Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Completes STEM Lab

A recently completed renovation of science laboratories in the secondary school at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College has opened a world of possibilities for students. The project included the creation of a completely new flexible learning space for STEM classes with wet and dry laboratories.

Megan Williams is an Academic Scholar at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College aspiring to study Mechatronics at the University of Newcastle. Upon seeing the new labs for the first time, Williams reflected, “It was hard to believe that it was our lab. Everything is brand new and state-of-the-art. The environment for me is more conducive to learning. The new clean space makes me want to spend even more time on this subject than I already do.” 

Celebrating new learning spaces

The campus opened the new lab in time for Open Day with over ninety future parents and students registered for a tour available for viewing at this Open Day link. The ceremony included remarks from campus leadership, student highlights, and a tour of the updated lab spaces.

This lab advances "A greater Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College known for nurturing a high respect for intellectual endeavour," that seeks to elevate the College’s position as well known for its globally innovative and future-focused education in a world defined by rapid change and global connections. With the support of our learning community, “A greater Bishop Tyrrell” seeks to fulfill the three key imperatives of our world-acclaimed Deep Learning Curriculum Framework: graduates who are confident in their ability to Communicate, Collaborate, Think Critically and Creatively, be of good Character and an engaged Citizen. The College is dedicated to keeping the doors to accessible quality education open to hardworking students regardless of financial well-being; creating transformative experiences that go beyond the classroom; and impacting the world by serving communities and fuelling discovery, innovation, and entrepreneurship with values, belief, and ethics informed by Anglican identity. 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.

Creating opportunities for students

“With access to these incredible new spaces," said Brett Owers, "Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College students will be better positioned to learn hands-on skills that will serve them well for future studies and workplace opportunities.”

The layout of the new STEM lab is designed to be highly collaborative, facilitating the tinkering and creating that students love to do in this subject. STEM at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College teaches students to solve complex problems and use design thinking skills. Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College cultivates intellectual qualities such as curiosity, questioning, intellectual rigour, hard work, and openness to ideas. Both primary and secondary students are excited about learning in STEM classes and competitions.

“A class might begin with an introductory theory lesson on robotics in one of the contemporary seated learning areas with a range of round table seating options to further facilitate collaboration, and then move to the high benched areas to work on their own coding or robotic project,” said Deputy Principal Ms. Tania Lloyd.