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Kate Jenkins (Class of 1985)

Congratulations to Kate Jenkins (Class of 1985) who completed her 7 year tenure as Sex Discrimination Commissioner in April 2023. This is the maximum term for a Commissioner in Australia.

During her term, her purpose was to advance gender equality and the rights of LGBTIQ+ communities, consistent with the Sex Discrimination Act and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Her work responded to national conversations, sparked cultural change, and improved law, policies, practices and funding to foster greater gender equality and address sexual harassment, particularly in Australian workplaces.

In one of her recent interviews, on the ABC, Kate mentioned her past Tintern teacher, Alice Clague, who was the Visual Art Coordinator, from 1974 to 1987. Alice was immediately contacted by many of her past students. We were able to help Alice and Kate reconnect, with them recently catching up at Alice’s home, along with Nikki Jackson (Strachan, Class of 1985).

You can listen to the full interview online here.

Michael Ashfield (Class of 2011)


… Michael Ashfield,  having recently been invited up on stage with iconic rapper, Post Malone at his recent Perth concert.

Michael began at Tintern at the Southwood campus in Year 7, 2006. He graduated VCE in 2011. During his time at Tintern and Southwood Michael was always actively involved in the music program and participated in many of the Schools Musical productions. In his VCE Michael studied Music Performance on guitar as one of his graduating subjects. Michael went on to study a Bachelor of Arts, in Music Study at RMIT. During his study he continued to play and formed a band ‘Move On, Be Strong’ (MOBS), playing both locally and nationally. MOBS performed on Saturday 4 March 2023 at Shotkickers in Thornbury, Melbourne.

A keen Red Hot Chilli Peppers fan Michael has been following the band around the country at their recent Australian tour. As per tradition, Post Malone invites a member of the audience to play guitar for an acoustic song in his set. On this occasion Michael was lucky enough to be chosen to play.

A talented guitarist we congratulate Michael for following his creative passion for music and look forward to seeing where his talent takes him.

Watch the video here (explicit lyrics warning):

Brendon Green (Class of 2015)

We congratulate Brendon Green who finished 2nd at the 2023 Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic on Saturday 4 February (pictured on the left in blue). The Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic is the second oldest one-day cycling event in the world and the longest in the Southern Hemisphere. Great effort Brendon!

Laura Driessen (Class of 2010)

Laura Driessen recently wrote an article published in The Conversation, titled, From platypus to parsecs and milliCrab: why do astronomers use such weird units?

She explains how astronomers use tangible units of measurement to explain outer space’s vast size, mass and weight.

You can read the article online here.




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