bIBliotech, From the Deputy Prinicpal

From the Deputy Principal and the bIBliotech

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world’
(Howard Zinn)
What will your act be in 2018?

I am looking forward to continue to work with our community this coming year, to assist teachers to provide dynamic learning experiences for each of the children in our care.  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 2018 staff will be focussing on –

  • Goal 1: Break down skills (such as spelling, grammar, mathematical comprehension) into ‘manageable bites’
  • Goal 2: Learning areas to be consistent in relation to terminology and questioning tecniques
  • Goal 3: Focus on student spelling skills
  • Goal 4: Improve students multiplication skills
  • Goal 5: To target students who are achieving in the middle bands within all areas to raise achievement standards.

We hope that families also embrace these areas and assist their son’s and daughter’s on the ‘home front’.  One of our College priorities is working with families to compliment the teaching within the classrooms and providing suggestions for literacy and numeracy in the home; this will be emailed throughout the year to families.

Outstanding Year 12 2017 Results
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the class of 2017 on their final results.  We have much to celebrate and many achievements to be celebrated.  Congratulations to all students who were successful in attaining WACE, completing a Certificate II or III (some of the girls completed multiple certificates, and studying additional courses at TAFE to achieve this), completed the reading, writing and numeracy sections of the OLNA – for many it was a journey but your dedication got you there, who have received an offer for university or TAFE placement for this year and those who have been successful in gaining employment.  We are proud of you all.  A special acknowledgement must go also to the following students who achieved outstanding final results.

Certificate of Excellence in Physical Education Studies (top 0.5% of all candidates in the examination) Georgia Carpenter

Certificates of Distinction (190-200 points accrued across Years 11 and 12
Grace Burmas
Matilda Cooper
Catherine Elder
Kelsey Eldridge

Certificates of Merit (150 – 189 points accrued across Years 11 and 12)
Georgia Alexander
Jessica Beaumont
Georgia Carpenter
Abbie Fisher
Rebecca Gibbons
Emily Groves
Olivia Parry
Madeline Rowe
Martina Selvey

Again congratulations to all students and we wish to Class of 2018 all the best.

International Baccalaureate 50th Birthday
Happy birthday to the IBO, which celebrates 50 years of international education this year.  The ‘International Baccalaureate programmes aim to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.  [They] strive to develop students who will build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The IB’s programmes are different from other curricula because they:  encourage students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions, encourage students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts and work to developing multilingual students.’ (IBO).  As an IBO world school, our graduates are

  • encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
  • become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language
  • be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.

Watch this space as we celebrate this landmark year.

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

9 February         Last day for Year 12 course changes (due to course commencement in 2017)
6 March              OLNA – Writing (students who are absent have until 9 March to complete)
7 March              OLNA – Reading (students who are absent have until 29 March to complete)
12 March            OLNA – Numeracy (students who are absent have until 29 March to complete)
12 March            Last day for Year 11 course changes
11 April               K – 12 Assembly
12 April               PK – 12 Three way conferences (all day)
15 May                NAPLAN Online commences for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9
5 – 15 June          Year 11 and 12 Examinations
Week 6                Externally Set Tasks Year 12 General courses (date to be confirmed)
27 June                K – 12 Assembly
28 June               PK – 12 Three way conferences (all day)

WA Curriculum – Yes We Do It!
Often I am 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.  In 2018, Design, the Arts and also Languages (from Year Three) will join Mathematics, Science, English, Humanities and Social Sciences and Health and Physical Education in their full implementation.    Further information can be found at and also in the Curriculum Handbooks on the College website Learning At SBC – Student Information – Handbooks.

OLNA – Years 10 – 12 – Reminders
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 Acquisition (English) and/or Mathematics teachers for individual strategies.

Result Reminders Years 10 and 11 2018
Year 10 Students
The Semester One Report is used to determine courses available to students in Year 11 (generally a Grade of 5 is needed for an ATAR course)

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 2016 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!

Year 12 2018 Curriculum Starting Time
In order to maximise the amount of time devoted to the Year 12 courses, Year 12 course work commences in Term 4, immediately after the completion of examinations (please see the College Calendar for dates).  This allows for almost 5 weeks of additional and much welcomed teaching and learning time.  There is no change in staffing until 2019.   Please note that at least one assessment for Year 12 was completed in Term 4 2017.  Please contact Judith Cumpsty by the end of Week 2 at the latest should changes be required to selections; remember it is always better to study a pathway and achieve success, to attain your goals.

Being organised isn’t something that you are born with – it is a learnt behaviour.  It takes time and we can’t expect our Year Twelves to all of a sudden be motivated and focussed learners, if the preparation has not been done by students in earlier years (it begins in the Junior School years).

It is important to note that a student needs to be balanced in their approach to their studies.  If your son or daughter appears to be regularly exceeding these hours, please contact his or her class teacher

Year Level                                              Time Per day
Year One                                               15 minutes
Year Two                                                20 minutes
Year Three                                            25 minutes
Year Four                                               30 minutes
Year Five                                                45 minutes
Year Six                                                  60 minutes

Time per week
Year Seven                                            7 hours
Year Eight                                              9 hours
Year Nine                                               12 hours
Year Ten                                                 12 – 15 hours
Year Eleven                                           18 hours
Year Twelve                                          18 hours

A reminder that the bIBliotech’s hours are
Monday – Thursday                            8 – 4.30 pm
Friday                                                  8 – 4 pm

Students who are working in the bIBliotech are reminded to sign in after school and importantly sign out.  Junior School parents are asked to collect their student from the bIBliotech and to sign them out when you leave.  Our Breakfast Club will be returning for 2018 and we look forward to many exciting presentations.  If you are able to assist in presenting a topic to our parents, please email me and we can discuss the possibility … the topics are endless, as we work in partnership to support our children.

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

Janine Walsh
Deputy Principal


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