In this issue

From the Principal’s Desk, Mission News, Curriculum Matters, Pastoral News

and many more…

From the Principal’s Desk


From the Principal’s Desk


Living God, draw us into unity
Creator of all things,
both seen and unseen,
speak to us in your great wisdom.
Make us strong as we seek
your help and guidance.
Teach us to love all people
regardless of race or colour or belief.
May we listen with great care
to the heartbeat of this land
and to its people
who cared for it so well
and for so long.
May the peace these people and their land
have always enjoyed
continue to be strengthened and preserved
by all who wish to come and be part of
this country and its ‘Ancient Dreaming’.
Glory to you, God of Life,
Creating, nurturing, reconciling.
Glory to you forever.

Principal’s Notes

Welcome back the College community for the start of Semester 2. I hope that everyone had a restful and relaxing holiday and that your daughters commence the semester with a renewed commitment to their studies and the wide variety of activities the College is offering. With many 90th Anniversary events this term, staff and students will be particularly busy. Key events include:

  • Brigidine Day
  • Mass
  • Celebration House Events
  • Student Movie Night
  • Student Dance
  • Where Dreams Begin – Arts Event – Piazza, South Bank
  • P & F Gala Ball – Brisbane City Hall

The start of Semester 2 is also a time for students to consolidate and improve on their learning outcomes in each of their subjects. It is also an opportunity for students to reflect on their progress during Semester 1 and to put appropriate strategies in place to achieve all that they are capable of.

I encourage all students to be actively involved in their learning and all that the College offers, so that they can be a proud Brigidine student, who has the ability and skills to follow the example of St Brigid. As our College Mission Statement states:

We follow the example of St Brigid, a woman of vision and courage, who actively challenged the social political and cultural structures of her time.

This term will see many students having to consider decisions for their future. As Year 12s start to consider their post-schooling options, the students from Year 8 – 10 will be involved in subject selections for next year. Information regarding this will be provided to students and parents throughout the term.

Catholic Education Week 28 July – 3 August 2019

To celebrate Catholic Education in Queensland, many activities occur across all Catholic schools in Queensland. It’s always wonderful to hear the outstanding stories emanating from within families that witness to the positive place of education today.

1 Corinthians 12:13 For in one Spirit we were all baptised into one body…..

Catholic Education Week will be celebrated here at the College with our Brigidine Day Mass, Student Events and ‘Where Dreams Begin’ on Saturday 10th August.

Farewell Ms Dana Wedge

As the College Community is aware, Dana Wedge has been on Extended Leave pursuing a range of Leadership opportunities at another school. Following further discussions, Dana has decided to accept a position at the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) as an Education Officer and therefore has resigned from her position at Brigidine. Whilst I am saddened that Dana will be leaving Brigidine, I am pleased for her to accept these new Leadership opportunities.

On behalf of our Brigidine Community, I would like to sincerely thank Dana for her outstanding stewardship, strong work ethic and dedication to Catholic servant leadership during her ten years as Deputy Principal. Dana has given enormously of herself and has energetically led our staff and students in the Pastoral Care and Wellbeing of our community. Through her efforts, she has assisted in creating a community where students feel a sense of belonging and strive to give their best in all aspects of life. Leading teams of dedicated and professional teachers, Dana has provided opportunities for all members of our community to thrive.

The College looks forward to farewelling and celebrating her achievements next Tuesday 30th July, at the College Assembly. This will be followed by a Staff Farewell at morning tea.

Semester 1 Reports

Congratulations to all students on the successes and improvements that were evident in many of the Semester 1 reports. It is always pleasing to read comments and witness girls committed to learning and striving to achieve their best. The College’s Academic Assembly was testament many students who achieved results at the highest level, as well as the growing number who achieved an Academic Improvement Awards for having significant growth in their learning and outcomes. Congratulations to the outstanding number of Year 12 students displaying improvement this year.

College Events

Otsuma Tama Women’s University Junior and Senior High School visit to Brigidine College


Brigidine College welcomed 102 students and four staff from Otsuma Tama Women’s University Junior and Senior High School on Monday 22 July 2019. This was a wonderful celebration of our ‘Global Connections’ with school from Japan. With an expanding relationship with Otsuma Tama in Tokyo, Ms Mariko Tanibayashi visited our College for the first time.

The College has also welcomed boys and girls from Mariotti School, New Caledonia for next ten days. Many thanks to the girls and their families for hosting these students. This is a wonderful relationship with Mariotti as we celebrate 15 years of exchanges.

Brigidine 90th Anniversary events in Term 3

Friday 2 August

Brigidine Day student events with the theme of Through the Decades Tickets available HERE

Saturday 10 August

“Where Dreams Begin” cultural evening at Southbank Piazza. Tickets available HERE

Tuesday 13 August

Staff Soiree for past and present staff. Contact for more information about RSVP.

Saturday 7 September

P&F Association 90th Anniversary Gala Ball. Tickets available HERE

A Naoimh Bhrid, gui Orainn

Brendan Cahill





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

Mission News


Mission News


Last week Brigidine celebrated NAIDOC Week through a series of events including, a visit to the Murri School, Workshops with Year 7’s and the NAIDOC celebration event in the evening.

Year 12 student Taliah Saylor commented, “How important it was to get to know the elders.”  Taliah met with Uncle Joe Kirk (Turrbal), Aunty Maud (Mary MacKillop college), Ravina Waldren (Murri Ministry) and Uncle Peter (Artist) and learned important cultural insights and survival techniques including how red ants can teach you where north is.  Taliah noted that Torres Strait communities use the stars for direction finding. (Pic? Steph Russell)

Uncle Eric welcomed our Year 7 students and showed students important plants that could be found locally that could be used as bubble gum and traditional soap.  He also demonstrated how to find the trail of witchy grubs and displayed a huge specimen that he had found that morning which he promptly ate in front of the girls much to their surprise and laughter.  (I believe it tastes a little like a spicy carrot!)  Gaja Kerry shared the importance of yarning with the girls and Nadine Foley engaged students in cultural weaving.  Larissa Chambers, former Australian 400m runner talked to the girls about her life story and deadly choices they can make for their health and wellbeing.

The evening performance allowed our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls to share their thoughts about the importance of NAIDOC with performances celebrating the day, with students from Mary MacKillop College, Stuartholme and Brigidine, choregraphed by Aunty Maud, followed by the farewell dance from Ambrose Treacey students led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison, Brett Grienke.  Principal, Brendan Cahill commented how important the celebration of NAIDOC was for our families and the importance of building relationships with community groups.

One of the highlights of the evening was the Pearling Show Performance by the BADU Dance Troupe from Dream world sharing traditions, story and culture.

Vinnies Report

Last Friday afternoon, Vinnies held their annual School Sleepout. It was a wonderful night for all, the guest speakers being a highlight. The girls slept on cardboard boxes and sleeping mats in the Delany classrooms, in order to raise awareness of the struggles faced by homeless people each night. A huge thank you to our guest speakers Margret Hounslow from Days for Girls, Rachael from St Vincent de Paul and Eddie Murray from Blind Eye Brisbane.

Andrew Beiers

Deputy Principal Mission


Curriculum Matters


Curriculum Matters

Welcome back to Term 3. It was a very pleasing start to the semester with an Academic Awards ceremony. Many students were recognised for their academic achievements by receiving Merit or Improvement Awards. I would like to congratulate all students on these achievements, as it demonstrates a strong commitment to the learning.

Endeavour awards will also be presented to students in their House assemblies.

Curriculum Overview

Year 12 – The first major event for students and their parents was the QTAC Information Evening, which was held last Tuesday evening. This will be followed up with individual interviews with Mrs Tania Munro, Careers Counsellor. Resources from the evening, as well as a range of career resources are available on the Careers Portal in SEQTA.

This week the Year 12 students completed two days of a QCS Simulation. This is an important part of our QCS preparation program. Students have been preparing for QCS for the past 12 months and have completed a number of papers. However, it is not until they sit 2 days of simulations that they truly have an opportunity to experience what it is like to sit 4 papers over 2 days. This is often a positive way to minimise some of the anxiety that some students have about the QCS Test. It is also a good opportunity to remind them about the importance of eating nutritional meals, particularly a good breakfast, and ensuring that they are sleeping well during the testing period.

Thank you to Mr John Crawford who coordinates Optima – the QCS preparation program and all the Curriculum Leaders who prepare the QCS lessons and feedback sessions for the girls.

We are confident that the students are well prepared for the QCS Test, which is held on the 3rd and 4th September.

Year 11 – Students have completed Unit 1, which was reported on in the Semester 1 Report. Their report should have been a good indicator of the progress that they are making. Students are continuing to consolidate the formative work as they complete assessment task for Unit 2. Unit 2 will be completed at the end of this term and work for Unit 3 will commence in Term 4. Some students may be considering subject changes or pathway changes for Unit 3. You or your daughter should make an appointment with Mr John Crawford, Program Leader – Senior Years, if you are considering any changes.

Year 10 – Term 3 is an exciting time for Year 10 students as they continue the Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan process and start to make decisions about appropriate pathways and subjects for their education during 2020 and 2021. This process commenced with the Year 11 Subject Information Evening this week.

Year 9 – Students in Year 9 will make subject choices for Year 10, 2020. Students may choose to continue with electives that they are doing this year or choose different electives for Year 10. Information has been emailed to all students and parents.

Year 8 – Students in Year 8 have the opportunity to choose 2 elective subjects for Year 9, 2020 so need to make subject choices for next year. It was wonderful to see to many parents and students at the Year 9 Subject Information this week.

Year 7 – Year 7 students have had a positive start to the semester and are enjoying their new enrichment subjects.

A reminder that all Year 8, 9 and 10 students must have completed their on-line preferences by 9.00 am on Thursday 1st August.

Student Results and Feedback

During the holidays you would have accessed your daughter’s report from SEQTA Engage. I hope that you have been able to take the time to go through the results. It is also important you and your daughter access her results and feedback for each of her assessment tasks as they are made available.

If you have not already accessed this area of SEQTA Engage, I would encourage you to look at individual assessment results and feedback. This provides you with more timely information about your daughter’s progress.

The following steps outline how to access student results and feedback through SEQTA Engage.

1 Choose Assessments 

2 Choose Subject           

3 View Results

Click on results to view feedback

  • There may be written comments
  • or an additional document eg a criteria or feedback sheet

Parent-Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews for Year 8, 10 and 11 are on Tuesday 30th July in Kildare Hall and the Erin Rooms. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your daughter’s Semester 1 report. It is important, if possible, for your daughter to attend the interviews with you so that together you can listen to the feedback offered by the teachers, and work toward strategies to improve your daughter’s learning outcomes.

Extended Absences and Early Holiday Departures

We often receive notification that students are on extended absences or departing early for holidays. While we understand there are occasionally situations that are necessary for this to occur, we would discourage this occurring for holidays, as it does impact on student learning and assessment.

If you do require your daughter to depart early for holidays or take an extended absence, please ensure that you notify the College Principal, Mr Brendan Cahill.

Your daughter will be required to submit any assignments prior to leaving, and she will need to complete any missed examinations when she returns, as is outlined in the College Assessment Policy.

Leave from School

Students are expected to attend school from the first day of school to the last day of school each Term. Parents seeking leave from school for their daughter for sporting, cultural or family events must make a request in writing to the Principal.

Class Work

  • Teachers are not required to prepare work for students who will be absent from school due to family vacations.
  • The responsibility must lie with your daughter to ensure that she speaks with teachers regarding how best to complete work missed, prior to her departure, where possible.


  • If a student misses assessment tasks due to leave, it is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements for alternative assessment opportunities before she leaves, where possible, or upon her return.
  • No student may sit for an examination prior to the scheduled examination time, unless the circumstances meet Special Provision requirements.
  • Year 11 and 12 students who miss assessment due to family holidays taken in Term time must be aware that if appropriate alternative arrangements, complying with the Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority Guidelines cannot be made, then the student will not receive credit for the semester’s work in the subject for which assessment was missed.
  • Final decisions about appropriate dates for assessment will be determined by Program Leaders – Middle Years or Senior Years, in consultation with the relevant Curriculum Leader and the class teacher. This will generally be before (except for examinations) the scheduled date for the assessment item but will always aim to maintain the integrity of the particular assessment item.
  • Students will not be exempted from any assessment items due to granted leave.

Study Skills Handbook

All students and parents have access to the Study Skills Handbook, which is available on the Assessment and Study Portal in SEQTA. The handbook has a range of different resources which are available for students and parents.

Study Skills – Dr Prue Salter –  Enhanced Learning Educational Services


Maybe you are an elite athlete? Or a dedicated performer? Or someone who has many talents across lots of different areas and doesn’t want to give up any of your activities? No matter the reason, the bottom line is you are time poor. You struggle to fit in everything you need to do for school, because of all of the other commitments in your life. The bad news is there is no magic solution that will easily fix this issue for you. You cannot create more time. The good news is that there are things you can do to make more efficient use of the time you have.

These tips are an abbreviated version of the handout available on the Study Skills Handbook, which is available on SEQTA – Assessment and Study Portal. Visit the Things To Print page to see the full version.

  1. Don’t waste time in any of your classes at school. Make the most of every moment so you have less to do at home and set up a buddy system in case you miss any lessons.
  2. Prune your activities and see if there is anything you can cut to reduce the pressure.
  3. Make a timetable so you can schedule in everything that you need to do and want to do.
  4. Use all little pockets of time. If you are waiting before training then use that time to complete some homework.
  5. Always prioritise before you start work to ensure that the most important and urgent work is completed first.
  6. If you are too tired when you get home from training it may be better to get to bed early and get up a bit earlier in the morning when you are fresh and do your work then.
  7. You may need to sacrifice an occasional lunchtime when you know you will be too busy that night.
  8. Let go of perfectionism it may not be possible to do everything as fully as you would like. Take smart shortcuts when you can.
  9. Use any big blocks of time to tackle the time-consuming tasks that you haven’t had time for.
  10. Some work like study notes, assessments or major works may be able to be left to the holidays.

Remember to be kind to yourself.  It is difficult to have enough time to excel in every aspect of your life! All you can do is make good choices with the time you have and make the most of that time and still try and get the best results you can given the time constraints you are working under.

Melissa Dever

Deputy Principal Curriculum

Pastoral News


Pastoral News

Term 3 is a significant time in the College calendar in all areas of learning and engagement. With Year 12 QCS, Year 10 Set Plans, Year 8 Solas Bhride, Brigidine Day, co-curricular commitments and many other exciting College events, all students would benefit from setting clear goals and managing their time well. The girls have settled into Term 3 very well and I congratulate them on the way they are managing their responsibilities and commitments. Last semester the students set and reviewed individual SMART goals in SEQTA – it would be worthwhile to have a conversation about goal setting with your daughter as a new term begins.

Establishing routines is a practical way to improve wellbeing and engagement in learning. Returning to school – after a restful holiday period – gives students an opportunity to evaluate their existing habits and organisation strategies. Some simple strategies that can improve wellbeing and avoid unnecessary stress are:

  • Using the College Planner to organise homework, assignment, study and events
  • Creating a family calendar of commitments
  • Establishing a consistent sleep time and bedtime routine without devices
  • Eating nourishing food
  • Participating in regular physical exercise
  • Practicing daily mindfulness and breathing exercises
  • Managing a balanced approach to screen time

Being part of a community is also a valuable way to enhance wellbeing. There are many opportunities for your daughter to get involved in something she finds interesting at the College. Participating in Wellbeing Wednesday and Take-Off Tuesday lunchtime events are simple ways your daughter can engage with physical and other activities and meet new friends. Other ways your daughter can get involved in the community this term are:

  • Actively engage with Brigidine Day celebrations
  • Attend the anniversary celebrations Movie Event (Years 7-8) and the ‘Through The Generations Dance’ (Years 9-12).
  • Attend ‘When Dreams Begin’
  • Connect with the Spirit Squad in the big fundraiser – ‘Mighty 90’
  • Sign up for third trimester sport in Term 3

Further details about these events are found in this edition of the Newsletter and the College app.

An important routine in the lives of our students is punctually arriving at school each day. If your daughter is unable to arrive at school by 8.30am, or is absent from school, please communicate with St Brigid’s Student Reception. The College recommends that students attend appointments outside of school hours. If your daughter has an unavoidable appointment, please communicate this to St Brigid’s and collect your daughter in person to sign them out.

Melinda Egan
(Acting) Deputy Principal Pastoral

Asst Principal Professional Teaching & Learning


Asst Principal Professional Teaching & Learning

Brigidine College celebrates Academic Success

As educators of your daughter’s learning, our aim is growth. We strive to create lifelong learners who know their own minds; are personally competent; live together exercising tolerance, understanding and mutual respect; whilst aiming to experience and develop an imagination in order to experience ‘personal fulfilment’.

In order to validate our teaching and learning programs, as well as literacy and numeracy frameworks, we analyse our data. NAPLAN is one of a number of external tests we use in the Middle School to confirm our internal results and evaluate how well our programs and framework work in a range of contexts. By quantifying the difference between the same group over time, we can track the growth and interpret the difference in results from Year 7 to 9.

It was affirming to see the average growth made by our current 2019 Year 10 cohort from Year 7 to 9 more than doubled the average growth of a student in high school. This suggests that our students are learning in a year, what the State average learn in two. What an accomplishment!

Our students have a plan and are working towards it. And as our College Captain, Trinity Waller, said at Academic Assembly this week, “Girls, you don’t need just a Plan A. You need a Plan A – Z. You will fall more times than you succeed”.

As we continue to guide your daughter/s to ‘personal fulfilment’ we have here at Brigidine College, been working intently with the award winning program, Write That Essay, developed by educator and author Dr Ian Hunter, to improve the overall literacy outcomes of our students. Specifically, we have implemented a three-year improvement program to lift our students’ capacity to be confident writers; those who can utilise a range of sentence styles and paragraph structures in a diverse range of genres.

We invite you to join our community to take part in an information evening to give you an insight into what your student/s have been exploring and executing in our classrooms.

Who is invited: All parents

When: Monday evening, 19 August 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.

Where: Rehearsal Space

Book a ticket:

Allison Johansen
(Acting) Assistant Principal Professional Teaching & Learning

Extension Learning News


Extension Learning News

Programs of Excellence: Future Problem Solving Challenge

This year, Brigidine is proud to have a Year 7, 8 , 9 and 10 Future Problem- Solving Teams. Future Problem Solving is an international competition that requires students to solve real world problems in creative but practical ways. The competition is high pressure and demands team work as well as critical and creative thinking.

The Brigidine Future Problem-Solving Teams have been working tirelessly this year to prepare for the impeding Qualifying Challenge with hopes of being awarded the opportunity to participate in the Finals held later this year in October. To support the girls’ preparation, Future Problem-Solving Coach, Mrs Shelly Alonso, organised a special training session with Expert Coach Nicky Desoe at the end of Term 2. The Year7, 8, 9 and 10 teams had access to Mrs Desoe’s expert coaching for over two hours, as well a presentation from Oz Harvest on the causes and impacts of Food Waste – the problem solving topic of the finals qualifying round. Despite being exhausted from a long term, all teams worked diligently to get the most from this learning experience. The students will complete their qualifying challenge – in a two hour session – later this term. Wish them well!

If you would like to know more about Future Problem Solving, go the FPS website:

Renee Dunne
Program Leader Excellence

College Captain’s Report


College Captain’s Report

Any new beginning – be it the semester, the term, the week or even the day – is a wonderful time to reflect. Although it is sometimes tricky to find time in our busy lives, engaging in and practicing reflection is essential to develop a greater connection to yourself, others and finding the utmost value in every experience.

Upon my own reflection, it has been a productive, engaging and rewarding semester. Many things went very well last term, but then again…as life goes, there were times of challenge, contemplation, growth and negotiation. Yet it was compassion, strength of character, solidarity, support and faith that prevailed. It reminds me of something that I’d like to share with you – something that particularly resonates with me.  It’s called ‘There is Always a Plan B’.

We grow up – inevitably – with a strong attachment to a plan A, that is, an idea of how our lives will go and what we need to do to achieve our particular set of well-defined goals.
But then, for some of us and at one level all of us, life turns out to have made a few other plans. It is in such moments that we should, even when things appear calm and hopeful, consider one of life’s most vital skills: that of developing a plan B.
It is such reflection that sheds light on the fact that Plan As simply do not work out all the time. No one gets through life with all their careful plan As intact. Something unexpected, shocking and abhorrent regularly comes along, not only to us, but to all human beings.
The second point is to realise that we are, despite moments of confusion, eminently capable of developing very decent plan Bs. We have enormous capacities to act and to adapt. What this means is that even in those times when the path ahead may be blocked, we have notable scope to find other routes through. One door may close, but there truly are many other entrances to try.
Crucially, we don’t need to know right now what our plan Bs might be. We should simply feel confident in the knowledge that were the universe to command it, we would know how to find a very different path”

-Alainde Botton

So, let’s take a moment to appreciate our capacity to remain flexible and acknowledge the moments as they present themselves. As we begin another exciting term, my hope is that we can remain fully present in all experiences and remain open to change. In a world that feels stuck in fast forward, instead of always trying to get somewhere, perhaps we can aim to be where we are each moment. To not throw away our today for tomorrow and to be thankful for and reflect on our experiences.

Talking about experiences and plans – this term is full of them. We have plan As all the way through to Z. As a College community, we look forward to continuing to honour our Brigidine legacy and celebrate our 90th year through Brigidine Day, ‘Through the Decades Dance’, Movie Event, Mighty 90, continued social justice events, breath-taking extravaganza ‘Where Dreams Begin’, the 90th Gala Ball… to name but a few of the adventures that lie ahead of us.

We wish to express our gratitude for time passed, the continued support of our parents, teachers and guardians (what would we do without you) and excitement in each of the moments that await.

Trinity Waller

College Captain

Chanel House Prefects’ Update


Chanel House Prefects’ Update

Well, what a way to start the first half of the year. 2019 has certainly posed for an aspiring year for Chanel House. The girls continue to amaze us in the way they conduct themselves around the College and all the energy and hard work they put it to everything they do. As Captains, we will strive to make the rest of the year as joyful and ambitious as the beginning. We can’t wait for what the rest of the year has in-store for Chanel House.

We finished last term with the Track and Field Carnival which was a fun and exciting way to end Semester 1. It was amazing to see the girls in Chanel House participating in many of the events and giving it their all in each of their races. It was incredible to see the determination and House spirit each student showcased on the day. The House really came together for the relays and it was great to see girls get out of their comfort zone and give 110%. This House spirit has really translated through to Brigidine Day and our House Feast Day, all the hard work paying off with the girls doing a wonderful job at representing Chanel House and getting involved.

The theme for Chanel House this year is to awaken our inner fire and to be a vibrant and supportive community with passion and purpose. As Chanel House Prefects, we aim to make everyone feel welcome and a have a sense of belonging within the school community. We challenge the girls of Chanel House to give everything a go no matter the obstacles, finding a passion in the school community whether it be through social justice or academic activities.

Overall, Semester 1 was a huge success and we can’t wait to see where Semester 2 will take us as our new leaders for 2020 begin the leadership process. We ask the girls to continue to find their fire within, as the year will quickly come to an end, and face each day with joy and happiness – welcoming all.

Grace El-Khoury and Lydia Haileslassie

Chanel House Prefects

Science News


Science News

SCIENCE WEEK AT BRIGIDINE Monday 5th to Friday 9th August

The week will include a variety of events and there will be lots of fun and prizes throughout the week. All girls who participate or enter any of the competitions will get an entry into the $50 shopping voucher prize.

Daily events:  Quiz question in the messages plus “Find Albert” competition.

Monday 5th August – 15 m obstacle course for all the girls to participate in including “who is the fastest” competition.

Workshops for Junior Science:

Year 9  with Rob from Scope period 4 on Tuesday 6th August

Year 8  with Martin from Geckoes Wildlife either period 4 or 5 on Thursday 8th August

Year 10 with Street Science period 4 Friday 9th August

Year 10 Physical Science with Dr Zyta from University of Queensland period 5 Friday 9th August

NOTE Year 7’s will go to Lone Pine all day on Friday 30 August.

Workshops for Senior Sciences by University of Queensland – in class time

Year 11 Physics  Tuesday 6th August

Year 11 Chemistry   Thursday 8th August

Year 12 Chemistry Thursday 8th August

Year 12 Biology Wednesday 7th August or Friday 9th August

NOTE Year 11 Biology will have day trip in October for Ecology plus workshop

Primary visits: 

Tuesday 6th and Friday 9th August – Holy Family classes coming to the College for Science class visits

Monday 5th August – Holy Family students participating in the obstacle course

Thursday 6th August – Holy Family – participating in workshop with Martin from Geckoes Wildlife at lunch

Wednesday 7th August – two teams of Brigidine students – performing Science shows at various primary schools.

Science Rep and ambassador workshop – BBQ and workshop run by the University of Queensland Friday 9th August from 3.15 to 5 pm.


At Science club last week, Over 50 girls competed in making a catapult out of basic equipment including paddle pop sticks, rubber bands and a plastic spoon. They shot their little “jelly baby” across the room to varying distances. Lots of fun had by all!


We had several girls attend various extension events over the last few weeks.

Brain Bee Competition

We had several Year 10 girls compete in the Brain Bee Competition, with four of these girls selected to compete in the State Finals.  Congratulations to:  Kim Dinh, Vy Vy Dinh, Angela Huang and Archisha Sami, who performed very well.   Thank you for Dr Reid who coordinated participation in this event.

Report by Angela Huang Year 10

On Wednesday the 17th of July, Angela Huang, Kim Dinh, Vy Vy Dinh and Archisha Sami went to the Queensland Brain Institute to compete in the State Finals for the Brain Bee competition. It was a difficult competition, a total of 119 students from Darwin (Northern Territory) and all along down the coast of Queensland. Throughout the day, we got to listen to some insightful lectures about the Brain and Gut Axis, as this was the theme of the competition. We also get to hear some of the research some of the Ph.D. students were doing. However, competing in the challenge was difficult. Round 1 of the Individual tests was the second thing we did in the morning and we were given 20 seconds to answer each question. Unfortunately, none of us made it through to round 2, but we did get to witness the top 9 compete become the top 4. It was so exciting to see who would be announced as the Queensland Brain Bee champion.

This was such a fun and educational experience that inspired us all. Our favourite part was the tour of the labs, where we met many neuroscientists and researchers who were investigating all sorts of things about the brain. I remember this one tour where the scientist was investigating the role of oxidative stress in neurodegenerative diseases in worms. They also were investigating the modification of genes and found out through the manipulation of DNA the neurons of worms exposed to oxidative stress weren’t affected compared to the normal worms. This research has transferred to mice and has been proven successful so far, that it is being theorised to be used in human to prevent such harmful diseases.

Overall, this was an incredible learning opportunity where we could observe the experts and expand our knowledge about the brain. We all had so much fun and really encourage younger students to do it (competition is only for Year 10’s). Huge thank-you to Dr Reid who was there with us all the way, from the online round, revealing we’re State Finalists, and finally for taking us to the Queensland Brain Institute.

Report by Vy Vy Dinh  

Last Wednesday, Kim, Angela, Archisha and I, alongside Dr Reid, attended the University of Queensland to compete in the Brain Bee State Finals. Although we did not attain a prize, we did obtain a wealth of knowledge about the inner workings of our complex brains.

During our time at the Queensland Brain Institute, our minds were opened by a number of Neuroscience PhD students, those who informed us about each of their unique research projects, including how the bacteria in our guts can influence not only our overall health but also our brains, as a result of our behaviours such as diet, sleep, physical activity etc. We were also fortunate enough to tour some features of the Brain Institute such as the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research and partake in some sessions and activities that covered a wide range of fascinating topics.

It was interesting to see the competition unfold with the Queensland Brain Bee winner named, and the team challenge was also fun, allowing us to collaborate with other schools.

Overall, being involved in the Australian Brain Bee Challenge was an insightful experience that enabled us to think a little deeper about our own brains, the actions, behaviours, diseases and disorders associated with the brain and the extent of which we are yet to discover and understand about the human brain. We highly recommend partaking in the Brain Bee challenge next year for anyone who is fascinated about the brain.

Forensic Camp –  report by Caitlin McNab Year 8

On the holidays, I was lucky enough to be accepted into the 2019 TAS Forensic Science Camp. Like the name suggests, you learn all sorts of Forensic Science techniques and skills. During the week-long course, I worked in a group of 3 to solve a series of murders and robberies. As time went on we were greeted with more and more crimes which were all linked. We had to analyse evidence in the labs and interview suspects at our home base. We could analyse DNA and compare fingerprints. We had access to the criminal database to see whether our suspects had criminal records with their information. After sending in Search and Arrest Warrants, we had 25 pieces of evidence against our accused. At the end of the week, we presented at a committal hearing to convince a judge to send the accused to court. During this process, I got to meet lots of people and who were all super nice. I made quite a few friends that I am keeping in touch with. Without a doubt, I can say it was an experience to remember. While we had a lot of work to do, the work was balanced with trivia nights and ‘compulsory fun’ (which was fun). So overall, a phenomenal experience I would recommend to anyone, interested in science or not!

Junior Physics Odyssey – report by Lara Kenny Year 10

For five days on the school holidays, I had the opportunity to attend the Queensland Junior Physics Odyssey at the University of Queensland. There were 50 other students in attendance, and I was able to meet many likeminded people. Over the five days, I attended lectures, undertook experiments and got to speak with PhD students studying at the university.  The program gave me an excellent insight into what it would be like to study a science at university and opened my eyes to various careers I was previously unaware of. I would recommend applying for this program as it is an opportunity you will not regret!

Engineering Link Project – report by Emma Crowhurst Year 11  

On the 4th and 5th of July during the holidays I attended the Engineering link program where students could participate in a range of different engineering-based activities according to the branches you chose beforehand, for example chemical, mechanical, electrical and aeronautical engineering. As I chose the aeronautical engineering for the first day, we flew drones through an obstacle course and learnt how to use math to calculate their position and control their movements.

On the second day I attended the mechanical engineering course where we were set out with the task to build a mars rover using a small motor and Lego parts which could travel 2 metres as close to 10 seconds as possible over a varied terrain. We learnt about torque, the basic mechanics of vehicles and how using different cogs and connecting them in different orders can regulate the speed the vehicle travels at, which could be calculated using simple math. Our team successfully came second out of ten teams which we were proud of!

I found out through this program how useful maths actually is in the real world and what future jobs in engineering I would like to take on if I continue to study STEM subjects. I would recommend this program to anyone who is not sure or is keen about studying engineering in the future as you are able to hands on use and learn skills needed for the job and you can talk to Uni students and industry partners who work in that field.


Year 12 Physics 

Year 12 have started their extended experimental investigation.  This assignment is open topic – the girls can select any topic related to physics where they devise their own method.

Topics range from refractive index and critical angle and how viscosity or temperature can affect the readings, effect of the change of wind speed on angle of the roof and how does change in temperature and type of solution effect the motion of an object through various fluids.

Year 10 Physical Science report by Mia Nguyen

In Year 10 Physical Science, we have begun our Chemistry unit. The aim of our recent practical was to investigate the effect of concentration and temperature on reaction rates. To investigate this, we examined the effect of hydrochloric acid with sodium thiosulfate, using various techniques to change temperature (e.g. an electric jug) and concentration (e.g. different amounts of acid). The reaction, which produces sulfur, will be followed by measuring the time needed for the reaction mixture to become opaque. The results will then be used in our upcoming assignment, a scientific report. Whether introducing the collision theory or examining reaction rates, this practical provided a consistent, accurate, and engaging opportunity for the girls.

Year 11 Chemistry report by Trinity Frost

Recently in Chemistry we have been looking at solubility and solutions. Lats week we performed two practicals relating to these topics. Our first prac involved making solutions and diluting, during this experiment we added potassium permanganate to a volumetric flask, as soon as we added water to create the solution it began to turn a bright purple. Once this first solution was prepared, we began to make a diluted solution. A pipette was used to draw out exactly 20 mL of the first solution, this was then added to a second volumetric flask and filled with water to create the diluted solution. During this experiment we were able to prepare solutions of known concentration and use these to determine unknown concentrations of a solution.

Our second experiment involved testing for solubility of ions. We had two types of chemicals, anions and cations. We had to put each anion into a test tube then test the reaction of each cation. Every cation reacted differently to the anions; some went a bright yellow while others turned into a milky solution. This experiment was my personal favourite as we were able to experience and handle a range of different chemicals and test how they might react to form a different solution. Chemistry never ceases to amaze me.

Year 11 Chemistry report by Jade Nguyen

The Year 11 Chemistry class has recently been learning about making and diluting solutions, and testing the solubility of ions. This involved having precise measurements and using new equipment that would give the accurate results needed to create and dilute a solution.

These have been very interesting pracs as it is very different to anything we had done previously and gives us an idea of what it would be like to work in a lab. For many of us, future careers being considered would be those within science and in a lab, these types of pracs help to prepare us for the future and give us an idea of future career choices.


Extension Activities for Years 7-12 students

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

Yours in Science,

Debra Guthrie

Curriculum Leader Science

Humanities News


Humanities News

Year 11 Geography Fieldwork

On Friday of week 8 of Term 2,  the Year 11 Geography class ventured into the Brisbane City to complete their first field trip for the year. The students were tasked with collecting data and observations to assess the liveability and sustainability of Cathedral Square. The research collected by the students will be used to construct a report to inform the future use of this site. The girls work diligently across the day making observations about people using space, the design of public spaces and the impact of traffic, lighting and noise on how people use public parks. Senior Planning Lecturer from QUT, Mellini Sloan, gave up her afternoon to lead the girls on a guided tour of the Garden’s Point Campus, pointing out clever planning and design ideas that could help students with their reports.

A huge thank you to Mellini Sloan and Mrs Jeffcoat – who assisted with supervision and note taking – for assisting with the fieldwork.

Applications have now opened for the 2020 Premier’s ANZAC Prize.  All students in Years 8-11 are invited to apply.

How do students enter?

Students are invited to submit a multimedia presentation addressing the following key question:

How relevant for young Australians today is the ANZAC Spirit, which was forged and shaped by the experiences of earlier generations in twentieth century conflicts in places far from home?

In your response, refer to the legacy of Australia’s involvement in World War I (e.g. Gallipoli, the Western Front, the Middle East) and one other conflict (e.g. World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, the East Timor Conflict or the Afghanistan War – a 21st Century conflict).

Applications close at 5:00pm on 20 September 2019.  Further information, including resources, can be found on the QLD Government Premier’s Anzac Prize website.  Any questions or expressions of interest, can be emailed to me Domenica Strachan, Acting Curriculum Leader Humanities

Domenica Strachan

Acting Curriculum Leader, Humanities

Visual Arts News


Visual Arts News

Arts Week is an opportunity to showcase the achievements of Visual Art, Dance, Music and Drama students. The aim of the week is to offer students within the school community a chance to view and participate in House activities, performances and Visual Art experiences. A series of events will take place over a 2-day period and will be presented by students and external artists

Save the Date:

13th September, at 6pm: Year 12 Final Drama Performance

18th September at 5pm: Year 9 & 10 Film Music performances

19th September, 5pm-7pm: Art Exhibition,  Wearable Art Parade & Artisan Markets.

The centenarian Portrait Project by Teenagers is an uplifting initiative matching 100 teenage artists with 100 of Queensland’s oldest residents. This year Savannah Wirtz-Fielding (Year11) has taken part in this project. Savannah has met with her centenarian many times, getting to know her, and listening to her stories of reminiscing about her life, her experiences, her joys and sadness. Through these meetings Savannah has develop a work which will be exhibited.

Exhibition Dates:

17 August – 1 September, 2019

11am-5pm daily.

Venue: Seven Hills Hub

28 Tallowwood Street, Seven Hills

QLD 4170.

Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards 2019

Calling all budding photographers! Applications are open for the 2019 Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards. You are encouraged to get involved by sharing your photos of what you love about Brisbane. Capture and share your favourite images of Brisbane that celebrate our lifestyle, people and places for your chance to win great cash prizes. Enter via Instagram using the hashtag #LMPA2019 or submit your entry using the online submission form.

We can’t wait to see what some of our talented photographers from Brigidine College are able to come up with!

For more information head to: COUNCIL WEBSITE

Technologies Dept. News


Technologies Dept. News

Technologies Day – 22 July

Technologies Day was held on July 22 to showcase the talents and creations of students who study one of the Technologies subjects.

Some of the highlights included:

  • Our 10 Enterprise Education students pitched their business ideas to the school, competing to launch their products. The students had worked in teams of 3 to identify a problem and create a business/service solution. Students also explored how the business would be environmentally sustainable.  Congratulations to Fudge Foundation who were voted this year’s most inspiring business
  • Food and Textiles students displayed their creations from the year receiving lovely feedback from other students
  • Design students were demonstrating their abilities to utilise technologies including Photoshop and SketchUp. Student folio work was also displayed
  • Food and Nutrition students offered a range of sensory profiling challenges.

Thank you to all of the staff and students involved.

Mellisa White

Curriculum Leader Technologies

Languages Dept News


Languages Dept News

French Lunch

Report by Michelle Lefevre 8 FO1

The French lunch was a great experience. The meal was simple, yet incredibly delicious! We got a ham baguette, an éclair and an Orangina drink. I enjoyed asking for the lunch in French because I got to expand my French vocabulary and it will be useful. If I ever have to ask for a simple lunch in French, I know how to order it. This lunch gave me a broader understanding of French cuisine and what a simple French meal is. My favourite part of the lunch was the Orangina drink, it tasted like orange juice and sparkling water mixed together.

Otsuma-Tama School visit

On 22nd July, 102 students and 4 teachers from our sister school, Otsuma-Tama school, in Tokyo visited Brigidine College.

They enjoyed their time with our Yr 8 and Yr 9 Japanese students at a Morning Tea and Lunch. Yr 12 students, Taymin Marks and Gabby Eagleton, assisted the school tour, in Japanese and in English. Mr Cahill was busy answering questions from the Japanese students.

It was a short stay but all students enjoyed their activities together. The Japanese students were very happy to receive a school gift, one by one, from Mr Cahill at end of the day. Thank you so much for all staff who supported the event, especially Dr Fukushima Byrom, who assisted me with the activities.

Below, are four students’ reflection on the day.

On Monday the 22nd of August, we had an amazing opportunity to share our lunchtime with the Japanese students from Otsuma-Tama School, our sister school from Tokyo Japan. We introduced ourselves and made conversation in Japanese and in English. They were very shy, but very good at English. Even though we probably didn’t make sense most of the time, they could still understand us. The Brigidine students brought some yummy Australian snacks that they seemed to really enjoy. Then they shared their delicious Japanese snacks with us. It was so fun!

Shay O’Reilly Year 9 Ch 6

On the 22nd of July, all of the Yr9 Japanese classes got the opportunity to make conversation and exchange sweets with Japanese exchange students at lunch time. The Brigidine students like myself were put in groups with the Japanese students. This opportunity was so much fun. We all got the chance to practise our introductions, questions and conversations in Japanese with these students. The exchange students were so kind sharing their food and asking us questions in English. It was interesting finding out what food they do and don’t like, were they are from and about their lives. I practised my speech of introducing myself many times as we got the chance to practise at school and at home. They were a little shy and quiet but that made it more unique trying to talk to them. Overall there were lots of laughs and fun times between us all, the experience was amazing, and I would certainly love to do it again.

By Trista Barclay Yr9 – Damien 5

Recently, the year 8 Japanese classes had an experience of meeting some 51 Japanese students from Otsuma-Tama school in Tokyo. I enjoyed meeting with some of the students from the school and hearing them do self- introductions to us in English and asking us English Questions. I also enjoyed challenging my own Japanese by introducing myself in Japanese and  asking the students about themselves in Japanese. One of the highlights of the experience was when the students from Otsuma-Tama school shared some Japanese foods such as candy and rice crackers with us and my group gave them some original Australian foods such as Tim-tams and Lamingtons. Overall I thought that this experience was very good for the year 8 students studying Japanese because it gave us a chance to learn more Japanese and more about the Japanese culture.

Chloe West Year 8 DM4

Recently, the Year 8 Japanese classes participated in an extremely fun experience with 51 of the Japanese students from the Otsuma-Tama school in Tokyo. We all spent our morning tea with the students. Each class split into groups and everyone introduced themselves in Japanese and asked questions to the students. We shared Australian foods with them, they shared Japanese foods with us, and I must admit, the food from Japan was delicious! My highlight of the experience would have to be meeting the girls from Otsuma-Tama and talking with them whilst we tried foods from each other’s cultures. Overall, it was an amazing experience and we learnt a lot about them and their culture in Japan.

Lili Schmitt Year 8  CH2

VET News


VET News

Year 10 Structured Workplace Learning program

Over the recent June/July holiday break fifty-four (54) year 10 students participated in our 2019 Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) program. Girls participated in a wide variety of workplace situations where they were able to experience a taste of authentic workplace environments. These ranged from retail and hospitality environments, to legal and and architectural placements and even working in veterinary clinics and scientific laboratories.

Some of girls obtained placements through Worklinks Inc., a private organization that sources placements, however a significant number of placements for our girls came from parents and guardians obtaining a position. A big thank you to all who helped in this regard.

One Year 10 mum Dyanne said:

Thank you to Brigidine and the Year 10 work experience opportunity.

Ainsley spent a week at Griffith University in the Chemistry department- learning about forensic science and forensic chemistry under the Guidance of Scientific officer Mr Alan White. She ‘ stop smiling the entire week and has some great ideas to research for future courses. 

Kym Daly 
VET Coordinator

Through the Generations – School Dance

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 …

Don't forget your tickets for the Dance!

Through the Generations – School Dance

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

Mighty 90 Cancer Fundraiser

This year the 2019 Brigidine Spirit Squad are hosting a community festival to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer. During the …


Mighty 90 Cancer Fundraiser

This year the 2019 Brigidine Spirit Squad are hosting a community festival to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer. During the day there will be games, food and activities around the College. The fun will also continue into the night with live entertainment, a silent auction, food trucks and much more.

Where Dreams Begin

Brigidine College is proud to announce our school musical production for 2019, Where Dreams Begin! Featuring a cast of over 200 students from all year …

Where Dreams Begin tickets on sale!

Where Dreams Begin

Brigidine College is proud to announce our school musical production for 2019, Where Dreams Begin!
Featuring a cast of over 200 students from all year levels, our 90th Anniversary production will include songs from The Greatest Showman, Sister Act and the Beatles as well as many others. It will be an event to remember and one for the whole family to enjoy!

When: Saturday 10th August – Gates open from 6:15pm (7:00pm start)
Where: South Bank Piazza
Tickets: Adults $25 | Student (17yrs and under) $15 | Family Bundle (2 Adults, 2 Students + 1 extra) $85


Movie Night

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 …

Don't forget to accept permission for the Movie Night

Movie Night

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;  ice-creams and popcorn will be available. Head to the Community Portal to confirm participation.

Brigidine College Gala Ball

Join the College Community in celebrating the 90th Anniversary at the Gala Ball. Saturday 7 September 2019 at 5:30pm Venue: Main Auditorium – Brisbane City …

Get your table ready for a memorable night out!

Brigidine College Gala Ball

Join the College Community in celebrating the 90th Anniversary at the Gala Ball.

Saturday 7 September 2019 at 5:30pm

Venue: Main Auditorium – Brisbane City Hall (5.15pm arrival for 5.30pm start to midnight)
Dress Code: Formal attire
Live Entertainment
Pre-Dinner drinks and canapes on arrival, 3 Course Dinner, 6 hour drink package sparkling, white & red wines, full-strength & light bottled beer, soft drinks, juices and mineral water. Cash bar available for cocktails & spirits.
Table seating (max 10)

Tickets are $150/person. Get your table of 10 together


BeLeste Dance

With Gala Ball just around the corner, there has never been a better time to dust off those dancing shoes (and the rusty dance moves). On of our wonderful parents is a dance instructor for BeLeste Dance.

Add a new layer of fun and excitement to your Gala Ball. Social Dance sessions are affordable and really fun and a wonderful way to connect couples and groups of friends through movement, laughter, music and dance.

BeLeste Dance

Goodlife Health Centre

Level 1, DFO

19 Amazon Place 


When: Sunday evenings, 6pm – 8.30pm 

Please click on the attached link:

Questions you may have: 

The special offer can also be used after the Ball if all sessions aren’t used and anytime they want. You don’t have to start at the beginning of a course. 

Families don’t have to use six weeks in a row. 

Families will learn lovely social dances such as Jive, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Rumba, Quickstep and maybe even a little Salsa dancing.

Brigid’s Cloak


Brigid’s Cloak

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Reminder to Collect Ordered Items

If you have ordered items ON LINE please collect these from Brigid’s Cloak Uniform Shop.  If you have received an email detailing your item for collection from Brigid’s Cloak Uniform Shop and you do not believe this to be correct please contact Mrs Scott or Mrs Bridley in the Uniform Shop.

Brigid’s Cloak Roster





Monday 29 July

Jenny Crowhurst

Tuesday 30 July

Melanie Wright

Wednesday 31 July

Glenys Piggott

Glenys Piggott

Thursday 1 August

Kerry O’Reilly

Karen Donelan

Friday 2 August

Nicola Foley

Monday 5 August

Helena Boyce

Tuesday 6 August

Wednesday 7 August

Glenys Piggott

Glenys Piggott

Thursday 8 August

Chinh Dinh

Kieu Thi

Friday 9 August

Diane Frazer

Brigid’s Cloak opening hours until further notice:

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


Anne Scott and Janice Bridley

Brigid’s Cloak Coconvenors

Business Directory

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

Support our local businesses

Business Directory

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

Shelter Architects & Planners Pty Ltd

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

Contact Markus via email:

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.


Keep up-to-date


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

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 

The Curragh Café


The Curragh Café

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Menu from Term 1 2019

Curragh Cafe Menu and Roster

Monday 29 July
Tuesday 30 July Sarah Wingate
Wednesday 31 July Jenny Crowhurst
Thursday 1 August Dianna Frazer
Friday 2 August Nicola Foley
Monday 5 August Mariline Richards
Tuesday 6 August Kerri Patterson
Wednesday 7 August Martina Hayes
Thursday 8 August Lisa Robinson-Pennay
Friday 9 August Kym McNab

Judy Thannhauser and Janelle Prouatt

Curragh Café Coconvenors

Date Claimers


Date Claimers


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
Thursday 1 August Year 8 & 10 Subject Selections due
Friday 2 August Brigidine Day
Year 7-8 Movie Event 3:15-6:15pm Rehearsal Space
Year 9-12 Dance 7:00-10:00pm Kildare Hall
5-6 August Welcome Tours 9:30-10:30am
Friday 10 August “Where Dreams Begin” event at South Bank Piazza
Wednesday 14 August Royal Queensland Show Public Holiday
15-18 August Queensland Catholic Colleges Music Festival
17-23 August Children’s Book Week “Reading is my Secret Power”
19-23 August Year 10 SET Plan Interviews
Thursday 22 August Year 7 2020 Parent Information Evening 6:00pm
Wednesday 28 August Year 10 final Subject Selections due
Thursday 29 August College Photo Day
Friday 30 August P&F Dads & Daughters’ Evening

P&F Association News

Dads and Daughter's Evening NOW ON SALE!

P&F Association News

Gala Ball

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

Louise Johnston

P&F Vice-President

Brigidine College P&F Association is fundraising with Entertainment!

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

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


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


Thank you for your support

Michelle Parcell

Brigidine College Parent & Friends’ Association

0407 119 619

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St Vincent de Paul Group Update


St Vincent de Paul Group Update

Vinnies Sleep Out

Last Friday afternoon, Vinnies held their annual School Sleepout. It was a wonderful night for all, the guest speakers being a highlight. The girls, 48 attended, slept on cardboard boxes and sleeping mats in the Delany classrooms, in order to raise awareness of the struggles faced by homeless people each night. A huge thank you to our guest speakers Margret Hounslow from Days for Girls, Rachael Martin Chai from St Vincent de Paul and Eddie Murray from Blind Eye in West End. The soup, our simple meal, made by Ms Burke was yummy and just enough to keep us going. Thank you to Ms Paviotti and Mrs Jeffcoat for organising the event, and for sleeping over with us.

Kelsey Webb, St Vincent de Paul Captain

Careers News


Careers News

QTAC Guides

Thank you to all the students and parents who attended the QTAC information evening.  The presentation and relevant resources are now available on the Careers Portal.

The 2020 QTAC guides have now arrived!  This is both an exciting time, and one which can trigger a lot of pressure to ‘get it right’.  The way to make the most informed choice is to research, research, research!

  1. Use online resources such as Job Outlook to research the current job and predicted future job market as well as employment trends
  2. Use the Career Bullseyes to see what careers you might be suited to according to the subjects you like and are good at
  3. Take a Career Quiz to find out what careers you might thrive in according to your interests, skills and values
  4. Explore Graduate outcomes for the degree of interest at different universities using the Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching (QILT).
  5. Attend the Open Days! This is the best possible way to get your questions answered and compare universities and courses according to what matters to you (dates listed below)
  6. Finally – make an appointment with Ms Munro

Special consideration through QTAC

QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS) helps applicants who have experienced difficult circumstances that have impacted negatively on their senior studies.  The categories of EAS are:

  • Financial hardship
  • Personal illness and disability
  • Home environment and responsibilities
  • Educational disruption
  • English language difficulty

Through EAS students may receive bonus adjustment factors towards entry to their preferred course.  This is a very simple and straightforward process completed as part of the QTAC application.  Applicants must submit a completed cover sheet together with relevant supporting documents for each EAS category applied for.   Students can read more about EAS and download the relevant cover sheets from the QTAC website or discuss an application with Ms Munro.

All year 12 students have already attended or been offered at least one appointment and are invited to book another appointment to discuss and review their QTAC preferences with Ms Munro.   Appointments are available 7:30 – 2:00 Monday and Tuesday and family appointments are very welcome.

Open Days

With QTAC applications opening shortly, open day season is now in full swing!  These days allow students to get a taste for life at a university of interest and find answers to any questions they have.  There is a checklist available on the Careers Portal that students may like to print off and take with them to inform the questions they ask at the open days.

27/07/2019       Australian Catholic University
Bond University
University of Southern Queensland (Springfield Campus)

28/07/2019        Queensland University of Technology (Gardens Point Campus)

04/08/2019         University of Queensland (St Lucia Campus)
University of the Sunshine Coast (Caboolture Campus)

08/08/2019        Central Queensland University (Brisbane Campus)

11/08/2019       Griffith University
SAE Creative Media Institute
TAFE Queensland (South Bank Campus)

QTAC and Tertiary Entry

Griffith University: Q & A sessions

Students who want to know about studying at Griffith you can book a personalised Q&A session.  The advisors can answer your questions about:

  • Griffith degrees and what you can study
  • Pathway options to Griffith degrees
  • General admission and eligibility information
  • How to apply
  • Griffith support services and facilities and more.

Appointments are available all year round for high school students at the Gold Coast or Nathan campuses, or over the phone.  Visit the website to make an enquiry or book a session.

QUT Career Courses and Workshops

To help students with course and career decision making, QUT’s career practitioners have developed a free online course – Kickstart Your Career.  Register now for the next course starting 5 August 2019.  This will take a total of approximately 4 hours over two weeks.

Tania Munro

Careers Advisor

Sports News


Sports News

As Trimester Sports come to an end, we are seeing teams head into semi and grand finals. We wish these girls the best of luck.

There have been several individual achievements within our College including State and National representations. Chloe Bingham, a year 11 student, and her sister Josie Bingham, a 2017 graduate from the College, are achieving their netball goals. The Bingham sisters have been picked up by the Sunshine Coast team, Thunder, for the inaugural Sapphire Series.


Meanwhile in Coffs Harbour, year 9 student, Gabby Spence has been competing for Queensland in the Under 14s Westfield National Youth Championships. In the five-day competition, her team were crowned the National Champions in a 3-0 win over South Australia.

Cross Country runners Bridie (20th in Qld) and Madi Ellice (23rd in Qld) and Gabby Jackson (13th in Qld), have competed admirably in the Queensland Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships in Toowoomba. Special mention to Bridie for helping her Met West relay team to a bronze medal in the team relay.

Claire Crocombe and Annie Bremner competed in the Queensland Schools Equestrian Championships in Maryborough and Warwick respectively over the holiday break. Congratulations to both girls on their results and for representing the college so admirably.

Over in New York City, our Sports Captain, Zoe Percy, has been competing for the Australian school representative U17s and U19s teams in the US national futsal championships. Without claiming a win over the four-day tournament, Zoe admits that she has never competed against such great teams, learning a lot from the US coaches and simply by playing in such a high-skilled tournament. The rest of her three-week trip was composed of training camps in New Jersey prior to the tournament as well as American history trips, a baseball game, and other games against local teams. We are so proud of all of our high achieving Brigidine girls whom are going out of their comfort zones to compete in some of the highest levels of elite sport for their age group.

Additionally, on school grounds, track and field has commenced. The cold early morning trainings are rewarded with breakfast; it is truly worth it. All girls attended their first meet last Friday, the 19th of July. The track and field girls represented the College with pride.

Congratulations also to the number of girls who represented Brigidine College in Semester 1 of the MetWest competition.

Surname First Name School Team
Bingham Chloe Brigidine College Netball 16-19yrs
Edwards Sophie Brigidine College Hockey 13-19yrs Girls
Fetineiai Zaria Brigidine College Swimming 13-19yrs
Kenny Lara Brigidine College Netball 13-15yrs
O’Sullivan Charlotte Brigidine College Touch Football 13-15yrs Girls
Pickford Isabella Brigidine College Baseball 12-14yrs
Risetto Alexandria Brigidine College Hockey 13-19yrs Girls
Sauer Grace Brigidine College Netball 13-15yrs
Scott Isabel Brigidine College Swimming 13-19yrs
Tauelangi Leonia Brigidine College AFL 13-15yrs Girls
Young Stella Brigidine College AFL 10-12yrs Girls
Curran Jessica Brigidine College Football 16-19yrs Girls
Ellice Madison Brigidine College Triathlon 12-19yrs
Ellice Bridie Brigidine College Triathlon 12-19yrs
Jackson Gabriella Brigidine College Triathlon 12-19yrs
Kent Millie Brigidine College Triathlon 12-19yrs
McLennan Vaikarna Brigidine College Football 16-19yrs Girls
Neish Emma Brigidine College Triathlon 12-19yrs
Stringer Maree Brigidine College Aquathlon 10-11yrs
Thursby Zoe Brigidine College Triathlon 12-19yrs

We are so pleased to see so many girls participating in sport this term.

Our sports team has put together a new war cry which we are eager to teach to you all prior to the CaSSSA Athletics Carnival.

Jessica Palmer  / Imogen Kerr
Sports Ambassadors

Volunteers Needed!


Volunteers Needed!

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

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

Book Room Opening Hours:

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

Wednesdays 10:00am to 2:30pm

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