Principal

The return to school this week has brought happiness and joy to both teachers and students as they engage in face to face learning on campus once again, re-establishing a positive relationship which is the foundation of success in learning at Bishop Tyrrell.

During this staged return to school, it is important for us to reflect on what we have learned about ourselves while undertaking home learning. Perhaps the most important learning during this unprecedented time will turn out to be that our Resilience has become stronger as a result of the need to stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hopefully we have learned to trust that “all will be well” as we draw on our inner strength.

Julian of Norwich (1342 – 1329) a Christian mystic, lived in a small cell at the Church of St Julian, in Norwich, UK from which she wrote several manuscripts about how we should live our lives, her most famous being “Revelations of Divine Love”. She was known as Mother Julian and she was said to have visions from God from which she formed her beliefs.

The most famous quote from her writing which remains in our vocabulary even today is – “All shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” Christians believe that Mother Julian was reminding us of God’s love for us and telling us not to worry about things.

In this edition of the Bulletin I’ve shared posters from our Year 7 students who were recently reminded to have Faith and believe that all will be well. Their artwork shows them practising Empathy toward others, wishing them well, showing kindness and letting them know they are being loved from a distance.

By pausing in their day to reflect on what is happening in their world right now, they are practising Mindfulness, a skill which encourages us to slow down, be calm, breathe deeply and meditate or pray. Empathy and mindfulness are two of the skills we need to develop when we are learning to be Resilient young people.

A third skill which helps us to develop resilience is practising Gratitude. By stopping the busyness for a moment to think of three things for which we are grateful we centre our thinking on the now which causes us to reduce the need to worry about the future.

Developing empathy, practising mindfulness and being grateful for what we have are habits, well researched by positive psychologists, which are the foundation for developing Resilience. The ability to be resilient will stand you in good stead throughout your life.

Being “safe at home” has given you the opportunity to get to know yourself and to work on the important task of developing your Resilience. There will always be difficult times in our lives, and these will always present opportunities to grow. It’s how you use the time that matters.

Try these three important activities this weekend.  Show Empathy toward others – call a friend or relative you have not seen for a while who might be alone and feeling isolated; write down three things you are Grateful for in your journal or tell the people who matter in your life about them; and practise Mindfulness by being still and calm, practising deep breathing and letting your worries go.

Use your new skills in Resilience and remind yourself that “all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. You are perfectly loved and lovable, just as you are”.

Suzanne Bain
Principal

 

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At Preschool, with reduced visits from performers we have been planning extra special days to have fun. We recently had dress up days where the …

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Preschool

At Preschool, with reduced visits from performers we have been planning extra special days to have fun. We recently had dress up days where the children were all invited to come dressed as their favourite book or movie character. There were lots of excited faces arriving at Preschool as the children were eager to share their costume and who they were dressed as with the teachers and their friends. We have had some great costumes such as an Airforce worker, Batman, Buzz Lightyear, lots of Princesses and characters from Frozen.

By dressing up as their favourite character, the children are developing their brain and memory as dramatic play encourages children to remember what they have seen or heard. It builds their vocabulary and encourages them to use their imagination as they decide what their character would say and develops social skills such as cooperation and taking turns. A child can be anyone he/she likes and role playing and storytelling helps children develop ideas about how the world works.

We are so very proud of our Preschool children and how they have adapted to the changes at Preschool. They have all been very grown up practising our hygiene rules by sanitising their hands-on entry to Preschool and finding out “their special number” when having their temperature checks. Temperature checks have also provided a mathematical learning experience as the children look at the thermometer and try to recognise the numbers.

The children have also been saying goodbye to mum or dad at the gate, wearing their school back packs into Preschool and unpacking their morning tea and lunch with assistance if needed and this is developing their independence skills.

It is wonderful to see, that even though these measures are to keep everyone safe in COVID 19 times, there is always a positive learning experience that we can make from it.

April Cooke
Director of Preschool

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Staff and students at the College send out a big congratulations to Mr and Mrs Ezekiel on the safe arrival of their second little boy, …

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Staff and students at the College send out a big congratulations to Mr and Mrs Ezekiel on the safe arrival of their second little boy, Hugo, last week. No doubt big brother Freddy is very excited to have another little boy in the house. We look forward to congratulating Mr Ezekiel in person when he returns from Paternity Leave in coming weeks.

