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					        Bishop Tyrrell
      Anglican College




     Parent Handbook
              2008




    256 Minmi Road, Fletcher
PO Box 294, Wallsend, NSW, 2287
       Phone: (02) 4951 1391
         Fax: (02) 4951 1649
    email: office@btac.nsw.edu.au
    website: www.btac.nsw.edu.au
                                            Table of Contents
PREFACE              ................................................................................................................................... 5
SECTION I            ................................................................................................................................... 6
              1.01   The Aims and Objectives ........................................................................................... 6
                              Mission Statement ............................................................................... 6
                              Spiritual ............................................................................................... 6
                              Academic ............................................................................................ 6
                              Pastoral ............................................................................................... 6
                              Discipline ............................................................................................. 6
                              Co-Curricula ........................................................................................ 6
              1.02   The College Crest, Motto, Prayer and Hymn ............................................................ 7
                              The College Crest ............................................................................... 7
                              The Colours ......................................................................................... 7
                              The College Motto ............................................................................... 7
                              A Prayer for the College ...................................................................... 8
                              The College Hymn .............................................................................. 8
              1.03   History ....................................................................................................................... 9
              1.04   Administration & Governance .................................................................................. 10
                              The College Council ........................................................................... 10
              1.05   Membership of the College Council ........................................................................ 10
              1.06   College Map .............................................................................................................11
SECTION II           The Current College Year ...................................................................................... 12
              2.01   Staff List ................................................................................................................... 12
              2.02   Semester Dates ....................................................................................................... 13
                              Term Dates for 2008 ........................................................................... 13
                              Proposed Term Dates for 2009 .......................................................... 13
              2.03   College Calendar ..................................................................................................... 14
              2.04   Contact numbers - phone, fax, e-mail ..................................................................... 14
              2.05   Daily Routine - lesson times .................................................................................... 14
SECTION III          College Routines ................................................................................................... 15
              3.01   Absences ................................................................................................................. 15
              3.02   Accident / Illness ..................................................................................................... 15
              3.03   Accounts .................................................................................................................. 15
              3.04   Activities and Co-curricula groups ........................................................................... 15
              3.05   After School Care ................................................................................................... 16
              3.06   Alcohol, drugs & smoking ........................................................................................ 16
              3.07   Annual Events ......................................................................................................... 16
              3.08   Anti-Bullying Protocol .............................................................................................. 16
              3.09   Application and Motivation ...................................................................................... 16
              3.10   Appointments within College hours ......................................................................... 16
              3.11   Assessments and Examinations ............................................................................. 17
              3.12   Assembly ................................................................................................................. 17
              3.13   Bags and belongings ............................................................................................... 17
              3.14   Behaviour ................................................................................................................ 17
              3.15   Bicycles ................................................................................................................... 17
              3.16   Birthdays ................................................................................................................. 17
              3.17   Book ‘hire’ ................................................................................................................ 18
              3.18   BTAC Bulletin .......................................................................................................... 18
              3.19   Camps, Outdoor Education Excursions and Tours .................................................. 18
              3.20   Canteen ................................................................................................................... 18
3.21   Career Advice .......................................................................................................... 18
3.22   Chapel ..................................................................................................................... 19
3.23   Child Protection Act ................................................................................................. 19
3.24   Class Organisation .................................................................................................. 19
3.25   Clothing Pool ........................................................................................................... 19
3.26   Collections / Charities .............................................................................................. 20
3.27   College Office .......................................................................................................... 20
3.28   Complaints, Issues and Problems ........................................................................... 20
3.29   Contacts .................................................................................................................. 20
3.30   Counselling and referrals ........................................................................................ 20
3.31   Diary ........................................................................................................................ 21
3.32   Diagnostic testing .................................................................................................... 21
3.33   Discipline ................................................................................................................. 21
3.34   Driving to School ..................................................................................................... 21
3.35   Enrolment Procedures ............................................................................................. 21
3.36   Equipment - use of telephones, copier, fax…. ......................................................... 21
3.37   Evacuation procedures ............................................................................................ 22
3.38   Facilities - use of College rooms, resources ........................................................... 22
3.39   Fees, Funding and Finances ................................................................................... 22
               Fees ......................................................................................................22
               Family Deposit ......................................................................................22
               Funding .................................................................................................22
               Finances ................................................................................................23
3.40   Hair & Grooming ...................................................................................................... 23
3.41   Health ...................................................................................................................... 23
3.42   Homework ............................................................................................................... 23
3.43   HRIS ........................................................................................................................ 23
3.44   Immunisation ........................................................................................................... 24
3.45   Induction of new students ........................................................................................ 24
3.46   Insurance cover for students .................................................................................. 24
3.47   Jewellery ................................................................................................................. 24
3.48   Junior School Office ................................................................................................ 24
3.49   Leave from campus – students ............................................................................... 24
3.50   Library ..................................................................................................................... 24
3.51   Lunch & Recess ...................................................................................................... 25
3.52   Medication – for those who need it .......................................................................... 25
3.53   Messages ................................................................................................................ 25
3.54   Midday pause / prayers ........................................................................................... 25
3.55   Mobile Phone Protocols & Procedures ..................................................................... 25
3.56   Parental support ...................................................................................................... 26
3.57   Parent / Teacher Interactions .................................................................................. 26
3.58   Parliament ............................................................................................................... 26
3.59   Pastoral Care .......................................................................................................... 26
3.60   Playground Expectations ......................................................................................... 26
3.61   Protocols & Procedures ........................................................................................... 27
3.62   Punctuality ............................................................................................................... 27
3.63   Recognition of Student Achievement ...................................................................... 27
3.64   References .............................................................................................................. 28
3.65   Reporting to Parents ............................................................................................... 28
3.66   School hours ........................................................................................................... 28
             3.67   Shade & Sun Policy ................................................................................................. 28
             3.68   Sick Bay .................................................................................................................. 28
             3.69   Speech Day ............................................................................................................. 28
             3.70   Sport ........................................................................................................................ 28
             3.71   Stationery requirements .......................................................................................... 29
                           Stationery Pack .....................................................................................29
                           Stationery List .......................................................................................29
             3.72   Student Representative Council .............................................................................. 29
             3.73   Substances / items not allowed in the College ........................................................ 29
             3.74   Television & Films, Videos & DVDs ......................................................................... 29
             3.75   The Friends of Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College ....................................................... 29
             3.76   Uniform .................................................................................................................... 30
             3.78   Uniform Shop ........................................................................................................... 30
             3.79   Visitors to the College .............................................................................................. 30
             3.80   Weekly variations to routine .................................................................................... 30
             3.80   Withdrawal of a student ........................................................................................... 30
             3.81   Work Experience ..................................................................................................... 30

SECTION IV          Evaluation .............................................................................................................. 31
PREFACE




The aim of the College’s Handbook for Parents is to give parents as much information as is reasonably
possible concerning the parameters within which we strive, the procedures to be followed within the College
and, therefore, the expectations which we have of families as members of our College community. These
expectations are also those with which you concur by signing the acceptance of an offer of a place in the
College.

This information outlines how we aim to provide the best learning environment for your children as we bring
the College’s Aims & Objectives to life. The information draws together items from the enrolment kit, the
students’ College Diary and various Bulletins from 1999 onwards, as well as containing other issues which
should help inform you about Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College. Much relevant information is also printed for
students from Years 4 to 12 in their College Diary.

The Handbook for Parents should therefore provide you with a ready reference about as complete a range
of matters as is possible. As you refer to this Handbook, you may recognise areas which require further
clarification or areas which are not covered. I welcome your comments on such matters to ensure that future
editions are updated to provide you and others with a useful set of guidelines.

The Handbook may also be of value on occasions when others ask you for information about the College.

I look forward to sharing a wonderful Year 2008 with you.



Philip S Goldsworthy
Principal

January, 2008




                                   Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 5
SECTION I


1.01            The Aims and Objectives


Mission Statement
Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College aims to nurture and develop the full potential of each individual within a caring Christian community.
The College aims to instill in all students a love of God, respect for others, and an appreciation of effort as a pre-requisite for
achievement and fulfillment, as they seek to excel in all that they undertake.



Spiritual
The College aims to develop in all members an understanding of what it means to belong to a worshipping, witnessing community
of faith within the Anglican tradition. It also encourages an appreciation for the diversity of beliefs within our multi-cultural society.
Students are therefore encouraged to have an wholistic approach to their life as individuals and as members of various communities.



Academic
The College aims to ensure that the academic offering is of the highest quality and in accordance with the statutory and syllabus
requirements of the NSW Board of Studies for each of the Stages from Early Stage 1 to Stage 6 and VET courses for Stage 6.
Students are encouraged to develop their capacity for intellectual rigour, individual thought and judgement. The College aims to
organise student class groupings to enable attention to the needs of each person



Pastoral
The College aims to provide a safe and secure environment for all members of its community and it encourages personal
resourcefulness / independence and social responsibility / interdependence through a vertical [K-12] Pastoral Care structure. The
College encourages all students to develop and express Christian values, attitudes and ideals to assist them in their relationships in
life.



Discipline
The College aims to use the Pastoral Care system to maintain discipline, it encourages self-discipline, and promotes a spirit of
discipline which is consistent, fair, and which emanates from the caring Christian ethos of the College.



Co-Curricula
The College aims to complement and enrich the academic offering by a well-balanced programme of co-curricula activities —
aesthetic, cultural, intellectual, spiritual and physical.




                                            Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 6
1.02            The College Crest, Motto, Prayer and Hymn



The College Crest
The charm and elegance of “Styles Grove” is the historic heart around which is housed this seat of modern learning. From the
learning community housed around this structure, knowledge, technology, care and inspiration all develop and emanate to the wider
community through the power of the Cross.

The symbols in our Crest are evident in the beautiful stained glass window in the Chapel. This reflects God the Holy Trinity - Creator,
Redeemer and Giver of Life - and it also evokes the major Christian sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, the rays of God’s Spirit
moving through the waters, flowing with the nourishment of Word and Sacrament at Communion. The gum leaves acknowledge the
integral link between the College and the local parish of Blue Gum Hills.




The Colours
Blue Gum       The colour of the surrounding trees. The blues and greens symbolise sustenance and growth. The beauty of the
               natural environment is also the taken up in the name of the local Anglican parish which is developing in tandem with
               the College -- the Anglican Community in Blue Gum Hills.

Burgundy       These rich colours symbolise the saints and martyrs of the Church throughout the ages,
and Red        including a local saint, William Tyrrell, first Bishop of Newcastle [1848 - 79]. The colour burgundy/red is also
               dominant in the crest of the Diocese.

Gold and        The bright splashes of gold and yellow represent the vitality of youth. The colours also symbolise their
Yellow          potential to excel, to be the best person that each of them can be.




The College Motto
                                                             “Seize the Day”

The words of the College motto direct all within its community to take hold of what is happening; to be involved and participate; to
contribute; to be recognised as members of this College. Written deliberately in English — and not in the Latin, carpe diem, as
spoken by Robin Williams in the film, Dead Poets’ Society — the motto is designed to speak to us clearly and forcefully.




                                           Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 7
A Prayer for the College
             Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
             the source of all truth and holiness
             the giver of faith and hope, wisdom and love,
             we ask that you will bless our College
             that it may be a lively place of sound learning,
             new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom.

             Bless all who learn and all who teach,
             that having strength of mind
             and courage of heart,
             we may be a blessing to one another
             to our families and to the world.

             Give us grace to look to you
             the source of all love and understanding
             that with all your saints
             we may rejoice with you and the Holy Spirit forever,
             through Jesus Christ our Lord.

             Amen




The College Hymn
             God, our Father, bless our College,
             All we do and think and say
             Build us into a communion
             As we journey on the Way.
             Send your Spirit on our College,
             Make us one with you today.
             Help us live like your Son, Jesus,
             And together ‘Seize the Day’.

             God of dreaming, called a bishop
             From a land across the sea
             To a nation that was waiting
             For the vision to be free.
             William Tyrrell - just like Abraham –
             Left behind his land of birth,
             Going bravely where God led him,
             Bringing Good News of great worth.

             God of journey, you’re still calling
             New companions to your side,
             As you gather everybody
             In your loving arms stretched wide.
             As we follow on the pathway
             May we know your love always,
             And then may we share it freely
             And together “Seize the Day”                    [c Fr H Bright 1999]




                      Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 8
1.03            History

Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College is a caring, Christian, learning community within the Anglican tradition,
which offers quality education and pastoral care through an accessible fee structure.

The Foundation Principal, Mr Philip Goldsworthy, was appointed in the latter part of 1998 and – together with the first Area Priest/
Chaplain, Fr Hugh Bright, and the founding Chairman of the College Council, Mr Harry Bottriell – Mr Goldsworthy built on the efforts
of the Steering Committee which had worked very hard during that year. The foundation staff was gathered together; resources and
buildings were prepared; approvals sought; and all the groundwork laid for the College to open by the following January.

Thus the College commenced in Term 1, 1999 with 49 students, and that student body grew during the first year to 60 students
– from Kindergarten to Year 7.

Now moving into 2008, the fifth cohort of students enters Year 12 for their Higher School Certificate with double streams in Years K-6
and 11-12, triple streams in Years 9-10 and four streams in Year 7 and 8. There are approximately 760 students enrolled for 2008.

The foundation of this College was an initiative of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle which purchased a 6 ha site in 1998 amongst
the growing suburbs to the west of Newcastle. The site has an historic mansion, “Styles Grove”, which was the home of James
Fletcher, the first Member of Parliament for Newcastle, for ten years. Following that, it was home to the Thomas family for over
seventy years and remained a private home until mid 1998. “Styles Grove” is now the administration centre for the College built in its
precincts. Both Isabella Fletcher and Millie Thomas are remembered in the names of two of the College’s Pastoral Care Houses.

Established in the latter part of 1998 by an Ordinance of the Synod of the Diocese of Newcastle, Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College
commemorates in its title, the first Bishop of Newcastle, William Tyrrell. Tyrrell himself had a great interest in education in the young
colony and it is more than fitting that we remember him in this manner and carry on some of the work begun during his episcopate.
The College continues the great tradition of the Church in providing for the educational needs of those within the community. In our
era in particular, that provision is of quality low-fee, independent schools which offer another choice for parents who are considering
alternatives for the education of their children.

An ‘Early Works’ programme in 1998 prepared the site to receive the first students and staff in February 1999. In October of that
year, work commenced on the Pearson Building, Stage 1 of the development plan whilst the Broughton Building, Stage 2 was
built during 2001. These two building projects included nine classrooms, a computing facility, two shared resource areas, covered
outdoor tiered learning area, a hard surface court, level play areas, carpark and associated landscaping.

Stage 3A, known as the Stanton Building, opened in February 2003 as a senior specialist building with facilities for Computing,
Music, PDHPE, Photography, Science and Visual Arts. The Commonwealth Government contributed $250,000 towards this project,
as it did towards Stage 2.

The senior humanities block was constructed during late 2003 in readiness for the 2004 academic year and the erection of the Stage
3B senior technology block opened for 2005. Both projects have received $300,000 grants from the Commonwealth Government.

2007 saw the opening of the first stage of the Middle School Building and new Bottriell Library.

The College also opens its facilities as appropriate to the fast-growing communities within which it is located [the Glendore, Nikinbah
Ridge, Highland County and the soon to be Sanctuary subdivisions]. Thereby we provide another focus for community life in these
suburbs.

The College Chapel of St Mary and St John is already shared with the local Anglican Community in Blue Gum Hills, for whom it is
their parish church. Bishop Brian Farran commissioned the Reverend Julie Turnbull as College Chaplain and Community Priest on
1st February, 2007.

Other groups within the Diocese, such as The Diocesan Schools’ Commission, Cursillo, Alpha, the Anglican
Men’s Society, Emmaus and individual parishes also make use of the College grounds and facilities from
time to time.




                                           Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 9
1.04 Administration & Governance

    The College Council
The College Council, the governing authority of the College under The Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College
Council Ordinance 1998 of the Third Session of the Forty-fifth Synod of the Diocese of Newcastle, has the
responsibility for the College and its operations including:
    • the determination and the pursuit of the ethos, aims and objectives of the College as a quality low-fee Anglican school;
    • the educational programmes provided both in and out of class;
    • the spiritual and pastoral care of pupils;
    • the discipline of pupils;
    • the relationships with the College community.

The College Council may vary its policies in relation to these matters as it sees fit. Where such matters impact directly upon the
professional role of the staff, discussions would usually ensue to include the views of the staff prior to Council deciding on any such
variations.

The College Council has delegated to the Principal the responsibility for interpreting and implementing the aims and objectives of
the College consistent with the ethos of the College. The Principal has the authority for the operation of the College, including the
engagement, dismissal, management and care of staff, and the issuing of instructions for:
    • the determination of programmes and procedures;
    • applicable teaching practices;
    • implementing extra-curricular activities;
    • the appropriate spiritual and pastoral care;
    • the appropriate discipline policy and practice;
    • other matters as they arise.

The College Council meets each month. Its work is further extended through the Council Executive which meets at intervals in
between, or shorter-term task forces.




1.05            Membership of the College Council
Two members of the College Council are elected by the parent body [*], The Friends of Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College, one
member [^] represents the Anglican Community in Blue Gum Hills and others are appointed by the Diocesan Council.

          The Right Reverend Dr Brian Farran         President

          Mr David Evans
          Mr Michael Evans
          Ms Donna Fegan
          Fr Ian Howarth
          Mr Peter Meredith - until March 2008
          Mrs Christine Sawyer
          Mr Philip Goldsworthy                      ex officio




                                            Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 10
1.06   Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Map
SECTION II                   The Current College Year
2.01            Staff List
The College has attracted an energetic, highly skilled and very enthusiastic group of staff who have a range of teaching
experiences from Years K – 12, in both the non-government and government sectors. The staff for 2008 are:

Principal                           Mr Philip S Goldsworthy                        [BA, Dip Ed, M Ed, Grad Cert RAVE, FRGS, MACE]
SENIOR EXECUTIVE
Deputy - Curriculum                 Ms Leanne Newton                                                               [B A (Hons), Dip Ed]
Chaplain                            The Reverend Julie Turnbull                                                                  [B Th]
Business Manager                    Mr Everette Maynard                                            [Dip Teach, MBA (Ed Management)]
Junior School Head                  Mrs Janis Rinaldi                                                             [B Ed, Dip T], MACE
Middle School Head                  Mr Alan Small                                                               [BA, Dip Ed, M L M Ed
Senior School Head                  Mr Paul Hartgers                                                                   [B Ed (PDHPE)]
ICT
Director ICT                        Mr David Shaw             [B Ed, Grad Dip Ed (Prim), M Ed Admin, MBA IT, MACE, AIMM] MACS]
ACADEMIC COMMITTEE
Chair                               Ms Leanne Newton                                                               [B A (Hons), Dip Ed]
English                             Mr Eric Villari                                                                 [BA, Dip Ed, M Litt]
Humanities                          Mr Glen G Carr                                              [BA (Hons), PGCE, Grad Cert TESOL]
Junior School Assist Head           Mrs Lynne MacPherson                                                                          [Dip T]
Junior School Stage 2 (Years 3-4)   Mr Simon Clarkson                                                                             [Dip T]
Library & Info Services             Mr Neil Walpole                                           [Dip Art, Dip Ed, Grad Dip Info Services]
Languages                           Mrs Myriam Davies                                                   [B A (Hons), Dip Ed, Dip FAFL]
Mathematics                         Miss Rachel Halpin                                                                   [B Ed (Maths)]
Middle School Stage 3 (Years 5-7)   Mrs Kylie Shaw                                                                         [B Ed (Hons)]
Music                               Ms Victoria J Waights                                                                 [B Ed / Music]
PDHPE                               Mrs Catherine Amesbury                                        [B Ed, M Ed (Physical & Health Ed)]
Science                             Mr David Fisser                                                              [B Sc (Hons), Dip Ed]
TAS                                 Mr Neale Graham                             [B Ed, Work Place Assessor, Cert III, Information Tech]
Visual Arts                         Mr Richard Focic                                                        [B Ed (Hons), Grad Dip Art]
PASTORAL COMMITTEE
Chair                               Mr Paul Hartgers                                                                 [B Ed (PDHPE]
Junior School Head                  Mrs Janis Rinaldi                                                                 [Dip Ed, Dip T]
Junior School                       Mrs Lynne MacPherson                                                                      [Dip T]
Middle School Head                  Mr Alan Small                                                             [BA, Dip Ed, MLM Ed]]
Middle School                       Mr Robert Price                                                                     [BA, Dip Ed]
Senior School                       Mrs Michele Clemenson                                                    [B Ed (Soc Sci) MACE]
Chaplain                            The Reverend Julie Turnbull                                                                [B Th]
College Counsellor                  Ms Fiona Darroch                                  [SRN, BA, Grad Dip Psych Ed, M Psych, MAPS]
Sport                               Mr Paul Lynch                                                                    [BT, B PDHPE]
TEACHING STAFF                      Mr Tom Baldwin                                                                      [BA / BT (Hons)]
Support                             Ms Janie Brittain                           [BA, Dip Ed, Grad Cert Ment Health, MEd (Special Ed]
                                    Miss Amy Bibby                                                                         [B Ed, B Arts]
TiC Careers                         Mr Brian Bull                                                                       [B Com, Dip Ed]
                                    Ms Mary Bullock                                                  [B Soc Sci (Hons), Dip Ed (Prim)]
                                    Mrs Edwina Butler                                                         [B App Sc, Grad Dip Ed]
                                    Mrs Kim Carr                                                           [B Mus Ed, A Mus A, ATCL]
                                    Mr Mitchell Cummings                                                       [B Ed (D&T), B Design)
                                    Mrs Diana Dastoor                                          [BA (Hons), Dip Ed, Grad Cert TESOL]
                                    Ms Michelle Doherty                                                                         [BA, BT]
                                    Mrs Janet Doyle                                                                   [BA, LLB, Dip Ed]
                                    Mrs Dianne Evans                                         [B Com, Dip Ed (Prim)] Semester 1 2008
                                    Mrs Fiona Evans                                                               [B Ed] on leave 2008
                                    Miss Deborah Fernance                                                            [BA, BT (PDHPE)]
                                    Mr Michael Fiddian                                                              [BA (Hons), Dip Ed]
                                    Mrs Bronwyn Gill                                                                       [B Ed (Hons)]
                                    Ms Jenny Gurr                                              [B App Sci, B Ed (D&T)] on leave 2008
                                    Mrs Kathryn Hellier                                           [B Ed, Dip Ed] on leave Semester 1
House Patron Currey                 Mrs Christine Hodges                                           [B Sc, Dip Ed (Sec), Dip Ed (Prim)]
                                    Mrs Kate James                                                                        [B Mus, B Ed]
                                    Mrs Suzanne Johnson                                                [B Com, Dip Ed, M Ed Studies]
                                    Mr Andrew Kerr                                     [B Ed (D&T, Industrial Arts)] on exchange 2008
                                    Mrs Nicole Kerr                                                            [BA, BT] on leave 2008
                                    Mrs Lisa Kristofferson                                               (B Ed (Hons)] on leave 2008
                                    Mrs Tiane Lyall                                                                    [BA, Dip Ed, MA]
                                    Mr Benjamin McCarthy                                                                    [B Ed (Prim)]

                                         Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Handbook ........ p 12
                                     Miss Angela McKay                                                               [B Soc Sci, Dip Ed]
                                     Mrs Leah McNab                                                             [BA, BT] on leave 2008
                                     Madame Rudie Meloche                                                          [B A (Hons), Dip Ed]
                                     Mr Craig O’Brien                                                                               [B Ed]
                                     Mr Brett Owers                                                     [B Sc, Dip Ed, Dip Marine Eng]
                                     Mr Robert Parsons                                                   [BA, Dip Ed, M Ed St, Dip RE]
                                     Mrs Linden Perry                                                                              [Dip T]
                                     Mrs Tamara Powell                                                                         BA, Dip Ed
                                     Mrs Vicki Psaros                                                              BA, Dip Ed, Jap I & II
House Patron Fletcher                Mrs Felicity Roantree                          [BA, BT (Prim), B Ed] on Maternity Leave Terms 2-4
                                     Mrs Catherine Roberts                                                     [Grad Dip App Sc, Dip T]
                                     Mr Andrew Roxby                                                                       [BT, B PDHPE]
                                     Mrs Veronica Roxby                                              [Ass Dip App Sc, B Ed] Semester 1
                                     Mr Paul Russell                                                              [BA, BT (Prim)(Hons)]
                                     Mr David I Sayer                                        [B Ed, Grad Dip Prof Art St, MA (Fine Arts)]
                                     Mr David W Smyth                                                                  [BA, BT, M Ed St]
                                     Mrs Amanda Sonntag                                                                      [B Ed (D&T)]
Support                              Mrs Emma Walker                              [B A (Hons), Dip Ed, M Spec Ed] on leave Semester 1
                                     Mrs Hope Walsh                                                                               [BT, MT]
                                     Ms Justine Warby                                                                             [BA, BT]
                                     Ms Rachel Williams                                                                           [BA, BT]
                                     Ms Shayne Winkler              [B Sc, Grad Dip Enviro Stud, Grad Dip Ed] on Maternity leave Sem 1
                                     Mr Steve Whitfield                                                                   [ B Tech, B Ed ]
                                     Mrs Michelle Yates                                                        [Dip Art, BA / VA, Dip Ed]
                                     Mr Luke Youman                                                                        [BA, BT (Prim)]
Peripatetic Music                    Mrs Michaela Adam-Tickle                                                                  Percussion
                                     Mrs Peta Dries                                                                                 Strings
                                     Mr Edward Garven                                                                                Guitar
                                     Miss Leanne Mears, ATCL                                                            Piano, Keyboard
                                     tbc                                                                                           Singing
                                     Miss Hayley Woodward                                                              Brass, Woodwind
OFFICE & ANCILLARY - Office           Mrs Sandra Anderberg                                                                       Reception
                                     Mrs Joyce Cairns                                                                            Accounts
                                     Mrs Linda Driscoll                                                        Assistant to the Principal
                                     Mrs Katherine Joice                                                          Junior School Clerical
                                     Mrs Narelle Kinnaird                                                                        Accounts
                                     Mrs Dorothy Wright                                                            Student Affairs Office
Ancillary                            Mrs Lorelle Chandler                                                        Uniform Shop Manager
                                     Mr Matthew Coffee                                                                        ICT Support
                                     Mrs Nadine Curzi                                                                    Library Assistant
                                     Mr Nathan Dearing                                                        Youth Ministry/ICT [p/time]
                                     Mrs Julia Fields                                                                   Library Assistant
                                     Mrs Debra Goldsworthy                                                           Teachers’ Assistant
                                     Mrs Dhana Davidson                                                               Canteen Manager
                                     Mrs Susan Kane                                                                Laboratory Assistant
                                     Ms Lesley Kensitt                                                             Food Tech Assistant
                                     Mrs Rochelle Litchfield                                                          Teachers’ Assistant
                                     Ms Gaewin Moore                                                                 Teachers’ Assistant
                                     Mr Louis Onions                                                      Grounds & Property Assistant
                                     Ms Lynette Russell                                                              Teachers’ Assistant
                                     Mr Kevin Swain                                                       Grounds & Property Assistant


