In this issue

From the Principal’s Desk

Mission News

Curriculum Matters

Pastoral News

Assistant Principal Professional Teaching & Learning

Program Leader Middle Years

and many more…

From the Principal’s Desk


From the Principal’s Desk

Prayer to St Brigid

Brigid, woman of vitality
Love and generosity.
Blessed with gifts of heart and mind
She sought the will of God to find…
“Brigid, come forth to your people.
Brigid, come show us how to live the love of God!”
She was joyful and strong
And before very long
She was teaching the people God’s way,
And we thank God for Brigid today.


From the early days of the Church, the story of the man born blind is proposed in Lent. In this story of the man born blind every Christian can easily recognise their own story. Before meeting Christ they were blind and then with enlightenment from the baptismal waters, their sight is found.

In John’s Gospel, 8:12, I am the light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in darkness but will have light and life. The blind man journeys a path of faith which corresponds to that of every disciple. At the beginning Jesus is for him a ‘simple man’ (v. 11), then he becomes a ‘prophet’ (v. 17), and then ‘ man of God’ (vv. 32-33), and in the end, the ‘Lord’ (v. 38). The last title is the most important. It is the title with which Christians proclaimed their faith. Before coming to be immersed in the water of photisterian (enlightenment), during the solemn ceremony of the Easter vigil, each catechumen declares in front of the whole community: ‘I believe that Jesus is Lord’. From that moment they are welcomed among ‘the enlightened.  Fr Fernando Armellini

Emmaus – Hearts Uplifted

I have met many people who found this story really helped at times when they were down, when there were disappointments in life, when they encountered illness and many of the crosses of life. They believed in him after he had vanished, having broken the bread with them. He had accompanied them in a dark journey of life.

Jesus went with them – he did not await their visit. Somehow, he knew that people of his ‘set’ were in darkness and maybe despair. This is the call of the church – to be with us in prayer, community and service always, and especially for what Pope Francis calls, ‘the peripheries of life.’ Most of us spend some time there and appreciate the help of love and faith.

Then they went to tell the story of how they were changed. Faith grows through sharing it. A father said, ‘At my child’s first communion, my faith became stronger.’ They told their story of Jesus in the here and now, something reminiscing on what things were like in Galilee. Every journey of life can be like an Emmaus journey where we meet the Lord. Every altar can be the altar of Emmaus, and indeed every meal can be a time for friendship, care and nourishment for body and for soul. Fr Donal Neary SJ

A Blessed Easter to the Brigidine College Community


Principal’s Notes

Staff Changes: Term 2

We say farewell to the following members of staff:

  • Ms Amelia Cameron – Teacher: Maternity Leave (12 months)
  • Mr Stephen Robinson – Teacher: Long Service Leave (Term 2)
  • Ms Michelle Boots – Program Leader Learning Enhancement: Long Service Leave (23 April to 20 May)
  • Mrs Madeleine Grimes – College Counsellor: Retiring
  • Mrs Carole Baines – Admin/Library Assistant: Retiring
  • Mr Sebastian Tabulo – Systems Administrator (new position)

I am pleased to announce the following new staff members have been appointed:

  • Mrs Jenny Emblem – Teacher: Covering Ms Cameron’s Maternity Leave
  • Mr Peter Overlack – Teacher: Covering Mr Robinson’s Long Service Leave
  • Ms Tania Munro – College Counsellor


Parents & Friends’ Association

The P&F continues to be wonderfully supportive as the College prepares for the new Twilight Visitation evening on 14 May and the Mothers & Daughters’ High Tea on 24 May.

Following their meeting this week, other considerations for 2019 included:

  • How parents might work with the College to assist with their daughters’ learning
  • How parents might engage in further wellbeing initiatives at the College
  • Assisting with developing a Parent Toolkit for students’ transition from Year 6 to Year 7 and from the Middle School to the Senior School in Year 10
  • Investigating further recycling options for the College

Please contact the P&F Executive for further details on



Congratulations to all our students for their wonderful efforts at the Interhouse Cross Country Carnival today and special congratulations to Damien, the 2019 Interhouse Cross Country winners.  Delany were named the Cross Country Spirit winners.  I witnessed an outstanding display of teamwork by everyone involved.  Many thanks to the teachers and other staff for supporting the girls to achieve their best.


Congratulations also to the Water Polo, Tennis and Rowing teams/crews who competed last weekend.  The U14 Water Polo team and Senior D Teams strongly competed in the finals.  I would particularly like to congratulate all students on their efforts and energetic spirit of inclusion for all.  Well done!

A Naoimh Bhrid, gui Orainn

Brendan Cahill





Business Directory

We encourage all members of the Brigidine community to support local businesses. Please find some of our business directory supporters below. If you would like …

Support our local businesses

Business Directory

We encourage all members of the Brigidine community to support local businesses. Please find some of our business directory supporters below. If you would like to register your own business and have it showcased regularly to our community, please register here.

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Mission News

Jesus demonstrates just before his death and resurrection how we should conduct ourselves if we are choosing to be leaders in our community.  True servant …


Mission News

Jesus demonstrates just before his death and resurrection how we should conduct ourselves if we are choosing to be leaders in our community.  True servant leaders combining strength with compassion. While they will perform the smallest of duties, they do them with attention and care, often to people in their most vulnerable state. They don’t do this for recognition – and they don’t seek the limelight – they do it because they care about people of all walks of life.

You can be a servant leader wherever you are. This can be small things like doing the dishes at home, letting other people go first, and not always asserting your rights. As you serve, you will begin to build trust and may be given opportunities to lead in small ways into the future.

The servant-leader is servant first. . . . It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. . . . The care taken by the servant-first [leader is] to make sure that other people’s Do those who serve grow as persons? Yes, they become healthier, wiser, freer, more independent, more likely themselves to be free of conditions that bind us.

The Gospel According to Luke

“7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the passover lamb had to be sacrificed. So Jesus[a] sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the passover for us, that we may eat it.”

14 And when the hour came, he sat at table, and the apostles with him. 15 And he said to them, “It is important to eat this passover with you before I suffer; 17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves; 18 for I tell you that from now on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise the cup after supper, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant.[c]

Then he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

24 A dispute also arose among them, which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “Let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. 27 For which is the greater, one who sits at table, or one who serves? Is it not the one who sits at table? But I am among you as one who serves.

28 “You are those who have continued with me in my struggles and trials; 29 as my Father appointed a kingdom for me, so do I appoint for you 30 that you may eat and drink at my table, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Have a blessed Easter!


Andrew Beiers
Deputy Principal Mission

Curriculum Matters

As we come to the end of Term 1, I hope that you and your daughters are able to take time to rest and relax …


Curriculum Matters

I would hope that your daughters have found many moments of success throughout the term. The holidays are an ideal time for them to reflect and review their goals, achievements and progress, as they prepare for Term 2.

Interim Reports and Parent-Teacher Interviews

Your daughter’s Interim Report is now available through SEQTA. Information and access codes were emailed during the week, and bookings are now open. If you have any problems making bookings you can contact Ngairi Dewar – who will be able to assist you when she returns to the College on Tuesday 23 April.

Term 1 Results

Your daughter’s results and feedback for assessment completed this term, will be made visible in SEQTA, once results are confirmed by the teachers. Please take the time to review the results and feedback with your daughter. If you have any concerns with your daughter’s progress, I would recommend booking an interview with your daughter’s teachers.


QCS Test – Special Provisions

The QCAA recognises that some students may need to have special arrangements applied to minimise any barriers that may affect them demonstrating their achievement in the QCS Test. Any applications for special provision must be completed by Friday 10th May, so that there is time to process the applications. If you believe your daughter should apply for special provision, please go to the QSA website for further information –

If your daughter has long-term medical conditions/impairments and wants to apply for special provision, she should start obtaining documentation to support her application. Documentation requirements are provided in the 2019 special provision handbook.

Applications opened 25 March. Your daughter will need to make an appointment with me prior to 11 May, so that her application can be processed.

Melissa Dever

Deputy Principal Curriculum



Pastoral News

Listening to student voices is an important way to promote a safe and inclusive school community where students can flourish. Read more…


Pastoral News


At Brigidine, our student leaders aim to give their fellow students the opportunity to articulate what matters to them, so they can actively participate in making a difference. Dr Russell Quaglia, an expert on student voice, states that this begins with listening, continues onto learning and culminates with co-leading for positive school change (2016). The senior leaders are seeking student opinion to develop an increased understanding of different perspectives. Student voice is about sharing innovative ideas and being part of making the ideas come to fruition. It is about encouraging others to articulate their aspirations for themselves and the College. We would like our students to lead by focusing on the ‘why’ of innovation, rather than about ‘what’. The Queensland Government has created a safe online space where young people can voice their opinions, submit ideas and join conversation to influence Queensland Government policies and programs. The Queensland Youth e-Hub can be found at

We look forward to hearing more from our student voices in Term 2.





Recently, Years 8 and 9 students participated in the ThinkUKnow program which focuses on safe use of technology. The program was created by the Australian Federal Police and delivered by the local Crime Prevention Unit at Indooroopilly Police. Senior Constable Paul Bagnall and Sergeant Jose Sarmiento provided very good advice about safe encounters online and what to say and do when potential challenges arise. The parent portal on the ThinkUKnow website has helpful information for families to manage and monitor online participation. When mentoring young people, they often mention how tempting and distracting technology can be to study and sleep. The holidays are a good opportunity for families to decide on strategies and expectations with mobile phones and laptops. This could be as simple as no phones or laptops in the bedroom at night and no phones during established homework times.


Congratulations to Brigidine students who catch the train from Darra, who have recently demonstrated kindness and leadership. A member of the general public recently praised these students for showing initiative in reuniting a lost and distressed dog with their owner at Darra Station.

Term 2 begins on Tuesday 23 April, at an earlier start of Home Room at 8:15am, to accommodate our ANZAC Day liturgy.

Melinda Egan
(Acting) Deputy Principal Pastoral

Asst to the Principal Professional Teaching & Learning


Asst to the Principal Professional Teaching & Learning

WTE in the Technology Department

Motivation. This is what the Technologies Department displayed when working with consultant, Steward Duff, from Write that Essay. Read more…This department demonstrated commitment and persistence in applying the writing style in their class activities and pieces of assessment.

The following classes were observed and co-modelled:

  • Ms Jenna Burke and Ms Sophie Johnson’s 8 Home Economics classes used the online tool to write either a Lawyer paragraph or a Compare & Contrast paragraph. Students were able to successfully write to their chosen structure with feedback to improve their sentence types.
  • Ms Danielle Bohan 7 Food and Textiles class used different sentence styles to complete their comprehension task on Fast Fashion. Students enjoyed using the Adverb Start and W-Start.
  • Mr Paul Bennett’s 10 Digital Design class edited their paragraph to follow the Hammer style. Students wrote and shared their work, receiving both teacher and student feedback. Again, students left the class articulating the difference in their work, noticing their improvements, feeling proud of their work. It just goes to show that students enjoy the challenge.
  • Ms Erin Dunne’s 7 Digital Design class were required to edit their journal entries by shortening sentences and including a variety of sentence types. The focus was on Adverb and W-start sentences. Students shared their writing and received teacher feedback on areas that had improved, and those to keep working on. Demanding sentence styles improves their work dramatically.
  • Ms Shannon Metzling’s 8 Business class worked on their Compare & Contrast paragraph style. This was aided through the graphic organiser and the students standing up and using their arm as a guide (main point––finger, forearm––example 1, elbow––in contrast[hinge], upper arm––example 2, head––why the difference matters). A great way to recall the structure.
  • Mr Ben Field’s 9 Enterprise Education class were asked to write a persuasive based Lawyer paragraph. Students wrote with confidence and recognised that they didn’t need to get all their ideas out in one paragraph. Next lesson the students re-worded and inserted persuasive devices and adjectives, to ensure maximum impact. The students were optimistic and motivated by their improvement.
  • Mrs Maree Owen’s 9 Enterprise Education was another great example of a well-planned and thought-out lesson – in true Brigidine style! The class were required to write a Compare & Contrast paragraph based on online vs traditional shopping. Students progressed in their ability to communicate clearly and with purpose.

Compare & Contrast Paragraphs are quite common in the Technologies department. An example of the difference in writing styles is below.

Write that Essay Method

Other Method

Key Idea

Key Idea

Example 1

Write about the features of example 1 only

Simimilarities using both examples

In Contrast or Similarly

However, there are some differences

Example 2

Write about the features of example 2 only

Differences using both examples

Why the difference/similarity matters

Why the difference matters

Write that Essay Example of a Compare & Contrast Paragraph:

The use of the dove as a symbol is not the same throughout the book.  For example, in the opening chapter the dove is used to symbolise peace.  As the dove hovers over the house, we have this deep sense that all is okay, and as we learn more about the characters, we discover this is so.  In contrast, in chapter seven the dove powerfully symbolises freedom.  When Billy is captured by the Germans, he sees the dove through the wire and senses that following this bird will lead him to freedom.  Though the dove stands for different things at these moments, there is an important underlying message.  When the dove is present, good things happen.  And like the characters, we have this sense that looking up, looking beyond – can hold the key to a better life for us also.

Write that Essay Example of a Compare & Contrast Paragraph:

Mass and weight are not the same in physics.  For example, mass is the actual amount of material or matter in a body.  In a human body, we measure mass in terms of kilograms and grams.  Wherever it is, mass can never equal zero, because all things that exist consist of matter.  In contrast, while weight can also be measured in kilograms and grams, weight is affected by how much gravity is influencing an object and varies according to location.  For example, if you were to weigh yourself on the earth, you would be heavier than if you weighed yourself on the moon due to the moon’s gravity being approximately one sixth of the earth’s gravity.  The difference between these two concepts is important.  Though mass and weight on earth can often be the same value, to more accurately measure weight we should use a formula allowing for gravitational pull: Weight (W) = Mass (M) multiplied by gravitational acceleration (g).

