From the PrincipalMay 08, 2020
Welcome back to all our SBC community for Term 2. It has been so pleasing to see everyone settled and the number of students attending on campus increasing daily. From my visits to classrooms and chats with the staff, one thing is clear – the students are interacting enthusiastically with their teachers whether it be via online Zoom and Teams lessons or in physical classrooms. Staff too, have made use of various online learning platforms to continue with regular meeting opportunities including Monday morning staff prayer. With the transition back to school now at the end of its second week, many students are starting to prepare for their exams in early June, with those unable to return to the campus being provided with alternative modes of delivery for their examinations.
It has been wonderful seeing the staff adopt some very creative strategies to tackle online learning. Their dedication in these uncertain times and their flexibility to change direction at very short notice has ensured that our students have been delivered the best possible learning outcomes under somewhat challenging circumstances. What has also been encouraging has been the strengthening of the partnership between the College and our families, as together, we have supported the children’s learning. I thank all parents and caregivers for their patience as we’ve navigated these previously unchartered waters.
Our Boarders in particular, have embraced learning online and even those who have experienced occasional problems with internet connectivity, have remained engaged and up to date with their studies. From this weekend we will commence a staggered return to boarding for our 95 girls from all over the state. I know the staff eagerly await the sounds of girls’ laughter to fill the boarding houses once again.
Whilst most children constantly amaze us with their resilience and capacity to thrive during times of adversity, we know that some are not faring as well amidst the backdrop of anxiety, uncertainty, isolation and loss of connectedness with family and friends. Whilst a natural reaction to situations of this nature anxiety can, if it continuously escalates have implications across a range of areas. Please don’t hesitate to contact our pastoral team, if we can provide support for your children.
The past six weeks have highlighted how we have all worked together and supported one another. Late last term, I was delighted and very proud to see our Student Council Executive initiate this inspirational video clip for the community (click here to view video). For those of you who haven’t as yet had a chance to view the clip on our College Facebook page, I invite you to do so at the link. The leadership shown by our senior student leaders, during one of the biggest global crises of our time, has been excellent as has their determination to keep their peers motivated through what has been and will continue to be, a very different Year 12.
This week, we farewell Josie Harrington, our College’s Library Technician, who plans to spend more time with her beloved family. On 22 May we will say goodbye to Michelle Verjans our Early Years Team Leader who will be taking leave for an 18-month limited contract at Catholic Education WA. We thank both Michelle and Josie for their outstanding contributions to St Brigid’s College and extend our prayers and blessings for the future. Amidst the farewells, we are delighted to welcome Camilla Sawford, who joins the SBC Girls Academy as Programme Manager. Camilla will commence her role on Tuesday 12th May.
As I write, we are eagerly awaiting announcements regarding the future of our social restrictions. I prayer that you will be able to contact your loved ones this weekend as we celebrate Mother’s Day. We thank our Lord for the gift of our mothers and for those who cared for us not only in our childhood but continue to show us motherly love.
I wish you all a safe and restful weekend.