St Brigid's College Horsham

Weekly eNewsletter

Principal's Report

It is with great excitement and appreciation that I write to you, the St Brigid’s community, for the first time as the ongoing permanent Principal of the College. I would like to thank the appointment panel for the trust and confidence they have invested in me to lead this wonderful College.

In my first address to the students in January, I expressed my wish to see, with the help of all, St Brigid’s become the best school in the Wimmera, and even the State. Why not? People make great schools and the St Brigid’s community is made up of great people.

Throughout my 30 years as a teacher, starting in Ouyen in 1989, I have learnt that the most important element in quality teaching is to build positive relationships: with students, parents and colleagues. My goal is to continue to work on building relationships within the Horsham community. While I value the support and nourishment the faith community within the parish provides me, I am aware that not all families attend Mass regularly, so I commit to meeting you in your environment: at the football and netball, at the theatre or supermarket, down the street or in our outlying towns. I encourage you to introduce yourself if we have not already met.

For St Brigid’s to grow into the best school, I will maintain high expectations for all; students and staff (including myself) and ask for the support of families in implementing these expectations throughout the years. St Brigid’s motto is with Strength and Gentleness (or Kindness) and I believe this wisdom should be applied when setting our expectations and in our decision-making. I have been impressed with the welcoming nature of all in the College community and the familial knowledge our staff have.

Going forward, I would like to believe that we will work together to ensure St Brigid’s becomes the best school in the state, and while we may not always agree, that communication should be a two-way street. Mistakes will be made – we will be Brave, not Perfect. I cannot respond to concerns that I know little about and I pledge to be transparent in leading this wonderful community. I am looking forward to working with you in partnership to deliver a quality education to our students.

This week our school will be a little quieter as the Year 11's will be on retreat in Adelaide and the Yr10's will be participating in Work Experience. I thank the staff who have dedicated their week to ensuring this happens.

I would also like to welcome a pre-service teacher, Mr Matt Nield who will be joining us for his placement this Term.

Next week we celebrate '200 Years of Catholic Education in Australia' during Catholic Education Week as we join the Catholic Primary Schools with a celebration on Wednesday 26 May.


Gerard Raven

Student News

Youth Parliament

Congratulations to Colby McDonald who was successful in her application for the YMCA Youth Parliament program.  This was initiated through Colby’s involvement with the Korin Gamadji Institute (Richmond Football Club program) where she was invited to apply.

 Colby will attend a training weekend in August before Parliament Week in late September.

About the Youth Parliament program:
• Youth Parliament is a program run by the YMCA and gives young people a chance to be heard at the highest levels of the Victorian Government.

• Twenty teams of six participants receive training in public speaking and leadership at residential camps, as they research the issues, they are most passionate about. With the assistance of an experienced task force, compiled of past participants, the team will research and debate a state issue they are passionate about and present it in the form of a Bill in the parliamentary chambers.

• Bills passed by the Youth Parliament and given the assent of the Youth Governor, are then passed onto the State Government of the day for consideration.

Well done on this amazing opportunity Colby!

VCAL Repurposing Project

Our VCAL students have been exploring the topic of Environmental Awareness and completed a 're-purposing project'. Students were required to research and design small projects that required them to upcycle unwanted materials into a new item. The end result is fabulous!

ICAS Competitions

Students from Years 7-12 are invited to participate in the University of NSW ICAS competitions. Competitions are available in the following disciplines - Mathematics, Science, English, Writing and Spelling.

If you would like to participate please go to this link and fill in your name, year level and which competition you would like to participate in.  Entry is free.


Last date to fill in form - Monday 31st May.

If you need more information about the competitions, please talk to or email Mrs Schultz

Parent News

Conveyance Allowance

Calendar of Events

YEAR 10 WORK EXPERIENCE - Monday 17th May - Friday 21st May

NATIONAL CAREERS WEEK - Monday 17th May - Friday 21st May

YEAR 11 SOCIAL JUSTICE RETREAT - Monday 17th May - Friday 21st May


YEAR 9 CAREERS WORKSHOP - Wednesday 19th May

19th May 7.00pm

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK - Monday 24th May - Fri 28th May


INTERSCHOOL MASS Yr 7-10 - Wednesday 26th May at 11.00am

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 2 can be found below.

Careers News

Please click on the link to view the Weekly Careers News:

Defying the Drift- Year 10 & 11 Students interested in a Career in Agriculture.  'Defying the Drift' Program aimed at empowering Year 10 and 11 students to:
  • Identify and explore agriculture and agribusiness career opportunities
  • Build communication skills
  • Develop career networks


Monday 20 September to Wednesday 22 September

WHERE?  Longerenong College

For more information on this opportunity please visit

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