06 Mar 2019

Principal’s Welcome

Welcome to the inaugural Tintern Grammar alumni newsletter (any names suggestions will be gratefully received). It is a pleasure to make a small contribution to this, as like the early shoots of spring, it is the first tangible presence of the combined Tintern Grammar alumni body.

I encourage you to share your stories and news through this newsletter by emailing communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au. As a starting point we ask you to complete the alumni survey found here to help us better understand how we currently manage your needs and how we can improve.

We aim to publish an alumni newsletter each term and will be guided by what you send in for us to share. We will also keep you updated on any major events and activities across our School such as our biennial Giant FAIR coming up on Saturday 30 March and our annual Cathedral Service on Sunday 5 May at St Paul’s Cathedral in the city. The spectacular firework display at the end of our FAIR is a sight not to be missed.

In this first edition we have shared our fabulous results and tertiary destinations from our Class of 2018 and news from TOGA.

This edition also includes a nomination link for our second instalment of outstanding alumni to the Avenue of Excellence and a newsletter wouldn’t be complete without announcements, where you are encouraged to share your birth and marriage celebrations as well as any alumni bereavements. For future editions please send your notices to communtyrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

We are drawing closer to establishing our new combined Tintern Grammar alumni group. Recently, in the beautiful newly landscaped Year 9 Courtyard we enjoyed conversation with a mixed group of young men and women of a range of Southwood and Tintern vintages to pledge their interest in creating a management committee for the Tintern Grammar Alumni (TGA). As Paul Kelly sang, “From little things, big things grow” and the dozen or so people who were able to attend, along with an equal number of interested apologies, all mark the beginning of this significant cornerstone of our community as a combined school.

I am very grateful to all those who put themselves forward and indicated their desire to contribute. A vibrant and active alumni association is one mark of a connected, and active school community and I look forward to watching the formalising of the committee in the near future, together with the emergence of the broader activities the TGA will run on behalf of all our alumni and the broader School community.

In closing, I invite you to visit the Calendar of events page where, in addition to our community events and activities, you will notice dates of upcoming reunions and, if you have school aged children you may also be interested to note the School’s tour and information dates.

Our school, for the past 142 years has focused on each students’ success, quiet or public and ability to contribute to the world beyond school. The alumni also allows us to keep up with the many triumphs of our past students and inspire our current students. Thank you to our strong alumni who work with the current students to illustrate life-long learning and connection with Tintern. Your contribution to this vibrant community is truly appreciated.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart”. Helen Keller

Best wishes


Bradley Fry
Tintern Grammar




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


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

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

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


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

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

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

In Memoriam

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

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

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

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

To read the full article on Val please select here.

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

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

Tintern Community Members

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

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

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



Archive Images

Please enjoy a selection of photos from our Archives. If you have photos you would like to share and add to the Archives from anytime time in our history, please send them to communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au. We can also scan in original images and return them to you, either by post or through a visit to the school.


Alumni Newsletter Survey and Facebook Group

It has been some time since we have surveyed our alumni community.
We invite you to take 5 – 10 minutes to complete our survey to get a better understanding of what we are doing well and where we can improve.
We will share the results of this survey in the next alumni newsletter and follow up actions in future editions.
Also, look out for our Alumni Facebook Group, launching soon. A place to keep up to date on special events, read of the achievements of past students and share your own news.

Reunion Festival – Save the Date

Were you from the Class of 1999, 1994, 1989, 1984, 1979 or 1974?

Save the Date now for your Reunion on Saturday 15 June from 3.30pm to 6.30pm at Tintern Grammar. Afterwards the celebrations will continue over dinner and drinks at a restaurant or bar specific to your year group.

Please use this link to let us know your preference for the celebrations after the Reunion at Tintern (will only take 2 minutes!).

