16 Dec 2020

Merry Christmas from Tintern Grammar

2020 definitely did not shape up as the year we all expected. From whisperings of a virus in Wuhan China in January, through to a Pandemic and its associated lockdowns and restrictions. For those of us who are lucky enough to live in Australia, we are seeing the damage that Covid19 is causing worldwide. The devastating loss of lives, the infection rates, through to the economic effects.

Though as a country, and for us as Victorians, we have not come away unscathed, I have never been more grateful to be an Australian.

To see our community come together to support and protect vulnerable Australians is incredible. Everyone experienced hardships; social separation from our loved ones, possible loss of employment and income, they may have been diagnosed with Covid, or experienced the passing of a loved one.

At Tintern we saw this generous community spirit expressed through our Annual giving campaign, Every Gift Counts. In this record breaking year we saw generous donations from our alumni, current and past families and staff, Community Groups and other school supporters. The gifts to the Bursary Fund through the Annual Giving directly supported current families who were experiencing financial hardship due to the Victorian Restrictions.

Taking in to consideration the financial pressures on our families, and that our full program was unable to transfer to a virtual environment, the Board authorised a scaled range of optional rebates on fees for Terms 2 and 3 this year. All families were given the option to redirect their fee rebates to the Tintern Grammar Bursary Fund. It is extremely pleasing to report more than 15% of our families chose to direct their rebate to the Bursary Fund.

We also launched the Tintern Grammar Scholarship Fund which aims to offer scholarships to new students, with the long-term goal of supporting scholarship recipients through a self-sustaining fund. In our 2020 campaign we received some very generous donations to the Scholarship Fund in honour of Henry Speagle, Life Governor, long-time friend and supporter of our School, who sadly passed away earlier this year. We are also very proud to announce we have confirmed future Bequests into this fund. We look forward to sharing more details with you in 2021.

As a school we have also seen the growth of many services, through innovation and creative problem solving as we have prepared and responded to the challenges of Covid19. Many of these exciting innovations will be incorporated in the future, to enhance the educational and community opportunities at Tintern.

These innovations have been seen throughout all industries. Bianca Jackson (Comfort, YG 2007) is a Psychologist and spoke to us about her own experience of seeing patients during Covid19, “Whilst many of my clients have experienced difficulties due to COVID-19, some have reported several unexpected positives such as improved relationships and connectedness, better work/life balance, and flexible access to services.”

We look forward to a new year, as we experience our new ‘Covid normal’. We have an exciting 2021 planned, with our normal Reunion program, including those postponed from 2020. To see the full list of dates please visit here.

Remember to to keep your details up to date, you can complete the form online here.

On behalf of Tintern Grammar, we would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. We look forward to once again welcoming you back to our onsite events.

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact either myself or Tegan Martin in Community Relations, via email to communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au or by phone to 03 9845 7777.

Di Lacey
Alumni and Community Relations Manager


Alumni News

Jenny Brown (YG 1981)

Congratulations to alumna Jenny Brown (YG 1981) for being nominated in the 2020 Financial Standard Power 50. The list is comprised of the 50 most influential financial advisers in Australia according to the readers of Financial Standard and FS Advice. This is Jenny’s seventh consecutive year being named in this list along with her peers, a terrific achievement.

Liz Irwin (YG 1966)

Congratulations to Liz Irwin (Marsden YG 1966) who was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) at this year’s Australia Day Honours. Liz was recognised for her service and dedicated work as a volunteer Occupational Therapist with Solve Disability Service.

Liz has been a volunteer with Solve’s Sunraysia branch since 1993, and an active member of the Mildura community right back to the 1970’s; co-founding SunAssist Volunteer Helpers, Special Needs Playgroup and the Mildura Toy Library. Liz was also founder of the Macular Degeneration Self Help Group, and is currently Chairperson of the Disability Access Advisory Committee.

A natural desire to help people drove Liz’s passion for volunteer work, “As an occupational therapist I became even more aware of how even simple problem-solving could give people more independence and enjoyment in life. After I had my three kids I wanted to remain engaged with the community and be useful.”

Now retired from paid work, including a remarkable 16 years with Vision Australia, Liz continues to engage with the community, leading an outdoor lifestyle with her husband and two dogs, and extended family.

