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From the Principal’s Desk, Mission News, Curriculum Matters, Pastoral News and many more…

From the Principal’s Desk

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From the Principal’s Desk

 

 

Prayer

As we gather in your name
Open our minds to know your voice
Open our hands to do your work
And Open our hearts to hold your spirit
We pray that God’s grace, mercy and peace,
Bless us, keep us and transform us all

Amen.

Reflection

As the College welcomed many new families and their daughters to the Twilight Open Evening on Tuesday 15 October, several of the College Captains 2019 and 2020 identified how thankful they felt being provided with the opportunity to share and serve our community. This was a wonderful way for our Captains to share their journey with prospective students.

It is with gratitude that many of our community feel not only provided with opportunities to enrich their lives, but also hopefully with those we encounter. Last Sunday through the Gospel reading from Luke, we were also reminded the “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where were the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” (Luke 17:19)

Only this one leper, the one who returned with a grateful heart, heard our Lord speak these words: “Your faith has served you.” Gratitude to our God is not only our duty, but it also brings forth manifest blessings in our lives. When we sincerely offer thanks to God for all that has been done, we are manifesting great faith in God as a result. We are pointing to God and this goodness as the source of our blessings and it takes faith to see and profess it.

If we accept that everything in life as a gift, even the struggles we endure, then these can be turned into blessings. As the Gospel identifies, even the difficulties we encounter each day can be turned into opportunities as a grace from God. I pray that all the countless opportunities presented are ways God graces our lives. Let us all ponder these blessings and be grateful. And from that gratitude, return a joyful thanks to God.

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Awards and Acknowledgement Evening – Celebrating ‘the Brigidine Woman’

Over the last few weeks the College has been preparing for the Awards and Acknowledgement Evening (AAE). This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the efforts and achievements of the girls and the College Community. It is not only an expression of College achievements, but also acelebration of our ‘Brigidine Spirit.’

Brigidine College has, over its 90 Years, celebrated the achievements of each student through an acknowledgement of personal best and improvement. This is very important as many people assess the success or otherwise of a school on how they identify and mark success. John Hattie identifies how and why schools need to link success to how teachers and students improve outcomes, not just the final results. In a recent article published in the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Journal (October 2017), it also asserts that schools should be judged on students’ personal bests:

“The failure of league tables to include the results of students taking the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, students taking fewer courses or lower level courses to receive higher Year 12 results, ignoring socio-­economic disadvantage, as well as ranking selective, partly selective and non-­selective schools together in the same tables, can mean less than reliable results across all schools.”

The Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA) and the Catholic Secondary Principals’ Association (CaSPA) recently stated that they “do not support the publication of league tables as they unfairly compare schools and students using a narrow and simplistic measure”. Not only do league tables “ignore the relative advantages and disadvantages inherent in society” but they also “fail to recognise student achievement and engagement in other diverse programs and domains”.

No single measure of academic performance will ever reflect the benefits of an holistic education. As principal of Sydney girls’ school SCEGGS Darlinghurst, Jenny Allum, commented in the media in 2015:

“The problem with reducing something as complex as education and schooling to a single measure such as this “success rate” is that we cannot differentiate between any of these situations. We should be just as proud, Allum writes, of a student achieving 89% in a higher-level course that really challenges students as one who receives 90% in a lower level course.

Great schools extend and challenge their students, and help educate them to make a lifelong contribution to society.”

At Brigidine College we strive for our students to do well in balancing challenge with success and keep a breadth of learning that will help them in the world ahead. Whether a student achieves their “personal best” and/or demonstrates the greatest amount of growth and achievement, we encourage and celebrate all students as they “grow as people, broaden their thinking” and take their place in the world.

Our Annual Awards and Acknowledgement Evening is at 7:00pm on Thursday 24 October at the St Laurence’s Edmund Rice Performing Arts Centre.

I look forward to sharing with guest speaker Amy Simmons (past student 2004) the rich Brigidine welcome and inclusive spirit. https://24ways.org/authors/amysimmons/


Principal’s Notes

As the new term begins there have been changes to the staffing at the College. These include:

  • Melinda Egan – appointed to Deputy Principal Students position, begins 2020
  • Allison Johannsen – appointed to the position of Assistant to the Principal, Professional Teaching and Learning, begins 2020
  • Rebecca Reis – Promotions Marketing Officer (Started 2 October 2019)

 

2019 Annual Art Exhibition

Congratulations to the Arts Department on their wonderful activities, presentations and exhibition in the final week of Term 3.  The work and standards achieved by the students and their teachers is outstanding.


Congratulations to Taliah Saylor (pictured centre) who participated in the Brisbane Catholic Education Graduation Ceremony at the Cathedral of St Stephen last Friday.  This was a wonderful event for Taliah and over 110 indigenous students in Brisbane.


Science and Technology Building

The new Science and Technology building is on schedule to be available in January 2020. The final floor has been laid two weeks ago, with the roof due to be finished over the next two weeks. Final details and fittings have been decided with our architects, builders and project manager working very hard to complete this wonderful piece of infrastructure for the College. Please note the entrance in this updated illustration that will lead from the Curragh. Further details regarding this building and the changes for Duvac Building will be updated over the remaining weeks of Term 4.


Congratulations to Year 11 student Naomi Barker who, during the school holidays, attended USQ’s Television and Radio Two Day Experience at the Springfield Campus.  Naomi fully embraced the various workshops on offer over the two days and experienced the planning and production of a television show.

Naomi is shown here accepting her certificate of attendance from USQ Senior Lecturer (Television and Radio Broadcast) Dr Ashley Jones.

Thank you to USQ Photography for sharing this image.

God Bless.

A Naoimh Bhrid, gui Orainn

Brendan Cahill
Principal

 

 

 

 

 



 


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


Climate Schools Combined – Attention Class of 2017


 

Mission News

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Mission News

Last term, young African woman, Abiba Andria came and spoke to the girls about her experiences growing up as a Sudanese child and her subsequent life as a refugee.  She fled the Civil War and was placed in a refugee camp, arriving in Australia in 2001, very ill and undernourished.

“I believe working and engaging with young people is very vital. My experiences as a little kid wasn’t very pleasant. I’ve experienced things no child’s eyes should see, and because of what I went through it caused me to face a lot of challenges as a teenager including finding it hard to accept myself and who I was. Now I want to encourage young people that you are you and you’re special. I want to help them find ways to accept themselves, be proud of who they are and embrace all their flaws.”

Abiba is now studying to be a teacher and is involved in community work as a member of the South Sudanese Youth Council and a member of Youth Voice Queensland.  She is currently the Youth Leader for Acacia Ridge Parish and Youth President of Mabaan Community (a small Community in South Sudan)

 


This term, a group of Year 7/8 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students had the opportunity to attend the USQ Deadly Ways cultural science program.  Former Australian Rugby player and artist, Yvonne O’Neill, hosted the day with students engaged in activities such as Welcome dances from Aboriginal traditions, piloting drones and leadership training.  We received some wonderful feedback from the students.  They really enjoyed learning new dances and the chance to operate a drone.

Our Year 12 students, Taliah Saylor and Vaikarna McLennan, attended the QATSIF Graduation ceremony today.  Taliah was invited to sing at the ceremony and showcase her wonderful gifts to the local Aboriginal and Torrest Strait Islander community.

St Vincent de Paul Group

On Tuesday 15 October we had a lunch time talk with Rachel Martin Chai, the St Vincent de Paul Youth Engagement Office. It was titled ‘Sustainable Clothing – the reality and the responsibility” We looked at how the environment is affected by the overproduction of clothing, clothing waste, pollution etc. and how the St Vincent de Paul Society addresses these issues. The workshop encouraged us to recycle clothes by donating, op-shopping, clothes swapping and upcycling. We learned about how much water it takes to produce one item of cotton clothing, how far the item travels to us and how we might only wear it once or twice. We all agreed that everyone has too many clothes and that we often buy things we don’t need. It was an uncomfortable thought.

St Vincent de Paul was at Brigidine on Tuesday with a pop up shop of clothing, for the Year 10’s preparing for the St Vincent De-Formal with ATC on 31 October.

“Rachel’s speech was very informative and made me realise that at times I buy into the consumeristic lifestyle of our society. It was fascinating to discover the amount of clothing waste produced by Australia each year and has made me contemplate my own wardrobe and purchases.”

Skye Fitzpatrick, Year 12

Our next project is the Christmas Appeal. Each Home Room is creating a Christmas basket of goodies, presents and essentials for a family that St Vincent de Paul is helping. We don’t know the actual family but have been given their gender and ages, to help us plan what would be just right, a happy surprise, for that family to receive at Christmas. It’s important to contribute items we already have with those who are in need, so that we can all share in the same loving experience this Christmas.

