Principal’s News

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 2022

One of the ways in which we can reach out to others and help end poverty is to donate generously to Project Compassion.  Project Compassion 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

 

Representing Brigidine College

Over recent weeks the Student Leaders have been extending a strong invitation to all students to understand the value and importance of what it means to represent the College. 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 girls 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.

Congratulations to the musicians, dancers, choral and drama students for their beautifully presented and meaningful understandings of contemporary ideas for our Twilight Tours this week.

 

Parents and Friends Association

With the disrupted beginning to the year, it was wonderful to finally have our P&F AGM and engage our parent supporters. Thank you to our new P&F Executive and Committee

President              Darren Van der Wegar

Vice President     Jodie Heath

Secretary              Lexi Trost

Treasurer             David O’Donnell

Committee           Anna Pianta, Morgan Donaghy, Georges Lefevre, Mary Matthews, Louise Conway and Toni O’Reilly.

The P & F are hosting the Parent Welcome drinks next Friday evening with music, dance and lucky door gift prizes. The prizes include $500 voucher for school fees, $250 Uniform voucher and $100 Tuckshop voucher.

It will be wonderful to welcome our parents on site and celebrate the gifts of community with everyone.

Kind regards and blessings to our Community,

Brendan Cahill

Principal

 

News from our Deputy Principal – Students

The College Captains theme for 2022 is Connection. Despite a disrupted Term 1 due to COVID delays and the flood it has been heartening to see the students come together and truly connect through a range of activities and daily.

As discussed by the College Captains on Assembly “We believe that our success as a College is achieved through a collective effort and a culture where we utilise each other’s strengths, support and look after each other. We want to create a safe environment where everyone matters, feels valued and included in a place where they belong. It’s about the little things.”

It is my hope that we can take the students theme of connection to our broader Brigidine Community and would like to remind our community about the importance of communication and connection and the role in which it plays in supporting our students at Brigidine. We are aware of the role schools take in supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing is vital to their success. At Brigidine we endeavour to work in close partnership with families to achieve this. Below is a reminder of the many forms of formal support available at Brigidine that students and parents can access at anytime about aspects of College life including:

  • Home Room Teacher
  • Pastoral Leader
  • Subject Teacher
  • Curriculum Leader
  • Program Leader Middle / Senior Years
  • Program Leader Access and Diverse Learning
  • College Personal Counsellors
  • College Careers Counsellor

Please note that, in the first instance, contact should be made with either the Subject Teacher (for academic support) or Home Room Teacher (for pastoral support):

Dani Sprenger
Acting Deputy Principal Students

 

 

News from the Mission Team

The mission team has been busy at work this term, organising new initiatives to implement our college’s theme of connection, as well as getting all mission groups up and running again! Despite the interrupted start to the year, all mission groups have seen significant growth in members and depth of content – and for that we only have the college and its wonderful students to thank! It is incredible to see the support  from students and their willingness to learn, immersing themselves fully in the multitude of opportunities available!

To whoever may be reading this, there is always a spot for you in the Brigidine Mission Program, we would be more than happy to see your smiling face joining us during a break or after school 😊

Keep an eye out for upcoming celebration days, as well as new initiatives coming to the college in 2022!

Charlotte, Alice and Wishmi

 

News from Vinnies club

Vinnies Eggs on Legs Project by Leannah Corliss and Mrs Jeffcoat

Eggs on Legs is off and running. This is the 6th year we have run this fundraiser and the students really get involved. The creative activity of making the posters and egg bags engages the students at our big lunch time meetings. This year we have approached local businesses to support the project and with their generous donations we will be able to raise more money for St Vincent de Paul’s flood appeal. A huge thank you to Coles, Woolworths and Kmart at Indooroopilly Shoppingtown for their support. Writing the letters, thank you cards and phoning the stores is all part of students learning about the economics of charity fundraising.

We welcome donations of small easter eggs and chocolates from families and staff. This is much-appreciated and increases our profit margin. Drop off at DU5 before March 25th. There are lots of ways to help with this project.

Orders have opened on My Monitor. You can order bags for yourself, friends and teachers. Orders close Sunday 27th March and delivery will be during the last week of term. Watch for the Vinnies bunnies hopping round the school in Home Room time to deliver. Last year we had 554 orders – it was big ! This really is Mission in Action.

How to order – 

  • Go to My Monitor
    • Online ordering
    • Fundraising
    • St Vincent de Paul

Bags are $4 each. Order Early Order Often

Photos:

Leannah Corliss, Annabelle Powell and Stephanie Zoitsas picking up gift cards from Kmart and Woolworths

Leannah Corliss and Alice Conway picking up gift cards from Coles

 

News from the Curriculum Leader, Mathematics

Mathematical problem-solving is one of the key focuses of the Brigidine Mathematics and Numeracy programs because we aim to prepare our students for effective participation in an information and technology-based society. Problem-solving in mathematics allows students to develop understanding and explain the processes used to arrive at solutions, rather than remembering and applying a set of procedures. Problem-solving activities support our students to think creatively, critically, and logically, to structure and organize, and to process information. 

In Year 7 to 9, students are provided with dedicated numeracy problem-solving lessons on a weekly basis. These lessons support students to apply structured problem-solving strategies: 

  • Draw a diagram 
  • Create a model 
  • Make a table 
  • Make a list 
  • Look for a pattern 
  • Write an equation 
  • Work backwards 
  • Guess and check 
  • Simplify the problem  

For students who are highly motivated for challenges or talented in Mathematics, we support them to participate in several co-curricular activities such as the Mathematics Enrichment Club and Australian Mathematics Competition. 

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded a Distinction certificate in 2021 Australian Mathematics Competition, i.e., their results were in the top 20% (25% for Senior) of their year level across Australia: 

Emily Byrnes, Alice Fiorini, Josie Griffiths, Sofia Jessett, Shavini Kariyawasam, Lucy Low, Maddie Minty, Amelia North, Maya Pianta and Lili Schmitt (names in alphabetical order). 

 

Pi Day

On 14th March, the Brigidine community celebrated the Mathematical π (Pi) Day.

The number π is a mathematical constant, approximately equal to 3.14 when rounded to two decimals. It is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. This ratio is always 3.14 regardless of how big or small the circle is.  

π is an irrational number, implying that it is impossible to find all the digits of π. Its decimal representation never ends and never settles into a permanently repeating pattern. One of the most celebrated activities people do on the Pi Day is the Pi reciting or memorisation competition. 

Congratulations to the following students who won the Brigidine Pi recitation competition: 

          • First place: Kirra Coslovich (Year 8 , Damien) naming 100 digits. 
          • Second place: Georgia Lovisa (Year 10, Mackillop) naming 82 digits. 
          • Third place: Sorcha Coll (Year 8, Mackillop) naming 81 digits. 

The Guinness World Records was achieved by Rajveer Meena from India on 21 March 2015. He was able to recite 70,000 decimal places, which took an astonishing 10 hours to complete! 

Another interesting fact is that Albert Einstein was born on 14/03, 1879, the Mathematical Pi Day. Even more interesting, it was his 143rd birthday on 14/03, 2022. Did you notice the amazing 143 coincidence? 

 

A message from the Brigidine College Parents and Friends Association

Hi to all new and current parents, we look forward to seeing you at the welcome drinks next Friday. 

You might be interested to know a bit more about the Brigidine P&F, and that with this understanding, it might encourage you to come and help in whatever form that might be.

What does the Brigidine P&F do?

The P&F is the main interface between the parents and the school. It has a broad charter to enhance the development of students by supporting parents and staff, as well as assisting in the improvement of the college environment.

Brigidine P&F is unique

The P&F at Brigidine is funded by a levy in your school fees – this means NO FUNDRAISING BY PARENTS!

The Brigidine P&F’s main function is allocating these levies across a mix of social events, supporting infrastructure within the school, and discretionary funding of special projects.

Some of the major events/projects funded previously include:

  • Furniture for the Marion Centre
  • The annual Mothers’ Day High Tea
  • The Brigidine 90th Anniversary Gala Dinner
  • Major works to the College Pool

Mixed in with these larger projects are many smaller social events throughout the year.

With a New Year comes new opportunities and we are always looking for new members to help us build on the success of previous years with fresh ideas. So, if you would like to meet new parents, make new friends, reconnect with old friends or to help out with a few events, plus help with ideas and contributing to setting the priorities for the P&F, please come along or let one of the committee know.

Brigidine P&F

parents.friends@brigidine.qld.edu.au


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.