In this issue

From the Principal’s Desk

Mission News

Curriculum Matters

Pastoral News

and many more…

Technologies Dept. News

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Technologies Dept. News

Mellisa White

Curriculum Leader Technologies

 

 

From the Principal’s Desk

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Prayer 

God of the Waters, help me to know that there will be wilderness,
but the wilderness will turn to a green and fertile land;
In the desert a spring that is in the heart of the rock of my life will begin to flow a river
washing through the chasm of my soul;And I will walk wet with memory when again I touch dry land
‘Be sure that I am with you, I will keep you safe wherever you go.’ Genesis 28:15


Living Justly Charter

Last week I met with the principals and managers of the community works of Kildare Ministries from around Australia. While focused on understanding the Living Justly Charter, this ‘touchstone’ for Kildare Ministries is a working document to refocus how our colleges and community works actively engage in building upon the communities and our intentions into the future.

Courageous Leadership

The Living Justice Charter will embody a community that values human dignity and strives for the common good for all creation. Our ‘transformative vision’ gives witness to the mission of Jesus as a radical figure who disturbed the status quo.

Learning for Justice

The Living Justice Charter seeks to develop a commitment to social action which is grounded in a belief in Jesus. Embedded in every curriculum area our programmes search for opportunities to educate about injustices and develop an attitude for justice. All students are encouraged to actively participate in co-curricular justice activities which not only provide ways that we can express our shared values they also illuminate and remind us of the innate dignity of every human person.

A community of witness

The Living Justice Charter seeks to develop an active, discerning community that speaks out against injustice through action. Such action can be through policy and structures that support the equal and fair participation of all members of the community and it can also be through advocacy and outreach. Such action is always motivated by the advancement of the common good. Each ministry will be recognised as a safe place of communal welcome and inclusivity, places of transformation as the heart is nurtured and a spirituality of justice is engendered within and by all members of the community.

With the interconnected vision and ethos borne from our Brigidine Heritage, it is poignant to reflect on how and why we engage in Living Justice in our 90th Anniversary. When meeting and exploring these values with our staff and students, we take on the responsibility to living justly in a sustainable way with our community and environment. The blessings of St Brigid will continue as Kildare Ministries work to bring this hope-filled work to life.


 

End Semester 1, 2019

When we listen fully to someone, you are more likely to find out what they need. We will then be able to help them more effectively.’ (Ryan, T. 2003)

As we enter the final few weeks of the semester, many of us are consumed by the busy pace and the desire to ‘get things done’. Staff are busy organising assessment and reports, while students and families are keen to complete all the assessment as soon as possible. It is important for students to take it ‘one step at a time’ and to structure and plan their study timetables to complete all items in a timely manner.

The College has many processes and ways to assist students to complete all necessary assessment tasks. Often it is simply a matter of asking the classroom teacher, Curriculum Middle Leader or Pastoral Leader to assist with further direction, more practice tasks or extra time. Please contact teachers to assist with the completion of assessment over the next few weeks.


Enrolments

Following the Twilight Evening a few weeks ago enrolments are confirmed for 2020 with a full cohort expected in Year 7. With a very limited number of spaces available for Year 7 in 2021 and 2022, we are accepting enrolment applications earlier than previously due to demand. Therefore, families of current students who have younger daughters are advised to submit applications early to avoid disappointment.


Principal’s Notes

CaSSSA Cross Country Carnival

Congratulations to the Brigidine College Cross Country team placed fifth overall and third in the Percentage Cup. This is a wonderful effort and a celebration of teamwork and dedication to training and performance. Congratulations to Bridie Ellice and Gabby Jackson for their third place in U13 and U14 divisions. Well done to all members of the Cross Country Squad.

Sapphires and Emeralds Dance Troupes at the BPAC Eisteddfod

Congratulations to the Sapphires who received a place in three performances, as well as a Highly Commended and Commended result in other presentations. The Senior Bridgettes and Emeralds Dance troupes also performed extremely well. Many thanks to the team of tutors, with Courtney Fisher’s leadership being a wonderful role model to all dancers. Well done!

 

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.

Mission News

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Mission News

A Call to be Green!

This week Brigidine College embarked on a significant initiative to embrace recycling and sustainability in a college-wide campaign.  We began with World Environment Day, Wednesday 5 June, exploring sustainability, rescuable garments and protecting flora and fauna.

Stewardship of Creation is a foundational Catholic Social teaching that all Kildare Ministries organizations embrace.

As a community, we have endeavoured to embrace the serious responsibility of our stewardship of creation.  The notion that all individuals have a role to play in saving the gift of our environment is something that most young people easily participate in.  That is, through small acts of conserving energy, recycling, re-using and caring for our world.

Pope Francis reminds us…

“A Christian who doesn’t safeguard creation, who doesn’t make it flourish, is a Christian who isn’t concerned with God’s work”. Meditation, Vatican City, February 9, 2015,

and…

“Our common home is being pillaged, laid waste and harmed with impunity. Cowardice in defending it is a grave sin.”—Speech, Santa Cruz, Bolivi

And finally…

“We received this world as an inheritance from past generations, but also as a loan from future generations, to whom we will have to return it!” Some years ago, Irish band, U2, celebrated the beauty of nature as feminine through the powerful song, Mysterious Ways, using part of the great Canticle of Creation that was written by St Francis of Assisi in the 13th Century.  If you have a moment, please pray this prayer with your family.

Reader 1: Be praised Good Lord for Brother Sun who brings us each new day.

Reader 2: Be praised for Sister Moon: white beauty bright and fair, with wandering stars she moves through the night.

Reader 3: Be praised my Lord for Brother Wind, for air and clouds and the skies of every season.

Reader 4: Be praised for Sister Water: humble, helpful, precious, pure; she cleanses us in rivers and renews us in rain.

