St Brigid's College Horsham

Weekly eNewsletter


St Francis said it best

Lord make Me an instrument of Your peace Where there is hatred let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness joy.

O Divine master grant that I may Not so much seek to be consoled as to console To be understood, as to understand. To be loved. as to love For it's in giving that we receive And it's in pardoning that we are pardoned And it's in dying that we are born... To eternal life.


God of freedom,

May we learn to know ourselves,

and be the face of hope for others.

May we grow in inner freedom,

and share this gift together.

May we say yes to the wholeness of life,

and choose the good each day.

We make this prayer in the name of Jesus, 

who leads us with love, 

and shows us how to be truly free.


Principal's Report

The Greatest Strength is Gentleness.

Now that we are well into the term it is timely to reflect on our 2022 priorities. I feel there is a calmness around the student body this year and it is pleasing to see the Year 7s beginning to feel as if they belong. It was great to see so many smiling faces on Wednesday morning as they boarded the bus for Robe.

Last week I attended the Year 12 Retreat for three days and I am so pleased I did. While I could identify each student prior to the Retreat, I did not know all of them well. This opportunity allowed me to work with these young adults in a relaxed atmosphere and learn more about them personally. During the retreat we challenged the students to answer the question “Who are you really?” . This is a challenging question that we wrestle with all through our lives. The answer an 18 year old may provide will be different from a 45 year old. During this time, we explored what it is to be a leader at St Brigid’s. One of our College Values is “Succeeding Together” – this means that we are an inclusive school and we do not introduce practices that create an ‘Us and Them’ culture. With this as our goal, I look forward to working with all students this year.

Next week, we will hold our Swimming Sports and will again invite students from St Michael and John’s school to participate. Under current COVID restrictions, we will need to limit parental access to encourage safe practices. Also next week we have our first School Advisory Council meeting and I encourage you to make contact with Jo Martin or Andrew Sostheim if you would like any matters raised at the Council level.

In todays’ newsletter, you will see a link to a survey from the Parish of St Paul IV. The Parish would like to hear from families about what it can do to engage you into Parish life. Here is your opportunity to provide feedback around what would make the Parish more welcoming or engaging.

Our community has been fortunate that we have not had significant staff or student numbers impacted by COVID such that we have continued to provide quality learning and teaching and student care. I remind families that this could change quickly and that the school may be required to ask some year levels to stay home if we do not have adequate staff numbers onsite. We hope this is not the case and we will work hard to minimise disruption to the learning.

Go gently,

Gerard Raven


Deepest Sympathy

We offer our prayerful support to the Hateley family on the recent passing of Avenal Hateley, Great Pop of Ella Maree (year 7).  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Dr Delany Awards

Year 9

Brodie Hawker - for taking on a leadership role in the Product Design Technology-Wood class.

Year 7

Jett Wilson and Huon Peters - for being positive role models in the classroom.

RAT Survey

Rapid Antigen Test Survey

Our  school has been identified as one of the schools invited to take part in this survey seeking feedback on the RAT program.

Each of the surveys are entirely voluntary and anonymous.

Your assistance is requested in completing this survey

Rapid Antigen Testing in Schools Survey - Parent Survey

Parish News

From the Parish

St Paul VI Parish Survey 2022 

Our Parish Council are wanting your feedback on how you as a Parishioner feel we are going at the moment. 

We are hoping you can find the time to complete the short questionnaire we have compiled so we can get a sense of what is working well, and the areas we need to improve. 

To provide your feedback simply enter the following web address into your internet browser and complete survey- 

Parishioners have until Sunday the 20th of March to provide feedback. 

School Buses

AD HOC BUS TRAVEL Students wishing to travel on country buses on an ad hoc basis e.g. for football or netball training, need to complete an ad hoc bus application each year. Applications may be approved if there is room on the bus involved. Please collect an application from your school office and complete. They can be returned to your school or to :  Please include your email on the form so you can be contacted regarding outcome. 

Horsham College Bus Co-ordinator

Conveyance Allowance

The conveyance allowance assists families with the cost of transporting their children to and from school.

·    To be eligible, students must live in regional and rural Victoria and live more than 4.8km from their nearest appropriate government or non-government school.

·     An allowance may be payable if students are conveyed to school by private car, private bus (usually school chartered) or public transport.

·      Private car reimbursement is calculated on a one-way travel distance between the student’s place of residence and the school bus stop.

·       Those eligible families who have already completed a claim form do not need to re-register for the Semester Two payment, unless they have an additional child now attending this school in 2022.

·       Application forms are available by contacting the school.

·       Completed Claim forms must be submitted to the school by 18 March 2022.

·       Detailed information on the conveyance allowance and criteria for student eligibility is available from the Government website:

Camps, Sports and Excursions

Student News

SWIMMING | Congratulations to Year 9 student, Jack Lanyon who qualified for the 14-15 year old 200m Medley Relay at the Long Course Country Champs in Mildura in January for Nationals. Jack is currently 0.51 of a second off his individual time for the 50m Backstroke at Nationals to be held in Adelaide in April over the Easter weekend. He also has 5 times for the State Championships (coming up on the March Labour Day Weekend) for 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m Backstroke and 100m Butterfly. Well done Jack, we are all incredibly proud and look forward to hearing how you go at the State Championships! 

Australian Geography Competition

OPPORTUNITY | Students from Year 7 to 12 are invited and encouraged to participate in the Australian Geography Competition that will take place towards the end of Term 1. The 2022 Geography Competition will be delivered online and participating students will have 35 minutes to answer multiple-choice and cloze questions based on the Geography content of the Australian Curriculum. The questions will test both your geographical knowledge and skills. All participating students will receive certificates and results, and prizes will be awarded to the highest-scoring students. For further information, visit you would like to participate, please email Mrs Dooling ( no later than Friday 25th February.

Australian History Competition

OPPORTUNITY | All Year 7, 8, 9 & 10 students are invited to take up the opportunity to participate in the Australian History Competition during Term 2. This year, the National Champions in each year level will be awarded a $250 cash prize! If you would like to participate, the school will need to register your participation by Monday 28th February. Please email Mrs. Dooling ( if you would like to participate and check out the this website for more information :

Year 8/9 Science

FORENSIC SCIENCE | Look out! All criminals be warned, there are some new crime scene investigators in town! Our Year 8/9 Forensic Science student investigators were recently seen using the microscopes to discover if any trace evidence had been left at the scene of a crime.

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!

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.

Year 12 Retreat

Teacher Advisor Schedule

Upcoming Events

2022 Calendar Dates:


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


ATHLETICS | Congratulations to our Year 7 student, Isla Hiscock who competed at the WCR Region Athletics in Ballarat over the weekend. Isla impressively won 1st in the 200m, 1st in 200m Hurdles, 2nd in the 400m and 2nd in Long Jump. Well done! Isla will now progress to the LAVIC State Championships to be held in March at Albert Park.

Careers News

Careers Newsletter

  • Scholarships for high achieving students (Yr 12)
  • University course search tools
  • Australian Defence Force Gap Year Program (Yr 12)
  • UCAT ANZ – information for students applying for medicine and dentistry (Yr 12)
  • Inspirational STEM and Health Science career videos
  • Start the school year by setting goals
  • ATARs for several health study areas (e.g., nursing, physiotherapy)
  • Upcoming career events
  • How to find casual employment
  • Information about careers with the Victoria Police
  • Information on apprenticeships and traineeships.

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

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