Principal

Our College community was buzzing with anticipation at the prospect of hosting our first College Alumni gathering this week. It was a joy to see over 60 graduates accepting our invitation to join us at the Parry Street Garage in Newcastle city. Alumni from 2008 through to 2020 joined staff to celebrate this initial gathering. Hearing their stories of accomplishment and joy, affirmed that graduates of the College are flourishing. The purpose behind this gathering was also to officially establish the Alumni group as a part of the Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College wider community. We look forward to staying in touch with these fine young graduates and inviting them back to the school as role models and supporters of our secondary school students.

We heard of the careers many of these young people have established in the law, in engineering, health sciences, including medicine and in education. Many are still students at University here in Newcastle or in Sydney. I’m confident that we’ll hear more from this group of fine young people as opportunities to make further connections emerge during this year. We hope they will join us when we host a community carnival in the future. Some of our past students already attend our annual secondary school camps and activities to support our current students in their final years, easing that transition into the life of a university or trade college student. The Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College community can be very proud of the young people we met at the reunion.

In many ways, gathering the alumni together is a milestone on the College journey of growth and development. In our 22nd year, we have also welcomed graduates of our College as they enrol their children in the early years. While it takes 30 to 35 years to build an independent school Bishop Tyrell Anglican College is well on that journey, delivering the many and varied learning opportunities it offers to children and young people, the affirming and safe learning environment and the quality of its teachers.  Completing this circle gives confidence to all of us involved in the growth and development of this College and the life-giving community that it is.

On that note, how pleasing it was to welcome record numbers of families as they queued at the Mother’s Day Breakfast on Friday 7th May in the Batty Hall. After socially distancing for so long, protecting one another from COVID-19, it was with great pleasure that staff manned the BBQ to prepare a wonderful breakfast for our mothers or mother figures in our community.

We will host a College Open Day onsite on May 24, to showcase the exciting learning opportunities and experiences provided to our students over and above the Australia curriculum. This community of learners ensures that your child’s potential will be developed to enable them to be all that they can be in later life.

Suzanne Bain
Principal

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This week at Preschool we were lucky to have a number of special women in our children’s lives visit for Mothers Week. We had a visit from the following special women:

Esther’s Nan Bridget came and we learnt how a sewing machine works, learnt about stretchy fabric and elastic that keeps our clothes up. We each then received a special bag that Esther’s Nan had sewn on the sewing machine and we took turns filing them with special lavender. We tied a ribbon at the top and took the lovely lavender bags home for our special mums.

Enzo’s Mum Esther came and shared special news about her country of birth Spain. We learnt all about the foods from Spain and even had fun dancing to a special Spanish song called the Macarena.

Meha’s Mum Mandy shared her occupation as a Dentist and we talked about healthy foods for our teeth and unhealthy foods that we only eat sometimes.

Mia’s Mum Rebecca shared her occupation of a Medical Scientist, we took turns at looking under a microscope at slides, we also talked about what a scientist does and how they work on viruses to keep us safe. We tried on Goggles, Scientist lab coats and gloves and became our own Scientists.

Riley’s Nan Pam came in on Wednesday to teach us about her hobby of knitting. We talked about what knitting is, looked at knitting needles and the skill of knitting. We also then had fun being creative and each worked on creating a pom pom by wrapping wool around a cardboard circle shape.

Hunter’s Mum Katie came in on Friday and talked to us about being fit and her interest in competing in Strongwoman. We learnt that she goes in competitions around Australia which focus on being strong and lifting very heavy weights. Katie showed us a medal she had won where she came first, a belt she uses to protect her back when lifting heavy weights and a picture of herself carrying a big heavy barrel.

Austin’s Mum Christine brought in her massage table and massages oil and demonstrated how to massage our bodies. She spent time discussing the different types of massage and the benefits they can have on our bodies.

Jayda’s Mum Heather spent some time with us discussing the many ways Nurses and Doctors help to keep us healthy. Jayda’s Mum brought in some medical equipment such as bandages, ointments and syringes to demonstrate a range of different scenarios with the children.

Amelia’s Mum Maree spoke about her job teaching. She spend some time with the children talking specifically about mathematics and how it is all around us and part of most of the things we d

Ekisha’s Mum Meena engaged the children in some Indian cooking as they made potato Naan bread. Mena explained that she makes Naan every day for her Family. The children all tried a piece and thought it was delicious.

The children were active participants as they listened, joined in and asked interesting questions.

We were also very fortunate to have a visit from Margo form Pacific Smiles last week. The children participated in sharing their thoughts and opinions on how to keep their teeth and bodies healthy, Margo discussed the ‘healthy options such as fruits and vegetables and only water or milk to drink’. Margo demonstrated how to clean, floss and care for our teeth before we had turn at using the dental equipment on the many puppets provided. The children were eager to use the mirrors, tooth brushes, floss, gloves and masks.

Jonty

“We need toothpaste and floss”

Austin

“We drink water and milk when we’re thirsty”

Liam

“We watched Dr Rabbit”

Sage

“We brush our teeth at night too”

Ava

“My Daddy brush my teeth”

Zoe

“If your teeth break, a new one will grow”

 

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This week I was fortunate to attend our first ‘Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Alumni Night’ where former students were invited to an evening of fun and entertainment. Being in my third year at the College, it was great to hear the stories from the former students and explain in great detail why their time at Bishop Tyrrell was so special. I asked them what their fondest memories of their time at Bishop Tyrrell were, and every one of them said it was the relationship they had with their teachers. I heard stories of how teachers went above and beyond to get to know each of them, which helped them immensely in their final years of study. It is something we continue to foster across the College, and it was timely we rebranded our behaviour support process, Connect Before Correct, last year. It takes the position that teachers need to ‘connect’ with their students, by finding out who they are and how they learn as a student, before we can attempt to bring about change with their learning and personal development. Due to the personal focus of the process, teachers need to continually adjust their interaction techniques as students move along their learning and personal development journey. The changing nature of each student, as they move through the years, can present some challenges. But through regular communication with the student and their family our goal is to always have that strong relationship so that when your child returns to their Alumni evening, they too will talk fondly of our teachers like the stories I heard this week.

The end of semester student report is one way we connect with families to describe how their child is travelling with their learning and wellbeing. Parents will notice some minor changes with the upcoming report, which is due at the end of this term. Previously, we had a section titled ‘Commitment to Learning’, where the student would receive feedback towards their organisation and commitment during lessons and the degree of positive learner attributes they exhibit. We identified similarities with these areas and the dimensions described in the ‘Deep Learning Framework’ and have made the decision to rebrand the ‘Commitment to Learning’ grades to align with the ‘Deep Learning Framework’. Previously, we provided the CTL grade under each subject, but in the new format, we will provide a rating system to be generalised across all subjects. This is to reflect the changing nature of how the curriculum is delivered and integrated through our Deep Learning process, where students are exposed to multiple subjects during a lesson. A more detailed description of the report will be made available when the reports are released at the end of the term.

da Vinci Decathlon State Competition 

On Thursday 6th May, 16 our Year 5 and 6 da Vinci teams competed in the state da Vinci competition. The competition was held online, with students competing against an enormous amount of other schools from all over NSW. Students demonstrated incredible determination and persistence as they worked through the very challenging 10 disciplines. We congratulate the following students for an amazing effort in the 2021 Year 5 and 6 da Vinci Teams.

Year 5: Emile F, Asha H, Yuvi S, Tahj S, Yathin K, Evelyn R, Mason F, Mason K.

Year 6: Cooper D, Mali D, Evan J, Kosta T, Madison F, Joshua P, Eve O, Josie C.

Kindy

This week in Maths, Kindergarten have been investigating multiplication! Yes, very clever. We have been thinking about fair shares and equal groups. We enjoyed playing musical groups, sharing stories and pretending to have a dinner party to share cookies equally amongst our friends. In History, the students have been thinking about how they, their family and friends commemorate past events that are important to them. They shared experiences of family, school and community events that are celebrated, and focused on the traditions they have for their birthday!

