Kildare Ministries – Foundation Prayer
We are people of listening hearts. We hear the invitation
We cannot cease from journeying, always one pace beyond.
May we, like Brigid, Daniel and Nano know the fire within and trust the opening path.
May we hear the ancient blessings breathed into the ears of our hearts as we create the path to journey by a new and different way.
Brigidine College – Introducing Years 5 and 6 in 2024
It is with great excitement and energy that the Brigidine College community announces the expanding opportunities for girls in the western suburbs, to choose a Brigidine Education in Years 5 and 6 from 2024.
After extensive research and investigations into choices available for families, the opportunity to provide an inclusive education where girls can flourish is what the College Board and Kildare Ministries have approved, as the NSSAB application was lodged this week.
This announcement has been provided to our Catholic school colleagues, the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Brisbane Catholic Education, the Queensland Catholic Education and the broader Brisbane Community.
While the announcement is shared across a range of media sites, further details can are found on our newly relaunched website. Please consider the details and contact the college if you have any further queries.
Further opportunities to engage with myself and College staff will be available during term 4 and during the Twilight Open Event on the 25 October and during orientation programs in November.
College Mission Day – 16 September 2022
Our community enjoyed a wonderful opportunity to share in the parable of the ‘Good Samaritan’ and how the Pastoral Houses, led by the prefects, provided contemporary examples to express ways for each student and staff member, to engage in compassion for everyone.
Following a ‘picnic on the Curragh’ the College Captains led the students in House celebrations for the end of Term 3. The spirit of Brigidine is shared, so that true connections are made across our community.
End Term 3
While there have been challenges regarding the impact of illnesses during the year, it is pleasing to see our students positively engaging in with school life. Attendance is an important aspect for all students as the participation in college life confirms strong student outcomes; higher student attendance at school is associated, on average, with higher student achievement.
Thank you to the many students who have represented Brigidine in Mission, Arts and Sporting opportunities this term. This has also included the many, many families and spectator students that have supported each other at many events. I enjoy these opportunities to share in
My thoughts and prayers to students, staff and families well over the next few weeks and I pray that everyone is able to take some time to rest and look after each other.
Fortiter et Sauviter
News from our Director of Information Services
Term 3 has been the busiest term for the Tullow Centre Library at Brigidine! We have had our regular Year 7 reading classes as always, with lots of enthusiastic Premier’s Reading Challenge participants!
Term 3 also saw our exciting Book Week celebrations. We hosted a series of author workshops during this time; thank you to Victoria Carless, Christine Bongers, Richard Yaxley and Josh Donellan for sharing their talents. Our community also joined in the inevitable Book Week costume “zeitgeist” by donning some amazing outfits to celebrate!
Two main competitions were run for Book Week. Our first required students to respond to the Book Week theme in any creative format they wished. The overall winner was Elise Gordon (Year 10) for her beautiful artwork “Sleeping Deer”. The runner up was Claire Formby (Year 11), for her short story entitled “Last Day Alive”.
Our second competition was “Black Out Poetry”, where students created poetry from the words on torn out pages of old books. Our overall winners were; for middle school, Tia Zoitsas in Year 7, and for the senior school, Emily McMurry in Year 11. We also had two highly commended; Sophie Manning in Year 8 and Lucy Le in Year 9.
Congratulations to all our winners!
Director of Information Services
News from the Spirit Squad
On the 29th of July, the Spirit Squad held its annual fundraiser for cancer research and prevention. This year, it was a ‘Rodeo for Research’ and one of the main events was the Ponytail Project where more than 60 brave Brigidine students from years 7-12 chopped off their hair to raise funds for the Cancer Council. ‘Rocking the chop’ came in different lengths – there were 8cm ponytails all the way to 35cm donations – and all of them went straight to Sustainable Salons to either be used in environmental disasters or, if longer than 20cm, to create wigs for cancer patients living without hair. The Ponytail Project alone raised over $54,000 and the Spirit Squad is so thankful for everyone who chopped, donated, and came to show their support on the night.
The rodeo also involved members of the Brigidine community coming together to raise funds for the Cancer Council with a lunchtime sausage sizzle courtesy of the P&F, a nutbush competition, and fairy floss and popcorn all afternoon. Thank you to everyone who was involved in this great cause. It’s been one of the most successful events we’ve had in our community.
by Alice Conway and Ella Watney
News from The Environment Club
Environment Club Members get down and dirty!
Last day of Term and time to empty the blue recycling bins. The containers are sorted, unsuitable ones weeded out and the rest made ready for collection for recycling. It’s a messy job but fun to do together. Recycling one bottle at a time. The school earns money from this recycling and next Term these are being used for a special native garden bed down on the Curragh.
By Tiah Kalaja
Book in a Day
On Monday 12th Sept the Book in a Day Year 9 entrants held a bake sale to raise funds for the Kids’ Cancer Project – Science, Solutions Survival. It was a great spread.
The most popular? Mrs Boots rocky road, Lucy Low’s fudge and Holly Brands chock jumble. $600 was raised and we all had a great morning tea!
by Helen Jeffcoat
News from the Sports Department
GBC Track & Field results
The GBC Track & Field Carnival was held on Tuesday 6 September at QSAC. Our athletes have been working hard throughout Term 3 and the outstanding results are a credit to their dedication and commitment to the program.
- 12 years Age Champion- Alena Kuchavo
- 14 years Runner Up- Leah Crompton
- 15 years Third Place- Mackenzie King
- Open Third Place- Monique Hanlon
- Monique Hanlon- 17- 19 years 200 metres
- 12 years Girls Track & Field Champions
- 13 years Girls Track & Field Champions
- 14 years Girls Track & Field Champions
- Open Girls Track & Field Champions
- Runners Up Secondary Girls
The GBC Track & Field Carnival concluded our Track & Field season. Thank you to our coaches and staff for your efforts and for sharing your expertise throughout the season. We look forward to commencing Swimming in Term 4 in preparation for our Term 1 CaSSSA and GBC Carnivals!
GBC Finals were held on Saturday 10 September. Special thank you to our Parents/ Guardians, students and supporters for assisting on the day with the Bake Sale, canteen and matches.
Congratulations to our Junior Firsts Touch Football team who won the Premiership!
Rugby 7’s Gala Day
The Rugby 7’s Gala Day was held on Sunday 11 September. It was fantastic to see all of the work our students have put in throughout the Term at training and at the Wednesday afternoon fixtures come together. Our U18 team finished as Runners Up. Rugby 7’s continues in to Term 4 and all students are welcome to come along and give it a go!
CaSSSA finals concluded the CaSSSA Term 3 season on Wednesday 14 September. Well done to all of our teams on your participation this Term. Special thank you to our Coaches for your efforts during the season.
Queensland School Championships
Good luck to our Rowers competing at the Queensland Schools’ Championship Regatta from Friday 16 to Monday 19 September at Bucca Weir. We look forward to hearing of your results.
We have a new National Champion at the College after the School Sport Australia Triathlon Championships held in Hervey Bay last week. Congratulations to Gabby Jackson (Year 12) on her outstanding performance at the Championships who is now the SSA Triathlon Champion! Gabby also came away with a silver medal in the Relay event. Emma Neish also represented Queensland at the Championships, Emma finished in 16th place and 6th in the Relay. Well done Gabby and Emma, these are outstanding results and a credit to you and all of the hard work you put in to training.
Term 4 will be another busy term of sport! Trials have been held for Junior CaSSSA Netball, Junior CaSSSA AFL and Intermediate CaSSSA Basketball with fixtures to commence in Week 1 of Term 4.
Functional training and Rugby 7’s will continue through to Term 4 with registrations for Swimming, Come & Try Tennis and CaSSSA Tennis opening soon!
Director of Sports
Members of the Brigidine College community have been invited to visit Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Parish Primary School for the Blessing of the Foundation stone on Saturday 5 November.