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St Brigid’s Presentation Night 2022

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St Brigid’s Award

The St Brigid’s Award is the premier award of the College. This year’s recipient has shown themselves to be a person who has positively engaged in the holistic experience St Brigid’s offers in the spiritual, academic, social and co-curricular domains. This person exemplifies a generosity of spirit in their contributions to College life, and their call to discipleship is lived through the College values of Compassion, Courage, Stewardship and Wisdom.

Jewish Museum Excursion

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Jewish Museum

Year 12 students had an insightful time at the Jewish Museum this past week.

The program we participated in specifically addressed HSC Modern History outcomes.

Students had the opportunity to meet two amazing Holocaust survivors named Jack and John.

Year 10 Urban Experience

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Urban Experience

Year 10

This outdoor experience has become an integral ‘rite of passage’ experience for St Brigid’s students in Year 10 as they transition from the junior years of their high school education. Students are challenged to move out of their comfort zone to participate in an extended urban experience that will contribute to the formation of resilient, adaptable and confident young men and women.

Through the Year 10 Urban Experience, students were provided with an authentic learning opportunity that requires them to plan and navigate their way around Sydney and fulfil a range of mission, education, leisure and future-focused activities.

Workplace Encounters

Group 3

Kind words – St Mary’s Cathedral

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Kind words from a parishioner from St Mary’s Cathedral

Last week students from Year 10 attended an urban experience down in Sydney, we received some kind words regarding our students.

“To the Principal

I attended the 1:10pm Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral yesterday (Thursday), which I do on a regular basis, and a large contingent of students from St Brigid’s College were also in attendance.

You have every right to feel very proud of your students. Their attendance and participation in the liturgy was reverent and devout, and their manners were impeccable.

Congratulations to all your students on the dignity that they displayed yesterday. I wish them all the best in their studies and in their Christian faith journey.

I also wish you and your staff the very best in your educational mission. It is obvious from your students that you are making a significant difference in their lives.

God bless,

Parishioner

NAPLAN most improved on the Central Coast

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On Monday afternoon, Central Coast Advocate interviewed our College Principal, Adam Murdoch, for an article entitled “NAPLAN: Central Coast schools that have improved the most in five years.”
Our NAPLAN growth over the last five years is the highest of all Central Coast secondary schools. We are very proud of our students and grateful for the hard work of our teachers, which has led to this improvement.
Here are some extracts from the article:
“Meanwhile, St Brigid’s Catholic College in Lake Munmorah recorded the biggest improvement for a secondary school with average year 9 NAPLAN results increasing by 3.23 per cent over the past five years of NAPLAN.
St Brigid’s Catholic College Principal Adam Murdoch said anecdotally the Lake Munmorah school knew literacy was an area where it could significantly improve.
“Using a range of data sources, including NAPLAN, we validated the key areas of literacy we wanted to focus on,” he said.
“The growth is a result of clearly and honestly naming the area of improvement with the whole school community and working together toward the desired improvement. This transparency was significant and created buy-in, and accountability.”
As a result, Mr Murdoch said the school implemented dedicated literacy lessons in Years 7 to 10.
“It was important that our strategies were data driven, and measured for effectiveness,” he said.”
Congratulations to our College community.

Managing Screen Time

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In this edition of SchoolTV – MANAGING SCREEN TIME

As a result of the global pandemic, there has been a noticeable shift in the amount of time people spend on screen-based devices. Families are transitioning back to pre-COVID routines but many are still struggling to re-establish the boundaries and rules around screen use. Some continue to deal with digital conflict and tech-tantrums on a daily basis. The latest research found that 77% of teenagers spend more than five hours on screens per day, but it is important to note that not all screen time is considered equal.

Parents play a crucial role in modelling a positive and healthy approach to using screens and assisting children to navigate the content they watch. It is better to model and mentor screen use, rather than monitor it. Children tend to do more of what they see us do, and less of what we tell them to do. However, it is still important to outline the risks and highlight the benefits of screen use to ensure you keep a balanced attitude. Encourage discussions around the issues that people experience in monitoring their screen time and be honest about your own difficulties.

Parents need to remain firm in their approach to managing screen time. Excessive screen time can be detrimental to a child’s overall wellbeing. Ensuring the correct privacy settings are in place is vital to prevent children from being inadvertently exposed to inappropriate content or online predators. Parents need to also be mindful of the potential impact screen time can have on a child’s social, emotional, educational, behavioural, and even physical domains.

In this edition of SchoolTV, care-givers will be provided with a range of guidelines and strategies to help manage screen time at home.

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition of SchoolTV and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to the Managing Screen Time edition of SchoolTV
https://sbccdbb.catholic.schooltv.me/newsletter/managing-screen-time

Award Recipients

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Congratulations to all students who were presented with an award during Assembly this week. Staff at St Brigid's are proud to recognise your efforts and achievements this Term.

St Brigid’s Alumni Brunch

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St Brigid’s Catholic College and the Pathways & Partnerships team proudly held the first Alumni Event on Wednesday, 23rd of November 2022. We were joined by 5 guest speakers, which included 4 past students. Firstly, former Socceroos Captain Paul Wade spoke; he motivated us all with his life experiences, both personal and whilst playing for the Socceroos. His genuine passion for life, learning, and never giving up was inspiring and left us all with a drive to do our best and try anything. Then Lara McCulkin, Natasha Hawkshaw, Bella Hodge and Taylah Gorton formed a panel of Alumni Students, and Principal Adam Murdoch asked the group several questions. I was so impressed by how well the young ladies spoke about their own experiences at St Brigid’s and how much they enjoyed their time here. They were passionate about their place here at St Brigid’s and their amazing teachers that supported them in their journey. They gave our year 10 and Year 11/12 students tips on how best to survive those pivotal years of study whilst looking after their own wellbeing. Well done to the St Brigid’s team for growing such wonderful and inspiring students. We are looking forward to many more Alumni events to celebrate our College, students past and present, parents/family, teachers, and support staff.

NRL Roosters Shield League Tag Gala Day

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On Wednesday the 30 November Mrs Beisler and Mr Barnett took our Senior and Junior League Tag teams to participate in the NRL Roosters Shield League Tag Gala Day.
All the girls played amazingly and had a great day out in the sunshine. Our Senior Team placed 2nd in their Pool and 3rd overall. Our Junior team had some close games, narrowly missing out on finals. All the girls should be commended on their outstanding performance, sportsmanship and pride in representing our College. Well done Girls!