09 Nov 2021

From the Principal

As Bob Dylan sang, “I shall be released” – and, on 30 October 2021, we were! So what happens now?

Bob Dylan wrote the song “I shall be released” in 1967. We will all have our own interpretations of art, music, literature, and song, but I see it as a song about a vision of the contrast between potential opportunities of achievement and opportunity, and the plight of people who are powerless, and have no right of reply, intervention, or control over their destiny.

For me, as possibly for many others, the last 20 months have felt exactly like this. Over the course of the Melbourne Cup weekend, I know I did truly feel released! It was wonderful to go out to lunch or dinner, see friends or relatives and re-experience many other, almost forgotten, freedoms. These are things we have earnt through an incredible commitment and persistence as Melburnians and Victorians.

While I hope we all had the opportunity to experience that release by going camping, swimming at the beach, visiting relatives, or just going out to lunch or dinner, I know we had members of our community who were not able to do this because of the need to isolate as a primary close-contact, because there is a vulnerable person in their household, because they are not able to be vaccinated, or for many other reasons. I feel deeply for these people who cannot enjoy what the rest of us can.

So, what will be the forward view? It is clear that in the first half of next year (virus mutations and social upheaval aside) we will move to a 2022 version of a ‘normal‘ life. The feeling of release will continue as interstate and international travel resumes, at school we will resume excursions, camps, overseas tours, and experiences, and we will enjoy gatherings on campus of our whole community. But what will we take from these most remarkable two years?

When I was 13, I had a very bad skateboard accident. I fell off travelling down a steep hill at high speed and lost a great deal of skin (the consequence of a classic adolescent lack of planning!). My father (a doctor) was caring and kind, but also pragmatic. His view was that nothing happens without consequence, and that as a result of those consequences, one’s life changed. Not always for the best, but there was almost always a positive contained in what followed.

As I write this, I look at the scar on my left arm that I have to this day. My arm is not the same, it is changed forever – really neither worse nor better, but different. I learnt a lot that day, it made me a wiser person, and a changed one – both physically and mentally – and possibly a slightly more evolved one.

I am certain that as parents, most of us will feel loss and/or regret for our, and our children’s, missed or lessened experiences of 2020 and 2021. We will hope our children have not been limited by the effects of something outside of our control (every parent’s nightmare, I think). This is understandable, and while there will be short-term gaps and lost opportunities that will be progressively addressed and regained over coming months and years, there have also been remarkable realisations of the independence, autonomy, and capability of young people. This is particularly true for us at the School in the sudden and significant realisation of the capabilities of young people that we would not have been privileged to witness, if they were in a classroom and COVID-19 had not occurred.

I suspect that if we look closely at our experiences (and those of our children) in so many cases, we have indeed ‘been released’!

Factis non verbis


Curriculum Matters

Curriculum Matters

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Why do we ask our children this question? They have yet to experience the range of educational delights and experiential offerings which will be laid before them during their time at school. Would it be better to ask “What do you most want to do when you grow up?” Do we tie up too much of our future identity in selecting a career and setting that goal at a young age? All evidence points towards it being highly unlikely that the whole adult life of our students will remain focussed on one particular profession. Better to encourage our children to experience much, follow their passions, develop curiosity and confidence and be willing to evolve on many fronts throughout their lives.

Tintern offers a wonderful grounding in all areas of the curriculum, but also provides opportunities for students to broaden their perspectives, explore their passions and excel in their areas of interest. We are always delighted to see students challenging themselves to be creative, taking risks, being brave and pushing themselves out of their comfort zones by sharing their work and ideas with experts beyond Tintern.

Here are details of just some of our students who have excelled in various areas of passion this year:

Emma Jones, Year 12 – first place in the Years 11 to 12 ISV Student Poetry Competition, where her poem ‘Father and Daughter’ drew the following comment from the judges, “An utterly gorgeous sensory journey through childhood ….” Visit the ISV ‘The Parents’ website here to read the poem and see a video of Emma reciting it: https://theparentswebsite.com.au/father-and-daughter-a-poem-by-emma-jones/

Josh Choong, Year 12 – first place winner in the Years 10 to 12 Category of Little Stories, Big Ideas micro fiction competition, with the theme of ‘Acceptance’, which earned a judge’s comment that his work was “beautifully emotive and intelligent”.

Sage Idnurm (Highly Commended) and Leon Jiao (Commended) for their entries in the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition.

Sarah Chen, Year 12 – performed piano works live-to-air on 3MBS’s 2021 ‘The Talent’, a competition open to all instrumentalists, vocalists and chamber groups under the age of 35. Sarah also achieved her Associate Diploma in Music (violin) this year.

Josh Choong, Year 12 – successfully completed his Licentiate Diploma of Music with Distinction (viola). The Licentiate diploma has a national success rate of around 10% of candidates and fewer than 2% of candidates for Licentiate are awarded the diploma with distinction. He can now be referred to as Joshua Choong AmusA, LMusA (distinction).

Elisha Sze, Year 8 – who received a Certificate of merit in the Melbourne University Mathematics Competition – a competition which requires a higher level of mathematical insight and creativity.

Eight students in Years 7 to 12 won Distinction certificates in The Science Talent Search. Three Year 12 students (Alec Chen, Victoria McKenzie and Maija Darzins) and two Year 7 students (Leon Jiao and Chloe Pike) won Minor bursaries.

Skye Sriratana (Yr 9) and Holly Whitfield (Year 12) won Major bursaries. Holly and Skye have both entered their work in the National BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards to be judged later this year.

Well done to all of these students. They are only a small selection of our students who are “putting themselves out there” and having an impact in the wider world whilst they are learning and growing.


Examinations, assessments and the upcoming transition period into 2022

Our IB and VCE examinations are well underway and will conclude over the coming week. Our staff and students again have experienced significant disruptions to their preparation due to ongoing lockdowns and our staff have worked tirelessly during the past few months of remote learning to ensure that all of our students, but especially our Year 12 students have experienced the best tuition and educational experiences possible under the circumstances. I know the whole community joins me in congratulating our students on their fortitude and resilience this year.

This also is a busy time for our Years 9 to 11 students, as they prepare for the upcoming brief examination period. We trust all students will do their best and take away as much learning as possible from the outcomes of this period.

Final projects are being submitted and assessments undertaken to allow our teachers across Prep to Years 8 to commence their end-of-semester reporting on the progress made by each student in their various classes. Our standard ongoing progressive reporting regime covers class results in Years 8 to 11 and, in 2021, we have trialled a new Progressive Reporting system in Year 7. Through the school’s Portal interface our staff have been able to provide gradings for tasks, and also include formative comments, giving feedback on the level of achievement, areas for improvement and strategies to achieve those improvements. These regular updates and more expansive feedback on individual assessments have kept parents of our Year 7 students better informed of their child’s progress and provided occasions for more timely and useful reflections, regular conversations and opportunities for goal setting between parents, students and staff. The Year 7 end-of-semester reports will be a composite of these Progressive Reporting Assessment Tasks (PRATs), with the aforementioned gradings and comments, and an overall grade for each subject alongside gradings for behavioural indicators, as currently appear on reports.

Our Transition phase into the 2022 timetable for students currently in Years 7 to 11 will commence on Wednesday 1 December. Monday 29 November is a non-school day for Years 7 to 11 students, allowing staff time to correct exams and tests and to write reports.

Some subjects (particularly VCE) will commence a unit of 2022 work during the Transition period whilst others will consolidate units of work which may have been disrupted by lockdown and needed completion from the Term 4 program. It is, therefore, imperative that students attend and continue to maintain their focus for this period immediately after the examination/testing sessions. Year 7s and 8s will continue with their transition classes through to the last day of term, Friday 10 December. Year 9s will be engaged in their Summer Expeditions from 29 November to 3 December and will return to participate in a final five days of transition classes from 6 to 10 December. Year 10s and 11s will have a full 8 days of transition classes from 1 to 10 December.

I wish you all a happy and safe holiday break. I am sure we will all appreciate our greater freedoms during the summer period.


Community Matters

TPG Second-hand Book Sale 2021

The Tintern Parents Group are pleased to once again partner with I Love Books on a second-hand book sale.

Selling your Books through I Love Books:

Follow the steps below to utilise this free and easy service:

  • Create your “Seller’s Form” at ilovebooks.com.au/sell and print this out. Books cannot be accepted without this form. Watch the 2-minute video for help: http://www.ilovebooks.com.au/sellBe sure to read the Terms and Conditions.
  • Bundle up your books securely and attach/include the printed Seller’s Form. TPG and ILB cannot be held responsible for lost items that are not packaged appropriately.
  • Bring your books to school in a weather proof bag, and drop them off at the Canoe/Boat Trailer Shed on your left as you enter Gate 1 (Bus Bay entrance) between Monday 22 November and Wednesday 1 December. If you prefer, you can take them directly to the ILB store and use their contactless drop off bin.
    • NOTE: Please DO NOT leave books at school after Wednesday 1 December. Any items left after this date will be donated/disposed of.
  • Your books will be processed by ILB accordingly. You will receive an email confirmation from them with details of your account.

Buying Your Books from I Love Books:

Visit ILB on Saturday 4 December anytime between 8am and 12noon for the Tintern Exclusive Shopping Day to purchase your New or Second-hand books and supplies for 2022.
The Book Sale Event is at ‘I Love Books’ 12 Arcade Road, Mont Albert North, 3129

Order books online here: https://orders.ilovebooks.com.au/catalogue/ 

New in 2021 to I Love Books is ordering from the Booklist:

  • Print your Booklist and highlight the books you require
  • Indicate if you want Good, Excellent or As New Condition (default is excellent if not indicated)
    • You can also choose to buy new where Secondhand isn’t available.
  • Attach the booklist securely to your bundle of secondhand books.
  • I Love Books will contact you to confirm availability, collection or postage.

If you have any questions please contact the TPG by email here  or I Love books by email here.

TPG Mango Drive 2021

Thank you to everyone who purchased a tray (or more) of mangoes. Once we have a delivery date, we will be in touch by email to book a drive through collection time from the Bus Bay Car Park, Bush Car Park or ELC Car Park (for ELC families only).

Here are some delicious mango recipes you could try (select the image):

FOR ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT: parentgroup@tintern.vic.edu.au

Friends of Equestrian

Due to a significant number of parents finishing up this year, the Friends Of Equestrian Committee is looking for new volunteers to continue the 21 year legacy and join the committee.

If you are interested in joining the FOE committee please contact Ash Viney  or Di Lacey in Community Relations.

This is an excellent opportunity to be involved and make a significant contribution to Equestrian activities at Tintern Grammar.

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.

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. 

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.

Thank you to all those who have already signed on as Parent Reps for 2022. We are very grateful for your support. 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.

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: Tuesday 9 November 2021 at 7.30pm President: Haidee Wallace Location: Contact parentgroup@tintern.vic.edu.au
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 17 November at 7pm  President: Debra Fryer Location: Online due to the lockdown, 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

  • 20, 25 & 30 Year Reunion YGs 2000 & 2001, 1995 & 1996, 1990 & 1991 –  Saturday 20 November at 11am to 2pm – Book Here
  • YG 2006 – 15 Year Reunions – Saturday 27 November 2021 at 7.30pm High and Dry Bar, Sage Hotel, Ringwood – Book here

Reunions Postponed to 2022

  • YG 2015, 5+1 Year Reunion 
  • YG 2016, 5 Year Reunion 
  • YG 2005 – 15+1 Year Reunion

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

Upcoming auditions for rhythm section positions in the Tintern Jazz Ensemble program

We have some limited positions open for pianists, guitarists, bass players and drummers from Years 7-12 who are keen to be part of our Jazz Ensemble program at Tintern in 2022. Please email Mrs Clarke at lclarke@tintern.vic.edu.au by Friday 12 November if you are interested in joining a jazz band. Please indicate in your email which instrument you play and how long you have been playing.