Write that Essay Example of a Compare & Contrast Paragraph:

Although weather and climate are both important concepts in geography, they are not the same thing.  For example, weather is what is occurring on any particular day or time. It can be raining with light westerly winds and a temperature of 15 degrees Celsius, but change within minutes to strong southerly winds and a lower temperature.  In contrast, climate is based on average weather data that has been collected for over thirty years (such as total 30-year rainfall/30- = average annual rainfall). For example, the climate in Thailand between May and November each year is dominated by the Monsoon wet season, when heavy rainfall (1370 mm out of an annual total of 1590 mm falls) often resulting in flash floods.  While weather is what we experience on a daily basis, understanding climate is important for people as we are able to predict what weather patterns may occur and plan for these appropriately.

As you have noted, the Write that Essay style is clear, concise and precise.

Allison Johansen

(Acting) Asst Principal Professional Teaching & Learning

Program Leader Middle Years

In May, the College will be participating in the online assessment platform for the National Assessment Program – Literary and Numeracy (NAPLAN). Read more…


Program Leader Middle Years


These tests, according to ACARA, “provide parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests.  They also provide schools, states and territories with information about how education programs are working and which areas need to be prioritised for improvement.  NAPLAN tests are one aspect of each school’s assessment and reporting process, and do not replace the extensive, ongoing assessments made by teachers about each student’s performance”.

Literacy and Numeracy achievement is measured against national benchmarks for reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy.  There is an expectation that all students across the country in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will participate.  The online aspect will allow for a much quicker delivery of results and more refined outcomes for each student due to the targeted testing process.  Please click here for more information regarding this year’s online NAPLAN tests.

The tests will be held over a period of four days next term, from 14-17 May.  The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday 14 May (Day 2) Yr 9 Writing

Yr 7 Writing

Wednesday 15 May (Day 3) Yr 9 Reading

Yr 7 Reading

Thursday 16 May (Day 4) Yr 9 Conventions of Language

Yr 7 Conventions of Language

Friday 17 May (Day 5) Yr 9 Numeracy

Yr 7 Numeracy

The test window will remain open up to Friday 24 May to allow absent students to catch up on missed tests.

In preparation for the online tests in May, students in Years 7 and 9 sat a practice test yesterday. This was an omnibus test that contained numeracy, reading and conventions of language items, which allowed both students and staff the opportunity to become familiar with the online process. There were no results recorded from this practice session.  It was a very successful practice session and everyone is ready and raring to go for the real thing.

Parents and caregivers are able to support their daughter in preparation for this assessment by encouraging them to follow through with assigned work at home;  carrying out small spelling quizzes as a family, encouraging the girls to participate in the College’s wider reading program and ensuring students are completing the tasks set by the teachers. Parents and students are also able to further engage with the online platform by utilising the Public Demonstration Site here.

Further information is also available here for perusal for parents/caregivers including the NAPLAN Online and Protecting Privacy publications.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me on 3002 0672 if you have any further questions or concerns regarding the NAPLAN online tests for 2019.

Berni Sligar

Program Leader Middle Years

De Porres House News

De Porres House has had a high-spirited start to 2019. Our 2019 theme is ‘All it takes is all you’ve got’. De Porres has certainly …


De Porres House News

De Porres House has had a high-spirited start to 2019. Our 2019 theme is ‘All it takes is all you’ve got’. De Porres has certainly given their all so far this year and have applied themselves to all aspects of life at the College. We have welcomed Many Year 7 students to our House and it has been wonderful to see them all so actively involved in their Home Rooms, the Swimming Carnival and our De Porres Patron Day. We would like to commend every girl on her participation and enthusiasm at the Swimming Carnival. It was wonderful to see girls from all year levels in the pool and dressed in green – the spirit was contagious.

On Friday 8 March we celebrated our Patron Day. Our Patron, St Martin De Porres, gave his heart and his goods to the poor and despised. The example of Martin’s life is evidence that we can strive for holiness and salvation as Jesus has shown us. As a gift to our De Porres students, each girl was given a prayer card and tag to tie onto her bag. This tag is a reminder to strive to follow in the footsteps of St Martin De Porres by serving others with humility, charity and justice. At Morning Tea, we held a bake sale, and at lunchtime, we had many activities including a barbeque, lob a choc, face painting, fingernail painting and guess the number of lollies in the jar.

We would like to thank everyone for their valuable contributions towards us raising $870 for Caritas.

We are very eager for what the rest of the year holds for De Porres. With the Interhouse Cross Country Carnival today, Brigidine Day in the making and Interhouse Athletics coming up in June, to say we are excited is an understatement. As Prefects, we are looking forward to all these events knowing that our House will give its all and every girl will try her best. Our goals for 2019 include making everyone feel welcome and implementing our De Porres theme for this year. We believe that feeling welcomed and accepted is exceptionally comforting for all girls, especially the new Year 7s. We strive to make their first year at Brigidine the best it can be. Being in Year 12 we know that what you put in is what you get out. We would like to encourage all De Porreans to give of their best, knowing that they will achieve so much more than if they do not give something a try. We believe that every girl in De Porres is unique and has something to give.

We are looking forward to what the rest of the year has to offer and all of the endeavours yet to come. We strive to live by the values of St Martin De Porres and to give ourselves to others this year.

Jemma Bosch and Olivia Bosci

De Porres House Prefects

Sports Ambassadors

As the Sports Ambassadors, our role is to support all of Brigidine’s athletes. This is through sports breakfasts and parties, as well as attending sports …


Sports Ambassadors

As the Sports Ambassadors, our role is to support all of Brigidine’s athletes. This is through sports breakfasts and parties, as well as attending sports trainings, games and interhouse/interschool sports carnivals. We have both been heavily a part of Brigidine’s sports program in our four years at the College and we are so privileged to now be a part of the growth of this program. We work as a team with Zoe, this year’s Sports Captain, towards our new-found group goal. This is to grow our already supportive and encouraging Brigidine spirit, as well as to increase sports participation amongst the students, whether that is competitive or just for fun. Today, in implementing this, the three of us have organised for the most deserving house (with the greatest participation and spirit at Cross Country) to be rewarded a Zooper Dooper ice block party for their House. Throughout the year we will focus to incorporate new College traditions and war cries, as well as creating an enjoyable sporting environment for all.

Firstly, we would like to congratulate the 2019 Swim Team for their tremendous efforts and contribution to the season this year. Although neither of us are swimmers, we both observed your hard work and resilience on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings pushing yourselves harder and harder each training session. It was a wonderful end to all your hard work to share a well-earned classic bacon and egg breakfast. Also at the breakfast, all swimmers were awarded with their squad shirt, along with the best and fairest of each year level being awarded. These six weeks of training resulted in a celebratory win at QCIS for Brigidine and Ambrose Treacy College. Following on from this, three days later the swim squad, along with Year 8 and 10 supporters,  travelled to Chandler for the CaSSSa Carnival. Our swim squad placed 6th in the Aggregate  Cup, 5th  in the Percentage Cup and the 15 years team took out an outstanding 3rd place for their age group.  Although we came in 6th position, which may not seem like much to a reader’s eye, it was a great achievement for the squad, and each individual who was a part of it, taking out new personal bests and improving on their times from the initial Interhouse Swimming Carnival. We are both so very proud of all the girls’ efforts in training and competition, and we are sure that next year we will improve and strive for that next highest place.

