Principal

Welcome to our new look Bishop Tyrrell Bulletin.

We hope you will find this layout tailored to your area of interest in the school and easy to follow for each stage of learning at the College. This bulletin will be distributed into your inbox fortnightly, on social media, archived on our website and available on CALEB for all who prefer to access our news digitally.

Welcome back to students and staff, as we return to home learning and teaching online or in school for Term 2. We are living in unprecedented times, keeping health and safety to the fore day-by-day. Some of us have found the self-isolation at home delightful and for others the silence is extremely difficult. New ways of communicating online, which will outlive COVID-19, have necessarily come to the fore and for many of us new found resilience and independent learning capabilities have emerged.

Our College Motto, Carpe Diem – Seize the Day encourages all of us to have a positive mindset every day. More than 2000 years ago, Roman poet Horace (23 BC) penned this, one of the oldest philosophical mottos on record. In today’s language we could interpret our College Motto as leading us to be courageous and take that first small step; leave the past behind and welcome the future; make change decisively, now; and set personal goals and stick to them. All of us working from home and online can do with some of this positive talk as we commence Term 2.

ANZAC Day is still fresh in our minds, not the least because of the unique way this important event was honoured in 2020. Sadly, at Bishop Tyrrell we were unable to host our usual Service of Remembrance to pay our respect and demonstrate our support for Australia’s Defence Forces in a public way. Nevertheless, the very poignant silent candle light in our front yards at dawn, will linger in our memories for years to come.

Most Australian families feel connected in some way to those who have served our country so that we may live in peace and safety, are touched by the silence of the dawn and the Last Post. Whether it’s the family story shared by long standing staff member, Mr Swain, whose Dad served in the British RAAF as a pilot of a Halifax bomber and was awarded the (DFC) Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery; or, the descendants of William Currey VC (after whom our Currey House is named) an early resident of Wallsend who resiliently served in both WW1 and WW2 and was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery on the battle fields of France. For me, as a daughter raised in a Defence Force family, ANZAC Day meant Marching Bands complete with bagpipes in the Annual March, and the footfall of row upon row of Defence Force men and women in service or returned from active service, proudly passing by.

As 2020 ANZAC Day passes, let us remember the fallen in war and conflict, care for and honour those who have returned and pray for those in active service at this time. Lest we Forget.

Ms S Bain
Principal

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Secondary – Studies

Online or Home Learning I would like to thank the staff of the College for their tireless and transformational behind the scenes work to ensure …

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Online or Home Learning

I would like to thank the staff of the College for their tireless and transformational behind the scenes work to ensure that the transition to online or home learning has been smooth. This has allowed the students of Bishop Tyrrell to continue to access a high quality of education. Learning from home online is a team effort and requires teachers, parents and students to work together to ensure best learning is taking place. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the survey last term and appreciate the sincere and insightful feedback that was given. This has enabled us to modify the learning programs for Primary students to assist parents and teachers with the support available to their charges. Secondary students will continue to learn via their scheduled timetables using online platforms. Please note, the staff are still available to assist should you have any questions or need any support. Do not hesitate to contact them via email or phone.

A big shout out to Mr Gardiner and the team for running the inaugural Online Trivia Challenges and congratulations to the winning teams: Years 5 and 6 – Furious 4; Years 7 and 8 – G team; Year 9 to 11 – Fletcher Saints. Please check out a video of some of the action on this day.

With the latest announcements from the State and Federal Governments regarding the return to school for students, the College has developed the following plan for implementing from week 3. We have tried to ensure that family groups are attending on the same day to help parents arrange supervision at home on the days students are not attending.

All Year 12 students will be at school full time.

Year K to Year 11 students will return in House groups which will rotate each day of the week as follows which means there will be at least one full day face to face contact with teachers for all students in weeks 3 and 4; at least two full day face to face contact with teachers for all students in weeks 5 and 6; and all students back in class from week 7.

BTAC Return to School

Ms T Lloyd
Deputy Principal

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Secondary – Pastoral

Under the home learning model, the College has been able to maintain its Pastoral Care practices with students meeting with their Tutor each day and …

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Secondary – Pastoral

Under the home learning model, the College has been able to maintain its Pastoral Care practices with students meeting with their Tutor each day and being involved in all sorts of fun activities as well as personal catch ups when necessary. In times of isolation some students need extra support with their mental health so it’s good to know that our Psychology services have increased to two days a week from this term. High school students can self-refer or parents can reach out via their child’s tutor or through Sarah Edwards herself.

This term it’s Darcy’s turn for fundraising but in the current climate their activities will be a little different. We have been invited to join the Hunter Water “Water World Shower Challenge”. It involves students recording their shower time in an effort to reduce water wastage. More details will follow and I’m sure students will be eager to participate to see which House will win the challenge while fundraising in a different way.

Mr M Durie
Dean of Students

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Preschool

At Preschool we are very excited to share a new outdoor atelier which has been constructed over the school holidays to add an inspirational creative …

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Preschool

At Preschool we are very excited to share a new outdoor atelier which has been constructed over the school holidays to add an inspirational creative environment for the children to experience outdoors.

Our passionate Atelierista Miss Melanie will use this space to support the children’s learning through artistic forms by facilitating long and short-term art projects with the children.  The creative studio will allow for children’s imagination, expression and experimentation and strive to encourage dynamic learning processes through the arts.

The goal of the atelier is to offer open ended art experiences for our children with various media to emphasise the process of creation. The children will come to understand a medium, how it behaves, how it can be used, how it feels and what tools we use to work with it.

The Atelier was made possible through a successful Quality Learning Environments Grant application applied for by the Preschool and granted by the NSW Government. We look forward to sharing this with our families and the many creations that are made by the children in this new space.

Some of the creations our children have been exploring and creating in relation to the arts at Preschool have involved planting some sunflower seeds, and nurturing the seeds with water, and sun and watching. As a flower developed the children measured, photographed and illustrated the natural wonder as it started to bloom. The children were encouraged to look for shapes within the sunflower such as the petals and the middle of the flower.

Then each child was given a clipboard, paper, black marker and paints so they could illustrate their thoughts. While painting Miss Melanie discussed different painting techniques that the children could use such as painting the petal by blending some green paint in the middle of the flower to create depth.  To further extend on the learning the children then viewed Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflower’s art collection and read a story about his life called Van Gogh and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt.

Mrs A Cooke
Director of Preschool

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Primary

Whether you’re learning from home or back in the classroom, welcome back to Term 2! The past few weeks have seen some challenging times for …

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Primary

Whether you’re learning from home or back in the classroom, welcome back to Term 2! The past few weeks have seen some challenging times for all involved but we are incredibly confident that we will get through the next little while together. We realise that this has been a difficult concept for children to understand. There is an interesting article on The Conversation’s website which also has some great links to encourage mindfulness within your child, and strategies to assist with juggling work and home life at the moment. This can be found here.

By now, you would have seen the changes to online learning this term. Below is an overview of online learning:

K-2 online learning

  • Morning Videos will still occur from classroom teachers
  • Daily Lesson Plans will still be emailed to parents each morning but in a simplified way, with ‘Compulsory’ and ‘Additional’ activities to be completed at a time that is convenient.
  • Weekly Projects will be included for those students wanting to complete extension tasks.
  • Parents will no longer be required to ‘like’ a Seesaw post to mark their child present for the day.
  • Term 2 Student Learner Packs will again be sent home. Another Kiss and Ride Drive Thru will be arranged with more information to be sent home this week.
  • Specialist teachers will upload lessons at the beginning of each week for students to complete at a time that is convenient.
  • Virtual Class ‘Catch-Ups’ will occur each week as a way of the keeping students connected.

Years 3-6 online learning:

  • Please see email sent Friday 24 April with detailed information pertaining to each year group.
  • Year 3 will continue to use Caleb and Seesaw to access and upload work, along with Teams to communicate daily with their teachers. Specialist teachers will upload a video lesson each week for students to access at a time that is convenient.
  • Year 4 will continue to use CALEB, Teams and Seesaw to access and upload work. Students will use Teams to communicate daily with their teachers.
  • Years 5 and 6 will use CALEB and Teams to access resources and upload work. Teachers will continue to communicate daily with students through the use of Teams.
  • 4 – 6 Specialist lessons will continue to be as timetabled for live streamed lessons, with the exception of Art, which will be broken into weekly sessions rather than a single fortnightly lesson. Your classroom teacher will communicate these times to you through their weekly overview.
  • Resource packs – Thank you for patience at the drive through pick up on Monday afternoon. Your assistance in helping us make these resources available to your children is very much appreciated. If you were unable to collect your resources pack, please email your child’s classroom teacher to discuss a suitable time to collect.

Whilst we are able to relax some areas at the College, we would ask that parents and carers please continue to stay off campus where possible to keep our staff and students safe. If you are dropping your child at the start of the day, or collecting your child at the conclusion of the day, please continue to wait at the Karn Street gate until further notice.

Again, thank you for the ongoing support and assistance. As always, please contact your classroom teacher if you have any further questions or need additional clarification.