After 26 years with Solve, Liz says, “Assisting people to do something they couldn’t do before is satisfying for all concerned – it’s a team effort – that’s why I keep doing it.”

Dot Burns (YG 1960)

Dorothy ‘Dot’ Burns (Tolson YG 1960) is one of the founders of the Wealden Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers in Sussex England. More than 35 years later and Dot is the current Chairman, though the guild meetings have been delayed due to Covid19.

First introduced to all things textile by her needlework teacher Mrs Pearse when a student at Tintern, she has never looked back. Her very first weaving was completed as part of her leaving certificate back in 1959, and her skill has only increased since then. Dot says, “Over the years I have used my skill to make presents for my friends and family and also join in guild projects. Every two years we dye, spin and weave silk scarves for raffle prizes at our by annual exhibition which are greatly sort after.”

During lockdown Dot has managed a phone hotline to support other Weavers Spinners  and Dyers, as well as completing her own pieces. “Like most weavers I also spin and dye my own fibres and yarn. In fact mostly I see the complete process from start to finish.”

Included below are photos from her most recent pieces, a selection of cushions for her sitting room, a length of cotton fabric for a jacket and a length of wool for a winter jacket.”

Of her lifetime work and passion, Dot says, “Encouraging others to take up any of the allied crafts has always been my mission, and when I see others learning new skills and gaining enjoyment from their achievements this is my reward. To be able to take a collection of fibres and mold it into a wearable item is extremely satisfying.”

Natasha I’Anson (YG 2011)

Natasha graduated with first class honours in Bachelor of Fashion (Design), and soon commenced work with Politix Menswear as a stylist/manager in Malvern in early 2017, before securing her first ‘industry’ job at Tradie Underwear and Workwear. Working as a crucial part of the team, Natasha now looks after more challenging accounts such as Tradie Workwear and Tradie Outerwear.

During her spare time, Natasha works as a Costume/Textile Designer for Ukiyo, an interactive experience not dissimilar to an escape room. She designs and creates all the masks, apparel and textile installations, and had just finished designing/producing printed tote bags. When the Pandemic hit, Ukiyo had to temporarily close due to the lockdown restrictions.

Having always managed a blog and online portfolio at www.natashaianson.com, during the Pandemic Natasha suddenly had a lot more spare time. Directing her creative energy toward building her own Etsy store, Natasha says, “I really have experienced so much love for the things I make! I have also designed some new Christmas prints, as fans have messaged me begging for Christmas masks! The grey Australian Christmas print you can see on my Etsy store were the first, with two more fabric designs following soon after!”

People of Tintern

During Lockdown we shared the ‘People of Tintern’ project with our Community. Included were the following Alumni. Please select their picture to learn their stories:

Kate Jenkins (YG 1985)
Sex Discrimination Commissioner at Australian Human Rights Commission

Alex Pitcher (YG 2010)
Teacher at Tintern Grammar 

Karen Gately (YG 1988)
Founder & Sensei of Corporate Dojo

Naomi Baulch (YG 1991)
Head of Geography, Acting Year 8 Coordinator 2020 at Tintern Grammar



Year 12 Conference 2021 – An invitation to Alumni

Mrs Heather Ruckert our acting Head of Senior College is seeking alumni support for a session within the Year 12 Conference to be held on Monday 15 February 2021 from 10.30am to 12.00pm at Victoria University, City Flinders Campus, level 12, 300 Flinders street, directly opposite Flinders Street station.

We are seeking expressions of interest for 10 – 15 alumni who are more recent Tintern Graduates (the last 15 years approximately).

Are you available to assist with this event?

The overview of the session would be as follows:

Section 1: Morning tea

10.30am – 11.00am – 30 minutes

  • You are invited to arrive for morning tea and network with the other alumni attending

Section 2: Panel style – 15 minutes

11.00am – 11.20am

  • General introduction of all alumni.

Section 3: Networking and Career Talk

11.22am – 11.55am – approx. 30 minutes

  • 3 X 10 (approx.) minute rotations
  • Alumni to move to round tables to talk directly with approximately 8-10 students
  • Topics to come prepared to answer
    • What I would like to have known for my year 12
    • Networking
      • What is it?
      • Tips for network conversation
    • Your career/study journey

Section 4: Finish and Thank you

11.55am – 12pm

 If you could please indicate your interest by return email Di Lacey at communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au before Friday 22 January 2021. Further information will be sent in the new year.

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and safe New Year.


Are your details up to date?

Have you recently moved house? Changed your phone number? Changed jobs? 

Did you know you can update your details at any time using our online Past Student Update Form here. 

We have recently added an exciting new feature, you can now submit photos through the online form. We’d love to see photos from when you were at Tintern, images from your wedding or a photo of your family, or maybe just a favourite picture of yourself. These photos, as with all personal information, are not shared without your permission.

We love to hear where your life, interests and passions have taken you. If you’d like to include an Announcement, the birth or adoption of your child, engagement or wedding, you can contact us by email to communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

You can connect with us in any number of ways:

  • Email: communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au
  • Phone: +61 3 9845 7877
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tinterngrammar
  • Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/school/tintern-grammar/
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/618331233/tintern-grammar/

Though we welcome Alumni visitors to the school, it is best to contact us first to check on the current restrictions.

By keeping your details current, we can notify you of your year group Reunions, events of interest (there is a section on the form for this) and it allows us to help with Alumni networking events and connections.





Sharing Stories and Connections – Pen-pal exchange between our Alumni and Students

Early in 2020 it was decided to postpone our Annual High Tea Reunions, due to safety concerns around Covid19 for both our attendees and our students. Normally we welcome Alumni celebrating their 50 (1970), 55 (1965) and 60 (1970) year reunions, and those who are 56 years or more since graduating Tintern.
Though we were unable to come together on site this year, it was important these incredible milestones were acknowledged. We invited students from the Junior to Middle Schools to reach out and write to these Alumnae personally. Our students embraced this opportunity, sharing their own Tintern stories, favourite subjects and their experience of home learning and Lockdown.
We have already received many wonderful replies, which have been passed on to the students. In some cases, in what might prove to be a long lasting pen pal relationship.
Thank you to the students and the alumnae who took part in this community project connecting Tintern generations.
We look forward to welcoming these year groups to their postponed celebrations on Friday 12 November 2021.
We received many wonderful letters, we have shared one exchange below. Thank you to the Grade 5 boys and Libby La Nauze (Black YG 1964) for allowing us to share:

Dear Libby,

We acknowledge your presence at Tintern Grammar has given us a much better life here at Tintern today.
There has been a lot of changes at school since your attendance. We saw photos of how the school used to look like, and it is very different to this date. The entrance to the school in where the cows were has been replaced to an ELC centre with a car park. The warming, welcoming, and graceful entrance to Tintern Grammar has been multiplied into many more entrances that lead into the flawless school we are in today. Where the old swimming pool used to be is now added as the bottom tennis court. Where the pine forest used to be is an indoor gym and aquatics centre where we have a gym, and a swimming pool, and to its bottom is the upper tennis court where we go for energy plus (physical activities at the start of the day). We have also added senior and middle school buildings near the oval (where the cows were), and renovated the Southwood centre, which was recently added to a part of Tintern Grammar to form one school, boys and girls, from Prep to Year 12.
And we have currently primarily settled down in Ringwood East.
Now we have a lot of subjects like French, Performing arts, P.E. (Physical education) and house sports. We even have VCE and IB for university form acceptances, and a ton of other stuff including energy plus.
Today, what we love at Tintern Grammar is especially the House Sports, energy plus, and P.E (or maybe just me 😊).
Thank you for reading this letter,Warm Regards, Year 5 Boys.

Dear Year 5 Boys,

Thank you very much for interesting letter telling me of the many and wonderful changes to the Tintern School that you attend today, compared to my years at Tintern from 1957 – 1965.   To you this will sound a very long time ago, but looking back now the years do go by very quickly now, once you look back 55 years on from leaving Tintern you will realise that the years actually do speed by.

I commenced at Tintern Junior School in Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, in Grade 5, which is the year you are just about to complete. Our school building was next to the two-storied Victorian House where Emma B. Cook first started the school, teaching her own children and taking in others and where my mother attended the Senior School for three years in the 1920’s.

When I started in 1957 the Senior School had already been relocated to Ringwood East and a new Junior School built so our Junior School was very small.  I remember it as being a very friendly school and enjoying it so much after my previous much larger primary school. We worked hard in the mornings on schoolwork and in the afternoon focused more on sports and art. A favourite pastime was digging and tending the small garden beds we were allowed to create around a border in front of the Junior School. We were divided into small groups and managed our own gardens being able to choose our own plants from the plant nursery in  Glenferrie Road opposite the school.

The move in Year 7, which we called Form 1, to the Senior School, was a big step with a long train trip to Ringwood East and some of us a bus trip as well. Trains were not very frequent and if we had stayed back for an after-school activity we had to make a mad dash to the train station so as not to miss the train.  We always made our own way to and from school and it would be very rare for a parent to drop off or pick us up at the school on weekdays, as parents really only came to the school for important weekend events.

We loved the space, fresh air, the native plants, bird and insect life.  The pine forest was our favourite place to eat our lunch sitting in the pine needles with the fresh smell of the pine trees.

The Junior School Hall was used by the senior school as well, for our gym, for exams, assemblies concerts and drama and being a newly built school the facilities were very good for the time.

In my final year at Tintern (1965) the then Federal Government Minister for Science, opened our new Science block, which was a real innovation at the time, but you would be amazed comparing that to your wonderful Spiegel Science Centre opened 54 years later. The music school and concert hall were all built after I left school in 1965 and also the wonderful centre for creative arts and opportunities for drama and musical theatre. Educational and students’ needs and opportunities have changed far and away beyond anything we could have imagined in our time, or indeed in the years my mother attended Tintern. However the vision for Tintern set by Emma B. Cook when she established the school to educate her own children and others, has been carried on and expanded by successive principals, until when we visit for our reunions, we appreciate seeing the school set in such beautiful surroundings with extraordinary facilities for all years and now coeducational for many years. 

I sang in the choir and the madrigal group throughout my senior school years and at the last reunion I attended, I loved listening to your Junior School Choir and seeing your enjoyment singing the variety of songs. 

This has been extremely difficult and challenging year for you, your families, your friends and teachers, as it has been for all of us, but I know you will have been well supported by your teachers at Tintern throughout.

Thank you for acknowledging our part in the continuum of the life of the school. 

I wish every one of you a very happy summer holiday and come back ready and looking forward to your Year 6 and the very best for your school days and your future.

Kind regards,
Libby La Nauze (née Black)
7 December 2020



Class of 1970, 50 Year Zoom-union

Class of 1970, 50 Year Golden Zoom-union

On Tuesday 8 December at 7pm we celebrated out first ever Zoom-union with the Class of 1970, in celebration of their 50 years anniversary.

There was much laughter, catching up and an instant camaraderie, though many hadn’t seen each other in a long time. The online format made it easy for Interstate Alumnae to join us.

We look forward to seeing the Class of 1970 at their postponed physical Reunion in 2021.


Community Business Directory

Tintern Grammar Community Business Listing

To further support our strong community and fellowship, Tintern Grammar has established a Community Business Directory. You can view the current listings here,  we invite you to support these local businesses.

We understand that the constantly changing situation with COVID-19 has impacted businesses across our community, therefore if you are currently reshaping your business model to accommodate the changing landscape or simply wanting to share new business offers, you can now join our business register by filling out our online form here

We look forward to supporting your business. 


Connection to Tintern: Alumni (YG 2007)

Deco Place is a private psychology practice located in Croydon. We offer psychology services to individuals across the lifespan facing a wide range of mental health concerns. We pride ourselves on delivering warm, integrative, and understanding care.


Our psychologists work with a wide range of mental health concerns, but also have special interests in: perinatal psychology, eating disorders, chronic health and pain conditions, TAC and WorkCover, expat/repatriate issues, and adjustment to life changes.

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Connection to Tintern: Alumni (YG 1997)

We service and repair all makes and models of cars, 4wds and light trucks. Licensed to do rwc, air con repairs and lpg repairs. 2 auto loan cars also available.


Connection to Tintern: Alumni

Julia Nance Portraits specialises in family portraiture, corporate head-shots and personal branding and is based out of a studio in Lilydale, Victoria. We work closely with individuals, families and businesses to create tailored imagery and outstanding experiences.

  • Studio and lifestyle family portraits with high end artwork.
  • Corporate headshots & personal branding (Studio/outdoor).
  • On-site Business Headshots and branding.





Class of 2011 – 10 Year Reunion – Save the Date

Save the Date for your 10 Year Reunion on Saturday 20 February 2021 from 3.30pm to 6.00pm at Tintern Grammar.

Please make sure your details are up to date using the form here. 

Share with your friends from Class of 2011! We have less than 50% of email contacts for your year group and would like to make sure everyone is invited.
Further information, including a booking link, will be sent out early 2021. This will allow us to review the current Covid19 restrictions.

If you would like to be a Social Ambassador and help promote your Reunion, please contact us on 9845 7877 or communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

Over the years we have lost contact with the following students, if you can help us locate them please ask them to get in touch!

Barton, Olivia

Hauser, Naomi


Bosen, Peter

Herschell, Matthew

Mortier, Manon

Burton-Styring, Jacob

Hunt, Rachael

Nel, Warren

Chau, Laura

Hunter, James

PASH, Jack

Chen, Kimberley

Irani, Zubin

Richardson, Sophie

Cipa, Clare



Coletti, Alexander

Keillor, Benn

Shen, Ning

Cuff, Olivia

Kisvarda, Adrienna

Shield, Joshua


Lambert, Jarryd

Simpson, Michael

Edgecombe, Isabella

Langdon, Charlotte

Thornton, Hannah


Lee, Claudia

Woods, Declan

FILMER, Isabella (Billie)

Lyon, Hudson

Zahnd, Jessica


MARTIN, Brooke



McDonald, Kate


We hope to see you there.




Carla Johnson (YG 2004) and Tom Naughtin would like to introduce Mavis Jin Ling Naughtin, born 23 October at Box Hill Hospital. They’re enjoying time out of Covid restrictions and look forward to more freedoms as new parents.


The Tintern Community congratulate Stephanie Hains (YG 2009) who married Christian Nilsson on 10 October at the Green Building, an events space in Brooklyn, New York. There was nothing normal about their courtship and as the saying goes, distance does make the heart grow fonder. The two met up for a Tinder date never expecting to see one another again. Instead, they began a long-distance relationship that saw them married during lockdown. Read all about their journey for love here in the New York Times. 

Cass Hoskins (YG 2011) and Daniel McCarthy married on the 22 February 2020 amongst family, friends, and many Tintern/Southwood alumni, including Emily Shirrefs (YG 2011) who made a gorgeous bridesmaid, and Cass’ brother Cam (YG 2009) looking dapper as a groomsman. The couple feel incredibly lucky to have had their special day unmarred by the pandemic which was impacted so many this year.


Jessie Bull (Haughton YG 1941) passed away on the 22 July 2020 at 96 years old.

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.

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.

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

Helen Montgomery (YG 1953) died peacefully at The Gables, Camberwell on the 13 June 2020. Much loved daughter, sister, and sister-in-law of Margaret Stewart (Knox YG 1941 dec).

Margaret Purvis (Brown YG 1951) passed away peacefully 8 December 2018. Devoted wife of Barrie (dec). Loving mother of Helen, Kate, David and Libby. Grandmother to Hamish, Emma and Madeleine; William, James and Edward; Mia, Celia, Alexander and Amelia.

Helen Reddy (Year Group 1958) The Tintern community are saddened to learn one of our inaugural Avenue of Excellence inductees, Helen Reddy (1958) passed away, aged 78, on the 29 September 2020. Helen will be well remembered for the iconic anthem she co-wrote, “I am Woman” which won her a Grammy Award for the Best Female Pop Vocal performance in 1972. Our sincere condolences are extended to her two children, Traci and Jordan at this sad time. May she Rest in Peace.

Beatrice “Betty” Williams (Thompson YG 1937) passed away peacefully at home, aged 102 years. Betty was Tintern’s oldest living Alumna. She worked as a visiting nurse, after training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 1940. Sister to Heather Oswin (Thompson YG 1945), now reunited with her beloved husband Noel, who passed 18 months before Betty. Both much loved and forever missed by family and friends.

Community Deaths

The Tintern Community was saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Manfred Franke on the 17 November 2020.

The Franke family have had a long connection to the school. Manfred’s wife, Mrs Lynne Franke (Bernadou YG 1958) will be well known to many in our community. Our sincere condolences to Lynne and her two daughters Libby (YG 1990) and Suzie (YG 1996).

John Hare, husband of Adrienne Hare (Nuttall, YG 1956) passed away on 1 June, 2020 after a short illness. Adrienne and John celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary two months prior.