Reader 5: Be praised my Lord for Brother fire: he purifies and enlightens us.

Reader 6: Be praised my Lord for Mother Earth: abundant source, all life sustaining; she feeds us bread and fruit and gives us flowers.

Reader 7: Be praised my Lord for the gift of life; for changing dusk and dawn; for touch and scent and song.

Reader 8: Be praised my Lord for those who pardon one another for love of you, and endure sickness and tribulation.

Reader 9: Blessed are they who shall endure it in peace, for they shall be crowned by you.

Reader 10: Be praised Good Lord for sister Death who welcomes us in loving embrace.

Reader 11: Be praised my Lord for all your creation serving you joyfully.   (Francis of Assisi, 1225 A.D.)

We are grateful in the way in which our staff and students have participated in our responsibility to steward our resources into the future.

Andrew Beiers
Deputy Principal Mission


Red Earth

Over the June/July holidays nine Brigidine students will be travelling to remote far north Queensland to participate in the Red Earth Immersion. As part of their journey, the girls will assist traditional land owners in rebuilding some of their community infrastructure. To complete this task, the students must raise money for the materials. The students have made a Go Fund Me page. We would greatly appreciate any donation you could make to support the girls in their project to support Indigenous communities.

DONATE HERE


 

Curriculum Matters

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Curriculum Matters

Year 12 Exam Block

The Term 2 Exam Block for Year 12 students commences on Wednesday 12 June. Students have permission to study at home during this time, unless they have not met the assessment and class work requirements of all their subjects. Please be aware that this is not a time that should be used for taking on extra shifts at work or scheduling appointments. Students should have created organisational study planners to assist them in utilising their time to achieve the best possible outcomes for the end of semester assessment. We ask for your support to help your daughters manage their time.

If your daughter is ill during exam block, she must have a medical certificate, so that special provision can be applied.

Assessment and Illness

While we hope that all students remain healthy during this assessment period, unfortunately some students do get ill. Special provision and arrangements can be made for students if this happens. It is important that you follow the processes that have been put in place for managing students with illness. This is outlined in the Procedures to Follow Due to Illness on the Assessment and Study portal on SEQTA.  All students who miss any exam must complete a Request for Amendment to Assessment Conditions, which should be given to their classroom teacher.

If amendments are are required for more than 1 subject the student must apply for Special Provision by contacting the:

  • Middle Years Program Leader – Ms Sligar (Year 7 – 9)
  • Senior Years Program Leader – Mr Crawford (Year 10 – 12)

Assessment and Feedback

As students prepare for their final assessment tasks for the semester, it is valuable for them to review and reflect on the task that they have already completed this semester.

As you are aware, all assessment feedback is now being provided through SEQTA.

The feedback may be provided in a variety of formats and you could expect to see differences across the subjects. Some of the strategies that have been utilised include:

  • SEQTA comment
  • criteria sheet and comment
  • detailed criteria sheet
  • checklist

The following process outlines the steps required to view the feedback in SEQTA. Your daughter’s can also view this in their SEQTA Learn, and should be able to assist you in navigating SEQTA.

Login to SEQTA and choose Assessments from the left hand panel.

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

Click on the grade/result 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.

Providing this online feedback means that, you are receiving more regular feedback on your daughter’s progress after each assessment item. The process of providing the feedback through SEQTA can take a few weeks after the due date, as staff are required to mark the work, moderate the work with other teachers and then organise for comments and documents to be uploaded to SEQTA.

While this feedback is on the final piece of work, it is important to understand that teachers provide a variety of feedback strategies with students throughout the learning and drafting processes. This is implemented in several different ways, including written and verbal feedback with individual students, groups of students or the whole class.

As part of our Growth Mindset strategy, all students are asked to complete online reflections about their results. While the feedback itself is valuable, what matters most is what students do with the feedback. They should be able to focus on the feedback that has been given and consider strategies that they will act on to improve their work in the future.

It would be valuable to spend time with your daughter reviewing the feedback provided on her completed assessment and her own reflections about her learning. This can be helpful for the students to then set goals about their own learning in each of their subjects. The Study Skills Handbook, which is available on the Assessment Portal on SEQTA has a unit called After Tests and Exams, that could provide you with some strategies or ideas about assisting your daughter.

Melissa Dever

Deputy Principal Curriculum


Study Skills – Dr Prue Salter –  Enhanced Learning Educational Services

Improving Typing and Handwriting Skills

So you don’t have much homework tonight? Assignments and study notes up to date? Have you ever thought about spending a bit of time each night learning touch typing?

Touch Typing is when you can type without looking at the keys while you type. This means you can type much faster than if you had to look and see where each key is, and it means you can keep looking at whatever it is you are typing instead of the keys. This is an incredibly useful skill to develop – it will help you at school and later in life as well, improving your efficiency and speeding up work on assignments and essays. Once you learn touch typing, you will know where the keys are located on the keyboard through your sense of touch and you will be able to look at the screen or whatever you are typing rather than the keyboard.

On www.studyskillshandbook.com.au there is a section to get you started on your journey of learning touch typing. Click on unit Technology Tools and on the Learning Touch Typing page you will find links to lots of free software to help you develop your touch typing skills as well as some great tips to get you started. There is also a discount voucher to the professional TypeQuick course. Being able to touch type will definitely make life easier for the students in the senior years and beyond. 10 minutes practice a day could end up making a big difference.

But don’t neglect your handwriting skills either. As long as you have to submit handwritten work or handwrite for tests and exams it is also important to improve the legibility and speed of your handwriting. Go to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au and visit the Writing Skills unit and click on the Improving Handwriting section. You’ll find some excellent strategies for improving your handwriting as well as some special pens that can assist you with this such as the RingPen shown below.