Congratulations again to all of our students for their resilience and persistence of late – we are so proud of the way you have dealt with the changes in recent weeks. This week saw the return of most students to the campus in some capacity, and teachers have been thrilled to see some familiar faces back in the classroom.

Kindergarten have enjoyed staying in touch through Seesaw. There were some amazing obstacle courses designed and completed during PE lessons. Miss Chapman also set a challenge to create a Primary Colour Sculpture. Students have been learning about teen numbers and are excited to use their new sounds to read and write new words.

Year 1 have been investigating different sources of ‘light’ and learning a little bit about how rainbows are made. Students loved creating tall towers and using their STEM skills to attempt Mr Youman’s Dream Car Challenge. Many have also been drawing on their David Attenborough talents by sharing home-made nature documentaries via Seesaw.

Year 2 students have enjoyed developing their coding skills using the Minecraft Education application during STEM lessons. They have been utilising their creativity when designing and building houses and pools. This links closely to their current Science unit, as students are refining their skills when using the Seesaw application. The main focal point during History lessons has been on communication, and how students use different forms of communication to talk to their friends, such as Seesaw and Zoom. They enjoyed sharing and hearing about each other’s favourite board games, and seeing what crazy things their teachers would be wearing in their morning videos.

Year 3 have been very busy washing hands, using hand sanitiser and practising social distancing skills on a daily basis. We have started Term 2 by delving into the world of Storm Boy, a young child growing up on a barren stretch of the South Australian coast line called the ‘Coorong’. It is early days, but we have learnt a great deal about the environment he experiences which is very different from the lives we live in Newcastle. Our Maths has taken us back to consolidate our knowledge of the 4 processes (addition, subtraction, multiplication & division) so we are able to tackle number patterns as this week rolls along.

What is the difference between Day and Night? What about the relationship the Moon has with all of this? More will be revealed as the term moves forward, but we did start by making sundials and recording the movement created by the Sun each hour. History has us learning about the relationship Aboriginals have with our country (Australia) and just this week we have looked at our local language spoken by the Awabakal people.

Year 4 have embraced digital learning this term, exploring Australian History through the multimodal text of My Place. Utilising a combination of the original book by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins and the ABC television series, students have stepped back into Australia’s history from the perspective of children their own age, one decade at a time. Students have been able to complete writing tasks, Venn diagrams, compare maps, fill out tables, complete comprehension tasks, undertake Kahoot challenges and discuss the rich literacy tasks all through utilising online teaching and learning.

Year 5 have been enjoying learning about the nature of immigration in the 1800’s and why people would leave the country of their birth. Students have challenged themselves to complete quality persuasive writing pieces, inclusive of researched evidence and examples, and uploaded their work to Caleb and Teams for feedback. It has been great to learn new skills and apply them on a daily basis. We have enjoyed collaborating and seeing each other through ZOOM meetings, particularly sharing the riddle and joke of the day. We look forward to seeing each other when it is our day to come in next week.

Year 6 have had a fabulous few weeks completing online learning. Students have been extremely excited to see each other through our daily Zoom meetings. Establishing this digital platform of connectedness has brought many smiles and laughs to our online learning lessons for both students and teachers. Students have taken turns in reading our daily CALEB prayer to start or finish our ZOOM meetings. We have commenced our online Novel Study, ‘Little Brother’, delving into the first few chapters and learning a lot about Cambodia and its history. Within Science students were entertained by Mr Sattler’s and Mrs Hall’s online science lab, creating a slimy mess for all to enjoy. Students then participated by making their own slime at home. Hopefully they cleaned up all their mess. We finished Week 2 with a wonderful Mother’s Day Kahoot challenge. Thank you to all the mums and students who took part in this great event. You were all amazing but a big congratulations to the mother and daughter team who took out the challenge. We are all looking forward to welcoming students back into the College on their ‘house day’ next week.

Angela Hollingsworth
Head of K-2

Leah McNab
Head of 3-6

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Secondary – Studies

Online Learning I would like to revisit the continued adjustments teachers, students and families are making as we implement the College’s partial return to school …

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Online Learning

I would like to revisit the continued adjustments teachers, students and families are making as we implement the College’s partial return to school process. While some students and their families have embraced this new way of learning, others are still struggling with certain aspects. From this week we will have a mix of some students returning to classes and others continuing to learn from home. If the College’s plan needs to be adjusted, we will communicate this clearly with all students and their families.

