Principal

As our graduates of 2020 prepare for University commencement next week, it is appropriate that we hear their reflections on their learning journey at Bishop Tyrrell and their growth and development into fine young people of good character. They took every chance to Seize the Day when opportunities presented themselves.

At the forthcoming Year 12 Retreat, College Alumni will feature in the Retreat program as students prepare for their final year of schooling and important examinations. Surprisingly reflections from our alumni are not too focused on academic success, which was part of the journey; but rather, on how well they were prepared to enter the world of work and further study.

Three such graduates have returned to the College in their working lives to give back to the community which they love.

Tara O’Sullivan
After completing her HSC, Tara commenced an accounting traineeship which involved full-time work at an accounting firm and part-time study at the University of Newcastle. She soon, however, realised that this career choice was not the right fit. Tara transferred to a Bachelor of Mathematics/Bachelor of Secondary Teaching and knew straight away she had made the right decision.

After five years of teaching, the opportunity to return to Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College as a teacher was a dream come true for Tara. Having been a student at the College since Year 2, returning to Bishop Tyrrell felt like she was “returning home”.

Tara has provided some advice for our current students:
You will be dedicating many hours of study towards your subjects in Years 11 and 12, so study the subjects that you are interested in.

It is not the end of the world if you are not sure what career path you want to take when you finish Year 12. As young adults, you have the time to explore different opportunities that are in front of you, so follow your interests. If you change your mind and choose to take a different path, then you are one step closer to finding what is right for you.

Bishop Tyrrell always supported me to try new things and develop my skills across a range of areas. Having teachers who valued my contributions to class really helped build my confidence.

Melanie Hannan
After finishing school in 2011, Melanie completed a Bachelor of Psychology at the University of Newcastle and a Master of Professional Psychology at the University of New England.

After a few years working in private practice, Melanie returned to Bishop Tyrrell and started working as the College Psychologist this year.

Her advice for our graduating students is:
Take some time to figure out what your values and interests are before choosing a career path. There are lots of pathways to completing a degree and no time limit on when you can enrol, so you don’t have to rush.

Megan Wallace
Megan graduated from the College in 2017, she went straight to university and is in her 4th year of studying a Bachelor of Education (Secondary). Megan is the Vice-President of the Secondary Education Society at UoN and has been welcoming the new first-year students to the degree. Megan has returned to Bishop Tyrrell to volunteer her time in various programs to give back to the school she loves. Her plan was to travel once she finished her degree, however she has had to rethink these plans with COVID.

Megan has some wonderful words of wisdom for our current students:
As corny as it sounds really try to enjoy the little time you have left at school. Cherish the friendships you have made and give everything a go! Be true to yourself and put your energy into your passions. If you feel overwhelmed or unsure always talk to someone. Your mental health is incredibly important and with this last leg, you may find that you need more support than before. Try and leave Year 12 feeling like you gave everything your best shot and tried everything you wanted to experience.

I have always believed Bishop Tyrrell to be a school that values its community. An aspect of this is the value placed on helping build students to be decent people. I will never forget learning about the five keys back in Primary School. Persistence, Resilience, Getting Along, Confidence and Organisation are skills that I believe are essential to success and were skills that I carried throughout my time at school. Bishop Tyrrell taught me to give everything a go, reach for my goals, and always Seize the Day.

Indeed! Seize the Day!

Suzanne Bain
Principal

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Preschool

The Preschool children are displaying their confidence and sense of security as they settle into Week 3 at Preschool. They happily arrive and wave goodbye …

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The Preschool children are displaying their confidence and sense of security as they settle into Week 3 at Preschool. They happily arrive and wave goodbye to their parents/grandparents before unpacking their bags and engaging in experiences.

The Monday/Tuesday group in the Sparkle room have been extending their identity interest through expressions games, exploring feelings using sensory items and creating self-portrait artworks. They have enjoyed reading about feelings and we have discussed how we express them at Preschool. The baby dolls were requested with many friends caring for them, further extending their understanding of feelings and emotions, both their own and others.

The Thursday/Friday group in the Sparkle room have shown an interest in exploring nature and planting seeds. We have investigated a variety of seeds and have begun to grow our own individual seeds to take home, we are extending on this by growing seeds to plant in our garden. We are watering them throughout the day and are using magnifying glasses to observe changes. Measuring tools have been added to explore their differences further as we document their growth.