Should students type or handwrite their study notes?

Short answer, they are better off doing whatever the exam or test will be. So if the exam is handwritten, it is better to handwrite notes. This creates muscle memory, it sets up a pattern in the brain of what they will be doing in the exam. If they do not have exams, then it does not really matter, they can choose to either type or handwrite their notes.

For students who do have written exams, they are better off getting used to writing as much as possible, especially as students do less and less pen to paper and more and more on the keyboard.  It is also argued that by writing the information, you set up pathways of familiarity and recognition in your brain that will kick in when you are in an examination situation.

On the other hand, some subjects have so much content that to try and wade through it with handwritten study notes would take forever.  A good compromise for students who would prefer to type is to start making initial notes on the computer as this allows you to cut and paste, group information and rearrange it with ease. Once you have a core set of notes completed, you may like to further summarise some sections on paper using a more graphical or visual form of note-taking such as mind-mapping. And when you are learning the notes, read a section, then see what you can write without looking, this way you will be testing if the information is in long-term memory and practicing your handwriting at the same time!

Given that students now have to be masters of both the pen and the keyboard it is important to develop both legible handwriting and touch typing skills. When exams all go to typing at some stage, which they will inevitably do, everything will change.

Learn more this year about how to work effectively at home and at school by working through the units on www.studyskillshandbook.com.au, which is available on SEQTA – Assessment and Study Portal. Students may find it valuable to work through the units from the IMPROVING HOW YOU STUDY section.

Pastoral News

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Wellbeing Program

Have you noticed that many people and organisations are interested in defining and describing wellbeing? Wellbeing is a holistic concept and important to all our lives – students, parents and teachers alike. Everyone works towards increasing their wellbeing – by becoming more self-aware and making good choices – despite challenges and stressors in life.  The aim of our Wellbeing Program is to enable Brigidine young women to achieve their full potential and flourish. This Program endeavours to educate the whole person, including spiritual, emotional, physical and cultural growth. Holistic education focuses on the fullest possible development of the person, encouraging individuals to become the very best or finest that they can be and enabling them to experience all they can from life and reach their goals (Forbes, 2003).

The mission and values of the College inform the Wellbeing Program with a focus on ‘Inspiring young women to be the difference’; to encourage our students to understand themselves, build positive relationships and contribute positively to society. The Wellbeing Program comprises of 1 lesson per week; and includes Solas Bhride – an extension experience outside the classroom – once per year in each year level across the College. This term, Wellbeing units are focussed on the following topics:

Year 7 – Growth Mindset

Year 8 – Self- Concept, Emotions and Relationships

Year 9 – Digital Identity and Reputation

Year 10 – Career Planning

Year 11 – Developing Leadership Skills

Year 12 – My Body, My Choice

I strongly encourage parents to have conversations with your daughter about the Wellbeing Program topics each term. Exploring these kinds of topics enables students, over their time at Brigidine, to develop self-awareness and an increasingly mature ability to have a positive impact in the lives of others. Thank you to parents who completed the Wellbeing Program Review survey recently. Your input is valued and useful to the evaluation and development of the Program.

Parenting Resources

Parenting a teen can sometimes be a challenging experience, and there are many valuable parenting resources and readings available to offer support. A recent article from child psychologist, Kirrilie Smout, Giving teenagers more freedom can be good for mental health offers insight about the benefits of a gradual release of responsibility and decision-making for teenagers. A helpful online resource for parents is the Australian Government’s Raising Children website, with a useful section on teen-parent relationships. Parentline is a resource parents can connect with on 1300 301 300 – 7 days a week, 8am-10pm.

90th Anniversary Celebrations

As we continue to celebrate our 90th Anniversary, Years 9-12 students from Brigidine and Ambrose Treacy College are invited to a ‘Through the Generations’ Dance on Friday 2 August from 7.00-10.00pm in Kildare Hall. Students may come in costume to represent an era from the past 90 years. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from https://www.trybooking.com/511685. Years 7 and 8 Brigidine students are invited to a Movie Event on Friday 2 August from 3.15-6.15pm in the Rehearsal Space. An invitation will soon be sent to parents of Years 7-8 students to accept their daughter’s participation at this Movie Event. The students will vote for their preferred film for the evening (G/PG rating). On the evening students will enjoy a movie trivia competition with prizes; and ice-creams and popcorn will be available.

Melinda Egan
(Acting) Deputy Principal Pastoral

Asst Principal Professional Teaching & Learning

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Study Skills and Academic Integrity

Parent Evening for our Senior School Students

Last week, Brigidine College hosted a parent information evening focusing on developing effective study skills and academic integrity.

The presentation included evidence-based findings using the latest neuroscience research and cognitive psychology to promote the type of study and learning techniques that has been scientifically demonstrated as the most effective. ‘Massing’ and the ‘Learning Curve vs Forgetting Curve’ were also evaluated as to why they do not help in long-term knowledge retention.

Wanting to share good practice, our Year 11 and 12 students explained their experiences related to time management: balancing school, co-curricular events, family time and in some cases, casual work to optimise their learning. A number of mobile phone apps were highlighted to help aide our students with tools to stay on task, monitor their usage and be mindful of their mental health.

Lastly, an understanding of the expectations around academic integrity were presented, giving families a time to work through the course together which helped to create a shared understanding in the processes.

We thank our families for making the time to come to the information evening to aide your daughter’s learning as she progresses through senior school and beyond. Hopefully you are equipped with a range of strategies to help your daughter study effectively.

I would also like to thank Mr John Crawford, Program Leader Senior School for his expertise and time, as well as our students Nicola Read, Ella McHugh, Olivia Durrheim, Vy Dinh and Trish Dinh. Their ability to share with the group their experiences and tools was greatly appreciated by all.


Interleaving at Brigidine College

There are many ways our students learn. Research and evidence-based practices are making their way into the classroom to support teachers to promote higher achievement levels for their students. Brigidine College has been implementing these to encourage our students to work better on the right things.

One website that has a lot of helpful information for teachers, students and parents is The Learning Scientists. The research from cognitive psychologists promote six strategies for effective learning (Figure 1). By focusing on teaching the WTE sentence types and paragraph styles, teachers have been using the interleaving technique to encourage students to develop their communication skills. By switching the skill between all their studied subjects, they are making new connections between the topics and strengthening the memory or learning. This type of practise is hard and does not feel as successful as blocking or massing learning. Research has found that “interleaved practice produces poorer accuracy and speed during learning, but improved accuracy and speed on a later testing session” (Shea & Morgan, 1979). Hence, the long-term learning is achieved as students improve their precision, punctuation, sentence length, and structure to name a few.

Figure 1: Six strategies for effective learning (The Learning Scientists, 2019)

The English department worked with WTE consultant Stew Duff last week demonstrating the different ways their classes were interleaving the skill of writing in their lessons.
Examples are:

  • Mrs Niesha Hart’s 9 English class whose focus was fluency when analysing in a class task.
  • Ms Riane Ryan’s 8 English class who used the paragraph styles to communicate their analysis of poetry relating to emotional response and representation of imagery.
  • Mr Michael Civitano’s 7 English class who wrote an imaginative piece of another character’s perspective from Cinderella focusing on sentence variety.
  • Mrs Nicole Kapernick’s 8 English class in groups collaboratively wrote a short story that had strict rules to abide by such as using the provided stimulus, sentence cards and other elements.
  • Ms Jody Spear’s 10 English class worked in groups taking on a character role from the short movie ‘Jeremy the Dud’. Students wrote using the lawyer paragraph: Point-type of prejudice, Why-analysing effect and broad social issue, Evidence-examples to support type of discrimination, Sum-up-overall effect of treatment/discrimination/prejudice.
  • Ms Renee Dunne’s 9 English class edited their work, focusing on precision and fluency by circling the first two words of each sentence and drawing conclusions as to where sentence variety had been used. Students came to the conclusion that without fluency, comes monotony – a powerful discovery for all learners.

Congratulations to the English department for their commitment to the writing program.

Due to the popularity and positive feedback regarding our Parent Information Evening on Write that Essay that was held earlier in the year, Brigidine College will be hosting a more intimate information evening for our parents in August. Please keep an eye out for updates and how to book tickets in the newsletter and Facebook page. Numbers will be limited.

References:

Shea, J. & Morgan, R. (1979). Contextual inference effects on the acquisition, retention and transfer of a motor skill. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Learning and Memory, 5, 179 – 187.

The Learning Scientists. (2019, May). Six Strategies for Effective Learning. Retrieved from: www.learningscientists.org

Allison Johansen
(Acting) Assistant Principal Professional Teaching & Learning

Damien House News

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Damien House News

Damien Day

Poet, scholar and theologian Rumi said, “Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”

This quote framed the essence of Damien Day that was celebrated on 29 May. In 2019, as a House we are striving to connect with the spirit of the mission of St Damien and understand the value and true meaning of what it means to be a student in Damien House at Brigidine College. The celebrations on Damien Day were, by far, the clearest lived example of the heart of the students who proudly belong to Damien.

Aside from the excitement in being able to purchase ice cream from Ruby the Little Red Ice Cream Van, there was a clear energy in the air with students who contributed to causes and activities that were for the benefit of putting others before themselves. By purchasing warm fuzzies for a friend to show gratitude, contributing to an artwork representative of the six Houses or by wrapping books for the Unknown Project, the students at Brigidine College exhibited that values of a Brigidine student in the most authentic way.

The message of my reflection at Mass was to live in the spirit of hope, hospitality and humanity. Although this is a timeless message, for 2019 and for students of Damien House, it was a reflection to prompt the students to understand that their deepest presence needs to be known for the benefit of making a more hopeful, hospitable and human-centred community.

Nidean Dickson

Damien Pastoral Leader

Damien House Prefects’ Update

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Damien House Prefects’ Update

Well what a year so far it has been for Damien House.

The Interhouse Swimming Carnival started the year off with a bang where the Damien girls jumped straight into the deep end showed what we are all about. It was a sea of blue with many eager to participate in the fun 10-minute marathon. Overall, we came away with second place and were extremely proud of the girls.

This year we wanted to give Damien something to work towards, so we chose a theme for the House to live out this year. Our theme, announced at House Assembly, was Spirit. We chose this theme as the House needs more enthusiasm and encouragement; we believe that choosing to have this as our 2019 theme will encourage us to strive for an increased level of spirit. To try and get girls to work on this theme an inter-Home Room competition was created to encourage girls to get more involved with their House.

In our most recent House Assembly, we began to learn Celebration Day dances with all girls showing enthusiasm and spirit. Home Rooms have been practicing every week so that they are ready and we cannot wait to see the final product!

Last week saw our Patron, St Damien of Molokai’s feast day, where the spirit of Damien was really set alight. The day began with Mass with all of the Damien girls attending. Lunch time was where the big celebrations began as Ruby the Little Ice Cream Van came along, giving everyone a taste of real ice-cream! Face painting, Guess the Cookies in the Jar, Warm Fuzzies were just some of the fun stalls set up during the day. There was also a mosaic where students could come and stick a puzzle piece on a picture of the flame of St Brigid as a way to represent all the Houses connecting together. Another stall involved the Unknown Project where girls donated books and then at lunchtime, wrapped the books in butcher’s paper and wrote three things about the book, so it remained a mystery.

