St Brigid's College Horsham

Weekly eNewsletter

Principal's Report

Dear families,

St Brigid’s College recognises that you, the parent or supporting family member, are the primary (main) educator of your son or daughter and that we will work with you in partnership to educate your child. To ensure your child has the best opportunities in education and to support them in achieving our vision of a quality education,  we need to work together. As a parent you can contribute your own knowledge and skills at all levels to assist in the learning of not just your child but the whole College community. As a parent or family member, you can also support the school in familiarising yourself with the school’s attendance requirements and ensuring your student attends regularly and punctually. In speaking with teams of teachers over the last week, this is the major concern our teachers have – some students missing too much instruction and learning time.

Research has reinforced the positive impact of increased parental engagement in a child’s education, the value of the College as a community for social interaction and using technology as a platform for learning. However, technology is always a double-edged sword. We ask that parents do not contact their child by mobile phone during the day as all students have been told not to access their phones during the day, this includes sports days. To reduce the possibility of conflict around the use of phones, we ask that parents contact their child via the front office, again including sports days.

To provide for parent voice in our College’s decision-making process, the Parent Reference Group (PRG) has been established and is operating. Headed up by Jo Martin, the PRG meets monthly and provides the School Advisory Council and the College Executive with unified feedback and advice. Parents and care givers may contact the PRG via the following email address:

This week the first meeting of the School Advisory Committee was held for the year and a new Chairperson was elected. I would like to thank Jo Martin for accepting the responsibility this position holds. Other members include Parent Representative: Andrew Sostheim, Co-opted Member: Louise Chesterfield, Parish Priest: Monsignor Murphy, DOBCEL Representative: Dr Andrew Watson and myself as interim Principal. Tony Nield currently represents the Finance Committee. Louise Nield records the minutes. New Beginnings!

Next Tuesday, weather permitting, we will hold our Athletics Day at Dudley Cornell Park. Students can go directly to the park at the start of the day and bus students will be shuttled there. Again, I ask that if your student is required to leave during the day that you work through our Office which will be open. Text messages to students’ phones will not be accepted as we cannot verify the origin.

Kind regards

Gerard Raven

Interim Principal

Student News

HEATING UP LUNCHES | Please note that the Foods Room will now be open on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays at lunchtime between 1.10pm and 1.20pm to heat up food or boil the kettle or noodles, etc.Students are asked to please be respectful of others using the microwaves etc. and clean up any spills or mess made. Thank you

Our ‘Strive For Healthy & Happiness’ Google Classroom is great resource of information for students.  If you haven’t already, check it out for lots of helpful content on health, fitness, emotional and wellbeing support. New content added regularly. As always if you need further help please contact a member of our Student Wellbeing Team.

Little Athletics achievement

Well done to Peter White (Year 8) for achieving personal best times in the 800m and 1500m races at the recent Little Aths Meet. Well done Peter!

School Based Apprenticeships

Congratulations to Georgie Schwarz who is working on her Certificate III in Floristry through a School-Based Apprenticeship at Pick a Posie.   We wish Georgie every success and look forward to watching her blossom.

VCE Outdoor Education

The VCE Outdoor Education students went on an amazing trip experiencing the Anglesea and Queenscliff area. The students were able to understand the relationships between conservation, recreation, tourism, primary industries, and motivations for participating in outdoor experiences throughout their activities.The students participated in sea kayaking, surfing, snorkeling with dolphins and seals, these activities were highly engaging and enjoyable activities to participate in. The students also had an educational experience at the Marine Discovery Centre, allowing them to learn about marine and freshwater environments followed by a hands-on experience in the touch tank with different marine organisms along the coast.

Food technology

Working in pairs on Monday afternoon, our Year 8 Foods class prepared and cooked some delicious chicken souvlakis to take home. We wonder if the souvlakis made it all the way home and if any family members got to taste them? Going by the amazing aroma in the kitchen we highly doubt it!

Our Year 9 Foods students used the design process to create their own 'Healthy Breakfast Pancakes Meal' using the recommendations of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. Some interesting designs were Emily’s Avocado and Berry Pancakes, Sean’s Mango and Coconut Flour Pancakes, Christopher’s Orange Zest Pancakes and Francine’s Pandan and Coconut Pancakes (Green from the Pandan essence).

Dr Delany Awards

Year 9

Lexi Loebs - for her ongoing commitment to extending herself and producing high quality work in English. 

School Athletics Day

Our annual Athletics Carnival is coming up next week on Tuesday 23rd March and we warmly encourage families to join us for a great day of sporting action at Dudley Cornell Oval. Families are reminded that they will need to check-in using the QR Code located at the clubrooms on the day, in the event that COVID tracing is required. Bus Travellers - Students that travel by bus will be shuttled from school to the oval in the morning and will be returned to school in plenty of time to catch their bus as per normal in the afternoon. Please find below the program of events for our Athletics Carnival. We hope to see you there!

Calendar of Events

YEAR 9 OUTDOOR ED TRIP - Wednesday 24th March -  Friday 26th March 

ATHLETICS CARNIVAL - Tuesday 23rd March

LAST DAY OF TERM 1 - Thursday 1st April

STUDENTS RETURN - TERM 2 -  Monday 19th April

YEAR 7 2022 PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT - Wednesday 21st April

OPEN DAY - Monday 26th April



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 1 can be found below.


Week 8 - 15th Mar

Year 9  |  Assessment tasks dated between 29/01 & 14/03

Week 9 - 22nd Mar

Year 8  |  Assessment tasks dated between 29/01 & 21/03

Week 10 - 29th Mar

Year 7  |  Assessment tasks dated between 29/01 & 28/03

Study Slam!

Study Slam is an after school program that gives YOU the wonderful opportunity to receive study/homework support right here at school!

Running from 3.30pm to 4.30pm in the Senior Study Centre, YOU can come work with various teachers who are all there ready to help! YOU can also use this quiet space to work on the tasks on your own.

We are looking forward to seeing you there and working with you to support you in your study/homework needs!

Bright Sparks

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