Principal

Congratulations to Year 12 students who celebrated their graduation at a COVID Safe Formal Dinner on Monday Night. While it was a small function for just staff and students to celebrate what has been an “unprecedented” end to schooling for this group of fine young people.  We are delighted to hear that a significant number are on their way to success in tertiary education in 2021. Unconditional offers have been made by universities here and elsewhere to twenty-seven students under the Schools Recommendation Scheme. No doubt this brings them one step closer to their career goals, and while we recognise that some may alter their preferences, the uncertainty has been reduced. We congratulate all our graduating students and look forward to hearing of their career journey as Alumni of Bishop Tyrrell. We hope that one day their stories will be featured in this newsletter!

Australian Business Week is in full swing for Year 10 students who are experiencing the challenge of setting up their own business with the assistance from local business owners and mentors who are “Zooming in” to be on hand. It’s an exciting week for students and teachers alike. Thanks to Mr Bull and teachers for creating this flagship programs for young people as we prepare them to be confident and courageous in the business world.

The Year 6 transition into secondary school is underway with eager young people trying out all of the secondary subjects, cooking pizzas, building boats, undertaking mapping exercises and completing exciting science experiments. It’s a joy to watch enthusiastic year six students interact with the secondary specialist teachers, make new friends and look forward to the next stage of learning. Providing an opportunity for Year 6 students to manage the transition into secondary school is vital to their success in the coming years. We look forward to January 27, when we welcome them into Year 7 again in the new year and are there beside them as they navigate new ways of learning in each subject discipline.

Finally, this week I leave the virtual College Art Exhibition with you to enjoy and celebrate as I have this week. Congratulations to the creative and enthusiastic teachers of Art and Visual Design for this splendid exhibition. Thank you for your excellent work in putting this virtual exhibition together. Please allow for some loading time when you first enter the virtual gallery.

K-10

HSC Art work can be viewed here

Suzanne Bain
Principal

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Preschool

NAIDOC week is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait …

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Preschool

NAIDOC week is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing cultures on the planet and this year’s theme is Always Was, Always Will Be.

At Preschool the children have been engaged in experiences and learning opportunities to support this event by looking at Indigenous-inspired artworks and using their individual creative skills to represent their understanding. They created Aboriginal flags and painted natural materials such as bark and leaves in earthy tones. They watched clips of didgeridoos, and at relaxation time enjoyed traditional Indigenous music and listened to ‘Dreaming’ stories.

The children have also been involved in creating their own Indigenous stories using traditional Aboriginal symbols to share their story in pictorial form.

Bowen said, “I saw a waterhole near the mountains and the sun and moon were up high in the sky. I saw smoke coming from the burning trees so I climbed up the trees and found a snake. We had a drink in the river.”

Kara said, “I saw some mountains and at the bottom of the mountains was a river. I saw smoke and people throwing boomerangs under the trees”.

We also celebrated Diwali, a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated mainly by Hindus and Sikhs and many of our Preschool community. In our Preschool program, the children heard the story about the origin of Diwali, painted diyas which are lanterns that are lit during the celebration and learnt the purpose of the festival that symbolises new beginnings and prosperity in the year to come. Some of the children talked about what their families plan to do in celebration and that it means having fun with friends and family.

Manreet said, “I did henna, rangoli with mummy, made sweets, go to the temple, make everyone happy and put lights in my house”.

By participating in these cultural experiences the children are learning the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures. The children are developing positive attitudes and valuing cultural differences. The children are developing their understandings and appreciation for the land they learn and play on the Awabakal land. Through intentional teaching experiences, Educators are promoting a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and being and cultural awareness in our local and greater community.

April Cooke
Preschool Director

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Primary

Primary With the end of the academic programming fast approaching, teachers have been working furiously to prepare the semester 2 reports for our wonderful students. …

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Primary

Primary

With the end of the academic programming fast approaching, teachers have been working furiously to prepare the semester 2 reports for our wonderful students. The reports provide a summary of the learning outcomes achieved by the student and are based on a variety of different assessments carried out during the second half of the year. Our teachers need to be commended for the extra effort they make to produce the reports while continuing a rigorous learning program right up to the end of the term. They will be available in the last week of term.

We have many ceremonies planned for the end of the year that would traditionally include members of our wider community attending in person. Restrictions may stop parents from attending in person, but we will still be able to include you via the live stream. We plan to do this for Year 6 parents for the formal part of the Year 6 end of year celebration. At the same time, all parents will be invited to join the live stream for the Primary End of Year Assembly and the College End of Year Speech Day. Mr Gardiner and his IT helpers will do their best to make it a memorable experience for everyone.

