In this issue

Bishop Tyrrell Day

Learning After School Centre

New 6 Cs for Deep Learning

Harmony Week – Cultural Dress Mufti Day 23rd March

College Music Production – Mary Poppins Auditions

Instrumental Tuition

HRIS, AICES and CIS Sports

Student Story: Clean Up Australia Day

Careers

Teddy Bears Picnic

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Principal

Dear College Families, Everyone likes a birthday celebration and on Wednesday this week we gathered for the Bishop Tyrrell Day service at Christ Church Cathedral in the city to mark the occasion of our 22nd year. It was a time for reflection and celebration of our history as a school …

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Dear College Families,

Everyone likes a birthday celebration and on Wednesday this week we gathered for the Bishop Tyrrell Day service at Christ Church Cathedral in the city to mark the occasion of our 22nd year. It was a time for reflection and celebration of our history as a school community and our achievements during the past year and to look forward to the future as our College continues to grow and develop through the next decade.

Our College was named in honour of Bishop William Tyrrell, the First Bishop of Newcastle. Travelling from his home in England, Bishop Tyrrell arrived in Sydney on January 16th, 1848 to begin his role as a Bishop in the Newcastle Diocese which stretched from the Hawkesbury River north to Wide Bay, and from the Pacific coast west to the South Australian border. It then contained seventeen parishes; some had parsonages and schoolhouses, and nine had consecrated churches. What leadership and courage he showed as the churches grew and developed over time. I am blessed to have a portrait of Bishop Tyrrell in my office, a thoughtful gift from the Anglican Parish of East Maitland in 2017.

As a school community of teachers, students and parents, we take our inspiration from those who came before us.  They built and nurtured communities of like-minded people in many centres here in the Hunter and further west who espoused the same Anglican values we follow here at Bishop Tyrrell. Our College nurtures a high respect for intellectual endeavour, appreciates diversity, is committed to tradition and dignity within school life, cultivates well being for students and staff, and serves our local and wider community.

Bishop Tyrrell students are surrounded by inspirational people, through our rich history and in the present, and are challenged to grow personally every day through quality teaching and learning, and innovative programs including the recent webinar with an Astronaut who worked on the Moon landing vehicle, “Perseverance”, the Deep Learning Framework which develops thinking skills, the DaVinci Decathlon, Chess for Year 1 and 2 and the annual Australian Science and Engineering Challenge at UON, to name a few. Our goal is for our graduates to be exceptional young people with the confidence and the courage to take the lead in the future communities in which they serve.

Suzanne Bain
Principal

 

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Preschool

Last week at Preschool, the children enjoyed a Teddy Bears Picnic each day. The children sang songs such as; Teddy Bear Teddy Bear and Rock …

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Preschool

Last week at Preschool, the children enjoyed a Teddy Bears Picnic each day. The children sang songs such as; Teddy Bear Teddy Bear and Rock a Bye a Bear, completed teddy bear crafts, learnt nursery rhymes, and went on a bear hunt.  Other Teddy inspired experiences the children were engaged with included teddy masks, teddy bear stories and dances. The children also included their teddy in games using the parachute.

The children enjoyed having a picnic outside with their bear every day in the lovely weather. At group times the children took turns in introducing their bears to each other.  They spoke about why they love their bear and what’s special about them, where they had got them from, and talked about their features such as eye colours and ears.

“My bear likes music and the parachute” said Zaylee

“My bear likes to sleep, eat and play” said Eden

“My teddy feels good to be at school” said Esther

Through sharing their bears and special toys the children are sharing important information about themselves and learning more about each other.

The teddies have enjoyed having a lunch time picnic each day with the children and we have enjoyed meeting all of the children’s special teddies.


Michelle Neylan 

Preschool Director


 

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Primary

The Deep Learning program that we have adopted here at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College encourages our students to take on a global perspective. In Term …

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The Deep Learning program that we have adopted here at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College encourages our students to take on a global perspective. In Term 3 last year, students were given opportunities to reach out to the community and support people and charities that they felt a connection with. This program teaches them to be selfless, empathetic and compassionate towards others. But teaching our students to ‘Learn, Lead and Serve’ should not only be done during allocated lessons within the school timetable – it is hoped that our students will show initiative to help solve problems in the real-world in a proactive manner. Millie S. in 1AH is one such student. She was inspired last year, after seeing a Clean Up Australia Day clip, and arranged to help clean up her local area this year. Well done Millie S.!

 


Mark Durie

Head of Junior School


 

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Secondary Pastoral

What is Harmony Week? Harmony Week is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community. Australia is one …

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Secondary Pastoral

What is Harmony Week?

Harmony Week is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community. Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world and we should celebrate this and work to maintain it.

The message of Harmony Week is everyone belongs.

It is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. Schools have always been Harmony Week’s greatest supporters.

These celebrations create opportunities for all of us to think, talk about and recognise how our differences make Australia a great place to live.

Did you know?

  • Nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was.
  • We identify with over 300 ancestries.
  • Since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia.
  • 85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia.
  • Apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi.
  • More than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia.

(These facts are taken from ABS 2016 Census Data. Check out the Australian Bureau of Statistics website).

At Bishop Tyrrell, we have decided to do the following in support of Harmony Day 2021:

  1. Tutor groups will participate in a “Spread the Word” activity where students will be asked to share the great things they do when they come together. They will use the sentence ‘Everyone belongs at our school, because…’. #harmonyweek and #everyonebelongs.
  1. Cultural Dress Mufti Day – Tuesday 23rd March – Students will be encouraged to wear their traditional cultural dress for Harmony Day Mufti Day. Children who do not have a cultural dress or want another option will wear something (More details will be sent to parents separately).

From the Head 10-12 – Mr Mitchell Cummings (in consultation with the Head of 7-9 Mr Brian Bull)

I am currently undertaking some renovations on my home and so on any given day I have a few things floating around in my head, on top of the usual things. Have I marked that Year 12 task yet; have I organised a plasterer for next week; have I called back that Year 10 parent and lastly what was the rating on the insulation, and will that be adequate for the north facing wall? It means that if I am not writing things down and staying organised it is quite possible to become overwhelmed and to drop the odd spinning plate.

It is about that time of the year where the school routine is almost on autopilot, but as the first formal assessments are added into the mix it is important for secondary students to have a system to manage their dates and deadlines. It is not good enough simply to try and keep track of all of that assessment information in their heads, along with their timetable, do I have my hat in my bag and what was that homework we had for maths? Luckily we live in an age of digital tools to support available traditional ones and in either case I encourage secondary students to take the advice of the villainous Mufasa – “Be prepared”. Either through the College diary, your online calendar or some other tool – just make sure that you know what is coming up on the horizon, how much its worth and what you need to do from here.

Around the grounds our Year 12 students have been on a retreat on beautiful Lake Macquarie during Week 6, which involved an obstacle filled mud-run, learning from the shared wisdom of ex-students and hearing from a variety of guest speakers on things to help them in the leadup to the HSC later in the year. Our Year 11 female students recently engaged in an online leadership seminar for International Women’s day on the 8th of March, joining in on a Zoom meeting with female politicians and leaders from all over Australia. With Week 8 containing two annual events, Bishop Tyrrell day and the College Cross Country, there is much for our students to participate in and enjoy. I encourage all our secondary students to finish Term 1 well – proud of their efforts in the playground, classroom and further abroad as members of the Bishop Tyrrell community.


Ms Tania Lloyd

Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary School


 

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Secondary Academics

Secondary Reporting Processes In 2019, the College became a participant in a global educational project, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, implementing the explicit teaching, assessing …

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Secondary Academics

Secondary Reporting Processes

In 2019, the College became a participant in a global educational project, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, implementing the explicit teaching, assessing and reflecting on six global competencies (the 6 Cs).

These six Global Competencies have been developed by a range of educational researchers, with Michael Fullan (University of Toronto) being the champion of this work. More information on the 6 Cs can be viewed here.

