23 Mar 2021

Welcome from the Principal

Welcome to 2021 as we seem to be moving towards more of a (COVID-19) normal existence. 2020 presented significant challenges in many ways, but particularly for our 2020 Year 12 cohort, aspiring and working to do their best in their final year.

While 2020 was an unprecedented year for the School, in some ways it was very much business as usual (apart from delayed VCE examinations) for our Year 12 students. The 2020 Year 12’s maintained our impressive VCE and IB results, with our median ATAR up slightly at just under 82, and our percentage of students above 80, 85, 90 and 95 all up from 2019, which were themselves up on 2018. First and second round offers were maintained at 80+%, so our Year 12 students had direction, application, commitment, and a vision for their future that they were able to achieve. All this during an extremely taxing year. We were both very pleased for them, and very proud of them.

The start of the 2021 school year has been an interesting and varied one. The first two weeks were terrific, with a return to a far more normal life clearly appreciated by students, staff, and parents alike. We returned to parents and other visitors permitted on campus and then we had the snap 5-day lockdown. All feedback from students, parents and our staff has been that we did that calmly and smoothly, and the teaching program continued online without pause from the Monday morning.

We have since returned to campus with one of the first events being the Class of 2011 reunion. We had a terrific afternoon with a sizeable group in attendance, who continued the celebrations at a local bar. We very much hope this will now be the norm for our alumni reunions and I look forward to seeing you at yours. We have a significant number of reunions coming up over 2021, and that will include reunions postponed from 2020. I hope you will be able to attend yours.

If you would like to come on to campus at any time for a re-visit or to see how the campus looks now, please contact Di Lacey in the Community Relations Office to arrange a time – we would love to see you!

Best wishes for a productive and enjoyable year in all areas of your life and we hope to see you soon.

factis non verbis

Brad Fry
PRINCIPAL

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Upcoming Reunions – Save the Date

2021 will be a year of Reunions! Combined with our normal Reunion Schedule (every 5 years) we are also hosting postponed Reunions from 2020. 

Please Save the Date now for our 2021 Reunions:

  • Class of 2015, 5+1 Year Reunion – Friday 11 June 2021 at Beer DeLuxe in Hawthorn in the Hop Lounge
  • Class of 2016 – 5 Year Reunion – Friday 16 July 2021 at 7.30pm – Offsite
  • Class of 2005 – 15+1 Year Reunion – Saturday 16 October 2021 at  3.30pm, followed by offsite
  • Class of 2006 – 15 Year Reunion – Saturday 16 October 2021 at 3.30pm, followed by offsite
  • Return to Tintern – Alumni focussed School Tours for parents of school aged children – Thursday 18 November 2021 at 6pm

Saturday 5 June 2021 at 3.30pm to 6pm followed by drinks offsite:

YG 1985, 35+1 Year Reunion
YG 1986, 35 Year Reunion
YG 1980, 40+1 Year Reunion
YG 1981, 40 Year Reunion
YG 1975, 45+1 Year Reunion
YG 1976, 45 Year Reunion

Saturday 31 July 2021 at 3.30pm to 6pm followed by drinks offsite:

YG 2000, 20+1 Year Reunion
YG 2001, 20 Year Reunion
YG 1995, 25+1 Year Reunion
YG 1996, 25 Year Reunion
YG 1990, 30+1 Year Reunion
YG 1991, 30 Year Reunion

High Tea Reunions – Friday 12 November 2021, 11am to 2.00pm

YG 1970, 50+1 Year Reunion
YG 1971, 50 Year Reunion
YG 1965, 55+1 Year Reunion
YG 1966, 55 Year Reunion
YG 1960, 60+1 Year Reunion
YG 1961, 60 Year Reunion
YG 1964 + High Tea Reunion

 

After the success of a trial Zoom-union in late 2020, we are considering offering a Zoom call in for the Reunions. If you would like to be a part of your Reunion, but distance and/or travel restrictions will prevent you, please contact us by email to communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au to express your interest.