Barbara Tobin (Scott), a much loved teacher of English and past Year 11 Coordinator at Tintern Grammr, passed away on the 1 December 2020. Loving mother of James and sister of Robert. Passed away peacefully on the first day of summer, embraced by love. Aged 80 years.



Can you help us find your classmates?

Looking for some Administrative experience? Want to help us find fellow Alumni?

Community Relations are looking for a volunteer to assist in updating our Alumni database. Finding peers and updating their contact details to ensure they receive invitations to their Reunions and other related events.

If you are interested in some administrative experience, please get in touch with us:


Tintern Old Girls Association (TOGA) News

Celebrating 115 Years of TOGA in 2021

It’s not every organisation that can proudly state that they are 115 years old. In 2021 TOGA will achieve its 115th Anniversary! This is a huge achievement. Surviving school name changes, wars and Covid we are looking forward to celebrating with all Tintern Old Girls. Our committee is in planning mode and welcome your participation. How do you think we should gather all Tinternites Near and Far to commemorate this occasion?

TOGA has a private Facebook group, a public page and a private LinkedIn group that Tintern Old Girls are more than welcome to join.

We will be seeking your input into our Celebration so please jump on to any of our socials or email us: tinternoldgirlsassociation@gmail.com

Our AGM will be held on April 27 2021 via Zoom enabling us to gather Tinternites from around the globe. Further details will follow as well as on our social pages.

Our Committee meetings are held quarterly, also by Zoom and Tinternites are most welcome.

It has been a quiet year for TOGA. Normally, we would be at Tintern and attending many functions, including but not limited to:

  • Foundation Service
  • Cathedral Service
  • Celebration Evening
  • Valedictory Dinners
  • Annual Music Concert
  • Tintern Junior Girls Concert
  • Avenue of Excellence
  • Reunions
  • And other events as invited

Our Archives and Heritage women do a magnificent job and unfortunately have been unable to access the school for many months. They are always seeking helpers, as with the TOGA committee and Socials, we run by volunteer efforts.

TOGA also has TOGA Golf. Please email tinternoldgirlsassociation@gmail.com for further information

For upcoming events please check the schools website.

Factis non verbis

Carol Robertson
TOGA President


Tintern Grammar Alumni (TGA) News

Rounding out Year 1 – Tintern Grammar Alumni

As the year comes to a close for us all, the TGA recently marked its 1st year of operation at its recent AGM, an opportunity to reflect on the foundations that have been built, with a lens to the future, too.

While the impacts of the pandemic have touched us all, and put many of our plans on hold for now, we have a strategy roadmap in place for 2021, and are in the process of welcoming new members to our team for the new year.  The good news is, we’re still looking for more alumni to join our management committee and we’d love to hear from you – email us at alumni@tintern.vic.edu.au

Our AGM reflected on our engagement with our newest alumni – the Year 12 cohort of 2020. One of the key objectives of the TGA is to develop a welcoming and inclusive welcome for students as soon as they transition to alumni, and we were pleased to do this through two initiatives this year. Firstly, though the Wellbeing Packs, delivered to the cohort through their final pastoral classes at the end of this year, before exams began. Filled to the brim with some self-care items for students, and a letter of good luck and of welcome, as our newest alumni – this activity, including future events, will be a big part of welcoming our newest alumni to our community.

This was complimented by a video series, delivered through a diverse range of alumni voices that focused on the best advice our alumni can give to students about their exams, post-exam down time and post-school life.  Thanks to all the alumni that took part!

We’re about to launch our Tintern Grammar Alumni Facebook page – so stay tuned, and in the new year, we’ll be launching our brand new website, a one stop shop for our alumni community.  But this is just the beginning of what we have planned – soon you will hear from us about our new alumni events to be held in March and April 2021, with social events that (hopefully) will have something for everyone!

Until then, thanks to the alumni community for your support. Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season, with better things to come for us all in 2021.

Alan White (on behalf of the TGA Management Committee)
TGA President

P.S – Thank you to Amy Cunningham, who we farewell this year from the TGA committee.


Calendar 2021

2021 Reunions



5 Year Reunion YG 2016

Friday 16 July at 7.30pm, Beer Deluxe, Hawthorn

5+1 Year Reunions YG 2015

Date TBC, 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



Foundation Service 2021

Friday 5 February at 8.45am

TPG Trivia Night

Saturday 27 February at 7pm

FOE Demonstration Day

Friday 26 March at 1.00pm

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 

Career’s Night

Wednesday 19 May at 6.30pm

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.




