From the Deputy Prinicpal

From the Deputy Principal

Welcome to 2020, a year which will be filled with inspiration, challenges, success, journeys, roadblocks, resilience and most importantly individual excellence!  I am looking forward to working with our College staff and importantly students, to continue to develop learning and teaching programmes which are not only engaging but also provoke deep thought and engagement.    Each year staff identify a range of literacy and numeracy goals (and associated actions) across the College to improve the learning outcomes for our students.  In 2020 staff will be focussing on –

  • Oral language, reading and comprehension
  • Writing Skill

Outstanding Year 12 2019 Results

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the class of 2019 on their commendable final results.  We are very proud of the journey that these young women have begun.  Congratulations to all students who were successful in attaining WACE, completing a Certificate III in Business, Sport & Recreation or Education Assistant, with one of our students Nikita Borowiecz completing a Certificate IV (what an achievement), received a traineeship, completed successfully all sections of OLNA, who have received an offer for university or TAFE placement for this year and those who have been successful in gaining employment.  We are very proud of you all.  A special acknowledgement must go also to the following students who achieved outstanding final results, with ATARs over 90.  A special note of congratulations must go to:

  • Thomasson, Phoebe
  • Hansen, Ellaby
  • Throssell, Taylor
  • Myers, Amy
  • Taylor, Nicolah
  • Doncon, Emily
  • Sankey, Samantha
  • Hall, Molly
  • Carroll, Alyssa
  • Whittington, Brinley
  • Hannah, Isla
The following students attained a Certificate of Distinction
  • Ellaby Hansen
  • Phoebe Thomasson
  • Taylor Throssell
The following students attained a Certificate of Merit
  • Jessica Baldwin
  • Molly Blumears
  • Alyssa Carroll
  • Emily Doncon
  • Olivia Ford
  • Isla Hannan
  • Haimanot Meshesha
  • Amy Myers
  • Jennifer Powlesland
  • Jennifer Sharples
  • Hayley Wallace
  • Ashleigh Warden
  • Brinley Whittington

Western Australian Curriculum

I am often asked ‘Do you do the WA Curriculum at St Brigid’s?’.  The answer is most definitely.  The College, as all schools are, is mandated to deliver the curriculum, meeting assessment and reporting requirements and implement SCSA (School Curriculum and Schools Authority) requirements according to mandated timelines.  All of our Teaching and Learning programmes are extensively mapped against the required syllabus and teachers regularly engage in auditing and moderating their programmes, to ensure standards are met in all year levels.  Further information can be found at and also in the Curriculum Handbooks on the College website Enrol – Student Essentials – Handbooks.


Selected key curriculum dates for Term One and Two to mark in your calendar

  • 3 March                      OLNA Writing – Years 10 – 12
  • 5 March                      OLNA Reading – Years 10 – 12
  • 6 March                      Last day subject changes – Years 11 and 12
  • 13 March                    OLNA Numeracy – Years 10 – 12
  • 21 March                    Scholarship Exams – Years 7 and 10 2021
  • 3 April                         Year 10 Personal Project Submitted (9am)
  • 6 April                         K – 12 Spirit of Mercy Assembly (9am)
  • 9 April                         Parent – Student – Teacher Conferences (9 – 6 pm)
  • 28 April – 8 May          bIBliotech Closed
  • 4 May                          Personal Project Exhibition Opening (5 – 6.30 pm)
  • 12 May                        NAPLAN Testing Window Commences – Years 3,5, 7 and 9
  • 2 – 4 June                    Year 10 Exams
  • 2 – 12 June                  Year 11 and 12 Exams – Semester 1
  • 2 July                           Parent – Student – Teacher Conferences (9 – 6.30 pm)

OLNA – Years 10 – 12

  • Students are required to have met Band 8 in their Year 9 NAPLAN results in all areas of literacy and numeracy.
  • If students do not demonstrate the required standard, they will not be eligible for a WACE.
  • All students receive a Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement (WASSA), which records every course and program a student has completed in secondary school.
  • If students demonstrate the required minimum standard after they have left school, they will be awarded the WACE (assuming they have met all other WACE requirements).

Extensive support is provided at a College level but we do need reinforcement at home, whereby review packages are sent home in areas such as numeracy.  Please speak directly to your daughter’s Language and Literature (English) and/or Mathematics teachers for individual strategies, however, all teachers work in collaboration to meet literacy and numeracy requirements and are an additional source of support.

Result Reminders Years 10 and 11 2020

Year 10 Students
The Semester One Report is used to determine courses available to students in Year 11 (A Grade of 5 is needed for an ATAR course entry)

Year 11 and 12 Students
Students are required to achieve 14 C grades (or equivalents) in Year 11 and Year 12 units (i.e. 7 subjects), including at least six C grades in Year 12 units (or equivalents) (3 subjects).  This is as outlined by the Schools’ Curriculum and Standards Authority, as part of graduation requirements.  Students who in 2018 achieved 2 or more D grades in their Year 11 subjects have been offered a mentor to assist them – but students and parents do need to be aware that Year 12 students must work with their mentor!

Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any curriculum matter on either 9290 4234 or via email on

I wish everyone a wonderful and Blessed 2020.

Janine Walsh
Deputy Principal