Mrs A Hollingsworth
Head of K-2

Mrs L McNab
Head of 3-6

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Secondary Sport The vacuum created by the absence of sport has given us all opportunities to pursue other interests. The echoing of power tools throughout …

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Secondary Sport

The vacuum created by the absence of sport has given us all opportunities to pursue other interests. The echoing of power tools throughout the community and the long lines at Bunnings, not for a sausage sandwich, but to gain entry, are indications of the time spent working on home-based projects in the lovely weather we’ve had over the Easter break. My children have been counting their steps with pedometers each day and trying to stay as active as they can. It is impossible to completely fill the gap that is left when friends and school mates miss out on the opportunity to play sport together. Staying connected with friends is vital for our wellbeing. It is really important that we all make the most of our opportunities to stay physically active and connected until things start to get back to normal. Some of the more creative amongst us are finding ways to merge these two needs. I’ve seen many walkers connected to phones and earphones talking and shouting and laughing, speeding up and slowing down to the pace and vigour of their conversations with friends! The social support that friends provide is critical at this time and I do hope that our young people have been encouraging each other to be active. Our 7-10 PDHPE programs this term will include content that encourages students to plan for and undertake physical activity and to engage with peers in this process.

There are numerous resources available that support young people. The NSW Office of Sport has compiled a range of resources that can assist everyone, including young people specifically, to remain active. This can be found here.

At the moment, community-based sporting organisations are making plans for June/July returns to sport and the current information we have about children’s fairly minor roles in the spread of COVID-19 is encouraging. School-based representative sporting pathways are still postponed up until the 8th June. I imagine that the coming weeks will provide us with more insight into the directions that sport will take this term and for the second half of the year. Until then, stay safe, stay connected and be active!


Primary Sport

Whilst learning from home has brought about many challenges for students, teachers and of course parents, it has been amazing to see so many Primary students being creative in the ways that they are active at home. From jumping on the trampoline to creating obstacle courses, catching challenges, backyard soccer to having a dance party.

It is important to recognise that most students are spending much more time on their devices whilst learning from home. This makes it even more important to have regular breaks from screen time throughout the day. Encourage your children to be out in the backyard, create movement challenges and most importantly ‘play!’

To help encourage this sense of play, there are a range of resources on the Primary Sport CALEB page for Years K-2 and Years 3-6. Please look through these resources with your children to help find ways to be active, move and play at home.

Similar to Secondary Sport – all school-based representative sporting pathways are still postponed up until the 8th June. We will keep you updated on the return of these pathways.

Mr J Cruickshank
Head of PDHPE & Sport (Secondary)

Mr A Ezekiel
Head of Primary Sport

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Performing Arts

Music Teaching in an Online Environment The emergence of COVID-19 Pandemic in Term 1 presented both Music teachers and students with a unique challenge; transitioning …

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Performing Arts

Music Teaching in an Online Environment

The emergence of COVID-19 Pandemic in Term 1 presented both Music teachers and students with a unique challenge; transitioning our teaching and learning of a practical artform from the face-to-face environment to the online mode. This shift in the teaching and learning environment, required teachers to collaboratively reflect, redesign and reorganise, and implement new methods of teaching and learning.

One aspect of this is the consideration of the role the interaction with digital technology has in supporting students to further develop their key learning competencies. This enabled teaching staff to maintain a high level of expectations by way of empowering students in tailoring and directing their own learning, whilst also supporting students by providing appropriate levels of instruction and feedback where necessary. It was extremely rewarding to witness the manner in which both College staff and students engaged in this journey with such energy and enthusiasm.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our College Instrumental teachers for also adapting and continuing to offer one-to-one Instrumental lessons to our College Music students online. This has been no easy feat given the obvious issues with latency online, requiring teachers to reconsider how they communicate musically with their students. I would also like to acknowledge the work our College Ensemble Directors have done, in preparing online tutorial videos for Term 2 to continue to engage our Ensemble Musicians and ensure a continuity of learning during this period.

Looking to the future, and as we navigate through a process of partial return to the traditional face-to-face teaching and learning mode, I believe we are sailing into new, exciting and unchartered waters – integrating new learned pedagogies with the more traditional – to continue to support, engage and develop robust learners, that can adapt, reimagine and reapply their thinking.

The Music staff within the Creative and Performing Arts Faculty at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College, are excited for the new chapter and challenge in our development, integrating new pedagogies with more traditional pedagogies, to continue to engage and support our students.

At Bishop Tyrrell we offer Instrumental lessons with some of the best Instrumental teachers in the Hunter region. Lessons are currently available online throughout the week, according to the availability of the individual tutors. Please click on the Instrumental Music Lessons tab on the College Caleb Co-Curricular page and you will be directed to the available teaching staff.

Mr G Ross
Head of Creative Arts & Performance