From the PrincipalMay 14, 2019
Welcome back to another wonderful term at St Brigid’s College. In particular, we welcome all our new girls and boys and their families to our College community.
I hope all our ‘mums’ had a happy and special Mother’s Day on Sunday and were able to reflect on the special relationship that exists between mothers and their children.
Our annual, whole school fundraiser took place in Week One with the entire College joining in the Colour Run4Fun. I thank all the staff and parents who assisted with this marvellous event. It was truly a wonderful afternoon of fun for everyone. The sponsorship money raised will contribute to new shaded areas across the campus. The generosity displayed by our students and their families is further evidenced across the College as I let you know that we raised close to $3500 for Caritas through Project Compassion. I am in awe of the generosity of our families to those who are needy in our community. This term our assistance and support will be directed towards LifeLink. Archbishop Costelloe calls us “this winter, to stretch out your hands to help our people in need…just as Jesus does with us”. The Archbishop’s annual Winter Appeal raises much needed funds which the Church directs, through LifeLink, to Archdiocesan welfare agencies which help care for people in real need in the community… especially during winter.
Last week, the Young Vinnies group also met to organise their schedule of support for those in need and I know they are keen to start on a number of initiatives including a sleep out during the course of the term. It is so heartening to see daily in the girls and boys such a strong sense of empathy for those less fortunate and wonderful spirit of giving.
Our Year 10 girls exhibited an outstanding array of work for their IBMYP Personal Projects at the Exhibition Opening on May 6th. The event was the final part of the Personal Project journey and a true celebration of the journey itself. It was so good to see the students (and parents and staff) absolutely bursting with pride. No matter how challenging the students may have found the past 12 months, the way they engaged with the community, lit up when explaining their project and supported one another up to the last minute of set up, highlighted what the project fundamentals are all about. The diversity of the projects was incredibly impressive: art work, photobooks, mental health awareness, instruments, family histories, justice issues, furniture, literary pieces and social justice – the list was endless, but the commonality was that each girl had given it her absolute all to reach her finished product stage.
We played hosts last week to a group of very enthusiastic students from Mt Magnet (a 12-hour drive away) who were in Perth sponsored by Stephen Michael Foundation to learn more about future schooling options and opportunities. Our boarders were just brilliant in proudly showing them through our campus and answering their many questions.
I must congratulate our Junior School Swimming Team for their brilliant performance and the positive attitude they displayed at the Division “A” CPSSA Swimming Carnival at HBF Stadium on Friday. The girls proudly took out first place and combined with the huge effort from the boys, St Brigid’s College finished second overall a fantastic achievement. Thank you also to our staff who prepared and trained our students all the staff and parents who assisted the girls and boys and cheered them on.
As we enter Week Three, NAPLAN Testing, ESTs and exams are very much on the agenda and I know that the students are busily preparing along with the help of their teachers and their families. I myself have been spending time meeting our ‘little’ ones through the enrolment interviews for 2020. It is such a joy to be able to spend time with them and their families. If you or your friends are looking for places especially in Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten for 2020, it is important that application forms are lodged as interviews are now booked. Secondary interviews will start later on this term.
I hope to meet more of you throughout the term and thank you for making it such a smooth start for our students.