From the Principal

Prayer

Lord, You inspired in St Brigid such a whole-hearted dedication to Your work

That she became a strong and gentle woman.

Help us to see and serve You in the people we meet and in the ordinary events of daily life.

May we serve You as she did in a spirit of joy, with courage in the face of difficulties

And with loving compassion for those in need.

 

In exploring the understandings of what Hope our community, we will be WALKING with and having EMPATHY for all!

 

At the heart of our action however we set our compass settings to a heart to be disposed towards Hope.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday (14 February) marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.

Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice. The distribution of ashes comes from a ceremony of ages past and like many ceremonies performed in today, their origins are firmly linked to the ancient traditions of our Catholic tradition.

As our Brigidine community prepares for Easter, we take the time to:

Reflect – on our lives / Repent – Ask for forgiveness / Renew – for New Life at Easter

During Lent our community takes time to focus on being compassionate towards others, look out for those in need by raising money through Project Compassion and working for Justice through Caritas Australia and their ‘Food for Life’ campaign.

Principal Welcome – New Staff

Music Teacher                                   Angela Miles

Humanities/History Teacher        Penny Pritchard-Cahill

Library Technician                         Anna Siddens

Maintenance                                   Connor McLean

Marketing/Communications      Mackenna Dries

 

Transport – Bus Travel & Car Parking / Drop off Areas

I attended a meeting with representatives form ATC, St Peter’s Lutheran College and Southern Cross Bus Lines earlier in the week. I understand the challenges of getting to and from the college each day and Southern Cross is attempting to overcome the delays due to traffic congestion. The college will be carefully monitoring the situation and passing on feedback to Southern Cross. Also note that following a further review at the end of Term 1, may lead to further adjustments to the timetable to be implemented in Term 2. This is yet to be confirmed.

The college is restricted in the number of areas for students to be safely dropped off in the mornings and afternoons. I ask that secondary school parents park in designated areas and preferably use the areas outside the Kildare Hall and Taringa Soccer Club for dropping students off and collecting each day. The use of Cecil Street for parking at 3pm is restricted to Holy Family Primary School. Can Junior School parents collect Years 5 and 6 parents after 3.15pm if not remaining for the ‘after school’ activities.

The safety of all girls is paramount and with increasing traffic, the areas identified in Fairly Street are the best options.

 

Brendan Cahill

Principal


News from the Deputy Principal

It has been wonderful to return to Brigidine College after a 6 month break in 2023. While I thoroughly enjoyed my time away, I was reminded of how much I value being part of such a strong educational community.

This year the College focus is on the value of Hope. Hope is a key value to have in the education of the students at Brigidine College. I regularly remind our students of one of the College’s core values – Engender a love of learning, hope and a sense of purpose.

It has been a vibrant start to the year as we welcomed our inaugural Year 5 and 6 students to our Junior School, our new Year 7 students and new students in Year 8, 9 and 10. The College campus is a busy place with many wonderful activities taking place each week. For the first time in many years we have also started the year with a new timetable structure. I am impressed how our students and staff are adapting to 5 x 1 hour lessons per day and different break times during the day.

The College teaching staff were engaged in professional learning, prior to the students commencing this year. The focus of this professional learning was on the importance of developing a culture of thinking in both our classrooms and within the wider community. This was a reminder of the importance of student-centred learning, which is integral to our College Learning Framework.

SEQTA Engage

All parents should now be able to access SEQTA Engage. This will give you access to information about your daughter’s classes, assessment, results, daily notices etc. If you have forgotten your login details, please email support@brigidine.qld.edu.au. This site is very similar to SEQTA Learn. The students are familiar with this and will be able to assist you to navigate all the different areas. Overviews and outlines of weekly work, notices, homework, resources, timetables, excursion information, reports, assessment results and feedback, are just a few of the many items that can be viewed on SEQTA Engage.

I would also encourage you to view the information on the Portal Pages such as –

Parent Information

Assessment and Study

 

Melissa Dever
Deputy Principal


Settled into the Junior School

Four weeks in and the Junior School students are settling into established routines with their classroom and specialist teachers. All students were delighted to receive their Junior School Commencement Badge to be worn throughout their time at Brigidine. This circular badge has a special place on the college tie and incorporates the oak and gum leaf; signifying Brigidine traditions and new beginnings. We’ve had our first swimming carnival which celebrated team spirit, participation and active engagement in college life. Students were excited by the invitation to join the greater college in Shrove Tuesday pancakes and Valentine’s Day celebrations. On another note, the Level 1 animal population has grown past 6A’s burrowing cockroaches. We are the proud owners of fish, affectionately known as Sharon, Bob, their fingerlings and Doug the catfish.

The Junior School has developed term priorities to reflect focus and need within the program. Within formation, students are fostered by all staff to improve their personal resilience, become independent problem solvers and redirect any work avoidance. From a curriculum side, we are highlighting the need for timestable proficiencies, understanding place value and participating in daily reading.

Anna Pianta
Junior School Program Leader


News from the Director of Sports

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

  • 13- 19 years Water Polo: Nakarra Eastment, Lucy Scott, Rosie Scott, Clove Wynn, Nixie Wynn
  • 16- 19 years Cricket- Pari More, Caitlin Holmes

Congratulations to all students on their participation at our Inter House Swimming Carnivals last week.  It was fantastic to see swimmers of all abilities giving events a go and earning points for their House!  Congratulations to our Mackillop House and the Age Champions who were presented with their trophies at College Assembly on Tuesday.  The Swimming Squad is mid way through preparations for the CaSSSA and GBC Carnivals with Swimming Camp to be held next week.  We look forward to seeing their results in the coming weeks!

 

GBC, CaSSSA, Tennis, Water Polo, Futsal and Rowing are well and truly underway for the Term!  Good luck to all teams as they progress throughout the season.

Rebecca Horne
Director of Sports


What’s coming up?

Thursday 29 February 2024 – Year 7 Parent Information evening

Friday 1 March 2024 – World Day of Prayer 2024 for Palestine

An ecumenical service for the World Day of Prayer will be held at Holy Family Church, 37 Ward St Indooroopilly, at 10am on Friday 1 March. The country of focus for 2024 is Palestine. You are invited to come to this ecumenical service to pray and support the people of Palestine. Morning tea will follow the Service. If you are able to do so, please bring a plate for the morning tea.

Thursday 7 March 2024 – International Women’s Day Forum