From the Principal

From the Principal

What a busy few weeks it’s been since our last Newsletter. We find ourselves at mid-term all very much looking forward to a short break over the Boarders’ Long Weekend.

It gives me enormous pleasure to announce to our community the recipients of the St Brigid’s College Scholarships for 2020.

Neve Mycoe St Brigid’s College Sue Spencer Memorial Academic Scholarship
Jolie Cheetham Narembeen District High School Mark Travicich Memorial Academic Scholarship
Isobel Staltari St Brigid’s College Mark Travicich Memorial Academic Scholarship
Tahlie Kilpatrick Yerecoin Primary School Myrtle Scott-Tomlinson Memorial Academic Scholarship
Amber Duffy St Brigid’s College Gabrielle Marchesi Memorial Academic Scholarship

I extend my congratulations to these students on their outstanding achievement.

From an academic perspective, Externally Set Tasks, Year 12 exams and NAPLAN, featured highly for both students and staff.  Although some students may have been a little anxious, it was very encouraging to see the determination displayed in completing all the assessment to the best of their ability. Year 10 and 11 exams will follow in the coming weeks and we wish the girls well for these.

Careers too, have been the focus in the last few weeks. At the invitation of our Science Learning Area, three guest speakers from UWA visited the college recently and spoke to the Year 9 and 10 students about Physics, Science and Engineering. The presenters spoke to the students about their academic journey and about some of the challenges and successes that they have encountered along the way.  Particular emphasis was placed on women working in male dominated fields. In addition to this, students had the opportunity of collecting valuable career based information from a fabulous line up of exhibitors at the local Kalamunda Careers Expo. With subject selection for Year 10s due to take place before the end of term, the girls are receiving valuable guidance to assist the selection process they’re about to undertake.

A group of students and staff have just returned from a wonderful 10-day immersion to Ringer Soak in the Northwest of the state where they worked with the students at the Birlirr Ngawiyiwu Catholic School. Ringer Soak is a small Indigenous community, 165 kilometres south west of Halls Creek. Whilst away, our girls were able to experience and learn about Aboriginal culture and traditions during a visit to Burke Park Station, help out with literacy and numeracy activities in the classroom, assist with building a water feature for the early year’s playground and run sporting and social activities both at school and within the community. I know that the immersion was a life changing experience for many of the students and staff who attended and I thank Mrs Nicola Lee for her hospitality during the visit.

As part of National Boarding Week recently, the Boarding House hosted an Invite a Teacher to Dinner Night. The event allowed the boarders an important opportunity to share their boarding experience with the staff and it was certainly a great way for staff to learn more about our residential community.

It never ceases to amaze me the many activities, both school based and co-curricular, that our girls and boys are engaged in. Certainly on the sporting front, the winter sporting teams are doing very well indeed with hockey and football experiencing great wins and the netball and soccer teams also being very competitive. Thank you to all the staff and parents who assist with coaching, managing and driving the students to the various training sessions and games.

A group of our Ministry Leaders attended this week’s Archbishop’s Annual Winter Appeal. This 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. As a College, there has been much fundraising to support this initiative and our students and I thank you all for your amazing efforts. In addition to supporting LifeLink throughout Term 2, I was delighted when our Term 1 fundraising for Caritas were finalised recently and almost $3500 was raised to help support long-term development programmes in impoverished communities both locally and overseas.

The beautiful weather this week ensured that the Year 6s had a fabulous Camp experience at Point Walter. For many, the activities were both enjoyable and at the same time challenging, but they all participated so willingly and enthusiastically. Sincere thanks to the staff who attended and ensured that the children were all part of such a meaningful learning experience to complement the learning that happens within the classroom.

I wish you all a restful and safe long weekend break.

God Bless

Carmen Cox
Principal