Learning For Life

Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College - Fletcher, Newcastle, Williamtown

At Bishop Tyrrell we recognise the importance of student engagement, challenge and active learning opportunities. The contemporary world requires individuals to work in teams that cross disciplinary boundaries, solving complex, ill-structured problems, creating new ideas, products and services.

So, while we need to educate for the known, we also need to prepare students for the complexities of an unknown future. Learning experiences are personalised, shaped in response to our students’ stages of development. We promote and strengthen connection, engagement and motivation in learning as a way of learning to work in teams and also to develop our students’ sense of their own abilities, achievements and self-worth.

We believe learning is based on the quality and strength of day-to-day interactions and relationships in the community and works best:

  • In a warm, caring, well-managed and disciplined learning environment.
  • With open communication between our community members.
  • With close partnerships between home and school.
  • When we are all committed to the welfare and wellbeing of each member of our community.

We strive to:

  • Relate to each other in a way that is nurturing, encouraging, caring, consistent and supportive.
  • Develop an awareness and knowledge of, and positive relationship with, each member of our community.
  • Provide a good role model for our core values including manners and respect.
  • Communicate closely with each other to provide direction, guidance, advice and support for each child.

As students progress through their time at the College, learning experiences support the progression from initial dependence to independence to interdependence, from discovery of identity to the skills required to connect and collaborate.

We teach in a way that:

  • Strengthens character and values.
  • Demonstrates an interest and concern for the welfare and wellbeing of each child.
  • Identifies and responds to individual needs and circumstances.
  • Encourages and acknowledges effort and achievement.