St Brigid's College Horsham

Weekly eNewsletter

Prayer

God of the Branches, God of the Vine , God of the Fruit that will last,

When much of the familiar is pruned away : the work routine, the school run, the certainty of the day’

May we see what is good and true blossom in reassuring ways.

Colleagues working as one,

Children learning from home.

May these days of great disruption bear out what is always true:

That we can reach others with the love you provide when we remain in you. Amen

Principal's Report

I would like to begin this report with a vote of thanks: thank you to the students who continue to engage with their classmates and teachers via Zoom; thank you to the parents and care givers who are supporting the students by modifying and adapting the home to ensure study can continue; and thank you to the teachers and support staff who are working hard to ensure that the learning continues and the disruptions have minimal impact.

I have endeavoured to keep the St Brigid’s community informed of what I know through emails and social media, whilst being aware that too many notifications can be a burden. My preferred style is to respond, not react, to information we receive: to await official notice rather than act on leaked media reports. More information regarding vaccinations for senior students is included in this newsletter below. At the time of writing, I have not been informed of when regional schools may return to face-to-face learning, so we are planning one week at a time.

With the decision by the State Government to ‘live with the virus’ through vaccination protection rather than elimination, I encourage all those who can to arrange to be vaccinated. The reality is that the virus will come to Horsham in the next few months and most likely to St Brigid’s also. Therefore, we all must do what we can to minimise the spread. When students return, I will expect COVID safe practices to be implemented. We will have windows open to improve ventilation, hand sanitiser readily available and I will be appealing to all students and staff to wear masks diligently. If you have not already, please ensure your son / daughter has a reusable mask or access to disposable ones, as masks will be a part of our lives for a long time to come.

Since joining the St Brigid’s community this year, I have been impressed by the care and support that members of this wonderful school provide one another and I am comforted by the fact that this will continue over the next few months. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the school if you need any additional support – that is who we are.

Year 12 Vaccination Blitz

To help support the safe conduct of end-of-year exams, the Victorian Government has announced a vaccination blitz for final year school students, their teachers and for VCE exam supervisors and assessors. 

The blitz will begin on 7 September and continue until 17 September. During the blitz, final year students, their teachers and VCE exam supervisors and assessors will have access to priority timeslots to attend their vaccination appointment at a vaccination centre.

Vaccination Bookings

Final year students, their teachers and VCE exam supervisors and assessors will be able to book their first and second doses via a dedicated appointment booking hotline.

These additional pathways will help support a faster booking process and minimise absence for students during their schooling hours. 

Vaccination Webinar – Friday 3 September

The Victorian Department of Health is hosting a live webinar for final year school students, their families and educators to provide information on COVID-19 vaccination.

People can join the free webinar on Friday 3 September from 4.00-5.00pm via this link (no need to register).

Topics will include:

  • Vaccines, development and safety
  • Accessing and consenting to a vaccination
  • How to book an appointment
  • Q+A with the panel


Dates

General Achievement Test (GAT) – 5 October

Kind regards,

Gerard Raven

Student Wellbeing

STRIVE FOR HEALTH & HAPPINESS -  A friendly reminder that students have access to the 'Strive for Health & Happiness' Google Classroom which has a wealth of resources for navigating through the tough days. Our Student Wellbeing Team are regularly contributing and updating information to provide you with a range of tools to assist you. Check out the Trick Shot Competition Mr McDonald added!  🏀⚾️🏐

Please remember that the Student Wellbeing Team and your TA are always here if and when you need them.

Student News

IT'S AMAZING WHAT YOU CAN FIND WHEN YOU OPEN YOUR EYES. Our Year 9 Outdoor and Environmental Studies students kicked off their sustainability program with a local clean up. The students were amazed at the number of cans, bottles and food packaging they found. The class selected the Wimmera River area as a focus for the remainder of 2021. They chose this area as they believe a healthy river promotes community use and improves physical and emotional wellbeing. Our students will be working with Horsham Tidy Towns to guide their projects, to make Horsham an even more beautiful place. What a wonderful way to celebrate 'HAPE Week' this week, as we continue to raise awareness of, and advocate for, a greater focus on Health and PE in our schools. What will you discover around your area this weekend as you do your bit to keep our community beautiful?

2021 Premier's Spirit of ANZAC Prize

Entries are now open for the 2021 Premier's Spirit of Anzac Prize

The Premier's Spirit of Anzac Prize 2021 offers students in Year 9, 10 and 11, the opportunity to:

  • explore Australia's proud and significant war and peacekeeping history, and
  • enter to receive a $2,500 scholarship to support their education

Through the program, students are asked to express their perspectives and understanding of experiences of those who have served. This can be presented in a range of formats, including essay, artwork, video, audio, music, webpage or poem.

In 2021, prize recipients will receive a $2,500 scholarship to be administered by their school. Scholarships can be used for items and training to support a student's education, including:

  • computers or other technology
  • software
  • fees
  • extra-curricular costs (related to music, sport or other activities)
  • training or courses
  • equipment
  • practical educational experiences
  • other educational expenses, at the discretion of the program administrators

To enter, students are asked to respond to the prompt: "The Spirit of Anzac is widely considered to represent the resilience of a nation and its peoples, through their courage, endurance, ingenuity, mateship, and good humour. Explore this with respect to the experience and perspectives of Australians at war, service persons, individuals or community, in difficult times or times of conflict. The experience you explore does not need to relate directly to Australian wartime, but should demonstrate a connection to, and your understanding of, the Spirit of Anzac."

Students are encouraged to seek firsthand experiences when developing their responses, but it is not a requirement to enter.

Your entry and all required documentation is submitted by 5.00pm, Tuesday 31 August 2021.

For further information go to: https://www.vic.gov.au/soap or see Mrs Dooling (mdooling@stbc.vic.edu.au)

Victorian Youth Congress

VICTORIAN YOUTH CONGRESS  - Would you like to join other young people from across Victoria in making your voices heard? The Victorian Youth Congress applications are now open! The Victorian Youth Congress is an advisory group of young people aged 12 - 25 who work with government to identify and advocate for issues that matter to young people.

The 2022 Victorian Youth Congress provides an exciting opportunity to get involved in the implementation of Victoria's new youth strategy, due to be released later in 2021. The new youth strategy has been informed by extensive consultation with young people, including the current Victorian Youth Congress and the youth sector, and will set a long-term vision to make Victoria the best place to be for all young people.

​Applications close on Monday 13 September 2021.If you would like further information, you are encouraged to go to:https://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/…/victorian-youth-congr…or contact Mrs Dooling (mdooling@stbc.vic.edu.au) Good luck!

Little Big Idea

LITTLE BIG IDEA  - Are you a Year 7 or 8 student who has a 'big idea' that could change the world?  Well, you could win $10,000 or a $1,000 runner up prize!

Step 1 - Find a problem

Step 2 - Invent something

Step 3 - Upload your invention to the competition page

Enter a drawing, picture, or video, with 200 words or less explaining your idea. Before you start coming up with your winning idea, get those creative juices flowing by looking at previous winners and and visiting the 'inspiration station' on the following website: https://www.littlebigidea.com.au/

Online entries close at 11.59pm AEST on Friday 10 September 2021. Mail entries must be posted by Friday 10 September 2021 and received by last mail on Friday 17 September 2021.Note: Entries are only open to school students in years 3-8. If you would like to discuss entering this competition, contact Mrs Dooling (mdooling@stbc.vic.edu.au)Good luck!

ABC HEYWIRE - Storytelling Competition

Are you a young person with a great story to tell or know someone who is?  The ABC Heywire competition is calling for stories about what it's like growing up in regional Australia. The competition is now open and winners will have their story featured on the ABC!

Entries must be a true story about an aspect of your life living in regional Victoria. Stories can be in any format: text, video or audio -whatever form suits you best! Most of the entries are text but feel free to be creative! The recommended length is 400 words. NOTE: Entrants must be at least 16 on the 31st of January, 2022. Entrants under 18 years of age need to have the consent of their parent or guardian to enter.

Entries close 16 September 2021.

Go to https://www.abc.net.au/heywire/competition for further information and to view previous competition winners.

You can also talk to Mrs Dooling (mdooling@stbc.vic.edu.au) if you have any further questions or would like to discuss your application.

Good luck!

Kids News Short Story Writing Competition


Attention Creative Writers in Years 7 - 9! The Kids News 2021 Short Story writing competition, supported by HarperCollins, is now open! This competition is open to students from Year 7 to Year 9. To enter, write a short story on any theme or topic of your choice. Your short story must be between 500 and 1000 words. (One entry per person)

Competition Ends: 5:00pm on Friday, 17 September 2021.Note: The school will need to upload your entry and you will also need a permission form signed by a parent/guardian to enter this competition.

First prize winners will receive an iPad, HarperCollins book pack and have their own story published as a book for 10 family members and friends.

For tips on how to write a winning story, see tips from a previous winner here:https://www.kidsnews.com.au/…/158f51715edeb5fd9401e81a67189…

STEAM CLASS - Students in our Year 9 STEAM Class have created this poster to ask our community for assistance with their STEAM project. The project aims to hand make warm blankets for animals in shelters, using donated clothing items. If you can help with a donation of clothing items for this project, please drop them into the front office so they can be recycled by our students. Thank you.

VET Enrolments 2022

Just a reminder that all VET enrolments for 2022 need to be completed before the end of term via this link https://vet.llen.com.au/

 

Any questions please email Mrs Rook crook@stbc.vic.edu.au

Thank you!

A big thank you to everyone in our school community and beyond for their contributions to the RHS Wonder Recycling Rewards initiative in Term 2.  Your support by way of collecting bread bags for us to recycle has allowed us to collect sports equipment for the students to use at lunch time. Thank you!

Teacher Advisor Schedule

Careers News

Please click on the link to view the Weekly Careers News: https://www.facebook.com/St-Brigids-College-Careers-Pathways-101468101529474

Community News

Emergency Aid for HaitiAid to the Church in Need (ACN International) has expressed its solidarity in prayer with Haiti and immediately approved an emergency aid package of half a million Euros ($800,000 AUD) for the Haitian people. In response to this, ACN Australia has set up an emergency appeal to provide help for our brothers and sisters in Haiti who are going through a very hard time.

To donate visit www.aidtochurch.org/haiti

Thank you to our Sponsors