It has been such a privilege to be the Damien Prefects of 2019 and we cannot wait to see what the rest of the year holds for the House.

Lilya Boundy and Olivia Chalk

Damien House Prefects

Mission Ambassadors’ Report

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Mission Ambassadors’ Report

This has been a very busy semester for the Missionary groups. Firstly we had the annual Vinnies Eggs on Legs drive, the Justice and Democracy Movie Night and speakers from Missionaries of the Poor.

Our most recent event was the Ambrose Treacy -v- Brigidine Netball match to raise money for Vinnies and have a fun afternoon of school spirit and forming new connections with ATC.

This week we had Environment Day. It took a lot of preparation from the Environment Club, Justice and Democracy groups and SELN members and was a great day for raising awareness about our environment and allow the girls an opportunity to interact with the students from Holy Family Primary School.

The various missionary groups are always excited to welcome new members so please feel free to talk to one/both of us if you are interested in joining a group; we would love to have you.

Skye Fitzpatrick and Kelsey Webb

Mission Ambassadors

Middle School Leaders’ Update

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Middle School Leaders’ Update

yLead Altitude Day

A report by Sami Lane

On 29 May, the 12 Middle School Leaders embarked on a trip to City Hall to participate in the yLead Altitude Day Conference. This day was an amazing opportunity that allowed us to be pushed out of our comfort zones and learn how to be a real leader. Throughout the day we had the privilege of listening to three motivational speakers. Each taught us many lessons that will stick with us forever on our journey of leadership. A lesson that I really took out of this day is to dream bigger and aspire to do whatever will make you happy in the future. During the day, we were challenged to sit with new people from other schools and although this was a little scary, it was really exciting. We made so many new friends and we are all extremely grateful for our time at yLead. Thank you to Mrs Ong for taking us all on this wonderful excursion. Below are a few comments on what the day meant to some of the other leaders.

Chelsea Smith: Altitude Day was an inspirational and fun-filled day with many learning opportunities. It taught me to realise the possibilities of the future and not to let anything stop me.

Josie Riddell: Altitude Day was an empowering, effective and eye-opening day. It has made me realise all the possibilities and give me tips to put my dreams into action.

Sophie Donelan: Altitude Day was such an amazing day and an inspirational experience. What stood out to me the most was the speech by Ben Pettingill who spoke about how to not let your challenges get the better of you. He was such an inspiration. I enjoyed every part of Altitude Day.

Emily Bennett: The day was extremely inspiring and a great way to learn about leadership and what makes a great leader.  My favourite part of the day was when we had talks from the guest speakers and they shared their stories.

Mevni Sooriyaarachchi: The many speakers taught me a great deal about being motivated, a good leader and an overall good person to others. The day was exciting as I met new people and learnt new things about my fellow leaders and it was an opportunity that I will never forget; revealing a great deal about how leadership works both outside and inside school.

 

Dance Now Holiday Workshop

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Dance Now Holiday Workshop

Brigidine College is hosting an exciting 3-day holiday Dance program this July. Dance Now! is an immersive workshop for boys and girls in Years 4, 5 and 6 to learn Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary and Musical Theatre. Students will learn from experienced dance teachers, alongside new friends and will perform on their final day. The workshop will allow students to gain confidence from performing and interacting with new people, while experiencing the joy of dance.

The workshop will run from 9:00am – 3:30pm on Monday 8 July – Wednesday 10 July at Brigidine College, Brigid Centre. The workshop is $130 per student (excluding ticket merchant fees), which includes experienced mentoring and a free BBQ on the final day.

If you know a student or family that would be interested in attending, please feel free to pass on the information and registration link. All are welcome.

Registrations close Friday 14 June. Head to: https://www.brigidine.qld.edu.au/dance-now-holiday-workshop/

 

Humanities Dept News

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Humanities Dept News

 

 

 

Year 12 Field Trip

This month, Year 12 Geography students underwent a field trip to Lone Pine to study the importance of Biodiversity and the Flying Fox Camp in Mt Ommaney where field observations were taken. The Course Superintendent from the McLeod Golf Club discussed the issue with the students and the Education Officer from Bats Conservation and Rescue Queensland brought some rescue bats along to observe.

Lucy Siddle MK2 reports:

On 2 May my Geography class travelled to Lone Pine and the Mount Ommaney Bat Camp for research purposes and to listen to an expert together with the groundsman from McLeod Golf Club. At Lone Pine we learnt about the importance of a keystone species and the role they play in an ecosystem. My favourite part of the day was at Lone Pine when we learnt about owls and their importance to the ecosystem.

Domenica Strachan

(Acting) Curriculum Leader Humanities

Languages Dept News

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Languages Dept News

French Dinner

Report by Cate Brown 9 MK2

On 27 May, French students from Years 9 and 10 had the pleasure of enjoying a dinner at Lutèce Restaurant with other students from St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace. Excitement was in the air as the students waited in anticipation at the entrance of the restaurant, and friends were huddled together discussing their outfits and dish choices. On the menu for us that night were meals such as: ‘Volaille rôtie aux champignons, pomme purée et petits pois à la française’ (Chicken Breast with roasted mushroom sauce, potato Mousseline and peas) and ‘Fillet de boeuf grillé sauce béarnaise, pomme frites et laitue en salade’ (Grilled beef tenderloin in Bearnaise sauce with chips and salad).

The meals were delicious and before we could all decide that we had eaten enough, dessert came out. All ideas of being full went out the window as we were presented with Profiteroles and Crème Brûlée. It was an interesting and fun experience, and having dinner with some Terrace boys was certainly something new for most of us. It was very enjoyable and we can’t wait to do it again next year.

Language Club

Report by Gabby Eagleton 12 DP3

This term, the Language Club has been hosting mini language lessons.  Every week is a new language hosted by a student.

This last week, we were taught Sinhalese by Rashmi Kahawatta.  We were introduced to Sri Lankan culture, as well as the alphabet.  The alphabet is very unique, so we struggled a bit in the beginning.  However, as the lesson continued, we grew somewhat used to the phonetics of the language and the pronunciation of the phrases.  We learned basic greetings, numbers and useful phrases for travel.

Rashmi did a wonderful job educating us in the culture and language of her people and, on behalf of the Language Club, I’d like to thank her for her contribution and wonderful presentation!

Next up in Language Club is Italian, so come along and try!

Maths Dept News

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Maths Dept News

 

 

Maths Team Challenge

Report by Cate Brown 9 MK2

On Friday 24 May, a group of girls from Years 7 to 10 ventured out to Indooroopilly State High School to compete in the Metropolitan West Mathematics Teams Challenge. Two students, Wishmi Kahawatta Palliya Guruge and myself, competed in this challenge for the third year in a row, and still thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. My team, consisting of Ashleigh Gordon, Rosie Pope, Ella Donaldson and Wishmi, all competed at the Intermediate level. The questions were very challenging, and we were very proud to get the score that we received. It was a fun and interesting experience and, if given the opportunity, I would be happy to compete again next year.

Report by Mia Kerr 7 DM6

Last month, I was invited to a Mathematics Team Challenge competition with other girls from Brigidine. I competed in the Junior section with Jeanri De Beer, Evie Gaydon, Georgia Lovisa, Sofia Jessett, Shavini Kariyawasam, Abbey Adams, Lauren Bowe, Alice Fiorini, Jaymie Goss, Sophie McLeod and Maddie Minty. I loved working on the maths problems with them. From this competition, I learnt how to have a growth mindset when I was on a hard question and also came away with new friendships. Even though my team didn’t win, I loved the experience of going to the competition.

Helen Paviotti

Maths Teacher

Science News

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Science News

Science Out and About

Congratulations to Abbey Steel,  Patricia Consoli and Charlotte Kemlo (Year 10 team) – winners of the “Design and Make a Boat” Competition at Science Club event last Friday.  Well done girls!

Congratulations to Lara Kenny Year 10 who has been accepted to attend the Junior Physics Odyssey in the June/July holidays.


Science in the Classroom

Year 7 Science

Report and photo by Emilia Montiel

Year 7 in Term 2 are studying a unit on Chemistry.   We completed an investigation that tested the differences in time it took for an Alka-Seltzer tablet to dissolve in different conditions. We tested conditions such as different temperatures of the solvent and different solvents such as water and vinegar.

Report and photo by Jessica Persich

Our aim was to investigate the amount of time it takes for alka-selzer to dissolve in water and vinegar. Below are some photos of alka-selzer dissolving in vinegar.

Year 9 Science

Report and photo by Julia Montiel

This week in Year 9 science we have been taking part in brain dissections. It was a great way of getting an insight into the appearance and colours of the different parts of the brain.

Report by Charlotte Cattell

On 24 May, 9C Science finished their sub-unit on the nervous system, completing the sheep brain dissection. All eager to get started, we gathered the appropriate materials and ensured we had all required safety materials.

After a quick safety lecture, we began to identify the different parts of the brain. It was amazing how, in a matter of minutes, everyone was able to identify the cerebrum, the cerebellum, and the brainstem, consisting of the pons, midbrain and the medulla. After listening to instructions from our science teacher, we began to dissect the brain. Firstly, we made an incision in order to remove the cerebellum from the brain stem. After observing the structure of the cerebellum, we made an incision down the middle, allowing us to view white and grey brain matter.

Then, after removing the brain stem from the cerebrum, and looking at the glands located inside, we identified the two hemispheres of the brain. Next, we made an incision between the two hemispheres of the cerebrum, dividing it into two. As a group, we took turns cutting the singular hemispheres into halves, allowing us to again, identify the grey matter from the white matter.

After cleaning up our equipment and washing our hands thoroughly, my friends and I all agreed that it was interesting to be able to see the different parts of the brain in a hands-on activity, and it was a great way to extend our learning.

Report and photos by Olivia Seiler

On 28 May, our Year 9 Science class completed dissection of a sheep’s brain.  We have been studying the brain and its functions as part of our investigation of the nervous system. Through dissecting the brain, we were able to develop a 3D perspective of the brain to deepen our understandings of its functions. We learnt how to identify many principal structures such as the cerebrum, medulla, olfactory bulbs and the optic chiasm. An interesting discovery was the pituitary gland, whilst it is located in the base of the brain, the pituitary gland is part of the endocrine system and is often considered the ‘master gland’. Overall, the dissection helped us to comprehensively understand the mammalian brain.

Year 11 Biology

Report and photos by Lily Nugent

The Year 11 Biology students are working hard on their student experiments that reflect our unit 1 topic of multi-cellular organisms. For our experimental investigation, we are researching the effects of surface area on the rate of diffusion. We are also investigating the effects of acidic, basic and neutral solutions on cell diffusion in agar-made cells, using hydrochloric acid, bleach and distilled water. After each investigation is conducted, we measure how far the solution has diffused through the membrane of the agar cube in 10 minutes. Other Biology students are investigating enzyme activity, the permeable nature of cells and photosynthesis in a range of highly developed experiments.

Year 11 Physics

Report and photos by Emma Crowhurst

Recently the Year 11 Physics class with Mrs Holtz and Miss Beck recorded some electrical data using ammeters, voltmeters, carbon resistors and rheostat variable resistors in a circuit. It was interesting to see the relationship between the voltage, current and resistors in the circuit. Through studying Ohm’s law, which states that for a given resistance, current is directly proportional to potential differences (voltage), we were able to prove if the resistors were ohmic or non-ohmic. Through this practical we were able to see that as the voltage increases, the current increases in a linear pattern meaning the rate of increase between current and voltage is constant, proving that the resistor was ohmic and follows Ohm’s law.

