From the Principal

Building the Brigidine Community                     

Prayer 

God of Compassion, you are our refuge,

You are our comfort and strength in times of sudden disaster, crisis or chaos.

Be with the world community during this time of illness and uncertainty.

Grant us the strength to endure this unforeseeable event.

Hear the prayers of a broken community, for those suffering illnesses and those caring for family members connected to this global pandemic.

May we ask you to hear their distress and grant mercy and relief in our sadness.

We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord of peace.

St Brigid, Pray for Us.

 Amen

Lent 2024 – How we can grow the Brigidine Community 

One of the ways in which we can reach out to others and help end poverty is to donate generously to Project Compassion.  Our community is heavily involved in Project Compassion, which is Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal which serves to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.  The work of Caritas Australia is underpinned by Catholic Social Teaching (CST). CST covers all spheres of life – the economic, political, personal and spiritual. Some of the CST principles that guide the work of Caritas Australia are:

  • Dignity of the human person
  • Subsidiarity and participation
  • Solidarity
  • Preferential option for the poor

“We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it.”   Pope Francis, Laudato Si

Parents and Friends Association

The P&F held its AGM on Wednesday 6 March. It was with thanks that 2023 committee stood down. I thank the president, Darren Vander Wegar, the secretary Mary Matthews, treasurer Stephen Curtis, as well as the committee, Anna Pianta, Morgan Donaghy, Clare Bruggemann, Julie and Mirko Ravizzotti. The new committee includes:

President            Mirko Ravizzotti              Vice President   Julie Nearhos

Secretary            Clare Bruggemann          Treasurer           Stephen Curtis

Welcome to the Brigidine community. I acknowledge the outstanding work of the P&F and their generous donations of funds for the new Junior School Playground (due for completion May 2024) and the Kildare Hall Cooling Project. Further information regarding P&F events will be coming out soon. See more information about our P&F here.

Representing Brigidine College

Over recent weeks the Student Leaders have demonstrated the value and importance of representing the College and the Brigidine Community. Whether it be through interviews, Visitation Tours, excursions, sporting teams or cultural activities, the opportunity to represent the College at any time, is one that many students are excited about and thoroughly enjoy the recognition and sense of achievement. Our community welcome all girls to represent the College with care and pride, so that the benefits for our community touch all of us.  Let’s continue to share this pride with grace and responsibility.

Congratulations to all the students who represented the College at the CaSSSA and GBC Swimming Carnivals.  A truly wonderful effort with many girls swimming their personal best and the College improving their overall result.  Congratulations also to the coaches and supporters who were outstanding with their organisation and support of the team.  Congratulations to all sporting teams competing this weekend, especially the Water polo teams in semi-finals.

College Events

Thank you to the many parents who have volunteered to assist the college with events and or specific activities. It is wonderful to see how parents can engage and share time with us. Please note that the College Twilight Afternoon/Evening and the Mother Daughter High Tea will occur early next term and I look forward meeting more families as we grow the Brigidine community.

Kind regards and blessings to all,

Brendan Cahill
Principal


An update from the Mathematics Leader of Learning 

 

ATC Mathematics Challenge – Building the Brigidine Community 

I’m thrilled to share with you the journey we embarked on recently with our Year 7 to 10 students. As the Mathematics Leader of Learning, it’s always a joy to witness our students dive headfirst into the world of problem-solving, and the recent Mathematics Challenge with Ambrose Treacy College was no exception.

Our students were not just handed problems but were presented with an opportunity to unravel mathematical mysteries collaboratively. With the support of our teachers, Luke Cornwall and Renee Dunne, our students did a brilliant job at representing Brigidine. The challenge wasn’t merely about finding solutions; it was about embracing the joy of mathematics, fostering teamwork, and nurturing resilience in the face of complexity.

Problem Solving

Our teams delved into a variety of complex problem-solving questions. Students didn’t just rely on individual skills; they pooled their diverse perspectives to answer each question. Through collaboration, they discovered that sometimes, the solution lies in combining different approaches and learning from one another’s insights, and wonderfully represented Brigidine community.

Taking on the challenge

At its core, mathematics is more than just numbers and formulas; it’s about cultivating a mindset that thrives on problem-solving. The challenge provided a platform for our students to embrace this mindset fully. Our students learned that behind every problem lies an opportunity for growth, and with perseverance, they can overcome any obstacle.

In closing, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Luke Cornwell, Renee Dunne, and all the senior student volunteers who supported our students throughout this enriching experience. Here’s to many more adventures in problem-solving!

Tess Everard
Mathematics Leader of Learning 


News from the Director of Sport

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected in Metropolitan West teams:

  • Meg Brand: 13- 15 years Football
  • Thea Hibberd: 13- 15 years AFL
  • Caitlyn Hudson: 10- 19 years Golf
  • Lucy Low 10- 12 years Basketball Referee

 

The CaSSSA Cup and GBC Swimming Carnivals were held on Thursday 7 March and Tuesday 12 March.  Congratulations to our Swimming Team on their efforts in the lead up to and at each of the carnivals.  Thank you to Coach Charles, Mr & Mrs McGarity for assisting at Lead Up Meets and to our Parent/ Carers and supporters.  Please see below outstanding achievements:

CaSSSA Cup

  • Year 6 Aggregate
  • 3rd– 13 years
  • 4th– Percentage Cup
  • 4th– 14 years

 

GBC Carnival

Records
  • Mia Alvos- 14 years 50m Freestyle
  • Maggie Butler- 11 years 50m Butterfly
  • 16 years 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay

 

Age Champions
  • Maggie Butler- 11 years Age Champion
  • Lauren Tan- 12 years Age Champion
  • Mia Alvos- 14 years Age Champion
  • Bronte Durnford- 13 years Runner Up
  • Rosie Scott- 16 years Runner Up

 

Aggregate

12 years Runner Up

13 years Champions

14 years Champions

15 years Third Place

16 years Champions

Open Runner Up

Secondary Girls Aggregate Champions

 


From our students

 

Clean Up Australia Day!

On the 1st of March, students from the Environment Club met to participate in Clean Up Australia Day.

Every year, Clean Up Australia Day is held on the first Sunday in March.  To keep the Brigidine community involved, we participated one Friday after school. This activity allowed Brigidine to be involved with the greater community and help improve our local environment. Brigidine was even recognised by members of the public for our contribution!

Changes on the way for the Brigidine community!

Other exciting Environment Club news from Term 1 includes the return of our chickens after the summer holidays and the beginning of LMYELN 2024! Our 4 reps for this year, Katie Persich, Mischa Reid, Devika Menon, and Edith Forkgen, are excited to create some change in the Brigidine community and make our school a greener place! I’m sure all of us cannot wait to see what the future of EC holds for this year!

Emily Seiler
The Environment Club 


What’s happening around the College?

 

Brigidine is a ‘Go for Gold’ recipient for 2024! 

We are happy to announce that Brigidine College is 2024 recipient of the ‘Go for Gold Fund’. This fund is a targeted government strategy, aimed at improving sports performance in preparation for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Brigidine College has received brand new kickboards, and we are so excited about it!


Upcoming Events

There are exciting things brewing around the College and within the Brigidine community! Make sure you download the College App and keep an eye on the calendar.

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NAPLAN Online Testing

Years 5, 7 & 9 will have NAPLAN Online testing from Wednesday March 13 to Friday March 15. We wish all our students the best for their testing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interhouse Cross Country 

Our 2024 Interhouse Cross Country competition will be held on March 25.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kildare Ministries Conference 

This conference will be the first time our 1,000 strong staff in our ten schools and three community works will come together as one, on 26-27 March 2024. Consequently, there will be some re-organisation of the school calendar in March of 2024. For Brigidine College Indooroopilly, we have made the following arrangements to allow all staff to participate fully:

Brigidine students will be dismissed after the Easter Liturgy at 12.00 pm and will be expected to make their way home. Our Year 5 & 6 students can be collected from the Cecil Street pick-up location from 12.10 pm, where they will be supervised at this location until 12.30 pm.

 

 

 

 

Camp Create

An opportunity for learning enrichment. Unlock your students’ creative potential at our 3-day school holiday workshop! Through fun, hands-on activities and guided exploration, young minds will delve into the realms of art, storytelling, and problem-solving. Please share this with your students, so they can join us for an unforgettable journey where imagination knows no bounds! Spaces are limited to 50 participants. For more information and to register your interest, follow this link.