If you are a part of any of these Year Groups, please take the time to ensure we have your current details. This can be updated online here.

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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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Alumni at Tintern

Thank you to the many incredible Alumni who have given their time and expertise to our current students. Many have attended virtually or in person at some of our events this year:

International Women’s Day

The Junior School Girls’ celebrated International Women’s Day on the 9 March by reflecting on our theme of 2021, The Power of Us, and how we can use our voices to make a difference in our own lives and the lives of others. Girls from Prep-Year 6 asked probing questions of our 6 alumni who shared stories of their lives and careers. Our guests were inspiring as they reflected upon being ‘brave not perfect’ and encouraged the girls to believe in themselves, and to back themselves even when things don’t go according to plan.
 
Thank you to Jac Cottee (YG 1994), Sarah De Witt (Grecea YG 2009), Seak-King Huang (YG 1985), Sarina Mafrici (YG 2008), Emily Mc Lean (YG 2017) and Elisabeth Moss (YG 2014) for your generosity in sharing your stories and for inspiring our girls.
 
 

Foundation Service 2021

Our Annual Foundation Service was a little different this year.  Sadly we were not be able to have any parents or other guests at the service, as the Schools Operations Guide restricts us to 2 sqm per person if we have anyone in the C M Wood who is not current staff or students. This meant we could only have students and staff at the service, so that no density limits were needed. 
 
We were incredibly grateful to have both Braden Cooper (YG 2008) and Nicola Hogan (YG 2011) pre-record an interview with our Principal Brad Fry.
 
 

Year 12 Induction Assembly

A special thank you to Ashleigh Dowling and Tara Carson, both YG 2020, for pre-recording an interview for the Year 12 Induction Assembly.
 
Ashleigh is our 2020 IB and Overall Dux, and Tara is our 2020 VCE Dux.
 

House Swimming Carnival – Pastoral Activities

While providing a fun and engaging House activity, the Swimming Carnival gave us the opportunity to further develop peer relationships and focus on topics relevant to students and their growth and development. During the half of the day when students were not involved in the Swimming Carnival, we ran pastoral sessions which provided an opportunity to explore topics related to boys and girls experiences in regard to relationships, responsibility, consent and respect.

Thank you to the Alumni who were on the Pastoral Sessions Q & A panel on the day.:

  • Eva Corcoran (YG 2020)
  • Darcy Ryder (YG 2012)
  • Lachlan Young (YG 2020)
  • Harry Dettmann (YG 2016)
  • Joel Pearce-Schmidt (YG 2019

 
 
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Class of 2020

Congratulations to the Class of 2020

Today we received the IB results for our 2020 cohort, which were once again very strong. We are now able to aggregate the VCE and IB results to share a complete picture of the Class of 2020 results and celebrate the significant achievements of all of our VCE and IB students.
 
These results particularly reflect the hard work of our students, the critical contributions from parents and are a testament to the excellent teaching provided here at Tintern Grammar. Below is a brief summary of our IB and aggregated results. You can learn more here.
 
Tintern Grammar IB Dux and Overall Dux: Ashleigh Dowling with a top score of 44 (ATAR conversion 99.75) Congratulations Ashleigh!
 
2020 Aggregated IB and VCE Results:
  • Median ATAR: 81.9 (2019 – 81.25)
  • 18% of Tintern students attained an ATAR of 95+ placing them in the top 5% of the nation.
  • 35% of Tintern students attained an ATAR of 90+ placing them in the top 10% of the nation.
  • 47% of Tintern students attained an ATAR of 85+ placing them in the top 15% of the nation.

Class of 2020 IB Awards Ceremony

On Thursday 11 February four of our 2020 IB students were honoured at the International Baccalaureate Diploma Awards Ceremony at Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne.
This is an annual event which honours those IB students in Victoria and Tasmania who achieve IB scores of 40 and above. The fact that such a result is honoured by a ceremony indicates the magnitude of these students’ achievements.

