From the Principal

After settling back into the routine of face-to-face teaching and creating opportunities to motivate our students to achieve their very best results, our teachers have reflected on the experience of teaching in a totally online setting.  Certainly, the highly professional way in which they adapted their technology skills during the early days of the pandemic was evident to all, but now, they are considering using a blend of these methods to the best advantage to personalise the optimum learning environment.

Senior school students tell us that they have enjoyed the opportunity to be more self-reliant as they prepare for tertiary education in University or TAFE Colleges. Tertiary scholarships are certainly on the minds of Year 12 students at present.

It was great to see the 2019 Proxime Accessit – Raramai Purazeni “back” on campus via Zoom to talk to Year 11 and Year 12 about the myriad of Scholarship opportunities available to students when they are applying for university placements.

Rara is one of the recipients of a Bachelor of Accounting Cooperative Scholarship with UTS in Sydney worth up to $54,000 over the course of her degree. She discussed other types of cooperative scholarships available at UTS as well as the sorts of opportunities available at different universities and what type of qualities students need to include in a university scholarship application.

Year 12 students have been busy applying for their 2021 university placements over the last few weeks, and along with Year 11, enjoyed participating in the first ever “HSC and Beyond Virtual Careers Expo”.  In partnership with leading universities and higher education providers, students and parents were able to chat with major NSW universities and higher education providers (in a live forum) and participate in live Q&A sessions with expert HSC teachers, careers advisors and counsellors.  There was also the facility to watch exclusive webinars and download resources to help improve their results in the HSC.  Bishop Tyrrell students are well prepared for their future!

Suzanne Bain
Principal

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Preschool

Recently at Preschool we celebrated Reconciliation Week with the 2020 theme, “In this together”.  This theme reflects our adaptability, resilience and connectedness through relationships.  The …

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Preschool

Recently at Preschool we celebrated Reconciliation Week with the 2020 theme, “In this together”.  This theme reflects our adaptability, resilience and connectedness through relationships.  The children were involved in creating their own Indigenous stories using traditional Aboriginal symbols to share their story and then recreate it in pictorial form.  Each room then participated in creating their own group Story Blanket, with each child having a section for their special drawing on the large blanket. A story blanket is symbolically a warm and safe place for all to come together in unity, where everyone can be themselves and share their stories and listen to others.  By crafting the story blanket together, it represents all the children and their individual stories or identities coming together on our journey.

During the week we also added to our Preschool garden with the incorporation of a number of native Indigenous herbs to further embed Indigenous culture into the Preschool educational program.   The children participated in discussions about some plants and herbs that may be used in Indigenous culture and revisited their learning about how Indigenous people use the land. The herbs planted were:

  • Native Parsley
  • Native Spinach
  • Native Ginger
  • Lemon Myrtle Tree

The children especially enjoyed the Lemon Myrtle leaves which, when rubbed, have a very strong scent.  They discussed planting and what the garden would need to grow, identifying water, sun, air and soil.  They then helped to add dirt and get the soil ready for planting and the plants were added to the garden.

By participating in these experiences the children are developing their understandings and appreciation for the land they learn and play on, the Awabakal land.

Reconciliation requires our commitment to reflecting upon our role and maintaining an understanding of what we can do to contribute to a more tolerant society to support our wider community to understand and respect diversity.

April Cooke
Director of Preschool

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Primary students have really enjoyed learning more about our Indigenous cultures during our recent Reconciliation Week activities.  You may have seen the orange hands in …

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Primary

Primary students have really enjoyed learning more about our Indigenous cultures during our recent Reconciliation Week activities.  You may have seen the orange hands in the garden near the Karn Street entrance to the College.  These hands symbolised that we are all individual people, but we are all ‘In This Together’, embracing this year’s theme.  It was lovely to hear some of our Indigenous students share their personal experiences and family history within their classes as well.  Whilst we are unable to participate in our usual Athletics Carnival off campus this year, students have been involved in a range of athletics events during their usual Sport time. Here is a summary of what primary students have been involved in over the past fortnight:

Kindergarten have enjoyed celebrating Reconciliation Week: learning about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and exploring how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.  We made amazing ‘feet bunting’ for our bag room, to remind us we’re all in this together.  ‘Planting’ our hands in the garden was another lovely way to commemorate. We have enjoyed measurement activities to compare the area of shapes, and begun learning about labelling and information reports during writing tasks. With our Science focus on living things, we are really delving deep as active learners.

Year 1 have spent the last week embracing two of our favourite things – pizza and chocolate!  Well, we also learned a few things about fractions along the way, including recognising halves, quarters and even eighths. Parents, feel free to test your child’s knowledge the next time you are cutting up fruit (or more importantly, dividing a pizza or a block of chocolate into equal shares).  It is lucky we have such amazing parents in Year 1, as students have been making home-made harmonicas (with guitars to come) to help consolidate our understanding of sound.  Who doesn’t love a bit of mood music at the dinner table?

