09 Feb 2021

From the Principal

Optimising and enhancing student progress – our key priority.

Welcome to 2021 at Tintern Grammar, both to new and continuing parents. We continue to live in an uncomfortably uncertain world and as our attention is understandably being drawn to immediate and very concerning issues around the pandemic, it is even more critical that as a learning community we keep our eyes up to anticipate and plot our students’, children’s, and society’s futures. Our 2020 Year 12 students did this through last year, and I am very pleased to report that they have achieved very reassuring Round 1 and Round 2 further education offers to this point in 2021, maintaining the remarkable results our Year 12 students have achieved in the last 5 or more years. This is certainly a key part of a Tintern education and will continue to be so.

On the topic of the pandemic, describing COVID-19 and its impact on our world as containable, or controlled, would certainly be naive. But there is a positive, COVID-driven, future beyond the projected end of the virus, after the 7 years postulated by The Age on 7 February, and we need to be looking to this. This is particularly a future for our children, and our highest priority task as a school, must be to prepare them well for this future.

Alongside this (and accelerated by the pandemic) universities, the business and corporate world, and the employment market have all further shifted their expectations, and as a school valuing excellence, we need to move with, anticipate, and lead this shift. Already we are looking at an employment and further education landscape where, while an ATAR offers a key to a door, advancement beyond that is not based on examination results, or even workplace KPIs, and certainly less on knowledge and experience.

It will be based on broader and less binary personal attributes and capabilities such as innovation and creativity, collaboration and measured risk-taking, to name a few. It will need to be underpinned by an excellent formal education, and it will be fuelled by work ethic and what I think of as ‘courageous curiosity’. These will be the levers of work and personal success in this future (and many would argue they have always been).

Feedback to Tintern and my colleagues in other independent, Catholic and government schools, from business leaders, business owners, professional leaders in law, finance, and in medicine and the health sciences are clear on several things:

  • The ATAR is a filter, but it is a coarse one. It may be the primary criterion of university entry for the moment and the next few years, but it is already fraying as it reaches the end of its shelf life. Examination results are likely to always play a part in the selection of candidates for university and industry options but are clearly shrinking in their significance in both domains.
  • Industry will increasingly offer options outside of university pathways, particularly in finance and business, looking to recruit and train talent not selected using a relatively binary set of measures.
  • Schools need to adapt, not just now, not just as their environment changes, but continually as the landscape shifts around them and anticipate future changes if they are to serve their communities well.
  • One of the key elements valued in organisations is collaborative capability, and we need to develop this in all students at school.

For all the reasons above, along with what we learned last year from our online 2020 Parent/Student Teacher Conferences, we will be making some changes to these. 2020’s online conferences resulted in students being more willing to be present, and they were, in far greater numbers. Teachers felt that this improved student engagement considerably, and student presence was something we needed to emphasise even more than we had been doing for the last two years or so. Before student presence, these conferences historically involved the transfer of information on grades, effort, and behaviour from teachers to parents and have almost always excluded the key stakeholder in the relationship, the student. I cannot emphasise too much the importance of parent, teacher and student all playing significant roles in reviews of progress and in how improvement might occur in the future.

In 2021, “Student Progress Meetings” will be just that, a meeting of the key people in the learning team. One or more parents, the subject or class teacher, and the student. They will involve reviewing key elements of the learning journey up to the time of the meeting and where that learning pathway needs to lead in the weeks and months ahead. These will be age and stage appropriate, looking different in Junior School than they would for a Year 12 student.

Clearly the key person in the learning process is the student, and it is critical that they are present in these meetings if they are to be engaged, invested and aspirant in optimising their own learning with the support of parents and teachers. Hence the change in language around student presence in these very important meetings. “Students are expected to attend” and for good reason, I am confident you will agree.

I am very excited about us adopting this change and what I have heard through Principals of schools in Australia and in other countries who have adopted this is that it produces greater engagement and commitment to learning in students as they are truly partners involved in navigating their own future, not compliant passengers accepting instructions and directives.

factis non verbis



Community Matters

Welcome to the first edition of Community Matters for 2021. It is through this section we keep you informed of the events and achievements of the various Community Groups as well as the many and varied activities in which they participate. If you would like to be involved with any of the Community Groups please contact the Community Relations team on 9845 7877 or email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

Keep your eye on the Tintern Portal as Community news will be updated regularly so you will not miss any important information. If you would like to contribute to Community Matters, email your submissions to the Community Relations Office and we will incorporate your news wherever possible.

Tintern Grammar Community Groups

Our Community Groups are an incredible and invaluable part of Tintern Grammar. They enrich us through fundraising, events and activities that bring together our community; past and present, in celebration and fun. They are also a great way to meet other parents and become involved with the school community!

Everyone is welcome to attend Community Group Meetings. Whether you are curious about joining, wish to meet other parents or just want to lend a hand with a specific event please look out for the dates and times which are advertised in Community Matters each fortnight.

At Tintern we have the following Community Groups:

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG)
  • TPG Fair Committee
  • TPG Presentation Ball Committee
  • Friends of Music (FOM)
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF)
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE)
  • Tintern Old Girls Association (TOGA)
  • SOBA (Southwood Old Boys Association)
  • TGA (Tintern Grammar Alumni)

We are also preparing for the launch of the Friends of Snowsports (FOS). If you’d be interested in being a founding member of this group, please contact us.

