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Tintern Grammar Anthem

The Making of By Deeds Not Words

By Deeds Not Words is a song that unites us as one School, and pays homage to our past and our future.

To mark the significant milestone of creating a school song, we engaged the creative mastery of world-renowned composer Paul Jarman (composer of the Southwood Boys song) to create a School Anthem which brings our boys’ and girls’ voices together as one.

It had been an extended process of over two years, interrupted at times by COVID, where Paul worked with current and past staff and students. We were thrilled with the way he encapsulated the spirit of the School, honouring our past, present and future. We believe the Anthem By Deeds Not Words will fill the hearts of our School community with pride.

Paul visited our School on 25 August 2022 to host assemblies with our ELC, Junior School and Secondary School, where he shared the Anthem with our students for the first time, shared the creative inspiration behind the words and music, and lead our students in singing the Anthem. Students and staff embraced the words and sang with gusto on this uplifting day.

Paul also included in his visit small workshop sessions with music and choral students where he shared insights into his creative process.

We are very proud that we now have a combined School Anthem for Tintern Grammar to join the Tintern School Song and the Southwood Boys Song. The Southwood and Tintern songs, icons of our culture and history will continue to be celebrated and sung at the School’s significant occasions and events. From our past of Tintern Girls’ Grammar and Southwood Boys’ Grammar our wonderful School has developed, flourished, and is thriving.

The Premiere Performance

On 17 October 2022, By Deeds Not Words was performed to the public for the first time at the Tintern Grammar Celebration Evening. At this grand event the entire Secondary School performed the Anthem conducted by its composer Mr Paul Jarman. The Tintern Grammar Symphony Orchestra accompanied the performance. It was an uplifting experience at Robert Blackwood Hall at Monash University, an honour to witness this historic moment of Tintern Grammar.