Principal’s News

Congratulations and thank you

As the College community continues to negotiate the many changes to our routines over recent weeks, thank you for the care and support provided to our staff, teachers and each other. These unprecedented events and the devastating impact they have had on many across Brisbane, is a salient reminder to look out for each other and offer the compassionate response to assist our neighbour.

The College will begin to engage on site from Monday and there will be many opportunities to share and support the families impacted by the weather events.

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The United Nations urges us “to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.”

Brigidine College celebrates International Women’s Day on Thursday 10 March. With truly inspiring stories of achievements through commitment and challenging work, these outstanding women are wonderful role models to us all. With a number of these women being past students it was also a wonderful opportunity to witness how these fine Brigidine women continue to make their mark on society struggling at times, to be more socially just world.

A Voice for Good

The College reminds us that we are carrying the privilege and responsibility of being a transformative presence in our communities through the work we undertake in the name of Kildare Ministries. The courage of the Brigidine and Presentation Sisters to entrust this to us reflects the courageous spirit which brought the first young women from Ireland to serve in our schools and parishes. Kildare Ministries calls on those of us as lay people in their ministries to be their voice in action as we live out the values of wonder, courage, hope, hospitality, compassion and justice. We are called to put people first, to respond to contemporary issues inspired by our faith story and to be a voice for good in the world.

Covid 19 Changes

Qld Health announced that from 6.00pm on Friday 4 March 2022, face masks will no longer be required in schools for staff, students and visitors. However, wearing a mask is still recommended if people are not able to socially distance and be 1.5m apart.

Some members of our community will still need to wear masks including vulnerable staff and staff with vaccine medical exemptions. Others may have a personal preference to wear a mask.

We need to be mindful that COVID-19 remains prevalent in our community. We encourage staff and community members to wear a mask when they cannot socially distance and supports any community member who continues to wear a mask. Please respect the privacy of others who continue to wear masks.

Let’s continue to engage and be present to our learning community as we move forward towards the end of Term 1.

Blessings to All

Brendan Cahill

Principal

 

News from our Deputy Principal – Mission

The flooding inundating much of South-East Queensland has adversely affected so many, some of which may be our family and friends.  With a compassionate heart our students, staff and members of our community have rallied together to support those in need with resilience, strength and gentleness.  These events can bring significant stress to our community, so please be assured of our ongoing support.  Immense gratitude is extended to our dedicated Leadership Team and staff for their steady guidance throughout these difficult circumstances.

 

This week, Ash Wednesday was celebrated with a revised liturgy in our home rooms.  This marks the beginning of the Lenten Season and reminds us to reflect on the fragility of humanity and the hardship that others may be experiencing in their lives, not just within our Brigidine family but in the wider community and across the world.

It is also the time when we launch the Caritas Project Compassion appeal which will continue until the end of the term.  We encourage all students to fundraise for this cause and to reflect on what we have and how our actions can give hope to others.  Together we can make a difference now, and for future generations.

Let’s make the most of these six weeks to take some time out to reflect deeply on the Gospels and on God’s call to live each day with compassion and love.

 

In the past week we have seen on our screens the suffering and injustice for the people of Ukraine.  As a community we extend our thoughts and prayers to Ukraine as we hope for peace.

Our Brigidine Sisters invite everyone to join with them and people of all faiths in praying the following prayer for peace at this time:

God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.

We pray for all who fear for tomorrow
that your Spirit of comfort will draw near to them.

We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom,
discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.

Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them. Amen.

 

(Archbishop Justin Welby and Archbishop Stephen Cottrell)

 

Finally, if you would like to donate money to go towards Gift Vouchers for the Brigidine families who are requiring assistance at this time, please access the information from St Vincent de Paul, Holy Family (Indooroopilly Branch) regarding bank information for donations:

Acc Name: SVDP Holy Family

BSB: 064 786

Acc No: 1000 26327

Staff/students to reference their full name so treasurer, Paul Herzig can issue tax donation receipts.

Andrew Beiers and Fr Pan
Deputy Principal Mission

 

News from Vinnies club

What’s Coming Up at Vinnies? by Alice Conway and Wishmi KPG

Our St Vincent de Paul group has started an every  Friday morning tea “Vinnies Mini Mart”. Here we sell coloured scrunchies – elastic hair ties – for $1. We made them at last week’s meeting, and they are proving very popular. Great way to make a bit of money from a lot of people for Vinnies. Charities always need cash and it helps the girls understand the economics of fundraising. Here the fabric and elastic was donated so it is 100% profit – plus of course our skill !

The image shows Lucy Harrold and Holly Brand, Year 8 Vinnies members,
running the stall on 18 February.

 

News from our Program Leader – Middle Years

Year 7 Team Building Day

On the 23rd of February, Grade 7 students engaged in a Team Building Day as an alternate activity to the Year 7 Camp which has been postponed to later in the year.

The purpose of the day was to provide a space and activities for Grade 7s to develop their connections and friendships with one another and begin exploring their place and role within the broader College community. Character Builders also worked with students to develop their values of respect, integrity, perseverance, curiosity, and leadership skills.

Students engaged in discussions about how they have settled into College life and participated in highly engaging activities that encouraged them to step out of their comfort zones and set friendship groups, to think laterally and become more adaptable to challenging situations. Our Year 7 students emerged from the activities learning a lot about one another and each other’s strengths and perspectives. Year 7s also understood through conversation circles the powerful role positive conversations can have in their lives and the importance of respectful communication with peers.

During the final ‘Big Up’s,’ students were encouraged to see strengths in others. Students stood on their own two feet in front of the cohort and shared positive affirmations with peers they admire. It was a wonderful day had by all.

At this stage of the term, Middle school students should have:

  • reviewed their Term 1 assessment dates in SEQTA LEARN
  • written their Term 1 assessment dates into their College Planner
  • developed a personalised assessment planner for Term 1
  • developed a study and homework planner for Term 1

If your child needs assistance with any of these skills, they are encouraged to attend Homework Help on a Thursday afternoon in Foley 8 and 9 from 3:15pm to 4:15pm.

Niesha Hart 

Program Leader  –  Middle Years, Teaching and Learning

 

News from our Program Leader Excellence

The Excellence Program is looking forward to another exciting year of extension learning in the classroom and enrichment in our co-curricular programs.

We welcome our Year 7 Compass class to the program, as well as a handful of new Compass students across Year 8 and 9. With learning well and truly underway, now is the time to establish effective learning and study habits to support academic success. Below is a list of helpful strategies to assist in being and organised and effective student ready to engage with challenge:

  • Create a term calendar highlight key due dates, weekly activities, and commitments
  • Use the College planner to record homework and due dates
  • Create daily and weekly to do lists
  • Establish study routines
  • Set SMART goals
  • Make time for rest and recreation

Please be aware of the upcoming competitions and enrichment activities available to students:

  • ATC and Brigidine College MathΣManic Competition
  • Future Problem Solving
  • Australian Math Trust – Math Competition
  • University of Queensland and Qld Association of Math Teachers – Problem Solving Competition

Ms  Renee Dunne

Program Leader Excellence

 

News from our Sports Captain, Maddie Ellice

A couple of weeks ago, Brigidine held our annual swimming carnival. While it looked a little different – being held at school – the house spirit, encouragement, and participation were the same. It was an amazing day, filled with house colours and music. The Prefects lined up some amazing relay teams and got everyone in their house involved. We were so happy to see so many 12 – 16-year-olds out swimming during their allocated time spots. The day wouldn’t have run smoothly, however, without the help from Ms Horne, Ms Cuthbert and the generous volunteers. Thank you for making the day such a success! With the unfortunate circumstances that have hit us, we are looking forward to getting back into CaSSSA and GBC weekly fixtures as soon as possible. For CaSSSA this term we have many sports on offer such as volleyball, AFL, indoor cricket and tennis on Saturday mornings giving our girls lots of opportunities to try something new and get involved. On Saturday mornings we have our GBC competition offering basketball and AFL 9’s which we compete alongside Ambrose Treacy College. Later on in the term, we are also excited for our annual CaSSSA and GBC swimming carnivals which is always a blast and some good competition for our girls!


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.