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


In the work of our Hands, in the desires of the heart
May the God of Creation, draw us more deeply into our own life.
May we give ourselves; our skill, our art, our vision, our life,
To the finding of treasure and to the fashioning of it.
May the Holy one who never ceases to practice the art of creating,
Keep us ever at the edge of our skills, our habits, our vision,
That we may never grow so content in our work, in our creating,
That we miss the God who is ever about to do a new thing.

Cf Jan Richardson; The Sanctuary of Women


With the release of NAPLAN data by ACARA and QCAA, Brigidine College was again very proud of the time and efforts by students to perform to their best. Congratulations to the students in Years 7 and 9 who continue to grow and improve their strong literacy and numeracy skills. I also thank the teachers and the support of Reading for Comprehension and Write That Essay programs used across the College over the past 18 months.

  • Years 7 and 9: 98-99% students achieving Minimum National Standards
  • Years 7 and 9: Up to 12% above Queensland Averages – All Tests
  • Year 9 Writing: Equal 7th in the Queensland

Detailed results data can be seen further in the newsletter under Curriculum Matters.

Queensland Core Skills Test (QCS) 2019

On Wednesday 4 September, the Year 12 students completed their final QCS Test for 2019.  This also marked the end of QCS Testing in Queensland, as we move to the full implementation of the new QCE system in 2020.  The students were again thorough prepared and completed the tests extremely well.

Congratulations to Mr John Crawford, Program Leader Senior Years in leading these events for the students, as well as the many, many teachers and school officers who also prepared and supervised the girls.  I would like to thank Mrs Anne Scott (QCS Test Community Supervisor) for her committed 25 years in supervising tests at Brigidine and other local schools.  Anne has been instrumental in professionally and expertly supporting the College and the students during this time.


Principal’s Notes

Principal Visit – Brigidine College Randwick

On Wednesday 4 September, I was pleased to welcome Ms Sharyn Quirk, the newly appointed Principal of Brigidine College Randwick.  Whilst being appointed at the start of 2019, it was wonderful to share time with a colleague from one of our NSW schools, dating back to the 19th century.  Sharyn was able to share Morning Tea with the staff, attend the College Leadership Team meeting, as well as be present for the final QCS Test for Year 12.


Queensland Catholic Colleges Music Festival 2019

Congratulations to our cultural groups below following their outstanding performances at QCMF:

Cantare Gold Award
College Choir Silver Award
College Junior Choir Silver Award
String Ensemble Silver Award
Percussion Ensemble Silver Award
Woodwind Ensemble Silver Award

I look forward to sharing an evening with over 300 guests at the 90th Anniversary Gala Ball tomorrow at Brisbane City Hall.

God Bless.

A Naoimh Bhrid, gui Orainn

Brendan Cahill






RSVP online by clicking here


Community Event

St Peters Symposium Series – Teen Sleep and its importance on Learning and Mental Health

This symposium will be held in St Peters Lutheran College Performing Arts Centre at 6:45pm on Tuesday 10 September and will feature Dr Chris Seton, Paediatric & Adolescent Sleep Physician.  Dr Seton works as a Staff Specialist in the Sleep Investigation Unit and Respiratory Support Service at Westmead Children’s Hospital.  He is the founding Director of the SAN Paediatric Sleep Laboratory and also consults in Paediatric Sleep Disorders at Hornsby and St Vincent’s Clinic, Darlinghurst.

Dr Seton’s special interests include Adolescent Sleep Deprivation, Paediatric Narcolepsy and the relationship between sleep and learning in children.  During this Symposium, Dr Seton will show parents/supporters how important sleep is for learning and moods and then give practical strategies to optimise sleep.  Dr Seton discusses solutions when detecting sleep problems and how to implement ways to build resilient, high quality sleep, with the ultimate aim of providing protection from stress-induced mood disorders, while achieving optimal school-learning outcomes.

$5 donation to Headspace with each registration.

Register here

Don’t Miss Out!

Enrol now if you have a daughter who is currently in Year 4 or 5.  It is time to secure an enrolment pack and make an application for Year 7 2021 or 2022.  Apply here

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


Mission News


Mission News

Sunday’s Gospel reminded us that Jesus invites us to sit at the table of hospitality and that all are welcome to this table.  Nobody is excluded.  As a community, the Gospel call us to be people of mercy and compassion and justice.

We must be humble enough to acknowledge that we have come from somewhere else.  On Sunday, Fr Pan addressed the rally in support of the Tamil family in danger of being deported.  This was recorded in Cath News, the Catholic Leader, Sydney Morning Herald and Brisbane Times.

Hundreds of people rallied around Australia yesterdat to protest the deportation of a Tamil asylum-seeker family. Source: Brisbane Times.

The Morrison Government sent Tamil husband and wife Nadesalingam and Priya, and their daughters Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, 2, to Christmas Island from Darwin on Saturday after their legal team won a court injunction preventing their deportation until this Wednesday.

A growing chorus of voices, including Labor and Greens leaders and conservatives such as Alan Jones and Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce, have expressed support for the family.

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said he had raised directly with Prime Minister Scott Morrison the need for intervention in the case.

“This would not undermine Australia’s borders, it would simply be the very reason why there is ministerial discretion in the act – to show compassion to show that there are specific needs for this family,” he said.

Nadesalingam and Priya arrived in Australia separately by boat in 2012 and 2013. Their two children were born in Australia. After living in the central Queensland town of Biloela for years, they were moved to immigration detention in Melbourne last year.

About 400 people gathered in Melbourne yesterday, holding banners with slogans like “bring them back” and “seeking asylum is not a sin”. In Adelaide, people carried signs with slogans including ‘‘ashamed to be Australian”.

More than 150 people gathered in the heart of Brisbane to give a strong voice to the Tamil family.

Father Pan Jordan, a Catholic priest with Our Lady of Graces Parish at Carina in Brisbane’s east, said the federal government’s policies were “unjust, inhumane and uncompassionate”.

“I could not believe the Australian government could do this to four innocent people, I find it extremely sad,” he said.

“I was almost crying and on Thursday night, when they [Tamil family] were deported, I could not sleep because I had seen certain pictures they had taken in Melbourne.

“The way they were being handled, I thought, for a woman, they are doing this? Two children are crying, what type of mentality [do] we have? What type of people are we?

“Australians are normally known for their generosity and compassion and fair play, but here, everything is dashed.”

Father Jordan said he had spoken to the family and had kept up to date with the situation via supporters in contact with them.

He believed the family could no longer communicate regularly by phone on Christmas Island and it was difficult for their Melbourne lawyer to talk to them and make decisions about their case.

“I think the reason is that everyone has been touched by this family’s situation, they are all taking it very personally … they want to be there in support and solidarity with this family.”

Lawyers for the family secured a last-minute reprieve early on Friday, with a court injunction forcing the charter flight bound for Sri Lanka to land in Darwin.


Karibu Club

A report by Ms Helen Jeffcoat

We have had six sessions this term and have covered singing, dancing, sewing, crochet, tie dye and finished off with a break up party and games in Graceville Memorial Park. Our park party was planned and run by Year 12 student Sabrina Zaman. Sabrina had us playing games, Tiggy, Musical Statues and then Pass the Parcel. We all knew what to do except our Milpera friends; it could have been the first time they played these traditional party games. When we are laughing, running around and having fun it is easier to get to know each other. We leave school behind on Tuesday afternoon and just have a good time together. Some of us remembered to wear our tie dyed tee shirts for this last meeting and they looked so bright. After the games we came back for cake and conversation. Sabrina and her sister Sharma (2015 College Captain) had brought a large and yummy cake. Thanks to Eliza McMahon for cutting it up, there was none left over!

We all have very different backgrounds, go to different schools but doing something fun after school is something we all like. Thank you to the teachers Ms Dunne, Ms Metzeling and Mrs Sprenger who joined me as part of the Club this term.

Year 11 student, Lili Hammond said, “Karibu Club is a place that I go to get a sense of peace and relaxation. Whenever I have had a bad Tuesday – like the type of day where all you want to do is go home and sleep – Karibu Club always picks up my spirits. The girls from Brigidine and Milpera are always so friendly and welcoming. Being involved in fun activities and forming bonds with girls from different cultural backgrounds makes a normally dull afternoon something fun.”


Vinnies and Cultural Diversity Day

Report by Ms Helen Jeffcoat

Our St Vincent de Paul group contributed an Aussie Dessert Spread to Cultural Diversity Day on Friday 30 August.

We all brought in what we thought were traditional Australian sweets and treats. At our meeting earlier last week we shared Anzac Biscuits and Lamington recipes and heard about how they came to be popular in Australia. Anzac Biscuits can be made without an egg – handy if you have to do some emergency baking. Lamingtons are a good, though messy, way to use up stale cake. On the stall, the Lamingtons went first! Other girls brought in their family favourites. Can I congratulate whoever brought in the Apple Custard Tart? It was really nice!

Many thanks to all the members who baked, worked on the stall and contributed in all sorts of ways.

“I made fairy bread, like my mum used to make for our parties.” Kelsey Webb

“ I brought Saos with butter and Vegemite on them. I used to have them in my lunch at primary school and loved squashing them, little squiggles would come out!” Skye Fitzpatrick

“Mum helped me make some Anzacs, they are a biscuit that travels well in the lunch box.” Taymin Marks

Andrew Beiers

Deputy Principal Mission

Curriculum Matters


Curriculum Matters

As we approach the final weeks of Term 3, students should be preparing for the final exams and assessment items. It is important for students to take some time to reflect on their achievements and progress, as well as consider the goals that they want to set for Term 4. It is hoped that students will be confident that the effort that they have put into their study will be reflected in their results.


I would like to congratulate the Year 12s for their approach on the 2 days of the test. The 2019 QCS Test was a milestone in Queensland Education as the QCS Test comes to an end after 27 years.

While many of the Year 12 students are finalising QTAC applications and considering their post-schooling options, it is important to remember that the assessment next week and the final term’s work are still an opportunity for students to improve and consolidate their results.

Year 11

All Year 11 students are in the process of completing Unit 2 assessment tasks this term. Overall results for the unit will be reported in the Semester 2 reports.

As Unit 3 commences at the start of Term 4, there will be an Information Evening held on Thursday 10 October at 6:00pm in Kildare Hall. More information will be sent to parents and students prior to the end of the term.


Last week, we received the 2019 NAPLAN results for the Year 7 and 9 students. These were posted to families at the start of this week. You can read more about the reports at

We were pleased with the students’ results, which were above the state average in all components of the test. A summary of the results compared to the state can be seen in the tables and graphs below.

It was pleasing to see many areas of improvement as students have progressed from Year 7 to 9. One of the areas of significant improvement was Year 9 Writing, where we achieved the equal 7th highest result in the state.

Year 9

Brigidine 2019 State 2019
Writing 599 535
Reading 612 576
Spelling 605 580
Grammar/Punctuation 612 573
Numeracy 608 589

Year 7

Brigidine 2019 State 2019
Writing 544 504
Reading 584 545
Spelling 568 544
Grammar/Punctuation 585 542
Numeracy 577 550


Students should be starting to consider their QTAC applications. We would recommend students complete them by early Term 4, so Mrs Munro can check them and follow up with any students that she may have concerns about. It is essential that students order their preferences appropriately, particularly if they are applying for courses that have early offer rounds. Students can check on the QTAC site for any courses that have early closing dates –—fees/fixed-closing-dates

Some students may be eligible to apply for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS), which helps applicants who have experienced difficult circumstances while studying to gain entry to university. Students should indicate they wish to apply for this when they complete their QTAC application. For some categories, the school must also complete an Educational Support Statement (ESS). It is up to the student to ensure that this is completed by the appropriate staff member. If they are unsure who this should be they can make an appointment to discuss it with me. Applications for this must be completed by 12 October.

Students should also be regularly logging on to the Student Connect (QSA) website – This site will give them access to all the learning that they have done at school, as well as through external providers. If information is missing from the external providers, they should contact them. There is often a delay between completion of courses and information being available in the Learning Account.

Subject Selections

Throughout this term the students in Year 7 – 10 have been working with their parents and teachers to make decisions about their preferred subject choices for 2020. While this is an exciting time for the girls, we also understand the difficult choices that many students have in not only choosing their preferred options but also considering reserve preferences.

Now that all students have identified their preferences, work on the timetable has commenced. While we do our best to cater to the preferred options for our students, it is important to remember that we are always constrained by factors such as specialist teachers and rooms, class sizes and subject clashes. Unfortunately, this means some students will be disappointed when they do not receive their preferred options and must consider the most appropriate reserve preferences. Any decision that we have to make, which may affect your daughter, is not made lightly and I would ask that you support us through this process. Students in Year 10 will be consulted, if her preferred options are unable to be met. While not all students in Year 8 – 9 will receive their first 2 preferences, they should be able to receive 2 out of their 3 preferences. Year 7s will receive at least 1 of their 2 preferences. If there are any problems with this, students will be consulted.

All girls will receive a confirmation of their 2020 subjects during Term 4.

Melissa Dever

Deputy Principal Curriculum


Study Skills  – Dr Prue Salter  –  Enhanced Learning Educational Services


If you are struggling to get motivated to do your schoolwork, sadly there is no magic solution. However, here are a few strategies you can try from the DEVELOPING MOTIVATION and OVERCOMING PROCRASTINATION units if motivation or procrastination is an issue for you:

  • REWARDS: Set yourself small specific tasks to do with a specific reward at the end of the task. For some people little rewards are enough to get them going.
  • CHUNK IT DOWN: If the work seems overwhelming or boring or unappealing, break it down into small bearable chunks and just do it one piece at a time.
  • FRIENDS: Work with a friend or else tell your friend what work you want to get done and then check in on each other at the end of the night. Help each other stay on track.
  • RULE OF 3: If you can’t get started, write down the 3 most important things you must get done before you go to bed, then don’t even look at any other tasks until these 3 are completed.
  • MOTIVATING IMAGES: Find slogans, or images that motivate you and put them near your workspace.  Some people are motivated by pain (thinking of the consequences if you don’t study) while others are motivated by pleasure (thinking of all the good outcomes that will happen if you do study).

Learn more this year about study skills by working through the units on, which is available on SEQTA – Assessment and Study Portal.

Pastoral News


Pastoral News

Parenting Workshop

Next term Brigidine will host a Parenting Workshop evening with guest presenter Canice Curtis. Canice is a trained therapist in parenting and youth mental health programs and has experience in counselling. The focus of the event will be on building a strong relationship and an emotional connection with your daughter; and enhancing an empathetic way of thinking about parenting. The event will take place on Thursday 17 October from 6.30-8.00pm in the Rehearsal Space, Brigid Centre. These evenings are a significant way the College can work in partnership with parents, and holistically consider the formation of our Brigidine young women.

At this time of the term, our students have learning commitments to fulfil and may have hectic schedules. You may have noticed your daughter becoming increasingly weary as she attends to her end of term commitments. Headspace has an informative fact sheet about how much sleep young adults need and why sleep is important to health. Included are practical tips about how to achieve a good night’s sleep to improve young people’s sleep habits.

There is much research about the relationship between good sleep hygiene and mental health. Sleep can be particularly difficult for those with anxiety. The National Sleep Foundation provides specific advice about how anxiety affects sleep habits

Congratulations to the Year 9 Sports Support group who have managed a Friday afternoon Touch Football competition for Years 7-9. As the competition ends, it is timely to acknowledge the way in which they have identified an area of interest, proposed a way to achieve increased fitness and fun, and managed the organisation of the event. Leadership qualities have also been witnessed by Millie Kent in Year 10, who was recently chosen to speak at the Lord Mayor’s Advisory Council Australian National Flag Day Ceremony in King George Square.

The last day of Term 3, Friday 20 September, is a regular school day from 8.30-3.10pm. There will be an afternoon assembly and liturgy for the International Day of Prayer for Peace.

Melinda Egan

(Acting) Deputy Principal Pastoral


Damien House News


Damien House News

We are coming to the end of Term 3 and Damien House have been actively walking their way through the stress of assessment and exams by participating in a daily step challenge. If you are around the Erin Rooms early in the morning you will see Home Room groups getting together to go for a morning walk to get their daily steps in. It is no secret that simple exercise like walking, can change the way you feel.

According to Beyond Blue (2019), there are many ways that exercise positively influences your mental health including how it:

  • “Promotes the release of feel-good chemicals in your brain, like endorphins and serotonin.”
  • “Helps you sleep better so you rest fully at night and feel more energised during the day.”
  • “Gives you a sense of accomplishment as your fitness improves and you start achieving your goals.”
  • “Is usually a shared activity with others so you get the added benefits of social connection.”

I look forward to sharing an update with you on how many steps Damien has taken towards a more positive and active lifestyle over the past few weeks.

In addition, our focus on building community and spirit was alive in our last House Assembly where students were asked to form groups across each Home Room and participate in a game called A-Z. This game required the group to come up with something that started with each letter of the alphabet for A-Z based on a different topic. For example, if the topic was food, they could write apple, banana, cabbage. As the theme of the year is spirit, this game certainly saw the joy of spirit when you connect with others toward a common goal. It was a great way to celebrate as a group and is a good test of general knowledge, particularly cities and countries!

As the term is concluding, House Assembly was also an important reminder for students to be mindful around their uniform and attendance. Damien students were challenged to end the term well and I believe they will fulfil that challenge through the kind support of each other in their Home Room.

Nidean Dickson

Pastoral Leader Damien House





De Porres House News


De Porres House News

Share the Dignity is a Brisbane based charity that “brings dignity” to homeless, at-risk and those experiencing domestic violence through the distribution of sanitary items.  During the month of August, the charity asked for donations of sanitary items to assist their work.  A particular focus was placed on teenagers.  De Porres 3 decided to contribute to the drive, by collecting items to donate.

Christina Ong

De Porres 3 Home Room Teacher





Year 9 Wellbeing


Year 9 Wellbeing

Over the past term in Year 9 Wellbeing, students have been exploring various aspects of self-care. This week, we all gathered together to look at emotional self-care. Inspired by Agapi Stassinopoulos’ book, Wake Up to the Joy of You, we explored our emotional self-care based on the following four topics:

  1. Enough of feeling you aren’t good enough
  2. Four magic words: Can you help me?
  3. Why it is important to tell your own story
  4. The art of letting go

These four topics asked students to explore their inner thoughts, feelings and reflections about themselves and journal these based on prompted questions.

For me as a teacher, the most inspiring moment occurred at the end of the lesson. Taking an idea from something that was seen published in a good news story, students were asked to write down all the things that were bothering them that they feel they need to let it go. In talking about the art of letting go, each student sat in silence, reflected and wrote any challenges that may be facing them in that present moment. They were asked to then scrunch up the paper and one-by-one place the paper in a box as a symbol of throwing it away and letting it go.

Watching the Year 9 students move forward and do this was met with a sense of relief and release from some girls who needed to let those negative thoughts and feelings go. The result of this activity is evident in the photo of the box. It is a reminder of all the things that perhaps can be troubling students. It is a reminder of their commitment to let it go and leave their baggage at the door. It is a reminder that they can do something about the things that are bothering them, even if it is as simple as writing it down and letting it go.

I would like to thank the Year 9 cohort for taking the opportunity to do this and I hope that this provided some emotional self-care that is necessary at this time of the term.

Nidean Dickson

Year 9 Wellbeing Program Leader





The Arts


The Arts

Friday 13 Sept

Year 10 and Year 12 Drama

Kildare Hall


Wednesday 19 Sept  Morning Tea

  • Art installations creation
  • Inter-house painting comp
  • Street Art Selfies
Holy Lawn

  • Art installations creation
  • Interhouse painting comp
  • Street Art Selfies
  •  Year 11 & 12 Grown Woman
Holy Lawn

  • Year 9 & 10 Music Concert
Rehearsal Space 5:00-6:30pm
Thursday 20 Sept Morning Tea

  • Art installations creation
  • Interhouse painting comp
  • Street Art Selfies
Holy Lawn

  • Interhouse painting comp FINAL
  • Street Art Selfies
  • Pizza for sale
  • Year 9 Samba
  • Fashion Fusion competition
Holy Lawn

  • Art Show & Wearable Art Parade
Brigid Centre 5:00pm-7:00pm

Parade & Awards 6:00pm

After school

QUT Creative Industries in Term 3 2019



Humanities News


Humanities News

Year 8 History

Recently the Year 8 students were fortunate to have an interactive learning experience with experts from the Abbey Museum regarding Medieval Europe.  Students participated in discussions and had the opportunity to use and wear replica costumes and weapons from the Middle Ages. The students also tried their hand at archery. The staff from the Abbey Museum were thoroughly impressed by, not only the students’ interest, but their outstanding behaviour. Well done, Year 8.

Domenica Strachan

(Acting) Curriculum Leader, Humanities

Languages Dept News


Languages Dept News

French Immersion

On Thursday 22 August, a group of Year 9 students participated in a French Immersion afternoon.  They engaged in workshops with students from Stuartholme School, Mount Maria College and our host, Marist College.  At the end of the afternoon, the students participated in a game of French Pétanque and, after a tight game, Brigidine beat Marist in the final.  Well done Jemma Thompson and Ella Swalwell!

Mareva Christopher

Languages Teacher

French Poetry Competition

On Friday 30 August two of our students, Vivienne Young (1st Place, Year 12 Division) and Coco Nguyen (2nd place, Year 11 Division) attended the prize giving ceremony of the French Song and Poetry Competition held at the Alliance française.  Year 12 2nd and 3rd place recipients, Lydia Haileslassie and Amelia Pugh, were unfortunately unable to attend the event.

It was wonderful to see our girls among the proud contestants receiving their prizes and certificates, and having the courage to recite their poems in front of their teachers and families. We also had the chance to sample some delicious French cheeses and pâtés as we waited for the ceremony to begin.

Vivienne Young proudly received the new Alliance française Poetry Competition trophy.  Vivienne is the first to have her name engraved on this trophy which will be displayed in the display cabinet in the Brigidine reception area.  Vivienne will present the trophy to the Year 12 winner at next year’s competition.

Congratulations to all our students who entered the competition, it is absolutely wonderful to see so many of our students passionate about the French language.

Pictured (left) is Vivienne Young receiving the Senior Trophy from Alliance française Director, Luc Didon and (right) Coco Nguyen.

Catherine de Vos

Curriculum Leader, Languages

Science News


Science News

Congratulations to our Science Week winners:

$50 Shopping Voucher:

Jemma Bosch

“Find Albert” Competition Overall Winner:

Millie Field

Best “Albert” Photos:

1st Anusha Ramu

2nd Abigail Hunt

3rd Ruby Eustace

Runners Up Chloe Stott and Laura Mears

Fastest through the Obstacle Course:

Abbey Steel and Theresa Do-Dam

Marshmallow Competition:

1st Jemma Bosch and Monique Khan

2nd Lucy Quinn, Jasmine Smith, Kate Niehus and Sarah Behr

3rd Maddy Tobin, Laura Mears and Keira Stuart

Paper Plane Competition:

1st Caitlin Davidson

2nd Georgia Colburn

3rd Monique Khan

Science Trivia Winners:

1st Sarah Malherbe, Lily Conole, Lily McMonagle

2nd Grace Pye, Lily Nugent, Emma Crowhurst

3rd Eva Bamfield, Jemma Bosch, Laura Bryan

Best Science Element Posters:

1st Trish Dinh

2nd Chloe Stott



3rd Ms Jeffcoat

Year 7 Lone Pine Excursion

On Friday 26 August, Year 7 travelled to Lone Pine.   Thank you to Ms Sligar, Mrs Power, Mrs Christy, Ms Harris, Ms Haydock and Mr Wilson who supervised on the excursion.  Here are reports from some of the students:

Jayda Leis:

When arriving at Lone Pine we were greeted by two of the workers.  They explained the rules around Lone Pine and just reminded us that this was a public space. We were all shown to the Bird of Prey show where we got to meet three fascinating birds, a Peregrine Falcon (the fastest animal on earth), a Black Kite and a Wedge-Tailed Eagle with a massive 2-metre wingspan. Afterwards, we watched a farm dog show, where two dogs, Lucy and Flirt, rounded up a flock of sheep and led them through a series of obstacle courses. Once the show was over, the classes all split up and my class, 7E, went to a discovery session where we learnt about the different groups in the animal kingdom, like we had been doing in Science. We learnt about reptiles, amphibians, marsupials and birds, then we got to meet an animal from each of these species. We met a frog called David, a snake called Layla, some baby chickens and a koala called Strudel.

After Morning Tea, classes 7E and 7A went and fed the Kangaroos, this was one of my favourite parts of the day. Everyone was given a bag of animal food to feed to the Kangaroos and Emus. We then had to quickly race off to a presentation on Koloas by one of the workers. This was really interesting because we got to learn about how and why Lone Pine started, diseases Koalas get, why Koalas are a protected species, and other very interesting facts. Once the presentation was over, we got to have a quick walk around and look at some of the other animals, we saw Wombats, Dingoes, Crocodiles, Turtles and much more.

We all had such an amazing time and we were all so sad when we had to leave. But we were all very grateful that we got to go on this great excursion.

Rose Hudson:

The Year 7 Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary excursion for Biology was a great experience for the girls because it gave us a chance to do some hands-on work and learn at the same time. This excursion also helped us to learn in an entertaining way and with others. The five kingdoms that we are focusing on in Biology are better understood because we got the chance to see examples of the animals. Then we would divide the kingdoms into other groups using the phrase; Kings Play Cards On Fat Green Stools, this phrase that we learnt helps us to remember the order of how we would divide the animals into groups. This is just one example of what we learnt.

If in the future this opportunity was open to me, I would definitely want to go again. I am very grateful that the Year 7s were able to have this experience.

Laura Mears:

The Year 7s went to Lone Pine to find out how to classify animals. The classification system starts with the animal kingdom which has all the animals in it. We started with the bird show. We saw a Wedge-Tailed Eagle catch his food with his talons (claws). Did you know that the Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird in the world? We went to a sheep dog show after. The Australian Kelpie and Border Collie are used out in the paddocks to round up sheep and cattle. When farmers are out on the farm with their dogs, they can’t throw them a treat as a reward. These dogs are built for work and hot Aussie conditions. The dogs are rewarded by getting to do the job more often. Following the dog show, our classes broke up into separate groups to go to different places.

My class went to learn about classification. We saw a koala from the group called Mammalia, a frog from Amphibia, and a snake from Reptilian. We learnt that Aves was the name for the birds. After this we had a short break and looked at the koalas in the lunch area. We saw a lot of Water Dragons and Scrub Turkeys too. We then went to feed the kangaroos and emus. We saw a one-eyed kangaroo which made us all a little sad. A little kangaroo was particularly hungry; he was so soft. There was a little echidna under a log. All we could see were the spikes. The emus were rough, and they sometimes pecked us. The wombats were sleeping in the dark. This was a very fun part of the trip.

We went to a koala presentation and we learnt that baby koalas can’t eat eucalyptus.  This is because they don’t have the right bacteria in their mouths. To get this bacteria, baby koalas must eat their mum’s pap (poop). Once they have eaten this a couple of times, they can start to introduce eucalyptus to their diets. Koalas suffer from chlamydia. This is a severe disease that can blind koalas and more. If you see a koala that has been recently hit by a car call 1300 animal and they can see if there is a joey inside the pouch. This was a fun day. We learnt a lot about biology and classification.

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

Careers Update


Careers Update

Senior studies can be stressful, especially around exam time and assignment due dates, which often seem to coincide.  Having stress management strategies to call on when needed is essential, not just for this year but also for your future success and happiness in studies and living.  Two excellent, free apps that we recommend are Smiling Mind and Headspace.

Smiling Mind – Smiling Mind provides a modern meditation for young people that guides the user through a series of exercises.  It is free for use online or as a smartphone app.

Headspace – Headspace is a free app that’s like a personal trainer for your mind.  It provides guided meditations to help you sleep, relax, study and focus.

TAFE Queensland Updates


Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) Scholarships and Bursaries

AVCAT is a national independent charity that helps the children and grandchildren of ex-service men and women with the costs of full-time tertiary education.  Applications for 2020 scholarships and bursaries are now open and will close on 31 October 2019.  Applicants need only complete one application form to be considered for all scholarships and bursaries available through AVCAT.  It is advisable to start preparing your documents ASAP as this may take some time.  Some of the documents that you can prepare in advance include:

  • A copy of your full birth certificate
  • A copy of an official document showing the veterans’ operational service and/or the period of continuous full-time service as a member of the Australian Navy, Army or Airforce (e.g. Discharge certificate, Certificate of Service)
  • A copy of your academic results for the last 18 months.
  • An up-to-date resume

Visit the website for more information.

University of Southern Queensland

USQ is offering very generous scholarships in 2020 for school leavers who achieve an OP 1-8 and place a USQ course as their first preferences.  These scholarships are unlimited in number and include:

  • Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship – awarded to 2019 school leavers with OP 2/ATAR 97.5 or above. Total scholarship value of $29,000 over 4 years of study (or $23,000 over 3 years) including a $5000 Study Abroad package, participation in a leadership and development program, plus the opportunity to participate in the Student Ambassador program.
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship – awarded to 2019 school leavers with OP 6/ATAR 90 or above. Total scholarship value of $20,000 over 4 years of study (or $15,000 over 3 years), plus the opportunity to participate in the Student Ambassador program.
  • Executive Dean’s Scholarship – awarded to 2019 school leavers with OP8/ATAR 85 or above. Total scholarship value of $6,000 over 4 years or $4,500 over 3 years), plus the opportunity to participate in the Student Ambassador program.

Full details about these scholarships are available on our website:

Holiday programs and short courses

School Holiday Workshops

Queensland School of Film and Television

QSFT is offering the following bootcamps at its Annerley campus during the coming September/October school holidays:

  • Acting Bootcamp – 25th and 26th September 2019
  • Junior Filmmaker Bootcamp (for years 7 – 8) – 27th September 2019
  • Filmmaker Bootcamp (for years 9-12) – 2nd and 3rd October 2019

You can browse the bootcamps and pre-register your interest here.  For more information, contact the QSFT on telephone 3392 7788 or email

Acting Fundamentals at QUT

QUT are holding a weekend exploring the craft of acting that will include practical work for both stage and screen work.  The weekend is suitable for beginners and students of drama from Grade 10, 11 and 12. For more information about dates, times, cost and to register, click here.

JMC Academy

JMC Academy is holding six Introductory workshops over the coming school holidays to give high school students in years 9 – 12 an opportunity to test drive several creative areas.

The six workshops will be held between Monday 30 September and 4 October 2019 at JMC Academy Brisbane, 75 Grey Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101.  The cost for each workshop is $50.  The workshops offered are:

  • Character and Life Drawing
  • Digital TV Studio
  • Digital Sculpture and Character
  • Discover Visual Communication
  • Electronic Music Production
  • Filmmaking
  • Perform, Record and Create Music
  • Recording a Band
  • The Exciting World of Event Management

Visit the JMC website for details and to register.

Open Days

Mater Education Open Day

Mater Education, located in South Brisbane, will hold its next open day from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Wednesday 16 October 2019.  All students and parents interested in the following courses are invited to attend:

  • Diploma of Nursing
  • Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology
  • Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
  • Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
  • Certificate III in Pathology Collection
  • Certificate III in Individual Support
  • Medical Administration

The open day will give you an opportunity to check out the facilities and to talk to lecturers and current students.  For more information about the event and to register to attend, visit the Mater Education website.

Tania Munro

Careers Counsellor

Sports Update


Sports Update

Try Rowing!

Centenary Rowing Club are running two Come and Try opportunities as follows:

  • Saturday 14 September 9:00am
  • Sundary 15 September 8:00am (Brigidine morning)

Venue: Centenary Rowing Club, Sumners Road, Riverhills, QLD 4074

This is a great way to meet people and be in a team!


Laura David

Director of Sport



Tullow Centre News


Tullow Centre News

Book Week 2019

From 17-23 August, we celebrated CBCA Book Week.  During this week, the Tullow Centre played host to various displays, activities and a flash fiction competition related to the theme, Reading is my Secret Power.

Throughout the year, the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) works in partnership with authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers and other organisations in the children’s book world to bring images and stories into the hearts and minds of children and adults.

The CBCA Book of the Year Awards Winner and Honour Books were announced on Friday 16 August and CBCA Book Week commenced the following day. Across Australia, the CBCA brings children and books together to celebrate CBCA Book Week.  During this week, the Tullow Centre displays included an interactive artwork, where students were encouraged to add a ‘secret reading window’ to the city buildings on our main display.  Students were also able to relax with a book in the ‘secret reading corners’ which were set up in various sections of the library.

Lunchtimes were very busy and included activities such as cloth book cover making, a photo booth, augmented reality and craft. Students borrowed books with secret or super in the title and were encouraged to review these on our Padlet.  We also hosted a Flash Fiction competition, where students entered 50 word stories including the words reading, secret and power. Congratulations to all girls who entered and a special congratulations to our Senior School winner, Gabby Eagleton Year 12 and our Middle School winner, Jessica Persich Year 7.

We look forward to next year when we celebrate our love of reading through CBCA Book Week once again.

Flash Fiction Winners

Gabby Eagleton:

Reading the ancient text was easy, it was the contents that worried me. As I spoke the Latin aloud, whispers echoed around the secret room, growing louder with each cursed sentence. Murmurs of dark deeds and angry ghosts, twisting into a cacophony of evil power. Yep, I was in trouble.

Jessica Persich:

Reading the lines over and over, I realised this is what I had to do. My destiny. No one could know my secret. I needed to escape some place where my unique power could be used safely. I had to find the world I belonged to…

Ms Estelle Chapman

Teacher Librarian

Academic Ambassadors


Academic Ambassadors

Term 3 has been one of the most hectic terms for all year levels. All students had the chance to participate in Science Week, Book Week and the upcoming Arts Week to the end of Term 3. As we enter exam period, we would like to remind all students to be organised in their studies, set goals and ask teachers any questions to consolidate your learning. Moreover, we would like to emphasise the importance of students’ mental wellbeing by decluttering your life to help in reorganising your thoughts.

  • Physically: declutter your workspace such as wardrobe, desks, shelves and make your bed.
  • Digitally: delete some apps, messages, photos, documents, files that you don’t need.
  • Mentally: to avoid study burnout go take a power nap, a shower, do some exercise, eat a snack, get some fresh air, etc., etc.

After one and a half years of rigorous preparation, the Year 12 cohort sat the final QCS test this week.  There were a mixture of nerves, excitement, fear and determination among the students, but we all went into the exam and did our QC-BEST.  The first test we were faced with was the Writing Task in which we were required to write 600 words-worth of continuous prose related to the relevant/relatable theme: ‘What’s next…’.  Following the Writing Task were the Multiple Choice tests and the Short Response Test.

Before each test, we would all gather in the Erin Rooms where Mr Beiers would tell us stories and lead us in prayer, during which we would calm ourselves and review our self-confidence.  We were all given the opportunity to place our hand on the head of St Brigid’s statue in the hope that we would receive strength and enlightenment.  Though the test was challenging, we all gave it our very best effort.

“Although we dreaded the day, we pushed ourselves to do our best for not only ourself but for our peers.”  Grace El-Khoury, Vivienne Young

And finally, the cohort could not have been more prepared for this test if it were not for the tutorage and guidance of our Optima teachers: Mr Crawford, Ms Smith and Ms Strachan.  We would also like to thank Mr Beiers, Mr Bennett, Ms Egan and Ms Dever for their support and coordination on the day.

Trish Dinh and Vy Dinh

Academic Ambassadors

Sports Ambassadors


Sports Ambassadors

Term 3 has been full of sporting opportunities including Touch 7’s, Tennis, Soccer and Netball experiences, as well as the Track and Field season.

In week 2 this term, a number of the Brigidine students experienced some amazing opportunities through sport. Our Touch 7’s team played against fellow CaSSSA school, Mary MacKillop College at halftime in the Wallabies game. On Thursday 25 July, seven of our Brigidine tennis players met at the Queensland Tennis Centre where they participated in a Q&A session and were fortunate enough to play against Australia’s number one women’s tennis player, Ash Barty.

The Brigidine Open A Soccer and Netball Teams also travelled down to Brigidine St Ives in Sydney for our annual sporting exchange. They arrived at the airport on Saturday and everyone was filled with excitement and were eager to play. Monday was game day, and everyone had their game face on. First up was the Soccer match. We are 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 full of excitement, proving to be a very even match. Noticeably, during the last quarter, 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 we can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year’s exchange.

On 12 August, the Brigidine Track and Field team travelled to UQ to compete in the QCIS competition alongside Ambrose Treacy College. It was a very successful day with many of our girls breaking records in various events, and overall placing first in the Aggregate Cup. A week later, the team competed at the CaSSSA Athletics Carnival, with a 6:15 am start. Overall, this day was a significant success with Brigidine coming third in the Percentage Cup and fifth place overall. Lastly, we would like to extend our congratulations to Marissa Hanlon for breaking records in the 200m and 400m events in her age group. As the Sports Ambassadors, we would like to thank and congratulate all of the Track and Field members for their admirable effort and teamwork this season, and for representing the College with pride and great sportsmanship. We would also like to thank all of the teachers, Year 7s and 11s who came to support our team on the day. Their cheering truly does enhance the performance of our squad and most certainly does not go unnoticed. Lastly, we extend a massive thank you to Ms David and Ms Cuthbert for their organisation on the day. Without them, none of this would have been possible.

After a successful trimester 2 of Netball, Soccer and Hockey, trimester 3 brings some more exciting opportunities with Basketball, Touch and Netball all starting this week. We can’t wait to see what the season holds, and we wish everyone the best of luck in the upcoming season of all cocurricular sports.

Imogen Kerr and Jessica Palmer

Sports Ambassadors




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.

Alder Constructions

2019 90th ANNIVERSARY GALA BALL SILVER SPONSOR – Alder Constructions vast experience in all aspects of civil, infrastructure and building construction allows us to exceed expectations on even the most technically and logistically complex projects.  We promote a culture of honesty, integrity, innovation and performance which translates to the achievement of outstanding projects and positive client experiences.


TTR Print Management


TTR PRINT MANAGEMENT serves an array of business in all sectors including education, small business, large corporate, and not for profit.

Creating a partnership with TTR will ensure complete assistance on your print communications from stationery through to promotional items and much more. We are a one point contact to manage your print projects.

They can assist with all your printing needs!

Brigid’s Cloak


Brigid’s Cloak

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Hat Cleaning/Repair Service

Once again, we are offering a hat cleaning and repair service over the holidays.  Girls should hand in their clearly named hats, together with payment, to Brigid’s Cloak on the last day of term (Friday 20 September) and these will be available for collection from Brigid’s Cloak at the start of Term 4.  Fees are as follows:

Clean $20

Repair $15

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 9 September

Rebecca Seagg

Tuesday 10 September

Michelle Riesenweber

Wednesday 11 September

Glenys Piggott

Glenys Piggott

Thursday 12 September

Kathy Shea Pranali More

Friday 13 September

Lisa Boelcsfoeldi

Monday 16 September

Caroline Carol

Tuesday 17 September

Wednesday 18 September

Glenys Piggott

Glenys Piggott

Thursday 19 September

Melanie Wright

Louise Conway

Friday 20 September

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


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 9 September Kerry O’Reilly
Tuesday 10 September
Wednesday 11 September
Susan Ganesan
Thursday 12 September Dianne Frazer
Friday 13 September Rachel Harm, Brigid Parnell
Monday 16 September Fiona Challenor
Tuesday 17 September
Wednesday 18 September Claire Duffield
Thursday 19 September Vanita Snell
Friday 20 August Toni O’Reilly

Judy Thannhauser and Janelle Prouatt

Curragh Café Coconvenors

Date Claimers


Date Claimers


13 September  Senior Drama performance
16-20 September Arts Week including The Arts Exhibition 5:00pm 19 September
20 September End of Term 3
7 October Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
8 October Term 4 begins
9-11 October Year 10 Solas Bhride
15 October Twilight Open Evening 2:00-6:00pm
21 October Student Free Day – Year 11 Reflection
24 October Awards & Acknowledgement Evening 7:00pm

P&F Association News


P&F Association News

Last Friday night the P&F hosted the annual Dads and Daughters’ Evening.  Almost 200 attended this fun evening with lots of laughs, trivia, singing and dancing.  St Leos Catering provided a beautiful 2 course dinner. Thank you also to Mr John Robertson, the Holy Family Principal, for allowing us to again use their hall.  This is always the perfect venue for this event.  Finally, thanks go to the the five ATC Year 9 students Josh, Daniel, Baxta, Jonah and Pierce, who took time out of their Friday afternoon to set up for the Dads and Daughters’ Evening (this will go towards their Community Service hours).

Our thanks also go to those who came and helped with the P&F bar at the Mighty 90 Community Festival on Friday 23 August.  It was wonderful to support this worthy cause organised by the Spirit Squad.

The next P&F function is the Carols on the Holy Lawn on Thursday 28 November.  This is always a lovely evening to share together and celebrate the end of the school year.

Ms Katrina Kupke is the current P&F President.  This will be her last year in the P&F as her daughter Imogen graduates.  If you would like to get involved, please come along to our final meeting for 2019 on Wednesday 6 November.  The P&F is a wonderful place to meet other parents and also an opportunity to have your say about where P&F funds are spent and what events the P&F should run.  We hope to see you there.

Louise Johnston

P&F Vice-President

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