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Bronze Preliminary Training Day

A reminder to all 2016 Bronze participants that the preliminary training day is being held on Sunday 21 February from 9am to 4pm at St Ives Showground. Students are required to bring a raincoat, broad brimmed hat, sunscreen, morning tea, lunch, a pen and a compass if you have already purchased one. Please wear sensible clothing.

2016 Information Night

A reminder to all students involved in DEA this year, you are expected to attend the compulsory Information night on Thursday 18 February in the Murray Theatre with one of your parents. The Bronze information meeting will be held from 5.30pm followed by the Silver and Gold Information session held from 7pm.

Bronze Hike Practice and Briefing afternoon

The Bronze hike participants are required to attend a briefing afternoon where they will plan the upcoming practice hike. This briefing will be held on Thursday 25 February from 3.30pm to 6pm in the College Chapel. The girls will spend time doing a detailed route plan of the hike they will complete.

Parents are invited to attend this meeting from 5.30pm to 6pm for a briefing and to ask any questions they may want clarified.

It is most important that girls have had the first meeting (as listed in the training manual) with all DEA camp group members before this briefing. Groups will be arranged before the training day.

Upcoming Duke of Edinburgh Important Dates

Thursday 18 February: Compulsory Bronze Information Night, 5.30pm-6.30pm, Murray Theatre.

Thursday 18 February: Compulsory Gold and Silver Information Night, 7pm-8pm, Murray Theatre.

Sunday 21 February: Compulsory preliminary training 9am-4pm.

Thursday 25 February: Bronze practice hike briefing (all hikers) 3.30pm-6pm, Chapel.

Monday 7 March to Tuesday 8 March: All Bronze hikers practice expedition.

Skye Wacher
Duke of Edinburgh - Teacher in Charge

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Spotlight on New Staff

Leone Smyth

Leone Smyth has come to Brigidine as Director Administration and Year 11 Economics teacher. Prior to this appointment Leone spent 12 years at Mater Maria Catholic College, Warriewood, in a variety of teaching, administration and IT roles. Leone has had experience as Administration Coordinator, Timetabler, Student/Learning Management System Administrator and Learning Technologies Coordinator. Leone has a Master of Business (Industrial Relations) from Charles Sturt University, a Diploma of Business Administration, a Graduate Certificate in ICT Education, a Graduate Diploma in Education majoring in Business Studies and Economics with a minor in Computing. In 2016 Leone was also appointed by the Board of Studies as Chief Examiner Information & Digital Technology and is the Convenor of the Catholic Schools’ Trial examination Committee in Information Processes & Technology. She has also worked as an HSC Senior Marker and Judge.

Prior to her career in the Education sector Leone worked in industry for some 15 years, specialising in business administration systems and industrial relations, predominantly in the health sector.

Leone is passionate about helping both students and teachers develop practical skills and confidence in internet literacy and efficiently integrating technology into their daily lives – as these are useful no matter which career path they choose.

Katrina Pattalis

Over the course of her career Katrina has been fortunate enough to fuse both her passions for dance/performance and education. She completed her degree in Bachelor of Arts (Dance)/Bachelor of Education at UNSW whilst also pursuing further training, completing a scholarship program at Urban Dance Centre under the direction of Juliette Verne in 2008. During this time, Katrina had many performance experiences including music clips, stage shows, club performances and commercials.

She was an original member of LOcREadO Sydney Dance Company, directed by Loredo Malcom and was a top 50 dancer in SYTYCD season 2. She has a keen interest in exploring and training in all dance styles and was also a finalist at the Australian Salsa National Championships.

Recently, she has been investing her time into her passion for education, having worked at Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School for over 6 years. During this time, Northmead won Rock Eisteddfod and Talent Storm as well as many local eisteddfods. Katrina also worked for BOSTES in 2015 as a HSC marker for dance practical examinations.