Are you are interested in helping to organise and promote your Reunion? Social Ambassadors assist by encouraging people to attend; particularly promoting the Reunion and sharing through your contacts and social media. You may even choose to manage the dinner/drinks afterwards. If you are interested, please contact us.

Make sure we have your current contact details through the online form. Mark this date in your calendar now and please pass the word around to everyone in your year group; remember to share through your social networks.

Visit out Facebook events page to join your group and receive regular updates.

Invitations to follow soon and we hope to see you there!


Kathy Watt OAM (YG 1982)

Kathy Watt (YG 1982), inaugural Avenue of Excellence Inductee and Olympic Champion Cyclist, recently visited Tintern Grammar. 

Sport was always in Kathy Watt’s blood. With her father a marathon runner, she originally pursued a career as a runner, but an achilles tendon injury caused Kathy to switch disciplines to compete in run/cycle duathlons, before settling on cycling.

Kathy made history at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona as the first Australian to win an Olympic Cycling Road Race gold medal, also winning a silver medal in the Pursuit at the same Games. To honour Kathy’s Olympic success, in 1993 Tintern added a fifth House – Watt, with gold as its colour.

Along with her Olympic medals, Kathy
has won four Commonwealth Games gold medals and 24 National Championships in road, track and mountain bike racing. These successes over Kathy’s 20-year international cycling career saw her included as one of the inaugural inductees into the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame in 2015, as well as a member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, inducted in 2012. During her time at Tintern, Kathy was Captain of Athletics and Cross Country, as well as Vice-Captain of Mansfield.

A lesser-known fact about Kathy is that she is an award-winning photographer, with her photographic works featured in a number of exhibitions and magazines, as well as other printed publications. Versatile in her choice of photographic subjects – life drawings, landscape, portraits, and of course documentary sports photography. Kathy’s first solo exhibition at Chez Olivier, featured over 70 photographs from the 2010 Tour de France.

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Avenue of Excellence. For further information, and to nominate, please visit here.


Meet Our Alumni

We are proud of all our alumni and their achievements – big and small. Continue reading, or visit our website, to be inspired by the experiences, memories and journeys of some of our past students.

Share your story
We welcome your news including personal or career highlights and milestones. Profiles may be featured on our website, around the School, via our social media platforms or in other Tintern Publications. Please email us to start sharing or complete our online alumni update form.


“For Jane Lock this year has been what the experts believe is the starting point of a successful golfing career”, stated the 1971 issue of the Brook. Almost 50 years later and we can say that was clearly an understatement!

Jane graduated Tintern in 1972, already having embarked on a successful golfing career. Jane was an active member of many sports teams during her schooling, and in Year 12 (Form 6) was Captain of the Baseball, Basketball and Swimming teams, and the Mansfield House Captain in 1971 and 1972.

In August 1969, while she was still at school, Jane attended a golf camp for junior girls at Flinders. From there her golfing prowess grew, winning the first of three consecutive Australian Junior Championship. Then in 1975 winning both Junior Championships and the first of three Australian National Championships.

Jane Lock represented Australia more than thirty times and set course records in six countries. After turning professional in 1981 Jane played on the European, Asian and USA tours, recording two wins on the European Tour.

In 1975, at the age of only 19, Jane was awarded the Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Sport and Golf. In 2000 Jane was again honoured with the Australian Sports Medal in recognition of both her playing and teaching career in Golf. Jane was them inducted in to the Victorian Golf Hall of Fame in 2015, which recognises high-level achievement and contribution to the development and status of the golf industry in Victoria.

Having completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) in 1981 Jane retired as a playing Professional in 1986 due to an injury, continuing on as a Teaching Professional to share her skills and expertise as a coach. Teaching at Bulleen Golf Driving Range before retiring in 2018 Jane has also contributed to golf through the Consultancy and Media work; developing instructional videos, featuring on many television shows, as a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines throughout Australia, and as a Channel 7 Course Commentator at the Australian Women’s Open.

Although incredibly humble Jane is truly an inspiration!



Louis came to Southwood in Year 6. He excelled at mathematics and science, and was enthusiastically involved in many sports, musicals, choirs and the leadership team. After graduating from Tintern in 2008, Louis went on to study Aerospace Engineering at Monash University. He was a member of many university groups and clubs and immersed himself in university life. He studied for five years and spent three months backpacking throughout Europe. He completed his final year thesis with the Monash Unmanned Aerial Systems team to develop a search and rescue autonomous drone for the UAV Outback Challenge in Queensland. He achieved high academic results and consequently received honors of his year and was inducted into the Golden Key International Honors Society.

After graduating from university, Louis was keen to start his career in engineering. Within months of graduating from Monash, he landed a full-time position as an Engineer at Planet Innovation, an engineering consultancy firm. He worked on many projects including a smart IVF incubator to streamline the IVF industry in Australia and making it more affordable and accessible. After working at Planet Innovation, he became a mechanical engineer at MiniFAB, a medical engineering consultancy firm. At the moment he is developing a rapid point of care diagnostic system for infectious diseases such as Ebola, various cancer diagnostic devices and the Monash Vision Group’s direct to brain bionic eye to bring sight back to the blind. He has utilised his skills in 3D printing and other rapid prototyping techniques to deliver world first solutions to some of the most difficult engineering challenges. He enjoys working on projects to better the living conditions and quality of life for some of the most disadvantaged people on the planet.

He hopes to someday own and operate his own modern and innovative consultancy firm. He still has a passion for aviation, astronomy and drone technology and routinely builds and pilots drones in his personal time.



Physiotherapist and researcher, Dr Charlotte Ganderton (B.Hlth. Sci, M.Physio.Prac (Hons), PhD), completed her undergraduate physiotherapy degree in 2012 with honours in shoulder muscle dysfunction. Her exceptional success as an undergraduate student was highlighted by receipt of the Alan Hamer Research Prize, Bernard Rechter Graduate Research Prize for Honours, La Trobe University Patricia Cosh Leadership Award, the Australian Physiotherapy Association Board of Directors Student Prize and the prestigious DM Myers University Medal. She then went on to complete her PhD in lateral hip pain in 2017.

Charlotte has presented her research at national and international conferences, winning Best Academic Paper (Sports) at the Australian Physiotherapy Conference, and the Wendy Ey Women in Sport Award at the Sports Medicine Australia Conference in Malaysia 2017.

Throughout her career, she has experienced working in a number of different areas – performing arts, sports, private practice and the public health system, as well as tertiary education. This has enabled her to treat individuals from the acute setting through to return to work and sport.

She is currently travelling the world working as a Physiotherapist for Cirque du Soleil – Toruk, The First Flight.

Tintern taught Charlotte to continuously strive to challenge herself, professionally and personally. This is evident in her achievements so far, and no doubt will help her in future endeavours.



During my Middle School years at Southwood, I had the opportunity to complete the Building a PC course ran by Sue Healey. Prior to this class, I had next to no knowledge in the field of technology, though the process of building a computer from the ground up sparked a passion that is still with me to this day.

I knew that I wanted to have a career that revolved around computer hardware, a product that was on the bleeding edge for consumers, that I could be proud to have been a part of. I studied Math Methods and Physics in Year 12 as they were prerequisites for Electrical Engineering.

RMIT University had an excellent, hands-on approach to engineering, and I was accepted into a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics & Communications) (Honours) and Bachelor of Computer Science.

In my final year of study, I was Chief Electrical Engineer of RMIT Electric Racing. A team that competes in the largest engineering student competition around the world, designing, building, and racing a formula style electric race car. This provided me with the experience of developing an electric car from the ground up, managing team members from multiple disciplines, and competing under immense stress in a worldwide competition.

A representative of Tesla Motors reached out to me to discuss the possibility of employment after graduation. Considering my long-term interest in technology and the recent involvement with RMIT Electric racing, Tesla Motors was a dream company. After a fairly long and intense hiring process, I was offered a position as a Product Excellence Engineer at their Fremont Factory in the United States.

Within my role I focus on the production of Drive Units for the Tesla Model S and Model X. I help ensure that the production line is operating smoothly and producing the most excellent parts possible. If for whatever reason part quality slips, I help develop solutions, working with suppliers and production staff to bring it back up to the Tesla standard.



Multi-award-winning comic Celia Pacquola has cemented her position as one of the most in-demand comedians in Australia, while also forging a comedy career in the UK and abroad.

Her stand-out solo festival shows The Looking Glass, Let Me Know How It All Works Out, Delayed, Flying Solos and Am I Strange, have all garnered rave reviews wherever they were performed, from Melbourne to Edinburgh. In 2014 Celia was nominated for the Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for the best show and won the Amused Moose Laughter Award at the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2016, Celia became the youngest woman to host the Oxfam Gala for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival/Network Ten.

Celia is also a talented actor with roles in the acclaimed ABC1 drama The Beautiful Lie, the AACTA award-winning Laid, Logie Award-winning drama Offspring and in Working Dog’s series Utopia, for which she won an AACTA Award in 2015. Her wit and jokes will be familiar from guest appearances on Spicks and Specks, The Project, Good News Week, Dirty Laundry, Have Been Paying Attention? and more. Internationally, Celia has been a guest on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Chelsea Lately and The Rob Brydon Show. She was also handpicked to support John Oliver on his 2015 Australian Tour. Following this, Celia was invited to the 2016 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal to perform as part of the Carrie Fisher Gala, and then to London for an appearance on Live At The Apollo.

In 2016, Celia and her dear friend and Utopia colleague Luke McGregor starred on ABC1 in Rosehaven – a comedy series of their own creation. Celia finished the year with an AACTA Best Supporting Actress award for her performance as Dolly Faraday in The Beautiful Lie.

Image Credit: Andy Hollingworth


For further profiles please visit Meet Our Alumni on our website.


Calendar of Events

2019 Reunions

Year Group Date Time Location

2009 10 Year Reunion

Saturday 2 March

3.30pm – 6pm

Tintern Grammar and offsite

Reunion Festival *

Saturday 15 June

3.30pm – 6.30pm

Tintern Grammar

2014 5 Year Reunion

Friday 23 August



2018 1 Year Reunion

Friday 13 September



2004 15 Year Reunion

Saturday 26 October***

3.30pm – 6pm

Tintern Grammar and offsite

High Tea Reunion **

Friday 15 November

11am – 2pm

Tintern Grammar


Reunion Festival – Year Groups: 1999 20 years, 1994 25 years, 1989 30 years, 1984 35 years, 1979 40 years & 1974 45 years.
** High Tea Reunion – Year Groups: 1969 50 years (Golden reunion), 1964 55 years (Emerald reunion), 1959 60 years (Diamond reunion) and all those earlier and including 1963.
*** Please note change of date from previously published 19 October.

You are always welcome to attend, visit or support Tintern Grammar.

Please select here for a full list of Community Events for 2019.

Admissions Tour and Events Dates

At Tintern Grammar we provide many opportunities for families to tour the School. These sessions provide the perfect opportunity to hear from the Principal, explore the School with student-led tours, and speak with senior teaching staff. You are warmly invited to attend any of the tours, please visit here to view tour dates and book your attendance.



Class of 2009 – 10 Year Reunion

Braving the incredibly hot weather, over 70 Alumni from the Class of 2009 returned to Tintern for their 10 Year Reunion on Saturday 2 March. Enjoying drinks and canapés in the Visual Arts Space before venturing outdoors for a school tour, it was a wonderful afternoon of good cheer and great company. 

For more photos please select here.

For all 2019 Reunion dates please select here. 



