17 Jun 2022

Welcome to 2022

Introduction – From the Principal

It is a real pleasure to be contributing a small piece to Tintern’s alumni newsletter, but not as much of a pleasure as being able to attend reunions and alumni events as our lives have trended back towards their pre-pandemic normal. I hope your life is moving similarly, and you are able to feel the thriving that comes from this return to something like normal.

The absence of our alumni from the campus and events beyond our gates registered as a feeling of loss, not dissimilar to the loss of Year 12 events, and significant School occasions and gatherings. Like the School without students and staff during the lockdowns, the absence of our alumni legacy left a similar vacuum.

This year, though, it has been wonderful to resume face to face alumni connection with a number of significant events, most notably the very large, multi-year Hawthorn reunion in April just gone. It is clear that we are all relishing the opportunity to gather, and the spirit of reunions conducted this year has been notably a wonderful mix of large attendance, energy and enthusiasm, and very good humour!

I hope to see you at your next reunion.

Warm regards

Brad Fry
Principal

Tintern Grammar acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners of the land where we learn, meet, and play.

We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future, for they hold the memories, traditions, culture and hopes of Indigenous Australia.

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Sarah de Witt (Grecea YG 2009) and Samantha Green (Brown YG 2003)

Sarah de Witt (Grecea YG 2009) and Samantha Green (Brown YG 2003)

As part of our Alumni Mentoring Program our incredible Alumni have been working with students to help them develop their skills and businesses. If you are interested in more information on our Alumni mentoring program please contact Di Lacey in Community Relations on 9845 7777 or communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au

Sarah de Witt (YG 2009) is mentoring Zara Jansz in Year 10, whose business is the Embellishment Emporium. Zara says of her company, “Embellishment Emporium began from a passion which originated from baking cakes for friends and family. Embellishment Emporium then evolved to a cake decorating business. We aim to make baking effortless and straightforward for busy schedules. No matter who you are, Embellishment Emporium has a product for your every cake decorating needs.”

Sarah  opened her first specialty tea house business, Impala & Peacock in 2014. In late 2016 Sarah expanded and re-branded as Mary Eats Cake, celebrating special moments with High Tea. During the Pandemic Sarah founded talklink, Australia’s first completely anonymous online mental health directory. The concept of talklink originated after co-founders Sarah de Witt, husband Ruan de Witt and friend Eric Nastase recognised that many Australians were waiting up to 12 weeks to access mental health support and in many cases, were disheartened by the lack of rapport they felt with their practitioner when they were eventually treated.

Samantha Green (Brown YG 2003) is mentoring Chloe Hong, also in Year 10. Chloe’s business, Clay or Origin, began as a small project inspired by a combined variety of contrasting designs, with an aim to bring simplicity while also making a statement. With a selection of handmade rings, earrings and bracelets available for sale you can view her website here: https://www.clayorigin.com.au/ 

Samantha Green is the CEO and Founder of JACK, an end-to-end marketing & events company that has been transforming people, businesses and brands since 2005. Samantha has more recently taken on the role of Managing Director of Mentor List, a collaboration of business services and professional growth, we are dedicated to connecting the very best minds, insights, technology and talent in Australia in order to achieve greatness together.

Thank you to Sarah and Samantha for sharing their experience and mentoring Zara and Chloe.

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Annual Giving 2022 – The Gift of Education

THE GIFT OF EDUCATION

The Tintern Grammar Scholarship Fund welcomes the support of the school community who share the vision of our School’s education for students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend the School. Please consider helping us make a difference in the lives of some very special young people.

In 2021 we increased our Scholarship Fund to more than $160K and are now well on the way to our long-term goal of supporting scholarship recipients through a self-sustaining fund.  Thank you to everyone who has made this possible.

 
In recognition of the changing landscape of education and society, we have broadened the types of scholarships on offer at Tintern. The Future Voices Scholarship seeks students with leadership qualities as well as a strong commitment to engage in the wider community. The Social Justice Scholarship provides for students who are passionate about social justice and the community and the Performing Arts Scholarship provides for those students who are following a Performing Arts pathway. In addition, we continue to offer Academic and Music Scholarships, and the Sylvia Walton and Mike Blood alumni scholarships.
 
The Henry and Jean Speagle Scholarship, pledged to the school by Henry and Jean, is to be awarded on the basis of financial need, to a female student who is a practicing member of the Anglican Church or another Christian denomination. Following Henry’s passing in 2020, last year the Speagle family made an initial gift to the Scholarship Fund.  The family will continue to build the corpus for the Scholarship (including through a bequest) until a 50% Scholarship can be awarded in perpetuity to suitable recipients. We are most grateful to the Speagle family for this extraordinarily generous ‘Gift of Education’.
 
Scholarships have the power to be life-changing, as they bring diversity within the community and provide future students with a range of opportunities which they otherwise may not be able to access.
Donations of $2 AUD and above to the Scholarship, Library and Building Funds are fully tax deductible.
 
Thank you Sarah de Witt (Grecea YG 2009) for sharing her time to support our 2022 annual Appeal.
 
 
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Class of 2017 Reunion Invitation

Book your free ticket now for your 5 year Reunion on Friday 22 July 2022 from 7.30pm at the Hawthorn Hotel.

Enjoy a drink on us, delicious food platters and a catch up with some of your Tintern teachers.

When
Friday 22 July 2022 from 7.30pm

Where
The Hawthorn Hotel
481 Burwood Rd
Hawthorn VIC 3122

Cost
Extra food and drinks available for purchase on the night.

RSVP
Book your ticket here by the 8 July 2022.

Enquiries
From your Year Group please contact Sienna Gerin via DM or email.
Or contact us at Tintern Grammar.

Facebook
A Facebook event group for your Reunion can be accessed here.

Please ensure we have your current details, either when booking, or you can update your details here.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Save the Date – YGs 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982 and 1977

We are pleased to share the date for our 2022 Reunions Festival!

Welcoming Alumni from Year Groups 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982 and 1977 please save the date now – Saturday 5 November at 3.30pm to 6.30pm.

Are you interested in being involved with your Reunions? Reunion Ambassadors help to share the Reunion, encourage attendees and can choose to help plan the after event (normally at a bar or restaurant). Please contact Di Lacey and Tegan Martin by phone on 03 9845 7877 or email to communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

Please also ensure we have your correct contact details, by completing the Past Student Update Form online here.

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Class of 2005, 2006 and 2007 – 15 Year Reunions 2022

Thank you to those who braved the cold conditions and joined us to celebrate the 15 Year Reunions for Year Groups 2005, 2006 and 2007 on the 4 June.

It was incredible to be able to celebrate together not only in person, but onsite back at Tintern. Over delicious canapes and drinks, the groups were able to catch up with each other and the school. This included a student led tour of Tintern, with the attendees sharing stories of their own time as students.

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High Tea Reunions at the Hawthorn Arts Centre

We were very pleased to host our High Tea Reunions on Tuesday 5 April at the wonderful Hawthorn Arts Centre, after a two year hiatus.

There were wonderful historical displays set up by Lynne Franke (Bernadou YG 1958), including photos from both Hawthorn and the early years at Ringwood East, as well as former uniforms covering the 1950s and 1960s. Other highlights included our Senior Choral Choir, whose performance finished with the Tintern School Song. At the close of the event we had a number of alumnae kindly share their memories of their time as Tintern students.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Reunion, submitted bios for the group booklet, shared their memories and to those who assisted on the day. We were grateful for your support.

We look forward to next year when we can return onsite for our High Tea Reunions.

If you’d like a copy, either digital or by post, or the Reunion booklet for your year group, please contact us by email to communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

 

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Canberra Chapter Reunion

We recently hosted a Canberra Chapter Reunion at the Hotel Realm. Though the group was small, it was a wonderful night with enjoyable food. Thank you to those who attended.

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Class of 1986 Social Dinner

Thank you to Alumna Fiona Scott (YG 1986)  who organised dinner for the Class of 1986 at the historic Auburn Hotel in Hawthorn.

Originally planned to follow their 35 Year Reunion, the Victorian lockdowns and travel restrictions delayed the event.

Over their delicious meals, the group were finally able to catch up in person on Saturday 26 March.

If you are interested in organizing an event for your year group, please get in touch with Di and Tegan at Tintern on 03 9845 7877 or email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

 

 

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Alumni News

Lyn Walker (YG 1974)

Congratulations to alumna Lyn Walker (YG 1974) who was awarded an AM in the 2022 Australia Day Honours for ‘significant service to the community through domestic violence, sexual assault and health promotion initiatives’. The 2022 Australia Day Honours recognise and reward good works by Australian citizens.
For over 40 years Lyn has been leading change in the health, human services, and justice arenas with a specific focus on research, policy and program design and executive leadership. As well as administering large scale research programs, Lyn has contributed to numerous boards and published material focusing on issues pertaining to violence against women.
We congratulate her on this honourable achievement and wish her all the best for the future.

Claire Ham (Avent, YG 1991)

Congratulations to Claire Ham who was awarded the Vernon Parker prize for outstanding Officer qualities in training, and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2021.

Claire joined the Royal Australian Navy Band in 1997, leaving in 2001 to run a music teaching business. Claire married her husband Mark in 2005, becoming a step-mum to two boys, Luke and Jim, before the family welcomed their two daughters, Mia and Bridget. During that time they lived throughout Australia; in Brisbane, Sydney and Tasmania, followed by a return to Sydney.