2.02                Semester Dates
Term Dates for 2008:
            Semester I new students commence                    Wednesday, January 30
            College commences                                   Thursday, January 31
            Mid Semester break commences                        Thursday, April 10
            Mid semester break ends                             Monday, April 28
            Semester I ends                                     Friday, June 27
            Semester II commences                               Monday, July 21
            Mid semester break commences                        Friday, September 26
            Mid semester break ends                             Monday, October 13
            Semester II ends                                    Thursday, December 4
Proposed Term Dates for 2009:
            Semester I Year 7 students commence                 Wednesday, January 28
            College commences                                   Thursday, January 29
            Mid Semester break commences                        Friday, April 3
            Mid semester break ends                             Monday, April 20
            Semester I ends                                     Friday, June 26
                                           Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Handbook ........ p 13
         Semester II commences                                               Monday, July 20
         Mid semester break commences                                        Friday, September 25
         Mid semester break ends                                             Monday, October 12
         Semester II ends                                                    Thursday, December 3



2.03            College Calendar
The College Calendar for 2008 is published and distributed during the January holidays. Further
copies are available through the year from the College Office. The Calendar may also be
republished during the year as further events are organized or additional dates become known.


2.04            Contact numbers - phone, fax, e-mail
There may be occasions when you wish to contact other members of the College community.
Please do not ask the College Office directly for telephone or fax numbers belonging to parents
or staff, as we are not able to release personal contact details without individual permission.
It would be possible, however, for a message to be passed on if that was necessary.


2.05            Daily Routine - lesson times
              Middle & Senior School................Length.................................Period.................................. Length................Junior School
                      8.40 am                             50 min                                 1                              50 min                  8.40 am
                      9.30 am                             50 min                                 2                              50 min                  9.30 am
                     10.20 am                             20 min                 Pastoral                 Recess                20 min                 10.20 am
                     10.40 am                             20 min                 Recess                   Pastoral              20 min                 10.40 am
                     11.00 am                             50 min                                 3                              50 min                 11.00 am
                     11.50 am                             50 min                                 4                              50 min                 11.50 am
                     12.40 am                             50 min                 Lunch               Lunch                      50 min                 12.40 am
                     1.30 pm                              50 min                             5                                  45 min                 1.30 pm
                     2.20 pm                              50 min                             6                                  45 min                 2.15 pm
                     3.10 pm                                                       After School Activities                                             3.00 pm




                                                    Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 14
SECTION III                 College Routines
3.01            Absences
Absences will undoubtedly occur for a variety of reasons. Parents / caregivers should notify the
College Office as soon as practicable of an absence. Where this has not occurred, the College will
seek to make contact by SMS or email following the marking of Rolls each morning. A note explaining the absence
should be brought to the class or pastoral Teacher to be forwarded to the College Office when a student returns to school. Parents
are encouraged not to make appointments for their children during school hours as far as possible.

For extended periods of absence during term time, other than for illness, leave of absence should be discussed with the Principal
and prior approval sought. The College has a legal responsibility to ensure that students attend and to maintain records of
attendance / non-attendance – including the recording of whether or not leave has been approved by the Principal.


3.02            Accident / Illness
In the event of a child falling ill or experiencing an accident, the child will be brought to the Sick Bay. Such children may remain in
the Sick Bay for a short period of time, or you may be notified to take them home.
It is not appropriate for the staff to administer anything beyond basic care and first aid. Where it is considered necessary,
parents or caregivers will be notified, as would professional medical or emergency assistance according to the Medical
Form as completed by parents / caregivers.


3.03            Accounts
Accounts are mailed to parents / caregivers at the beginning of each term (see Fees 3.38). These accounts should be settled by
the date specified – four weeks after the start of each term. Variations are possible to this method of payment, but they must be
discussed with the Business Manager.

For those able to pay the full year by the due date in Term One, there is a discount as decided by the College Council – this currently
stands at 5% of the total annual tuition fee.

Parents may add uniform items / bags to their College account. Costs for stationery packs, camps, excursions or other similar
one-off expenses will also be added to the account when prior notice is given. Sums smaller than $10 will not normally be added to
accounts.

Any queries with accounts are to be addressed in the first instance to the Business Manager, Mr Everette Maynard.


3.04            Activities and Co-curricula groups
The interests of even a small group of students vary considerably and the College seeks to provide a range of opportunities beyond
the classroom to further the wholistic development of each child. This may be on the stage, sporting field or among a group of like-
minded individuals. Current opportunities include:

    •   Soccer [local competition]
    •   Netball [local competition]
    •   Touch Football
    •   Basketball
    •   Drama
    •   Debating
    •   Lion’s Youth of the Year
    •   Mock Trial
    •   Dance
    •   Music Tuition
        ♦ brass
        ♦ guitar
        ♦ keyboard / piano
        ♦ violin
        ♦ voice / singing
        ♦ woodwind
                                           Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 15
   • Literacy Tuition
   • Citizens of Tomorrow, Today
   • Numeracy Tuition
   • Tournament of Mind
   • Duke of Edinburgh
   • HRIS Chess
   • HRIS Golf
   • HRIS Cultural Festival
The co-curricula offerings continue to expand as the College grows.



3.05           After School Care
The College offers an after school hours care facility which runs each afternoon between 3.00 pm and 6.00 pm. Please contact the
Office for costs, times and to enrol for this service.



3.06           Alcohol, drugs & smoking
There is no place for illegal substances or materials within the College or during any activity under the auspices of the College. The
College is designated a Smoke Free Zone. Parents and staff by example and exhortation should encourage all people to follow this
instruction.

Students found involved with alcohol, drugs, tobacco or similar illegal substances will be placed on suspension pending discussions
with their parents / caregivers. A repeated breach, especially with drugs, will result in parents being asked to withdraw their son/
daughter, or else the student will be expelled.

Alcohol has an appropriate place on occasions for adults, hospitality being a hallmark of our Christian witness, but the consumption
of alcohol is not acceptable during school hours.



3.07           Annual Events
A number of important annual events – Speech Day, camps, sports carnivals - are indicated in the College Calendar and high-lighted
in the College Bulletin as they approach. These events are compulsory for students as they form integral aspects of the life of the
College. It is hoped that parents will also be able to attend at least some of these, especially the annual Speech Day.



3.08           Anti-Bullying Protocol
The College has a Pastoral Care / Anti-Bullying Protocol which is contained in the Staff Handbook and is referred to in the Student
Diary. Students are led through the main features of this and other important protocols and procedures at relevant times each year.

The College also provides opportunities for parents to become familiar with such a policy during specific information evenings or as
an agenda item for particular Friends of the College meetings.



3.09           Application and Motivation
As stated in the College Aims, we seek to develop in every child an appreciation of effort as a pre-requisite for achievement and
fulfillment, as they seek to excel at all that they undertake. Students will always be encouraged to do their best, which is not
necessarily the best. Conversely, students who consistently fail to take advantage of the opportunities you and the College present
to them, will be challenged to improve their attitude and performance. Any students who then still fail to make the most of the
opportunities presented to them – or who prevent others from pursuing their goals – will be called with their parents for an interview
with the Deputy and / or Principal.



3.10           Appointments within College hours
Parents are requested not to make doctors or other such appointments for their children within schools
hours, unless it is absolutely necessary. There will be occasions when this is not possible, however minimal
disruption to the on-going learning cycle is our aim.


                                          Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 16
3.11            Assessments and Examinations
The College uses both formative assessments [identifying the extent of learning during a topic or unit]
and summative assessments [summing up the level of skill or knowledge at the end of a topic
or semester].

Externally developed instruments are also administered at particular year levels, such as the Basic
Skills tests [Years 3, 5, 7 & 8], the School Certificate [Year 10] and the Higher School Certificate [Year 12]

Class and homework exercises, topic tests or other observations are used on a regular basis. Major assessment tasks or
examinations occur towards the end of each semester. These are the Half-yearly and Yearly Examination periods.