In the audition, you will be required to perform a pre-prepared excerpt from the Jazz Ensemble repertoire, a piece of your own choosing, sight-reading and, in some instances, an improvisation. Mrs Clarke will be able to explain this process to you, once you have contacted her.

If you have any questions or would like further information regarding the program, please don’t hesitate to email Mrs Clarke or to visit the Music department to have a chat about the program.


Concerto Competition in 2022

The Concerto Festival is an event for experienced musicians currently attending Tintern Grammar.

The preliminary event will be held on Wednesday 9 March 2022.  Students are required to perform one movement only from a concerto, or for singers, a recitative and aria, with piano accompaniment.

The top three or four performers from the preliminary evening will be selected and invited to perform their concerto movement, or recitative and aria, accompanied by orchestra at the Final Showcase on Wednesday 15 June.

Please contact Mrs Feenane in the Music Office at music@tintern.vic.edu.au for further information or to request an entry form. Entries close Friday 3 December 2021



Sport Matters

Sport Matters

Congratulations to Mitch in Year 12 for winning the J19 Individual Time Trial race over the weekend at the Winton Wetlands ITT. 
Mitch completed the 19.6km circuit in 24min 53 seconds, a speedy average of just under 45km per hour! Mitch also placed 7th overall in the open age Men’s division. We look forward to seeing what Mitch achieves in the future beyond the gates of Tintern! 


I am pleased to announce that our Years 7 to 9 students will be able to resume EISM Sports for the final weeks of term due to the easing of restrictions. 

ELC News

Letterland in the ELC

Letterland is a phonics-based program for establishing letter sound relationships prior to a child learning to read. This means it is based on the actual sounds that letters make in words. For example, instead of explaining that C is the letter ‘cee’, you tell your child that Clever Cat makes her special whispered ‘c…’ sound in words like cat, cup and cake…

Letterland works by capturing children’s interest and attention. Children relate to characters like Bouncy Ben, Harry Hat Man, Sammy Snake and Talking Tess. So, learning about them feels like play. Yet they are laying solid foundations for successful reading. All the information that your child needs is embedded in the Letterland characters.

Each week we have been looking at and investigating a letter from Letterland. From Annie Apple to Zig Zag Zebra.

We shared a story about the Letterland character and their special song. We explored the Letterland box that was filled with objects that start with the same sound as our Letterland character. Over the year we have found objects in the box from arrows, flamingos, mushrooms to zips.

We also completed a special activity around the Letterland character and now our Letterland workbooks can go home to share with our families.

This week we celebrated Letterland day. We dressed up as our favourite Letterland character or something that starts with our favourite letter. We played Letterland Bingo and went on a Letterland Treasure Hunt. We also helped cut up some fruit and shared a yummy fruit salad at snack time.  Below are some of the photos from our Letterland day but to see more please go to the portal to see all the others.

Genevieve Brown

ELC Teacher


Girls’ Junior School News

 Year 3 Girls – Adjusting to being with people again.

The staggered entry back to school allowed us to get used to being with our peers again with a steady pace. After the long period of remote learning, being around company for the length of the school day can be overwhelming – even for adults. The following are some of the strategies used in class to support a smooth transition back to face-to-face learning:

The Mood Meter

The girls were invited to share how they were feeling at the start of the school day. Some students used it to track the range of emotions experienced throughout the day. Just being able to recognise and name how they were feeling was a step towards the regulation of emotions.  Some students spoke about their worries and some shared the things they were grateful for.

