From the Principal

16 May 2024

 

Reflection  Excellence at Brigidine 

 

Human Hope is based on the instinct that at the deepest level of reality, some intimate kindness holds sway. This is the heart of blessing.

 

To believe in blessing is to believe that our being

 

Mary, the Mother of Jesus 

May is Mary’s month.  Mary, Mother of God, holds a unique place in the history of the Church.  She is a model of prayer and motherly love, the teacher of wisdom and our guide. As we are pressed in our journey of faith, we contemplate and imitate her faith, her outreach to the poor and her joy at the wonders created by God.

Mary, the Help of Christians, leads us to the fullness of life and gives us courage for the service of our sisters and brothers.

 

Mothers’ Day Excellence at Brigidine 

Mother’s Day is a special time for our families to share and honour mothers when we stop and contemplate the daily gifts of time and energy they devote to the care of children, and families.  Motherhood is about giving and giving, but it is also about receiving.  Any new mother will tell you about the instantaneous joy and peace of mind that comes when the baby is placed in her arms.  This loving relationship is often seen as being very close to divine love.  In many photos of a mother and her child, we see the serenity of the mother looking down at her baby.  Many famous depictions of Mary and the Christ child emphasise this calmness.

Even if we are not mothers ourselves, these images invite us to recognise the caring mother in all of us.  There are many opportunities for us to nurture others in our daily lives.  We are challenged to participate in loving relationships through giving selflessly as mothers do. And in giving in this way we also receive. The love from within, is translated into actions of heart and mind which bring peace and wholeness.

 

Teaching and LearningExcellence at Brigidine 

Over the last few weeks there has been many examples of students responding positively and in a very engaged way with their leaning. Whether it be the science ambassadors, the debating teams, the Suspend Judgement group, the CTC group or my Religion, Meaning and Life class, students are focused and connected with their teachers and class groups. It is imperative that students are attending all classes and activities throughout the week. The data is conclusive, that students who attend classes and readily engage, will perform at their optimum and achieve to their potential.

I look forward to continuing to witness and enjoy the energy that is created by having all students engaged and connected to their purposeful learning.

 

Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June

With the college acknowledging Reconciliation Week from the 27 May, students and staff are invited at the College Assembly to commemorate The National Sorry Day (26 May) at our Liturgy. It is also 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 Ms Di McGowan and Ms Claire Nelson for assisting the student leaders for their wonderful leadership and care.

At this assembly the College will also be launching with First Nations Elders our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for our community. I particularly thank the many members of our community that assisted in shaping this important milestone for the College.

Principal Leave

Thank you to all members of our community for your ongoing support as we settle into term two. I will be absent on leave from the 20 May until the 13 July as I enjoy long Service Leave and Study Leave during this time. I am completing further studies in Catholic Spirituality and Education with ACU in Rome late June early July. This will be a wonderful opportunity and I thank the College Board in supporting me during this time.

Ms Melissa Dever with be the Acting Principal and Ms Dani Sprenger will be Acting Deputy Principal during this time. Ms Korryn Swindail-Hill will also be assisting the College Leadership Team.

With Fortiter et Sauviter,

Brendan Cahill

Principal


Advice from the Senior School Program Leader

As we progress through the academic year, I would like to update you on the current and upcoming academic events for our Year 12 students.

Most Year 12 subjects have now commenced their final internal assessment pieces. These assessments are crucial as they contribute significantly to the students’ overall grades. Our dedicated teachers are providing extensive support to ensure that all students can perform to the best of their abilities. Excellence at Brigidine 

As we move into Term 3, the primary focus will shift to exam preparation. This term is vital for consolidating knowledge and honing exam techniques that will be essential for success in the upcoming external examinations. Our teachers will be conducting revision sessions, practice exams, and learning activities that are designed to equip students with the skills and confidence needed to excel.

To further aid in their preparation, there will be a short exam block at the end of Term 3. This exam block will simulate the conditions of the external exams, giving students an invaluable opportunity to practice under timed conditions and receive feedback on their performance. This experience is intended to alleviate anxiety and build familiarity with the exam process, thereby enhancing their readiness for the final external assessments.

We also invite you to access Elevate Educations Live Parent Webinar: “How You Can Help Prepare Your Child for Exams” on Wednesday, 22nd May, from 6:30-7:30pm (AEST). The webinar will cover crucial topics including:

  • How to Get (And Keep) Your Child Motivated
  • How You Can Help Your Child Prepare for Exams
  • How You Can Support Your Child During Exams

This webinar aims to provide practical strategies and insights to support your child during this critical time. You can register via the school webinars website.

We appreciate your continued support and encouragement of our Year 12 students during this critical period. Should you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Korryn Swindail-Hill

Senior School Program Leader


An Update from the Middle School Program Leader

This is a reminder that all Middle School assessment dates were released over a week ago now via SEQTA.

What have you done since then? 

You should have:  Excellence at Brigidine 

– written your Term 2 assessment dates into your College Planner
– created a Term 2 assessment calendar to begin mapping when checkpoint, draft and final assessment tasks are due and when exams are taking place
– begun developing a study and or revision schedule for specific subjects in response to exam dates and spaced your practice and revision within that schedule by considering key topics of the unit, focuses or activties

Please ensure you are completing these actions to be successful with assessment this term.

You may find the below resources helpful for these actions:

2024 Calendar Portrait

Customisable Study Planner

Study Timetable

Neisha Hart

Middle School Program Leader


From the trustees of Kildare Ministries

In Appreciation of our volunteers

The collaboration, generosity and participation by all who lead, serve and contribute as volunteers to Kildare Ministries is cause for celebration and recognition not only in light of National Volunteers Week but also as an additional mark on our 10th anniversary celebrations. As we learnt at the recent conference, the work of the volunteers across all our ministries but especially our three community works, remains vital to our mission. During National Volunteer Week (20-26 May), the Trustees of Kildare Ministries are particularly grateful for all those who volunteer across our community. The theme for this week in 2024 is Something for Everyone, referring both to the myriad opportunities available for volunteers to use their unique skills and interests and to the diversity of volunteers who – in ways big and small – contribute so much to transform and  add value to Kildare Ministries.

Excellence at Brigidine 

Our ministries benefit every day from volunteers whose presence, skill and care make a real difference to many. Our community works – Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project, Saltbush Balnarring Beach and Wellsprings for Women – would never be able to offer the breadth of programs, support to community and practical assistance without their many volunteers. Our Colleges benefit every day from volunteers who reflect to students a way of making a difference in the world and where would we be without those who donate their time and talents to our seven ministry boards as company directors or committee members? Jesus taught by word and example that one way to be just and live in peace is through walking in solidarity with others. To all those who volunteer across Kildare Ministries – thank you for bringing hope through your generosity of presence, thank you for walking in solidarity with those in need and thank you for demonstrating so clearly that we can make a difference in this world, one hope-filled step at a time.

Rosemary Copeland and Kathy McEvoy (co-chairs), Anne Astin, Audrey Brown, Michael Kearney and Liz Maguire

Trustees Kildare Ministries


Exciting news from our Japanese teacher..

Brigidine College will be hosting Japanese exchange students!

This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the Japanese language. If you are interested please see the below poster for more details!

 

Yoshiko Stevens

Japanese Teacher


What’s happening around the College? e

We are at the halfway mark of Term 2, and here’s what’s happening around the College…

Cultural Diversity Day

On Friday May 3 we embraced all the diverse cultures that make up our Brigidine Community!
Our students and staff came together for a cultural bake sale, love music and of course, lots of games.
Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed to making this day a memorable celebration of our diverse backgrounds and shared unity. Let’s continue to learn from each other and celebrate the richness that each culture brings to our community!

Achieving excellence in the Cocurricular Arts space

On Friday 3 May, our troupes (62 students) competed at the Ipswich Combined Teachers Dance Festival. It was an absolutely amazing day, with not only some fantastic performances from our students, but some brilliant results as well. Some results were a “first” for the College:

Dance Company – received 1st place in the Jazz section – against 17 troupes. (a “first” for Brigidine, and always a very competitive section)

Senior Bridgettes – received 1st place  in the Any Style section (a “first” for Brigidine)

Dance Company – received 2nd place in the Lyrical section

Junior Dance Ensemble – received 2nd place in the Contemporary section; and also Highly Commenced in the Jazz section.

Junior Dance Ensemble was also awarded by the adjudicator, the “most promising group overall for Year 9 and under”

Senior Dance Ensemble performed very well in the Jazz section, but did not place on this occasion. (again, 17 troupes in total)

Congratulations to all the students for their performances, and the work they put into their rehearsals each week! They represented the College, on and off the stage, very well.

Thank you and congratulations to our fantastic team of tutors: Ondreea Kitching, Sophie Austin, Bronte Mitchell and Tiarni Shea for all your dedication, talent and commitment you give to our performers.

 

Year 5 Camp

Year 5s have arrived at camp and settled in to their first challenge developing strength, gentleness and resilience. The College Captains Tiah, Jess, Bridie and Laura as also joining in the fun today.

 

GBC Cross Country Success

Congratulations to our students who participated in the GBC Cross Country today!
Here’s how we did:
11 years – Third Place 🥉
12 years – Third Place 🥉
13 years – Runners-Up 🥈
14 years – Champions 🏆
15 years – Champions 🏆
16 years – Champions 🏆
17 years & over – Champions 🏆
All Age Relay – Runners-Up 🥈
Primary Overall – Runners-Up 🥈
Secondary Girls – Champions 🏆
Secondary Overall – Champions 🏆
Here are some individual achievements we would like to share!
Indie S (12 years) – Runner-Up 🥈
Millie S (13 years) – Third Place 🥉
Alicia N (14 years) – Third Place 🥉
Pippa P (16 years) – Third Place 🥉
Lara M (17 years & over) – Third Place 🥉
Alana D (17 years & over) – Runner-Up 🥈


Join Us! 

At Brigidine College Indooroopilly, we are excited to announce that we are expanding our team.  We want passionate and dynamic professionals to join our educational community. At Brigidine, we are committed to providing a nurturing and stimulating environment for both students and staff, rooted in our strong values and commitment to excellence in education.

Current Opportunities Excellence at Brigidine 

Relief Teachers:

We are seeking enthusiastic relief teachers across various disciplines who are ready to step in and provide high-quality education whenever needed. Ideal candidates will have a flexible approach to teaching and a keen ability to engage students with diverse learning needs.

Director of Marketing and Admissions

The Director of Marketing and Admissions leads a dedicated marketing and communications team, shaping our marketing strategies to maximise enrolments and promoting the positive reputation and educational achievements of the College. You will play an integral role in the production of communications and marketing materials that support the College’s activities including digital marketing, media relations, publications, advertising and events. This is a permanent full-time position working 38 hours per week, Monday to Friday 8.00 am – 4.00 pm, and or as negotiated with the Principal. Some out-of-hours work required to meet Marketing and Admission requirements throughout the year.

Why Brigidine College?

Brigidine College Indooroopilly prides itself on its supportive community and commitment to professional development. We offer a collaborative and inclusive work environment, where teachers have the opportunity to grow professionally and contribute to the education of confident, capable students.

If you are looking for a rewarding career in education and want to make a difference in a vibrant learning community, we would love to hear from you. Join us in shaping the future at Brigidine College Indooroopilly.

Apply Now

To apply, please visit our careers page on the Brigidine College Indooroopilly website. We look forward to reviewing your application and potentially welcoming you to our team. Let’s work together to continue the tradition of excellence at Brigidine College.


Upcoming Events at Brigidine and in the community

There are exciting things brewing around the College and within the Brigidine community! Make sure you download the College App and keep an eye on the calendar.

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If you wanted to keep up to date with what’s happening in the Brigidine Community, follow our Instagram and Facebook. 

 

The Brookfield Show 17 – 19 May 2024

The Brookfield Show, the biggest, little country show around is set to amaze and delight show-goers across three jam-packed days from May 17-19.

For all Show information, from Competitions to Entertainment, Trade Space, Sponsors and how to buy tickets, visit here.

 

P&F Mother Daughter High Tea 2024

Tickets are now available for the highly anticipated Brigidine College P&F Mothers and Daughters’ High Tea with a very special surprise Guest Speaker… Keep your eyes peeled for hints as to who will be keeping us entertained on May 19!

The event will be held in the stunning Main Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall.

Get your tickets here. 

 

 

 

 

Synodality and the Life of the Parish – Friday 24 May 2024

At St Ignatius Church, Kensington Terrace, Toowong from 7.30– 9.00pm.   All welcome!

The key speaker: Fr Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, S.J. member of the Roman Synod on Synodality.   • Dean of the Jesuit School of Theology in California.

You can listen to his podcast reflecting on the last session of the Synod via QR code available on flyer.

Joined by: two of our finest local theologians:

* Fr Orm Rush. Author of The Vision of Vatican II: Its Fundamental Principles, he was invited to address the last session of the Synod in Rome.

* Associate Professor Maeve Heaney.  Director of the Xavier Centre for Theological Formation at Australian Catholic University & author of  Suspended God: Music and a Theology of Doubt. She was a participant in our recent Plenary Council.

 

National Reconciliation Week – Week 7 (27 May – 3 June)

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

For more information, click here.

 

 

Junior Engineers Term 2 Holiday Program

The Junior Engineers Holiday Program for Term 2 is just around the corner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

DANCE NOW!

Does your child love dancing? Brigidine College is happy to be hosting Dance Now during the July School Holidays! 

Registrations are now available for boys and girls in Years 4, 5 and 6 to join us for three days of dancing, performing and FUN!

The program will operate from 8-3:00pm from 1-3 July 2024.

Entry via Cecil Ave, Indooroopilly.

Find out more here.