Principal’s News

Brigidine College Begins a New Year

Over recent weeks the College has been engaging in online as well as face-to-face teaching and learning. While there have certainly been some challenges with a number of students, staff and families needing to self-isolate due to Covid ‘close contacts’, the College Community is to be commended for its positive and effective ways it has continued to provide effective organisational learning.

The range, size and flexibility of learning has been incorporated into many new contemporary and sustainable environments. Thank you all teachers, staff, parents and the students navigating the changing times. I would particularly like to congratulate the Year 7 and other new students and staff in remaining positively connected to each other.

Brigidine College not only starts 2022 with a changing landscape, but it also begins with a new Strategic Plan where education and schooling continues to evolve.  Educators are aware of the wide ranging areas for ongoing engagement, whether they be climate change, changing demographics, First Nations’ and migrant populations, changing teaching pedagogies, artificial intelligence (AI), personalised learning spaces and a range of other issues impacting on schools.  Perhaps we might as a college, begin to also rethink schools in terms of social, cultural, cooperative, community related outcomes?

In a recent article, How will schooling change over the next 10 years? Rebecca Vukovic highlights the works of Professor Neil Selwyn from Monash University.  Amongst many important matters impacting schools, Selwyn says there will always be a need for an adult in the classroom. ‘Optimistically, I hope there’s always going to be a need for a professionally trained, expert, knowledgeable teacher who can stimulate learning and design amazing things to happen. The education sector must continue to make a strong case for the added value of having a trained, professional, expert teachers in the classroom.”

While many things about schools and schooling will undoubtedly change, education is about the whole person, where gifts and growth occur for each us through exposure to and understandings of wisdom. Brigidine College continues to fully engage in shining a light on ‘student gifts and talents’ and how as a community of faith learners, we look forward in sharing in the catholic intellectual tradition.


As the college celebrated the efforts of last year’s graduates at the 2021 Graduates Awards Evening on the 17 February, it was exciting to witness the growth and maturity in which we announced the College Dux and Sr Patricia Whitby Award recipients. Coupled with the students receiving Awards for ATAR results higher than 95, the college is immensely proud of each student’s efforts, their results and the extremely high levels of ‘pathway engagement with universities and or full-time work. I particularly acknowledge the students who also received Tertiary Scholarships to support their further studies at Queensland or interstate universities.

Over the next few weeks further details regarding the Parents and Friends Association meetings and events will be published on the College App. I encourage all families to take part and join with us during 2022.


God of Grace and Holiness, Send upon us today your Holy Spirit

Spirit of God, let your wisdom shine upon us

Spirit of Silence, make us aware of God’s presence

Spirit of Love, help us to open ourselves to the needs of others

Spirit of Power, give us your help and strength

Spirit of God, present in all places and filling all things, treasury of blessings and giver of life:

Come and dwell in us, be present with us as we meet together in your name.



Brendan Cahill




News from our Deputy Principal – Curriculum

Academic Assembly

Last week we congratulated almost 200 students form Year 8 – 12 who were acknowledged for Academic Merit and Academic Improvement awards based on their Semester 2, 2021 results.

Each year we see an increasing number of students achieving these awards. Their dedication, motivation, focus, application and effort to consistently achieve at a high level and work towards improvement are wonderful attributes that we hope for all Brigidine Learners.

Graduate’s Awards 2021

Yesterday, Brigidine College hosted the 2021 Graduate’s Awards. It was wonderful to welcome back 29 of the 2021 Brigidine Graduates to celebrate their outstanding achievements.

Awards were presented for:

It was also with great pleasure that we announced the

  • Brigidine College Dux Ashleigh Gordon
    • Ashleigh achieved an ATAR of 99.60 and has been accepted into a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours), which she will study at the University of Queensland.
  • Sr Patricia Whitby Award – Lara Kenny
    • Lara achieved an ATAR of 98.90 and has been accepted into a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Honours), which she will study at the University of Queensland.

Overall, this cohort’s results were outstanding. Despite COVID-19 disruptions to their learning during 2020 and 2021 this cohort demonstrated determination and resilience. Particularly, during 2021 it was clear that they were focused on their goals and were constantly striving to improve their outcome.

Some highlights from the data are:

ATAR Results

94% of this year’s cohort provided the College with access to their ATAR results.

  • 5 students achieved ATAR 98+, placing them in the top 2% of the state
  • 18% of students achieved ATAR 95+, placing them in the top 5% of the state
  • 29% of students achieved ATAR 90+, placing them in the top 10% of the state
  • 65% of students achieved ATAR 80+, placing them in the top 20% of the state.

Overall Outcomes

  • 98% of students achieved a QCE
  • 2 students achieved a QCIA
  • 36 students achieved VET Qualifications – Certificate II, III, IV and Diploma qualification
  • 3 students achieved an overall result of 100% for one of their subjects
  • 25 students achieved 95% or higher in 1 or more subjects
    • this was achieved in 17 different subjects.

External Assessment Results

  • 50 results were 98% or higher, across 18 different subjects
  • 33 different students achieved this, including two Year 11s who completed Year 12 subjects
  • 3 students achieved this for 3 exams
  • 1 student achieved this for 5 exams.

Melissa Dever

Deputy Principal – Curriculum


News from our Program Leader Senior Years

Each year in the Senior School we work with students to develop goals – academic goals, well-being goals and personal goals. Goal setting is important, as it triggers new behaviours and help guide and focus attention. It helps sustain momentum. For the Year 11 and 12 students, they will share their goals with the mentor, a senior teacher who will help guide their mentee through the next four terms. Listed below are ten key points worthy of consideration . . .

10 Things that Require Zero Talent, But, Can Still Lead To Success

Being on Time– Being on time takes zero talent and shows discipline. It gives a good first impression.

Work Ethic– Doing your work with honesty and dedication will take you to new heights. Take pride in the quality of the work you’re doing.

Effort– Give your everything when you do something. Always do your best.

Body Language-Your body language speaks volumes about you.

Energy (Motivation)- Focus on your goals. If you know your “Why” it will be easier to stay motivated.

Attitude– Having a positive attitude is essential to do creative work. Your attitude determines the course of your life. When you’re negative, you act as a roadblock in the path of your success.

Passion- The enthusiasm you show when you are passionate about something is easily noticeable and can rub off on others. Being passionate about something also gives you the ability to endure in times when things may not be going your way.

Being Coachable– Be always open to learning. You can never know everything. To increase your chances of success, you need to be a continuous learner.

Doing Extra– Doing something extra will not cost you much but it will definitely add a lot to your character and make you stand above the crowd.

Being Prepared- “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Always be prepared; formulate a plan before you do something.

For Year 12 students and parent you may want to sign up for the webinar hosted by Dr Justin Coulson “How to Smash Year 12- A guide to making the most of your final year’. Please see the link


Ms  Korryn Swindail-Hill

Program Leader Senior Years


News from our Academic Ambassador

A week of online schooling certainly increased Brigidine’s longing to get back into the classroom. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to at-campus learning this year, already hearing the amazing support each student has for on another. On our second day back, we held the first Academic Assembly for the year, where we were able to congratulate and acknowledge academic merit in our community, but also introduce ourselves to the student body as 2022 Academic Ambassadors. We are also excited to work alongside our 2022 College Captain to revitalise academic life throughout our community, imbuing this year’s college focus of compassion with our goals and aspirations. Our main focus for the year is for students to find passion and excitement in their learning – to find their spark. The curiosity to discover new knowledge through education allows us to face challenges, build confidence and develop a compassion for the world around us; key values we aim to promote this year as ambassadors. We also hope to encourage each student at Brigidine to engage in academic life through college-wide events organised by our 2022 Academic Council, fostering a strong culture of support and celebrating each other’s achievements throughout our community. We are truly excited for an amazing year of academics at the college!


News from our Curriculum Leader Health and Physical Education

This year we have introduced the “Out of the Box” program as part of Core Physical Education for Year 10 students. The purpose of this program is to expose the students to a range of activities that they might not typically see in a school PE program.

Each term there will be a different theme and specialist instructors will be invited in to run “taster” sessions for the students.

The theme for Term 1 is Power to the People and includes Self Defence and Life Skills, Karate, Capoeira and Kung Fu. The Term 2 theme is Holistic Health and Wellbeing, Term 3 is Global Beats and in Term 4, we hope to run a unit entitled Uncomfort Zone.


If you would like more information on any of the organisations who visit to run these sessions, please email me.

Kate Nankivell

Curriculum Middle Leader of Health and Physical Education

Would your daughter like to learn to play, or improve their Chess?

Chess Mates run a weekly class at Brigidine on Wednesday afternoons from 3-4:30pm. For more information, have a look at their flyer or visit their website.