As our staff and students continue to grow in our third year of this program, exploring and learning about these competencies, we now feel that the inclusion of them in our formal reporting processes will help to advance greater understanding of what your child is learning and is capable of.

This year our reports will include 6Cs reporting for each student. The 6 Cs will replace the traditional Commitment to Learning categories on previous reports. Students will continue to have Overall Achievement and Learning Intention achievements graded, but each Secondary Subject will also include ratings for:

  • Critical Thinking: Using reasoning and analysis to respond to and assess situations, experiences, and problems.
  • Collaboration: Working together as a team and incorporating the skills and talents of each individual to create a better outcome.
  • Communication: Presenting information clearly to inform, persuade, or motivate, while also listening to and valuing others’ opinions, voices, and evidence.
  • Creativity: The ability to innovate and explore new ideas for problem-solving.
  • Citizenship: Learning your connection to and role in the global society and culture, and how you can contribute.
  • Character: Developing responsibility, caring, kindness, and civility.

These ratings will be developed using staff, student and peer input depending on what the explicit nature of the task associated with the competencies being assessed is.

Secondary Spotlight

The Tutankhamun Roadshow is a unique experience in Australia and our Year 8 History and Year 7 Christian Studies classes were fortunate to have experienced this dynamic show last week.

 

 

Study Skills Tip – TIME MANAGEMENT: The 80-20 Rule

The assumption around the 80-20 rule is that most of the results in any situation are determined by a small number of causes.

You can use the 80-20 rule to:

  • Choose the right goal
  • Choose the right task
  • Choose the right action or strategy.

Have you completed an assignment or a task and realised after that you “wasted” a lot of time on needless research or other activities related to the task not needed to produce the result you wanted?

Start thinking about the 80/20 way of working smarter not harder.

The important thing to understand is that in your life there are certain activities you do (your 20 percent) that account for the majority (your 80 percent) of your happiness and results.

Any task has three components:

  • Destination (goal)
  • Route (plan)
  • Action (steps)

Focus on the 20% of your goals, plans and actions that will produce the greatest impact.

Learning After School Centre

It is great to see students making use of this facility – please encourage your children to attend these sessions.

Where: BTAC Library

When: Monday – Thursday 3.15 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

To assist students in completing homework, assessment tasks, 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

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

 


Ms Tania Lloyd

Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary


 

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Sports Corner

College Sport has been celebrated this past fortnight, with successful results in team and individual events. On Thursday, 4th March, our Primary Team battled it …

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Sports Corner

College Sport has been celebrated this past fortnight, with successful results in team and individual events.

On Thursday, 4th March, our Primary Team battled it out amongst other schools at the Division 1 HRIS  Primary Swimming Carnival. Once again, our students represented the College with behaviour and character traits we are all proud of. Determination, perseverance, confidence and teamwork were evident throughout the day, resulting in a 6th place finish! Notable mentions go to Eva T, who broke the 8 years girls 100m freestyle record by 3 whole seconds….WOW! Eva T. and Isabelle W. were awarded joint 8 Years Girls Champions, with Lachlan T. taking out the 8 Years Boys Champion. Emma W had a terrific meet and was recognised as the 12 Years Girls Champion. Kosta T. will join Eva, Isabelle and Lachlan at the CIS Swimming Carnival later this term. We wish you all the success!

On Thursday 11th March, our Secondary students competed against other schools in the Division 1 HRIS Secondary Swimming Carnival. Our team of over 30 students worked together and matched it with the best to finish in 8th place. Special mentions go to Hallie B, Jazmine O, Megan W and who all made it into the HRIS team through placing in individual events, moving on to attend the AICES Swimming Carnival later this term. Good luck!! “A big congrats to James H and Danika W (both 15), who swam up in the 18 year old events all day” added a happy Mrs Currey.

