The philosophy behind Middle Schooling is to recognise the challenges associated with the transition that young people experience as they move from being children to becoming adults. At St Brigid’s, middle schooling methodologies are adapted to ease this period of transition, and to ensure that St Brigid’s maximises the learning opportunities for all students.
At St Brigid’s College, the Western Australian Curriculum is the mandated curriculum for the planning, assessment and reporting of student progress and is delivered in partnership with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Learning Framework. We challenge our girls to reach their potential, serve the wider community and understand that education is an instigator of change.
The Middle Years Programmes are carefully designed to cater for a diversity of interests, and combines academic pursuit with the spiritual, social and physical growth of the students. Students are engaged in an on-going programme of personal development, and are exposed to global issues, which nurtures a belief in God and in themselves.
This programme offers an educational approach, that embraces yet transcends traditional school subjects.
The MYP at St Brigid’s College:
- Enhances the international scope of the College and its community
- Recognises the significance of the middle years of education and formally acknowledges the completion of middle school education
- Provides meaningful cross curricular links in the teaching programme, enabling students to recognise the extent to which knowledge is interrelated
- Provides continuity in curriculum focus and delivery
- Gives students the capacity to adapt to a rapidly changing reality
- Develops problem solving and practical skills and intellectual rigor in students
- Enhances students’ capacity and self-confidence to act individually and collaboratively
- Fosters and promotes student centred and inquiry based programmes of learning
- Facilitates student mobility between countries
- Builds international links for students and staff
- Addresses holistically students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being
- Provides students opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to manage complexity and take responsible action for the future
- Ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups (this does not include Religious Education).
- Requires the study of at least two languages to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others
- Empowers students to participate in service with the community
- Helps to prepare students for further education, the workplace and a lifetime of learning
At St Brigid’s College this includes Language and Literature – English and either Language Acquisition – French or Italian
The Middle School Students have a large selection of Co-curricular activities to participate in before, during and after school.
For further information please contact our Head of Secondary Ms Fiona Hepi on 9290 4200.
Aims and Objectives of College Awards K-12
The aim of the College Awards is to recognise students’ exemplary contributions, endeavours and/or high achievements in school life or while representing St Brigid’s College.
Presentation Night Awards
Prizes are awarded for success or outstanding endeavour in a range of areas such as service, leadership and performance.
In Years 7-12, the highest achieving student in each subject at each Year level will receive an award. The full extended list appears in the annual Presentation Night Program.
Spirit of Mercy Awards
Spirit of Mercy Award ‘The true Spirit of Mercy is flowing on us’ (Catherine McAuley)
The Spirit of Mercy Award recognises students who consistently makes a positive contribution to our school community and always gives his/ her best to live our Mercy values of compassion, justice, respect, hospitality, courage and service. The recipient of the Spirit of Mercy Award is a student who is recognised as quietly going about being a person who is authentically “mercy”. They are always prepared to contribute to working for a “fairer world”. They face the challenges of learning with resilience and optimism, always seeking excellence. The recipient of the Spirit of Mercy Award always welcomes others into our community. The recipient walks in the footsteps of our foundress Catherine McAuley.
The spirit of Mercy Award is presented to one student from each Year group at a K-12 Assembly in the final week of term.
Criteria for Selection of College Awards K-12
A student shall have:
- Shown a Christian attitude towards their teachers and other members involved in their chosen field of endeavour;
- Attended preparation, training and planning sessions promptly, regularly and with positive commitment to instruction in their chosen field of endeavour;
- Attained a level of personal excellence in their chosen field of endeavour;
- Demonstrated that they have reflected the College Values;
- Provided ongoing service to the College Community as required in their chosen field of endeavour.
Merit, Badge, Colours and Honours
A student can only progress to the next award level once they have been awarded the previous level for that field of endeavour.
The award progression (Certificate to Honours) will be provided for the following:
- PK-Year 6
- Year 7-12
A student could therefore potentially receive Honours twice during their College attendance if they have met the criteria and been at the College from Kindergarten to Year 12.
Certificate of Merit
Awarded to students who meet criteria 1-5 for one season or year.
Awarded to students who have made at least two seasons or years’ contribution or the equivalent to St Brigid’s College in a given field of endeavour and have met criteria 1-5.
Awarded to students who have made at least three years’ commitment to St Brigid’s College in a given field of endeavour, have demonstrated an outstanding level of skilled performance or leadership and have met criteria 1-5.
Awarded to students who have made an ongoing and substantial contribution to St Brigid’s College, met criteria 1-5 and whose contribution, achievement is outstanding in their chosen field of endeavour. Students nominated for honours must have already received a Merit Certificate, Badge and Colours for their chosen field of endeavour.
Once a student has been awarded Honours, she is entitled to wear the appropriate symbol on her Blazer pocket.
Merit Certificates, Badge, Colours and Honours awards will be presented at Secondary Assemblies.
Responsible Christian Learner Awards
These awards are presented at final Year assemblies and recognise students whose efforts in their studies have been excellent.