News and Notices

Chess Club
CHESS!! Learn to be a chess champion! Coaching for students at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College is held on Thursdays from 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm, starting on 4 February 2021.

Learning and playing chess helps children develop their logical thinking and problem-solving
skills, improves their concentration and focus, while also being a great source of enjoyment. Activities include group lessons on a demonstration chessboard or interactive whiteboard, puzzle-solving and fun practice games.

Students earn merit awards by making checkmates, or by displaying skills and positive qualities, which all good chess players strive to develop.

If your child is interested in taking part, please email enrol@sydneyacademyofchess.com.au. For all enquiries, please contact Sydney Academy of Chess on (02) 9745 1170.


NSW School Vaccination Program

Each year NSW Health works in partnership with schools to offer the vaccines recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for adolescents as part of the school vaccination program.

In 2021 the following vaccines will be offered:
Year 7
Human papillomavirus (HPV9) vaccine – 2-doses at least 6 months apart
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine – Single dose

Years 10

Meningococcal ACWY vaccine – Single dose

Parent Information Kits that include an information sheet, consent form and privacy statement will be sent home to parents/guardians. To consent to the vaccination of their child, parents/guardians are advised to:

  • read all the information provided
  • complete the consent form, including signing their name next to the vaccine/s they would like their child to receive
  • return the completed consent form to their child’s school
  • ensure that their child eats breakfast on the day of the school vaccination clinic

To improve vaccination completion, students who return a signed vaccination consent form while in Year 7 and who miss vaccine doses at any clinic, will be opportunistically offered these vaccines at each clinic visit throughout 2021 (Year 7) & 2022 (Year 8).

Students who have a dose of HPV at their GP can complete the course in the school program if a signed consent form has been returned to school.
Parents/guardians who wish to withdraw their consent for any reason may do so by writing to the school Principal or phoning the school. The Procedure for Withdrawal of Consent is available on the NSW Health website.

A Record of Vaccination will be provided to each student vaccinated at each clinic as a physical card. Parents/guardians should ensure that this record is kept for future reference and should not assume that their child has been vaccinated if they do not receive this Record of Vaccination.

NSW Health is ensuring that students are safely vaccinated at school during COVID-19

NSW Health has been working with education authorities to implement additional measures to ensure that students in Year 7 and 10 can be safely vaccinated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional measures
NSW Health has implemented additional measures based on expert clinical advice to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission in school clinics, including:
• health screening of nurses before clinics
• pre-vaccination screening of students
• physical distancing restrictions at the clinic entrance & observation area
• ensuring the number of students and nurses at the clinic does not exceed the maximum allowed
• enhanced hand hygiene by nurses and students
• enhanced environmental cleaning of all surfaces

What parents/guardians should do
Parents/guardians should ensure that students with influenza-like symptoms do not attend school and are tested as soon as possible (www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/symptoms-and-testing).There is no need for parents/guardians who have given consent for their child to receive vaccinations at school to take any action. Parents/guardians who have not provided consent can contact their local public health unit on 1300 066 055 or their school for advice on how to provide consent for vaccination.

When students will be vaccinated
Public health units are arranging clinics with schools so that vaccinations can be given to students as soon as possible.

More information
Information about school vaccination is available at www.health.nsw.gov.au/schoolvaccination