Kelsey Webb, Year 12

 

Andrew Beiers

Deputy Principal Mission

Curriculum Matters

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Curriculum Matters

Awards and Acknowledgement Evening

The Awards and Acknowledgement Evening, which will be held on Thursday 24th October is an important event for the Brigidine College community, as it recognises the outstanding commitment and excellent achievement of students in the academic, sporting, cultural and community action dimensions within the College.

Students will be acknowledged for demonstration of academic excellence and outstanding academic performance across the range of their subjects. Students in Year 11 and 12, who have achieved at the highest A level in their subjects, will also be recognised.

Year 12 Exams and Final Results

At the end of last term, all Year 12 results were collated and sample folios were prepared for the QCAA verification process, which ensures that all schools are assessing and marking according to the syllabus requirements for each subject. It was pleasing to see some very good results from the students and I would like to congratulate all Year 12 students on their achievements, so far. I would encourage them to remain committed to all their final assessment over the next few weeks, as all Term 4 assessment contributes towards the final results, which can still change. There is still an opportunity for student results to have an upward movement.  It would be disappointing, at this stage, for student’s results to have a downward movement.

Year 12 exams will commence on Monday 4November and all students will be finished exams by Tuesday 13 November. A draft schedule will be available at the start of next week. Students will be provided with details about the alternative program that will run on Wednesday 14 – Friday 16 November. Any students who have incomplete assessment, competency work or external training will be expected to remain at the College until it has been finalised. It is important that the students remain focused on their learning and assessment and they have completed all assessment items.

Student attendance throughout Term 4 is essential and is important to student learning. There are a number of students who need to ensure that their attendance throughout the year will satisfy the learning requirements that the College is accountable for.

Individual QCS Test results will be released at 9.00am on Wednesday 13 November. Students will be able to access their individual QCS Test grade — from A to E — in their learning account on the Student Connect website: https://studentconnect.qcaa.qld.edu.au. Students’ QCS Test grades will be confirmed on the Senior Statement they receive as part of their Senior Education Profile sent to them in December.

Subject achievement indicators, or SAIs, are a numerical representation that place Year 12 students in a rank order to show how they have achieved compared with other students in their subject-group, within their school. All OP-eligible students will be awarded an SAI for each authority subject that they have studied. The SAIs are used in the process of allocating OPs to each student. It is important that students and/or parents check their SAIs. SAIs will be published on Wednesday 20 November and will be available at the Delany Reception. You can read more information about the process of calculating OPs at Calculating OPs: The basic principles 

All results contributing to the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and OPs and FPs will be available in students’ learning accounts on the Student Connect website from 9.00 am on Saturday 14 December 2019www.studentconnect.qcaa.qld.edu.au. Students must know their Learner Unique Identifier (LUI) and password to log in and check their results. Students will be able to access their results more quickly if they have previously activated their learning account.

Students will begin receiving their Senior Education Profile in the mail from Monday 16 December 2019. Depending on individual student’s circumstances and results, each profile will comprise one or more of the following documents:

  • QCE
  • Tertiary Entrance Statement
  • Senior Statement

QTAC

All Year 12 students who are intending to apply for tertiary entrance next year should complete their QTAC application as soon as they can. If your daughter has any concerns about her application or is considering any changes to her application, she is advised to make an appointment with Mrs Munro, Careers Counsellor. It is recommended that all students submit a QTAC application even if they don’t think they intend to pursue tertiary study in Queensland next year.

If your daughter has not yet made an application, please ask her to make an appointment with Mrs Munro.

2020 Subject Selections

The College is currently working through the process of preparing a timetable for 2020. All students from Year 7 – 10 will receive a confirmation of their subject allocations in the next few weeks. Every effort has been made to ensure that most students have been placed in their preferred subjects, however some students will not have been able to be placed in all their preferences.

We often receive several requests for students to be placed with particular teachers. We have great confidence in all our teaching staff and although students may have a preferred option for a teacher, we are unable to meet these requests due to a range of timetabling constraints, which I am sure you can understand.

Academic Commendation

 I would like to congratulate Mimi Pugh on her successful application to the Australian Catholic University (ACU) – Community Achiever Program (CAP). Students who applied for this had to demonstrate their involvement and commitment to community service.

