Siobhan (Mitchell, YG 2001) and Christopher Feldt welcomed their daughter Ella Margaret Kardinia Feldt on 16 February 2019. Ella has strong Tintern roots – she is granddaughter to former Tintern farm manager, Rupert Feldt (1986-2001), niece to Karen Gately (Mitchell, YG 1988) and Tania Rentsch (Feldt, YG 1996) and Goddaughter to Annie Hodder (YG 2001).

Haylee Heywood (Parfett, YG 2003) and husband Todd, welcomed their first child, Finley Gareth James on the 14 of February 2020. A very precious, healthy, happy boy!

Kathleen Sheehy (YG 2006) and her husband Jason Ryan welcomed their daughter Róisín Ryan on the 9 December 2018. Her proud big sisters Keira, Ashling and Aoife were very excited to meet their little sister.

Karen Tipping (YG 1998) and her partner, Andrew Newall, welcomed their son Thomas ‘Tommy’ on the 7 November 2019. A much loved little brother for Oliver ‘Ollie’.

Natalie Upjohn (YG 2006) and Cameron Waters welcomed Billie Winifred Waters on the 28 February 2020, weighing 3.1kgs. A little sister for proud big brother Thomas.


Celia Bray (YG 1989) married Moses Audi on the 19 March 2020 at her brother’s property in Kinglake Victoria. Moses Otieno Audi and Celia met when she was working in Kenya in 2012.

Sarah Lerpiniere and Ben Ryding (both YG 2011) were married at Fitzroy Gardens followed by a relaxed food truck reception at the Ascot Lot on the 11 January 2020. 

The wedding party included Madison Carter (YG 2011), Sarah’s sister Elise Lerpiniere (YG 2008) and Ben’s sister Jessica Ryding (YG 2014). With other past and present Tintern students and families in attendance. 

Surrounded by friends and family, the day was joyous; full of love, laughter, delicious food and fabulous music.

Louise (Nixon) and Gene Gysberts (both YG 2009) were married at Stones of the Yarra Valley on the 14 April 2019. The bridal party included Gene’s brother, Louis Gysberts (YG 2008), Michael Spinks (YG 2009), and Louise’s sisters, Emily Nixon (YG 2007) and Brianna Nixon (YG 2012). There were also many more Tintern and Southwood alumni in attendance.

Gene has said, “Louise and I were friends during our school days, but we started dating at the start of 2010. 9 years later we were married and we are now approaching our first anniversary! “


Lia Burton (YG 1990) Passed away peacefully on the 29 June 2018.  Much loved Mum to Zoe, Eadie and Mackie. Loving partner to Rohan, daughter-in-law of Ray. Treasured daughter of Robyn and Neville, sister to Jono and Scottie and sister-in-law to Leanne, loved aunt of Abbey and Finn.

Lesley Buttery (Erwin YG 1951) passed away peacefully on 18 December 2019, aged 85. Beloved Granny of Natalie, Isabella, Martin, Lili and Asha. Mother of Jon, Jim and Charles. Mother-in-law of Diana, Poranee and Geeta. Sister to Patricia (dec YG 1950), Jan (dec) and Peter. A sweet, wise and gentle woman adored by many.

Elissa Cartlidge (YG 1990) passed away on the 4 November 2017 at only 44 years old. Taken from us well before her time. Adored mother to Lachlan and Bailey. Sister of Sharon Collins (Cartlidge, YG 1984), Belinda Garbett (Cartlidge, YG 1983) and Justine May (Cartlidge, YG 1986). Her courage and strength an inspiration to all.

Michelle Flouch (YG 1984) passed away on the 18 May 2020. Michelle will be remembered as the joyful life of the party, a mad sports fan, enthusiastic hockey player and Goalie coach. Representing Victoria from 1982 – 1996 and in various National squads from 1988 – 1994 including emergency goalkeeper for the Hockeyroos in the 1988 Olympics.

Since retiring as a player, Michelle continued coaching, holding various roles in different club, state teams and the National Program. During 2019 Michelle was assistant coach and specialist Goal Keeping coach at the Victorian Institute of Sport.

As well as on the field, Michelle delivered her love of Sport and Hockey through her teaching career at many government schools and as Head of Sport/Physical Education at Melbourne Girls Grammar from 2003.In 2008 she left teaching to take up a Logistics role in the family Manchester business, Endeavour Imports. Battling her illness for 2 years Michelle can now rest in peace. She will be dearly missed.

Beverley Goodall (Cousins YG 1953) Passed away peacefully after a short illness, aged 83 years.

Heather Howey (Storie YG 1944) passed away peacefully on the 5 March 2020. Beloved wife of Russell Howey (dec.). Sister of Joan Storie (YG 1943 dec.). Forever in our hearts.
Helen Montgomery (YG 1953) Youngest daughter of the late William and Beryl Montgomery and loved sister-in-law of Margaret Stewart (Knox YG 1941 dec). Died peacefully at The Gables, Camberwell on the 13 June 2020.

Judith Roberts (Gamble YG 1958) Sadly after a long battle, Judy passed away on 19 June 2020.  Much loved wife of Richard, Mother, Mother-in-law and Granny. Sister of Susan Purton-Smith (Gamble, YG 1961).

Joan Vail (YG 1942) peacefully passed away on the 26 July 2020 at Epworth Hospital Richmond. Auntie Joan to Greg, Linc, Jan, Leigh and families. We will miss you and cherish the memories of our times together.

Community Deaths

Henry Leopold Speagle OAM 28/2/1928 – 1/6/2020

The Tintern Community mourns the passing of Henry Speagle OAM. Henry joined the Tintern Community in 1962 as an appointee of the Archbishop-In-Council. Member of the School Council for nearly 40 years Henry was Deputy Chair between 1990 and 2000 before retiring in 2000.

Henry was an instrumental member of the sub-committee charged with the writing and publishing of the Centenary School History celebrated in 1977. In 2001 Henry was inducted as a Life Governor of the School. Henry contributed enormously to the strength and development of Tintern Grammar and in his honour, in 1991, the Science block of classrooms was named after him and honoured again in 2019 when the building was refurbished.

Until recently Henry and his wife, Jean were regular special guests, supporting our community events whenever they could. Henry will be dearly missed. The Tintern Community extends its condolences to his wife Jean, their son, Donald, and their broader family. At the request of Henry’s family, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the School’s Scholarship Endowment Fund providing financial support for students. May he rest in peace and rise with Christ in glory.




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