Kindergarten
Over the past two weeks, we have been developing our geographical enquiry skills and using geographical tools. We made a 3D geographical map of the playground and located geographical features on a map using a compass rose. We put on our lab coats in Science and Technology and used the apparatus to work scientifically to investigate probing questions about the natural environment. We completed tests to see if the size of a ball, influenced the distance it could travel and whether the surface on which it rolled also affected the distance travelled.

Year 1
This term Year 1 have been spending a lot of time learning about safety. We have learnt how to be safe at home, at school and on the road, amongst other things. This week the students learnt the importance of helmets when riding our bikes by conducting our own helmet ‘eggsperiments’. We wrapped one egg in bubble wrap, which represented a brain with a helmet to protect it, and we left one egg with no protection at all. We then placed our eggs into zip lock bags and dropped them from the balcony. It was very interesting to see that all of our brains wearing helmets were unscathed and survived the fall. However, the brains without a helmet were a mushy mess! All of the kids soon realised that helmets are an incredibly important way of protecting our very precious brains. It is a timely reminder that whenever we are riding our bikes and scooters over the upcoming holiday break we should always be protecting our noggin!

Year 2
What a busy last couple of weeks we are having in Year 2. Our procedure writing has come along in leaps and bounds and the students showed their skills by writing about how to make sock puppets. This week we have thrown open the glass dividing doors between classrooms and have been watching short silent video clips of people making Christmas decorations. The students had to then write their own procedure and then follow it to make their own version of the Christmas craft. This was a lot of fun! A highlight for the past week was, of course, instrument selection trials held on Wednesday. Students were allocated to groups based on the selection forms returned, and we’re already learning about how to hold, blow, strike, bow and strum. There were a lot of happy smiles, raucous laughter and air-guitar! Students have been refining and extending their multiplication and division skills in Mathematics and have learnt that they can use the same processes to find an answer regardless of how large the numbers become. Year 2 have presented their Geography posters on their chosen World Heritage-Listed Australian site. They are congratulated on the amazing research and creative skills and parent support was appreciated. We have continued to make mixtures in Science but have now been searching for ways to separate them after they have been mixed. This has been loads of fun!

Year 4
This term, Year 4 have been lucky enough to have Primary Active visit them for sport. Primary Active have literally brought a whole truckload of exciting equipment and supplied us with some specialised teachers with lots of gymnastics experience. Students have been forward rolling, ‘L’ holding, leg lifting, star jumping, straddle jumping, log rolling, balance beaming and loads of other core strength-building activities. Students spent time each week with smiles on their faces as they develop some quite difficult skills. Thank you so much to Mr Ezekiel for organising such a wonderful experience for Year Four.

Year 5
It has been a busy fortnight in Year 5! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the Farming Convention, where students presented and persuaded their audience to be environmentally sustainable with insect farming. We celebrated NAIDOC week with arts and crafts. Students embraced their creativity to design serpent snakes, weaved headpieces and boomerangs. Year 5 have also been working on procedural text in writing, learning about the structure and discussing the explicit and precise language that is used. In Mathematics, students have been revising multiplication and division. Year 5 have worked hard to solve challenging word problems involving 3- and 4- digit equations.

Year 6 

Year 6 have been working tough until the end of the year. Powering through assessments and creating presentations in preparation for the End of Year 6 Celebration which we cannot wait to share with everyone. The students have enjoyed making a special gift in Art and learning the words to children’s’ songs in Japanese. Students continue to complete their study on visual literacy using Anthony Brown’s text, ‘Gorilla’. They then completed book reviews on this fabulous text which they then shared with the class as a Speaking assessment. They have continued to hone their rugby skills in Sport and have enjoyed numerous physical brain breaks between lessons.

 

Mark Durie
Head of Junior School

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Secondary – Academic

The Co-curricular Sport, Cultural and Service Assembly will be streamed live to the College community on Thursday 26 November starting at 1.00 pm. Award winners …

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Secondary – Academic

The Co-curricular Sport, Cultural and Service Assembly will be streamed live to the College community on Thursday 26 November starting at 1.00 pm. Award winners will be notified by the end of this week. Only student award winners and performers will be present in the Hall when the presentations occur. Other students will be in their class/tutor groups watching the ceremony.

The End of Year assemblies for Primary and Secondary will be live-streamed to the College community on Wednesday 2 December. Award winners will be notified by the end of next week. Only student award winners and performers will be present in the Hall when the presentations occur. Other students will be in their class/tutor groups watching the ceremony.