Year 1

These past few weeks have seen Year One busy experimenting with light and dark throughout our Science and Technology unit. The students have explored the light and dark spaces within our classrooms and created posters on the iPads. They have observed the changes to their shadows throughout the day as the sun moves position in the sky. Students created mini foil sculptures and used torches to create long and short shadows. Year One have continued to discuss different celebrations from around the world in our History unit, focusing closely on how we celebrate our birthdays and realised that every family celebrates differently.

Year 2

Students have been working on the Mathematical concept of position, using positional language to describe the location of objects in the classroom and on birds-eye view maps. They even used their coding skills to demonstrate their knowledge of position in their dream bedroom. They have also moved to look at representing two- and three-digit numbers using blocks, models and words. In STEM students have been using their Scratch Jr coding skills to create their own ‘Crossing Roads’ games. They have retained a lot of knowledge from our Term 1 Science unit on technology, which has assisted them in creating a number of different levels of varying difficulty. We hope all the parents have had a chance to play their games! We have begun to look at communication in History, comparing the communication methods we have now to those that were used in the past. We have explored techniques such as smoke signals and morse code thus far. In Science students have continued to explore water, completing a number of experiments in the school environment to solidify their understanding of water ‘soaking in’ and ‘running off’ after hitting the ground. They have also brainstormed some ideas as to how we might be able to retrieve water from underground. Hopefully, they will be able to transfer this knowledge when beginning our Deep Learning project in Week 5. With additional practice of our athletics skills this week during sport, we are ready for the Athletics Carnival next week!

Year 3

Year 3 have been marvellously calm and settled as we undertook the NAPLAN assessments this week. This is hopefully since they felt prepared, and encouraged, that they knew the format that was coming. From our teaching perspective, the papers seemed fair and incorporated most of what we have covered during class learning. Please remember that these assessments are one test on one day!

Science has seen us study the facts about the Sun and how important it is as the centre of our Solar System. We have looked at de Bono’s yellow, black, and red hats describing the good and bad things about the Sun and how sunlight makes us feel. The Sun, Earth and Moon and their relationship in size and distance from each other will be our focus in the coming weeks as we explain day and night.

Healthy eating and nutritious food has evoked a lot of discussion during class about meals eaten at home and how we can create a balanced diet to maintain optimum health. Adding to that is drinking enough water, having plenty of sleep and limiting time on technology. Perhaps, during the next few weeks, students can be given the opportunity to plan and pack their meals for school.

Morning reading has taken off with great enthusiasm and the teachers and Mrs Owens so enjoy meeting students from 8.00 am on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Mrs Hunt’s room and listening to their oral reading. Improvement is noticeable and we would welcome all students who wish to attend.

In sport, we have finished off the cricket skill sessions and are practising athletic skills in preparation for trials and participation in the Athletics Carnival. Good luck to all those trialling and let us hope the rainy weather holds off and parents and students can enjoy the outdoor competition next Thursday 20th May. Here we are in the image doing Just Dance when the wet weather arrived.

We are half-way through the term and moving ahead at full steam!

Year 4

As our unit on Geology progresses, students in Year Four have already learned about the different types of rock and explored how sedimentary deposit from these rocks are a vital part of the rock cycle. Students have collected soil samples and compared how different soils act in different ways. This week, as we explored weathering and erosion, students were able to see how the process has shaped the entire world and even how it has impacted our College. Students conducted experiments, explored the environment around and viewed exceptional digital examples from around the world.

Year 5

On Monday last week, Year Five got to participate in a Space Dome Starr’s Planetarium Incursion experience. They travelled through the universe with an awe-inspiring 4K Earth and Space science experience and were immersed in a stunning 360° movie within a blown-up space dome. The incursion aligned with the NSW Science syllabus and because Year Five learnt about our Solar System in Science & Technology last term the Incursion was organised to build on the students’ knowledge of Space and our Solar System by allowing them to visualise space in a unique way. This week Year Five completed their NAPLAN tests. They displayed great resilience, perseverance and determination. On Tuesday, they completed their Language Conventions and Writing test, on Wednesday they completed their Reading test and on Thursday they completed their Numeracy test. In Sport, Year Five have been participating in a variety of athletic events, in preparation for the Athletics carnival next Thursday.

Year 6

Year 6 have had a wonderful week delving into Maths and English lessons with persistence and accuracy. The mastery of many mathematical concepts is evident in student responses when we dive deep into our open ended rich tasks and energizer lessons. In English, students have been studying the language devices and features used to construct successful biographies. Students have been given the task of interviewing a relative or friend in preparation for writing an assessment piece next week. Today, some of the Year 6 students were lucky enough to practise their interview techniques on Mr Durie, and learnt all about his life.

This week in Science, students held their Forces Game Day. Students worked throughout Term 1 to create games that used a range of different forces, including magnetic force, buoyancy and push and pull. We invited Year 5 to come and play, with students donating a silver coin to games they enjoyed playing. Each class donated the money raised to a charity, including JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and the RSPCA. Students used their Deep Learning skills, communicating, collaborating, character and creativity, to present their engaging games to a wide audience.

In History, students have been learning about migration patterns and programs in Australia post-WWII, including assisted passage programs, such as the 10 pound POM, and the rise and fall of the White Australia Policy. We investigated immigration patterns post-Vietnam War, and learnt about asylum seekers, refugees and the journeys they have faced.

We have also been studying the novel ‘Little Brother’ written by award winning author Allan Baillie. The story centres around a family’s struggle for survival under very hard circumstances and series of events that challenge the human spirit in their quest to find peace and create a better life.

It is a great book for our students to read as it gives us a chance to discuss our past and present. It also allows us to study and learn about Australian culture, migration and its captivating stories of survival and the pursuit for peace and prosperity.

The Nappy Collective 

This year the College is proud to support the Nappy Collective, an initiative that provides clean, unused nappies to families in the Hunter region who are experiencing Nappy Stress.

What is nappy stress? 

Nappy stress is the experience of families not having enough nappies to change their children as often as they need to. A family experiencing nappy stress is likely to cut back on other essentials like food in order to access nappies.

How many children and families are affected by nappy stress? 

Based on our research, we estimate around 280,000 children in 150,000 families experience nappy stress in Australia. These children require approximately 430 million nappies per year.

To find out more visit the Nappy Collective website.

If you would like to help support this wonderful cause, please send in your donated nappies. There will be a collection box located outside the Primary art room near the front gate. Lets see if we can fill Mr Durie’s office with nappies!

Mark Durie
Head of Junior School

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Secondary Learning Enrichment Team  The College’s Learning Enrichment team plays a key role in ensuring that the specific needs of students with a disability and/or …

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Secondary Learning Enrichment Team 

The College’s Learning Enrichment team plays a key role in ensuring that the specific needs of students with a disability and/or additional learning and support needs are met.

The Secondary Learning Enrichment Team at BTAC consists of Mrs Leah Reynolds, Mrs Debbie Brown, Miss Natalie Fisher and Mrs Lauren Carlson. They provide ongoing support as required to students in Years 7-12 with their individual learning and social requirements. As a result, we can ensure our students are engaging and achieving to their full potential at school, academically and socially. Just a few of the things the learning support team do are:

  • Collaborate with and support teachers in identifying and responding to individual, additional learning needs of students.
  • Develop collaborative partnerships with the school, parents and carers, school psychologist, health professionals and the wider school community.
  • Provide students with extra assistance during exams, or with assessment tasks and homework.
  • Assist students to develop organisational and planning skills to ensure tasks are well thought out and executed, and completed by the due dates without creating undue stress.
  • Individual or small group assistance for students in the classroom.
  • Offering of additional support with classwork and homework at lunch time breaks.
  • Regularly checking in with individual students to see how they are feeling and travelling at school, and to monitor if they need any extra support.
  • Collaborating with students, teachers, parents and carers, and health professionals to form Individual Plans to ensure every student is engaging and achieving to the best of their ability, every day, in the classroom and playground. This ensures all parties are actively involved in the decision-making process and reviews as required.
  • Assisting teachers with individual assessments and planning to ensure we are catering to individual learning abilities.

If you have any questions or concerns around your child’s learning or social needs, please do not hesitate to contact Lauren Carlson (Learning Enrichment Teacher – Secondary) on 4979 8424 or CarlsonL@btac.nsw.edu.au

Study Skills Tip – Set Times for Home Learning

PARENTS:

Many students come home from school and end up just waiting until they might ‘feel’ like doing schoolwork. Or else they drag everything out over the whole night. A much better way is each night have set allocated times for home learning. Many students find that learning in 20–30-minute blocks works well for them. During this time students should do homework first, then work on any assignments or upcoming tests, then use the rest of the time allocated for schoolwork to complete independent learning activities such as reviewing work they find difficult, making study notes or doing practice questions to build their skills. All distractions should be removed during this time, so students learn to focus for 20–30-minute blocks of time. It is a great idea to make a timetable of the home learning and place it on the fridge, so everyone is clear when students are focusing and when they are doing other activities or having free time.

STUDENTS:

Some of the benefits for students of having set times allocated for home learning are:

  • You are more likely to learn at home if you know when to start and when to end.
  • You will be more effective when you remove distractions and learn to focus for 20–30-minute blocks.
  • In all the times NOT allocated to schoolwork you can do whatever you like without feeling guilty about it.
  • Having set times stops arguments between students and parents as everyone has agreed when the timeslots allocated to students will be.
  • You know that you are doing enough work for school.
  • Keeping your home learning and personal life separate means you will be able to manage all the distractions in your life and still complete your work for school.

Deep Learning Projects 2021  

More information has been sent home this week on the 2021 projects.

Bishop Tyrrell is a Deep Learning School. We are part of a global initiative that seeks to activate students’ innate desire to connect and be curious through authentic deep learning. Our goal at Bishop Tyrrell is to foster new pedagogies for deep learning so that students can contribute to the common good, address global challenges and flourish in turbulent and complex times.

Students in Year 5-12 will be working to a modified Friday timetable from week 5 to enable the project to occur with the capacity for students to collaborate within and across year groups.

Students in K-4 will continue to work as per normal days with their project time integrated (they will be accessing the canteen at the same time as all other students).

Ms Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary

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Growing up Digital  The Gonski Institute’s ‘Growing up Digital’ has now been published and it is an incredible insight into how kids are impacted by …

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Growing up Digital 

The Gonski Institute’s ‘Growing up Digital’ has now been published and it is an incredible insight into how kids are impacted by digital technology.

Here is Julie Inman-Grant, the eSafety Commissioner’s preface to the report to set the scene.

‘This report, Growing Up Digital: Phase 2, shows just how much access children have to digital technologies: with 4 out of 5 children having at least one device for their own personal use, and an average of 3 devices. This research explores the perceptions of parents, carers and grandparents about the effects of digital media and technologies on children and youth over time. The findings mirror some of eSafety’s own research findings 2020 in our report ‘Parenting in the digital age’.

This report shows that the positive side of access to digital technologies is tempered by negative aspects, which can have an impact on children’s mental health and wellbeing. This was highlighted in one of the themes of the research – ‘the dual power of technology’.

While parents felt that digital technologies are enhancing their children’s maths, reading abilities and social skills, 83% of parents felt that their child have been negatively distracted by digital technologies. Of note, the research found that 37% of children and young people have been anxious or depressed because of their time online or because they were not allowed to use their device. And while technology can be a great equaliser, this research shows that inequalities persist – these have become particularly evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, with socio-economic factors coming into play.

Starting the conversation early is paramount to ensuring online safety as our children get older – building good habits early on and continuing throughout their maturation and growth. This research highlights the importance of education about safe and responsible use of digital technologies and that parents and carers play a critical role.’

Read the full report here.

eSafety Webinars on using Parental Controls 

Parental controls on devices are an essential part of keeping your kids safe online, but lots of parents have trouble keeping up with how to set the controls, while children, of course, always seem to be across everything…well here comes the Office of the eSafety Commissioner to the rescue, with some webinars for parents in Term 2.

This webinar will look at how parents and carers can set up devices and apps to help kids and young people stay safe online. It is designed for parents and carers of children aged 4-13. It will cover:

  • the benefits and limitations of parental controls
  • how to set up iOS and Android devices for safety
  • how to set up popular games and apps like YouTube and Roblox for safety
  • using family tech agreements and other parenting strategies to manage online risks
  • how eSafety can help when things go wrong.

It will include practical tips, demonstrations and advice.

  • Tuesday 8 June 12.30 to 1.30 pm
  • Wednesday 16 June 7.30 to 8.30 pm

Register here.

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

“Are you the best version of you, that you can be”?

This question was posed to the Secondary School as part of the Chapel message. Integrity, being of your character will often set you apart from people around you. Maybe people you work with, maybe people you play sport with, maybe your friendship group. No matter the setting, acting with, or living a life of integrity means that you strive to live an honest life, living your life to a pattern of goods works.

For some this pattern is modelled by their parents, for some it is looking to important people in their life, for some it is bound to the practice of their religion. For us as Christians, we need not look any further than the life of Jesus Christ – the Son of God. To live lives of integrity we just need to look at how Jesus Christ lived his life. Jesus is the perfect example of a man of integrity. Jesus is the only one who was ever without blemish, perfect, completely truthful, and always showing a pattern of good works. Letting Jesus into our life can change us to want to live a better life, a life of integrity.

The Chapel finished with the same rhetorical question –

“Are you the best version of you, that you can be”?

House Cultural Challenge 

The Secondary School students are working hard on their contributions to the House Cultural Challenge which will be held on the last day of this term. Combined Music videos are being prepared, 6 and Under groups are rehearsing their songs and artworks are underway with paint being splashed around all over the place.

 

Ms Tania Lloyd 

Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary School

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The past fortnight has been rich with Sport. It started with the HRIS Cross Country Carnival being held at Avondale College on Friday, 30th April. Our Primary and Secondary teams challenged themselves on the gruelling course that ran through bushlands and alongside beautiful waterways.

We had over 90 students representing the College on the day and it must be said that their attitude, effort and behaviour was exemplary. Some students were successful in making it through to CIS Primary Cross Country or AICES Cross Country (Secondary). Congratulations to Primary students Lachlan T, Jordan S, Zachary W, Ashriq NR and Liam B. Congratulations to Secondary students Lauren K, Montana M, Taj C and Ryan B. We wish you all the success at your upcoming carnivals.

Highlights

AFL 

Last week we had students Liam B. attend the NSW All Schools Primary AFL Boys Carnival in Byron Bay, NSW. Liam was representing NSW CIS at the carnival and achieved terrific results.

“Last week I went to Byron Bay to represent CIS at the NSW PSSA state AFL carnival. I played 6 games. There were 3 pools and my team was in the best pool because CIS won last time. We came 2nd in our pool and in the crossover round my team won meaning we go to the semi finals. But we lost the semi by 1 point meaning that we can only play for 3rd and 4th. We played against a team called South Coast and we beat them by 2 points meaning that we came 3rd in the whole carnival. I had so much fun!” said Liam.

Another talented member of the family, Ryan B, attended the CIS Under 15 Boys AFL Trials in Sydney on Thursday. As a member of the Swan Academy, Ryan applied his training and skills to be selected for the team. A huge congratulations on your achievement Ryan and we look forward to hearing about the NSW All Schools Carnival when you return. Good luck!

Rugby 

Secondary students participated in Round 2 of the HISSA Rugby 7’s competition and travelled to St Phillips Christian College, Cessnock, to take part in two games. Our 7/8 Boys played hard and came away with a win and loss. Our Year 9/10 Boys and Girls teams fought valiantly for one win between them. The noticeable improvement in the way our 9/10 Girls were playing was remarked by a number of spectators. Good luck in Round 3!

Netball

On Friday 7th May, Eve O. attended the NSW CIS Primary Netball Gala Day and trials. Eve was representing the HRIS team whom had a terrific day, winning the Gala Day and going undefeated. Whilst Eve didn’t make the CIS team on this occasion, we congratulate her on her amazing achievement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Football (Soccer)

Last week some Secondary students participated in the HRIS Open’s Boys and Girls Football (Soccer) Gala Day. The Opens Boys team had the tough ask of playing the undefeated winners of the gala day, Central Coast Sports College, in the opening round. Our team played exceptionally well for a 4-0 loss against a very classy side. Our next two games ended in a 0-0 and a 1-1 draw respectively against St Phillips Christian College Port Stephens and St Phillips Christian College Gosford, despite us being the dominant team in both matches. From there, our narrowly 3rd place put us in the Plate rounds for the pool crossover games. We were dominant once again and thankfully our shots began to find their marks. We had a 3-0 win over St Phillips Christian College Cessnock and then a 3-0 win over Hunter Valley Grammar School to win the Plate final – an overall 9th place from 18 sides. (Report from Mr Cruickshank…super coach!)

The Open Girls soccer team played a total of 7 games this week at the annual HRIS Open Girl’s Open Soccer Gala day. Although the girls didn’t come away with any silverware, the heart and spirit displayed by every player on the team was certainly admirable and worth mentioning and the standard to which all of our students should strive to achieve. Well done girls!! (photo attached)

This week saw our final Athletics training session under the watchful eye of sprint coach Tim. It has been an enjoyable four weeks and our students have worked hard to improve their skills for our upcoming Athletics Carnivals. We look forward to welcoming spectators to Hunter Sports Centre, Glendale, next Wednesday (Secondary) and Thursday (Primary) to cheer on our students.

Rob Eddy
College Sport Coordinator

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Sami Bayly Illustrator visit

We are so excited to have award-winning author and illustrator, Sami Bayly, visiting the College in Week 5. She will be presenting to students in Years 3-6, as well as chatting with our Senior Art Students about her pathway from school student, to studying Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle, to becoming a published author and illustrator at only 24 years of age!

Sami’s book The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals won an Honours award last year in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards, and The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals is on the Shortlist this year.

 

HSC Stress Less

Newcastle Libraries are partnering with Headspace Newcastle to present HSC Stress Less, a series of free workshops to teach mindfulness techniques, stress-reduction, and organisation strategies to help students cope with the pressures of the HSC.

There are 2 more workshops to be held on 18 and 25 May at Newcastle Library.

Register here to attend.

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The Nappy Collective 

The College would love your support in the Nappy Collective, an initiative that provides clean, unused nappies to families in the Hunter region who are experiencing Nappy Stress.

What is nappy stress? 

Nappy stress is the experience of families not having enough nappies to change their children as often as they need to. A family experiencing nappy stress is likely to cut back on other essentials like food in order to access nappies.

How many children and families are affected by nappy stress? 

Around 280,000 children in 150,000 families experience nappy stress in Australia. These children require approximately 430 million nappies per year.

If you would like to help support this wonderful cause, please send in your donated nappies. There will be a collection box located outside the Primary art room near the front gate.

College Photographs

If your child was absent on the days of College photographs, a catch-up day is scheduled for Tuesday 18th May. If you do not have the order envelop, spares are available from the front office and should be returned on Tuesday with your child. Family photographs will also be available for those missed on the day. Family envelopes are also available at the office. Please ensure your child has the correct uniform including blazers if required.

Annual Year 12 Trivia Fundraiser  

This year, Year 12 have chosen to support ‘Sea Shepherd Australia’ with prizes awarded to the best dressed table in this years ‘nautical’ theme.
Tickets are $25 per person.
$20 of which will go straight to Sea Shepherd and $5 will go towards cash prize on the night

Visit our Events page under What’s On to buy tickets.

Open Day
If you know someone interested in enrolling their child at the College, we would love to welcome them to our Open Day.

The College will be hosting an Open Day on Tuesday 25 May. Throughout Open Day, the school will showcase dynamic lessons, co-curricular activities and the experiences on offer to all students. The day will be a chance for all families to experience the vitality, engagement and spirit that is embedded at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College.

Register here!