Tintern Grammar Class of 2020 students Ashleigh Dowling, Clarisse Liew, Hannah Taylor and Mandy Yu were award recipients at this year’s ceremony.
Although current restrictions meant the evening was different from previous years, it was still a celebration of, and fitting tribute to, the achievements of talented, committed, resilient and inspiring IB graduates of whom we are very proud.

Valedictory Dinner

Though much later than normal, our Class of 2020 Valedictory dinner was held at Leonda on the Yarra on Tuesday 2 February.

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Announcements

Births

Elysia Anketell (YG 2006) and Stewart Thomas welcomed Finley Gordon Thomas on the 27 October 2020. Weighing in at 3.81kg and 52.5cm long, he arrived by a planned homebirth.

Ally Montgomery (YG 2013) is proud to announce the arrival of her daughter Poppy Louise Montgomery, born 1 June 2020, 3020 grams, 47cm long, conceived with the help of a donor. Both mother and baby are doing very well and enjoying lots of time together.

Marriages

Crystal Kimber (YG 2007) married Andy Peters on Saturday 30 January 2021.

Held at the picturesque Noorilim Estate in Wahring, Crystal lived her fairytale. Meeting Andy at the Flemington Race Course in February 2016, Crystal was excited to be marrying the man of her dreams and her best friend.

Of her dream wedding dress Crystal said, “After trying on dresses with Mum, it never felt right if she wasn’t making it and me designing. Our printed vision finally became a reality!”

 

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Class of 2011 – 10 Year Reunion

Class of 2011 – 10 Year Reunion

We were very pleased to welcome the Class of 2011 back for their 10 Year Reunion. Our first onsite reunion for a year!

The day was hot, but the atmosphere was cheerful as over 60 Alumni, current and past staff got together to celebrate their milestone.

We  were also joined by Carol Robertson (Hogan 1980) of TOGA and Annabelle McKenzie (YG 2018) of the TGA.

Thank you to all those who attended, and a special thank you to the Alumni who assisted in the planning; Sarah Lerpiniere-Ryding, Natasha I’anson, Miranda Dickinson, Kirsty McDonald and Emma Nixon.

You can view all photos from the day online here.

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Tintern Grammar Alumni (TGA)

Tintern Grammar Alumni is now in it’s second year of operation and we’re excited to launch a range of activities and initiatives throughout 2021 in support of our alumni community.  

Save The Date – Tintern Grammar Alumni Event – 6 May 2021!

Tintern Grammar Alumni is pleased to announced our first official event for alumni, to be held on Thursday 6 May in the Melbourne CBD.  With good food and drinks, great company, entertainment and beautiful views of Melbourne, our first official event will act as a launching pad for a a diverse range of events, activities and campaigns to engage and support the Tintern Grammar alumni community.

All Tintern and Southwood alumni will be welcome at this event, from all year levels.

Formal invites and registration will soon follow – stay tuned via email email and Facebook.

Seeking applications to join Tintern Grammar Alumni Committee 

The TGA is currently seeking applications to join our management committee as either a general committee member or Treasurer.  Our committee meets for 1 1/2 hours per month, with a further 2 hours of work required on a monthly basis.  In our second year of operation, the TGA’s focus is on moving our strategic plan into action across key events, development opportunity and communication channels in support of Tintern Grammar alumni.

To have a conversation about what a role on the TGA would entail, please email alumni@tintern.vic.edu.au for a chat with our President, Alan White. 

To receive an application form, please also email alumni@tintern.vic.edu.au and our Secretary Aimee Spears will be in touch.

Alan White
TGA President

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Tintern Old Girls Association (TOGA)

2021 is a Celebration Year for TOGA. In 2021 TOGA turns 115. TOGA was established in 1906 and there have been Tintern Old Girls Association members since this time. That is a huge volume of women that have wanted to stay connected to each other. Our years at Tintern are something that we all have in common.

TOGA has plans for 2021 and we hope that our community of TOGA members will join in and help us plan. We are seeking the assistance of all TOGA members.

Not sure if you are a TOGA member?

