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 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:

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 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