Principal

Dear College Families

Recently I met with secondary students and their families to talk about student perceptions of school life, in and out of the classroom, as they prepared to move into the final years of their schooling. It struck me that the Student Voice was not a strong feature of our current school review and renewal focus.

Listening to students’ views about how they learn best and what support they need to maintain their well-being as a foundation to the achievement of their best academic outcomes is vital to our planning. We know when students feel that its “safe to learn” at school, free from social distractions they will flourish.

Research on the impact of a well-rounded approach to incorporating Student Voice into school life tells us that there are many benefits for students. Not only will students feel heard, but also they will feel that their opinions are valued and the school acts on them in a way that genuinely shapes learning, builds connectedness and belonging, increases engagement in learning, develops social capabilities and above all creates a positive school culture.

In the Secondary School, we are incorporating these research findings into our plans to involve students in ways that lets their voice be heard. Students who are 15 to 19, along with those in many other independent schools, will be participating in the annual Mission Australia Youth Survey in the coming weeks. The survey helps schools understanding of young peoples’ values, concerns, challenges and ambitions and provides information that assists us to plan for well-being and engagement programs for our students.

Following this, and later in the term, the College will also conduct the SEW survey (ACER Social and Emotional survey), for years 4 to 10 to hear what our students are saying about a range of matters and to inform our planning for their optimum learning environment and pastoral care programs. I look forward to hearing more from students in this way.

Finally, thank you for your support in helping to manage the risks associated with the COVID pandemic. We continue with the recommended physical distancing, regular hand washing, extra facilities cleaning and restricted access to the site. From week three, following the Department of Education regulations, we expect that students can participate in limited extra-curricular activities, gathering together for up to fifteen minutes at an assembly or chapel service for example.

As we reminded our staff this week, “in the new normal” we must change our mindsets in three ways; focus on the good things in the day, change our vocabulary from social distancing to physical distancing, because humans need one another, and, learn new ways to do things every day.

Suzanne Bain
Principal

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Preschool

It started with a crack then we all watched as the baby chickens hatched from their eggs at Preschool. The past two weeks week we …

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It started with a crack then we all watched as the baby chickens hatched from their eggs at Preschool.

The past two weeks week we have had baby chicks at Preschool as the children learn how to care and feed the chicks. The children have been watching the  baby chickens hatch from their eggs and move freely around their pen. The eggs have been warmed in an incubator and this has mimicked the action of a real hen sitting on her eggs. The incubator is made of glass so the children have had the opportunity to view a live hatching and learn more about the life cycle of chickens.

The amazement and excitement of the children as the chickens hatch has been beautiful to observe. They have enjoyed watching the chicks antics and commenting upon them. The children have also had many opportunities to hold the chickens and observe them walking on the mat at Preschool.

Having the chickens in each room at Preschool has prompted the children to ask questions such as:

  • What is the egg made out of ?
  • Why do the eggs needs to be in the incubator ?
  • I wonder what other animals lay eggs ?
  • What do the chickens eat and why do they all look different ?

We have been investigating the children’s inquiries using non fiction books to research the answers as well as looking at clips on the whiteboard.

This opportunity provides the children with the experience to interact with the chickens and learn about them with care and empathy. They are learning about living things, respecting their environment and the connections between people, plants, animals and the land​.

Week 3 we will have pyjama day at Preschool on Tuesday 4th August and Friday 7th August to promote Asthma awareness . On these two days the children are encouraged to come the Preschool wearing their favourite pyjamas for the day. We look forward to seeing all of our Preschool children keeping warm and cosy dressed in their favourite pyjamas on these two days.

April Cooke
Preschool Director

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Primary

For those who don’t know me my name is Mark Durie and I have been appointed to the new position of Head of Junior School. …

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Primary

For those who don’t know me my name is Mark Durie and I have been appointed to the new position of Head of Junior School. Previously I was the Dean of Students working across both Primary and Secondary, but I am very excited to take up this new position and focus on the Junior School which includes, Primary, Preschool and OOSH. For Primary this means I will be working with Mrs Hollingsworth in her role as Head of K-2 and Mrs McNab in her role as Head of 3-6. Together we are looking forward to supporting the staff and students during their time at the College. There are times parents need to discuss matters relating to their children and the process of contacting the class teacher in the first instance remains the same. Then, depending on the nature of your inquiry either myself, Mrs Hollingsworth or Mrs McNab maybe called upon to discuss your matter.

As always Term 3 will be busy despite some changes to the usual program. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions our annual Grandparents Day and Father’s Day Breakfast have been cancelled for the year. Despite not being able to proceed with these memorable events the students will still be involved in other fun activities. We have Book Week in Week 6 so start preparing the fancy costumes! We plan to live stream the event so parents can still be involved. The Dads won’t miss out with students participating in gift preparations before Father’s day. We also plan to have a camp experience day and that will run either this term or next depending on restrictions.

The most exciting thing students will be involved in this term is the Deep Learning Social obligation program which will run each Friday afternoon. Last week all Primary students engaged in discussion about various topics where they could serve at a community, national or global level. An area of keen interest within our Infant School was around the topic of homeless people. Young minds were engaged and offered suggestions about how they could help, whether that be raise money, hold an event, make a product or provide a service. Students in 3-6 engaged in discussion, brainstorming and collaboration to delve into each concept more deeply. Students in Year 4 are focusing on the topic of Inclusion, and through a series of activities, developed their understanding and demonstrated empathy for people who are vision impaired. After a series of discussions and brainstorming, Students in Years 5 have narrowed their focus to helping the homeless, and environmental conservation. Year 6 used the United Nations as a springboard into global issues. Students formed interest groups and brainstormed areas of concern, presenting their ideas to their peers.

In the coming weeks, students will engage in further research about the issues surrounding their chosen area of interest. They will begin to understand the importance of bringing these concepts into the eye of the media and communities around the world. They will establish their groups and begin to plan how they wish to do this – creating awareness, raising money, providing services or designing/making a product.

It was wonderful to see Deep Learning in action and the power self-directed learning has on student engagement and learning.

Mark Durie
Head of Junior School

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Welcome back to all students after the term break and my very best wishes to students for the semester ahead – may they adopt a …

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Secondary – Studies

Welcome back to all students after the term break and my very best wishes to students for the semester ahead – may they adopt a positive approach and give 100% effort in all the activities in which they are involved so that they make the most of the opportunities provided to them.

Deep Learning – Global Citizenship Service Learning Project

Last Friday, students started investigating their project ideas. It was exciting to see students able to think about being able to contribute to the common good and address global or local challenges.

We look forward to seeing our students’ character, compassion, creativity and global citizenship grow in the coming weeks.

Year 10 Curriculum Evening

Year 10 students and parents attended our first virtual curriculum evening on Wednesday.

During the evening details of the courses of study that may be available in Years 11 and 12 at Bishop Tyrrell were given as well as an overview of the HSC experience. All families can view the presentation given in CALEB > Secondary School > Subject Selection

Year 8 Curriculum Evening

All Year 8 students and their parents will be attending an online curriculum session on Thursday 30th July. During the evening, the program of study for Years 9 and 10 will be explained as well as parents having an opportunity to find out about the elective courses being offered. Parents will be sent an invitation to this evening and students will receive the Y9 2016 Courses of Study booklet early next week.

Year 11 Examinations

The Year 11 Examinations commence on Thursday 20th August and finish on Friday 28th August. All students have received a copy of the examination timetable.

Year 12 Trial Examinations

The Year 12 Trial HSC Examinations commence on Monday 17th August and finish on Monday 31st August. All students have received a copy of the examination timetable.

It is essential that Year 11 and Year 12 students arrive at school at least 15 minutes before the start of their examination. Students should be well into their study and preparation for these examinations.

Tips for Studying Effectively – Training the Brain

  • Draw concept maps that display how key ideas are related to one another. The idea of associating a term unfamiliar to you and trying to link it to something already familiar facilitates the recall of the memory.
  • Write lyrics to a familiar tune using information you need to recall. When you start humming that tune, the tune helps with the retrieval of that information.
  • Don’t just read and rewrite information word for word. That’s one of the most ineffective ways of memorising information.
  • Use headings and colours to organise and structure information. Organising and chunking information into manageable components facilitates learning and recall.
  • Practise exam papers when you feel comfortable with the concepts and information you need. The more you exercise your brain, the more effective the neurological connections become.

Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal

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How mindfulness can help during times of turbulence We are living through an unprecedented and uncertain time, requiring each of us to navigate our way, …

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How mindfulness can help during times of turbulence
We are living through an unprecedented and uncertain time, requiring each of us to navigate our way, as best we can, through a rapidly evolving global health crisis. With things changing so quickly, such uncertainty and unpredictability can take a toll on student’s mental and physical health.

Students find managing their emotions and supporting each other challenging at the best of times. This is why, more than ever, we all need to be doing our best to regularly pause, take a breath and be proactive in looking after ourselves and others.

Brain Breaks
Giving your brain a break when you’re nearing your tipping point can be a really helpful way of deactivating the acute stress response. Even short moments of reprieve are beneficial as they help reset enabling us to find the middle ground between overwhelm and denial. It’s in this place that we’re able to make better choices and are best placed to support ourselves and those around us.

  1. Move
  2. Breathe
  3. Stop
  4. Connect

Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal

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Secondary Sport While the weather has not been cooperating this week, we were blessed with a sunny day on Wednesday to run Week 2 of …

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Secondary Sport

While the weather has not been cooperating this week, we were blessed with a sunny day on Wednesday to run Week 2 of sport. Students were able to select sport choices this term and Lake Walking proved a fairly popular choice amongst the older student.

Griffins Rugby Club is hoping to expand their junior club base in the area of Newcastle and, to this effect, they are partnering with our College to develop Rugby in our school and provide pathways to school and community competitions for our students. Initially, their involvement is to provide skill and game coaching during sport time and they hope that this will develop into something further, where we have the capacity to enter teams into school-based and community competitions. This week, students were restricted to the courts, but made the best of things.

We hope to take part in some Basketball and Rugby games against rival schools later this term if the COVID situation remains steady or improves.

Mr Joel Cruickshank
Head of PDHPE & Sport

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Primary Music News Introducing Miss Evelyn Russell. In the last week of Term 2 Year 4CG, MS Gitzel and Mr Ross were treated to an …

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Primary Music News

Introducing Miss Evelyn Russell.

In the last week of Term 2 Year 4CG, MS Gitzel and Mr Ross were treated to an exciting debut performance of “Midnight Dance”, composed by Evelyn Russell (Year 4CG) for Violin. Evelyn and her sister, Lucinda (Year 2AK) performed Evelyn’s first composition to rapturous applause. Evelyn’s composition is quite an achievement for a student her age. Both Evelyn and Lucinda are very excited to record her composition this Term.

My name is Evelyn Russell and I am 9 years old. I have composed a piece for the violin called “Midnight Dance”. The way I thought of a name for the piece was because of the spooky minor feeling it gives when it is played. At first, it was a small tune that I made up and liked the sound of, but then it started to build. I added chords, more sections to the song and dynamics. After that I thought I might write it out. I decided after that to write a second part for my sister, who is in Year 2. Her part was slightly more challenging for her but she got the hang of it. I also got some help from my violin teacher Mr Rodney Wickstrom, for the second part. He told me about certain notes that go well together. Midnight Dance is in A Minor, this was so it could use B and E, I also used C# but I added that as an accidental.

Evelyn Russell, Year 4CG

Instrumental Teacher Profile

Robbie Long is a multi-instrumentalist who has covered miles of styles in his weird & wonderful career. He has been a working man’s musician since leaving school, walking the boards with countless acts on stages and in studios over the past thirty years in Australia, New Zealand, Europe.

Rob is a highly experience and passionate teacher, with over 30 years’ experience teaching beginners to advanced and professional players. ​He has a wealth of skills and knowledge to impart, mixed with relaxed, friendly approach and deep well of patience!

Robbie cut his teeth at an early age playing rock & country in pubs & clubs, and at seventeen began studying jazz with the internationally renowned guitarist Ike Issacs. Through his twenties he toured Australia and New Zealand with countless working outfits (including a stint as George in the Beatles Show!), and also began session work in various Sydney studios. From sessioning he moved in programming, arranging, and eventually engineering & producing. In the early 90s Rob set up a recording studio in Sydney (Sound Ideas), and relocated to Newcastle in 2002. He was recently nominated for three Golden Guitars at Tamworth CMF as producer.

