St Brigid's College Horsham

Weekly eNewsletter

Principal's Report


We pray for our world - for all of us, each one now in some way impacted by COVID-19: but especially for those persons who are ill, those who have lost loved ones and those whose personal and work lives have been severely disrupted by the reach of this virus.We give thanks for the tender care of the sick by doctors, nurses and health care workers, for the generous and willing service of volunteers and for the imagination and dedication of researchers seeking a cure.We are grateful for those who share wise advice with us; those whose work creates healthy environments for us; those who put our needs before theirs, our safety before theirs, our well-being before theirs.May we each be supportive of one another, considerate of one another and generous to one another in this difficult and uncertain time. Amen

Dear families,

It is so wonderful to see our students back at school today. I admire the efforts of all those within our community to adjust to the interruptions that this time of lockdown has brought. Our students and staff have moved from onsite to remote learning with minimal warning and have gone to extraordinary lengths to continue quality learning and teaching. Our families lives have been disrupted, and yet opportunities for young people are always prioritised. Thank you!

If your young person is nervous about returning to onsite learning, could you please liaise with your TA or the Wellbeing Team to address those concerns.

Congratulations to Delie  (Philadelphia) Rowe, who has achieved the Peak Achievement Award in the Girl Guides – the Queen’s Guide Award. This is the highest award that can be earned by youth members of Girl Guides Victoria and has not been awarded in this district for over 40 years!! This required Delie to accomplish tasks in leadership, community service , outdoor skills, cultural awareness and to advance her own personal development in an area of choice.

Key Dates:

9-11 June – The Year 9 Retreat to Halls Gap will proceed as planned. The Experience Days with SMJ Grades 5 and 6 have been postponed until August.

14 June – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday – no classes

15 June – This had been designated as a Staff Professional Development Day, however due to the recent remote learning week and the existing COVID restrictions, we have decided to postpone this planning day until Term 3.  Students will be expected to be at school and in class on this day.

25 June – Final day of Term 2

In line with health and safety advice the following restrictions will remain in place at St Brigid’s College:

Stay Home when Unwell

Please stay home if unwell, and undertake COVID-19 testing if experiencing cold like symptoms or if a member of the household has been tested. Please notify the College if you have taken a test and the result when known.

When notifying the College of student absences, please include details if there are suspected COVID-19 symptoms.

Face Coverings

Must be carried at all times

Must be worn indoors (except if an exemption applies)

Must be worn outdoors where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained

Must be worn travelling on buses

2021 General Achievement Test (GAT) to be rescheduled

The GAT scheduled for next Wednesday 9 June has been rescheduled to a date to be determined by VCAA.  Students studying a Unit 3 / 4 subject should now concentrate on completing their course work and any school-based assessments.



Gerard Raven

NCCD Information for Parents, Carers and Guardians

Bright Sparks

As if this wonderful group of students couldn't put a smile on your face! This is our amazing group of term 2 Bright Sparks students who completed their 4-week workshop program just in the nick of time before the Victorian circuit-breaker lockdown was imposed. This term our Bright Sparks participated in a range of fun and free workshops that included science, dance, table tennis, gaming, woodwork, 3D print and design, robotics and cooking - and boy, did they have some fun! Exciting news! Dates for our next Bright Sparks program are already in the planning for August so watch this space for all the details! A big thank you to all our Bright Sparks students and families for joining us. It was wonderful to share our College with you!

Student News

Food Technology

Our Year 9 Food Technology students have been completing their Lockdown Cooking Task at home this week and we can honestly say our mouths are watering! It's great to see students continuing their learning while at home and sharing their food passion with their families. Well done everyone!

VET delivered direct to secondary students allows young people to get a jump on their career pathways whilst still in school. As we head towards 'Try A VET' Day, Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN will highlight the related courses and industries on behalf of the Wimmera Southern Mallee VET Cluster. Stay tuned for guest speaker presentations, industry facts & stats, employer information, and course content. Is VET your pathway? Do you have a particular career pathway in mind? See the calendar for specific information on industries represented in the  Wimmera Southern Mallee VET Cluster for secondary students. If you have any questions, please contact our VET Coordinator, Mrs Chris Rook -

School Production

Calendar of Events

SMJ Experience Days - Wed 9th June and Thursday 10th June (Postponed)

YEAR 9 ECO RETREAT - Wednesday 9th June - Friday 11th June

PUBLIC HOLIDAY - Monday 14th June

Wimmera Careers Expo - Tuesday 22nd June 

Last day of term - Friday 25th June 

Teacher Advisor Schedule

All our students are assigned to a vertical homeroom consisting of students from Years 7 – 12.  Home room groups stay together for their entire school life at St Brigid’s, encouraging leadership, community and familiarity and giving students a real opportunity to know each other and their advisor.  Lifelong friendships are formed where there may not otherwise be the opportunity.

The Teacher Advisor (TA) program is part of the daily life of students. Homerooms meet for 10 minutes each morning, and approximately every six weeks each student meets individually with their Teacher Advisor to discuss and monitor their academic and pastoral progress. A report over viewing the student’s academic achievement and future goals for improvement is formulated from this interview and made available to parents via our online Parent Access Module (PAM).  This regular contact builds trust and strong relationships between students, teachers and families.   It ensures that families and teachers know each student’s strengths and needs and that secure relationships are formed that guide the students along their learning journey.

Our TA Schedule for Term 2 can be found below.

Careers News

Please click on the link to view the Weekly Careers News:

Wonder Recycling

The Wonder Recycling Rewards is a fun and easy program we’ve joined to collect and recycle plastic bread bags and bread tags at school. Once collected, Wonder is going to turn the plastic into wonderful things like school play equipment! As a registered school, our recycling efforts will earn us rewards points to redeem new sports equipment from RHSports. Please note that plastic bread bags or wraps packs not limited to the Wonder brand. Bread bags should be free from crumbs to ensure no contamination during the recycling process but they do not need to be washed.We have a designated recycling box at the front office if you wish to send your bread bags in to school. Thanks for your support!

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