Mimi has been offered an early entrance place at ACU in the dual degree – Bachelor of Paramedics and Nursing. The College is very proud of Mimi’s achievements.

Melissa Dever

Deputy Principal Curriculum


Study Skills  – Dr Prue Salter  –  Enhanced Learning Educational Services

STUDY SKILLS TIP FOR OCTOBER: MANAGING ANXIETY DURING EXAMS

If you are someone who freezes or has a mental blank during an exam or is overly anxious you may find that the heightened anxiety is reducing your ability to recall.

Remember that being as prepared as possible and not leaving your study until the last minute can make a big difference in reducing anxiety.  Start your study early and make a plan so that you have time to study what you need to without stress. It is also important to note that the more practice tests you do, the more familiar you are with the test so it will be less intimidating and you will be used to working under time limits.

When you are in the exam if you feel anxious, a good strategy is to close your eyes for a moment and take some long, deep breaths. When you open your eyes do some of the questions you find easy or feel confident about. Meanwhile your subconscious will have a chance to recall the things you are struggling to remember. Another trick is try moving your eyes to different directions, ie looking up and to the left etc. This can also sometimes prompt recall.

You could also seek help from a counsellor for techniques on how to manage stress. You can also visit the MANAGING STRESS unit for more strategies.

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


Stem Cell Research – Now and in the Future – Free Public Forum

On 12 November, there will be free panel discussion featuring Queensland researchers, discussing how the convergence of stem cell science, genetic engineering and big data could change the future of medicine.  The audience will be encouraged to have their questions answered.

The event will take place at the Queensland State Library from 5:30-7:00pm but doors open from 4:30pm where students and other interested members of the public will have a chance to explore a stem cell photography exhibition and meet local PhD students and young researchers to hear about their careers and why and how they use stem cells in their research.  It will be of particular interest to high school students and teachers.

Registration is via Stem Cell Research – Now and in the Future 2019

Pastoral News

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Pastoral News

Welcome back to all Brigidine families – Term 4 is quite short but contains many opportunities for learning and showcasing excellence. The girls have had a very positive start to the term and are well prepared for the challenges of the term ahead. Trialling a new approach to Home Room this term has shown that the girls have taken responsibility for the new arrangements very well. The Open Twilight on Tuesday evening this week highlighted the generosity, enthusiasm and warmth of Brigidine students as they guided visiting families around the College. Delany Patron Day was another opportunity that displayed community spirit and positivity amongst the students.

Congratulations to Ms Kristin Page for her organisation of the recent Year 10 Solas Bhride experience which enhanced the Wellbeing Program for these students. With an emphasis on Community and Self-Awareness, the girls have considered aspects of their identity and how they can reach out to others to offer support in practical ways. Over the past two weeks, other valuable learnings have occurred in Wellbeing Program lessons in all year levels this term:

  • Year 7 focused on organisation and healthy life habits of physical activity, nutrition and sleep
  • Year 8 participated in a forum where current students shared their experiences about volunteer work and servant leadership
  • Year 9 reflected on their character strengths and how they can work alongside others with varying character strengths.
  • Year 11 heard from an RACQ representative who shared important safe driving advice
  • Year 12 reflected on post-school challenges and identity

Next Thursday evening 24 October, the College will host the Awards and Acknowledgment Evening. This is a wonderful occasion to celebrate and showcase excellence at Brigidine. We look forward to hearing from past pupil Amy Simmons – a tech expert working at Twitter in the United States – who will share her journey from Brigidine towards this career experience. It is a compulsory school event so if students are unable to attend, Mr Cahill should be contacted at office@brigidine.qld.edu.au. On Friday 25 October, students are to arrive at school at 11.05am for a period 3 start.

I wish all families a rewarding Term 4, particularly Year 12 students as they progress towards their Graduation.

Melinda Egan

(Acting) Deputy Principal Pastoral

 

 

Damien House News

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Damien House News

Welcome back to Term 4!

There are a lot of events happening this term for Damien House and the House Assembly set a good tone to the term!

The 2019 and 2020 Prefects created an enthusiastic House Assembly. As their first opportunity to co-lead, Lilya and Olivia did a great job at introducing Laura and Ella. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Laura and Ella on their recent election as Damien Prefects. As they begin their journey as Prefects, Laura and Ella collaborated with other students in Damien to come up with the 2020 House Theme. Taking inspiration from the Eagle, Laura and Ella have decided that the theme for 2020 is to SOAR. Damien looks forward to seeing how we can soar in 2020.

In addition, we spoke about the importance of attendance in Damien House. Last term, I shared with the students some statistics about their attendance for the year so far. The students were shocked by some of the outcomes as I updated them about the results at the end of Term 3. Please have a conversation with your daughter regarding this component of the House Assembly as it should generate conversation around the importance of attending school and their own personal responsibility when it comes to their learning.

I would like to also congratulate two students in Damien who have had 100% attendance all year. We celebrated this remarkable achievement made by Kayla Gomez and Ella Duffield during House Assembly this week.

There is a lot to come this term for Damien House and I look forward to updating you as the term progresses.

Nidean Dickson

Pastoral Leader Damien House

 

 

 

 

Delany House News

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Delany House News

On Wednesday 16 October we celebrated Bishop Daniel Delany’s Patron Day. Delany House and members of the wider community gathered in the morning to celebrate Mass together. This was a wonderful opportunity to think about the message of Daniel Delany and the role he has played. Through the Gospel reading of the day we learnt about courage.

As a House Delany was encouraged to explore courage from a different perspective, from the heart. Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is ‘cor’ the latin word for heart. In its earliest form courage meant “to speak one’s mind by telling all of one’s heart.” Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with one another, with ourselves, with a community, with our future. It turns out courage, not love, is the original heart word.

Thanks to the students of Delany for their engagement in the Mass, to the 2019 and 2020 House Prefects, Mr Beiers for his preparation of the Mass, Ms Massingham, Miss Kennedy and Mr Madden for their music, as well as all staff and students for attending. Thank you to Fr Pan for inspiring the students with the spirit of hospitality and welcoming all.

At lunchtime Delany House sold ice cream and soft drink spiders to raise money for charity, it was a warm day and the spiders were a hit with their fellow students. We also invited students and staff to decorate a positivity rock to place around the school to remind each other of important messages. The rocks turned out really well and will be great to see them around the College grounds very soon.  Thank you to all student helpers and especially to the Delany Home Room teachers for their support.

The Delany students truly embraced our House Motto of ‘Do Ordinary things extraordinarily well’ and the theme for the year of embracing every opportunity.

Phoebe Barac and Stella Wheatley

Delany House Prefects

 

 

 

 

Spirit Squad

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Spirit Squad

2019 has been a busy year for the Spirit Squad, filled with dedicated Year 11 and 12 students. We have come together with the College and community to promote spirit and raise awareness and funds for various organisations and causes close to our heart.

The year kicked off with Brigidine’s Safety Squad, bigger and better than ever. The Safety Squad is a group of Spirit Squad members that work away during the year to promote and encourage the students’ safe travel to and from school. This occurred every weekday and was highly successful in ensuring every student arrived and left the College safe and sound.

The Spirit Squad supported and worked with the Peer Mentors to increase awareness surrounding teen bullying – through actions and words – and its impact. The College was decorated with orange from head to toe displaying and emphasising our encouragement to shy away from bullying and instead foster conversation between both friends and strangers.

In May, the Spirit Squad held a Wellbeing Balloon Walk to raise awareness for mental health. This consisted of numerous Brigidine students participating in a calming and refreshing walk outside the College.

To promote our annual Mates 4 Mates fundraiser, the Spirit Squad undertook a bake sale and sausage sizzle. This event enabled the girls to raise money for the organisation to provide rehabilitation for retired and returned Australian Defence Force members.

Our Jeans 4 Genes fundraiser in Term 3 involved the College community decking out in denim from head to toe. The girls enjoyed a fashion parade, dance battle and a sausage sizzle, raising funds for those struggling with genetic illnesses.

The final, and highly awaited, fundraising event of the year was Mighty 90. We set ourselves a new challenge, comprising of a festival celebration with not only the Brigidine staff and students, but the wider community. This annual event supports the work of the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Australian Ovarian Research Foundation. We kicked the day of with bake sales, games of basketball and giant Jenga, ring toss and of course, the inflatable course at lunch time. We saw an even bigger turn out at the twilight festival, even having a visit from Channel 10 News for a quick interview during the Weather segment, which could easily be named one of the many highlights of the day! We would like to thank everyone for their support, helping our community raise $17,963.70 in total.

The Spirit Squad of 2019 would like to thank the entire Brigidine Community for their support throughout the year. Without this support the Spirit Squad would not be able to achieve what it does each year. In particular, we would like to thank our teachers and leaders: Ms Egan, Miss Haydock, Mr Wilson, Miss Ryan, Mrs Sprenger and Mrs Muscat. They have given up so much of their time to help us achieve what we have, and their dedication does not go unnoticed.

On behalf of the 2019 Spirit Squad, we are so incredibly proud of all the hard work and commitment of each and every one of our members. We are looking forward to the Spirit Squad thriving and excelling in 2020, as they continue to raise funds and awareness in our community.

Skye Nugent, Tara Kenn and Caitlin Muller

 

 

Peer Mentors’ Update

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Peer Mentors’ Update

Peer Mentors at Brigidine

There is clear evidence that a peer support approach is effective in addressing a range of issues that young people encounter including bullying and mental health concerns.

  • Peer relationships are important for the healthy psychological development of young people
  • Young people have influence over other young people
  • Young people prefer the informal help of friends and family and most likely to seek support from people they have a close, trusting relationship with

At Brigidine College we continue to provide wellbeing support to our students through the ‘Peer Skills’ program which was originally developed by KidsHelpline and is now designed and supported by UnitingCare Community.

Students in Year 10 were introduced to this program on Thursday and have been asked to consider nominating for the training workshop which will take place in the last week of this term: 25-26 November 2019.  Three Brigidine College staff members have been trained as Peer Skills Workshop Facilitators and will run the 2-day program. Further information about what the program entails has been provided to those students who are interested, and they have been asked to discuss their application with their parents. Parental consent and support are essential to a student undertaking this role.

 

 

We are confident that having trained Peer Skills ‘Helpers’ amongst the student body will continue to provide great support to many students and we are looking forward to seeing this program unfold in 2020.

Mrs Allison Power, Ms Shannon Metzeling & Ms Jordan Whitney

 

Year 10 Solas Bhride

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Year 10 Solas Bhride

Last week, the Year 10 cohort participated in their Solas Bhride program, which was focussed on personal capacity, teamwork and community action.

On the first day of the program, students rotated through three workshops run by Character Builders, a group that has a strong focus on personal development and teamwork. On Day 2, students participated in two modules run by an award-winning, not-for-profit educational initiative called High Resolves. The first module (Personal Impact) encouraged them to investigate their own impact in everyday choices and actions. During the afternoon session, students gained an understanding of the importance of collaboration and trust, when addressing collective action problems.

The community action program saw students create care packages, filled with personal hygiene and self-care products which will be donated to a very worthy charity, Share the Dignity. Year 10 students left feeling accomplished and significant. Solas Bhride was a great success and the students made full use of the activities on offer by showing great spirit and courage across the three days. As they embark on the remaining two years of their Senior schooling experience, I encourage them to reflect on a vision of students’ ‘better self’ that can serve as a goal for their individual growth. This will help them determine a specific action, or actions, that they can take to continue to develop as more active citizens.

Kristin Page

Year 10 Wellbeing Program Leader

 

 

 

Year 12 Wellbeing

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Year 12 Wellbeing

In Term 3 the Year 12s explored a variety of topics in Wellbeing including healthy living and life beyond school. In the final lesson of the term Red Frogs Australia came and did a presentation for the girls about identity, the importance of identity and knowing ourselves, particularly as they enter into the next chapter of their lives. The presentation was informative, engaging and challenged the Year 12s to think about what is important to them, what they value and how their identity shapes the decisions they make.

In our first lesson this term we developed this link further by creating a road map for their next 12 months, where they hope to be on their road and any challenges they will face. It has been a pleasure to work with the Year 12s throughout Wellbeing this year and I wish them well in their final weeks at the College.

Dani Sprenger

Year 12 Wellbeing Program Leader

 

 

 

 

The Arts

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The Arts

 

Business Directory

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

Support our local businesses
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Business Directory

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

Shelter Architects & Planners Pty Ltd

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  • Independent & Expert Witness Reports
  • Pest Management & Treatment

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Or Phone: 0434 631 555

 

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Brigid’s Cloak

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Brigid’s Cloak

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Uniform Needs 2020 School Year

In order to meet your daughter’s uniform needs for 2020, the following weeks have been allocated to each of the year levels.  Please check your daughter’s uniform for both summer and winter clothing.  The winter uniform (blazers, jumpers, scarves and tracksuits) need to be ordered by 29 November 2019.

Year 9 28 October – 1 November
Year 10 4 November – 8 November
Year 11 11 November – 15 November
Year 8 18 November – 22 November
Year 7 25 November – 29 November

Brigid’s Cloak Roster

 

8:00-9:00am

10:15-11:00am

12:15-1:45pm

Monday 21 October

Tuesday 22 October

Michelle Riesenweber

Wednesday 23 October

Glenys Piggott

Glenys Piggott

Thursday 24 October

Kathy Shea Pranali More

Friday 25 October

Lisa Boelcsfoeldi

Monday 28 October

Helena Boyce

Tuesday 29 October

Wednesday 30 October

Glenys Piggott

Glenys Piggott

Thursday 31 October

Melanie Wright

Louise Conway

Friday 1 November

Nicola Durrheim

Brigid’s Cloak opening hours 28 October – 29 November:

Monday – Thursday 7:30am – 3:00pm for fittings. Payment and pick up can occur until 6:00pm
Friday 7:30am – 11:00am

You and/or your daughter may visit Brigid’s Cloak Uniform Shop to order/purchase all uniform items and the online ordering system is available if you know the correct size to order.

Please do not hesitate to contact us on 2002 0624 if you have any queries with your daughter’s uniform needs.


Anne Scott and Janice Bridley

Brigid’s Cloak Coconvenors

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Communication

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

  • Download the Brigidine App
  • Join our Brigidine College Community Facebook page

Click here to access the Brigidine College Community Facebook Group and request to join this page.

Should you have any queries regarding these communication tools, please contact Louise Johnston, Community Liaison/Administration Officer on 3002 0673 or by email johnstonl@brigidine.qld.edu.au.


Share your Cocurricular Photos

The College invites you to share any cultural/sporting photos you may take at Brigidine cocurricular activities.  We welcome photos which can possibly be used in our College publications and in social media communications.  We try to cover a wide variety of activities but cannot attend every cocurricular event.  We are always interested to hear about your daughters’ achievements outside of school so please let us know if you have anything to share.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact johnstonl@brigidine.qld.edu.au 

P&F Association News

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P&F Association News

Thank you to all the parents who assisted at the Twilight event BBQ this week.  It was our pleasure to support the College at this event.

On Thursday 24 October the P&F will serve drinks and nibbles before the annual Awards and Acknowledgement Evening at ERPAC. We look forward to seeing you there from 5:30pm.

The P&F will be sending out a survey to all parents soon regarding the High Tea for 2020.  Please keep an eye on your emails for this correspondence.

Our final P&F Meeting will take place at 7:15pm on Wednesday 6 November where we will be locking in the calendar of events for 2020.  All are welcome to attend.

On Friday 8 November, the P&F will be serving wine and cheese to the parents attending the Spiritus Awards Evening in Kildare Hall and, on Wednesday 13 November, we will be providing celebration cupcakes to our Year 12 cohort to mark the end of their schooling at Brigidine.

The final P&F event of the year will be the P&F Christmas Carols by the Convent on Thursday 28 November. This is always a lovely evening to celebrate the end of the year together as a community

Louise Johnston

Vice President

The Curragh Café

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The Curragh Café

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Menu from Term 1 2019

Curragh Cafe Menu and Roster

Monday 21 October Student Free Day
Tuesday 22 October Sarah Wingate
Wednesday 23 October
Jenny Crowhurst
Thursday 24 October Brigid Parnell
Friday 24 October Diane Frazer
Monday 28 October Fiona Challenor
Tuesday 29 October
Wednesday 30 October
Thursday 31 October Nikki Takashima
Friday 1 November Nicola Foley

Judy Thannhauser and Janelle Prouatt

Curragh Café Coconvenors

Date Claimers

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Date Claimers

 

21 October Student Free Day – Year 11 Reflection
24 October Awards & Acknowledgement Evening, 7:00pm

St Laurence’s College Edmund Rice Performing Arts Centre (ERPAC), 52 Stephens Road, South Brisbane

25 October Students to start 11:05am (start of Period 3)
28 October Year 7 Immunisations from 1:30pm
4 November Year 12 exams begin this week
8 November Spiritus (Sporting and Cultural) Awards Evening 5pm
14 November Year 12 Graduation Mass and Dinner
15 November Year 12 Farewell Assembly
28 November Year 7 2020 Orientation Day

P&F Christmas Carols

15 November End of Term 4

 

Recommended Tutors

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