Our modern, architecturally innovative buildings are purpose-built homes for our boys and girls in Year 7-9. Tintern Grammar’s Parallel Learning Program provides our Middle School students with an unrivalled opportunity to learn, grow and develop.
We have formulated a learning-focussed curriculum, ideal for girls, and our small class sizes offer a collaborative, engaging environment where students are encouraged to question freely, take intelligent risks and receive individual attention. Research has reinforced our belief that a single-gender learning environment at this level helps build a girl’s confidence, provides access to genuine leadership opportunities and helps them to develop a sense of healthy competition. Self-expression at Tintern Grammar is celebrated, and girls are encouraged to explore their own interests and projects. Importantly, in these formative years, we give our Middle School girls support, advice and understanding as they progress through adolescence and move towards womanhood. Our inclusive environment encourages girls to form mutually respectful relationships with their peers. In safe, embarrassment-free surroundings, girls learn how to counter negative body imagery, and to be comfortable with themselves. There are forums too, where they address cyber-safety, bullying, safe choices, puberty, alcohol and risk-taking behaviour. The Middle School provides Pastoral care and support, and girls are encouraged to discuss their issues or concerns at any time.
In Mathematics, we ensure students are streamed to classes most appropriate for their level of ability. As further support for Tintern’s Parallel Learning program, studies indicate girls who learn in a single-gender environment are more likely to pursue ‘gender atypical’ areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Language options offered at Tintern Grammar are French and Mandarin; our French students have the opportunity to participate in an exchange program. In addition to core subjects, Middle School presents students with exciting learning choices including Performing Arts, Physical Ed, Music, Agriculture, Commerce, Home Economics, IT, and Visual Arts. Tinternwood, our on-campus farm is the site for hands-on learning in relevant projects, including science. For some students, their involvement with the farm can lead to further studies and career opportunities. Girls are also able to take part in a range of sports. Inter-school events and matches are scheduled during the week, so weekends can be kept free. Tintern has been helping girls to become strong, successful women for over 140 years. We are proud today’s Middle School girls continue to uphold this tradition.
This single-gender environment has allowed us to formulate a curriculum focussed directly on boys, whilst small classes give our students an optimum learning environment in which they can fully engage with teaching staff. We know Middle School years are key to a boy’s development, and we offer pastoral guidance in a nurturing, supportive environment vital for their wellbeing. We examine, guide and mentor topics relevant to young teenage men, inclusive of our School’s values and encouraging wise choices. Cyber-safety, bullying, safe choices, puberty, alcohol and risk-taking behaviour are discussed in our secure environment where we can address either single year levels or the entire Middle School group. Learning in Middle School is focussed and targeted. In Mathematics, we ensure students are streamed to classes appropriate for their level of ability and we provide accelerated classes to students who need to be challenged with their learning. Boys need to approach their learning with enthusiasm and curiosity. To capture these qualities our teachers design study topics with direct appeal to boys. For example, in a recent Year 9 statistics research project, athletes’ winning times and margins in events at an Olympics were analysed. This allowed students to relate more closely to the specifics of the study. Parallel Learning allows us to develop reading programs and choose texts with specific appeal to boys. We help stimulate their interest, and encourage them to engage and enjoy their reading.
Similarly, the range of elective subjects available at Middle School are not just stimulating, but relevant to interest and possible future career paths. These include: building a PC, 3D printing, as well as designing and building Apps and Games. Language options offered at Tintern Grammar are French and Mandarin; our French students have the opportunity to participate in an exchange program. Our outdoor education programs feature exciting activities too. Our sequential camp program allow boys to challenge themselves and extend their boundaries in supportive, supervised surroundings. Tinternwood, our on-campus farm is the site for hands-on learning in relevant projects including science and agriculture. For some students, their involvement with the farm can lead to further studies and career opportunities. In addition to core subjects, boys are offered and encouraged to participate in a broad range of activities including Performing Arts, Physical Education, Agriculture, Commerce, IT, and Visual Arts. A wide range of sports is available, with inter-school events and matches scheduled during weekdays, to allow boys to keep their weekends free. Our values-based learning program together with solid, exciting learning opportunities offers boys positive direction, as they mature and move towards manhood. Tintern has been educating children since 1877 and we are proud that Tintern’s Middle School Boys continue to uphold this tradition.