Principal’s News

Prayer for Reconciliation

In the midst of conflict and a vision we know it is you

who turns our minds to thoughts of peace.

Your spirit changes our hearts:

Enemies begin to talk to one another,

those who are estranged join hands in friendship,

And nations seek the way of peace together.

 

Let your spirit be at work in us.

Give us understanding and put an end to strife

Fill us with mercy and overcome our denial.

Grant us wisdom and teach us to learn

From the people of the land.

Call us to justice.

Amen.

 

 

Brigidine College Sorry Day Commemoration

Our Sorry Day Commemoration liturgy is a special opportunity to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Turribal and Jagera peoples, on which we gathered to pay our respects to Elders both past and present.

‘As Brigidines, we stand in reverence for the community of life. And we will continue to work to further compassion and justice for humanity and for the earth’

(2001 Congregational Forum)

We are fortunate that our community shares in an opportunity for peace and healing to be present so that our interconnectedness through the spirit of St Brigid and our wider Australian community might be part of our everyday life. We celebrate the giftedness of our Indigenous sisters and brothers, and together we can reflect on our past, forge links with the present and provide for ongoing connections into the future. Many thanks to Mr Andrew Beiers, Deputy Principal Mission, as well as the indigenous and student leaders for their wonderful leadership and care here at Brigidine and with our local community at Sherwood.

“A future where all Australians, whatever their origins, are truly equal partners, with equal opportunities and with an equal stake in shaping the next chapter in the history of this great country, Australia. There comes a time in the history of nations when their peoples must become fully reconciled to their past if they are to go forward with confidence to embrace their future.”

Kevin Rudd, 13 Feb. 2008

Sorry Day Commemorations – Brigidine College / Sherwood 2022

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Brigidine was honoured to receive a visit from the Kildare Ministries Trustees last week. While Covid 19 had impacted the opportunity to visit over the past few years, the Trustees were warmly received and fully engaged with our students as they toured the College. Comments shared with us during the College Board AGM included, our students truly ‘love their school.’ Many thanks to everyone involved in a sharing of our story.

           Kildare Ministries visit

Moggill 1/2 Marathon

Damien House Patron Day Mass

Mother Daughter High Tea

 

Brendan Cahill

Principal 

 

News from our Acting Deputy Principal Students

Friendship and Belonging

It is not always easy for teenagers to know how to manage friendships. Learning how to make new friends and keep them involves a number of skills every young person needs to understand and develop. For some these skills will come very naturally. For others this can be much harder to navigate. Belonging to a group that is like-minded with similar interests is highly beneficial to a person’s wellbeing. For teenagers it is important that they learn how to navigate the ups and downs of friendships.

“The ability to obtain, maintain and retain friendships is, according to all the childhood psychologists in the whole wide world, the greatest predictor of wellbeing. Having a rich repertoire of friends is a true indicator of whether your child is travelling ok.” (Dr Michael Carr-Gregg)

In this edition of SchoolTV, adults can gain insights into ways of supporting teenagers with their development and management of friendships.

This week Rebecca Sparrow (Author and Columnist) visited Year 7 Formation to discuss Friendships. Rebecca has written a range of non-fiction books for teenage girls to help them navigate those tricky high school years. Those books include Find Your Tribe (and 9 other things I wish I’d known in high school); Find Your Feet (The 8 things I Wish I’d Known Before I Left High School) and the best-selling Ask Me Anything (heartfelt answers to 65 anonymous questions from teenage girls).

In her presentation to Year 7s Rebecca discussed the importance of the importance of finding your tribe – those people in life who are authentic friends.  She also discussed the importance of teaching yourself to be resilient, learning to listen to your gut instinct, the power of your high school legacy and the value in giving back to the community. This was an incredibly valuable and engaging session for our Year 7 students.

Attendance

Learning is enriched through attendance at school. Attendance matters – ‘everyday counts’. Absences are necessary when students are ill, have unavoidable medical appointments, religious or cultural activities, or bereavement. There are many factors that influence student achievement, including teacher quality and student engagement. Attendance is also an important contributor to a student’s academic achievement (ACARA, 2018).

Non-attendance also influences students socially. Absenteeism can increase social isolation, including alienation and lack of engagement with the school community and peers, leading to emotional difficulties (Carroll, 2013; Gottfried, 2014). The current average attendance rate at Brigidine is 92% which is also the average attendance rate across Australia (ACARA, 2018). However, there is a trend where attendance rates decrease from Year 9 onwards. The College strives to increase the current average attendance rate, particularly from Years 9-12, to enable students to increase engagement with their learning.

Dani Sprenger

Acting Deputy Principal – Students

 

News from Vinnies club

Vinnies Sleep Over 2022

This year our Vinnies group combined with Holy Family for our annual Sleep Over – activities, dinner, guest speakers and some sleep ! We had 60 students and 6 staff. It was big, and worthwhile.

Our theme this year came from the gospel of Matthew 25:35

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

First up was down to the Foley Art room. We got creative and drew small houses on calico. To connect with our school, look closely and you will see that each house has a cross of Brigid above the door. Every house is different and reflects the inspiration of the artist. The connection with Vinnies is the work St V de P does with families needing help to give their families a home.  At this weeks Tuesday meeting Vinnies members began stuffing these houses, 64 were created at the Sleep Over. We’ve going to have a small display of them and then they return to their creators. Our girls are looking forward to personally delivering them to the Year 6 girls at Holy Family.

Next it was up to the convent for shared Pizza. Many thanks to Mr Calvino who battled terrible Friday night traffic to pick them up. It was not a big meal, as in a very small way were doing it a tiny bit tough.

Throughout the evening the girls were entertained with songs by Arts Captain Elly Rowbotham and Damien Prefect Katelyn Sa. Both girls do music extension and went to a lot of trouble selecting songs about “Home”. Take me Home Country Road by John Denver was especially popular as was the oldie but goodie “There’s no Place Like Home”.

After dinner guests Rita and Rob Curtis spoke to us about the work of Emmanuel City Mission. The Mission runs the drop in center in West End. It provides a day time sanctuary for the homeless and vulnerable. It was a moving talk and we were glad to give them a donation for the work of the mission. Mr Beiers is planning outreach visits on Wednesdays after school to help the mission serve dinner to their guests and visitors.

The night was not yet over and we moved to a workshop run by Jess O’Donoghue. Jess graduated from Brigidine in 2018 and had been the much loved Foley Prefect. She then served 2 years on the National Evangelization Team in Darwin and Woollongong and is now Campus Minister at McCawley College whilst doing an environmental science degree at Griffith University. Jess alarmed staff when she started with a spirited game of hide and seek in the Delany Building. When the girls settled down again she began talking about feelings and how it felt if no one connected with, or found you. She went on to talk about Jesus as the Good Shepherd and how we could all act as shepherds in our daily life. Jess made many references to her years at Brigidine. Saying that Miss Harris, now head of Science and in 2018 Jess’s Home Room teacher, had inspired her to study environmental science. She also quoted from Mr Robinson, her English teacher, and the poetry he had read to her class.

After Jess was fondly farewelled Elly and Katelyn had some “calming down” songs and then at 11pm it was lights out and to sleep on the floor of the Delany classrooms. It had been a very big day.

Thanks to Mr Beiers, Mrs Strachan, Miss Whitney, Mrs Enright, Miss Tobiano, Mrs Jeffcoat and Mr Calvino who joined in the experience.

Photos from our Vinnies Sleepout

News from our Program Leader, Senior School

Career’s Week  

At one point in all our lives we are asked the inevitable question: What would you like to be when you grow up? Often, for high-school students the answer is a big pile of confusion and fear. As a part of our role as Academic Ambassadors, we aimed to make future pathways a little clearer for our senior students. Following in the footsteps of 2021 Academic Ambassadors, Maddie and Archisha, we dedicated a school week to everything ‘Career’. Hearing from a variety of perspectives, we wanted to give students a taste of what was to come and how they might get there. We hope that our activities throughout the week were able to enlighten, calm or excite our students, as they go to ask the big inevitable question as they leave school. 

Throughout the week, we had an amazing array of events to inspire curiosity in potential career and study fields. Our Monday ‘wear a splash of your dream career’ began the week with a bang as we shared our inspiring (sometimes hilarious) costumes representing where we see ourselves in the future! The University of Queensland and Australian Catholic University visited the College to share their wisdom on university life, study pathways and even gave some super advice in course selection – each seminar brought something unique and helped give our Year 12s some peace of mind with university enrolments in the next few months. Our senior-school assembly guest speakers, Madame De Vos and Holly Crompton gave insight to their career journeys and the teacher’s panel allowed students to learn about our college’s very own teachers’ (Mr Critchley, Ms Nelson, and Dr Scofield) previous careers and pathway into teaching. Finally, Mrs Munro presented an amazing job interview workshop to help us nail those all-important interviews at first jobs. Overall, it was a great experience we’ll never forget!   

Cate Brown and Olivia Seiler 

 

Assessment  

Just a reminder as we head into a period of assessment here at the College. If any student requires an amendment to the assessment conditions eg extension. They will need to complete an online form through the Study and Assessment Portal.  

Medical documentation is required and must include:  

  • the illness, condition or event (including details of a diagnosis, where applicable) 
  • date of diagnosis, onset or occurrence 
  • symptoms, treatment or course of action related to the condition or event 
  • explanation of the probable effect of the illness, condition or event on the student’s participation in the assessment. 

 

Korryn Swindail-Hill  

Program Leader, Senior School

 

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