1. God of Compassion, you are our refuge,

You are our comfort and strength in times of sudden disaster, crisis or chaos.

Be with the world community during this time of illness and uncertainty.

Grant us the strength to endure this unforeseeable event.

Hear the prayers of a broken community, for those suffering illnesses and those caring for family members connected to this global pandemic.

May we ask you to hear their distress and grant mercy and relief in our sadness.

We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord of peace.

St Brigid, Pray for Us. Amen

Lent 2020

One of the ways in which we can reach out to others and help end poverty is to donate generously to Project Compassion. Project Compassion is Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal which serves to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.  The work of Caritas Australia is underpinned by Catholic Social Teaching (CST). CST covers all spheres of life – the economic, political, personal and spiritual. Some of the CST principles that guide the work of Caritas Australia are:

  • Dignity of the human person
  • Subsidiarity and participation
  • Solidarity
  • Preferential option for the poor

Project Compassion boxes have been placed in each Home Room at the College and we encourage students to give what they can to this important cause.

“We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it.”

Pope Francis, Laudato Si 

Covid 19 (Update)

As mentioned earlier this week, the College is ensuring that each student is equipped to manage and continue her learning with as little disruption as possible. With some students continuing their learning at home and many students continuing their classes on site, please follow the ongoing College guidelines as a precaution against the transmission of the Coronavirus.

From Friday 20 March 2020, teaching staff have been asked to Direqt Message students each day a lesson occurs, with a brief outline regarding the learning intentions for the lesson. Teachers will provide explicit instructions about work that students can continue and will be directed to the following:

  • SEQTA
  • Class One Notes
  • Textbooks – hard copies or digital versions
  • Other resources eg – media files, Education Perfect, websites etc.

At this time of the term, many students have multiple assessment items to complete.  If your daughter is unable to complete an assessment task, either due to illness or because you have withdrawn her due to COVID-19 concerns, we ask you to follow the guidelines, which are available on the Assessment and Study Portal on SEQTA.  To assist us streamline our processes at this time, we would ask you to contact the following staff, who will then communicate with the relevant teachers and Curriculum Middle Leaders:

If families have medical documentation, please forward this to the College. However, if your daughter (Year 7 – 10) is not ill enough to need to see a doctor, we would not recommend going to a doctor unless it is necessary.  QCAA guidelines continue for Year 11 and 12 students and a medical certificate will be required if absent for assessment. Please contact John Crawford to discuss this further.

If the assessment item can be submitted online, a reasonable extension will be given to complete this.  If the assessment is an exam, or is performance based, decisions will be made when students return to the College.  The College thanks all families for their support and understanding that all our staff are doing the best to ensure that your daughters are continued to be supported with their learning and assessment.

As the situation continue to change across Australia and the world, I ask that parents and students are mindful of how each of us will stay connected, if schools are closed by the government. Brigidine College is in a strong place to assist teachers and students to continue with their learning.  A further update will be provided shortly.

NAPLAN 2020

NAPLAN exams have been cancelled this year due to widespread disruption to schools caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Representing Brigidine College

Over recent weeks, Student Leaders have been extending a strong invitation to all students to understand the value and importance of what it means to represent the College. Whether it be through interviews, Visitation Day tours, excursions, sporting teams or cultural activities. The opportunity to represent the College at any time, is one that many students are excited about and thoroughly enjoy the recognition and sense of achievement. I certainly welcome all girls to represent the College with care and pride, so that the benefits for our community touch all of us.  Let’s continue to share this pride with grace and responsibility.

Congratulations to all students who represented the College at the CaSSSA and GBC Swimming Carnivals last week. A truly wonderful effort with many girls swimming their personal best and the College improving their overall result.  Congratulations also to the coaches and supporters who were outstanding with their organisation and support of the team.  I also acknowledge the Spirit Squad and their efforts to not only support the swimmers but extend the value and importance of what it means to represent their College at events.

Congratulations also to Charlotte Smith and Ella Watney who have been selected to Brisbane City Council’s Green Heart 2020 Student Environmental Leadership Network.

Kind regards and blessing to our Community,

Brendan Cahill
Principal

Middle School Update

We have certainly hit the ground running in the Middle School this year!

Our Year 7 students are settling well into the rhythm of College life, navigating their way through SEQTA, OneNote and Turnitin like experts! With an enjoyable camp experience behind them, they are now preparing well for their first assessment period.  Elevate Education came to visit in Week 7, kick starting their study skills with a note making and mind mapping lesson.

Year 8 have made an outstanding start to the year and are enjoying the chance to study an Arts and a Technology subject of their choosing. They also worked with Elevate Education back in February to hone their time management skills, which I’m sure they are putting to good use as they approach exam time!

Many of our Year 9 students have enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to lead our Middle School community. We have over fifty students involved in a range of teams responsible for supporting and celebrating learning in the middle years! These include the Blog Squad, Growth Mindset Team, Makerspace Craft and STEM, the EmpowerHer committee, the Wellbeing Wednesday group and the Theme Team. Each group presented their fantastic ideas at our first Middle School Assembly in early March and then worked with Peter from UPP (Unleashing Personal Potential) to develop an action plan as part of their leadership workshop last week.

Keep your eyes peeled for more Middle School team updates on the College Blog this year!

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