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					Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College




          Parent Handbook
                                2010




         256 Minmi Road, Fletcher
     PO Box 294, Wallsend, NSW, 2287
             Phone: (02) 4979 8484
               Fax: (02) 4979 8485
          email: office@btac.nsw.edu.au
          website: www.btac.nsw.edu.au

        Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 1
                                                    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 College Map .............................................................................................................11
SECTION II        The Current College Year ...................................................................................... 12
            2.01 Staff List ................................................................................................................... 12
            2.02 Semester Dates ....................................................................................................... 14
            Term Dates for 2010 .......................................................................................................... 14
                           Proposed Term Dates for 2011 ..............................................................14
            2.03 College Calendar ..................................................................................................... 14
            2.04 Contact numbers - phone, fax, e-mail ..................................................................... 14
            2.05 Daily Routine - lesson times .................................................................................... 15
SECTION III       College Routines ................................................................................................... 16
            3.01 Absences ................................................................................................................. 16
            3.02 Accident / Illness ..................................................................................................... 16
            3.03 Accounts .................................................................................................................. 16
            3.04 Activities and Co-curricula groups ........................................................................... 17
            3.05 After School Care ................................................................................................... 17
            3.06 Alcohol, drugs & smoking ........................................................................................ 18
            3.07 Annual Events ......................................................................................................... 18
            3.08 Anti-Bullying Protocol .............................................................................................. 18
            3.09 Application and Motivation ...................................................................................... 18
            3.10 Appointments within College hours ......................................................................... 18
            3.11 Assessments and Examinations ............................................................................. 19

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3.12   Assembly ................................................................................................................. 19
3.13   Bags and belongings ............................................................................................... 19
3.14   Behaviour ................................................................................................................ 19
3.15   Bicycles ................................................................................................................... 20
3.16   Birthdays ................................................................................................................. 20
3.17   Book ‘hire’ ................................................................................................................ 20
3.18   BTAC Bulletin .......................................................................................................... 20
3.19   Camps, Outdoor Education Excursions and Tours .................................................. 20
3.20   Canteen ................................................................................................................... 21
3.21   Career Advice .......................................................................................................... 21
3.22   Chapel ..................................................................................................................... 21
3.23   Child Protection Act ................................................................................................. 21
3.24   Clothing Pool ........................................................................................................... 22
3.25   Collections / Charities .............................................................................................. 22
3.26   College Office .......................................................................................................... 22
3.27   Complaints, Issues and Problems ........................................................................... 22
3.28   Contacts .................................................................................................................. 22
3.29   Counselling and referrals ........................................................................................ 23
3.30   Diary ........................................................................................................................ 23
3.31   Diagnostic testing .................................................................................................... 23
3.32   Discipline ................................................................................................................. 23
3.33   Driving to School ..................................................................................................... 23
3.34   Enrolment Procedures ............................................................................................. 24
3.35   Equipment - use of telephones, copier, fax…. ......................................................... 24
3.36   Evacuation procedures ............................................................................................ 24
3.37   Facilities - use of College rooms, resources ........................................................... 24
3.38   Fees, Funding and Finances ................................................................................... 25
               Fees ......................................................................................................25
               Family Deposit ......................................................................................25
               Funding .................................................................................................25
               Finances ................................................................................................25
3.39   Hair & Grooming ...................................................................................................... 26
3.40   Health ...................................................................................................................... 26
3.41   Homework ............................................................................................................... 26
3.42   HRIS ........................................................................................................................ 26
3.43   Immunisation ........................................................................................................... 27
3.44   Induction of new students ........................................................................................ 27
3.45   Insurance cover for students .................................................................................. 27
3.46   Jewellery ................................................................................................................. 27
3.47   Years K-6 School Office .......................................................................................... 27
3.48   Leave from campus – students ............................................................................... 28
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             3.49   Library ..................................................................................................................... 28
             3.50   Lunch & Recess ...................................................................................................... 28
             3.51   Medication – for those who need it .......................................................................... 28
             3.52   Messages ................................................................................................................ 29
             3.53   Mobile Phone Protocols & Procedures ..................................................................... 29
             3.54   Parental support ...................................................................................................... 29
             3.55   Parent / Teacher Interactions .................................................................................. 30
             3.56   Pastoral Care .......................................................................................................... 30
             3.57   Playground Expectations ......................................................................................... 30
             3.58   Protocols & Procedures ........................................................................................... 30
             3.59   Punctuality ............................................................................................................... 31
             3.60   Recognition of Student Achievement ...................................................................... 31
             3.61   References .............................................................................................................. 31
             3.62   Reporting to Parents ............................................................................................... 31
             3.63   School hours ........................................................................................................... 31
             3.64   Shade & Sun Policy ................................................................................................. 31
             3.65   Sick Bay .................................................................................................................. 32
             3.66   Speech Day ............................................................................................................. 32
             3.67   Sport ........................................................................................................................ 32
             3.68   Stationery requirements .......................................................................................... 32
                           Stationery Pack .....................................................................................32
                           Stationery List .......................................................................................32
             3.69   Student Representative Council .............................................................................. 33
             3.70   Substances / items not allowed in the College ........................................................ 33
             3.71   Television & Films, Videos & DVDs ......................................................................... 33
             3.72   The Friends of Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College ....................................................... 33
             3.73   Uniform .................................................................................................................... 33
             3.74   Uniform Shop ........................................................................................................... 34
             3.75   Visitors to the College .............................................................................................. 34
             3.76   Weekly variations to routine .................................................................................... 34
             3.77   Withdrawal of a student ........................................................................................... 34
             3.78   Work Experience ..................................................................................................... 34

SECTION IV          Evaluation .............................................................................................................. 35




                                           Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 4
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 2010 with you.



Alan G Green
Executive Principal

January, 2010




                                   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                                                         The College Hymn
     Almighty God, our heavenly Father,                                                    God, our Father, bless our College,
     the source of all truth and holiness                                                  All we do and think and say
     the giver of faith and hope, wisdom and love,                                         Build us into a communion
     we ask that you will bless our College                                                As we journey on the Way.
     that it may be a lively place of sound learning,                                      Send your Spirit on our College,
     new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom.                                             Make us one with you today.
                                                                                           Help us live like your Son, Jesus,
     Bless all who learn and all who teach,                                                And together ‘Seize the Day’.
     that having strength of mind
     and courage of heart,                                                                 God of dreaming, called a bishop
     we may be a blessing to one another                                                   From a land across the sea
     to our families and to the world.                                                     To a nation that was waiting
                                                                                           For the vision to be free.
     Give us grace to look to you                                                          William Tyrrell - just like Abraham –
     the source of all love and understanding                                              Left behind his land of birth,
     that with all your saints                                                             Going bravely where God led him,
     we may rejoice with you and the Holy Spirit forever,                                  Bringing Good News of great worth.
     through Jesus Christ our Lord.
                                                                                           God of journey, you’re still calling
     Amen                                                                                  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 2010, the seventh 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 7-10 and four streams in Year 7 and 8. There are approximately 665
students enrolled for 2010.

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 Long 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.

In 2010, with funds from the Government’s Building Education Revolution Program, the College welcomes the construction of a multi-
purpose hall.

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. The Reverend Canon Brian Gibbs is our College Chaplain.

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.




                                          Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 10
1.05          Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Map

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                                        Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 11
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 2010 are:

Executive Principal                Mr Alan G Green                                            [B Sc, Dip Ed, M Ed (Admin), MACE MACEL]

SENIOR EXECUTIVE
Head of Campus &
Deputy Principal                   Ms Leanne Jackson                                                                   [B A (Hons), Dip Ed]
Business Manager                   Mr Everette Maynard                                                 [Dip Teach, MBA (Ed Management)]
Head of Secondary                  Mr Paul Hartgers                                                                        [B Ed (PDHPE)]
Head of Primary                    Mr Daniel Barnes                                     [Dip Teach, B Ed, M School Management, MACEL]
Director of Curriculum             Mrs Michele Clemenson                                                            [B Ed (Soc Sci) MACE]
College Chaplain                   The Reverend Canon Brian Gibbs                                     [Dip Teach, Dip Theol, Cert CPE, JP]

