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ABOUT BRIGIDINE

Our Heritage


At the invitation of Bishop Murray of Maitland, six Brigidine Sisters left their mother house in Mountrath, Ireland on 16 April 1883 to found a school at Coonamble, NSW.

 

By 1890 the Brigidine Sisters had founded schools in Victoria as well as in other NSW country towns. Novitiates were established to prepare the young Australian women who wanted to join the Sisters.

 

With the opening of Brigidine College, Randwick in 1901 the Sisters continued their work of education in Sydney, going on to found many other schools in the metropolitan area.

 

The Brigidine Sisters also established communities in every state in Australia as well as New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

 

History Of Brigidine College St Ives


When the Brigidine Sisters opened Brigidine College, on 9 February 1954, there were 9 pupils in the one building which housed both the Convent and classrooms. The College had previously been an orchard and dairy and was still surrounded by semi-rural properties. With the building of the tennis and basketball courts later that year the College commenced its long, successful tradition as a competitive sporting force. These early days saw the establishment of a dynamic, supportive Parents’ and Friends’ Association whose activities continue today. In 1959 the Convent and the Novitiate were built and the Novices moved from Randwick to St Ives.

The first College extension was in 1964 and included a much need Hall. This was followed in 1967 by the construction of 2 parallel buildings adding a science block, library and classrooms. In 1971 a new education wing was added to the College and in the late 1970’s a freestanding library and 3rd tennis court were added to the Campus. In 1979 the annual College musical and College play were introduced. Rapid increases in pupil numbers resulted in a demountable complex being raised in 1981 and the construction of the McCammon Wing in 1986 which was extended in 1988. A designated Prayer Space was now available. In 1991 the Gymnasium opened. A broad-based interrelated curriculum, with subject options often not available in other girls’ schools, was introduced in the early 1990’s. The Computer & Electronics Wing and Design & Technology Area were soon built to resource these along with enhanced music facilities.

 

In 1994 the Brigidine Sisters moved out of the Convent handing the building over to the College. By 1997 it was totally refurbished to provide administrative and educational facilities. Following the departure of the last Brigidine Sister on the College staff the College governance was transferred, in 1998, to a Company.

 

It was in 2000 that girls with special needs were integrated into the College with the opening of the Chisholm Centre. Followed the next year by the construction of the (multifunctional) Henry Lindo Tennis Courts and St Brigid’s Chapel and Religious Education Centre.

In the Jubilee Year the College will be building our exciting new Jubilee Hall and new Romuald Visual Arts Centre.

In 2005 the College completed its major Jubilee project, Bowie Hall and the official opening was held on Sunday November 18.  By the end of 2005 many events including the Year 12 Graduation Assembly and Dinner, the P&F Trivia Night, art and technology exhibitions, drama showcases and musical evenings had been held in this exciting new area.

Completion of this new facility allowed for the refurbishment and renovation of the former Romuald Hall to create the Romuald Visual Arts Centre during Terms 2 and 3.   Classes commenced in this dynamic new area in October 2005.

 

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