St Brigid's College Horsham

Weekly eNewsletter

Principal's Report

Dear Families,

Well, that is the first full week down. I continue to be impressed by the friendly welcome students, staff and the broader Horsham community have provided me. I have only been in the role for one week and already I have been invited to attend functions at most of the Catholic Primary schools within the parish. Horsham and surrounds are well resourced with attractive and historic features.

On Wednesday night I was fortunate enough to travel to Hall’s Gap with Monsignor Murphy to share a meal with the Year 12s while they are on retreat. What struck me with this group of fine young adults was how inclusive they were to me and to other students. There did not appear to be any egos or vanity within the group, and both Monsignor and I agreed on the drive back that country kids have genuine manners and warmth.

On Monday 8th February I am looking forward to meeting the families of our Year 7 parents and the Welcoming Evening at Coughlin Park Community Centre.

As mentioned last week, I am really looking forward to building partnerships with families and the school this year, so with this in mind, I would like a call for volunteers to join our School Advisory Council (SAC) as a parent (care provider) representative. This body  meets once a month at 7.00pm on the third Wednesday, to provide advice to the Principal on matters that impact on the school. I am interested in hearing from people who can offer a breadth of knowledge from different occupations and life experiences. Elections will be held if there are an excess of nominations. Please email me ( with the word “SAC” in the subject line.

 On 15th February the College will celebrate our Opening Mass at Ss Michael and John’s Church at 11.00am with Monsignor Murphy and Fr Jim McKay.  All students are expected to attend as we launch the academic year and again, parents and families are always welcome.

Next week the new Year 7 students will have a wonderful opportunity to participate in the Robe Camp for two nights. The Year 7 Camp is probably the most important camp students can attend, as this is where they will make new friendships that will last for their entire time at St Brigid’s and well into their adult life. Some students will be feeling very nervous leading into the camp, however this is will be a chance to begin building resilience and grit that will serve these youngsters well. 

Kind Regards,

Gerard Raven
Interim Principal

New Beginnings

Our 2021 School Captains, Liam and Megan took a moment while on Retreat this week to send a little message to our College community.

Year 12 Retreat

Our Year 12 students have just returned from their final school retreat at Norval, Halls Gap. Packed full of team bonding, fun, faith and laughs these wonderful young adults of ours are ready to tackle 2021 and their final year of secondary school

Calendar of Events

SCHOOL PHOTOS - Monday 8th February

YEAR 7 FAMILY WELCOMING MEAL - Monday 8th February -  5.30pm

YEAR 7 CAMP - 10th - 12th February



SWIMMING CARNIVAL - Thursday 18th February

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

School Photos

Our school photos will held next week on Monday 8th February. Photo forms have been sent home to all families and need to be returned asap. If you need assistance please contact the office on 5382 3545.

All students are required to wear their full Summer uniform. If they have PE class that day, please pack your PE uniform in your bag to change into later on.

Vaccination Program


If any families have T1-30XB Multiview calculators that they no longer require and might be interested in donating them to the school, can you please ring the Front Office on 5382 3545. Any donations would be greatly appreciated!


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.
Stay tuned for our award winners beginning next week!

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 2 - 1st FebNo interviews this week
Week 3 - 8th FebYear 7 & new students  |  Interview only
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.

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's Happening at SMJ Horsham

Due to inclement weather and indoor COVID restriction limits SMJ Horsham have postponed their Student Leadership presentation assembly. This will now be held on Monday 8th February at 9am.
Thank you for your understanding.

The Canteen

Our College Canteen is open every day at Recess and Lunchtimes. Payments can only be made by cash.

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.  



Author: Julie Gillard & Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

As a result of their broad experience on the world stage in politics, economics and global not-for-profits, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Julia Gillard have some strong ideas about the impact of gender on the treatment of leaders. Women and Leadership takes a consistent and comprehensive approach to teasing out what is different for women who lead.Almost every year new findings are published about the way people see women leaders compared with their male counterparts. The authors have taken that academic work and tested it in the real world. The same set of interview questions were put to each leader in frank face-to-face interviews. Their responses were then used to examine each woman’s journey in leadership and whether their lived experiences were in line with or different from what the research would predict.Women and Leadership presents a lively and readable analysis of the influence of gender on women’s access to positions of leadership, the perceptions of them as leaders, the trajectory of their leadership and the circumstances in which it comes to an end. By presenting the lessons that can be learned from women leaders, Julia and Ngozi provide a road map of essential knowledge to inspire us all, and an action agenda for change that allows women to take control and combat gender bias.Featuring Jacinda Ardern, Hillary Clinton, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Theresa May, Michelle Bachelet, Joyce Banda, Erna Solberg, Christine Lagarde and more.

Recommended by Charlie Kuhn, Year 8

TV Series


Free-To-Air TV: ABC

Rating: PG

The series stars Brenda Blethyn as the principal character, Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope. Vera is a nearly retired employee of the fictional 'Northumberland & City Police', who is obsessive about her work and driven by her own demons. She plods along in a constantly dishevelled state, but has a calculating mind and, despite her irascible personality, she cares deeply about her work and colleagues. She often proves her superior skills by picking up small errors in her co-workers' thought processes.

Recommended by Mrs Cathy van Dyk



1969 was a very exciting and eventful year in Victoria, Australia. A number of ideas and events came together to create something very significant.

In this four-part podcast series we’ll unpack the history of the political dispute that led to the permanent protection of the Little Desert and its diverse and beautiful flora and fauna.

But the Little Desert dispute also resulted in many other nature conservation outcomes. It changed the Victorian political landscape by putting nature conservation and community consultation on the party-political agenda.

Recommended by Mr Tom Magee

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