Principal’s News 

Brigidine College celebrated International Women’s Day with the 2021 theme, Choose to Challenge. Our guests were outstanding women and wonderful role models with stories deeply connected to others through Asylum Seeker experiences and ways of connecting to the broader Australian society. These speakers were able to take the audience on a journey of discovery, where the College Motto of Fortiter et Suaviter was clear in demonstrating Strength and Gentleness.

  • Rhianna Patrick (MC)
  • Dr Rebecca Farley
  • Abiba Andris
  • Samira Molai
  • Lyma Nguyen

For Brigidine College to provide opportunities and forums to explore issues that are deeply integral to the human condition, is a real privilege. Our guest speakers for International Women’s Day provided rich and personal accounts of the impact of government policy on asylum seekers and refugees. The courage these women shared was a salient reminder that people in our community need to be welcomed with an openness and care that many others have shared in Australia. Whether it be through the access to health care and the understandings of how traditional cultures shift under the Australian experience. Or that trauma for asylum seekers does not end after arriving in Australia and that the human rights of all need to be fully protected; the courage to share these stories moved the audience gathered on Thursday evening.

As an educator, it is imperative that our students are exposed to challenges and understandings of how to engage in important global and national issues for the future. I hope that all students here at Brigidine can share their understandings with each and the broader community. It is important that students not only have a voice, but that they also share in the language of inclusion and acceptance, so that they can Choose to Challenge. Whether this be through ethical or moral frameworks studied in across the curriculum or in Cocurricular Mission groups, Brigidine College will remain a beacon of learning, courage and Hope into the future.

Congratulations and thank you to many students, staff and families involved in a wide range of College activities. These include amongst others:

  • Caritas / Ash Wednesday Liturgy
  • House Patron Days
  • Year 7 Camp
  • Year 12 Retreat and Formal
  • Parents and Friends AGM – Committee 2021 / Parents Welcome Evening

A Prayer for the Young Women of the World

Enable them to be generous to those who are less fortunate.  Give them hearts full of love and compassion. Give them the strength to say “no” to activities that they would later be remorseful about–that they would do what is right for them and for the world around them. Help them to be kind to others.

Protect them from people who would harm them physically, emotionally and mentally.  Let them know that allowing You to direct their way is the smartest thing they can do.  In Jesus wonderful and powerful name. Amen.

Brendan Cahill

Deputy Principal Curriculum Update

As we approach the middle of the term, I would hope that students have settled into the routines of their subjects. All students are encouraged to set short-term goals, for the term or the semester, and consider the strategies to achieve their goals.

Some students may have exams in the next few weeks or be working on assignments.

It is recommended that you regularly check the Assessment and Study Portal on SEQTA. This portal is regularly updated and has a range of useful information to support your daughters with study routines. Some of the information you can access is:

  • Study Skills
  • Study Support which outlines
    • Senior Study Hall – Year 10 – 12
    • Middle School Study Hall – Year 7 – 9
    • Library Hours
  • Tutors – Recommended Private Tutors
  • ELES Online Study Skills Handbook – a comprehensive and interactive online guide to a range of study skills.
    • You are encouraged to login and explore the site. Students may work through different units in their Formation or Tutorial programs. All Year 11 & 12 students are expected to work through many of the units.
    • There is also a Parent section, where you may find helpful resources like the following:
  • Top Tips Blog for Parents
  • The College Assessment Policy and Procedures – updated for 2021.
    • It is recommended that you are familiar with this document, particularly the flow charts towards the end of the document.

Melissa Dever
Deputy Principal Curriculum

News from Middle School 

While our Year 7 students and parents were visiting home rooms, Years 8 and 9 came together for the first middle school assembly for 2021.

We had lots to talk about as we contemplated the brand-new year of learning ahead of us:

  • The importance of being organised
  • The need to support each other in class so everyone feels comfortable to ask and answer questions
  • Having a growth mindset and not being afraid to make mistakes
  • Facing challenges with grit and determination and NEVER GIVING UP!

Then we met Saffie! Saffie is a little yellow flower who refused to give up (click on this link to watch the animated video). Saffie will be our mascot for 2021, reminding us to persevere, dig deep and never, never, never give up!

When it came to launching our mascot and theme for the year, we could not go past asking our very own Saffron, who is in Year 8, to carry out the honours!

It was the Year 7s turn to meet Saffie last week before camp. They showed a delightfully strong connection with Saffie the flower and how she refused to give up! A special visitor also made an appearance and was enthusiastically embraced as our second mascot for the year. ‘Saffie the bear’ decided to come along to camp to show everyone what it means to never, never, never give up!

Saffie the flower will also appear on our Middle School weekly schedule and term planner templates which are available in hard and digital copies to all students in Years 7-9.

2021 is certainly going to be the year of perseverance in the Middle School!

Berni Sligar
Program Leader Middle Years

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