Mission News

This year has been a Year of Hospitality, Welcoming All and we have invited a number of people who are asylum seekers to share their experience and enlighten our understanding of how to welcome strangers amongst us.

We concluded the year with a beautiful carols celebration led by Ms Massingham and the Ministry girls supporting the Parents and Friends’ Association with this event.  The Nativity set was displayed at the grotto in a similar way to the manger (cave) where Jesus was born.

The St Vincent de Paul Society student group ably led by Helen Paviotti and Helen Jeffcoat, worked with the College community to collect boxes of food, decorations, and toys for disadvantaged families to brighten the Christmas story as we closed our year.

 In 2020 we begin our celebration of the Year of Justice with all Kildare Ministries organizations. This is a time to take stock and review the overarching understating of Justice.  The ten Themes of Catholic Social Teaching give expression to the human worth and dignity of each individual made in the image and likeness of God. These are:

  • Respect for the human person;
  • Preferential option for the poor;
  • Political and economic rights;
  • Promotion of the common good;
  • Subsidiarity;
  • Political participation;
  • Economic justice;
  • Stewardship;
  • Global solidarity;
  • Promotion of peace.

A Catholic Christian understanding of justice has emerged from the Biblical tradition. This rich Biblical understanding portrays a just society as one marked by the fullness of love, compassion and peace. Catholic social teaching makes a distinction between three dimensions of basic justice: commutative justice, distributive justice and social justice. Commutative justice calls for fundamental fairness in people’s dealings with one another. Distributive justice requires that the allocation of income, wealth and power in society be evaluated in light of its effects on those whose basic material needs are unmet. Social justice obliges people to be active and productive participants in the life of society and insists that society has a duty to enable them to participate in this way (Economic Justice for All, 1986, n.68-71). (Accessed from Brisbane Catholic Education 2019)

As we enter Advent and this time of joy and hope, let us be attentive to encounters with the baby Jesus in everyday ways… a smile, a supporting hand, extra jobs around the house, or working with St Vincent de Paul packing Christmas hampers.

Interact

Imagine not being able to do your schoolwork just because the sun has set? That might sound great, but for so many children across the world not being able to do schoolwork because their home is without safe lighting means they quickly fall behind in their education. The Solar Buddy Program is an incredible program that provides solar lights to children living in poverty so that they can study after dusk and improve their education outcomes. The lights are portable,  weatherproof and long lasting using the power of the sun and LED technology to provide hours of light.

In the final year of the Interact Club at Brigidine College,  funds raised by students went towards the purchase 25 solar buddy lights. The lights are delivered in kit form to schools around Australia and students assemble the lights ready to be sent out to students in need in countries such as Papua New Guinea. Thanks to the efforts of the Interact Club and Ms Owen’s Year 9 Enterprise Business class,  the lights are ready to  be picked up and sent out to students in need. Thanks goes to all who supported Interact in the past and to all those who shared their own form of Brigidine Sunshine with those in need.  If you would like to read more about the program you can go to https://solarbuddy.org/about.

Nicole Kapernick

Interact Teacher Coordinator

St Vincent de Paul

Our Christmas Appeal has been a huge success. Each Home Room was given a Vinnies family to prepare a hamper for containing Christmas food and gifts. It is heartwarming to see the enthusiasm that the girls put into this collection. From family to family we are sending care, concern and good cheer. The boxes will be delivered to Inala Vinnies next week. Happy Christmas everyone, cherish your family, rest and return with enthusiasm for 2020.

A message from our 2020 Vinnies Captain:

“Vinnies is an important part of my life that allows to me get involved in helping others in my community. Vinnies is a welcoming and interactive group that gives younger girls an opportunity to learn, help and be heard. Vinnies at Brigidine aims to actively support the St Vincent De Paul Society.  This organisation is passionate about speaking out and facing poverty and inequality in all situations and countries all around the world by giving those who are less fortunate an opportunity to have the everyday objects and a life full of support and love. Through my journey with Vinnies both inside and outside of school, I have gained confidence and skills that I will be able to use for the rest of my life.  I hope it will also inspire those who aren’t a part of this organisation to open their minds to the inspiring opportunities that Vinnies provides to all.

Priya Mahabeer

Year 11

Karibu Club

On 19 November, we travelled to the Graceville Memorial Park for our final Karibu event of the year.  With the biggest group all term, our afternoon consisted of a range of fun games such as pictionary and charades, all organised wonderfully by Trish and Vy Dinh.  This was followed by some delicious food brought by the Milpera girls, and scrumptious treats made by Mrs Jeffcoat.  Finally, we gave Miss Steph (from Milpera), a quilt we had made for her baby who will be arriving during the holidays.

Overall, our last session summed up how amazing the experience of Karibu Club has been this year and highlighted the positive attitudes shown by the girls towards each other.

On behalf of the club, I would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Jeffcoat, Ms Dunne, Mrs Sprenger and Miss Metzeling for helping run the programme and activities smoothly for everyone!

Heléna Oghanna

Year 10

Berlasco Court Visit

This term, several Year 10 students and I have been regularly visiting the Berlasco Court Caring Centre, a residential aged care facility committed to high standards of care with a particular focus on those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  Situated in Central Avenue, it is just a few minutes’ walk from Brigidine.  In the group of residents we have been visiting, many suffer from memory, confusion and cognitive decline.

We have spent an hour every Friday afternoon, chatting with the residents, talking about everything from our day at school to their life stories.  Visiting the centre and getting to know the lovely residents has been an incredibly rewarding and insightful experience.  Last Friday, we reflected on this experience and service opportunity:

Visiting Berlasco Court is always a pleasure because we get to know the elderly and their experiences from when they were young.

Charlotte Kemlo

Visiting Berlasco Court is a rewarding opportunity that I have thoroughly enjoyed.  I love being able to talk to the residents there, even if it is just about how their day is going.

Elana Partridge

Visiting Berlasco Court has been an experience that has allowed me to connect with elderly people who have very diverse backgrounds.  I have gained significant knowledge about the lives of the residents, many of whom have lived through historic events.

Lara Kenny

Last week, we were talking to a man who visits his wife at Berlasco every afternoon.  He was telling us how he met his beautiful Maria 60 years ago and how he immediately knew that she was the girl for him.  18 days later, they were married.  Now that is living history! It has been wonderful to get involved with the community and to be able to give back.  If you have the chance to get involved in something like this, do it! Thank you to Mr Beiers for arranging this experience and to Mrs Jeffcoat for accompanying us every week.

Zoe Tsibogiannis

Year 10

Remembrance Day

We sold poppies on the Convent Verandah leading up to Remembrance Day on 11 November.  This is a memorial day observed since the end of the First World War in 1918.  It remembers all those serving in the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.  The poppy was chosen as the symbol of Remembrance because poppies grew on the battlefields after the end of the war.

The money raised has gone to our local RSL.

Annie Bashford and Tiare Matapo

Year 11

Andrew Beiers and Fr Pan Jordan OP

Deputy Principal Mission & College Chaplain