3.12            Assembly
Each week in term time, the Junior [Years K-4] Middle [Years 5-8] and Senior [Years 9-11] students gather on separate occasions as
an assembled community to recognise the achievements – and possibly any shortcomings as well – of what occurred in that week.

Students and staff lead our Assemblies and they include a time to gather, to pray, to sing and to listen. Praise is given where that is
due. Events to occur over the coming week / weekend are detailed.

Parents and friends are particularly welcome to join the College for the Principal’s Assemblies at the end of each term, the times
being published as they approach.



3.13            Bags and belongings
It is essential that all items be clearly named as permanently as possible. Children should be encouraged to look carefully at
the name and not assume that just because it is a green bag for example, it is theirs. Attaching a special object/tag helps correct
identification.



3.14            Behaviour
The College has a clearly stated code of behaviour which requires of all members of the College community respect for each other
and care of belongings, the environment and property. Students who do not observe this code are dealt with initially by the member
of staff concerned. Repeated offences, or those of greater magnitude will see the student brought to the Head of Junior or Middle
School, the Deputy or the Principal. Harsher penalties according to the following gradation will also apply:
           Step 1     Lunchtime detention or similar
           Step 2     Friday Afternoon detention [and loss of points for a student’s House]
           Step 3     Saturday morning [in College uniform] or ‘in house’ detention
           Step 4     Saturday morning detention [in College uniform] / review of the student’s place within the College community.
           Step 5     On suspension
The College Diary which is given to each student in Years 5 – 11, also contains this process and some further specific details about
what is expected from students.



3.15            Bicycles
Students who ride bicycles to the College must dismount upon entering the school grounds and walk to the bicycle rack located on
the northern side of Styles Grove. At the end of the day students must walk their bicycles to the edge of the property before riding
home.
At all times helmets must be worn according to law. The bicycle racks are out of bounds to students except when arriving or leaving.



3.16            Birthdays
We welcome the opportunity to share your child’s special day at school. It is important to celebrate such
events and a number of cup cakes or similar may be appropriate, especially for students in the Junior
School. Please remember the number and range of students in a class when providing cakes or issuing
invitations – it can be hurtful and divisive when all but a few are catered for or invited.


                                           Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 17
3.17            Book ‘hire’
Students in the older years have access to class sets of novels or textbooks. These are purchased
with the assistance of the NSW Government book allowance. Students borrow these through the
Bottriell Library and are allocated a numbered copy for the required time. It is their responsibility
to ensure it is kept in good condition and returned at the end of the year or whenever it is no longer
needed in class.



3.18            College Bulletin
Each week during the term and generally once each holiday, the College Bulletin is published and distributed to each College family
– one per family. Parents are welcome to lodge appropriate items for the Bulletin. Items need to be given to the College Office by
lunchtime at the latest on a Thursday, ready for distribution on Friday.

A copy of the Bulletin is posted on the College website each week. Please ask for your copy every Friday afternoon or check the
website to ensure that essential information is not missed.

Bulletins are numbered throughout the year [the first copy for 2008 will be 0801, the second 0802] and should you miss an issue the
Office will assist you in obtaining a replacement copy or you can access a copy on the College’s website.



3.19            Camps, Outdoor Education Excursions and Tours
The geographer in me revels in ‘hands-on’ and ‘real life’ learning experiences. I am very keen to support and develop further our
annual outdoor education programme, to encourage local and regional field trips, as well as more extended tours. The annual
camping programme is an integral part of the College’s curriculum and is compulsory for all students.

Students will be given information / permission notes concerning any excursions which either take up more than half a day, or for
which there is a cost to parents. Costs for annual camps are debited on accounts, often across more than one term. Any parent
who may have difficulty with the costs is encouraged to contact the Business Manager.



3.20            Canteen
The College, with help from the Friends of the College, operates the Canteen in a refurbished area in the transportable buildings.
The Canteen aims to provide a range of fresh and healthy food together with some ‘treats’.

The Canteen Manager, Mrs Dhana Davidson, oversees the operation of the Canteen and all offers of assistance are very welcome,
either on a regular or occasional basis.

The Canteen is open on Monday to Friday in term time, as well as at special sporting or other similar events. A list of available items
and prices is distributed with the College Bulletin as appropriate, as are those listed as volunteer helpers for the subsequent two
weeks.



3.21            Career Advice
The College receives a number of publications relating to career choices, information or paths. Much of this material is available in
the Bottriell Library.

Parents or students are welcome to discuss career options, subject choices and related issues with the Teacher in Charge of
Careers, Head of Senior School, or with the Deputy, the Principal or other members of staff.

At information evenings for older students, more specific career information is also shared and students will
have access to career expo days within the region.




                                           Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 18
3.22            Chapel
Alphabetically this may be 3.22, but the spiritual sphere has a much more prominent place in the life
of the College and in the wholistic development of members of the College community. Class groups
are encouraged to pause in the day for prayers, and to catch up in these the needs and joys
of members of any particular class.

Usually once each term the Eucharist is celebrated for the College, while the staff meet weekly for the Eucharist, and all those
baptised and admitted to Communion are welcome to share in the Sacrament. Students who wish to be Confirmed are encouraged
to talk with Reverend Julie. Families seeking other sacraments, eg Baptism, or pastoral care are also encouraged to contact the
Reverend Julie at the College or on 4955 0370 and email chaplain@btac.nsw.edu.au.

Weekly Chapel services for students and staff – and for any parents or visitors who are able to join us – are scheduled for the Junior
[Years K-4] Middle [Years 5-8] and Senior [Years 9-11] students. Students and staff assist the Chaplain in preparing and leading the
liturgies for these chapel services.



3.23            Child Protection Act
The College takes its responsibilities very seriously under a range of legislation relating to the care and safety of children. Staff have
undertaken appropriate training in this area. All persons working with children whether in a paid or unpaid capacity, are required to
sign the relevant ‘Working with Children’ declaration. This is obtained through the College Office.



3.24            Class Organisation
At the College we seek to balance a developmental approach to learning - which does not separate students solely on the basis of
age, grade or ability - with the more usual age-related year levels.

In 2008, thirty-two class groups are planned as follows:
                 Junior                  Year K [x 2 streams]                              Early Stage 1
                                         Year 1 [x 2 streams]                              Stage 1
                                         Year 2 [x 2 streams]
                                         Year 3 [x 2 streams]                              Stage 2
                                         Year 4 [x 2 streams]

                Middle                   Year 5    [x 2 streams]                           Stage 3
                                         Year 6    [x 2 streams]
                                         Year 7    [x 4 streams]                           Stage 4
                                         Year 8    [x 4 streams]

                Senior                   Year 9 [x 3 streams]                              Stage 5
                                         Year 10 [x 3 streams]
                                         Year 11 [x 2 streams]                             Stage 6
                                         Year 12 [x 2 streams]

As the College has continued to grow, this ‘three-school’ focus has become even more sharply defined:

          Junior              Years K – 4                            Early Stage 1 - Stage 2
          Middle              Years 5 – 8                            Stages 3 & 4
          Senior              Years 9 – 12                           Stages 5 & 6



3.25            Clothing Pool
A facility for the purchase and sale of good items of uniform has been established. Run by a Committee on
behalf of The Friends of the College, this Clothing Pool operates as notified in the Bulletin, from the Cottage.




                                           Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 19
3.26            Collections / Charities
Loving God through our worship is one aspect of what it means to be part of an Anglican College, just
as ‘loving our neighbours as ourselves’ is the second vital part of our calling.

Even though we have many debts as this College develops, and will have for generations most likely,
there are also many opportunities for being generous with our time and money.

A constant rhythm exists for giving at our Chapel liturgies each week – linking to special projects from ABM-A [Anglican Board of
Mission – Australia] and the Samaritans. Both of these agencies are very grateful for our support which is over $1,000 a year.

Each class, Pastoral or House group is also encouraged to raise support for at least one cause, whether it is local or not. Charities
such as the MS Read-a-thon, Cancer Council, Mission Australia Winter Sleepout, ‘Shave for a Cure’ or ‘Jump Rope for Heart’ were
supported in recent years.



3.27            College Offices
The College Office is our ‘front of house’, whether people make contact in person or over the phone. The College Office is open
from 8.00 am - 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday and is accessed from the north side of Styles Grove.

Parents are most welcome when they come to do business in the Office although our staff are very busy and would appreciate
distractions being kept to a minimum.

Students and parents are required to remain in front of the reception counter when in the Office area.

Mrs Katherine Joice runs the Junior School Office in the Pearson Building on every day each week except Wednesday. Please
check with her if you need to address Junior School matters (3.48).



3.28            Complaints, Issues and Problems
We recognise that from time to time concerns may arise. Please contact the appropriate member of staff at the College to let us
know. If a problem is known to exist then something can be done to address it.

The College Council has adopted a Grievance Procedure which sets out the steps to be taken if the issue is of great concern.

Criticising the College in public only damages the reputation of our school, which in turn reflects on all the students here, including
your child.



3.29            Contacts
Parents are encouraged to make regular contact with the College as they are able or desire.
   • with their child’s teacher. This may be in person before or after school, via notes, the Diary or telephone, or during a
       scheduled Parent / Teacher evening. Please respect the teachers’ needs to be on Duty or to prepare teaching resources. It
       is more desirable to arrange a mutually agreeable time for such contacts.
   • with the Director of Studies or with the relevant Head of School [Junior, Middle, Senior, Deputy]. In these cases please
       contact Mrs Rinaldi, Mr Small, Mr Hartgers or Mrs Newton via the College Office
   • with the Principal. I am always happy to make time to talk with parents. Please check with Mrs Driscoll through the College
       Office to arrange a convenient time. Should the matter be urgent I will attempt to re-arrange my schedule to enable a
       meeting.
   • with the members of the College Council. The most appropriate channel for communication with the Council is via the
       Principal.

3.30            Counselling and referrals
Some students may need specific professional assistance from time to time, whether it is for academic,
emotional or psychological reasons. The Chaplain, the Reverend Julie Turnbull, is available for both
students and parents, as are the Heads of School and the Principal. The College Counsellor is also
available on selected days in 2008.

                                           Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 20
When appropriate and as a follow-up to internal discussions with parents, external professional
advice will be offered / sought on a fee-for-service basis.



3.31            Diary
Students from the Middle years up, in Years 4 to 12, are issued with the College Diary at the beginning
of the academic year. This Diary is a major vehicle for communicating between home and the College on a daily basis. Its use
also encourages better planning and organisation as students develop their work and study habits.

Homework and assignment tasks are to be recorded in the Diary – particularly the date specific work is due.

Parents and teachers may write brief notes in the Diary also. The Diary should be checked by parents and staff at least once a week
– a signature each week will verify this fact and the fact that you as parent / caregiver have received that week’s College Bulletin.

The Diary should not be filled up by events not related to the College. Nor are students to stick anything over the front cover, apart
from clear plastic. Within the Diary there are many sections which will assist students in understanding more about the College and
their participation within its community life.



3.32            Diagnostic testing
The College uses the professional expertise of the teaching staff as a basis for assessing students. The ACER [Australian Council
for Educational Research] or UNSW testing services are also used as appropriate. This may be in a similar format to the NSW
Government schools Year 3 and Year 5 Basic Skills Tests or the Year 7 and 8 ELLA and SNAP tests, which students have also
undertaken in the past.



3.33            Discipline
The College encourages students to develop self-discipline as they learn and mature. As they grow towards their potential, there
may be times when assistance or guidance is necessary to achieve this.
See the section on Behaviour [3.14]



3.34            Driving to School
Students in the Senior School may obtain a Driving to the College Form from the Deputy. This form needs to be completed and
authorised by the Principal before permission will be granted. Violation of the College’s conditions and/or RTA Road Rules will result
in removal of this privilege.



3.35            Enrolment Procedures
Applications for enrolments in Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College need to be made on the Application for Enrolment form accompanying
the Prospectus. Each application must also be accompanied by the relevant deposit of $77 per student, as detailed below, and
forwarded to the College.

In singing the Application Form, parents agree that they will abide by the regulations of the College as set by the College Council
from time to time. These include matters such as the payment of fees on time, and the manner in which their sons or daughters
follow the College’s Code of Behaviour.

Upon receipt of the Application, an interview with the Principal will be arranged at a mutually agreeable time. Parents will be asked
to bring to the interview copies of recent reports which can be left with the Principal. Following this interview, a letter of offer will be
posted to those students accepted into the College. The offer of a place is secured by the return of the accompanying acceptance
form together with the $500 family deposit.



3.36            Equipment - use of telephones, copier, fax….
Students are not free to use the photocopier or fax in the Office. Any such usage needs to be requested via
the teaching staff. Students may use the coin operated photocopier located in the Bottriell Library.


                                            Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 21
In an emergency, students may need to use the phone in the College Office. Mrs Wright or other
Office staff will request 30c for each call.



3.37           Evacuation procedures
There are established procedures for evacuating the buildings and site in the case of an emergency.

These procedures are clearly displayed in rooms and appropriate practice drills are held. Any parent helpers on site at such a time
will also be requested to follow these procedures. The Fire Brigade is informed of such drills, as they would be in the case of a real
emergency.



3.38           Facilities - use of College rooms, resources
The College’s learning programme must always take priority where the use of facilities is concerned. The Sunday Worship
Community also shares some of the facilities on either a regular or occasional basis. Parents are welcome to discuss with the
Principal, the use of College facilities outside normal hours.

Diocesan and parish groups, as well as broader community groups external to the College, may seek permission from the Principal
to use the grounds, rooms or equipment. Mrs Driscoll maintains records of such bookings.



3.39           Fees, Funding and Finances
   Fees
     •    Fees are invoiced to parents or those designated as the fee payer, in the last week of each holidays. The usual payment
          period is 30 days. Fees may be paid by eftpos through debit card, Bankcard, Mastercard or Visa, electronic transfer,
          cheque or cash to the College Office. Arrangements may also be made to have fees paid directly into the College’s
          account.
     •    Discounts – Various discounts apply for tuition fees: 20% for 2nd child enrolled, and 30% for each subsequent child
          enrolled. An Early Payment discount of 5% is allowed if payment for the full year is made by 28th February each year.
     •    In 2008 the fees are Years K-6 $3,976 p.a.;Years 7-10 $4,807 p.a.; and Years 11-12 $5,288 p.a.
     •    Where fees are not paid within the 30-day period, a service fee of $50 may be charged and added to the account.
     •    Any fees not paid from a previous term, may be subject to legal action to recover the full amount owing to the College, plus
          the costs incurred in that process.
     •    The College Council reviews the fees for the subsequent year in October of the preceding year. These are then circulated
          to parents / caregivers as soon after as is practicable.

   Family Deposit
   Once a family no longer has a student enrolled at the College, the Enrolment Deposit may then be transferred as a donation to
   the tax deductible College Building Fund, or it will be returned upon request. If this deposit is not requested within twelve months
   of the last member of a family leaving the College, it will automatically be transferred to the Building Fund.

   All discussions regarding queries about invoices or variations to fee payment schedules are to be directed to the Business
   Manager – and these, of course, will remain confidential to his office and the Principal.

   Funding
   The College receives its annual income from these sources and in approximately the following proportions:
        1.        Commonwealth Government per capita grants                 36%
        2.        Fees                                                      35%
        3.        State Government per capita grants                        23%
        4.        Other sources                                             11%




                                          Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 22
    Finances
    As well as annual income and expenditure in the recurrent budget each year, the College also
    seeks capital to finance the staged building programme designed to establish the College as a
    Kindergarten to Year 12 school.

    Some of these monies come from the Commonwealth Government as grants for specific building
    projects and the remainder needs to be raised through external loans. The College is also establishing a Building
    Fund which will encourage tax-free donations.



3.40            Hair & Grooming
Girls:     Hair styles should be simple and neat. For hair longer than shoulder length it must be tied back with a clip or dark green
           ribbon.
Boys:      Hair should be cut to a moderate length, above the collar, and be clean and well groomed. Dreadlocks and similar styles
           are not permitted. Stubble is not acceptable and senior boys should shave daily.
Gels, cream or artificial colouring (only of the student’s natural colour) should not be used to create outlandish styles or a
combination of colours. Coloured nail polish is not to be worn. A minimum of make-up may be worn
Hair that clearly obscures a student’s vision or hangs on a student’s face or is deemed to be excessively long such that it may pose
a safety threat to the student, must always be tied back sufficiently so that safety spectacles or goggles can be fitted and used
correctly in those subjects where Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required. Hair should not ever pose a safety threat to the
student when using specialized chemicals or equipment.

3.41            Health
The College will keep a record of any specific health condition relating to your child which you disclose to us [disabilities, allergies
…]. Please complete the relevant sections of the Student Information Form distributed at the commencement of each academic
year.

Prior to starting school, your child should have his/her four year old Triple Antigen, MMR and Polio Sabin Vaccine and provide the
Office with evidence of this.
See also the section on Immunisation [3.43]



3.42            Homework
Regular homework patterns are an important component of the learning experience. Homework tasks provide opportunities for
further developing a skill or knowledge handled in class. They enable continuity between lessons, especially when these may be
some days apart. Homework tasks require students to develop over time, individual and independent work habits.

Homework is also an excellent opportunity for parent / child interactions, for you to gain some idea of what your child is doing and
whether there may be any unidentified strengths or weaknesses.
Details relating to homework are also contained in the College Diary for the benefit of the students.



