What do you get when you blend the calibre of our staff, the offerings of our school and the unique talents of each student?
A woman who will know her calling, have an engaging career, and a rewarding life, while helping those more vulnerable than herself.
At Brigidine, we lay the foundations for excellence and our young women do the rest.
Our graduates have gone on to excel in their chosen fields, while keeping alive their passion and commitment to social justice. From lawyers advancing criminal justice and human rights, to nurses doing volunteer work in Cambodia, to doctors fighting disease outbreaks in Africa and jewellery designers developing sustainable supply chains – we are proud of their success and how they strive for a better life for others.
Meet some of our amazing Women of our Time
We’re proud of our graduates who have become amazing women of our time. Meet some of our girls below. Click through to their in-depth stories to discover how Brigidine College helped shape them into the unstoppable women they are today.
Meet Courtney, one of our Brigidine College Graduates and hear about her journey through Brigidine and beyond.
Courtney Fook (nee Crack)
Founder of Active Eight and Tippy Toe Co.
Brigidine Graduate, 2010
Wanting to make a difference to the lives of children with disability, Courtney and her partner Zachary founded Tippy Toe Co. to enhance the wellbeing of children and young adults and allow them the opportunity to participate and enjoy activities in an accepting and encouraging environment.
Human Rights Lawyer, Advocate, Brigidine Graduate 1999
Brigidine Graduate, 1999
Lyma, whose earliest memories stem back to the Indonesian refugee camp in which she was born, has devoted the better part of her working life to human rights.
She has particularly concerned herself with advancing criminal justice domestically and in the international sphere. Most notably she acts on behalf of ethnic Vietnamese Cambodians – as well as foreign nationals from Australia, New Zealand and the United States – who suffered during the Khmer Rouge regime.
Dr Devini Ameratunga
Senior Registrar Mater Hospital, Medical Lecturer University of Queensland
Brigidine Graduate, 1997
After studying physiotherapy Devini continued with medicine and today is a specialist in IVF, Obstetrics and Gynaecology with a special interest in minimally invasive surgery. She works at one of the largest maternity hospitals in Australia (Mater Mothers’), started her private practice in fertility and Gynaecological Surgery in 2013, and is a lecturer at the University of Queensland Medical School. She is passionate about women’s health and continuing education and involved in teaching trainees and GPs for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Brigidine Graduate, 1982
Jacinta is a New York based artist whose exhibitions showcase the beauty of Australia with some shining a spotlight on threatened species and cultural/indigenous icons. She has held many exhibitions throughout Australia and New York including at the Australian Consulate. Her paintings are part of private collections throughout Australia, England, Malaysia and the USA. Her most recent Brisbane exhibition (2018) featured Australian endangered birds inspired by the charity BirdLife Australia.
Locals can see her work at Kenmore State Preschool where she was commissioned in 2010 to paint a large Mural “Where the Forest meets the Sea” celebrating the wildlife of the Rainforest and Ocean areas of Queensland. 15% of all her sales are donated to The Dwelling Place, a shelter for homeless women in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, NYC, run by The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY.
Dr Amanda Rojek
Doctor, Rhodes Scholar
Brigidine Graduate, 2003
Dr Amanda Rojek is a Rhodes Scholar, UQ Valedictorian and humanitarian. She has an interest in global health security and is focused on improving patient outcomes in emerging and epidemic disease outbreaks, having led the RAPIDE trial in Sierra Leone during the West Africa Ebola epidemic (2013 – 2016), the most widespread outbreak of Ebola in history.
Amanda has volunteered for Remote Area Medical in Chicago, Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans and been a member of Queensland’s State Emergency Service.
Designer & Artist
Brigidine Graduate, 2006
Rachel Burke is an Australian-based clothing designer and multi-disciplinary artist, photographer and author. Creating specialty, wearable art pieces, Rachel documents her creative journey and daily art practice on her website and Instagram page.
All of her tinsel garment pieces are custom made-to-order using high quality, up-cycled, garment bases and have been worn by celebrities including The Kardashians and Sheppard. Rachel continues to support Brigidine through presentations to current students.
Brigidine Graduate, 2009
Maddie graduated from UQ at the end of 2013 with a Nursing/Midwifery degree and was going to continue working as a nurse at the Royal Children’s Hospital. She has undertaken three humanitarian trips to Siem Reap in Cambodia.
Jewellery Artist & Metalsmith
Brigidine Graduate, 2003
After receiving first class honours in her Fine Art degree, Claire Poppi established a studio with other jewellers and began her practice in jewellery and metal-smithing, focusing on sustainable design and wearable art. Her ethical use of biodegradable and recycled metals that form her environmentally friendly jewellery line, Small Green Leaf, sits comfortably with the Brigidine charism of environmental stewardship.