20 Dec 2021

Alumni News

Rose Russell (YG 2019)

Congratulations alumna Rose Russell (YG 2019) for being selected as a member of Tango Energy’s Youth Advisory Board, the Y-Suite!
Tango Energy is the retail arm of Pacific Hydro Australia, one of Australia’s leading developers of wind, solar and pumped hydro renewable energy generation assets. Rose will be working with the Y-Suite team, contributing to Tango Energy’s strategy, vision and future business decisions.

Matt Jane (YG 2009)

Congratulations to alumnus Matt Jane (YG 2009) for being awarded with the EOS/ESD Association Inc. President’s Award for recognition of his significant contributions, leadership, and management that has enhanced EOS/ESD Association, Inc. operations and effectiveness in serving industries and the organisation.
Matt is a Global Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Control Program Manager at Tesla and Director at EOS/ESD Association, Inc. Matt has developed Tesla’s ESD Control Program from the ground up resulting in improved yields, customer satisfaction, and factory safety.

Kathy Watt OAM (YG 1982)

Congratulations to alumna Kathy Watt OAM (YG 1982) on the opening of her photography exhibition titled ‘Tokyo Dreams’.

Kathy Watt is an international award-winning photographer and Olympic gold medallist, her exhibition takes you behind the scenes at the Tokyo Olympics, portraying a variety of Australian and international athletes across a wide range of sports.

The exhibition is free to attend and will remain open until 10 December, click here to find out more.

Emily Anker (YG 1995)

Congratulations to alumna Emily Anker (YG 1995) for being nominated as a top 3 finalist for the Equestrian Victoria Coach of the Year Award.
This award recognises the outstanding achievements and contribution of EA Coaching Scheme accredited coaches coaching in a paid or unpaid capacity at any level of any discipline.
Emily is one of Victoria’s most successful eventers. She has competed at all the 5-star events globally and was selected for the Beijing Olympics along with producing many a successful horse and rider at the elite levels of the sport. Emily’s dedication to her students is second to none, supporting, teaching and mentoring them all through their eventing journeys.

Sarah de Witt (YG 2009)

Congratulations to Alumna Sarah de Witt (YG 2009) on the launch of 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. Prompted by the impacts of COVID-19, the trio utilised their qualifications in psychology and business management to address the gaps in the industry.
Click here to learn more about talklink – https://talklink.com.au/

Karen Gately (YG 1988)

Congratulations to alumna and Board Member Karen Gately (YG 1988) who recently launched her own podcast – Work Savvy.
Karen hosts the podcast each fortnight, alongside her colleague Madeline Cook, together they talk to leading experts and successful business leaders about being a great leader of people and thriving at both work and in life.
If you want to listen to the Work Savvy podcast, visit the Corporate Dojo Members Learning Centre and sign up for a free membership, then click ‘Podcasts’ –

Sarah Huang (Class of 2020)

Congratulations to Sarah Huang (Class of 2020) who has been recognised with a Premier’s VCE Award for her outstanding academic results in 2020.

Sarah received a Study Award for excellence in VCE/VET Hospitality Kitchen Operations.

The annual Premier’s VCE Awards recognise the top-performing students in the state. This year, 297 students were recognised with awards for their outstanding results. We are enormously proud of Sarah’s achievement and would like to congratulate her on being the recipient of such a prestigious award.

Sarah is currently studying Patisserie at William Angliss.

We hope to recognise this achievement and present Sarah with her Award at an upcoming Principal’s Assembly.

To read more about the Premier’s VCE Awards, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/vceawards

Katherine Gracey (YG 1996)

Congratulations to alumna Katherine Gracey (YG 1996) on her brand Uniek Australia‘s debut in this year’s Melbourne Fashion Week.
Uniek was launched by Katherine in 2020 and the label offers sustainable and inclusive loungewear for women who often feel unseen or unrepresented by the existing offering. For more information about the free event visit – https://mfw.melbourne.vic.gov.au/event/pop-up-4/

Claire Butcher (YG 2010)

The Tintern Green Team were fortunate to have alumna Claire Butcher (YG 2010) return to Tintern to share her experiences in the Landscape Architecture industry. Claire discussed what Landscape Architects do to make cities and environments more sustainable and liveable for future generations, as well as the Landscape Architecture pathways available at RMIT, the University of Melbourne and alternative pathways into university.
The Green Team thank Claire for returning to Tintern to provide her valuable insights and guidance!

Helen Holliday (YG 1967)

Congratulations to alumna Helen Holliday (YG 1967) on the release of her self-published book, ‘Community in the Dandenongs 1979-2019’, a book on the 40-year history of the premier community music organisation in Australia. Follow the link to learn more.
During her time at Tintern, Helen was the School Pianist and leader of the Madrigal group. Following Tintern, Helen completed her Bachelor of Music at Melbourne (Organ and Piano) and at the invitation of the Music Director at the time, Mrs Kelson, came back to Tintern in 1970 and taught Piano while she completed her degree.

Fifi Box (YG 1993)

Congratulations to alumna Fifi Box (YG 1993) on the pre-launch of her new clothing line Foxi Box, a range of basic flattering essentials for women of all ages, shapes and sizes. The online store will be is live now, select here for more information. 
Congratulations also to Fifi on the publication of her Children’s Book, Minty Mae Gray and the Strangely Good Day.  Fifi wrote her book to help guide daughters Trixie, and Daisy Belle, through this ‘appearance obsessed world.’ You can purchase a signed copy here.

Jenny Brown (YG 1981)

Congratulations to alumna Jenny Brown (YG 1981) for being nominated in the 2021 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 8th consecutive year being named in this list. Jenny kindly lends her financial expertise to TOGA and has been the Treasurer since 2009.

