Tintern Girls Grammar School

Tintern Girls Grammar School

Infobox Aust school private
name = Tintern Girls' Grammar School

motto = " _la. Factis Non Verbis"
(Latin:"By deeds not words")
established = 1877
type = Independent, Single-sex, Day and Boarding
denomination = Anglican
slogan =
key_people = Mrs. Jenny Collins(Principal)
Mr. Geoff Connor (Head of Campus)
fees = AU$10,608–17,580 p.a (Day)
AU$31,688–33,216 p.a (Boarding)cite web |url=http://www.tintern.vic.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/1392/fees_booklet08_local.pdf |title=2008 Fees and Charges |accessdate=2008-01-21 |format=PDF |work=Fees |publisher=Tintern Girls Grammar School]
city = Ringwood East
state = Victoria
country = Australia flagicon|Australia
coordinates = coord|37|48|56|S|145|15|34|E|display=inline,title
enrolment = ~1,150 (P–12) [http://www.tintern.vic.edu.au/view/tintern-structure-and-curriculum/ Tintern Girls Grammar School: Structure] (accessed:26-06-2007)]
num_employ =
revenue =
colours = Green, Navy and White color box|#009900color box|#000080color box|#FFFFFF
homepage = [http://www.tintern.vic.edu.au/ www.tintern.vic.edu.au]

Tintern Girls' Grammar School is an independent, Anglican, day and boarding school for girls, located in Ringwood East, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Established in 1877 by Emma Bartlet Cook, Tintern has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for over 1,150 students, from pre-prep through to Year 12, including 40 boarders.

The school is a member of the Eastern Independent Schools of Melbourne (EISM), Girls Sport Victoria (GSV),cite web
url = http://www.gsv.vic.edu.au/profile/member.html|title = Member Schools|accessdate = 2007-10-11|last = Mawkes|first = Leonie |year = 2005|work = Profile|publisher = Girls Sport Victoria
] the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA),cite web|url = http://www.boarding.org.au/site/school_detail.cfm?schID=104|title = Tintern Girls' Grammar School |accessdate = 2008-01-15|year = 2008|work = Schools|publisher = Australian Boarding Schools Association] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),cite web
url = http://www.jshaa.asn.au/victoria/directory/index.asp|title = JSHAA Victorian Directory of Members|accessdate = 2008-01-15|year = 2007|work = Victoria Branch|publisher = Junior School Heads' Association of Australia
] the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),cite web |url=http://www.ahisa.com.au/Display.aspx?tabid=3245 |title=Victoria |accessdate=2008-02-01 |year =2008 |work=School Directory |publisher=Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia] and the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia (AGSA).cite web|url = http://www.agsa.org.au/members.php?PageID=11&Alpha=T|title = Member Schools|accessdate = 2008-01-15|last = Butler|first = Jan|year = 2006|work = Members|publisher = The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia]


Tintern was founded in 1877 by Mrs Emma Bartlet Cook. Not satisfied with any of the established schools in Hawthorn, Cook felt she need to start "an excellent school" for her four youngest daughters andthe youngest of her five sons.Citation| year=2007| periodical=Factis| publication-place= Melbourne, Vic.| publisher=Tintern Schools| issue=3 | url= http://www.tintern.vic.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/1314/TINFN23087_3_LR.pdf | accessdate=2007-10-04] It was not long before neighbours asked Cook to allow their children to enrol, and as word spread about the achievements of the school, many country families also sent their children to attend.cite web|url = http://www.tintern.vic.edu.au/girls/130_years_of_excellence|title = 130 years of Excellence|accessdate = 2007-10-04|year = 2007|work = Girls Grammar - Tintern|publisher = Tintern Schools] The Church of England Trust purchased the school in 1918, and what was initially a co-educational school, became a school for girls. Continued growth meant to the need for larger and more modern facilities, and subsequently the school moved to its current campus of just over convert|50|acre|ha|0, at Ringwood East in 1953. This site had been purchased in June 1946 for £3,113.

In 1999, under the principalship of Sylvia Walton (1982–2005), the School returned to Cook's founding wish of educating the whole family, with the establishment of Tintern's brother school, Southwood Boys Grammar School, located at Ringwood.


Since 1877, Tintern has had ten Principals:


Tintern Girls Grammar School in set on a convert|20|ha|acre|0 campus in a semi-rural setting, featuring bushland and landscaped gardens. The schools facilities include a multi-function assembly and performance space, senior and junior libraries and information centres, science and technology laboratories, computer laboratories, established areas for visual and performing arts, a swimming pool and gymnasium complex and other sporting facilities. [http://www.tintern.vic.edu.au/view/tintern-campus-facilities/ Tintern Girls Grammar School: Campus Facilities] (accessed:14-08-2007)]

The school also features a farm, where students are encouraged to take part in a Young Farmers program, in which they enter in agricultural competitions. The farm has been operational since the opening of the Ringwood campus of the school.


Tintern Girls Grammar School offers both the International Baccalaureate, which is also available to boys at the brother campus, Southwood Boys' Grammar School, and the Victorian Certificate of Education.

House system

Tintern has a house system adopted in 1924 and modelled on great English Public Schools. The houses are Cross (after Agnes Cross, Headmistress 1911–1918), Gordon (after three former head prefects, all sisters), Mansfield (after founder and first principal Emma Cook, whose maiden name was Mansfield), Somner (after three sisters, two of whom were staff members) and Watt, after ex-student and cyclist Kathy Watt. [http://www.tintern.vic.edu.au/view/tintern-structure-and-curriculum/house-system/ Tintern Girls Grammar School: The House System] (accessed:14-08-2007)]

Notable alumnae

Alumnae of Tintern Girls' Grammar School are known as 'Old Girls' or 'Old Grammarians' and automatically become members of the schools alumni association, the Tintern Old Girls Association (TOGA).cite web|url = http://www.tintern.vic.edu.au/our_community/old_grammarians|title = Old Grammarians|accessdate = 2007-10-04|year = 2007|work = Our Community|publisher = Tintern Schools] Some notable Old Girls' include:
*Jo Bailey – "Sale of the Century" co-presenter and wife of Stephen Silvagnicite news| first = Jonathan| last = Green | title = Famous alumni on Latham's hit list| url = http://www.crikey.com.au/Politics/20060614-Famous-alumni-on-Lathams-hit-list.html| work = Politics| publisher = Crikey| date = 2005-03-30| accessdate = 2007-08-06]
*Judy Maddigan – Member for the seat of Essendon representing the ALP
*Hilary McPhee – Vice-chancellor's fellow University of Melbourne and former publisher
*Kathy Watt – Gold medallist at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in the Road Race
*Fifi Box – Radio broadcaster and TV personality


See also

* List of schools in Victoria
*List of schools in Victoria, Australia according to 2006 VCE results
*List of boarding schools

External links

* [http://www.tintern.vic.edu.au/ Tintern Girls' Grammar School Website]

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