From the PrincipalMay 25, 2018
It seems that the start of this term was long ago as we reflect on the past four busy weeks. We began Term 2 with staff and students committing our Ministry, Poverty and Injustice focus to supporting LifeLink – local social service agencies in Western Australia that reach out to provide practical care and direct assistance to thousands of people in need within the community each year. ‘Food Bank Friday’ is a student driven student initiatives launched this term to support one of the key LifeLink organisations – Shopfront, a drop centre for the homeless people of Perth. I have been heartened so far to see ‘Food Bank Friday’ being so well supported by the students and their families. It is our way to help make a difference and reflect on our Mercy values. The generosity of spirit continues to be highlighted amongst our wonderfully hard working staff, with two members of our Home Economic team, Mrs Kerry Tumath and Mrs Christelle Thomas. having raised almost $450 for LifeLink selling Hot Chocolate to their classes. Their willingness to give their time and effort to support those in need make them great role models for our students and the St Brigid’s community.
Innovation is alive and well on campus, made evident to me in the past weeks through three staff driven initiatives. For our younger learners (Year 1-3), the first Junior RoboClub saw 25 enthusiasts attend the session run by Mr James Stevens. We are very grateful to the many parents who joined the session and we’re looking forward to watching this young group expand their knowledge and skills and embrace the exciting and dynamic world of robotics.
For our older girls with a passion for history, the opportunity to listen to historical tales from Ms Catherine Santarelli, our Team Leader for Individuals and Societies, about the train journey of Vladimir Lenin during the Russian Revolutionary period was highly informative and enlightening as tales of struggles, deceit, uprisings and overthrow were shared.
Last, but by no means least, the recent Rob Mclean and Lucy Doherty Dance Workshop was an incredible experience for our budding dancers and we were extremely fortunate to have had two of Australia’s leading dance professionals on campus to run the programme. I thank the staff for their dedication to providing all girls and boys with so many rich and exciting learning opportunities outside the constraints of the traditional classroom.
The College’s inaugural “Colour Run” fundraiser was extremely well supported by both students and parents. Funds raised will go towards furnishing our gymnasiums with cooling fans, and the young people across the campus certainly embraced this with passionate enthusiasm. When asked by his mother for a number from 1 to 10, for the fun he had at the Colour Run, one of our youngest learners in Early Learning replied “11 million, trillion”. It was an outstanding afternoon which certainly brought the community together.
Mothers’ Day gave us the chance to focus on the special women in the lives of our students. A number of classes in our Early Years invited mums and other significant women to a variety of morning and afternoon teas and the Year 12s too, along with their mothers, enjoyed a wonderful Mother/Daughter Dinner event in the College Dining Room. These very special moments we share together and we certainly value them highly.
There was also much excitement on campus as our Junior School Interschool Swimming Team made us very proud when they returned home having finished in first place in the Catholic Schools Primary Principals Association Carnival. The team arrived back at school greeted by a very excited guard of honour.
National Boarding Week recently was embraced enthusiastically as our 110 boarders hosted a special boarding assembly where boarding life was the focus. They also hosted, as part of the week, an “invite a teacher to dinner evening” allowing staff to see where the girls call home for 40 weeks each year.
NAPLAN is an annual assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It tests the types of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. The tests cover skills in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy. Our girls and boys have just completed the testing and parents should expect results in late August. Thank you to the staff who were part of the online testing process, especially our IT Department who ensured we were “good to go” technology wise and the staff acting as test administrators who were on the front line as we administered NAPLAN on-line for the first time.
Exams are on the horizon for our senior girls and I encourage a solid and focussed study and revision plan as the time draws closer. Collaborating with staff to ensure that the course outline requirements have been met and understood will also undoubtedly make the process a far more efficient and effective one.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Dr Amelia Toffoli