Brigidine College is a non-selective independent girls’ school from Year 7 to Year 12. We cater for girls of all abilities and talents. We are a Catholic College which opens its doors to warmly welcome girls of all faiths. Guided by our motto, girls are inspired to act with strength and gentleness to make a difference in their world.
The Brigidine motto, Fortiter et Suaviter challenges girls to be “Women of Strength, Women of Gentleness”.
If you are looking to enrol your daughter into Brigidine College and would like to come on a Twilight Tour, we invite you to register your interest to join the waitlist. We will continue these tours throughout the year in line with COVID-19 restrictions and reach out to you with opportunities when you can visit us on site.
It is always our pleasure to show you around our beautiful campus, however in the meantime, please explore our Virtual Tour to see what Brigidine College has to offer your daughter by clicking the link below to view online.
Enrolment at Brigidine
How to apply
It is never too early to apply and it is strongly recommended that applications be lodged by the time your daughter is in Year 3.
All applications are held on a register until the offer process begins. Late applications will be accepted and considered on an ongoing basis until the commencement year.
During 2021 we will be interviewing the following cohorts for entry into Year 7
Early in 2021 interviews will be held for Year 7 2022
Mid-2021 interviews will be held for Year 7 2023 and Year 7 2024 entry
Please contact the Enrolments Office with any queries.
The Brigidine College St Ives Application Form is available online. For admission to the College this form must be submitted with a non-refundable Application Fee of $300. The Application fee is waived for daughters and granddaughters of alumni.
The online Application Form will require copies of the following to be uploaded:
- A recent photograph of the applicant
- A copy of the Birth Certificate
- A copy of the Baptism Certificate
- Recent School reports, including NAPLAN results
- A covering letter from parents
- An acknowledgment of receipt of the application will be sent to parents.
In processing enrolments, consideration is given to the following criteria:
- Sisters of Brigidine students and ex-students or other Brigidine connections
- Daughters of ex-students
- Students attending Catholic parish schools or other Catholic schools
- Religious identity
- Those able to demonstrate a case for ‘special consideration’ e.g. interstate move
- Receipt date of application
- Discretion of the Principal
In all cases, the College will seek to achieve a congruence of values between the applicant’s family and the school. A covering letter should be included with your application indicating your reasons for seeking to enrol your daughter at Brigidine College St Ives.
All enrolments are at the discretion of the Principal. Due regard is given to recent School reports and other documents given to the College e.g. testimonials, references, that suggest a congruence between home and school.
All applications are subject to there being appropriate vacancies. The College has a policy of containment of enrolments so that it can continue to function as a school of the most desirable size.
Year 7 Admissions
For entry to Year 7, all applications are held on a register and are processed and assessed for possible interview on an ongoing basis. This interview and offer of place process is initiated when girls are in Year 3 and continues as vacancies emerge until the commencement year at Brigidine College. Please see timeline for 2021 listed under “when to Apply” above.
A letter of acceptance of the position must be completed by the parents and returned to the school together with a non-refundable Enrolment Fee of $1800 or $900 (if the applicant has a sister currently enrolled at the College).
Year 8 – 12 Admissions
All applications received for current year groups are placed on a waitlist. The College constantly monitors the enrolments and will extend offers if vacancies emerge. Consideration will be given as stated under the ‘Enrolment Considerations’ section above. An interview with the Principal or Executive will then be required.
Fees payable prior to commencement*
Fee Freeze for 2021
Mindful of the many challenges the Brigidine College community is facing the College Board has decided that there will be no increase to the College Tuition Fees for 2021. Tuition Fees will remain at $19,570 per student for all Year groups. This covers all tuition, most resources, excursions, camps, retreats and technology. All students will be provided with new student notebook computers for the duration of their attendance at the College at no additional charge for 2021. In 2022 fees will increase by 1.5%.
Fees are the majority of the College’s income, supplemented by per student recurrent grants received from both the State and Federal Governments. Fees are set annually to take account of increased costs as well as movements in funding levels. The College receives no funding from Governments for building works and capital refurbishment programmes. Parents are invited to support the Building Fund and Annual Giving Appeal. Voluntary contributions to the Building Fund and Scholarship and Bursary Fund are tax deductible.
If families are encountering difficulties in maintaining existing payments arrangements with the College, there are a number of options available to them. These options are designed to assist families in facing the burdens of financial hardship. Click here for further details.
Information regarding Edstart is available here.
The Application Form for Financial Assistance at Brigidine College can be downloaded from here.
Brigidine College St Ives has a simple flat fee structure. This covers all curricular tuition, most resources, excursions, camps, retreats and technology. All students are provided with new student notebook computers for the duration of their attendance at the College at no additional charge . Textbooks and school uniforms are purchased by families separately as facilitated by the College.
A cost recovery charge is made for some consumable resources for higher cost tuition subjects like TAS and Design.
The College offers a $200 Prompt Payment discount when the annual tuition fees are paid in full – before 15 February.
Administration Charge of $150 per payment agreement (at the discretion of Principal and Business Manager)
Second student concurrently enrolled at Brigidine College, St Ives – Concession of 12.5% of College Tuition Fee.
Third and all subsequent students concurrently enrolled at Brigidine College St Ives – Concession of 25% of College Tuition Fee.
Fees in Advance
Where families choose to make an advance payment of two or more years’ Tuition Fees, a discount of 1% (annual compounding) is available.
Please contact the Finance Manager for details of the Advance Arrangement and applicable terms and conditions.
Students may of course participate in the wide range of sporting and other cocurricular activities available at Brigidine or embark upon school tours. These fees are charged to families on a cost recovery basis.
Notice of Withdrawal
As per the Conditions of Enrolment, parents are required to give at least one term’s notice of termination of enrolment, in writing to the Principal. Where insufficient notice is given, up to one term’s fees will be payable.
Scholarships are offered at Brigidine College to provide an additional entry point for students whose gifts have the capacity to add value to the College and are aligned with the College spirit and ethos. A maximum of two scholarships per year may be offered. The guiding principles are:
- the scholarships are offered in Year 7 only
- 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
- the Principal reserves the right to determine the recipients and no discussion will be entered into.
Scholarship testing for entry into Year 7 in 2022 has been completed.
To apply for a Scholarship:
- Register and pay online.
- 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)
- Attend Scholarship examination at Brigidine College.
Registered parents will be notified by email of the status of their daughters application, ie. whether successful or unsuccessful, by the end of Term 1 2021. Examination results will not be made available.
Students will be selected for the award of a Scholarship on the basis of:
- academic ability demonstrated through the scholarship testing and reflected in school and NAPLAN reports
- general all round ability indicated in a personal Curriculum Vitae and outstanding skills in at least two of the following:
- debating and public speaking
- communication skills both written and verbal
- performing arts
- congruence of values with the College.
The Scholarship will incorporate:
- Opportunities for students to further develop their recognised areas of skills and talents, explore individual choices, strive for personal excellence and take an active role in effecting change in their society.
- Experiences and skill development which enable students to make informed decisions and participate constructively in contemporary social debate.
- Involvement in a wide range of activities which may assist in providing future career directions.
- Achieve their best in application to life at the College, studies and contribution to community engagement.
- Commit to personal excellence.
- Lead by example at the College.
- Represent the College where appropriate.
- Serve the community.
- Adhere to College policy and procedure requirements concerning student behaviour and expectations.
A short list of applicants will be identified by the Principal and the Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning 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.
Registered parents will be notified by post or email of the status of their daughters application whether successful or unsuccessful by the end of Term 1. Examination results will not be made available.
Stepping up to Year 7
Pick up and drop off will be at St Brigid’s Chapel Gates located in the front carpark on Mona Vale Road. Girls will be welcomed and escorted onto the College Grounds. Parents can wish them a happy day from this point and return to the gates for pick up. Girls are to wear their current Primary School Summer Uniform and bring a water bottle and their own morning tea.
Assessment Morning is not a selection process. The tests undertaken assist the College to meet each girl’s needs by providing relevant information in the areas of mathematics, reading, comprehension, spelling, written expression and general reasoning. Attendance on this morning is therefore essential.
Parent Information Evening
Presented by executive staff with a focus on your daughter’s transition from primary to secondary school.
Brigidine College educates girls from Year 7 to Year 12 and has a current enrolment of approximately 900 students.
Students are usually enrolled to enter Brigidine College St Ives in Year 7. The College accepts applications for entry to other years and offers are extended subject to the availability of places. For more information see Enrolment Process or contact the Enrolments Manager, Kathy Giuffrida on 9988 6283.
The date for Open Day is held each year on a weekday afternoon from 3.30pm to 6pm. The date is published on the website under Open Day and Tours.
Our enrolments team conducts regular tours of the College starting from the reception area at 9:15am and take approximately an hour. Tour dates are updated on the website and bookings are essential. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm a place.
Most students come to Brigidine from Sydney’s North Shore, Forest area, Northern Beaches and Ryde district.
Direct bus services are available from the North Shore, Ryde, Northern Beaches and Forest areas. The buses connect to rail services at Gordon and Pymble stations. For more transport information see Transport on our website or call telephone 131 500.
Brigidine College St Ives is an Independent Catholic School. High consideration is given to baptised Catholics and families with an existing relationship with the College. Students from a non-Catholic background are welcome to apply. Over 30% of our students come from a non-catholic background. At all times the College seeks a congruence of values between the school and home.
It is never too early to apply! To be considered for a possible interview it is strongly advised that applications for Year 7 are submitted at least three years prior to the year of enrolment. Applications submitted less than two years prior to the commencement year will be placed onto a waitlist. See our website for more detail about our Enrolment Process.
The College starts at 8.25am and concludes at 3.27pm. There are 6 teaching periods throughout the day.
Recent copies of the College Annual Report and other College Publications are available for download.