The College has had students trialling for a number of Primary and Secondary HRIS and CIS Teams. A big congratulations to some of our successful athletes:

  • Alice C. and Talia R. who were selected in the HRIS Secondary Girls Hockey Team to trial for the AICES Team.
  • Eve O. who was selected in the HRIS Primary Netball Team
  • Ella S. who was selected in the HRIS Under 15 Girls Netball Team
  • Liam B. who was selected in the Primary CIS Boys AFL Team

Primary students have been enjoying learning the game of Cricket under the expert coaching of NSW Cricket staff. They have enjoyed a number of fielding, catching, throwing, batting and bowling games and activities. It has been great to see them enjoying the experience and developing their skills.

Secondary students continue to enjoy participating in a variety of sports. Year 7 have been learning the skills of volleyball under the watchful eye of Pierre. Their skills have been improving as they work towards putting it all together to play competitive games this week.

With numerous HRIS, AICES and CIS trials, along with the College Cross Country coming up in the next fortnight, keep an eye out in the next Bulletin for an update on our amazing students.

 

 

Junior Rugby Clinics


Rob Eddy 

College Sport Coordinator and Year 5 Teacher


 

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Creative Arts

College Music Production  The College is excited to announce that we are planning a 2021 show run of Mary Poppins Jnr. in Term 4, Week …

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College Music Production 

The College is excited to announce that we are planning a 2021 show run of Mary Poppins Jnr. in Term 4, Week 1 and a recast for interested students in Years 5 through to 11. The Creative Team met this week to discuss the vision and approach to the show and looking forward to witnessing students grow and develop their creative and performing skillsets.

The Musical features the jack-of-all trades, Bert, who introduces the audience to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again.

Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.” Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins JR. is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking dance numbers.

Due to the delays in scheduling a production run of Mary Poppins Jnr. as a result of COVID 19 and the subsequent restrictions imposed on schools, it is necessary that we recast the musical. All interested students in Years 5 through to 11, including those previously cast, are encouraged to audition for this year’s production. If students would like to audition please complete the audition form via the QR code here.

 


College Music Program News

A reminder – Opportunities for Gifted and High Potential Music Students

As previously communicated, the College is establishing two new programs targeting our high number of Gifted and High Potential Music students commencing Term 2, 2021, each Wednesday afternoon from 3:10pm – 4:10pm.

These classes will take the form of a Theory/Musicianship class catering for all levels, and a Performance Workshop Masterclass series available to students who have attained a minimum of Grade 3 A.M.E.B/Trinity, or equivalent, providing them the opportunity to perform for an exciting roster of musicians to receive individual and detailed feedback on their performance practice.

To express your interest please complete the form via the QR code below. A program schedule for Term 2 will be emailed to both students and parents in Week 10 this Term.

 


Instrumental Teacher Profile

Re-Introducing Miss Amanda Falckh for violin lessons 

Amanda Falckh has been listening to and creating music from a young age. When she was 5 she began learning the violin through the Macquarie Conservatorium in Dubbo.

In 2016 she moved to Newcastle to continue her musical studies and in 2018 completed a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Violin Performance, with Distinction and a Faculty Medal. During this time Amanda received several awards including the Valasi Bleazard Memorial Scholarship in Music, the Friends of the University of Newcastle Music Scholarship and The Con Ellis Prize.

While completing her degree Amanda performed regularly with the Newcastle Youth Orchestra, University of Newcastle Orchestra and numerous small ensembles around Newcastle, the Hunter and the Central Coast. She also began teaching violin to students around Newcastle and built up a private teaching studio. Amanda enjoys the challenge of discovering the best way to teach each of her students and encourage them to discover their musical potential.

Amanda is currently completing her Master of Teaching degree at the University of Newcastle while continuing to teach and perform in and around Newcastle.

To enquire about violin lessons for your child with Amanda here at the College please email: HovendenA@btac.nsw.edu.au


Benefits of Instrumental Lessons

Here at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College we embrace proven research that shows a clear correlation between the engagement in learning and playing a musical instrument, and brain development in young people – even from as early as infanthood.

