In this issue

Virtual Anglican Schools Australia Annual Conference

Hunter’s Biggest Co-curricular Online Trivia Event Today

Home Learning Fun

Science Week Challenges Online

Staying Safe Online

Captain Durie Award for Helping Parents

1000PointChallenge Sports Online

Maths Teacher’s Athlete Profile: Mr Craig O’Brien

Treasure Hunt in Preschool

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Principal

Recently I was privileged to attend the virtual Anglican Schools Australia Annual Conference along with around 220 delegates. I was accompanied by our Head of Christian Studies, Mr Mark Story, and our new College Chaplain Reverend Jacqui who will officially commence her employment at Bishop Tyrrell in October. The conference …

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Principal

Recently I was privileged to attend the virtual Anglican Schools Australia Annual Conference along with around 220 delegates. I was accompanied by our Head of Christian Studies, Mr Mark Story, and our new College Chaplain Reverend Jacqui who will officially commence her employment at Bishop Tyrrell in October.

The conference theme was Intersections, or noisy chaotic crossroads, if you like, focusing on effective ways to approach everyday intersections amidst the busyness of our daily life. These intersections might be between parent and child, teacher and student, or indeed any other situation you might imagine in work or life where people come together. Anglican schools are exciting and dynamic centres of learning where “faith and learning” intersect, with so many activities and interactions which provide opportunities to learn how to manage intersections and to reach out to others in need.

One of the most compelling speakers was Major Brendan Nottle who oversees the operation of the Salvation Army in the City of Melbourne and is the Club Chaplain for the Collingwood Football Club. Brendan told us of his work with homeless people and shared his insights about addressing Australia’s homeless crises.

Using the conference theme of Encountering the Intersection he reminded us that as busy people we frequently go into “intersections” protecting our own position among competing interests when more effective outcomes will usually be found if we go into the intersection with a belief that ‘no one will be left behind’.

Brendan left us with four imperatives 1) enter any interactions with an intention to listen, 2) only speak the language that will be understood, 3) engage in whatever activities are being undertaken then withdraw and reflect about what to do next, and 4) ask yourself who is not at the intersection and consider how the situation might be more inclusive.

It’s an approach to working with people in many fields and will provide new ways of looking at an abundant life offering opportunities to make a difference in all people’s lives.

We were certainly inspired by his address.

The conference worship opportunities were certainly inspirational, and this final Blessing was too good not to share with you. I hope you enjoy the efforts of Victorian Anglican Schools.

As you know our Newcastle region continues to be in lockdown for some time. Our teachers have been undertaking normal classes each day, sending packs of work home and offering opportunities for well-being activities along the way. A small number of children of essential workers only are being supervised at school where we have limited staff on the roster. We are striving to keep both children and staff safe from COVID infections. Please do not send your children if they are unwell, thereby risking the health and safety of all present.

If your work situation changes for next week, then you are required to book into school using this link BTAC Parent Essential Worker Survey.

For wellbeing activities such as today’s Trivia Teams hosted by IT’s Tim Gardiner brought together 59 teams online to compete today, and a total of 197 students – what an impressive demonstration of Bishop Tyrrell’s co-curricular experience moved online.

 

Ms Suzanne Bain

Principal

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Preschool

This week we have been explorers as we engaged in a treasure hunt in the outdoor environment. The children enjoyed discovering sequins and sparkles in …

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Preschool

This week we have been explorers as we engaged in a treasure hunt in the outdoor environment. The children enjoyed discovering sequins and sparkles in the gardens and extended on their own learning as they chose to create their own treasure chest out of recycled materials. We revisited this again the next day at their request, demonstrating their enthusiasm and curiosity.

One of our Educators bought in some lemons from her tree and lemonade fruit to squeeze, the children were very excited with them all using fine motor skills and muscles to twist the fruit on the manual juicer. They were all willing to taste the juice with some friends asking for more. Together we talked about healthy and unhealthy foods and they were able to identify that fruit was good for you, demonstrating they are becoming aware of healthy lifestyle choices and what is good for our bodies.

The group has been very sustainable adding lids and soft plastics to our separate baskets and bins. It is amazing to see them take care of our environment by recycling and continuing these practices daily. They have begun to remind their peers to keep their lids and ask for any plastic to add to the bins. They have added to the compost by collecting their food scraps and mixing and watering them. The children discovered the bottom of the compost had broken down and used this to add to our gardens as food.

