Our School

As a non-selective Catholic Independent School Brigidine College proudly caters for students of all abilities and talents. Framed by our motto, Fortiter et Suaviter, Strength and Gentleness, a Brigidine education combines the spiritual, academic, physical, and cultural dimensions of learning. We encourage all girls to challenge themselves and realise their potential. We believe, now more than ever, that education is more than an academic result.

Our College has an optimum size of 900 girls from Year 7 to Year 12, which is small enough to know all our girls yet large enough to offer a broad range of curriculum and co-curricular choices and endeavours. In the academic sphere we currently offer 35 courses for the HSC, ensuring that all girls find their passion for learning and maximise their academic success.


We acknowledge the Garigal People of the Iora nation as the Traditional Owners of the land in which our school is placed. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We are inspired and nurtured by the wisdoms, spiritualities and experiences of our First Nations Peoples.

I love that Brigidine provides a welcoming environment with positive, professional staff. It is clear the students are proud of their school.

Parent of Year 11 student

Brigidine embraces girls from all backgrounds and abilities with a wide and varied opportunity for girls to apply for leadership positions.

Mother of Year 7 student

We love the size of the school and that my daughter is known. The place just feels good”

Current Parents of Year 8 student

It is such a strong, caring community at Brigidine. We have met so many other likeminded parents. There’s a great all-inclusive culture and the girls are all happy.

Parent of Year 11 student

We love the school motto ‘Strength & Gentleness’ – it permeates the entire College in its traditions, attitudes, and actions of the teachers and Principal.

Parents of current Year 7 and Year 9 students

Our Principal

I am proud and privileged to be the Principal at Brigidine College St Ives and I invite you to find out more about our wonderful school. Brigidine is a place for everyone, with our committed staff, our College is infused with the importance of honouring individual strengths and talents and nurturing students to work collaboratively, looking outwards towards the world.

Our motto, Strength and Gentleness, is such a powerful statement for our times. Brigidine girls are called to be strong yet considered leaders in their own lives and the lives of others – to be people of influence and compassion in their local and global communities. As an independent, forward-thinking girls school we are committed to preparing girls for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and purpose in our global community. A Brigidine education is one that prepares young women to make a difference in the changing world in which we live.

I look forward to meeting you at one of our College tours or Open Day.

Laetitia Richmond


We inspire our students to value learning, seek wisdom, act with integrity, and to honour their spiritual heritage. We challenge young women to act as global citizens, with strength and gentleness in their own lives and the lives of others.

Leadership Team

As a team of highly experienced educators having worked in many varied roles, together they form the foundation of our College, a leading Catholic school in Sydney.


Ms Laetitia Richmond


With a career spanning more than 30 years in Catholic education, Teash Richmond, is a highly experienced Principal and asset to Brigidine College. Ms Richmond has an impressive academic background. In addition to her Bachelor of Education, she holds Masters Degrees in Religious Education, Art Education and Arts Administration. She engages in continual professional learning to ensure she can lead our school community with a contemporary understanding of educational priorities and the needs of students and teachers.

Ms Richmond is a natural and engaged leader who is passionate about the education of girls. “The compass point upon which I have based my leadership style is of true service and building authentic relationships within the school community. My busiest and most challenging days are met with a calm, well humoured and professional demeanour. I am committed to advancing opportunities for students through their experiences in holistic education. Within the ministry of Principal, I am privileged to lead the faith, academic, and pastoral life of Brigidine College.”

Mr Richard Luxford


As the Business Manager of the College, Richard Luxford ensures the effective financial and operational management of the College as well as serving the College Board in governance and company secretarial matters.
Richard's qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Acctg.), Fellow CPA Australia ( FCPA) and Fellow Governance Institute of Australia ( FGIA) & Fellow Chartered Governance Institute ( FCG).
Richard has a broad resume of roles with experience both in Australia and abroad, specifically the UK, Germany, Indonesia and New Zealand. He has over 40 years of experience in Financial and Operational Management in Not-for-profit, Manufacturing and Services and more recently 15 years in Education. In his role at Brigidine, Richard is passionate about bringing innovation and improvement of infrastructure and services to students and families.

Mr Brian Loughland


Brian is the Deputy Principal at the College who leads the community in faith and wellbeing. His role encompasses the religious dimensions of this catholic community as well as the wellbeing and pastoral care of all staff and students. Having been part of the Leadership team at three Catholic schools, Brian has worked in girls’ education for nearly 30 years. During this time, he has led many students and staff in various immersions, retreats and camp experiences both in Australia and overseas.

With a Masters in Arts (Theology), Graduate Diploma in Ministry, Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Teaching Brian is passionate about enabling our students to develop a sense of purpose in life and to live full and rewarding lives as young women. Brian finds reward in creating an inclusive and supportive community where girls flourish, achieve their personal best and enabling them to leave Brigidine with a capacity and desire to make a difference in the world through their leadership, confidence and compassion for others.

Ms Elizabeth Webster


Liz Webster joined the College in 2019 as Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning and her goal is to ensure teachers’ professional practice at the College meets the highest possible standards. In line with this, and with more than 20 years of experience in education, Liz has a life-long commitment to modelling Gospel Values, such as reciprocity and compassion.

With a Masters in Educational Leadership, Masters in Arts, Diploma in Theology, Certificates in TESOL & Religious Education and Bachelor of Education, Liz has a strong teaching history in the subjects of English and Religious Education.

Ms Diane Lawrence


Community is highly valued at Brigidine College. Di’s role encompasses all aspects of Community Relations including enrolments, marketing, philanthropy, events, alumni, publications and archives. These aspects are seen by Di and the Leadership team as integral to the ongoing development and sustainability of the College and are supported by the Community Relations team to enrich the Brigidine experience for parents, students and staff.

With a career spanning several decades, Di has been committed to education across public and independent sectors as well as TAFE. Her interest in education has led to tertiary study in Economics and History within a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education and Graduate Diploma in Communication Management and Public Relations.

Di enjoys her interaction with students and parents in supporting the Brigidine Community, particularly supporting the Parents and Friends and Alumni groups. She sees effective and genuine communication as an important part of the Brigidine experience and journey for us all.

Ms Leone Smyth


As Director of Administration at the College, Leone overseas the College’s Student Management System, ensuring staff, students and parents have access to pertinent and relevant information. In a busy school like Brigidine College, Leone ensures the smooth operation of the College regarding the timetable, staffing and the College Calendar.

Leone has a lengthy resume of qualifications with a Masters in Business (Industrial Relations), Graduate Diploma in Education, Graduate Certificates in Theology, IT and ICT Education, Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and a Diploma in Business Administration. More recently Leone completed the AIS Flagship Leadership Program. Leone delivers over 30 years of educational and business expertise to the College.

Leone enjoys teaching across a wide range of subject areas and helping students realise that their future is in their own hands and that anything is possible.

Ms Liz May


As the Director of Staff at the College, Liz provides the connection between staff and the Leadership team and decisions of the College. She provides support in professional development, teacher accreditation, quality recruitment, performance improvement, risk and compliance, confidential support to those needing assistance with wellbeing or other issues and manages HR processes.

Liz has a Masters in Educational Leadership, Diploma in Teaching (Secondary), Certificate in Religious Education and brings 40 years of educational experience to the College. She is dedicated to teaching Mathematics at all levels and is passionate about helping students understand connections between concepts and develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Liz firmly believes in promoting the wellbeing of staff and students.

Mr Owen Vale


Our most recent addition to the Leadership Team, Owen Vale, commenced as Director Cocurricular in 2021. Owen has a diverse educational background in the Performing Arts (Drama), humanities, sport and pastoral care. He places importance on promoting educational programs and experiences that are authentic, challenging, creative and collaborative.

Owen has a Master of Leadership & Management in Education, Bachelor of Education in Social Science and over 20 years of experience working in education. He has a love for the outdoors with interests in camping, travel, sailing, rugby and cycling. Owen also has a keen interest in coaching – both sport and theatre.

Owen is passionate about project-based learning and creative educational programming. In his own words “I am driven to provide students with experiences that ‘connect’, that become inspiring, relevant, and engaging. For me, it’s as much about what we can do with what we have learned and know, as it is about, what we have learned or may know.”

Our Board

The Board Directors are appointed by the Trustees of Kildare Ministries* to govern the College in the areas of education, financial, property and employment responsibilities and to plan for the ongoing development of the College.

The Principal of the College is appointed by the Board and is charged with the responsibility of leading and administering the College.

Board Members

  • Ms Kitty Guerin (Chair)
  • Mrs Michelle Dixon  (Deputy Chair)
  • Ms Dawn Carroll
  • Mr Tony Eyres
  • Mr Steven Graham
  • Ms Bridget Foley- Griffen
  • Sister Ailsa Mackinnon
  • Mr Brett McLennan
  • Mr Anthony Rous
  • Mr Craig Tucker

If you would like to contact the Board, please email us here.


*Kildare Ministries was established as a Public Juridic Person (PJP) at the request of the Congregation of the Sisters of St Brigid (Brigidine Sisters) to succeed and to carry on the ministries previously conducted by the Brigidine Sisters in Australia. www.kildareministries.org.au

Our Faith

The Brigidine motto, Fortiter et Suaviter challenges students to be “Women of Strength, Women of Gentleness”. These seemingly opposing virtues are in fact complementary notions of moral courage (fortiter) and consideration of others (suaviter).

