Faith & Pastoral Care

Our Pastoral Care Program encompasses Chaplaincy Services and Student Wellbeing initiatives.

At Bishop Tyrrell, we offer a nurturing Pastoral Care Program that supports our students so they can flourish in a safe and positive environment. Through the House System, students have access to a network of social and emotional supports designed to encourage them to lead, learn and serve at school and in the wider community.

The Pastoral Care Program at our College covers both Chaplaincy Services and our Student Wellbeing initiatives. All students are entitled to a safe and supportive school environment where they are free to develop socially, emotionally, academically, spiritually and physically. They are all required to sign and abide by our Code of Conduct, and our school has ZERO tolerance for bullying. In regards to conduct, our school takes a Positive Behaviour Support position, where we want each student to learn to make the right decisions for themselves, and for the right reasons. 

Care and Wellbeing Program

Each day, students meet with their class teacher( Primary Students) and Tutor teacher (Secondary Students) where they have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of programs and activities during tutor time including:

  • The very well researched You Can Do It program
  • Music Challenge preparation
  • Inter house sports and academic challenges
  • School environment program
  • Individual profile development
  • Peer interaction programs 

Each student is given the opportunity to have regular contact with their class teacher or tutor. In addition, students are supported by their Head of House and the Dean of Students. 

A proactive student counselling service is also available which implements a variety of programs educating students on some of the key themes influencing them in today’s world.

Anglican Ethos

Educate for life in all its fullness.

Anglican Schools recognise that God the Holy Trinity creates, redeems and makes holy. We recognise that God created all that exists, redeems us through Jesus Christ and changes our lives. As Trinity, God is unity in diversity. In Anglican schools we aim to reflect this reality by nurturing the individual within community. Consequently, an Anglican School.

Proclaim the gospel in words and actions, creating an environment in which young people (staff and families) have an opportunity to develop a personal relationship with God, through Jesus Christ. Jesus said that he has come so that we may have “life in all its fullness’ (John 10.10). The experience of sharing in the life of a Christian community is a part of educating for life in all its fullness.

Celebrate their Anglican character by building relationships with the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, its local Anglican Parishes and with the other Anglican schools within the Newcastle Anglican Schools Corporation and other Anglican Schools across Australia.

Nurture a high respect for intellectual endeavour
Anglican Schools cultivate intellectual qualities such as curiosity, questioning, intellectual rigour, hard work and openness to ideas. A growth mindset is nourished and all students are recognised as capable of improving their learning. A Christian Religious Studies curriculum is part of the educational landscape of the school and is built on the Anglican respect for Scripture, Tradition and Reason.

Appreciate diversity
Anglican Schools recognise that every person is created in the image of God. Therefore, Anglican Schools welcome families from all backgrounds and helps students to build respectful relationships with one another. Students will experience the school as a safe place to explore their identity, vocation and purpose.

Are committed to tradition and dignity within school life
Anglican Schools use the richness of symbol, story and ceremony to promote their values and order their lives. These will be evident in chapel services and the sacramental life for the school. Christian story, symbols and ceremonies will also be a part of the major formal school events, as well as various elements of the day-to-day life of the school.

Cultivate wellbeing for all in their school community
Life in all its fullness implies personal wellbeing. Anglican Schools provide an environment in which individual can flourish under God’s grace as they contribute to building a healthy school community. An Anglican school strives to cultivate a strong sense of belonging to its community.

Serve its community
In response to Jesus’ call to love God and love our neighbour Anglican schools nurture an ethic of service and a commitment to social justice. As stewards of God’s creation, we also encourage respect for our natural environment. Education for these qualities occurs within the curriculum and is demonstrated in active service, pursuing peace and reconciliation and striving to safeguard the integrity of creation.

Chaplaincy Program

Chaplaincy Services

Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College is supported by on-site Chaplaincy Services. The Chaplain oversees the worship side of the school, including Chapel Services and Christian Studies. We hold weekly timetabled Chapel and Christian Studies sessions, as Christianity underpins all aspects of College living and learning.

House Spirit

The House System at Bishop Tyrrell extends beyond the traditional organisation and association with sports. Our houses have endless opportunities for interaction and healthy competition right throughout the school year. This provides the foundation for a solid team, a place where every student feels like they belong. 

Some of our House System initiatives include: 

  • House Challenges each term
  • Music Challenge
  • Assemblies and excursions conducted in House groups
  • House chants
  • House leadership opportunities (Primary and Secondary)

Each House has both student leadership, including Captains and Prefects, and a staff member who serves as Head of House. The current staff leaders are:

  • Ms Grey -  Currey (BLUE)
  • Mrs Currey - Fletcher (GREEN)
  • Mrs Yates - Darcy (YELLOW)
  • Miss Pearse - Thomas (RED)