The Treasures have continued to explore their identity and what makes them unique. We have moved on from looking at our physical features and have been exploring special qualities and preferences. We have used books such as ‘Be You’ and ‘Super Duper You’ to facilitate conversations and further thinking in regards to this.

Again we are providing the children with the opportunity to visually represent this information using creative arts. A majority of the children are choosing black markers and watercolour paints. We are finding that these portraits are detailed and most include finer features such as eyebrows, pupils, eyelashes and freckles. The children have been promoted to draw their unique quality or preferences. For example, one of the children said they had a beautiful smile and so they drew a big smile. Another child mentioned their listening ears and drew ears to represent this. Our educators prompted the children with open-ended questioning and re-reading their group time discussions.

The Gems have been exploring identity and learning about themselves, each other and about families. The children have been involved in creating self-portraits of themselves using loose parts, facial templates and dough, allowing them to tell a story through art. Each day the children have been creating their interpretations of themselves and some also revisiting it to make additions to their original portrait.

Matilda – “This is me, I have a green headband and shells on the side of my headband. I’m using a ball to make eyeballs and these can be the tiny eyeballs (pushing small plastic eyes onto the dough balls.) My sister has long hair too.”

Lachlan – “I’m making mine a tool face!” Lachlan chose all of the screws and bolts from the loose parts to make his portrait.

From the self-portraits many of the children discussed family members and made comparisons of themselves with comments such as “My brother is bigger than me” and “My mum has curly hair.” A table was then set up with paddle pop sticks and markers which could be used as a provocation for children to create houses and an image of their family.

Eden – “This is my lounge because my dog lays on the lounge all day in my house because he is tired.”

Michelle Neylan
Preschool Director

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As we move closer to the middle of the term it’s important to share information about some of the many different academic programs the students will be involved in this year. Our programs are designed to identify a student’s learning profile which then enables the teacher to create an exciting and engaging learning environment where all students have the opportunity to learn in their own unique way. Some of the programs we use include:

Maths Pathway is a learning and teaching model that is reconstructing the way mathematics is taught in schools. The model is research-driven and has been developed to support success for all students in mathematics and we are currently implementing this program in Stage 3.

Maths Pathway combines a range of teaching methods and classroom practices with an online learning environment to support individualised learning for each student. With Maths Pathway, teachers have the tools and the time to address each student’s individual learning needs. This includes developing their problem solving, independent learning, and group work skills, and helping students develop a growth mindset towards their mathematics learning.

Early Insights is the younger sibling of Maths Pathways and is used in Kindergarten to Year 4. While it is not a full maths program, Early Insights is a rigorous assessment tool that a teacher will use to measure learning success. It pinpoints particular areas of the curriculum a student has mastered which allows the teacher to extend a student or identify if they need extra support in a particular area. A table recording achievements in each strand is generated and is easily shared with parents. The data is gathered online and will stay with the student as they pass through each year. It is new to the College this year but we look forward to the long-term collection of data that is generated over time.

All students from Kindergarten participate in a designated STEM lesson once a fortnight. We are blessed to have the wonderful Mr Youman lead this lesson with the class teacher as they explore this area in a variety of different ways. STEM is a combination of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and students are challenged to solve a variety of different problems which develops their creative and critical thinking skills. It’s definitely a highlight for each student and I’m sure you have heard all about the fun that happens in STEM.

InitiaLit is a literacy program run by teachers at the College for all children in Kindergarten to Year 2.  It has been developed by MultiLit, a research-based initiative of Macquarie University. The program covers all aspects of literacy, including reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, comprehension and handwriting, using research-based teaching methods.

InitiaLit teaches children that words are made up of sounds (phonemes) and that those sounds are represented by letters. Unlike learning to talk, which children do without formal instruction, children need to be directly taught the relationship between sounds and letters. In InitiaLit, children will build upon the knowledge of the alphabetic code that they gained in Kindergarten. They will learn that a letter or letters can make different sounds and that two or three letters together can make a sound (digraphs, trigraphs and quadgraphs).

