From the earliest years at Bishop Tyrrell, your child is immersed in learning opportunities which are both experiential, and open windows onto the world. This is for a number of reasons: firstly, because Bishop Tyrrell is a College that aims to be both globally aware and locally relevant. We believe that the future for your child needs to include opportunities to be involved in the great questions and vocational opportunities of the day. In our own time, that means being open to the global. Secondly, we believe that children learn best in safe but challenging environments, when they are taken out of the ordinary and placed in settings where they need to think for themselves. Finally, a Bishop Tyrrell education at its core is about teasing out the leadership potential that each child has within them. To lead in the 21st Century means, again, to be open to the global, within which all the great questions of our day are posed.
It is the aim of this annually-updated brochure to provide as much forward advice to Bishop Tyrrell families as possible so they may plan for a key international experience for their child(ren).
Global Learning Framework
Three types of program will be on offer from the College:
a. Tours: Trips, normally during holiday periods, associated with a particular disciplinary, cultural or sporting endeavour. A tour such as a USA Maths and Science tour will provide students with a rare insight into the very pinnacle of human achievement.
b. Short-Term Study Schools: Usually 2-3 weeks at one of the world’s great Universities, such as Oxford or Cambridge
c. Global Learning Experiences: These are extended, transcultural, immersive experiences organised around advanced autonomous learning pedagogy. Students spend a minimum of 4 weeks in a supervised, transcultural setting, working both alone and in teams on projects, or alternatively up to a year in an exchange program with another partner school elsewhere in the world. For Year 10 students, this experience may effectively coopt their Term 4, resulting in a capstone ‘thesis’ and (in many cases) credit towards their undergraduate study once they matriculate. These programs are in development with a hope to launch in 2018.
Dates: January 2017
Details: Community Project working with a local Church and School (Tokyo), Sightseeing and Skiing (optional)
Dates: September 2017
Details: Community Project, Trekking and Sightseeing
Dates: April 2018
Details: Science and Mathematics Tour including a focus on Technology, Natural Wonders and Space Camp
Dates: June-July 2018
Details: History, Languages, Performing and Creative Arts Tour including the Florence Youth Orchestra Festival
Short Term Study Schools
The University of Oxford
Dates: June-July 2016 (3 weeks)
Details: University of Oxford Summer School
Options: Variety of Academic courses of which students must choose three.
Global Learning Experiences
UK, USA, Europe, South Africa
Details: Immersive and Exchange programmes in various locations
Students need to have demonstrated the ability to engage with the academic requirements of the programs described, as well as have an unblemished behavioural record. Courses will be challenging by design, require self discipline, and the concern to maintain the College’s reputation whilst abroad.