From the Principal’s Desk

Prayer – New Dreaming

In the silent beauty of the velvet night,
Amidst the glittering Southern Cross,
You Dreamt a new dream.
The promised gift of eternal love for us in the mystery of your son –
A special Spirit Child, lying in a coolamon,
Born of a spirit woman,
Bringing Light and Hope into our world.

God of Justice, you call us to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with you.
Spirit of God, touch us and help us to touch others with compassion.
Give us the courage of Brigid of Ireland and Daniel Delany, to act on the issues of the day and make your justice work.
Make your love real through our lives.

Christmas

In this holy season of prayer and song and laughter, we praise God for the great wonders that have been sent to us: for the shining star and angel’s song, for infant’s cry in lowly manger. We praise God for the Word made flesh in a little Child. We behold his glory and are bathed in its radiance.

We ask God to be with us as we sing the ironies of Christmas, the incomprehensible comprehended, the poetry made fact, the helpless babe who cracks the world asunder. We kneel before Jesus as shepherds, innkeepers, wise men. Help us to rise bigger than we are.

To all who have been touched by the Brigidine Community this year, I wish all a safe and hope-filled Christmas, where family and friends rest quietly with the hands of Love. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2020.

May Brigid bless the house wherein you dwell
Bless every fireside, every wall and door,
Bless every heart that beats beneath its roof.
Bless every hand that toils to bring it joy.
Bless every foot that walks the portals through.
May Brigid bless the house that shelters you.

2019 School Year

Over recent weeks the College has farewelled our Year 12 Graduates, celebrated the many fine achievements of our students and engaged in a variety of activities to celebrate the closing of our 90th Anniversary year. Simply following our Facebook page would suggest that the myriad of activities and learning opportunities for the staff, students and families all lead to being fully alive.

The College has also been finalising our staffing arrangements for 2020. We thank our teachers and school officers for their dedication and support they provide to the girls and their families. I thank Mr Mike Southon who is leaving Brigidine College and wish him well in his future endeavours.

New Staff 2020

Troy Millar Maths and Science – Contract 2020
Luke Critchley English and RE – Continuing
Clare Nelson Technologies and RE – Contract Term 1
Kate Tobiano PE and Science – Contract Term 1
Toby Ratcliffe English and Humanities – Contract Term 1
Terese Dixson Maths – Contract Term 1

The Carols by the Convent were held on Thursday 28 November. This was a wonderful opportunity for staff, families and the girls to share in the Christmas spirit by joining and singing our favourite Christmas carols. Everyone had a wonderful time and many thanks to the Parents and Friends’ Association, Jane Massingham, Andrew Beiers and the musicians for their generous support.

Calendar Dates

2-4 December Final Staff days
13 December College Office closes
13 January 2020 College Office reopens
20 January College Leadership Team returns
29 January All students return for start of Term 1
7 February 2020 Opening Mass

God Bless.

A Naoimh Bhrid, gui Orainn

Brendan Cahill
Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

Curriculum Matters

As students finalise their learning and assessment this week, I would hope that they can take some time to reflect on their learning outcomes and achievements. Please remember to access the online feedback that is being provided in SEQTA Engage, after the marking and moderation of each assessment item is completed. Results for some tasks, for students in Year 7–10, may not be finalised until next week.

Student timetables are currently being finalised and will be available to students in SEQTA when they return to the College next year.

Semester 2 reports will be made available in SEQTA during the week beginning the 10 December. You will be notified by email when they are available. Year 11 Semester 2 reports will include a summary of Unit 2 assessment and results. As was outlined in an email last week, results for the Unit 3 IA1 tasks will be finalised at the start of Term 1, 2020.

I hope that all students can have a restful holiday and enjoy time with their families and friends. I look forward to the students returning to their new year levels next year.

Melissa Dever

Deputy Principal Curriculum

Pastoral News

As I reflect on 2019, I’m delighted to recall many memorable and positive experiences for both teachers and students. Many examples come to mind of students who have grown in confidence and skill by taking opportunities, showing initiative and by trying things they have never done before. Many girls have demonstrated a wonderful example of embodying the values of the College and we are proud of their achievements.

On Thursday 28 November we welcomed an excited group of Year 6 students to their Orientation Day at Brigidine College. The aim of the day was to familiarise themselves with the significant people and places at the College and to meet each other. The day was spent both as a whole cohort of future Year 7s and at other times in House groups. The Year 9 students capably took on the role of Big Sister and supported the girls throughout the day. The College Captains, House Prefects and Middle Leaders are to be commended for the way in which they welcomed the students and assisted the teachers. This day was a good opportunity for our current students to demonstrate what it means to be a Brigidine young woman.

This term Brigidine College hosted a parenting program called Tune Into Teens. It was a very successful partnership between parents and the College, involving expert Canice Curtis who is a trained therapist in parenting and youth mental health programs. We will repeat the parenting information evening in early Term 1 and offer the Tune Into Teens Program again. Further details can be found on the flier in this newsletter. If you would like to develop your understanding about the experience of adolescence, or strengthen your relationship with your daughter, please consider this opportunity.

As we look ahead to 2020 and prepare to begin school in January, I would encourage all families to consider their uniform requirements. Many girls grow significantly from their beginnings in Year 7 and require a new tartan dress, as well as other items, during their time at the College. Please see the uniform requirements below and information about dress and hat repairs:

Emphasis is always on neatness, good grooming and wearing the school uniform with pride and dignity. Students are expected to wear the full College uniform, including hat, while travelling to and from school, while at school and when representing the College.
Formal College Day Uniform
  • College tartan dress with the College hat; OR
  • Tartan blouse with formal navy long pants or formal navy day shorts;
  • Navy College ankle socks with formal shorts/long pants;
  • College and House badges worn on the College tie (Green for Years 7-9, Navy for Years 10-12);
  • Black leather lace-up shoes with low heel (formal hard leather, cleaned and polished);
  • White College ankle-length day socks;
  • Green College woollen pullover, navy College stockings and green College scarf in cooler weather only;
  • Green College blazer worn between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day dates;
  • College school bag (backpack/carry bag/trolley bag) and College excursion bag.
  • At times, the College will participate in awareness and fundraising initiatives that may involve amendments to the uniform. These initiatives will be clearly identified, and the permitted time will be communicated.
  • College tartan dress must be worn at mid-calf length and be in good repair.
Physical Education or Sports Uniform
  • College sports skirt;
  • College sports collared shirt;
  • College bike pants;
  • White College ankle-length sports socks;
  • College sports cap or wide-brimmed hat (compulsory from 2021);
  • Joggers/sports shoes which support growing feet (Dunlop Volley, Converse and Vans are not appropriate);
  • College tracksuit in cooler weather only.
  • The College sports uniform must only be worn during Physical Education lessons, for interhouse carnivals and at other times during the year as directed, e.g. sports training.
  • The Brigidine College sporting uniform is to be worn by all students participating in representative College teams.
  • College sport kit bag may be used for the sports uniform or co-curricular needs.
Hair
  • The College ribbon, College tartan scrunchie or hair-toned (eg black/brown) hair ties are the only acceptable hair accessories.
  • Hair should be off the face and in a style that is conducive to classroom work, health and safety.
  • Hair that reaches the collar should be tied back.
  • No extremes in style, colour or cut are allowed.
  • All-over braiding and undercuts are not permitted.
  • Students who use hair dyes or colours that appear unnatural, or cuts that are extreme, will not be permitted to return to the College until the colour is removed or the cut is more acceptable.
Jewellery

and Adornments

Permitted:

Ÿ  One matching pair of ear sleepers/studs (no bigger than 3mm) worn in the lowest hole in the ear lobe only. These are to be plain gold or silver only.

Ÿ  A plain thin silver or gold neck chain adorned with a religious symbol (not visible outside the uniform).

Ÿ  A plain wristwatch.

Ÿ  Medical bracelets for students with severe allergies or conditions.

Not Permitted:

Ÿ    Helix earrings, nose, eyebrow, lip, tongue or other body piercings.

Ÿ  Tattoos.

Ÿ  Any other jewellery not specified above.

Ÿ  The wearing of badges, ribbons or wrist bands that support awareness and fundraising initiatives are only permitted during the time designated for supporting that cause and must be approved by the Deputy Principal Students.

Make-up
  • No make-up is to be worn.
  • No facial accessories such as false eyelashes, glitter etc. are to be worn.
  • No fake tan to be used.
Nails
  • Nails should be neat and tidy and not hinder participation in activities at the College such as science experiments, music and sport.
  • Coloured, fake and French nails are not acceptable.
Uniform Repairs
  • Hats need to be in state that repair or clean is possible.
  • Clean costs $20.00
  • Repair costs $15.00
  • Dress fabric and length needs to be suitable for replacement collars/cuffs to be attached.
  • Collar $13.50 + replacement $15.00 = $28.50
  • Cuffs (set of 2) $11.00 + replacement $10.00 = $21.00
  • Any queries regarding all repairs for hats, dresses and blazers can be directed to Brigid’s Cloak Uniform Shop at any time of the year. Ph: 3002 0624

The eSafety Commissioner has published a Gift Guide about how to be smart and secure when choosing tech gifts for young people this Christmas season. The Guide helps inform parents and carers about what to look out for with tech gifts and provides practical advice on how to stay safe, including setting strong passwords, turning off location settings and limiting the amount of personal information shared. Parents can check the safety of popular tech gifts like drones, smart toys, smartphones and tablets before making purchases.

I wish all families a happy, restful and safe Christmas break and I will enjoy seeing your daughters again at the start of the new school year.

Melinda Egan

Acting Deputy Principal Pastoral


Silver Rose Sibling Photos 2020

Brigidine Whole School Photo Order

Year 9 Wellbeing

Year 9 Tie Ceremony

It was my privilege to host the Year 9 Tie Ceremony on 20 November to mark the transition from the Middle School to the Senior School. 2019 has been a year of significant growth for our Year 9 students who have worked to support each other in forming deeper connections and unite as a cohort.

We celebrated the Tie Ceremony with many parents, family members and friends which was a testament to the importance of this transition for the Year 9 students. The Year 9s were able to hear from Ms Berni Sligar (Program Leader Middle Years) and John Crawford (Program Leader Senior Years) who both provided encouraging messages to students to continue their growth mindset in 2020. In addition, the Year 9 students were welcomed into the Senior School by 2020 College Captain Abbey Cook and a reflection by Year 10 student, Rosie Pope was also made to share her top tips to remember as they transition into Year 10.

I would like to thank all those involved in the Tie Ceremony including Father Pan who blessed the ties for the Year 9s. The Year 9 students walked away not only with their tie, but also a symbol of their time together as a cohort in Year 9 in the form of bottle of coloured rice. Earlier in the year, students made rice mandalas representative of the many qualities that are shared amongst the group. This token is a reminder to the Year 9 students of how far they have come and what they have achieved in the Middle School. We cannot wait to see what legacy they create in the Senior School.

Nidean Dickson

Year 9 Wellbeing Program Leader

 

The Arts

On Tuesday 26 November, the Year 9 and 10 Music and Dance students showcased a range of choreography, performance and composition works to an audience of parents and friends. The students were able to consolidate their learning from throughout the year and showcase their hard work. All students who presented on the night are to be commended. It was a wonderful opportunity for the community to see the fantastic work which has been going on in the Arts Department this year. A big thank you to the teachers, Mrs Dani Sprenger, Ms Melissa Armsden and Mrs Angela North for preparing the students for this event.

We are looking forward to another exciting year in 2020. May you all have a happy and holy Christmas.

Korryn Swindail-Hill

Curriculum Leader Arts

 

Humanities Dept News

Australian History & Geography Competition

The Humanities is an important subject which develops a student’s understanding of interrelationships between people, place and time.  It helps them appreciate the complex nature of local and global interactions and provides vital knowledge and skills in preparation for life beyond school.

This year, a selection of Humanities classes across Years 8 to 11 participated in competitions testing their History and Geography skills and knowledge against students from all around Australia.  Over 73,500 students from around 800 schools across Australia entered either the History or Geography competitions.  We are very pleased with how the students have performed, particularly those who achieved to a distinction and high distinction for their efforts.  These results give us an external benchmark as to how our students are going in certain aspects of Humanities.

The Humanities team would like to congratulate all students who participated in these competitions.

Year 8 Geography Competition – Credit

Olivia Browne
Lily Donaldson
Ellie Durnford
Charlotte Hoger
Hayley Jones
Michelle Lefevre
April Le Tran
Eva Mizrahi
Andrea Yeo

Year 8 Geography Competition – Distinction

Lucinda Alexander
Amy Frazer
Georgia Frizzell
Jaymie Goss
Ailsa Kilpatrick
Shalimar Rodgers

Year 8 Geography Competition – High Distinction

Paloma Araos-Williams
Alice Fiorini

 

Year 9 History Competition – Merit

Billie Bartley
Isabella Barwick
Madison Ellice
Claudia Pilgrim

Year 9 History Competition – Credit

Rebecca Bradshaw
Cate Brown
Charlotte Cattell
Abby Connolly
Charlotte Smith
Wishmi Kahawatta
Ella Watney
Fumiko Weekes

Year 9 History Competition – Distinction

Ameya Jaurigue
Olivia Seiler

 

Year 10 Geography Competition – Credit

Katie Chandler
Ella Duffield
Zara Foley
Kyra Gardner
Jade Griffiths
Shelby Jaimon
Ella John
Gabrielle Lazorka
Elana Partridge
Sophie Peters
Stephanie Ramm
Amity Scarth
Ashlee Wataman

Year 10 Geography Competition – Distinction

Rebecca Foun
Halle Frazer
Alexis Hosking
Sophia Lush
Rosalie Pope
Piper Snell
Sierra Solomon
Ashley Venables
Lane Wesson
Maddison Worthington

Year 10 Geography Competition – High Distinction

Ashleigh Gordon
Abbey Steel
Zoe Tsibogiannis

Year 10 History Competition – Merit

Imogen Bradshaw
Caitlin Browne
Sophia Burbank
India Clements
Laura Clements
Anna Constantine
Ava Devitt
Vy Vy Dinh
Zaria Fetineiai
Emily Fonseka
Jade Griffiths
Madeleine Harris
Angela Huang
Lara Kenny
Ellen Kovac
Kristina Ly
Mackenzie Newberry
Grace Oghanna
Heléna Oghanna
Isobel Peters
Sophie Peters
Amity Scarth
Sierra Solomon
Ashley Venables
Ashlee Wataman
Lane Wesson
Maddison Worthington

Year 10 History Competition – Credit

Lisha Chandra
Zara Foley
Halle Frazer
Ashleigh Gordon
Alexis Hosking
Annabelle Irwin
India Pennington
Rosalie Pope
Stephanie Ramm
Trinity Schossow
Abbey Steel

Year 10 History Competition – Distinction

Ella John
Mia Nguyen
Kaitlyn Perry
Zoe Tsibogiannis

 

Year 11 Geography Competition – Distinction

Emily Dewar

Year 11 Geography Competition – High Distinction

Lily McMonagle

 

7C Liveable City Fieldwork

As a cohort, the Year 7s engaged in field work as part of their final assessment item, where they assessed the liveability of the Indooroopilly area. As part of this process, students went on a field excursion, in which they observed many facets of liveability in the immediate Indooroopilly area. To further their knowledge and understanding of the topic, students also completed in-depth research, allowing them to understand the needs and wants of the people in the area, and whether these are being met with the resources provided.

To consolidate their learning, students have been working in small groups to create the most liveable city in the world. As part of this task, students were required to draw on their understanding of the different demographics living together, as well as utilise the key liveability elements in an attempt to ensure all needs and wants of the many demographics are met. Prior to creating their city, students dedicated time to planning. During the planning stages, students worked together to identify the key priorities for their cities (safety, education, transport, housing, infrastructure, recreation) and explore how these priorities could be integrated into the city through their choice of resources.

Students tapped into their creative side to sketch their ultimate city, utilising scales, legends, and titles to ensure their city met the requirements of all those living in their created city, along with some minor annotations to explain their choices. Students are now using the application Minecraft to bring their vision of a liveable city to life.

Domenica Strachan

Curriculum Leader Humanities (Acting)

RE Department News

Year 11 Religion & Ethics: Term 4 Reflection

Year 11 Religion & Ethics students have this term been studying how social justice issues invoke a religious and ethical response.

The key concepts and ideas for this study were:

  • There are inequalities in the world and vast differences between the very poor and the very rich;
  • Religions provide a framework for examining such inequality; and
  • Social justice issues have always invoked religious and ethical responses.