Last Saturday, 30 March, consisted of a full day of Brigidine sport. Whilst the Rowing season began with their first regatta at Lake Kurwongbah, the Tennis and Water Polo seasons concluded. Despite the looming rain, Brigidine’s eight tennis teams played on and experienced great success. The Senior A’s claimed 3rd place and the Senior D team placed Runners Up in the Grand Final (score: 27-25). The Intermediate and Junior teams played extremely well in the play offs, competing for 5th and 7th place. Out of the ten CaSSSa Schools, the Brigidine tennis teams collectively achieved 6th in the Percentage Cup and 7th in the Aggregate Cup. Meanwhile at the Valley Pool, the 14C Water Polo team showed immense determination and team work as they competed for the Premiership. They combined as a team and fought back from a half time score of 3-1, to 4-all at the end of the game. This led to the first penalty shootout of the day, leading to a final score of 7-8. Congratulations to all Tennis and Water Polo teams on a successful season.

Brigidine’s trimester sports of Junior Touch Football, Intermediate and Senior Volleyball and Junior and Senior Cricket are all well underway. Well done to everyone for their dedication to training and games so far, keep it up!

Imogen Kerr and Jessica Palmer
Sports Ambassadors

Arts Update


Arts Update


Conservatory Boot Camp Workshops

Book & Pay (07) 3229 6929

Where?  102 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City Campus

When? 8-12 April 2019

Times:  10am-3pm

Fees: $375

Workshop skills in Audition Techniques, Improvisation for Rehearsal, Professional Script Analysis, Physical Character Development, Lecoq Essentials, Voice & Speech and more.

For more information email



Conservatory Boot Camp Workshop

Book & Pay (07) 3229 6929

Where?  102 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City Campus

When? 8-12 April 2019

Times:  10am-3pm

Fees: $375

Workshop skills in Cinematography, Directing & Communication with Actors, Lighting Visual Spaces & Faces, Editing, Screen Writing, Professional Script Analysis and more.

For more information email



STUFFit International Film Festival

Now in its 8th year, the STUFFit Film Festival is a competition open to current high school students.  The majority of film entries are from Australia; however the 2018 festival accepted entries from the United States, Canada, New Zealand and the Russian Federation.

The festival provides opportunities for high school students to share their creative talents.  It is a great chance for you to be involved in the Arts community and have a voice through film and media.  It also provides opportunities to see what other filmmakers of their age are doing; to be inspired, share ideas and have their achievements in film acknowledged.

To find out more information, visit

The deadline for submission of entries is Friday 12 July 2019

STUFFit Film Holiday Workshops

STUFFit will be hosting motivational workshops for students aged 12-18 years with industry professionals in July in Nambour on the Sunshine Coast.  For more information, see below.

Korryn Swindail-Hill

Curriculum Leader The Arts

Careers News

The latest edition of Options Careers Newsletter is now on the Careers Portal. This is a very informative bulletin produced fortnightly.  Each edition includes updates …


Careers News

The latest edition of Options Careers Newsletter is now on the Careers Portal.

This is a very informative bulletin produced fortnightly.  Each edition includes updates on universities and courses, the Defence Force, gap years, competitions, employment, study skills, work hints and everything else related to Careers.

The Careers Advisor, Tania Munro, is in College each Monday from 7:30am to 2:00pm and Tuesday from 8:00am to 3:00pm.  She welcomes enquiries from both students and parents and can be contacted by phone on 3002 0686 or by email on


Term time is a very busy for our senior students who are rightly focused on achieving the best possible academic results.  As we approach the first holiday break for 2019 however, it is worth considering how this down time could be used to look to the future and explore careers, scholarships and gap year opportunities.  While these topics are exciting, hopeful and positive, they can also be extremely time consuming!

Some resources you may like to use with your daughter over this holiday are outlined below:

Career Exploration

  • My Future – This website is a fantastic resource for young people to explore future pathway options with their families. You can use the ‘Career Bullseyes’ to see what kind of career subjects you like and are good at could lead to or complete the Career Profile to identify your interests and skill and suggested jobs to consider.  Once potential jobs of interest are identified, young people can review both training pathways and prospects (including average pay and how many jobs are predicted for 2023).
  • AAP pathways – The Australian Apprenticeship Pathways website provides tools and resources to assist students researching apprenticeship and traineeship career pathways.
  • My Health Career website has infographics and other information on pathways to ten different medical specialisations.


  • The Good Universities Guide is an excellent place to start your research on scholarships. There are thousands of scholarships ranging widely in value that are offered to undergraduate students of all disciplines each year, some of which go unclaimed.  Term breaks are an excellent time to dedicate to researching scholarships that students may be eligible for, identifying possible gaps in their resume and commencing the application.

Gap Years

  • Australian Defence Force Gap Year allows you to experience life in the Navy, Army or Air Force, without committing to a longer period. Places are strictly limited, so apply early.
  • AFS Gap Program provides opportunities for young people to live for a few months or a whole year in another country where they can study a new language, attend a local school or participate in volunteer projects.
  • The Gap Network provides support to the growing demand for Gap Year placements in UK Boarding Schools. They provide you with an affordable way of travelling to the UK and exploring all that Europe has to offer, by arranging a paid position at a UK boarding school.
  • Educating Adventures offers ski and snowboard instructor courses and internships. The internships may provide an opportunity to obtain paid employment at a ski resort and complete an internationally recognised ski or snowboard instructing qualification.


Australian National University (ANU) Direct Application

Current year 12 students are eligible to apply directly to ANU in Canberra and by doing so could get an early conditional offer.  This direct application is free and will cover admission, guaranteed accommodation, and over 200 scholarships in one application.  Semester 1, 2020 ANU undergraduate direct entry applications are now open and close on 31 May.  This application is separate to QTAC. Students interested in applying directly to ANU should review the ANU undergraduate website and are invited to book an appointment with Ms Munro for assistance applying.