The Children have had the opportunity to take part in a variety of online learning platforms such as Taronga Zoo and ABC kids science.

 

We have had many Preschool children learning from home. They have been engaging in their home learning pack activities and storytime videos. We have loved the positive feedback and receiving photos of their child engaged in the experiences.

Children’s learning is dynamic, complex, and holistic. Physical, social, emotional, personal, spiritual, creative, cognitive, and linguistic aspects of learning are all intricately interwoven and interrelated.

 

 

Michelle Neylan
Preschool Director

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Primary Lockdown was the last thing I wanted to be talking about this week but unfortunately, there is little control we have over the current …

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Primary

Lockdown was the last thing I wanted to be talking about this week but unfortunately, there is little control we have over the current situation. What we can control is the way we deal with it as a school community. I would like to recognise all the parents and carers in our community who are trying their hardest to support the home learning while trying to maintain their own work and other responsibilities. I have been flooded with reports from teachers that the majority of students are coping really well and it’s evident they are getting a great deal of support from their busy Mum’s, Dad’s, and extended family. At the same time, well done to our essential working parents and the role you are playing to support the community.

To keep the Captain Durie award going we came up with a few interesting ways to help the students earn the award but at the same time help around the house. Last week it was house chores and this week it was helping prepare a meal for the family. Thank you to those who shared pictures and videos of the meals. They all looked so yummy and as a result, I have been hungry all week. It’s great to see the students helping around the house especially with meal preparation. You are never too young to start helping in the kitchen.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers and learning support staff for their efforts over the last two weeks. They are working around the clock to ensure the learning continues to be fun and engaging for the students. Some have developed new skills as they manage all the different online products used to deliver the content. It has been pleasing to see our wonderful learning support staff continue to run individual and group support for our students. I have received many emails and phone calls from parents thanking our staff for their wonderful efforts. We really do appreciate your support.

Kindy

There have been a lot of firsts for Kindergarten students over the last week. They have done an amazing job of home learning…watching teacher videos on Seesaw, following Mum or Dad’s instructions, working in their home learning booklets, having movement and story breaks on their own, and getting involved in creative activities every afternoon.

A highlight is our Friday Fun Challenge. Last week we had a beach day where students and teachers dressed up and imagined they were at the beach. Check out the great photos! This Friday is a ‘picnic’ challenge and our first Zoom meetings where the Kindergarten students can catch up with their teacher and classmates and fill them in on their week at home.

 

Year 1

Year 1 students have spent the last week learning from home, and have learnt to think outside the box to complete activities. We have studied division by using donuts, Lego, or counters to help; STEM lessons included building forts in our own lounge rooms; we ventured on our own mini Geography excursions by looking at our local environment; we have even conducted our own Science experiments. Luckily, teachers are able to see all of the students’ hard work as they upload their tasks to Seesaw. The teachers’ favourite part of each day is viewing photos that the children send in for the daily challenge that is set. So far, we’ve loved seeing cool hairstyles, crazy socks, fun things to do with your family, and even some cooking fun where students made their own breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Great job ONE-derfuls!

Year 2

have adjusted to Home Learning well, with many completing high-quality work via Seesaw. Students have had the opportunity to ZOOM with their classmates this week, listening to how others are going home and what has been happening in their lives. We have also got to see lots of pets and siblings in these meetings, which has been great! Year 2 have been powering ahead with their spelling, grammar, and comprehension, listening to lessons delivered via video from their teachers. They are currently learning about conjunctions in grammar and the main idea and summarising incomprehension. In Mathematics, students have been exploring 3D objects, identifying them at home, and discussing their properties and attributes. This week they have looked at chance by assessing the likelihood of situations occurring. In STEM we have been completing fortnightly Minecraft challenges, and this week students were asked to build a house. In Geography, we have been looking at the different states and territories in Australia and completing research tasks to find out more information about them. Finally, in Health, students have been learning about personal hygiene and the importance of washing their hands with soap, which has been a very timely reminder.

 

Year 3 have embraced home learning and are to be commended on how quickly they have adapted to using Microsoft Teams and SeeSaw. This week saw us dive into Science with Mrs Hunt and her trusty laboratory helpers! We began to explore solids, liquids, and gases and their various properties. During Library, we have been getting creative making bookmarks and sharing trailers all about our favourite books – hopefully, we can inspire others to read them! Band practice is in full swing and it is fantastic to see everyone following along at home…there are sure to be some very noisy houses out there. Keep working hard in Year 3 and we hope to see you at school again soon!

 

Year 4

Home Learning for our Science lessons this week in Year Four was an enormous success as many students convinced their parents to let them step away from their screens and help them create monolithic bridges. With the design brief to create a bridge that spanned 30cm out of whatever materials they could find around their home, students blew staff away with incredible designs that we’re able to hold up amazing amounts of weight. Notable mention to Connor Bradbury and Lucas Pittaway who were both able to create a bridge that held their body weight, and Lilliana Zaicos for her bridge that was well over a metre long. Also, a late entry has seen Neve Nahal create a bridge that held her weight too. Well Done everybody.

 

Year 5 have beautifully immersed themselves into Online Learning with great perseverance and resilience. It has been wonderful to see the dedication and organisational skills applied by all students, and their willingness to have a positive growth mindset. While we are apart, Year 5 is always looking for ways to stay connected. Students have thoroughly enjoyed the daily themed meetings from Fun sock Fridays to Show and tell our pets. In literacy, we delved into the text ‘Mirror’ by Jeanie Baker to analyse the visual literacy techniques used to make comparisons between two different cultures. Students continue to grow their understanding of adaptations in Science, by exploring the structural, behavioural, and physiological adaptations of animals and plants. In Health, Year 5 has applied critically thinking skills to analyse stereotypes and how different relationships and environments can influence our identity and behaviour.

 

Year 6

Continue to be online learning superstars accessing their daily meetings, lessons, and resources with ease and allowing them to continue their learning with positivity, resilience, and creativity. We have continued on with our usual programs and we are so proud of all of the students and their ability to upload their work to teams for their teachers to mark and give feedback. We continue to take much joy in meeting online each day and have had many laughs together, especially when someone’s pet delights in walking across the keyboard whilst their owner is in a zoom meeting. On Tuesday, Year 6 hit the McNab kitchen (virtually of course), to bake some delicious cookies (secret family recipe, no sharing Year 6). I am not too sure about how much mixture made it into the oven in the end. I do hope Year 6 students saved some for their families to taste. Thank you parents for your support and encouragement of your child/children in this difficult time. We look forward to the day we are back in the classroom, but for now, please congratulate your children for being absolute champions of online learning.

 

 

 

Mark Durie
Head of Junior School

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Adaptability Is Our Theme in the Secondary School this Term! I have been enormously impressed with the speed, energy, and grace with which our teachers …

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Adaptability Is Our Theme in the Secondary School this Term!

I have been enormously impressed with the speed, energy, and grace with which our teachers and staff have pivoted to online learning, and to work from home. Similarly, our students’ ability to throw themselves into their learning with all the challenges of this current season, has been striking.

With changing and sometimes conflicting messages from government and health authorities (themselves struggling to rapidly adapt to evolving circumstances), we have been forced to shift direction multiple times over recent weeks. Whilst I acknowledge the frustration and uncertainty such change may provoke, I am grateful for the trust our students and families have shown to our teachers and similarly, to our leadership team.

Finally, I urge students and parents to continue to reach out to the relevant staff at the College should there be any way we can serve you throughout this challenging season.

Study Skills Tip – How To Stay Positive About Your Schoolwork

It can be difficult to stay positive at all times about your schoolwork, particularly if you have challenged whether they be personal or whether you are grappling with something like online learning. When we allow pressure and stress to build we can get into bad habits and let go of good habits. As a result, students can feel even more drained and exhausted.

The key to being positive and managing negative emotions such as anxiety and feeling down and depressed in any pressure situation including schoolwork and exams is to “fuel up”. “Fuelling Up” is about boosting wellbeing factors in your life. You need to boost the wellbeing factors in your BODY, MIND, and EMOTIONS.

BODY: Here are some things you can do to boost the energy in your BODY

  • Get better sleep.

Feeling good all starts with getting the right amount and type of sleep. Start with a good night-time routine. Stop anything that stimulates you such as caffeine or TV or computer, iPad or phone screens etc. Try a warm drink such as chamomile tea and use essential oils such as lavender oil. Having a soothing bath or shower can also help along with gentle stretching of tight or tense muscles. If you still feel you are not getting a “good” sleep be sure to see your doctor.

  • Eat-in Moderation

Never skip a meal, especially breakfast. Breakfast replenishes your body and helps you start your day full of energy. Eat three main meals, and two to three snack meals a day. Eating five to six times a day keeps your blood sugar levels balanced, giving you an overall sense of well-being needed for focusing on your tasks and responsibilities.

  • Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise, at least three times per week for a minimum of 30-minute sessions, can virtually “soak up” stress chemicals in your body and help you to relax and even sleep better. Brisk walking, aerobic classes, swimming, bike riding, or jogging are great exercises to release stress buildup and relax your body and mind to either start or end your day right.

MIND: Here are some things you can do to THINK more positively

  • Change your thinking and perceptions

Write down your top 5 fears and worries. What’s the worst thing that can happen? Then ask yourself, “IS THAT TRUE”? Usually, fears and worries are not based on reality but on imagined scenarios that have little to no evidence. If it’s something that can’t be changed bring acceptance to it. It is what it is for now!

  • Change your focus

Have you noticed that what we worry about we make bigger and keep closer to us by the way we think and focus? Try this…make your fears and worries SMALL in size (5 cm in height) DARK in brightness and as far away as possible in DISTANCE. When we change the size, brightness, and distance of the things that upset us in our minds it reduces the intensity of the emotion.

 

Ms Tania Lloyd

Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary

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Secondary Pastoral

How to Stay Safe Online At this time of online learning, the most important person in the digital life of young people is their parents. …

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Secondary Pastoral

How to Stay Safe Online

At this time of online learning, the most important person in the digital life of young people is their parents. The NSW eSafety Commissioner has live webinars which are based on the latest research and they are a great way to learn how you can help your child develop the skills to be safer online.

All sessions are delivered by eSafety’s expert education and training team.

https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/webinars

  1. eSafety’s guide to online sexual harassment and image-based abuse

This Term 3 webinar will help parents and carers to understand online sexual harassment and image-based abuse, (non-consensual sharing of intimate images).

It is designed for parents and carers of young people aged 13-18.

It will cover:

  • the difference between online sexual harassment and image-based abuse
  • how to report online sexual harassment to social media companies
  • how to report image-based abuse to eSafety and when to report to police
  • where to get support if you feel upset or worried about something that has happened online.
  • https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/8331659724914836752
  1. eSafety’s parent guide to popular apps

Learn how to help young people safely use popular apps including TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube. This webinar is designed for parents and carers of young people aged 8-13.

It will cover:

From the Heads of 7-9 and 10-12

If you were to ask a teenager whether they want more, or less, screen time in their lives, more often than not they would likely err towards the former. Over the last two weeks, as we find ourselves back online for school, I wonder whether this sentiment would still be true? At this point, I am sure we are all a little screen fatigued but I wanted to take the opportunity to acknowledge the way our school community transitioned back into the online space within a less than the 24-hour window.

Our staff and students have smoothly jumped online for classes and barely skipped a beat in Secondary school. Our Year 12 students are currently mid-way through completing their final assessment for their HSC courses, our Year 11 students are finishing up their studies in Stage 6 preliminary course, and students from 7 to 10 are still working hard in their subjects under the guidance and supervision of their teachers.

It’s moments like these where I am proud to be a member of our Bishop Tyrrell community and am always amazed at the flexibility, enthusiasm, and willingness to give things a go. It is no doubt tiring for both staff and students to be shifting gears as they have done but as I have logged in and out of various online classes over the last few weeks, I have seen the same smiling faces still learning and still doing their best.

I want to encourage our students to be kind to themselves in these uncertain times, to make sure they are getting enough exercise, vitamin D, and legally permissible social interactions with others. Obviously, I look forward to our meeting in person again but in the meantime, I am sure we will continue to do the best we can with what we have.

Mr Cummings and Mr Bull

 

Ms Tania Lloyd

Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary School

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Students and staff have been working hard behind the desk and in the great outdoors over the past fortnight. See our social media channels to …

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Sports Corner

Students and staff have been working hard behind the desk and in the great outdoors over the past fortnight. See our social media channels to see some of our staff getting their daily dose of exercise and mindfulness, with some attempting to complete some of the challenges set for our students.

It would be remiss of me not to stress the importance of daily exercise and mindfulness activities. With the increased screen time and social isolation, going for a family walk, completing yoga, stretching or meditation activities are vitally important to keep everyone’s spirits up, whilst improving our physical and mental health.

Please post your #1000PointChallenge to your Teams Sports class and look out for everyone else’s to ensure we support each other during this important initiative.

The Primary and Secondary HRIS Athletics Carnivals have been moved to early Term 4. For those selected in the College Team, and for our Year 12 students, more information will be sent to you in the coming days.

