St Brigid's College Horsham

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God who searches;

God who finds:

the ninety-nine

may have wondered where you went when you sought the one alone.

Did they feel lost themselves without you there?

Or did they know that you remain right where you always are:

with each and all of those you love, wherever they may be.

If we should feel your absence

may we sense it as a movement towards

the others who belong,

so that one’s assurance of being safe is tied to the whole’s recovery.  Amen.

Principal's Report

Last week I was fortunate enough to have been asked to participate in the school review for St Mary MacKillop College in Swan Hill for three days. While it is always good to see how other schools do things and to ‘borrow’ good ideas, it is also great to see how well things are operating back here at St Brigid’s.

This week, work starts on the final aspect of our redevelopment, the resurfacing of the basketball courtyard and a new shade area with additional student seating. Consequently, access to the school from the back gate (Coughlin Park entrance) will be restricted until this work is complete. Students will need to access the school from the front steps or from the Stadium Gate.

One of the Values we promote at St Brigid’s College is “Empowering”. What does this mean? Students (and families) at St Brigid’s should have a greater say on matters that impact on them. This can include taking ownership of their learning program. This means that individuals should reflect on what they need and begin a conversation with the school to negotiate how these needs may be met. This does not mean that all demands will be met or that everything requested can be provided. However, without a conversation, we can not know what your needs are and how we can best support these. You should feel empowered to ask.

Our Year 12 students final exams are almost concluded with the final exam on next Tuesday. The Year 12 students have been resilient and have persevered over the past 18 months of Remote Learning and we are very proud of them. I am very much looking forward to celebrating their achievements next Friday with a Mass at 5pm and a Dinner and Awards at the Horsham Golf Club at 7pm.

Year 11 Exams will start in just over a week and we wish them well as they move into the roles of the new leaders of St Brigid’s.

Next week the rescheduled Year 8 Camp will be on Wed – Friday and I am looking forward to going out on Thursday night to participate with this group.

Stay Safe

Gerard Raven

Deepest sympathy

We offer our prayerful support to the Marchesini and Schilling families on the recent passing of Susan, sister to staff member Julie, and mother of staff member Maddy.

Also to the Ngoma family, on the recent passing of Leorna's ( Year 9 ) grandpa.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

Calendar of Events

Mon 8th Nov - Fri 12th Nov - Yr 9 Outdoor Ed camp

Wed 17th Nov - Fri 19th Nov - Year 8 camp

Fri 19th Nov - Yr 12 Graduation Mass and Dinner

Fri 26th Nov - End of Year Mass

Mon 29th Nov - Thu 2nd Dec - Yr 11 2022 & Yr 12 2022 Headstart

Thu 2nd Dec - Yr 7 2022 Orientation Day

Fri 3rd Dec - Year 11 Presentation Ball /Students finish

Student News

Yr 10 Mock Interview Program

Be Kind Day

Thank you to all the students and staff at SMJ Horsham and our College who wore coloured clothes in support of our Be Kind Day. Together our schools raised a total of $446 which will be donated to the Fly High Billie initiative. Fly High Billie provides support and assistance to children and young people and help combat mental health issues, bullying and suicide. It will also help provide assistance and support to children who are in palliative care, suffering life-debilitating illnesses including medical distress, disability, mental health issues and grief.

Getting active for Mental Health

Students were invited to take part in a lunchtime Zumba fitness session as part of our Student Wellbeing Team's ongoing proactive approach to student mental health and wellbeing.

Zumba Instructor, Ellie Rook ran the session and also took time out to speak with our VCE Business Management class about running a small business. Thank you Ellie!

Be Kind Day

Last week our VCAL students continued their Kindness Matters Week project over at SMJ Horsham by surprising the senior students with a gift bag each as well as gifting all the students and staff with handmade kindness badges.

Both schools had a coloured clothes day, with a gold coin donation, raising money for Fly High Billie

We are very proud of our VCAL students for stepping out of their comfort zones to ensure the message of kindness spreads like wildfire.

Small Business

Our Small Business Year 11/12 students have been busy handmaking lots of goodies for their market stall they will had inside the Horsham Plaza on Thursday and today. All profits will be donated to the Wimmera Cancer Centre.

Year 9 Outdoor Ed camp

Our Year 9 Outdoor Ed students are soaking up all that Cape Bridgewater Vic has to offer! 


Well done to our students Archie Elliott, Maddison Bethune and Sienna Manserra  (Year 7 in 2022) who have been selected to attend a Gold Nugget Basketball Camp where they will compete for selection to attend the 2022 Country Metro Challenge. We wish you all the best of luck! 

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