INDIGENOUS OUTREACH PROGRAM

June 4, 2018

At Brigidine College, we value our engagement with, and support of, remote communities, through our social justice focus and passion to make a difference. Five students, Maeve McKenzie, Olivia Chalk, Eliza Hansen, Eliza Hibberd and Sarah Bonner, are travelling to Arnhem Land on the Red Earth Schools 2018 Indigenous Outreach Program in the upcoming holidays. The students will build a vegetable garden and fence for a chicken coop, which will go a long way in assisting the community to be sustainable into the future. Students need to raise $500 in order to purchase the necessary materials required for the project. They have set up a Go Fund Me Campaign to assist with raising funds from the College, and external communities. We invite all members of the Brigidine family, past, present and future, to support this fantastic initiative. Hear from the girls about what they hope to achieve as part of the experience and how they will build lasting connections with the Indigenous community, in the video on their GoFundMe page. https://www.gofundme.com/brigidinecollegeredearth

MAKE MAY MATTER – Raising funds and Awareness for QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

May 30, 2018

Throughout May our Spirit Squad and College community have raised $900 for QIMR. Professor Michael Breakspeaker, Senior Scientist from QIMR visited the College to speak with students about important Mental Health Diseases research and thanked students for their efforts raising funds for the Institute. For more information on the extraordinary research, head to the the below link: QIMR - Mental Health     

Global Connections – Japan Trip 2018

March 9, 2018

Over recent years, Brigidine College has strategically engaged in Global Connections with schools in Japan, Noumea and exchange programs in Europe and the USA.  The opportunities for students to travel and immerse themselves in different cultures can be life changing. Brigidine College regularly hosts and engages with students from two Japanese schools and a school in Noumea.  On my recent trip to Japan with Mrs Yoshiko Steven, we were able to reconfirm our expanding connections with Otsuma Tama Women’s University Junior and Senior High School.  We are currently hosting two girls from Otsuma Tama and will welcome 102 students, teachers and the Principal Mrs Mariko Tanibayashi later in July 2017.  Two Brigidine students will later visit Japan, with a larger group following next year. Following initial visits in 2016 and 2017, Brigidine College has also entered in a second Sister School Agreement with Kamakura Women’s University Junior and Senior High School.  Following our meeting on 15th February 2018, the Principal Mr Shohei Shima and myself signed our agreement in a formal ceremony at the school. When reflecting on these visits, I was struck by the importance and outstanding commitment there is to engage with Brigidine College.  Not only are the similarities with our motto of Strength and Gentleness, they share our vision of being global citizens for their students.  To be independent, well educated, gentle – to keep your ideals high and work step-by-step to achieve outcomes, were prevalent in both schools. The Principal from Otsuma Tama is a very warm and friendly woman who is looking to expand our ongoing connection.  Kamakura have identified Brigidine College as their first international school and are looking forward to a long and prosperous relationship.  These schools share with us the desire to nurture global citizens, where learnings are shared and where explorations of culture expand opportunities for growth and engagement. To witness Brigid’s Cross in ceremonies that celebrate the role of education for young women is very humbling. So just as Brigid’s Cross points to the four corners of the world, girl at Brigidine learn about cultural, social and spiritual places and then experience how these features can impact on minds and souls. The girls from both schools are excited about our connections and their school communities are placing great importance and resources to the ongoing success of these programs.  With the tremendous assistance of Mrs Yoshiko Steven and the Languages Department, these exchange programs enrich the learning journey for many girls, as well as provide opportunities for hospitality and inclusion. We look forward to long and prosperous connections with our schools in Japan and Noumea.   Brendan Cahill Principal

New Technology Building Coming Soon

March 1, 2018

This year is an exciting opportunity to assist in the planning and organisation for Stage 1 and Stage 2 of our Building Master Plan.  Through the great work of our College Board and the appointment of Blight Rayner, our architects, Brigidine College is planning a new Science, Technology and Maths building on Fairley Street.  This new development will generate additional vibrancy and passion to the curriculum and entrench STEM learning well into the future.  

Leaders of 2018

January 1, 2018

Congratulations to our Student Leaders for 2018: College Captain EMILIA SPRY; Mission Captain AMY DENMAN; Arts Captain  MADELEINE GRAHAM; Sports Captain  ANNA BAXTER Here they are pictured with Principal, Mr Cahill late 2017 during the annual fundraiser day "Compete to Defeat". The 2017 College Captains were excited to welcome the 2018 Captains. The Brigidine Community will formally celebrate all of the members of the 2018 Student Leadership Team at the Opening Mass 9 February 2018.