Under the auspices of Bishop David, Mr Peter Hamill, Director of Schools, began negotiations with the local families of the Lake Munmorah area for the secondary college.
Potential students and their parents together with Bishop David gathered in mid-December to celebrate the first step towards the new Catholic college. It was announced that the college will cater for students from Year 7 to 12, and began with a Year 7 cohort in 2014.
The college is named after St Brigid (451-525), a great Irish saint who was a contemporary of St Brendan (484-577). This name provides a direct connection with the broader Lake Munmorah community it serves, and with St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School. Brigid was a pioneer of Irish monasticism. She was an innovator who was co-leader of a mixed male and female religious community, the great monastery of Kildare, renowned for its faith and learning. Therefore, she is a great model for a Catholic coeducational college. Stories abound of her generosity to the poor, her thirst for peace and reconciliation, and of her care of the earth.
In December 2012, Mrs Julie Terry was announced as the founding principal of St Brigid’s Catholic College. St Brigid’s was opened in January 2014, for Year 7.