The Election meetings provide the committees with office bearers and a direction for the year. They are a wonderful opportunity for visitors to get a broad understanding of the wonderful contribution these groups make to our School.

The events and activities run by the various community groups represent a vital contribution to the enhancement of the school experience for our students and in fostering a community atmosphere across the school in support of parents.

For more information on how to be involved please contact Di Lacey or Tegan Martin in the Community Relations Office on 9845 7877 or communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

We hope to see you there!

Interested in taking on the role of Parent Representative?

Wanting to continue as Parent Rep for your 2021 Class or Year Level?

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. It can be shared between many people, or looked after by one person.

A special thank you to our wonderful team of Parent Representatives from 2020. Though the year was not what we expected, with the cancellation of many events and restrictions preventing class catch ups, we greatly appreciated their efforts in unusual times.

If you would like to volunteer to be your Year Level’s Parent Representative, would like further information, or happy to continue in your current role, contact us by email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au or by phone 03 9845 7877.

As we begin a new year, and adapt to our new Covid normal, we look forward to sharing with you many of the exciting events that help tie our Tintern Community together.

Community Events 2021



2020 Musical

Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 March

Movie Under the Stars

Saturday 27 March at 7pm

2020 FOE Horse Trials, including Anzac service

Saturday 24 April to Sunday 25 April

Cathedral Service 2021

Sunday 2 May at 3.30pm

TPG Trivia Night

Date TBC

Career’s Night

Wednesday 19 May at 6.30pm

FOYF Spring Celebration at the FARM

Friday 3 September, 3.30pm to 7.00pm

Jazz Night

Saturday 27 August at 7pm

TPG Presentation Ball

Saturday 11 September at 7.30pm

Celebration Evening

Monday 11 October at 7pm

TPG Spring Garden Tour

Friday 22 October – 9.00am to 3.15pm

Principal’s Volunteer Thank You evening

Thursday 25 November at 7.00pm

Munch with the Musos

Sunday 28 November 10am

Friends of Music FOM – An invitation to new members

We are ever so grateful for the ongoing support of the parents on our Friends of Music committee.  We welcome new members to join and support the activities of our Tintern musicians. 
If you would like more information or would like to join the committee please contact fom@tintern.vic.edu.au.

Second Hand Books

Thank you to the families that utilised the Second Hand Book Service provided by the TPG.  We hope you found it convenient and beneficial.

Should you require any information pertaining to books on consignment or the status of your account, please contact “I Love Books” at enquiry@ilovebooks.com.au

Thank you for your support of the TPG and our Sustainable School.

Presentation Ball Helpers

In 2021 the Presentation Ball will be held at The Centre Ivanhoe on Saturday 11 September

Our dedicated team of Volunteers plan and host the Tintern Grammar Presentation Ball each year. They always appreciate extra assistance, either in the planning stages or at the Presentation Ball.

Sadly 2020 saw the postponement of the Presentation Ball for Year 11, 2020 students. Please keep an eye here for further information.

If you are interested in volunteering please email presentationball@tintern.vic.edu.au.

Footy Tipping Competition – AFL and AFLW

The Tintern Grammar community footy tipping competition is back again for 2021!

We are also pleased to announce our first ever AFLW Tipping Competition.

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. If you have any questions please email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au and we’ll help you get started.

Cash Prizes awarded for the winners of each Tipping Competition:

AFLW Footy Tipping Prizes
The prizes have been adjusted to reflect the shorter AFLW season:

  • 1st Prize $100
  • 2nd Prize $50
  • 3rd Prize $25
  • 4th Prize $15

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. Please check the information below carefully for details:

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Tuesday 9 February 2021 at 7.30pm President: Haidee Wallace Location: CM Wood Common Room 
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Tuesday 16 February 2021 at 7pm  President: Debra Fryer Location:  CM Wood Common Room
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Monday 15 February 2021 President: Michael Biggs Location: Kennedy Cottage or Zoom:  Click here to join Meeting   Password: FOYF
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meeting: Thursday 11 February 2021 Zoom:  Click here to join Meeting   Password: FOYF

Upcoming Reunions 2021


Date and Time


5 Year Reunion YG 2016

Friday 16 July at 7.30pm, offsite

Register here

5+1 Year Reunion YG 2015

Rescheduled from 2020, Date TBC


10 Year Reunion YG 2011

Saturday 20 February at 3.30pm, followed by offsite


15 Year Reunion YG 2006

Saturday 16 October at 3.30pm, followed by offsite


15+1 Year Reunion YG 2015

Saturday 16 October at 3.30pm, followed by offsite


20, 25 & 30 Year Reunion YGs 2000 & 2001, 1995 & 1996, 1990 & 1991

Saturday 31 July at 3.30pm, followed by offsite


35, 40 & 45 Year Reunion YGs 1985 & 1986, 1980 & 1981, 1975 & 1976

Saturday 5 June at 3.30pm, followed by Offsite


50, 55, 60 & 55+ Year Reunion YG 1970 & 1971, 1965 & 1966, 1960 & 1961

Friday 12 November, 11am to 2.00pm


Community Group Fundraising

Entertainment Books

We are thrilled to announce that Entertainment is now 100% digital! Excitingly this means that you 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

Congratulations to students on their results from music exams completed at the end of 2020

Congratulations to the following music students on completing their AMEB examinations towards the end of Term 4 in 2020. Certificates for these examinations will be presented to students by Mr Fry in an Assembly in early March.


Term 4 AMEB results received early 2021

Felix Meddings (Year 4)
Preliminary Double Bass – Credit


Mietta Chrisfield (Year 9)
Preliminary Clarinet – Honours


Ethan Hoole (Year 8)

Grade 1 Clarinet – Credit


Andrew Wang (Year 6)

Grade 1 Clarinet – Honours


Etienne Meddings (Year 7)

Grade 1 Double Bass – Honours


Zöe Leonard (Year 9)

Grade 2 Singing for Leisure – Pass


Elise Dunkley (Year 11)

Grade 2 Clarinet – Credit


Isabel Pham (Year 7)

Grade 2 Clarinet – High Distinction


Emily Stokes (Year 9)

Grade 2 Musical Theatre – High Distinction


William Kenny (Year 9)

Grade 3 Double Bass – Pass


Lucy Zhao (Year 11)

Grade 3 Flute – Credit


Daniel Fu (Year 10)

Grade 3 Clarinet – Credit


Ella Jones (Year 10)

Step 2 Vocal Advancing – High Distinction


Laura Mitcham (Year 12)

Grade 4 Musical Theatre – Credit


Amy Zhang (Year 8)

Grade 4 Clarinet – Honours


Daniel Sun (Year 8)

Grade 4 Oboe – Honours


Helen Yang (Year 9)

Grade 5 Flute – Pass


Shenghao Jin (Year 8)

Grade 5 Clarinet – Credit


Freya Bryson (Year 12)

Grade 6 Musical Theatre – Credit


Lilli Holliday-Ryder (Year 12)

Grade 7 Clarinet – Pass


And special congratulations to Sarah Chen on achieving a Diploma Level qualification:


Sarah Chen (Year 12)

Associate Diploma in Music Violin – Pass


Paul Jarman returns to Tintern

Paul Jarman will return to Tintern Grammar later this week to connect with more students as he continues the process of composing our new school anthem. We announced in our final newsletter in 2020 that, with the support of our Friends of Music committee, the school is commissioning Paul to write our new song. In the process, we are not decommissioning our old songs – they will still feature at community events and student assemblies in the future, as an acknowledgement of the historical journey which has brought us to where we are today. It is time, however, for us to also sing a new song which brings our boys’ and girls’ voices together as one through a more contemporary and customized musical vehicle which reflects where the school is placed heading into 2021. Paul will be meeting more students and staff as he continues to workshop our new song and we look forward to launching it in the coming months.




Sadness at the passing of Mrs Lyn Kelson

It was with great sadness that the school received news that Mrs Lyn Kelson, wife of longstanding benefactor of the school’s Music Faculty, Mr Michael Kelson, had passed away on Christmas Eve, 2020. Many staff and students will recall seeing Mrs Kelson on stage at annual assemblies, as she joined Mr Kelson in gifting music awards to numerous music students over the past 17 years. Lyn was an elegant, witty and gracious lady who loved music as much as her husband and joined with Michael and their whole family in honouring the memory of Michael’s mother’s, Mrs Ilma Kelson, former Director of Music at Tintern GGS (1958-1973), through the granting of these awards.

Our thoughts and condolences are with Michael, his children, Kate and Anthony and the whole Kelson Family at this difficult time.

We will be very pleased to welcome Michael Kelson to Tintern in Term 2. He is very much looking forward to being able to come back on campus again to enjoy the musical talents of our students on stage. Applications for Kelson Music Awards are open and further information and application forms are available from Mrs Feenane in the Music Office (music@tintern.vic.edu.au). Applications close Friday 12 March.


Music ensembles gearing up excitedly for rehearsals

After a very quiet year, last year, members of our Year 7-12 Ensembles are excitedly anticipating the commencement of ‘live’ rehearsals for 2021 over the coming weeks, so now is the time for new students and existing musicians and singers who would like to join a band/orchestra/choir to come along and meet the crowd as they start to learn new songs and pieces. If you are new to Tintern and interested in joining a choir or instrumental ensemble, please check the table below and feel free to come along to try out a group before making a full commitment to it. Even if you are not a new student, you are still welcome to join our musical ‘family’! You will be made to feel welcome and you will meet many like-minded musicians who enjoy getting together to rehearse and perform music on a regular basis. All ensembles are welcoming new members (apart from a few auditioned ensembles, marked * in table).

If you are unsure as to which group you should join, please come up and introduce yourself to Mrs Feenane in the Music Office and she will be able to help you, or she will guide you to a music teacher who will be able to advise you.



*Senior Jazz Band

Mrs Clarke

7.30am Kelson Room

Year 8-12

Clarinet Ensemble

Mrs Clarke

1.00pm, Kelson Room

 (Lunchtime rehearsal)

Year 7-11

Theory Club

Music Captains

1.00pm, WOO4

 (Lunchtime rehearsal)

Year 7-12




Mr Di Cecco

7.30am, Kelson

Year 8-10

Concert Choir

Mrs Bezaire

7.30am, Theatre

Year 9-12



Concert Band

Mrs Clarke

7.30am Kelson Room

Year 7-9

*Senior Girls’ Chamber Choir

Mrs Bezaire

7.30am, Theatre

Year 10-12


Senior Boys’ Chamber Choir

Mr Kidd

7.30am, Area A

Year 10-12

Scrolls String Orchestra

Mrs Mackie

7.30am, Area C

Year 7-10

*Senior Flute Ensemble

Ms Patton

10.00am, WS21

Year 10-12

Intermediate Flute Ensemble

Ms Patton

1.00pm, WS26

 (Lunchtime rehearsal)

