From the Principal

From the Principal

Another successful school year ends this week with many memories of a year filled with exciting and innovative experiences for us all in the St Brigid’s community. Even as the term approached its conclusion, the busyness so much part of the life of the College, continued with a myriad of activities, including Retreats, excursions, incursions, Christmas themed concerts and end of term assemblies and Masses.

In the words of Walt Disney, “You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful ideas in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality.” All that has taken place this year, inside and outside the classroom, could not have been possible without the dedicated work of the staff who tackle all they do with energy, passion and enthusiasm and the continued support of parents. It is a blessing to have so many parents committed to assisting the College in so many diverse ways. We certainly value this very important partnership.

I have been heartened by the dedication of the students, their families and staff to ensuring that those less fortunate and in need are considered during this festive season. Giving from a genuine spirit of charity and goodwill has never been as evident as in the past few weeks as donations for St Vinnies Christmas Appeal have poured in. It’s at times such as these that we are able to stop and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.

On behalf of the College community, I take the opportunity to thank and farewell the staff below who are leaving us to pursue a range of new and exciting adventures. Their service has been very much appreciated by us all and their mark on the school will remain long after their departure.

  • Lynne Brighton
  • Vanessa Daly
  • Debbie O’Hara
  • Catherine Mills-Brunt
  • Eryl Munks
  • Natalie Khoury
  • Ann-Marie Heffernan
  • Kaisha Jetta
  • Debra Needham
  • Ray Andrew
  • James Elder
  • Toni Rossi
  • Georgina Majko
  • Christopher James

In addition to those staff leaving us, Mrs Erin Chiappalone will be taking Parental Leave and we wish her well as she awaits the exciting arrival of the new addition to her family.  Mrs Lisa Mueller is also taking the year off for some much deserved leave, we forward to seeing her back in 2020.

On a personal note, during this liminal period, I look backwards with gratification and forward with anticipation.  Of one thing I am convinced, I may have captured ‘visions of possibilities’, but not one thought would have come to fruition without the courage of the Sisters of Mercy, the dedicated service of colleagues, the support of parents and friends of St Brigid’s and the contributions of our precious children and young women.  I leave with fulfilment and in gratitude to you all.

I wish you all a safe and restful holiday with family and friends and may the joy and hope of Christmas fill your hearts throughout 2019.


God Bless

Dr Amelia Toffoli