Moving the spirit.

Prayer spaces have come alive at Bishop Tyrrell this month led by our Child, Youth and Families worker Mr Mark Thornton. Prayer Spaces exist in all churches in one form or another and the Bishop Tyrrell Chapel has been transformed into a peaceful space for our students to experience wonder and awe.

The magic of prayer spaces puts children at ease and offers them the chance to talk to God and reflect on real life issues of concern to them. Mr Thornton and Christian studies teachers guide children through the process at each prayer space allowing their imagination to take them where they need to be at that time. Developing a meaningful prayer life is often difficult for children and prayer spaces tap into children’s creative thinking powers allowing them to see the spiritual side of everyday situations. One of the most powerful ways this is made manifest is in the experience of quiet.

Primary school children have written prayers for the homeless and those experiencing loss.  They have reflected on their worries and expressed sorrow. They have thought about something they would like to let go of and cast a pebble into the water to symbolically move on from that worry.

Younger students are given the opportunity to experience prayer in a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment. Free from distractions, the prayer space is an opportunity to practice gentleness, to be still and to attempt the discipline of prayer.  Older children focus on a sense of inclusiveness, self-response and gratitude.

Whilst the theme of the Prayer Space is broadly Christian, the Prayer Space includes all faiths and none. The Prayer Space approach does not preach and purposely seeks to encourage students to make their own meaning and draw their own conclusions.

Our hope at Bishop Tyrrell is that this experience allows young people to think deeply about prayer and the ways in which they can respond to a God who loves them.

Sue Bain


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It has been wonderful to welcome back our Preschool children this week and see lots of smiling faces eager to share the news of their …



It has been wonderful to welcome back our Preschool children this week and see lots of smiling faces eager to share the news of their holidays with the family. Thank you to all of the families that have shared photos of their family trips, the children have loved looking at these and discussing them with the class.

This week we have been talking about healthy eating and sometimes foods. The children are all very clever at knowing foods that are healthy to eat such as fruits and vegetables and foods that are best left at home such as sweet biscuits, cakes and muffins.

“Coco pops we don’t eat all the time,” said Maja
“We can eat fruit every day” said Eden
“Pancake with sprinkles is a sometimes food,” said Matilda
“Carrots are everyday food,” said Peyton

As part of the activities of the healthy eating week, the children have been involved in making individual fruit kebabs and their own healthy face sandwich.

The children were all able to name the fruits and vegetables we used on the kebabs and sandwiches. These include watermelon, apples, grapes, banana, cucumber, sultanas, tomato, capsicum, cheese and they all ate their healthy creations. They have also been engaged in group games such as healthy food bingo, stories, painting and group discussions. The Gem friends extended on this by adding an Indigenous Perspective and explored bush tucker through a factual clip.

“They eat kangaroo like we eat chicken,” said Adrian
“I’ve eaten bugs before, they were delicious,” said Kara
“I eat mint leaves, that’s just like a herb,” said George

Through this experience, the children are taking increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.


April Cooke
Preschool Director

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Welcome back everyone to Term 4. It was great to see all the students return refreshed after a lovely spring break. It’s a short term …



Welcome back everyone to Term 4. It was great to see all the students return refreshed after a lovely spring break. It’s a short term but we have a variety of activities to complete before the year ends.

While we have a strong focus on academic development with our students, we also have a strong commitment to developing the future leaders of the world. This week Year 5 students have been submitting leadership applications to be considered for a College leadership role in 2021. We have a strong focus on the importance of leadership, and we are always eager to ensure students have an opportunity to develop leadership skills in a variety of areas. The number of roles has been reduced compared to previous years, but we still have representation for the many areas of College life. Applications will be reviewed, and students interested in the captain roles will be interviewed and the student body will also get to vote for their preferred candidate. We will announce the successful candidates at the end of the year and officially induct our leaders at the Investiture Assembly at the beginning of 2021.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Mr Luke Roe who will work with Year 1 and Kindy classes as a teacher’s aide until the end of the term. Mr Roe has a strong interest in movement and linking it back to student focus in the classroom. He will work with some students who need extra movement during the day to help them focus in the classroom. We also welcome back Mrs Stacey Dombkins who has returned from leave and will continue her work with our Kindy students.

As we start the term it’s important to review the start time for school. Students can arrive from 8:00 am each morning with formal lessons beginning at 8:40 am. Please note, there is no supervision before 8:00 am, therefore students are not allowed on site before 8:00 am. We have a wonderful OOSH service available to families who need an early start or late pickup. Lately, we have noticed students arriving up to 15 minutes earlier. In the interest of student safety please follow the guidelines.

Ahoy there! Kindergarten are sailing across the high seas this term in search of pirates. In Geography, we are developing our mapping skills to find buried treasure. During Mathematics lessons we will be counting and sharing the treasure we find, while in English we are learning about procedures, so we can document all the wonderful pirate things we will be making. Later this term in Science and Technology we will find out just how far a cannonball can roll. Keep your eye on Seesaw for all of our adventures.

Year 1
We try our best to provide a wide variety of sporting activities and this term its gymnastics. We have been practising our fundamental movement skills such as jumping, hopping and rolling. New skills have also been introduced such as tuck rolls and the crowd favourite, the donkey kick. All the students are loving it, and all are very tired at the finish and it’s great to have experienced gymnasts running the program in a fun and enjoyable way.

Year 2
It’s been a busy start to the term for Year 2. In English, they are monitoring their understanding of their reading, using the toolkit of strategies to ‘fix’ any occasions where they can’t tell somebody about what it is they have just read. In writing, we are learning about procedures, which will assist during Science, as they are soon going to be following procedures to carry out experiments. Science has been exciting as the students have been making ‘mixtures’, combining various substances to see if they change. Year 2 are focusing on number work to finish the year in Mathematics. So far, students have been investigating place value, which has contributed to their ability to round numbers to the nearest 10 or 100, a trickier skill than you would think! Geography is continuing from where we left off last term, learning about World Heritage sites in Australia. We will look forward to the completed home research tasks later in the term. Health is also building on Term 3’s learning. We are learning to make healthy lifestyle choices, starting with diet and how important it is to have one that is balanced. We are looking forward to lots of cool, healthy lunches over the summer!

Year 3
After a relaxing and restful holiday break for everyone, it was wonderful to see the smiling faces of our Year 3 students back in our classrooms. All the students have been looking closely at Volume and Capacity in Mathematics, especially the various units of measurement associated with each. Our novel study this term has us following the exploits of a china rabbit called Edward Tulane. We are all looking forward to finding out where he will take us. In Geography, we have started to discover our neighbouring countries; investigating the settlement patterns and demographic characteristics of places and the lives of the people who live there. The gymnastics program has been an exciting addition to our physical activities.

Year 4
S.T.E.M this week in Year 4 became S.T.E.A.M (Science Technology Engineering Art and Maths) as we combined robotics and paint with Mr Youman. Students coded and looped Spheros to drive through paint and create collaborative and unique artworks. Students were able to code the speed, direction and duration of their robotic artist and when working together fantastic pieces were produced. Watch out classrooms in the coming weeks as we decorate our walls with our amazing creations.

Year 5
Year 5 have had a terrific start to the term. They are enjoying learning about procedural texts and completing our novel study on the text, Iron Man. In Mathematics, students have been completing a variety of activities and tasks on chance and probability, and patterns and algebra. In Geography, they are completing research on the causes and impact of bushfires, and the preventative measures we can take to prepare ourselves and property. In Science and Technology, students have been discussing, researching and analysing the concept of sustainability. They have been reading the types of farming in Australia, and how human consumption impacts the environment.

Year 6
During our Deep Learning Project Peni and Nathan from 6LMc held a clothes drive to assist others who are less fortunate in our community. They donated the clothes to Church 4 Life, who are a not for profit organisation who distribute clothes to people living in poverty both in Australia and overseas.  We are very grateful for the generous support the boys received from the school community and we are hoping projects like this one will become regular activities in the BTAC community.

Mark Durie
Head of Junior School

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Mr Cummings and Mr Owers (College STEM teachers) would like to thank Year 9 IST and Year 11 IPT for their assistance in building three …


Secondary – Academic

Mr Cummings and Mr Owers (College STEM teachers) would like to thank Year 9 IST and Year 11 IPT for their assistance in building three new robotic friends for the College – DJI Robomaster rovers. The robots came flatpacked and took a number of days to meticulously screw together piece by piece. The students were excited to build these platforms from scratch and recently took them out for their first test spin. Over the coming years students at Bishop Tyrrell will get the opportunity to program these robots to complete simple tasks, navigate mazes or simulate space missions. What a great opportunity for our College community!

Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal

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In assembly last week I spoke about gratitude and why it matters. I watched a great documentary in the holidays on Netflix – Song Exploder …


Secondary – Pastoral

In assembly last week I spoke about gratitude and why it matters. I watched a great documentary in the holidays on Netflix – Song Exploder – it looks at the way famous songs come into existence – one of these was how the musical “Hamilton: An American Musical” came to be.  One of the musical’s great quotes resonated with me – Lin-Manuel Miranda, who plays Hamilton says “Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now!”

I wanted to say publicly how grateful I am for the time, effort and passion all students put into their Deep Learning Projects from Term 3.  It has given us great insight into what worked well for students and what we could improve on in 2021.

So, why does gratitude matter?
When you feel gratitude, you feel a sense of abundance. When you express gratitude—especially when it’s heartfelt—you strengthen your relationships with others. Grateful people are happier and more fulfilled. And gratitude leads you to be nicer to other people: more cooperative, patient, and trusting.

Being grateful for the teachers we have at the College is also the theme of the upcoming World Teacher’s Day celebrations, on Friday 30 October. I hope you will all join with me in saying “Thank You” for the magnificent job you all do in teaching, mentoring, supporting and growing the young people entrusted to you.

Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal

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Getting to the heart of prayer Young people are curious about life. All of life  – the good and bad. Growing up raises lots of …


Children’s Youth and Families Worker

Getting to the heart of prayer

Young people are curious about life. All of life  – the good and bad. Growing up raises lots of questions, some about their place in the world and others about the world itself; what is it like, how we are to be in it, what it has to offer. Many young people have a particular interest in the less material aspects of our existence, the spirit or the soul, the ways in which our bodies can enact something more meaningful than the here and now. All of these curiosities allow for young people to explore a sense of identity, of self-worth, or personal insight, meaning and purpose.

At Bishop Tyrrell, we are committed to joining with young people as they journey through this curiosity. As they test and probe what it might be like to live out the values which we seek to engender; to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8).

Over the coming weeks, we have created a special space in the chapel, called a Prayer Space, where children and young people are able to explore life’s questions, spirituality and faith in a creative way. Taking a broadly Christian perspective as a starting place, the prayer space gives young people an opportunity to develop skills of personal reflection, and to explore a spiritual response in an open, inclusive and safe environment. 

In this way, the prayer space invites students to have a spiritual experience on their own terms. One space involves selecting a stone and thinking of a time when the student was hurt by a cruel word or action. The student is then invited to reflect on these feelings and let the stone represent all those feelings of hurt and pain. Finally, the student is invited to let go of those feelings by dropping the stone into a basin of water. In doing so, students are invited to do the difficult work of forgiving the person who has hurt them. They are invited to remember that in forgiving, they too are forgiven.

At its heart, this is what prayer is all about. Seeking ways to look differently on our experiences – to reach out and ask for help with the things that most trouble us. Prayer is more than simply asking though, it is a chance for us to connect with the divine; with a God who calls to us and who longs to see us reflect his love. Pray need not have words – it may be no more or less than the time taken to recharge, or a simple act of kindness between two people. Such moments are powerful examples of prayer, of moments in which we give our attention totally over to God, despite distraction and disruption.

Our hope here at the College is that we can continue to provide our students with such opportunities – to stop, to breathe, to be still. In these moments, we are better able to recognise that we are more than the sum of our parts, that we are loved and heard and valued. Ultimately, by giving students these opportunities, we can instil in them the knowledge that their voice is heard and that they will continue to be heard, no matter what.

I look forward to sharing with you how our students found the prayer space.

Mark Thornton
Children’s Youth and Families Worker

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News and Notices

2021 Enrolments We love seeing our Bishop Tyrrell community grow each year and we are currently enrolling students for 2021. This is a reminder to …


News and Notices

2021 Enrolments
We love seeing our Bishop Tyrrell community grow each year and we are currently enrolling students for 2021. This is a reminder to ensure any 2021 sibling enrolments have been submitted via the Preschool or K-12 online enrolment form on the College website. If you have any queries do not hesitate to contact our College Registrar Mrs Barb Durie. Please share our website details if you have friends or family who might be considering Bishop Tyrrell. Thank you, our families are our best advocates!

Discover More
Throughout Term 4 we will be holding a series of Discover More Virtual Information Sessions. These sessions will be held via Zoom at 9.30 am on:

  • Wednesday 28 October
  • Wednesday 11 November – Focus on Year 7
  • Wednesday 25 November

What do our Virtual Information Sessions include? You’ll have the chance to:

  • Meet our Principal and Staff
  • Hear about College life
  • Ask questions
  • Find out more about our curriculum and the new Deep Learning Program
  • Learn more about our dedicated Bishop Tyrrell buses

Register your interest now!

COVID Restrictions
At the College, we are doing everything we can to keep our community safe during a global pandemic.  We wish to remind parents who enter the College carpark to remain in your vehicle at all times. Thank you!

Online Transition Guide for Year 6 to Year 7
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