 


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/

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

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/

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

Interesting STEM fact by Ameya Jaurigue


 

 

Fun Science Cartoons from Patricia Consoli, Trinity Frost, Ava Gardner and Trish Dinh

Yours in Science,

Debra Guthrie

Curriculum Leader Science

STEM Events in the School Holidays

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STEM Events in the School Holidays

 

Discover STEM at QUT these school holidays

Code a solar system
8 and 11 July 2019 | Grades 8 – 12 or Ages 14 – 18 | $25

In this STEM workshop, students will work together to create an orbiting robotic solar system using Sphero robots. This workshop provides students with an introduction to coding and investigates the relationships between planet mass, orbit, orbital speed, and distance from the sun.  More information.

 

Green energy: Big data
8 July 2019 | Grades 7 – 9 or Ages 13 – 15 | $25

In this STEM workshop, students will see how maths and engineering can work together to achieve a greener built environment. Students will take a tour of QUT’s ‘5-Star Green Star’ Science and Engineering Centre to see how this smart building continually monitors and adjusts its internal and external environment. More information.

 

Understanding space-time and relativity
10 July 2019 | Grades 11 – 12 or Ages 16 – 18 | $35

This workshop will introduce students to the concepts of gravity, special and general relativity and time travel, and how they can be applied to better understand the universe. Students will use Physics Observatory on The Cube screens to visit planets in our solar system and explore the effects of changing gravity. More information.

 

Mechatronics: Bionic arms
11 July 2019 | Grades 9 – 10 or Ages 14 – 15 | $25

In this STEM workshop, students will use the engineering principles of mechatronics to construct a robot arm from a range of components and motors. Based on their selected components, students mathematically determine the physical limits of a prosthetic arm. More information.

 

Mellisa White 

Curriculum Leader Technologies

Milpera Karibu Club Update

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Milpera Karibu Club Update

Report by Trinity Waller

This week was our last Karibu session for Term 2. We met in the Foley Art room to do scrapbook collages. We used photos taken from previous weeks and pages from old National Geographic magazines. The scissors and glue sticks were busy. It was great to sit together at the end of a school day and be creative. Thanks to Maddie Foster, Miss Steph and Mrs Jeffcoat for the yummy afternoon tea. It is the end of term and we are just getting to know each other. So far we have made felt jewellery, danced, sung and now made a collage. We’re looking forward to meeting again in Term 3.

Thinking back on Karibu, outreach service opportunities allows you to step outside of the classroom and into the real world. It is a chance to listen to stories of lived experience, foster a capacity to genuinely understand and form relationships with a variety of people from all walks of life. Participation in these activities provides a much broader perspective, reduces stress and gives a break from study whilst allowing you to connect with girls you wouldn’t usually meet.

St Vincent de Paul Group Update

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St Vincent de Paul Group Update

Brigidine v ATC Basketball

The Brigidine v Ambrose Treacy College Basketball match on Friday 31 May was great fun and a good fundraiser for Vinnies.  We took $138 on the door and made a substantial amount on the BBQ.  The match was a tough one as the boys were a lot taller than our girls; a huge advantage in Basketball.  The final score was 20-17 in ATC’s favour.

Sophie Tennent and Umpire Amy Challenor

Laura Bryan and Sabrina Zaman – what’s a BBQ without sauce?

Counting the takings – Sophie Tennent, Laura Bryan, Eva Bamfield and Sabrina Zaman


Year 9 students Teak Wynn and Taliyah Muller with Stella Wheatley


Thanks to Mr Beiers and helpers Teak Wynn and Taliyah Muller for running the BBQ.

(Mrs) Helen Jeffcoat

St Vincent de Paul Group

Sports News

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Sports News

CaSSSA Cross Country

What a beautiful day in Ipswich it was last Friday for the annual CaSSSA Cross Country Carnival held at Limestone Park.

The girls had been preparing for the past 7 weeks for this pinnacle event and their efforts did not go unnoticed. Our preparation began at the end of Term 1 and continued with morning training sessions 3 times a week, preparation meets, QCIS in Warwick and finished off with a Yoga and Pasta night the Thursday before CaSSSA.

Pasta Night!

The Carnival began with our Open runners (17-19yrs) which saw 13 runners represent Brigidine. Our team finished 4th overall in this age group with a special mention to Nicola Read, Laura Davis and Trinity Waller who all finished in the top 20.

17-19 Years

Next up were our 16 years runners, unfortunately we lost a runner on the course due to injury, but the rest of the girl pulled their weight and did their best. We finished 6th overall in this age group with a special mention to Lane Wesson and Georgina Angus-Hellyer who both finished top 20 in the race.

Lane Wesson 3rd Place 16 Years

15 years age group seems to always be the most competitive age group and what a race it was. Amie Ryan finished in the top 10 and Lara Kenny finished in the top 20. Overall our 15 years team finished up in 5th position. Well done.

Lara Kenny

The 14 Years age group had a lot of pressure on them after last year’s podium finish. They all competed so well with some outstanding performances. Gabby Jackson placed 3rd, Maddie Ellice 5th and Emma Neish 15th. The age group finished 4th overall only 7 points behind 2nd place St Rita’s College. Well done girls, what an achievement.

14 Years

13 years age group were extremely eager for their race and it showed in their results. Special mention to Bridie Ellice who finished in 3rd place and Maddy Minty in 15th. This age group placed 4th overall. Congratulations girls.

13 Years

12 years, our newbies! With only a small team of 5 competitors, which did disadvantage us in the overall points department, this young team were introduced to Heartbreak Hill and boy did they smash it.  The girls ran their hearts out and the team finished in 5th position overall. From this group we had our play of the day, little Lara McLaren coming out of nowhere to power through the pack of competitors and finish in 6th place. Well done Lara, you received our play of the day for 2019. Also a special mention to Maree Stringer who finished in 15th.

12 Years

In the Aggregate Cup Brigidine finished in 5th position and in the Percentage Cup with only 6 points separating 1st to 3rd Brigidine College came away with 3rd position behind St Rita’s College (2nd) and Mt St Michaels (1st).

3rd Place, Percentage Cup

A big thank you to our Cross Country coaches Mark, Daniel and Mrs Chambers for all their efforts in preparing the girls for our 2019 Cross Country events. Congratulations Brigidine.

Laura David / Rebecca Cuthbert
Director of Sports / Sports Aid

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.

 

The Bathroom Biz

Bathroom renovations Brisbane are our specialty and as a small, family owned and operated company, we pride ourselves on giving our customers highly personalised and professional service.

Satisfied customers tell us that we are easy to work with – consistently reliable, punctual and friendly. They also tell us that we achieve great results – bathrooms that are lovely to look at and easy to use…perhaps that’s because we really enjoy what we do.

Visit our showroom for ideas, advice and inspiration. Conveniently located at Sumner Park, our showroom offers you a one-stop-shop for a huge variety of quality fittings for your bathroom, kitchen or laundry – all at competitive prices.

Brigid’s Cloak

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Brigid’s Cloak

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Brigid’s Cloak Roster

Brigid’s Cloak opening hours until further notice:

8:00-9:00am

10:15-11:00am

12:15-1:45pm

Monday 10 June

Jenny Crowhurst

Tuesday 11 June

Melanie Wright

Wednesday 12 June

Glenys Piggott

Glenys Piggott

Thursday 13 June

Kerry O’Reilly,
Karen Donelan

Friday 14 June

Nicola Foley

Monday 17 June

Helena Boyce

Tuesday 18 June

Wednesday 19 June

Glenys Piggott

Glenys Piggott

Thursday 20 June

Chinh Dinh,

Kieu Thi

Friday 21 June

Diane Frazer

 

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 some items that have been paid for but not collected.  Please have your daughter collect these 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.


Athletics Season is about to begin.  Does your daughter need spikes?  If so, Brigid’s Cloak has a range of good quality spikes in various sizes which used to belong to a hire service no longer provided.  Some spikes are brand new.  All come with a carry bag for competition day and extra tags.  Prizes range from $10 – $40 depending on condition.  These items need to be tried on before purchase and are not able for purchase online.


Hat Cleaning/Repair Service

Once again, we are offering a hat cleaning and repair service over the holidays.  Girls should hand in their clearly named hats, together with payment, to Brigid’s Cloak on the last day of term (Friday 21 June) and these will be available for collection from Brigid’s Cloak at the start of Term 3.  Fees are as follows:

Clean $20

Repair $15

Anne Scott and Janice Bridley

Brigid’s Cloak Coconvenors

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 

The Curragh Café

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The Curragh Café

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Curragh Cafe Menu and Roster

Menu from Term 1 2019

Monday 10 June
Tuesday 11 June Sarah Wingate
Wednesday 12 June Jenny Crowhurst
Thursday 13 June Fiona Challenor
Friday 14 June Nicola Foley
Monday 17 June Marilyn Richards
Tuesday 18 June Gabrielle Lowry
Wednesday 19 June Martina Hayes
Thursday 20 June Lisa Robinson-Pennay
Friday 21 June Toni O’Reilly, Kym McNab

Judy Thannhauser and Janelle Prouatt

Curragh Café Coconvenors

Date Claimers

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Date Claimers

 

Monday 10 June Year 11/12 exams commence this week
Wednesday 19 June Interhouse Track & Field Carnival
Friday 21 June End of Term 2
Monday 15 July Term 3 begins
Tuesday 16 July QTAC Evening for Year 12 students – details to be advised
Thursday 18 July 3:45-7:15pm Parent Teacher Interviews for Years 7, 9, 12
Tuesday 23 and

Wednesday 24 July

Year 12 QCS Simulation
24-26 July Year 8 Solas Bhride
Thursday 25 July Student Selection Evening: Year 8 5:00pm, Year 10 7:00pm
Friday 26 July Year 11 Social
27-29 July Brigidine Sporting Exchange with St Ives
Tuesday 30 July Year 10 Immunisations 1:30pm
Tuesday 30 July 3:45-7:15pm Parent Teacher Interviews for Years 8, 10, 11

P&F Association News

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P&F Association News

Mothers and Daughters’ High Tea

Thank you to all the mums who came along to Figs on Sylvan for another fabulous High Tea on Thursday 23 May.  It is always such a lovely way to spend some special time with our daughters. This event is always a great opportunity for our College mothers to meet and catch up with other parents.  Guests were thoroughly engaged with Guest Speaker Mahliah Ivory, our College Marketing and Promotions Officer, who regaled us with her experiences/stories since graduating Brigidine College in 2011. A key take away from Mahliah is to always back yourself and be confident in who you are.

Here is a link to Mahliah’s inspirational speech: https://youtu.be/UefLlEdCxH8

Thank you to Katrina, our P&F President, who took leftover non-perishable food to a women’s shelter in Fortitude Valley the following morning.

Gala Ball

Be sure to book your tickets for the Gala Ball on Saturday 7 September.  Tickets are limited with bookings closing on 9 August unless sold out prior.  Book now: 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!

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EARLY BIRD OFFERS

Thank you for your support

Michelle Parcell

Brigidine College Parent & Friends’ Association

0407 119 619

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Recommended Tutors

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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.