Primary Update

It was great to see all the love going into the Father’s Day craft last week. We hope all the dads enjoyed their gift and were spoilt on the day.

With all the recent dress-up days we would like to thank the parents for supporting the students to dress up and have loads of fun on the day. The live streaming of the Book Week parade worked well for the first time and we are now using this technology to stream our Monday assemblies. The link for parents can be found on Caleb so hopefully, you can tune in or watch later. We are very proud of our year 6 students who organise and run the assembly each week.  They take turns in writing the script and organising the content. In addition to the assembly, they are doing a great job with the BTAC news bulletin which can be viewed after the assembly. They are also helping Mr Thornton run our Wednesday Chapel service and it is great to see the BTAC Chapel Dancers lead the school in some cool moves.

We soon say goodbye to our Year 12 students who have had to deal with unforeseen adversity in their final year. Many of the fun activities associated with Year 12 have been cancelled so we want to make sure their last week with us is extra special with a variety of different activities planned. On Tuesday the 22 of September we have allocated another Out Of Uniform Day with Year 12 wanting all students to come dressed as a teacher for the day. At the same time, teachers will come dressed as students. A gold coin donation is required with all proceeds going towards the Year 12 charity. It should be loads of fun.

Please enjoy reading all that has been happening across the years.

Kindy – We have been working collaboratively across the year to finish off our Christmas decorations which we plan to sell to raise money for the Samaritans Christmas appeal. As you know, this is our Deep Learning project and it’s been amazing to see the students developing the idea and working hard on the intricate part of making the decorations. It involves some special fine motor skills but most importantly the students are enjoying themselves as they work.

Year 1 – We have been learning about mass in Maths! They have loved using scales to measure different objects, hefting and comparing the weights of various classroom items. The students have been working very hard to construct their own narratives, with some fantastic stories to be shared in the coming weeks. Science lessons included a thorough playdough investigation and also saw the kids creating their very own slime from household products. During Geography, Year 1 investigated the old Newcastle Railway Sheds and learnt a little bit more about our historic city of Newcastle.

Year 1 Father’s Day Gifts – below


Year 2 – We have been very busy in the last two weeks. In reading, students have been focusing on the reading comprehension strategy of summarising. They have understood that summarising makes it easier to retell the story by outlining the most important parts in chronological order. They are still working on using their own words to summarise short texts. In writing, students have begun using their understanding of the ‘story mountain’ to develop their own adventures in their own magic dictionary narrative. There have been some crazy and wonderful adventures happening with lots of adjectives being used. In the last two weeks in Mathematics, students have been focusing on fractions. They have been doing lots of folding of spaces and dividing paper food into halves, quarters and eighths. In Science students interviewed one of the Year 2 parents via Zoom and found out all about how she uses water in her occupation and how we can use water responsibly at home, school and in the community. Finally, in Deep Learning, students have reached the end of the ‘creating’ stage with many pillowcases, blankets, teddies and finger puppets being made for those people in the local community who are homeless. There was a lot of collaboration skills being used during the process, with some high-quality work being produced.

Year 3 – What a great time we are having in Year 3!

We have almost finished our journey to Bungawitta and enjoyed sharing the Earth Sculpting festival while meeting all the inhabitants of the Australian country town. It has been a great novel study and later this week the students will be creating a recount linked to the book as a finishing point. Our Deep Learning Project is coming to an end, but it certainly won’t be forgotten in a hurry. Year 3 has been on a journey of discovery using some fantastic driving questions to lead our inquiry to where we are now. We started by asking ourselves about how and why pollution was such a problem around the world which took us to Sweden & Mexico and then back to complete an in-house study of how much waste we create in year 3 over a week. This has led us towards the next question…How can we reduce the footprint we create at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College regarding certain types of rubbish created? I look forward to seeing where we will be going this week, as we go even deeper into our Inquiry.

Year 4 –  COVID-19 may have stopped Year Four having their Invention Convention this year but it hasn’t slowed our creativity and design skills. This week students explored the Wright Brothers and learned that in 1903 a 12-second flight changed the entire world. Students became experts as they explored early flight and the principles of aviation. Students then took the humble paper plane to the extreme in designing and creating the largest planes they could. Building their collaboration and communication skills, with a touch of creativity, they created their winning designs and upsized them as much as possible.


Year 5 – Over the past fortnight, students thoroughly enjoyed getting dressed up to celebrate Book Week. In literacy, we delved into the text ‘Mirror’ by Jeanie Baker to analyse the visual literacy techniques used to make comparisons between two different cultures. Students continue to grow their understanding of sustainability and homelessness through our Deep Learning projects. Students have begun to design and create solutions for their identified problems and issues. Within Mathematics, students experimented using protractors to draw and measure a variety of obtuse, acute and reflex angles. Within Physical education, Year 5 have continued to learn about the rules of Rugby and practise their defencing skills.

Year 6 –  Over the past week Year 6 have been busy investigating and collaborating within a range of topics. During Mathematics, the topic of Statistics and Probability has had the students working successfully in the area of making predictions.

‘Making Predictions’ of another kind has also been the focus within our comprehension skills program this week. The students’ passion for their Deep Learning Projects has been extremely evident this week, inspiring some very persuasive letter writing to our local Members of Parliament. By contacting our local MPs, students are hoping to raise even more awareness on the issues pertaining to their Deep Learning Projects through the assistance of our MPs.

Within Geography, Year 6 has been collaborating in small groups to find interesting ways of sharing a range of different facets of Asia. Students have been using our Green Screen to film engaging and hilarious short films which will culminate into a short film festival about Asia in Week 10.

Within Science, students have been constructing series and parallel circuits in order to create lighting for a model house, thinking deeply about countries around the world who don’t have access to electricity.

Mrs Walters running the Gifted Readers Group where we offered enrichment and exposure to different genres.

Mr Mark Durie

Head of Junior School