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Gemma Murphy

Connecting Catholic Coasties

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Friday afternoon over 100 young people, teachers, Youth Ministers, and parents gathered at MacKillop for the official launch of Connecting Catholic Coasties (CCC). We were also blessed with the presence of Sr Josie, Sr Gigi and Fr Greg from St Patrick’s parish.

Connecting Catholic Coasties is an evangelisation initiative for young people on the Central Coast. The Youth Ministers of St Brigid’s Lake Munmorah, MacKillop Warnervale, St Peter’s Tuggerah, St Joseph’s East Gosford and the connecting parish of St Patrick’s wanted to collaborate to provide more opportunities for faith formation, friendship and fun and CCC was born.

The Mackillop Youth Ministry students did a great job at hosting they also ran a BBQ, games, music, and testimonies. The students listened to the Youth Ministers who introduced Connecting Catholic Coasties and worked in groups to come up with ideas of what they would like to see and do at CCC events. There was also a sand ceremony where a representative from each high school and linking parish poured their coloured sand into a jar as a symbol of unity. This jar will travel to each CCC event.

Please pray for us as we continue to grow and develop and we cannot wait for the next CCC event, which is a Youth Night at St Patrick’s on the 24th July, followed by St Brigid’s in Term 3!!

VET Entertainment Excursion

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Monday 30 May, VET (Vocational Education and Training) Entertainment students attended JMC Academy for an industry day. Students participated in the facilitation of a live performance from university students that incorporated audio, lighting and vision aspects in an industry context. Thank you to JMC Academy for hosting St Brigid’s!

Sharp Short Theatre Festival

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Congratulations Chloe, Bridget and Sophie who have progressed through to the Grand Final of Sharp Short play Festival for their original play, ‘The Life Lottery’. The Heat was held at Parramatta Riverside Theatres last night, competition was tough with eight schools performing highly creative, engaging plays. Only one play from last night’s heat was selected to move through to the Grand Final.

We are so proud of your efforts and look forward to supporting you at The Grand Final on Saturday, 25th June!

If you would like to purchase tickets to attend the event, please use this link

‘Magnify Ministry’ Youth Group

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“There were a few zesty moments during our ‘Magnify Ministry’ Youth Group session this week; “When Life Gives You Lemons…Make Lemonade.” (Yes, the ice-breaker activity speaks for itself.)

We had some courageous student judges, Tom M, Jack M and Holly R, take the stage and assess a range of sweet and tangy lemonade creations. We also had some beautiful vocal performances by our secret Year 9 stars: Elly A, Bella F and Jacinta C who sang with such soul and confidence with the support of Mr Walker and Mr Hoolihan.

This week’s theme was aimed at encouraging us to see our hardships through a different lens. Choosing to see lemonade, instead of sour lemons. Choosing to see things from Jesus’ point of view. Choosing to see the love that God has for us that can’t be stopped. Our YM leaders, Cooper S and Bailey M, shined a light on this during their ‘Magnify the Moment’ address:

“Life hands us lemons and Jesus says to just keep your eyes on Him and watch what He does.

Does it mean that everything is “poof… perfect!”? You just magically get the grade on the test that you wanted… or you make the team? 

Not necessarily, but what He does promise us is that if we look above the things of this life, and look to Jesus, that we see things differently. Jesus came into a world filled with darkness and death and despair and turned things upside down. And that is why we, as God’s people, are the ones that have hope even in the darkest times.

When the world sees chaos, we see peace. When parts of our world lose hope, we find joy. When the world throws lemons, we make lemonade.”

This term, the launch of our ‘Magnify Ministry’ Youth Group has provided many things for our St Brigid’s community; It has provided a lively yet safe space for students to come together and explore their faith while cultivating genuine friendships. It has also provided a platform for many students to step up and get involved in numerous areas- including music, entertainment/sound & lighting set up, youth ministry programming and collaborating, game facilitating and public speaking. We are so proud to see many students take up a role or responsibility in Youth Ministry this term with such pride, and we welcome many more to join us in continuing to strengthen our YM community each Thursday during Break 2 in LP6.

Whether you want to come along and simply enjoy the atmosphere, or whether there is a skill or area you are passionate about that could contribute to developing our ‘Magnify Ministry’ further, please come along and share with us your gifts, ministries and talents.”

– Chelsea Hokin

Youth Ministry Coordinator

Northern NSW Regional FUTSAL Titles

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St Brigids sent three teams to the Northern NSW Regional FUTSAL Titles in Newcastle today.
Our U14s came up against some tough opponents in the early rounds but improved during the tournament to earn a creditable draw against Bishop Tyrell, as his former school, this result put a smile on Mr Lynch’s face.
The 16B’s progressed to the semi-finals with solid performances in their pool games. Again, with more court time, they improved in confidence and cohesion. Finishing second in their pool, they played our 16A’s in the semi.
16A’s outplayed all schools in their pool, finishing undefeated and top of their group.
The final was always going to be tough against former National champions, St Pius. While it is fair to say the boys were outclassed, they learnt so much from the experience.
This team has now earned their place in the Northern NSW State Titles to be played in Maitland next month.
The sportsmanship and general behaviour of the boys, as well as their results, deserve high recognition. First time in the tournament, the Newcastle schools now know about St Brigids. Thank you for a great day lads. Special appreciation to Ms Harvey, one of our practicum teachers, who accompanied our teams today and provided great assistance to me.
Mr Nield

Year 12 Construction

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The LP4 space has always shared a wall in a classroom with the Table Saw room and the noise would travel straight through the roller door. The Y12 Construction class needed to complete a Wall frame as part of their Competencies, they decided to take over the project. The 5 Year 12 students had to take on the role of a carpenter and measure\quote for the project. They sourced their supplies from Carrols Timbers, placed the order and when the materials arrived they met the truck and stored the materials safely on the site.

Students constructed the wall in the workshop, moved it into place Fixed it to the existing structure with 1-2mm gap and then sheeted the wall, fixing it with architraves.

Well Done!

Year 6 Taster Day

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We had over 100 Year 6 students attend the college on Friday, May 13 2022 for our Year 6 student Taster Day.

Throughout the day each student experienced a program that included Science, Technology and Applied Science (TAS), PDHPE, Music, Drama, and House Challenges. The positive feedback we received from those students who attended was overwhelming, we are very much looking forward to welcoming these students into our College for Year 7, 2023.

College Tours

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Come along to St Brigid’s for a tour with our Principal, Adam Murdoch. Here you will get a chance to see the amazing facilities we have at the College, as well as tour our learning spaces whilst they are live, and in action.

Register here to register

Enrolment Information Evening

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Join us from 5:30 pm on Tuesday 8 March 2022 for our enrolment information evening
  • Learn more about our unique learning experience at St Brigid’s and how we maximise the potential of all students
  • Talk to our senior leadership who will be available to answer all your questions
  • Register on the night for our upcoming school tours where you and your child can see St Brigid’s live and in action
Register here for the event