Alumni News

Lyn Walker (YG 1974)

Congratulations to alumna Lyn Walker (YG 1974) who was awarded an AM in the 2022 Australia Day Honours for ‘significant service to the community through domestic violence, sexual assault and health promotion initiatives’. The 2022 Australia Day Honours recognise and reward good works by Australian citizens.
For over 40 years Lyn has been leading change in the health, human services, and justice arenas with a specific focus on research, policy and program design and executive leadership. As well as administering large scale research programs, Lyn has contributed to numerous boards and published material focusing on issues pertaining to violence against women.
We congratulate her on this honourable achievement and wish her all the best for the future.

Claire Ham (Avent, YG 1991)

Congratulations to Claire Ham who was awarded the Vernon Parker prize for outstanding Officer qualities in training, and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2021.

Claire joined the Royal Australian Navy Band in 1997, leaving in 2001 to run a music teaching business. Claire married her husband Mark in 2005, becoming a step-mum to two boys, Luke and Jim, before the family welcomed their two daughters, Mia and Bridget. During that time they lived throughout Australia; in Brisbane, Sydney and Tasmania, followed by a return to Sydney.

After joining the Navy Reserve as a Musician in Tasmania, Claire worked in the Royal Australian Navy Band, Defence Force Recruiting, and Navy Community Engagement. Claire later completed a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning Practices, commissioned to the rank of Sub-Lieutenant and commenced Officer Training at the Royal Australian Naval College, HMAS Creswell in 2020.

Having completed her training at HMAS Cerberus in June 2021, Claire received the Vernon Parker prize, awarded at the end of Initial Employment Training to a Navy Training Systems Officer who demonstrates outstanding officer qualities throughout their training, and embodies the Defence values: Service Courage Respect Integrity and Excellence.

Claire is now posted to Maritime Warfare Training Authority as a Training Development Officer, based at HMAS Penguin in Mosman, NSW.

Congratulations LEUT Claire Ham.

Fifi Box (YG 1993)

Congratulations to alumna Fifi Box (YG 1993) who was crowned as a 2022 Moomba Monarch, alongside news presenter Peter Hitchener

Image Source: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/this-just-in-peter-hitchener-and-fifi-box-named-moomba-monarchs-20220215-p59ws9.html 

Maria Ruan (YG 2018)

Thank you to Alumna alumna Maria Ruan (YG 2018) who returned to Tintern to speak with our International students in early March.
 
Maria was our International Dux in 2018 and completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in both Applied Linguistics and English Literature at the University of Melbourne. Maria has recently returned to Melbourne to undertake her Master of Education at Melbourne University.
 
Maria enjoyed reflecting on her time at Tintern, catching up with past teachers and viewing her wonderful painting which is on display in the Senior College. As the 2018 Art Captain, Maria’s passion for Art still continues today, she has kindly shared some new ‘fruit and vegetable’ oil paintings with us.
 
We thank Maria for taking the time to return to Tintern and speak with our students.
 

Scotty James (YG 2013)

Congratulations to Scotty James (YG 2013) for winning gold in the men’s Superpipe event at the 2022 X Games in Aspen on Friday 21 January!

Kate Jenkins (YG 1985)

Congratulations to alumna Kate Jenkins (YG 1985) for being shortlisted in the final group of nominees for the 2022 Pro Bono Australia Impact 25 Awards. The Impact 25 Awards celebrate people who embody the values of the social sector as Influencers, Collaborators and Innovators.
For 25 years Kate Jenkins has been leading change in corporate, government and community sectors, particularly in human rights and equal opportunity law. As Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate is accelerating change to lead to real gender equality, from the household to the workplace.
 

Alicia Cornwell (YG 1981)

Congratulations to alumna Alicia Cornwell (YG 1981) for winning the Still Life Award at the Art Lovers Australia Prize 2022 for her painting Turquoise Waratah on Australiana.
Alicia is a painter specialising in oils and still life. She works daily in her hundred-year-old garden studio that backs onto the National Park and the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens.
We congratulate her on these outstanding achievements and wish her all the best for the future.
Alicia’s studio will be featured in the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios 2022, taking place this weekend. Click here to find out more about this exciting annual event that promotes the work of local artists and gives people the opportunity to see the private world of artists’ working studio environments.

