Gentle us and quiet us in Your presence
Arouse within us awareness of this energy, which is your spirit.
May we become conscious in this moment and in every moment of our gathering, that whenever two or more people are gathered in Your Name, you are here. Amen
In a recent interview with a new student for 2021, I was asked by a parent, ‘what is it that drives me as Principal at Brigidine?’ Without hesitation I responded that, ‘it was the students and their aspirations to be the best they can be for themselves and for others, that inspires me to be the best Principal I can be.’
While there are days that are more challenging than others, positives can be found in every type of education, but there are just so many positives for students here at Brigidine.
Research shows unequivocally that girls thrive in an all-girls environment – they do better academically, socially and emotionally. Not just a single study but a plethora of data from across the world supports these findings. Girls-only environments promote young women to feel empowered to be themselves, participate more freely in discussions, be more competitive and take more healthy risks with their learning – skills that are advantageous for life success. Brigidine also hopes to be that safe haven from these social pressures – at least for the school-day, so that they can just be themselves.
Every aspect of teaching and learning is tailored to girls, every program for wellbeing, healthy development, leadership and learning caters to the needs of girls and this purposefully develops their confidence, empowering them to pursue any direction their talents lead them.
With research showing that girls are more likely to feel the need to be perfect and to struggle with confidence when they make even small mistakes, it’s particularly important to cultivate their resilience, as Rachel Simmons, author of Enough As She Is, explains: “What we want is for girls to have the capacity to move through a setback without beating themselves up.” Developing resilience, confidence and fearlessness is what girls’ schools do best, so that further opportunities to open the door for young women to pursue tertiary studies and careers in the highly skilled and more highly paid areas of engineering, computing, business and entrepreneurship.
Loren Bridge is Executive Officer of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia
Awards and Acknowledgment Evening
My sincere thanks to all students, staff and parents for your support of our annual Awards and Acknowledgement Evening held last Thursday night. I particularly thank all those who contributed to a very significant occasion for the College, as we came together to celebrate as a school community. Congratulations to all!
After a wonderful Welcome to Country and prayer, the tone was set for an engaging yet different experience for the audience and many people online. The night was truly blessed as Ms Georgia Tunny (past student 2008) shared her story of education that reflected courage, hope and opportunity. Valuing and embracing one’s life-long learning as a gift is important for us all and Georgie embodied this as an articulate and outstanding role model for young women. Acknowledgements were made of many student leaders within the College and the whole teaching body.
I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to lead such a vibrant and enriching community and assist students to find their voice and place in the world. We continue to celebrate with joy and gratitude, the rich achievements of many students from each year level and to witness the diversity ever present in the College. With inspiring and wonderfully gifted performances by the Cantaré, Dance Company and Brigettes, the prizes for academic, cultural, sporting and service endeavours were richly celebrated.
Benedictine monk, Br. David Steindl-Rast, suggests that two qualities belong in our basic definition of gratitude. The first is appreciation: You recognize that something is valuable to you, which has nothing to do with its monetary worth. The second quality Br. David mentions is that gratitude is gratis: freely given to you.
Robert Emmons also identifies that “. . gratitude is an affirmation of goodness and the sources of this goodness are outside ourselves.
Many thanks to the teachers, students, and assistants who worked so professionally on the evening. With meticulous attention to detail, all guests and participants alike were wonderfully proud of the students and their accomplishments. A special thank you to Ms Melinda Egan and Mr Andrew Beiers for their expert organisation and support to the many people involved in producing such a fine event. I look forward to sharing the many College events with all parents, their families and students over the next few weeks. Please check the calendar for details.
World Teachers’ Day
“Truly great teachers are ones that create a sense of community, ones that are warm and accessible, and ones that instil their own love of learning into their students. Truly great teachers are ones that set high expectations because they know their students can succeed, and help their students achieve that goal.”
We are blessed with truly great teachers at Brigidine College. From banter in the hallway, learning in our classrooms and encouragement within all aspects of school life, the teachers at Brigidine College strive to do their best in educating and supporting our students and the broader school community. ‘We give thanks.’
Please enjoy this short video where our students share what they think of our amazing teachers – click here.
Parent and Friends Meeting
The final P & F meeting for 2020 is due to be held on Wednesday 11 November 2020 in the Staff Common Room at 5.30 pm. All parents are welcome.
Chalk it up!
Our Karibu Club started again this term. This is an after school outreach opportunity for Brigidine and Milpera High School. We’re getting to know each other through games and fun. This week, we created chalk drawings on the concrete outside the Curragh Cafe. We started with a circle and then drew girls and flowers around the edge. As the concrete, and us, became covered in chalk we had a super time. In the middle, we drew two hands reaching for a heart.
Next week is to be a Trivia Quiz run by Maddie Foster and April Le Tran.
Amy Manthey and Sami Lane, Year 10