Living God, draw us into unity
Creator of all things, both seen and unseen, speak to us in your great wisdom.
Make us strong as we seek your help and guidance.
Teach us to love all people regardless of race or colour or belief.
May we listen with great care to the heartbeat of this land and
to its people who cared for it so well and for so long.
May the peace these people and their land have always enjoyed,
continue to be strengthened and preserved by all who wish to come and
be part of this country and its ‘Ancient Dreaming’.
Glory to you, God of Life,
Creating, nurturing, reconciling.
Glory to you forever.
Welcome back the College community for the start of Semester Two. I hope that everyone had a restful and relaxing holiday and that your daughters commence the semester with a renewed commitment to their studies and the wide variety of activities the College is offering. The start of semester is also a time for students to consolidate and improve on their learning outcomes in each of their subjects. It is also an opportunity for students to reflect on their progress as well as how they engaged with the Learning from Home last term. The results and school reports provide opportunities for ongoing reflection and learning and how appropriate strategies and changes will lead to improvements.
Congratulations to all students on the successes and improvements evident in many of the Semester reports. It is always pleasing to read comments and witness girls committed to learning and striving to achieve their best. The College’s revised Academic Assemblies have been a wonderful testament to the outstanding ways students have continued to achieve. The increasing numbers of students achieving Academic Improvement Awards for having significant growth in their learning is wonderful.
College Events – Brigidine Day
I encourage all students to be actively involved in their learning and all that the College offers, so that they can be a proud Brigidine student, who has the ability and skills to follow the example of St Brigid.
As our College Mission Statement states – We follow the example of St Brigid, a woman of vision and courage, who actively challenged the social political and cultural structures of her time.
Brigidine Day will be celebrated with our Daniel Delany Mass and Official Opening of the Marian Centre next Friday. The College is blessed to not only have the wonderful tradition and legacy of the Brigidine Sisters, but also our 90-year history that continues to enliven us all. The Marian Centre is testament to the outstanding efforts of our community, to plan well, work collaboratively together and give thanks for the wonderful infrastructure and resources we can offer our students.
For in one Spirit we were all baptised into one body….
1 Corinthians 12:13
I look forward to welcoming students, staff, families and guests to our celebrations next week, online (live Streaming) or on site.
Ms Pam Betts, the Brisbane Catholic Education, Executive Director has announced the following changes to two local Catholic Parish school.
I am pleased to advise you of the appointment of Terese Shephard as Principal of Holy Family Primary School, Indooroopilly from the commencement of 2021.
Also, I am pleased to advise you of the appointment of John Bates as Principal of Our Lady of the Rosary, Kenmore from the commencement of 2021.
Religious Education Update
As part of the Year 7 Term 3 Religious Education Program, students are learning about the significance and influence of St. Paul in the establishment of Christianity and the Church. 7C Mrs Hart’s class did a task that asked students to imagine that they were Paul in a Jewish temple trying to convert people to Christianity and to create an impassioned one minute speech that he might deliver in this scenario. The students did exceptional work in this formative activity as you can read extract below by Abby Hare.
Jesus. He is the son of God, the Messiah and the Holy Spirit. I have come here today to tell you about my experiences with him. I used to be a Jew, like you all. I was on my way to persecute Christians, until the heavens opened up and I was blinded by the light of God. A voice descended on me and told me what I was doing was wrong, and that I should not persecute his people. I then made my way to Damascus. Instead of persecuting I preached. I was healed by someone who was a Christian, he performed miracles on many. He took me to a river, and baptised me. The sin left my body. With Jesus, I was healed, and so will you. So please, I beg you. Change your religion and PRAISE THE LORD!
St Vincent de Paul
Fr Michael Grace Parish Priest at Holy Family spoke to students about his faith, a mission he went on to East Timor and his recent studies in room. 43 students attended and during question time asked Father about the role of women in the church.
The Last Supper
Year 7 students were also busy in Term 2 during online learning creating various representations of the Last Supper during their learning experience about the Eucharist. Please enjoy the visual representations below.
Curriculum Leader Religious Education
Year 9 Retreat
Recently the Year 9s engaged in a shortened version of our retreat experience in line with COVID restrictions. Retreats allow students the opportunity to stop and reflect on their lives through the lens of the Catholic tradition. It gives them a chance to get to know other students in their year level and grow their relationship with themselves, each other and God. Dave Jorna from Project Hatch facilitated the retreat along with Fr Pan and Andrew Beiers.
Last Friday students from all year levels gathered at the rehearsal space to engage in conversations challenging racism in our community and beyond. Catholic Education Facilitators Danita Martin and Erin Dougherty invited and challenged the students to explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and debunk some myths and taboos. Around 45 students learned about culture, traditions and language.
This week staff members Jordyn Whitney, Helen Jeffcoat and Tamara Haydock along with some students began visitation of the Brigid’s House. This visitation has assisted residents who are seeking asylum, to have some conversational English to improve their language capability.
Feast of Mary Magdalene
This week we celebrated the feast of Mary Magdalene on the 22 of July. Pope Francis elevated the memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to become a feast day in 2016. Recognizing St. Mary Magdalene’s role as the first to witness Christ’s resurrection and as a “true and authentic evangelizer,” Pope Francis raised the July 22 memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to a feast on the church’s liturgical calendar. (CNS, 2016)
By elevating Mary in this way she is now known as “Apostolorum Apostola” (“Apostle of the Apostles”). Archbishop Arthur Roche, secretary of the congregation, wrote that while most liturgical celebrations of individual saints during the year are known formally as memorials, those classified as feasts are reserved for important events in Christian history and for saints of particular significance, such as the Twelve Apostles.
Preaching about St. Mary Magdalene, Pope Francis highlighted Christ’s mercy toward a woman who was “exploited and despised by those who believed they were righteous,” but she was loved by him. Her tears at Christ’s empty tomb are a reminder that “sometimes in our lives, tears are the lenses we need to see Jesus,” the Pope said April 2, 2013, during Mass in his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
Archbishop Roche explained that in giving St. Mary Magdalene the honour of being the first person to see the empty tomb and the first to listen to the truth of the resurrection, “Jesus has a special consideration and mercy for this woman, who manifests her love for him, looking for him in the garden with anguish and suffering. It is right that the liturgical celebration of this woman has the same level of feast given to the celebration of the apostles in the general Roman calendar and highlights the special mission of this woman who is an example and model for every woman in the church.”
Deputy Principal Mission
Welcome to Term 3
Welcome back to all families in Term 3. It has been a positive start to the term, with high engagement from students in many aspects of College life. Resuming school routines may give parents, during these challenging times, the opportunity to reflect. A new podcast series ‘Parenting in a Pandemic’, by Triple-P Positive Parenting Program founder Professor Matt Sanders and published by UQ’s Parenting and Family Support Centre, provides excellent practical advice for families. The short 12-minute podcasts range in topic from juggling responsibilities to creating routine in uncertain times. The first tip provided is to not focus on the things you cannot control, and zero in on the things you can do something about; as well as focussing on parent self-care and promoting personal wellbeing as a parent.
The Formation Program at Brigidine continues to develop student self-awareness, build positive relationships, increase growth mindset and promote agency. This term, each year level has a specific focus that is age and developmentally appropriate.
Year 7 students are in transition between childhood and adulthood, and their increasing independence brings about new challenges. The beginning of the Term 3 unit gives students the opportunity to learn about changes that occur during puberty, within a social-emotional context. This then leads into a 4-week course on changing friendships, bullying and effective communication.
Mr Ben Wilson, Year 7 Formation Program Leader.
The importance of looking after personal health has been highlighted this year, with the extreme social adjustments we’ve all had to make thanks to Covid-19. This term, the Year 8s examine different aspects of health and learn about some useful strategies. They learn about the physiology of anxiety and some simple steps that can reduce the impact on their wellbeing. The students will also investigate the effects of poor sleep hygiene. The Year 8s will take part in Solas Bhride and the ‘Cyberia’ presentation, postponed from Term 2. This drama production addresses cybersafety and personal resilience, which was the focus of an earlier unit.
Mrs Allison Power, Year 8 Formation Program Leader.
As a child we participate in activities that we enjoy doing and make us happy, without realising we practise self-care from a very early age. However, as we get older and other responsibilities emerge, we sometimes lose sight of the importance of self-care. This term, Year 9 students reflect on their ability to engage in self-care and acknowledge the importance of it as they progress through life. Students experience a variety of strategies including dance, fitness circuits, rhythm drumming, rice mandalas, and mindfulness. These strategies enhance their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Ms Tamara Haydock, Year 9 Formation Program Leader.
Year 10 students will continue looking to the future when contemplating subject selection for senior years. This includes the preparation and presentation of SET Plan Folios. In the latter half of Term 3, students will commence a sexual health unit. Content covered in this unit will address the idea that what we do with our body is of great significance, especially when it comes to sexual intimacy. Students will learn about respecting the dignity and value of every individual and explore the many ways they can build meaningful and respectful relationships, without compromising their personal values and beliefs.
Ms Shannon Metzeling, Year 10 Formation Program Leader.
Year 11 will continue to build on leadership development with an emphasis on ‘student voice’ and ‘self-awareness’. Students will focus on knowing their identity, being authentic and known as an individual. Additionally, the program supports student voice through opportunities to be heard, speaking out on areas of interest, and strengthening confidence through sharing ideas and setting goals. All Year 11 students learn how to be an impactful senior leader who is true to her values and that of the Brigidine tradition. Students who have nominated for leadership positions will be interviewed, and if successful, present a speech to staff and students to vote. Mrs Liz McAnally, Year 11 Formation Program Leader.
Term 3 Formation develops students’ understanding of emotions, with a focus on themes including ‘Meaning & Purpose’, ‘Values & Trust’ and ‘Courage & Vulnerability’. As part of the 10-week program, students engage in a variety of activities to learn how to devise and implement strategies to improve positive thinking within themselves and in the College community. Additionally, they identify and explore elements that contribute to their personal sense of meaning and reflecting on what they believe is a meaningful life. Finally, students explore their own values and how these are important in building trust, courage, and gratitude.
Mrs Chelsea Muscat, Acting Year 12 Formation Program Leader.
Deputy Principal Students
Students have been very busy this term using mathematical techniques to solve real-world problems. They are presented with contextualised problems to solve for which they must apply the knowledge and skills they have previously been taught. This enables them to develop new mathematical understandings. By Year 11 and 12 they are expected to have an independent approach where every student uses different data and the use of appropriate technology is strongly encouraged, such as spreadsheets and graphing programs.
Year 12 Essential Mathematics are designing a game and investigating the probabilities associated with winning and losing. The Year 11 General Mathematics students have been using complex Statistics to determine whether hiring or buying an electric scooter is more economical dependant on their own unique situation. Year 10 Mathematical Methods prep students made ‘whirly bird helicopters’ to investigate parabolas. Mrs Tubb’s Year 9s have been using linear equations to model and make predictions about “How many cups would it take to make a stack that reached from the front to the back of the classroom and Mrs Christy’s Year 8s have been investigating measurement.
On 3 August some of our Years 7 – 10 students will be competing against other schools in the annual Mathematics Teams Challenge. This event involves using their problem solving skills in a team situation…. and it’s lots of fun! We wish these students all the very best.
Curriculum Leader Mathematics