3.43            HRIS
The College is a member of the Hunter Region Independent Schools association – HRIS. This body provides students with a
network for sporting and cultural interactions and staff with opportunities for professional development. The College sends student
representatives to the HRIS. Swimming, Athletic and Cross-Country carnivals, as well as to a number of sporting days in other
events.

Participation in HRIS events may also lead to higher levels of competition through selection for the Combined Independent Schools
[CIS], or the Associated Independent Co-educational Schools [AICES] carnivals, or beyond these to All Schools competition.

An annual Cultural Festival is also held by HRIS, recently in Hunter Valley Grammar School’s hall.




                                           Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 23
3.44            Immunisation
The NSW Public Health Act requires that all children commencing Kindergarten present an
Immunisation Certificate to the College prior to commencement. Please ensure that you have
complied with this Act. Certificates may be obtained from your doctor or from community health units,
or you may have received a History Statement from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register
(ACIR). Should you not provide this documentation, your child would be required to remain at home should there
be an outbreak of an infectious disease such as measles.

Students in Year 7 are involved in a school-based program for Hepatitis B immunisation run by the NSW Health Department.



3.45            Induction of new students
Commencing at school for the first time, or even at a new school, can mean different things to different people. To assist your child
to become familiar and to feel safe and happy, the College has a number of steps over the first months. These include:
    • the allocation of an older student as a buddy
    • special care from the class teacher concerning social, physical and academic issues
    • distributing relevant information to the teachers concerning your child
    • the completion and forwarding home of an Interim Report noting your child’s progress after the first month.


3.46            Insurance cover for students
The College’s insurance cover includes a school student personal accident plan.



3.47            Jewellery
Girls: A watch, plain ring, simple gold or silver bracelet and a pair of plain or stud earrings are the only jewellery permitted. No
       visible pendants other than a cross should be worn. Facial or other visible piercings are not acceptable.
Boys: A watch, plain ring, simple bracelet and a single ear sleeper or stud may be worn, but no visible pendants other than a cross
       are to be worn. Facial or other visible piercings are not acceptable
       Items of jewellery which do not conform to this expectation, will be removed, labelled and placed in the College Office to be
       returned at the end of that term, as are any other items which may be confiscated.



3.48            Junior School Office
The Junior School Office is located in the Pearson Building and operates every day of the week. Parents of students in Years K to 4
are encouraged to make contact through this Office. Please ask to speak with Mrs Joice, or Mrs Litchfield on Wednesdays.



3.49            Leave from campus – students
Students may not leave the College campus during the school day without permission. When leaving early with a parent the College
Office must also be notified and the appropriate book signed. That way we will know that a child has in fact been collected early.
(See also 3.34 Driving to School).

Students who have prior knowledge of their need to leave during the day, must bring a signed note. This should be given to the
College Office via their class or Pastoral teacher at the beginning of the day.

3.50            Library
The Bottriell Library, named in recognition of the first Chairman of the College Council, is located on the top floor of the Long Building
from Term 2 2007. It operates under the expertise of Mr Neil Walpole, the College’s Librarian with the help
of Mrs Julia Fields, Mrs Nadine Curzi and Mrs Julie Stevens, who are Library Assistants. The College’s
resources [books, videos, CD Roms, posters….] are catalogued on the OLIVER system and are continually
reviewed and expanded to enable greater use by the students. Students and staff may access the library
catalogue from work stations throughout the College.



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3.51            Lunch & Recess
Younger students are required to sit still for the first 10 minutes of Lunchtime to eat their lunch. The
staff on duty encourage the students to eat what they have brought from home, or on Mondays,
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays what they have ordered from the Canteen.

If you are concerned that your child’s lunch / recess is not being eaten or that they may be eating someone
else’s food, please let the class teacher know so that we can assist.



3.52            Medication – for those who need it
Students who need to take medication during the day are to give that medication to the College Office or the Junior School Office.
Parents are asked to provide a pill box (available from chemists or supermarkets) with a week’s supply of medication. Please have
student’s name clearly displayed on box. The pill box will be returned to the student at the end of the week. This process will ensure
medication is handled hygienically and parents will also be aware of medication missed.

Students will go to the Office at the required time [often at the end of Recess or midday] to take their medication. This ensures that
the taking of medication is monitored and that no medication is left unattended where someone else may find it.



3.53            Messages
There may be times when it is necessary to pass an urgent message on to your child. Please contact the College Office prior to
2.30pm and we will endeavour to pass the message on to your child. If the message is of a non-urgent nature, we cannot guarantee
it will be forwarded without much earlier notification.



3.54            Midday pause / prayers
In the middle of our busy-ness, we are encouraged to try and pause at midday, wherever we are and to collect our thoughts for a
few moments. The monastic tradition, from which the rhythm of Morning, Midday and Evening prayers are drawn, offers us a pattern
– any fans of the Ellis Peters’ medieval detective, Brother Cadfael, would know that monks, friars and nuns arise around 3am and
retire by 8pm. We don’t do that, but we do try to pause, reflect and renew.



3.55            Mobile phone protocols & procedures
Right communication and the assurance of both safe environments and travel are very important to members of the College
community. We believe, however, that consistent with our duty of care to all members of the College community, students do not
require mobile phones during the day at College or when undertaking school related activities.
        • If parents urgently need to contact their son/daughter during school time, then contact should be made through the College
          Office or Junior School Office
        • If students need to contact others by telephone then permission should be sought from a member of staff and the College
          Office pay phone should be used.

Some parents allow children to have mobile phones for safety reasons. During the school day these phones must be OFF and kept
in a safe place (locker or pocket). The College cannot accept responsibility if they are lost. For safe keeping, mobile phones may be
left at the College Office or with a Head of School during the day.

Students who use their mobile phones at school during the school day or when undertaking a school related activity (for any of
talking, SMS or recording, eg photographs) will have the phone confiscated. A typical time for confiscation will be overnight or
longer. Should a phone be kept overnight or longer, the College will attempt to inform the parent so that undue anxiety from missed
calls may be lessened.

An approach will then need to be made to a student’s Head of School for the return of the mobile
phone. The student using the phone inappropriately may also be given an after-school detention or other
similar consequence.




                                           Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 25
Students who are awaiting transport or who participate in after School activities, may activate their
mobile phones at the end of the school day to arrange a pick-up. Other usage is not permitted.

Students are NOT permitted to take mobile phones on School Camps.



3.56            Parental support
The College relies on the goodwill of the parents, especially through the networks connected with the Friends of the College.
Parental involvement is sought for the Canteen, for friend-raising and fund-raising, for help in the classroom as requested and whilst
at carnivals or on excursions. You are a vital component and a channel for assisting our development through many avenues,
including the two elected members of the College Council.



3.57            Parent / Teacher Interactions
Parents are an essential part of the child’s schooling, however parents are also encouraged to respect the professional expertise and
needs of teachers. Teachers require time for planning, reflection, and professional interaction which may mean they are not readily
available at any given time.

Specific times are allocated when parents in a class meet with the teacher[s] either as a group or individually. Please check the
College Calendar for these dates. You are very welcome at other times during the year to arrange an appointment with a teacher,
the Counsellor, the Chaplain, a Head of School, the Deputy or the Principal. Please contact the College Office to organise this.



3.58            Parliament
The students in the Middle School – Years 5 to 8 – form the basis of the College Parliament. The College Parliament meets regularly
during the year with sittings twice each term. Ministers and Shadow Ministers are elected in Term 1 each year to be responsible for
a range of areas which affect the student body. A Prime Minister, Opposition Leader, Speaker, Clerk and Sergeant at Arms are also
elected.

Senior School students have a similar voice through the SRC.



3.59            Pastoral Care
The classrooms and class teachers remain the prime vehicles for the pastoral care or welfare of students in Years K-4. Students in
these year levels are also allocated to a House.
         Currey after William Currey VC, a Wallsend person [blue]
         Darcy after Les Darcy the renowned boxer from Maitland [gold]
         Fletcher after Isabella Fletcher the original owner of ‘Styles Grove’ [green]
         Thomas after Millie Thomas who lived in ‘Styles Grove’ for 70 years [red]

Students in Years 5-11 meet during Pastoral time in their Pastoral or Home groups each week. This structure is also used to
promote inter-house sporting activities and other similar events. It is the responsibility of all within the College community - students,
staff and parents - to care for each other.



3.60            Playground Expectations
At all times every student should be safe and happy within the school environment. The overriding policies relating to respect and
care are designed to ensure this occurs not just on paper but in practice.

The expanded College grounds now enable students in the Junior classes [Years K - 4] to use the court area and the top playing
area. The remaining grounds, and the court area as appropriate, are allocated for use by students in the
Middle and Senior years [Years 5 - 12].




                                           Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 26
3.61            Protocols & Procedures
The College has a number of protocols or procedures which are reviewed from time to time or added
to as required.
These include:
    • Accident & Illness
    • Anti-Bullying
    • Child Protection
    • Code of Behaviour
    • Code of Conduct
    • Discipline
    • Evacuation
    • Fee Payment
    • Gifted & Talented
    • Grievance Procedure
    • Harassment
    • OHS
    • Pastoral Care
    • Privacy
    • Remediation
    • Staff Appraisal
    • Student Recognition
    • Sun and Shade
    • Television & Films



3.62            Punctuality
Arriving promptly to a class, activity or service, is an area for constant encouragement. Ensuring your child[ren] get to the College
on time, enables the day to commence properly. Students should be at the College by 8.30am to enable them to arrange their
belongings, submit a canteen order or see their friends.

Late arrivals must sign in at the Office as soon as they come to school.
Please assist us in this important area of self-discipline.



3.63            Recognition of Student Achievement
Students are always encouraged to achieve the best that they are able at any given time. We also encourage the development of
particular gifts and endeavour to support each child in discovering and nurturing such talents.

The Merit system recognises the following aspects of student endeavour:
   • respecting others
   • working consistently
   • displaying improvement
   • willingly assisting others
   • achieving outstanding results
   • being wonderful ambassadors for their College
Separate Awards are given to recognise specific areas of endeavour – academic, sporting, pastoral ...

Students are recognised through a three-tiered system:
   1.      Level One – a green Merit certificate, distributed by a teacher
   2.      Level Two – a blue Merit for four Level One awards, or a single notable achievement - presented in a weekly Assembly
   3.      Level Three – a red Principal’s Merit for four Level Two awards, or for a single outstanding achievement - presented at
           an end of semester Assembly
   4.      Level Four - students in the Middle and Senior Schools who receive multiple Level Three awards
           may be eligible for a Principal’s medallion
   5.      The highest level of recognition in the College is the Chairman’s Certificate of Excellence – the
           Bishop Tyrrell Award – which is only awarded at Speech Day.




                                          Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 27
3.64           References
As students become older and seek part-time employment or entry into particular courses or events,
a reference from their school is often required or appropriate.

A formal College Reference may be requested from the Principal or Deputy, while staff may be
approached to write an individual reference.



3.65           Reporting to Parents
Formal written Reports are mailed to parents and caregivers at the completion of each semester – in June / July and in December. A
brief Interim Report is also compiled near the beginning of March each year, or soon after the first month of a new child commencing
at the College. Parent / teacher interaction is encouraged at these or any other time by mutual arrangement.



3.66           School hours
The College day commences at 8.40 am. Students should be on campus by 8.30 am each morning. Staff supervise the grounds
from 8.00 am. Parents are requested not to drop their children off earlier than this unless specifically requested to do so.

The College day concludes at 3.00 pm for the Junior School, or 3.10 pm for the Middle and Senior Schools. Students traveling on
later buses are under the supervision of Staff until 3.40 pm. Students will not be permitted to leave the campus earlier than 3.00 pm,
unless prior permission has been sought by their parents.



3.67           Shade & Sun Policy
The College requires students to wear hats when they are in the playground exposed to the sun. The buildings and facilities are also
designed to provide as much protection from direct sunlight as possible



3.68           Sick Bay
The Sick Bay is located in ‘Styles Grove’ near the College Office. Students in need of attention are directed to the Office. Parents
will be contacted if it is thought the child should be taken home, or if medical attention is required.



3.69           Speech Day
Likened by some to an AGM of shareholders, Speech Day is the culmination of the academic year. This very important occasion
acknowledges the particular talents of a broad range of students. Community involvement, personal best, excellence, and
participation are all criteria considered for recognition. Special guests, including all parents, are invited.

In 2008 our Speech Day is scheduled to be held on Thursday, 4th December, in the Great Hall of the University of Newcastle. Please
note this very important date in your diary.



3.70           Sport
The weekly Sport programme links with the seasons, with fixtures in the College and HRIS calendars and with the interests and
expertise of students and staff. The Summer sporting programme commences with swimming, followed by cross-country and
athletics.

The correct College Sports Uniform is required at all times. Students are permitted to wear their sports uniform / College tracksuit on
sports days - Wednesday for Junior School, Thursday for Middle and Senior Schools - unless notified otherwise.

They are to be reminded that tracksuits are for added warmth and protection and are to be removed before
any specific activity. Students will not be able to play or compete in a tracksuit at Carnivals.




                                          Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 28
3.71           Stationery requirements
   Stationery Pack
Students in the Junior and Middle School have their stationery requirements already packaged. The
list of what is included in these packs is distributed on the Orientation Day and/or available at the
Office.

   Stationery List
A list of stationery requirements for other year levels is distributed to parents and caregivers before the commencement of each
academic year. Parents are also requested to check the continued existence and usable state of these items during each holiday
break. This will ensure that every student commences each term with all items.

It is important that each student has these items – clearly named and carefully looked after – so that effective learning may occur
and to prevent any unnecessary burden on those students who do have the required items. The list of what is required is distributed
on the Orientation Day and available at the Office.



3.72           Student Representative Council
Students in the Senior School have an opportunity for expressing their views and becoming involved in the life of the College through
the SRC. Middle School students have a similar forum in the College Parliament.

This body is elected each year with representatives from each House across Years 9 – 11 and with an elected executive.



3.73           Substances / items not allowed in the College
The following substances or items are not allowed on campus:
   •       any illegal substance or those which have an age limit e.g. drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, firearms, weapons
   •       knives, laser pointers or similar items
   •       personal CD / video players
   •       game boys or similar toys
   •       chewing gum
   •       nail polish
   •       large sums of money – if for any reason money is brought to school, it should be given to the Office for safe-keeping
   •       any medication, other than that administered by the College Office
   •       skate boards, bicycles or roller blades are not to be ridden within the College grounds.

Parents may wish their children to have a mobile phone for security or to confirm access. Such phones are NOT to be found on their
person nor used at school but must be secured in a student’s locker or left at the Office.



3.74           Television & Films, Videos & DVDs
The College has a clearly stated policy on films and videos suitable for viewing by students. This policy derives from the Office
of Film and Literature Classification. Where a group of students is of a mixed age, the youngest person present determines the
appropriate classification for the whole group.



3.75           The Friends of Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College
This body is established to provide a forum for parents to meet and discuss relevant issues. It is aimed at both friend-raising and
fund-raising. The Friends are involved in many activities in the life of the College and they welcome your support.

Meeting dates and times are in the College Calendar and advertised through the Bulletin.




                                          Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 29
3.76            Uniform
The College Uniform is the distinguishing feature of the College when students are gathered together
and in public in the general community. Please assist us in ensuring that the complete uniform
is worn and that it is worn correctly. If it is not possible for some part of the uniform to be worn
- lack of organisation on the part of an older student is not an acceptable excuse - please write a note
explaining the situation. The student will then be issued a Uniform Dispensation. Where there is no
satisfactory explanation, a detention will be the likely consequence.

The changes from Summer to Winter and back will be given well in advance in the College Bulletin.

The College Uniform list is printed separately to this Handbook. Revised editions will be distributed as applicable.



3.77            Uniform Shop
The Uniform Shop is operated by the College from the Cottage. Please contact the College Office for hours of operation.

3.78            Visitors to the College
It is our pleasure to welcome visitors to the College whether it is to Chapel, Assembly, class or any other activity. If you wish to bring
any visitors during term time, please let the College Office know beforehand if that is possible.

All parents and/or visitors to the College are required to sign in at the Office on arrival.

As many visitors as possible are obviously encouraged to join us for our College Fair / Open Day on Saturday, 6th September 2008
[another date for your Diary].



3.79            Weekly variations to routine
While it is important to maintain regular times and events, there are occasions every term when other activities occur which alter the
daily or weekly pattern.

These variations are discussed among the staff each week. Items of direct relevance to parents are also published in the College
Bulletin.



3.80            Withdrawal of a student
The College Council requires that a term’s notice is given in writing if a student is to be withdrawn. The absence of this notification
will usually result in the parents being charged half a term’s fees in lieu.

Should the need arise to withdraw your child, please discuss the matter with the Principal.

The College also requires exit students to complete a Withdrawal Form. This is to ensure that all resources are returned and that
appropriate formalities are followed.

Parents and care-givers are reminded about the process relating to Family Deposit once the last child in a family has left the College
[see Section 3.38 on Fees].



3.81            Work Experience
Students in middle to upper secondary years will be offered opportunities to experience short-term work placements in an area in
which they may be interested.

Year 10 students undertake supervised Work Experience for at least one week during a holiday period in the
year. Year 11 Hospitality students also complete a Work Placement during their course.

Parents / caregivers who may be able to offer a work experience position are encouraged to discuss this
with the Deputy or the Principal and to register for this programme.

                                            Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 30
 SECTION IV                EVALUATION

This Handbook provides information for parents about the College and it outlines a range of
parameters within which we operate.

Should there be any aspects of this Handbook which you believe need further consideration,
please discuss them with the Principal.




                                              “Seize the Day”




                                         Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 31

				
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