The Australian Youth Aerospace Forum (AYAF)

The Australian Youth Aerospace Forum (AYAF) is an annual five-day interactive conference designed to showcase the aerospace industry to Year 11 and 12 students from across Australia.  This year the camp will run from Monday 8th to Friday 12th of July (this is in school holidays).  It will be hosted at The University of Queensland, with day trips to other Universities and Industry Locations.  Participants will attend presentations from lecturers at multiple universities on a range of aviation and aerospace topics and engage in hand on activities such as rocket design and autonomous vehicle programming.  They will also attend presentations from the aerospace companies including among others Raytheon, Airbus Helicopters and Boeing and tour industry facilities.  The forum will cost $300, including all meals, accommodation and activities.  Applications open Monday 1st of April and close Sunday the 5th of May.  To find out more or to apply please visit

Tania Munro

Careers Advisor

From the College Counsellors


From the College Counsellors

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please find below details of a wonderful sounding free parenting project run by Monash University.  The ‘TOPS’ (Therapist-assisted Online Parenting Strategies) Project helps parents learn techniques to support their adolescents if they are experiencing anxiety and/or depression.  The program, which runs across a 12-month time period, offers parents the following:

  • Access to an individually tailored online parenting program
  • Practical strategies to parent more confidently
  • Tailored goals to help put these strategies into practice
  • Regular contact with a TOPS Coach via videoconferencing to help you apply strategies to your own situation

In return, the Monash researchers ask that you and your child evaluate the project via four online surveys.  Please see below an information sheet outlining participation and inclusion details, as well as contact details to obtain further information or to register.

We wish you well over the Easter break and look forward to seeing the girls next term.

Kindest regards.

The Counselling Team


Dear Brigidine families,

By the time you are reading this newsletter, I will have officially retired from my role as one of the College Counsellors and possibly soaking up the peace and tranquility of Byron Bay on my travels to southern parts of Australia and elsewhere overseas.  My final work day was 3 April and I’m sad that I didn’t get the chance to notify you sooner or in person.

I was employed at Brigidine in January 2010 by then Principal, Jan Neumann, may she rest in peace.  During my time here I have been blessed with many enriching and rewarding experiences.  I will certainly miss my time spent with the students, staff and parents with whom I’ve worked most closely.  It really has been a privilege to walk alongside those who have struggled within our community and also to have shared in their triumphs.

I am excited about my retirement, a new chapter in the book of my life, but want to thank you, our beautiful students, the College Leadership Team and all Staff for the opportunities and support that I have experienced in my role as Counsellor here.  I have worked closely with some beautiful colleagues, namely Simone Firmin-Sarra and her predecessor, Danielle Baker, and am very grateful for having had the opportunity to do so.

I will miss you all a great deal and will hold very fond memories of my time here.  I wish you all only the very best for the future.


Madeleine Grimes

College Counsellor





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  • Download the Brigidine App
  • Join our Brigidine College Community Facebook page

Click here to access the Brigidine College Community Facebook Group and request to join this page.

Should you have any queries regarding these communication tools, please contact Louise Johnston, Community Liaison/Administration Officer on 3002 0673 or by email


Payments through the Community Portal

New Payment Option

Please note the College has introduced a new method of payment through the Community Portal for activities including:

  • Cocurricular activities (sports, dance, etc.)
  • Formals

Click here to access the Community Portal.

  • You will need your username and password to login
  • Select the ‘Events and Permissions’ Tab
  • There is other information collected when you select an activity including medical details
  • Click here for instructions which may assist you to navigate to the correct area.

Please do not hesitate to contact the College should you have any queries regarding this.


Share your Cocurricular Photos

The College invites you to share any cultural/sporting photos you may take at Brigidine cocurricular activities.  We welcome photos which can possibly be used in our College publications and in social media communications.  We try to cover a wide variety of activities but cannot attend every cocurricular event.  We are always interested to hear about your daughters’ achievements outside of school so please let us know if you have anything to share.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact 

Cultural Communication

To celebrate our 90th Anniversary, the Brigidine College Cultural Department will present our major production for the year, “Where Dreams Begin”. This event will feature …


Cultural Communication

To celebrate our 90th Anniversary, the Brigidine College Cultural Department will present our major production for the year, “Where Dreams Begin”.

This event will feature all of our senior and junior performance groups, including the Senior and Junior Bridgettes; the Sapphires, Emeralds, Diamonds and Dance Now troupes; the College Choir, Cantare and Junior Choir; the String, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Ensembles as well as our Senior and Junior Drama Club performers.

With over 250 performers, and held at the Piazza at Southbank Parklands on Saturday 10 August, this production will present on stage, the best of Brigidine College.

Watch out for more information next term to purchase tickets for this event.  Looking forward to seeing you all there!!

Jane Massingham

Cultural Director

Year 9 Enterprise Education

Mothers’ Day Stall This term the Year 9 Enterprise Education classes have been learning all about financial literacy and some of the processes involved in …


Year 9 Enterprise Education

Mothers’ Day Stall

This term the Year 9 Enterprise Education classes have been learning all about financial literacy and some of the processes involved in running a small business, especially in the online environment. As part of providing students with authentic learning experiences, students in Mrs Owen’s and Miss Metzeling’s classes have also been working hard to put together hampers that will be sold online through My Monitor for Mothers’ Day.

All hampers are $15 and include a variety of high-quality products. The hampers and their contents will be advertised around the College, on the College social media platforms and through SEQTA. Further, students are holding a trade display at school on Friday 3 May (Term 2, Week 2) at lunch.

Hampers will be available for purchase through My Monitor from the second week of school holidays. Keep an eye out though as stock is strictly limited!

Steps to purchase using My Monitor:

  1. Click the link to MyMonitor on the BrigNet Home Page
  2. Click on the heading at the top of the page that say ‘Brigidine Online Ordering’ and follow the prompts to the Mothers’ Day store and the hamper of your choice.

Happy shopping!














Middle School Update


Middle School Update

Pictured (l-r) Isabella and Caitlin

Year 7 Elevate Education

Report by Isabella Almirante

Elevate Education is a company that helps children with their learning skills. They teach you to write better notes to improve your grades. Interestingly, I learnt that good notes are the key to good grades. To take effective notes you must write down things that you can remember during your exam. Quality over quantity. That is what everyone must know when writing down notes. It doesn’t matter how much you write down, as you may find it trickier to remember it during exams. You should also use colour in your notes and highlight trigger words. Trigger words are the important words that trigger your memory. Meg was our instructor for the session. She taught us important things, gave us tips on studying and she tested our memory. I have learnt many things in this lesson, and I found that Meg told us some vital information for studying. Elevate Education has thoroughly improved my note taking. I can now achieve more with writing less notes and I am very thankful for this experience.

Report by Caitlin Platt

On Tuesday 12 March, Elevate Education came to teach us some study skills before exams. We had Meg as our teacher. Meg taught us three important skills when studying: reading, taking notes and memorising. These skills are the most basic way of explaining studying.  In one activity we reviewed small passages and identified the important pieces of information and trigger words. Meg made up long stories that we had to try and memorise and repeat. We drew icons that related to the trigger words that would help us remember things about the passages. What I liked most about this experience was that it helped me improve my note taking in a more effective way and gave me a way to memorise my notes effortlessly. It was truly beneficial and a great experience.


P&F Association News

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P&F Association News


Gala Ball


Brigidine College P&F Association is fundraising with Entertainment!

Your support really helps our fundraising, so we’re thrilled to let you know about special bonus Early Bird Entertainment Membership Offers for loyal supporters.

Pre-order the NEW 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Membership and receive bonus offers you can use right away!