Factis 2020

We are pleased to announce that our 2020 Factis Magazine is now available!

Like many things, the creation of Factis has followed an unfamiliar and very different path. With students learning remotely, our Factis team have had to be creative, innovative and imaginative in sourcing photos, stories and contributors!

You can read Factis online by selecting here.


School News

A Day in the Life

Thank you to all the members of our Community who were able to contribute images to ‘A day In The Life of Tintern’ on Monday 17 August, a wonderful initiative created by our School Leaders. Please enjoy this video, it features many familiar faces and beautiful lyrics written by our School Captain, Ashleigh Dowling.

Tintern Virtual Choir – A student and Alumni Collaboration

We were delighted to end Term 3 with a virtual choir performance of an uplifting song, “The Defining Moment” by Pinkzebra.
When our school first went into lockdown, members of our Middle School and Senior College Choirs kept reliably attending early morning rehearsals from their home bases during Term 2. It soon became apparent that ‘live’ rehearsals were not going to be very productive, so we launched our virtual choir project in mid-May. After weeks of gathering individual videos, seeking some additional vocal contributions from Tintern choral alumni and many hours of post-production work by our Head of Senior College to mix and balance the video, we are so very proud of this final product.
The lyrics of The Defining Moment encapsulate so many of the positive elements which have resulted from our community facing and working together to grow stronger through the challenges of the past few months. Seeing the joy on the faces of our students as they sing, and hearing their wonderful voices unifying (and harmonising!) throughout this song remind us of the importance of taking each day in our stride and looking forward with confidence and a sense of achievement.
A special thank you to our incredible Alumni Brayden Stokes (YG 2019), Genevieve Barclay (YG 2016), Molly Fleming (YG 2019), Bianca Gerin (YG 2019), Sienna Gerin (YG 2017), Tara McAsey (YG 2018) and Tiana McAsey (YG 2017).
The music teachers thank these wonderful students from the bottom of their hearts for being willing to put themselves ‘on the line’ by recording in isolation and submitting their videos. We are so looking forward to being able to come together again at school, sing at the tops of voices in the same room and share our joyful singing with the Tintern community ‘live’ once more!

Tintern Grammar – Virtual Music Events

Our Music Department recently hosted two virtual music events; a Singing Soirée and a Brass & Woodwind Concert. You can now view the exceptional student performances via the links below.

Tintern Grammar – Virtual Art Exhibitions

The visual arts are an integral part of everyday life, permeating all levels of human creativity, expression, communication and understanding.

IB Visual Art Exhibitions 2020

Welcome to the Tintern Grammar 2020 IB Visual Art Virtual Exhibition. This exhibition celebrates the folio works created by this year’s Year 12 IB Diploma students –Alice, Jeremy, Hannah, Angel and Margaret.
The IB Diploma Programme Visual Arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts.
This year’s exhibition is available for you to enjoy at your own pace, in your own time, virtually. You are able to follow the guided tour, and explore each of the dedicated ‘rooms’ that feature each candidates work, or you can use the arrow key or click & drag function of the cursor and explore the pieces in any order you choose. You can zoom in closer to the works and view them individually, and read the artist statements regarding the works by simply clicking on the image. Each gallery room has the curatorial rationale by each artist that expresses their individual journey.
Please enjoy the show via this link – https://www.artsteps.com/view/5f85251e39160b375472830f

Year 12 VCE Visual Arts and Design Exhibition

This years exhibition is available for you to enjoy at your own pace, in your own time, virtually. You are able to follow the guided tour and explore each of the dedicated spaces that feature each student’s work, or you can explore the pieces in any order you choose. You can also read the artist/design statements regarding the works by simply clicking on the image. We hope you enjoy the many magnificent art and design pieces on display!

Years 7 – 11 Art Exhibition

The annual Years 7 – 11 Art Exhibition was on display earlier this year. The works on showcase student artworks made over the past year.

Spring Celebration 2020

Virtual Spring Celebration

Due to restrictions in place we were not able to host our Annual Spring Garden Tour this year. 2020 marks the 22nd anniversary of the event.
We hope you enjoy this commemorative booklet via the link below, which includes a virtual tour and links to some magnificent local and international gardens.