Secondary – Academics

Year 7 Parent Teacher Interviews – Wednesday 24 February

Year 7 Parents / Caregivers have been sent information about how to book and attend these online interview sessions. Please check your emails for these instructions.

Learning After School Centre

Where: BTAC Library
When: Monday – Thursday 3.15 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

To assist students in completing homework, assessment tasks or get organised with general study routines, the Secondary School is starting a Learning After School Centre in the Library. Secondary staff are rostered on with Faculty based themes as follows (but secondary students are welcome to attend and complete any set work they have):

Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Staff Member Week A – Science teacher

Week B – Mr Brett Owers

Mrs Michele Clemenson Ms Tara O’Sullivan Mr Cliff Nixon
Focus Science Humanities Maths English

Secondary Spotlight – Christian Studies

“God is love” (John 4)

Coming to Bishop Tyrrell as Coordinator of Christian Studies has, already, been quite the experience. My first few days have been wonderfully enriching, as I have met many students and staff members. There is great excitement and a fine sense of anticipation.

Christian Studies, as a subject, is inclusive to all and aims to proclaim the joy of the Gospel in words and actions. Each child is celebrated for their unique individuality, beliefs, and talents. A variety of students present, each day, with wide-ranging faiths, contexts, and backgrounds. Christian Studies is, very much, a subject that embraces the Anglican Charism of the College, yet enables each student to explore their individual identity, vocation and purpose. Each class meets two times over a fortnight.

Units of study have been developed to embed Scripture, Tradition and Reason. ‘Deep Learning Global Competencies’ are targeted and also appear throughout many units of work, including character building and critical thinking.

Current areas of study are listed below.

  • Year 7 – Our Anglican Identity.
  • Year 8 – Jesus the Teacher and His World.
  • Year 9 – Big Ideas: Religion and Science.
  • Year 10 – Mind Matters: God in Thoughts
  • Year 11 – What does it mean to human?
  • Year 12 – Pain and Suffering: Where is God?

Jesus said that he has come so that we may have, “life in all its fullness” (John 10). To teach, learn and serve in a Christian community is a part of an education for life in all its fullness. Thus, I encourage all students to be open-minded and open-hearted over the year ahead. I sincerely hope that they enjoy their time in Christian Studies over the academic year.

As parents, I look forward to meeting with you in due time.

Peace and blessings to all.

Mr Mark Story
Coordinator of Christian Studies

Study Skills Tip – Time Management – The One Thing

“Extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus”.

The truth is that things don’t matter equally and success is found in doing what matters most. Sometimes it’s the first thing you do. Sometimes it’s the only thing you do. Regardless, doing the most important thing is always the most important thing.

  1. Go Small: Don’t focus on being busy, rather focus on being productive. Allow what matters most to drive your day.
  2. Go Extreme: Once you’ve figured out what actually matters, keep asking what matters most until there is only one thing left. That core activity goes to the top of your success list.

The Focusing Question: This is a double-duty question. It comes in two forms: a big picture and small focus. One thing is about finding the right direction in life and the other is about finding the right action.

  • The Big Picture Question: “What’s my ONE thing?” Use it to develop a vision for your life and the direction of your career or final year; it’s your strategic compass.
  • The Small Focus Question: “What’s my ONE thing right now?” Use this when you first wake up and throughout the day. It keeps you focused on your most important work.

Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary