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From the Principal’s Desk

Mission News

Curriculum Matters

Pastoral News

and many more …

From the Principal’s Desk


From the Principal’s Desk


Lord the Giver of Life,

Help us to value each person, created in love by you.

In your mercy, guide and assist our efforts,

To promote the dignity and value of all human life.

Bless us with the courage to defend all life.

Bless us with the strength to respect all people, so that we may truly follow the call of Jesus to be neighbour to others.

May we answer your call to treat all as we wish to be treated and to promote the healing of all, especially those most vulnerable.

We ask this in the name of Jesus.


ANZAC Day 2019

The College commemorated the important place ANZAC has in our community this week. Understanding the importance of ANZAC Day within the national calendar is for many people a critical time to reflect and give thanks for the many opportunities we have as a country.

With the liturgy held on 23rd April, the students reminded each other of the difficulties placed on all of us through war and how, through prayer and dialogue, we are a ‘hopeful’ people searching and working for peace. As the risen Christ said to the apostles ‘peace be with you’, they tried to understand what their lives would hold following the events over Easter. Our community is also working for peace in our relationships, in our learning and how we continue to be an inclusive school for all. Through this solemn liturgy, the Year 11 Drama group identified how courage and resilience engender opportunities to learn how through adversity, the human spirit remains strong.

Those present at the liturgy also heard from Year 11 student Claudia Maher (pictured above, second from the right), our representative with the Queensland Premier’s Prize delegation attending the Dawn Service at Villers Bretonneux, France. Her words and reflections on sacrifice and on those giving their lives for others were poignant reminders of where the ‘service for others’ is very much part of our wider human story in Australia.

Claudia was one of 8 students across Queensland selected to undertake this once in a lifetime tour of the Western Front battlefields in Belgium and France.  Before she left Australia, Claudia visited Graceville State School, speaking at their Year 3-6 Assembly.  She spoke about her upcoming trip and shared stories based on her research.  Selected students then assisted in decorating a cross which Claudia took with her to place at a memorial.

I congratulate her on her efforts and look forward to her return next week.

ANZAC Day provides a glimpse into what is often referred to as the ‘Spirit of Australia. Let us continue to share our story with everyone we encounter on our journey.

Leannah Corliss 9 DE5 proudly marches alongside her Nana in the ANZAC Day march each year to honour her late Great Uncle Jim who tragically died in the Vietnam War (8RAR Battalion) at the age of 24

The College was represented at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Corinda as well as the Commemoration at Keating Park, Indooroopilly. With representatives from the College’s Cantare, our senior leadership group and many other students, it was wonderful to share in these important community events.

They shall not grow old, as we who are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

Lest we forget.

Principal’s Notes

Staff Changes: Term 2

Brigidine College welcomes the following new teaching staff:

  • Mrs Jenny Emblem – Humanities / Religious Education
  • Mr Peter Overlack – English / Religious Education
  • Mr Michael Civitano – English / Humanities

The College also welcomes Ms Tania Munro to the full-time position of Personal / Careers Counsellor and Ms Laura David (Graduate 2009) to the Sports Director role, with Ms Munro beginning immediately and Ms David officially beginning on 7 May.

Twilight Open Evening: 14 May 2019

As the College prepares for the Twilight Evening, all new students enrolled for 2020 and prospective students and their families are most welcome.  With the changes introduced in 2018, families and girls will be able to visit classrooms and a variety of activities as they normally occur on any given day.  Witnessing the College ‘in action’ with the vast array of engaged young women is the focus for this year.  Teachers, tutors and sporting coaches will be assisting in a variety of ways throughout the event.

Parents may also like to help in some way to provide assistance to the broad community.  If parents are able to assist with welcoming visitors, being a tour guide, assisting with the P&F Association BBQ or presenting a display, please contact Mahliah Ivory, Marketing and Promotions Officer on  This will be an exciting evening and a great opportunity to share our 90th Anniversary spirit with the community.

Principal’s Breakfast Forum

During Term 1, parents from Years 12 and 7 have had the opportunity to meet with me and members of staff at a Principal’s Breakfast Forum.  This is a great chance to share ideas, discuss important issues as well as ask questions and clarify any further College matters. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to share time with approximately 130 parents during this time.