ACADEMIC COMMITTEE
Director of Curriculum (Chair)     Mrs Michele Clemenson                                                              [B Ed (Soc Sci) MACE]
English/Drama/Languages            Mr Tom Baldwin                                                                                    [BA, BT]
Humanities                         Mr Glen Carr                                                       [BA (Hons), PGCE, Grad Cert TESOL]
Library & Information Services     Mr Neil Walpole                                                  [Dip Art, Dip Ed, Grad Dip Info Services]
Mathematics                        Mr Craig O’Brien                                                                  [B Ed (Maths), B OH&S]
PDHPE/Sport                        Mr Paul Lynch                                                                              [BT, B PDHPE]
Science                            Mr David Fisser                                                     [B Sc (Hons), Dip Ed,MRACI CChem]
Stage ES1, 1 & JS Assist Head      Mrs Lynne MacPherson                                                                                [Dip T]
Stage 2                            Mr David W Smyth                                                                         [BA, BT, M Ed St]
Stage 3 &
Support Coordinator 7-12           Mrs Kylie Shaw                                                                              [B Ed (Hons)]
TAS                                Mr Andrew Kerr                                                                [B Ed (D&T, Industrial Arts)]
Visual Arts/Music                  Mr Richard Focic                                                              [B Ed (Hons), Grad Dip Art]

HOUSE COORDINATORS 7-12
Currey                             Mr David Sayer                                                [B Ed, Grad Dip Prof Art St, MA (Fine Arts)]
Darcy                              Mrs Michelle Yates                                                             [Dip Art, BA / VA, Dip Ed]
Fletcher                           Mrs Nicole McCarthy (Acting)                                                         [B Health Sc, B Ed]
Thomas                             Mr Andrew Roxby (Acting)                                                                   [BT, B PDHPE]

TEACHING STAFF
                                   Miss Amy Bibby                                                                              [B Ed, B Arts]
TiC Careers                        Mr Brian Bull                                                                     [B Com Grad, Dip Ed]
                                   Mrs Edwina Butler                                                             [B App Sc, Grad Dip Ed]
                                   Mr Simon Clarkson                                                                                  [Dip T]
                                   Mr Mitchell Cummings                                                            [B Ed (D&T), B Design)
                                   Mrs Diana Dastoor                                               [BA (Hons), Dip Ed, Grad Cert TESOL]
                                   Mrs Janet Doyle                                                                        [BA, LLB, Dip Ed]
                                   Mrs Bronwyn Gill                                                                                    [B Ed]
                                   Mr Neale Graham                                  [B Ed, Work Place Assessor, Cert III, Information Tech]
                                   Ms Jenny Gurr                                                                  [B App Sci, B Ed (D&T)]
                                   Miss Rachel Halpin                                                                        [B Ed (Maths)]
                                   Mrs Kathryn Hellier                                                                       [B Ed, Dip Ed]
                                   Mrs Kate James                                                                             [B Mus, B Ed]
                                   Mrs Angela Hollingsworth                                                             [B Soc Sci, Dip Ed]
                                   Mrs Lisa Kristofferson                                                                     (B Ed (Hons)]
                                   Mrs Tiane Lyall                                                                         [BA, Dip Ed, MA]
                                   Mr Michael McCarthy                                      [Post Grad Dip Ed (Sec Sc), B App Sc (Hons),
                                                                                              Dip Bio Tech, Post Grad Dip QC (Statistics)]
                                         Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 12
                      Mrs Leah McNab                                                                                   [BA, BT]
                      Madame Rudie Meloche                                                                 [B A (Hons), Dip 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]
                      Ms Tamara Powell                                                                             [BA, Dip Ed]
                      Mr Robert Price                                                                              [BA, Dip Ed]
                      Mrs Vicki Psaros                                                                  [BA, Dip Ed, Jap I & II]
                      Mrs Catherine Rees                                                       [BEc, BA (Psych) Hons, Dip Ed]
                      Mr Paul Russell                                                                           [BA, BT (Prim)]
                      Mrs Catherine Shorthouse                                                        [Grad Dip App Sc, Dip T]
                      Mrs Michelle Sproule                                                                             [BA, BT]
                      Mr Eric Villari                                                                       [BA, Dip Ed, M Litt]
                      Mrs Victoria Waights                                                                        [B Ed (Music)
                      Ms Rachel Williams                                                                               [BA, BT]
                      Mr Luke Youman                                                                            [BA, BT (Prim)]

OFFICE & ANCILLARY
- Office               Mrs Joyce Cairns                                                                               Accounts
                      Mrs Katherine Joice                                                                      Student Affairs
                      Mrs Narelle Kinnaird                                                                           Accounts
                      Mrs Carolyn Lonergan                                                                          Reception
                      Mrs Dorothy Wright                                                                   Executive Assistant

 - Ancillary          Mrs Lorelle Chandler                                                            Uniform Shop Manager
                      Mr Matthew Coffee                                                                     ICT Administrator
                      Mr Nathan Dearing                                                                         Youth Ministry
                      Mrs Julia Fields                                                                       Library Assistant
                      Mrs Dhana Davidson                                                                   Canteen Manager
                      Mrs Susan Kane                                                                     Laboratory Assistant
                      Ms Lesley Kensitt                                                                  Food Tech Assistant
                      Mrs Rochelle Litchfield                                                              Teachers’ Assistant
                      Ms Cheryl Moody                                                                     Teachers’ Assistant
                      Ms Gaewin Moore                                                                     Teachers’ Assistant
                      Mr Louis Onions                                                            Grounds & Property Assistant
                      Mr Kevin Swain                                                             Grounds & Property Assistant
                      Mrs Julie Stevens                                                                      Library Assistant
                      Miss Kristen Williams                                                                       ICT Support

- Peripatetic Music   Mrs Hilary Burgess                                                                               Strings
                      Mr Edward Garven                                                                                  Guitar
                      Ms Rowena Harris                                                                           Voice, Piano
                      Mr Sean Kelleher                                                                      Drums, Percussion
                      Miss Hayley Woodward                                                                   Brass, Woodwind




                             Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 13
2.02            Semester Dates
Term Dates for 2010:
      Semester I Year 7 students commence        Monday, February 1
      College commences                          Monday, February 1
      Mid Semester break commences               Thursday, April 1
      Mid semester break ends                    Monday, April 19
      Semester I ends                            Friday, June 25
      Semester II commences                      Monday, July 19
      Mid semester break commences               Friday, September 24
      Mid semester break ends                    Monday, October 11
      Semester II ends                           Thursday, December 9
Proposed Term Dates for 2011:
      Semester I Year 7 students commence        Monday, January 31
      College commences                          Tuesday, February 1
      Mid Semester break commences               Thursday, April 7
      Mid semester break ends                    Tuesday, April 26
      Semester I ends                            Friday, June 24

      Semester II commences                      Monday, July 18
      Mid semester break commences               Friday, September 23
      Mid semester break ends                    Monday, October 10
      Semester II ends                           Thursday, December 8


2.03            College Calendar
The College Calendar for 2010 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.




                                            Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 14
2.05           Daily Routine - lesson times

Years 7 - 12
Monday                                   Tuesday                                                   Wednesday-Friday
P1               8.40am                  P1               8.40am                                   P1             8.40am
P2               9.30am                  Assembly         9.30am                                   P2             9.30am
Recess           10.20am                 P2               10.00am                                  Pastoral       10.20am
P3               10.40am                 Recess           10.50am                                  Recess         10.40am
P4               11.30am                 P3               11.10am                                  P3             11.00am
Lunch            12.20pm                 P4               12.00pm                                  P4             11.50am
Chapel           1.00pm                  Lunch            12.50pm                                  Lunch          12.40pm
P5               1.30pm                  P5               1.30pm                                   P5             1.30pm
P6               2.20pm                  P6               2.20pm                                   P6             2.20pm
                                                 After School Activities



Years K - 6
Monday                                   Tuesday                                            Wednesday - Friday
P1               8.40am                  Assembly                  8.40am                   P1              8.40am
P2               9.30am                  P1                        9.10am                   P2              9.30am
Recess           10.20am                 P2                        10.00am                  Pastoral        10.20am
P3               10.40am                 Recess                    10.40am                  Recess          10.40am
P4               11.30am                 P3                        11.00am                  P3              11.00am
Lunch            12.20pm                 P4                        11.50pm                  P4              11.50am
P5               1.10pm                  Lunch                     12.40pm                  Lunch           12.40pm
Chapel           1.45                    P5                        1.30pm                   P5              1.30pm
P6               2.20pm                  P6                        2.20pm                   P6              2.20pm

                                                      After School Activities




                                Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 15
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 Head of Campus
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 Head of Campus.



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.

Costs for stationery packs, camps, excursions (9-12) or other similar one-off expenses will also be added to the account when prior
notice is given.

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




                                           Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 16
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 [local competition]
   •   Basketball [local competition]
   •   Drama
   •   Debating
   •   Lion’s Youth of the Year
   •   Mock Trial
   •   Dance
   •   Music Tuition
       ♦ brass
       ♦ guitar
       ♦ keyboard / piano
       ♦ violin
       ♦ voice / singing
       ♦ woodwind
   • Literacy Tuition
   • 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 3.00pm and 6.00pm. Please contact the
Office for phone number for this service.




                                          Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 17
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 Heads of School/
or Head of Campus.



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 18
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 NAPLAN tests [Years 3, 5, 7 & 9], 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, Years K-6, and Years 7-12 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 School, the Head of
Campus or the Executive Principal. Harsher penalties according to the following gradation will also apply:
           Step 1     Lunchtime reflection 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 4 – 12, also contains this process and some further specific details about
what is expected from students.




                                           Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 19
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
No Birthday cakes or edibles
We have a number of students who have anaphylactic reactions (a severe life threatening allergy) to nut products. This includes cashews,
peanuts, almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts, pecans, peanut butter, and products cooked in nut oils (eg peanut oil). Touching these items,
as well as ingesting them, may provoke a severe life-threatening reaction requiring immediate medical attention.
For this reason, the College has placed a ban on the bringing in of all food and edibles for sharing with fellow class members. This
includes Birthday celebrations and the like. Please be assured your child will still have a wonderful day. As you can appreciate we need
to err on the side of caution to ensure everyone’s safety.

The birthday student will still receive their special birthday certificate on our Weekly Assembly and have the birthday song sung to them.

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 on the College website. 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.

Hard copies of the Bulletin may be obtained from the College Office, or one may be mailed home at a cost of $15 per term..

Bulletins are numbered throughout the year [the first copy for 2010 will be 1001, the second 1002] 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 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.




                                            Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 20
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 School, or with the Head of Campus 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.



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.

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
Father Brian. Families seeking other sacraments, eg Baptism, or pastoral care are also encouraged to contact Father Brian at the
College or 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 Years K-6,
and Years 7-12 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            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.



                                           Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 21
3.25            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, ‘World’s Greatest Shave’ or ‘Jump Rope for Heart’
were supported in recent years.



3.26            College Office
The College Office is our ‘front of house’, whether people make contact in person or over the phone. The College Office is open from
8.00am - 4.00pm, Monday to Friday during term time 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.



3.27            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.



3.28            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 Curriculum or with the relevant Heads of School. In these cases please contact Mrs Clemenson, Mr Barnes,
       Mr Hartgers or Ms Jackson via the College Office
   • with the Head of Campus. I am always happy to make time to talk with parents. Please check with Mrs Wright 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 Executive
       Principal.



                                           Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 22
3.29           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 Canon Brian Gibbs, is available for both students and parents, as are the Heads of School and
the Head of Campus & Deputy Principal.

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.



3.30           Diary
Students 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.



3.31           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 NAPLAN (National
Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy) for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 which students have also undertaken in the past.



3.32           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]



3.33           Driving to School
Students in the Years 9-12 may obtain a Driving to the College Form from the Head of Secondary School. This form needs to be
completed and authorised by the Head of Campus before permission will be granted. Violation of the College’s conditions and/or RTA
Road Rules will result in removal of this privilege.




                                          Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 23
3.34            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 $88 per student, as detailed below, and forwarded
to the College.

In signing 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, a meeting with the Head of Campus and an interview with the Head of School 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 Head of
Campus. 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 $750 family deposit.



3.35            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.

In an emergency, students may need to use the phone in the College Office. Office staff will request 50c for each call.



3.36            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.



3.37            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 Business Manager,
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 Head of
Campus to use the grounds, rooms or equipment. Mrs Wright maintains records of such bookings.




                                            Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 24
3.38         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:
            1st child                            nil
            2nd child                            20%
            3rd child                            35%
            4th child                            75%
            5th / subsequent child               90%
   •    An Early Payment discount of 5% is allowed if payment for the full year is made by 28th February each year.
   •    In 2010 the fees are Years K-6 $4,382 p.a; Years 7-10 $5,298 p.a; and Years 11-12 $5,828 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 Executive 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%

  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.




                                        Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 25
3.39            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.



3.40            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 [3.44].



3.41            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.



3.42            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 26
3.43            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.



3.44            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.


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



3.46            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.



3.47            Years K-6 School Office
Parents of students in Years K to 6 are requested to make contact through the College Office.




                                            Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 27
3.48            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 3.33 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.



3.49            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.
It operates under the expertise of Mr Neil Walpole, the College’s Librarian with the help of Mrs Julia Fields 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.



3.50            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 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.



3.51            Medication – for those who need it
Students who need to take medication during the day are to give that medication to the College 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 the 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.



3.52            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.




                                           Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 28
3.53            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
       • 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.

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.



3.54 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.



3.55            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 Chaplain,
a Head of School, or the Head of Campus. Please contact the College Office to organise this.




                                           Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 29
3.56            Pastoral Care
The classrooms and class teachers remain the prime vehicles for the pastoral care or welfare of students in Years K-6. 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 7-12 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.



3.57            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 Years K-6 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 Years 7-12.



3.58            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                     • Harassment
   • Anti-Bullying                          • OHS
   • Child Protection                       • Pastoral Care
   • Code of Behaviour                      • Privacy
   • Code of Conduct                        • Remediation
   • Discipline                             • Staff Appraisal
   • Evacuation                             • Student Recognition
   • Fee Payment                            • Sun and Shade
   • Gifted & Talented                      • Television & Films
   • Grievance Procedure



3.59            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.




                                            Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 30
3.60            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 Years 4-12 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.



3.61            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 Head of Campus, while staff may be approached to write an individual reference



3.62            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.



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

The College day concludes at 3.00pm for the Years K-6, or 3.10pm for the Years 7-12. Students traveling on later buses are under
the supervision of Staff until 3.40pm. Students will not be permitted to leave the campus earlier than 3.00pm, unless prior permission
has been sought by their parents.



3.64            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.
                                          Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 31
3.65            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.



3.66            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 2010 our Speech Day is scheduled to be held on Thursday, 9th December, in the Great Hall of the University of Newcastle. Please
note this very important date in your diary.



3.67            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 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.



3.68            Stationery requirements
    Years K-4 Stationery Pack
Stationery items in the Junior School will be provided by the classroom teacher. Parents and caregivers will be notified of any additional
items as needed.
    Years 5-12 Stationery Lists
A list of stationery requirements for other years will be 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.



3.69            Student Representative Council
Students in the Years 9-12 have an opportunity for expressing their views and becoming involved in the life of the College through the SRC.

This body is elected each year with representatives from each House across Years 9-12 and with an elected Executive.




                                           Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 32
3.70            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.



3.71            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.



3.72            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.



3.73            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.



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




                                           Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 33
3.75            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, 18th September 2010
[another date for your Diary].



3.76            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.



3.77            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 Head of Campus.

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].



3.78            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 & 12
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 Head of Secondary
School or Head of Campus and to register for this programme.




                                            Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 34
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 Head of
Campus.




                                              “Seize the Day”




                                         Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Parents’ Handbook ........ p 35

				
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