Katrina is very excited to take up the position of Dance teacher at Brigidine and looks forward to developing and growing the academic Dance program. She is also involved with cocurricular Dance, taking the Contemporary and Jazz Eisteddfod groups this year. Katrina looks forward to continuing to challenge herself in her teaching career and to assist in creating educated dancers for the future generation.

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Editorial by Jane Curran

Once again, welcome to a new year…and our new Matters! The girls are settled in to classes and reconnected face to face, have received their new laptops and familiarised themselves with new Year Coordinators, Mentors and teachers.

At the end of last year, many parents responded to a survey aimed to assist us with our planning. My sincere gratitude to everyone who contributed and much of this fed into the Executive Planning which occurred in January. My editorial in this edition of Matters is in response to the survey and ongoing or future initiatives that we are giving priority as a result of your feedback.

In 2015, Brigidine College St Ives provided educational services to students from 790 families. 578 out of a total of 1289 responded to the survey (44.8%). The survey identified the following as perceived areas of strength: the learning environment, cocurriculum, resources and facilities, values and culture, leadership and direction, pastoral care, curriculum, school communication and reporting. Between the 2010 and 2015 surveys there was improvement in parent satisfaction in the areas of pastoral care, school communication and the learning environment.

There was a strong perception among parents that the staff worked well with parents in delivering quality educational outcomes and also evident was the confidence that most parents had in the quality of the teaching. Interestingly, half of you thought the homework set was too easy and half thought it was too hard. We will drill down a little more to evaluate what needs to be addressed to ensure that homework provides support to the learning program.

Some parents (19%) indicated that they would prefer more prompt communication when their daughters were struggling with their learning or feeling disconnected. Aligned with this was the perceived need for more information on how parents can better support their daughters’ development. Already we have begun planning for more opportunities to provide this information directly as well as continue to do so through Matters.

Parents of students in Years 7 and 8 have requested greater communication from Mentor teachers, improvements to the portal, more timely information on student progress, more interaction with boys’ schools and improved sporting facilities.

Parents of students in Years 9 and 10 have requested longer parent/teacher interviews, more timely information on how they can help their daughters, and longer library hours.

The parents of students in Years 11 and 12 have requested better communication between teachers, parents and mentors, a more updated Matters, more student leadership opportunities, coordination between departments on student workload and tutorial opportunities to assist students.

In January, the Leadership Team consisting of the Principal, Assistant Principals, Business Manager and Directors of Sport and Development spent two days assessing the future needs of the College, especially within the framework of the Strategic Plan. The survey results were taken into consideration in this process. Some of the future priorities identified, which we have already begun work on, include developing a more integrated IT system including the portal and learning systems. Another priority is embedding a culture of informed advocacy where the girls have the opportunity to become more ‘savvy’ global citizens, more aware of the charities and groups whom they support and the benefit of the work they do. It is a real strength in this College, the girls’ commitment to supporting others, and aligns with what the research tells us about girls; that they lead through service rather than through traditional hierarchical structures. Increasing the capacity of staff in a context of greater accountability is also a priority. While the College provides professional development opportunities for staff, by 2018 all teachers in NSW will have to be accredited through the Board of Studies and will have to demonstrate ongoing professional learning to maintain their accreditation. Technology has added another complexity, providing far more flexible platforms for the delivery of teaching and learning.

We will also be reviewing the Master Plan to ensure that Brigidine supports its strategic vision, operates sustainably and models effective stewardship. The cocurricular program, valued by parents and very popular among the girls at Brigidine, has enjoyed significant growth over the past few years and it is imperative to ensure that it is resourced adequately.

We constantly review what we do and appreciate the feedback and shared wisdom that you have provided through the survey. Some would argue that perfection is not attainable but we could also argue that it is not a bad direction to head in!

