Community Building & Leadership

As a College, we are passionate about developing social, teamwork and leadership skills, while challenging students physically and emotionally. We offer them a range of service and leadership opportunities, including outdoor education camps, leading community events and much more. 

At Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Experiential Education is a key catalyst in fostering the personal formation of students, supported by a community formation that is shaped by passionate and committed professional staff. The experience for children suits their particular stage of development, assisting their transition to adulthood by providing unique rites of passage with the opportunity for spiritual reflection about their life journey.

 
The experiential program offers a truly transformational experience for students, It provides opportunities for each child to explore their identity and develop their values in pursuit of lifelong learning and leadership in service of others.
 
The experiential program provides an innovative setting for students to experience a context of safe adventure which fosters both a healthy self-reliance and self-denial to serve others. The focus is on each child’s personal formation.
 
At Bishop Tyrrell, students are challenged in a natural environment with a balanced curriculum designed to assist the holistic development of the child by:
 

  • Exploring life’s deeper questions and discovering adult life-skills
  • Strengthening personal qualities such as responsibility, resilience, willingness and courage
  • Growing in personal autonomy by accepting responsibility and managing risk
  • Integrating outdoor, social and academic learning
  • Meeting strong intellectual challenges
  • Being equipped to develop their health and fitness
  • Developing personal values and interpersonal and social skills by living in community
  • Appreciating environmental stewardship in understanding and using natural resources.

 

Venue

Days

YEAR 3

Point Wolstoncroft

3

YEAR 4

Camp Toukley

3

YEAR 5

Broken Bay

4

YEAR 6

Yarra Centre

5

YEAR 7

Camp Wombaroo

5

YEAR 8

Glenworth Valley

5

YEAR 9

Myall Lakes

5

YEAR 10

Options

5+

YEAR 11

Kosciusko Snow

4

+4

At Bishop Tyrrell, we believe in being involved in, and giving back to the community. We want our students to mature into young adults who are ready to lead and serve in society. 

For example, our iTea program was created to offer residents of Anglican Care the opportunity to learn a new skill while socialising with the younger generation. Students in our Year 11 Information and Digital Technology class meet once per term with elderly residents to teach them about computers and the internet. Our Food Technology and Hospitality students are also involved by preparing delicious refreshments.

This program allows our students to use their IT talents to benefit the lives of others. Most residents at Anglican Care don’t own computers or tablets, and would otherwise not have a chance to go online, learn and see new things, and communicate with family who live far away.  

Manager of lifestyle, wellbeing and diversity at Anglican Care, Jane Meldrum, has said their residents love both the technological exploration they enjoy through our program, as well as the social time spent with our students.

The Newcastle Herald printed an article on our iTea Program, which you can read here


Bishop Tyrrell has offered the internationally recognised Duke of Edinburgh Award to students since 2000.

Students over the age of 14 can work towards their Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards. Training for expeditions is held during lunchtime, with key practice and assessment weekends occurring in the local area.

Students can personalise their program, completing four mandatory sections from the following choices:

  • Physical Recreation – sport and fitness
  • Skill – learn a new skill
  • Volunteering – connect with community
  • Adventurous Journey – a journey into an unfamiliar environment
  • Residential Project (Gold Award only) – live and work in a place of need in Australia or overseas

Bishop Tyrrell is a member of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Lower Hunter Support Group. Students can have their awards presented to them at the organisation’s annual presentation night.