Principal's Blog - Bishop Tyrrell Day

Everyone likes a birthday celebration and on Wednesday this week we gathered for the Bishop Tyrrell Day service at Christ Church Cathedral in the city to mark the occasion of our 22nd year. It was a time for reflection and celebration of our history as a school community and our achievements during the past year and to look forward to the future as our College continues to grow and develop through the next decade.

Our College was named in honour of Bishop William Tyrrell, the First Bishop of Newcastle. Travelling from his home in England, Bishop Tyrrell arrived in Sydney on January 16th, 1848 to begin his role as a Bishop in the Newcastle Diocese which stretched from the Hawkesbury River north to Wide Bay, and from the Pacific coast west to the South Australian border. It then contained seventeen parishes; some had parsonages and schoolhouses, and nine had consecrated churches. What leadership and courage he showed as the churches grew and developed over time. I am blessed to have a portrait of Bishop Tyrrell in my office, a thoughtful gift from the Anglican Parish of East Maitland in 2017.

As a school community of teachers, students and parents, we take our inspiration from those who came before us.  They built and nurtured communities of like-minded people in many centres here in the Hunter and further west who espoused the same Anglican values we follow here at Bishop Tyrrell. Our College nurtures a high respect for intellectual endeavour, appreciates diversity, is committed to tradition and dignity within school life, cultivates well being for students and staff, and serves our local and wider community.

Bishop Tyrrell students are surrounded by inspirational people, through our rich history and in the present, and are challenged to grow personally every day through quality teaching and learning, and innovative programs including the recent webinar with an Astronaut who worked on the Moon landing vehicle, “Perseverance”, the Deep Learning Framework which develops thinking skills, the DaVinci Decathlon, Chess for Year 1 and 2 and the annual Australian Science and Engineering Challenge at UON, to name a few. Our goal is for our graduates to be exceptional young people with the confidence and the courage to take the lead in the future communities in which they serve.

Suzanne Bain