Principal’s News

Kildare Ministries Prayer (2014)

May the Flame of Kildare Ministries inspire and support us.
May there be unity and purpose in our gathering.
May there be wisdom in our discernment.
May there be strength and compassion in our decisions.
May there be light and energy for our journey.
May the God who has called us, guide and enrich us all.

As the College continues to engage the students in a wide variety of learning opportunities, I give thanks to all members of our College in being proactive and a supportive body to the College. Fortunately, over the past few weeks I have also visited a range of classes and thoroughly enjoyed the time to share in the girl’s learning.  I’m finding many, many examples of students being energetic, engaged, looking for ways to connect their learning to the real world and ready to show how well they are learning.

Over recent weeks, I have interviewed many Year 10 students through the SET Plan process, as well as interviews for girls applying for the Senior School Academic Scholarship to begin in 2021.  The College received 17 Year 9 student applications for the Senior Scholarship in Science, Maths and Technologies, and The Arts and Humanities.  Again, the truly enthralling ways students talk of themselves and their school is wonderful. Our young people are displaying very high levels of skills in critiquing information, evaluating positions and articulating outcomes that are very impressive.

Mission Day 

Congratulations to the many students and presenters at the final assembly for this term. It is always wonderful to share in celebrating the efforts and achievements of so many students. The energy and enthusiasm for the College through their engagement is something to savour.  With all the curriculum programs combining to present very high standards of learning and achievement, as well as the cocurricular Sports and Arts Programs shining through, we are blessed as a community to have students, teachers, coaches and tutors all walking the same learning path together.

Awards and Acknowledgement Evening

It is my pleasure to invite members of the community to our Annual Awards and Acknowledgement Evening at 7pm on Thursday 22 October at the Riverlife Centre in Seventeen Mile Rocks.  This is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate with joy and gratitude, the achievements of the College and its students who have provided so much during 2020.  Our guest speaker this year is Ms Georgie Tunny (graduate 2008) who has worked as a journalist and news reader for the ABC and is now working in Melbourne.  I’m looking forward to her sharing her story about Brigidine and since she graduated.

Brigidine College Awards and Acknowledgement Evening
Riverlife Baptist Church, Jennifer Street, Seventeen Mile Rocks
Thursday 22 October 6:15pm arrival for 7pm start

In consultation with Riverlife, their COVID-Safe Plan restricts the number of people permitted on site. Therefore, award recipients and a maximum of two accompanying adults, and Year 12 students will be invited to attend.  Further details will be published early next term.

I wish everyone a warm and relaxing break over the holidays and look forward to everyone returning refreshed on Tuesday 6 October.

God Bless,

Brendan Cahill
College Principal

Languages Update

We would at this time be preparing to depart on our Biennial New Caledonian Study Tour to our French-speaking sister school, Collège Mariotti. Instead, our French students have been corresponding with students from Mariotti and Valence in France, giving a sense of purpose to their assessment presentations of family and their homes.

Japanese students from Year 10 and 12 have been comparing cultures and their future plans through online Zoom lessons with our sister school Otsuma Tama in Japan. It has been a fascinating insight this week as students were able to experience a real Japanese classroom virtually and practice their language skills with our Japanese ‘sisters’.

Our early language learners in Year 7 have been acquiring everyday communication skills with the aid of gestures and storytelling through an adapted AIM (Accelerated Integrated Method) style of learning. It is lovely to see students able to master pronunciation and ‘classroom speak’ from their first year studying a language.

Year 8 French students have enjoyed presenting their partner’s outfit in a mini French fashion show this term and Japanese students have demonstrated their knowledge of content taught through a PowerPoint presentation of their pets. Year 9 students presented fantastic skits asking for directions and eating out – all in French! Year 10 Japanese students have loved discovering the culture of Japanese shopping and travel.

The highlight of this year for our Languages students has been learning vocab, script and pronunciation through a wide array of online games and learning tools including Education Perfect, Gimkit, Kahoots and competitive Quizlet online games.

Catherine de Vos
Curriculum Leader Languages

From our Middle School Bloggers

Why Read?

Even if you’re a committed reader or somebody who struggles to find a literature style that suits you, reading benefits everyone!  Here are some ways reading improves your physical and mental health.

