St Brigid's College Horsham

Weekly eNewsletter

Prayer

God of rolling waters,

God of ever-flowing streams:

the skies do seem clearer,

and the air cleaner, and the world less littered with our mess.

The earth looks more itself these days, its resilience on fuller display.

But human nature is also more evident and your warning rings loud in our ears:

May justice and righteousness bathe us, 

Let us then resume our part in creation and breathe out the joy we breathe in. 

Amen.

Principal's Report

The noise of laughter and friendship filled the courtyard this week as students who we haven’t seen for weeks began to return to school in the staggered manner we have accepted. It has been fantastic to see our young people and have them engage in routines again.

The presence of face masks and social distancing remind us that we are not out of this pandemic yet and in many ways, the need to follow Covid-safe health directions is more important now as we move towards more social mixing. I have visited many classrooms this week to explain to students the need to follow these rules and I thank families for their support. As of Monday, all staff at St Brigid’s are expected to have been vaccinated once or have booked for their first dose by the 25 October.

As families, you may see your children react differently to the return to school and some may be vulnerable as they reengage with personal relationships and classes. This requires some social and emotional stamina which may manifest in fatigue at home. I encourage parents and care givers to let the school know if your son / daughter is experiencing transition difficulties as we have a strong commitment to supporting families in the learning needs of individual students.

I have enjoyed meeting the College Leaders to plan for the final days of our Year 12 cohort next week. The Year 12s have certainly had a unique experience in their learning over the last two years and I am encouraged by their resilience and positive outlook. In their final month at our College, let us keep these students in our prayers so that the VCE students may perform to the level they are capable of and that the VCAL students find clear direction in their post school pursuits. Due to the need to focus on their exams over the next few weeks, I am interested in hearing from any parent / family member who may wish to work on a small committee to plan for the Graduation evening on 19 November at Coughlin Park. Please email me Principal@stbc.vic.edu.au if you would like to be involved. The Covid restrictions are currently quite limiting, however that may change in the coming weeks.

This Wednesday, 20 October, is the School Advisory Committee’s Annual General Meeting at 7pm. All members of the school community are invited to attend (by Zoom link this year) – if you would like a link to the Zoom conference please email me at Principal@stbc.vic.edu.au

With the staff, the Executive Team have been revising our calendar for the remainder of the year and I will communicate these changes next week.

I look forward to a time when we as a community can celebrate as one.

Stay safe

Gerard Raven

Student Intention to Return 2022

To assist the College with forward planning for 2022 could you please complete the following intention to return form via the link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdNGwYCoKmB8EKfnYStUbO4PbXoFc1bXv10O5wibSc5i1f1MA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Wellbeing

One Foot Forward

This October our staff members are getting involved in the One Foot Forward initiative which is a virtual walking challenge to raise funds for mental health. Team members simply choose to walk 20km, 40km, 60km or 1000km (or your own distance!) throughout mental health month in October while raising funds for vital mental health research.

If you would like to support our efforts by making a donation or even joining the team, please follow the link below:https://www.onefootforward.org.au/fundrais…/stbrigidscollege

It's been a pretty tough year for a lot of people, so please help us collect donations while also raising awareness for such an important cause.

Student News

Study Slam!

Our after-school Study Slam program is back!

Students can hang back after school and head to the Senior Study Centre where staff members will be on hand to assist with any school work they need help with. Students can also use this time and place to find a quiet space on their own or in a small study group. 💻

Study slam is open Monday to Thursday, 3.30pm to 4.30pm and is open to all year levels. Some after-school snacks will also be provided!

Year 7 Maths

Our Year 7 student's first lesson back face-to-face and they explored the mathematical strand of measurement. The students explored the concept of perimeter and area in the theme of dinosaur enclosures. Students worked in small groups and shared their learning through practical investigations. It was fantastic to have the students back together!

Year 8 Science

Mr Gutteridge’s Year 8 Science students were focusing on gravitational pull and the transference of elastic to kinetic energy this morning. They had a small selection of materials to use for the launch - a chair, rubber bands and sticky tape. They had to create a device that would launch a supersized marshmallow the longest distance possible. Olek got to a fantastic distance of 17 metres!

VET

How do you like to learn?  Click on the link below to view a short video created by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authorirty (VCAA).

https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/…/Self-ReflectionVideoYear7and8…

'How do you like to learn?' is a one-minute video that supports the self-reflection that takes place during Year 7 and 8 career education. Students are encouraged to reflect on what they like to learn and how they like to learn, whilst being introduced to the wide range of opportunities available in secondary school through VET.

Young Scientist of the Year Video Competition

Know the next climate change hero? Got an idea that will build a brighter, greener world?

Channel your inner eco-warrior to make a short video on an environmental problem or solution on one of the following topics:

  • Energy & critical minerals
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Agriculture

You could be named the University of Adelaide Young Scientist of the Year, plus win $500 for yourself, and $1000 for your school! There are other great prizes up for grabs too.

The University of Adelaide has teamed up with Careers with STEM for this curriculum-linked competition that is open to students in years 7-10 attending an Australian school.

You can enter individually or in teams of 2,3 or 4.

Entries close Friday 29 October, with winners to be announced on Monday 6 December.

For further information, go to https://careerswithstem.com.au/young-scientist-video-comp/ or contact Mrs Dooling (mdooling@stbc.vic.edu.au)

Explore Your Backyard!

Explore Your Backyard is an online learning festival celebrating and nurturing our connection to Country and water during National Water Week - 18 to 26 October 2021.

GWMWater invites you to join live webinars, watch on-demand workshops and tours, and download resources designed to get everyone outside and using water efficiency.

Keep an eye out on GWMWater's page as they will be sharing some more details over the coming weeks.

Teacher Advisor Schedule

Community News

Careers News

Please click on the link to view the Weekly Careers News: https://www.facebook.com/St-Brigids-College-Careers-Pathways-101468101529474

Sign up now for Summer work!

Simpsons is looking for keen people for FIELD and LABORATORY work with the Wimmera’s leading crops research organisations over the summer. Work will start in November/December and usually runs until March/April. A driver’s licence is an advantage for field work, but not essential. Attention to detail is required for the laboratory work. Pay is between $25 and $30 per hour.

Contact Bryce at SIMPSONS HORSHAM on 03 5382 5801 for more details. You will need to re-apply for this season.

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