Principal

We were delighted to welcome our newest Bishop Tyrrell students to the Kindergarten orientation recently. After a quick goodbye to their parents at the gate, our young visitors happily joined in with new friends to enjoy an afternoon of fun together. The visit was exciting for all involved.

While at the other end of the school, new leadership roles have been introduced for 2021. A key initiative for next year is the addition of two new pastoral roles for the secondary school, in addition to the Heads of House positions.

We are pleased to announce that the Head of Years 7 – 9 will be Mr Brian Bull and the Head of Years 10-12 will be Mr Mitch Cummings. We congratulate these experienced educators on their appointment to these new roles which will support students each day. Their responsibilities will include day to day supervision and the implementation of the pastoral care and well-being program across all year levels. I’m sure they will be in touch with parents as soon as the new year begins.

In addition, we have appointed new Heads of House from 2021 for a three-year term. These Heads of House will be integral in continuing to grow the spirit and culture in our Secondary School.
Currey House – Lani Grey
Darcy House – Michelle Yates
Fletcher House – Jacqui Currey
Thomas House – Victoria Pearse

End of Year Events
Following on from our successful online Valedictory Assembly for Year 12 students in September, we will be hosting end of year events for students and staff and the good news is that families can be involved online. At the Valedictory event we were able to bring families up on screen as students received awards, which added a special touch to the event.

Please note the times for the events in which you can participate in your diary. Further details regarding the online links will be available.

Events Time Date Other info
Co-Curricular Presentation From 12.30 pm Thurs 26 Nov Livestreamed
Online Christmas Message 6 pm (TBC) Mon 30 Nov By Video
End of Year Primary and Secondary Assemblies TBC Wed 2 Dec Livestreamed
Prizegiving and Speech Day 10 am Thurs 3 Dec Award winner parents will be on screens via Zoom
Preschool Concert 9 am – 10.30 am Tues 8 and
Thurs 10 Dec
Christmas concert livestreamed to parents

Sue Bain
Principal

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Preschool

The Preschool children have been excited to come to Preschool to engage in ‘news’. They were invited to bring in a photo or an item …

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Preschool

The Preschool children have been excited to come to Preschool to engage in ‘news’. They were invited to bring in a photo or an item of something that is special to them to share. Some of the news that was shared included:

Atticus brought in an enlarged aerial picture of his farm and his large blueberry crop.
Aria brought in photos and talked about when she lived in the “top end”.
Lexi recently found a snakeskin at her house and shared this with her friends.
Max showed and spoke about his red bendy bus from England.
Zaylee and Sage got creative and made informative posters on mermaids and dinosaurs.
Sophia was excited to show the painted rocks she found on her camping trip.
Amelia and Austin brought in trophies that were special to them.
Luca presented his remote control monster truck and educated his peers on “programming” and explained the car’s functions and movements of “forwards’ and “backwards”.

There were many more great news items that were shared and discussed, facilitating learning and development. News is a wonderful introduction to public speaking as children are given the option of speaking about a topic they know well and are interested in. When speaking about something you know and are interested in, this supports and promotes confidence to develop in a safe and familiar environment. Children will also become more comfortable contributing in class and asking questions.

Speaking in front of a group is an effective experience to encourage the use of descriptive language and develops a child’s ability to retell stories – in turn leading to improved communication skills which are important throughout their lives. They also develop the ability to answer questions well.

Being part of the audience is also an important part of learning. The audience learns to sit still and listen closely to someone other than their teacher, and to be respectful. As a result, they learn to consider their own ideas, think of questions or a comment about the topic and raise their hand to ask their question or comment.

“Do snakes live in your backyard?” asked Neve
“Where did you find the snake skin?” asked Edward
“What do you grow on your farm” asked Beaudie
“Where did you buy it?” asked Jack
“How much did it cost” asked William T

The children are displaying they are effective communicators, as they engage in enjoyable interactions using verbal and non-verbal language.

