Secondary Pastoral

For many children, the step from primary school to high school can feel like a leap into the unknown. At Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College, however, we make every effort to ensure that our students can take this step with confidence. Whether your child is already a part of the BTAC family in our Primary School or is joining us from one of our many feeder primary schools in Newcastle and the Hunter, our extensive and well-designed Year 7 Orientation program will soon help them to feel at home.

Even once established in the high school setting, many students in Years 8-12 experience emotional and social turbulence, and as a result, miss out on opportunities for learning and growth. At Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College, however, our commitment to our students’ character growth and our well-designed pastoral care program means our students are able to focus on their learning and achieve extraordinary academic outcomes.

The warm relationships fostered between staff and students are centered upon both a common love for learning and mutual respect. Our care begins from the moment families join our community and extends far beyond their formal school years, with many staff remaining in contact with students throughout their adult lives. The key relationship for a Senior School student is with their Tutor; the person who implements for them our well-designed Pastoral Care program. This program focuses students on considering positive habits and skills in the areas of physical fitness, mental health, academic study, and interpersonal relationships, It also encourages students to consider the benefits of personal faith.

I encourage you all to touch base with your child’s tutor if you ever have any concerns or celebrations to discuss. They are your direct conduit to the College community and are best placed to discuss all facets of your child’s College life.

From the Heads of 7-9 and 10-12

On Saturday night the 5th of June, Year 12 hosted the annual College Trivia night, raising funds for their chosen charity ‘Sea Shepherd’. By the time the dust had settled students had raised over $5800 for their nominated charity – no small feat! What is most impressive about this though is not the money raised, the fun and games on the night or even the value these types of events bring to our College community, it is about doing something for someone other than yourself.

In his letter to the church at Philippi (from Philippians Chapter 2) the apostle Paul wrote these words:

“3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

He encourages the young church there to value humility, rather than selfish ambition and vain conceit and he goes further to say that we should consider the interests of others before we consider our own interest.  Year 12, on Saturday night, took time out of their busy schedules this term to fundraise for a charity, not for internal revenue-raising or out of obligation, but because they chose to put the needs of others in front of their own.

As our busy term comes to a close, and we have both a long weekend and a three-week break on the horizon, I want to encourage the students of secondary to consider what they can do for others during this time. Of course, they should put their feet up, spend time with family and friends and enjoy the downtime before Semester Two begins – but in the midst of that, we encourage everyone to try considering others and see what a difference it makes to those around you.

Mr. Cummings and Mr. Bull

Ms. Tania Lloyd

Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary