In this issue

From the Principal’s Desk

Mission News

Curriculum Matters

Pastoral News

and many more …

Mission Captain’s Report


Mission Captain’s Report

Welcome back to College! I hope you’re ready to continue our welcoming, missionary work for Semester 2! The Mission Team has had such a successful start to our 90th anniversary year, with events such as Environment Day, International Women’s Day, and the Vinnie’s Winter Appeal. With Semester 1 reaping great rewards for the Mission Team, we dived headfirst into preparations for Semester 2, starting with the Vinnie’s Homeless Sleepout to finalise our Winter Appeal. On 19 July, a bunch of courageous girls stayed back after school to briefly experience and learn about homeless life within Brisbane; supplied with a cardboard-box bed and a single cup of soup, it was an enriching and amazing experience. A special thanks to all teachers who supervised and organised the event, and to all our special guests who volunteered their time to teach us about homelessness.

Brigidine Day was wonderful, perfectly capturing the welcoming history and nature of our College. With the life of our founder, Bishop Daniel Delany, as inspiration for a hospitable environment, the dance competition was full of supportive and lively energy. Congratulations to Delany House for capturing the bell in this important anniversary year.

There are many great events coming up this semester for students to enrich themselves in. Both our Senior Justice and Democracy and Vinnie’s teams are eagerly preparing for our Cultural Diversity Day on 30 August. As I mentioned at the beginning of the year, multiculturalism is fundamental in providing a welcoming and hospitable environment. All cultures, regardless of our varying religions, languages, food, or practices all have underlying themes and history that connects us; I cannot wait to celebrate and promote this connection on Cultural Diversity Day!! With a shared meal, fashion parade, live music, dancing and art and language stalls, it will be an amazing day to celebrate the diversity and connection within our College community.

Facing the final few months of our 90th anniversary year, I cannot encourage girls enough to get involved in the missionary acts within the College. I challenge all girls to think of the bigger picture; in our year of Welcome and Hospitality, how do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? How do you want to make others feel a sense of welcome in their lives?

Have a great term girls! I can’t wait to see what this semester brings!

Taymin Marks

Mission Captain

From the Principal’s Desk


From the Principal’s Desk


Wisdom is radiant and unfading, and she is easily discerned by those who love her and is found by those who seek her. She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her. One who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty, for she will be found sitting at the gate.

To fix one’s thought on her is perfect and understanding, and one who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care, because she goes about seeking those worthy of her, and she graciously appears to them in their paths, and meets them in every thought.

(Wisdom 6:12-18)

Prayer for St Mary MacKillop (Feast Day 8 August)

Ever generous God.
You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop
to live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
and constant in bringing hope and encouragement
to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy.
With confidence in our generous providence
and joining with Saint Mary MacKillop
we ask that you grant our request…..
We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit
so that we too, like Mary MacKillop, may live with
courage, trust and openness.
Ever generous God, hear our prayer
We ask this through Jesus Christ.


Principal’s Notes

Congratulations to the many students, staff and families for the wonderful engagement in such a wide variety of activities and learnings over recent weeks. Through these experiences we are all able to share where our community continues to thrive.

Brigidine Day and Catholic Education Week 29 July – 2 August

In celebrating Brigidine Day on Friday 2 August, the College  also acknowledged the wonderful legacy of our founding Sisters and families from Indooroopilly. Since arriving in Brisbane, the Brigidine Sisters were able to quickly establish a school to cater for the diverse needs of families in the 1920s and 30s. This has of course developed extensively to enrich the educational landscape of the western suburbs for young women.

The College gave thanks through the Mass and Eucharist, as well as provide for the current students to celebrate their current vibrancy and flourish in today’s world.

Celebration Presentations – Brigidine Bell Winner – Delany House

I appreciate the time and efforts of all staff, students and families as we continue to celebrate together for our 90th Anniversary. I acknowledge and thank in particular:

  • Staff Dancers – Choreographers Mel Armsden and Shannon Metzeling (Staff Flash Mob Team)
  • Pastoral Leaders on Brigidine Day, School Movie Event and College Dance
  • Home Room Teachers
  • Maintenance and School Officers
  • Judges for Celebration Events – Laura David, Rebecca Cuthbert and Christine Oag
  • Georgia Kennedy and Andrew Beiers for the Celebration afternoon
  • Jane Massingham and the team of dancers, musicians and drama teachers and staff for ‘Where Dreams Begin’.

The College hosted many visitors and events over this week including:

  • Brain Bee Presentations
  • Principal’s CaSSSA Meeting
  • Kildare Ministries Meeting (Principals and Faith Leaders)
  • ‘Where Dreams Begin’ at Southbank Piazza, 7:00pm tomorrow (10 August)

Farewell to Ms Dana Wedge

The College officially thanked and farewelled Ms Dana Wedge at Assembly on 30 July.  She has given many years of outstanding and dedicated service to Brigidine College as Deputy Principal Pastoral and we wish her all the very best for her new position at QCEC.  She will be missed by both students and staff alike.

P&F Association: Dads’ and Daughters Evening 2019

I encourage all fathers to attend this popular annual event on Friday 30 August in Holy Family School Hall. This is fantastic opportunity for girls to share time and fun with their fathers, as well as enjoy interactive singing and dancing.

Sports at Brigidine

Congratulations to the following teams representing Brigidine College with distinction.

Brigidine Indooroopilly & St Ives Netball Teams

Brigidine Indooroopilly/St Ives Soccer Teams

Brigidine Rugby 7s Team at Australia v Argentina game, Suncorp Stadium

Seven of our Junior tennis players were also given the opportunity of meeting Ash Barty recently.  Shay O’Reilly reported “On 25 July, seven junior tennis players went to give Ash Barty a hero’s welcome at Tennyson Tennis Centre.  This was a once in a lifetime experience that we thoroughly enjoyed.  We also had the opportunity to have a hit against the World number 1 and, although we were very nervous, it was something we will remember for the rest of our lives.  A few of us had a chance to ask our idol a question and her advice to young players is just to enjoy it and do your best every single day.  She is truly so humble and down to earth.  A huge thank you to Ms David, Sports Director, Mr Cahill and Ms Egan for providing this incredible experience.  Ash is an absolute inspiration to all of us.  

I look forward to sharing with our community the ongoing legacy that is Brigidine College.

A Naoimh Bhrid, gui Orainn

Brendan Cahill




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Mission News


Mission News

Brigidine Day

Brigidine Day was an opportunity for our community to celebrate the charism of the Brigidine Sisters inspired by St Brigid and refunded by Bishop Daniel Delany. Their legacy permeated through the events of the day including the reflective way in which students participated in Mass. As a college, we were challenged by Fr Pan to exemplify the notion of being a welcoming community through justice and service. The Brigidine legacy was also demonstrated through the way in which Prefects, along with their Houses, supported each other as they presented their items. This is our heritage… this is our spirit!

Milpera Karibu Club

Report by Ms Helen Jeffcoat

Our Karibu Club has started for Term 3. In our first session we did singing with Ms Sprenger. We sang songs as rounds and it was fun to join in together. The singing really cheered us up and made us feel like a choir! Our second week was at Milpera and we painted seed pods. This was a calm, peaceful activity and we got to chat and get to know each other while we painted. This is what we want for our Club – an opportunity to get to know the Milpera girls, welcome them to our community and have an hour of doing something together after school on a Tuesday. We’re looking forward to dance with Ms Metzeling, knitting with Ms Dunne and our end of term picnic in the park.

St Vincent de Paul Group Update

Report by Kelsey Webb

As a follow up to the St Vincent de Paul Sleep Out earlier this term, Skye Fitzpatrick and I went to the Indooroopilly Uniting Church last week to deliver the gift hampers made by the girls. The hampers were filled with self-care goodies such as creams and lotions, to boost spirits amongst the refugee women attending the Church. It was wonderful to talk to Freddie, a regular volunteer at the Church about the many ways in which Brigidine can help the refugee women. This Uniting Church runs a ‘Helping Hands’ clinic on Thursdays and Saturdays. Last year, our group helped on Thursdays, preparing afternoon teas for the families attending the legal clinic. Freddie and the other women at the shelter were very grateful for our donation. It was a wonderful project to do together.

Andrew Beiers

Deputy Principal Mission

Sports Captain’s Report


Sports Captain’s Report

The last couple of months of Brigidine sport has been extremely busy but filled with such remarkable opportunities. On Saturday 27 July, some of our Rugby 7’s girls had the opportunity to play Touch 7’s against a fellow CaSSSA school, Mary Mackillop College at halftime in the Wallabies game against Argentina. I was watching the game from St. Ives in Sydney and actually caught a glimpse of the girls on TV! They looked like they had a good game and a great time. Two days earlier, seven of our junior tennis players met at the Queensland Tennis Centre in Tennyson where they participated in a Q&A session and were fortunate enough to play against the World No. 1 female tennis player, Ash Barty.

Last week, myself and the Brigdine Open A Soccer and Netball Teams travelled down to Brigidine St Ives in Sydney for our annual sporting exchange. We arrived at the airport on Saturday and everyone was filled with excitement and were eager to play. After we landed, we were taken to the accommodation and got settled in before the big day ahead. On the Sunday we went on a walk along the coastline that had some incredible views of the ocean and the suburbs. Then it was time for Taronga Zoo. We spent a few hours there and got some great photos with some really cute animals. We were then taken to dinner at an Italian restaurant where we were joined by the St Ives girls.

On Monday, everyone had their game face on. First up was the soccer match and I have to say that game was the most even and exciting out of the 5 years I’ve played. I am proud to say that we have retained the title once again, even though it was a 1-1 draw. Then came the netball. This game was so good to watch as again, both teams were very even. It got to the last quarter and Brigidine Indooroopilly were able to get a 3 point lead. But unfortunately, St Ives came back with seconds to go and defeated our girls by 1 point. Overall, the trip was very successful and the girls can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year’s exchange.

I would like to give a huge congratulations to the Open A Soccer team for winning their UHLsport Cup Quarter Final on Monday night against Canterbury College. The girls put in 110% from the get-go and were able to finish 2-0. This was a really proud moment for the girls as they redeemed themselves from losing to this team last year in the semi-final. So well done girls, you have done us proud. Now onto the semi-final next week against Ipswich Girls’ Grammar.

After our track and field carnival last term, a highly talented team of girls has been formulated to compete at both CaSSSA Athletics and QCIS.  In preparation for this the girls have been giving up their mornings and afternoons to make sure they are performing their very best while representing the College. With QCIS this upcoming Monday, we wish our girls and Ambrose Treacy boys the very best.

Now, if you’re like me, and are finding Term 3 a bit stressful with a lot of assignments and upcoming exams, I have some advice. While it is good to use every bit of spare time to get your assignments done, you also need to look after yourself. It is important that you take time out of your study schedules to maybe do some exercise or play your sport on the weekend. Being active allows you to release some stress and step away from the study environment. Even if it’s a 30-minute walk, you would be refreshing your brain and your body.

Finally, I would like to congratulate all the teams who were in a CaSSSA Grand Final on Wednesday, and especially those who won! Well done everyone!

Zoe Percy

Sports Captain

De Porres House Prefects’ Update


De Porres House Prefects’ Update

De Porres has had a positive and exciting year so far. Our 2019 theme is ‘all it takes is all you’ve got’. De Porres has certainly given everything their all this year. At the end of Term 2, we celebrated the Interhouse Athletics Carnival which was a great day. The stands were empty as all girls were competing and earning points for the House. We were so proud to see such enthusiasm, House spirit and participation.

Throughout Term 2 and the start of Term 3, De Porres was busy working hard on creating our Brigidine Day performance. Brigidine Day last Friday was one of the highlights of the year. Our theme this year was ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and the De Porres students certainly were stars. The Year 12 students began their performance with the opening song ‘Dancing in the Stars.’ This was followed by each Home Room dancing to a different themed song for each week of the show. Finally, the whole House danced to ‘Shut Up and Dance’ which was the grand final performance. We were very proud of all of the students for their efforts in choreography, costumes and spirit and could not have asked for any more. We would also like to give a big thank you to our De Porres Home Room teachers for their help with rehearsing dances and keeping everything organised. Particularity, we would like to thank Mrs Power for all of her hard work and dedication; she helped guide us and kept us on track to make this day be the best it could.

We are looking forward to the rest of the year ahead and have lots of exciting activities planned. As a House, we strive to follow in the footsteps of Saint Martin De Porres and serve others with charity, justice, and humility.

Jemma Bosch and Olivia Bosci

De Porres House Prefects

Curriculum Matters


Curriculum Matters

University Study – Year 10 and 11 students

Each year some of the universities offer opportunities to students currently in Year 11 or 10 (USQ only for Year 10) to participate in university subjects next year. This has been advertised to the Year 10 and 11 students.  This is a wonderful extension opportunity and each year we have a number of students who successfully complete a first-year university subject. There are adjustment factors attached to the courses, which can assist with university options after Year 12.

You can find out more information about these options through the following university websites –

Assignment Drafts

At this time of the term, many students will have commenced working on assignment drafts. Drafting is an important part of the assessment process. While the requirements may vary between assessment items, there is a general expectation that students are producing a response that is nearly good enough to submit for assessment. It is likely to be the student’s second or third attempt at the task.

The purpose of student drafts is to provide students with feedback so that improvements can be made to the response. It is important to understand that drafting is a consultation process, not a marking process. Notional results cannot be given to work that is in a draft form.

Students should be continuing to reflect and re-draft their work, prior to receiving feedback. They should not be waiting for feedback before doing any further work on their assignment.

The feedback will ask the student to reflect on strategies they might use to refine their work. The instrument-specific criteria sheet should be used to help the students identify the areas they need to review.

It is expected that students should be able to demonstrate increasing independence in the preparation of their tasks. This means that over time students would be given less specific and detailed feedback. Students in Year 12 may find that they may receive no formal feedback or quite limited feedback, as all senior syllabus requirements expect assessment instruments to demonstrate increased independence.

(QCAA, Senior English Syllabus)

The following is an extract from the College’s Assessment Policy, which can be viewed on the Assessment & Study Portal on SEQTA.


Drafting of assignments is an important part of the assignment process.

  • Most assignments will have a draft or work-in-progress due date.
  • All drafts should be considered to be a non-polished version of the final assignment, which will be outlined on the task requirements. If it does not meet the task requirement, it is considered to be a non-submit.
  • All students are required to ensure that they meet the conditions of completing the draft by the due date, which may include one or more of the following:
    • Upload to Turnitin
    • Upload to SEQTA
    • Upload to the Student drive
    • Hand in a hard copy in class

Electronic uploads must be completed by 8.30 am on a due date. Students are recommended to upload assessment items the previous evening to avoid any problems on the morning of the due date.

If a student is ill or absent on the due date of a draft, they must follow the guidelines outlined in the illness/absentee section of the policy.

Authenticity of student responses

As students are preparing assignments it is also important to remind them to be cautious that they have not plagiarised another person’s work. Students are encouraged to use Turnitin, as a tool to assist them to identify and ensure that they have appropriately reference any researched work.

Many steps can be put in place to ensure the authenticity of student work:


Authenticity of a student’s work can be observed through several strategies, which include the following:

  • teachers seeing plans and drafts of student work, which the final piece of work is clearly derived from;
  • student production of and maintenance of documentation of the development of the responses;
  • student acknowledgment of resources used;
  • submitting work through Turnitin;
  • observation of students working on practical tasks for a significant amount of time;
  • reflective journals;
  • questioning a student about an assignment and the processes used as part of the assignment or to explain their ideas.

There is also a detailed section on plagiarism in the Assessment Policy. Some of this is outlined below:


Plagiarism involves students submitting the work of others as their own, without appropriate acknowledgment or referencing of the original work. The original source of work may be written, oral or electronic, and includes copying and pasting from the internet.

This can include:

  • word-for-word copying of sentences or paragraphs from one or more sources which are the work or data of other persons (including books, articles, working papers, conference papers, websites or other students’ assignments) without clearly identifying their origin by appropriate referencing;
  • closely paraphrasing sentences or paragraphs from one or more sources without appropriate acknowledgment in the form of a reference to the original work or works;
  • using another person’s ideas, work or research data without appropriate acknowledgment;
  • copying computer files in whole or in part without indicating their origin;
  • submitting work which has been produced by someone else on the student’s behalf as if it were the work of the student;
  • producing work in conjunction with other people (other students, a tutor, parents) when it is purported to be work from the student’s own independent research.


In assessment tasks, where there is clear evidence of plagiarism, where substantial parts of the assignments are drawn from unacknowledged sources or completed by someone other than the student, then the student may be faced with academic dishonesty.

  • If plagiarism is clearly evident throughout the assignment then the work may be considered a non-submission, which means that the student may have insufficient assessment to be given credit for the semester’s work.
  • If plagiarism has only occurred in some sections of the assignment, these sections may not be graded.  The final grade may be based only on the sections of the assignment, which were the student’s authentic work. A notation advising of plagiarism signed by the Curriculum Leader will be attached to the respective response in the student’s subject folio.
  • Students who submit plagiarised work may also be given an after-school detention and will be expected to re-do the plagiarised sections. Work completed during this time will not be taken into consideration when awarding a final grade.

Science Week

Congratulations to Ms Guthrie, the Science Department and the Science Ambassadors and Representatives who ran a successful and engaging Science Week. There will be further details in the next newsletter. There were many opportunities for students to be actively involved in:

  • Obstacle course
  • Marshmallow Tower
  • Geckoe’s Wildlife workshop
  • Paper Plane competition
  • Street Science workshop
  • UQ workshops
  • “Flying Scientist” Dr Zyta – workshop

Study Skills – Dr Prue Salter –  Enhanced Learning Educational Services


Sleep is crucial not just for physical and mental well-being, but for the consolidation of learning, and to ensure you perform in all your endeavours in peak condition. The absolute last resort should be to sacrifice sleep time in order to get things done.

How much sleep is right for you? This is tricky as everyone is different. Some lucky people need only 6 hours a night, most people need about 8 hours and some people need 10 hours!

Two ways to tell if you are getting enough sleep:

How quickly do you fall asleep at night? If you fall asleep instantly that can be a sign you are not getting enough sleep, it should take 10-15 minutes to fall asleep.

How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? If you feel tired and sluggish then that can also be a sign that you need to get to bed earlier.


  • Avoid caffeine (cola drinks, coffee, energy drinks, chocolate) after dinner or even better, no later than 4pm.
  • Organise as much as you can at night to minimise what you have to do in the morning (e.g. organise your clothes for the next day, pack your bag).
  • Try and have a half hour to an hour before you go to bed without computers, TV, phone or any electronic devices or homework or chatting to friends. If you can’t do that, at least put the devices on night mode or turn the brightness down.
  • Set up a relaxing ‘wind-down’ routine for before you go to bed. Do this same routine every night (e.g. warm shower, reading, listening to quiet music) so your brain associates these activities with bed time and sleep.
  • A drop in body temperature near bedtime triggers the sense that is time to go to sleep. So after a warm bath or hot shower, cool yourself down. It is also better at night to be cool rather than overheated.
  • Keep your room as dark and as quiet as possible at night.
  • When you lie in bed, start at your feet and mentally imagine relaxing each muscle as you slowly work your way up the body. Most people do not make it up to their head before they fall asleep!
  • In the morning open the curtains wide or go out into the sun and get lots of light to help wake your brain. Being exposed to lots of natural light during the day will also help the body produce the melatonin at the right time for a good sleep cycle.
  • A healthy breakfast will help to kick-start your body clock for the day.

 You can find special software for blocking distractions on computers and phones in the Dealing with Distractions unit on, which is available on SEQTA – Assessment and Study Portal.

Melissa Dever

Deputy Principal Curriculum

Middle School Leaders


Middle School Leaders



It has been my absolute pleasure to work with and be part of the nomination process for the Middle School Leaders in 2019. Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of the Semester One Middle School Leaders who ignited energy and spirit into the Middle School. Their initiative to celebrate spirit in the Middle School Olympics fostered a great sense of connection amongst the Year 7, 8 and 9 students. Secondly, I would like to congratulate the elected Middle School Leaders for Semester Two 2019. The students who were successful from each House are:

Delany Becca Bradshaw Elly Rowbotham
MacKillop Tilly Maher Emma Heers
Damien Jazmin Nolan Teak Wynn
Chanel Brielle Dunkinson Mei Niehus
De Porres Alice Conway Charlotte Smith
Foley Monique Hanlon Zoe Ryalls

These students spent time with Damon Joseph from Character Builders on Wednesday 31 July to explore their individual leadership and how they connect as a leadership team. This day asked students to think creatively and critically to explore various aspects of leadership. A stand-out activity from the day was the Pipe Challenge. During this challenge, students were given 30 pipes, 2 corner pipes and 1 roll of tape to construct the longest obstacle course possible for a ping-pong ball to go through. The aim of the challenge was to get the slowest time for the ping-pong ball to go through.

Both teams exemplified flexibility and adaptability in their approach to the task. They collaborated well and continuously re-purposed and reconsidered their ideas. From a spectator’s perspective it was remarkable to watch as these students worked to solve problems and take initiatives to try new ideas. We look forward to continuing this work with the Semester Two Middle Leaders.

Nidean Dickson

Year 9 Wellbeing Program Leader

Pastoral News


Pastoral News

Brigidine Day celebrations last week proved to be a wonderful community event. Fortunate to have the opportunity, the girls brought much spirit and joy to the day which was shown throughout the afternoon and into the evening. The House Prefects demonstrated excellent leadership, with a focus on inclusivity and supporting others. They had a positive impact on the day and should be commended for their creativity, organisation and enthusiasm.

The Pastoral Leaders and all members of staff managed the celebrations with expertise – and joined in the festivities. Thank you to the parents who volunteered at the Movie Event and Anniversary Dance to ensure the day went smoothly and that the students had a memorable experience.

Much research is being conducted about anxiety amongst teenage girls and we are aware that this has an impact on some families in our community. You can learn more about how to support teenagers to build resilience, thrive through anxiety and reach their potential to flourish at an upcoming event called ‘Building Brave’. The session will explore:

  • a new way of understanding anxiety that will empower children;
  • the different and sometimes unrecognised ways anxiety can manifest in children, and how to respond;
  • the powerful role of important adults to build brave in all children – and how to do this when anxiety is in the way;
  • how to respond to stress and anxiety in the moment and make way for calm and courage;
  • proven, practical ways to build resilience, strengthen them against anxiety and build their brave.

Further information can be found at:

A new report ‘Attendance Matters’ from the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) reinforces the strong correlation between school attendance and student achievement, highlighting the importance of forming good attendance habits. The report states that “The effects of non-attendance on achievement are cumulative and can impact both academic achievement and attendance in future years of schooling” (Hancock et al., 2013; Zubrick, 2014). Brigidine strives to work in partnership with parents to ensure helpful information about students is being shared so that any available support can be offered. ‘Every day counts’ when it comes to attendance. Alongside parents, we want our students to take every opportunity to reach their potential by being present at school. Parents are encouraged to communicate with the College about factors that may relate to non-attendance. A sense of belonging to the school community is an important factor in improving attendance at school. We also encourage our students to engage and be involved in the many opportunities available at the College so that they build their connection and reach their potential.

Melinda Egan

Acting Deputy Principal Pastoral

Middle Years News


Middle Years News

EmpowerHer Conference

Report by Abbey Adams 8 CH1

On Wednesday 17 July, Eva Mizrahi, Kelly Eekhout and I attended the EmpowerHer conference in the Valley run by the ChangeMakeHer organisation. During the conference we listened to speeches from women in STEM careers, learning about how they got to where they are today and what challenges they faced to get there. We took part in interactive engineering and tech workshops where we created miniature wind turbines, coded a robotic car and even got to wear a Virtual Reality headset. During the EmpowerHer conference we got to meet high school girls of all ages and learn about the opportunities in STEM careers, discovering many jobs we didn’t even know existed. The EmpowerHer conference was a very rewarding and educational conference and we encourage others to take part in it if given the chance.


Languages Dept News


Languages Dept News

Young Language Ambassador Conference

Report by Elise Duval

On Friday 26 July, Ella John, Sophie Peters, Elana Partridge and I travelled to Cairns for the Young Language Ambassador Conference. Schools from all around Queensland attended this one-day event. Guest speakers explained how language learning has influenced their lives and their professional journey. After Morning Tea, we split into separate rooms to give our 10 minutes L-ED talks. The topic of our speech was ‘Internationally Minded Leaders: Shaping Excellence in Future Workforces’. Each speech focused on why languages are important for the future, using research as evidence.

If anyone is considering studying a language in Year 10, this conference is a great way to meet like-minded students and adults and learn more about the importance of languages.

Here are some comments from Ella and Elana:

The day was such a worthwhile and enjoyable experience and I would definitively recommend applying if you get the opportunity. I learned so much about the benefits of learning a language. I was really nervous to present my speech but after hearing other students’ presentations, I felt much more confident and really enjoyed speaking.  Ella John

What I found interesting was how many opportunities people were able to experience by learning a second language. For example, the person, who gave a Languages ED talk, talked about how she has been learning Chinese since primary school in Toowoomba. She has now visited China many times. In fact, in high school she visited with just her friend and without any guardians. She has also recently visited with her family.  The second speaker was Dominic (pictured), who studied via Brisbane School of Distance Education from Mackay. He also had an amazing experience due to learning a language. He was able to travel to Noumea in New Caledonia and also to Vietnam, to help the community there.

Both of these speakers had travelled so far in their lives and achieved so much, especially the man who was only 19.  Elana Partridge

Damien House News


Damien House News

What a remarkable start to Semester Two Damien House has had! We celebrated Brigidine Day in style and turned our One Hit Wonders into memorable dances and acts from each Home Room. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the House Prefects, Lilya Boundy and Olivia Chalk, in their efforts to drive and motivate the Damien House students in 2019. In addition, I would like to acknowledge the support of all students, particularly the Year 12 students who were integral in the rehearsals and performance. It was a marvellous showcase of the many talents of the Damien students.

During the upcoming House Assembly for Damien there will be a continuing focus on our House theme of Spirit. For students of Damien House, Spirit has been our core focus in our pursuit to develop the connection of the House. Term 3 will be focused on how to develop a continuous spirit when the time and need for resilience calls. Damien students will explore their own ability to foster individual spirit and how to use this to harness their own potential and inspire and motivate others.

In addition, as part of our determined spirit to enact self-care, Damien House will partake in a daily step challenge. Look out in the next newsletter for an update on this initiative!

Nidean Dickson

Pastoral Leader- Damien House

Foley House: Growing Together


Foley House: Growing Together

This year, the girls of Foley House are focused on the theme of “Foley – Growing Together”.

In Term 2 at a House gathering, Foley students were asked to consider the individual strengths they each bring to their year level.  Knowing your strengths is the first step, but more importantly, our Foley girls thought carefully about the ways they could share their gifts with the wider Brigidine College Community.

As a symbol of their commitment to growth, each girl decorated a leaf and added it to the 2019 Foley tree.

On Brigidine Day as each Foley Home Room took to the stage and danced, we saw the beauty that comes with shared growth.  It takes courage, generosity and humility to bring a group performance to life.  Steps shared created a performance that will surely build memories of Brigidine Day that remain with our girls for years to come.

Nicole Kapernick

FO3 Home Room Teacher

Science News


Science News

This week on Assembly, all the Year 10 students who participated in the Brain Bee Challenge were presented with certificates.  Last newsletter, there was a detailed report from the girls involved who reached the State Finals held at the Brain Institute.  Congratulations to State Finalists Vy Vy Dinh, Kim Dinh, Angela Huang and Archisha Sami and other participants Caitlin Browne, Patricia Consoli, Laura Drysale and Elise Duval.

Science in the Classroom

Year 8 Science report by Indiana Tichon

We have been working on designing and building a Rube Goldberg Machine.  We had to ensure that our machine completed several steps with the final step to ring a small bell.  Our team consisted of Elyssa Richardson, Arianne Donaghy and myself.

Rube Goldberg Machine

Science Week

Here are few images of our events so far.  Reports and more details to follow in the next newsletter:

Obstacle Course


(Pictured below) Science Week Assembly Guest Speaker – Dr Selina Ward, Senior Lecturer at UQ School of Biological Sciences and Academic Director of UQ Heron Island Research Station



Year 11 Physics workshop by the University of Queensland

Marshmallow Tower Competition



Extension Events

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

Technology Dept News


Technology Dept News

Year 10 Enterprise Education

Term 2 this year saw the Year 10 Enterprise Education students engage with a new unit exploring business management, specifically “start-up” businesses. To do this the students were given the opportunity to experience a version of an accelerator program. The following reflection on the experience was written by student Kristina Ly:

“In Term 2, the 10 Enterprise Education classes were introduced to a new program called ‘Accelerator’, which offered the opportunity to gain insight into the process of initiating a business. Over the course of 7 weeks, we were challenged to develop an innovative yet feasible business idea while undertaking a study to evaluate its viability. Since then, we have been working diligently to prepare for Technologies Day, building prototypes of our products, creating pitch videos and generating exposure of our businesses to the Brigidine Community, through advertisements such as posters and business cards.”

On 22 July, the Year 10 Enterprise Education students successfully showcased their businesses for Technologies Day. Ranging from fudge to emergency kits, students were invited to the Kildare Hall to vote for their favourite business. The most-voted businesses now have the opportunity to launch their business into the Brigidine market as a start-up.

Although this task required a lot of dedication and time, being able to showcase our business on Technologies Day was extremely rewarding and it felt as though our hard work really paid off. Unlike some assessment, the Accelerator program was very practical, providing opportunities to develop our communication and creativity skills such as creating logos, posters and pitching our business ideas to potential consumers. Despite being the first grade to undergo this Accelerator program, it is highly recommended that it continues as it broadens our knowledge about the development of a business and develops useful skills like responsibility, leadership and time-management along the way.”

Two teams of Year 10 Enterprise Education students were also given the opportunity early this term to attend the QUT AdSpace High School Advertising Challenge. AdSpace is a day of fun and experiential learning for high school students (Year 10-12), their teachers and QUT student mentors. Each year high schools from around South East Queensland send teams to QUT’s Gardens Point Campus and participate in a real-world advertising adventure.

During the challenge, teams were briefed by the Marketing Director of RACQ, and then had to work with QUT advertising student mentors to develop a campaign and pitch their ideas. The judging panel consisted of advertising industry specialists who provided feedback to the teams and decided on the winning pitch. Both Brigidine teams worked very hard to present excellent presentations, thoroughly impressing their QUT mentors and the judges

Shannon Metzeling

Enterprise Education Teacher

Asst Principal Professional Teaching & Learning


Asst Principal Professional Teaching & Learning

Reading to Understand and Communicating to Demonstrate

Brigidine College teachers have been working with the Reading Comprehension Framework, especially in the core subjects of English, Humanities, Science and Religious Education. This framework was designed to improve the literacy skills of our students. Analysed internal and external results dictated that a framework to support our students to read text for meaning was needed, thus the Reading Comprehension Framework was developed.

By providing our students with this graphic organiser to read and understand texts, we were able to increase their understanding of what they were reading. With practice, these skills became a ‘habit’ where students not only it did automatically, like riding a bike, but had the skills to transfer the understanding to more complex questions that required higher order processing skills.

The next step in our process was to enable our students to communicate their understanding clearly and with precision. We knew our students could do the following:

  • Spell
  • Apply new ideas with very little repetition
  • Write on demand
  • Communicate ideas clearly
  • Goldilocks sentence length (not too long, not too short)
  • Commit to their writing in exam situations
  • Use the scaffolding in the Middle Years (PEEL structure was correctly applied)

To continue our work to improve student communication, writing skills were broken into year levels with departments taking ownership for particular skills that could be taught and reinforced across subjects and year levels. An example of the Year 7 and Year 12 focus areas are below.

Writing Skills Focus

To help support you support your daughter, we invite you to join our community to take part in the Write That Essay Parent Information Evening. This workshop will give you an insight into what your student/s have been exploring and executing in our classrooms.

Who is invited: All parents and prospective parents

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

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.

Where: Rehearsal Space

Book a ticket:

Having engaged, interested parents makes a difference to your student’s learning, self‐efficacy, and intrinsic motivation. We want the girls of Brigidine College to enjoy the process of writing and be proud of what they have created.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Robinson, D. H., Katayama, A. D., Beth, A., Odom, S., Hsieh, Y.-P., & Vanderveen, A. (2006). Increasing text comprehension and graphic note taking using a partial graphic organizer. The Journal of Educational Research, 100, 103-111.

Allison Johansen
(Acting) Assistant Principal Professional Teaching & Learning

Tullow Centre News


Tullow Centre News

Get the Buzz

To bee or not to bee – a new display in the Tullow Centre is encouraging students to learn about bees, their role in our ecosystems and food production and the causes of their declining populations. The display aims to educate students and encourages them to understand the importance of bees in our environment. Students can discover suggestions as to how they can help protect and support bee populations as well as peruse numerous books from our collection associated with bees. All students are invited to explore the display and take home a ‘bee book’ and an informative flyer.

In other Tullow Centre news, students in Years 7 to 9 are busy reading for the annual Premier’s Reading Challenge which finishes on the 23 August. Our Readers’ Cup teams are also engaged in preparations for their competitions early next term.  Finally, the preparation for Book Week has begun. The theme this year is Reading is my Secret Super Power! As part of our preparation for the activities, we are asking for donations of fabric for students to make book covers. All pieces of scrap curtain or thick fabric are welcomed and greatly appreciated.

Estelle Chapman

Teacher Librarian

Year 8 Solas Bhride


Year 8 Solas Bhride



From 24-26 July, the Year 8 students engaged in their Solas Bhride experience for 2019. The 3-day program provided the students with the opportunity to step outside the classroom to reflect on and examine a variety of issues that, many soon realised, they were quite passionate about.

The first day was led by a team from High Resolves who specialise in capacity-building exercises for young people. There were two sessions built into this program. During the session on ‘Identity & Purpose’, the students developed a better understanding of how their unique identities must be carefully balanced with the identity of others. They also explored stereotypes and biases and learned how divisive attitudes and behaviours affect individuals as well as the collective. In the second session, ‘Just Society’, the girls developed a deeper understanding of the unfair distribution of resources around the world. This strengthened their desire to create a more just and inclusive world and they finished the day in committing to an action that will make a difference in our world.

“It helped us learn how to stand up for what we believe in.”

“This organisation really helps with self-esteem and it also helps you maybe look at something or someone with a different perspective.”

“I learnt how lucky I actually am – we live in a Level 4 world. I also want to know how I can be an advocate for things I believe in to make our planet a better place.”

On Thursday, Storm from Enlighten Education facilitated a series of workshops on friendship and the influence of media on topics such as sexism, body image and stereotyping. The students were challenged to critically evaluate the messages that bombard them every day and to develop strategies that will help them respond intelligently and objectively in the future. They created some beautiful garments in an ‘upcycle’ activity and designed some lovely journals to take home to fill with healing and empowering messages.

“Chill Out and Love the Skin You’re In were my two favourite parts because a lot of girls struggle in those areas, and I think those activities have helped them believe and have hope. I would do this every day. It was so inspiring.”

 “Love the Skin You’re In was the best part because it really inspired me to accept myself and realise that girls are capable of anything. Today was amazing.”

“Chill Out was the best part because it really worked for me and made me happy. I learnt to believe in myself, to encourage others, and to say positive things.”

“I liked dressing up and coming out of my comfort zone because usually I just follow along with everyone else. I learnt to be brave, and that everybody is beautiful no matter what.”

The Passionist Youth Retreat Team worked with the Yr 8s on Friday in a day entitled ‘You Matter’. The activities presented were designed to consolidate the topics explored on the previous days of their Solas Bhride experience. Through music, song and scripture, the Passionists invited the girls to move away from shallowness to meaningful relationship building.  To close the day, team leader, Jo McDade invited the girls into a ceremony of forgiveness and naming, that, you as a unique individual, matter

The girls are to be commended for their positive engagement in the 3-day program. We are hoping to build on these experiences in our Wellbeing lessons over the coming months.

Allison Power

Year 8 Wellbeing Program Leader

Careers News


Careers News

Our Year 12 students are now busily preferencing their courses for university entrance in 2020 and planning exciting career pathways beyond!  In response to this, local and interstate universities are plastering advertisements on roadside billboards, taking over the airwaves with commercials and hosting various experience days and competitions that all students can take advantage of. Most of this advertising is of course to influence the QTAC preferencing of the Year 12 students.  However, it is an ideal time for Year 10 and 11 students and their families to take advantage of the excellent opportunities to explore options, whether certain about their plans, just starting their planning or worrying about a lack of direction.

Most of my contribution to this newsletter focuses on these valuable experiences, whilst also highlighting scholarship offerings from universities.   Students who are considering scholarship applications, or who would like some support completing their QTAC applications, are encouraged to book an appointment with me.

Edition 12 of the Options Career Bulletin is now available on the Careers Portal for students seeking further careers information, along with links to some excellent resources for students and families.

QTAC Fixed Closing Dates

In amongst the online searches and open day visits, it is critically important that Year 12 students be aware of the QTAC fixed closing dates for courses as late applications are not considered.  These are usually courses that require interviews, folios or auditions.  A full list of most of these courses and their required closing dates or due dates can be found on pages 20 and 21 in the 2019 Year 12 QTAC Guide.  For example, audition applications close for University of Queensland Bachelor of Music on 15 August.

Griffith University

Over 700 scholarships are available to cover tuition fees, accommodation, learning materials, travel costs and living expenses for high achieving students and students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  The scholarships website will help you find scholarships you may be eligible for.  Applications are submitted online and closing dates vary.

The Griffith University Open Day will be at all campuses on 11 August.

Queensland University of Technology Scholarships

Elite athletes applying to QUT you can apply for the Elite Athlete Special Entry Scheme to receive bonus of up to three OP points or six ranks.

QUT Excellence Scholarships are scholarships for school leavers with outstanding academic achievement or creative performance.  The scholarships, valued at $10,000 to $30,000, are highly competitive and are awarded to the top ranked students who have indicated QUT as their first QTAC preference.  Students who think they may receive an OP 1–5 are encouraged to apply.  All students who participate in an audition or portfolio process for specified creative industries courses are automatically considered for the creative industries and elite visual and performing arts scholarships.  Applications for Excellence Scholarships are open from 1 August and close on 15 November 2019.

University of Queensland

Sporting Scholarships support students to meet the demands of their sporting and academic programs.  In addition to financial support, the scholarships offer academic tutoring, access to the UQ Sport facilities, athlete workshops and more.  Available scholarships are the UQ Sports Achievement Scholarships, Clem Jones Sporting Scholarships and UQ Sport Scholarship Ambassador Program.  For more information and a larger list of sporting scholarships, visit UQ Sport Website.

Engineering and Computing Careers Evening

At this event you will hear from recent Engineering and IT graduates, talk to lecturers and current students, find out about job opportunities and learn about UQ’s courses.  The evening will be held on Thursday 22 August 2019 from 6–8 pm.  For more information and to register, visit the Event Website.

UQ Experience Days

Throughout Term 3 and 4, UQ will be hosting subject specific experience days in Anthropology, Pharmacy, Marine Science, Nursing and Midwifery, Business and Commerce and Civil Engineering.  These events are a great way for both students and parents to gain a greater understanding of study areas through interactive lectures, guided tours and hands on workshops with academics and current students. Visit the Future Students Events page for further details.

UQ College Bridging Courses

UQ College is offering University Prerequisite Courses in Mathematics B, Chemistry or Biology.  They will be delivered face to face on St Lucia Campus over a four-week period.  Successful completion of the prerequisite courses will satisfy the entry requirement at The University of Queensland and some other universities for Semester 1, 2020.   Visit the UQ College Website for full details.  Applications close 8 November 2019.

University of Southern Queensland

Year 12 students can apply for Early Round Scholarships.  This includes 10 ‘Future Community Leader Scholarships’ offered in recognition of a student’s participation in the community.  Students may also apply for one of 40 ‘Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships’ offered to reward high achieving students with strong academic abilities.  Applications close at 5pm on Friday 1 September 2019. Visit the USQ Scholarship Website for details.

The USQ Open Day (Ipswich Campus) will be on the 24 August.

TAFE Queensland

There are two types of scholarships available at TAFE Queensland, each valued at $5,000.  Merit scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate that they will do well in the industry in which they apply.  Access and equity scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate a genuine interest in and commitment to their chosen career and based on specific equity criteria.  Applications for these scholarships for Semester 1 2020 are now open and will close on 29 August 2019.  Visit the TAFE Website for details

Tania Munro

Careers Advisor

Soccer Roundup


Soccer Roundup

A Successful CaSSSA Season!

Report by Bronnie Leadbetter

As a Senior in the Open A Soccer Team I am so proud of the girls’ efforts this year in our CaSSSA season! Undefeated in all 8 games is such an achievement, and winning that trophy is well deserved! Well done girls!

This season has tested not only our skills but our strength as a team: the one thing that is so special about this team and which makes us stand out amongst the rest is our guts! There was never a game where we gave up, we always finished strong! With countless team talks from Mr Wilson, and inspirational words from the Seniors, this team has risen to the top in amazing fashion! I have seen so much improvement all over the park this year, increases in confidence, aggression and execution as we continue to grow as a well-oiled machine! Pretty cool that we can consider ourselves the best Catholic SE Queensland team. Go girls! Congratulations!

Some of our games, as many teams find, did start off rocky, but the attitude of this team has always kept us on top, no matter the circumstances! Honestly speaking of behalf of the Seniors I could not have wished for a better send-off from CaSSSA; as a last game it did not disappoint! With Lilya Boundy and Zoe Percy completing an amazing five years in the CaSSSA Soccer team, four years for me and Vivienne Young with an excellent first year, I am so proud!

On behalf of the team we would love to thank Mr Wilson for always giving us positive criticism and making this season one of the best in Brigidine history! Mr Wilson never fails to put smiles on our faces and give us that last bit of motivation we need to finish well! Also, a giant thank you to Ms David; your knowledge of the game and positive attitude has given us the confidence to play our best Soccer!

All in all girls it has been an extraordinary season and the win was the cherry on top of a delicious cake! For most of us, our work is not yet over with a massive UHLsport Semi against Ipswich Grammar which will undoubtably test our team strength.  However, as we all know, the team that wants it the most will get the win! I have full faith in this team’s attitude, and I know we will continue to fight until the last second.

Well done girls on a fantastic CaSSSA season, you should all be so proud of yourselves.

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.

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.

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.

Year 9 Wellbeing


Year 9 Wellbeing



The focus of Year 9 Wellbeing this term is self-care. As part of this unit, the students will explore various avenues of self-care experiences in a variety of ways including physical, spiritual and mental health and wellbeing.

Students have been fortunate to participate in a rotation of three activities over the first half of the term. As a new experience, students have been able to work with Rhythm Culture to learn traditional African dance and drumming. Dancing and drumming has challenged some students to go beyond their comfort zone and take risks. It has been wonderful to watch students participate in this workshop and also have the ability to laugh with each other in a unique setting.

In addition, Dance Teacher Mel Armsden has taken students for a dance workshop. This has been another opportunity for students to be creative in their thinking and draw connections between physical health and wellbeing.

The final rotation for students is a circuit and boxing workshop supported by Tamara Haydock. Students have responded exceptionally well to the boxing and circuit rotation with a willingness and determination to improve. It would be safe to say that there was a significant level of stress relieved during these sessions.

I would like to acknowledge Mel Armsden, Tamara Haydock, Berni Sligar, Melinda Egan and Niesha Hart in their work and flexibility in supporting these activities in various capacities. Additionally, I would also like to commend the Year 9 students for their openness to be flexible in actively participating in these activities.

Nidean Dickson

Year 9 Wellbeing Program Leader

Brigid’s Cloak


Brigid’s Cloak

Monitor Online

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 12 August

Rebecca Seagg

Tuesday 13 August

Michelle Riesenweber

Wednesday 14 August

Public Holiday

Public Holiday

Public Holiday

Thursday 15 August

Kathy Shea Pranali More

Friday 16 August

Lisa Boelcsfoeldi

Monday 19 August

Caroline Carol

Tuesday 20 August

Wednesday 21 August

Glenys Piggott

Glenys Piggott

Thursday 22 August

Melanie Wright

Louise Conway

Friday 23 August

Nicola Durrheim

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

The Curragh Café


The Curragh Café

Monitor Online

Menu from Term 1 2019

Curragh Cafe Menu and Roster

Monday 12 August Kerry O’Reilly
Tuesday 13 August
Wednesday 14 August Public Holiday
Thursday 15 August Dianne Frazer
Friday 16 August Rachel Harm, Brigid Parnell
Monday 19 August Fiona Challenor
Tuesday 20 August
Wednesday 21 August Claire Duffield
Thursday 22 August Vanita Snell
Friday 23 August Toni O’Reilly

Judy Thannhauser and Janelle Prouatt

Curragh Café Coconvenors


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 

Date Claimers


Date Claimers


10 August “Where Dreams Begin” event at South Bank Piazza
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
22 August Year 7 2020 Parent Information Evening 6:00pm
28 August Year 10 final Subject Selections due
29 August College Photo Day
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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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.


Toowong Harriers LIttle Athletics


Toowong Harriers LIttle Athletics

Toowong Harriers Little Athletics 2019-2 Newsletter Insert