Parents will find many answers to their questions of how best to continue to support learning at home from Dr Prue Salter in her FAQ video series at:

https://pruesalter.com/RHL/RHL.php

 

NSW Students Online – Information for Years 10-12 students

Students Online is your source of information about your senior study in Years 10, 11 and 12, including your HSC. It is full of useful advice, resources and links. If you haven’t done so already activate your account at https://studentsonline.nesa.nsw.edu.au/ and create your PIN. You will need your NESA number to do this which is available in your profile in CALEB.

Go to My Details to access your:

  • personal HSC details
  • Year 10 grades (in December) and Year 11 grades (in November).

In your HSC year access your:

  • personal HSC exam timetable (from May 15th)
  • Assessment Ranks (in November)
  • HSC results (in December)

 

New Pedagogies for Deep Learning

As the teachers and students at the College continue to grow their skills in fostering Deep Learning so that all learners contribute to the common good, address global challenges and flourish in this complex world, we ask you to support us and your child by using the “6C’s @ Home” poster to start discussions with your child about how they are learning the competencies.

You can download a printable copy of this poster here: https://www.npdl.global/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/6Cs-at-home-2-page-poster.pdf

Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal

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After weeks of home learning it is fantastic to begin the transition back to normality with the return of students in their house groups. Our …

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Secondary – Pastoral

After weeks of home learning it is fantastic to begin the transition back to normality with the return of students in their house groups. Our College has worked overtime to make home learning as successful as possible and our wonderful tutor teachers have worked extremely hard to maintain connection with their students and to have some fun at the same time. They have used a range of activities to engage the students to focus on their mental health and wellbeing.

Mr Nixon and Year 11 Fletcher like to generate discussion with flash surveys on any topic. After it was determined that most students prefer Coke over Pepsi, debate raged for the rest of tutor as they argued why one sugary drink was better than the other.

Mr O’Brien likes to encourage the students from year 10 Fletcher to ditch their desks and get outside to take in the fresh air and appreciate the natural environment. Students record the different species they hear and see and report back to compare with their peers.

Mrs Walters, like all our tutors, regularly reminds Year 10 Thomas of the importance of faith during these times and their daily prayers play an important part in connection. Her group also listed the benefits of the current home learning situation. Some of these benefits included: more time for homework/assessments, family time, personal time, food, catch up on sleep, new hobbies, pet time, spring cleaning, global warming benefits, Tik Tok, get stuff done, regenerate, saving money, working more, cooking, not packing lunches, toasties!

Mrs Welch and year 10 Darcy have stepped outside of their comfort zone and learnt the fine art of origami to generate more Zen in their life. At the same, time inviting pets to tutor time has been very popular.

Mrs Young and Year 7 Darcy have been working hard on creating supportive cards for some people currently living in nursing homes. The students have come up with some wonderful words of wisdom and support detailing a little about themselves and letting them know they are in our thoughts during this time.

Currey have been very creative to find ways to come together as a group, such as hosting the world’s biggest House Zoom meeting for all of Currey. It gives them the chance to see and connect with each smiling face. As always, the session ends the week with a prayer led by their tenacious leader, Mr Bull.

Mark Durie
Dean of Students

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PRIMARY Over the last 4-6 weeks people have experienced a number of challenges, one of which is the challenge of remaining active. With gyms, parks …

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PRIMARY

Over the last 4-6 weeks people have experienced a number of challenges, one of which is the challenge of remaining active. With gyms, parks and beaches closed and all sporting competitions suspended, it has been difficult to remain physically active at this time. It has been so amazing to see how students have been able to stay active with their families at home. Students have been enthusiastic, energetic and proactive about physical activity in this time of isolation.

Some Bishop Tyrrell Primary students have remained active by creating obstacle courses, making up new games, jumping on their trampolines, following an exercise clip on YouTube, doing Yoga and many, many more ways. I hope we can all use this as inspiration to make sure we stay active every day.

As students return to school, sport and physical activity will take place with minimal equipment and adhering to social distancing measures as best as possible. All school sport competitions have been suspended until the end of Term 2.

Adam Ezekiel
Head of Primary Sport

 

SECONDARY

Secondary students have remained in good spirits and have been using PDHPE lessons and sport time to participate in their 150 minutes of school-based physical activity each week. Many have been using the suggestions available on CALEB in this term’s Physical Activity Matrix, while others have been pursuing their own interests.

Joel Cruickshank
Head of PDHPE and Secondary Sport Coordinator