Secondary Pastoral

What is Harmony Week?

Harmony Week is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community. Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world and we should celebrate this and work to maintain it.

The message of Harmony Week is everyone belongs.

It is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. Schools have always been Harmony Week’s greatest supporters.

These celebrations create opportunities for all of us to think, talk about and recognise how our differences make Australia a great place to live.

Did you know?

  • Nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was.
  • We identify with over 300 ancestries.
  • Since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia.
  • 85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia.
  • Apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi.
  • More than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia.

(These facts are taken from ABS 2016 Census Data. Check out the Australian Bureau of Statistics website).

At Bishop Tyrrell, we have decided to do the following in support of Harmony Day 2021:

  1. Tutor groups will participate in a “Spread the Word” activity where students will be asked to share the great things they do when they come together. They will use the sentence ‘Everyone belongs at our school, because…’. #harmonyweek and #everyonebelongs.
  1. Cultural Dress Mufti Day – Tuesday 23rd March – Students will be encouraged to wear their traditional cultural dress for Harmony Day Mufti Day. Children who do not have a cultural dress or want another option will wear something (More details will be sent to parents separately).

From the Head 10-12 – Mr Mitchell Cummings (in consultation with the Head of 7-9 Mr Brian Bull)

I am currently undertaking some renovations on my home and so on any given day I have a few things floating around in my head, on top of the usual things. Have I marked that Year 12 task yet; have I organised a plasterer for next week; have I called back that Year 10 parent and lastly what was the rating on the insulation, and will that be adequate for the north facing wall? It means that if I am not writing things down and staying organised it is quite possible to become overwhelmed and to drop the odd spinning plate.

It is about that time of the year where the school routine is almost on autopilot, but as the first formal assessments are added into the mix it is important for secondary students to have a system to manage their dates and deadlines. It is not good enough simply to try and keep track of all of that assessment information in their heads, along with their timetable, do I have my hat in my bag and what was that homework we had for maths? Luckily we live in an age of digital tools to support available traditional ones and in either case I encourage secondary students to take the advice of the villainous Mufasa – “Be prepared”. Either through the College diary, your online calendar or some other tool – just make sure that you know what is coming up on the horizon, how much its worth and what you need to do from here.

Around the grounds our Year 12 students have been on a retreat on beautiful Lake Macquarie during Week 6, which involved an obstacle filled mud-run, learning from the shared wisdom of ex-students and hearing from a variety of guest speakers on things to help them in the leadup to the HSC later in the year. Our Year 11 female students recently engaged in an online leadership seminar for International Women’s day on the 8th of March, joining in on a Zoom meeting with female politicians and leaders from all over Australia. With Week 8 containing two annual events, Bishop Tyrrell day and the College Cross Country, there is much for our students to participate in and enjoy. I encourage all our secondary students to finish Term 1 well – proud of their efforts in the playground, classroom and further abroad as members of the Bishop Tyrrell community.


Ms Tania Lloyd

Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary School