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2019 Giant Fair

The weather could not dampen our spirits for the 2019 Giant Tintern Grammar Fair.  We were delighted to have such strong community support from our families and sponsors.  

Special thanks to the Fair Convenor Amanda McKenzie and her committee. Their dedication, expertise and tireless efforts were instrumental in ensuring the success of the 2019 Fair.

Our sponsors provided financial support as well as valuable goods and services that contributed to the success of the Fair.  Thank you to all who contributed. 

Congratulations to Elisha Christensen (YG 2012) who won the Facebook competition to start the Fireworks!

The Fair Thank You Night It was a wonderful event acknowledging the valuable contributions from our volunteers and sponsors, as well as the community whose support on Fair Day generated a fantastic contribution towards our sustainability target to purchase a wind generator.

Tintern Family Association Special Resolution

Last Saturday a Tintern Family Association (TFA) Special Resolution meeting was held, at which a legally binding quorum attended and a formal vote was taken on both parts of the Special Resolution. These were both passed unanimously and will enable us to migrate the TFA to become Tintern Communities Ltd without further meetings or delays. This is great news and clears the way for us to move forward with much more reasonable speed and will thus create the protected status of your groups as soon as we have some formalities completed.

The next step is to register the name of the Tintern Communities Ltd. with ASIC. To do this we need to list the name of each alumni group or support group President as they will be each group’s representative on the Tintern Communities Ltd. Board. At this stage we will be listing current Presidents of each group on the form to go to ASIC.

Please email in the event that a different person needs to be listed for your group (you may delegate this responsibility if you wish).

Each group’s President will also need to complete a “Consent to Act as a Company Director” form. We will organise this for you shortly. While I very much doubt this is relevant, please be aware that anyone who has been disqualified from acting as a company director would not be able to complete this form, nor sit on the Tintern Communities Ltd. Board.

We will keep you informed of progress through this (hopefully quite brief) next phase of the change.


Annual Appeal 2019

With help from Tintern’s passionate and dedicated student-led Green Team, sustainability has become one of our School’s top priorities this year! And it is extremely important to our alumni community as well.

In support of the 2019 Annual Appeal, alumna Dr Jo Newton (YG 2006), Agricultural Researcher and 2018 Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence, has said “Feeding, clothing and powering an increasingly hungry world in the face of a changing climate and scarce resources is one of the biggest challenges we face. Wide scale adoption of renewable energy is an important jigsaw piece in building a sustainable future.”

Donate today to help us further our goal to become self-sustainable and benefit our students’ learning and understanding of sustainable practices.

Speagle Centre Opening

The wet weather didn’t dampen our spirits as we celebrated the official opening of The Speagle Science Centre last week. Approximately 80 members of our School community including donors, Board members, contractors and current and past families joined Principal Brad Fry, the building’s namesake Henry Speagle and Head of Science Lanna Derry, to officially cut the ribbon for the re-imagined centre.

Henry was joined by his whole family including wife Jean, son and daughter in law Donald and Angela, and their two sons Harry and Wilfred. The occasion also celebrated the donation of funds from both the 2017 and 2019 Giant Fairs towards the solar panels and the soon to be erected wind generator. Donations received from the 2018 Annual Appeal formed part of this project.

View the full photo gallery here:…

Friends of Music – Jazz Night 2019

On Saturday 18 May around 200 students, staff and guests enjoyed the pizzazz and sparkle of this year’s Jazz Night. The performances by student jazz bands and choirs, and the inaugural performance by an Alumni/Year 12 band, were all of a high standard and showcased their amazing talents.

A big thank you to all the volunteers – both Friends of Music members and students – who helped make the evening a great success. The Friends of Music Committee spent many hours planning this event in the weeks and months prior. On the day before we had many hands on deck to fold serviettes, hang decorations, and set tables. A small band of volunteers also made a special trip up to the school three hours before the event to finalise decorations with the addition of the eye-catching helium balloons on each table. Thank you to Tim Oldmeadow for once again being a suitably sophisticated host, and to Tim and David Apsey for the challenging task of allocating guests to tables. A special thank you also to Heidi Victoria for coordinating our raffle and being our roving photographer.

New to Jazz Night this year was the band Shifafa on the Side, whose toe-tapping music kept the dance floor busy. Also new was the involvement of the Senior School Green Team to help guests be more environmentally conscious. They created a system of four different bins to separate food scraps, recycling (co-mingled and soft plastics) and waste.  We thank the Green Team and Anne Bortolussi for their assistance in ensuring this venture was successful. Be warned that in 2020 we will consider taking the next step and minimise single-use plates and cups by suggesting guests bring their own reusables from home!

by Debra Fryer, President Friends of Music

19th Annual Victorian Inter-School Horse Trial Championship 2019

The 19th Annual Horse Trials were another incredible success. The wonderful volunteers and riders were instrumental to this success, with their skill and dedication felt in every aspect. 

Our Friends of Equestrian (FOE) group do a fantastic job running this very popular event, which is an official qualifying event for the Australian Interschool Horse Trial Championships.




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