Southwood Old Boys Association (SOBA)

Scotty James (YG 2013)

Congratulations to alumnus Scotty James  who has taken out an unprecedented third consecutive halfpipe world title in Utah over the weekend. Scotty won gold in 2015 and 2017, with the 2019 win cementing him as the only man to claim three world championships in the event.

Well done, Scotty, on another incredible achievement!

One of Scotty James’ first stops after returning home with his PyeongChang Winter Olympics bronze medal in 2018 was to visit his biggest fans at Tintern Grammar.

To read the full article please select here.


Avenue of Excellence Nominations


We are pleased to share that nominations are now open for the 2019 Avenue of Excellence!

Click here to submit a nomination or to learn more about the award and nomination process.



2019 Giant Fair Update

The countdown is on 3 and a half weeks to go!

Make sure you save the date for Saturday 30 March 2019, 12.30pm – 8.30pm to join us for the Tintern Grammar 2019 Giant Fair!

There will be rides and activities for children of all ages, sensational show bags, art and craft activities, the School’s farm animals, music and entertainment, and much more!

Follow the Facebook event to learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/526254737822804/

Advertising: Do you live on a main road in the Maroondah/Yarra Valley area? Would you be willing to display an advertising sign in your front yard to help promote our Fair? If so, please get in contact Fair@tintern.vic.edu.au

Are you Spring Cleaning? Our parents and students will be running ‘recycling/reusing/upcycling’ stalls featuring second-hand clothing, books and toys. Please consider donating any suitable items to the school and spreading the word amongst neighbours and friends. In the past they have been fabulous fundraisers, and an opportunity to find some rare and wonderful bargains. We ask that all donations are in a good clean condition ready for sale. All items can be boxed or bagged up and dropped off at the old boarding house (behind the uniform shop).

Sponsorship and Donations: Many of our Alumni have already sponsored or donated to the Fair. If you are considering sponsoring the Fair by donating goods or services that we can use as a prize or can be sold as part of one of the Auctions or raffles we hold, please contact Di or Tegan in Community Relations on 9845 7877 or by email to communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

All donations are acknowledged and there are a variety of packages available for larger donations, for example, sponsorship of the car raffle, fireworks or one of the attractions/ride would include naming rights of the sponsored attraction, significant signage and more. Our sponsorship package can be found here for your information. 

Alumni guided walk around the grounds: We understand this may have been the first time back on site for some of our past students, so we will be offering an alumni tour of the School at 3.00pm. Please register your interest here: https://www.trybooking.com/BBHZN.  We hope to see you at the FAIR.

If you have any further questions or queries please contact the Community Relations office at communtiyrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au or phone 9845 7877.




Tintern Old Girls Association (TOGA)


Annual Giving: Speagle Science Centre Update

We are excited to share with you some images of the newly refurbished Speagle Science Centre where the donations for the 2018 Annual Giving campaign were directed.

Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign and as you can see the students and staff are enjoying all of the new facilities.

Keep an eye out for more details for the official opening scheduled for May 30.

The following chart details the community sectors who donated to the Annual Appeal:



















Tintern Alumni Jazz Band – An invitation to join

In 2019 the Tintern Grammar Music Department would like to launch the inaugural Tintern Alumni Jazz Band. Many of our Tintern and Southwood Alumni have fond memories of the many Jazz Nights they attended over the years they were at school. We would like to invite people who are interested in returning to Tintern Grammar to reunite and play a few charts for our upcoming Jazz Night, Saturday 18 May. It is time to dust off those instruments, fine tune the fingers and recover the chops for a fun night of music making with your fellow Alumni.

If you are interested, could you please contact Lisa Clarke by email to lclarke@tintern.vic.edu.au or phone, on 9845 7837 (music office) or 9845 1271 (direct). Lisa may also tap a few people on the shoulder with some gentle encouragement. She is looking forward to hearing from you all.