Pastoral News

In Term 4, the College will trial removing afternoon Home Room and lengthening morning Home Room. This will provide Home Room teachers and Pastoral Leaders with the opportunity to have an extended and uninterrupted time with students to continue to build House spirit and culture, engagement in College life and positive relationships. New bell times will begin in Term 4 from 8 October for 4 weeks, after which feedback will be gathered. Morning Home Room will be extended by 5 minutes; and Period 6 will conclude at 3.05pm. At the conclusion of Period 6, students will be dismissed for the day. This will give students time to return to lockers to pack bags, enabling them to catch current public transport arrangements. Current uniform expectations will continue to apply. It is required that students store their school bags in lockers throughout the day until 3.05pm. Students are not permitted to arrive or leave the College in sports uniform, except for some sport arrangements at times. Hats must always be worn, including dismissal at 3.05pm.

The Student Voice initiative continues to evolve with students proposing a range of valid suggestions about engagement in school life. Next term, there will be a 4-week self-defence course for students interested in learning about personal safety. This initiative was suggested by Year 11 students Jacinta Cowin and Sarah Malherbe, who have been involved in the planning and design of the program. These student lead initiatives provide opportunities for leadership and engagement in meaningful experiences for young women.

As a parent of two teenage daughters, I am aware of the challenges of parenting during their adolescence. During the teenage years, it is a valuable experience to recalibrate approaches to parenting. Next term on Thursday 17 October from 6.30-8.00pm in the Rehearsal Space, the College will host a Parenting Information Evening about emotionally intelligent parenting with Canice Curtis, a trained therapist in parenting and youth mental health programs. Would you like to:

  • be better at talking with your teen?
  • be better at understanding your teen?
  • help your teen learn to manage their emotions?
  • help to prevent behaviour problems in your teen?
  • teach your teen to deal with conflict?

At this stand-alone evening you will learn useful parenting strategies. Some parents may then choose a 6-week course to extend their learning. Further details can be found in the flyer below. Please RSVP by 14 October to OhareK@brigidine.qld.edu.au


The holiday period is a good opportunity to check in with your daughter about her use of social media. Years 7-9 parents received a letter this week about strategies and tools to ensure social media is used appropriately. Experts in social media recommend parents actively engage in the following:

  • Talk to your children about online issues – build an open, trusting relationship;
  • Encourage your child to use the same manners and language online as they would offline;
  • Set healthy boundaries and establish rules to ensure that use of social media is meaningful, mindful and balanced. Ban devices from bedrooms;
  • Check your child’s privacy settings regularly;
  • Ensure your child does not accept follow or friend requests from people they don’t know. Check regularly to whom they are connected and how they know them;
  • Ensure the apps your child uses are age appropriate;
  • Ensure your child does not have an account that allows anonymous postings (Tellonym, Sarahah and similar). Ensure she does not have a link to these accounts in her social media bio;
  • Talk to your child about informing a trusted adult if concerns arise; and
  • Empower your child by providing them with strategies for dealing with negative experiences that may arise to build their confidence and resilience. They should not react to inappropriate posts. Instead, they should post ‘this is inappropriate’ or ‘this is not welcome’, take a screenshot, report and block inappropriate users.

The following are helpful resources for parents about how to be proactive and respond to issues: https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents and https://www.thinkuknow.org.au/parents-portal

The process for reporting cyberbullying for under 18s is to:

Reports of incidents and evidence of cyberbullying can also be discussed with Police by contacting PoliceLink on 131444.

Social media platforms offer technical and strategic advice for parents:

https://help.instagram.com/154475974694511/?helpref=hc_fnav&bc[0]=Instagram%20Help&bc[1]=Privacy%20and%20Safety%20Center and https://support.snapchat.com/en-US

I hope that you and your family have a restful and enjoyable break time.

Melinda Egan

(Acting) Deputy Principal Pastoral