St Brigid's College Horsham

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Love Came

Love came, held safely within a gentle womb

All the truth, majesty, and creativity of a living God

Poured into a tiny heart

Making a quiet entrance in a dark and uninviting shack

Just one star shone anew as a handful of people were brought

Led by angelic voices, and open hearts

A young mother

A faith-filled father

Men of wisdom who searched for truth

And a group of humble herdsmen

They came to bow before a new life

And acknowledge that the rescuer had arrived

That the Word of God had come alive

And that the extraordinary transformation of heaven and earth

Had begun

-Julie Palmer

Principal's Report

As we close another extraordinary academic year it is worth reflecting on how we have managed to navigate coming in and out of lockdowns and experiencing extended Remote Learning challenges in 2021. I would like to thank the students for their resilience and commitment to their studies and I would like to thank all families for your support during this testing year. The St Brigid’s motto is “Strength and Gentleness” – this year we have shown we can be strong, next year is a time for Gentleness – to each other.

Yesterday we welcomed our newest students to the College, the future class of 2027, for their Orientation day. I am deliberate in calling them the class of 2027 as we want to maintain high retention rates in our school community. The students had a wonderful day and appear eager to join us in 2022.

Late Friday we held our Awards Assembly for the Year 7-11 students and it was wonderful to see many parents attending and taking pride in the achievements of their sons and daughters. Congratulations to the many award winners and for putting themselves out there this year. In addition, a number of our current students have received opportunities to go into traineeships or other paid employment in 2022, so we also express our pride in them and wish them well.

St Brigid’s staff will continue to plan for 2022 over the next week and a bit so that a quality learning program will be in place for the start of next year. We are also excited for next week as we relocate the staff work stations and lounge into our newly refurbished wing. I am pleased that we can provide comfortable and attractive facilities for our hardworking staff and know that this will assist in us retaining and attracting quality teachers and support staff to St Brigid’s.

It is also the time of year when we farewell some staff who are either leaving the school for a permanent change, or are taking leave in 2022. I would like to wish all the best to the following staff:

Peter Gutteridge – alternate employment

Sue Rigas – alternate employment

Kate Wade – SMJ

Tom Magee – on leave

Les Butler – on leave

Geordie Butler – on leave

Daryl Wren – on leave

Ebony Hobbs - maternity leave

Rodney Kennett – alternate employment

Mark Rowe - on leave

And I look forward to introducing you to our new staff at the beginning of next year.

Tonight is the long awaited Presentation Ball for the Year 11 cohort. After a few false starts and COVID related delays, it is with much anticipation that the students are finally ready and excited for the evening to occur. We wish all of our students a wonderful evening and we can share the photos on our Facebook page. I would also like to add that the school’s involvement ends at the conclusion  at 10:30pm approximately, we do not in anyway endorse parties planned for after the event. These are not sanctioned by the College.

To conclude, I would like to offer my prayers and best wishes for all St Brigid’s families over the Christmas break and I ask you to take care of one another. We have many exciting changes planned in 2022 and we look forward to seeing you all in February. The first day for Year 7 and Year 12 students is 1 February (St Brigid’s Feast Day) and the remainder of the students will return on 2 February.

Merry Christmas everyone,

Gerard Raven

Deepest Sympathy

We offer our prayerful support to the Werner family on the recent passing of Marion Werner, grandmother of Levi (Yr 10) and Hunter (Yr 8).

Also to the Drum family, on the recent passing of Merle Drum, grandmother of Mitch (Yr 11).

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

Calendar of Events

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

Wed 15th December - Staff conclude/Office closes

Mon 31st January 2022 - Staff return.

Tue 1st Feb - Year 7 and Yr 12 students return Term 1

Wed 2nd Feb - Year 8 to Year 11 students return

Mon 7th Feb - School Photos and Year 7 Welcome BBQ

Wed 9th Feb - Fri 11th Feb - Year 12 Retreat

Wed 16th Feb - Fri 18th Feb - Year 7 camp

Tue 22nd Feb - School Swimming Sports

Student News

New Student Commendations

The St Brigid’s College commendations system is used to affirm students who strive to achieve personal excellence. It recognises a range of endeavours to which our students contribute and encourages positive behaviours that can enable student talents to be celebrated as a community. Students can receive commendations in recognition for genuine achievement across the following categories:

● Academic

● Community Service and Social Justice

● Leadership

● The Arts & Cultural Experiences

● Sports Students are awarded points for their achievement across a wide range of activities. Once a student has accumulated 50 points or more they will be awarded a badge to recognise their achievements.

Please join us in congratulating:

● Yellow Badge recipient - Maddie Carracher, celebrating 100 points over 3 categories!

● White Badge recipients - Archie Elliott, Maddison Bethune, Peter White and Bethany Arnup, all celebrating 50 points over 2 categories!

Fantastic achievements!

Annual Achievement Awards 2021!

Please click here to view photos from our Annual Achievement Awards for 2021!  Achievement Awards Photos

Orientation Day 2022!

Please click on the link to view photos from our Orientation Day yesterday. Orientation Day 2022 

Extra Curricular Competitions

We would like to extend a HUGE congratulations to all our students who participated in extra-curricular competitions throughout 2021!

It has been another very unsettled year, and we are so very proud of those students who challenged themselves further with these extra opportunities.

As some of these competitions have only just concluded we are still waiting on results and certificates. As such, we will run a special assembly at the start of 2022 where these students are acknowledged and the high achievers are presented with their certificates.

Looking ahead to 2022, we would love to see even more students look to challenge themselves and step outside their comfort zone through participation in the extra-curricular opportunities we offer here at St Brigid's.

Congratulations Eva!

Congratulations to Eva Manserra who was selected for one of the Country Metro Challenge Country U/16 Basketball Teams ?????Well done Eva, we wish you good luck!

Year 8 Textiles

The Year 8 elective Textiles class have been busy making their own choice of project this term.  Students have made boxer shorts, boomerang bags, scrunchies, and ugly dolls. Great job everyone!

VCE Business Management

The VCE Business Management students with their 3D shops they designed. They had to follow certain criteria and address a range of outcomes. Students created magnificent shops!


Congratulations to our Year 10 student, Brady Mann on being awarded Best First Year Student in the 2021 Skillinvest Regional VET Building and Construction Student Awards! Well done Brady!

Yr 7 Basketball

It was great to see our students out again playing and representing our College at Interschool Sport. It was a great day had by all involved. Congratulations to both teams on winning both games!

Year 8 camp

Our Year 8 students had a wonderful time at Roses Gap recently! Here are just a few snaps of them enjoying the great outdoors!

Japanese Student Host families 2022

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST | Become a Host Family in 2022! In 2022, we hope to be able to resume our student visit program with our Japanese sister school, Matsudo Kokusai (pending Government international travel restrictions). We are currently looking for families to express their interest in becoming a host family to a Japanese student in Term 3 of 2022. The Japanese students are all at least minimally proficient in English and will be here primarily to practise and improve their English, make friends and learn about Australia. Host families will receive funding to assist with household costs. To register your interest or if you have any questions, please contact Jeni Allen by email -

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