Lauren Coburn (Dudek YG, 2004) and Nick welcomed William Blair Coburn on the 24 May 2018. 


Louise Drysdale (YG 1998) welcomed Tawny Belle Drysdale on the 14 December 2018. 

Nikki McKissack (YG 2014) and Jake welcomed a baby boy, Parker at 6pm on the 25 January 2019. He weighed 8.2 pounds and measured 55.5cm long.

Alaria Allen (Cawood, YG 2008) and Brad‘s baby girl, Piper James Allen, arrived two weeks early on the 28 November 2018, weighing 2.48kg.


Jessica Oberstar (YG 2011) married Bradley Fettell on 1 September 2018 at Vue on Halcyon in Chirnside Park. Bridesmaids included Claire Alderson (YG 2011), Kate Purcell (YG 2011), Madeline Benjamin (YG 2011) and Lauren Ray (Past Staff 2017). To carry on with the Tintern theme, Jack Oberstar (YG 2018) did the reading at the ceremony.

Beverley Wood (YG 2008) married Ross Witherby on the 28 October 2018. Beverley said, “Ross and I have been around each other as friends since I was 12 years old, and finally married on 28 October 2018 after coming together in recent years. We celebrated with 90 of our closest family and friends at the Stones of the Yarra Valley, a picturesque venue only ten minutes down the road from where we live.

The celebrations lasted from our 11am ceremony well into the night, with an endless indulgence of incredible food and classic 80’s tunes – we walked out of the chapel to “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by the Eurythmics. To acknowledge the women in our lives, both Ross and I chose our mothers to witness our marriage certificate, and we gifted the bridal bouquet to the longest married couple in attendance in lieu of a bouquet toss.”

In Memoriam

Our condolences to the families and friends of past students and Tintern community members:

Sandra Bell (née Kearsley, née Thom, YG 1958) passed away on the 1 August 2018. Amazing mother to Paul, wonderful and loving nana to Thomas, Oliver and Maddie, step nana to Erin, Ruby and Sophie, mother in law to Pauline and Anne and friend to so many people in so many places around the world. Her laugh, care of others, that smile, the travelling around will be missed so much. Rest now with your love Dick, keep an eye on us and be at peace.

Valmai “Val” Lade (Dawson YG 1953), Australia’s Queen of Découpage, passed away 1 December 2018. Loved and adored wife of John, married for over 61 years. 

Découpage is the art of decorating an object by gluing coloured paper cut-outs with special paint effects and adding many layers of varnish, which are then sanded to a polished finish. In Australia, we have been fortunate to have great teachers of this specialised art form such as our very own Val Lade (Dawson, YG 1953), who may have been responsible for introducing this art form to Australia.

To read the full article on Val please select here.

Hayley Maher (YG 2001) passed away peacefully at St Christopher’s Hospice in London on 15 September 2018.  Much loved sister of Natalie Mander (Maher) (YG 2003).  Hayley was Choral Captain in 2001 and continued her studies of Voice at the Melba Conservatorium and then Monash University, where she completed a double degree of Arts/Music. Hayley initially became involved with publishing as an editor of ‘Lot’s Wife’ magazine at Monash Uni and, while studying, worked at Cengage in Melbourne before moving to London in 2008, where she attained the position of Senior Editor at Thames & Hudson at the time of her passing.  Hayley loved the life she and her husband shared in London and kept in close contact over the years with a number of her Tintern friends.

Joan Margaret Elizabeth Purton (YG 1941) passed away in Bendigo on January 11 2018, aged 95. Loved wife of Dr Herbert Purton (Bill) and loving mother of Margaret, Lucy, Catherine, William and Rae. Lovingly remembered.

Tintern Community Members

Werner Axelrad (Axel) father of Robyn Axelrad (YG 1972) and Christine Axelrad (YG 1977) passed away at the Angliss Hospital, aged 99 years on the 13 November 2018. Axel helped with many a school fete and school dance (decorations). Known for being the maker of Ossie Ostrich, Adventure Island and Lamont Puppets. Sadly missed. Thank you Christine Clinical Trials Coordinator Allergy Immunology MCRI.

Haydn Edward Park Passed away peacefully on July 31, 2018 Loved and adored husband of Pamela. Much loved father of Hamish, Nathan and Amy (YG 1998). Loved father-in-law of Sarah and Bec. Haydn cherished Finlay, Lexie, Arabella, Jemima and Minnie and Little Dog. We will always miss.

The Tintern Community mourns the passing of Haydn Park. A member of our community since 1986. Member of the School Board from 1997 until 2012 where he was Chair between 2005 and 2011. During this time, he helped achieve the dream of a boys school, and helped to shape the parallel approach to schooling. Haydn contributed enormously to the strength and development of Tintern Grammar being instrumental in the Appeal campaign for the Pool and PE centre. On his retirement from the Board Haydn was inducted as Life Governor of the School in 2013. He also was a very committed family man. The Tintern Community extends its condolences to his wife Pam, their children, Hamish, Nathan and Amy (YG 1998), and their families.




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