On Friday the 21 October our community proudly graduated 73 young women. It was a wonderful celebration and I was honoured to not only graduate the students on behalf of the community, but honoured to be part of the final day festivities. The throwing of the boaters was a highlight; a beautiful ritual which attracted a big crowd to the courtyard. The final year 12 assembly and mass and dinner, were all joyfully celebrated and I extend my thanks to parents, staff and students for making it so memorable. Our girls now prepare for final exams, further studies or the work place. I know that many of the girls are also preparing for leavers celebrations. I ask that you keep the girls in your prayers as they take their next logical step beyond St Brigid’s College.
I am pleased to advise you that the College will be upgrading all of the primary classrooms in preparation for 2023. This work will include new carpet in the rooms, new windows and painting.
In 2024 the College will move to a lease programme for student devices. This will initially impact students currently in Kindergarten, Year 2, Year 5 and Year 8. From these year groups onwards, a levy will be included in the school fees and students will be provided with a device by the College to be used at school and home. Details pertaining to the device will be shared soon. I have listened to students, parents and staff and believe that a lease arrangement will be a better option for all stakeholders.
In 2023, the College welcomes weekday boarders. Families interested in having their daughter board at school from Monday to Friday should contact our Enrolments Officer, Mrs Patty Majko. This opportunity exists for students in year 7 – 12 only. Please be advised that the College is flexible in supporting families and if you are seeking short term boarding arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.
I have been enjoying meeting families as part of the College enrolment processes. Currently I am interviewing families for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten 2023 and Year 7, 2024. If you know someone who is considering St Brigid’s College, please encourage them to get an enrolment application in.
Excellence is not an option at St Brigid’s. All students are expected to be excellent. Excellence is giving your best in every facet of school life. Congratulations and well done to all our award recipients who were presented with medals and certificates at our Year 7 – 12 Presentation night last Monday evening. Mrs Wade and Ms Smith prepared our combined Junior and Senior choir in movement and song to Catherine McAuley’s most well known prayer, her suscipe. This prayer was lovingly prepared in honour of Sr Joan Buckham who passed away earlier in this year following a short illness.
Over the next few weeks, we will celebrate the achievements of our primary students, graduate our year 6 boys and prepare for the feast of Christmas. I look forward to being part of these events for my first time.
This year Mrs Jane Ryan was acknowledged formally with an award honouring her 30 years of service to Catholic education. Jane’s 30 years as an educator has been completed here at St Brigid’s College. Jane is currently on long service leave, however will be returning in 2023.
Last Friday was World Teacher’s Day and I extend a very big thanks to our Parent Forum for preparing a large grazing board for our staff to enjoy. The staff of St Brigid’s work tirelessly for the students in their care and your appreciation is valued. We are thankful for the partnership that we share, working together to enable your child to flourish.
St Brigid’s College is committed to providing excellence is committed to providing excellence in education within a Christ Centred environment. St Brigids college nurtures and supports every student in their growth as contributing members of the community, within the spirit of mercy.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any support.