 “The Entertainment Membership is great value.  With lots of instant savings.  It more than outweighs the price.  There is something for everyone – casual and fine dining, adventure and family activities.  I couldn’t live without it.  Plus, I get to support a good cause.”  Zana B. Sydney


Thank you for your support

Michelle Parcell

Brigidine College Parent & Friends’ Association

0407 119 619

Science News


Science News


Year 7 Green Heart School Challenge Team

Report by Evie Gaydon 7 CH4

On Wednesday 20 March, we had the fabulous opportunity to participate in the Green Heart Schools Challenge. In this challenge we faced off in an epic battle for materials, creating and designing a model that would help keep Brisbane sustainable in 2100.

Our model was called The 3 Layer Power, and it was to reduce traffic congestion and make Brisbane more sustainable. We had different roles and, therefore, different challenges that we had to complete in preparation for the main challenge.

In the main challenge we all had to work together in bringing our idea to life. It was an amazing day and we all had a great time getting to know each other. We also loved the science experiment at lunch time with the explosions!

Overall the day was a success and we wish we could do it all over again. We would also like to thank Miss Haydock for taking us and giving us this incredible opportunity.

With me in the team were Olivia Harm, Vi Vu, Charlize Le Sauvage, Lucy Thorley, Emily Fiorini, Chloe Isaacs, Isabella Furiosi, Maddi West and Elise Gordon.


Science Presentation at Holy Family Primary School

Report by Mr Wilson

On Monday 1 April, my 9D Science class joined other students from the College and Holy Family Primary School to hear from QUT PhD student Naomi Paxton. Naomi is a budding Physicist who’s thesis is on combining advanced biomaterials to 3D print scaffolds for bone regeneration. Naomi is a passionate and charistmatic young scientist who is an excellent role model for young female students with an interest in STEM careers. She gave a wonderful presentation on an exciting new area of Medicine and our girls responded enthusiastically by asking mature, critical and insightful questions that clearly impressed Naomi.

Two of the students who attended commented as follows:

Alice Conway 9 DP1

I really enjoyed Naomi Paxton’s speech on Biofabrication and a little bit on astrology! She is such an inspiring woman and is proof that hard work and determination can get you anywhere you want to go. She is the future of medicine and will certainly go on to improve lives all around the world.

Olivia Seiler 9 CH4

Today, my Year 9 science class had the opportunity of meeting Naomi, a young scientist completing her PhD in Biomanufacturing. The talk was very engaging, with Naomi explaining her experience and journey in Biomanufacturing, in particular, using 3D printers to create synthetic bone tissue which can be used instead of traditional techniques such as bone grafting. What really inspired me was Naomi’s passion and hope for young women in scientific fields in the future. The presentation taught me that through collaboration with other passionate individuals, no matter their gender or nationality, we can create a better future with science.


Science in the Classroom

Year 11 Biology

Report by Samantha Mascord CH6

During our first unit of Year 11 Biology, we explored the basis of cells and their functionality to sustain life.  We discussed a cell’s internal organelles, and how they use these structures to create, store and process energy.  From specialised cells to unspecified cells, recently we have been learning about the exciting development of stem cells and their advancing research in Australia.  Stem cells have the potential to create and repair organs in our body; stem cell research is revolutionary for science and medicine.  During this unit, we were able to develop an understanding and appreciation of a cell’s importance.

Year 10 Natural Science

Report and photos by Georgia Colburn 10 DE1

This term, Year 10 Natural Science are studying a chemistry unit.  We have been learning about the different bonds between atoms. We used Moli Mods to create Covalent Bonds.

Year 10 Physical Science

Report by Madeleine Harris FO1 and Zara Foley FO3, photos by Ms Guthrie

In Term 1, Year 10 Science have been learning about Physics. Topics include motion, momentum and forces. With this knowledge and the equations we have learnt, we have been able to apply them to real life situations. This involved many practical experiments in class such as testing the speed of ‘mini cars’ and the impacts of different collisions.

Year 10 Physical Science – Inertia

Year 8 Scavenger Hunt

This week, Ms Christy and Miss Whitney’s Year 8 Science class went on a scavenger hunt around the College.  QR codes were scattered around the campus and phones were used to scan them, revealing resources where they learned about physical and chemical changes.  The first team to unlock all clues and answer the questions successfully were the winners.  It was an engaging learning experience for all and great to get moving outside the classroom.



Extension Activities for Years 7-12 students

For Year 10, 11 and 12:  QUT Engineering Link Project

Students complete a proposal detailing the problem, test results and the recommended solution which is assessed by the guest engineer.  The students then build their final solution and test it, usually to destruction, before debriefing again with the engineer.  The Engineering Link Project is a two-day program hosted by a local university.  Students are mentored by professional engineers to solve model problems from different disciplines of engineering.


Date: Thursday 4 & Friday 5 July, 8:15am to 4:00pm
Venue: QUT, Gardens Point Campus
Registration: Open now until 2 July 2019
Cost: $65 (further details on registration page)


Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST)

This is a five-day residential program to inspire high school students to consider rewarding science careers in agriculture, animal, plant and food industries.

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Date: 30 June to 4 July 2019
Venue: UQ, Gatton Campus
For: Year 11 & 12 students
Registration: Open now until 1 April 2019
Cost: $450


QUT Vice Chancellor’s STEM Camp

The QUT Vice Chancellor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Camp provides high-achieving Year 11 students with an exciting opportunity to attend an interactive five-day camp and engage in solving some of the major challenges facing our society and planet today.  Students will take advantage of QUT’s unique learning environment and have an opportunity to experience ground-breaking research as it happens, inside world-class research facilities.

Date: 29 September to 4 October 2019 (8:30am to 7:00pm daily)
Venue: QUT
For: Year 11 students
Registration: April (see website), closing date to be advised
Cost: Free to attend

Junior Physics Olympiad

The Queensland Junior Physics Olympiad (JPhO) is a five-day non-residential program for Year 10 students with an interest in physics, science and mathematics.  The program aims to develop your problem-solving skills as well as an appreciation and understanding of physics.


Date: Usually in July – watch the website
Venue: University of Queensland
For: Year 10 students
Registration: Open soon – watch the website
Cost: $260 (covers all meals, program materials and the JPhO tee-shirt)


SPARQ-Ed (Students Performing Advanced Research Queensland) Year 11 and 12

SPARQ-ed (Students Performing Advanced Research Queensland) is a unique educational facility established as a collaboration between The University of Queensland’s Diamantina Institute (UQDI) and Queensland’s Department of Education (DoE). SPARQ-ed aims to promote excellence and innovation in biological and biomedical education by delivering world class specialist programs to Queensland school students and their teachers.

These programs are based on a model that brings together personnel and expertise from the education and scientific research communities. The SPARQ-ed facility is located in the Translational Research Institute (TRI) in Woolloongabba, Brisbane. It features a state-of-the-art biomedical teaching laboratory and online learning area on the ground floor of the TRI building where participants can work alongside scientists from TRI’s partner institutes.



NYSF (National Youth Science Forum)

The NYSF Year 12 Program is a 12-day residential program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued studies in these fields.  It is a not-for-profit organisation that runs a number of residential programs to encourage young people in their passion for science. Our programs show the wide variety of engaging, rewarding and inspiring study and career options available in science, technology and engineering fields.


Date: 8-19 January 2020
Venue: University of Queensland
For: Current Year 11 students going into Year 12 in 2020
Registration: Open now until 31 May 2019
Cost: $3150 plus $60 application fee (equity scholarships available)
Contact: NYSF office (02) 6125 2777 or


Conocophillips Science Experience

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is a fun 3 or 4 days of science activities for Year 9 and 10 students in 2019 program year.  Each program is designed to provide students who have an interest in science with an opportunity to engage in a wide range of fascinating science activities under the guidance of scientists who love their work. Participants perform experiments in the laboratories, meet and hear senior lecturers in the lecture theatres, attend site visits and walk around and experience what it is like to be on the campus of a university or tertiary institution. More than 68,000 students have taken this rare opportunity, up to date.


Date: 22-24 January 2020
Venue: University of Queensland (St Lucia Campus)
For: Year 9 and 10 students
Registration: Open now (limited places)
Cost: $190 – 3 day program, $260 – 4 day program


Armidale Forensic Camp

The Forensic Science Camp puts you right in the middle of the action for 5 exhilarating days in a crime solving situation that is so realistic you will forget that it’s only a game. You will be a detective, you will interview witnesses, you will order medical and scientific tests, you will search the criminal databases, you will test the physical evidence yourself in the laboratory. You will request search warrants. You and your colleagues will sift through the evidence, pursue ‘red herrings’, argue your point of view, and when and if you crack the case you will make a formal application backed by solid evidence to convince a Judge that your suspect should stand trial.


Date: 9-13 July 2019
Venue: Armidale School Camp, Armidale NSW
For: Year 8 students
Registration: Open now   Closing Date: TBA (when camp is full, a notice will be posted on website)
Cost: $600


QLD Academies – Girl Engineering Power Camp

The study and practice of science, technology, engineering and mathematics is collectively known as STEM. The second annual STEM Girl Power Camp is an initiative of Advancing education: An action plan for education in Queensland. The camp aims to encourage girls to participate in STEM-focused activities and go back to school and inspire others to participate in STEM


Date: May 2019
Venue: Brisbane
For: Year 10 students


AYAF (Australian Youth Aerospace forum)

The Australian Youth Aerospace Forum (AYAF) is a five-day live-in conference which provides students in Year 11 and 12 the opportunity to investigate careers and pathways in the aerospace industry. The forum is designed to showcase the various university and industry opportunities available to students upon completion of secondary school.


Date: July 2019
Venue: Brisbane
For: Year 11 and 12 students

CSIRO Science Bootcamp

Science bootcamp is an immersive CSIRO science experience for secondary school students in Years 8-10. CSIRO Education and Outreach host science bootcamp in various capital cities throughout the year. The two-day (non-residential) program exposes students to authentic scientific research in contemporary research facilities and gives the students the chance to meet and talk with CSIRO researchers. Students visit working laboratories and see the research currently being performed by scientists, researchers and technicians


For: Year 8-12 students




Youth ANZASS (The Australian & New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science)

Youth ANZAAS is an annual residential international forum for science students in Years 10 to 12. Every year, students from each State and Territory are selected to participate in science activities and experiences over a period of a week.  Behind-the-scenes tours, lectures with leading scientists, hands-on research, cutting edge technology – all this and more awaits you at Youth ANZAAS!


Date: July 2019
For: Year 10, 11 and 12 students


Robogals Brisbane

Robogals is a student-run, not-for-profit organisation which aims to empower girls and young women to pursue engineering and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields. Robogals Brisbane (formerly Robogals UQ) inspires, engages and supports the next generation of future engineers in schools, universities and industry.

Girls in Robotics (GiR) day are our school holidays program held every holiday for girls in grades 4-12 at UQ St Lucia. These all-day workshop aims to inspire students and extend their problem-solving and engineering skills.  Arduino GiRs are a new Robogals Brisbane initiative. We teach students in grades 9-12 how to program with Arduinos. The students learn the basics of microcontrollers, breadboarding and utilising sensors while creating a fun project. Previous Arduino GiRs have included whack-a-mole and guitar hero.  Students will be provided with an electronics kit to use in the workshops and at the end of the event, they may keep the kit.


For: Year 9-12 students


Queensland Science Contest

The Queensland Science Contest is an opportunity for Queensland students to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes.


Date: 11-12 October 2019, awards ceremony 26 October 2019
Venue: University of Queensland
For: Year 7-12 students
Registration: Open Term 2, Closing date to be advised
Cost: $5 individual entry or $10 per group (max 3 students) entry prior to 8 October 2019


CSIRO Work Experience

We are committed to giving students first-hand experience with working in a scientific or engineering environment; be it one of our many areas of science and research, or as part of our support services team.  You have the opportunity to gain insight and experience into our everyday work, which involves solving the big questions facing our country and planet; enquire about the type of work we undertake; find out the types of jobs that are available in the science industry; gain relevant work experience and/or skills; explore research interests and align school studies with career aspirations.


Date: Placements usually occur during May to December (usually lasting 5 days)
Venue: CSIRO sites
For: Year 10, 11 and 12 students


Fun Science Facts

by Year 10 students Madeleine Harris FO1 and Zara Foley FO3

Do you know the extent that some scientists will go to discover something new?

Professor Charles Edouard covered himself in varnish in order to discover the function of human skin.  Because of this he almost died!


The Final Word

by Mikaya Howard 9 DP4


Yours in Science,

Debra Guthrie

Curriculum Leader Science


Student Environment Leadership Network

I am Georgie Raworth in Year 10. Both Trinity Schossow 10 DP3 and I are the 2019 Brigidine College SELN representatives. SELN (Student Environment Leadership …


Student Environment Leadership Network

I am Georgie Raworth in Year 10. Both Trinity Schossow 10 DP3 and I are the 2019 Brigidine College SELN representatives. SELN (Student Environment Leadership Network) is a program run by Brisbane City Council to help schools in Brisbane become more environmentally friendly. We chose to do SELN as we are very passionate about the environment and want to make a difference at Brigidine. We want to change how we treat and influence the environment. At SELN we participate in projects with real-world challenges, activate our passion, resilience and creativity as we solve real-world problems. So far it has been a great experience; we have met more people with the same passion as us, made new friends and developed loads of new ideas to hopefully implement at Brigidine.

Before we started this program, we thought that Brigidine had a recycling program, but we were wrong. Currently there is no active recycling program of any sort at Brigidine, so it has become our challenge to change this. At SELN we were able to meet the Brisbane City Council Program Officer for Waste Education, who has helped us to develop a proposition to implement recycling collection by Brisbane City Council at Brigidine. This is only the beginning of change for Brigidine as Trini and I have many ideas that we are committed and determined to implement. We will work with Mr Wilson and the College Environment Club to initiate positive environmental change at Brigidine. We will keep you up to date about how we are going later in the year.

Georgie Raworth 10 DP6 

Technologies Dept Update


Technologies Dept Update

Food and Textiles Design

Term 1 Update

Term 1 has been busy for Food and Textile Design students as they have built confidence and self-esteem by creating and making something for themselves.

The Year 7 classes have had a fantastic term, with most of the students asking if they can continue the course in Term 2. The girls have spent the term learning to use a sewing machine to make a pair of boxer shorts and preparing a range of healthy snacks in the kitchen. They discovered how much healthier freshly prepared snacks are compared to the packaged ones they often consume. They also learned the meaning of ‘fast fashion’ and the many consequences it has on our society and the environment. It has been a pleasure teaching the Year 7’s this term.

The focus in Year 8 this term has been discovering the environmental effects of plastic bags and creating a product that promotes the message of reduce, reuse, recycle. The girls explored more challenging techniques connected with designing and producing a re-usable calico bag. We hope to see many of these bags being used around the shops!

Year 9 students took a trip around the world to develop knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural influence on food. The cuisines we focused on this term included Greek, Italian, French, Japanese and Chinese. Next term students will design, prepare and participate in their own Brigidine Caritas Kitchen where, as a group, they will select a cuisine and create a banquet to share with guests. Sharing food is a great initiative to bring people together as a community.

Year 10 students have explored a range of new embellishment techniques including Sashiko, crazy patchwork, gathering, fabric dyeing, pin tucking, and applique. These new skills and knowledge will enable our aspiring designers to create a cushion cover that focuses on an Interior design style such as Modern, Classic, Scandinavian, Bohemian or Coastal.

Year 11 Fashion students started off the year focusing on trends throughout history. From the roaring ‘20s to ‘90s grunge, it is clear that current fashion trends are often cyclical. We experimented with different illustrating techniques using watercolours and Copic markers. The girls are now preparing for their sewing project next term where they will develop skills in garment construction.

Year 11 Food and Nutrition – The introduction of the new subject has been successful with students conducting experiments to test the vitamin, mineral and protein content of various foods. The experiments have ranged from testing the vitamin C content in peas, making meringues from chickpea water and conducting many sensory profiling activities.

Year 12 Home Economics students had the opportunity to explore the Japanese technique of Shibori using natural Indigo dye. Indigo is a striking blue ancient dye used in many civilisations including Mayan, Egyptian, Indian and Japanese cultures. This dye has become popular due to increased concern for the environment with more consumers demanding natural fibres and sustainable production.

We are excited to see the energy and creativity our students will bring to Term 2.

Jenna Burke

Subject Coordinator Technologies

Vinnies Update


Vinnies Update

The St Vincent de Paul Group has put in a huge effort to run an Easter fundraiser called Eggs on Legs.  Girls and staff made a a $3 donation to send a hand decorated bag of eggs to their friends.  It was a lot of hard work to decorate the bags, make the shred and pack the eggs, but we have had a great time doing it together.  We took 340 orders and this has taken three lunch breaks to sort and pack.

The Vinnie’s Bunnies gathered at 7:30am to do the final order sorting, put on their hats and plan their delivery routes.  At 8:30am they literally hopped off.  The decorated bags with their eggs nestling safely inside spread good cheer around the school.

Kelsey Webb, Vinnies Captain, delivering a bag of eggs to Mr Cahill from St Brigid. The true spirit of Brigidine Hospitality!!

$800 has been raised for the Caritas Lenten Appeal.

Helen Paviotti and Helen Jeffcoat

St Vincent de Paul Group




Brigid’s Cloak


Brigid’s Cloak


10:15-11:00am 12:15-1:45pm

Monday 22 April

Easter Monday Public Holiday

Tuesday 23 April
Wednesday 24 April

Thursday 25 April

ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Friday 26 April Diane Frazer
Monday 29 April Caroline Carol
Tuesday 30 April Michelle Riesenweber
Wednesday 1 May
Thursday 2 May Kathy Shea Pranali More
Friday 3 May Lisa Boelcsfoeldi

Brigid’s Cloak opening hours for Terms 2 and 3:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7:30 to 11:00am
Tuesday 7:30am to 5:00pm
Thursday 7:30am to 3:30pm

If you have items of winter uniform on order and have not paid for them, please do so by the end of Week 1, Term 2.

Blazers will be delivered to the College during the holiday break.  They will be available for collection from Brigid’s Cloak in Week 1 of Term 2.

Track suit bottoms, jumpers and scarves have arrived in the Uniform Shop and are available for collection if you have them on order.


Anne Scott and Janice Bridley

Brigid’s Cloak Coconvenors


The Curragh Café


The Curragh Café

Monday 22 April Easter Monday Public Holiday
Tuesday 23 April Gabrielle Lowry
Wednesday 24 April Martina Hayes
Thursday 25 April ANZAC Day Public Holiday
Friday 26 April Toni O’Reilly, Kym McNab
Monday 29 April Kerry O’Reilly
Tuesday 30 April Kerri Patterson
Wednesday 1 May Claire Duffield
Thursday 2 May Dianne Frazer
Friday 3 May Rachel Harm, Brigid Parnell

Judy Thannhauser and Janelle Prouatt

The Curragh Café Coconvenors

Volunteers Needed!

We need helpers to assist with organising the textbooks and novels in the Book Room.  The times are flexible.  You can volunteer as frequently or …


Volunteers Needed!

We need helpers to assist with organising the textbooks and novels in the Book Room.  The times are flexible.  You can volunteer as frequently or infrequently as you’d like on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.  Even one-offs are helpful (i.e. you don’t have to commit to a regular schedule).

If you are looking for a way to be involved in your daughter’s school community, the Book Room would appreciate your support.

Book Room Opening Hours:

Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30am to 2:30pm

Wednesdays 10:00am to 2:30pm

For more information, contact the Book Room Coordinator on or ring the direct line / leave a voicemail message on 3002 0625.

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Holy Family Trivia Night


Holy Family Trivia Night

Dear Parents, Friends and Staff,

We are delighted to announce the return of our fabulous Trivia Night in 2019. The planning is well underway and the committee is so excited. For those parents who have not been before, this is THE event on the P&F calendar you must not miss!!!!

We will have dinner and drinks, games and raffles, and of course Trivia.

Get together a table of 8 or let us organise a table for you. The theme is ‘Black and Gold’ so start working on those costumes!!!

We are also looking for support for the night with donations.

Sponsorship of a table – $450. This will entitle the business to banner placement in a prominent location and the circulation of promotional material and mentions by the MC throughout the evening. There will also be promotion done through both the school newsletter and social media platforms.

We are also looking for donations that we can use as raffle and games prizes. Businesses/families who donate will be acknowledged by the MC and will appear on supporters’ listings on every table.

So please help out if you can and make sure you start getting your table together!!!! Tickets will go on sale early in Term 2.

Please contact Melody or 0401 693 253 if you have any questions or would like to contact us in regards to event sponsorship/donations.