TOGA has Life Members (a paltry sum of $75 for LIFE) and we have Ordinary members. The funds raised from you joining as a Life Member is the funding we rely on to make our wheels turn.

In this 115th year we ask you to join formally if you have not already. Being a Life Member means you financially support your Old Girls Association, receive a TOGA Badge and special benefits eg. discounts on function charges, Being an Ordinary signed up member gives you voting rights.

There is an application form available on the Tintern Grammar website:

Our AGM is planned for Tuesday 27 April at 7pm. This will be held via Zoom here. 

Our 2020 TOGA team consists of:

  • President: Carol Robertson, (Hogan YG 1980)
  • Vice President: Dani Cox (YG 2009),
  • Secretary: Lynne Franke (Bernadou YG 1958)
  • Treasurer: Jenny Brown, YG 1981,
  • Committee: Claire Jones (YG 1989), Sam Elbers (Fleming YG 1988) and Alyssa Cameron (YG 2010).

As you can see we cross a wide range of TOGA years. We welcome you as part of our TOGA Team, particularly in our 115th year, to help us plan and celebrate.

TOGA has a private Facebook Group (Tintern Old Girls Association Official Site) and a private LinkedIn Group (Tintern Old Girls Association). We ask that you answer the questions for the Facebook Group and add Tintern as part of your Education, making it easier for us to welcome you to either or both Groups.

Reunions are back on in 2021. The school is trying to catch us all up if you missed out on your Reunion in 2020 and there will be details posted in our Groups as well as on the Community page of Tintern Grammar.

Carol Robertson (Hogan YG 1980)
TOGA President

Tintern Old Girls Association 2021 Annual General Meeting

Due to the Coronavirus concerns, TOGA will be holding the 2021 AGM as a Zoom Meeting on the Internet on Tuesday 27 April commencing at 7pm

Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool with a local, desktop client and a mobile app that allows users to meet online, with or without video.

Please pre-register to attend the Zoom Meeting online here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckfuuqqDkpE9caVas6m_8QmvHDFvm2HYMc 

You will receive the log in details once you have registered online.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 114th Annual General Meeting of the Tintern Old Girls Association

Will be held on Tuesday 27 April 2021 via ZOOM 

BUSINESS:

  • To confirm the minutes of the last preceding AGM and of any General Meeting held since that meeting.
  • To receive and consider the financial statement and Balance Sheet of the organisation for the past financial year, and the report of the auditor thereon;
  • To receive from the Committee a report upon the activities of the organisation during the past Financial Year;
  • To elect the President and Committee Members (The elections for positions of Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer are held at the first  committee meeting following the AGM).

Nominations in writing must reach the Hon Secretary, Mrs Lynne Franke, 7 days before the meeting. 

For the Nomination Form please select here.

 

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Scholarship Fund

Were you a Tintern Scholarship Recipient? Would you like to share your story?

With the recent establishment of the Tintern Grammar Scholarship fund,  we are seeking past Scholarship Recipients who would like to share they story of Tintern. Is this you?

This fund provides opportunities for new, talented students, who are enthusiastic to learn and reach their full potential, but who may have been unable to attend Tintern Grammar without Scholarship support. We would like to profile a past recipient, to see how this has shaped their path.

If you are interested, please contact Di Lacey in the Community Relations Office – communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au or 03 9845 7877.

Our Generous Community, New Scholarship Fund, Philanthropy at Tintern

Since its foundation, Tintern Grammar has been providing financial assistance to eligible families, whose situation would otherwise exclude them from giving their child a Private School education.

In 2020 this became more essential than ever. The restrictions around the COVID-19 Pandemic have led to some of our Tintern families experiencing sudden and unexpected financial difficulties.

The School Board approved some fee relief for those in need with an option to redirect the fee rebates to the Tintern Grammar Bursary Fund. It is extremely pleasing and humbling to report more than 15% of our families took up this option, which directly supports our current families who need it most.

Other generous donations from our alumni, past parents, current and past staff, Community Groups, and other School supporters, were received through our ‘Every Gift Count’ campaign, which further supported our Bursary, Library and Building Funds, and our newly created Tintern Grammar Scholarship Fund.

The Tintern Grammar Scholarship fund, established last year, aims to offer scholarships to new students, with the long-term goal of supporting scholarship recipients through a self-sustaining fund. The fund will provide opportunities for new talented students, who are enthusiastic to learn and reach their full potential, but who may have been unable to attend Tintern Grammar without Scholarship support. Scholarships are granted at the discretion of the Principal and may be awarded as a result of academic merit or for reasons of equity.

In our recent Every Gift Counts Annual Giving campaign we received some very generous donations to the Scholarship Fund in honour of Henry Speagle, long-time friend and supporter of our School, who sadly passed away in early 2020. We are now looking to further support this new Fund with one off, or ongoing, donations. In 2021 we will be continuing our focus on our Scholarship fund, where gifts to our Annual Giving campaign will be directed to this new fund. Donations can still be made through our ‘Every Gift Counts’ page on our website, or by contacting the Community Relations office to discuss your options.

The Tintern Grammar Scholarship, Building and Library Funds are endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible. For more information on this, please visit the Australian Taxation Office website www.ato.gov.au.

We are also grateful to those who have recently named Tintern in their will. These Bequests can be selected to support the Scholarship Fund, or any of our Funds that you feel will benefit our families in the future, or support your own areas of interest. Please contact Di Lacey in the Community Relations office to discuss further.

The strength of Tintern Grammar has always been its sense of community; whether as a current or past student, family, staff or friend of the school. Whilst the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic have been difficult for us all, they have showcased the incredible compassion and care within our School Community. Thank you all, for the support you have given Tintern; whether Financial support to our families in need, or your patience and resilience in the face of the sweeping changes in our school and global community. We are grateful.

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School News

Spamalot – Purchase your tickets now!

Due to the impact of the recent COVID-19 lockdown on works being undertaken at Karalyka Theatre, there has been a change to the performance times of the 2021 Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot. The two performances on Wednesday 16 March and Thursday 17 March have been rescheduled to the performance times below. While we understand the community will be disappointed, this decision has been made to ensure the safety of the cast and crew involved.
 
The Karralyka Theatre will contact all ticket holders of both the Wednesday and Thursday evening performances to make new arrangements , you can also contact the Karralyka team on 03 9870 2888 to transfer your tickets to any of the available performances.
 
Tintern Grammar’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot will be held on the following dates and times:
  • Friday 19 March, Evening 7:00pm
  • Saturday 20 March, Matinee 1:00pm
  • Saturday 20 March, Evening 7:00pm
  • Sunday 21 March, Matinee 1:00pm
As of 26 February, the Victorian Government has eased COVID safe restrictions and Karralyka Theatre is now able to increase the capacity to 75%, so it is hoped with four performances, that all community members who wish to see the performance will be able to purchase tickets.
 
 

Footy Tipping Competition – AFL and AFLW

The Tintern Grammar community footy tipping competition is back again for 2021!

We are also pleased to announce our first ever AFLW Tipping Competition.

For those interested in joining the 2021 competitions, details are below:

You will then have to log into your own account or create one. When setting up your account, you might like to check the reminder email box so you don’t forget!

The competition is free and open to our entire adult (18+ @ 28/1/2021) Tintern community – Tintern Grammar students will not be permitted to enter. If you have any questions please email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au and we’ll help you get started.

Cash Prizes awarded for the winners of each Tipping Competition:

AFLW Footy Tipping Prizes
The prizes have been adjusted to reflect the shorter AFLW season:

  • 1st Prize $100
  • 2nd Prize $50
  • 3rd Prize $25
  • 4th Prize $15

AFL Footy Tipping Prizes:

  • 1st Prize $250
  • 2nd Prize $120
  • 3rd Prize $60
  • 4th Prize $40
  • 5th Prize $20

If the AFL season is shortened at a later date due to Covid, the tipping competition will continue, but the prizes will be adjusted accordingly. 

Good luck and start tipping!!

Tintern Grammar’s Early Learning Centre

You may not know the Tintern Grammar’s Early Learning Centre has been recognised for its innovative programs and wonderful facilities. The Centre is rated as ‘Exceeding National Quality Standard’ in all seven areas of assessment. Our staff are highly qualified and caring and our children learn through play-based activities and interaction with their classmates in a wonderful semi-rural environment.

Our architecturally designed play space has both substantial indoor and outdoor areas allowing children to develop a sense of wonder through imaginative, free and structured play. Our children are well-supported with a smooth transition to Prep and primary education through our  renowned literacy and numeracy programs and we offer a range of specialist programs including Music, Perceptual Motor Program, Library and Fundamental Motor skills using the specialist facilities of Tintern Grammar.

We have 3 day, 4 day and 5 day options available for both our 3 year old and 4 year old programs.

We have limited vacancies in 3 Year old and 4 Year old programs. Given the difficulty of gaining a place in our ELC in recent years, we would like to offer this rare late opportunity to our alumni.

If you are interested or would like to find out more, please contact our Admissions on 9845 7878 or admissions@tintern.vic.edu.au or come back to me via return email and I can put you in touch.

TPG Movie Under the Stars
Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle

Don’t miss this fun night out with friends and family! A great opportunity to get to know your year group and community members.

Join us for the TPG Movie Under The Stars on Saturday 27 March on the Tintern Main Oval (with CM Wood Centre the wet-weather location). Gates open at 6:30pm, with the movie to start at 7:45pm (sunset lighting dependent).

Enjoy live music from some of our incredible Tintern students, and browse the Green Team’s sustainability market.

BYO blankets or chairs and picnic hampers. The Green Team will be selling popcorn, lollies, fairy floss and cold drinks. We will also have a Coffee Van and Mobile Ice Creams.

Ticket prices:
Adults $10 Child
Student & concession $5
Family Ticket 1 $26 (2 adults & 2 children)
Family Ticket 2 $21 (1 Adult and 3 Children)

Purchase your tickets through Humanitix here.

Consent and Respectful Relationship Education

The harrowing reports in recent weeks of historic assaults in Sydney and Canberra have been very difficult to read and I am sure that Tintern is not the only school to be looking very carefully at how and when we educate our young women and men around consent and respect in relationships of all types and at all ages.

The developing group of women who have come forward to volunteer their stories of sexual assault or misconduct in the offices of the Australian government in Canberra and the parallel set of allegations developing around Sydney independent schools speak of clearly illegal and appalling conduct. It may be that for you the cases in Sydney speak more loudly, as they do to me as a Principal and as a parent. As presented these involved young men who appeared not to understand, or disregarded, the concept of consent, and women under the age of 18, who were coerced into these situations and did not feel they had the agency or authority to say no when they wanted to. A set of factors that are devastating for any parent to contemplate.

While currently we have had no such events reported at Tintern, it would be naïve to think that it could never happen to students at our school. While I sincerely hope any current or past student who may have experienced any similar experience would seriously consider coming forward to report it, and hopefully do so, the evidence is clear that this often does not happen. I absolutely offer all our students, parents and alumni private and caring support if you have an important conversation to have and I urge you to feel confident to come forward. We must all be willing to face our own reality and history in this fraught area.

At this time, Tintern students, and parents of both boys and girls should (quite rightfully) be asking “What are we doing in this area at our school?”. Tintern has a number of programs and activities that operate from Year 7 onwards. They are a combination of the teaching curriculum, co- and extra-curricular education and our pastoral program, and a mixture of explicit and implicit education. So, I am confident that we have an age and stage appropriate trajectory from Year 7 onwards. It addresses respect in relationships, what consent really means, how to say no when you want to, and what your rights are if you feel they have been infringed upon. For younger students this is in appropriate contexts and the education grows with every child.

