Alumni News

Jo Newton (YG 2006)

Congratulations to Dr Jo Newton (YG 2006) on being awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. She received this 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.

You can read more about her achievement here.

Vishnu Pillay and Jasmin Amiet (YG 2019) – Maroondah Pure Talent Exhibition

Congratulations to Vishnu Pillay and Jasmin Amiet (YG 2019) who are both featured in the Maroondah Top Talent Exhibition. This exhibition highlights the creative talents and abilities of young people to engage and inspire their community.

Vishnu’s work is titled Roots and he has said of this piece, “Roots, composed of wire, string and thread explores the idea of character within humans, drawing comparisons between humans and the natural state. The piece aims to express the manner in which it is our unique roots that build the foundation of our character and individuality.”

Jasmin’s work is titled Lucy and is named for her 20 year old cousin. Jasmin says, “Lucy is a person in my life who inspires me, guides me and supports me through all walks of life ever since I was born. I wanted to paint a piece that encapsulated her aura, liveliness, friendliness and humour.”

Visit the Exhibition online here.

Dani Venn (YG 2003)

Congratulations to Dani Venn on her partnership with Eastland, sharing a wonderful range of ‘Winter Warmer’ recipes to help us get through the cold months ahead.

The recipes are delicious, simple and budget-friendly recipes the whole family will love!

You may know her as The Wholehearted Cook or a familiar face from the kitchens of MasterChef Australia, but for the winter weeks ahead Dani has teamed up with Eastland to become their resident foodie queen! 

You can view her recipes here.

Image Credit: Danie Venn #thewholeheartedcook

Max Reilly (YG 2015) and Vishnu Pillay (YG 2019)

Congratulations to Max Reilly (YG 2015), supported by Vishnu Pillay (YG 2019), who completed the Bali Hope Challenge this weekend, running 84 km along the Warburton Trail to raise money for the Bali Children Foundation.

Originally the Bali Hope Ultra Marathon, where participants were to run 84 km across Bali overnight, the global Covid19 Pandemic saw the event completed individually by each person.

Max has logged 1251.78 km in total training, and has raised more than $4,000 toward helping provide an educational pathway for disadvantaged Balinese children. 

Max has said, “Growing up in Southeast Asia, I’ve seen first-hand the struggles countless lives face every day.  The work of the Bali Children Foundation is truly astounding. We can help them make a difference by raising money and giving whatever we can.”

You can donate to Max’s campaign here.

Eliza Harvey (YG 2017)

Congratulations to Alumna Eliza Harvey (YG 2017) for being nominated as an Eventing Top Ten Finalist as part of the Equestrian Victoria Young Ambassador of the Year program.
The award is aimed at recognising athletes who demonstrate outstanding sportsmanship, performance, contribution to sport and leadership qualities in their chosen discipline.
Since graduating from Tintern, Eliza has since moved to the UK to study at the Hartpury University in the UK, studying Equestrian Sports Science (BSc).


Fiona Lake (YG 1979)

Fiona Lake (YG 1979) has been awarded the 2020 Star Prize for this incredible image. Fiona took this award-winning photograph during the celebrations of the 95th anniversary of the last service by the Cobb & Co coach between Surat and Yuleba in Queensland.
To view Fiona’s photography and to read about her journey as a Photographer visit here:


Dr Amelia Lake (YG 1985)

Dr Amelia Lake is a behavioural scientist and Research Fellow in the School of Psychology at Deakin University. Amelia has worked in psychological research for almost two decades. Her main research interests are in public health, specifically the application of health psychology to promoting health behaviour change and chronic condition self-management. She completed her PhD at The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, a partnership for better health between Diabetes Victoria and Deakin University.

Amelia feels that her secondary education provided the foundation to a lifelong love of learning. Her advice to students considering a career in psychology is to take a long-term perspective because qualification as a psychologist takes at least six years training. Psychology is a profession that values life experience, so embrace the enriching aspects of life along the way. These include family, sport, personal interests and travel.

Psychology qualifications can lead to a range of careers. If considering a PhD, Amelia’s advice is to make sure that you follow your passion. In her teens, Amelia’s grandmother suddenly and irreversibly lost sight in both eyes. Sadly, her vision loss was preventable, if detected early via a standard eye examination. This experience prompted strong passion for preventative health. Amelia’s PhD, which was funded by Vision 2020 Australia, focused on using best practice methodologies and psychological principles to promote uptake of eye examinations for people at risk of vision loss.  Her research has been recognised internationally, with a highlight being an invited presentation at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

On a personal level, friendships forged at Tintern have been lifelong, with past students among Amelia’s closest friends. Amelia loves sport and achieved a black belt in Taekwondo in her twenties, a discipline that she taught for many years. Amelia is a distance runner, travels widely and is married with two sons who are following their own passions in medicine and law.

Alex Zaccaria (YG 2006)

Congratulations to Alumnus Alex Zaccaria (YG 2006) on reaching the milestone of five million users on his online platform Linktree, Alex recently spoke to our students at the Founder’s Service earlier this year.

Co-founded by Alex, his brother Anthony and friend Nick Humphreys, Linktree allows users to add a link in their social media bio to direct friends and fans to multiple pages. Linktree counts the likes of Alicia Keys, Selena Gomez, Gary Vee, Elizabeth Warren and even Greenpeace as clients.

Scotty James (YG 2013)

Scotty James (YG 2013) has taken home the overall title Crystal Globe for all Freestyle snowboarding disciplines – covering Park & Pipe, Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air, an incredible achievement. Congratulations Scotty.

Helen Reddy (YG 1958)

Congratulations to Helen Reddy (YG 1958) whose biopic I Am Woman streams on Stan from the 28 August 2020. This original film tells Helen’s story; a fearlessly ambitious and passionate singer who wrote and sang the song “I Am Woman”, which went on to become the anthem for the women’s movement in the 1970s.

An inaugural Tintern Avenue of Excellence inductee, you can read more about Helen here.

Karen Gately (YG 1988)

Alumna Karen Gately (YG 1988) was a guest on The Project on Channel 10 on the 22 June, in a segment discussing working from home. Karen is the author of two books: The Corporate Dojo: driving extraordinary results through spirited people and The People Manager’s Toolkit, to learn more about Karen and her inspiring work visit –

To view the segment select here.

Aimee Spears (YG 2013)

Alumna Aimee Spears (YG 2013) is making and selling reusable Adult and Child masks. The masks are double layered linen or cotton and have a slit in the back to put in a filter if you wish, all masks are machine washable. If you are interested in purchasing a mask, you can contact Aimee via the link below.





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