumni for their generous offer to support the Year 10 students with their mock job interviews planned for Wednesday 16 May. Given the extended lockdown, this part of the ‘Future Ready’ Careers program will be postponed to later in the year.

The latest editions of Career News have been uploaded to the Careers Portal page and each file can be accessed using the link at: https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/14962/ (Please make sure that you are logged into the Tintern Portal.)


Number 13 Career News 15 May 2020

  • Dates for the Diary in Term 2
  • Law Week 2020
  • Virtual Tours of Bond University
  • Federation University: New Courses Introduced in 2020
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Information Engineering) Honours
    • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Human Services and Entrepreneurship
    • Bachelor of Performing Arts
  • Bachelor of Accident Forensics at CQ University
  • Industry Employment Summary
  • Bachelor of Outdoor Leadership at Victoria University
  • Snapshot of Monash University – Peninsula in 2020
  • Travel & Tourism Courses in Victoria in 2020     

Number 14 Career News 22 May 2020

  • Dates for the Diary in Term 2
  • RMIT University Virtual Expo
  • What is a Paralegal?
  • Discover Deakin – Online Information Events
  • Maths: Make your Career Count
  • SAE Qantm Virtual Open Day
  • News from the University of Tasmania (UTAS)
    • New School’s Recommendation Program
    • Studying Nursing at UTAS
  • University Terms
  • Snapshot of William Angliss Institute (WAI) in 2020
  • Accounting Degrees offered in Victoria in 2020 

Number 15 Career News 29 May 2020

  • UCAT: Late Applications
  • UNSW Co-op Program 2021
  • REMINDER: ADF GAP Year 2021 Applications close soon
  • Midyear Web Sessions at Swinburne University
  • What does a Radiation Therapist do?
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology at The University of Queensland
  • News from Australian Catholic University (ACU)
    • ‘Ask an ACU Student’ Webinar
    • Revised Education Courses from 2021
  • Difference between an Apprenticeship and Traineeship?
  • Snapshot of La Trobe University in 2020
  • Animals, Conservation, Wildlife & Zoology Courses in Victoria in 2020

  Number 16 Career News 5 June 2020

  • RMIT: Discover What’s Next Webinar Series
  • VU: Reminder: Upcoming Information Evenings by Webinars
  • ACU: Talk with Industry Specialists
  • Schindler Apprentice Information Webinar
  • Deakin Explore
  • News from La Trobe University
    • Student Excellence Academy
    • La Trobe Accelerator Program
  • Principal’s Recommendation Scheme at CQU
  • What does an Otolaryngologist do?
  • Snapshot of Australian Catholic University in 2020
  • Architecture, Construction & Surveying Courses in Victoria in 2020



Olivia Shying (YG 2009)

Congratulations to Olivia Shying (YG 2009) who has won the Melbourne Press Club’s ‘TAC QUILL’ 2020 award for road safety.
After graduating at Tintern, Olivia completed a Bachelor of Arts, Criminology, Media and Communications from Melbourne University and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism at RMIT. Following her study Olivia moved straight into journalism where she has worked at the Daily Advertiser in Wagga, the Ballarat Courier and is now the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Geelong Advertiser.
The Judges’ Citation commended Olivia for her excellent reporting for the Geelong Advertiser where she covered issues relating to elderly drivers’ safety and drug-affected driving. During COVID-19, when Victoria experienced the lowest road toll in years, Olivia’s reporting was a clear standout to the judges.

Policy Updates

The following policies have been updated and can be accessed via these live links and are also found on the myTintern Portal.


Team Kids Family Information Session

Family Information Session

Dear Families, 

You are invited to a Zoom webinar Family Information Session, Hosted by TeamKids. TeamKids is our provider of Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) . 

When: Jun 8, 2021 06:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Topic: Tintern Grammar Family Info Session

Please click the link below to join the webinar: