From the PrincipalMarch 20, 2018
I warmly welcome all members of the St Brigid’s College community to a new and exciting school year. To those students new to our College and their families, I do hope that you have settled well into our wonderful ‘hills’ community. We are fortunate to be represented by families from local, rural and remote locations – welcome to you all.
We also welcome a number of new staff and are delighted that they have chosen SBC as the place where their many skills and talents will be showcased. It is my pleasure to introduce them to you:
Mr Ray Andrew – Curriculum Team Leader English
Mr Chris Bolton – Sports Coordinator
Ms Debra Needham – Teacher, Mathematics
Mr James Elder – Teacher, Science
Ms Michelle Verjans – Team Leader, Junior School
Ms Penelope O’Brien- Teacher, Italian
Ms Gloria Nicolosi, Teacher, Italian
Ms Larissa Elms, Teacher, Junior School
Ms Penny Gaffey, Teacher, Junior School
We have a number of staff members returning from leave who are all enthusiastically looking forward to resuming their varied duties at the College and assisting your sons and daughters in their educational journeys. Welcome back.
Prior to the commencement of the academic year, the College hosted their annual Year 12 MIA MAD (Mercy in Action, Making a Difference) Ball at Fraser’s Function Centre in Kings Park. The event is coordinated with precision by our own Annamaria Cream whose dedication as the Team Leader for this year group is exceptional. I would like to personally thank Annamaria for all she gives to the College.
Each new year brings with it the opportunity for staff and parents to meet. Last week, Parent and Teacher Information Evenings provided parents across all year groups, the forum in which to discuss the year’s expectations with College staff responsible for their children.
The College Student Council too, in what was a creative performance complete with song and dance, presented the College with their vision for the year ahead at a special assembly on Thursday, 8th February. We were all heartened at the girl’s motivational plan which will encompass all four learning areas, Ministry, Arts, Sports and Learning, banding together to make a difference. In this, the Year of Youth, we are truly blessed with young leaders so determined to be the change they want to see in not only our own College community, but extending well beyond SBC.
The start of each school year is not without its challenges. In the case of our boarders, for most it has been a case of a new school and leaving home for the first time. Last weekend was our welcome weekend, designed to provide the girls with an opportunity to meet boarders across the year groups and establish friendships and associations. During the course of the weekend, amidst games, picnics, swims, quizzes and far too much ice cream supplied by the local ice cream van, there was much laughter, camaraderie and the beginnings of lifelong friendships.
Despite it being very early in the term, the students’ sense of service and commitment to those in need is already well and truly established with our Year 11 and 12 students, led by staff and the College Ministry Leader Michelle Chiwawa, taking part in the Red Cross Soup Patrol, which is an initiative to feed the hungry and homeless in Perth. Student volunteers have begun training and are rostered to go to the Red Cross depot in East Perth on designated Sunday evenings throughout the year to serve the needy. The speed with which the students signed up to go on Soup Patrol in 2018 attests to their developed community spirit and willingness to help this very worthwhile outreach.
On Shrove Tuesday student Ministry representatives and staff coordinated the making and serving of pancakes. A gold coin donation for the pancakes was collected for Caritas, again highlighting the students’ commitment to service and outreach. Ministry leaders, accompanied by Mrs Dwyer, together with representatives from many Catholic schools in the metropolitan area, attended the 2018 Project Compassion launch this week.
Our combined Ash Wednesday / College Opening Mass saw the SBC Community come together in the beautiful grounds surrounding our Mercy Heritage Cottage. We prayed that God may continue to bless us in this very special Year of Youth, safe in the knowledge that every member of our College community is committed to the care and well-being of those in our care. After Mass we were delighted to acknowledge the excellent 90 plus performances of a number of our Class of 2017 cohort.
Congratulations to the following girls on their very pleasing ATAR results and we look forward to hearing where their future studies take them:
The Secondary House Swimming Carnival on Friday saw enthusiastic performances from both swimmers and supporters and it was fabulous to see so many parents attending to support their daughters. Later in the term, our Junior School students will have the opportunity to show off their swimming prowess. Details of both these events will be advised separately.
I encourage all families to come along to the Parent Forum Welcome Garden Party on Sunday 25th February. This will allow families to meet in a relaxed environment and I thank the Parent Forum for making the event possible.
As we approach Week 4, our Year 7s and 8s accompanied by their teachers go off to camp and we wish them well as they embark on a few days of challenging and exciting activities which will test their comfort zones and create creating opportunities for new friendships.
I draw your attention also to our forthcoming Open Day (Friday 23 March) and Scholarship Testing Morning (Saturday 24 March ). Further information follows my welcome.
During our first Assembly of the year, I provided your daughters with five strategies for getting the best out of their St B’s experience – sleep well, eat well, exercise for wellness, work to your personal best, plan for and live a balanced life.
Dr Amelia Toffoli