We know our students have many passions and interests outside of the classroom and we actively encourage them to pursue their talents. 

At Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College, our focus is not limited to academics. In order to develop the whole child, as our mission states, we recognise the importance of their interests and talents outside of the classroom.

Research has shown that there is a strong link between academic success and participation in co-curricular activity. Consequently, we encourage all students to seek out a range of co-curricular activities that align with their talents and interests.  

Bishop Tyrrell offers an extensive and diverse co-curricular program designed to challenge and motivate our students. 

For Primary:

  • Chess
  • Debating
  • Music – Years 3 to 6 can learn clarinet, trombone, violin, flute, drums, French horn, trumpet, viola and cello.

For Secondary:

  • Chess
  • Debating
  • Drama
  • Music 
  • Public Speaking

We also have a comprehensive Arts program, across music, drama and visual arts, encouraging students to explore and express their creativity through a range of mediums.


Instrumental lessons are available for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, drums, percussion, guitar, bass guitar, violin, viola, cello, voice and piano. Group musicianship lessons are also available.

In Years 3 and 4, it is compulsory for all students to learn an instrument.

Co-curricular Music opportunities include Junior Choir, Junior Percussion Ensemble, String Ensemble, Senior Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, College Band, Senior Vocal Class and College Choir.


Students in Years 9 to 12 can study Drama as part of the curriculum or through participation in co-curricular activities.

Drama has become an integral part of the education program here at Bishop Tyrrell. The College has a dedicated Drama Room and we offer Performing Arts scholarships. 

The highlights of the Bishop Tyrrell Drama Program are the Drama productions and Musicals which are held every second year and are performed in the Francis Batty Hall.

Visual Arts

The College has a strong Visual Arts program for students in Kindergarten to Year 12. Students design and create artworks using media, techniques and processes from a range of studio areas.

  • Animation
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Mixed Media
  • Textiles
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Visual Design

The study of Visual Arts allows students to express creativity, build problem-solving skills, flexible thinking, analysis and an appreciation for diversity.