April Cooke
Preschool Director

 

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This week Primary held our first of two Kindergarten Orientation visits for our new students who will begin their school journey with us in 2021. …

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This week Primary held our first of two Kindergarten Orientation visits for our new students who will begin their school journey with us in 2021. With parents not allowed on site due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was pleasing to see all students wave goodbye to mum and dad at the front gate and happily walk into the College to meet their new friends. They participated in a range of in-class and playground activities and were very excited to wear their new Kindy t-shirt home. Next week they will receive a little “goody bag” with different items to help them prepare for big school. This includes their very own “I’m going to big school” book that has been designed as a social story to help them prepare for the year ahead.

We can’t have the parents miss out on all the fun so we held a Zoom information session for them last week and we have also created a Kindy 2021 link on our College website that has all sorts of information to help a parent and their child prepare for Kindy. Feel free to check it out and share the link with your friends. Although designed for new kindy families, it provides a fantastic visual summary of what happens daily across the College. You never know, you may just see one of your children starring in one of the many videos. Here is the link.

Kindergarten
This term in Geography we have been exploring how the location of places can be represented. We have applied new skills, with increased ability, when working independently and collaboratively in fieldwork. We have looked at the keys on maps and discovered where certain geological features can be found. As a reflection of traditional Indigenous mapping, we collected objects from the school environment to create a ‘journey stick’.

The Pirates of KLM, KKP and KKG have been busy following procedures on ‘How to make a telescope’ and ‘How to make a pirate hat’ in anticipation of our big pirate day. We sailed on the S.S Swainey using our telescopes to look for things on the high seas and sailed back to shore to write in our journals about what the Captain saw.

Year 1
We have turned into amazing little investigators in recent weeks. They loved the Newcastle Museum visit where they learnt all about vibrations and some students even turned into a human ear! 2D shapes and 3D objects have been a big part of our research lately, as we created our own objects and analysed where we can find them in our home and classroom environment. We then looked into whether they can stack or roll, or even both! Parents, do you know how many faces a sphere has? Or how many corners a cylinder has? Perhaps your superstar child can shed some light on this for you. Speaking of superstars, we’ve also been working on a secret assembly item that may or may not have a bit of a Rockstar theme……(Clue: It’s not ‘hand-tight’…….)

Year 2
What an exciting couple of weeks it has been in Year 2. We completed our lessons on various comprehension strategies and are ready to pack our toolkit and head into Year 3 in a couple of weeks. Currently, we are putting them altogether to help get the most out of everything we read and ‘fix’ any issues we come across, whether it be decoding words, working out the meaning of unknown words, summarising paragraphs or whole texts, or inferring any additional meaning the author is intending. Year 2’s writing skills are developing all of the time and our procedures are clearer through the inclusion of adverbs. There has been some incredible work done in Mathematics as we refined the use of a number line during addition and subtraction as well as adding the ‘split strategy’ to our repertoire in addition. Some of the home research tasks for Geography have started to come into the classroom and they look amazing. Students have done some wonderful research and presented their World Heritage Site very creatively. We have continued to combine substances to create mixtures in Science. We were fascinated by corn flour and water, what you could do with it and how it can change depending on how much water is added. The most excitement this week was created when Newcastle Museum visited to teach Year 2 about the journey of their food from their “Gums to Bums”! There was plenty of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahhs’ but also a lot of ‘ughs!’. The photos tell the story.

Year 3
It has been a busy fortnight in Year 3! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the Museum Express Science Show where we learnt all about pressure. During the show we investigated how to move water from a bottle into a cup using only a straw, balloon and pressure. We then explored how changes in temperature can affect pressure and crush a can and the highlight of the show was certainly the marshmallow shooter!

We enjoyed a calming experience in our Prayer Space with Mr Thornton. There we found different activities to help us reach out to God and connect with our feelings through using forgiveness stones, a prayer wall and sorry string, along with many other activities.

We have also been busy in our writing lessons learning all about procedures. We have looked at how to set out a procedure and discussed common language devices that are used. Students then put their writing skills to the test when they followed their procedure to decorate their biscuits with icing and various treats.

Year 4
This week Year Four joined the primary school in the pleasure of having a visit from the Newcastle Museum. Cathryn, a geologist, took the children on an adventure to the centre of the Earth and explained how rock movement can create earthquakes, volcanos and mountains. Students were treated to chemical reactions that made a mess and went pop. They also made a delicious experiment using a Ferraro Rocher, chocolate sauce, custard, and crackers to explain the make up of the world.

Year 5
Over the past fortnight, students thoroughly enjoyed working on their farming convention assessment. Students are working collaboratively to research and compare insect farming to other types of farming. In literacy, we delved into procedural text, where students constructed and wrote about balloon rockets. In Geography, they are creating a fire management brochure, identifying how to protect homes and local areas from bushfires. Year 5 Students were extremely excited to be playing some completive sport against their peers this term. Students have already shown great sportsmanship within basketball, soccer, and netball.

Year 6
We have been busy studying and revising many concepts. Within our writing and novel study units we are delving deep into the world of visual literacy, investigating the many techniques authors and illustrators use to convey meaning and messages within their books. Students have begun to write their own picture books based on these techniques. We have many budding illustrators and authors among us. Students are also enjoying physical brain breaks that are occurring as we head to the end of the year. Plank, wall sit and body weight challenges have occurred within the classroom, getting the blood pumping between lessons.

Within Maths, students revised their knowledge of 3D objects and refined our fine motor skills constructing 3D objects and challenged each other to build the highest possible 3D towers.

Mark Durie
Head of Junior School

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Secondary – Academic

Year 9 and 10 Students Good luck to the Year 9 and 10 students beginning their assessment blocks next week. Please continue to discuss revision …

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Secondary – Academic

Year 9 and 10 Students
Good luck to the Year 9 and 10 students beginning their assessment blocks next week. Please continue to discuss revision strategies and plans with teachers and parents. All students will be in supervised study sessions when they are not in an assessment activity.

Year 11 Students – Disability Provisions for the HSC Examinations
NESA has a program to help students with practical support in their Higher School Certificate examinations. Disability provisions in the HSC are practical arrangements designed to help students who couldn’t otherwise make a fair attempt to show what they know in an exam room.

The provisions granted are solely determined by how the student’s exam performance is affected. Provisions may include braille papers, large-print papers, use of a reader and/or writer, extra time or rest breaks.

It is not embarrassing to apply for or use provisions. More than 7000 HSC students apply for provisions each year. Provisions help students to show the markers what they know and can do.

To apply for provisions, the school submits an online application to the Board of Studies. This application tells us which provisions the student is requesting and includes recent evidence. Evidence may include medical reports, reading results, spelling results, writing samples and teacher comments.

For more information see “HSC Disability Provisions Guide for Teachers and Parents”

Tani Lloyd
Deputy Principal

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Secondary Pastoral

 A few months ago, Anders Ericsson passed away. Anders discovered that the secret to world-class excellence isn’t talent—it is practising in a specific way that …

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Secondary Pastoral

 A few months ago, Anders Ericsson passed away. Anders discovered that the secret to world-class excellence isn’t talent—it is practising in a specific way that he called “deliberate practice.”

In meticulous studies of chess, music, sports, and a range of other fields, Anders found that the willingness to engage in deliberate practice distinguishes the truly great from the merely good. Deliberate practice entails working with a coach or teacher to set specific challenging goals for improvement, concentrating completely while practicing, receiving immediate feedback, and then repeating the cycle again and again.

What magic might ensue if students learn the scientific truth that deliberate practice, independent of talent, can raise everything from a Mathematics grade to a free throw percentage. What if students knew that working toward challenging goals was bound to make them frustrated, but that frustration was often a positive sign that they were on the path to improvement?

This is why we teach our students to practise like experts. Students learn that frustration while studying, which so many people reflexively avoid, is a signal that can mean you are working on your weaknesses…. When everything goes perfectly, it may feel good, but it’s probably a sign that you’re not challenging yourself.

So, we do encourage students to aim high. We show them that you practise things you can’t yet do. We ask them to say aloud, “This is so frustrating because I’m challenging myself.”  We don’t let students settle for high achievement alone.

Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal

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Sport

After an unusual year of sport to say the least, we are writing to you with an update on the College Sport Clubs and our …

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Sport

After an unusual year of sport to say the least, we are writing to you with an update on the College Sport Clubs and our focus on sport in general within the College.

The Bishop Tyrrell Netball Club held its AGM in October. At this meeting, we farewelled three of the executive committee members – President Kim Ambler, Secretary Karen Crisp and Registrar Monique Smith. We thank these ladies for their fine service to the Netball Club in 2020 and in previous years. They have left the Club in a financially and operationally strong position for 2021.

The Bishop Tyrrell Basketball Club did not put forward teams in the Winter Competition in 2020 due to the difficulties posed by the COVID situation at the time. However, 5 teams were entered in the Summer Competition during Term 4. We thank Belinda Vardy, President, for her ongoing excellent organisation and involvement with the Club.

The College is currently undertaking a Review of our Sporting structures and involvement with a view and a commitment to enhancing the opportunities available for students of the College. Both the Netball and Basketball Clubs have been well-supported by our students and the College community over many years. We will be investing in ways to keep the Clubs as successful, College-run ventures in 2021 and beyond. We seek your continued support of the Clubs in 2021. Further information will be circulated in the near future about registration for 2021 teams and the structure and governance of the Clubs. We will of course be seeking continued parental involvement in our Clubs, both in administration and coaching.

Thank you to all who have supported our sporting endeavours in 2020, limited though they have been. We wish you an enjoyable finish to the school year.

Joel Cruickshank
Head of PDHPE and Secondary Sport Coordinator

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Creative Arts and Performance

Primary Music Program News At Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College, we value the skills students develop through their Music education and when learning an instrument. These …

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Primary Music Program News
At Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College, we value the skills students develop through their Music education and when learning an instrument. These include communication, insight into others, cooperation and collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, and the ability to make connections across complex ideas. As you know, such skills will enhance lifelong learning and are integral in preparing your child for the real world – regardless of their future career endeavours.

As part of the College’s growth and development, the current Year 3 and 4 Instrumental/Ensemble Performance Program will be extended through to Year 5 in 2021 and Year 6 in 2022.

The College is extremely excited to witness the impact the growth of this program will have on both the Music Curriculum here at the College and most importantly, the development of your child.

Instrumental Teacher Profile – Mr Dane Baldwin
Dane Baldwin is a professional drummer, music director, producer, tour manager and drum/percussion educator with over 30 years’ experience in the entertainment industry. Most recently he was the Drummer and Musical Director for Morgan Evans and has toured with a wide variety of Australian and International artists. Dane has performed at some of the most renowned venues and events around the world including the Grand Ole Opry and CMA Festival in Nashville, and at the prestigious Australian ARIA awards. He has also played sessions in a number of commercial studios around Australia, New Zealand and Nashville USA.

Dane offers private and group tuition on College campus for beginners through to advanced, catering for each student’s individual needs.

Currently, Dane is the College’s Drumline Director, and the Year 3 and 4 Instrumental Program Percussion tutor.

To enquire about Drum lessons at the College please email: baldwind@btac.nsw.edu.au

Gareth Ross
Head of Creative Arts and Performance

News and Notices

Uniform Shop We would like to remind you of the following Uniform Shop arrangements we have in place for your convenience. Orders can simply be …

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News and Notices

Uniform Shop
We would like to remind you of the following Uniform Shop arrangements we have in place for your convenience.

Orders can simply be placed by emailing the Uniform Shop or through your flexischool account. Payment can be made over the telephone with the school office or by EFT Direct debit BSB 705077 ACC 00040217 reference: surnameuniforms (please email a copy of payment receipt to uniformshop@btac.nsw.edu.au). Orders will be delivered to your child’s class for Preschool to Year 6, and to the school office for years 7 to 12.

If you need to visit the Uniform Shop we do ask that you book an appointment in advance with our Uniform Shop Manager, Mrs Lorelle Chandler by phone or email.  Further, when you arrive at the College you ring the Uniform Shop to check access. Due to social distancing, we are limited to ONE family in the shop at any time. We appreciate your understanding and patience around these restrictions.

The adjusted hours for the remainder of this term are 8.45 am to 10.00 am Monday to Friday.

Lastly, a reminder, if your child has outgrown their current blazer and will require a new one next year, we ask that you notify the uniform shop as we are about to place the 2021 Blazer order. Please note, payment is not required at this stage.

I look forward to sharing the final weeks of our 2020 Academic year with your child and family.

To contact the Uniform Shop:
Email: uniformshop@btac.nsw.edu.au
Phone:  4979 8410