From the PrincipalDecember 10, 2020
As I reflect on 2020, I am at a loss as to where to start as we have all experienced a very strange and unusual year. Our new year brought us news of the devastating fires on the east coast of our country and by the 26th February, we were hearing about this new pandemic that we now call COVID-19.
To say that this was a year like no other, goes without saying. We commenced the school year with a great deal of energy and enthusiasm and I am proud to say it was this that held us in good stead throughout all that happened during the year.
I would like to provide you with some updates for 2021.
Tuition Fees 2021
We understand that 2020 has been a tough financial year for many in our community and I am pleased to say that we have been able to extend financial help to many of our families and will continue to do so. Please do not hesitate to speak with us if you have concerns regarding your 2020 fees.
For 2021, I am also very pleased to announce that our College Advisory Council has endorsed our plan to keep our 2020 fees the same for 2021, hence there will be no increase for next year. We appreciate that many families are ‘doing it tough’ and we hope that this will, in some small way, be of help to you next year.
As from 2021, we will be modifying our current uniform. Many families are aware of the issues we have been experiencing this year in terms of the supply of uniforms, in particular our College blazer. We have worked with a representative group of students, parents and staff and have decided to introduce some changes.
From 2021, our College blazer will be black rather than our current green version. Due to supply problems, our stock of blazers has been depleted, so we took the opportunity to implement this change. Students in Year 7, 2021 will be encouraged to purchase the new black blazer, however, any student who may have a green blazer passed down from a sibling or family member, will be permitted to wear it. Students in other year groups may continue to wear their existing blazer until such time as replacement through wear and tear and size becomes an issue. The black blazer will then become the required purchase. We envisage that the black blazer will be phased in for Years 8 to 12 over the next few years. The black blazer will be compulsory for Year 7 students from 2022.
We will also be phasing in a new style of senior girls’ College sport shorts. Both our current style and the new style will be acceptable as part of the sport uniform. From 2021, we will also have boys’ College jammers available for male students in Years 3-6 who are required to have bathers for their Physical Education classes and the Junior Swimming Carnival. Male students in the Early Years may continue to wear their own bathers as they only swim for two weeks a year.
For our secondary girls enrolled in Dance Years 10 to 12, we have been trialling a special dance shirt for the last two years. This Dance shirt will be available for purchase from our Uniform Shop from next year.
On behalf of our College community, I would like to thank our Parent Forum members. They have continued to support our College through their meetings and various ‘remote’ activities. I am particularly proud that for their Term 3 fundraiser, our parents donated proceeds to Mercy Works in support of the work the Sisters of Mercy carry out through this charity. For 2020, their major works included plans to enhance the seating for students throughout the College, the refurbishment of playgrounds, and the purchase of Lexile readers. These projects are now underway.
A detailed parent calendar will be issued in Week 1.1 next year. For your convenience you may wish to record these dates (a copy is also available on the College Website):
|College Office opens (administrative staff only)||Monday, 4th January 2021|
|Boarders return||Sunday 31st January|
|First day of Term 1, for Years 7,11 & 12||Monday, 1st February 2021|
|First day of Term 1 for PP-6, Years 8-10||Tuesday, 2nd February 2021|
|First day of Term 1 for Kindergarten students||Wednesday, 3rd February 2021|
|Student Free Day (Boarders’ Weekend)||Friday, 26th February 2021|
|Parent/Student/Teacher interviews (student free day)||Thursday, 1st April 2021|
|Good Friday||Friday, 2nd April 2021|
|Term 1 break||5th to the 16th April 2021|
|Easter Sunday||Sunday, 4th April 2021|
|Student Free Day (PD Day for staff)||Monday, 19th April 2021|
|Term 2 classes commence for students||Tuesday, 20th April 2021|
|Anzac Day Public Holiday||Monday, 26th April 2021|
|Student Free Day (Boarders’ Weekend)||Friday, 4th June 2021|
|Western Australia Day Public Holiday||Monday, 7th June 2021|
|Parent/Student/Teacher interviews (student free day)||Thursday, 1st July 2021|
|Student free Day (PD Day for staff)||Friday, 2nd July 2021|
|Term 2 break||5th to the 16th July 2021|
|Student Free Day (PD Day for staff)||Monday, 19th July 2021|
|Term 3 classes commence for students||Tuesday, 20th July 2021|
|Catholic Identity Day – College closed||Friday, 20th August 2021|
|Student Free Day (PD Day for staff)||Monday, 23rd August 2021|
|Student Free Day (PD Day for staff)||Friday, 24th September 2021|
|Term 3 break||27th September to 8th October 2021|
|Year 12 Trial WACE Examinations||6th October to 15th October 2021|
|Student Free Day (PD Day for staff)||Monday, 11th October 2021|
|Term 4 classes commence for students||Tuesday, 12th October 2021|
|Last day of Term 4 for students (PP-Year 9)||Friday, 3rd December 2021|
(Please refer to College calendar for examinations and final dates for Years 10-12)
At this time of year, some of our students are leaving us, especially our Year 6 boys as they commence secondary school. We wish them all the best for their future education.
We also wish to farewell staff members who will not be with us next year. We thank them for their service and commitment to our school. We farewell:
Cheryl Blanton, Kerry Cook, Larissa Elms, Anne McGregor, Kate Paterson, and James Stevens
and staff who have completed their short-term contracts:
Kirrily Carroll, Cameron Greenley, Christopher James, Jessica Klessens, and Natalie Mandry.
A very special farewell must go to Reta White who is retiring after 25 years of service to our College. I know you will join me in wishing Reta God’s many blessings as she retires. May she have many happy memories to ponder upon and many more to make with her family and friends.
We wish them well in their future endeavours.
We would also like to wish Sharryn Cunningham, Amanda Savino and Catherine Wade all our very best wishes as they commence Long Service Leave at the start of 2021. We look forward to their return next year.
As we prepare for the joy of the Christmas season, may all that is beautiful, meaningful, and brings you joy be yours this Holy Season. May love be in your life, may hope be in your heart, may peace be in our world.
On behalf of the staff of St Brigid’s College, we wish all our families a Happy and Holy Christmas. We hope you are able to spend time with your loved ones and we pray that the Lord will keep you safe. We look forward to seeing you next year.