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Welcome to the St Brigid's website where you will find up to date information on all areas of our college.
Welcome to St Brigid's College in 2015, 86 years since it was established by the Mercy Sisters. Here approximately 1300 students aged 3 to 18 Years, from across Western Australia and overseas are offered a variety of opportunities to become principled, inquiring, knowledgeable, thinking, communicators, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective lifelong learners confident in their place as contributing citizens and leaders in the world. Our community has ambitious, but achievable goals for all students.
Western Australian of the Year and Freeman addresses St Brigids College Assembly
Recently named Western Australian of the Year and former City of Gosnells Councillor, Dr Robert Isaacs was awarded the title of Honorary Freeman of the City recently. Dr Isaacs addressed the Student Assembly on August 25th and talked about his personal life journey, including his desire to see all students maximize all the opportunities afforded to them and excel to the very best of their ability. He also officially launched the Colleges Indigenous Literacy Day Great Book Swap 2015.
Dr Isaacs knowledge as an aboriginal elder has shaped opportunities and facilities for Aboriginal people, particularly with the introduction of the Derbarl Yerrigan Centre and his impact has reached well beyond the Citys boundaries.
A long-time Langford resident, Dr Isaacs is not only a former Councillor and Deputy Mayor for the City, he was the first Aboriginal person to be elected to Local Government in WA.
Word Mania Hits Year 5
Well done to our Year 5 students and their teacher, James Stevens. The students participated in the Word Mania competition and came first out of all the schools in WA and 11th in the country. Ewny Bellana came third out of all Year 5s in the country and missed out on second by just 17 points. We also managed to win some excellent prizes:
1. $500 worth of IT supplies
2. $500 Australian Geographic Library Pack...
3. A 6 month subscription to Literacy planet for the whole school!
The Year 5s played 2841 games of Word Mania over the 4 weeks of the competition and spelt 153,126 words.
Angelico Art Exhibition
The Angelico Art Exhibition coincides with the Catholic School Performing Arts Festival. This year, six students from St Brigids entered the exhibition. Three Year 9 students: Darcy Walters, Brooklyn Royce and Kiara Harris (replicas of famous artworks), one Year 10 student, Elyse Tuck (ceramic shell) and two Year 12 students, Rebecca Sims (sculpture) and Danieka Strathdee (Photographs-diptych).
Kiara Harris successfully won an award for her drawing of Henri Rouss...eaus Tiger in a Tropical Storm, titled Henris Jungle Cat (photo below) using watercolour on paper.
Well done to Kiara and all the girls for their fine efforts.
Junior Robo Cup Competition
Congratulations to the four teams of girls and boys who formed our first entry into Junior Robo Cup held at Curtin University last Friday 8th August. The teams have been working diligently since last term on either the Rescue or Dance/Theatre challenges, giving up their lunches and after school time, and were very proud of them. One Dance/Theatre team comprising of Emma Ring, Poppy Judges, Hayley Morton and Elyssa Morton made it into the finals on the Saturday and gave an excellent performance. The teams thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the competition and the experience has given the invaluable lessons on team work, time management, choreography and of course robotics!
Thank you to the Forrestfield and High Wycombe Community Bank for their Smart Tech Initiative Grant funding that has assisted the College with this programme.
Vintage Motorbikes Delight Year 5s
Year Five students were treated to a very special display of vintage motorcycles recently. The display was conducted by the Vintage Motor Bike Club of WA and included a collection of fully restored bikes ranging from the 1920s - 1970s.
The children were given a wonderful explanation of how motorbikes have transformed over time. This talk was aimed to assist the students with the development of their Exhibition Inquiry.
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all who were involved with making this possible for our Year 5s.
Farewell for Japanese Exchange Students
Recently we said goodbye to our exchange students from Japan. They were only with us a short time but certainly became part of our college community very quickly. A big thank you to all the host families who opened their homes and hearts to share an Australian experience with our visitors.
Eagles Rock my School Programme!
The Junior School were very lucky to have an exciting visit last Friday afternoon from Rick the Rock the Eagles mascot, who taught them all about the key ingredients to achieving your goals in life. Then today, the Year 6 classes got to take part in a football skills clinic with Eagles player Corey Adamson #45 who was very impressed with their goal kicking skills. Special thanks must go to Xavi, from 6 Green, who helped to organise the Eagles visits, by registering Miss Kazakoff for the Eagles Rock my School Programme!
Food for thought for our budding Year 5 scientists
Mr Paul Greenwood, a St Brigid's parent and research geochemist from UWA, came in to talk to the Year 5 students. In his field of Science, he studies the impacts and processes that organisms (living systems) have had on the Earth.
He shared how some of the advances and transformations that happen deep in our Earth are present in our everyday lives, even though they happened thousands of years ago, possibly in the Jurassic period. Oliver Ryan and Luke Sayer became Scientists during the presentation and observed how oil can be separated to reveal its different components.
Welcome to our exchange visitors from Japan
We are delighted to welcome to the College 8 Japanese Exchange students from Wayo Konodai Girls High School, with its senior campus for Years 10-12 students attached to the Wayo Women's University. The girls arrived yesterday afternoon and were greeted by their host families at afternoon tea before spending their first night "in the hills" they will attend classes with their host sisters for the next two weeks.
K-12 Assembly to finish Term 2
The College, including our littlest students, attended the K-12 Assembly (the Year 12s were absent due to attending an English seminar at Curtin University) this morning in the Gym. What a great way to end a busy term, with performances, awards and a feeling that we have achieved so much in the last 11 weeks.
The Spririt of Mercy Awards - 1 per year level, recognising students who consistently make positive contributions to our community and live out our mercy values of compassion, justice, hospitality courage and service were also presented.
Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and special friends who attended.
We hope all our students have a safe and relaxing holiday.
St Brigid’s College Roots & Shoots Group winter warmer hot chocolate stall - help to raise valuable funds to adopt an orphan orang-utan.
Last Thursday 2nd July, students were encouraged to bring a gold coin to school and support the the St Brigid’s College Roots & Shoots Group winter warmer hot chocolate stall at recess and lunchtime.
Did you know that the intelligence of an orangutan is comparable to that of a five or six year old child? Hammering nails into wood, creating a hammock and trying to start a fire: these are all behaviours that have been demonstrated by orangutans in the wild. Humans are so closely related to orangutans that we actually share 97% of the same DNA? And did you know that in Malay and Indonesian, orang means "person" and utan means "forest?" So, orangutan literally means "person of the forest."
How is it fair that these incredibly intelligent “people of the forest” are being killed every day through logging, fires, palm oil plantations and poaching? It’s not.
St Brigid’s College hopes to raise valuable funds throughout the year to adopt an orphan orangutan for only $$55.00 through an organisation called The Orangutan Project. Students ended the term by helping to make this happen by supporting Roots & Shoots .
Tracy Vo Shares Her Personal Story
Tracy Vo, Channel 9 News Reporter visited the students at the College today and spoke about her parents’ life as refugees as they escaped war-torn Vietnam in 1978 in a leaky boat.
Tracy was inspirational in her discussions on her personal drive to make the best of the opportunities that were presented to her in Australia because of the risks her parents took and the sacrifices they made.
Student Parliament Selection for Anna
Congratulations to Year 10 student, Boarder Anna Wybrow, who has been chosen as part of the Parliament of Western Australia's Statewide Student Parliament Programme. Anna has been selected as the Member for Moore sitting in the Legislative Assembly.
The Statewide Student Parliament is a key component of the Parliament's education programme to develop awareness of the Western Australian Parliamentary process and participants will receive considerable educational and social benefits thorough through their participation in this wonderful opportunity.
The College is delighted with Anna’s success.
My Masterchef Rules' Fever Hits St Brigid's
The College held its annual ‘My Masterchef Rules’ cooking competition recently; which saw over 250 students from Kindergarten to Year12 , plus staff cook up a Mexican themed storm. The competition began six years ago with a simple toasted sandwich and has since evolved into an almost iconic activity for the students. This year the teams were judged by My Kitchen Rules contestants ‘Deb and Eva’, who were suitably impressed by the culinary delights plated by competing teams. The event aims to build on the strong community spirit between the three sub schools at the College, in a fun and creative manner. After a quick Mexican hat dance and under the leadership of students from Years 6-12 the chopping, blending and creativity began. Teams worked against a tight timeline to create a dish which accurately reflected the theme, decided by the Year 12 Learning Leaders at the College. The Kindergarten students as always, gave the older students a run for their money, and with a little assistance from parents and older students also created their dish from scratch. This year saw a variety of dishes presented, from layered savoury nachos to tortillas with a twist to Mexican themed pancakes and amazing chilli based cupcakes.
Wildcats Coach Year 5 Students
On Thursday the 30th of April we were lucky enough for Damian Martin and Louis Timms from the Perth Wildcats to visit the College for a one hour Basketball coaching session with the Year 5 class. The students were very excited to have the Wildcats stars here, as Martin is the current Captain of the team. The students were put through some Basketball drills and skills sessions ending with a game of "golden child". Both players were enthusiastic and thoroughly enjoyed the session with our students.
A Wonderful Honour: Two St Brigid's Students Chosen for the London International Youth Science Forum
St Brigid’s 2015 Co-Head Girls, Blayz Carter and Emma Wignell have been selected to represent our college and Australia at the 2015 London International Youth Science Forum. They were two of just ten students chosen from Australia among the 300 from around the world.
The LIYSF is a two week forum hosted at Imperial College London in South Kensington. The LIYSF attracts over 300 of the world's leading young scientists, from more than 60 countries, and includes lectures and demonstrations from leading scientists, visits to industrial sites, research centres, scientific institutions and organisations.
LIYSF 2015 will consider how the scientific community should be used to consider global issues. The issues we face today, such as energy, food and water security, climate change, biodiversity and potential pandemics will be discussed with the students. The forum includes debates on controversial topics, and of course gives students the chance to join an instant global network.
Key elements of the programme include opportunities to visit world class research institutions and laboratories, including Imperial College London, University College London, ZSL (The Zoological Society of London), Oxford and Cambridge Universities, The Science Museum and the Natural History Museum.
Europe Tour - Rome, Venice, Florence, Paris, Stratford and London
In December a Tour party of 24 stayed in each of the famous cities above for either 2 or 3 nights on the Altiora Europe Tour. Some of the remarkable highlights in a tour with key themes religion and life and Shakespeare included the Vatican, St Peter’s, The Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, The Palazzo Vecchio and Pontevecchio in Florence, The Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s in Venice, the Louvre Museum, Champs Elysees and Sacre Couer Cathedral in Paris, Shakespeare’s Birthplace and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, and Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and West End Theatre in London.
WACE 2014 Results
Two special highlights for St Brigid’s from the 2014 WACE results were the 2014 cohort’s 100% graduation rate and the important statistic that 100% - all 40 WACE students - received an offer from one of the Universities.
Congratulations to 2014 College Dux Sean Fitzpatrick who received no fewer than five scholarships: The $1000 CWA Scholarship, the UWA Alumni and Equity Scholarship worth $20,000, The UWA Excellence Award, St George’s Argyle Award ($750) and the St George’s WT Harrison Bursary for one quarter of the College fees.
Sophie Hellemans from the Class of 2013 won the Principal’s Recommendation Award Scholarship from Curtin University.
Short Film Festival Success for Ayla
Year 12 Media Studies student, Ayla Irvine Thom recently won the Jam Packed Short Film Festival under 18s section with her short film - a music video to the song "In my veins" by Andrew Bell. The showing and awards ceremony was held last on Friday night. Congratulations Ayla from the College community.
The Vietnamese Exodus: 1975 - 1996 by Carina Hoang
Aspiring author and human rights advocate Carina Hoang visited St Brigid's recently to share her experiences and a life-changing journey as a teenager.
Carina Hoang was only sixteen and along with her two siblings she escaped Vietnam on a wooden boat with 370 other people. Her mother put her in charge of her two young siblings as she headed to Australia, a country she knew nothing about. It took her a number of years to set foot on our land, finding herself initially dumped on an uninhabited deserted Indonesian island The trip on the boat was a nightmare, no room to move, cramped with her legs tucked under her chin, she endured this trip for a week.
Life as a Refugee and Beyond - celebrating International Refugee Day at St Brigid's College
The Learning Plaza was fortunate to host two highly entertaining young ladies, Giselle Ishimwe and Suzan Chout, who came to school on International Refugee Day to talk to the students about their experiences as asylum seekers who had fled war torn Rwanda and Sudan respectively.
International Refugee Day is an important day on our school calendar as it acknowledges those people who have fled their war-torn homes to escape to countries like Australia for a better life. More often refugees leave their country with the clothes on their back and little else, much like Giselle and Suzan who came to Australia with their families and little else.
Year 11 Students Canberra Bound
At St Brigid's, the achievements of our students stretch beyond the classroom and highlight the diversity of the co-curricular involvement the students are able to participate in. Recently, we were delighted that Year 11 student Emma Wignell was awarded the 2014 Hasluck Leadership Award. Emma is an outstanding young leader and she will join Ken Wyatt and other politicians in Canberra later this year to spend a week touring Parliament House and the nation's capital. Along with another Year 11 student, Blayze Carter, Emma has also been selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra in January. Blayze and Emma are 2 of only 15 students from Western Australia to be selected for this very prestigious programme for Australia's top Science students and we are delighted with the performance of both girls.
New Look College Canteen - Tours Available
The new look St Brigid's Cafe is now in its second week and our girls and boys are certainly enjoying the range of items available. Some of our mums and dads too, are taking advantage of the newly installed coffee machine after drop off! Ash, our new Cafe Manager and the lovely staff, welcome parents in for short tours of the Cafe.
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SMART SCHOOL TECH INITIATIVE GRANT
At the Junior School Assembly last Friday we were visited by the Director of Bendigo Bank, Mrs Maureen Robinson, who presented the College with a $20,000 cheque from Bendigo Bank - Smart School Tech Initiative Grant. Earlier this year, we applied for the grant after overwhelming participation and interest from students wanting to be a part of the Robotics Club, which began late last year. In order to extend this programme and eventually compete in the very prestigious Robo Cup, among other things, we knew that we needed to build up our resources in IT in a variety of ways. The Forrestfield and High Wycombe Community Banks have been putting large sums of money back into the community and we were very fortunate to receive one of the grants. We sincerely thank the Bendigo Bank and Forrestfield, High Wycombe Community Banks for their generosity and interest in the activities of our young people. We look forward to sharing our progress with you all.
Year 5 students develop new understandings of Colonial times
The Year 5 classes took part in an enactment of colonial life recently. The purpose of the day was to recreate a colonial settlement to provide an "authentic" experience for their current Unit of Inquiry: Exploration leads to discoveries and develops new understandings.
Dockers Visit to SBC
Fremantle Dockers, Clancee Pearce and Matt Tabener visited St Brigid's College recently to run a training session with the girls football team.
World's Greatest Shave fever hits St Brigid's College
Over $7500 has been raised at St Brigid's College to support the Leukaemia Foundation's Greatest Shave to aid research into this widespread disease. Two students and a staff member last week courageously shaved their heads for this very worthy cause in front of the college community as well as family and friends.
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International Women's Day 2014 - Ms Cynthia Griffin, U.S. Consul General in Perth Visits the College
With International Women's Day this week, it was timely that St Brigid's College hosted a luncheon with Ms Cynthia Griffin, U.S. Consul General in Perth. Ms Griffin, who has been in the role since July 2013, entertained an audience of 200 students, staff and parents with anecdotes about her professional journey since beginning her diplomatic career as a Commercial Attache in Taiwan in 1995 and since then with postings in Bankgok, Kenya and Senegal.
Year 12 Perspectives Exhibition
The College is delighted that two of our Year 12s students artworks have been selected for the Year 12 Perspectives Exhibition to be held at the Art Gallery of WA.
Year 12 Perspectives is a diverse and exciting art exhibition highlighting original works created by the state’s metropolitan and regional Year 12 Visual Art students. This annual exhibition organised by the Art Gallery of Western Australia showcases the highest standard of art making amongst Year 12 students, and confirms the importance of art and education.
Mercy In Action Making a Difference - Northwest Immersion 2013
Late last term, seven students and four members of staff returned from an extremely successful cultural immersion trip to the Dampier Peninsular in the Northwest of WA.
During the course of the six day immersion trip, the group had opportunities to learn about the local culture of the aboriginal people in this part of WA as well as being fully involved with some of the local schools and their activities.
Senate Candidate in Forthcoming Federal Election Visits Her Old School
We were very privileged recently to welcome back to SBC, past student Linda Reynolds.
Linda is a Senate candidate for the forthcoming federal election and what better place to make her maiden speech as a Senate Candidate, than at her old school. Addressing an Assembly of over 800 students and staff as well as THE Hon Ken Wyatt, Member for Hasluck, Linda fondly recalled her school days and admitting to often being in a “spot of trouble”.
St Brigid's College Mobile App
Welcome to the St Brigid's College Mobile App. This app has been designed to provide information to parents, students, staff and the community.
Click the Read More button below to see more about this App including what you can do with the app, what information you can access and a video on what the app looks like.
Swimming Glory - Three Years in a Row
There is something special in the water at St. Brigid's College, not only does it seem to produce fantastic swimmers, but brilliant leaders from the Junior School right through to the Year 12 athletes.
A first for St Brigid's Junior School
St Brigid's is the first Catholic primary school in WA authorised to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) from Pre-kindergarten to Year 5.
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Uniform Shop Opening Hours
School Term Opening Hours
The Uniform Shop is open Mondays from 3pm to 4pm and Wednesdays from 8:30am to 4pm.
School Holidays Opening Hours
Monday 12 October - 1pm to 4pm
Swimming Pool Opening Hours
Mon-Fri - 5:30am til 10am
Sat - 6am til 12pm
Sun - 7am til 10am
Mon, Tues, Thurs - 3pm til 6:45pm
Wed - 3pm til 6pm
Call 9290 4220 for more information.
Tours of our College
Come and see why the St Brigid’s Experience is one worth having. We are delighted to show prospective parents and students around our beautiful campus. Tours take place on the last Friday of each month and are about an hour in duration. Parents are encouraged to bring their children on the tours.
Tour Dates for 2015:
Friday 30 October - 9am
Friday 27 November - 9am
To register on any of these tour dates please call Annamaria on 9290 4205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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