The College is blessed to have a number of the amazing staff that ply their trade within the classroom. This week we take a closer look at one of our staff members, Mr Craig O’Brien, and see that his skills don’t stop with algebraic equations, they hit the track at pace.

Athlete Profile Mr Craig O’Brien

What sports did you play growing up?

I did athletics, rugby league, and soccer

What sport did you gravitate to the most?

Athletics – mainly 400m/800m running

When did you realise you had a talent for running?

I started running when I was 12 and one night at Little Athletics I won the 800m race by heaps and I thought “that was easy” I might keep trying this. So I did.

Where did you train?

I grew up in Western Sydney, so I trained out that way at Doonside and Blacktown, and when the tracks got made at Homebush, I trained there.

What were some of your achievements?

I kept improving right through high school, and when I was in Year 12, I finally won the State Title for 800m. That same year I won the NSW All Schools 800m and competed at the Pacific Schools Games where I finished second, competing against all of Australia and surrounding nations.

I won my first Open Title when I was 20.

Competed at National championships a few times, won the 4 x 400m relay for NSW in ‘93

Just missed the Olympic Athletics Team in 1996.

What was your motivation?

I enjoyed my sport. I had a great coach and many friends and support. It gave me direction to try my best, live a healthy lifestyle and I always set goals for myself each year to achieve.

Advice for our students…

Find something you enjoy doing, no matter what it is, and see how far you can go! I look back now and go “that was awesome”, and skills I learnt then I apply to my life every day.

Rob Eddy

College Sport Coordinator & Year 5 Teacher

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News & Notices

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data …

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News & Notices

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with a disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  • year of schooling
  • category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with a disability in schools
  • consider how they can strengthen the support of students with a disability in schools
  • develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.

The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The College will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy (https://www.education.gov.au/privacy-policy).

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal(https://www.nccd.edu.au).

If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact Mrs Lauren Carlson (Secondary) or Mrs Sharon Moore (Primary).

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Career Planning Resources Trying to decide on your future career can be tough, but don’t worry. There are lots of resources out there that can …

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Careers

Career Planning Resources

Trying to decide on your future career can be tough, but don’t worry. There are lots of resources out there that can help you to make a great decision!

Below are a few resources we highly recommend you explore to help with your career planning:

MyFuture

This is the National Career Information Service and is user-friendly and brimming with helpful information. It includes an interactive questionnaire (“My Career Profile”) which uses your responses to make suggestions of occupations you might like; “Career Bullseyes” that allow you to explore different occupations based on school subjects you enjoy; information on “Occupations” including employment prospects (based on ABS data), an overview of the main tasks involved in the job, educational pathways, and videos of people working in the role.

MyFuture even has a section dedicated to Parents and Carers, to guide you in helping your child plan for their future.

Industry Insights: Media and Telecommunications | Thursday 9 September 2021, 4.00 pm (AEST)

This is the first in our new Industry Insights webinar series brought to you by MyFuture and the Australian Business & Community Network (ABCN).

The media and telecommunications industry employs almost 200,000 workers in Australia. In this webinar, you will hear from a panel of representatives from technology and telecommunications companies. We’ll explore a range of occupations in the industry, essential competencies required for the work, emerging occupations, and future challenges for this industry. Register now

MyFuture will also be hosting a Professional, scientific, and technical industries webinar in October, and a Financial and Insurance Services industries webinar in November.

Your Career

This is an Australian government website with a wealth of information to support you at any stage of your career planning journey. Find occupation information, complete quizzes to help you determine what kind of work is most suited to you, explore courses and apprenticeships information, build your resume, and read lots of relevant articles.

You might know what you want to do, and just need help getting there, OR want to work on short-term qualifications once you finish school, OR need some advice about how to choose a career. Whatever stage you are at, Your Career can help.

Skills Road

This website is youth-focussed and contains the information you would expect about career advice and training/study options, but it also includes advice for job hunting (including a Jobs Board where you can search for part-time, casual, and entry-level jobs around Australia).

Take another Careers Quiz to get career recommendations matched to your interests, test yourself with the Job Fit Test to see how your skills, qualifications, and interests stack up and explore different industries with the SkillsRoad Industry Videos and 360⁰ Virtual Workplace tours.

Find more resources on our CALEB>Careers page.

 

 

Adrianna Demmocks 

Librarian and Careers Advisor • Library