St Brigid's College Horsham

Weekly eNewsletter


A Prayer to St Brigid

You were a woman of peace and Gentleness. You brought harmony where there was conflict. You brought light to the darkness. You brought hope to the downcast. May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious, and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world. Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made. Brigid you were a voice for the wounded and the weary. Strengthen what is weak within us. Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens. May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body and spirit. Amen

Principal's Report

It is with great anticipation that the College embraces the opening of the 2022 Academic Year. It was wonderful to see so many excited Year 7 students arrive on Tuesday along with the Year 12 students. The remaining students then joined on Wednesday and the school yard is alive again with the sound of young people. I would like to welcome all new families to St Brigid’s and I am very pleased to see 54 students joining us in Year 7. We also welcome new teachers and support staff this year and over the coming weeks we will provide a profile of each through our social media platforms.

The first day of February is the Feast Day of St Brigid – our patron saint. Today’s prayer recalls the legend of St Brigid and Year 7 students celebrated this day by making St Brigid (reed) crosses. The theme for this year is “The Greatest Strength is Gentleness”. This reflects our school motto and challenges each of us to consider what does it mean to be gentle.

Gentleness breeds peace, calm, and consistency of character. It is not volatile or abrupt in its response to the world. Gentleness is strength because it remains constant and clear minded across all manner of situations. Gentleness is not weakness; think how difficult it is to be kind and loving to those who hurt us – our children, our families, and our colleagues. Anger is easy and taking a step back to remain calm takes strength.

At the time of writing, we have had one reported positive case of COVID at the college and parents of that year level were notified by email. The advice we have received from the health services is that there will be an expected spike in COVID cases around the middle of next week, so I ask all parents and carers to have their students test regularly using the RAT kits that each student received this week and to call the school in the event of a positive result. Students should not come to school if they feel ill, are symptomatic or receive a positive result on their RAT.

Currently we intend to proceed with the year level activities such as the Yr 12 Retreat and Year 7 camp, however we can not have whole school events or external visitors in large numbers. Consequently, the Year 7 Parent Welcome BBQ and the Opening Mass & 2021 VCE Awards ceremony will be postponed until after February.

I am very much looking forward to the coming year and my hope is that we can settle into a routine to optimise the learning that occurs in the College.

Stay safe,

Gerard Raven



A reminder to all parents and students that it is a uniform requirement for Term 1 that all students must wear an approved hat when in the sun. St Brigid’s College approved school hats are available from “LOWES” in the Horsham Plaza. 

Student News

First week of school 2022

Study Slam

Commencing next week, our Study Slam sessions will return and be held in the Study Centre. The sessions run every Monday to Friday between 3.30pm - 4.30pm and will have teacher/s on-hand available to help. Students across all year levels are welcome!

School Photos

Our 2022 school photos will be taken on Monday 7th February.
Ordering photos can be done online following the instructions emailed out to families.  If you do not have online access, we have envelopes for individual and family photo ordering which can be collected from the office.
Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no class photos.

Pastoral Care Program

This year all students from Years 7 to 12 will participate in our new Pastoral Care Program. Each year level will have one period a week devoted to the program. The program will be based on the Positive Education Enhanced Curriculum (PEEC) designed by the Institute of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar. Below is some background to the program, taken from their website.

Positive Education brings together the science of Positive Psychology with best practice teaching to encourage and support individuals, schools and communities to flourish. We refer to flourishing as a combination of ‘feeling good and doing good’. Positive Education focuses on specific skills that assist students to strengthen their relationships, build positive emotions, enhance personal resilience, promote mindfulness and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Through teaching these valuable life skills, Geelong Grammar School provides its students with an increased capacity to learn effectively, as well as offering them a strong foundation on which they can build a successful life.

The Institute of Positive Education is a ground-breaking initiative by Geelong Grammar, dedicated to improving student and staff wellbeing. The Institute has the dual purpose of nurturing Positive Education at the School and assisting the growth of Positive Education throughout Australia and the world.

For more information about the Institute and its upcoming training courses for teachers, parents and the wider community, visit the Institute of Positive Education website.

World Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 8th February is World Safer Internet Day. Through simple actions like being safe, respectful and kind we can all #playitsafeonline
As a school community, we share the notion that online abuse has no place in our society and we help our students have safer, more positive experiences online. Our school implements policies and processes to protect our staff and students and we encourage them to report online abuse. We are committed to raising online safety awareness in our school community and helping young people build positive online relationships.

For more information visit: esafety website

Young Citizen of the Year

A big congratulations to our recent graduate, Delie Rowe for being recognised as Horsham Rural City Council's Young Citizen of the Year today! We are beyond proud of your volunteering efforts; always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need.We know you will continue to not only help people, charities and community groups, but inspire many young people to be kind-hearted and compassionate in everything they do.Congratulations Delie!

Sports News

Teacher Advisor Schedule

Upcoming Events

2022 Calendar Dates:


School Photo Day
Monday 7 February

Year 12 Retreat
 Wednesday 9 February - Friday 11th February

Year 7 Camp
Wednesday 16 February - Friday 18th February

Elevate Education Sessions (VCE)
Thursday 17 February

Swimming Carnival
Tuesday 22 February

Year 7 Immunisations
Thursday 3 March

Labour Day | Public Holiday
Monday 14 March

Senior Pathways Parent / Teacher Interviews
Tuesday 22 March

Athletics Carnival
Thursday 31 March

Last Day of Term 1
Friday 8 April


Student Free Day | Staff PD Day
Tuesday 26 April

Students begin Term 2
Wednesday 27 April 


Term 1 Canteen Menu


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