The Annual College Speech Day Award ceremony will be streamed live to the College community starting at 10.00 am on Thursday 3 December. Prize winners will be notified by the end of next week and parents of these students will be invited to Zoom into the ceremony when their child is receiving their award. Other students will be in their class/tutor groups watching the ceremony.

Year 11 2020 Grades
Year 11 students are now able to access their Year 11 grades from Students Online. https://studentsonline.nesa.nsw.edu.au/

From Friday 13 November students can use their NESA student number and 6 digit PIN to access their eRecord, which will show their 2020 Year 11 grades and their 2019 Year 10 grades. Students must activate their account first to see their grades. Once they have logged into Students Online: they should

  • check their confirmation of entry to ensure their name, courses, address, email and phone number are correct
  • inform me of any name changes or course concerns.

Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal

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Secondary – Care and Wellbeing

What a wonderful day our 2021 Year 7 students had on Tuesday as they gathered in the secondary school to meet their peers for next …

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Secondary – Care and Wellbeing

What a wonderful day our 2021 Year 7 students had on Tuesday as they gathered in the secondary school to meet their peers for next year. They broke into their House tutor groups and started their day with their Heads of House and House Captains learning about each other and playing ice-breaker games. Following this the students started their rotations through their lessons, starting from raw ingredients to delivering up delicious individual pizzas, finding their way about the secondary school using geographical tools, discovering how letters and numbers are connected, learning how to use their physicality in dramatic improvisations, finding solutions to the real-life problem of over-crowded ferries and reflecting on how a fly has different mouthparts to ours!  We can’t wait to see them again next week as they continue to become more confident about coming to secondary school.

Whilst these transition days are all about growing the confidence of our newest students to be, it begs the question to be asked “What do we hope for when we send children to school?”

This is the question Martin Luther King, Jr. posed in an essay entitled “The Purpose of Education,” published in the Morehouse student newspaper. King’s answer: “Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”

But what, then, is character? Character is personal integrity, honesty, and social responsibility. But character is also persistence in the face of obstacles, self-discipline and work ethic. The list of what constitutes admirable character goes on and on. In short, character is not one thing, but many.

A great classroom is one in which young people thrive in every sense of the word. Schools play an essential role in helping young people develop socially, emotionally, physically and academically.

We hope this is what the 2021 Year 7 cohort are finding about the secondary school and strive to ensure this continues for them as they move towards their graduation in 2026.

Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal

Vacation Care

Our OOSH run a very exciting Vacation Care program throughout the holidays. Each day is different with plenty of fun activities organised. In December the …

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Vacation Care

Our OOSH run a very exciting Vacation Care program throughout the holidays. Each day is different with plenty of fun activities organised.

In December the program runs from Friday 4 December through to Thursday 17 December.

Some of the activities planned are:

  • Circus Skills
  • Magic workshop
  • Australian Reptile Park Incursion
  • Christmas craft and cooking
  • Christmas Disco and party

A great line up of summer activities is planned for January with the program commencing on Monday 5 January.

In January we are excited to launch our Preschool Vacation Care Program. The Preschool program will commence on Monday 5 January and run through to Friday 22 January. We are thrilled to be able to offer this service to our preschool families.

Please visit the OOSH CALEB page for more information or to download the booking forms.

Susanna See
OOSH

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Canteen Assistant (paid position – 8 hours per week) We are seeking a Canteen Assistant to commence in 2021 to assist with general canteen duties, …

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Canteen

Canteen Assistant (paid position – 8 hours per week)
We are seeking a Canteen Assistant to commence in 2021 to assist with general canteen duties, working with our Canteen Manager and volunteers.

The role will involve general canteen duties, fulfilling lunch orders and serving over the counter working within an environment where safe food handling and hygiene practices are paramount.

Days required are Thursday and Friday.

Hours from 10 am to 2 pm.

Lunch is provided.

To express interest please send through an application letter outlining your suitability via email to Mrs Suzzanne Blakely BlakelyS@btac.nsw.edu.au

Canteen Volunteers
We are asking our parent/grandparent community to please consider volunteering to assist in our Canteen in 2021. Our Canteen operates with the help of volunteers daily from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm, any assistance you might be able to give is greatly appreciated.
It involves general canteen duties, fulfilling lunch orders, packing lunch boxes and serving over the counter.
• Our students love to see you.
• Choose your day.
• Flexible hours are available to help accommodate your needs.
• Lunch is provided.
• Get to know other parents/grandparents in the College community.

If you are able to assist please complete this form and our Canteen Manager, Mrs Dhana Davidson will be in contact when school resumes in 2021. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact via Mrs Davidson via email, davidsond@btac.nsw.edu.au or phone 0405 108 590.