We know so much more about the human brain and its development these days. There is no doubt that all Bishop Tyrrell students are challenged to develop their intellect to the highest level possible through many and varied age-appropriate activities.

A recent and exciting development is The Gifted and Talented Program offered to challenge and accelerate students’ learning. Our students will extend their classroom work in special areas of interest through participation in several groups and competitions over the coming weeks.

These programs provide opportunities for children to develop their curiosity, reasoning, perseverance and to learn new skills.  They will engage in complex problem solving, be exposed to abstract ideas and will learn at a faster pace. Working with others who enjoy independent learning and extending their knowledge is part of the College’s zsextension program.

Recently our Head of Learning Enrichment, Mrs Walters commenced the program working with students in Primary and Secondary School in both class time and small groups. Several ICAS  competitions and other local and national challenges are coming up in August and September. The Primary Vocabulary Extension Group from Years 1-6 has begun, the Gifted Social Obligation Group will meet for the first time next week, one of our secondary school students is putting the finishing touches to a movie to be entered into a film-making competition. While COVID has restricted some activities other groups in Mathematics, Poetry and Innovation are being established or have begun. We are blessed to have so many opportunities for extension and will keep our community informed as they flourish.

On a high note, this week we have received advice that the first of our Year 12 students has been offered a 2021 university placement at ANU, Canberra to study a Medical Science and Arts double degree. Congratulations to Leo Lindsay on this wonderful news. Many Year 12 students apply to universities that have separate entry requirements, ahead of the HSC results, as a means of securing their entry to the university course of their choice, frequently with the school’s recommendation. This advance university placement scheme not only offers students certainty, but also allows them to concentrate fully on securing the very best academic achievement to finish their schooling.

It is worth noting that a high proportion of Bishop Tyrrell graduates receive entry to their first preference university course, at the University of Newcastle, in Sydney and elsewhere, which is to their personal credit and a testament to the earnest preparation provided by their dedicated teachers.

Further, some students who like more practical work prefer to enter a trade course or an apprenticeship and are placed in the field of their choice. Recently, we congratulated Hannah Gunton  Year 12 who was awarded School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year by the Association of Independent Schools NSW.

Suzanne Bain