During the year, there are regular opportunities for teachers to assess a child’s developing reading and spelling skills. Teachers can then use this information to differentiate literacy tasks and identify students who may need some additional support in this subject. You can help at home by reading to your child every day. Discuss the story with them and check for comprehension. Point out any new words and discuss the meaning to enrich their vocabulary. Have them point out ‘tricky’ words or sound out simple CVC words with you and practise spelling them too. Building a strong foundation in this area is the key to success in all subjects.    

In the coming weeks, we will share information more on other programs we run at the College but if ever you require more information about particular programs or activities feel free to contact your child’s teacher.

Mark Durie
Head of Junior School

Secondary – Academics

Year 7 Parent Teacher Interviews – Wednesday 24 February Year 7 Parents / Caregivers have been sent information about how to book and attend these online …

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Secondary – Academics

Year 7 Parent Teacher Interviews – Wednesday 24 February

Year 7 Parents / Caregivers have been sent information about how to book and attend these online interview sessions. Please check your emails for these instructions.

Learning After School Centre

Where: BTAC Library
When: Monday – Thursday 3.15 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

To assist students in completing homework, assessment tasks or get organised with general study routines, the Secondary School is starting a Learning After School Centre in the Library. Secondary staff are rostered on with Faculty based themes as follows (but secondary students are welcome to attend and complete any set work they have):

Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Staff Member Week A – Science teacher

Week B – Mr Brett Owers

Mrs Michele Clemenson Ms Tara O’Sullivan Mr Cliff Nixon
Focus Science Humanities Maths English

Secondary Spotlight – Christian Studies

“God is love” (John 4)

Coming to Bishop Tyrrell as Coordinator of Christian Studies has, already, been quite the experience. My first few days have been wonderfully enriching, as I have met many students and staff members. There is great excitement and a fine sense of anticipation.

Christian Studies, as a subject, is inclusive to all and aims to proclaim the joy of the Gospel in words and actions. Each child is celebrated for their unique individuality, beliefs, and talents. A variety of students present, each day, with wide-ranging faiths, contexts, and backgrounds. Christian Studies is, very much, a subject that embraces the Anglican Charism of the College, yet enables each student to explore their individual identity, vocation and purpose. Each class meets two times over a fortnight.

Units of study have been developed to embed Scripture, Tradition and Reason. ‘Deep Learning Global Competencies’ are targeted and also appear throughout many units of work, including character building and critical thinking.

Current areas of study are listed below.

  • Year 7 – Our Anglican Identity.
  • Year 8 – Jesus the Teacher and His World.
  • Year 9 – Big Ideas: Religion and Science.
  • Year 10 – Mind Matters: God in Thoughts
  • Year 11 – What does it mean to human?
  • Year 12 – Pain and Suffering: Where is God?

Jesus said that he has come so that we may have, “life in all its fullness” (John 10). To teach, learn and serve in a Christian community is a part of an education for life in all its fullness. Thus, I encourage all students to be open-minded and open-hearted over the year ahead. I sincerely hope that they enjoy their time in Christian Studies over the academic year.

As parents, I look forward to meeting with you in due time.

Peace and blessings to all.

Mr Mark Story
Coordinator of Christian Studies

Study Skills Tip – Time Management – The One Thing

“Extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus”.

The truth is that things don’t matter equally and success is found in doing what matters most. Sometimes it’s the first thing you do. Sometimes it’s the only thing you do. Regardless, doing the most important thing is always the most important thing.

  1. Go Small: Don’t focus on being busy, rather focus on being productive. Allow what matters most to drive your day.
  2. Go Extreme: Once you’ve figured out what actually matters, keep asking what matters most until there is only one thing left. That core activity goes to the top of your success list.

The Focusing Question: This is a double-duty question. It comes in two forms: a big picture and small focus. One thing is about finding the right direction in life and the other is about finding the right action.

  • The Big Picture Question: “What’s my ONE thing?” Use it to develop a vision for your life and the direction of your career or final year; it’s your strategic compass.
  • The Small Focus Question: “What’s my ONE thing right now?” Use this when you first wake up and throughout the day. It keeps you focused on your most important work.

Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary

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Shrove Tuesday Shrove Tuesday is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. It’s a day of penitence, to clean the …

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Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. It’s a day of penitence, to clean the soul, and a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins. This year, the College has not been able to run its traditional “Pancake Breakfast”, but this gives us an opportunity to focus on the meaning of this celebrated day. There’s more to Shrove Tuesday than eating lots of pancakes! Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the ritual of shriving that Christians used to undergo in the past. In shriving, a person confesses their sins and receives absolution for them.

Admitting Mistakes – Makes you a Better Leader

Recently, Joe Biden raised his right hand to take the oath of office and become the 46th president of the United States. Two years ago, almost to the day, he made a confession. His earlier imposition of harsh penalties for crack cocaine possession, he lamented, “was a big mistake.” Some might have predicted this admission to be career-killing. Plenty of public officials have been condemned for a single offence. But as a presidential candidate, Biden instead made a habit of acknowledging the errors of his ways.

Don’t hide your failures under a rock. Good leaders display honesty and vulnerability, which includes illuminating a flawed past. Perhaps that’s why some voters chose Biden to lead the way ahead.

So, we all should tell our students and children to “learn from our mistakes.” Just saying it hints that you know what you’re talking about—which never hurts when trying to get someone to listen. Nobody’s perfect, and you can use that fact to build credibility. What better way to persuade than through intellectual humility?

From the Heads of 7-9 – Mr Brian Bull and 10-12 – Mr Mitchell Cummings

Well in the words of the great Ron Burgundy “Boy, that escalated quickly”. Its the end of Week 4 already and our first Term of 2021 is off to a cracking start. Students are now well and truly into their learning and it has been a wonderful time to watch new students join us and become a part of our vibrant secondary school community. We have new students from Year 7 all the way through to Year 12 join us in 2021 so please make sure to say hello when you see a new face around our College.

Mr Bull and I want to take the opportunity to genuinely thank our secondary students, who have engaged in wearing our college uniform with pride and it has been pleasing to watch the number of students in room 70, reflecting on their choices regarding uniform, steadily dwindle over the last three weeks. We gently but firmly encourage all students to wear our College uniform correctly and whilst we hold the values of creativity, personal expression and innovation highly – it is a great idea for students to channel these things productively in their lessons rather than in the interpretation of uniform expectations.

The College calendar has been steadily filling up and this last fortnight alone has seen Year 12 parents chatting to teachers via Zoom about their senior studies, Year 7 bravely lined up for their routine immunisations and on Wednesday, the entire Secondary School took to the pool in the hotly contested annual Swimming Carnival. It’s not for me to spoil or share the results – I am sure you will be hearing about them from our sporting staff soon! Needless to say, swimmers swam, records were broken and most people left the day with a smile on their face.

Lastly, I want to encourage students to take advantage of our diverse and healthy College co-curricular programs. It is that time of year where these programs spring to life, so keep an eye out for lunchtime clubs, HRIS sporting challenges and opportunities to perform both musically and dramatically. These experiences complement the learning that takes place in our classrooms and gives students the chance to try something new, pursue excellence in a hobby or passion of their choosing or both!

Mr Bull and I look forward to seeing you all around the College but if we can help with anything please don’t hesitate to pop into our office and say hello.

A reminder of the Out of Uniform Day for Currey House fundraising

This term, Currey House is organising the first out of uniform day for 2021 on Tuesday 23 February, supporting the Beyond Blue Foundation. Currey House is looking forward to raising funds to assist Beyond Blue in its mission to provide information and support to help Australians achieve their best mental health. To read more about this cause, please click here.

The Currey House Year 12 students have decided on the theme of ‘Cartoon Characters/Childhood Memories’. Students can come dressed as their favourite character or wear cartoon-inspired clothing.

Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary School

Secondary – Special Information

THE NEW ADDICTION: WE NEED TO STOP OUR TEENS BEFORE THE EFFECTS CAN’T BE UNDONE The use of e-cigarettes is on the rise, particularly among …

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Secondary – Special Information

THE NEW ADDICTION: WE NEED TO STOP OUR TEENS BEFORE THE EFFECTS CAN’T BE UNDONE

The use of e-cigarettes is on the rise, particularly among high school students in Australia, and, given that the use of these devices is a relatively new phenomenon, we felt it important to provide students and parents with some relevant background information.

Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that heat a liquid to produce a vapour that is inhaled. The fluid usually contains propylene glycol, glycerol, nicotine and added flavouring(s). The devices are designed to deliver the aerosol directly to the lungs. Some resemble conventional cigarettes, while more recently developed devices look like everyday items such as highlighter pens or USB memory sticks. The appeal of these flavoured e-cigarettes to adolescents has led to their rapid uptake around the world.

The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is concerned that e-cigarettes have ‘renormalised’ smoking. A worryingly recent study has also found that e-cigarette users were three times more likely than non-e-cigarette users to subsequently become tobacco smokers.

While the damaging impact of smoking tobacco is well known, the short and long-term health effects of e-cigarettes are still being researched.

SAFETY OF E-CIGARETTES
Although the compositions of the e-cigarette liquids vary, they all contain a range of different solvents and flavouring agents which have the potential to increase the risk of developing cardiovascular, cancer and respiratory diseases.

When overheated, the solvents propylene glycol and glycerine can produce dangerous levels of the carcinogens formaldehyde and acetaldehyde.

The vapour can also contain:

  • Heavy metals such as aluminium, arsenic, chromium, copper, lead, nickel and tin, all of which cause adverse health effects.
  • Particulates at levels that have the potential to cause adverse health effects for both the user and for bystanders. The World Health Organisation has warned that exposure to any level of particulate matter may be harmful and that levels of exposure should be minimised.
  • Flavourings normally approved for use in food production e.g. cherry, cinnamon, vanilla and popcorn flavours which, when inhaled directly into the lungs, can be toxic and have been demonstrated to have a range of different deleterious effects.

The NHMRC has found that users of e-cigarettes typically experience a low rate of adverse effects in the short-term, with mouth and throat irritation the most commonly reported symptoms. The most common symptoms reported by those passively exposed to e-cigarettes included respiratory difficulties, eye irritation, headache, nausea and sore throat or throat irritation.

More serious adverse events have also been reported, with over 200 incidents in the US and UK alone of e-cigarettes overheating, catching fire or exploding, leading to disfigurement and life-threatening injury. The rising popularity of e-cigarette use internationally has also corresponded with an increasing number of reported nicotine poisonings due to skin exposure to or ingestion of e-liquids.

The newest and most popular vaping product is the JUUL, which resembles a USB memory stick or the Puff Bars which resemble brightly coloured highlighter pens.  These devices now account for three quarters of the market share in the United States and most products contains a large dose of nicotine. Many lawmakers and public health officials in the US have criticised the company’s marketing practices, believing them to have targeted teens through social media influencers and their promotion of fruity pod flavours, which are now only sold online.

VAPING AND THE LAW IN NEW SOUTH WALES

E-cigarettes that do not contain nicotine are legal for use by adults. The sale and use of e-liquid nicotine is against the NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008.

  • The sale of e-cigarettes or e-cigarette accessories to a person under the age of 18 is illegal. NSW Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008.  It is also illegal to use an e-cigarette in a car with a child under the age of 16.
  • Note: E-cigarettes have also often been found to be labelled incorrectly. Despite claims to the contrary, many do contain nicotine. Tests conducted by NSW Health in 2013 showed that 70 percent of the samples contained high levels of nicotine, even though the label did not state nicotine as an ingredient.

Nicotine is known to be very addictive and can impact on brain development in teenagers, affecting memory, concentration, learning, self-control, attention and mood.

“While smokers build up a tolerance to nicotine, people exposed to nicotine for the first time may experience mild symptoms of nicotine poisoning.” NSW HEALTH FACT SHEET:  ARE ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES AND E-LIQUIDS SAFE?

VAPING AT THE COLLEGE AND COLLEGE EVENTS
I need to make the College’s position clear for all parents and students. Students must not possess, smoke, consume, use, or deal in tobacco, e-cigarettes, prohibited drugs, alcohol or assist another person to obtain, consume, use, or deal in such substances, on College premises including buildings, gardens, sports fields and car parks and at College sanctioned events, including camps, trips or tours conducted by the College.

ADDRESSING THIS MATTER WITH STUDENTS
While education regarding the dangers of tobacco and e-cigarettes is part of our normal Personal Development, Health and Physical Education program, our PDHPE and tutor staff will be addressing e-cigarette use specifically with all High School students during the Care and Wellbeing program over the next term.

At Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College, our Care and Wellbeing team is always on-hand to offer expert advice and assistance on these matters, and we encourage parents with any questions or concerns regarding their child’s health to contact the College Psychologist, their child’s tutor teacher or their child’s Head of School.

Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal/Head of Secondary

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Sports Corner

Last week saw the first of our specialist Secondary Sports activities take place, with students participating in surfing, ocean swimming, ice-skating, fitness, volleyball and College …

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Sports Corner

Last week saw the first of our specialist Secondary Sports activities take place, with students participating in surfing, ocean swimming, ice-skating, fitness, volleyball and College Sport. Students were extremely excited to challenge themselves and engage with the sport of their choice. The smiles on the faces of our keen surfers demonstrates the enjoyment felt by all.

The past fortnight has also seen the first of many HRIS trials take place for our students. Nicholas and Hayden trialled for the HRIS Opens Basketball Team, whilst Jacob competed in the HRIS Primary Tennis Tournament. Whilst the boys were unsuccessful on this occasion, they all had a great time and learnt a lot from the experience. “It was fun and a good experience. I will definitely go again next year”, said Hayden. Whilst Nick added, “I learnt a lot and am looking forward to next years trial”. We have many more opportunities coming up for our Primary and Secondary students, in sports such as Opens Tennis, Opens Hockey, Primary Soccer and more.

This week our Secondary, Primary and Infants Swimming Carnival’s took place. A key event on the Sporting calendar, students enjoyed racing their peers at Wallsend Swimming Centre and vying for individual and team honours. We look forward to sharing all the exciting news to come from the carnivals in our next bulletin article.

Rob Eddy
Sports Coordinator

Thomas House Report

Thomas house spirit was on fire at the swimming carnival on Wednesday. The bash of drums and the clash of shields could be heard resonating throughout the pool. After a slow start, the enthusiasm was contagious, with more and more students jumping in and having a go.

Megan W was the queen of the pool, breaking three school records and inspiring a roar of drums. Fey S also inspired the Thomas spirit as she pushed bravely down the pool in three events, gracefully going at her own pace, never giving up.

A special shout out the Madeleine Bailey, the Thomas House Captain, and the rest of the Thomas Year 12 students. They lead drumbeats, urged students to swim and filled the pool with their own efforts. An inspiring example of leadership.

Also noteworthy were the efforts of Angus W, Evie B, Eve C, Caden N, Sophie C, Jordan D, Mikayla W, James H, Rory G, Ella S and Sam M.

Although we ended up in second place, our spirit and enthusiasm blew the rest out of the water.

Victoria Pearse
Head of Thomas House

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Book Birthday We are so lucky to have our very own published author, Mr Paul Russell, working here at Bishop Tyrrell. Over the last week, …

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Book Birthday

We are so lucky to have our very own published author, Mr Paul Russell, working here at Bishop Tyrrell. Over the last week, we have been celebrating a Book Birthday as part of the launch of Mr Russell’s latest book, Courageous Lucy (illustrated by Cara King).

This is a heart-warming story about a child who liked to worry about everything but discovers that sometimes, even though you are still worried, you can step out of your comfort zone and have some incredible experiences.

The students have loved reading the new story, and also hearing a bit about the process of writing and publication. Mr Russell has also offered to sell signed copies of his latest book at less than retail price ($20 per book) if you order directly with him. Primary students have received notes to take home with instructions, but if you missed out, please contact Mrs Demmocks.

Congratulations on another wonderful book Mr Russell!

Holiday Reading Challenge Champions

Over the 2020 Christmas holidays, we set a reading Challenge for Upper Primary readers, and the results are in! We have 11 Reading Champions who completed the Challenge:

  • Elisha 6PV
  • Eve 6LM
  • Clara 6KH
  • Sophia 5RE
  • Amelia 5HD
  • Lola 5AJ
  • Fletcher 4KP
  • Sanjitha 4KP
  • Lucinda 3SH
  • Farris 3WJ
  • Bhanavi 3WJ

Overall, our Class Champions are 3WJ! Congratulations everyone. Keep up the great reading.

Reading challenges are a fun way to spur on regular reading. We’ll be holding various internal Reading Challenges in the Library throughout the year, and also participating in external challenges such as the 2021 NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge.

Adrianna Demmocks
Librarian and Careers Advisor