Richelle McCausland (Cusack YG 2002)

Congratulations to Richelle McCausland (Cusack YG 2002) who is currently serving her second term as the National Health Practitioner Ombudsman and National Health Practitioner Privacy Commissioner, after first being appointed to the role by Health Ministers in May 2018.
After completing her secondary education at Tintern, Richelle studied Arts and Law at the University of Melbourne. She then started her career at one of Australia’s top-tier law firms before moving into the area of public accountability.

Christian Fitzgerald (YG 2006)

Since leaving Southwood, Christian took a few years to figure out a direction, working as a Data and Communications Technician for several years. Towards the end of this period he commenced studying a Diploma of Product Design, then transferring into a Bachelor of Industrial Design with minors in Marketing.

“During my studies I was heavily involved in both the Swinburne Snow and Waterski/Wakeboard clubs. Having designed several iterations of their logos over the years and participating at a committee level. Towards the end of my course I began working in our family business, and assisted my father with the sales and marketing for our new business, Evolve Technik.”

Christian worked his way up to Co-Director and Business Manager. Currently overseeing the Sales Team, Marketing, Finances, and product research and development.

“In addition, I offer private and group motorsport driver training and education via our sister business Fitzgerald Racing Services. I am now engaged and expected to marry in December 2021 (COVID Pending), with 2 young children (Leon 2yrs, Isla, 7mths).”



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.

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Samantha (Brown YG 2003) and Matthew Green welcomed their first child Leonard Patrick Green born 12 April 2021 at Cabrini Malvern. Lenny is named after Sam’s late grandpa Leonard, and Matt’s late nephew Patrick. Lenny will carry on the memory of two special men. 

Christian Fitzgerald (YG 2006) and Marthe welcomes Isla Hope Gogstad Fitzgerald on the 28 January 2021 at Box Hill Hospital. weighing 3.18kg. A little sister for big brother Leon.

Iolanthe Gabrie (YG 2000) and her husband Yule welcomed their baby girl Eglė.

Siobhan (Griffiths YG 2009) and Andrew Martin (YG 2009) welcomed Sophie Martin on the 4 January 2021, born at Mitcham Private. A little sister for Charlotte and Liam.

Jasmine Meek (Madge YG 2011) and Haydn Meek welcomed Maelie Annabelle on 26 April 2021. After planned open heart surgery, Maelie spent her first few weeks recovering at the Royal Children’s Hospital. She is now happy, healthy and doing very well at home with her family.

Yolanda Sztarr (Dow YG 1995) and Tim Clayton welcomed baby Myles Maxwell Clayton into Melbourne’s locked down world of May 2020. Never letting a global pandemic hold him back, Myles loves exploring, meeting new people, and finding the silly side of life. He also can’t get enough of crunchy biscuits and wasabi peas. Myles bursts with smiles and has never had a grumpy day in his life.


Congratulations to Scotty James (YG 2013) and Chloe Stroll on their recent engagement. Scotty proposed in the snow in Switzerland, where he is training for February’s Winter Olympics.


Abbie Szabo (YG 2017) married Joshua Grant on the 10 July 2021 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Camberwell followed by their Reception at Harbour Room in St Kilda.


Margaret Barrett (YG 1938) died on 26 June 2021. Her 101st birthday would have been on 31 August 2021. She was born in 1920.

She was one of a few women who studied Horticulture at Burnley Horticultural College in the late 1930’s. The 2nd World War was about to start. Both her brothers, John and Ken (my father) were enlisted and fought overseas and were not to return to Australia until the end of the war. John serving in Papua and New Guinea and my father, Ken, 4 years in a Japanese prison in Burma. I think it would have been very difficult for the women at home. This was compounded by her Father’s death in Melbourne in 1944, and her grandfather as well, the same year.

Margaret worked as a medical secretary, CSIRO in Canberra at the time. In the early 1950’s she went to London on a boat, via Perth and the Middle east. She worked in London for several years. In her holidays she bicycled around Europe and travelled extensively. After returning to Australia she went on many trips overseas; in her paperwork I found a photo album with an account of her trip to China, including a certificate indicating her Climb of the Great Wall!

She was a very active bush walker, giving up the walks in her early nineties. The bush was her love and any natural environment was her special place to be.

Mern Elaine Bett (Warner YG 1954) passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, aged 83 years, on 12 October 2020, St Lucia, Queensland.

Elizabeth Black (Shaw YG 1952) passed away peacefully with family by her side on Thursday 1 July 2021, aged 85. Treasured Wife of John, much loved Mother of Richard and Simon, Mother-In-Law of Kate and adored Nannie of Harry, Jack and Tom. Sister of June Reid (Shaw YG 1948 dec.)

Margaret Grant (McVean YG 1959) passed away on the 1 October 2021, aged 80. Beloved wife of Howard, loving and much loved mother of Andrea and Cameron. Mother in law of Nerolie and Tony.
Adoring Gran of Miles, Rhys, Olivia, Emily, Caitlin, Harrison and Angus. Died peacefully surrounded by her family. Forever in our hearts.

Joan Myers (Milner YG 1957) passed away 20 July 2021 aged 80 years. Sister to Judy Milner (1961) and wife of Richard. Rest in Peace.

Margot Salthouse (Sanders YG 1948) recently passed away and will be dearly missed by her Tintern friends at their post Melbourne Cup annual luncheon.

Iras Thomas (YG 1950) passed away 18 October 2021, aged 88 years. Special aunt to Andrea Crouch (Thomas YG 1977) and Melinda Thomas (YG 1983). Now at peace.

Community Deaths

Graeme Moor OAM

The Tintern Community was saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Graeme Moor OAM, a former long-serving Property Manager at Tintern and husband of former Head of Junior School, Alana Moor.

