Brigidine College, St Ives

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Brigidine College
Brigidine College is located in Sydney
Brigidine College
Brigidine College

Coordinates33°43′16″S 151°10′22″E / 33.72111°S 151.17278°E / -33.72111; 151.17278Coordinates: 33°43′16″S 151°10′22″E / 33.72111°S 151.17278°E / -33.72111; 151.17278
TypeIndependent secondary day school
MottoLatin: Fortiter Et Suaviter
(Strength and Gentleness)
Religious affiliation(s)Brigidine Sisters
DenominationRoman Catholic
Established9 February 1954; 66 years ago (1954-02-09)
PrincipalJane Curran
Enrolmentc. 900[1] (2007)
Campus typeSuburban
Colour(s)Maroon and white         

Brigidine College is an independent Roman Catholic secondary day school for girls located in St Ives, on the North Shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 1954 by the Brigidine Sisters, Brigidine has a non-selective enrolment policy and it caters for approximately 900 students from Year 7 to Year 12. The majority of students are drawn from the Northern Beaches, North Shore and Forest areas of Sydney.

The school is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[2] the Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales (AIS NSW),[3] the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia,[4] and is a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Girls' Schools (AHIGS).[5]


The Brigidine Sisters opened Brigidine College, a secondary college for girls, on its current site in St Ives, on 9 February 1954, with nine foundation pupils.[6] The site on which the college was built had previously been an orchard and dairy, and was still surrounded by semi-rural properties.

The Brigidine Sisters remained the administrators and teachers of the College until 1995.[1]


The College Motto, Fortiter et Suaviter, often interpreted as "Strength and Gentleness", originates from the foundation of the Brigidine Congregation in Ireland by Bishop Daniel Delany in 1807.[1]


Ordinal Officeholders Term start Term end Time in office Notes
1 Romauld Walz 1954 1959 4–5 years [5]
2 Lawrence Kinkead 1960 1965 4–5 years
3 Theresita Bonser 1966 1967 0–1 years
4 Thomas Keating 1968 1970 9–10 years
5 Valentine McMahon 1971 1975 3–4 years
6 Val McKenna 1975 1975 0 years
7 Anita Murray 1975 1989 13–14 years
8 Helen Connolly 1989 1989 0 years
9 Joan Smith 1989 1993 3–4 years
10 Angela Ryan 1994 1995 0–1 years
11 John Bowie 1996 2005 8–9 years
12 Joanne Atkins 2006 2009 2–3 years
13 Johnathan Byrne 2009 2010 0–1 years
14 Jane Curran 2011 incumbent 8–9 years


The current facilities of the college include:

  • Multi-purpose International standard competition court.
  • The Convent – Administration area, including Reception and Student Services for all Year groups.
  • McCammon Wing – Year 11 and 12 classroom and recreation areas, Centre for Excellence, Independent Learning Centre, Senior Study Areas, Student Services (including Counsellors and Youth Minister)
  • Gymnasium – Two classrooms; full sized court for netball, basketball, volleyball; change rooms
  • Bowie Hall – A 1,000 seat hall for assemblies, functions and performances
  • St Brigid's Chapel and Religious Education Centre – Religious Education and Learning Support classrooms and offices; Chapel seating 160 people.
  • Romuald Visual Arts Centre – A dedicated Visual Arts Centre with senior studio, three classrooms, sculpture courtyard and multi-media area.
  • McMahon Wing – classrooms and courtyard; Textile and Design areas
  • Murray Wing – Year 12 Commonroom and courtyard, IT Centre and "Fresh Taste Sensations" Canteen.
  • Synan Wing – Classrooms for Years 7–9, offices for Year Co-ordinators.
  • Connolly Wing – Ground Floor: Design and Technology workshops.
  • Adrian Wing – classrooms
  • Anita Murray Centre – Performing Arts and Science facilities including 220 seat Theatre, Drama/Dance studio, music classrooms and practice rooms, band rehearsal room, seven new science laboratories and 7 classrooms.
  • Kinkead Library – Library resources; wide reading area; information laboratory; digital library for staff resources.
  • College Green – Recreation area for students
  • Quadrangle – Shaded recreation area


In 1999 the College was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee and a board was appointed, with responsibility for governance and leading the College in pursuit of its mission. The board is appointed by the Trustees of the Sisters of the Brigidine Congregation. Parents are represented on the College Board, as are the Brigidine Sisters and other members of the Catholic educational community. The Principal of the College is appointed by the Board and is charged with the responsibility of administering the College.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Annual Report 2006" (PDF). Forms. Brigidine College. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2007.
  2. ^ "AHISA Schools". New South Wales. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. January 2008. Archived from the original on 2 November 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  3. ^ "Metro North North West". NSW Independent Schools by Region. The Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  4. ^ Butler, Jan (2006). "Member Schools". Members. The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Heads of New South Wales Independent Girls' Schools". About AHIGS. Association of Heads of Independent Girls Schools. Archived from the original on 27 September 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2007.
  6. ^ "History of Brigidine College St Ives". About Brigidine. Brigidine College. 2006. Archived from the original on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 15 August 2007.
  7. ^ "Governance – About Brigidene". Brigidine College, St Ives. Archived from the original on 27 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014.

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