For their assessment students were required to plan, produce and appraise an original children’s book, website, short film or board game that clarifies their understanding of one of the following social justice issues: Homelessness, Poverty, Refugees, Slave labour, Social exclusion or Environmental concerns.

The girls’ efforts to educate young children on difficult and confronting current social issues, such as social exclusion of refugees and due to poverty, homeless war veterans, plastic pollution in the ocean, deforestation, coral bleaching, unfair trade, was impressively creative and inspiring! 11B’s projects ranged from picture books to mini books, a hand-drawn colouring story book, a ‘Where’s Wally” type picture book, a snake and ladders boardgame, a website and a mini “7Up” type documentary!

We have shared the girls’ projects with the students of Holy Family Primary School.  Here are reports from two of our students:

For Topic 1 of Unit 3, the Religion & Ethics students have been learning about the many social justice issues prevalent in today’s society. To reflect on these, we were called to produce a project in response to a chosen social justice issue including: homelessness, poverty, social exclusion, environmental concerns and slave labour. We were able to plan, produce and appraise a children’s book, website, short film or board game that would then be pitched to an educational board of directors.

Created in the form of a children’s book, I chose to address the stigma of homelessness: discounting the concept that homelessness is a desired choice of the individual. Overall, this experience was very eye-opening; my own prejudices surrounding the issue of homelessness were challenged as I began to understand how the situation, and its stigma, is detrimental to the wellbeing of each affected individual. Also, as part of this process, our projects were shared with the Holy Family students. As we each read, played or displayed our projects, each student was enlightened and made mature responses to each topic addressed. Easily, I can admit that presenting our projects were inspiring to our audience but also allowed the Year 11s to discover a growing passion for advocating social justice.

Grace Pye

Throughout Term 4, the Year 11 Religion and Ethics classes were given the task to individually create a project reflecting a social justice issue impacting the world, in order to inform primary school kids. The project reflected the criteria of seeing the issue, judging the issue and acting upon the issue in order to reiterate the concept of social reform. All three classes were able to visit the students at Holy Family Primary School to showcase our projects and educate children about the effects of the prominent social justice issues in our surrounding community. With projects such as card games, board games, children’s books and short films, the children were able to engage with the learning of issues and were informed about how they can contribute to social reform. They were excited to engage in the projects, the children got involved, reflecting and discussing amongst themselves how they can help reform society and what they already do to contribute to social reform. With many challenges presented in each project, the kids took it in their stride and continued with the activities to learn more about how when they see the issue, they can judge the issue and act upon the issue.

The Year 11 Religion and Ethics cohort had an amazing time showcasing our projects to the primary school students, and it was a great opportunity to immerse ourselves in a new environment to educate a new audience about the issues of social justice.

Lucy Rolph 

Jeni Emblem

RE Teacher


Year 7 bring the Spirit of Advent to Brigidine

Advent is a special time of preparation in the Church community as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

This year, Year 7 students continued the tradition of creating an Advent calendar for another student in their class.  Calendars were exchanged on Thursday and you can see for yourself the creativity, generosity and joy shared as the year draws to an end.

Nicole Kapernick

RE Teacher


Over the past week, Year 7A have been exploring different versions of the Christmas story.  The class studied the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, as well as a new article which described what life would have been like at the time of Jesus’ birth.  The class broke into groups to make a video based on the stories they have read.  Here is one of the videos made by the class.

Merry Christmas from 7A!

Christina Ong

RE Teacher

Science News

Science – a look back at the year

2019 has been a great year for the Science Department.  With a dedicated Science teaching team coupled with an enthusiastic student team (over 100 Science Representatives and Ambassadors across Years 7-12) we have held a wide range of events.    I would like to thank the Science teaching and student teams for their great work and support this year.

Science Club included such events as:

  • Making slime and sherbet
  • Designing and making boats to carry the most weight
  • Building the tallest tower out of marshmallows
  • Constructing the best catapult
  • The chemistry of Liquid Nitrogen (see report later in this article)

Science Week

  • Giant jumping castle/obstacle course
  • Paper plane competition
  • Science trivia
  • Year 8 workshop with Geckoes Wildlife
  • Year 9 workshop with Dr Rob
  • Year 10 workshop with Street Science
  • Variety of workshops by the University of Queensland

Other Workshops – held in Science Week and other times in the year included:

  • Mathematics around bridge design and structure
  • Making a prosthetic limb
  • Collecting and investigating bacteria
  • Rocket making
  • Moving into Senior Science
  • Antibiotics and the use of silver
  • The chemistry of chocolate
  • Chemistry of enzymes

Excursions, competitions and other extension events:

  • Year 12 workshop on DNA and fighting bacterial diseases held at the QIMR (Queensland Institute of Medical Research)
  • Year 7 excursion to Lone Pine to study the adaptations of animals and how they can assist in their survival
  • Year 9 and 10 Science Engineering Team competed at the University of Queensland
  • Year 10 students participate in and several reached the State Finals of the Brain Bee Competition held at the Brain Institute
  • Year 7 – a team competition in the Green Heart Schools Future BNE Challenge 2019
  • We have had students nominate and be accepted to attend a range of other extension events including:
  • Forensic camp in Armidale for Year 8
  • ConocoPhillips Science experience for Year 9 and 10
  • QUT STEM camp for Year 11
  • FEAST at Gatton for Year 11 and 12
  • Engineering Link for Years 10, 11 and 12
  • Junior Physics odyssey (formerly Olympiads) for Years 9 and 10

Work with Primary Schools and Science Shows/Displays

  • Full day bus tour where our Science Reps ran a range of workshops with primary students from several schools
  • Class visits from Holy Family
  • Holy Family participating in various events during our Science week
  • Science displays and demo by Science Reps and Ambassadors – for College Twilight and Visitors mornings

Science in the Classroom

Liquid Nitrogen Show

The liquid Nitrogen show was extremely successful and very entertaining. We were so excited to have Dr Rob from Scope come in to share with us the wonders of liquid nitrogen. We were able to witness the effects of this liquefied element on a multitude of objects, including lettuce, a rubber ball and other organic materials. A few lucky girls got to experience feeling the nitrogen, which was poured over their heads and on their hands. Throughout the show we were entertained with both awesome stunts and in depth explanations of the processes we were witnessing. To top it all off, the show finished with Dr Rob making the smoothest ice-cream using the nitrogen, which was quickly devoured by the audience!

Report by Claire Formby Year 8

Year 8 science has finished with a bang. Last week we had our science exam on Body Systems. Leading up to our exam we did many fun activities including designing a model of a heart plus dissecting a sheep’s heart. We all got our own sheep’s heart and opened it up to see inside. It was amazing and so cool! Later our teacher dissected a pluck and we could view the respiratory system including how the lungs, and diaphragm work.

A part of our revision we designed, built and played games covering all the body systems.

Year 9 Science

To tie up their Physics unit the Year 9 students have been designing and building a solar powered car.  Using small household items such as bottle tops and plastic take away containers the solar cars have zigged and zagged across the campus.

Science Cartoons – Great work this month by Ava Southgate Year 11 Science Ambassador – Ava has refreshed our Science notice board with a range of Science cartoons.  Make sure you check it out.   Well done Ava.

Have a wonderful Christmas.  See you in 2020.

Yours in Science.

Debra Guthrie

Curriculum Leader Science

Damien House News

The close of 2019 saw Damien House gather for the final liturgy and the farewell for Year 12 students. It was a pleasure to hear the reflections from the 2019 Damien House Prefects who shared their gratitude and pride in Damien House for making 2019 a year of spirit. It was during this time that the leadership of Damien House was also symbolically handed to 2020 Damien House Prefects, Laura Davis and Ella McHugh.

Laura and Ella assisted in leading the farewell for the Damien House Seniors. The seniors were reminded that everything is achievable by their Home Room teachers, were taken back through the years in a photo montage and were gifted with their traditional capes to remind them of their time at Brigidine College. It was a privilege watching this small group of seniors lead in 2019.

Looking forward to 2020, Damien House will focus on the theme: soar. I would like to thank all the staff and students of Damien House this year for their consistent dedication and commitment to fulfilling the values of Damien House. I wish you all a safe and happy holiday.

 

Nidean Dickson

Pastoral Leader Damien House

 

Peer Mentors’ Update

Peer Mentor Training

I have had the privilege of attending the Peer Mentor training workshop alongside 17 other Year 10s in preparation for our role in 2020. During the workshop, I learnt many new valuable skills including the types of questions to ask, how to be an active listener, the use of body language, how to handle tough situations, confidentiality and self-care. We also focused on the acronym ‘POOCH’, which stands for Problem, Options, Outcome, Choice and How did it go. This was a very helpful technique that I will use in the future.

Overall, the 2-day camp was heaps of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. I feel so much closer to the other Peer Mentors in my year group and loved getting to know them in a different environment. Moreover, I enjoyed learning so many new and valuable skills. We are all very excited to begin our role as Peer Mentors for 2020 and look forward to using our skills, getting involved in the school community and helping others. On behalf of all the new Peer Mentors, I would like to say a massive thank you to Mrs Power, Miss Whitney and Miss Metzeling for assisting us in stepping into the new role.

Madeleine Harris

Year 10

Mrs Allison Power, Ms Shannon Metzeling & Ms Jordan Whitney

 

From the Principal’s Desk

Prayer – New Dreaming

In the silent beauty of the velvet night,
Amidst the glittering Southern Cross,
You Dreamt a new dream.
The promised gift of eternal love for us in the mystery of your son – a special Spirit Child, lying in a coolamon,
Born of a spirit woman,
Bringing Light and Hope into our world.
Amen

Year 12 Graduation

The College is very pleased to celebrate with the Year 12 students their graduation from the College. In an overtly positive manner, they were not only pleased with their efforts but are very much looking forward to a bright and hope filled future.

The Graduation Mass, Dinner and Farewell Assembly were all wonderful events that truly celebrated the contribution the Year 12 students have made to our College. The balance between the more formal aspects of graduation, with the celebration at the Final Assembly and guard of honour is very inclusive of all.

Graduating from high school is an important milestone and a ‘rite of passage’ in a young person’s life. As a college within the broader Australian Culture, we reflect on the journey, celebrate the achievements and look forward to the possibilities that lie ahead.

Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO tells a story about questions and perceptions for each of us. He has spent over thirty years working at a national and state level in areas of social and economic disadvantage and from the 1980s with Indigenous Social Justice matters. As a lawyer and priest, he brings a broad and enhanced understanding of the Australian and International legal and religious understandings of our Human Rights.

During the 1980’s, he often visited the fringe dwelling Aborigines from Mantaka near Kuranda in North Queensland. They were squatted beside the Barron River. They were seeking land rights and new houses.  Across the river was a multi-million dollar weekender built by a Melbourne businessman who used to bring his family in by helicopter. He would often describe this scene to school audiences in Sydney and Melbourne. The students would then ask all sorts of questions about the Aborigines, and he was unable to give them satisfactory answers: “Why don’t they build their own houses? Why don’t they move somewhere else? What’s wrong with the businessman having a weekender? Aren’t his taxes paying the Aboriginal welfare bill?”

In the end, he would ask just two questions in response, “Which side of the river are you standing on as you ask your questions?” “Can you see that there are just as many unanswerable questions that you can ask from the other side of the river? Mind you, they are very different questions.”

For our young people who were present at the Graduation Dinner and perhaps all of us, it is how we respond to these questions and how we might consider ways of identifying how our perceptions and experience impact our understandings of what our country might be in the future. What we had at the dinner were young women who have been given every opportunity by their families and school to now discover the power of transformational learning. The power of learning lies in:

  • Hope
  • Courage
  • Opportunity
  • Responsibility
  • Justice
  • Action

When finishing school many ask, what are you going to do, what do you want to be and how are you going to move on with the rest of your lives? Some people have a clear path mapped out when they leave school, but many are not sure and are still looking for the road to be travelled. What I hope is that these Brigidine women utilise their experiences over the past five years to create their own personal code. A Code of their own, a code to live by.

As these young women form relationships, develop careers, vote as citizens and make decisions for the future, they will employ skills of reflection and discernment. They begin a journey where the questions begin to be answered. At our Awards Evening last month, Guest Speaker Amy Simmons identified strength as ‘being women taking up opportunities when they arise, working hard to create choices and being active in looking towards the future by taking care of the present’.

 After Graduation, Year 12s can think about who they are and how they continue to be formed by their own standards, ethics and morals and, how they wish to engage with people of the world.

 And so, the Brigidine Graduand is:

  • A woman of faith, where God and Gospel teachings are at the centre of our being
  • A woman of knowledge and understanding where ideas and events shape our world
  • A woman who is thoughtful and works with others
  • A just woman whose actions embrace life-long learning
  • A woman with a duty to act with sensitivity and serve with humility

We hope that the young women from Brigidine College in 2019 will be the difference in the world as self-confident, flexible, innovative and compassionate adults.

As our agents of Hope for our school community, these young women have focused on assisting the Year 7 girls, the Year 9 Middle Year Leaders and each girl involved in the cocurricular life of the College. From our nominated Captains, Prefects and Ambassadors to each young woman all of them have played a role in the journey of every student at the College in 2019.

Through academic life, the outreach opportunities, sports days, formal events and a myriad of other opportunities culminating in the Mighty 90 campaign in August, you have embraced experiences, celebrated your giftedness and held onto what is good to be a Brigidine Woman. “You leave and are ready with an open mind, and open heart to take your place in the world.”

Acknowledgements

In walking the journey with your daughters, parents and families have lived and, perhaps relived the highs and experiences of teenage life. Thank you for your time and support for the College.  To those parents who conclude their journey with us this week, congratulations and thank you for the support and trust you have shared with us.

To the College Leadership team, Senior Years Program Leader and our Pastoral Team as well as our teachers who devote much to the learning journey of each girl here, I thank you. The message of faith and learning is experienced every day in our classrooms, the playground and in living the Gospel each day.

I thank Trinity, Taymin, Imogen and Zoe as our Captains for 2019, who completed an extensive and challenging year that will be long remembered. Your legacy of inclusion, care, support, energy and passion for Brigidine has been outstanding.

To our Prefects, who beautifully presented to their Houses this week and the Ambassadors who led celebrations at the Spiritus Awards Evening last week, I thank you for your leadership, your knowledge and expertise and your positive approach towards all aspects of College life.

I wish our Graduating class of 2019 every success and certainly look forward to hearing the many wonderful stories about where life might take them.

Year 12s ‘Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your God on heaven. May you rest in the palm of God’s Hand.’

God Bless.

A Naoimh Bhrid, gui Orainn

Brendan Cahill
Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ENROL NOW!

If your family or friends have daughters currently in Year 4 or 5:

  • Enrol now for Year 7 2021/2022
  • Apply online: Enrolment Application
  • Or phone 3870 7225 for an enrolment pack

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


 

Brigid’s Cloak

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Brigid’s Cloak Roster 2020

8:00-9:00am

10:15-11:00am

12:15-1:45pm

Monday 27 January

Tuesday 28 January

Wednesday 29 January

Glenys Piggott

Glenys Piggott

Thursday 30 January

Kerry O’Reilly Karen Donelan

Friday 31 January

Nicola Foley

Monday 3 February

Rebecca Seagg

Tuesday 4 February

Wednesday 5 February

Glenys Piggott

Glenys Piggott

Thursday 6 February

Chinh Dinh

Kieu Thi

Friday 7 February

Diane Frazer

Anne Scott and Janice Bridley

Brigid’s Cloak Coconvenors

Business Directory

We encourage all members of the Brigidine community to support local businesses. Please find some of our business directory supporters below. If you would like 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: markus@shelterarchitectsplanners.com.au

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Foundations Tax & Accounting Pty Ltd

Foundations Tax & Accounting offers a wide range of financial services including (but not limited to) income tax and business advice for individuals or small business enterprises.

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 

The Curragh Café

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Menu from Term 1 2019

Curragh Cafe Menu and Roster

Monday 27 January Australia Day Pubic Holiday
Tuesday 28 January College Closed
Wednesday 29 January
Thursday 30 January
Friday 31 January
Monday 3 February Kerry O’Reilly
Tuesday 4 February Sarah Wingate
Wednesday 5 February Jenny Crowhurst
Thursday 6 February Nikki Takashima
Friday 7 February Rachel Harm

Judy Thannhauser and Janelle Prouatt

Curragh Café Coconvenors

Date Claimers

13 December College Office closes
13 January 2020 College Office opens
27 January Australia Day Public Holiday
29 January All students (Year 7-12) commence Term 1
31 January College Photo Day
1 February Water Polo resumes
2-4 February Year 12 Retreat
6 February Interhouse Swimming Carnival
7 February Opening Mass

 

P&F Association Update

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Carols by the Convent last Thursday.  It was a lovely evening to celebrate the end of the year together.  There were carollers, a drama performance and instrumental music performances with prizes given to the best dressed.

