The best Catholic education sought at St Brigid’s Primary School

The gospel values underpin the education experience provided by St Brigid's Primary School. Picture: ON FILE

St Brigid’ss seeks to provide children with the best kind of education possible, one that fosters a formation of the whole person that is deeply and enduringly humanising. With the gospel values – faith, hope and love as our guide, students learn how to follow in Christ’s footsteps.

In 2024, staff and students are learning together in the implementation of two new programs – Rock and Water, and TCL (Teachers as co-learners of Language). TCL involves actively learning new words, and knowing how to put them together for the purpose of communicating.

At St Brigid’s we understand that learners need to hear and use new words a lot before they retain them – up to 40 times. Italian is taught daily through short 15 minute Italian language-focused sessions that involve multi- modal exposure and repetition, which allows students to anchor their new language in depth and to transfer knowledge to long-term memory through interweaving and recycling across contexts.

All teachers and students are co-learners of the Italian language and are supported by; a proficient speaking Language Assistant who supports the learning journey, and access to structured language resources to ensure the successful implementation of TCL. The TCL program also allows students to make explicit Literacy connections between their L1 (first language) and L2 (additional language). In participating in this innovative program, students demonstrate an increase in language acquisition and retention, higher levels of student engagement and confidence, and success in producing the target language spontaneously.

Rock and Water is an evidence-based program which is implemented in all Year 3 to 6 classes, teaching the students how to build self-awareness, social skills, self-control, and team building skills. It is proven to increase self-confidence, self-respect and self-reflection. These two new programs at St Brigid’s in 2024 add significant value to student learning and well-being programs.

Parents who choose St Brigid’s for their children’s educational journey report that one of the things that sets St Brigid’s School apart from others is the focus on the whole school community – the common good, solidarity and social justice.

Enrolments for Prep 2025 are now being accepted with applications accepted by date and classes capped at 25 students. Mrs Tess Dwyer (St Brigid’ss Principal) and some of our student leaders conduct personalised tours by appointment – please contact the office to book via the details below.