Principal’s Update

Easter – Preparations to receive the Light

From the early days of the Church, the story of the man born blind is proposed in Lent. In this story of the man born blind every Christian can easily recognise their own story. Before meeting Christ they were blind and then with enlightenment from the baptismal waters, their sight is found.

In John’s Gospel, 8:12, I am the light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in darkness but will have light and life. The blind man’s journeys a path of faith which corresponds to that of every disciple. At the beginning Jesus is for him a ‘simple man’ (v. 11), then he becomes a ‘prophet’ (v. 17), and then ‘man of God’ (vv. 32-33), and in the end, the ‘Lord’ (v. 38). The last title is the most important. It is the title with which Christians proclaimed their faith. Before coming to be immersed in the water of photisterian (enlightenment), during the solemn ceremony of the Easter vigil, each catechumen declares in front of the whole community: ‘I believe that Jesus is Lord’ From that moment they are welcomed among ‘the enlightened.  Fr Fernando Armellini

Brigid

Woman of vitality, love and generosity.
Blessed with gifts of heart and mind, she sought the will of God to find…
“Brigid, come forth to your people.
Brigid, come show us how to live the love of God!”
She was joyful and strong and before very long
she was teaching the people God’s way,
and we thank God for Brigid today.

End Term 1 2021

As the term took an unexpected turn on Monday, I would like to thank all families for their care and support regarding students and staff at the College. Following the last few days of online lessons in preparation for Term 2, I pray that the end of lockdown will provide space and energy for families to rest and enjoy each other’s company.

I look forward to sharing with our community the wonderful opportunities for our students and staff to grow and flourish into next term.

St Brigid Pray for us.

Brendan Cahill
Principal

Deputy Principal Students

In times of uncertainty and change, it is important to be mindful of your wellbeing and that of others. When we receive news about change, there are strategies that can be utilised to deal with uncertainty. Staying positive and engaged in meaningful activities and relationships is important. Earlier this week, students were provided with some resources to support wellbeing. The College Counselling Portal in SEQTA provides links to external agencies that offer support and helpful tips including:

 Phone and online services:

Parenting resources about building your child’s resilience are also valuable in times of uncertainty. Dr Michael Carr-Gregg and other specialists have valuable advice about building resilience at our School TV subscription.

Positive body image is important for growing teens. The way adolescents think and feel about their appearance can sometimes impact on their wellbeing. Further information about body image from psychologists and experts can also be found at our School TV subscription.

Wellbeing is enhanced by positively connecting with others. Many adolescents use social media to remain connected with their peers, often during holiday breaks. There are many online tools that effectively build and maintain relationships. The College’s Responsible Use of Technology Policy has a helpful ‘Advice for Parents’ section about expectations and safety. The College Student Planner also provides information you can discuss with your daughter about technology. Responsible use of technology is best taught in partnership between home and school. I encourage all parents and guardians to discuss and monitor the use of laptops and phones, to ensure safety and positive behaviours. College platforms such as Teams and SEQTA are to be used for learning purposes and should not be used for social communication between students.

Experts in social media recommend parents actively engage in the following:

  • Talk to your children about online issues – build an open, trusting relationship;
  • Encourage your child to use the same manners and language online as they would offline;
  • Set healthy boundaries and establish rules to ensure that use of social media is meaningful, mindful and balanced. Ban devices from bedrooms;
  • Check your child’s privacy settings regularly;
  • Ensure your child does not accept follow or friend requests from people they don’t know. Check regularly to whom they are connected and how they know them;
  • Ensure the apps your child uses are age appropriate;
  • Ensure your child does not have an account that allows anonymous postings (Tellonym, Sarahah and similar). Ensure she does not have a link to these accounts in her social media bio;
  • Talk to your child about informing a trusted adult if concerns arise; and
  • Empower your child by providing them with strategies for dealing with negative experiences that may arise to build their confidence and resilience. They should not react to inappropriate posts. Instead, they should take a screenshot or photo, report and block inappropriate users.

The following are helpful resources for parents about how to be proactive and respond to issues: resource 1 and resource 2.

The process for reporting cyberbullying for under 18s is to:

Reports of incidents and evidence of cyberbullying can also be discussed with Police by contacting PoliceLink on 131 444.

I hope that you and your family have a restful and enjoyable break time.

Melinda Egan
Deputy Principal Students

St Vincent de Paul Eggs on Legs

It was Eggstremely Eggciting !

We have been doing Eggs on Legs as a Vinnies Easter Fundraiser for six years and it is always a lot of fun, and a lot of work.

Students and staff can order a bag of eggs for themselves and their friends and they are delivered in the last week of Term 1 – right before Easter. What is delivered is a paper bag, decorated with an Easter design – with secular and sacred themes – filled with coloured shred and eggs. This little bag is full of surprises and is a great pick me up when delivered to Home Rooms.

Decorating the bags is fun and there are some real works of art produced. Next, we promote the orders via My Monitor. Then comes packing of the bags. This year we received 547 orders at $4 each. We needed to have 4 very very busy morning tea and lunch time packing sessions. It was a real production line; shred, eggs, bags stapled, then sorted into 36 Home Room bags all ready for delivery on 29 March.

Thank goodness we got the deliveries done by Monday, for the very next day the School and state went into lockdown. The Vinnies team assembled before school, put on the Vinnies pointy hats, loaded up the bags and at the Home Room bell hopped off to deliver.

The project is fun and raises much needed funds for the work of St Vincent de Paul – collecting a small amount from a lot of people. The best part is that it is a great group project which students from any year level can join. There were lots on interesting discussions about pricing, how many eggs to put in each bag, how to deliver to students who were away and most of all how to get it all packed on time. At the last packing session we were hurriedly drawing up more bags, running the shred machine, hunting for more staples and then the bell went! The fact that we had got so many orders this year was a testament to how well the whole school had got behind this project. They were really good eggs!

After all that, it was time for an eggspresso!

Ella John and Isabella Laurens, Mission Ambassadors

Debating Victory!

Brigidine’s 10.2 Debating Team’s victory in the most recent short-preparation round of the QDU competition, held on 24 March, demonstrated the importance of determination and resilience.

Motivated to improve on their performance in the season’s first debate, the team, comprising Lili Schmitt, Alvina Savy, Caitlin McNab and Maddie Minty, prepared very effectively, meeting regularly to improve their manner and method. The topic was “that celebrities should face more severe punishments for criminal offences”. The topic played into the girls’ hands, as they could draw on the knowledge and skills they had developed in the current Year 10 English unit, The Culture of Celebrity. The unit focuses on the analysis of media representations of celebrities and the development of persuasive speaking skills. Lili’s experience in debating was evident in her adept performance as the first affirmative speaker, while Caitlin and Maddie – newcomers to debating – demonstrated impressive improvement to continue the team’s case and rebut the opposing team’s arguments. Alvina’s experience allowed her to guide the girls in their planning. She represented the College admirably, volunteering to serve as the chairperson and timekeeper for the evening. The girls achieved a pleasing victory, demonstrating the importance of English, mutual support, and individual grit and determination.

Congratulations!

Luke Critchley
English Department

Arts Department – Drama

For Term 1, Year 9 Drama students studied Children’s Theatre.

Children’s Theatre is a piece of performance that is specifically created and performed for a child audience aged between 4-12 years. The purpose of this style of performance is to inform, educate and entertain.

Throughout the unit, students became familiar with a variety of Children’s Theatre conventions and realised the benefits of live theatre for children, from social enjoyment to scientifically proven developmental advantages.

At the conclusion of the term, the students demonstrated their learning by devising and performing their own Children’s Theatre performance to an audience of children from Holy Family Primary School. Each class based their performance on one of Kobi Yamada’s picture books, What do you do with an idea? and What do you do with a chance?

Students took the narrative and colourful pictures of these texts and brought them to life with movement, energy and sound. The audience of Prep to Year 2 students from Holy Family were immersed into a multi-sensory world that sparked their imaginations and allowed them to become part of something big, real, and exciting!

Congratulations to the Drama students on their performances and a special thanks to the students of Holy Family for participating!

Riane Ryan
Curriculum Leader Arts (Acting)

The Easter Season

This year, as we enter Holy Week and the Easter season, we are mindful of the events leading to Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection in light of what is going on in our world with so much suffering from the COVID 19 pandemic.

Two weeks ago, the college commemorates Jesus’ Passion and Death acting out the Stations of the Cross. This is the first time we had the passion play in the school.  We’ve never had this before.  This occurred with narration from Fr Pan, music and choral works from Ms Jane Massingham and drama performed by senior students. We congratulate our students and staff for the wonderful way in which they participated in this new adventure.

Last Sunday we celebrated Palm Sunday, that is, Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem before his death.

This Thursday is Holy Thursday: the evening when Jesus showed the disciples how much he loved them and demonstrated how to be humble and a servant leader by washing their feet.  He also instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper.

Good Friday commemorates the suffering and death of Jesus, identifying with the human condition of pain and suffering.  We can learn to accept suffering by saying to God as Jesus did, “Into your hands, I commend my Spirit.”

Holy Saturday we remain calm, in silent meditation, waiting for the celebration of Jesus resurrection at the evening vigil mass.

Easter Sunday morning, we continue to gloriously celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

Easter eggs are a symbol of new life and hope.

Enjoy an egg or two this Easter and remember that we all will be light of the world as Jesus has shown us.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene who is the Apostle to the Apostles.

Andrew Beiers and Fr Pan Jordan

 

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