At the final P&F meeting in November, approval was given to purchase six assault bikes for the HPE Department to the value of $6,570 and 6 drones to the value of $1,359 for the Technology students. These will be fantastic resources for our students.

The P&F also purchased a beautiful nativity scene which was on display at the Carols event and the Christmas Liturgy on Friday.  This is a wonderful addition to share with all at this special time of year and for many years to come.

As Vice-President, I would personally like to thank Katrina Kupke for her tireless efforts over the last five years as P&F President.  Her daughter, Imogen, graduated this year and her older daughter, Maddie, graduated in 2016.  It has been a pleasure to work alongside her during this time, fostering community spirit at the various events from high teas to gala balls.  Katrina will continue to be involved next year, but will however vacate her position at the March AGM.  Being part of the P&F executive and/or committee is a fantastic way to get involved and make new friends.

We look forward to another year full of special P&F events and hope to see you there.  Please save these dates in your calendar:

  • Friday 21 February: Welcome Drinks
  • Sunday 31 May: Mothers and Daughters’ High Tea at Brisbane City Hall.  This larger venue will enable us to accommodate bigger numbers so you are welcome to bring along sisters and grandmothers.
  • Friday 11 September: Dads and Daughters’ Evening
  • Thursday 26 November: Carols by the Convent

We take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas.

Louise Johnston

P&F Vice-President

Recommended Tutors

 

Name Email Address / Phone No. Subjects
Samantha Hay Samihay@me.com

0448 110 996

Junior Maths, Science, Maths B, Biology, Physics
Renae Denman rdenman3@outlook.com

0457 434 319

Maths B, Biology, Chemistry, Junior Science, Junior Maths
Courtney Fisher fishercourtney27@gmail.com

0478 128 680

Maths B, Physics, English, Music, Dance
Briana Tsang Brie.tsang@hotmail.com Junior Maths, Science, Social Science, Maths B, Chemistry, Physics, English
Erin Jory erinjory@gmail.com

0459 848 652

Maths B, Chemistry, Biology, Japanese, Study of Religion
Nicola Frassetto nicola.frassetto15@gmail.com

0404 930 802

Year 11 & 12 Ancient History, Study of Religion, Legal Studies; English (all year levels)
Abigail Teshale Abigail.teshale@connect.qut.edu.au

0478 760 586

Junior Humanities, Modern History, Chemistry, Physics, English
Laura O’Halloran o99laura@yahoo.com.au

0404 377 819

All Maths subjects, Year 11 & 12 Biology
Megan Donaghy megandonaghy01@gmail.com

0407 557 405

Junior French, Junior Maths, Junior Science
Danielle Reeves dani_reeves@hotmail.com

0435 567 707

Junior & Senior Business

 

Mission News

In this Year of Welcome and Hospitality, I welcomed our Year 12 cohort at the Graduation ceremony; our Brigidine Women, as we gathered in this 90th Anniversary year.

I told our 2019 graduates they are our ‘ultraviolet’ lights to the world, with colours formed from their House colours – reds, yellows, blues, greens, pinks, purples.  These women will colour our world, challenge injustice, actively challenge the social, political and cultural structures of their time and be role models of St Brigid.  Remember, for each other, no matter where you are in the world, follow what the wonderful modern prophet says:

“If you ever find yourself lost in the dark and you can’t see,
I’ll be the light to guide you
Find out what we’re made of
When we are called to help our friends in need
You can count on me like one two three
I’ll be there”

(Bruno Mars)

Fr Pan invited the students to an open table of fellowship where all were included and welcome.  The readings invited them to be strong and courageous women who live strength and gentleness, living by the code of love. May they be moved by compassion, and as urged by Pope Francis, “bet on big ideals that enlarge the heart”.

Reconciliation and Learning

In the spirit of Reconciliation and Learning,  I approached Taliah Saylor and asked her if she would gift her artistic talents to make something of a battered running baton I’d been using in staff gatherings to gain the attention of the room. Not only did Taliah gift her artistic talent, she gifted the opportunity to me to hear the voice of an emerging elder.  The token Taliah created will remain at Brigidine and serve as a reminder of the many opportunities we are gifted by the members of our community whose cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths.

In Taliah’s words:  This artwork is a token of trust, strength and respect, created by a proud T. I. (Torres Strait) woman.  The element of the Snake Serpent holds the story of the Dreamtime. When the token is given to another person, it must be held so that the Serpent’s head faces towards the other person – a new and emerging generation that holds our respect and trust. The Serpent winds around the token as a sign of the Strength that holds us together. The band at the tip of the token uses the Torres Strait pattern and the body of the Serpent holds together the Cross of St Brigid. This token may be used in the following ways:   for liturgies, meetings, within the yarning circle and to greet a guest to the College or an Elder speaking to our Community.

Nicole Kapernick

RE Teacher

Karibu Club

Last week we made Vision Boards. Lots of cutting out and gluing  – and talking!  I want to live a strong life, go lots of places but also change the world. That’s a lot to do! Better start with homework …..

Sophie Edwards, Year 10

I was so happy to go to Karibu Club this week, as it is my last week at Brigidine; all our exams are over. Sabrina, Trish and I hurried down to the Foley Art room to paint rocks with our friends from Milpera. We tried to think of one word to put on our rocks that symbolized the club and our hopes. I did a black and white ying and yang design as I think balance is important in life. Study and work, friends and fun. The girls at Milpera have a much harder time, learning English, fitting in to new schools and new ways. We really are very lucky.

Vy Dinh, Year 12

Milpera Vision Board image

Andrew Beiers 

Deputy Principal Mission

Curriculum Matters

Year 12

All Year 12s should have activated their QCAA Student Connect account. Please check with your daughter that she can access her account. If students are having any difficulty accessing the account, please ask them to contact Mrs Harding in the Delany Office – hardingj@brigidine.qld.edu.au. Once they graduate they will need to contact QCAA if they are having any problems.

Students who completed the QCS should now be able to access their results from their QCAA Student Connect account.

SAIs will be published and available to check at the Delany Main Reception from Wednesday 20 November, 11.00 am. 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. SAIs are only created for large group subjects (14 or more OP-eligible students). Please note that due to privacy restrictions, no photos can be taken with phones of the results. Students or parents will be able to write the results on provided paper.

Semester 2 Reports

Students are in the process of completing their final assessment for the year and their results, application and commitment will be reflected in their Semester 2 reports. Reports will be made available in your SEQTA Engage account during the week starting the 9 December. You will be notified by email when they are available.

Please remember to access the online feedback that is being provided in SEQTA Engage, after the marking and moderation of each assessment item is completed.

Year 11 reports, will include results for Unit 2 assessment tasks only and will not include results for Unit 3, which has been commenced this term.

2020 Elective Subjects – Year 8 – 11

All subject selections for Year 8 – 11 have now been finalised and students received a confirmation email last week. No further changes can be made for students in Year 8 – 10 in 2020. If students in Year 11, 2020 still want to discuss subject options, they should make an appointment to see Mr Crawford prior to the end of the school year.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the majority of students have been placed in their preferred subjects. I often receive a number of 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 number of timetabling constraints

Melissa Dever

Deputy Principal Curriculum


Study Skills  – Dr Prue Salter  –  Enhanced Learning Educational Services

STUDY SKILLS TIP FOR NOVEMBER – How to stay positive as exams (or any challenging situations) approach

It can be difficult to stay positive or “be up” as exams approach. The more important we perceive the exam to be, the more stress we can feel. While feeling some stress can be positive and help us get motivated to study, we all have a tipping point. When our stress levels reach our personal tipping point, this higher level of stress can lead to inaction, where we avoid doing the work necessary to be prepared and as a result feel even more overwhelmed. If not dealt with, the stress can build and lead to anxiety and depression.

The key to being positive and managing negative emotions such as anxiety and feeling down and depressed in any pressure situation including exams is to “fuel up”. It goes without saying that if we are exhausted, tired, stressed, depressed etc. it is very difficult if not impossible to deal with the pressure of exams. “Fuelling Up” is about boosting wellbeing factors in your life. You need to boost the wellbeing factors in your BODY, MIND and EMOTIONS.

BODY: Put your health first and eat healthily, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. We all know what to do, but we need to make the decision to prioritise our own well-being. Without the right fuel you will feel exhausted and depleted and it is very hard to be positive when you aren’t feeling your best.

MIND: To think more positively, challenge your perceptions. Write down your top 5 fears and worries. What’s the worst thing that can happen? How valid are these fears? Usually fears and worries are not based on reality but on imagined scenarios that have little to no evidence. If it’s something that can’t be changed bring acceptance to it, but if it can be changed, take action.

EMOTIONS: To help yourself feel more positive every day think of 3 good things that happened that day and how they made you feel. Also take the focus off yourself and do 3 simple but deliberate acts of kindness every day. It might be a kind word, a compliment, helping someone or surprising someone with a kind act. You will be amazed at how making other people feel better lifts your mood as well.

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.

Pastoral News

The journey of our Year 12 students in becoming Brigidine young women culminated with their Graduation Mass and Dinner this week. This formal gathering and ceremony acknowledged the conclusion of their secondary education, a milestone for both students and parents. The farewells began on Thursday morning with a House Farewell to recognise the leadership and contribution of the Seniors within each House. The Graduation Mass was a moving way to signify the conclusion of their time at Brigidine, and to bless each student as they journey into life beyond the school gates. Many students look forward to the excitement of the Farewell Assembly – an opportunity for all students at the College to recognise the significance of the Year 12 cohort as leaders in the Brigidine Community. At the conclusion to the Farewell Assembly, the Guard of Honour and final war cry is a tradition that both celebrates the students and finalises the farewell to our Year 12s. It was a pleasure to have parents with us to celebrate this milestone at the Graduation Mass and Dinner, as well as the Farewell Assembly.

Congratulations must go to the graduating Year 12s for the impressive way they have led the College community this year. In the Reflection Day earlier this week, they described their cohort as caring, inclusive, resilient and welcoming. I had the pleasure of working closely with this year level and can corroborate that they have these qualities and more – they have been unified and showed solidarity through the ups and downs of Year 12s. I wish them all the best in their adventures ahead and hope to see them visit the College in the future. We know that our Brigidine College graduates walk in the light of those who have gone before them, embodying the true nature of St Brigid and all her hopes and ideals for education, particularly of women.

Whilst the Seniors are in a significant period of transition, it is important for other year levels to reflect and act on finishing their year in the best way possible. The end of year break will be a reward for students after two more weeks of commitment to their studies. It is important that they follow routines and plan ahead so they can demonstrate their best learning and participation. It is also expected that students maintain high standard of grooming and uniform presentation until the term concludes.

The Year 9 transition to the Senior School is formally recognised in a Tie Ceremony on 20 November. This is an opportunity for Year 9 to make a commitment to the second stage of learning at the College. I look forward to Year 9, along with all other year levels, finishing the year with pride and determination.


Melinda Egan

Acting Deputy Principal Pastoral


Silver Rose Sibling Photos 2020

Brigidine Whole School Photo Order

The Arts

Music and Dance Showcase 2019

 

Humanities Dept News

Year 9 Humanities

In Year 9 Humanities, we have spent our year studying History (first semester) and Geography (second semester).

Beginning with our studies in History, we learnt about two excruciatingly different topics – The Industrial Revolution and World War II. With the Industrial Revolution, I found it unusual to learn about how people had to live. Instead of focusing on events such as the Black Death like we had in the previous year, we spent the majority of our time learning about children’s lives, investigating and examining stories regarding working conditions with minimum rights; the topic added to our previously gained knowledge.

However, World War II was a change of pace. Not focusing on death, our focus was on selecting a specific role, and researching their significance. I was drawn to the role of nurses. Nurses during this time were awe-inspiring to learn about. There were multitudes of stories about how nhurses were selfless and heroic – as they risked their lives and put their patients’ health before their own safety. I clearly remember one story; a hospital was bombed and one nurse decided to stay with her patients and risked her own life. It was empowering.

Our semester of Geography was a lot more engaging to me with a focus on Sustainability. We spent the first half of the semester learning about Tourism. Our studies revolved around the importance of tourism and how it can negatively and positively affect the environmental, economic and social sectors. Generally, we were led to learn about ecotourism and how businesses are taking steps to turn major tourist destinations into eco-friendly areas. This topic was very alluring to study – especially exploring tourism’s impacts in more depth.

The second half of the semester was spent gathering information for an assignment on Beef Cattle Farming and how natural elements affect production. Personally, I really enjoyed this assignment. We learnt about climate zones, temperatures, rainfall rates, drought and how the farm type values Australian society.

The best part of Humanities this year was how much I’ve learned. Even though I prefer Geography, I found History to be captivating – especially when we learnt about World War II. I truly have loved the topics in Year 9 Humanities.

Katelyn Avey

Year 9 Student

Languages Dept News

New Caledonia Study Tour

Brigidine College Languages Department is coordinating a College Study tour for French students across Years 9-12 in 2020 to New Caledonia. The trip will run for 12 days from 18-29 September during the school holidays. Students will have the opportunity to improve their French through an immersive homestay experience, a full day at our sister school Mariotti and 6 hours of intensive French classes. The tour will also include various excursions such as a cruise to Phare Amedee Island, Tchou Tchou train city tour and Tjibaou Cultural Centre visit.

To secure a place on the trip, a deposit must be paid through the Community Portal by Friday 22 November. Please contact Mrs de Vos at deVosC@brigidine.qld.edu.au for further information.

Year 12 Ikebana Workshop

On Friday 1 November, Gabriella and I had the honour of trying ikebana, traditional Japanese floral arranging.  It was an informative experience, learning the spiritual connections, specifics and history of ikebana with the whole purpose being to bring nature inside and align the three corners of nature (man, tree and spirit).  It was intricate, fun work and an amazing way to finalise a year of learning Japanese.  I would like to thank Byrom Sensei and anyone else involved in organising the event.

Taymin Marks

In week 4, Taymin and I got to experience ikebana, the Japanese practice of flower arranging.  Our instructor explained the history of ikebana as a Buddhist practice meant to bring nature into the home.  Unlike western floristry, space is not supposed to be filled, instead it should be designed so the wind can pass through.  After learning the basics on a smaller model, we selected a range of seasonal flowers and ‘leafage’ to create our own.  The experience was extremely peaceful, just taking out time to relax and enjoy the flowers.  Thank you to Steven Sensei and Byrom Sensei for organising this.  I highly recommend it to girls given the opportunity in future years!

Gabriella Eagleton

Catherine de Vos

Curriculum Leader Languages

Tullow Centre Update

Readers’ Cup

Our Readers’ Cup competitions have been completed for 2019. The Open team ensured a good start when they competed at Indooroopilly SHS. Placing 2nd, Sarah Malherbe, Chloe Malherbe, Lily Conole and Georgia Nelson displayed excellent knowledge of the selected texts. Thanks to Ms Chapman for her support of the team.

Miss Paviotti commended the enthusiasm of our two Year 10 teams who competed at Stuartholme. Trinity Schossow, Lara Kenny, Annabelle Van Eck, Katie Chandler, Ella Donaldson, Ella John, Isobel Peters, Sophie Peters, Amity Scarth tackled some difficult questions on their titles.

Wonderful ambassadors for the College, the Year 9s (Georgia Bradley, Charlotte Cattell, Bella Warne, Ameya Jaurigue and Sophia Nearhos) under the guidance of Ms Spear, competed at St Peter’s Lutheran College.

Finally, our Year 8s were at St Aidan’s Anglican School on Tuesday, 22nd October.  Maddy Foster, Lauren Bowe, Madison Minty and Hadley Randall were worthy representatives of the college, finishing close to placing at the end of the evening.

Di Elsworthy

Teacher Librarian

Harry Potter Day

The Tullow Centre hosted a celebration of all things Harry Potter on Wednesday 30 October. Students were invited to wear a ‘splash of Harry’ with their school uniform; many students also took the Wizarding World ‘house quiz’ and sported their Hogwart’s house colour.  The Tullow Centre was transformed into Hogwarts for the day, compete with a Platform 9 ¾ entry portal, Harry’s study, a Quidditch set up and various displays including the Harry Potter series in fiction, special illustrated editions and in French.

At lunchtime, the library was buzzing with Harry Potter activities. Students enthusiastically participated in creepy cookie decorating, Harry Potter Kahoot quizzes, lego, puzzles, augmented reality focal points, Platform 9 ¾ photo opportunities and a movie screening.

Thank you to everyone who participated on the day and made it a magical occasion. Special thanks to the Delany 3 students who assisted with running the activities and made it a wonderful experience for all.

Estelle Chapman

Teacher Librarian

Careers Update

Christmas Holiday Jobs

What you can get out of a Christmas holiday job besides money?

An article on the Griffith University Careers Service website looks at how joining the work force over the Christmas period can teach you many valuable things about yourself, and can help you prepare for your future career.  The following are summaries of four of the 10 learnings listed:

  1. Smiling under stress – Christmas can be an extremely stressful time, especially for retail workers.  Dealing with impatient customers and demanding floor managers all day can make you want to lose it.  All jobs are stressful and learning to deal politely with people under pressure is a skill that will serve you well when encountering difficult clients in future roles.
  2. Coping with rejection – Christmas casual jobs are very competitive.  This can be a good opportunity to learn how to deal with feelings of rejection and reflect on how you can improve next time you go for an interview or submit your resume.
  3. Showing up for work even when you don’t want to – It’s hard to have to work when everyone else is enjoying the Christmas season.  Likewise, when you work full time later in the future, there will be times where you will wake up on a beautiful morning and the last thing you want to do is head off to work. It’s better to learn to push through earlier rather than later.
  4. Asking for help – Christmas shoppers are crazy and sometimes you won’t be able to deal with their incessant requests all by yourself.  At times, it can be difficult to ask for help as it can feel like you are bothering people or that you can’t do the job.  Learning to step out of your comfort zone and ask for a hand is an important step for growth in any role.

Ways to manage your finances when you first start making money

For young people considering undertaking their first paid job, there is a lot to learn!  This article from the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) website talks about the importance of having financial management skills, including a knowledge of superannuation, tax, and interest.  Parents can access the resources on the Money Smart website for a comprehensive guide to everything their daughter needs to know about banking, budgeting, saving and investment.

QTAC Frequently Asked Questions

Congratulations to our brilliant Year 12 cohort as they complete their secondary schooling.  While most QTAC applications are complete, it is important to keep an eye on key dates and outstanding documentation.  In all the busyness of the final days, please encourage your daughter to take a moment to review their QTAC application and ensure that they have uploaded all EAS documentation and for those who have applied for Education courses the required NARTE statement.

Below is a list of commonly asked questions and answers about QTAC at this time of year, but parents are encouraged to contact me directly if they have any questions or concerns.

I applied for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) when I applied to QTAC. What do I need to do now?

If you didn’t download an Educational Access Scheme Form for the category/categories you are applying for, click here, scroll down to cover sheets, then click on the relevant EAS category. The cover sheet/sheets provide a list of all documentation that you will need to submit to QTAC by the due date.

If I get an OP 1, will subject scheme bonus ranks improve my chances of getting into a course?

No. The rank schedule is on a 1 – 99 (highest) scale. When you receive adjustment factors, your OP is converted to a rank. OP 1 is comparable to rank 99. This is the top of the rank scale so further ranks CAN’T be added to it. However, they can make you more competitive within that rank band.

I didn’t apply for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) when I applied to QTAC. Can I still apply for EAS?

Yes. Download the relevant cover sheet (or sheets) from the EAS page on the QTAC website. Complete all the requirements listed on the cover sheet. Attach any supporting documents required. You then upload or deliver your completed EAS application to QTAC. Some cover sheets may require a school statement. QTAC would like Year 12 students to submit their EAS applications by the end of October.

I am totally confused about offer rounds. According to the2020 Year 12 Guide, the offer-round for my courses is 24 January 2020. Now I hear that I could get an earlier offer.

Institutions may give offers to eligible applicants (i.e. applicants who have met all the entry requirements). Visit the Course Offer Dates page on the QTAC website for dates when institutions might give offers. Offers will be made on all offer-round dates. It is essential that you monitor your emails as this is how QTAC will let you know you have an offer. This is critical as you must respond to an offer by the due date or your offer will lapse, and you will not be considered for any other courses in future offer rounds.

I applied for a university course that requires an audition but didn’t do the audition. Will I still be considered for entry to this course?

You should contact the university. However, the answer will probably be ‘No’.

My school gives out OP estimates and mine is currently 9 – 12. The Pathways (preferences 5 and 6) courses on my QTAC application have previous cut-offs of OP 11. Is this a good enough safety net?

No.  It is advisable to select Pathways courses (especially your 6th preference) that have been cutting off at least three or four OP points below your lowest estimated OP to provide you with a good safety net.

Where can I get help with my QTAC application after I leave school?

Your best source of help at this time of the year is QTAC. You can ring QTAC on 1300 467 822 or email QTAC. Email is probably best, as the QTAC phone is very busy at this time of year and you need to be patient as you will be on a queue.

Tania Munro

Careers Counsellor

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 29 November) and these will be available for collection from Brigid’s Cloak at the commencement of Term 1 2020.  Fees apply as follows:

Clean $20

Repair $15

Uniform Repair Service

Day dresses needing collar and cuff replacement can also be left at Brigid’s Cloak before the end of term so that repairs can be attended to over the school holiday break.  Please contact us on 3002 0624 if you have any queries with regards to collar and cuff replacement.

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 18 November

Jenny Crowhurst

Tuesday 19 November

Michelle Riesenweber

Wednesday 20 November

Glenys Piggott

Glenys Piggott

Thursday 21 November

Kerry O’Reilly Karen Donelan

Friday 22 November

Kathy Shea

Pranali More

Monday 25 November

Helena Boyce

Tuesday 26 November

Wednesday 27 November

Glenys Piggott

Glenys Piggott

Thursday 28 November

Melanie Wright

Louise Conway

Friday 29 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

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: markus@shelterarchitectsplanners.com.au

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Foundations Tax & Accounting Pty Ltd

Foundations Tax & Accounting offers a wide range of financial services including (but not limited to) income tax and business advice for individuals or small business enterprises.

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 

The Curragh Café

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Menu from Term 1 2019

Curragh Cafe Menu and Roster

Monday 18 November
Tuesday 19 November Sarah Wingate
Wednesday 20 November
Jenny Crowhurst
Thursday 21 November Brigid Parnell
Friday 22 November Diane Frazer
Monday 25 November Fiona Challenor
Tuesday 26 November
Wednesday 27 November
Thursday 28 November Nikki Takashima
Friday 29 November Nicola Foley

Judy Thannhauser and Janelle Prouatt

Curragh Café Coconvenors

Date Claimers

28 November Year 7 2020 Orientation Day

P&F Christmas Carols

29 November End of Term 4
13 December College Office closes
13 January 2020 College Office opens
27 January Australia Day Public Holiday
29 January All students (Years 7-12) commence Term 1
31 January College Photo Day
1 February Water Polo resumes
2-4 February Year 12 Retreat
6 February Interhouse Swimming Carnival
7 February Opening Mass

 

P&F Association Update

The P&F would like to wish the graduating Seniors all the best on their next journey as we celebrate their time at Brigidine.

On Wednesday the P&F bought cupcakes for them to enjoy before their pool party and today we farewell a number of committed parents who have graduating students including the Parnell family.  We thank you for your support at a number of events throughout the year and wish you all well.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite our College Community to the upcoming Carols by the Convent on 24 November.  This will be a lovely evening hosted by the P&F with live entertainment.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Carols by the Convent 2019

Louise Johnston

P&F Vice-President

Recommended Tutors

 

Name Email Address / Phone No. Subjects
Samantha Hay Samihay@me.com

0448 110 996

Junior Maths, Science, Maths B, Biology, Physics
Renae Denman rdenman3@outlook.com

0457 434 319

Maths B, Biology, Chemistry, Junior Science, Junior Maths
Courtney Fisher fishercourtney27@gmail.com

0478 128 680

Maths B, Physics, English, Music, Dance
Briana Tsang Brie.tsang@hotmail.com Junior Maths, Science, Social Science, Maths B, Chemistry, Physics, English
Erin Jory erinjory@gmail.com

0459 848 652

Maths B, Chemistry, Biology, Japanese, Study of Religion
Nicola Frassetto nicola.frassetto15@gmail.com

0404 930 802

Year 11 & 12 Ancient History, Study of Religion, Legal Studies; English (all year levels)
Abigail Teshale Abigail.teshale@connect.qut.edu.au

0478 760 586

Junior Humanities, Modern History, Chemistry, Physics, English
Laura O’Halloran o99laura@yahoo.com.au

0404 377 819

All Maths subjects, Year 11 & 12 Biology
Megan Donaghy megandonaghy01@gmail.com

0407 557 405

Junior French, Junior Maths, Junior Science
Danielle Reeves dani_reeves@hotmail.com

0435 567 707

Junior & Senior Business

 

From the Principal’s Desk

Prayer

Creator God
Gentle us and quiet us in Your presence
Arouse within us awareness of this energy, which is your spirit.
May we become conscious in this moment and in every moment of our gathering, that whenever two or more people are gathered in Your Name, you are here.
Amen

Awards and Acknowledgement Evening

My sincere thanks to all students, staff and parents for your support of our annual Awards and Acknowledgement Evening held last Thursday night. I particularly thank all those who contributed to a very significant occasion for the College, as we came together to celebrate as a school community. Congratulations to all!

After a wonderful ‘Welcome to Country’ with the didgeridoo a prayerful mood set the tone for an engaging experience. The night was truly blessed as Ms Amy Simmons (past Student 2004) shared her story of education that reflected courage, hope and opportunity. Valuing and embracing one’s life-long learning as a gift is important for us all and Amy embodied this as an articulate and outstanding role model for young women. Acknowledgements were made of many student leaders within the college and the whole teaching body on what was International Teachers day.

As I mentioned at the College Assembly last Tuesday, I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to lead such a vibrant and enriching community and assist in students finding their voice and place in the world. We continue to celebrate with ‘joy and gratitude’ the rich achievements of many students from each year level and to witness the diversity ever present in the College. With inspiring and wonderfully gifted performances by the College choirs, dance group and a variety of music performers, the prizes for academic, cultural, sporting and service endeavours were richly celebrated.

Benedictine monk, Br. David Steindl-Rast, suggests that two qualities belong in our basic definition of gratitude. The first is appreciation: You recognize that something is valuable to you, which has nothing to do with its monetary worth. The second quality Br. David mentions is that gratitude is gratis: freely given to you.

Robert Emmons also identifies that “. . . . gratitude is an affirmation of goodness and the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselveshttps://gratefulness.org/resource/what-is-gratitude/

Many thanks to the teachers, students, conductors and assistants who worked so professionally on the evening. With meticulous attention to detail, all guests and participants alike were wonderfully proud of the girls and their accomplishments. A special thank you to Ms Melinda Egan and Mr Andrew Beiers for their expert organisation and support to the many people involved in producing such a fine event.

I look forward to sharing many College events with all parents, their families and girls over the next few weeks. Please check the calendar for details.


World Teachers’ Day: Friday 25 October 2019

“Truly great teachers are ones that create a sense of community, ones that are warm and accessible, and ones that instil their own love of learning into their students. Truly great teachers are ones that set high expectations because they know their students can succeed, and help their students achieve that goal.”

We are blessed with truly great teachers at Brigidine College. From banter in the hallway, learning in our classrooms and encouragement within all aspects of school life, the teachers at Brigidine College strive to do their best in educating and supporting the girls and the broader school community. ‘We give thanks.’

Science & Technology Building Update

As members of our College Community may have been following the progress of the STEM Building on Facebook, the roof was laid late last week. This allows for the final elements to be constructed on the roof, as well as the full integration of walls, ceilings and services to be installed. The College’s Building and Property Committee and Business Manager are maintaining close supervision with our Project Managers, AAP of the building’s construction by Alder. We are pleased with the ongoing progress and look forward to it completion by the 20th January 2020. At this stage, all resources and facilities will be available at the beginning of the new school year.

With the College plans moving ahead, further exciting developments continue into 2020, with the planned demolition of the Duvac Building in December. The site will be ready for the new school year and building construction is due to begin in February 2020. (Artist Impression)

All families are able to follow the progress of the buildings through the Brigidine Newsletter, Facebook and College Website.

Parent and Friends Meeting 6 November 2019

The final P&F meeting for 2019 is due to be held this Wednesday in the Staff Common Room at 7.15pm. All parents are welcome.

World’s Big Sleep Out

God Bless.

A Naoimh Bhrid, gui Orainn

Brendan Cahill
Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ENROL NOW!

If your family or friends have daughters currently in Year 4 or 5:

  • Enrol now for Year 7 2021/2022
  • Apply online: Enrolment Application
  • Or phone 3870 7225 for an enrolment pack

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


 

Mission News

Over the last few weeks, our Year 10 and 11 students explored the spiritual side to life at Brigidine through reflection, song and engagement in social action at their respective retreats.

Year 10 directed their attention to the Share the Dignity program for those women affected by period poverty. Share the Dignity will come to the school and thank our students in the coming weeks.

Year 11s focussed on reconciliation with their cohort and explored ways of moving forward together in leadership for 2020.  Facilitator, Michael Fitzpatrick, challenged the girls to name things that bind us and things that unbind us and allow us to move forward as a Christ-centred community.

On the Wednesday 30 November, the Brigidine community commemorated All Souls’ Day (2 November), and we placed all of the names of our departed staff, students, family members and friends in a folder in front of the altar.  A number of students and staff attended the Mass we celebrated in the Chapel. Today we celebrated All Saints’ Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day.  We had a Eucharistic celebration with staff and students during the lunch break.  Pan reminded us about the importance of this feast which we celebrate to draw inspiration through the saint’s way of life.  We also ask them to intercede with God for our needs.


The annual Kupmurri was held last Tuesday celebrating the year for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and friends.  We particularly remembered Taliah Saylor and Vaikarna McLennan who graduate this year. Special thanks to Ken Millar and Kevin Eastment and Ngutana Lui for their support and continued friendship in this sacred learning space. Thanks also to Mr Brendan Cahill, Bevan Cassidy, Owen McLennan and Ellah-Louisa Cassady for their kind words and encouragement and Helen Jeffcoat and Jen Byrne for their support and guidance.  The girls concluded the night with a song for their ancestors, Baba Wayiar.


On Wednesday, our 2020 College leaders Abbey Cook, Sophie Foley, Emma Crowhurst and Jess Parcell flew to Sydney for the Brigidine Leaders Day with Srs Chanel and Jan, along with Mission Leaders, Christina Day and Kate Ryder. Randwick Principal, Sharyn Quirk welcomed the girls to the community as they explored the charism and tradition of the Brigidine Sisters following the example of Jesus and engaged in ways of networking together for 2020.


Fr Odinaka came to the College on Thursday morning to talk the Literature students about Nigeria and the particular text they are studying – ‘Things Fall Apart’.   Special thanks to Ms Romany Smith for inviting Fr Odinaka.

On Thursday night, our Year 10 students joined with the ATC cohort to celebrate Vinnies de Formal with music and trivial pursuit questions.  Rachel from Vinnies explained how the $4000 raised could be used in the future to support the 116,000 homeless in Australia. Well done girls! The evening finished with the boys and girls sharing a war cry to each other.  ATC won that round this year!

Thanks to Mrs Kristin Page, Mrs Helen Jeffcoat, Miss Helen Paviotti and Matt Warr from Ambrose Treacy.

St Vincent de Paul Group

This term in Vinnies we are focusing on the Christmas Appeal. Each Home Room has been allocated a family who cannot afford to have a Christmas but the girls will provide food, presents and decorations for them to celebrate. This week during the meeting we had a competition for the best poster that promoted the Christmas Appeal. In first place was Maddie Harris and Annabelle Van Eck, and in second place was Charlie Clague. Being our last Vinnies meeting for the year we said goodbye to Kelsey Webb, who has been our Vinnies Captain this year. Kelsey has done an amazing job running the meetings and events and we are very grateful for the work she has done in 2019.

Priya Mahabeer

2020 Vinnies Captain

Karibu Club

We recently met again for Term 4 and so many girls were keen to participate. There are new girls to meet who have just started at Milpera and they, like us, are keen to have fun after school. The best activity so far was the Hip Hop class with Ms Metzeling. We’re ready to take on Broadway ! I wish we could dance every week. However, next week is to be a bit more serious and will be a chance to sit together and talk. We are going to make “vision boards”. This will be a collage of images, pictures, and affirmations of one’s dreams and desires, designed to serve as a source of inspiration and motivation, and to use the law of attraction to attain goals. I just hope lots of dancing is in my future!

Samantha Lane

Andrew Beiers & Fr Pan Jordan

Deputy Principal Mission & College Chaplain

Curriculum Matters

Student Achievements

Last week, we celebrated the achievements of all students at the College’s Awards and Acknowledgement Evening. It is pleasing to know there are many students who set themselves the goal of achieving at a level of academic excellence or outstanding academic performance.

The academic awards are based on the evidence provided from all assessment items completed from Term 1 to Term 3. To achieve an academic excellence award, students must demonstrate that they are achieving at an A level across most of their subjects, with no result lower than a B, at the end of Term 3. Students who received awards for outstanding academic performance have achieved at an A level in all the subjects they study, as well as demonstrating a very high level of application and conduct.

2020 Subjects

All parents and students from Year 7–10 will be emailed a confirmation of their 2020 subject allocations next week.  Every effort has been made to ensure that the majority of students have been placed in their preferred subjects. However, resourcing and timetabling restrictions means that not all students are able to be placed in all of their electives.

If any Year 11 students are considering making any changes to their subject selections next year, they should make an appointment with Mr Crawford to discuss their options and the process that they are required to follow. While students can make an application to make changes, we cannot guarantee any changes. All applications will be considered once results and the timetable is finalised. Students and parents will be notified by email if the change can be approved.

Year 12

Exams

Students finish their formal lessons this week. It is important that students remain focussed during this exam period, as their results in Term 4 assessment will still impact on their final outcomes. The following article from the Family Zone website – https://www.familyzone.com/blog/exam-stress-tips, provides some useful tips for parents.

Please remember that if your daughter is sick on the day of her assessment, she must have a medical certificate and you must contact myself or Mr Crawford to discuss arrangements.


5 tips for parents on coping through exam stress

If your teens are heading into exams, the tension temperature in your household can go through the roof.

It starts with sleep deprivation – theirs and yours. Our study of over 1,000 parents and students has shown that 80% of teens lose between 2-4 hours of sleep each night, it’s no wonder parents may struggle to manage the stress fall-out.

Exam time can put the whole household on edge. Parents worry about about how well their kids will do, how much or little they’re studying and the impacts their performance may have on their future.

Thankfully, there are strategies that can help the entire household through this challenging time. We asked psychologist and cyber expert Jordan Foster from ySafe for her top tips for helping teens (and parents) turn exam stress into exam success.

1.  Help them avoid study distractions

Our research shows that during exam periods 3 out of 5 students increase their screen time with up to 30% of their extra time spent on social media. ‘Call it self-medicating with screens. Social media is a constant distraction to student’s learning time, and this is particularly problematic during study periods. I recommend setting boundaries around screen time to help eliminate added distractions’ says Jordan.

2.  Ensure they’re getting enough sleep

Getting enough sleep is fundamental to performing well at school and especially during exams’, notes Jordan. Our research shows that 9 out of 10 kids take their devices to bed with them during exam times. ‘When teens spend most of their evening studying, they’ll usually want to catch up on social media before bed and this can cut hours from their sleep time – resulting in them being excessively tired right before their exams. I recommend either banning devices in bedrooms during exam times or even cutting off the internet at bedtime’.

3.  Know their exam timetable

‘This is something easy parents can do to help relieve their child’s stress’, says Jordan.  ‘Knowing what exam they’ve got next so you can help make sure they get there on time and also offer to help them revise. It’s an extra element of support. Parents can even add the exam timetable to their calendar’.

4.  Install parental controls on their devices

Our research shows that 42% of teens report that their digital devices are a distraction during exam time. ‘If ever there was a perfect time to install parental controls without argument, it’s right now when they’re studying for exams’ says Jordan. ‘Parental controls, such as Family Zone, enable parents to block apps and websites that serve as a distraction for students, so they can use their devices as intended – to study’.

5.  Remain calm

‘Or if you can’t be calm, learn to fake it til you make it. If you stress out, they’ll stress out even more – it really is that simple’ says Jordan. ‘So, it is very important to try your best to hold your stress inside and discuss with your partner or a fellow parent going through the same thing, if need be. It’s also helpful to remind your Year 12s  that even if they don’t go as well as they hope there are still other pathways into their chosen course and that it doesn’t matter if further studies are delayed a year or two’.

Exam time can be stressful for the entire family – parents very much included. Thankfully Family Zone and our team of Cyber Experts are here to help. Family Zone enables parents to set screen time routines to maximise sleep and remove distractions during study time. Now everybody can breathe a little easier, even during exams.


QTAC

All Year 12 students are encouraged to check their emails regularly over the next two weeks, for updated information about QTAC, OPs and the end of year results.

QTAC also regularly sends updates about changes to courses. Students will be notified about any changes by email.

QCAA Key Dates

Wednesday 13 November, 9.00 am – Individual QCS Test results will be released and available through Student Connect –  https://studentconnect.qcaa.qld.edu.au/

Wednesday 20 November – SAIs will be published and available to check at the Delany Main Reception.

  • 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.

Saturday 14 December, 9.00 am – 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.

Monday 16 December – 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.

Melissa Dever

Deputy Principal Curriculum

Pastoral News

Last week’s Awards and Acknowledgement Evening was a wonderful showcase of the talented students at Brigidine. Congratulations to award recipients and performers who were celebrated for their commitment, enthusiasm and engagement in their learning and many aspects of College life including service, sport and culture. There were also many commendable students who contributed their talents behind the scenes to ensure the evening went smoothly. We look forward to the upcoming Spiritus Awards Evening on Friday 8 November that will specifically celebrate sport and culture at Brigidine.

It is the season of ‘lasts’ for the Year 12 cohort. They have been an excellent year group who have shown enthusiasm and school spirit throughout the year. Their leadership has brought many blessings and joyful moments for the whole student body. Their final moments at the College will be marked at the Farewell Assembly on 15 November. We wish them well in their upcoming exams, working hard to complete their final assessment to the best of their ability.

The Year 11s are also to be commended for their leadership in Term 4. After being commissioned earlier this term, the incoming College Captain Abbey Cook and her team of Captains, Ambassadors and Prefects, have admirably set the tone for thoughtful reflection and commitment to College life. Recently at the College Assembly, the Captains exchanged the College symbols to mark the handover of student leadership to the incoming Captains and Year 11 cohort. It is an exciting journey ahead for the student leadership team and the Year 11 cohort.

Congratulations to the following Year 11 girls who have accepted the responsibility and challenge of leadership. Our prayers are with these girls as they nurture the Brigidine tradition and foster a culture based on the values and mission of the College.

College Captain Abbey Cook
Mission Captain Sophie Foley
Arts Captain Jessica Parcell
Sports Captain Emma Crowhurst
Academic Ambassadors Lily Conole
Isabella (Bella) Lazorka
Mission Ambassadors Katherine Harrison
Priya Mahabeer
Arts Ambassadors Laura McKinnon
Savannah Wirtz-Fielding
Sports Ambassadors Isabel McWhirter
Abbey Moran
Chanel House Prefects Nicola Read
Madison Schumacher
Delany House Prefects Georgina Angus-Hellyer
Shannon-Leigh Corbett
Damien House Prefects Laura Davis
Ella McHugh
De Porres House Prefects Caitlin Muller
Grace Pye
Foley House Prefects Olivia Durrheim
Skye Nugent
MacKillop House Prefects Claudia Maher
Sophie Mulherin

Melinda Egan

Acting Deputy Principal Pastoral

 

 

Year 9 Wellbeing

This term in Wellbeing we have been working on developing and understanding character strengths. As part of our ability to recognise strengths in ourselves and others the Year 9 cohort took part in a House vs House Battle in Wellbeing last week. The students were challenged by many activities and games including the Yoga Ball Relay and several minute-to-win-it games. The games challenged students to think creatively and persist to achieve the goal. Caddy Stack was a game where students were required to stack 3 golf balls on top of each other. This game really tested patience and resilience and was a challenge for the girls. In addition, the temper tantrum required students to lie on the ground with a foot pedometer on and have a temper tantrum for 2 minutes to see how many steps they could achieve on the pedometer. This was highly entertaining and required a lot of persistence from the students. Overall, the students participated well and showed good House Spirit but as always there can only be one winner. We congratulate Delany as the winners of the House Battle!

Nidean Dickson

Year 9 Wellbeing Program Leader

 

Languages Dept News

Japanese Movie Night

On Thursday 30 October the Year 10 Brigidine and Terrace Japanese students gathered after school to watch a Japanese movie. The movie Hyouka: Forbidden Secrets was a mystery drama about a group of school students from a club who try to figure out a 33-year old mystery about their school, making discoveries along the way. It is based on the novel Hyouka by Honobu Yonezawa.

The film was interesting and helped the students understand more about the culture and language of Japan.

Aimee Dunn 10 FO6

WEP Student Exchange to France

R.E. Dept News

Planet Protectors – Caritas Australia

The College’s Environment Club has had a big impact on our community’s waste management with the introduction of the new recycling bins. This links to Pope Francis’ call to Care for Our Common Home through the encyclical Laudato Si’. Caritas Australia’s latest educational resource is titled Planet Protectors. Brigidine College students are featured on the cover, promoting the Climate Petition that we supported in 2017.

The Year 11 Study of Religion students are currently studying Environmental Ethics. These young women may well lead our next campaign through “Speak up for Climate” videos to be sent to Members of Parliament and the “Our Future Fund” petition, which calls on the Board of Guardians of Australia’s Future Fund to drop investments in fossil fuels and invest more in clean energy.

Access this link for more information and to sign the online petition.

https://www.caritas.org.au/learn/schools/secondary-school-teaching-resources

Jenifer Byrne

Curriculum Leader Religious Education

Arts & Sports Ambassadors’ Update

Spiritus Awards Evening

The Spiritus Awards Evening is an annual celebration of Brigidine’s most talented cultural and sporting students who will be presented with awards on the night in acknowledgement of their outstanding performances. To achieve these results our students have worked diligently and with pride, representing Brigidine through a number of opportunities such as CaSSSA sporting teams, Eisteddfod performances and various musical and sporting competitions. These opportunities have provided the girls with a chance to develop not only their talents but also their relationships with others and the ability to connect with the Brigidine cocurricular program.

To celebrate the girls’ hard work over the course of this year, there will be several performances from members of our choral, instrumental and dance programs. On the night there will be a multitude of surprise awards such as Best and Fairest and Rising Star for the sporting program and Directors Awards and Rising Star for the cultural programs. The Parents and Friends’ Association has organised wine and cheese for parents from 5:00pm, with the awards evening commencing at 6:00pm (concluding at 7:30pm approximately).

Please join us in the celebration of our finest sporting and cultural programs and the girls’ outstanding achievements on Friday 8 November in Kildare Hall.

Laura McKinnon & Savannah Wirtz-Fielding

2020 Arts Ambassadors

Isabel McWhirter & Abbey Moran

2020 Sports Ambassadors

 

Academic Ambassadors Update

At last, we have made it to the final term of the year. But there is still a way to go. With much learning yet to do and a mountain of assessment to conquer, it is important that every student put in 100% effort and commitment to their schoolwork, so as to truly finish year off well. The importance of finishing well is particularly applicable to the year 12 students who are approaching the final leg of the marathon, that is, their high school journey.

Yet, we would not have been to have come this far in our education without the support and wisdom of our teachers and peers throughout the year. Hence, as your Academic Ambassadors for 2019, we would like to each offer some final advice to the students of Brigidine, in hopes that you may be inspired to embrace the long haul.

Firstly, think about your why. Why are you in school? What are your goals and how can you achieve them? Who are you doing it for? Next, give yourself a refresher. Understand the state your body and mind are in. Are they energised and ready to write a one-thousand-word essay? Or, are they worn out from all the hard work? Treat yourself to a break when you really need it. Great examples include power nap, family bonding time and brunch with friends. Furthermore, surround yourself with motivated people. The growth mindset in this case really does work. Surrounding yourself around people who prioritise their study and work towards their goals can positively influence you. In addition, use your ‘bad’ grades as motivation. Everyone has experienced receiving a grade they were not happy with at least once in high school. It is alright to have your chance to cry, whinge and stuff your face with food after. However, you can use this chance to change anything in order to improve just even a little bit. What’s most important is that you pick yourself back up again. Finally, just do it. Reading, highlighting and annotating the task sheet in under five minutes? Just do it. Completing three math equations in under ten minutes? Just do it. Watch a biology video that takes 20 minutes? Just do it…in ten minutes by doubling the speed (but remember to take notes and be attentive).

‘Success is the progressive realisation of a worthy ideal’ – Earl Nightingale

These words were spoken by American radio speaker and author, Earl Nightingale in his spoken work, The Strangest Secret (1957). Though Earl’s life is the epitome of a ‘rags to riches’ story, his philosophy of success can be applied to your academic endeavours. According to Earl, your level of success is not so much determined by your results, but by your deliberate actions to achieve your goals, or as Earl puts it, your worthy ideal. By focusing on the process, rather than the results alone, you can recognise the changes that need to be made to your behaviours, habits, and mindset, that will enable you to reach your desired outcome. Such changes in behaviour can include reviewing class notes every day after school, asking more questions in class, doing homework on time – anything that will help you to progressively realise our worthwhile end. By using your progress as a measuring stick for success, you are encouraged to become a long-term thinker, to stay motivated, and maintain a responsibility for your goals, knowing that your daily actions will help you get there.

Finally, before we sign off, we would like to congratulate the new Academic Ambassadors for 2020, Bella Lazorka and Lily Conole. As the newest members of the Academic Council, Bella and Lily have been co-leading with us this term, organising council events and implementing new ideas.

On 23 October, the Academic Council  organised a Student v Teacher debate on the topic: “Students believe the original classic Disney animation movies are better than the live-action adaptations!”. 

We hope Term 4 continues to be a term of growth and success for everyone; that you can all finish saying “I made it”.

Trish Dinh and Vy Dinh

Academic Ambassadors

Foley House Prefects’ Update

2019 has been a very successful year for Foley House with everyone coming together as a team and finally winning our first Interhouse Athletics Carnival. As Prefects we were both so proud of how much spirit and commitment each member of Foley showed on the day, whether it was cheering on their fellow housemates or competing to contribute to the total points tally, which we won by just 6 points. Therefore, if just 6 people from Foley had chosen not to enter in any events, our first ever win would not have actually happened! We are so grateful for the effort that each Foley student showed to get us our first ever interhouse carnival win. Not only that but we also won the Spirit Award for showing the most spirit throughout the day.  All this without our Pastoral Leader actually being there to see it!

The Year 12s chose Hollywood (with a play on words making it into Foleywood) as the theme for this years’ Brigidine Day. The girls danced to routines choreographed by their fellow Home Room members, whilst singing along to songs made famous by inspirational Hollywood females from each decade including Marilyn Monroe, Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. The Year 12 students in each Home Room dressed up as the performing artist while their Home Room danced. As Prefects, we took it upon ourselves to make the costumes for each Home Room, whilst recycling as much as we could from previous years. Mrs Jeffcoat assisted us to finish this massive task on time and we were both so happy with the finished product. We appreciated the help, cooperation and patience of all House members, learning dances since Term 1.

We wish to congratulate the new House Prefects of 2020, Olivia Durrheim and Skye Nugent, and have enjoyed mentoring them this term. Although there haven’t been many occasions this year, we hope that we have been able to conduct enjoyable House Assemblies for the girls in Foley House to help start off their days well and continue with this year’s House theme of Growing Together.

Laura Bryan and Hayley Pearl

Foley House Prefects

Cultural Communication

Where Dreams Begin

The video of our 90th Anniversary Production, “Where Dreams Begin” has now become available to watch.  Enjoy!

Jane Massingham

Director of Arts

Alumni Update

On Sunday 27 October we welcomed our Alumni and past staff back to the College for our 90th Anniversary Wine and Cheese Afternoon.  It was great to see many friendships rekindled with some guests flying from Sydney just for the occasion.

Thank you to Trinity Waller, Jess Parcell, Abbey Cook and Imogen Agnew for conducting tours around the College.

Kerrin Meinhardt

Alumni Event Coordinator

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: markus@shelterarchitectsplanners.com.au

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

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.

 

P&F Association News

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

Brigid’s Cloak

Monitor Online

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 4 November

Rebecca Seagg

Tuesday 5 November

Melanie Wright

Wednesday 6 November

Glenys Piggott

Glenys Piggott

Thursday 7 November

Kerry O’Reilly Karen Donelan

Friday 8 November

Nicola Foley

Monday 11 November

Caroline Carol

Tuesday 12 November

Wednesday 13 November

Glenys Piggott

Glenys Piggott

Thursday 14 November

Chinh Dinh

Kieu Thi

Friday 15 November

Diane Frazer

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

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 

The Curragh Café

Monitor Online

Menu from Term 1 2019

Curragh Cafe Menu and Roster

Monday 4 November Kerry O’Reilly
Tuesday 5 November
Wednesday 6 November
Susan Ganesan
Thursday 7 November Vanita Snell
Friday 8 November Toni O’Reilly
Monday 11 November Maryline Richards
Tuesday 12 November Kerri Pattison
Wednesday 13 November Martina Hayes
Thursday 14 November Lisa Robinson-Pennay
Friday 15 November Kym McNab

Judy Thannhauser and Janelle Prouatt

Curragh Café Coconvenors

Date Claimers

 

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

29 November End of Term 4

 

Recommended Tutors

 

Name Email Address / Phone No. Subjects
Samantha Hay Samihay@me.com

0448 110 996

Junior Maths, Science, Maths B, Biology, Physics
Renae Denman rdenman3@outlook.com

0457 434 319

Maths B, Biology, Chemistry, Junior Science, Junior Maths
Courtney Fisher fishercourtney27@gmail.com

0478 128 680

Maths B, Physics, English, Music, Dance
Briana Tsang Brie.tsang@hotmail.com Junior Maths, Science, Social Science, Maths B, Chemistry, Physics, English
Erin Jory erinjory@gmail.com

0459 848 652

Maths B, Chemistry, Biology, Japanese, Study of Religion
Nicola Frassetto nicola.frassetto15@gmail.com

0404 930 802

Year 11 & 12 Ancient History, Study of Religion, Legal Studies; English (all year levels)
Abigail Teshale Abigail.teshale@connect.qut.edu.au

0478 760 586

Junior Humanities, Modern History, Chemistry, Physics, English
Laura O’Halloran o99laura@yahoo.com.au

0404 377 819

All Maths subjects, Year 11 & 12 Biology
Megan Donaghy megandonaghy01@gmail.com

0407 557 405

Junior French, Junior Maths, Junior Science
Danielle Reeves dani_reeves@hotmail.com

0435 567 707

Junior & Senior Business

 

From the Principal’s Desk

Prayer

Strength and Gentleness flourish when we celebrate our own Human Dignity and acknowledge our own vulnerability.
I am strong when I stop and experience my own weakness.Being at home within myself and owning my own humanness is strength.
I am gentle when I can let God be God in my own life and in the life of another.
Strength and Gentleness come alive when I grace others into wholeness.
Amen


Visit by Kildare Ministries

Brigidine College was proud to host the gathering of representatives from each school that together makes up Kildare Ministries. Following their arrival, tour and lunch, the Trustees, Principals and Faith Leaders were led in Eucharist by Fr Michael Trainor. It was wonderful to gather in Indooroopilly as the College continues to celebrate its 90th Anniversary.

Retreat:  Trustees, Principals and Faith Leaders

With the Kildare Ministries Retreat for Principals and Faith Leaders held in Brisbane for the first time, three days was spent with Trustees and fellow leaders deepening our understanding of Mark’s Gospel and the implications of these sacred words for ourselves our schools and Kildare Ministries.

Whilst in its sixth year, Kildare Ministries is still growing into its identity, evolving out of the charisms of the Brigidine and Presentation sisters. We continue to answer the question – how will we be known? This year, with the ministries and schools beginning to work with the Living Justice Charter, the framing of this question has gained greater clarity.

One of the key elements of these days has been considerations of the importance of returning to the scriptures for our inspiration. Mark was writing for a community that was living in uncertain times in terms of the practice of faith for the early Christians. Many parallels can be drawn with the Church in Australia today.

In the simplest of terms, Mark is calling us to a ‘metanoia’, a conversion, a change of attitude and to share the good news, not the bad news which so often we find fills our conversations. In our answer to this call, we are invited to be people who build right relationships, walk in solidarity and welcome without prejudice. These actions illustrated in the stories of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel are about restoring to wholeness. Restoring individuals to wholeness, restoring creation to its divine pattern, restoring individuals to community and community as a whole. There is a sense of being ‘gathered up’ into the love of God. This is how we need to be known as Kildare Ministries. In each of these examples, relationship with self, others, creation and God are where God’s loving action is at work.

Just as Jesus had those who questioned him, so too will we. This questioning is a space for us to grow in courage, confidence and greater conviction of our work in living and proclaiming the good news. This time together, with faith-filled Leaders and our Trustees, has been a privileged space to grow, learn, discern and draw strength from the commitment to animate the Kildare Ministries vision as a collective group.


Brigidine College – Student Options

Over the past few weeks the College has begun to prepare the subject choices and timetables for 2020. Many ideas and discussions are being held with students and families regarding the range of options available to students. This can be a challenging time for many young people as they consider how choice might impact into the future. As the discussions are held for students in Years 8, 9 and 10, it is also a wonderful opportunity to reflect and consider strengths, subject enjoyment and post school options.

“Good schools give their students roots and wings.” Jonas Salk, (Medical researcher)

As a learning community, Brigidine College provides a safe environment where our students can grow and learn and prepare them for the future opportunities post school. So how do we provide the roots and wings?  Our students develop a sense of belonging, where they can grow and become strong and develop strong roots, to not only remain grounded and realistic, but provide the strength and support for the person to flourish. At first, when seeds are first planted, you don’t see much progress for some time. The seeds send down their roots into the soil first, long before the tiny shoots appear above ground.

We learn to be patient and trust in the natural process.

Roots serve two purposes: they give the plant stability, by going deep and holding it to the ground. They also provide nourishment through the water and minerals that are drawn in.

Just as plants draw water and other nutrients from the soil to support their growth, our students depend on us, school and families, for their nurturing. Our words of encouragement and appreciation, our guidance, and especially our love – these are the nourishment they receive from us.

Where do wings come into play? As our students prepare for the time when they will leave the security of school our job is to be sure that they have the skills necessary to succeed in the world and the self-confidence to take that giant leap out the door when their time comes.

This comes with practice. As we give our students responsibilities and gently support them as they are learning, they will also learn to believe in themselves. Confidence also comes from the ability to make decisions and our students have many opportunities to make their own choices.

As a school community, when we do our job well – when we help our students develop strong wings – yes, they will fly away. But if the roots are strong enough, they will always fly back to us – not to stay, but to share with us the incredible things they are discovering and creating in their own lives.


Planning 2020

As the College begins to plan for 2020, there are several very important factors that will be taken into consideration. These include:

  • New Senior Assessment and Reporting programs 2019
  • Curriculum initiatives for 2020
  • Student Leadership opportunities
  • Master Plan – Building construction 2020 / Ongoing Development 2020 – 2021

Principal’s Notes

Over the past few weeks there have been many activities and opportunities for the girls to shine. These include:

  • “Where Dreams Begin” – 90th Anniversary Arts production
  • Year 10 SET Plan interviews
  • Year 9 Senior Scholarship Interviews
  • Mighty 90 Fund Raising Event
  • Musicians and Choirs competing in the Queensland Catholic College’s Music Festival
  • Science Week activities
  • Soccer and Hockey Team Premiers – CaSSSA Competition
  • Water Polo Trials 2019 – 2020 Season
  • CaSSSA – Track and Field Carnival held 19 August 2019

CaSSSA Cup Athletics Carnival

Congratulations to the Athletics Squad who represented the College with distinction last Monday. The College was particularly proud of their efforts as they continue to engage positively and improve their performances and placings.  With a fifth overall and third in the Percentage Trophy, the athletes continue to improve their results each year. The girls made every effort to do their best with some outstanding individual achievements. I would also like to acknowledge the time and commitment to our College by Ms Laura David (Sports Director) and her team of coaches and officials, who supported and guided our athletes to their ‘personal best.’

Year 7 2020 Parent Welcome / Information Evening

All new parents with girls beginning in Year 7 2020 gathered to share in information regarding Orientation and transition to high school for next year. With a true sense of anticipation and excitement, details regarding learning options, transport, uniforms, textbooks, laptops and other details have been provided.

Parents and Friends’ Association

I encourage all parents to purchase the final tickets for the 90th Anniversary Gala Ball to be held on Saturday 7 September at Brisbane City Hall.  This once in a decade event for the College will be a fantastic opportunity for our College, Alumni, families and supporters of the College to gather for a glittering event.

I also encourage our fathers to attend the Dads and Daughters’ Evening on 30 August at Holy Family Primary School Hall. This is a fantastic event with lots of interactive fun and joining in together.

College Events

With so many events and activities occurring now, it is difficult to keep up with the energy and enthusiasm of so many students, their staff and parents. Thank you to everyone who is not only contributing to the enhanced learning opportunities but also the wonderful expressions of community spirit these activities celebrate.

God Bless.

 

A Naoimh Bhrid, gui Orainn

Brendan Cahill
Principal

 

 

 


ACARA Student Background Data Collection

Student Background Data is collected annually by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).   ACARA advises parents that they have requested Brigidine College provide them with information about you and your child.  Brigidine College may disclose to ACARA information such as your child’s gender, date of birth, country of birth, background language, residential address, parental occupation and parental education. This information is disclosed to ACARA under the ACARA Act 2008 for one or both of the following purposes:

  • formulating national reports consisting of aggregated data on school performance; and
  • assisting government to formulate policies in relation to education matters.

ACARA will not disclose this personal information to any third party. If you do not want Brigidine College to provide this information to ACARA, please advise us within seven (7) days of receiving this notice.

Further information about ACARA can be obtained from the ACARA website.


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Mission News

This week is Migrant and Refugee Sunday

Dominican priest, Fr Pan, has added his voice to calls for fair process for asylum seekers and their families, after a Tamil man was deported from Australia and then arrested in Sri Lanka.

“This is calculated cruelty. It contravenes the basic right of the family,” Fr Pan Jordan, who works closely with Brisbane’s Tamil community, said.

The Australian Bishops remind us, “A wealthy country with a robust rule of law and multicultural tolerance, Australia is an attractive place to live and to find peace and security. It is no surprise that courageous and resourceful people fleeing persecution anywhere in the world would be happy to make a home here – just as they did after the wars in Europe and in southeast Asia.” Statement from ACBC President, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, 2019.

“It is not a way to treat people – separating children from their family. It is contrary to our Catholic values,” Fr Pan said.  “Our Catholic teaching is very clear that families should be united, not separated. A child has to grow in the presence of father and mother.  “In this case, this 30-year-old man has no way of being reunited with his wife and child. It is absolutely cruel policy.”

Frustrated: Dominican Father Pan Jordan

Reflection

The mother of the sons of Zebedee desired greatness for her sons, wishing that they could both occupy the top places in Jesus’ kingdom. She was yearning for recognition on their part, but Jesus points out that true greatness is to be expressed by a deep humility and a willingness to serve.

Lord, help me to have a humble and caring attitude towards all the people you put in my path and to recognise your loving presence in them. I pray for the grace to give of my time without the anticipation of receiving something in return, confident that I will receive my real reward in your heavenly kingdom.

Fr Pan Jordan OP

 

 

Andrew Beiers

Deputy Principal Mission

 

 

 

Curriculum Matters

QCS Test

The 2019 Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test will be completed by the Year 12s on Tuesday 3 September and Wednesday 4 September. The QCAA have produced QCS Test: A guide for parents and carers, that you may want to read. You can also view some of the sample questions that draw on assumed mathematical knowledge. This will give you an insight into some of the types of questions that the students will respond to next week.

Students are recommended to be at school by 8.00am on each day. They will be meeting in the Erin Rooms at 8.15am. Students will be dismissed between 2.30pm and 3.00pm each day. Students who are OP-ineligible, and not sitting the QCS test, are expected to be at school each day. This is an opportunity for them to work on assessment and their Certificate courses. They will be required to go to Home Room and then report to the Study in the library for Period 1 each day. Students who study English Communication and Prevocational Mathematics will go to their usual class for these lessons.

All students have received a document from QCAA, which outlines the Instructions to Students. Please be aware if your daughter is ill on the day of QCS and is OP-eligible she must go to the doctor to get a medical certificate. Medical certificates must provide details of the medical condition (e.g. chicken pox) and must not simply say ‘a medical condition’. This information is outlined on page 2 (No. 28) on the Instructions to Students document. Please also contact the College and leave a message with me.

The students have been well-prepared for the QCS and I know that they will do their best. Students are reminded of the importance of ensuring that they have a quiet weekend, prior to the test, with plenty of rest. A good night’s sleep before each test, as well as healthy meals during this time is essential for the students to perform at their best. We wish the girls all the best for the tests.

Year 10 SET Plans

This week all Year 10 students and many parents have participated in SET Plan interviews. It has been a wonderful opportunity to meet with many of you and listen to your daughters’ career interests and aspirations. I would particularly like to thank Mr Crawford, Mrs Page and the Year 10 Wellbeing teachers who have assisted to ensure that the students have been well prepared for their interviews.

Through the interview process, some students have been asked to reconsider their subject choices. If students do decide to make any changes they will need to go to their Web Preferences Online, to make the changes. The web preferences must be electronically signed by the student and at least one parent. This must be completed by by 9.00am on Wednesday 28 August.

QCAA Preparing Students for External Assessment in 2020

The introduction of external assessment in General subjects is a key feature of the new QCE system. To give school communities a sense of what external assessment will be like, the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has published sample papers on its website at: https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/senior-subjects. They are located on the Assessment tab on each syllabus page.

We will incorporate these sample resources in our teaching and learning program to help our students prepare for next year. In the meantime, students and parents are encouraged to view the sample papers.

An information sheet for parents and students is also available on the QCAA website.

Melissa Dever

Deputy Principal Curriculum

Pastoral News

Leadership

This year, in the Wellbeing Program, the Year 11 cohort has focused on student leadership in the Brigidine context. When discussing student leadership in schools, we focus on the approach of servant leadership. At Brigidine, we develop leaders who strive to build positive relationships, shape identity and beliefs of the group, and inspire others with their values-driven leadership.

A Brigidine leader models herself on St Brigid, a woman of vision and courage, who actively challenged the social, political and cultural structures of her time. Leaders embody the quality of Fortiter (Strength) from the College motto. This may show in her strength academically, spiritually, culturally, sporting, as well as community involvement. A Brigidine leader is a resilient young woman. Leaders also embody the quality of Suaviter (Gentleness) from the College motto. She may be an outstanding motivator who encourages her peers to achieve to their potential. Her optimism, consistent application and courteous approach to everything she does, makes her a true Brigidine Leader. She is gentle but just.

We wish the Year 11s well as they progress through the leadership process at this stage of the year. All Captains, Ambassadors and Prefects will be announced by the end of Term 3. There will be a transition process in Term 4, where the current Year 12 leaders will mentor the incoming Year 11 leaders, and they will work alongside each other as the school year concludes.

There are many opportunities for leadership at the College, not only in elected roles. Many of the Year 11 and 12 students showed strong leadership skills as they prepared for the Mighty 90 Community Event. As a College community, the value we place on developing leadership through Student Voice, which is particularly fostered in Houses, Home Room, the Wellbeing Program, service and cocurricular opportunities. We encourage all students to engage with these programs to enhance their experience and connect with others at the College.

Melinda Egan

Acting Deputy Principal Pastoral

 

 

Asst Principal Professional Teaching & Learning

 

 

Careers with a Difference: Choose Neuroscience

Brigidine College recently hosted an afternoon of presentations from engaging neuroscientists from the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland.  Neuroscience is a domain many students don’t know much about, yet the need for researchers is growing.  A number of high schools from around Brisbane also attended the evening, promoting our interconnectedness and mutual interest, sharing our resources with the community.  Here is a report from Vy Dinh and Trish Dinh (Academic Ambassadors) together with Vy Vy Dinh 10 FO5:

On Tuesday , senior students from many high schools across Brisbane joined Brigidine students to attend a “Careers with a Difference: Choose Neuroscience” presentation organised by the University of Queensland and the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI).  During this session, four QBI researchers shared their experiences and career paths to encourage the next generation of neuroscientists.

Although the four researchers’ careers revolve around neuroscience, each engaged in unique research projects that were multidisciplinary and encompassed knowledge from other sciences including Biology, Psychology and Chemistry.  Not only did the speakers shed light on the versatility of neuroscience in the job market, but also the positive impact neuroscientists have in modern society.  From our enhanced understanding of the importance of sleep to developing effective treatments for schizophrenia, this presentation opened our eyes to the myriad of possibilities that a career in neuroscience offers.

We are glad to have attended the presentation and recommend all senior students who have an interest in science, research and health, to join in these events when the opportunity arises.  It opens doors and presents a future where we can make a difference.

Allison Johansen
(Acting) Assistant Principal Professional Teaching & Learning

Arts Captain’s Report

We are halfway through the year and what a year it has already been. Many cultural groups have competed against other schools at eisteddfods and Queensland Catholic Music Festival (QCMF), their outstanding performances receiving wonderful results.  All troupes and ensembles are extremely proud of these results and should continue working hard for the remainder of the year as we prepare for the annual Awards and Acknowledgement and Spiritus Awards evenings. While the Drama clubs have not taken part in any eisteddfods, they are practicing for their upcoming Drama nights this term.

A number of groups performed at the QCMF Competition including College Choir, Woodwind Ensemble, String Ensemble, Junior Choir and Percussion Ensemble receiving Silver awards. Even more impressive were Cantare who put on an entertaining and vocally incredible performance resulting in a Gold award. These are outstanding results and our performers should be justly proud of themselves and their group as a whole.

The 90th Anniversary production of Where Dreams Begin was an overwhelming success, showcasing over 200 students with an audience of over 1000. From the start of Term 2, there have been numerous weekday and Sunday rehearsals. It was incredible to see so many girls fully committed to these practice sessions in order to represent the College in a positive way. The evening showcased the Arts in many ways ranging from drama to dance to music; everyone came together and made it a night to remember.

Some of our cocurricular cultural performers have written about their Where Dreams Begin experiences: 

“Where Dreams begin was a life changing experience, I had the chance to perform in front of a large and supportive audience. Although the rehearsals were long and a lot of hard work had to be put in, we truly had the time of our lives and enjoyed ourselves like never before. I am so grateful to the amazing staff who made the night possible and all the girls who participated. Only positive comments were made afterwards, and the audience really enjoyed the show.”  Mili Poenitz, Year 11.

“Where Dreams Begin was such an amazing opportunity to interact with like-minded people, showcase our hard work and perform in front of our families and friends. I really enjoyed learning new things and meeting new people.” Sami Lane, Year 9.

“It was an absolute honour to perform alongside some of the most talented people and see a Tesla in real life! The whole production was so well put together and very enjoyable to be a part of.” Abbey Cook, Year 11.

“I loved being a part of Where Dreams begin as I had the opportunity to work with such amazing girls in the Arts Department, as well as the tutors and teachers.” Elise Duval, Year 10.

“Where Dreams Begin was a great experience that I will never forget. It gave me the opportunity to engage with other girls across the year levels who are in different cultural groups. It was a fantastic way to showcase all the girls and their many talents.” Olivia Bosci, Year 12.

Imogen Agnew

Arts Captain

The Arts

QUT Creative Industries in Term 3 2019

 

Cultural Communication

Where Dreams Begin

On Saturday 10 August, our students took to the stage at the Piazza, Southbank, in the College’s 90th Anniversary production, “Where Dreams Begin”.  With a cast of 235 students, over 600 pieces of costume, 25 College staff members, student backstage crew, lighting, sound, visuals and stage, the scene was set for an incredible evening’s entertainment.  Our MC for the evening, Mr Terry Hansen, took us “back in time” with Brigid (Cate Brown) to tell the story of where Brigidine College began and, using music, dance, singing and action, we witnessed all the energy and colour of our performers.

It was my pleasure to be the Director of such a fantastic event.  Congratulations to all the performers and thank you to all the staff and tutors who work with the girls each week.  It was an evening to remember!

Jane Massingham

Director of Arts

Languages Dept News

 

 

Japanese Dinner

Report by Hannah Loli 9 FO2

On 8 August, the Year 9 Japanese elective students were given the opportunity to attend a dinner at Shabu House in the City.  Accompanied by St Joseph’s, Gregory Terrace students, we had a great time introducing ourselves in Japanese.

Cooking our own food in the shabu shabu was an enjoyable and unique experience.  It was delightful to taste the culture of Japan in a fun environment.  Conversation with the Terrace students revolved around our Japanese elective and what we had been learning this term.

Overall, it was a most enjoyable experience and we learned a lot about Japanese food and culture through it.

Thank you to Byrom Sensei and Steven Sensei who made this dinner possible and accompanied us on the night.

Report by Katelyn Avey 9 FO5

Year 9 Brigidine girls and Gregory Terrace boys came together on 8 August to spend an evening at Shabu House.  With around 28 Brigidine students in attendance, we spent the evening socialising with our new-found friends, eating sushi and making shabu shabu.

Shabu Shabu is a traditional Japanese meal where you take special Japanese soup and heat it in a hot pot.  Then you add vegetables, meats and noodles into the hot pot, letting it cook and letting the flavours infuse into the soup.  おいしい ですね!

The dinner lasted two hours and went by in a flash.  Overall, the dinner was an experience to remember.  Even with the seemingly small portions, they filled everyone’s stomachs to the brim and everyone left Shabu House with giant smiles on their faces.

Thank you to Dr Fukushima-Byrom and Mrs Steven for accompanying us on this excursion.

RE Department News

9C Class Mass

On Monday 12 August, students in 9C celebrated their Class Mass with Father Pan. The special liturgy focused on the theme of ‘environmental stewardship’ and gave all participants an opportunity to stop and reflect on their roles and responsibilities in relation to caring for the environment. The prayers and readings focused on God’s creation of the earth, and the fact that human beings made in God’s likeness are to be responsible for the care of all creation. This is a role that Christians must take seriously in a time where animals are on the verge of extinction, population density is high, pollution impacts people’s health and quality of life and overfishing and overgrazing is placing pressure on the biodiversity of global ecosystems.

The students of 9C take the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals seriously and acknowledge that both prayer and action combined is needed in order to be effective stewards of this world.

Class Mass Opening Prayer

God, filled with desire,
we respond to Your call for discipleship
by shaping our lives in imitation of Christ.
We profess that the call requires us
to be stewards of Your gifts.
As stewards, we receive Your gifts gratefully,
cherish and tend them in a responsible manner,
share them in practice and love with others,
and return them with increase to you.
We pledge to our ongoing formation as stewards
and our responsibility to call others to that same endeavour.
Almighty and ever-faithful God,
it is our fervent hope and prayer
that You who have begun this good work in us
will bring it to fulfilment in Jesus Christ,
our Lord.
Amen

Niesha Hart

9C Religion Teacher

Science News

Science Week Overview

Science Week, held from 6-9 August, was a resounding success.  Over the week, the following took place:

  • Daily Quiz
  • “Find Albert” Competition
  • Lunchtime events including an Obstacle Course, Marshmallow Tower construction, Paper Plane Competition and Science Trivia
  • Two teams of students travelled to various primary schools to demonstrate a range of science experiments and present hands-on workshops
  • Several year group workshops for Junior classes including Geckoes Wildlife (Year 8), Street Science (Year 10) and Scope (Year 9)
  • Visits from Holy Family Primary School students
  • UQ workshops with Year 11 Physics, Year 11 and 12 Chemistry and Year 12 Biology
  • BBQ and Science Trivia Competition, run by UQ, for all of our Science Reps and Ambassadors

We would like to thank all of our Science staff for running these events, Science Reps and Ambassadors for assisting plus our presenters, especially those from the University of Queensland.  A special thank you goes to Ms Helen Jeffcoat for making our Periodic Table tee-shirts and Mr Alfie Williams for his help with the BBQ.  They helped make Science Week great!

Science Week reports from the Science Reps and Ambassadors:

To conclude 2019 science week at Brigidine, the science reps and ambassadors were treated to a sausage sizzle and homemade desserts. Following this, UQ students hosted a trivia looking into biology, chemistry and physic fields. It was such a lovely opportunity to form connections with new people and, to build on our scientific knowledge. Imogen Kerr, Year 12

For Term 3 at Brigidine College, my school gives the excitement to have a week dedicated to Science. Throughout the whole week, science activities, quizzes and presentations are given for the students to participate in. Ranging from a 15m inflatable course to a Wildlife show and Trivia Day, every single activity was filled with great joy and awe. Being in Year 10 Physical Science, my class had listened on to a UQ presentation by PHD students how are currently researching on certain bacterial diseases and their compelling ideas in curing them. In addition to being a Science Rep, I got to enjoy the Trivia Game after school. It was a fun afternoon, playing science quizzes from topics of marine animals to microscopic particles to earn special prices.  Mary Nguyen, Year 10

As part of our Physical Science class, UQ scientists and researches came to talk to us about discovering a new antibiotic to help fight and destroy illnesses, diseases and cancer. One of the scientists is studying to complete a PhD at UQ. She is from Saudi Arabia, a mother of 5 children, trying to save illnesses, from destroying people’s lives. She told has about Mia.  Mia caught a gastro bug in 2017 that formed into Influenza B, which then lead to getting so sick even the doctors didn’t know what to do. The heartbreaking story made me realise how important scientists and doctors are in today’s day in age. It has opened my eyes to how I can make a difference in the future and has impacted my possible options. 

Science week is one of my favourite events within the school calendar and I am so glad and grateful that we got the opportunity to know about what really is going on in the real world.  Thank you to Ms Guthrie and everyone else for organising such an amazing week! Patricia Consoli, Year 10

Building the marshmallow towers was incredibly challenging and difficult. We were given a limited number of thin spaghetti noodles and masking tape to build a tower and a marshmallow to place on the top. Many groups attempted to make a pyramid design with careful planning whilst our group jumped right into it. In the end, the design could barely stand up and resembled a fishing rod. Overall, it was entertaining, and I would definitely participate again!  Anna Nguyen, Year 11

I attended the Marsh-mallow tower building competition and the Paper planes throwing competition.  The Marsh-mallow competition was awesome fun and a great team work challenge. Even though our tower didn’t really stand up by itself it was still really fun. The paper plane competition was to see who could get the their plane as far as they could. My plane didn’t go far, but it was great fun watching the cool designs go high are far.  Georgia Colburn, Year 10

On Friday I had the opportunity to observe and engage in an amazing science presentation by Street Science. I got to witness how air pressure plays such a major role in space. We viewed how air pressure can make marshmallows expand and shrink, make a water balloon explode and make water boil. The presenter was full of so many fun and interesting facts, she really engaged all of us in understanding the concepts needed in space. Overall the presentation was so much fun and very inspirational, I can’t wait till 2020 Science Week.  Georgia Raworth, Year 10

Write That Essay (WTE) Workshop

On 13 August, several Science staff hosted Stewart from Education Perfect in their lessons.  Stewart worked with the students to write a variety of types of sentences and paragraphs that could be used for their work and assessments in Science. Here is some feedback from the students:

I found the Write That Essay workshop very helpful. The presenter was very good presenter so I didn’t lose interest and he gave some very important pieces of advice. I will definitely use the papers he gave us as they gave great examples and sentence starters.  Tiah Kalaja, Year 7

The WTE workshop was very informative and helpful. The way it was presented was light-hearted and fun. Millie Field

On 13 August we had a guest speaker come in to talk about ‘Write that Essay’. I thought that it was not only a good experience but was very interesting to see how I could improve my paragraphs and assessments. The guest speaker was nice and welcoming. He made the class get involved in a happy way and made us take notes and share thoughts about the subject. I definitely learned heaps from this lesson, and I know for a fact that my paragraphs will be one hundred times better. Marnie Nottingham

WTE was very helpful for our upcoming assignments. The presenter helped us understand how to write strong and good quality paragraphs. He broke down what the “Rationale” should look like. Georgia Colburn, Year 10

Stew was an amazing help. He taught me more about our different sentences types and “compare and contrast” paragraphs. He has helped to boost my knowledge and understanding of these and I would definitely recommend WTE.   Mathilda Evans, Year 7

The WTE workshop we took part in was very helpful. It gave us some ideas of how to write sentences and paragraphs better. I would recommend this to other classes.  Eva La Burniy

The WTE workshop was more enjoyable than I thought it would be. I liked how relaxing it was to just sit down and listen to the speaker talk about how to construct a proper science report. Overall, the information given was very useful in terms of being used as a guide.  Adeline Setiadi

I believe that Education Perfect has helped me immensely. After using their tips for the first time I have remembered many technical terms during the lessons and have improved in the area of science. Education Perfect helps not just in knowledge, but the capability to have study notes for an upcoming exam. Having Education Perfect next year would be a huge benefit for the students in the Science department. Shavini Kariyawasam

Education Perfect

This year, students in Years 7 to 10 have had access to Education Perfect in their Science classes.   This organisation offers a range of styles of questions.  The students work through the content and skills via PowerPoints and videos. Education Perfect is used in a variety of ways including introduction to a topic, class work, homework as well as for revision and extension of a topic.

So far this year the girls have completed the following using Education Perfect.

  • Total Questions: 519,711
  • Time Completed: 2,631 hours (spent working on Education Perfect)
  • Total Tasks: 318

Here is some feedback from the students:

Education Perfect is a good way for students to learn about Science. It explains things and breaks them down and makes them very simple. The point system makes students pay attention to the slides so they can earn points and be top of the class. Georgia Burckhardt Year 7

I think that Education Perfect is an excellent learning tool, extending knowledge in different areas of science and it has helped me immensely with learning content during the term, as well as revising for my exams. I use it for most of my other subjects as well!  Alice Conway Year 9

Education Perfect is a fun and interactive way to learn and allows students to gain a wider understanding of the topics taught in class. One particular feature I enjoy is the fact that teachers are able to set up exams for us to complete in class under exam conditions. This allows me to apply my learning and gain an understanding of what I am required to study and improve on before the exam, improving my results significantly.  Charlotte Cattell Year 10

Education Perfect is a great learning tool, especially for memorising of phrases and words and what they mean/do. The different features such as “learn” and “write” are great to use to get familiar with the terms. Education Perfect is also really good for revision.  Rosie Pope Year 10

Education Perfect is an amazing study resource to use just before exams and assignments! It’s my go-to site when I need to memorise my subjects’ unit, and It has been recommended by several teachers over a vast range of subjects. All in all, Education Perfects is an incredibly valuable resource to use, and I don’t know where I’d be without it.  Erynn Wesson  Year 9

Education Perfect allows us as students to have a go and strive to reach our potential. It has questions ranging from easy to hard and is useful for almost every subject. We should definitely keep it for next year because it is so fun as well as educational.  Emily Hunt  Year 7

Education Perfect is a wonderful resource that helps us to understand new content. We are able identify the areas we need to improve on and the areas we are doing well in. Georgia Colburn Year 10

Education Perfect is a great way for us students to study and learn topics in class, as we have lots of lessons in one easy to access place. It helps us to prepare for exams, and is a valuable learning tool.   Isabella Furiosi 7

Education Perfect is a way you can learn in a fun way, earning points. It is an easy way of reviewing and studying information being taught in class. Jessica Roe Year 7

Education Perfect is FANTASTIC. I have found that by using their tips, my knowledge of Science has improved tremendously. I would love to continue with this as it is a fun and educational way to learn new things. Mathilda Evans Year 7

 

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
Contact: https://www.scienceexperience.com.au/

Yours in Science,

Debra Guthrie

Curriculum Leader Science

Technology Dept News

Year 9 Enterprise Education Fathers’ Day Stall

This year Fathers’ Day falls on Sunday 1 September.  The Year 9 Enterprise Education classes have been feverishly working on creating their hampers ready for sale.

The students have created micro-businesses and are allocated products to brand, market, package and label ready for sale. Both marketing and operations management is introduced to the students and the strategies that can be used to successfully present and prepare their products for sale. The students are encouraged to be creative in the packaging of products by recycling.

A Trade Display of the products for sale was held on Thursday  during lunch. Potential customers were able to view a hamper for sale and speak to the business owners about their product. All hampers cost $15.00.

This year customers may purchase their hampers online using MyMonitor by completing the following steps:

  1. Access your MyMonitor account.
  2. Click on the Brigidine Online Ordering tab and choose the Bizfest link.
  3. Choose the Father’s Day tab in the middle column of the screen and the order screen with a picture of each hamper will appear.
  4. Choose the plus symbol to order. Preview your order on the right-hand side of the screen.

If you wish to pay using cash, an order will need to be placed via the supervising teacher, Mr Field. This will be done when a cash payment has been received. Place the cash payment (correct amount only) in an envelope and write your name, as well as your Home Room, on the front.

All orders can be collected from the Convent veranda, second lunch break on Thursday 29 August 2019 if they are not delivered beforehand.

Mr Ben Field

Education Enterprise Teacher

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: markus@shelterarchitectsplanners.com.au

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

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.

 

Brigid’s Cloak

Monitor Online

Reminder to Collect Ordered Items

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

Brigid’s Cloak Roster

 

8:00-9:00am

10:15-11:00am

12:15-1:45pm

Monday 26 August

Jenny Crowhurst

Tuesday 27 August

Melanie Wright

Wednesday 28 August

Glenys Piggott

Glenys Piggott

Thursday 29 August

Kerry O’Reilly

Karen Donelan

Friday 30 August

Nicola Foley

Monday 2 September

Helena Boyce

Tuesday 3 September

Wednesday 4 September

Glenys Piggott

Glenys Piggott

Thursday 5 September

Chinh Dinh

Kieu Thi

Friday 6 September

Diane Frazer

Brigid’s Cloak opening hours until further notice:

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

 

Anne Scott and Janice Bridley

Brigid’s Cloak Coconvenors

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 

The Curragh Café

Monitor Online

Menu from Term 1 2019

Curragh Cafe Menu and Roster

Monday 26 August
Tuesday 27 August Sarah Wingate
Wednesday 28 August
Jenny Crowhurst
Thursday 29 August Fiona Dent
Friday 30 August Nicola Foley
Monday 2 September Maryline Richards
Tuesday 3 September Kerri Patterson
Wednesday 4 September Martina Hayes
Thursday 5 September Lisa Robinson-Pennay
Friday 6 August Kym McNab

Judy Thannhauser and Janelle Prouatt

Curragh Café Coconvenors

Date Claimers

 

28 August Year 10 final Subject Selections due
29 August College Photo Day
30 August P&F Dads & Daughters’ Evening
3-4 September QCS Days 1 and 2
6 September Year 12 exams begin
7 September 90th Anniversary Gala Ball
13 September Senior Drama performance
16-20 September Arts Week including The Arts Exhibition 5:00pm 19 September
20 September End of Term 3

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


 

From the Principal’s Desk

Kildare Ministries Prayer (2014)

May the Flame of Kildare Ministries inspire and support us
May there be unity and purpose in our gathering
May there be wisdom in our discernment
May there be strength and compassion in our decisions
May there be light and energy for our journey
May the God who has called us to guide and enrich us all
Amen.

 

Following my visit to Holy Family Primary School last Monday, I was reminded of the key efforts of many schools to engage and integrate ways of learning through the STEM disciplines. With a strong presentation from Jordan Debono, a young PHD Researcher from a variety of guest speakers, the students at Holy Family and Brigidine were encouraged to explore activities and projects adopting problem based learning and creative innovation.

As our new STEM Building truly takes shape, I’m pleased to witness the energy and passion for the Sciences and Technologies across the College. This facility and set of resources positions Brigidine at the forefront of opportunities for young women to engage in these 21st Century learning spaces.

Further opportunities will also be provided through pathways and partnerships with other organisations and universities.

Brigidine College is exploring how the University of Queensland will be able to connect with our students to investigate research options, experiential learning and outcomes-based activities to fully engage students in the Sciences and Technologies. With an expansive set of resources, this new facility will also be made available for upper Primary and Lower secondary students to explore project based / inquiry learning, Problem Solving pathways and Brain Bee exercises. I commend all students to engage with STEM and experiential learning for the careers of tomorrow.


Principal’s Notes

As the College continues to engage the students in a wide variety of learning opportunities, I give thanks to all members of Brigidine in being a proactive and supportive body to the College. Following our Facebook pages reveals a huge array of ways girls connect, engage and are truly happy at school.

Fortunately, over the past few weeks I have also visited a range of classes and thoroughly enjoyed the time to share in the girls’ learning. I am finding many, many examples of girls being energetic, engaged, looking for ways to connect their learning to the real world and ready to show how well they are learning.

Also, over recent weeks I have interviewed many Year 10 students through the SET Plan process, as well as interviews for girls applying for the Senior Scholarship to begin in 2019. The College received 22 Year 9 student applications for Senior Scholarship in Science and Technologies, and the Arts and Humanities. Again, the truly enthralling ways girls talk of themselves and their school is wonderful. Our young people are displaying high levels of skills in critiquing information, evaluating positions and articulating outcomes that are very impressive.

Final Assembly of Term 3

Congratulations to the many students and presenters at the final assembly for this term. It is always wonderful to share in celebrating the efforts and achievements of so many students. The energy and enthusiasm for the College through their engagement is something to savour. With all the curriculum programs combining to present very high standards of learning and achievement, as well as the cocurricular Sports and Arts Programs shining through, we are blessed as a community to have students, teachers, coaches and tutors all walking the same learning path together.

Awards and Acknowledgement Evening

It is my pleasure to invite all members of the community to our Annual Awards and Acknowledgement Evening at 7:00pm on Thursday 24 October at the St Laurence’s Edmund Rice Performing Arts Centre. This is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate with joy and gratitude, the achievements of the College and its students who have provided so much during 2019. Our Guest Speaker this year is Ms Amy Simmons (graduate 2004) who has not only worked as a journalist for the ABC but is now working in for Twitter in San Francisco. I’m looking forward to her sharing her story, as well as working with our students the day before the Awards Evening.

90th Anniversary

With Term 3 coming to an end, I would like to thank the College Community for their enthusiastic engagement in the many events celebrating our heritage, our story and our people that continue to bring a spirit and a passion that is life giving. The Brigidine Day Student Dance, Where Dreams Begins – Arts Event, the Staff Soiree’, the Dads and Daughters’ Evening and the Gala Ball, were outstanding events and truly indicative of our special Brigidine Community.   

Thank you to everyone who ensured our 90th Anniversary events went smoothly and that the students had memorable experiences.

I wish everyone a warm and relaxing break over the holidays and look forward to everyone returning refreshed on 8 October.

God Bless.

A Naoimh Bhrid, gui Orainn

Brendan Cahill
Principal

 

 


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From the Principal’s Desk

Prayer

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


NAPLAN 2019

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
Principal

 

 

 


 

 

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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


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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

Mission News

Term 3 has been a remarkable term in the history of our College including commencing our inaugural school NAIDOC celebrations, exploring our history and future at Where Dreams Begin at Southbank Piazza, celebrating our cultural diversity, fundraising for the Mighty 90 Cancer research and celebrating Fr Pan’s birthday (with cake) and his remarkable 18+ years of service to our community and his devotion to the Eucharistic table.

Jesus invited all to a meal with him because he wants us to belong and be encouraged that whenever we might not get things quite right, he would be there for us – challenging us, nurturing us, welcoming us and reinviting us again.  Jesus’ table fellowship shows us the way to being respectful, engaged members of our community who value all, including our abilities and differences.

Recently, I asked my students to give feedback on Term 3 in a different way, asking them to draw what my daily face looks like and what their own looks like.  A number of students used their gifts to illustrate those expressions.  Taliah Saylor created the picture below.  (I didn’t realise I was so red faced at times!)

This was a wonderful insight and reminded us that our gifts and difference are to be celebrated, nurtured and believed in!!!

Who will be invited to sit at your table this September holidays?

Andrew Beiers

Deputy Principal Mission

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

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

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.

QCS

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.

NAPLAN

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 http://www.nap.edu.au/results-and-reports/student-reports.html.

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

QTAC

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 – http://www.qtac.edu.au/key-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 –https://studentconnect.qcaa.qld.edu.au/. 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

STUDY SKILLS TIP FOR SEPTEMBER: GETTING MOTIVATED TO DO YOUR WORK

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 www.studyskillshandbook.com.au, which is available on SEQTA – Assessment and Study Portal.

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

 

 

Pastoral News

In Term 4, the College will trial removing afternoon Home Room and lengthening morning Home Room. This will provide Home Room teachers and Pastoral Leaders with the opportunity to have an extended and uninterrupted time with students to continue to build House spirit and culture, engagement in College life and positive relationships. New bell times will begin in Term 4 from 8 October for 4 weeks, after which feedback will be gathered. Morning Home Room will be extended by 5 minutes; and Period 6 will conclude at 3.05pm. At the conclusion of Period 6, students will be dismissed for the day. This will give students time to return to lockers to pack bags, enabling them to catch current public transport arrangements. Current uniform expectations will continue to apply. It is required that students store their school bags in lockers throughout the day until 3.05pm. Students are not permitted to arrive or leave the College in sports uniform, except for some sport arrangements at times. Hats must always be worn, including dismissal at 3.05pm.

The Student Voice initiative continues to evolve with students proposing a range of valid suggestions about engagement in school life. Next term, there will be a 4-week self-defence course for students interested in learning about personal safety. This initiative was suggested by Year 11 students Jacinta Cowin and Sarah Malherbe, who have been involved in the planning and design of the program. These student lead initiatives provide opportunities for leadership and engagement in meaningful experiences for young women.

As a parent of two teenage daughters, I am aware of the challenges of parenting during their adolescence. During the teenage years, it is a valuable experience to recalibrate approaches to parenting. Next term on Thursday 17 October from 6.30-8.00pm in the Rehearsal Space, the College will host a Parenting Information Evening about emotionally intelligent parenting with Canice Curtis, a trained therapist in parenting and youth mental health programs. Would you like to:

  • be better at talking with your teen?
  • be better at understanding your teen?
  • help your teen learn to manage their emotions?
  • help to prevent behaviour problems in your teen?
  • teach your teen to deal with conflict?

At this stand-alone evening you will learn useful parenting strategies. Some parents may then choose a 6-week course to extend their learning. Further details can be found in the flyer below. Please RSVP by 14 October to OhareK@brigidine.qld.edu.au


The holiday period is a good opportunity to check in with your daughter about her use of social media. Years 7-9 parents received a letter this week about strategies and tools to ensure social media is used appropriately. Experts in social media recommend parents actively engage in the following:

  • Talk to your children about online issues – build an open, trusting relationship;
  • Encourage your child to use the same manners and language online as they would offline;
  • Set healthy boundaries and establish rules to ensure that use of social media is meaningful, mindful and balanced. Ban devices from bedrooms;
  • Check your child’s privacy settings regularly;
  • Ensure your child does not accept follow or friend requests from people they don’t know. Check regularly to whom they are connected and how they know them;
  • Ensure the apps your child uses are age appropriate;
  • Ensure your child does not have an account that allows anonymous postings (Tellonym, Sarahah and similar). Ensure she does not have a link to these accounts in her social media bio;
  • Talk to your child about informing a trusted adult if concerns arise; and
  • Empower your child by providing them with strategies for dealing with negative experiences that may arise to build their confidence and resilience. They should not react to inappropriate posts. Instead, they should post ‘this is inappropriate’ or ‘this is not welcome’, take a screenshot, report and block inappropriate users.

The following are helpful resources for parents about how to be proactive and respond to issues: https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents and https://www.thinkuknow.org.au/parents-portal

The process for reporting cyberbullying for under 18s is to:

Reports of incidents and evidence of cyberbullying can also be discussed with Police by contacting PoliceLink on 131444.

Social media platforms offer technical and strategic advice for parents:

https://help.instagram.com/154475974694511/?helpref=hc_fnav&bc[0]=Instagram%20Help&bc[1]=Privacy%20and%20Safety%20Center and https://support.snapchat.com/en-US

I hope that you and your family have a restful and enjoyable break time.

Melinda Egan

(Acting) Deputy Principal Pastoral

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. https://headspace.org.au/assets/Factsheets/HSP225-Sleep-Fact-Sheet-DP3.pdf

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 https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/how-does-anxiety-affect-sleep

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

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

 

 

 

 

Chanel House News

 

 

As Term 3 draws to a close, both teachers and students are yearning for the end of term. School holidays provide a great opportunity to reconnect with family and friends and recharge the batteries so that we can all return feeling ready to tackle a busy, but exciting Term 4.

Following the Prefect speeches last week, the students of Chanel were left feeling inspired and encouraged to come together as a House and look to the future with excitement about what a new era of leadership will bring.

Throughout this term, the students of Chanel 4 have been working together to give the Kildare Hall locker room a makeover. Some final touches and inspirational art pieces are still to be added, but we are hoping it will help brighten the space and create a warmer environment for the students of Chanel 4, 5 and 6. I would like to congratulate Chanel 4 for their effort to provide spirit to the House.

I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday break and look forward to continuing our journey next term.

 

Kristin Page

Pastoral Leader Chanel

 

Damien House News

As Term 3 concludes, it is timely that we reflect on some of the things Damien has achieved this term. In order to develop spirit as a House, we have embarked on our daily step challenge. The girls who participated should be so incredibly proud of their efforts. Well done to Damien House for increasing their activity and wellbeing this term.

In our last House Assembly, we were privileged to hear from the Damien Prefect candidates for 2020. Each student spoke so well with true authenticity to their character and their involvement in the House. Collectively, the understanding of the Damien spirit and community was most commonly expressed highlighting the true value of Damien Home Room teachers.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Home Room teachers of Damien House for their consistent guidance throughout the year to support and enhance the development and growth of each individual in their Home Room. It was evident that just at St Damien did, our teachers are leading the way and encouraging all students to walk in their footsteps. Upon reflection, St Damien (cited in Catholic Faith Patron Saints, n.d.) said, “turn all your thoughts and aspirations to heaven. Work hard to secure for yourself a place there forever.” Our Home Room teachers are a testament to showing our students the value of following in the guidance of our House and College values to continue to be centred in the traditions of the College.

I look forward to sharing more Damien news in Term 4 and hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday.

Nidean Dickson

Pastoral Leader Damien House

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

MacKillop House News

MacKillop House has had such an exciting and spirit-filled year so far! Term 3 has been very busy for MacKillop with Brigidine Day followed by our House Feast Day the following week. With the 2020 House Prefects joining us in leading the House for Term 4, we cannot wait to see what we can do as a combined team!

Brigidine Day was certainly a highlight. It required a lot of preparation and effort by everyone involved. Our theme for 2019 was ‘The Weather’ and MacKillop House definitely ‘kicked up a storm’ on the stage. We followed the journey of a super storm hitting our school and each Home Room played an integral part in telling the story. Our whole House performance was to Purple Rain by Prince; very fitting for the purple House! All the girls were magnificent on the day getting into costumes and cheering on the other Houses as they performed. There was so much House spirit displayed on the day with MacKillop girls helping out wherever they could. Although we didn’t walk away with the bell, we were so proud of everyone involved on the day and their preparation in the weeks leading up to the celebration. A huge thank you to all the MacKillop Home Room teachers for their extensive effort in getting their Home Rooms prepared for their dance. Finally, we could not be more thankful for the support of Mrs McAnally in our preparations. We couldn’t have done it without her!

 

After Brigidine Day, we jumped straight into getting ready for MacKillop Feast Day. We began the day with a special House Mass in the morning lead by Fr Pan. It was a great moment for us to reflect on St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and all that she did to inspire us as young women today. We then furthered the festivities by celebrating as a community with a waffle day. We sold waffles and toppings at lunchtime and had a Waffling Competition. The waffles were a huge success, selling out before lunch was even over! Our Waffling Competition was very difficult to judge with participants having to talk at a fast pace, continuously, for as long as possible. Our winner, Hadley Randall 8DE3, spoke for a whopping 23 minutes straight! That’s definitely what we would call a talent! Overall, the day was a huge success celebrating our House Patron and sharing her story with our College community.

We are excited for the end of year celebrations next term and look forward to watching the girls of MacKillop house grow closer together in these final few months of 2019.

Chelsea Hutley and Sophie Tennent

MacKillop House Prefects

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Year 9 Wellbeing

Our last lesson of Year 9 Wellbeeing this term looked at spiritual self-care and wellbeing.  For this lesson, the Year 9s were able to participate in making coloured rice mandalas.  Rice mandalas hold their tradition in ancient Eastern ritual practices where they are used for meditation.  Mandale, meaning circle, is used to understand and provide meaning to the cyclical nature of life and the universe, enhancing the understanding of the journey of spirituality.

Students were able to look at the symbolic representation of colour to inform how they created patterns and, for these mandalas, all the House colours were used to also symbolise the unity and connectedness of the Houses as Brigidine College.  I would like to congratulate the Year 9s on their participation in this activity and I would also like to thank Ms Tamara Haydock for her guidance during this time.

Nidean Dickson

Year 9 Wellbeing Program Leader

 

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