After joining the Navy Reserve as a Musician in Tasmania, Claire worked in the Royal Australian Navy Band, Defence Force Recruiting, and Navy Community Engagement. Claire later completed a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning Practices, commissioned to the rank of Sub-Lieutenant and commenced Officer Training at the Royal Australian Naval College, HMAS Creswell in 2020.

Having completed her training at HMAS Cerberus in June 2021, Claire received the Vernon Parker prize, awarded at the end of Initial Employment Training to a Navy Training Systems Officer who demonstrates outstanding officer qualities throughout their training, and embodies the Defence values: Service Courage Respect Integrity and Excellence.

Claire is now posted to Maritime Warfare Training Authority as a Training Development Officer, based at HMAS Penguin in Mosman, NSW.

Congratulations LEUT Claire Ham.

Fifi Box (YG 1993)

Congratulations to alumna Fifi Box (YG 1993) who was crowned as a 2022 Moomba Monarch, alongside news presenter Peter Hitchener

Image Source: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/this-just-in-peter-hitchener-and-fifi-box-named-moomba-monarchs-20220215-p59ws9.html 

Maria Ruan (YG 2018)

Thank you to Alumna alumna Maria Ruan (YG 2018) who returned to Tintern to speak with our International students in early March.
 
Maria was our International Dux in 2018 and completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in both Applied Linguistics and English Literature at the University of Melbourne. Maria has recently returned to Melbourne to undertake her Master of Education at Melbourne University.
 
Maria enjoyed reflecting on her time at Tintern, catching up with past teachers and viewing her wonderful painting which is on display in the Senior College. As the 2018 Art Captain, Maria’s passion for Art still continues today, she has kindly shared some new ‘fruit and vegetable’ oil paintings with us.
 
We thank Maria for taking the time to return to Tintern and speak with our students.
 

Scotty James (YG 2013)

Congratulations to Scotty James (YG 2013) for winning gold in the men’s Superpipe event at the 2022 X Games in Aspen on Friday 21 January!

Kate Jenkins (YG 1985)

Congratulations to alumna Kate Jenkins (YG 1985) for being shortlisted in the final group of nominees for the 2022 Pro Bono Australia Impact 25 Awards. The Impact 25 Awards celebrate people who embody the values of the social sector as Influencers, Collaborators and Innovators.
For 25 years Kate Jenkins has been leading change in corporate, government and community sectors, particularly in human rights and equal opportunity law. As Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate is accelerating change to lead to real gender equality, from the household to the workplace.
 

Alicia Cornwell (YG 1981)

Congratulations to alumna Alicia Cornwell (YG 1981) for winning the Still Life Award at the Art Lovers Australia Prize 2022 for her painting Turquoise Waratah on Australiana.
Alicia is a painter specialising in oils and still life. She works daily in her hundred-year-old garden studio that backs onto the National Park and the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens.
We congratulate her on these outstanding achievements and wish her all the best for the future.
Alicia’s studio will be featured in the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios 2022, taking place this weekend. Click here to find out more about this exciting annual event that promotes the work of local artists and gives people the opportunity to see the private world of artists’ working studio environments.

Phill Grecea (YG 2012)

Congratulations to alumnus Phill Grecea (YG 2012) who took part in the World’s Greatest Shave. Phill shaved his head on the 28 March 2022 to help beat blood cancer. So far, Phill has raised an outstanding $6,555, smashing his goal of $2,500!
Since graduating, Phill has lived abroad in Japan to pursue his passion for snowboarding. He has also graduated with a Bachelor of Primary Education and is now in his third year of primary school teaching.
We congratulate Phill on his incredible achievement and wish him all the best in the future.
For more information about the World’s Greatest Shave and to donate to Phill’s cause please follow this link.

Madeline Townsend (YG 2008) and Stephen Coles (YG 2008)

Congratulations to alumna Madeline Townsend (YG 2008), alumnus Stephen Coles (YG 2008) and their team Spirit of the Dragon for successfully completing the Kosi Challenge over the weekend!
The team raised over $1000 for Rare Cancers Australia (RCA). Click here to find out more about this important cause and to donate – https://www.kosichallenge.com.au/…/spirit-of-the-dragon
 

Brayden Stokes (YG 2019 ) and Freya Bryson (YG 2021)

Congratulations to Brayden Stokes (YG 2019 ) and Freya Bryson (YG 2021) on their recent performance in the Mountain District Musical Society (MDMS) production of Les Miserables at Karralyka. Brayden and Freya performed as part of the ensemble to sold out crowds.
 
We look forward to seeing what they do next.

Lilly Trevorrow (YG 2021)

Congratulations to alumna Lilly Trevorrow (YG 2021) for being given the opportunity to work alongside 3-time Australian Olympic showjumper Matt Williams and his fiancé Abby Evans, working with their incredible team of horses.
Based in California, USA, at the beautiful Desert International Horse Park for the past four months, Lilly has had an amazing time travelling and meeting elite athletes of the show jumping world. The team will soon fly out three of their top horses to compete in Florida, then Canada.
We congratulate her on these achievements and wish her all the best for her future endeavors.
 

Christabelle Sriratana (YG 2021)

Congratulations to alumna Christabelle Sriratana (YG 2021) and current student Zak (Year 12) for recently being selected as 2022 Grid Kids at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. They both had the exciting opportunity of being on the grid prior to the race, and being up close to the formula 1 drivers at the event!

Cass McCarthy (Hoskins YG 2011)

Julie Hoskins, Aunty of Cass McCarthy (Hoskins YG 2011), made these beautiful knitted Tintern dolls, complete with a school skirt and badge.

Celia Pacquola (YG 2000)

Congratulations to alumna Celia Pacquola (YG 2000) and her partner Dara on their recent pregnancy announcement.

Rebecca James (YG 2006)

Congratulations to alumna Rebecca James (YG 2006) and her partner Sam Mac on their recent pregnancy announcement!

Sarah de Witt (Grecea YG 2009) and Samantha Green (Brown YG 2003)

As part of our Alumni Mentoring Program our incredible Alumni have been working with students to help them develop their skills and businesses.

Sarah de Witt (YG 2009) is mentoring Zara Jansz in Year 10, who business is the Embellishment Emporium. Zara says of her company, “Embellishment Emporium began from a passion which originated from baking cakes for friends and family. Embellishment Emporium then evolved to a cake decorating business. We aim to make baking effortless and straightforward for busy schedules. No matter who you are, Embellishment Emporium has a product for your every cake decorating needs.”

Sarah  opened her first specialty tea house business, Impala & Peacock in 2014. I late 2016 Sarah expanded and re-branded as Mary Eats Cake, celebrating special moments with High Tea. During the Pandemic Sarah founded talklink, Australia’s first completely anonymous online mental health directory. The concept of talklink originated after co-founders Sarah de Witt, husband Ruan de Witt and friend Eric Nastase recognised that many Australians were waiting up to 12 weeks to access mental health support and in many cases, were disheartened by the lack of rapport they felt with their practitioner when they were eventually treated.

Samantha Green (Brown YG 2003) is mentoring Chloe Hong, also in Year 10. Chloe’s business, Clay or Origin, began as a small project inspired by a combined variety of contrasting designs, with an aim to bring simplicity while also making a statement. With a selection of handmade rings, earrings and bracelets available for sale you can view her website here: https://www.clayorigin.com.au/ 

Samantha Green is the CEO and Founder of JACK, an end-to-end marketing & events company that has been transforming people, businesses and brands since 2005. Samantha has more recently taken on the role of Managing Director of Mentor List, a collaboration of business services and professional growth, we are dedicated to connecting the very best minds, insights, technology and talent in Australia in order to achieve greatness together.

Thank you to Sarah and Samantha for sharing their experience and mentoring Zara and Chloe.

If you are interested in more information on the Alumni mentoring program please contact Di Lacey in Community Relations on 9845 7777 or communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

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Alumni at Tintern

Jodi Evans (YG 2004) spoke to all the Year 11 and 12 students on Monday 6 June, addressing climate change and shared practical ways to make an impact. It was organised by the Green Team who are focussing on water poverty.

Jodi shared a recent film project she is working on with Screen Australia called ‘Bad River’ which focuses on the current decline in Australian rivers.

Braden Cooper and Dan Nyberg (both YG 2008) from Victoria Police joined us on Tuesday 7 June to talk with our Unit 3 Legal Studies group on how they came to join the police force. The discussion included legal rights linking back to their current studies.

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Scotty James (YG 2013) – Silver Medal 2022 Winter Olympics

Friday 11 February was officially ‘Scotty Day’ in the Junior School as we cheered on alumnus Scotty James (YG 2013) in the Men’s Halfpipe Final at the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

With Channel 7 and Network 10 on-site filming their reactions, our students watched on as Scotty competed, hoping to better his bronze medal from Pyeongchang 2018. Scotty took the lead after his second run score of 92.50, an amazing way to bounce-back after a challenging first run.

In a close finish, Scotty maintained his second position, winning the silver medal in the Men’s Halfpipe final. Scotty has achieved so much in his snowboarding career and now adds another Olympic medal to the list.

Well done, Scotty! We are all so proud of you!

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Announcements

Do you have news to share? Do we have your current details? 

We love to share the achievements and milestones of our Alumni. If you have recently got married or engaged, had a baby, or have a professional or personal achievement you’d like to share, please contact Di and Tegan by email to communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

Have your details changed? You can update your details easily and quickly online here

Have you updated your education profile on LinkedIn to include Tintern Grammar? You will then be able to access the alumni tab on the Tintern page and connect with other alumni locally and around the world.

Births

Elisha Christensen (Moorfoot YG 2012) and her husband Jared welcomed Baby Oliver Arthur Christensen on the 2 January 2021.

Jamie-Lee (Baker YG 2012) and Tim Ferne welcomed their first child, a baby girl born on the 9 July 2021, Ridley Elizabeth Ferne. 

Crystal Kimber-Peters (Kimber YG 2007) and her husband Andy welcomed Spencer William Peters on the 13 April 2022.

Kathleen Sheehy (YG 2006) and her husband Jason Ryan welcomed their little boy, Tadgh (pronounced like tiger without the r), on the 15 November 2021, weighing 9 pounds and 5 ounces. Keeping with the theme of his excited older sisters (Keira, Ashling, Aoife and Róisín) it is an Irish name.

Weddings

Jamie-Lee (Baker YG 2012) and Tim Ferne were married on the 15 November 2019, surrounded by family, friends and fellow Tintern alumni.

Thomas Lacey (YG 2011) and Georgia Hayden (YG 2015) were married on the 8 January 2022 at Stones of the Yarra Valley, we wish you both a lifetime of happiness.

Stephanie Muir (YG 2002) married Stephen Brodie on the 4 December 2021 in Warrnambool. They married at Christ Church Anglican Church, with the reception at The Pavilion Cafe overlooking the ocean at the Warrnambool breakwater. 

Lauren Wood (YG 2010) and Milad Shooli were married on 20 December 2021 in Warrandyte, Victoria. The ceremony took place in the Chapel at Potters Receptions, followed by an evening reception. After three postponements due to Covid, restrictions had finally been lifted allowing both local and interstate guests to attend and share the celebrations on a spectacular summer’s day.

Deaths

Miranda Cummins (Green YG 1957) passed away on 24 November 2021. Deeply missed by family and friends.

Barbara Edwards (Berndt YG 1946) Loved mother and mother-in-law of Peter and Jenny Mark and Joanne. Cherished grandma of Robert, Victoria; Richard and wife Naomi, Lucas and partner Josefina. Also loved by Patrick, Bethany and Annaliese. Great grandma of Arlo.
Barb will be dearly missed for her zest for socialising, Passion for the Carlton Blues, golf, bridge And her great fondness of her beloved pets. Rest in peace.

Elizabeth “Libby” Craig (Slocombe YG 1948)  Adored wife of Geoffrey Gordon, mother of Mandy, Tracey and Kenneth, and their families, and sister of Maggie Coad (Slocombe YG 1946). Passed away peacefully at Montgomery House on the 24 November 2021. 

Mary Gallahar (Noonan YG 1954) Aged 83 years. Passed away peacefully at the National Capital Private Hospital, after a brief illness. Loved wife of Don. Much loved mother of Chris and Alison.

Roma Hornby (Maynard YG 1939) passed away on the 28 May 2022, soon after celebrating her 100th birthday. With a lifelong passion for music as both a pianist and soprano, Roma was a dedicated supporter of Tintern, and the Music department. She was well love and will be very missed.

Margaret ‘Meg’ MacLean (YG 1959) passed away on the 19 December 2021. Meg devoted her life to god as a Missionary. She was part of the Australian Board of Missions (ABM) spending time in both Papua New Guinea and the Northern Territory. Missed by her family, including Meg’s sister-in-law Jan MacLean (Olver YG 1959).

Sally Louise Martin (Moore YG 1974) passed away at her home 10 March 2022, aged 64 years.  Loved and loving Wife of Peter (Married 31 Years). Much loved Mother and Mother-In-Law of William, Tom and Abby, and Clare. ‘Caring, Giving, Hard Working and much loved”. Niece of Joan Jones (Moore YG 1945).
 
Dr Merryn Joy Paynter (YG 1995) passed away suddenly on 22 February, 2022, a week before her 44th birthday. Beloved mother of William. Loving wife and best friend of John-Paul (JP, dec). Dearly loved daughter of Graham (dec) and Joy Paynter, daughter-in-law of Marcello and Pauline D’Amico, and sister-in-law of Maryanne. Much loved younger sister of Ron, Neil and Daryl. Loved sister-in-law, aunt and friend. Peacefully resting.

Cherry Skerman (YG 1965) recently passed away. Twin sister of Erica Halton (Skerman YG 965) she will be sadly missed.