Although he has jazz/rock foundations, he has gathered tools from a spectrum of musical genres through his musical journeys, adding spice and depth to his playing. During the early 2000’s Robbie became involved with several well-known figures in the Australian bluegrass scene, including Fiddler Andrew Clermont and Banjo virtuoso Dave Hellens. These new influences opened up new musical horizons and introduced Rob to Bluegrass, which led towards competing in the National Bluegrass Championships at Tamworth, where he won National Flat-pick Guitar champion 2008 & 2010.

Rob is currently working with Aussie King of Vaudeville, Mic Conway, and with 2012 Toyota Starmaker Winner Bob Corbett & The Roograss Band. As well as this, he works locally in the Hunter with a host of high profile acts including Mark Wells, Justin Ngariki, Gleny Ray, and Greg Bryce (DV8).

In 2001 Rob completed a Bachelor of Arts, and in 2001 attained a Diploma of Education (Secondary). During 2002-2003 he taught briefly at both Newcastle and New Lambton High Schools before being commissioned to work for Hunter Institute of TAFE, specialising in sound production and music industry skills. Rob currently teaches both privately and at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music as guitar specialist, and as a lecturer in Pop, Funk and Jazz.

Rob also writes a column on recording tips for Australian Guitar Player magazine.

Currently, Mr Long is the College Guitar and Mandolin teacher, and conducts the College Year 3 and 4 Guitar Ensembles.

At Bishop Tyrrell we offer Instrumental lessons with some of the most qualified and experienced Instrumental teachers in the Hunter region. Lessons are currently available both on the College Campus before, during and after College hours, and online throughout the week – according to the availability of the individual tutors. Please click on the Instrumental Music Lessons tab on the College Caleb Co-Curricular page and you will be directed to the available instrumental teaching staff and gain access to their College contact details.

Gareth Ross
Head of Creative Arts and Performance

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Careers News

As well as equipping our students to succeed in their academic studies, we provide a range of resources and opportunities to help our students progress …

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Careers News

As well as equipping our students to succeed in their academic studies, we provide a range of resources and opportunities to help our students progress through their career planning journey.

Australian Defence Force Virtual Information Sessions

Throughout July there are a range of virtual information sessions available for students considering a career in the Defence Force. Students and Parents are welcome to attend one of the general information sessions, a tailored session specific to their interests (such as Trades in Defence, STEM careers, or Women in Defence), or multiple sessions.

To see which sessions are available, and to register, check out the Blog post on the CALEB Careers Page.

Year 10

Subject selection for Year 11 is open early this term. Resources to help support this decision include:

Wirl Careers
Most of our Year 10 Students completed the career assessment tool quiz on the Wirl Careers platform last term. This resource helps to identify your areas of interest and links these to suggested occupations and careers information.
If you haven’t completed yours yet, you can log in at https://wirl.com.au/ (Username: btac Password: btac18) and use the Account Creation tab to set up your own individualised account. There is a short tutorial here if you need help.

Year 11

Leadership preparation and selection is commencing this term. This is a great way to develop new skills and experiences which will help you with many University early entry applications and scholarship applications in 2021.

Academic studies
Having a career goal in mind can motivate you to do your best in your studies. Your Year 11 results will be considered for any School Recommendation Scheme (SRS) early entry applications to University next year, so now is the time to focus and achieve your best results.

Year 12

University applications are now open, and many students have started their application process. Here are some important dates to keep in mind:

  • August – all courses for study in 2021 will be available for selection on your UAC application (so check your preferences and make adjustments/additions if necessary)
  • 20 September – Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) applications due by midnight
  • 30 September – UAC early bird applications must be completed and paid to avoid a massive increase in application fee (from $70 up to $200)

Traineeships and Apprenticeships
If you’re looking into Vocational Education after school, you should start looking now as many organisations start their recruitment process for 2021 now. More info on CALEB Careers>Apprenticeships page.

Adrianna Demmocks
Careers Advisor

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News and Notices

2021 Enrolments We love seeing our Bishop Tyrrell community grow each year and we are currently enrolling students for 2021. This is a reminder to …

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News and Notices

2021 Enrolments

We love seeing our Bishop Tyrrell community grow each year and we are currently enrolling students for 2021.

This is a reminder to ensure any 2021 sibling enrolments have been submitted via the Preschool or K-12 online enrolment form on the College website. If you have any queries do not hesitate to contact our College Registrar Mrs Barb Durie. Please share our website details if you have friends or family who might be considering Bishop Tyrrell. Thank you, our families are our best advocates!