Graeme gave 24 years of loyal and committed service to Tintern as a Property Manager. During his time at Tintern, Graeme’s expertise and knowledge proved invaluable, making significant contributions to areas such as the House and Grounds Committee, the routine maintenance and the schools physical infrastructure.

The Tintern Community extends its condolences to his wife Alana, daughter Lauren (YG 1996) and their broader family.


Gerard Stevenson

The Tintern Community is saddened to hear of the passing of Gerard Stevenson following a brief illness.

Gerard was the co-ordinator of Rural Studies and Enterprise Agriculture between 1987 – 1991. During these years he devoted tireless energy and care to the Tinternwood Farm, the Young Farmers and his teaching program. Gerard guided the Year 9’s in their introduction to Agricultural Science and then into the elective class at Year 10, and he was instrumental in developing the Rural Studies in Year 11. Gerard will be well remembered with gratitude and of his outgoing, friendly manner.

Our sincere condolences to the Stevenson family.


Congratulations Class of 2021!


We are very pleased indeed to share that our students’ VCE results across the board have again been particularly strong, and we extend our congratulations to the whole VCE cohort. Each student’s results are very important to ensuring the best possible future opportunities for them, and we congratulate every student who has both committed to their progress and then persisted admirably during the last two years of challenging circumstances in the face of the pandemic.
Particular congratulations go to our VCE DUX, Oliver Huang, who achieved an ATAR of 99.15, and to our International VCE DUX, Qingyue (Marlin) Ma, who achieved an ATAR of 98.65. We also offer our congratulations to Year 11 student Olivia Dowling for her perfect score of 50 in Biology and to our other very high achievers and the whole cohort of 2021. While our eyes are instinctively drawn to our strongest performers, as an authentically open-entry school we are very pleased for the whole of the Class of 2021, as their dedication and perseverance has also resulted in the following achievements.
• 1.3% of Tintern students attained an ATAR score of 99+ placing them in the top 1% of the nation.
• 2.6% of Tintern students attained an ATAR score of 98+ placing them in the top 2% of the nation.
• 7.8% of Tintern students attained an ATAR score of 95+ placing them in the top 5% of the nation.
• 14.3% of Tintern students attained an ATAR score of 90+ placing them in the top 10% of the nation.
These results are only a portion of the Year 12 story at Tintern, as our 2021 International Baccalaureate student results will be received on Monday 3 January. We look forward to notifying our community of the aggregated achievements of our 2021 cohort once we have these results, which completes the picture of the commitment and effort by our students.

November Reunions 2021

We were excited to be joined by our past students celebrating their 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 Year Reunions on Saturday 20 November.
The continued extensions to the Melbourne lockdown made this seem an impossible goal at first, so we were pleased to finally host the Reunions onsite! Though Zoom-unions were previously hosted for each of these groups, nothing beats celebrating together. The atmosphere was cheerful, with everyone reconnecting and eager to catch up with their old friends after a long time apart. 
Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch, prepared and served by the Tintern Cafe, as well as a walk around the school with a glass of sparkling wine (always a highlight!). Though there were many new and reimagined buildings, much of Tintern was still recognisable. The stories and memories shared on the tours, some of which wouldn’t have been suitable for the ears of their teachers, helped to bring our rich history to life.
We were grateful to also be joined by some of our current students, who were able to share their experience at the school now.
Please enjoy some photos below from the day, and we look forward to hosting many more Reunions in 2022 and beyond.

Class of 2016 Reunion

We were excited to finally host the Class of 2016 Reunion on Friday 10 December!

Thank you to our incredible Alumni from YG 2016, and our past and current staff, who were understanding and patient with the date, and eventual venue changes.

We had our own designated area in the bar, as well as a selection of delicious food platters and drinks to enjoy. The atmosphere was wonderful, with lots of laughter and fun amongst the students and staff. Di Lacey also shared a selection of photos from their years at Tintern, with a large selection of casual images included with the more formal school portraits.

If you have further images you’d like to share, please email them to communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au for inclusion in your 10 Year Reunion booklet.

Thank you to everyone who attended and made it such an unforgettable night!




Class of 2015 – 5+2 Year Reunion 2022

We are very pleased to invite the Class of 2015 to their 5 (+2) Year Reunion on Friday 18 March 2022 at 7.30pm.

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

When booking, there is a quick check-out option for those who had booked for your previously postponed Reunions.

Friday 18 March 2021 from 7.30pm

High and Dry Bar at the Sage Hotel
Level 5 (Hotel Lobby Level), 211 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood


Canapés and a selection of drinks at Tintern:

  • No Cost for Alumni
  • $10 for the guest of a past student

Food platters on arrival at the bar, and first drink provided. Additional drinks available for purchase.

Book your ticket here by Friday 4 March 2022: https://events.humanitix.com/5reunion_2015

From your Year Group please contact Chase Young or Fraser Kenny via DM.
Or contact us at Tintern Grammar.

Please ensure we have your current email address to notify you quickly of any possible changes due to Covid19 Restrictions. You can update your details here.


2022 Reunions – Canberra Chapter Reunion and Year Group Reunions 2022

Canberra Chapter Reunion

Are you a Tintern Grammar Alumni living in Canberra or surrounding areas?
We are preparing for a Canberra Chapter Reunion Dinner on Wednesday 16 March 2022, and want to make sure we have your current contact details.
You can update your details here online: https://www.tintern.vic.edu.au/past-student-update/
Those who live in NSW and would like to join us at the dinner, please contact us by email to communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au, to ensure you are included on the invitation list.
You are very welcome to attend!

Save the Date now for you 2022 Reunion:



10 Year Reunion YG 2012

Saturday 19 February at 3.30pm, followed by offsite

Canberra chapter Reunion

Wednesday 16 March 2021 at 7pm

5+2 Year Reunion YG 2015

Friday 18 March 2021 at 7pm

50, 55, 60 & 55+ Year Reunion YG 1970, 1971 and 1972, 1965, 1966 & 1967, 1960, 1961 & 1962

Tuesday 5 April, 11am to 2.00pm

15 Year Reunion YG 2007, 2006 and 2005

Saturday 4 June at 3.30pm, followed by offsite

5 Year Reunion YG 2017

Friday 22 July at 7.30pm, offsite

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


Class of 2012 – 10 Year Reunion – Save the Date

We have been enjoying reading all of the Past Student Update Forms received from the Class of 2012. There have been many wonderful Career achievements, engagements, marriages and babies. Please remember you can share announcements with us and other Alumni through the annual Factis magazine, or the Announcements section of this newsletter.

You can email us to communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

Class of 2012

Save the Date for your 10 Year Reunion on Saturday 19 February 2022 from 3.30 to 6.00pm at Tintern Grammar.

Afterwards enjoy drinks at a local bar. 

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

Invitations to be sent soon.



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

Due to ongoing uncertainty around the end of the Melbourne lockdown, combined with uncertainty over restrictions, we were once again unable to run our annual High Tea Reunions. Normally we welcome Alumni celebrating their 50 (1971), 55 (1966) and 60 (1961) year reunions, and those who are 56 years or more since graduating Tintern.
Though we were unable to come together on site, 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 Tuesday 5 April 2022.
We received many wonderful letters, we have shared one exchange below. 
Thank you to Sharon Fox (YG 1966) and Helen Holliday (YG 1967) for allowing us to share their pen pal letters with our Alumni:
Hi Helen,

My name is Luke.  I am 9 years old and in year 3D at Tintern Grammar. My teacher is Ms Nicholson. I enjoy school, but I haven’t been at school for a while because of COVID 19. I love sport. I play football and tennis. My favourite thing to do at school is math, sport and performing arts.

What was your favourite subjects at school? And what year did you come to Tintern? What was your least favourite subject? And what did or have you done as your job? Did you go to any other schools before you came to Tintern? What sports did you play outside of school? What did the school uniforms look like?

Kind regards,
Year 3

Please click on the letter below to read Helen’s reply to Luke:

15 September 2021

Dear Sharon,

 We are in Year 1A and we are in the girls’ school.

 We have been learning to write friendly letters. We hope you are very interested in our letter!

 What did the Tintern Farm look like when you were at school? We love going to the farm to see the new animals. Now we have rabbits, quails, chickens, goats, ducks, geese and sheep. What animals were at the farm when you were there?

 We go in the veggie patch to plant potatoes, beans, lettuce, celery and other vegetables. Sometimes we have a fire and we roast marshmallows! We LOVE our farm.

 At the moment, we are doing Remote Learning, so we are working hard but we really miss our friends. We have to use our iPads and look at the screen. We can see our friends and our teacher. Sometimes it is a bit hard but we make the best of it and we are being brave. We have been learning a lot of new things.

 Do you know the book called The Enchanted Wood? We are listening to it at the moment. There are lots of exciting parts about fairies, goblins and there are interesting characters like Moonface and Silky. At the top of the Faraway Tree, new lands appear and each chapter is about a different land. Right now, we are reading about the red goblins and they get a shock when they get stuck in the slippery slip. What was your favourite chapter book when you were at school?

 We hope you are well and happy. Please write back and tell us about the times when you were at Tintern. We would love to know what you liked best about Tintern.

 Love from,
The Year 1A girls and Mrs Whitcher J

Please click on the letter below to read Sharon’s reply to Mrs Whitcher and the Year 1A Girls:


Mentoring Young Entrepreneurs

Thank you to Sarah De Witt (YG 2009) and Samantha Green (Brown YG 2003) for their work in mentoring budding entrepreneurs who are current students at Tintern. They have assisted two current students – who run an online jewellery shop, and a cake business. We greatly appreciate them sharing their skills and knowledge with these students, who will prosper from the opportunity.

If you are interested in mentoring students in your field, please get in touch with Di Lacey, Alumni and Community Relations Manager, on 9845 7777 or by email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.  



Past Staff – Where are they now? Geoff and Maria Connor

Maria – I retired at the end of 2015 as Year 12 and VCE/VET Co-ordinator after 27 happy and
fulfilling years at Tintern, teaching Science and Senior Chemistry.

Geoff – I retired at the end of 2017, also after 27 memorable years at Tintern teaching
Mathematics and including the final 10 years firstly as Head of Tintern Campus and then as one
of two Vice Principals.

However, in many ways it feels as though we have never left. In fact, this year has been the only
year since our formal retirements that we have not undertaken formal teaching roles replacing
one or more Science or Mathematics staff colleagues on leave or taking small teaching loads that
could not be covered otherwise.

Through 2021, we have still had reasonably regular appearances at school as casual relief
teachers. So, we’ve been in the fortunate position of observing how things may have changed at
Tintern and yet in many ways they have still stayed the same. The School’s motto, Factis non
Verbis, is still very much evident in practice and Tintern Grammar has the same welcoming
family feel to it under our current Principal, Brad Fry, as it did under Sylvia Walton when we
commenced respectively in 1989 and 1991.

We continue to find great pleasure from the 3 aspects that we have always loved about Tintern:
the collegiality of fellow staff, working with its wonderful students and enjoying the unmatched
environment at the Campus. We can certainly testify that when schools went into lockdown in
2020, Tintern provided outstanding “gold standard” training and ongoing support for students
and staff; so much so that as retired teachers both of us were able to successfully undertake our
first ever experience of online teaching.

Of course, nowadays, other activities occupy much of our time. We have four grandchildren to
dote on and spend as much time with as possible, with ages listed as of July 2021: Harrison (8)
and Oliver (6), whose mother Anita (YG 1998) is our older daughter, live approximately 10
minutes away from us; and, Eva (5) and Ethan (2), whose mother Angela (YG 2000) is our
younger daughter, who have recently relocated as a family to Noosa Heads.

In recent years, we have also enjoyed travelling overseas extensively until Covid-19 put the brake
end on such experiences, at least until some time in the future. We have travelled to: Belgium,
The Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Hungary; Thailand; Croatia and Hungary (again); and
Singapore and Vietnam. In 2020 we had arranged to travel to Spain and Portugal and also to
Hawaii – but both of these trips had to be cancelled. This year, between various lockdowns, we
have managed to spend some time in Noosa Heads as well as visiting our family beach house at
Venus Bay.

We continue to attend as many student and staff reunions as well as annual school events that
we are able to and we catch up with quite a number of past staff colleagues for regular end of
year celebrations.

Maria & Geoff Connor


Past Staff – Where are they now? Stewart Taplin

Chaplain’s Corner Revisited       

A box of past Chaplain’s Corners sits in the corner of our garage with many other historical documents. One relates to the large cross that I used for many years for Easter services in all parts of the school.   I was carrying it through the Junior school quadrangle. I later heard that a young girl had rushed into the Junior School office. ‘Mrs Moore, Mrs Moore I just saw Jesus carrying his Cross!!’. It was constructed with skill by the maintenance team, to be strong and to last the rigours of school life, and carefully stored for important events. A symbol which was part of my life at Tintern that reflected both sadness and joy, death and new life, together with the cost of ministry within the school community during my time as Chaplain. The carrying of a cross for the life of Tintern, during the times of deep sadness at the death of several staff members, school family members and a much- loved Year 12 student. Joy, sadness and further joy as Southwood, faltered but became stronger than ever. Meals and gatherings at the boarding house, many marriages, baptisms and confirmations coupled with untold assemblies and worship services across the various sections of the school were life giving. The work of passionate Student leaders in areas of community building and social service can never be underestimated as they strived to make the school stronger than ever.

Many Outdoor Education experiences, camps and conferences provided both challenge and pleasure; the Snowy and Mitchell Rivers, Tasmania, Marysville, Canberra, Gippsland Lakes and various parts of Victoria. As these rich experiences were shared, I saw the growth of students and staff taking place and the climate of the school both in and outside the classroom growing stronger than ever. The time of restructuring in the life of Tintern was no easy task with much pain. Ultimately, however, it brought new life and an exciting move forward, in order that the school might be what it is today. The journey continues into the future under-pinned by the foundations laid by so many across the generations. Past history, current life and hope into the future will make Tintern Grammar stronger than ever.

Chaplain’s corners, written for the weekly newsletter, gave me time to reflect on the journey of the school and the privileged ministry that I shared with an excellent team of Staff. Led by three outstanding principals during my time at the school, twenty-two years moulded me into the person I am today. Although officially retired and very grey, I was drawn back into locum parish work in Sydenham for a year and two years in Collingwood. I was also made stronger than ever by two full knee replacements. The result of many a large pack carried, slope skied and mountain climbed. I am currently Locum minister at the Anglican church in Upper Ferntree Gully and enjoy my Ukulele classes at the local community centre. My wife still works as part time chaplain to the Anglican Diocesan Centre and our two daughters are busy in life, one working as a doctor and the other working in Outdoor Education at a camp in the Western District. Life moves forward into new realms of discovery no matter in what place or stage we may be. Whatever cross we may carry or bear in the journey of life, in sadness and joy, we can be stronger than ever and find peace with ourselves and the world.

Stewart Taplin + + +



Past Staff – Where are they Now? Jenny McArthur

I was Head of History at Tintern for 18 years from 1995 to 2012. I also returned for short replacement teaching stints in 2014, 2017 and 2019. During my time at Tintern I taught History to all year levels as well as IB Theory of Knowledge, and English to Years 9 and 10. I really enjoyed my time at Tintern. I found the interaction with students interesting, stimulating, challenging and rewarding and I was fortunate to work with wonderful, supportive colleagues.

In 1995 I had two Year 7 classes for History and much to my delight quite a number of these girls were in my 2000 IB History and VCE Revolutions classes. In both 2010 and 2015 I was unable to come to the 2000 reunion due to being overseas and illness respectively. It is a such pity that we missed out again last year. I remember my VCE Revolutions classes in 1995, 1996 and 2001 very well too. Everyone was really engaged in the discussions and presentations and so many of them achieved excellent results.

When I arrived at Tintern, the History Department consisted of a vibrant group of teachers and this continued throughout my time there. They were so creative and inspired students to love History. I think the heyday was when we had two VCE Renaissance Italy classes, one VCE Revolutions class, one VCE Australian History class and one large IB History class in Year 12! The Department was instrumental in putting on elaborate events, performances and displays for various Open Days, particularly for Australia Remembers in 2000. Also, in the early 2000s a number of teachers entered their classes into National History Challenge and in 2000 and 2001 Tintern students won the State Prize for one of the categories. Other students reached the finals for this competition and also for the Simpson Prize. All the classes experienced excursions every year to various museums and exhibitions. Those of us who taught Year 10 went to the Holocaust Museum every year and sometimes twice in a year. No matter how often we went it was still a harrowing experience for both staff and students.

I have a passion for all aspects of History and I hope I conveyed this to my students. I enjoyed the discussions, the presentations, the performances and helping students to make links between the past and the present. I was always so thrilled when students who had been in my classes lower down in the school choose either IB or VCE History. I loved my senior classes because everyone was really engaged in what we studied, whether it was the French or Russian or Chinese Revolutions or the Cold War or Decolonisation or the history of China and Japan from imperial times. Most students worked so hard and were high achievers.

I was involved in teaching IB Theory of Knowledge and worked with a strong team of colleagues. I remember quite a number of demanding TOK camps at Candlebark Farm. The intellectual engagement of the students was wonderful even if they didn’t quite get what TOK was all about when they were just a few days into Year 11, but by Year 12 they were involved fully. Also, the flying fox and the ropes course were exciting challenges, particularly for me! It was wonderful to see students grow intellectually and during Year 12 the IB students were able to come to grips with the nature of knowledge and how we know what we know and deliver insightful presentations and essays.

I enjoyed teaching Year 10 English in 2002 and the same Year 9 class for English and History in 2004. I remember the students performing parts of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in English and also recreating a 1960s style protest in History.

I was a Debating coach and then Co-ordinator of Debating for 16 years and I was supported by a dedicated team of fellow coaches. Tintern became a Debating Association of Victoria host school so there was always a hive of activity on debating nights, which included take away pizza for some teams preparing at the last minute! As well, we had internal beginning of the year debates, debating dinners at the end of the year and often a minibus load of debaters would go to support those teams which had reached the finals. Each year we always had several teams across all the grades in the finals. In 1997, a B Grade team won the state Grand Final; the same team was runner up in the A Grade Grand Final in 1998 and in 2000 another B Grade team was runner up. We also had many students recognized for being best speakers for the year in their grades in the DAV Schools Competition and winning state and regional Swannie Awards.


Past Staff – Where are they Now? Lauryn van den Akker

I joined the Tintern staff in 1997 and my 17 years spent working with the talented and dedicated Mathematics staff were definitely the highlight of my teaching career.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with students ranging from Year 6 Enhancement Maths through to Year 12 VCE and IB students and it was always rewarding to see them achieve their best. I also enjoyed coaching the tennis team and overseeing visits to Tintern by the Blood Bank, which enabled many students to hopefully become life long blood donors.
Since my retirement in 2013, I have thoroughly enjoyed returning to the school for reunions. It is wonderful to hear the journeys of past students and to see them achieve their career goals, as well as catching up with colleagues.

These visits also allow me to view the many new developments at the campus as part of the extensive building and grounds programs. Current students are indeed fortunate to have so many wonderful facilities available and such a beautiful and unique environment in which to complete their primary and secondary education.

I have enjoyed overseas travel since retirement, completing many wonderful walks including the Coast to Coast in the UK. I have also made frequent trips to New Zealand, when permitted, to visit my daughter Natalie (YG 2001) and our two grandchildren. Apart from regular walks, I like to keep fit by playing golf at the Dunes Golf Club on the Mornington Peninsula and attending pilates classes.

Although I have missed being in the classroom, I have continued my contact with students by offering tutoring which keeps me in touch with current Maths courses and Tintern news. The pandemic has certainly provided many challenges for staff and students and I have been so impressed by the efforts of staff to provide learning opportunities which ensure the best possible outcome for students whilst at the same time, building on their resilience.

I look forward to the opportunity to visit Tintern in the near future.


Tintern Old Girls Association

TOGA has not been immune to the global pandemic that has affected us all. We had planned to celebrate our 115th anniversary this year, but uncertainty and border closures has meant we have had to delay things. No doubt TOGA will have a role to play in the sesquicentennial celebrations for Tintern in 2027—I’m sure many of our members remember the 1977 festivities very well.

It is always wonderful to keep up to date with Tinternites all young and old from near and far through our social media presence on Facebook and LinkedIn. If you haven’t connected, what are you waiting for? 

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A scholarship, endowed from a bequest from Nancy Lancaster to TOGA was again awarded to a Tinternite who might not otherwise have been able to complete their education at Tintern. 

Our hardworking committee has been meeting virtually enabling members from outside the Melbourne metropolitan member to be more involved. We have old girls on our committee from year groups in the 1950s through to the earlier years of this century, all keen to ensure the ethos and values that were installed into us through our Tintern education are carried on to new generations. Although Tintern has changed, the foundations laid steady and strong continue. Thanks to Brad, Di and the Tintern Alumni and Community Relations team for their support in helping TOGA to not only celebrate the history of Tintern, but also enabling our community of old girls (and boys!) to flourish. 

No doubt with our eyes on 2022 TOGA will again see reunions and groups meet in person again and we look forward to continuing our long association with the school. 

Factis non verbis.

Carol Robertson (Hogan YG 1980)
TOGA President 

TOGA Committee

President: Carol Robertson 1980 (Hogan)

Vice President: Dani Cox 2009

Treasurer: Jenny Brown 1981

Secretary: Sam Elbers 1988 (Fleming)

Lynne Franke 1958 (Bernadou)

Fiona Henderson 1991

Claire Jones 1989

Tintern Old Girls Association 2021

Celebrating its 115th year TOGA continues to manage the Nancy Lancaster Fund bequeathed to Tintern in 1991 donating back to the school partial interest earned on the investments towards supporting school bursaries.

We thank and acknowledge the current TOGA committee and those who have come before them for their continued service. In honour of this significant milestone we have listed below the names of all the TOGA presidents since its inception. If you would like to join TOGA with a once off $75 Life membership fee to support their ongoing legacy please download a membership form here: https://www.tintern.vic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Tintern-Old-Girls-Association-form.pdf and email to TOGA@tintern.vic.edu.au.

TOGA Presidents 1906 – 2021


Emma Cook (Mansfield)


Eileen Pike


Mary Cook (Mansfield)


Meg Simpson (McDougall)


Daisy Kelly (Hindson)


Ruby Cato (Bennett)


Lilian Edmondson (Bainbridge)


Babette Wastell (Hannaford)


Merlyn Monk (Donaldson)


Armorel Lothian (Parker)


Agnes Mull (Cross)


Pat Branson (Grant)


Florrie McDougall (Norman)


Alison Emmanuel (Grant)


Maude Beveridge (Hall)


Betty Williams (Thompson)


Lena Pearse


Joy Gay (Willis)


Nan Reay


Lenore Chadwick (Noonan)


Lilian Edmondson (Bainbridge)


Marlene Bevan (McKee)


Mrs Lord


Wendy Lampert (Gardner)


Mavis Milne (Roberts)


Joan Learmont (Kerry)


Hazel McCrindle


Lynne Franke (Bernadou)


Nell Love (Cross)


Brenda Robinson (McDonald)


Marie Taylor


Joan Hill (Tucker)


Lilian Edmonson


Deidre Johnston (Stuart)


Lorna Marshall (Gingell)


Roma McGaw (Morris)


Maude Ralston (Gibson)


Margaret Jacobs (Dreverman)


Gertrude Weatherston (Ritchie)


Marjorie Topp (Dugard)


Dorothy Brook (King)


Janet Bell (Oriander)


Joan Blaubaum (Silcock)


Merridy Ingrouille (Shrader)


Dorothea Radford (Allen)


Kath Wheller (Whitten)


Ellis Faul (Nicholson)


Hanne Chenhall (Grigg)


Meg Simpson (McDougall)


Terry Shroeder


Dorothy Franklin (Dwyer)


Deidre Johnston (Stuart)


Annie Murray (Shaw)


Kate Jenkins


Mavis Corke (Stephen)


Katie Hadwen-Beck (Beck)


Norrie Findiesen (Nicholson)


Claire Jones


Annie Murray (Shaw)


Amanda Molnar (Oakenfull)


Paula Lazarus


Naomi Baulch (Coghlan)


Glory Lloyd-Smith (Howieson)


Gita Spence-Fletcher (Gunther)


Olive Coulson


Carol Robertson (Hogan)


Tintern Grammar Alumni

The Tintern Grammar Alumni (TGA) is still young, forging its own way into history alongside its older sister. Unfortunately, the TGA launch and networking event was cancelled amongst the lockdowns, but they are excited to offer events in 2022, commencing with their 2nd Birthday Bash (see save the date below).

We are also grateful for TGA’s kindness in recently coordinating and supporting Care packs for our Year 12 students who have experienced extraordinary circumstances during their senior college years.

Since 2020 a membership fee is paid to the TGA upon enrolment. Alumni from previous years are welcome to join by downloading a membership form on our webpage: https://www.tintern.vic.edu.au/community/alumni/  and emailing to alumni@tintern.vic.edu.au

For quicker notifications, and to stay in touch with the latest Alumni News, ‘Like’ us on https://www.facebook.com/TinternGrammarAlumni and/or join the TOGA Official Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tinternoldgirlsassociation or follow us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/school/tintern-grammar.

TGA Committee

President: Alan White 2008

Secretary: Aimee Spears 2013

Jodi Evans 2004

Carla Johnson 2004

Emily Mignot 2012

Alexandra Wakeley 2012

Darcy Ryder 2012

Eliza Mignot 2017

Annabelle McKenzie 2018

Finn Murray 2018

EVENT POSTPONED Save the Date – TGA’s 2nd Birthday Bash

Due to the current Omicron outbreak in Victoria the TGA Birthday Bash has been postponed. We will shar ehte new date when it is available.

Stay tuned for more details and ticket information.

Tintern Grammar Alumni’s Year 12 Care Packages

The TGA (Tintern Grammar Alumni) recently provided care packages to support the year 12 students in preparation for their final exams after what has been an extremely challenging couple of years.

The TGA committee are passionate about bringing current students, alumni and the wider school community together in all that we do. As a way of supporting the wider school community as well as the Year 12s, we invited businesses in the Tintern Grammar community to include items in these care packages. We were blown away by the generosity of the individuals and businesses who enthusiastically donated various products to help the students de-stress, smile and find the motivation for their final exams.

The bags contained a range of goodies including: a stress ball, cookie, bamboo cutlery, a colouring book, Warrior Princess by alumna Belinda Collins (YG 1991), clay resin magnet/bookmark, highlighters, fun socks, hand sanitiser, hand cream, a custom reusable face mask, lollies/chocolate and many more items to support our Year 12 students.

The custom reusable face masks in the care packages included a design from one of the Year 12 Visual Arts students- a special memento for the year 12 group.

We sincerely thank the many alumni and current families who donated towards these packages. We’d particularly like to note the businesses in our school community who generously supported the TGA’s project, we greatly appreciate your generosity:


Willow & Jackson, Healesville – Cafe

Clan Destine Press

Warrior Princess – Novel 

Oh My Ziggy

Provincial Home Living

The Freight Company

The Reusable Mask Company

A special thank you to the Tintern Grammar Alumni (TGA) Committee volunteers for generously providing care packages for our Year 12 students on their final day of classes. The students were delighted to receive these thoughtful gifts and feel so supported by the school community.


Calendar of Events 2022

2022 Reunions



10 Year Reunion YG 2012

Saturday 19 February at 3.30pm, followed by offsite

Canberra Chapter Reunion

Wednesday 16 March at 7pm

5+2 Year Reunion YG 2015

Friday 18 March 2021 at 7pm, Sage Hotel

50, 55, 60 & 55+ Year Reunion YG 1970, 1971 and 1972, 1965, 1966 & 1967, 1960, 1961 & 1962

Tuesday 5 April, 11am to 2.00pm

15 Year Reunion YG 2007, 2006 and 2005

Saturday 4 June at 3.30pm, followed by offsite

5 Year Reunion YG 2017

Friday 22 July at 7.30pm, offsite

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

Community Events 2021



Foundation Service 2022

Friday 4 February at 8.30am

Community Fun Day

Saturday 5 March at 2pm to 7pm

2022 Musical

Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 March

2022 FOE Horse Trials, including Anzac service

Saturday 23 April to Sunday 24 April

Cathedral Service 2022

Thursday 5 May 1pm to 2pm

Career’s Night

Thursday 19 May at 6pm

TPG Trivia Night

Sat 30 July at 7pm

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

Principal’s Volunteer Thank You evening

Thursday 24 November at 7.00pm

Munch with the Musos

Sunday 27 November 10am

*Current as at 29 November 2021

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 tour dates


School News

2021 Factis – Available Now!

We are excited to share the 2021 edition of our annual school magazine Factis! Please follow the link to view the digital edition: http://www.tintern.vic.edu.au/community/factis/
This year we explored the theme ‘stronger than ever’ characterised by Tintern’s strong sense of unity and shared purpose.

Spring at Tinternwood Farm

We are so lucky to have this unique space that continues to be an integral part of academic life for all students, from our Early Learning Centre to our Senior College!

Our farm has been undergoing some renovations in preparation for the 2022 School Year. Amongst welcoming two Alpacas, rabbits, goats and chickens our sheep have recently returned onsite after a small stay at another farm. We look forward to a fun filled year at the Farm.

Tinternwood Farm Welcomes out First Lambs for 2021

Spring is definitely in the air as our very own Tinternwood Farm welcomes its first lambs of the season. Twin lambs were born on Sunday to first time mum, Hermione. While the lambs were a little reluctant to initially take milk, with careful oversight and some persistence from Ella Watt (2019), one of our current farm hands, the lambs have gotten the gist of what they need to do.
In keeping with the movie theme, the twin lambs, a male and female, have been named Woody and Jessie. Hermione is doing a great job with them and is doing everything a sheep mum should do.

Volunteer Thank You Night 2021

On Wednesday 1 December we came together at the Sage Hotel to thank the many incredible volunteers who have dedicated their time to Tintern in 2021. We also wished a sad farewell to many long term volunteers, thanking them for their many years of service to the school. We were also please to be joined by members of the Tintern Grammar Alumni.

Whether assisting with events and fundraisers, as a Community Group member, or our Alumni who have generously supported both our current and past students – we say thank you!

Your support enriches the experience for our students, their families and our wider community – forming the backbone of many of our largest events. Thank you for the creativity, skills, time and service you have given to the school.

Ilma Kelson and Penelope Thwaites Music Scholar Award

Congratulations to our 2021 Ilma Kelson and Penelope Thwaites Music Scholar Award recipients.

The awards are in their eighteenth year and honour the memory of Mrs Ilma Kelson who was Director of Music at Tintern from 1958 to 1973. The Kelson Family has provided annual encouragement scholarships to be awarded to support the tuition of students in the pursuit of their music education. In addition to the Ilma Kelson Music Scholar Awards, the Kelson Family also initiated additional Music Scholarships twelve years ago in honour of Ms Penelope Thwaites. Ms Thwaites, who is a world-famous pianist, was a student at Tintern from 1953 to 1960 and was School Pianist during her final three years at the school. She attended Tintern during the time Mr Kelson’s mother was Director of Music at the school.

This year’s recipients of the Awards are as follows:

  • Kelson Scholar Awards
  • Outstanding Senior Performer – Helen Y – Year 9 – Piano
  • Music Scholar Encouragement Award – Etienne M – Year 7 – Double Bass
  • Music Scholar Encouragement Award – Avie L – Year 6 – Clarinet
  • Penelope Thwaites Music Awards
  • Best Performance of an Australian Composition – Sophie L – Year 7 – Flute Australian Composition
  • Original Composition Award – Sebastian H – Year 7– Piano

2021 IB Visual Art Virtual Exhibition

This exhibition celebrates the folio works created by our 2021 Year 12 IB Diploma students:
  • Jess Hobson
  • Halle Hupfeld
  • Alana Lawson
  • Seb Nagendran
  • Kaitlyn Oldaker
The visual arts are an integral part of everyday life, permeating all levels of human creativity, expression, communication and understanding.
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.
The final year of candidates for the International Baccalaureate Visual Arts at Tintern Grammar is available online for you to enjoy at your own pace, in your own time, virtually. 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.

Year 12 VCE Visual Arts & Design Exhibition 2021

We are excited to share the 2021 Year 12 VCE Visual Arts and Design Exhibition with you all! This year’s exhibition is available for you to enjoy at your own pace, in your own time, virtually. 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 to view them individually, and read the artist/design statements regarding the works by simply clicking on the image.
More on the exhibition from Rachel Waud – Head of Visual Arts and Design:
“No matter whether the art and design piece takes the form of a photograph, a textile piece, a sculpture, drawing, piece of furniture or painting it still allows people to express themselves and communicate with others.
Art is a great leveller, it can draw outsiders into our world and give them the tools to understand how we live or how we think in a much deeper way than if we just tried to describe something to them. Through their work the students have been able to show people many things, not just about artistic technique or design decisions, but also about themselves.
This process of communication is also valuable as a shared experience. When you participate in something artistic and creative with other people it can be far more valuable than many other group activities, because it always has at its heart an element of personal expression.
Creativity and Art ties people together and refuses to let them go.
Because of the experiential nature of art & design we know that the wonderful works you are about to explore all tell a story. It might not be a conscious story, and it might not be a true story – but there will be something in each work which reveals to us a snippet of information about the artists.”

Click here to view this wonderful exhibition 


Community Fun Day 2022 – Save the Date



Please find below some images from the upcoming Reunion groups: have you updated your details recently, update here if unsure if we have your current contact: