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Our classes run on both co-educational and single gender settings according to the student’s age and stage. In the Early Learning Centre, our students begin their learning in a co-educational environment.
From Prep to Year 9, our students learn in single gender classes at an age when gender tends to play a greater role in influencing learning styles. This allows us to tailor our teaching methods to create optimal learning and pastoral environments to support each child. Our students feel more confident to be academically courageous and challenge themselves in a supportive and nurturing environment.
Students are re-introduced into co-educational classes in Years 10 to 12, when social development is an important part of their growth and maturation with the move to more inquiry based and independent learning, as they prepare for future study and work pathways.
Having both single gender and mixed classes run on a co-educational campus gives families the perfect balance between the academic and social development.
Tintern Grammar’s academic results suggest the model is working for our students. In 2021, 5% of our Year 12 cohort achieved an ATAR in the top 1% of Australia, 20% in the top 5% and 30% in the top 10%.
These results are very positive; however equally important is the feedback received from students and families.
Every year our Principal invites our Year 12 students to lunch shortly before they commence their end-of-year examinations. Invariably they remark on how positive the learning environment was for them during Middle School and how it fostered their confidence.
Our Year 12 students invariably reflect on the importance of coming together in Year 10, as being the best time (before VCE commences) and that they feel ‘well set up for the real world’ as a result.
Parallel Learning is an effective and exciting education model that enables the vast majority of proven growth factors associated with both a single-gender, and co-educational approach. The confidence and achievements attained by our students as they move into life beyond our gates is proof that our model works.
At Tintern, we see parallel learning as a ‘best of both worlds’ approach because it offers single gender classes on a co-educational campus. Parallel learning acknowledges that the differing rates of physical, emotional, and psychological development between boys and girls can have an impact on their learning styles, however, it also understands that social interaction between genders is essential in developing well-adjusted young men and women.