Alumni News

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.

Alan White (YG 2008)

Congratulations to alumnus Alan White (YG 2008) for being shortlisted in the final group of nominees for Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 Awards. The Impact 25 Awards celebrate people who embody the values of the social sector as Influencers, Collaborators and Innovators.

“At 29, Alan is one of the most influential and impactful young leaders in the industry. During the pandemic, Alan led his 18-strong team to grow the ASRC’s revenue to $25 million (up 40%) through digital innovation and pushing the boundaries of best practice, ensuring they could respond to unprecedented demand. He also leads the ASRC’s social enterprises, employing 75+ people seeking asylum and is one of 100 CFRE’s in Australia, the only global fundraising credential. Alan engages deeply in the sector through education and mentorship, sitting on boards and committees of Fundraising Institute Australia, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Plan International amongst other LGBTQI+, arts and education causes.” (Impact 25, 2021 Nominees).

Alan is the Director of Fundraising & Marketing at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) and the President of the Tintern Grammar Alumni. 

Winners will be announced on Wednesday 31 March and we wish Alan all the best.

Scotty James (YG 2013)

Congratulations to Scotty James (YG 2013) who has won a silver medal in the Superpipe event at the 2021 X Games in Aspen, Colorado. View his ride by selecting here.

Scotty also won Silver at the FIS Snowboard Halfpipe World Championship over the weekend. Scotty was the World Champion at the last three events, held in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Scotty also won Silver at the LAAX Open Mens Halfpipe Competition. You can view that incredible run here.

Moya Zhang (YG 2014)

Congratulations Moya Zhang (YG 2014) who will be leading the digital coverage of the Australian Open across their social media channels this year. 

Dr Jo Newton OAM (YG 2006)

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 the ceremony 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.’

Congratulations Jo!

Image Credit: Massimiliano Nardini

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!


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.

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.

Fiona Lake (YG 1979)

Congratulation to alumna Fiona Lake (YG 1979) on being nominated for her excellence in ‘Education and Safety’ at the 2021 Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) Industry Champion Awards. The AAUS focuses on facilitating awareness, integration and collaboration between industry, academia, government and defence.
Fiona was nominated for her dedicated work in educating rural residents on the safe and practical use of drones in the performance of agricultural applications. Fiona is a self-made ‘Jack of all trades’, a professional photographer who has specialised in agriculture, author, writer, drone pilot, educator and travel guru.
To view Fiona’s photography and read about her journey visit the link below.

Jac Cottee (YG 1994)

Congratulation to alumna Jac Cottee (YG 1994) on being nominated as a finalist for her outstanding contribution to the aviation or aerospace sectors (Women in Aviation/Aerospace Australia), she has been nominated for her achievements as Airline Pilot at Qantas and is one of only 5% of female airline pilots.
Jac has spent many years as a Grade 3, 2, 1 instructor and was a chief flight instructor, she has been a Captain for a regional airline and is currently a First Officer on the B717 and Welfare Rep for the AFAP.
Jac is passionate about passing on her knowledge through platforms such as: Women in Aviation career days, aviation career days, speaker at schools and by mentoring the next generation of aviation professionals.
Winners will be announced at the Aviation/Aerospace Australia (A/AA) Gala Dinner awards night on 22 April.

Eddie Yu (YG 2019)

Graduating from Tintern in 2019, I have since been accepted and will be studying Economics and Management at Oxford University as a part of Class of 2023.

I was fortunate to be part of many things at Tintern, including the senior boys choir, both performing and backstage for school musicals,  member of student leadership group, volunteer activities, and many other things that usually have something to do with mathematics or speaking on stage. Tintern truly was a remarkable place, allowing me to build up my confidence and explore my different areas of interest.

One of the greatest things that happened to me at Tintern was the school’s decision to let me take two of my hardest courses via online self-study, being the “Guinea pig” for the school even before the e-learning trend in the pandemic. It was through those classes that I met other impressive students which pushed me to apply for studying overseas. It was through this motivation and the opportunity given to me that I was able to attain both the necessary grade and the motivation to reach for goals that seemed at first distant and unattainable.

Since then, I have spent the first half of 2020 at Melbourne University studying a Bachelor of Commerce, whilst helping out at our family flower farm. The flower farms has grown to more than 3000 flowers in size and will continue to grow. I also try to spent some time catching up on the world news and self-learning python around study.



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