I invite the Year 8 parents to join me on Tuesday 7 May.  Please note that the Year 9 forum will be held on Tuesday 21 May, Year 10 forum on 23 July and Year 11 on Tuesday 27 August.  You will be sent a Breakfast Forum invitation by the Principal’s P.A. nearer these dates.

A Naoimh Bhrid, gui Orainn

Brendan Cahill





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Mission News


Mission News

Easter is the most important feast in Christian tradition.  It highlights that death doesn’t have the last word.  The death of Jesus seemed and looked like disaster and foolishness.  That same death led to the resurrection.

During Anzac Day, people over Australia remembered our service men and women who perished during war.  So their death also has a great meaning and we do not consider that foolish, but rather, honour it and commemorate it.

It is our faith and belief, that if Jesus has risen from the dead, all our departed brothers and sisters will rise again seeing God face to face.



Those who have died in the bombing in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday morning will be considered the modern martyrs and they too, who went to church to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection will also rise with him.

Anzac Day reminds us of Easter. The Resurrection of Christ gives hope to all and as St Paul says, “Hope will not disappoint us!”

Fr Pan Jordan and Andrew Beiers
College Chaplain          Deputy Principal Mission

Curriculum Matters


Curriculum Matters

Parent-Teacher Interviews

Parent-Teacher interviews are being held on the following dates:

  • Thursday 2 May from 3.45 – 7.15pm
  • Tuesday 7 May from 3.45 – 7.15pm

Emails were sent out at the end of Term 1 and all information can be accessed from the Parent-Teacher Interviews Portal on SEQTA Engage. Seating plans for teachers are available on the portal. While most teachers will be based in Kildare Hall, some teachers will be in the Erin Rooms. These rooms can be accessed from the external stairs outside the hall or from the internal stairs at the front of the far side of the hall.

The interviews are an opportunity to discuss your daughter’s academic outcomes as well as her learning habits. We encourage students to attend these interviews with their parents, to be fully engaged in the feedback of their learning. You may be interested in reading the article – Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences

Please print your interview bookings and bring this to the interview with you.

If you have any queries or require assistance with the scheduling of interviews, please email Ngairi Dewar – who will assist you.

Assessment Results – SEQTA

Most subjects have now finalised the results and feedback for their first assessment task. You can view your daughter’s results and feedback in SEQTA.

Choose Assessments from the left hand panel

Choose the subject that you want to review from the list provided

Click on the grade or the assessment icon


The information provided in this area will show your daughter’s result in the different dimensions that are used for each subject.

If there are multiple results in the dimension, this relates to multiple assessment tasks.

 This will open up a panel similar to the following


On this screen, you may see any comments entered through SEQTA or documents that will be under the submission section, which may include feedback.

Melissa Dever

Deputy Principal Curriculum



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Pastoral News

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Pastoral News


It is pleasing to see our students have returned to the College and classrooms this term with much enthusiasm. I hope that the holidays were an opportunity for families to rest and reenergise after Term 1 commitments.

At the beginning of Term 2, Home Room teachers will conference with students about their individual goal setting for the remainder of the year. Students will reflect on their participation in learning at the College, Interim Report and continuous reporting available from Term 1. All student goals are recorded in SEQTA and can be viewed by parents. These goals can be about any area of College life such as attendance, results, classroom engagement, cocurricular commitment, leadership, projects or any other aspect of learning. Years 11-12 students have already submitted goals and strategies in SEQTA during Optima, Tutorial or Wellbeing Programs in Term 1. These students will review and update their current goals at the beginning of Term 2. I encourage parents/guardians to discuss SMART goal-setting with their daughter.

Attendance is an important aspect of your daughter’s participation in College life. Research confirms a strong link between school attendance and student outcomes; higher student attendance at school is associated, on average, with higher student achievement. Regular attendance at school is essential to assist students to maximise their potential. Being present at school is important but the level of engagement with learning in the classroom is equally important. Some student absences are understandable due to illness and the like; therefore a reminder to parents/guardians to inform the College regarding any absence on 3371 8525 or by email as early as possible. Any lateness is strongly discouraged. Parents/guardians are requested to contact the College by 8:30am if their daughter is going to be late.

Parents of Years 9-12 students may be interested in Camp Courage, run by Girl Shaped Flames, a Brisbane-based social enterprise. They work on developing adolescent girls’ confidence and courage with a focus on 6 areas: physical, intellectual, mental, social, emotional and purpose. The 3-day camp in the July school holidays connects participants with strong, female role models from a range of backgrounds and companies. Further information can be found at:




Melinda Egan
(Acting) Deputy Principal Pastoral

College Captain’s Update


College Captain’s Update

We often celebrate significant moments by lighting a candle. We light a candle to mark the start of each school year, when we gather together, at birthdays and at religious celebrations. They create ambiance and a feeling of warmth and welcome. A candle is the perfect symbol for our 2019 theme of welcome and hospitality. Looking back over Term 1, it is clear that our candle has well and truly been lit. I liken the culture and spirit of Brigidine to a candle’s lively flame that dances and flickers, yet also gently emits light and warmth. We have certainly hit the ground running and I am heartened and proud to have experienced the student body acting as keepers of this flame.

This culture has been forged by 90 years of students before us. Early in Term 1, the College community recognised our 90th anniversary through our Opening Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral, College celebratory singing (and cake) and the passing of the land ritual. We look forward to continuing to honour our Brigidine legacy throughout the year, inspired by a pride in our heritage and a celebration of both our past and what is yet to come in the life of the College.

Through service, we are called to bring light to others.  As modelled by Saint Brigid of Kildare, the Brigidine students have a growing appreciation that it takes a spark to start a flame and that one single flame can ignite a thousand candles. In Term 1, we have introduced new community service projects and student initiatives which purposefully embody hospitality and welcome.  Some of these ventures include the human trafficking movie night to raise awareness and funds, ‘Galentines’ Day to foster strong bonds of connection and a collective honouring of Harmony Day to embrace the hope for peace in our world.

As a community, we have welcomed new girls, their families and teachers to the College. Our Year 7 students began their high school journey under the caring guide of their Year 10 ‘Big Sisters.’ Year 7 and 12 Solas Bhride served to strengthen our spirituality, contribute to a sense of belonging and ultimately kindled the flame of interconnectedness and warmth of our community.

Our flame roared with fervour, fed by the participation and spirit of the girls, in our Interhouse Swimming and Cross Country Carnivals. The same energy was present at the De Porres and Foley patron days, International Womens’ Day, National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence and Harmony Day. Through the pursuit of individual and collective academic and extracurricular success, students have certainly added fuel to the fire.

At times, Term 1 was also challenging amid the obstacles that are part of day to day life, and, as could be expected, there may have been occasions where our light flickered. Yet, time and again,  I  witnessed kindness and compassion, strength of character, solidarity, support, faith and dedication at work within our community.  It is the embodiment of these Brigidine values in action that allowed our flame to be a light in those times that may feel dark.

Upon reflection, it has been a productive and rewarding term. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents, teachers and guardians for their continued support.

In Term 2, we are embarking on another engaging and exciting time. The light of celebration, warmth and hospitality will continue to blaze at many events across the term.  We have gratitude for time passed and excitement in tomorrow as we continue to stoke our fire.

Trinity Waller

College Captain

Chanel House News


Chanel House News

Well, what a great start to the year! 2019 is certainly poised to be an inspiring year for Chanel House. The girls continue to amaze us in the way they conduct themselves around the College and all the energy and hard work they put into everything they do. Our goals for 2019 vary, with wanting the girls to feel welcomed and important. We strive to make each year the best for all year levels as, being in Year 12, we know that each year comes with its own challenges. We can’t wait for what the rest of the year has in store for Chanel House.

We kicked the year off with the Interhouse Swimming Carnival which was a fun and exciting way to start off the term. It was amazing to see all of the girls in Chanel jumping into the pool and giving their all in each of their races. So many girls were involving themselves, especially in our younger years and it was amazing to see the determination and House spirit that was showcased on the day. Chanel really came together in the 10-minute fun swim and it was great to see girls who weren’t as competitive jump into the pool and get points for their House. This spirit really carried through to Cross Country where we finished the term having a lot of fun and coming in at second place. All of the hard work really paid off and the girls did an incredible job at representing Chanel House and getting involved.

As Prefects, we strive to make sure that everyone feels loved, welcomed and has a sense of belonging within the school community. In Term 1, we held a breakfast for all the Chanel girls: an opportunity for all the girls to bond and get to know each other. We believe it is important to know that each student feels welcomed and comfortable in their school environment, especially the Year 7 students. It was great to see that so many girls valued this experience, as they brought in a plate of food to share.

Overall, Term 1 was a huge success and we can’t wait for the Interhouse Athletics Carnival, Brigidine Day and our Patron Day as the House gets to integrate, achieve together and give it their all. We welcomed our newest Chanelians at the start of the year and the girls have had many opportunities to connect with each other. It will be exciting to see us grow closer and stronger as a House throughout the year as more opportunities arise.

Grace El-Khoury and Lydia Haileslassie

Chanel House Prefects


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


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.

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Year 9 Enterprise Education


Year 9 Enterprise Education


Mothers’ Day Stall

This year Mothers’ Day falls on Sunday 12 May. The Year 9 Enterprise classes have been feverishly working on creating their hampers ready for sale.

The students have created micro-businesses and are allocated products to brand, market, package and label ready for sale. Both marketing and operations management is introduced to the students and the strategies that can be used to successfully present and prepare their products for sale. The students are encouraged to be creative in the packaging of products by recycling.

A Trade Display of the products for sale will be held on Friday 3 May 2019 during second lunch break near the Convent. Potential customers will be able to view a hamper for sale and speak to the business owners about their product. All hampers are $15.00.

This year customers may purchase their hampers online using MyMonitor by completing the following steps:

  1. Access your MyMonitor account.
  2. Click on the Brigidine Online Ordering tab and choose the Bizfest link.
  3. Choose the Mother’s Day tab in the middle column of the screen and the order screen with a picture of each hamper will appear.
  4. Choose the plus symbol to order. Preview your order on the right-hand side of the screen.

If you wish to pay using cash, an order will need to be placed via the supervising teachers, Mrs Owens or Ms Metzeling. This will be done when a cash payment has been received. Place the cash payment (correct amount only) in an envelope and write your name, as well as your Home Room, on the front.

All orders can be collected from the Convent veranda, second lunch break on Thursday 9 May 2019 if they are not delivered beforehand.

Mrs Owens and Ms Metzeling

Enterprise Education Teachers

Humanities Dept. News


Humanities Dept. News

Life in Ancient Rome

On 4 April, Year 7s experienced life in Ancient Roman through hands on workshops as background for their source investigation this term. The students participated in two workshops ‘The Roman Legionary’ and ‘Life in a Roman Villa’, lead by the UQ Antiquities Museum where they were engaged with stories about the past, examined primary artefacts, developed hypothesis regarding everyday life in Rome and assisted in dressing a Roman solider. This valuable knowledge will assist in understanding the different roles within Roman society and analysis skills required when dealing with artefacts.  Thank you to the Educational Officers, Samantha and Amy from UQ, for sharing with our girls their knowledge and allowing us to handle the precious artefacts.

Domenica Strachan

(Acting) Curriculum Leader Humanities

P&F Association News

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P&F Association News


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Science News


Science News

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 Odyssey

The Queensland Junior Physics Odyssey (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)

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


Yours in Science,

Debra Guthrie

Curriculum Leader Science


Sports Update


Sports Update

Trimester 2 Sports

Registration for Trimester 2 sports are now open via payment through the Community Portal.  The nominations/payment options will close strictly on Friday 3 May and unfortunately no late nominations can be accepted.  The sports that are available for the Trimester 2 season are:

Hockey – Yrs 7-12

Netball – Yrs 9-12 only

Soccer – Yrs 7-12

Volleyball – Yrs 7-8 only *please note that there is no guarantee that every student who registers for Volleyball will be allocated to a team, we have limited numbers available for this sport.


Trials will be held as follows for registered players only:

Wednesday 8 May 7:00-8.15am Senior Netball trials

Thursday 9 May 3.30-5.00pm Soccer trials

Friday 10 May 7:00-8.15am Intermediate Netball trials

Friday 10 May 3.15-5.00pm Junior Volleyball trials

Games for all teams will be played on Wednesday afternoons after school, commencing Wednesday 22 May.  The season game dates are: 29 May, 5 June, 12 June, 19 June, 24 July, 31 July and 7 August.  Each team will have one training session per week, with all teams commencing training the week beginning Monday 13 May.  Training details will be confirmed once teams have been finalised and coaches appointed.

Girl Power Term 2

Any students who would like to participate in Girl Power (Strength and Conditioning) Sessions with our brilliant coach Mark, can now register via the Community Portal.  The sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at the College gym (in Taringa Rovers) from 3.30-4.30pm for the full duration of Term 2.  The cost for the full term is $150.00.  The first session for Term 2 will commence Tuesday 30 April.  Payments to register for this program will close on Friday 3 May.

Cross Country 2019

One of my favourite days on the College calendar every year is the Interhouse Cross Country Carnival and the start of the Cross Country season for our girls.  This year was no exception.  Congratulations to Damien House for taking out the House Champions Trophy this year.  We also witnessed some brilliant individual efforts this year, in particular congratulations to Gabby Jackson, who ran the course in a record time.

Congratulations to the following Age Champion award winners for 2019:

12 yrs:                   1st = Maree Stringer, 2nd = Lara McLaren and 3rd = Sienna Bradley

13 yrs:                   1st = Bridie Ellice, 2nd = Maddy Minty and 3rd = Sophia Jessett

14 yrs:                   1st = Gabby Jackson, 2nd = Maddie Ellice and 3rd = Emma Neish

15 yrs:                   1st = Amie Ryan, 2nd = Shay O’Reilly and 3rd = Lara Kenny

16 yrs:                   1st = Georgina Angus-Hellyer, 2nd = Isha McGonigle and 3rd = Lane Wesson

17+ yrs:                1st = Margie Foreman, 2nd = Laura Davis and 3rd = Trinity Waller

The team has been selected to represent Brigidine at the upcoming QCIS and CaSSSA Carnivals and I have every confidence that this amazing group of hard working and tenacious girls will get the job done for Brigidine again this year! Best of luck for the season girls, remember that hard work does pay off!  I will be so proud of you always!


I would like to take this opportunity to say goodbye to the Brigidine College students, parents, staff and community.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with some amazing talent and all-round nice people during my 5 years at this great school.  I have watched the students of Brigidine embrace high expectations and come out shining, with pride and tenacity in their involvement in the cocurricular sports programs.  I have witnessed tears and triumphs and have shared some great laughs and experiences with the girls that I will truly treasure forever.  I will miss my involvement with the great people of Brigidine College, and I look forward to seeing you all around the sports fields in the future.  Keep those green hearts pumping with pride, the best is yet to come for Brigidine and its beautiful students!

Kay Roy

Director of Sports

Brigid’s Cloak


Brigid’s Cloak




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

Monday 6 May

Labour Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 7 May

Wednesday 8 May

Thursday 9 May

Melanie Wright

Louise Conway

Friday 10 May

Nicola Durrheim

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

All winter uniform items have now been delivered to Brigid’s Cloak uniform shop.  Blazers and jumpers are compulsory items and need to be paid for and collected by Monday 29 April.  Students must wear their blazer to and from school from this date.

Please note all tracksuits and scarves placed on order also need to be paid for by Monday 29 April.  Items not paid for by this date will be returned to stock for sale.


Anne Scott and Janice Bridley

Brigid’s Cloak Coconvenors


The Curragh Café


The Curragh Café

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
Monday 6 May Labour Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 7 May Vanita Snell
Wednesday 8 May Jacquie Reid
Thursday 9 May Nikki Takashima
Friday 10 May Susan Ganesan

Judy Thannhauser and Janelle Prouatt

Curragh Café Coconvenors

Volunteers Needed!


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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Corinda Graceville Parish event


Corinda Graceville Parish event

The Corinda Graceville Parish is delighted to extend an invitation to all community members to the first of our conversation corner series.

This inaugural event will be led by Madonna King with a focus on the topic of Fathers and Daughters.

Scheduled for 30 April 2019 at St Joseph’s School Hall, Corinda, this session will give a voice to our girls, insight to our fathers and peace of mind to both.

Details and registration via this link: