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From the Principal’s Desk

Mission News

Curriculum Matters

Pastoral News

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From the Principal’s Desk

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Reflection

Human Hope is based on the instinct that at the deepest level of reality, some intimate kindness holds sway. This is the heart of blessing.

To believe in blessing is to believe that our being here, our very presence in the world, is itself the first gift, the primal blessing.

Brigidine College, Indooroopilly

“A Kildare Ministries School in the Brigidine Tradition”

Brigidine College, Indooroopilly welcomed the Trustees from Kildare Ministries to Queensland as they spent time with our College Board for the AGM on Tuesday 7 May.

At the 2014 launch of Kildare Ministries ten schools from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia joined with two other Community Works to form a new Public Juridic Person (PJP) under the auspices of the Catholic Church. The Congregation of Brigidine Sisters are also a model of PJP, and over time this new entity will provide a new governance model for former Brigidine Schools and Works.

Since 2014, much work has been done to provide governance structures and ongoing support to all schools and community works included under the umbrella of Kildare Ministries. At the beginning of the 2019 school year, Brigidine College also embraced Hospitality – Welcoming All as our theme which is a Key Value from Kildare Ministries, intimately linked to both the Brigidine and Presentation Sisters’ ethos and traditions.

Kildare Ministries Newsletter https://inewsletter.co/vwaJ71/kildare-ministries-newsletter-issue-two/#/0


Families as Literacy Partners

In a recent article in the Teacher magazine published monthly, I came across an article on families supporting literacy with their children. This article struck me as Brigidine College explicitly focuses on literacy skills across all year levels with ‘Write That Essay’.

Whilst for many primary school parents, assisting with reading and literacy is more apparent, could I also suggest that families supporting their daughters in high school with their teachers, can also have a very positive impact on their learning. I understand that many parents provide assistance with particular tasks and I’m also hoping that as our young students progress through high school, their literacy skills continue to improve through the partnership between home and Brigidine. Please consider the sections from a current article;

Nudging parents to be literacy partners

Authors: Orla Colgate, Paul Ginns

Most parents know that reading to a child, and listening to them read, is important. For many, the desire and intention are there, but due to the pressures of family, work, and life in general, home reading and listening to children’s ideas can drop off the list of things to do, especially as a child moves through school.

What did we find?

We found that peer influence among parents increased family participation in the reading challenge. Of the parents who received descriptive norm information, 76 per cent participated in the challenge. This compared to 47 per cent of those in the control group – who received the usual school invitation.

The results indicate that parents can and are influenced by the behaviour of their peers and suggests that the information provided to families can have a socialising affect.

What does this mean for schools?

Increasing participation: Group behaviour often provides evidence of what is considered to be socially appropriate (Cialdini & Goldstein, 2004), and can send a potentially powerful message. Schools can use participation in school reading challenges and participation in literacy events, such as author visits or parent reading workshops, by simply tracking the numbers attending.

Similarity and who we identify with matters: Within schools, individual parents will often develop friendships and social relations with other parents; these commonplace social groups are influenced further by the upsurge in social media networks. In particular, it is the behaviour of those we believe are most similar to ourselves, or those who we wish to identify with, that has also been found to be particularly motivating (Cialdini, 2009). Information learnt through these comparisons has been found to impact individual parents’ home environments.

Social reinforcement: If peoples’ behaviour is shaped by the actions of those around them, but it is not the norm for families in a class to engage in home reading, an alternative option for schools is to share engaged opinions as opposed to popular behaviour, or share absolute numbers that suggest popularity (Martin, 2012).

Alternatively, schools can share details of the most popular books or texts for a specific age. This information can be easily found with an online search and is another way of enforcing and sharing reading norms.

Social belongingness

Social influence can create a type virtuous circle; the more families known to be reading at home with their children, the more likely others will do so too. Leaning on social belongingness is an alternative strategy for teachers to consider when they would like to nudge families to foster home reading and, in doing so, capitalise on shared family literacy opportunities. https://www.teachermagazine.com.au/articles/nudging-parents-to-be-literacy-partners


NAPLAN

As the College prepares students for the NAPLAN tests next week in Years 7 and 9, we are confident that they are well prepared and ready to complete these tasks. Students at Brigidine have always completed these tests to the best of their ability and through the leadership of the Program Leader Middle Years, Curriculum Leaders and teachers, I am sure they will do their best.

Students will again complete the tests online and I also thank the IT Department on their efforts to be sure we are ready. We will welcome their results due by the beginning of Term 3.


Principal’s Notes

With the Principal’s Breakfast Forums continuing this past week, I was joined by the Year 8 parents on Tuesday. This was a great chance to share ideas, discuss important issues as well as ask questions and clarify any further College matters. Key ideas included future pathways, social media and phones as well as how we continue to engage in the wellbeing of students at this critical age. I am looking forward to the Year 9 forum due to be held later this term. All parents are welcome!

UN Voice of Youth

Congratulations to Year 9 student Ameya Jaurigue who has participated in many rounds of UN Voice of Youth, a public speaking and diplomacy competition for high school students.  After completing several heats, Ameya was selected as a state finalist to represent Queensland at the National Finals in Perth.  Travelling to Perth 14-18 April, she presented her speeches, addressing issues in society such as our growing population and fixing our court and justice systems.  During the National finals, not only did Ameya learn different speaking styles but also heard people’s differing opinions on similar issues. Workshops and speaker panels were also completed throughout the event, covering issues ranging from toxic populism and globalization to spectrum debates and how to launch a successful campaign.  Being able to compete against and learn with other states and territories allowed Ameya to broaden her perspective to that of a nationwide one.

The College is very proud of Ameya’s achievements and is motivated to grow her skills and experiences, focusing on a career in diplomacy and international relations.  All students are encouraged to consider participating in UN Voice of Youth this year.

 

Australian National Schools Triathlon Championships

Many congratulations to Gabriella (Gabby) Jackson 9 CH6 who, last weekend, represented Queensland in the above championships at Lake Kawana on the Sunshine Coast.  This national event saw Gabby compete against the best triathletes from across Australia, who all came to contest the national individual and mixed team relay triathlon championship.

On 5 May, Gabby finished 6th in Australia in the Junior Individual Triathlon event and the third Queensland girl across the line.  This resulted in Gabby being selected into one of the Queensland leading junior mixed relay teams who took out the Bronze medal in the Mixed Team Relay National Championships.

Well done Gabby on your outstanding achievements.

 

A Naoimh Bhrid, gui Orainn

Brendan Cahill
Principal

 

 

 

 


Information on Southern Cross chartered bus services for students in Brigidine College and Ambrose Treacy College can be found here:

Please note the following changes to the S64 Bus route with effect from 13 May 2019:

S64 Route Change


There will be a College tour from 10:00am to 12noon followed by the lunch as per the above.


Worldwide Marriage Encounter

A weekend away for married couples in peaceful, picturesque surroundings – away from the distractions of everyday living.  Take time out of your busy schedule, to invest in your most precious asset . . . your Marriage!  This is a unique opportunity to to reconnect, rekindle and refresh your relationship.

Our next weekend will held 2 to 4 August 2019.

Watch our videohttps://drive.google.com/open?id=1nCf1X91YzMjJuVM-ouVILrvltjRnVt7x


Mission News

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Mission News

This week’s Gospel continues the stories of the ongoing presence of the Risen Christ.

John’s Gospel identifies that it is the beloved disciple who recognizes Jesus a long way off from their boat on the lake as they look back towards the beach.

The scene on the lake significantly reflects Jesus first meeting the disciples, inviting them to become fishers of men.  This time the disciples fish through the darkness of the night without any results.  As the dawn rises, the risen Jesus invites them to re-fish and they gather enormous fruits.  This is the moment when John recognizes that it is Jesus who is standing on the beach cooking freshly caught fish.

I remember as a child fishing with my father on the beach and taking freshly caught whiting up to cook for breakfast at Dr English’s beach house on Hedges Ave. Enjoying the fruits of our catch put a smile on everyone’s face.

The house was uneven and we used to play marbles and shoot and it would roll the length of the house on its own. There was no washing machine, but we didn’t complain as you could walk straight out onto the beach from the back door.  It’s interesting how this ramshackle old weatherboard house became a multimillion dollar site some years later!  A hidden jewel on the Gold Coast landscape!

Let us spend time over the coming weeks to look for different jewels; opportunities to see and hear Jesus calling us forward and welcome the risen Christ into our lives.

Andrew Beiers
Deputy Principal Mission

Curriculum Matters

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Curriculum Matters

At this time of the term many students have a number of assessment items due, whether it is interim work, drafts, final assignments or exams. It is important that students are organised, so that they meet all the conditions of the assessment items.

For parents of Year 11 and 12 students, you may be interested in reading the following article by psychologist, Andrew Fuller – How Parents can Support their VCE Student. While this article discusses the Victorian VCE, it is applicable to our Year 11 and 12 students who are completing their QCE, and working towards OP, Tertiary Rank or ATAR outcomes.

Managing a student’s physical and mental health is also important, so that students are able to perform at their best. If your daughter is unwell at any time during assessment periods, she can apply for Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (this was previously known as Special Provision). It is a requirement for students to have a medical certificate if they miss any assessment.

If you have not had an opportunity to look at the Assessment portal of SEQTA Engage, I would suggest that you make yourself familiar with it. There are links to the Assessment Policy and you can also view flow charts for –

  • Procedures to follow due to illness
  • Consequences of non-submission of assessment

If your daughter fails to meet the conditions of any component of an assessment item, she will be expected to complete an assessment detention on the next Thursday afternoon. If Year 7 and 8 students are not meeting the requirements of assessment they will attend an Academic Support session at lunch time on Thursday. You will be notified by email if your daughter is required to attend a detention. We expect that you will support the College and ensure that your daughter is able to attend if required.

Please be aware that all students are required to be in attendance until the final day of term. If students are leaving prior to the end of term, you must inform the College Principal. Early departures can be disruptive to a student’s assessment and may have an impact on QCAA requirements for Year 11 and 12 students. Any exams that are missed due to an early departure are required to be completed when the student returns to school.

NAPLAN

 Next week Year 7 and 9 students complete the 2019 NAPLAN tests. We wish the girls all the best for their commitment and dedication to these tests.

Melissa Dever

Deputy Principal Curriculum

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Study Skills – Dr Prue Salter – Enhanced Learning Educational Services

Barriers to Developing a Good Memory

Many students say ‘I don’t have a good memory’ but there are many barriers to developing a good memory that are able to be overcome. Here are the top 3:

  1. NEGATIVE MINDSET / ATTITUDE

Henry Ford once famously said, “whether you believe you can, or you can’t, you are right”. This refers to your mindset or mental attitude, and the concept that your mind is powerful enough to enable your thoughts to create your reality. If you have a negative attitude to your memory, it will likely reduce your chance of developing and maintaining a good memory. There are some simple steps you can take to start making changes to negative thoughts. Be aware that negative thoughts are just a habit, and habits can be changed with a little effort. Awareness is the key to changing a habit, as you need to consciously be aware of the current habit before you can change it – so start catching yourself in the act of making negative statements. Affirm your intention to improve the way you think. Then correct the negative statement you just made, and make it into a more positive one.

  1. ABSENTMINDEDNESS / NOT PAYING ATTENTION

The first stage of the memory process is encoding the information that is to be remembered – thus the brain uses the senses and emotions to process the information and form a memory. Here are some ways in which you can be less absentminded:

  • Setting an intention to become more attentive.
  • Sitting up front where there are less things to distract you, especially if you have difficulty paying attention in class.
  • Taking notes in class to ensure you listen.
  1. STRESS / ANXIETY

Stress will increase the likelihood of being distracted, resulting in low concentration meaning that information may not be encoded accurately – and thus cannot be later retrieved. Stress may also result in mental blanks. For example, if you’re stressed before an exam, you may not be able to think clearly and access and retrieve the information you need. The best thing to do is to take ten deep breaths and calm down to allow your mind to focus.

Learn more at the Brain and Memory unit on www.studyskillshandbook.com.au, which is available on SEQTA – Assessment and Study Portal.


 

Pastoral News

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Pastoral News

Exam Stress

It may seem premature to discuss exam stress at this time of term. However, with the new QCE assessment structures, learning timelines vary for our senior students. All students at the College have a rigorous learning schedule which requires organisation and planning throughout the term. Sometimes it is hard to relax when you have so many things that require your attention. It is important to integrate relaxation time into your schedule so that wellbeing is maintained.

Kidshelpline has produced helpful resources on dealing with Exam Stress; however, the information can be applied to avoiding stress associated with all types of learning. This resource is proactive and gives sensible advice about avoiding the stage of feeling an inability to cope with responsibilities. The simple yet effective advice may not be new, but as a parent of a Year 12 student I can vouch that it mitigates most worries related to learning:

  • Plan and be organised
  • Create and commit to a routine
  • Switch off social media during study and homework
  • Reward yourself
  • Compartmentalise concerns or distractions
  • Sleep well
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Rest and take breaks
  • Keep hydrated.

A good night’s sleep – often underrated in our busy lives – is essential to wellbeing and learning. The Sleep Connection suggest that good quality sleep helps with:

  • Learning, memory and concentration
  • Emotional health and wellbeing
  • Positive behaviour and decision making
  • Improved energy levels and healthy growth, metabolism and immune system.

Relaxation can be difficult to achieve when there are competing interests and full schedules. Youth Beyond Blue suggests a range of relaxation exercises and strategies to enhance wellbeing. As we look ahead to Term 2, I hope that it is a rewarding and healthy time for your family.

Melinda Egan
(Acting) Deputy Principal Pastoral



 

Chanel House News

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Chanel House News

Chanel Patron Day

On Friday 3 May, Chanel students celebrated their Patron day. We came together to host our very own Carnival.  Students were entertained with sideshow alley games, a photobooth and some delicious ‘old school’ treats. Prize winners of ‘Guess the number of lollies’ and ‘Who’s the baby?’ will be announced at the next College Assembly.  Chanel students would like to thank all staff and students who supported the event. It was a great opportunity for students to try something new, build house spirit and fundraise for Caritas.

Kristin Page

Pastoral Leader Chanel House

Damien House News

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Damien House News

In a few weeks, we will be celebrating Damien Day. It is during this time that we reflect on the life and work of St Damien and what it means for our young Brigidine women in 2019.

St Damien arrived in Hawaii in 1864. His ministry was grounded in working with the people who lived in a leper colony on the island. During his time, St Damien worked tirelessly to build a community that uplifted people by providing care and compassion to lepers who felt excluded and isolated. Remarkably, St Damien chose to remain in the colony rather than being replaced by other volunteers. It was his calling to serve that gifted this community with St Damien’s leadership and care. Although it wasn’t highly contagious, St Damien also contracted leprosy. Unfortunately, this disease soon claimed his life but what St Damien is remembered for is his strength, courage and determination to continue serving which he found through spiritual guidance and prayer. These are qualities that make St Damien a remarkable example for our students to follow and learn from.

In 2019, Brigidine students are faced with societal challenges and injustices that call them to serve with the same courage and care that St Damien exhibited. As people of the 21st century, we are called to move beyond a place of serving self, to serving others. What this change requires is vulnerability. Out of curiosity I watched a Netflix special by Brene Brown, leading me to purchase her book Daring Greatly. Brown (2012) refers to a speech by Theodore Roosevelt in 1910 referred to as “The Man in the Arena.” It is in this speech that Roosevelt concludes that even if you try and fail, know that the failure has only come by daring greatly. Brown identifies that this quote typifies what it means to be vulnerable. “Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both; it’s engaging, it’s being all in” (Brown, 2012, p.2). Vulnerability in this sense, reflects the life and actions of St Damien. The students of Damien House and the whole Brigidine community will spend time during our celebration day reflecting what it means to live in the footsteps of St Damien to serve and have the courage to be vulnerable to others.

We look forward to celebrating Damien Day on Wednesday 29 May.

Nidean Dickson

Pastoral Leader- Damien House

Year 9 Solas Bhride

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Year 9 Solas Bhride

During Week Two, Year 9 engaged with their Solas Bhride program which saw them climbing Mount Coot-tha, completing challenges and team building experiences at Currumbin Beach with Character Builders and reflecting with the guidance of leaders from Project Hatch.

It was a privilege to watch the Year 9 students connect with each other with an elevated spirit of compassion, care and determination to be a more connected cohort. There were exceptional moments where students lived in the spirit of St Brigid, stepped outside their comfort zone and continued to make a positive impact on each other. This positivity was exemplified in the ability of these students to publicly and personally affirm each other’s strength and characteristics that contribute positively to the cohort. I would like to congratulate Year 9 on their ability to be flexible, adaptable and open to new experiences that saw nothing but great rewards of friendship, cohesion and trust.

I would also like to thank all the staff who contributed their time, wisdom and reflection in assisting our students to have such a personal experience. These staff members exemplified what it means to be a part of the Brigidine community and were a great example for the students over these three days.

Nidean Dickson

Pastoral Leader – Damien House

Sporting Ambassadors’ Report

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Sporting Ambassadors’ Report

Over Trimester 1, our Senior and Intermediate volleyballers, Junior and Senior cricketers, and Junior Touch footballers participated in numerous CaSSSA rounds. On Wednesday 1 May, all teams competed for their final position in the tournament. They all played very well, representing the College admirably, as well as working together cohesively as a team.

On 2 May, the Brigidine Under 19 Futsal team (pictured here) were undefeated in the Northern School Trials. In the final, a goal in the final minutes of the game has now qualified the team for the Champion of Champions competition in July. We would like to congratulate these girls for their commitment and hard work.

Following on from the Interhouse Cross Country Carnival in Term 1, our College Cross Country team have been working extremely hard. They have participated in Easter holiday training sessions, as well as attending weekly Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning trainings, where they are rewarded for their efforts with a delicious breakfast. This Wednesday, our girls had a successful meet in Ashgrove with girls from Mt St Michael’s College. We wish everyone well with trainings and the best of luck for the upcoming QCIS and CaSSSA carnivals this month.

With Trimester 1 sports now concluded, Trimester 2 sports have been released. The sporting opportunities that are now available for CaSSSA are Volleyball (Years 7-8), Soccer and Hockey (Yrs 7-12) and Netball (Yrs 9-12) which will commence on Wednesday 22 May. An alternative activity, Girl Power, is also commencing this term. Girl Power is a strength and conditioning class that is held and run within the College. This is a great activity to try if you would like to work on your strength or prefer a non-competitive environment.

We are both excited for the upcoming season and wish you the very best in all your games and trials. Our goal this trimester is to be active leaders and attend both trainings and games to build a relationship with all the girls.

Imogen Kerr and Jessica Palmer

Sporting Ambassadors

Arts Update

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Arts Update

2020 College Arts Tour

Brigidine College Arts Department is coordinating a College Arts Tour for the students across Years 10-12 in 2020, to New York City, USA.

This will be a 12-day tour filled with cultural experiences such as viewing Broadway shows, visiting world class galleries and participating in a variety of workshops. This tour will be open to any students in Years 10-12 in 2020, who participate in any of the cocurricular Arts or curriculum Arts subjects.

The College is partnering with Student Horizons. This company’s goal is to enrich the lives of young people through experiential learning. Student Horizons provide experiences to students that are equally as life-changing as they are life-shaping. We have collaborated with Student Horizons in the preparation of a fantastic itinerary which will inspire students, through workshop experiences with industry professionals, viewing live performances, and seeing some of the true masters of visual art’s works in person. Alongside the Arts component of the tour, students will visit historical and tourist sites and be immersed in the vibrant culture of New York city.

The itinerary will include attending two Broadway shows, viewing the Harlem Gospel Choir, visiting MoMa and the Guggenheim, participating in both performing art and visual art workshops, Radio City and NBC tours, seeing the Statue of Liberty, 9/11 Memorial and so much more.

Students who would like to apply to attend the College Arts Tour are invited to attend a Parent and Student Information Evening on 20 May 2019 at 5:30pm in the Brigid Centre Rehearsal Space. This will be a fantastic opportunity to meet and ask questions of our tour organisers, Student Horizons, who have years of experience in developing educational tours all around the world.

At the Information Evening, parents and caregivers will be given the full itinerary and precise costing.  The approximate costing is $6, 400 Australian dollars. After the Information evening, those who are interested in being considered to participate in this tour are asked to make the initial deposit through the Community Portal. Payment of the initial deposit will be accepted by Community Portal and is a commitment to make all further payments by the due dates outlined in the payment schedule given on the evening.

Placements will be confirmed to all successful students by Week 5 of Term 3 2019. For this trip to be viable a minimum number of 30 students must be reached.

If you have any queries or cannot attend the Parent and Student Information Evening and would like further information please contact Ms Jane Massingham, Director of Arts or Ms Korryn Swindail-Hill, Curriculum Leader for the Arts, here at the College.


Korryn Swindail-Hill

Curriculum Leader for the Arts

Careers News

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Careers News

Edition 6 of the Options Career Bulletin is now available on the Careers Portal.

National Careers Week

National Careers Week is between 13-19 May 2019.  National Careers Week aims to promote the economic, social and personal benefits of career development and celebrate career education.  Fittingly, we will be launching the Year 10 Careers Education unit during National Careers Week!

For many students it can be very stressful thinking about the right future career for them.  The aim of this unit is not necessarily to choose a fixed career but rather identify strengths, interests and values in order to recognize careers of interest and the pathways young people should be ensuring are an option by selecting the correct senior subjects.

All Year 10 students and their families will have an individual appointment to complete a SET Plan with advice from Brigidine College staff as they choose senior subjects.  Year 10 students and their families are also welcome to book a Careers Counselling appointment.  The online booking system can be accessed from the Careers Portal so parents who want to attend can book a convenient time.  Appointments are available from 7:30am – 2:00pm on Mondays and Tuesdays each week.

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

The Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo is a fantastic way for parents to explore opportunities in various industries with their daughter.  You will be able to connect with employing and training organizations and discover the many career, courses and pathway options available.  The Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo is on the 24 and 25 May 2019.

I encourage all families to consider attending this free event.

Resources for Year 12 parents

Several universities provide excellent resources for parents supporting students transitioning from high school to university.  Some examples are:

Scholarships and Bursaries

Indigenous students are encouraged to visit the Aspiration Initiative website which advertises over 800 scholarships available to Australian Indigenous students for undergraduate study at Australian universities.

The National Council of Women of Queensland has launched its 2019 bursary program for female students.  Visit the website for more information and to download the application form.  Applications close on 20 May 2019.

UCAT

A reminder that any Year 12 students considering applying for Medicine or Dentistry that they may need to register for the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).  For a full list of universities that require applicants to sit the test, or to register please visit the official UCAT site.

Registration closes strictly on 17 May 2019.  Please contact Tania Munro if you would like further information.

Tania Munro

Careers Advisor

Languages Department

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Languages Department

French Movie Night

A report by Perrinne Hamilton 10 DP2 and Angelique Mewett 10 DM3

On 4 April after school, we attended the Languages Club French Movie Night. We watched the movie “The Finishers”. It was an inspiring story about a retired iron man whose son, Julien, who has Cerebral Palsy, wishes to participate in an Iron man Triathlon alongside his father. He begs his dad for weeks until he finally gives in. By the time that his father has allowed this, the application time has closed. Julien and his father work hard to participate in the triathlon; they are finally accepted and train for several hours each day. With their share of bumps in the road they make it to the day of the triathlon. They persevere through the gruelling hours of swimming, cycling and running and make it to the finish line.

This film was an emotional rollercoaster for all. It was one of the greatest movies that we’ve seen and would recommend that you all attend these foreign movie sessions in the future.

Japanese Dinner

A report by Gabby Eagleton 12 DP3

On 30 April, the Year 11 and 12 Japanese students were offered the opportunity to attend a Japanese banquet, held at Nonbei in Fortitude Valley. There, we were able to practice our Japanese skills with the staff and our fellow students. Stepping into the restaurant, we felt transported to Japan. The atmosphere and overall night helped solidify our knowledge, and gave us a chance to experience Japanese culture. The food was amazing, first starting off with edamame beans, grilled tofu, and salmon sashimi, before the grill was lit. Nonbei, along with private booths, features large tables with 焼肉 (yakiniku) hot plates. Yakiniku is a style of Japanese dining, similar to Korean BBQ, where the customer cooks their own meat and vegetables over a coal/gas grill inlaid into the table. We cooked our own chicken and beef, pork belly and wagyu. We tried a vegetable not common in Australia called オクラ (Okra), which some loved, others not so much. To finish, we had green tea ice cream with sweet red bean paste and cream. It was wonderful to catch up with our senior peers, especially when our vigorous study routines often wouldn’t permit us otherwise. I speak on behalf of all the students who attended to thank Steven sensei, Byrom sensei, Madam de Vos and the College for this wonderful experience. I’d highly recommend it for future students given the opportunity to attend.

Kanji Workshop

Report by Bella Lazorka 10 CH3

The Year r11 Japanese cohort was privileged to attend a Kanji workshop incursion on 26 April. Mr Watanabe, as the manager of the workshop, taught us the pronunciation, origin and meaning of essential Kanji. We used flashcards to test our ability to recognise the characters and each individual Kanji was explored interactively through a giant grid, with one Kanji per square. We were encouraged to vocalise our knowledge of radicals and meanings within Kanji, our sensei pushing us to gain a greater depth of understanding and make the most of the workshop. Learning a language is extremely difficult; however, with the amusing techniques and liveliness of Mr Watanabe, our understanding of the Japanese language refined itself considerably.

Report by Mia Nguyen 10 DE4

An interesting and fun experience, Kanji expert Hiroshi Watanabe visited our class to teach us some Japanese Kanji. Our class was able to broaden and expand our Kanji knowledge through this workshop. We were given workbooks and participated in various activities such as playing Snap and interacting with students in the class. Through this workshop we learnt new characters such as 森 (forest), 田 (rice field) and 心 (heart). The experience was engaging and a good break from our usual Japanese lessons. Hopefully we are able to do the workshop again as it was really informative!

RE Department News

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RE Department News

A number of Religious Education subject areas are studying Indigenous Spirituality at present. The Year 11 Religion and Ethics classes have commenced a Religions of the World Unit. The world’s oldest living culture, the Australian Indigenous Spiritualities are diverse, highly developed, deeply religious and interconnected with the land.Their assessment task requires them to prepare a presentation for a multifaith gathering where they will share the perspectives of two faiths or religious groups on a number of topics. 

The Year 11 Cert III Christian Ministry and Theology class have commenced an Elective study in Indigenous Spirituality. They have been creatively depicting their understanding of The Dreaming through artworks. We also enjoyed researching Australian Indigenous people, past and present, from many walks of life; artists, musicians, actors, writers, politicians, chefs, academics, activists, sportpeople, comedians etc. Students also investigated sacred sites and their links to songlines. They are looking forward to visiting some of these places, as so many international tourists do, in their future travels.

My Year 10 Religious Education class also commenced their World Religions Unit with research into Indigenous worldviews. We were very lucky to have Year 12 student, Taliah Saylor, speak about her Torres Strait Islander heritage. Her totem is the sea turtle. Taliah talked about kinship and the very close family ties that she enjoys with relatives across the state. She sang two songs for us, one in her language and we will be nominating her to perform at the Talent Showcase later in the term. She has the voice of an angel. Clearly, others agree, as a highlight for Taliah so far, was when she sang at QPAC with Gurrumul, the legendary performer who passed away in 2017. At Brigidine College, we are very privileged to have these opportunities to meet with our indigenous sisters and hear first-hand, the stories of their culture. 

Jenifer Byrne

Curriculum Leader Religious Education

Science News

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Science News

Science Club

Report by Year 10 students Mary Nguyen FO6 and Kim Dinh FO1

The first Science Club event of the year was run by the Year 10 Science Reps assisted by our Year 11 and 12 Science Ambassadors.  It was a huge success! Many students from different year levels attended to make Sherbet which was, surprisingly, actually really good. It was a lot of fun and everyone had a blast, anticipating what the next Science Club event will be about!  Next event will be held during May.


Science Out and About

World Science Festival Breakfast and NASA Display

Report and Photos by Grace Hiley 11 DE5

On 24 March, I attended the UQ World Science Festival Breakfast with my Dad. I won tickets to this event through the UQ Science Ambassador program.

Together with free food, there was a presentation by award-winning Australian Physicist Professor Tamara Davis and an exclusive showing of the NASA exhibition ‘A Human Adventure’. The presentation covered a variety of topics, all of which I really enjoyed. Some of my favourites were about satellite imaging, the most ideal places to position satellites, soundwaves in space left over from the big bang, the Hubble Telescope, stars and supernovas and my top favourite – the expansion of the universe and dark matter. There isn’t usually much information on what a career in astrophysics might be like, so hearing Professor Davis talk about what her career is like and all the amazing things you can do in astrophysics was a fantastic opportunity for me.

The NASA exhibition was like walking through time. Every corner was covered in artefacts and information. It began with the space war where one side of the room was painted blue and devoted to the Americans, and the other was red for the Russians (I couldn’t read much of the red side as it was mostly in Russian!). Then it moved throughout our history in space travel, from early and failed rocket designs to replicas of the moon landing and rockets used today.

My favourite part was all of the rocket engines, and the items from rocket launches and the moon landing like seat belts, metal plating, a lunch box and the actual space suits astronauts wore. I was so enthralled and excited about what I was seeing that for the most part I forgot to take photos, but I do have a few (see below).

World Science Festival: Innovation by Design

Report by Trinity Frost 11 DE6

Wow! I was so inspired by this event.  From vegan leather, 3D bones and fashionable prosthetic limbs, the panel captured the audience’s attention.

A panel of four innovative scientists/artists were under the spotlight sharing their inspirational innovations.  One of the members, Viktoria Modesta, shared her story of how she came to have a prosthetic leg and wanted to create a fashion statement rather than just live with a lifelike limb. Viktoria entered the stage wearing an eye catching diamanté encrusted prosthetic leg wowing the crowd, she instantly caught everyone’s attention. Her inspirational story was shared on how she went from being a depressed teen to turning her life around putting her artistic ideas to the test and making something positive from a traumatic life experience.

Following on from Viktoria, Alice Payne, a Senior lecturer from the University of Queensland, shared her innovative approach to making vegan leather from kombucha Scobey. The host, Jonica Newby, was able to parade a vest and a handbag made purely from the Scobey bacteria.

Towards the end, Biomedical Engineer Dietmar W. Hutmacher caught my attention by sharing his inspiration of creating 3D bones which are now used in today’s practices around the world.

I left the theatre feeling inspired and thankful that I was able to partake in this event.


Science in the Classroom

Year 7 Science

Report by Emilia Montiel CH1

Year 7 has started a Chemistry unit.  Here is a photo of my group in a science experiment which we did this week.   We experimented to see if different solutes could dissolve in water compared to methylated spirits.

Report by Annabelle (Annie) Hibbert DP1

In this experiment we were testing the solubility of solutes in different solvents. We tested different solutes in either water or methylated spirits, and we saw whether it dissolved or not and recorded it in a table. We were also learning about suspensions and colloids.

Year 8 Science

Report by Elianne Hamilton DP5

On 1 May, the 8D class undertook an experiment to create crystals using Copper Sulphate and Potassium Aluminium Sulphate. The purpose of this experiment is to discover how rocks are formed and how the cooling time affected the crystals’ size. For the experiment, we had to heat a beaker filled with 125mL of water (approximately) and continuously add equal amounts of Copper Sulphate and Potassium Aluminium Sulphate, until the chemicals stopped dissolving. A few teams experienced some challenges along the way. This included not letting the water over-heat and begin to bubble furiously and not adding in the correct amount of chemical each time. Once everyone had reached the maximum saturation point, they transferred half of the liquid to a watch glass, while the other half was kept within the beaker to be put in a cooler overnight. The next day, a few students – Deeka, Claire and I – were assigned to check on the crystals’ progress. To our surprise, a few of the liquids within the watch glasses had formed small crystals, although the liquid in the cooler hadn’t created any crystals.

Year 10 Physical Science

Report by Annabelle Irwin CH5

This week the Year 10 Physical Science students conducted practicals to explore the relationship between weight and height and their effect on potential energy. We also went to see how much work it takes for us to walk up the many stairs around school.

Year 10 ‘Eggsperiment’

Report by Archisha Sami

At the end of last term, the Year 10 Physical Science classes conducted an egg drop ‘eggsperiment’. In groups, we created an apparatus which was placed around the egg, to prevent it from breaking when it was dropped from the top level of the Brigid Centre. In this ‘eggsperiment’, we investigated gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy. We found that most of the eggs splattered on the ground: however, there were a few survivors. Overall, this was a fun and educational ‘eggsperience’ where we gained a better understanding of the presence of potential and kinetic energy.

Key Words:  Potential Energy – Stored Energy; Kinetic Energy – Energy of Movement

Year 11 Chemistry

Report by Year 11 Science Ambassadors Jade Nguyen, Anna Nguyen and Danielle Lee

Year 11 Chemistry has been exploring heat capacity and calorimetry. The experiment involved burning specific fuels and determining the heat absorbed by the water in the calorimeter. We were able to compare three fuels to see the difference between the amount of fuel needed to raise the water’s temperature by 35 degrees Celsius. This was a really interesting experiment as we used a different heat source to our usual bunsen burners. It was an experience to conduct an experiment where we used new equipment!

Year 12 Physics

Report by Vy Dinh FO1

During the last week of Term 1, the Year 12 Physics class started the Electricity unit by learning the fine art of water-bending under the masterful instruction of Ms Guthrie. After rubbing a ruler on our jumper/hair, Sabrina and I achieved this gravity-defying trick when we brought the ruler close to a stream of water and caused it to bend towards the ruler. But how was this possible? By rubbing the plastic ruler onto our jumpers, negatively charged particles were being transferred from the jumper to ruler. Hence, the ruler became negatively charged and static electricity is generated. When the negatively charged ruler came near the stream of water, it repelled the electrons in the water so that the side of the water nearest to the ruler had only positive charges. The attraction between these positive charges and the negatively charged ruler caused the water to bend towards the ruler. How cool is that?! And unlike most cool science experiments, this one’s safe to do at home.


Fun Science Facts

by Imogen Kerr 12 DP6

A lightning strike can reach a temperature of 30,000 oC. About 400 people are hit by lightning each year

The human body contains enough carbon for 9,000 pencils

Scientists have estimated that about 95 percent of all the cells in the body are bacteria.


Science Cartoon

by Trinity Waller 12 DM1


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)
Contact: https://telg.com.au/register/

 

 

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
Contact: https://www.qut.edu.au/study/career-advisers-and-teachers/stem-for-schools/vice-chancellors-stem-camp

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)
Contact: https://smp.uq.edu.au/queensland-junior-physics-odyssey

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 https://www.nysf.edu.au/programs/year-12-programs/

 

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
Contact: https://www.scienceexperience.com.au/

 

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
Contact: https://wordpress.as.edu.au/forensic/

 

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
Contact: https://qasmt.eq.edu.au/stem-girl-power-camp/

 

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
Contact: https://ayaa.com.au/AYAF-Bris

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
Contact: https://starportal.edu.au/activity/csiro-science-bootcamp

 

 

 

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
Contact: http://www.anzaas.org.au/youth-anzaas-2018/

 

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
Contact: https://robogalsbrisbane.org/girls-in-robotics-days/

 

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
Contact: http://www.staq.qld.edu.au/competitions/queensland-science-contest/

 

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
Contact: https://www.csiro.au/en/Careers/Work-experience

 

Yours in Science,

Debra Guthrie

Curriculum Leader Science

 

STEM Careers Events

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STEM Careers Events

UQ’s Girls in Computer Science

UQ’s Girls in Computer Science event provides an exciting opportunity for students to discover the wide and varied careers available in the technology and computer science industry.

Open to Year 8 to 12 female students, parents and caregivers, the evening offers students the chance to engage in interactive activities, visit information booths and hear personal experiences from current UQ students, industry experts and UQ alumni. We’re very excited to announce our keynote speaker this year is UQ alumnus and General Manager Digital at CANSTAR, Kim Eupene. Hear from Kim as she shares her reasons behind studying IT, some reflections on her time spent at UQ, and gain advice on what do after finishing a degree. Finally, parents and caregivers will hear from our employability team as they outline career opportunities in the sector as well as co-curricular activities (such as industry networking events and global exchanges) that can provide a competitive advantage when applying for jobs.

When: Thursday 16 May 2019

Time: 6.00 – 7.30pm

Where: Level 3, GHD Auditorium, Advanced Engineering Building (#49)  (Map)

Register here: Click here

More information

 

UQ’s Interaction Design Exhibit

Don’t miss an exciting opportunity to gain an exclusive tour and see how future user experience design professionals are bridging the gap between the physical and digital world!

User experience design, or UX, is changing the way we connect with products, services and each other. Attend this event to experience new ways to interact with digital technology in this rapidly evolving field and view interactive prototypes developed by UQ’s Bachelor of Information Technology (User Experience Design) and Master of Interaction Design students from the course Physical Computing and Interaction Design Studio. The ongoing theme is ‘Designing for playful and open-ended interactions in everyday life’. Within this, broad brief projects will focus on designing for a human value (e.g. social connection, well-being, curiosity), in a specific context – think Internet of Things, tangible interaction and persuasive technology. Projects span internet of things, social computing and tangible interaction applications.

When: Tuesday 28 May 2019

Time: 12.00 – 4.00pm

Where: The Edge, SLQ, Stanley Place, Cultural Centre, South Bank (Map)

Register here: Click here

More information

Mellisa White
Curriculum Leader Technologies

Visual Art Department News

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Visual Art Department News

As part of the Brookfield Show several students’ art works have been entered in the annual Art and Craft Show. The exhibition opening night will take place on Thursday 16 May at 5.00pm with prizes being announced at 6:00pm. The exhibition will continue over the weekend until Sunday 19 May.

Congratulations to the following students:

Year 8: Zoe Arnold, Charlotte Hoger, Rebecca Sansbury, Issy Illingworth, Ailsa Kilpatrick

Year 9: Chloe Holland, Grace Pacitto, Billie Bartley

Year 10: Ashleigh Gordon, Jada Sutton, Caitlyn Nicols

 

Christina Esdaile

Subject Coordinator, Arts

 

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
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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.

Shelter Architects & Planners Pty Ltd

  • Building & Pest Inspection Reports
  • Independent & Expert Witness Reports
  • Pest Management & Treatment

Contact Markus via email: markus@shelterarchitectsplanners.com.au

Or Phone: 0434 631 555

 

DESIGN+CREATE – For All Your Branding Needs

Design+Create is a one-stop-shop, making it easy for our clients to source all of their graphic design, printing and promotional products needs with ease.

We are a full service graphic design, printing and promotional product company with in-house design, quality printing solutions, and thousands of promotional products to choose from.

Communication

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Communication

Be sure to keep up to date with what is happening in College a little faster and easier:

  • 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 johnstonl@brigidine.qld.edu.au.

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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 johnstonl@brigidine.qld.edu.au 

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 …

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P&F Association News

 

Gala Ball

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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!

SUPPORT US NOW

 “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

EARLY BIRD OFFERS

Thank you for your support

Michelle Parcell

Brigidine College Parent & Friends’ Association

0407 119 619

entertainpf@gmail.com

St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal

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St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal

At the St Vincent de Paul group meeting last week, we prepared some posters for our Winter Appeal.

We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Society to distribute to those in need.  The emphasis is on small, easy to eat or prepare items, small tins, packet soups and snacks.  All the posters were great and the Vinnies Captain, Kelsey Webb, judged the winners.

3rd Place: April le Tran and Maddie Foster

Highly Commended: Joelle Abou-Chahla

 

Helen Paviotti and Helen Jeffcoat

St Vincent de Paul Staff Coordinators

Student Environment Leadership Network (SELN)

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Student Environment Leadership Network (SELN)

A report by Trinity Schossow 10 DP3

My name is Trinity Schossow and I am in Year 10.  This year, I have been given an amazing opportunity to represent Brigidine College as a Year 10 Leader, along with Georgie Raworth 10 DP6, as part of the Student Environment Leadership Network. This program offers students from schools across Brisbane, in conjunction with the Brisbane City Council, a place to come together to create a more sustainable and ecofriendly school environment. As part of this program, we are working towards a final project, which will be presented to the College at the end of the year.

Both Georgie and I have a deep respect for the environment and feel passionately that we need to make a change. The SELN program has offered us a platform to voice our beliefs alongside the Environment Club, with both teacher and peer encouragement.

This term, we have attended an Orientation Day at City Hall, followed by our first meeting at the State Library, where we were introduced to our topic and began planning how to reduce waste at Brigidine.  So far, we have looked at global environmental issues and the Government’s actions towards these problems.  We have been put into the position of these leaders, to understand decision making can be difficult, which can ultimately affect other aspects of the world. Together with this, we have gained leadership skills, enabling us to best lead our school in changing for the better. Throughout the journey so far, we have met many students our age similarly as passionate about change. We feel very encouraged by their support.

This year we are targeting waste at Brigo, specifically recycling. Our intention is to make students and staff at Brigidine aware of and enthusiastic about recycling.

Luckily, our support extends further than the SELN program. The Environment Club here at Brigidine meets each week to discuss topics such as making Brigidine a greener place and working on fundraisers and awareness days.  Alongside this group, the school community and the SELN program, we are very excited about creating a more sustainable Brigo environment and are extremely thankful for this opportunity.

Brigid’s Cloak

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Brigid’s Cloak

Brigid’s Cloak Roster

8:00-9:00am

10:15-11:00am

12:15-1:45pm

Monday 13 May

Jenny Crowhurst

Tuesday 14 May

Melanie Wright

Wednesday 15 May

Glenys Piggott

Glenys Piggott

Thursday 16 May

Kerry O’Reilly,

Karen Donelan

Friday 17 May

Nicola Foley

Monday 20 May

Helena Boyce

Tuesday 21 May

Wednesday 22 May

Glenys Piggott

Glenys Piggott

Thursday 23 May

Chinh Dinh,

Kieu Thi

Friday 24 May

Diane Frazer

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.  There are quite a number of items that have been paid for but not collected.  Please check your orders and, if you have ordered items from, please arrange to collect them as soon as possible.

There are also items ordered online awaiting collection as well as Cultural hoodies that have had embroidery completed on them.  Please collect these as soon as possible.

Anne Scott and Janice Bridley

Brigid’s Cloak Coconvenors

 

The Curragh Café

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The Curragh Café

Curragh Cafe Roster

Monday 13 May Fiona Challenor
Tuesday 14 May Sarah Wingate
Wednesday 15 May Jenny Crowhurst
Thursday 16 May
Friday 17 May Nicola Foley
Monday 20 May Marilyn Richards
Tuesday 21 May Gabrielle Lowry
Wednesday 22 May Martina Hayes
Thursday 23 May Lisa Robinson-Pennay
Friday 24 May Toni O’Reilly, Kym McNab

Judy Thannhauser and Janelle Prouatt

Curragh Café Coconvenors

Volunteers Needed!

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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 bookroom@brigidine.qld.edu or ring the direct line / leave a voicemail message on 3002 0625.

Recommended Tutors

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Date Claimers

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Date Claimers

14 May Twilight Open Evening 2:00-6:00pm
14-17 May NAPLAN Online Testing Years 7 and 9
15-17 May Year 11 Solas Bhride
21 May Sorry Day Liturgy 12:00 noon
24 May P&F Mothers & Daughters’ High Tea
26 May National Sorry Day
30 May Year 7 Learning Conference 11:00am-3:00pm
31 May CaSSSA Cross Country Carnival