The skills students develop when involved in music education, and the learning of an instrument, include communication, insight into others, cooperation and collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, and ability to make connections across complex ideas. As you know, such skills are imperatives to enhance lifelong learning, and are integral in preparing your child for the real world – regardless of their future career endeavours.

I would like to take this opportunity to again share this clip with parents and caregivers:

Instrumental lessons are now available on campus before, during and after College hours for students from Preschool through to Year 12. The College proudly boasts a some of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley’s most talented and experienced instrumental staff. To enquire about lesson availability fees etc, please go to CALEB – Co-Curricular – Instrumental Music Lesson. Here you can follow the links to contact Instrumental staff directly. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Ross rossg@btac.nsw.edu.au. A special note for Preschool Parents – If you choose to enrol your child in this program please be assured that the instrumental teacher will collect and return your child to the Preschool campus before and after each lesson time.


Photography and Digital Media News

Recently in Year 9 Photographic and Digital Media, students have been exploring the Elements of Art. Last lesson they experimented with the element of colour by dropping ink and capturing its movement through water. Students enjoyed setting up their own light studios and backdrops to control their exposure levels.

Upon the completion of taking their photographs, students uploaded their images to Photoshop and learned how to use the adjustments layer to change the hue and saturation of their images to make the colour more vibrant. These new Photoshop skills also helped students to modify their photographs to accentuate colour against a monochrome background. Students have enjoyed this process and have created some wonderful images.


Gareth Ross

Head of Creative Arts and Performance


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Careers

Our Careers Program is concentrated in Year 10, with students completing an online self-assessment career exploration program called Career Voyage to investigate their interests and …

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Careers

Our Careers Program is concentrated in Year 10, with students completing an online self-assessment career exploration program called Career Voyage to investigate their interests and preferences and gain suggestions for suitable careers. We will also visit the Newcastle & Lake Macquarie Careers Expo in May, offer interviews with the Careers Adviser, Parents, and Students prior to subject selection for 2021, and run our Work Experience program at the end of the year.

Students in Year 11 will also be visiting the Careers Expo in 2021 since they missed out on this event in 2020.

University applications through Universities Admissions Centre officially open on 1 April (although many 2022 courses will not be available on the system until August). Year 12 students will take part in an information session on how to apply, the Schools Recommendation Scheme (for early entry offers), and direct applications early in Term 2. We will also be hosting representatives from the University of Newcastle to share with students about university applications and uni life, and from the University of Technology Sydney Business school with information on the Co-op Scholarship program.

Supporting your child’s career development: tips and tools from myfuture webinar

Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 1–2 pm AEDT

The earliest and often the most powerful learning about careers is shaped by the adults in a child’s life. myfuture, the National Career Information Service, has tools and resources available to help parents guide and support their child as they explore career options and occupations of interest. In this webinar Michelle Maes, Careers Manager, will demonstrate the career development resources that are freely available on the myfuture website to assist the career development process.

Register now


Adrianna Demmocks

Librarian and Careers Advisor


 

News and Notices

Uniform Shop The uniform shop will be closed Monday 22nd March Flexischools Flexischools (Canteen and Unifrom shop online orders) phone lines are reopening. The parent …

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News and Notices

Uniform Shop
The uniform shop will be closed Monday 22nd March

Flexischools

Flexischools (Canteen and Unifrom shop online orders) phone lines are reopening. The parent phone line (1300 361 769) will reopen on Monday 19 April 2021 and will be available Monday to Friday 8 am to 12 pm (AEST).

Vacation Care
We are now taking bookings for our Autumn Vacation Care. We have many exciting incursions happening and an excursion to Lake Cinema as well. If your children are not already enrolled in our OOSH service, please email the friendly staff at oosh@btac.nsw.edu.au and they can assist you with enrolling your children. We also take children who are enrolled in the Bishop Tyrrell Preschool for BSC, ASC and Vacation Care. We will be closing our bookings for our Autumn Vacation Care on the 31st of March, 2021.

For more information, bookings forms and to view the vacation care program please click on the following links:
Preschool
Primary