St Brigid's College Horsham

Weekly eNewsletter

Principal's Report

Dear Families,

Life at St Brigid’s College is certainly full at the moment. This week the Year 7 students are building new relationships while on Camp at Robe. I thank the dedicated staff who have given their time to ensure these students have a memorable experience, in particular Mr Tom Magee,  Mrs Cathy van Dyk, Mr Danny Reyland and Ms Ashlee Grace.  In addition to this, it was wonderful to see new and current parents join us on Monday evening for a meet the Teacher Advisor meal in Coughlin Park Community Centre. We were pleased to be joined by Mrs Andrea Cox, Principal of Ss Michael and John’s Primary School (SMJ), as we strengthen our connections within Catholic Education.

Next week, we have our Opening School Mass on Monday at 11.00am at Ss Michael and John’s Catholic Church which will be celebrated by Monsignor Murphy and Fr McKay. This is a wonderful way to formally begin the Academic Year and I expect all students to be in attendance and in full school uniform. Families of the St Brigid’s community are welcome to attend.

Then on Wednesday we begin our Lenten journey with the Ash Wednesday Liturgy in the College Stadium and this year we are excited to be joined by the students and staff of SMJ Horsham. Lent is a time when we take time to reflect on our lives and consider our relationships with others in the community and our God.

On Thursday 19th February, the College will hold the Swimming Carnival at the Horsham Aquatic Centre and again, for the first time, we have invited students from SMJ Horsham to compete in a series of events along with our students. Also, on this day, the Diocesan Leadership Gathering will be held in Horsham which will bring together the principals and DOBCEL leaders together as we plan for 2021.

I am fortunate enough to have been invited by Principal Cathy Grace to the family gathering of the Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School community Tuesday evening and I look forward to meeting the students, parents and staff.

I continue to appreciate the friendly welcome form Horsham and district communities.

Have a great weekend.

Gerard Raven

Year 7 Camp

Year 7 Camp at Robe, S.A

Year 7 Welcome Family Meal

Thank you to all our Year 7 families and staff who joined us on Monday evening for our Year 7 Family Welcome Meal.It was wonderful to see so many new faces and get to know one another more.We are excited to have you as a part of our St Brigid's College community and look forward to seeing where this year, and the future, will take us.

Calendar of Events



SWIMMING CARNIVAL - Thursday 18th February

2.00pm to 7.30pm students finish at lunchtime- free dress

PUBLIC HOLIDAY - Monday 8th March


YEAR 7 IMMUNISATIONS - Thursday 11th March

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

ATHLETICS CARNIVAL - Tuesday 23rd March

LAST DAY OF TERM 1 - Thursday 1st April

Vaccination Program

Women & Girls in Science

On Thursday 11th February we celebrated International Day of Women and Girls in Science We are always excited to celebrate our STEAM education program, in which science is a key component.
On this occasion it's great to focus on the learning and achievements of our girls studying sciences with us and the opportunities available to them through various extra-curricular activities.
Our hopes for them are that they work hard to follow their passions and that the world can one day benefit from their future contributions across the fields of science and technology.

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

Dr Delaney Awards

Dr Daniel Delany (1747-1814) was the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlan, Ireland. He was the founder of the Sisters of St Brigid and the Patrician Brothers.
The Dr Daniel Delany Awards are presented throughout the year to students who display outstanding qualities of leadership, community spirit and excellence in some field of endeavour.  This includes production of quality work, special effort leading to marked improvement, assistance to fellow students, service to the community, initiative, co-operation, hospitality and enhanced reputation of the St Brigid’s College community.

Year 7 & 8

Brodie Hawker

Awarded for his great start to the year and engagement towards his Japanese studies.

Year 9 & 10

Jessica Dunn

Awarded for her excellent work in Foods.

Year 11 & 12

Matisse Diwell

Awarded for her successful start to her VCAL program , balancing school and work.

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 4 - 15th Feb

Year 12  |  Assessment tasks dated between 29/01 & 14/02

Week 5 - 22nd Feb

Year 11  |   Assessment tasks dated between 29/01 & 21/02

Week 6 - 1st Mar

Year 10  |  Assessment tasks dated between 29/01 & 28/02

Week 7 - 8th MarInterview catch-up week
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

Friendly Reminder

School Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Just a friendly reminder for families - At school drop-off and pick-up please refrain from parking in the bus parking area at the very front of the school. Thank you for your assistance.

Bright Sparks

Brights Sparks Program Returns in 2021!

We have some exciting news!
The much anticipated wait is finally over and we can happily announce that our Bright Sparks program is returning in 2021! . . . AND it will be be back in its full capacity!
We will share details of the dates, workshops available and booking details very soon!Our Bright Sparks program is open to all Wimmera students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 and is a series of fun and free workshops aimed at extending and challenging gifted, talented and highly interested students in different areas such as cooking, sport, robotics, science, maths, photography, woodwork and more!
Students are provided with drinks and a fruit snack prior to each workshop.
Our program also allows students to familiarise themselves in a secondary school setting and foster friendships with students from other schools across the Wimmera.
Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Careers & Pathways

Upcoming Event: Elevate Education

Year 11 and 12 students and Year 10 students who are studying a VCE subject will be attending study skills sessions delivered by Elevate Education on Tuesday 16th February.
During Period 1 and 2: Year 11 students and the Year 10 students (completing a Unit 1 and 2 VCE subject) will attend two sessions: Time Management and Study Sensei

During Period 3 and 4: Year 12 students and the Year 11 students completing a Unit 3 and 4 VCE subject will attend two sessions: Ace Your Exams and Memory Mnemonics

As well as the sessions for students there is also a session for parents/guardians at 7.00pm in the Senior Study Centre at St Brigid's College.

Further information for students will be posted on the Careers Google Classrooms and emailed to parents/guardians.
Please touch base with Mrs Lannen if you have any questions.

What Do You Recommend?

Don't you love hearing about a new podcast or show from a friend? Well consider us that friend. 
Each week we will ask students and staff members to recommend a book, a TV series or film and a podcast.  


Little Women
Author: Louisa May Alcott

Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn’t be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they’re putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there’s one thing they can’t help wondering: Will Father return home safely?

Recommended by an anonymous reader

TV Series

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Subscription Service: Stan
Rating: PG

Will Smith plays a streetwise and outspoken inner-city Philly teen whose mother sends him to live with his Aunt and Uncle and their three spoiled kids in their Bel-Air mansion. As Will assimilates into his new surroundings, he learns about the good life and adapts to their carefree lifestyle - and also teaches his rich relatives that life isn't all about how much money you have in the bank.

Recommended by an anonymous viewer


The Howie Games

Apple Podcast | PodcastOne Australia

Where the biggest names in the world of sport go one-on-one with sports journalist Mark Howard. From ultimate highs to tear-jerking lows, Howie lifts the lid on the real stories behind the headlines. He sits down with the biggest names in Australian & world sport, finding out how they started out, what makes them tick, how they deal with the big wins and the big losses, and how they take on sport and life from here.

Recommended by Miss Ashlee Grace

Community Notices

Come and Try Soccer Event - Dudley Cornell Park 9.30am Sunday 14 Feb 2021.

It's time to get moving - the Horsham Soccer Club is looking for any players aged 9-16yrs to come and try soccer this Sunday. Stawell Soccer Club and Geelong Red's U/12's are coming to provide even more fun. So regardless of ability, let's all get moving and join in and have some fun. If you are planning on coming please let Gavin McRoberts know on 0431-266-077.

Juniors should arrive at 9.30am for team allocation and kick off at 10.00am. Junior games will be finished by 11.00am.

Want to play but can't make it to this event. Pre-season training is as follows:

-U12-U14 train at 5.30pm Monday and Friday at Dudley Cornell

-U17+ train at 6.30-8.30pm Monday and Friday at Dudley Cornell

- U6-U11 MiniRoos program kicks off in Term 2 on Wednesdays and Fridays at Dudley Cornell - any queries to Gavin McRoberts on 0431 266 007.

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