Term 2, Week 9, St Brigid’s College News
Dear Families, Students, Staff and Friends of St Brigid’s College,
Next week, we enter our final week of the Semester. It has been a wonderful term with the students at St Brigid’s College engaged in learning across all subject areas. I applaud our students and encourage them to review their progress and set new goals for Term 3. Next week, on Thursday, 29th June, we have our parent / teacher / student meetings.
The final day of Semester One is Wednesday, 28th June.
Year 12 Retreat
Our Year 12 cohort have just spent three days, Wednesday to Friday, on Retreat at the Serpentine Baptist Camp. We look forward to seeing them back on Monday. Next term they will commence their final term of compulsory education.
Last weekend some of our Year 6 students received the Sacrament of Confirmation at our closest parish, Our Lady of Lourdes, Lesmurdie. Congratulations to all our students and I ask that you keep these students in your prayers.
The College supports all students who are preparing for the sacraments of Penance (First Confession), First Holy Communion and Confirmation. The Archdiocese encourages all students to receive the sacrament, in the parish Churches in which they worship with their families. If you would like further details, do not hesitate to contact our Head of Faith and Mission, Mr Adrian Martino at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Archdiocese of Perth Sacramental policy can be accessed at:
School Photos Update
Please be advised that the following dates have been provided by our school photographer, Photo Hendriks. Our previous photo day was cancelled.
Kindy to Year 3 and Year 6: Monday, 26th June
Year 4 and 5: Wednesday, 19th July
Photographs: Monday, 26th June, we will have catch-up portraits for our Secondary students who were absent on our previous photo day.
Semester One Reports and Parent / Student / Teacher Meetings
Your child’s Term One Report will be uploaded to SEQTA Engage this afternoon. The Semester One Report provides a snapshot of a student’s academic progress and application across this first term. Please contact our Helpdesk for assistance at email@example.com to receive the link to access your student’s report via SEQTA Engage, should this, or login instructions, have been misplaced.
On Thursday, 29th June (9.00a.m. to 5.45p.m.), meetings will be held for Kindergarten to Year 12 families in the College Library. Students in Year 3 to Year 12 are encouraged to join their parents at this meeting. The portal for interviews is currently open.
Booking a Meeting
SEQTA Engage allows parents to book their interview and is available under the “Interviews” tab.
Instructions on how to access this portal are on the College Website at the following location: https://sbcl.wa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Logging-into-SBC-Seqta-Engage.pdf
Once appointments are made, they can be viewed via the “Interviews” tab on SEQTA Engage, or a confirmation of appointments can be printed. The portal will be closed for further bookings at 9.00a.m. on Tuesday, 27th June. Appointments cannot be made beyond this date and your understanding in this matter is appreciated. Our teaching staff require time to prepare for the interviews.
Each interview will be 10 minutes in duration. Should a longer time be required, please arrange to speak with the relevant teacher/s in Term 3 by contacting them as follows: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Interviews will occur between 9.00a.m. and 5.45p.m.
It is important that booking times are adhered to so that interviews for other parents are not impacted.
Should a staff member be absent, you will be contacted via email from the College.
Why send your daughter to an all-girls secondary school?
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation that works to build better policies for better lives. Attached is an interesting article sharing some recent research from the OECD which highlights the benefits of all girls’ schools in Australia.
Girls’ school classrooms less disruptive – research
Let’s Celebrate our Children
This week, the following primary students received Merit Awards and, as a community, we congratulate them for their efforts:
Celebrating our Alumni
Elise Jarman (Class of 1941)
With the current success of the Matilda’s in soccer, Local Studies has chosen to take a look back at Women in Sport. This week we focus on Elise Jarman and her long contribution to local tennis.
Boarding school was the first time I played tennis. Herbert A. Edwards was our teacher and in class we used to do all the motions of tennis. They even made it part of the entertainment at the school concert at the end of the year, the Tennis Tableau. We all got up there in our tennis dresses, with our rackets and we’d do the serve and the forehand and the backhand to music. It was a scream really. I don’t know what the parents must have thought.
When I was a teenager, everybody was keen to have a game of tennis, but I never got around to joining a club in those days. Every now and then I’d organise a four for tennis and we would go and hire a court and play tennis.
City Beach didn’t really have a Tennis Club until about the mid-1950s. I suppose we had lived there for about 10 years by then. There was a group of people who lived at the southern end of the district, and they played tennis on a private court there. The interest among that group had attracted a few more people and they realised they couldn’t keep using this court, so they approached the Council to set aside some land and build a clubhouse.
In those days, they dropped a note into every house in the area, to let us know anything that was going to happen. Anyhow, I went along to a meeting of The City Beach Progress Association, held at the old tea rooms down at the south end of the beach. I am just wondering how I got there, because I didn’t drive at that time. I must have gone with somebody else, I suppose, unless Harry dropped me down or something. But we had little kids, and we couldn’t leave them, so one of us had to stay home and it was I who went to the meeting. Anyhow, it was decided that they would approach the Council, which all happened and eventually we got our tennis club going. Harry and I were inaugural members for that. Then, not awfully long after, they got a bowling club going. The Progress Association was always looking for something going on.
We built a little building, which just had two tiny rooms and a toilet at either end, which became public toilets, but we could lock up the two little rooms. One was kind of a storeroom, that was about the size of the rooms, and the other one was a tiny little kitchenette with an urn in it.
They opened the courts before they had the building finished and we were able to play. We would go down on a Saturday afternoon, and we would have a thermos of tea and a beach umbrella. They felled a big tree, so there was a big log and we used to sit on the log, with our cup of tea, under the beach umbrella.
Harry and I both served on the committee at the Tennis Club, but Harry became President and served for over 20 years as President. About 18 months before Harry died, somebody suggested to the committee that the present pavilion, which was built in 1975, during the time Harry was President, be called the “Harry Jarman Pavilion”.
During that time, we instituted a trophy for the annual trophy presentations for “Best Club Member”. The stipulation was that this trophy was for people who were not on the committee. They did not have specific jobs to do, but they were just people who were always there, always doing things, but were sort of quite outside any of the things that the committee handled.
It was called the “Jarman Trophy”. At first it used to be a tray or something like that, with engraving on it and so on, but these days, I give money or a gift voucher or something like that. That has been going for quite a number of years.
So, I’ve played tennis since I was at St Brigid’s in Lesmurdie, where I learned to play tennis. I am 96 years old now, so one could say I’ve played tennis for at least 80 years, but almost 70 years at City Beach.
2022 College Yearbook
We are pleased to announce that the 2022 College Yearbooks have arrived and will be distributed to students over the coming week. Please look out for your copy soon!