Time seems to be flying now that Year 2 are back in the classroom!  Students thoroughly enjoyed contributing to some thoughtful discussions about Reconciliation Week as well as doing a range of art and craft activities. We have been completing multiplication and division tasks in Maths, using a range of strategies including groups of, arrays and repeated addition and subtraction. Students are also adding to their ‘comprehension toolbox’, learning how to effectively ask questions before, during and after reading a text.

Year 3 have had a very settled and hardworking week as they approached a challenging set of assessments.  The week has been scattered with other interesting lessons, including videos of the SpaceX’s 1st astronaut launch, which is NASA’s most-watched online event.  It was fascinating discovering the inside of the space station and funny seeing how they go to the toilet!  Imagine being up in space for six months working in the space station.

We have followed Reconciliation Week and the students enjoyed decorating their hands and ‘planting’ them in the College garden.  The classes have read ‘Black Fella White fella’ and reflected, after hearing the story, on how we are different and the same.  Mrs Demmocks also selected some worthwhile texts for use in our library time.

In Sport, we have started preparing for some athletics events by learning and practising the skills of high jump, shot put and turbo javelin.  This will be continued next week, and we will add the skills of starting races, sprinting and discus throwing.

It is lovely having everyone back in our classrooms and we are having lots of fun learning together.

Reconciliation Week concluded this week and Year 4 enjoyed spending our tutor time learning about Aboriginal history and gaining a greater understanding of reconciliation.  Classes examined bush tucker, aboriginal art, created themed feet and hands, and examined our own definition of this year’s theme, ‘In This Together.’  Students also enjoyed the collaboration of being part of something bigger than just the classroom and working with other classes to place our work around the College and viewing other schools and groups celebrating the event.

Year 5 have been delving into digital systems through our Science and Technology unit.  Students created surveys for their classmates to fill in and gathered data to drive decision making.  They explored Area through various resources and created digital theme parks in Minecraft using scale.  Students have been practising their skills ahead of modified athletics afternoons held in Week 8 and 9.  They have been appreciating the luxuries of modern life as we learn that digging for gold and striking it rich on the goldfields was not as simple as it seemed!

Year 6 commemorated National Reconciliation Week.  We recognised and talked about how important it is to build positive and respectful relationships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Students researched and discussed poignant decisions and moments in history, such as the Mabo Decision and 1967 Referendum.  They learnt about the Stolen Generation, and wrote a biography on Adam Goodes.  Students discussed the importance of learning about Australia’s shared history, and how we can each contribute to reconciliation in Australia.

In other learning areas, Year 6 built on concepts in geometry, such as how to accurately construct a circle using a compass, and how to measure and construct angles using a protractor.  Students wrote biographies on famous sports players, and presented their work to their peers, confidently speaking in front of the group.  In Science, Year 6 are learning to conduct fair tests, investigating how variables can affect the outcome of an experiment.

Angela Hollingsworth
Head of K-2

Leah McNab
Head of 3-6

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Secondary – Studies

While restrictions are slowly being lifted, we are still spending a lot of time at home.  Although it’s a relief to be able to start …

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Secondary – Studies

While restrictions are slowly being lifted, we are still spending a lot of time at home.  Although it’s a relief to be able to start seeing our friends again, many of us can only hang out in restricted numbers and we still can’t get too close to each other.  So, it could still be a while before we can return to activities like playing sport or going on holidays.

If you are trying to stay connected online until restrictions end, you may want to mix things up with one of these activities:

  • Organise a virtual catch up. Schedule time each week where you and your friends can all come together and video chat to catch up on what everyone’s been up to.
  • Start a fitness or dance challenge with friends. Never thought you’d be up for learning a choreographed dance on TikTok? Think again! Challenge your friends to learn the same dance or test another physical skill like doing push ups — against the clock in a group chat.
  • Get creative and learn something new. Social distancing has definitely not been easy but it’s important to try to turn it into a positive. Will you ever get this much time to yourself again? Maybe not. So, take the time to deep dive into something that really interests you and that you might not be able to learn at school.

Unfortunately, cyberbullying can also happen when we are online. Cyberbullying is when someone uses digital technology to harass, humiliate, intimidate or threaten another person.  Cyberbullying can happen in online classrooms, on chat and messaging services, by social media, text messages, emails and message boards, or in online forums.  Social exclusion is also a form of cyberbullying.  It includes being left out of online conversations, virtual parties, games with friends or other get togethers.  While face-to-face contact is restricted, it may feel particularly bad.  We all want to feel connected and know there’s someone we can talk to.  Extra time spent online increases the risk of being exposed to cyberbullying and this can impact our mental health and wellbeing.

So, what can you do if you come across cyberbullying or if you see people being excluded from online group activities?

  • Take action – know how to report cyberbullying if you or someone you know is experiencing it.
  • Be an upstander not a bystander – don’t let cyberbullying slide.  It’s OK to call it out.
  • Speak with your friends regularly and check in to see how they are going.
  • Check-in with a teammate or friend from outside your school if you haven’t heard from them in a while.

Remember, if something does go wrong online or someone makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, it’s really important to talk to a trusted adult about it, such as one of your parents or an older brother or sister.  Importantly, they can support you to take action if you see or experience any negative online behaviours.  You can also reach out to a counselling or support service such as Kids Helpline or Headspace.

Stay Safe.

Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal

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Secondary – Pastoral

Reconciliation Week has concluded but the discussion around equality for our indigenous people and other minority groups will be ongoing at Bishop Tyrrell. No doubt …

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Reconciliation Week has concluded but the discussion around equality for our indigenous people and other minority groups will be ongoing at Bishop Tyrrell.

No doubt our students in some form have been exposed to the recent events in the USA where people are making a stand against racism. Our Christian Studies program over the last week has explored the topic of tolerance and respect for all people.

It was interesting to hear Father Rod Bower, from the Anglican Church in Gosford, promote a similar message during his recent online message.  Paraphrasing Father Rod he said, “Christianity is relational and at the heart of it we are one and the minute you diminish another person you are diminishing yourself.”

Through our Christian Studies lessons, students learn about the importance of historical acceptance, equality and equity for all and the importance of race relations, all leading to a Spirit of reconciliation through Unity.

If nothing else, the words of Australia’s 26th Prime Minister, Mr Kevin Rudd must be echoed by all future generations that “the injustices of the past must never, never happen again…” (National Sorry Speech and apology to the Stolen Generation, 2008).  Reconciliation is an ongoing spiritual process involving forgiveness, repentance and justice that restores broken relationships and systems to reflect God’s original intention for all creation to flourish.

Mark Durie
Dean of Students

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Primary Sport I am excited to announce that in the last two weeks of Term 2, Primary students will be participating in a ‘Modified Athletics …

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Primary Sport

I am excited to announce that in the last two weeks of Term 2, Primary students will be participating in a ‘Modified Athletics Carnival.’  This Modified Athletics Carnival will be held during regular sport time and will provide the students with an opportunity to demonstrate some House spirit and compete in modified athletics events.  All events will be held on the College grounds and will consist of:

  • Shot-put
  • Discus
  • High Jump
  • Turbo Javelin
  • Various running races

In the Modified Athletics Carnival measurements and times will not be taken, rather, students will compete against one another in their year group for House points.  House points will be awarded for participation and coming in the top five for each event. The House points will be tallied up and the winning House will be announced on the last day of Term 2.

I hope that the Modified Athletics Carnival will provide an opportunity for all students to demonstrate their House spirit and participate in a variety of events that would be at a regular Athletics Carnival.

Adam Ezekiel
Head of PDHPE and Primary Sport


Secondary Sport

Students have enjoyed a move into Level B of the COVID-19 sport restrictions, which has at least allowed them to share equipment amongst small groups.  While the void that exists with the absence of community sport continues, there is hope on the horizon, as many community U18 sport competitions are set to resume on July 1st with the lifting of some restrictions.  Just what this will look like for each sport will still be based on COVID-safe guidelines and so the changes we will see will be more apparent than just a shortened winter season. We can expect that social distancing guidelines will have quite an impact on spectating and the timing of matches at each venue.

While there has been very little happening in regards to organised sport at the College, we have continued to run Wednesday sport afternoons for 7-10 students with many modified activities or those that lend themselves well to social distancing practices. Students have been able to select which two sports they would like to participate in each week, with a changeover between Period 5 and 6. The game “camouflage”, played in small groups and modified so there is no tipping or contact, continues to be a big hit.  We have our fingers crossed that we can offer more for weekly sport and perhaps some organised sport options next term. For now, we can appreciate the activities we do have and celebrate our good health.

Mr J Cruickshank
Head of PDHPE and Secondary Sport

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News and Notices

Uniform Shop Stocktake Closure Please note that the Uniform Shop will be closed for stocktake next Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th and Friday 19th June. Ms …

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News and Notices

Uniform Shop Stocktake Closure

Please note that the Uniform Shop will be closed for stocktake next Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th and Friday 19th June.

Ms Chandler and the team look forward to assisting with all of your uniform requirements from Monday 22nd June.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding.