Brigidine College Begins a New Decade
Staff and students eagerly anticipate the use of our new STEM building, the Marian Centre. This will not only be an exciting addition to the College’s infrastructure, but will also provide enhanced learning opportunities for students. The range, size and flexibility of learning spaces incorporated into our contemporary sustainable environment will be outstanding.
In 2020, Brigidine College not only starts with a changing landscape but it also begins a new decade where education and schooling across Australia continues to evolve at an extraordinary pace. Educators are aware of climate change, changing demographics, indigenous and migrant populations, changing classroom spaces, artificial intelligence, personalised learning spaces and a range of other factors impacting schools. So, could we rethink schools in terms of social, cultural, cooperative, community related outcomes?
In a recent article, How will schooling change over the next 10 years?, Rebecca Vukovic highlights the works of Professor Neil Selwyn from Monash University. Amongst many important matters impacting schools, Selwyn says there will always be a need for an adult in the classroom. ‘Optimistically, I hope there’s always going to be a need for a professionally trained, expert, knowledgeable teacher who can stimulate learning and design amazing things to happen. The education sector must continue to make a strong case for the added value of having a trained, professional, expert teachers in the classroom.’
While many things about schools and schooling will undoubtedly change, education is about the whole person, where gifts and growth occur for each us through exposure to and understandings of wisdom.
With the Year 12 results and university entry for students of 2019 fully complete, I again congratulate the students from our College on the wonderful achievements. I particularly acknowledge Vy Thao Dinh, Trinity Waller and Jemma Bosch who received an Academic Commendation from the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA), upon achieving a Very High Achievement (VHA) in all six subjects studied.
Over the next few weeks, our College is consolidating its ways and means of communications, to allow a more streamlined method of receiving and interacting with Brigidine. This College Blog will replace the newsletter and the College App, Community Facebook, Instagram, College Website (portals) and other digital services will continue.
God of Grace and Holiness, Send upon us today your Holy Spirit
Spirit of God, let your wisdom shine upon us
Spirit of Silence, make us aware of God’s presence
Spirit of Love, help us to open ourselves to the needs of others
Spirit of Power, give us your help and strength
Spirit of God, present in all places and filling all things, treasury of blessings and giver of life:
Come and dwell in us, be present with us as we meet together in your name.
College Principal – Brendan Cahill
Off to a wonderful start…
Our students and staff have made a wonderful start to 2020. By this stage of the term, students should have established productive learning habits in the classroom, and as part of their study routines. It is hoped that students have set goals for themselves and put plans into place to assist them to be successful in their learning outcomes.
I would encourage you to discuss with your daughter about the requirements of each of her subjects and assist her to organise and plan her time well. She should use her student planner and a term planner to record all her assessment items, draft dates, due dates and exam dates. All assessment information and due dates are also available through SEQTA.
At the Academic Assembly in Week 2, we acknowledged and congratulated students in Years 8 – 12 who achieved Academic Merit and Academic Improvement awards, based on their Semester 2, 2019 results. To achieve an Academic Merit Award, a student had to be achieving a majority of As across their subjects. The Academic Improvement Award acknowledges students who have made a significant improvement, on average, across all subjects. It is important to recognise the commitment that these students make to improve their results. I would like to congratulate all award recipients and encourage all students to consistently work towards achieving their best.
Deputy Principal Curriculum – Melissa Dever
The Formation Framework
In recent years, the development of technology has seen an increase in the amount of content to which our students are exposed. This information “explosion” can sometimes lead students to feel overwhelmed. As such, educational approaches have largely transitioned from being content based to student-centred and are focused on improving a student’s capacity to learn. This year’s student-centred Formation Program includes weekly timetabled lessons and a Solas Bhride experience. The Program has been developed to enhance four key areas of the formation of the Brigidine young woman: self -awareness, growth mindset, positive relationships and student agency.
Deputy Principal Students – Melinda Egan
Year 7 Formation Term 1: Navigating Brigidine
This unit is designed to transition Year 7 students to Brigidine as smoothly as possible. Students will learn about: College routines; College mission, values and expectations; the use of IT; as well as learning how to problem-solve challenges that may arise during the transition. The Solas Bhride camp will assist with the transition and allow girls to meet more of their cohort, develop a sense of belonging, as well as challenge some of their fears enabling personal development.
Ben Wilson – Program Leader Year 7 Formation
Year 8 Formation Term 1: My Place in the Digital World
The online world provides opportunities for students to learn, connect and create. The Formation Program this term has a focus on friendship dilemmas, digital reputations and bystander behaviours. By examining some of the pitfalls and dangers of online interactions, the girls will be challenged to identify how they can work to improve digital culture and positively shape their digital communities. Guest speaker Tricia Munn from Eyes Open Social Media will enhance students’ understanding about the digital world. Students will also engage in a workshop with Unleashing Personal Potential on the topic of Habits for High Performance. This will focus on mindsets and habits that will improve their performance in all areas of their lives – particularly academic.
Allison Power – Program Leader Year 8 Formation
Year 9 Formation Term 1: Resilience, Grit and Mental Toughness
“If you don’t fall down, you aren’t trying hard enough.” – Tenley Albright, Figure Skater.
Tenley Albright showed grit by overcoming polio and injury to win gold at the Winter Olympics in 1956. Though Year 9 students won’t be training for the Olympics, this term in the Formation Program they will be developing traits including grit, resilience and mental toughness. These character traits will be put to the test during Solas Bhride in Term 2, where they will participate in outdoor activities. Last week, guest speakers – past pupils Vivienne Young and Vy Dinh – introduced stories of grit, resilience and mental toughness. Students will understand the interconnection of grit and learning, and the importance of mental toughness in becoming a more resilient young woman.
Tamara Haydock – Program Leader Year 9 Formation
Year 10 Formation Term 1: Healthy Relationships & Individuality
2020 is the start of senior schooling for our Year 10 students. This is a critical time in their academic development, and their social and emotional growth. Throughout Term 1, students will explore healthy relationships and the importance of communication and problem solving in relationships. Additionally, students will learn about the merit of individuality and identifying what they value. Challenged by the theme “You only get out what you put in”, the students will understand that success takes effort, hard work and doesn’t often happen by chance. That it is about them starting to take responsibility for making things happen and not relying on others to do it for them. Students are encouraged to converse with their parents and caregivers about the things that matter most to them.
Shannon Metzeling – Program Leader Year 10 Formation
Year 11 Formation Term 1: Find Your Flow
Year 11 is the beginning of a new journey where students enter the next academic phase of learning. The Formation Program provides students with tools to become more self-aware and resilient. This term, students will learn about mindfulness and how they can incorporate it in their lives. The comparison of being ‘mind full’ (where your thoughts take you to the past or future) and ‘mindful’ (where you can focus on the present moment) is explored. All students are encouraged to regularly use the Smiling Mind app on their phone, or login to the program on their laptop. Mindfulness can help to calm the mind, emotions and enhance health and wellbeing. It can also aid in sleep and becoming a more focussed and engaged learner. The Smiling Mind blog provides a concise summary of the research conducted. https://blog.smilingmind.com.au/results-of-mindfulness-in-education. The unit will conclude with students exploring mental health first aid and how to provide support for their peers.
Liz McAnally – Program Leader Year 11 Formation
Year 12 Formation Term 1: Emotional Literacy & Physical and Mental Heath
This term, the Formation Program will aid students’ development and transition to adulthood beyond school. This unit is designed to develop each student’s understanding of themselves and their bodies, now and into the future. It is aimed to equip them with knowledge and skills they can use in a range of contexts as they develop into independent young women. Throughout the term students are invited to contribute ideas regarding topics they wish to explore throughout the Program. Two health experts, a nutritionist and general practitioner, will inform students about Women’s Health.
Dani Sprenger – Program Leader Year 12 Formation