Reading strengthens your brain

When you’re reading, ability improves; the complex circuits and signals in your brain become stronger and increases your brain activity.  After reading, connectivity increases in your brain and your body responds to physical sensations like pain and movement quicker.

Increases your ability to empathise

Reading a book that involves conflict between two characters, increases your ability to empathise with people in real-life situations.  Having these skills improves your social intelligence and your ability to understand the emotions of other people.

Builds your vocabulary

Researchers have discovered that people who read often, gradually develop their vocabulary and write more vividly.  This immensely improves your spelling, academic grades and can influence your ATAR score.  Communication skills will advance making conversations with peers flow better.

Reduces Stress

In 2009, researchers found that 30 minutes of reading can lower blood pressure, heart rate and stress.  Reading can improve mental health and decrease brain activity.

Suggested Books by the Blog Squad:

Divergent – Veronica Roth

For sixteen-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead… – Oliver

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Moby Dick – Herman Melville

The itinerant sailor Ishmael begins a voyage on the whaling ship Pequod whose captain, Ahab, wishes to exact revenge upon the whale Moby-Dick, who destroyed his last ship and took his leg. As they search for the savage white whale, Ishmael questions all aspects of life. The story is woven in complex, lyrical language and uses many theatrical forms, such as stage direction and soliloquy. It is considered the exemplar of American Romanticism, and one of the greatest American novels of all time.

Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

The story of a teenage girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

What if? – Randall Munroe

This book gives serious, scientific answers to the most random and bizarre questions. Have you ever wanted to know what would happen if the earth stopped spinning or what times square looked like 10 million years ago? Well this is the book for you. I recommend this book for anyone interested in science and random pieces of information.

Illuminae – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, exes Kady and Ezra – who are barely even talking to each other – are forced to fight their way onto the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. But the warship is the least of their problems. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results. The fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Skin and other stories – Roald Dahl

‘Skin and other stories’ is a collection of short, scary stories written by Roald Dahl.  These short stories are sure to give you a thrill if you are a fan of suspenseful and scary stories with a twist.  This book for everyone who is interested in scary stories and isn’t afraid of a few bad dreams.

Chloe Hogg
Middle School Blogger

Queensland Health Tips

Further information can be accessed here.

Karibu Club News

We had a wonderful time at Karibu this term. We met on Tuesdays after school with girls from Milpera State School. Milpera is a reception school for students new to Australia, often from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds, who need to learn English and get up to speed with gaps in their education before transitioning to mainstream schools.

Our club is about friendship and fun, doing things together and welcoming these girls to our community.

In our first meeting we made name badges. The first thing friends ask is “What is your name?” We then played a game about remembering names. We stood in a circle and said our name, next the girl to the right of us said their name and then my name. And so on round the circle till the last person had to say their own name and the names of the preceding 25 girls in the circle – all to the accompaniment of much laughter and hints.

The next week we made pom poms and tried stick weaving, using them to decorate a tree at Milpera. This was easy to do so a great opportunity to sit together and have a chat.  The following week was much more active as Amy Manthey and Sami Lane gave us a dance lesson. They are really great at dance! After this, three 12 Year old Milpera girls from the Congo taught us a line dance. We had the best time! It got more serious, or was supposed to be …, the next week when we had a science experiment. What happens if you put vinegar in an empty soft drink bottle and then put a balloon on top filled with baking soda? What happens if you add a lot more baking soda ….. Try it and see.

For the final week, we had a treasure hunt in the Graceville Memorial Park. We each got a clue booklet and a map of the park and we were off. We had to find 8 numbers then translate them into 8 letters and then use the letters as clues to make two words. The words were “Good Choices.” It was hard however when Mrs Jeffcoat gave us the hint that it was words we heard a lot at school, we got it. At the end we held a small Graduation Ceremony. Miss Soheila from Milpera presented us each with a certificate and Amy Manthey and Maddy Foster made us all a card decorated with pictures taken at all the activities, with a list of our names.

We had a really good time; it was enriching to get to know new people and do something different after school.

Millie Kent
Year 11 Student

Thank you

Our sincere thanks to Cr James Mackay for his sponsorship towards our movie screen at the Carnival for a Cure.

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