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St Brigid's College eNewsLetter

This is the inaugural edition of what will be a single College eNews (PK-12) emailed to parents (and uploaded on the College webpage and via iSchool app) once a fortnight, instead of four newsletters coming out at different times during the term, often repeating information several times.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2016

I am delighted to share a macro look at the academic performance of the 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.

Academic Performance – WACE ATAR and VET

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


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• 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 your continued trust and ongoing support.

May we continue to be blessed in 2017.

Dr Amelia Toffoli
College Principal


Students volunteer in Up the Creek project

Students from St Brigid's College are getting involved with the Up the Creek community project at Lesmurdie Falls.

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Cambodia Immersion

We feel privileged to be able to share some memories of our outreach immersion work in Cambodia which took place from 6th to 16th December 2016.

The group was smaller than usual as we only had five students, each of whom took a parent with them.

Over the past nine years our relationships with the individuals who are instrumental in facilitating and guiding our work in Cambodia has grown. As a result of this growth, these people have become more like family to us. They act as inspirational role models to our students and are remembered for their kindness, care for one another and their inspiration.


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Writing Competition Winner!

Congratulations to Year 2 Student, Amariah Meshesha who was announced this week as one of only 20 winners Australia wide, in the Colour Your Classroom National Writing Competition.
As part of our Unit of Inquiry on sharing the planet and looking at Peacemakers, the Year 2 children entered the competition on the topic - a person who has inspired them.
Amariah wrote about Malala Yousafzai. She has won $500 for the school, $500 worth of Sharpie products, a drink bottle for herself as well as a Certificate of Achievement.






Past Boarders' Reunion

The beautiful weather and our stunning campus welcomed over 100 past boarders to the College yesterday for our inaugural "Past Boarders Reunion".

The afternoon included tours of the school as well as boarding (including stops to check under desks for long forgotten messages) and afternoon tea in the dining room where stories of boarding in years gone by entertained some of our current students immensely. There was much reminiscing, laughter and catching up amongst the group of varied ages making for a very special afternoon.

Thank you ladies for joining us, we hope to see you all again in the future.


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Opti-MINDS

Congratulations to our Year 8 Opti-MINDS team who very successfully represented the state and the College at the recent National Finals of Opti-MINDS held in Brisbane.

The girls conducted themselves exceptionally throughout the trip. After spending some time sightseeing last Friday exploring and participating in the 20/20 Vision Forum, on competition day the girls received honours, finishing second overall.

This is an exceptional effort and testament to all of their hard-work and that of Mrs Hafekost who made sure they were competition ready And Miss Rowe who accompanied them to the Brisbane.


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Class of 2016 Farewell

The Class of 2016 final assembly today, complete with music and costumes, culminated on the Senior Oval where our little Year 1 students formed a guard of honour presenting each departing Year 12 with a flower. Many thanks to John and Colette from Skyworkswa for the aerial photos.



Boater Throw Kicks of Farewells for the Class of 2016

The Class of 2016 began their valedictory celebrations today with the now traditional boater throw in the College Quadrangle marking their final official school day. With many proud parents in attendance, the boater throw is a special day for the Year 12s in the lead up to final exams and Prize Giving and Graduation celebrations in coming weeks. This wonderful group of girls have been a pleasure to work with and we wish them well as they begin the next exciting chapter in their lives.



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Scitech Brainstorm Challenge Day

Our Year 6 girls and boys took part in a Scitech Brainstorm Challenge Day recently at the Scitech Discovery Centre. The challenge provided the students with an opportunity to increase their confidence, team building and scientific skills in a competition against other schools. They completed challenges successfully in the areas of Engineering, Coding, Astronomy and Maths.


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It is our pleasure to invite you to take a visual tour of the College. Come experience St Brigid's!



Students Create Mercy Values ePrayer Booklet 2015 - 2016

On the 8th December 2015 the Holy Year of Mercy commenced. Pope Francis announced 'I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful (Luke 6:36). So much mercy! Inspired by this announcement, students at the College created an updated version of our College ePrayer booklet. Students in 2015 all wrote prayers and created the art work contained within the pages. We would like to acknowledge the contributions of the Business students who devoted time in the collation and design of the booklet (and a special thanks to Mr Dimasi and Mrs Biddle for their guidance). Please take a moment to read our childrens prayers for our community.



Year 12 Drama Production of 2016 'Snagged'

St Brigids College would like to present the Year 12 Drama Production of 2016, 'Snagged' by Robert Kronk. By special permission from deBase Productions.

Dates: Wednesday, 30 March, Thursday, 31 March & Friday, 1 April 2016

Venue: College Performing Arts

Time: 7pm SHARP (late entry not permitted). The show goes for approximately 1 hour, with no interval.

Tickets go on sale from today, Tuesday, 15 March from the Accounts Department at the College - $10 per ticket.

We would love to see you there.



Open Day 2016

The College is delighted to invite prospective families to tour our beautiful campus at the 2016 Open Day which will be held on Friday March 18th 2016. There will be two sessions, 9:30am and 1:00pm for you convenience. To register your attendance on the day, including at morning or afternoon tea, please contact our Community Relations Office on 9290 4205.



Year 12 Perspectives

Each year, the Art Gallery of WA exhibits some of the best work from WA Year 12 Visual Art students.

This year St Brigid’s College entered four artworks and today we have found out that 1 artwork, by Logan Siziba has been accepted into the exhibition, which runs in 2016.

Congratulations to Logan for this excellent achievement.



Year 2 budding scientists

The budding scientists in Year 2 have been exploring transpiration in plants by using food colouring in water to discover how water travels through plant cells to keep them alive. They were very excited to see how quickly their celery leaves changed colour.


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Year 2 Gold Water Corp Visit

This week in Year 2 Gold, Mr Brad Priddis from the Water Corp and father of Hannan, came to speak to the children about the work he does with the water.

The boys and girls learnt about the rain water cycle, where we get water from, the new desalination plant and how much water we use each day in Perth.

The children acted out what a water droplet would look like in different places like a kitchen, could, a garden and a washing machine.

They were also lucky enough to have a play with a Robotic Rover which is used to check for leaks and damage in water pipes! It was pretty amazing. We also looked at the water problems in Cambodia and realised we are very lucky our water is so clean.



2015 Sportswomans' Breakfast

Brant Garvey, professional athlete, member of the Australian Para triathlon team and the first Australian above-knee amputee to compete in an ironman triathlon, was the guest speaker at this morning's Sportswomans' Breakfast.

Brant is a wonderful example of what determination, courage and vitality of spirit can achieve. His motivating words, encouraging the girls to strive for the best they can be, push the boundaries and pursue excellence, were truly inspiring. Similarly, Brant's account of his journey, since taking up triathlons, was a mix of humour, and humility highlighting his boundless energy and perseverance.

Born a congenital above-knee amputee, two years ago, Brant couldn't run or ride a bike. We wish Brant well as he now bravely follows his dream and the road to the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.



Year 2 Classrooms become Art Galleries for a day

On Thursday, October 22 both Year 2 classes transformed their classrooms into an art gallery. This was the culmination of their Unit of Inquiry investigating the different types of art in the world. The students created many different art pieces throughout the unit. During the afternoon parents, grandparents and extended relatives came for a tour. On Friday morning Kindy Green came for a tour of the art gallery. The Year 2s loved teaching the younger students about the different types of art in the gallery.



National Opti-MINDS Challenge

A team of Year 8 students recently travelled to Brisbane to represent St Brigid's College in the National Opti-MINDS Challenge. They were awarded Honours (silver medal status) in the Middle School category of the Science - Engineering Challenge, competing against students from Years 7 - 10.

The team included Ellaby Hansen, Matilda Harrison, Mackenzie Irvine Thom, Paige Larue Martlew, Samantha Sankey, Phoebe Thomasson and Ebony Uetake. This exceptionally talented group tackled a tricky problem and constructed a 'device' that worked perfectly to slow the descent of a 'landing craft' making an emergency landing. They wove the event into a short dramatic scenario which they performed brilliantly.

In addition, the students attended the Opti-VISION Ideas Summit, aimed at showcasing ideas for improving the state of the world in a sustainable manner. They also visited the Gallery of Modern Art, explored South Bank, and viewed the night lights of Brisbane from the Brisbane Wheel.

Congratulations girls - you were terrific



Old Girl Sian White awarded prestigious university medal

Congratulations to Old Girl Sian White who recently joined 37 other outstanding individuals and organisations that over the last 18 years have been awarded the John Curtin Medal by Curtin University.

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Class of 2015 - Traditional Boater Throw Begins the 2015 Valedictory Celebrations

As has been traditions for many years, the Class of 2015, gathered in the Quadrangle as their last official school day drew to a close for the much loved boater throw. With many parents, staff and students in attendance, this talented group of young women moved into "boater throw mode" with a choreographed routine culminating in 118 boaters raised for the last time.

Best of luck girls as you leave SBC and head into what we hope will be a fantastically successful future.



Official Opening of the PYP Exhibition

The opening of the PYP Exhibition was really a fantastic event and a wonderful reflection of the significant work put in by staff and students. Well done to our enterprising Year 5s, what a wonderful effort!


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Young Explorers Competition

On Saturday two Year 11 teams from the VET Business classes exhibited their apps at the Young Explorers Competition at Edith Cowan University in Joondalup.

Watch Me - consisting of Amy Joiner and Jessica Norrie were awarded a merit certificate.

Serenity - consisting of Marie Nalepa, Annie Walker and Tayla Milton were awarded third place.

The girls represented the College and themselves very well. They had to do a lot of public speaking, interviews in front of cameras and answeredmany questions from the general public. It was a great learning experience for the girls. Well done.



Congratulations to the SBC Interschool Athletics Team

Well done to our Interschool Athletics Team on achieving 2nd place in the Overall Girls competition on Thursday. The girls were pipped at the post by only four points, but it simply puts fire in their hearts to take out first place next year. We are so proud of all the girls efforts, they were super competitive in all aspects of track and field, focused and determined to do well. With an average of 40 girls at each training session, this surely was the winning factor!

Three girls finished in the top four of their age group:

- Katrina Breen placed fourth

- Hannah Archer placed third

- Sage Lockyer placed fourth

Well done!



Year 10 Personal Project Exhibition

After a year long process, the culmination of the IB Personal Project saw the Learning Plaza transformed this afternoon for the official opening. Well done to our Year 10s on the fabulous effort they put into their work. The projects were just outstanding.



Community Gardening Hits the Junior School

Over the past week, the Junior School has been busy planting vegetables and herbs in the new Junior School's Community Garden. The school's Maintenance team has been working very hard to put in the garden beds, soil and fencing, with the addition of decorative gnomes and a beautiful arbor. Special thanks to the Parent Forum for $1000 small grant that went towards the purchase of plants and gloves for the new venture.

There are plans... to add fruit trees, hanging baskets, companion plants and window boxes into the garden in the coming weeks.

Students from Years 1-6 will have access to the garden in the morning, during and after school. Everyone seems excited about watching their plants grow. I know the Year 1s want to eat them now!



Channel 7 News Reporter and Old Girl Returns to School

Kate Smithers (Class of 2004) from Channel 7 News came to speak to the Year 6 students about her life as a reporter yesterday. She spoke about the challenging and rewarding elements of her career and answered the many questions the Year 6 students had for her.

Kate spent over 2 hours with the Year 6s, which culminated in her teaching them how to speak like a television reporter, including how to use auto-cue.



Mercy Values Photographic Competition 2015

Year 12 student, Caitlin Bean is the winner of the Mercy Values Photographic Competition 2015, with her photograph (pictured below) entitled Courage..." and miles to go before I sleep" .

Students were encouraged to explore different ways of interpreting the Mercy Values of Justice, Compassion, Hospitality, Service and Courage, through a still image.

Congratulations to all those students who took part.



Junior Da Vinci Decathlon success

Eight St Brigids students from Years 5 and 6 recently represented the College at the annual Junior Da Vinci Decathlon held at Wesley College. We have received an outline of the results from the day, and our team of students is to be commended for their excellent achievements across a number of subject areas. Out of the 14 schools competing, the St Brigids team achieved:

- 1st place in the Art & Poetry section of the competition

- 2nd place for Engineering

- 2nd place for Philosophy

- 3rd place for Cartography

These results are a product of the students commitment to weekly training sessions over the last two terms and the guidance that has been provided to them by each of the teachers involved in training. Congratulations to Nina Yeats, Ava Falconer, Alyx Hawkins, Isobel Collins, Mark DSilva, Adam Visser, Thomas Morton and Emily Doyle on their fantastic efforts.



St Brigids Old Girl - Priya Cooper

St Brigids Old Girl, Priya Cooper was recently inducted into the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame last night. What a legend! congratulations from all the St Brigid's Community.

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Western Australian of the Year and Freeman addresses St Brigids College Assembly

Recently named Western Australian of the Year and former City of Gosnells Councillor, Dr Robert Isaacs was awarded the title of Honorary Freeman of the City recently. Dr Isaacs addressed the Student Assembly on August 25th and talked about his personal life journey, including his desire to see all students maximize all the opportunities afforded to them and excel to the very best of their ability. He also officially launched the Colleges Indigenous Literacy Day Great Book Swap 2015.

Dr Isaacs knowledge as an aboriginal elder has shaped opportunities and facilities for Aboriginal people, particularly with the introduction of the Derbarl Yerrigan Centre and his impact has reached well beyond the Citys boundaries.

A long-time Langford resident, Dr Isaacs is not only a former Councillor and Deputy Mayor for the City, he was the first Aboriginal person to be elected to Local Government in WA.


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Word Mania Hits Year 5

Well done to our Year 5 students and their teacher, James Stevens. The students participated in the Word Mania competition and came first out of all the schools in WA and 11th in the country. Ewny Bellana came third out of all Year 5s in the country and missed out on second by just 17 points. We also managed to win some excellent prizes:

1. $500 worth of IT supplies

2. $500 Australian Geographic Library Pack...

3. A 6 month subscription to Literacy planet for the whole school!

The Year 5s played 2841 games of Word Mania over the 4 weeks of the competition and spelt 153,126 words.


Angelico Art Exhibition

The Angelico Art Exhibition coincides with the Catholic School Performing Arts Festival. This year, six students from St Brigids entered the exhibition. Three Year 9 students: Darcy Walters, Brooklyn Royce and Kiara Harris (replicas of famous artworks), one Year 10 student, Elyse Tuck (ceramic shell) and two Year 12 students, Rebecca Sims (sculpture) and Danieka Strathdee (Photographs-diptych).

Kiara Harris successfully won an award for her drawing of Henri Rouss...eaus Tiger in a Tropical Storm, titled Henris Jungle Cat (photo below) using watercolour on paper.

Well done to Kiara and all the girls for their fine efforts.



Junior Robo Cup Competition

Congratulations to the four teams of girls and boys who formed our first entry into Junior Robo Cup held at Curtin University last Friday 8th August. The teams have been working diligently since last term on either the Rescue or Dance/Theatre challenges, giving up their lunches and after school time, and were very proud of them. One Dance/Theatre team comprising of Emma Ring, Poppy Judges, Hayley Morton and Elyssa Morton made it into the finals on the Saturday and gave an excellent performance. The teams thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the competition and the experience has given the invaluable lessons on team work, time management, choreography and of course robotics!

Thank you to the Forrestfield and High Wycombe Community Bank for their Smart Tech Initiative Grant funding that has assisted the College with this programme.



Vintage Motorbikes Delight Year 5s

Year Five students were treated to a very special display of vintage motorcycles recently. The display was conducted by the Vintage Motor Bike Club of WA and included a collection of fully restored bikes ranging from the 1920s - 1970s.

The children were given a wonderful explanation of how motorbikes have transformed over time. This talk was aimed to assist the students with the development of their Exhibition Inquiry.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all who were involved with making this possible for our Year 5s.


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Farewell for Japanese Exchange Students

Recently we said goodbye to our exchange students from Japan. They were only with us a short time but certainly became part of our college community very quickly. A big thank you to all the host families who opened their homes and hearts to share an Australian experience with our visitors.


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Eagles Rock my School Programme!

The Junior School were very lucky to have an exciting visit last Friday afternoon from Rick the Rock the Eagles mascot, who taught them all about the key ingredients to achieving your goals in life. Then today, the Year 6 classes got to take part in a football skills clinic with Eagles player Corey Adamson #45 who was very impressed with their goal kicking skills. Special thanks must go to Xavi, from 6 Green, who helped to organise the Eagles visits, by registering Miss Kazakoff for the Eagles Rock my School Programme!


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Food for thought for our budding Year 5 scientists

Mr Paul Greenwood, a St Brigid's parent and research geochemist from UWA, came in to talk to the Year 5 students. In his field of Science, he studies the impacts and processes that organisms (living systems) have had on the Earth.

He shared how some of the advances and transformations that happen deep in our Earth are present in our everyday lives, even though they happened thousands of years ago, possibly in the Jurassic period. Oliver Ryan and Luke Sayer became Scientists during the presentation and observed how oil can be separated to reveal its different components.



Welcome to our exchange visitors from Japan

We are delighted to welcome to the College 8 Japanese Exchange students from Wayo Konodai Girls High School, with its senior campus for Years 10-12 students attached to the Wayo Women's University. The girls arrived yesterday afternoon and were greeted by their host families at afternoon tea before spending their first night "in the hills" they will attend classes with their host sisters for the next two weeks.


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K-12 Assembly to finish Term 2

The College, including our littlest students, attended the K-12 Assembly (the Year 12s were absent due to attending an English seminar at Curtin University) this morning in the Gym. What a great way to end a busy term, with performances, awards and a feeling that we have achieved so much in the last 11 weeks.

The Spririt of Mercy Awards - 1 per year level, recognising students who consistently make positive contributions to our community and live out our mercy values of compassion, justice, hospitality courage and service were also presented.

Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and special friends who attended.

We hope all our students have a safe and relaxing holiday.


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St Brigid’s College Roots & Shoots Group winter warmer hot chocolate stall - help to raise valuable funds to adopt an orphan orang-utan.

Last Thursday 2nd July, students were encouraged to bring a gold coin to school and support the the St Brigid’s College Roots & Shoots Group winter warmer hot chocolate stall at recess and lunchtime.

Did you know that the intelligence of an orangutan is comparable to that of a five or six year old child? Hammering nails into wood, creating a hammock and trying to start a fire: these are all behaviours that have been demonstrated by orangutans in the wild. Humans are so closely related to orangutans that we actually share 97% of the same DNA? And did you know that in Malay and Indonesian, orang means "person" and utan means "forest?" So, orangutan literally means "person of the forest."

How is it fair that these incredibly intelligent “people of the forest” are being killed every day through logging, fires, palm oil plantations and poaching? It’s not.

St Brigid’s College hopes to raise valuable funds throughout the year to adopt an orphan orangutan for only $$55.00 through an organisation called The Orangutan Project. Students ended the term by helping to make this happen by supporting Roots & Shoots .


Tracy Vo Shares Her Personal Story

Tracy Vo, Channel 9 News Reporter visited the students at the College today and spoke about her parents’ life as refugees as they escaped war-torn Vietnam in 1978 in a leaky boat.

Tracy was inspirational in her discussions on her personal drive to make the best of the opportunities that were presented to her in Australia because of the risks her parents took and the sacrifices they made.


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Student Parliament Selection for Anna

Congratulations to Year 10 student, Boarder Anna Wybrow, who has been chosen as part of the Parliament of Western Australia's Statewide Student Parliament Programme. Anna has been selected as the Member for Moore sitting in the Legislative Assembly.

The Statewide Student Parliament is a key component of the Parliament's education programme to develop awareness of the Western Australian Parliamentary process and participants will receive considerable educational and social benefits thorough through their participation in this wonderful opportunity.

The College is delighted with Anna’s success.



My Masterchef Rules' Fever Hits St Brigid's

The College held its annual ‘My Masterchef Rules’ cooking competition recently; which saw over 250 students from Kindergarten to Year12 , plus staff cook up a Mexican themed storm. The competition began six years ago with a simple toasted sandwich and has since evolved into an almost iconic activity for the students.   This year the teams were judged by My Kitchen Rules contestants ‘Deb and Eva’, who were suitably impressed by the culinary delights plated by competing teams.  The event aims to build on the strong community spirit between the three sub schools at the College, in a fun and creative manner.  After a quick Mexican hat dance and under the leadership of students from Years 6-12 the chopping, blending and creativity began.  Teams  worked against a tight timeline to create a dish which accurately reflected the theme, decided by the Year 12 Learning Leaders at the College.  The Kindergarten students as always, gave the older students a run for their money, and with a little assistance from parents and older students also created their dish from scratch.  This year saw a variety of dishes presented, from layered savoury nachos to tortillas with a twist to Mexican themed pancakes and amazing chilli based cupcakes.  


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Wildcats Coach Year 5 Students

On Thursday the 30th of April we were lucky enough for Damian Martin and Louis Timms from the Perth Wildcats to visit the College for a one hour Basketball coaching session with the Year 5 class. The students were very excited to have the Wildcats stars here, as Martin is the current Captain of the team. The students were put through some Basketball drills and skills sessions ending with a game of "golden child". Both players were enthusiastic and thoroughly enjoyed the session with our students.


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A Wonderful Honour: Two St Brigid's Students Chosen for the London International Youth Science Forum

St Brigid’s 2015 Co-Head Girls, Blayz Carter and Emma Wignell have been selected to represent our college and Australia  at the 2015 London International Youth Science Forum. They were two of just ten students chosen from Australia among the 300 from around the world.

The LIYSF is a two week forum hosted at Imperial College London in South Kensington. The LIYSF attracts over 300 of the world's leading young scientists, from more than 60 countries, and includes lectures and demonstrations from leading scientists, visits to industrial sites, research centres, scientific institutions and organisations. 

LIYSF 2015 will consider how the scientific community should be used to consider global issues. The issues we face today, such as energy, food and water security, climate change, biodiversity and potential pandemics will be discussed with the students. The forum includes debates on controversial topics, and of course gives students the chance to join an instant global network.

Key elements of the programme include opportunities to visit world class research institutions and laboratories, including Imperial College London, University College London, ZSL (The Zoological Society of London), Oxford and Cambridge Universities, The Science Museum and the Natural History Museum.



Europe Tour - Rome, Venice, Florence, Paris, Stratford and London

In December a Tour party of 24 stayed in each of the famous cities above for either 2 or 3 nights on the Altiora Europe Tour.  Some of the remarkable highlights in a tour with key themes religion and life and Shakespeare included  the Vatican, St Peter’s, The Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, The Palazzo Vecchio  and  Pontevecchio in Florence, The Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s in Venice, the  Louvre Museum, Champs Elysees and Sacre Couer Cathedral in Paris, Shakespeare’s Birthplace and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, and Buckingham Palace, the Tower of  London, and West End Theatre in London.



WACE 2014 Results

Two special highlights for St Brigid’s from the 2014 WACE results were the 2014 cohort’s 100% graduation rate  and the important statistic that 100% - all 40 WACE students -  received an offer from one of the Universities.  

Congratulations  to 2014 College Dux Sean Fitzpatrick who  received no fewer than five scholarships: The  $1000 CWA Scholarship,  the UWA Alumni and Equity Scholarship worth $20,000, The UWA Excellence Award, St George’s Argyle Award ($750) and the St George’s WT Harrison Bursary for one quarter of the College fees.

Sophie Hellemans from the Class of 2013  won  the Principal’s Recommendation Award Scholarship from Curtin University.



Short Film Festival Success for Ayla

Year 12 Media Studies student, Ayla Irvine Thom recently won the Jam Packed Short Film Festival under 18s section with her short film - a music video to the song "In my veins" by Andrew Bell. The showing and awards ceremony was held last on Friday night. Congratulations Ayla from the College community.



The Vietnamese Exodus: 1975 - 1996 by Carina Hoang

Aspiring author and human rights advocate Carina Hoang visited St Brigid's recently to share her experiences and a life-changing journey as a teenager.

Carina Hoang was only sixteen and along with her two siblings she escaped Vietnam on a wooden boat with 370 other people. Her mother put her in charge of her two young siblings as she headed to Australia, a country she knew nothing about. It took her a number of years to set foot on our land, finding herself initially dumped on an uninhabited deserted Indonesian island The trip on the boat was a nightmare, no room to move, cramped with her legs tucked under her chin, she endured this trip for a week.

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Life as a Refugee and Beyond - celebrating International Refugee Day at St Brigid's College

The Learning Plaza was fortunate to host two highly entertaining young ladies, Giselle Ishimwe and Suzan Chout, who came to school on International Refugee Day to talk to the students about their experiences as asylum seekers who had fled war torn Rwanda and Sudan respectively.

International Refugee Day is an important day on our school calendar as it acknowledges those people who have fled their war-torn homes to escape to countries like Australia for a better life. More often refugees leave their country with the clothes on their back and little else, much like Giselle and Suzan who came to Australia with their families and little else.

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Year 11 Students Canberra Bound

At St Brigid's, the achievements of our students stretch beyond the classroom and highlight the diversity of the co-curricular involvement the students are able to participate in. Recently, we were delighted that Year 11 student Emma Wignell was awarded the 2014 Hasluck Leadership Award. Emma is an outstanding young leader and she will join Ken Wyatt and other politicians in Canberra later this year to spend a week touring Parliament House and the nation's capital. Along with another Year 11 student, Blayze Carter, Emma has also been selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra in January. Blayze and Emma are 2 of only 15 students from Western Australia to be selected for this very prestigious programme for Australia's top Science students and we are delighted with the performance of both girls.



New Look College Canteen - Tours Available

The new look St Brigid's Cafe is now in its second week and our girls and boys are certainly enjoying the range of items available. Some of our mums and dads too, are taking advantage of the newly installed coffee machine after drop off! Ash, our new Cafe Manager and the lovely staff, welcome parents in for short tours of the Cafe.

Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting Community Relations on 9290 4205 or cream.annamaria@stbrigids.wa.edu.au


SMART SCHOOL TECH INITIATIVE GRANT

SmartSchoolTechGrant At the Junior School Assembly last Friday we were visited by the Director of Bendigo Bank, Mrs Maureen Robinson, who presented the College with a $20,000 cheque from Bendigo Bank - Smart School Tech Initiative Grant. Earlier this year, we applied for the grant after overwhelming participation and interest from students wanting to be a part of the Robotics Club, which began late last year. In order to extend this programme and eventually compete in the very prestigious Robo Cup, among other things, we knew that we needed to build up our resources in IT in a variety of ways. The Forrestfield and High Wycombe Community Banks have been putting large sums of money back into the community and we were very fortunate to receive one of the grants. We sincerely thank the Bendigo Bank and Forrestfield, High Wycombe Community Banks for their generosity and interest in the activities of our young people. We look forward to sharing our progress with you all.


Year 5 students develop new understandings of Colonial times

The Year 5 classes took part in an enactment of colonial life recently. The purpose of the day was to recreate a colonial settlement to provide an "authentic" experience for their current Unit of Inquiry: Exploration leads to discoveries and develops new understandings.   

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Dockers Visit to SBC

Fremantle Dockers, Clancee Pearce and Matt Tabener visited St Brigid's College recently to run a training session with the girls football team.

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World's Greatest Shave fever hits St Brigid's College

Over $7500 has been raised at St Brigid's College to support the Leukaemia Foundation's Greatest Shave to aid research into this widespread disease. Two students and a staff member last week courageously shaved their heads for this very worthy cause in front of the college community as well as family and friends.

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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS - MERCY EDUCATION PRIVACY POLICY

Mercy Education requires privacy principles in order to respect the rights of all those with whom it interacts and promote justice in its dealings with them. Mercy Education is bound by the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Commonwealth Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Legislation) Act 2012. In relation to health records Mercy Education is also bound by legislation under the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) relevant only to those schools operating in the State of Victoria.

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International Women's Day 2014 - Ms Cynthia Griffin, U.S. Consul General in Perth Visits the College

With International Women's Day this week, it was timely that St Brigid's College hosted a luncheon with Ms Cynthia Griffin, U.S. Consul General in Perth. Ms Griffin, who has been in the role since July 2013, entertained  an audience of 200 students, staff and parents  with anecdotes about her professional journey since beginning her diplomatic career as a Commercial Attache in Taiwan in 1995 and since then with postings in Bankgok, Kenya and Senegal.

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Year 12 Perspectives Exhibition

The College is delighted that two of our Year 12s students artworks have been selected for the Year 12 Perspectives Exhibition to be held at the Art Gallery of WA.

Year 12 Perspectives is a diverse and exciting art exhibition highlighting original works created by the state’s metropolitan and regional Year 12 Visual Art students. This annual exhibition organised by the Art Gallery of Western Australia showcases the highest standard of art making amongst Year 12 students, and confirms the importance of art and education.

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Mercy In Action Making a Difference - Northwest Immersion 2013

Late last term, seven students and four members of staff returned from an extremely successful cultural immersion trip to the Dampier Peninsular in the Northwest of WA.

During the course of the six day immersion trip, the group had opportunities to learn about the local culture of the aboriginal people in this part of WA as well as being fully involved with some of the local schools and their activities.

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Senate Candidate in Forthcoming Federal Election Visits Her Old School

We were very privileged recently to welcome back to SBC, past student Linda Reynolds.

Linda is a Senate candidate for the forthcoming federal election and what better place to make her maiden speech as a Senate Candidate, than at her old school. Addressing an Assembly of over 800 students and staff as well as THE Hon Ken Wyatt, Member for Hasluck, Linda fondly recalled her school days and admitting to often being in a “spot of trouble”.

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Swimming Glory - Three Years in a Row

There is something special in the water at St. Brigid's College, not only does it seem to produce fantastic swimmers, but brilliant leaders from the Junior School right through to the Year 12 athletes.

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A first for St Brigid's Junior School

St Brigid's is the first Catholic primary school in WA authorised to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) from Pre-kindergarten to Year 5.

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The Vietnamese Exodus: 1975 - 1996 by Carina Hoang

Aspiring author and human rights advocate Carina Hoang visited St Brigid's recently to share her experiences and a life-changing journey as a teenager.

Carina Hoang was only sixteen and along with her two siblings she escaped Vietnam on a wooden boat with 370 other people. Her mother put her in charge of her two young siblings as she headed to Australia, a country she knew nothing about. It took her a number of years to set foot on our land, finding herself initially dumped on an uninhabited deserted Indonesian island The trip on the boat was a nightmare, no room to move, cramped with her legs tucked under her chin, she endured this trip for a week.

Carina spoke of the swill of human waste that ebbed and flowed around her feet with the boats movement. She told the students about being raided and robbed by pirates during this escape from Vietnam. She told the girls how she watched her young brother have an AK47 pointed at his head as the pirate signalled to him to hand over his gold crucifix he wore around his neck.

Carina has published a book Boat People: Personal Stories from the Vietnamese Exodus 1975 - 1996. The text chronicles the journey of many Vietnamese refugees during this time. In 2012 the book received an award as Best Regional Non-Fiction (Australia and New Zealand).

Without a doubt Carina's talk gave the students an opportunity to hear someone who had lived through this perilous journey. She fielded many questions on all manner of personal experiences. The St Brigid's girls were blessed to have an opportunity to see and hear, first-hand how life can throw out curved balls. It can be unpredictable and incomprehensible, but it can be a great teacher. For Carina and her siblings, life began as a tricky journey but their experiences allowed them to take risks and explore the possibilities of a new life in Australia. It was because of this journey that Carina became who she is today, including a strong advocate for UNHCR's support of refugees.



Life as a Refugee and Beyond - celebrating International Refugee Day at St Brigid's College

The Learning Plaza was fortunate to host two highly entertaining young ladies, Giselle Ishimwe and Suzan Chout, who came to school on International Refugee Day to talk to the students about their experiences as asylum seekers who had fled war torn Rwanda and Sudan respectively.

International Refugee Day is an important day on our school calendar as it acknowledges those people who have fled their war-torn homes to escape to countries like Australia for a better life. More often refugees leave their country with the clothes on their back and little else, much like Giselle and Suzan who came to Australia with their families and little else.

The ladies were inspirational speakers, often presenting the humorous side of cultural changes through misunderstandings. Suzan told the funny story of spending many hours on the footpath outside her home in Mirrabooka, sitting on a kitchen chair, watching the busy road ferrying cars to and from. So many cars. Her perplexed question to her mother was "where do all these cars come from and where are they going?" She had never seen so many cars in her life; having come from a village and then the second part of her life was spent in a refugee camp. Suzan was also in awe of our shopping centres, our city, and our lifestyle. Needless to say she soon adapted to her new country. She now plays Aussie rules football with Swan Districts and plays for the state team in the ruck position.

Giselle's family fled the civil war of Rwanda, a war known for the genocide of tens of thousands of civilians. She also spent some time in a refugee camp waiting for resettlement in Australia. Giselle came from a somewhat privileged background and her father had a position of authority within the government. When her people were overthrown, Giselle told the story of how the soldiers came to take her father away. She watched in astonishment to see her father jump over the balcony of their apartment to escape the soldiers. He knew if he was caught he would be executed. Giselle did not see her father again for another four years and her mother did not tell her what had happened to her father for fear that she might unwittingly tell authorities. Giselle was a young child and was mystified as to what happened to her father. Why did her mother ignore her when she asked? Only later did she understand this. Giselle also told the tale of awaking to a loud explosive boom. She rubbed her sleepy eyes and noted that a vehicle had driven through the security gates of the complex and planted itself firmly in their downstairs lounge room. The drivers fled. This was a signal for her mother to take her family and flee. Giselle arrived in Australia at thirteen years of age, she completed her year twelve studies, having to repeat the year, due to difficulties with the English language and she now goes to the University of Western Australia.

The stories told by these ladies were riveting, funny but also heart-breaking. They went through personal and social upheaval that turned their lives around. They were young ladies who now embraced all situations as opportunities and for this reason they inspired our audience.

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Year 5 students develop new understandings of Colonial times.

The Year 5 classes took part in an enactment of colonial life recently. The purpose of the day was to recreate a colonial settlement to provide an "authentic" experience for their current Unit of Inquiry: Exploration leads to discoveries and develops new understandings.    The students were aiming to replicate some probable feelings, conditions and activities that colonial people went through many years ago. To achieve this the students were placed into migration and convict groups and be faced with immediate complications for their trip to the new colony.

The day’s activities included setting up the tents and settlers village, damper making, making butter, developing a farm, panning for gold, playing old fashioned games, being a convict and performing menial tasks and establishing friendships with indigenous people.

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Dockers Visit to SBC

Fremantle Dockers, Clancee Pearce and Matt Tabener visited St Brigid's College recently to run a training session with the girls football team.

The College has been an integral part of school girls football in WA for many years under the guidance of coach Jim Miller, an avid Dockers fan himself and former East Fremantle player.

This is the 14th season that St Brigid's have played in the WAFL Secondary Schoolgirls competition, and they have made the finals every year and reached the WA grand final three times in the past four seasons.

St Brigid's has two current WA state players, Asha Price (Under 16 and 18) and Eliza Gelmi (Under 16) Asha also represented WA recently at the Youth Girls National Football Championships and received the goal kicking award for the most goals kicked in the tournament. She was also named in the All Australian team.

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World's Greatest Shave fever hits St Brigid's College

Over $7500 has been raised at St Brigid's College to support the Leukaemia Foundation's Greatest Shave to aid research into this widespread disease. Two students and a staff member last week courageously shaved their heads for this very worthy cause in front of the college community as well as family and friends.

Year 12 students Kaylee Budd a boarder at the College who has had close friends and family affected by the disease, raised over $3000 with donations from businesses in her hometown of Port Hedland supporting her. Kaylee's parents and brother drove through the night from Port Hedland to Perth to watch their daughter take part and they also assisted with the shave. Year 9 student, Leteisha Chodorowski has been wanting to take part since Year 6 when as a Junior school students she watched the older girls get involved.

Teacher Lyn Beard said her motivation was that she's had a healthy life and family and is so thankful, but also that students who took part previously inspired her to do the same.

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World's Greatest Shave........


International Women's Day 2014 - Ms Cynthia Griffin, U.S. Consul General in Perth Visits the College

With International Women's Day this week, it was timely that St Brigid's College hosted a luncheon with Ms Cynthia Griffin, U.S. Consul General in Perth. Ms Griffin, who has been in the role since July 2013, entertained  an audience of 200 students, staff and parents  with anecdotes about her professional journey since beginning her diplomatic career as a Commercial Attache in Taiwan in 1995 and since then with postings in Bankgok, Kenya and Senegal. Proficient and fluent  in 3  languages and with  qualifications in International Relations and Chinese and Asian studies, Ms Griffin highlighted the Consul General's role here in WA and also gave the audience food for thought with her powerful and thoughtful considerations about career prospects for girls, the importance of selecting appropriate study pathways and having a passion for all aspects of one's life.
Ms Griffin charged the students to aim high and excel, "whatever you do" she said, "make sure you do it to the very best level that you can" "People will always  recognise your good worth".  She also  spoke candidly about her role in a male dominated world and encouraged the girls to work on becoming young, confident, resilient young women.
When asked about the highlights of her role, Ms Griffin described her desire to ignite enthusiasm in those she meets and working together and communicating with such a large and diverse population as most enjoyable. She sees he main role here in WA as being one of strengthening the ties and the already healthy relationship between the USA and Australia. With her dynamic personality and vision for the future, especially in the areas of motivating young women to in her words, "excel, excel, excel", this dynamic mother of 2 teenage daughters certainly showed what resilience, dedication and a desire to succeed can achieve.

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International Womens Day 2014........


Year 12 Perspectives Exhibition

The College is delighted that two of our Year 12s students artworks have been selected for the  Year 12 Perspectives Exhibition to be held at the Art Gallery of WA.

Year 12 Perspectives is a diverse and exciting art exhibition highlighting original works created by the state’s metropolitan and regional Year 12 Visual Art students. This annual exhibition organised by the Art Gallery of Western Australia showcases the highest standard of art making amongst Year 12 students, and confirms the importance of art and education.

Kate Nicol’s - series of two paintings -“Because you’re not worth it” was one of the pieces selected. Kate has this to say about her art

Because you’re not worth it, displays animals as victims to cosmetic testing. My aim was to stand up for these animals, using my point of view to send a message to L'Oreal. This message is my disagreement of the abuse of animals in cosmetic testing. No animal's life should be sacrificed just so that a person can look good, because you're not worth it.    

The second piece to exhibit “Heartbeat”  by Brooke South is a sculpture. About her work Brooke says Heartbeat discusses the relationship between humans and nature. It takes a critical view of social and cultural issues departed within the media. In my work, I reconstruct the idea that tends to focus on the environment, the evolution of man and his material wealth, and the consequences this has on nature. Although nature is a part of our soul, we pulverize the innocence and prosperity of it.

Both students were part of the Colleges Art Programme which has produced many successes including prominent well known West Australian Artist, Kiara Rechichi - Baker

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State Attorney General, the Hon Michael Mischin and leading Perth based author AJ Betts join Book Week Celebrations

State Attorney General, the Hon Michael Mischin and leading Perth based author, AJ (Amanda) Betts, were special guests this week as the Learning Plaza hosted a series of Book Week events.

Mr Mischin shared some of his views on reading with the students and joined staff for a special Book Week morning tea to celebrate a week filled with activities involving students from Pre Kindy through to Year 12.

"Reading fiction is the cheapest holiday one can buy", Mr Mischin said. "A good book takes us to strange lands; allows us to meet all manner of people, and to share their lives and adventures; and broadens our horizons and helps us find out more about ourselves in the process. It can relax us after a stressful day, and excite us after a dull one. The only risk to us is that we may not want to come back".

AJ Betts, who has taught in schools for over 16 years was a fantastic speaker, conducting engaging workshops with Middle and Senior School students. Her third novel, Zac and Mia - was launched in Perth earlier this month. Her works have been described as highly recommended reading for stressed-out teenagers - and their parents - everywhere.

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Mercy In Action Making a Difference - Northwest Immersion 2013

Late last term, seven students and four members of staff returned from an extremely successful cultural immersion trip to the Dampier Peninsular in the Northwest of WA.

During the course of the six day immersion trip, the group had opportunities to learn about the local culture of the aboriginal people in this part of WA as well as being fully involved with some of the local schools and their activities.

We spent a day with Kathleen Cox from Goombaragin learning about the wildlife, nature, the ocean and its inhabitants as well as having an opportunity to make clapping sticks with her and her 14 year old stepson, Jack, who stole the girls’ hearts!
After scrambling down the rugged cliffs with Jack and Kathleen we all enjoyed a much needed swim before beginning the arduous journey back up the cliffs.

The following day we rose at 5:00am in order to pack up and drive to Beagle Bay.  After a picnic breakfast we arrived at Sacred Heart School to assist in their Sports Carnival.  Although a long and tiring day, the immersion team enjoyed some wonderful experiences with both the local children and staff alike.  Once again, we were sad to say goodbye to these wonderfully friendly folk.  A welcome short trip to the beach at our next destination, Lombadina, helped us all to recover from a tiring and hot day.

The Lombadina community were extremely friendly and accommodating and on our fourth day we experienced a great adventure when we spent the morning mud crabbing in the mangrove swamps with our local guide.  Despite the torrential tropical rain, we all managed to catch some mud crabs whilst immersing ourselves thigh deep in sticky, smelly mud.  It was an adventure not to be forgotten and with plenty of fun along the way!  The afternoon was spent exploring the Cape Leveque area and One Arm Point before we returned for a feast of mud crabs for dinner which our wonderful, friendly guide, Robert, cooked up for us.

Our final day was spent at St Mary’s College, Broome, in the Year 2 and Year 3 classrooms assisting the teachers with their morning literacy and numeracy programmes.  The students were all allocated a class and thoroughly immersed themselves in assisting the teachers with their programme.  When it came time to leave the students reluctantly said goodbye to the children hoping that they could return again next year!

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Senate Candidate in Forthcoming Federal Election Visits Her Old School

We were very privileged recently to welcome back to SBC, past student Linda Reynolds.

Linda is a Senate candidate for the forthcoming federal election and what better place to make her maiden speech as a Senate Candidate, than at her old school. Addressing an Assembly of over 800 students and staff as well as THE Hon Ken Wyatt, Member for Hasluck, Linda fondly recalled her school days and admitting to often being in a “spot of trouble”.

Since graduating in 1982, she has had a very diverse career in both politics and the Army, has gained several post graduate qualifications and loves to travel every chance she gets.

After school Linda joined the Army Reserves and in 1990 went to work for a local politician, since then has worked for several Liberal Members of Parliament, Government Ministers, and the Liberal Party of Australia, She particularly loves election campaigning.  Her last position with the Liberal Party was the Deputy Federal Director of the Party nationally (the most senior woman ever in this position).  

Linda has had many diverse and rewarding roles in the Army including being a Commanding Officer.  For the past five years she worked full time in the Army, most recently as the Army Adjutant General.   Linda is very proud to be the first woman in the Army Reserves to achieve the rank of Brigadier and also for being awarded in 2011 a Conspicuous Service Cross by the Governor-General.

Linda also loves the time she spends training political candidates in countries such as Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Bhutan, and she particularly enjoys working with women who are trying to make a difference in their local communities.  

Linda encouraged the students to take chances, pick themselves up when things get tough and keep going to achieve their dreams and goals. “Life isn’t always easy”, she said  “and you need to learn to deal with failure, not let it slow you down, rather let it motivate you to achieving”



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Swimming Glory - Three Years in a Row

There is something special in the water at St Brigid's College, not only does it seem to produce fantastic swimmers, but brilliant leaders from the Junior School right through to the Year 12 athletes. When the Sister Mary Rose Aquatic Centre opened in 2002, St. Brigid's College was 4th in B Division ACC competition. With the strong support of the Physical Education Team, elite club swimming coaches, professional guidance of Mr Blake Burrows and the wonderful example and leadership of our elite swimmers St Brigid's developed into the top Catholic and Independent Girls College in the whole ACC competition in Western Australia, winning the Overall A Division ACC Carnival 3 YEARS in a ROW!

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A first for St Brigid's Junior School

St Brigid's is the first Catholic primary school in WA authorised to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) from Pre-kindergarten to Year 5.

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Through the PYP, our  children are encouraged to develop independent inquiry, thought and responsibility for their own learning. This will enable the girls and boys to develop skills and opportunities to build meaning and refine their understandings through structured inquiry focused on each individual child. For more details about this programme, please contact Mark Sills, Acting International Baccalaureate Director: sbc@stbrigids.wa.edu.au

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