Phill Grecea (YG 2012)

Congratulations to alumnus Phill Grecea (YG 2012) who took part in the World’s Greatest Shave. Phill shaved his head on the 28 March 2022 to help beat blood cancer. So far, Phill has raised an outstanding $6,555, smashing his goal of $2,500!
Since graduating, Phill has lived abroad in Japan to pursue his passion for snowboarding. He has also graduated with a Bachelor of Primary Education and is now in his third year of primary school teaching.
We congratulate Phill on his incredible achievement and wish him all the best in the future.
For more information about the World’s Greatest Shave and to donate to Phill’s cause please follow this link.

Madeline Townsend (YG 2008) and Stephen Coles (YG 2008)

Congratulations to alumna Madeline Townsend (YG 2008), alumnus Stephen Coles (YG 2008) and their team Spirit of the Dragon for successfully completing the Kosi Challenge over the weekend!
The team raised over $1000 for Rare Cancers Australia (RCA). Click here to find out more about this important cause and to donate – https://www.kosichallenge.com.au/…/spirit-of-the-dragon
 

Lilly Trevorrow (YG 2021)

Congratulations to alumna Lilly Trevorrow (YG 2021) for being given the opportunity to work alongside 3-time Australian Olympic showjumper Matt Williams and his fiancé Abby Evans, working with their incredible team of horses.
Based in California, USA, at the beautiful Desert International Horse Park for the past four months, Lilly has had an amazing time travelling and meeting elite athletes of the show jumping world. The team will soon fly out three of their top horses to compete in Florida, then Canada.
We congratulate her on these achievements and wish her all the best for her future endeavors.
 

Christabelle Sriratana (YG 2021)

Congratulations to alumna Christabelle Sriratana (YG 2021) and current student Zak (Year 12) for recently being selected as 2022 Grid Kids at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. They both had the exciting opportunity of being on the grid prior to the race, and being up close to the formula 1 drivers at the event!

Cass McCarthy (Hoskins YG 2011)

Julie Hoskins, Aunty of Cass McCarthy (Hoskins YG 2011), made these beautiful knitted Tintern dolls, complete with a school skirt and badge.

Celia Pacquola (YG 2000)

Congratulations to alumna Celia Pacquola (YG 2000) and her partner Dara on their recent pregnancy announcement.

Rebecca James (YG 2006)

Congratulations to alumna Rebecca James (YG 2006) and her partner Sam Mac on their recent pregnancy announcement!

Sarah de Witt (Grecea YG 2009) and Samantha Green (Brown YG 2003)

As part of our Alumni Mentoring Program our incredible Alumni have been working with students to help them develop their skills and businesses.

Sarah de Witt (YG 2009) is mentoring Zara Jansz in Year 10, who business is the Embellishment Emporium. Zara says of her company, “Embellishment Emporium began from a passion which originated from baking cakes for friends and family. Embellishment Emporium then evolved to a cake decorating business. We aim to make baking effortless and straightforward for busy schedules. No matter who you are, Embellishment Emporium has a product for your every cake decorating needs.”

Sarah  opened her first specialty tea house business, Impala & Peacock in 2014. I late 2016 Sarah expanded and re-branded as Mary Eats Cake, celebrating special moments with High Tea. During the Pandemic Sarah founded talklink, Australia’s first completely anonymous online mental health directory. The concept of talklink originated after co-founders Sarah de Witt, husband Ruan de Witt and friend Eric Nastase recognised that many Australians were waiting up to 12 weeks to access mental health support and in many cases, were disheartened by the lack of rapport they felt with their practitioner when they were eventually treated.

Samantha Green (Brown YG 2003) is mentoring Chloe Hong, also in Year 10. Chloe’s business, Clay or Origin, began as a small project inspired by a combined variety of contrasting designs, with an aim to bring simplicity while also making a statement. With a selection of handmade rings, earrings and bracelets available for sale you can view her website here: https://www.clayorigin.com.au/ 

Samantha Green is the CEO and Founder of JACK, an end-to-end marketing & events company that has been transforming people, businesses and brands since 2005. Samantha has more recently taken on the role of Managing Director of Mentor List, a collaboration of business services and professional growth, we are dedicated to connecting the very best minds, insights, technology and talent in Australia in order to achieve greatness together.

Thank you to Sarah and Samantha for sharing their experience and mentoring Zara and Chloe.

If you are interested in more information on the Alumni mentoring program please contact Di Lacey in Community Relations on 9845 7777 or communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

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