Fortiter et Suaviter – ‘Strength and Gentleness’
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.
Liturgy at Brigidine is central to the community expression of faith making it present within the daily life of the College. Girls are encouraged as active participants in a range of prayer, sacraments, feast days and community celebrations. The College celebrates Mass each term as a school liturgy and we gather together for significant religious and community days to unite as a faith community. Students are offered leadership roles in ministry throughout the College to enable these events to be student-centred and to involve young people as leaders.
The Retreats Program forms an essential element of the overall social, emotional and personal development of the girls. Brigidine College Retreats and Camps are held in Term 1 on the same week creating an important collective sense of participation through the whole College. The compulsory Retreats are an extremely worthwhile experience for all girls.
Retreats at Brigidine College aim to:
- provide students with the time to reflect on God and on life, to be creative, and to interact with others in a Christian context
- allow students the opportunity to make choices in an environment of guidance, discussion and prayer
- provide a climate where students can review their personal faith in the context of the whole Christian story
- ensure a memorable experience of school community, where the individual person is valued and communal experiences of liturgy, celebration and reflection are highlighted
- provide a variety of styles of retreat where students can explore issues which are relevant to their own needs and discern the type of experience which will meet those needs. For example: social justice retreats, spirituality retreats and inner journey retreats.
Year 10 Community Involvement Program
At Brigidine College our Community Involvement Program provides students with local opportunities to experience how they can make a positive difference in the situation of another thereby learning the power of the Gospel in a practical way. This program:
- gives students the opportunity to experience the world of work as a young adult
- enables students to learn from those they encounter during their community involvement
- enables girls to become aware of the needs of people in the community and the conditions that brought about their circumstances.
At Brigidine, service to others has always been integral to the College Mission. The community is challenged to aspire to the selfless quality of being a servant ready to provide service, especially to the poorest of the poor. Overseas immersions assist with fulfilling this mission. Voluntary immersion programs are available to senior students.
The Immersion program includes time working in orphanages, kindergartens, schools or health clinics while engaging with various NGOs. The program will also offer the students an opportunity to deepen their spirituality and strengthen their commitment to living their faith in ways that build a more just world.