Verlie Withington (Ashton YG 1944) passed away 2 January 2022. Loving mother of Anne and Kevin, Jane, and Andrew and Vicki. Nanna to Carissa and Rick, Beth, Latham and Mel, Jarryd, Jordan and Cody. Granny to Vivienne, Sienna, Juniper, Arielle and Frejya. Sister of Joan Pound (Ashton YG 1940 Dec.). At Peace.

Joyce U’Ren (Lechte YG 1952) passed away peacefully at Cabrini Prahran Palliative surrounded by family, aged 86 years, on the 11 May 2022. Loving wife of 64 years to John. Loving mother to Colin, Keith, Trevor and Judith. Loving grandmother to Kara, Andrew, Caitlin, Gavin, Sarah, Jackson, Ella, Miah and Tessa. Loving great-grandmother to Isla.  Joyce was sister-in-law to Eleanor U’Ren (YG 1950) and daughter in law to Maisie U’Ren (Dean YG 1923 Dec).

Community Deaths

It is with great sadness the Tintern Community mourns the sudden passing of Michael Kelson.

Michael was the son of Ilma Kelson who was the Director of Music at Tintern from 1958 to 1973. Michael was instrumental in supporting the Kelson Scholarships in memory of his mother and Penelope Thwaites AM (YG 1960). These scholarships have supported the tuition of students in the pursuit of their music education for the past eighteen years.

The Tintern Community extends its condolences to Michael’s two children, Kate and Anthony and grandchildren Lachie and Maddy and their broader family. May he rest in peace.

 

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In Memoriam Roma Hornby (Maynard YG 1939)

Centenarian Roma Hornby

With a lifelong passion for music as both a pianist and soprano:

“The song has ended but the melody lingers on…..” (Irving Berlin)

Roma Sinclair Hornby (YG 1939 Maynard) was born on 15 April 1922 in Elsternwick, Melbourne. Her family moved to Hawthorn in 1925, and Roma was educated at Tintern Grammar. She had a passion for music and dearly wanted to make music her career, especially as an opera singer and pianist. She passed the necessary piano and musical examinations to attend the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, but regrettably, her father would not support her.

Roma’s working life began in 1939 at the National Bank of Australasia (Sale) where the staff were mostly women due to the war. In 1946, with the end of the war she returned home, working as a salary and wages clerk for the Gippsland Base Hospital Sale. She is a founding and life member of the Melbourne Royal Doulton Collectors Club, was involved in the Country Women’s Association (Bundalaguah), the Anglican Cursillo Movement, Mother’s Union and playing keyboard for church services at nursing homes.

On returning to Sale in 1946, she joined the Sale Choral Society, where she met her future husband, Walter Hornby. They married in 1949 and had two children, Brenda, and David. Sadly, Walter passed away in 1986. After his passing, Roma continued to travel, by herself, through the USA, Canada and Europe. Roma has five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and more on the way.

Her advice for longevity is to “come from good (genetic) stock, keep your brain active, follow your interests in life, be involved in your community, surround yourself with loving family and friends and don’t smoke”.

Sadly, soon after her 100th birthday, Roma passed away. Roma lived a magnificent 100 years and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

The Tintern community wish to express their sincere condolences to Roma’s family and friends.

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Tintern Grammar Alumni (TGA)

Tintern Grammar Alumni was proud to present their very first in person event and launch on Thursday 7 April at The Emerald Peacock in the CBD. It was a casual night of socializing and celebration to kick off their events.

We also wish to acknowledge the resignation of Alan White, our inaugural President. The Launch Event offered an opportunity to share with the TGA community our sincere thanks for Alan’s tremendous work to build strong foundations for the TGA, truly from the ground up, and to recognise his legacy of humility, hard work, and his wish to pay it forward.

On behalf of the Committee, I wish to sincerely thank Alan again for his enormous efforts and am excited to continue to build on the momentum and solid direction he has helped to generate over the past two years as President. We wish him all the best in his professional endeavours and the exciting next chapter that awaits.

If you are interested in joining the TGA committee, please contact them by email to alumni@tintern.vic.edu.au

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Tintern Old Girls Association (TOGA)

TOGA TODAY

Tintern Old Girls celebrates 116 years in 2022.

The great plans of 2020 and 2021 unfortunately didn’t get off the ground with continuing lockdowns and restrictions predominately in Victoria.

We will hopefully get back on track following the AGM and welcome your ideas and contributions.

If you would like to know more about any of these ideas or would like to be part of a subgroup to help create, market and develop one or all ideas then please DO NOT HESITATE to reach out. Deeds not words means stuff gets done and stuff happens.

TOGA Committee Meetings

Thank you to technology and our increasing ability to use it. Remembering to take ourselves off mute, to not leave our videos on or off and to not muck around with video filters.

The biggest advantage is our ability to welcome committee members from interstate.

As we only meet each quarter, zoom makes the whole process more flexible and there is no hassle about parking, traffic or what to order for tea as we met at restaurants.

Meetings are briefer or longer without hassle and as needed. We do make an effort to keep meetings short – we all have lives and as volunteers our time is precious.

What has TOGA been doing (rinse, repeat from 2021) “TOGA for the past few years has been focused on staying alive.” Same, same for 2022.

TOGA is reliant on Tinternites wanting TOGA to be around. Any organization is only as strong as its members.

Membership to TOGA is free for normal members with paperwork opting in only required. Life Membership has remained a static, minor fee of $75 for many decades.
The funds from Life Memberships is our only income.

Archives/Heritage

Archives (Lynne and co) were allowed back into the school between lockdowns and have been diligently preparing for the Reunions that could be held.

I attended the Reunion at the Hawthorn Arts Centre recently and the displays were fabulous.

As always we are truly grateful for their work in maintaining the archives of Tintern.

Events

Events were planned and cancelled, moved online and moved dates. I congratulate the school and the Community Relations Department at Tintern (Di Lacey and Tegan
Martin) for their supreme efforts during a very frustrating time.

When I look back at my calendar, it became confusing to remember which events actually went ahead and which events TOGA could attend.

Reunions

  • in June online
  • in July online
  • in November at Tintern
  • in March at the Hawthorn Arts Centre
  • TCL Meetings in November and May
  • Cathedral Service on May 5

If there were others then we attended where and when we could.

TOGA Golf

TOGA Golf has existed for many years. Currently led by Melinda Thomas. If anyone is interested in joining TOGA Golf then please send me a message and I will pass on her details to you.

Social Media

Social media has kept most of us informed over the past year and we add information as we receive it, either via past students or the Tintern Grammar socials.

TOGA offers:

Please email tinternoldgirlsassociation@gmail.com if you would like information added to any of these sites.

It would be very helpful when you seek membership of the private groups if you have Tintern as part of your education history, also to answer the pre membership questions as fully as possible.

The TOGA Committee for 2022:

  • President, Carol Robertson, (Hogan YG 1980), founder of Ms. Property Melbourne and Dandenong Ranges Real Estate.
  • Treasurer, Nancy Lancaster Estate & Life Members, Jenny Brown (YG 1981) as Founder of JBS Financial Strategists has managed our funds brilliantly for over a decade. As our Treasurer we couldn’t ask for anyone more able and informed.
  • Vice President, Dani Cox, (YG 2009), counsel for Cabrini Health, is our TOGA in house legal advisor.
  • Secretary, Sam Elbers, (Flemming 1988) Sam lives in sunny Queensland. Sam has been wonderful, picking up where Lynne left off and getting involved immediately.
  • General Committee: Lynne Franke, (Bernadou YG 1958) is there anyone more Tintern and more TOGA than Lynne. Her knowledge and passion are inspiring.
  • Fiona Henderson, (YG 1990)also from Queensland. Her contributions at meetings brings a new perspective, always quiet until there is something that needs to be said.
  • Claire Jones, (YG 1989) has had a busy year. Thank you Claire for your continued comittment to TOGA.

If you have ever been a volunteer, if you have ever been on a Committee, if you have ever been President of a Volunteer Committee then you will understand my sincere and absolute gratitude to the TOGA Committee.

We are blessed with experts in their fields.

Carol Robertson (Hogan YG 1980)
TOGA President

Factis non verbis

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TPG Trivia Night 2022

TPG Trivia Night 2022 – Book your tickets now!

The Tintern Parent Group would like to invite our Alumni to test your knowledge and have fun, at their annual Trivia Night! Join us on Saturday 30 July 2022 at 7.30pm at Tintern Grammar. Doors Open at 7pm.

Book your tickets here! Tickets are $15 each.

Choose a theme for your table and ‘dress to your theme’, whether a colour, book, movie, song or television show, the opportunities are endless.

The Silent Auction has been arranged by the Green Team and Social Justice Group, with all proceeds from the Auction supporting Girl Rising, and the subsidiary program Future Rising. This supports Fellows to initiate collaborative programs to address Climate Change. The organisation utilises research that highlights the importance of girls’ education in reducing global poverty, which underpins the United Nations Sustainability Goals.

The Social Justice Group and the Green Team are also seeking donations towards the evening, to be used as prizes or as part of the Silent Auction. If you or your business have something to donate; whether a gift, product or experience, please contact Heather Ruckert by email to hruckert@tintern.vic.edu.au. Any donations will be acknowledged on the night, and in our newsletter.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Cathedral Service 2022

Thank you to the Alumni who joined us on Thursday 5 May the Tintern Grammar students and staff at St Paul’s Cathedral for our annual Cathedral Service.
 
This year our theme was, ‘Dear World, Love God’ with John 3:16 as our main focus. Throughout the service the music, the prayers and the sermon all reflected this theme and linked together to remind students of God’s love for creation, and God’s love for us.
 
Our preacher was the Rev’d Dr John Capper who enthralled the students with his reflection on this theme. The 7m wide Globe hanging and rotating slowly at the front of the Cathedral meant that our world was central to the whole service.
 
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2022 Foundation Service

2022 Foundation Service

Each year our Foundation Service is a wonderful occasion for our School community to come together to celebrate Tintern. This service is to give thanks to the School’s Foundation and recognises the significant part our founders, students, teachers and the community play in the life of the School.
 
We inducted our Year 7 students (Class of 2027) with a badging ceremony as part of the Service and also welcomed our new students.
 
While this celebration looked a little different compared to past years, it was wonderful to come together as a School to celebrate this occasion.
 

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School News

Our Class of 2021 Duces

Our Principal, Brad Fry recently  caught up with our Class of 2021 Duces, Oliver Huang (VCE Dux) Marlin Ma (International VCE Dux), Holly Whitfield (IB & Overall Dux), Alec Chen (IB & Overall Dux), Sarah Chen (IB & Overall Dux) and Joshua Choong (IB & Overall Dux). 2021 was an unprecedented year, with 6 duces in total (usually 3). You can view the full interview below. 

Tintern Big Freeze

The Student Leadership Team organized a Big Freeze fundraiser at Tintern for Friday 10 June.

In addition to selling MND Beanies, teachers volunteered to participate in the ice bucket challenge, and we saw many creative costumes for the event.

House Athletics Carnival 2022

On Friday 11 March, Tintern Grammar held the annual House Athletics Carnival at Bill Sewart Athletics Track, in Burwood. With the weather being perfect for competition, the students were able to compete to the best of their ability for their house. The house spirit and participation throughout the day was high, with students and staff cheering on their houses. The competition remained extremely close for the entire day, ensuring results in each event were vital to the overall positions at the end of the carnival. There was only 145 points separating first from fifth in the overall standings. Congratulations to all students for a competing for their house.
 
 

Annual Inter-School Horse Trials 2022

Congratulations to the Tintern Equestrian team who competed at their new venue in the Inter-school Horse Trial Championships 2022 on the weekend of the 21 and 22 May 2022.
 
A special thank you to the Tintern Friends of Equestrian (FOE) for helping make this event such a success. The team, led by Sherie Vicary-Carter and Nelaana Heinrich, worked incredibly hard to organise an amazing weekend, which saw participants from over 60 schools.
 
Thank you also to the Friends of Music Committee who kept everyone fed with their delicious sausage sizzle over the event.
 
A huge thank you to our fantastic Class Sponsors: Hygain, Wagners Saddlery, Balloon Girl, Zoe Vorenas Dressage, Horse in the Box, The Blind Factory, Morgans Winery, Spring Creek Equine, Treadlite Australia, Cavalor Equicare and our Product and Prize Sponsors: Melbourne Refrigeration, Equindade, Bravo Signs, Bramleigh Estate, KB Earthmoving, The NRG Team, Grace Hill Accommodations, Parkridge Hay, Coralea Performance ponies, Balanced Animals and Seville Vet.
 
We were grateful to alumna Sara-Jane Vaughan (YG 2011) who walked the Cross Country course with those looking for extra expertise. We were also excited to see one of the founding FOE members, Margaret George come to visit us at our new venue.
 
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Calendar of Events 2022

2022 Reunions

YEAR GROUP / REUNION

DATE / TIME / LOCATION

5 Year Reunion YG 2017

Friday 22 July at 7.30pm, The Hawthorn Hotel, Book Here

Reunion Festival 2021 YGs 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982, 1977

Saturday 5 November at 3.30pm, followed by Offsite

Return to Tintern Alumni Admissions Tour

Thursday 17 November, 6pm – 8pm, CM Wood Centre, Book Here

Community Events 2021

EVENT

DATE

TPG Trivia Night

Sat 30 July at 7pm, Book Here

Jazz Night

Friday 26 August at 7pm

FOYF Spring Celebration at the FARM

Friday 2 September, 3.30pm to 7.00pm

TPG Presentation Ball

Saturday 10 September at 7.30pm

Celebration Evening

Monday 17 October at 7pm

TPG Spring Garden Tour

Friday 21 October – 9.00am to 3.15pm

Community Fun Day

Saturday 22 October – 2pm to 7pm

Principal’s Volunteer Thank You Evening

Thursday 24 November at 7.00pm

Munch with the Musos

Sunday 27 November 10am

*Current as at 16 June 2022

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:

https://vimeo.com/558415781

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

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Archive

This year Tintern is celebrating 145 years. Please enjoy this selection of photos from the early years of Tintern at Hawthorn.

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