Choice Board of tasks

On the final days of remote learning, Year 3A girls suggested activities they most looked forward to doing with their friends when we returned to school. These ideas were scheduled into the program so that all girls were able to reconnect with their friends in a variety of ways and groups sizes. Choice Board activities included building things mindful colouring, drawing, making things, playing board games and doing jigsaw puzzles.

Problem Solving with STEAM

Most students missed constructing and making things as a way to answer our questions. These activities helped us to focus our attention. We asked the following questions…Which is the best way to launch a kite? and Can solar ovens toast marshmallows?

As the term continues, we will keep applying strategies to practise self-regulation, to communicate positively and get used to being with each other for the entire school day.


Ms Karen Dang

Year 3 Teacher


Performing Arts in the Girls’ Junior School

This term the Performing Arts program in the Girls’ Junior School is a jam-packed theatrical sensation as the girls explore movement, song and dance in preparation for their production of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. In this musical version, the beginning of the original story, how Christopher came to be turned into a Nutcracker, is included, though the main story follows the basic plot line of the ballet. The melodies of the songs are taken directly from the ballet by Tchaikovsky. Many girls have watched the ballet and listened to the music and similarly in this musical version, the essence of the story is the importance of imagination. The girls are loving the opportunity to be creative, use their imaginations and learn dance routines as they develop their performance skills. With this creativity, I see our girls shining brighter each day. The excitement is building, because at the end of this month, the girls will put on their costumes and we will be filming the show in the CM Wood Centre on the stage! The production will then be carefully put together as a film for the girls, their families and the school community to enjoy.

Year 1 Sugar Plum Fairies in their new costumes!


Year 4 Spanish dancers during rehearsal.

Jacquie Casey

Junior School Choral and Performing Arts Coordinator


Boys’ Junior School News

Boys’ Junior School News

In our Junior School Assemblies this week, we have focussed on our Compass point of Integrity, talking about two examples that highlighted the definition of it being the right thing to do.”

We were very grateful to and appreciative of Harvey Wang and Nanak Sidana, both in Year 2, who found a considerably large sum of money in the playground on Thursday, and immediately handed it in to Mrs Sloane. We spoke about their actions and how it would not only help the person who had lost the money, but was a terrific reflection on the boys’ character.

We shared the story of Franz Steigler, a German Fighter pilot and Charlie Brown, a pilot with the RAAF. During World War 2, Steigler was sent into the skies to ‘finish off’ Charlie Brown and his plane, that had just suffered significant damage in an attack.

When Steigler pulled alongside Brown’s craft, saw how damaged it was, and how Brown was struggling gamely to control it, he guided Brown back to safe territory. He then flew back to his base and told no one of what he had done.

The two met many years later, and when asked why he hadn’t shot Brown and his plane down, Steigler’s response was, “It was the right thing to do.”


The gentleman at below is probably not well known. On Wednesday Professor Edward Holmes, from the University of Sydney, was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.


While having a long and distinguished career, it was a tweet sent on January 11 2020 for which he is perhaps best known.

Working with a colleague in China, Zhang Yongzhen, who held the genome information, and another in Edinburgh, who helped prepare the data for release, his decision to tweet the genome of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID 19) on January 11 2020, making the data freely available to everyone, sparked urgent work in labs around the world to develop a test and a vaccine. Rather than hold onto the information and potentially make millions from selling his work, Professor Holmes released the information.

Some Governments were wanting information withheld, but Professor Holmes says he would do it again “in a heartbeat” because it was… “the right thing”.


Middle School News

What a difference it makes to have the smiling faces of our students and staff back on campus after such an extended period of lockdown. The staggered return over the recent weeks helped all students to adapt from their remote learning environment to one that is back full-time face-to-face. What was also important is that staff were aware of the challenges that some people face with significant change, and both the academic lessons and work expectations were adjusted accordingly and increased as time back on campus also increased.

The pastoral focus for the first few weeks back at school has been on reintegrating ourselves back into society and reestablishing our friendship groups and understanding of each other. This is important to redevelop after spending such a considerable amount of time isolated from each other. It was important to recognise that the initial excitement of seeing each other would also shift and therefore that ability to understand others and work collaboratively has been a focus of conversation in these sessions. It has been wonderful to see such a positive understanding of this and the support our students have demonstrated to each other.


Student Leadership
Over the last week we have been interviewing students in Year 8 for leadership positions in the Middle School next year. The level of enthusiasm, excitement and a genuine desire to impact our school in a positive manner from all candidates was just amazing to see. What was also impressive was the sheer number of applicants wishing to be part of our leadership team in 2022. Unfortunately not all students will be in a titled leadership position next year, but it was wonderful to hear them talk about them wanting to step up regardless and provide ideas and opportunities for other students to enjoy and re-connect back at school. Our 2022 leaders will be announced at an assembly on 19 November.


School Calendar
With Term 4 well underway, there are several key dates fast approaching:

  • Friday 19 November: Middle School end of year assembly. This includes the presentation of major awards for 2021, the graduation of our Year 9 from Middle School to Senior College, as well as the introduction of our new student leadership team for 2022.

  • Wednesday 24 November: Orientation Day for our Year 7 2022 students. This will involve our student leadership team to help welcome and excite our new students about Year 7 next year.

  • Monday 29 November: Student free day and beginning of Year 9 Summer Expeditions.

  • Wednesday 1 December: Beginning of transition into 2022.

  • Friday 10 December: Final day of school.


PAT Testing and Other Assessments
At the end of each academic year we conduct a variety of assessments as part of our regular routine. This includes some end of year assessments in subject specific areas like English and Mathematics, as well as PAT testing across Reading, Numeracy and Science. This data helps us track the growth and development of individual students, along with their NAPLAN results in Years 7 and 9, and their individual subject results throughout the year. This data also assists staff in their curriculum planning for next year and beyond as strengths and weaknesses of individuals and cohorts can be easily observed.


VCE Exams
As a school we are wishing our current Year 12s the very best for their examinations in VCE and IB. It has been a tough year for them; however, their commitment and drive has been nothing short of exceptional. They have set a wonderful example to all students across the school and regardless of their results, can be confident in their development of other key attributes such as independence and responsibility that will place them in great stead for their life after school.




Senior College News

 Senior College News

The students seem to be making the adjustment back to school well but the staff are encouraging them take care and allow time to manage another change to their routines which can be quite tiring. The Year 12 examinations have continued to go smoothly with students appearing quite composed during this busy period. Thank you to the 2022 school leadership team for setting up Christmas trees and decorations in the Middle School and Senior College that provided a special feeling when students entered the school after such a long lockdown.


Individual Year 10 and 11 examination timetables will be sent to students and Year 10 in particular have been undertaking some pastoral sessions relating to study skills. The following Elevate Education webinars may be of interest to families:

Recorded Webinar – ‘Stress and Wellbeing’ 

There will be another webinar on Wednesday 10 November 10th that relates to Examination Preparation. This will be a live online event from 7.00pm to 8.00pm where the presenter will share Elevate Education’s key research and skills and a live Q&A. You can register by clicking here.

Our Year 12 Co-ordinator Mrs Jennifer Tsai Bove has emailed families about upcoming events and given the additional COVID requirements, each event will be sent as a separate EdSmart form. The Year 10 Social and Year 11 Formal EdSmart forms have also gone out to families and I know that students are really looking forward to these occasions.

I am currently meeting with students who would like to change their subjects for next year and this process needs to be all finalised by the end of this week or Friday 12 November so that individual transition timetables can be generated for the students. Changes can still occur during transition and up to the second week of Term 1 in 2022. Please note that Monday 29 November is a pupil free day, examination return occurs on Tuesday 30 November and transition classes extend from Wednesday 1 December to Friday 10 December which is the final day of school for the year.

Year 11 students undertaking a 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. Using this service means that the students can access their results from 7.00am on Thursday 16 December. They will need their VCAA number that has been emailed to them by Julie Ennor.

I would also like to make reference to a couple of items from the latest editions of Career News. High achieving Year 12 students in 2022, may consider applying for an extension study at one of the universities. Results from these studies contributes as a 10 percent increment when calculating the ATAR. Also, the publication Australian Jobs from the National Skills Commission website has some interesting insights into labour market trends. The publication can be accessed from the National Skills Commission website.


Upcoming Key Dates for the Senior College

Year 10 Social – Friday 26 November

Year 10 and 11 Study Day – Monday 22 November

Year 10 and 11 Examinations Tuesday 23 to Friday 26 November

Student Free Day – Monday 29 November

Year 11 Formal – Monday 29 November

Year 10 and 11 Examination Return of Papers – Tuesday 30 November

Senior College 2022 Transition Program – Wednesday 1 December to Friday 10 December

Year 12 Celebration Evening Screening at the Coburg Drive-In – Thursday 9 December

IB Lunch – Thursday 11 November

Year 12 Celebration Day – Thursday 18 November

Year 12 Formal – Monday 13 December

Valedictory Dinner – Wednesday 9 February 2022



Career News

Career News

The Careers staff are meeting with 2022 Senior College students regarding requests to change their subjects and this stage of the process needs to be finalised by Friday 12 November. Students may still change their subjects during transition and into early Term 1 next 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/

Number 33 Career News 5 November 2021

  • Dates for the Diary in Term 4
  • Reminder: VTAC 2022 Upcoming Key Dates  
  • Links to University Clubs & Societies
  • University Terms
  • Park Ranger Courses in Victoria in 2021  
  • Snapshot of Holmesglen Institute in 2021 

Number 34 Career News 9 November 2021

  • Reminder: VTAC 2022 Upcoming Key Dates  
    New Economics Major in the Bachelor of Arts at Monash University
  • November Online Information Series at William Angliss Institute
  • VCE Extension Studies in 2022  
  • Australian Jobs 2021 Publication
  • ANU Tuckwell Scholarship for 2023
  • Snapshot of Monash University – Peninsula Campus in 2021

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.




Big Box of Kindness Appeal

Big Box of Kindness Appeal

Isaac Hong, 2022 Tintern School Leader, has initiated and organised for a wonderful opportunity for our Community to support those in need at Christmas.

Isaac has worked with Crossway Church to support their Big Box of Kindness Appeal.

We look forward to our Community participating in this most worthwhile Community event.



News from TeamKids

A big warm hello from us here at TeamKids to you.

My name is Alex, and I am the Director of Service here at Tintern Grammar. We are so excited to be welcoming back so many students to both the school and to Team Kids.

Last week we had a “Freaky Friday” theme party. The students had so much fun dressing up at the photo wall and playing musical statues. We had a beautiful afternoon tea, and students are already asking when the next party will be.

The students have been enjoying art and craft activities, such as play dough challenges, colouring in, and using water paints.

Our very popular Team Kids clubs will be starting this week. Students were encouraged to sign up for the clubs they wanted this term, and we chose clubs from there. This term we will be having Lego Club (Monday and Friday), Cooking Club (Tuesday and Thursday), and Art Attack and Mindfulness Club (alternating Wednesdays). The students are all very excited for these to begin.

Every term Team Kids holds a term challenge. This terms challenge is a Gingerbread Village Building Competition. We will be using our cooking club to work on our village, and the students are very excited to compete against other Team Kids schools.

If you have any questions at all, please reach out. 

Contact information:

Service mobile: 0484 300 362

Service email: TinternGrammar@teamkids.com.au

Team Kids office number: 1300 035 000

Team Kids office email: info@teamkids.com.au