Principal’s News

Prayer

New Dreaming

In the silent beauty of the velvet night,

Amidst the glittering Southern Cross,

You Dreamt a new dream.

The promised gift of eternal love for us in the mystery of your son –

A special Spirit Child, lying in a coolamon,

Born of a spirit woman,

Bringing Light and Hope into our world.

Amen

 

As our Year 12 students prepare to graduate from high school, they are ready to courageously take their first steps into the future. With the promise and vitality of youth, our prayers and Blessings to all girls and their families.

 At the Threshold of womanhood (adapted)

May you enter beautifully into the feminine,

learning to trust the world of feeling you inherit,

Finding ease and elegance in all you are.

May the expectations in other eyes never decide how you are to be;

Learn to trust the advice in your heart.

May you feel an irresistible invitation to discover and develop your talents,

Each day bringing something new to birth.

 The College is pleased to celebrate with the Year 12 students their graduation from the College on Thursday 18 November. The Farewell Assembly will be held in Kildare Hall at 1.30pm followed by the Guard of Honour on The Curragh. The Graduation Mass and Ceremony will then be held at Riverlife at 5.30pm. The College Community may wish to follow the events online ‘live streamed’.

Spiritus Awards Evenings (Spiritus Latin for “Spirit” or “breathing“)

 The Spiritus Awards Evenings were another wonderful opportunity for girls and their families to share in a College event recognising the wonderful achievements of many students.

Both Arts and Sports Directors were ably supported by the College Captains. With some wonderful highlights – the outstanding achievements of sporting teams, ensembles and individual students were celebrated. With dance, music, choral and drama performances, the College was able to enjoy a fantastic opportunity to share as Community.

Many thanks to everyone involved, especially Ms Jane Massingham (Cultural) and Ms Rebecca Horne (Sports) for their outstanding organisation and care with this new event. The College Arts Captain, Alice Keys and Sports Captain Zaria Fetineiai were joined by the Cocurricular Ambassadors to host and present reflections on the many wonderful activities here at the College. The Spiritus Awards hold a special place and celebrate the fine achievements of so many in the Arts and Sports Programs.

 Kup-Murri Dinner

 Many thanks to the parents and support personnel who assisted with the Kup-Murri or dinner with the indigenous students at the college. A wonderful expression of faith and community over a shared meal. Congratulations to the students recognised for their fine achievements throughout 2021. Read more about this in Deputy Principal – Mission, Andrew Beiers’ post below.

Armistice Day – 11 November 2021

Acknowledging the sacrifice, women and men have given to their country. Thank you to the Sherwood-Indooroopilly RSL Sub-Branch Inc for inviting us to their commemoration on Thursday for Remembrance Day.

Originally called Armistice day, after World War Two, the Australian Government agreed to the United Kingdom’s proposal that Armistice Day be renamed Remembrance Day to commemorate those who were killed in both World Wars. Today the loss of Australian lives from all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations is commemorated on Remembrance Day.

Christmas Carols

 I would like to encourage as many current and future students and their families as possible to attend the Christmas Carols event on Thursday 26 November on the Curragh. This is a wonderful opportunity to share in the Christmas spirit with our community. The Parents and Friends Association sponsors this fantastic community event and I look forward to sharing our voices and sense of Christmas fun.

Brendan Cahill

Principal

 

News from our Deputy Principal – Mission

Brigidine College host a Kup-Murri dinner for our First Nations students’ families each year at Ngutana-Lui Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies Centre, Inala.

A Kup-Murri is a traditional Torres Strait Islander feasting ceremony, cooking meat and vegetables in an earth oven. This style of cooking enables the individual to reconnect with the four elements that maintain life and to celebrate and thank the creation spirits for looking after culture, customs and spiritual beliefs.  Our College community was welcomed to Ngatana Lui by centre coordinator Mr Kevin Eastment along with Cultural Tutors, Robert Duncan and Brian Whap.

Mr Andrew Beiers Deputy Principal Mission, Mr Brendan Cahill Principal, Melissa Dever Deputy Principal Curriculum, Melinda Egan Deputy Principal Students, along with Staff; Ben Wilson and Helen Jeffcoat, enjoyed a meal with our 23 First Nations’ students, and three of our incoming 2022 First Nations’ students and their families.

Congratulations to our Year 12 First Nations’ students Ella-Louisa Cassady and Charli Eastment were also presented with their QATSIF and BCE graduate stoles and certificates at this ceremony.

Andrew Beiers

Deputy Principal Mission

News from the Vinnies club

Vinnies Christmas Appeal and Road Trip by Charlotte Smith, Alice Conway and Wishmi Kahawatta Palliya Guruge

Our St Vincent de Paul group is launching our 2021 Christmas Appeal. Our local Indooroopilly Bunnings kindly donated 36 laundry baskets that we are distributing to the 36 Home Rooms this week. Girls have two weeks to contribute a treat to a family in need then we will collect up the baskets in the last week of Term.

It is good to help others when we can. The baskets will be taken to the Inala Vinnies Family Centre in the first week of the holidays. Year 10 Vinnies members will be invited to participate in this activity. It will be an opportunity to meet the volunteers at Inala, help unpack the baskets and then visit the Vinnies distribution centre at Sinnamon Park. There we’ll see how Vinnies sort, access, price and distribute donations to their shops all over Queensland.

Our Vinnies group is large and all are welcome to join. It is good to get together and help others. Mission in action.

News from the Environment club

by Indiana Tichon and Caitlin McNab

For the Environment Club, Term 4 has been busy: exploring initiatives and preparing for 2022. To reduce our plastic use, we’ve sorted and donated 60kg of bottle caps to Ocean Crusaders in the past 3 years. Since 2019, we’ve donated ~5000 bottles to containers for change and raised ~$500. This money will be used to fund our upcoming Environmental projects, including Maya Pianta and Maddie Minty’s composting initiative. Furthermore, Ella Watney and Charlotte Smith’s native plants are thriving with native bee pollination and the groundsmen’s daily work. Excitingly, Pippa Plint and Emily Seiler introduced a successful initiative to the college; a Lob-O-Choc game, rewarding students for picking up rubbish. Another new initiative currently in-the-works is to reduce printing at Brigo. A survey with 180 students found 825.345 kilograms of carbon dioxide had been produced at Brigo through printing. Looking forward, enviro club is excited to explore new initiatives including nude food days, solar panels, fruit trees, and potentially a community market! The college and environment club are also looking at creating a ‘First Nations Garden’, which will be inspired by Indigenous artwork and feature native flora. Moreover, we cannot wait for what next year will bring regarding sustainability for the college!

 

News from our Deputy Principal – Curriculum

Student Achievements

It was wonderful to celebrate the achievements of all students at the College’s Awards and Acknowledgement Evening on the 21st October. It is pleasing to know there are many students who set themselves the goal of achieving at a level of academic excellence or outstanding academic performance.

The academic awards are based on the evidence provided from all assessment items completed from Term 1 to Term 3. To achieve an academic excellence award, students must demonstrate that they are achieving at an A level across most of their subjects, with no result lower than a B, at the end of Term 3. Students who received awards for outstanding academic performance have achieved at an A level in all the subjects they study, as well as demonstrating a very high level of application and conduct.

I would particularly like to congratulate the many Year 12 students who achieved awards for a range of academic achievements including:

  • Vocational Education Award
  • Certificate of Individual Achievement
  • 100% for all Internal Assessment in Unit 3 & 4
  • Academic Excellence
  • Outstanding Academic Performance

Overall, their commitment to their studies has been reflected in many outstanding results from a significant number of students. Overall, a 100% result has been achieved 144 times from individual internal assessment. At the end of 3 internal assessment items, 100% has been achieved 16 times, for 11 students, across 10 different subjects.

2022 Subjects

 All parents and students from Year 7 – 10 have been emailed a confirmation of their 2022 subject allocations this week.  Every effort has been made to ensure that most students have been placed in their preferred subjects. However, resourcing, and timetabling restrictions, means that not all students are able to be placed in all of their electives.

Melissa Dever

Deputy Principal – Curriculum

 

News from our Curriculum Leader – English

Catholic Social Teachings in the English Curriculum

Catholic social teachings are at the heart of everything we do at Brigidine, whether it be in the classroom or in co-curricular activities. In English, they often inform the choice of texts assigned for study and the way tasks are designed. The critical literacy approach in English lends itself well to analysing the ability of text and language to empower and disempower, facilitating frequent implicit embedding of the CSTs.

Currently, Year 9s are studying memoir form. They began this unit by engaging with short texts from ‘Growing up Asian in Australia’ edited by Alice Pung. As its blurb states, ‘Asian-Australians have often been written about by outsiders, as outsiders. In this collection, compiled by award-winning author Alice Pung, they tell their own stories with verve, courage and a large dose of humour.’ These texts help engender empathy, addressing the CST of ‘Community and the Common Good’.

Year 10s are looking at satire and how it challenges the powerful, positioning audiences to think critically about topical issues. Students then respond to stimulus by writing their own satirical short story. Many of these issues embed the CST ‘Rights and Responsibilities’ (when looking at social issues) as well as ‘Stewardship of Creation’ (when looking at environmental issues). For example, The UN’s Cop26 has generated quite a bit of satire currently in the media.

Year 11 Literature is studying Chinua Achebe’s Postcolonial novel ‘Things Fall Apart’ set in the time of British missionaries in Nigeria. When published in 1958, this novel was revolutionary in the way it gave a voice to a previously marginalised group at a significant point in Civil Rights history. Much academic commentary has been written from the time of its publication until now and students look at these perspectives, particularly in relation to ‘Culture and Identity’. For example, students consider the significant amount of discussion based on Achebe’s stylistic decision to write his novel in English, the language of the coloniser. This aligns with the CST ‘Option for the Poor and Vulnerable’.

Year 11 English are working towards a spoken presentation adding to the public conversation of an issue that has featured in the media in the last 12 months. With teacher guidance, students have significant scope to allow them to choose an issue that they feel passionately about and then persuade their peers to act in some way. This potentially engages many of the CSTs. Some of the topics that students are opting for include such things as critical race theory, shark culling, misogyny in the NRL, prevalence of gendered violence, and the validity of Brisbane’s 2032 Olympic bid.

Please take the time to encourage your daughter’s interest in these areas and discuss her current study in English.

Romany Smith

Curriculum Leader English

 

News from our Director of Sports

Spiritus Sport Awards

The Spiritus Sports Awards were held on Friday 5 November.  Students enjoyed participating in an awards ceremony, self defence class and ball games throughout the afternoon with a pizza dinner to conclude.  The afternoon was a celebration of sport at Brigidine College throughout 2021.  Congratulations to all sporting award recipients and to our Director of Sport Award recipient Madison Durrheim.

All Schools Triathlon

All Schools Triathlon was held on Sunday 24 October at Kawana and is the school regional trial selection event.  Congratulations to the four Brigidine College athletes on their outstanding results.  Gabriella, Emma, Bridie and Maree have all been selected in the Metropolitan West team to compete in the Queensland School Sport State Triathlon Championships from Thursday 17 to Sunday 19 February 2022 in Hervey Bay.

Senior

  • Gabriella Jackson- 1st female overall (1st Metropolitan West) – Pictured below.
  • Emma Neish- 6th Metropolitan West

Intermediate

  • Bridie Ellice- 3rd Metropolitan West
  • Maree Stringer- 8th Metropolitan West

Term 1 Sport Sign On

Term 1 2022 GBC and CaSSSA Sport sign on is now open via the Community Portal.  Sign on will close on Thursday 18 November with trials to be held on Sunday 21 November.

CaSSSA Sport

  • Indoor Cricket (Years 7-12)
  • AFL (Years 10-12)
  • Volleyball (Years 9-12)

GBC Sport

  • AFL 9’s (Years 7 -12)
  • Basketball (Years 7-12)

All sport information including season dates are contained in the sport specific Handbooks which can be found on the College App.

Rebecca Horne

Director of Sports

 

COVID-19 UPDATE

With the announcement that the Queensland Borders will be opening again shortly, we would encourage all members of our Community to ensure their family has been safe-guarded against COVID-19 with a vaccination. Vaccinations are now available on a walk-in basis at many Healthcare Hubs, Chemists and GPs. For more information, visit the Queensland Health website.

Please ensure you follow your Medical Professional’s advice at all times.