From the PrincipalApril 13, 2018
It is hard to believe that the term has concluded, when it seems that it was only yesterday, that we were welcoming the students back for the start of the new school year. Looking back, there hasn’t been a week when our college hasn’t been a hive of activity. Our classrooms have engaged our students in many meaningful learning experiences and on the co curricular front, there has been much on offer. I thank the staff for their tremendous work, students for their active participation and parents for their partnership.
Amidst the many activities during the term, I was particularly impressed with the manner in which the students took part in two of our more recent assemblies. The college community gathered to celebrate the Stations of the Cross before the Easter break. Junior School students sang in the choir and acted out the Passion Play, while Secondary School students and staff narrated the story from the viewpoint of Jesus’ mother, Mary. A solemn drum beat denoted the movement from each station to the next. The Stations of the Cross is an annual highlight at St Brigid’s, providing all students with a chance to engage with the Easter story through music, drama and poignant reflection.Thank you to Mrs Masella, Mrs Dwyer and all those involved.
This week’s combined Spirit of Mercy /ANZAC Assembly was another wonderful example of our Pre -K to Year 12 student body coming together as we gathered to accolade this term’s Spirit of Mercy Award recipients and acknowledge the contribution of our servicemen and women to our country’s war efforts in a moving student led ceremony. I thank Ms Walsh, Ms Santarelli and the students who took part so willingly.
At both these gatherings, it was very pleasing to see the leadership shown by Year 11 student, Jiljee Cuimara, as she undertook a very meaningful and authentic Nyoongar Welcome to Country. Our community rejoices when our Aboriginal young women overcome anxiety and assume their rightful identity extending hospitality in this way, as high expectation relationships between us all makes this possible.
I was also very heartened to see that a group of Year 11s commenced an initiative against bullying this term and undertook promoting positivity and kindness within the St. Brigid’s community. They set up a Compassion Tree where thoughts, prayers and happy notes can be placed. In an effort to involve the whole school, the girls are painting and then imprinting everyone’s hand on posters. These imprints will then be cut out and become part of the compassion tree. This is just one example this term of the spirit of mercy and compassion our students portray.
On the last day of school, the two groups of Year 4 students thoroughly enjoyed moving their learning resources to their newly refurbished classrooms. Earlier in the term, I had invited these students to think about how the move would allow them to setup their bigger classrooms in ways that helped them all to learn better, no mater what their learning styles or the line of inquiry. It is fascinating to see the outcome! I thank Mr Neil Grime, Mr Di Masi and the Property and Maintenance Team for all their work on this project.
We ended the term with the very successful and extremely well attended three way conferences which allowed students, with their parents and teachers, the opportunity to discuss their interim reports. A strong partnership between school and home will undoubtedly work to ensure that each child’s learning will be managed in a manner best designed to ensure that our students achieve to the very best of their ability.
I hope that you all enjoy a restful holiday break with your children, enjoy the down time and I look forward to welcoming everyone back for Term 2 with classes commencing on Tuesday 1st May.
Dr Amelia Toffoli