Principal's Welcome

Welcome to St Brigid's College in 2017, 88 years since it was established by the Mercy Sisters. Here, over 1200 students aged 3 to 18 Years, from across Western Australia and overseas are offered a variety of opportunities to become principled, inquiring, knowledgeable, thinking, communicators, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective lifelong learners confident in their place as contributing citizens and leaders in the world. Our community has ambitious, but achievable goals for all students.

Situated in the green hills 25 minutes east of Perth, the College also offers Boarding in a semi-rural setting, for girls only in Years 7-12. This is a unique opportunity to learn about caring for oneself and others.

Parents can be assured that students at St Brigid's College are receiving holistic quality education across important areas and that the school:

  • is consistently undergoing a rigorous self-assessment.

  • is being evaluated by a team of experienced professionals.

  • meets high academic and professional standards.

  • is subject to regular visits and monitoring by external agencies.

  • is continually planning future developments and seeking to improve our performance as part of the ongoing nature of the evaluation process.

Academic Performance - WACE ATAR and VET 2017

I am delighted to share with you all a macro look at the academic performance of the Year 12 class of 2016. On behalf of the St Brigid's College community, I want all Students to know that we are proud of their achievements and know that each one of them can go forward with confidence. In the spirit of mercy, we know that they are already making the world a better place.

In summary, St Brigid's College 2016 Year 12 results were very pleasing indeed:

  • Isabella Fiolo attained an ATAR of 98.55, placing her in the top 1.5% of over 11,000 full-time Students from across Western Australia who sat four or more WACE examinations last year. Isabella also has the highest individual subject score (89.9 for Politics and Law) at the College and a Certificate of Distinction for consistent school achievement.

  • A Certificate of Excellence in English was awarded to Pauline Chiwawa for being in the top 0.5% of the State candidates. Pauline also received a Certificate of Merit.

  • Certificates of Distinction were also awarded to Kayla Brice, Emma Mitchell, Michelle O'Brien, Caitlin Wallace and Georgia Wells.

  • Certificates of Merit were awarded to Ashleigh Baxter, Ruby Beales, Matildah Currie, Kaitlyn Dekoning, Justine Jolliffe, Hollie MacDonald and Tarra Wentzel-Smythe.

  • 22.6% of ATAR examination Students achieved an ATAR of 90+, with Kayla Brice, Georgia Wells, Justine Jolliffe, Pauline Chiwawa and Caitlin Wallace attaining an ATAR of 95+, putting them in the top 5% in their State cohort.

  • All 37 Year 12 Students completing VET pathways achieved a minimum of a Certificate II (54.8%) and almost 25% achieved a Certificate III (24.2%).

  • The AustralianSuper Award for Excellence in VET subjects was given to Paige South.

  • Almost 30% (28.8%) of Students attained at least one A grade in their Year 12 courses.

  • The College median ATAR of 82.7 (up 6.9 from 2015) was above the State average. An ATAR of 80 is the minimum requirement for entry into the Group of Eight (Go8) universities, such as, the University of Western Australia, University of Melbourne or the Australian National University. We will congratulate Students' on their post-school destinations as they become available.

Parents often report that among their reasons for choosing St Brigid's is the quality of teaching, the diverse range of co-curricular activities and outstanding learning facilities. Students remain at St Brigid's because of the 'experience', that includes, strong relationships, individual learning pathways, leadership opportunities, state representation, and national and international collaborations. Therefore, I invite you to join us in celebrating the performance of the Class of 2016, but be reminded that these excellent results do not reflect all the 'personal bests' (PBs) in a range of endeavours. We are also very proud of these PBs, as each one indicates a healthy drive to reach a personal potential to 'make a difference'.

Continuous Improvement

The agenda of continuous improvement is practised every year, irrespective of results. College Leaders (including myself) and teaching teams collect evidence of in-depth analyses not just of each Year 12 Student's results, but subject by subject and question by question of the examiners' reports, and together develop goals for improvement.

Strategies for continual improvement throughout the College form a solid foundation for excellence in Year 12. Just as at all Western Australian schools, the Government mandated curriculum is "what we teach", but it is "how we teach/learn" that adds value to the St Brigid's experience.

The rigorous standards and practices of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) are used to maintain contemporary international standards of excellence in PK-Year 10. Indeed, we are preparing for an IBO Validation visit in March 2017. This is a regular requirement to maintain our "World School" authorisation and the enriching learning opportunities this provides for all our Students.

I take this opportunity to thank all Staff, as these results are the culmination of the work of many over the entire learning journey of all Students. I express our appreciation of the many contributions of the class of 2016 through their years at St Brigid's. Finally, I thank all Parents for their continued trust and ongoing support.

Expressing our Catholic identity we are inspired by our association with Mercy World. We are guided by the Mandate of the Catholic Bishops of Western Australia and the policies of the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia. In addition, St Brigid's College is the first Catholic school in Western Australia to be authorised to offer the Middle Years Programme and the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. And so, St Brigid's College regularly demonstrates that our educational programme, facilities, resources, qualifications of teaching staff, management practices, enrolment and attendance procedures, and duty of care for students meet international standards.

While the Junior School accommodates girls and boys, the Middle and Senior schools cater exclusively for girls with many advantages as outlined at the Alliance of Girls Schools Australia website.

Parents too play a crucial role at St Brigid's. They are partners in their children's education and help to make the school a welcoming and warm environment. Working in partnership with families, dedicated staff members do everything they can to make each family's stay happy and rewarding as we recognise that the strength of the partnership between the students, parents and staff at St Brigid's determines the degree of our success.

To learn more about St Brigid's College and all that we have to offer, take some time to explore our website and discover the many exciting facets of our school and its welcoming community. Otherwise, please contact us for one of our monthly guided tours or join us for our annual Open Day on Friday 17th March.

I look forward to meeting you!

May we continue to be blessed in 2017.

Dr Amelia Toffoli
College Principal

20thJanuary 2017