This is accompanied in senior years by examinations of the influence of pornography, social media use and other critical elements of modern life, and to do this, we also draw on a variety of external speakers and providers. While I am certain that it is a well-constructed, appropriately directed and gender/age/stage appropriate set of experiences, is it enough? Currently, the evidence across Australian society provides an overwhelming “No, it is not”. If we want to lead the agenda in schools and society, we need to review and improve what we do. We need to see how we can generate better engagement and understanding, support the development of greater empathy and awareness of self and others, and how to activate a broader compassion than all these events indicate is currently embedded in our society – and this starts with schools and families.

Last Tuesday, our secondary students had our House Swimming Carnivals – girls in the morning and boys in the afternoon. In the half day of no swimming, each group participated in several pastoral activities discussing, investigating, and provoking thoughts on decency in adulthood, respect, responsibility, compassion (and on consent). At the start of the day for each gender, I gave a short presentation emphasising the critical importance of the issue of consent for all of us, and that we are absolutely committed to working in a focussed way over the course of 2021, and beyond, on all our students’ understanding of consent, respect, and relationships and how that guides behaviour and action. This is a challenge we simply must take up.

You may find these links as informative and interesting as I did.

Brad Fry
Principal

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Calendar

2021 Reunions

YEAR GROUP / REUNION

DATE / TIME / LOCATION

5 Year Reunion YG 2016

Friday 16 July at 7.30pm, Beer Deluxe, Hawthorn

5+1 Year Reunions YG 2015

Friday 11 June, Beer Deluxe, Hawthorn

10 Year Reunion YG 2011

Saturday 20 February at 3.30pm, followed by offsite

15 Year Reunion YG 2006

Saturday 16 October at 3.30pm, followed by offsite

15+1 Year Reunion YG 2005

Saturday 16 October at 3.30pm, followed by offsite

20, 25 & 30 Year Reunion YGs 2000 & 2001, 1995 & 1996, 1990 & 1991

Saturday 31 July at 3.30pm, followed by offsite

35, 40 & 45 Year Reunion YGs 1985 & 1986, 1980 & 1981, 1975 & 1976

Saturday 5 June at 3.30pm, followed by Offsite

50, 55, 60 & 55+ Year Reunion YG 1970 & 1971, 1965 & 1966, 1960 & 1961

Friday 12 November, 11am to 2.00pm

Community Events 2021

EVENT

DATE

Foundation Service 2021

Friday 5 February at 8.45am

Movie Under the Stars

Saturday 27 March at 7pm

2020 FOE Horse Trials, including Anzac service

Saturday 24 April to Sunday 25 April

TOGA AGM via Zoom

Tuesday 27 April at 7pm

Career’s Night

Wednesday 19 May at 6.30pm

TPG Trivia Night

Saturday 22 May at 7pm

FOYF Spring Celebration at the FARM

Friday 3 September, 3.30pm to 7.00pm

TPG Presentation Ball

Saturday 11 September at 7.30pm

TPG Spring Garden Tour

Friday 22 October – 9.00am to 3.15pm

Return to Tintern – Alumni Tours 

Thursday 18 November – 6.00pm

Principal’s Volunteer Thank You evening

Thursday 25 November at 7.00pm

Munch with the Musos

Sunday 28 November 10am

Please be aware that all events are dependent on the situation in relation to the Covid19 virus and may be cancelled/postponed if not safe to run.
They may also may change due to unforeseen circumstances, always check the webpage for the latest dates and time.

Admissions Tour and Events Dates

At Tintern Grammar we provide many opportunities for families to tour the School. 

To view a virtual tour of Tintern Grammar please see select below:

For further information on tours or enrolment at Tintern Grammar, please visit here to view upcoming virtual tour dates and events.

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Archive

Celebrating 60 Years at the Farm

This year celebrates 60 years since farm animals were first introduced at Tinternwood farm in 1961. This year also commemorates 45 years since the introduction of the Young Farmers in 1976. To celebrate we’ve put together images from our archives of Tinternwood Farm from 1960 to 2019 for you all to enjoy!

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