Year 7-9

Symphony Orchestra

Mr Veldman

3.45pm, Kelson Room

Year 7-12



Percussion Ensemble

Ms Scarfe

7.50am, Kelson Room

Year 7-12

Improvisation Class

Mr Bathgate

7.30am, WS26

Year 10-12

Intermediate Choir

Ms Bortolussi & Mr Kidd

7.30am, Theatre

Year 7-9

Intermediate Jazz Band

Mrs Clarke

3.35pm, Kelson Room

Year 7-9



Wind Symphony

Mrs Clarke

7.30am, Kelson Room

Year 8-12

*Chamber Orchestra

Mr Veldman

7.30am, Area B Stage

Year 8-12

Saxophone Ensemble

Mrs Clarke

1.30pm, CM Wood (Lunchtime rehearsal)

Year 8-12

Brass Ensemble

Mr Haines

1.30pm, Kelson

(Lunchtime rehearsal)

Year 7-12






Mark these musical dates in your calendars!

Parents of Middle School and Senior College students who play in ensembles and sing in choirs might like to make a note of some of the important dates on our 2021 musical concert/event calendar.


17 -20 March                     Spamalot Performances, Karralyka Theatre


Term 2

27 April                             Twilight Concert, 5.00pm, Area C, CM Wood (Years 7-12)

2 May                                Cathedral Service, 3.30pm, St. Paul’s Cathedral

5 May                                Tintern Grammar Small Ensemble Concert, 7.00pm, CM Wood

18 May                              Junior & Senior Piano Concerts, 5.00pm & 7.00pm, CM Wood

17 June                             IB Music Recital, 7.00pm, CM Wood


Term 3

23 – 25 July                       Weekend Music Camp (at Tintern)

6 August                           Tintern Grammar Annual Music Concert, 7.00pm, CM Wood

16 August                         Singing Soirée, 7.00pm, Area C, CM Wood

23 August                         Year 7-12 Brass & Woodwind Concert, 7.00pm, Area C, CM Wood

27 August                            Friends of Music Jazz Night, 7.00pm, CM Wood

6 September                    Percussion Concert, 7.00pm, CM Wood

13 September                  VCE Performing Arts Showcase Evening, 7.00pm, CM Wood

14 September                  Year 7-12 String Concert, 7.00pm, Area C, CM Wood


Term 4

11 October                       Tintern Grammar Celebration Evening, 7.00pm, Robert Blackwood Hall

20 October                       Twilight Concert, 5.00pm, Area C, CM Wood (Years 7-12)

28 November                   Friends of Music Munch with the Musos, 10.00am, CM Wood


Music Lockers for hire

There are a limited number of lockable music lockers available for hire in the Senior Music Department corridor at a cost of $10 per term. These are particularly useful for students in ensembles and who have lessons upstairs in the Music Department, allowing them to store instruments securely during the school day. Funds from the hire of these lockers go directly to the Tintern Friends of Music Committee who, in turn, support the musical endeavours of our students through purchases of equipment and funding of special musical experiences. Please email or call our Music Administrator, Mrs Elizabeth Feenane, for further details (efeenane@tintern.vic.edu.au or 9845 7837)


Friends of Music committee seeking new members

We are ever so grateful for the ongoing support of the parents on our Friends of Music committee. With four parents of Year 12 students leaving the committee last year, this community group is keen to welcome some new members to their ranks to support the activities of our Tintern musicians. Please contact fom@tintern.vic.edu.au if you would like more information or would like to join the committee.




Sport Matters

2021 House Carnival Dates 

House Swimming: Friday 19 February

House Athletics: Wednesday 31 March at Bill Sewart Athletics Track, Burwood East

House Cross Country: Friday 21 May


2021 EISM Carnival Dates 

EISM Swimming: Tuesday 9 March

EISM Champions Swimming: Monday March 22 – After school

EISM Athletics: Tuesday 27 April

EISM Champions Athletics: Monday 10 May, 2pm onwards

EISM Cross Country: Wednesday 1 September.


Mitch McGovern – 2021 Federation University Road National Championships 

Congratulations to Mitch McGovern (Year 12) for placing 9th in the Junior Men Individual Time Trial at the 2021 Federation University Road National Championships on Wednesday 3 February. 

Mitch was one of two Victorians to finish in the top 10, a fantastic effort, well done Mitch!




Senior College News

Welcome to new families in the Senior College and it certainly has been a busy first week with school photographs and the Foundation Service on Friday 5 February which is one of the significant traditions for the school. Aspectus provides an opportunity to convey upcoming events, pastoral program updates, recognition of student achievements and other items of interest for families. I will be cross referencing Careers information as it is valuable for families to become aware about the career development support throughout the Senior College.

Our first Senior College assembly was an occasion to meet together to present not only the expectations for the year but to explore the culture that is part of the Senior College. For new students, I outlined the role of the Pastoral Mentor and the concept of working alongside students, the importance of staying true to the Tintern Compass values and the integration of the Resilience Project. I used this short You Tube video to recognise that while last year had unique challenges, we learnt to strive together and it highlighted the importance of building a support team and maintaining balance between academic studies work and leisure activities.

The students adapted quickly to wearing masks again at school. Thank you to families for the reminders about wearing masks on public transport as they were very well prepared to respond to the sudden announcement from the Victorian Premier. Tintern Grammar has been approved to display the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) logo on our Student ID Cards. This means that students do not need to obtain a PTV School Student ID or demonstrate their eligibility for concession fares. Further information about student travel passes can be found here.  (Please select How do I get a Student Pass?)

The Head of English Mrs Chris Millgate-Smith provided some most useful tips for her senior English students that I will share with all families.

  1. “Talk to them”. Read, watch, listen and discuss the news or current affairs and seek their opinions and share your views to develop different perspectives that can deepen analytical writing.
  2. A similar message with text or film studies as some of the themes are complex. My efforts to read texts was acknowledged at home and allowing students to explain themes or examples from a text consolidates their learning or raises issues to discuss together. They become the expert in this exchange of ideas.
  3. Become familiar with the course outline and semester planner on the Portal that includes study resources, assessment and homework dates. Scheduling is a skill that students often find difficult so it is an area that families can provide assistance.

Year 12 2020 Valedictory Dinner

We were so fortunate to celebrate the Valedictory Dinner together as a Tintern community for the 2020 Year 12 cohort. It was a wonderful opportunity to speak with families and hear the news from our students. For the staff there was such pride in these young women and men. Interestingly, the Manager made comment that the function felt like a cherished family reunion and we thank Leonda By The Yarra for their flexibility and assistance.


Upcoming Senior College Events

  • Senior College Information Evening

Wednesday 10 February at 7.00pm

The format this year is different in accordance with COVID safe guidelines with each year level using separate spaces in the CM Wood Centre before joining the The Principal – Mr Brad Fry for welcome drinks in the Community Hub space.

  • Senior College Camps and Conferences

Monday 15 February to Wednesday 17 February

Specific details will be provided by Year Level Co-ordinators and please note that Year 12 students remain at school on Wednesday 17 February until the evening session at 7.00pm in the CM Wood Centre with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg where they are joined by families/guardians.

  • House Swimming Sports

Friday 19 February

The girls event will be held in the morning and the boys will be swimming in the afternoon. Students have been involved in developing the program for the non swimming period. We are thrilled to welcome Mr Paul Jarmin on site who is commissioned to write a new school anthem. Paul will also be leading a session to gain student input from both the girls and boys in the Senior College. Experiences with COVID-19 have highlighted the immense value of these whole school events and the staff appreciate assistance if a student is unable to swim on the day.

Career Development

Each week I will email Career News to the students and save the file on the Careers page of the Portal with an index. Career News includes information about courses in the higher education and TAFE sector, general careers material such as obtaining a Tax File Number, industry-based events and at the end of each edition a summary of courses, for example, Cybersecurity Courses offered in Victoria in 2021.

In my dual role managing the Careers Department at Tintern Grammar, I receive considerable information that is relevant to students and families. A reality in Careers is exploring different ways to present this information to students that meets both their immediate needs but also broadens their perspectives to new opportunities. This podcast was sent to me about the journey of becoming a lawyer and insights into the legal industry but I did note that there were other titles which may be useful to start a conversation with your son or daughter. Access at https://anchor.fm/arrivethrive/episodes/35–The-journey-of-becoming-a-lawyer-and-understanding-the-legal-industry-with-Luci-Kjar-Cruttenden—Solicitor-eni9pk 

The students returned with their usual energy but adjusting back to school is tiring. It is not uncommon for them to feel weary and at times overwhelmed with this change to their routine. Please encourage contact with their subject teachers, Pastoral Mentor, Level Co-ordinators etc if they need assistance as we are all available to provide support.



Career News

News from the Careers Department

The Careers Department provides assistance for students via one-on-one interviews but the staff also work with Year Level Co-ordinators through the pastoral program. Specific sessions during lunch time will commence after the camps/conference programs relating to the UCAT and medical entry requirements, applying interstate and overseas. All students in the Senior College are welcome to attend as it is good to start preparing before Year 12.


 Career News

The school subscribes to ‘Career News’ that collates information about tertiary courses, upcoming events and vocational insights that assist students with their career planning. Copies will be added to the Careers tab on the Portal. Senior College students are also emailed a copy of the CareerNews content each week so that they can easily access material from the hyperlinks. The first edition are now available at https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/14962/ (please make sure that you are logged into the Tintern Portal to access this link) and includes the following items:


Number 1 Career News 5 February 2021

Areas of support from the Careers Department

  • Tax File Number (TFN)
  • Career as an Astronomer
  • News from Monash University
    • Important update for Current Year 12 EAL Students
    • Bachelor of Science Subject Adjustment
    • What is the Difference between Computer Science, Information Technology and Software Engineering?
  • Tuckwell Scholarship 2022
  • University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)
  •  SAE Qantm Creative Media Institute
  • Cybersecurity Courses offered in Victoria in 2021



Middle School News

Happy New Year to our Tintern community and welcome to what is going to be a fantastic school year in 2021. A special welcome to all the new families that are joining Tintern this year – I do hope that your journey with us is an exciting and fulfilling one. 

It goes without saying how great it has been to start this year in a way that is as close to “normal” as we could potentially hope for, following the challenges of 2020. To have all students onsite and able to actively participate in the whole school curriculum is a wonderful thing. What has also been a positive change is the ability to have families back on the campus for different events such as our welcome back morning teas and information evenings that have occurred over the first couple of weeks. The energy and excitement that has been palpable at all of these events, matches the positivity expressed by our students to be back onsite, and highlights the sense of gratitude we all have about being able to go about our education processes in the way we like to. 

Having said this, situations can change at any moment and it is important that as a learning community, students, families and staff are prepared and ready to navigate any sudden changes that may be placed upon us in terms of how our education is delivered at school. We are obviously hopeful that this not required, but I can also reassure you that our staff are well-placed to adjust their teaching methods should the situation arise.  

Last year was another great year for our Year 12 graduating class. Their combined VCE and IB results again reinforced Tintern’s position as a leading academic school in the outer eastern region. When placed alongside further skills and attributes that our students develop in their time here at Tintern, our Year 12 graduates leave our campus prepared to make a difference in this world. On Tuesday 2 February we held our Valedictory Dinner at Leonda on the Yarra for the Class of 2020 and it was lovely to see students and their families together to celebrate what was an incredible year. For a full rundown on the results follow this link to our website: https://www.tintern.vic.edu.au/congratulations-to-the-class-of-2020

Our annual Foundation Service was held on Friday 5 February and as always it is a wonderful way to start the year. Despite not being able to have families or other special guests involved onsite, it was great to have students and staff across all year levels from Prep to Year 12. The service included reference to the school’s long history, dating from the Hawthorn era, moving to Ringwood East, Southwood Boys Grammar and of course the Tintern Grammar years. It also included the induction of our Year 7s as the Class of 2026, as students were introduced to the school and received their “Class of 2026” badge to place on their blazer. We wish them all the very best for their secondary years of schooling here at Tintern Grammar. The service has been recorded and has been made available for parents and the community to watch. 

This year the theme across the secondary school is “Opportunities.” This is about students recognising and making the most of the opportunities that they have available to them, both at school and outside of school. We will be continually focussing on the question “What else are you doing?” to our students in reference to the co-curricular and other programs that are designed to build engagement, competencies and life skills, whilst sitting alongside our existing expectations of academic rigour. As educators, it is obvious to see the direct link between enjoyment level of school and their level of co-curricular involvement. This could come from participation in the musical, sport, IT, debating, or any number of co-curricular areas within the school. We encourage you to talk to your child/children about the different opportunities available to them. Always contact the school if you have questions about this or need some assistance in encouraging your daughter/son to be involved in different programs.  

From all the staff at Tintern, especially those working in the Middle School, I wish you all the very best for 2021. Please never hesitate to contact the school through your child’s Pastoral Mentor or Year Level Co-ordinator if you have questions or queries about anything to do with school. 



Girls’ Junior School News

Prep 2021

The prep girls have settled in well to their schooling life at Tintern. They have enjoyed learning in their new, amazing classroom, meeting new friends and learning many new routines. Unpacking their bags, organising their record books, satchels, reading folders and belongings has been a natural progression for them. All the girls should feel incredibly proud of their efforts.

The day starts with play based investigation such as building nature scenes using playdoh and things from nature, coloured pasta necklace making, drawing, imaginative play in the shop, dress ups, playing with mini figurines, manipulating transformer toys, writing letters and much more.

After play, we begin the day with a well being activity, often focusing on how special and different they all are. We explore friendship and gratefulness through books and activities.

 The girls then immerse themselves in a literacy task such as starting to write letters, listening to sounds in words and using their sound fingers to break up sounds in words. They read, they write journals and respond to books. The girls have particularly enjoyed our Rhyme Reading sessions where they learn a new rhyme, investigate they rhyming words, learn new sight words and enjoy the repetitive nature of the rhyme. The girls have enjoyed learning to finger track when following the rhyme when reading.

Maths investigations come next where the girls have explored numbers before and after, counting, subatising collections and patterns. Currently, the girls are enjoying talking about height and measuring their teddies’ heights using different materials.

I have been particularly proud of the girl’s ability to paint their self portraits as part of their inquiry unit, “Me and My Community”.




Nicky Thomas

Prep Teacher Girls’Junior School


Boys’ Junior School News

Boys’ Junior School Bounces Back!

For those new to our Boys’ Junior School, we have a character named GROICK whom we use to help introduce and/or reinforce our School values (see below) through books and activities.

Welcome Back Assembly

We were most fortunate to have Tintern Alumni Ashleigh Dowling (YG 2020) attend our Welcome Back Assembly and read GROICK Bounces Back, a story she has written to emphasise the need to rise when we fall, or to bounce back.  Each boy has a hard copy of this story,  a virtual reading of the story is also available here . 

Each boy also has a bouncy ball to remind them to bounce back, to use at home (with strict instructions to gain parent permission before using it inside!)

In our Assembly we also spoke about the importance of being you and while striving to be your best is important, so is understanding that we are all different, and that who we are is enough.


Years 3 to 6 Assembly

In yesterday’s Year 3-6 Assembly, we discussed the 2021 Australian of the Year, Grace Tame.

Her story is such an important one for all children, with regard to the power of vOice (our O of grOick).

While the discussion was managed in a manner that was appropriate for our Years 3 to 6 boys, we emphasised the need to speak up when others make us feel uncomfortable, ashamed or left out and as just mentioned, the incredible power that can come from having a voice.


Safe Internet Day

We just had an absolutely classic gathering in our SW Centre for Safe Internet Day, where our Prep teacher, Mallory Peters, read the story, “The Internet is like a Puddle” described as; “The Internet is like a Puddle attends to the wonderful aspects of electronic communication as well as gently discusses some of the possible pitfalls of sharing, chatting and using data. There is a need to be mindful of those who are naive to the potential problems without denying them the wonderful opportunities.”

Our discussion at the completion was both rich and humorous, as we covered the need to seek guidance from an adult when encountering sites and information that makes us feel uncomfortable, the importance of using technology in moderation and keeping safe online, then on many occasions, hearing from our prep boys who told us that they have cameras at home to keep them safe!



ELC News

Happy start to 2021.

Last week our year started with Parent Teacher Interviews which was a positive way to get to know the children and their families. Building relationships with our families and children underpin all we do in the Early Learning Centre. One of the key phrases in our ELC Philosophy is: “We believe in developing positive meaningful relationships with the children in our care, fostering a sense of belonging for the children and their families. Through these nurturing relationships, children feel safe, secure and supported in our Early Learning Centre.”

This continues in the classroom where the children have been enjoying getting to know their new classmates and teachers through a variety of ways, games, activities and even table spacings. Lunch and snack times are very important in this area as it is a time to sit, talk and get to know the teachers and the children.

The children are also enjoying getting to know the beautiful environment on offer here at Tintern. Every day the children ask if they can go outside. The natural environment has led to many wonderful engaging play situations as the children dig for worms, hide in the bushes, run the path track, play with the water wheel, make sand cakes and explore.

This week also saw the start of our Specialist programs. A timetable will be sent home this week so you will know what days your child will be going to Music, Library and FMS (Fundamental Motor Skills)

Some children can be upset on being left at school. The following are some tips that might help:

  • When you first arrive at school, remind your child about their daily routine jobs, record book away bag into locker and wash hands.
  • Saying Goodbye: Be honest with your child and tell them that it is time for you to leave. Let them know that you will be back. Even though there may be a few tears, often when parents are out of sight children will settle happily into activities and the tears will ease.

Its best to not drag out the goodbye as this often increases the separation anxiety

  • Be positive and happy yourself. Children can sometimes sense when their parents are upset or worried and this might lead to an increase in their anxiety.
  • Feel free to call the school anytime to check on your child’s progress. Our staff will also call you should your child continue to be really upset and not able to settle.

All the staff at Tintern are committed to ensuring that your child has happy experiences at school.

Most children settle after a few weeks. If you are concerned about your child’s separation anxiety, please speak to your teacher or myself.


The Green Team – Clean Up Australia Day

Clean Up Australia Day

The Green Team will be holding a Clean Up Australia Day event again this year on Sunday 28 February from 9.00 am to 12.30pm. Students will meet at the Bus Bay and be allocated clean up zones within and around the school. Senior staff will be in attendance to supervise Years 7 to 12 students. (Any Junior School students wishing to attend must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and notify the Junior School office re attendance on the day).

All students are welcome and must register their interest on the sign up sheets in the Middle school and Senior College.

Participating students will then be sent an EdSmart form with full details of the day.

This is a great way to make a difference to our local environment and the GT looks forward to the support of the school community.

– The Green Team 


CAMPS, SPORTS & EXCURSIONS FUND (CSEF) – Financial assistance information for parents.

CSEF is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families.

The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

Click here to learn more about the CSEF. 

Please note applications for CSEF payments must be submitted prior to the last day of Term 2, Friday 18 June. Click here to download the application form. 


Dr Jo Newton OAM

Jo Newton (YG 2006) was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2020  Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The investiture ceremony, which was delayed due to Covid, will be held on Wednesday 10 February at 10.30am. You can watch live here, or you can watch afterwards here.

Jo received this honour for her contribution to agriculture through her advocacy and support of young people, volunteering and contribution to dairy science.

Jo Newton works as a research scientist for Agriculture Victoria. As a Geneticist, her research explores how new DNA tools can support dairy farmers to produce safe, affordable, nutritious milk in a sustainable way. Jo also mentors and advocates for young people through her volunteer work with not-for-profit organisations like Picture You in Agriculture.

In May 2019, whilst completing a post-doctoral fellowship in Ireland, Jo was diagnosed with Bowel cancer. Jo celebrated her 30th birthday and then flew home for surgery and treatment. As a ‘Cancer Survivor’ Jo continues to remain positive and inspirational now adding her voice to help spread the messages of the #never2young campaign for Bowel Cancer Australia.

Jo said of her OAM award, ‘To me, leadership is a journey of lifelong learning and I will continue to strive to be worthy of the honour I have been granted. I am incredibly grateful to the agricultural sector who has invested in me through providing access to professional and personal development opportunities. I will pay it forward through continued advocacy and support of young people.’

You can read more about Jo through her blog Cancer at 30, on starting her 30s with Stage 3 bowel cancer.

Image Credit: Massimiliano Nardini


Sarah Chen (Year 12) – National Math Summer School

National Math Summer School

In mid-January 2021, I had the honor of participating in the National Math Summer School for a week and am evermore grateful for being able to have this opportunity to meet with like-minded students around Australia. I found the experience greatly rewarding and I cannot believe that mid-July 2020 was the first time I had ever heard of the NMSS, fondly named NeMeSiS by its participants, completely by chance from a conversation with Ms Tillyer. For this, I must give special thanks to Ms Tillyer. 

NMSS is a selective camp that runs for 2 weeks in January every year and seeks to gather a maximum of 75 fine young mathematical minds from all the states together at the ANU to be exposed to different ways of thinking about math and give students a taste for what lies beyond the math done in high school. Despite having never considered myself a math genius of any kind I still decided to approach the NMSS application process with an open mind and give it my best shot. It was certainly the right decision and both me and Ms Tillyer were ecstatic when news of my acceptance for the 2021 program was received in Term 4. Unfortunately due to COVID the program was moved online and shortened to just one week but still it was a fun, well-managed and eye-opening experience that featured many accomplished mathematicians in Australia.

The program was, for the majority filled with lectures on Number Theory and Algorithms along with tutorials and study sessions where there was plenty of time for one-on-one tutoring and discussions with experienced professionals who worked in mathematical fields. One of the great highlights of the camp for me was learning to approach math with a very different mindset from the one used for normal school math; the problems at NMSS were incredibly tricky, and at some times had no answer as of yet, but NMSS really drove in the idea that 1. encountering challenging content wasn’t a sign of personal incompetency but a place for learning and pondering and 2. Venturing into the unknown and tackling problems where the path to answer wasn’t spoon-fed or straightforward was generally much more rewarding.

I would like to share an inspiring realisation I had at the NMSS. As I worked through the problems given at camp, it struck me that some of the most irritating and unsolvable questions were often the most simplest looking and intuitive. And as Norman Do (the director of the camp) aptly summed up, the fact that these problems were intuitive but frustratingly hard to prove was testament to the thousands of years of knowledge gathered and how far we had improved from the absolute basics, so much that returning to them seemed trivial and impossible to prove since they just are, or must be that way. And for me, that statement truly made me realize how extraordinary human ingenuity is – although a single human lifetime is short, just by sharing knowledge and collaborating together we’ve already come so far in our quest for knowledge, it really makes one wonder/and be inspired by how boundless our future potential for discoveries could be.

Aside from the academic side of the program, there was also the social aspect where I was able to meet (online) and chat to many other fellow Year 12’s who were passionate about math, shared a love of solving hard problems who I may never have known if I had not been at the program. As many of the lecturers and alumni had advised, networking becomes very important later on in life and one of the greatest benefits of attending NMSS was that the camp was the perfect opportunity to start on building connections and networking. For any students in Year 11 this year I would highly recommend applying for NMSS if you have an interest in math, it is such a wonderful experience to have and will certainly change the way you see and think about math.

Sarah Chen (Year 12)


Meghan McDonald (YG 2009)

Congratulation to Alumna Meghan McDonald (YG 2009) on being named the 2021 Captain of Geelong’s AFLW team.

Meghan is the second AFLW Captain in the clubs history, you can read more about Meghan’s AFLW journey here.


Scotty James (YG 2013)

Congratulations to Scotty James (YG 2013) who has won silver in the Superpipe event at the 2021 X Games in Aspen, Colorado and at the 2021 Laax Open pipe finals in Switzerland.

View his ride at the Laax Open Pipe Finals in Switzerland here.


Moya Zhang (YG 2014)

Congratulations Moya Zhang (YG 2014) who will be leading the digital coverage of the 2021 Australian Open across social media. As a Digital Presenter Moya will be covering all the action at the Australian Open Tennis Grand-Slam both on and off the court. We wish you the best of luck Moya and look forward to your updates!



Top Class Drama – Lachlan Young (YG 2020)


We are delighted to announce an outstanding student achievement in Drama.

Class of 2020 graduate Lachlan Young was invited to this year’s ‘Top Class’ Drama program as part of the VCE Season of Excellence 2021.    

Lachlan was one of the highest scoring VCE Drama students from 2020. Lachlan presented his VCE Drama Solo Performance for an audition panel on Saturday 30 January.

Lachlan’s performance, The Drifter, was a response to the prescribed stimulus of the theme music from the film “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” directed by Sergio Leone.

Lachlan devised an atmospheric, imaginative and humorous performance in the style of a spaghetti western. His performance focuses on a mysterious Drifter who arrives in a gold-mining town to find the townsfolk under siege from an infamous gang of bandits. Using his wits, cunning and masterful skills, the Drifter hatches a plan to outsmart the gang, save the townsfolk and claim the reward.

Top Class is a concert series that presents the works of outstanding VCE students from 2020 in Dance, VET Dance, Drama, Theatre Studies, Music Performance, Music Investigation, Music Style and Composition and VET Music.

The VCE Season of Excellence is managed by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. 

Congratulations Lachlan!


Melinda Quirillo

Head of Performing Arts


Emily McLean (YG 2017)

Welcome back to alumna Emily McLean (YG 2017), returning to Tintern as a pre-service Teacher for the next 6 weeks. Emily is currently in her 4th year completing Bachelors of Primary Education (Honours) and Science at Monash University and will be working with Nicole Thomas in the Girls’ Prep class.


Chris Turvey (YG 2010)

Congratulation to Alumnus Chris Turvey (YG 2010) on recently launching his brand 5PM Beverages. Chris struggled to find a tasty and healthy alternative for a summer beverage and decided to take the leap by launching his own brand, we wish Chris all the best with this exciting new endeavour.


Transdev Bus Service 2021