Jane Curran

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Brigidine College St Ives Portal

Each member of our community is provided with secure access to information about the College. In some cases, this information is general in nature and in other cases it is specifically relevant to your daughter(s). Your access credentials, listed below, identify the role that you play within our community (teacher, student, parents etc.) and this role determines what you are able to access. This is why your view of the Portal will be different to that of a student or a teacher. An account has been created for you so you can access relevant College news, photos and information. As parents you will also be able to view details about your daughter such as her timetable and in the future, some of her assigned work.

You should have received an email this week which contains your own specific username and password. Please contact the college if you have not received this information.

To access the portal please type the following link into the address bar of your Internet browser: (Internet Explorer 6 and above, Firefox 2 and above and the latest version of Safari browsers are supported.)

When the logon form page appears please complete the access details as supplied and then click Logon or press Enter.

After a small delay, while your personalised portal view is created for you, the front page of our College portal will be presented. To assist you with your initial navigation, a Portal4Parents guide is located under the Publications menu. Click on Publications > Other publications, then open the folder called Parent Handbooks. This guide will show you where to locate the most relevant information.

Graham Hughes, Portal Administrator

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Privacy Policy


This Privacy Policy sets out how the College manages personal information provided to or collected by it.

The College is bound by the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Commonwealth Privacy Act. In relation to health records, the College is also bound by the New South Wales Health Privacy Principles which are contained in the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (Health Records Act).

The College may, from time to time, review and update this Privacy Policy to take account of new laws and technology, changes to the College’s operations and practices and to make sure it remains appropriate to the changing school environment.

What kinds of personal information does the College collect and how does the College collect it?

The type of information the College collects and holds includes (but is not limited to) personal information, including health and other sensitive information, about:

Personal Information you provide

The College will generally collect personal information held about an individual by way of forms filled out by Parents or students, face-to-face meetings and interviews, emails and telephone calls. On occasions people other than Parents and students provide personal information. Personal Information provided by other people: In some circumstances the College may be provided with personal information about an individual from a third party, for example a report provided by a medical professional or a reference from another school. Exception in relation to employee records: Under the Privacy Act and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW), the Australian Privacy Principles [and Health Privacy Principles] do not apply to an employee record. As a result, this Privacy Policy does not apply to the College’s treatment of an employee record, where the treatment is directly related to a current or former employment relationship between the College and employee. How will the College use the personal information you provide? The College will use personal information it collects from you for the primary purpose of collection, and for such other secondary purposes as are related to the primary purpose of collection and reasonably expected by you, or to which you have consented. Students and Parents: In relation to personal information of students and Parents, the College’s primary purpose of collection is to enable the College to provide schooling for the student. This includes satisfying the needs of Parents, the needs of the student and the needs of the College throughout the whole period the student is enrolled at the College. The purposes for which the College uses personal information of students and Parents include:

In some cases where the College requests personal information about a student or Parent, if the information requested is not provided, the College may not be able to enrol or continue the enrolment of the student or permit the student to take part in a particular activity. Job applicants, staff members and contractors: In relation to personal information of job applicants, staff members and contractors, the College’s primary purpose of collection is to assess and (if successful) to engage the applicant, staff member or contractor, as the case may be.

The purposes for which the College uses personal information of job applicants, staff members and contractors include:

• administering the individual’s employment or contract, as the case may be;
• insurance purposes;
• seeking donations and marketing for the College; and
• to satisfy the College’s legal obligations, for example, in relation to child protection.


The College also obtains personal information about volunteers who assist the College in its functions or conduct associated activities, such as alumni or P&F functions, to enable the College and the volunteers to work together.

Marketing and Fundraising

The College treats marketing and seeking donations for the future growth and development of the College as an important part of ensuring that the College continues to provide a quality learning environment in which both students and staff thrive. Personal information held by the College may be disclosed to organisations that assist in the College’s fundraising, for example, the alumni organisation [or, on occasions, external fundraising organisations]. Parents, staff, contractors and other members of the wider College community may from time to time receive fundraising information. College publications such as newsletters and magazines, which include personal information, may be used for marketing purposes. Who might the College disclose personal information to and store your information with? The College may disclose personal information, including sensitive information, held about an individual to:

• another school;
• government departments;
• medical practitioners;
• people providing services to the College, including specialist visiting teachers, counsellors and sports coaches;
• recipients of College publications, such as newsletters and magazines;
• Parents;
• anyone you authorise the College to disclose information to; and
• anyone to whom we are required to disclose the information to by law.

Sending and storing information overseas
The College may disclose personal information about an individual to overseas recipients, for instance, to facilitate a school exchange. However, the College will not send personal information about an individual outside Australia without:

• obtaining the consent of the individual (in some cases this consent will be implied); or

• otherwise complying with the Australian Privacy Principles or other applicable privacy legislation.

The College may also store personal information in the ‘cloud’ which may mean that it resides on servers which are situated outside Australia.

How does the College treat sensitive information?

In referring to ‘sensitive information’, the College means: information relating to a person’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religion, trade union or other professional or trade association membership, philosophical beliefs, sexual orientation or practices or criminal record, that is also personal information; health information and biometric information about an individual.

Sensitive information will be used and disclosed only for the purpose for which it was provided or a directly related secondary purpose, unless you agree otherwise, or the use or disclosure of the sensitive information is allowed by law.

Management and security of personal information

The College’s staff are required to respect the confidentiality of students’ and Parents’ personal information and the privacy of individuals.

The College has in place steps to protect the personal information the College holds from misuse, interference and loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure by use of various methods including locked storage of paper records and password access rights to computerised records.

Access and correction of personal information

Under the Commonwealth Privacy Act [and the Health Records Act], an individual has the right to obtain access to any personal information which the College holds about them and to advise the College of any perceived inaccuracy. Students will generally be able to access and update their personal information through their Parents, but older students may seek access and correction themselves.

There are some exceptions to these rights set out in the applicable legislation.

To make a request to access or update any personal information the College holds about you or your child, please contact the College Principal in writing. The College may require you to verify your identity and specify what information you require. The College may charge a fee to cover the cost of verifying your application and locating, retrieving, reviewing and copying any material requested. If the information sought is extensive, the College will advise the likely cost in advance. If we cannot provide you with access to that information, we will provide you with written notice explaining the reasons for refusal.

Consent and rights of access to the personal information of students

The College respects every Parent’s right to make decisions concerning their child’s education.

Generally, the College will refer any requests for consent and notices in relation to the personal information of a student to the student’s Parents. The College will treat consent given by Parents as consent given on behalf of the student, and notice to Parents will act as notice given to the student.

As mentioned above, parents may seek access to personal information held by the College about them or their child by contacting the College Principal. However, there may be occasions when access is denied. Such occasions would include where release of the information would have an unreasonable impact on the privacy of others, or where the release may result in a breach of the College’s duty of care to the student.

The College may, at its discretion, on the request of a student grant that student access to information held by the College about them, or allow a student to give or withhold consent to the use of their personal information, independently of their Parents. This would normally be done only when the maturity of the student and/or the student’s personal circumstances so warranted.

Enquiries and complaints

If you would like further information about the way the College manages the personal information it holds, or wish to complain that you believe that the College has breached the Australian Privacy Principles please contact the College Principal. The College will investigate any complaint and will notify you of the making of a decision in relation to your complaint as soon as is practicable after it has been made.

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Prospectus Request

Please complete the Prospectus Request form below and a copy of the Prospectus Pack, including an Application Form, will be forwarded to you.

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Academic and All Rounder Scholarships are offered at Brigidine College St Ives for Year 7 entry.

The College has a long-standing reputation for excellence in the development of individuals and offers many opportunities for students to develop their skills and interests. The College would like to acknowledge and encourage academic achievement through the support of Academic Scholarships, as well as encourage the development of individuals in their capacity as ‘all-rounders’.

The scholarship will cover full or part remission of tuition fees from the point of entry to the end of Year 12 on the basis of the student continuing to meet the conditions of the scholarship.

Applicants for scholarships can apply and pay registration online through the College website from October of the previous year. The Scholarship examination will be held at Brigidine College St Ives and conducted by Academic Assessment Services (AAS). The examination will be scheduled on a Saturday in mid-February for the following Year 7’s intake. All students applying for a Scholarship whether it is the Academic or the All-rounder are to sit the exam.

Academic Scholarships

Students will be selected for the award of an ‘Academic Scholarship’ on the basis of outstanding academic ability demonstrated through the scholarship testing and reflected in school and NAPLAN reports as well as congruence of values with the College.

The Academic Scholarship will incorporate:

To apply for the Academic Scholarship:

1/ Register and pay on-line

2/ Prior to examination, forward copies of Year 3 and Year 5 NAPLAN results and Year 4 and Year 5 school reports to Principal, Brigidine College, 325 Mona Vale Road, St Ives NSW 2075. (hard copy only, lodgement via email will not be accepted)

3/ Attend Scholarship examination at Brigidine College on Saturday 13 February 2016

All Rounder Scholarships

Students will be selected for the award of an ‘All Rounder Scholarship’ on the basis of:

The All Rounder Scholarship will incorporate:

To apply for the All-Rounder Scholarship:

1/ Register and pay online for the Academic Scholarship then register for the All-Rounder Scholarship. There is no extra charge to register for the All-Rounder Scholarship

2/ Prior to examination, forward Curriculum Vitae including copies of Year 3 and Year 5 NAPLAN results and Year 4 and Year 5 school reports to Principal, Brigidine College, 325 Mona Vale Road, St Ives NSW 2075 (hard copy only, lodgement via email will not be accepted)

3/ Attend Scholarship examination at Brigidine College on Saturday 13 February 2016

Expectations of the Scholarship Award

Registration and Examination

On-line Registration is now open, REGISTER HERE. Registration for Scholarships is open until 4 pm Wednesday 10 February but will incur a late booking fee after 6 February 2016.

Curriculum Vitae and reports are to be addressed to The Principal, Brigidine College, 325 Mona Vale Road, St Ives NSW 2075 and received at the College no later than 8:30 am Saturday 13 February 2016. All lodgements are to be in hard copy,

Scholarship testing for entry into Year 7 in 2017 will take place at Brigidine College, 325 Mona Vale Road, St Ives on Saturday 13 February 2016. Applicants should arrive no later than 8:20 am and the examination concludes at 12:30 pm. Students should wear neat casual clothes, bring morning tea and a pencil case with a black pen, pencil, eraser and ruler.

Results of Application

A short list of applicants will be identified and invited to an interview at the College with their parents.

The successful applicants will be notified both by telephone and in writing of the offer and terms and conditions of the Scholarship. Acceptance will be contingent on: both parents and students signing an acceptance of the conditions of award, completion of the College application form and payment of the Application and Enrolment fees.
The number of full or part scholarships awarded will be at the discretion of the Principal.

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Fees payable prior to commencement

Mandatory Fees for 2015

Tuition Fee: $13,665 for Years 7-12

Each student is provided with a laptop computer configured for the College 1:1 laptop program. A comprehensive maintenance and support package is provided, including replacement devices to eliminate downtime. Students can access the College’s extensive digital resources wirelessly from anywhere in the College and remotely from any internet connection.

Year 7 locker fee: a once-off charge of $250 contributes to provision of a secure locker for the duration of a student’s time at the College.

A range of options regarding methods of payment of tuition fees is available. At the time of enrolment, parents are advised of details of these options.

Voluntary Contributions

Clubs and Societies

Sporting and other co-curricular activities are organised through Clubs and Societies managed by parents with the assistance of College staff. Separate membership fees are charged for these activities.

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