Guided by this motto, the College supports the spiritual journey of students within the context of the Catholic faith and practice.  Students are inspired to act with strength and gentleness and live out the Gospel values to make a difference in the world.

Through experiences of prayer, liturgy and service to others, students are encouraged to develop a personal spirituality that will sustain them and provide a sense of meaning to their lives.


In 1883, by the invitation of Bishop Murray of Maitland, six Brigidine Sisters, led by Mother John Synan, undertook the difficult journey from Ireland to establish the first Australian Brigidine school in Coonamble. From Coonamble in North-west NSW, the Sisters continued their work of education throughout the Australian colonies. In 1901, the Randwick Brigidine convent and school were established.

As Randwick flourished, there became a need for more space for their novitiates to train and live. In 1949 and 1951, ten acres of land surrounded by orchards in St Ives were purchased. The new Convent and ‘Synan’ school building began construction in August of 1953. One day after completion of construction, Principal Mother Romuald Walz and Mother Adrian Small started teaching on 9 February 1954 with nine girls, five in first year and four in second year.

A new convent and novitiate were completed in 1958 and with welcome relief, ‘Synan’ could now be a dedicated College building with then thirty-five students enrolled. On 27 January 1959, twelve novices from Randwick moved into the novitiate to train and learn to teach. The Brigidine Sisters occupied the Convent until 1994 when they moved to Randwick and the building was made available to the College to develop staff and student facilities. The Sisters continue their guardianship of the College by being actively involved on the College Board of Directors.

Today, Brigidine College St Ives seeks to further Brigidine tradition and ethos by promoting a love of learning and hope, of social justice and service to others, of fidelity to the Catholic and Brigidine heritage, and of hospitality to all, especially the most vulnerable.

Working with us

Working at Brigidine

Located on Sydney’s north shore, Brigidine College St Ives, is a Catholic Independent girls’ school committed to the education of girls. The College seeks innovative and energetic teachers whose classroom practice shows a commitment to excellence and who engage students in a process of learning that promotes curiosity, confidence, achievement and service. A dynamic and supportive staff with a strong focus on professional learning makes Brigidine a workplace of choice.

Current Opportunities

Sports Administrator

Permanent Full time

The College seeks an energetic Sports Administrator who demonstrates a keen interest in and knowledge of a range of sports.

The position commences Term 1, 27 January 2022 and is permanent full time for 42 weeks per year plus 4 weeks annual leave. All annual leave is taken in non-term time. During term time, hours may need to be extended to meet the needs of the sports program and in lieu hours in non-term time will be given as appropriate. The suitable applicant will be flexible in their hours from term to term and include before school, after school and weekend hours each week. Attendance at weekly Saturday sport is essential. These hours will be organised in consultation with the Head of Sport.

The Sports Administrator plays a key role in ensuring that the administration and event organisation requirements of College sport and other activities are efficiently and effectively provided. This includes:

  • the provision of administrative support for sport and activities as required
  • assisting with the administration and organising of College sport events and other activities
  • attendance at carnivals, training, Saturday sport, midweek sport and presentations as required
  • website and database management
  • sport coaching.

A current first aid certificate is essential and training can be provided in this area.

A current Working With Children Check (WWC) number and COVID-19 double vaccination is essential prior to employment.

A detailed Position Description outlining key responsibilities is available here. 

Enquiries may be made to Claire Hatherell, Head of Sport chatherell@brigidine.nsw.edu.au or to Liz May,  Director Staff lmay@brigidine.nsw.edu.au .

Applications including a covering letter, any relevant qualifications, a detailed Curriculum Vitae and the names and contact details of three referees should be sent to: The Principal at employment@brigidine.nsw.edu.au

Applications close 9am Thursday 2 December 2021. It is expected that interviews will be held early the following week.

Visual Arts Teacher

This position is temporary full-time for Term 1, commencing 27 January 2022 (leave replacement).

The College seeks an innovative Visual Arts teacher whose classroom practice shows a commitment to differentiation and excellence.

Appropriate qualifications to teach and an understanding of the Stages 4 – 6 Visual Arts courses is essential. Experience teaching Stage 6 Visual Arts and Stage 5 Photographic and Digital Media would be considered an advantage.

The successful applicant will have a demonstrated passion and expertise for educating young women in the creative arts area.

A WWCC and NESA accreditation is required.

A position description is available here. Enquiries may be made to Liz May, Director Staff at lmay@brigidine.nsw.edu.au or on 9988 6200.

Applications including a covering letter, qualifications, a detailed Curriculum Vitae and the names and contact details of three referees should be sent to: The Principal at employment@brigidine.nsw.edu.au

Applications close 9am Friday 3 December 2021. It is anticipated that interviews will be held early the following week.




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