Principal's Update Week 10
Posted: 19-Sep-2018

‘Never tire of doing good’ is the College theme for 2018. Today, as a community, we celebrate Damascus Day. Having the opportunity to come together in the spirit of our tradition is a great privilege and the pleasing thing about this day is how the student population own it. Nearly 250 students will have a role in the Mass, from all the Year 7’s to the student leaders, to those who contribute to the liturgy as lectors, musicians, and the choir. It is a great opportunity for us to draw on the sacred word and holy Eucharist that are at the foundation of Catholic education. I thank all those who have not tired of doing good in the interest of our students and our school over the weeks of preparation for this event.

Following the Mass today, we conducted an assembly where the student Captains for 2019 were announced, and I congratulate Millie Frost and Matthew Snibson on their appointment to the important role of School Captains. House Leaders were also introduced, and I congratulate the following students; 







 School Captains


 Milly Frost  and Matt Snibson



 House Captain

Jonte Crabtree

Mackenzie Yandell

Ethan Handley

Chelsea Todd

 House Captain

Eloise Hennig

Asher Kuhn

Emma Webb

Matthew Watson

 House Captain

Madelyn Edwards

Jordan Hill

Daisy Jessup

Nicola Robson

 House Captain

Ebony O’Doherty-Bowman

Laura Holmes

Eliza Lepair

Maddison Alcock

In congratulating the 2019 leaders, it is also important that I recognise the wonderful leadership of the 2018 captains; Ellie Carroll and Sean O’Beirne.

After assembly, our student population shared lunch that was cooked by South Ballarat Rotary Club. I thank those community members who came along and supported us. Our Student Representative Council (SRC) have worked for months with leader Isabelle O’Dea to run an amazing array of activities with students dressed up in attire from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or 90’s. Each House had a great range of activities organised, and I extend my congratulations to these student leaders on their organisation and commitment, SRC – Well done! It has been a great day!

This Friday is a Casual Dress Day for Catholic Missions. Students are asked to bring a gold coin donation to support the important work of the missions – more information about this cause can be found here.

I congratulate senior student Celeste Towers who has been selected to participate in the “Defying the Drift” activities at Longerenong College outside Horsham over the holidays. This program is to encourage young people to continue in Agriculture. Well done, Celeste.

Tomorrow Damascus College will compete for the McAuley Shield. Year 7 & 8 students will compete in boys and girls football games against Mercy Regional College Camperdown and Noorat. It has been a closely fought battle over recent years, and families are encouraged to come along and enjoy the spectacle. Details of the day can be found here.

Last Friday nights Years 7 and 8 “Spooks” social was a fantastic event, and I thank all those who supported it. There were some amazing costumes on display on the evening. I thank and acknowledge the work of Sally Balson in the lead-up and during the social.

This Friday we commence the Term 3 holiday break at 2:20pm, and we will resume Term 4 on Monday, 8th October. While students begin two weeks of holiday, the reality for our Year 12 VCE Unit 3/4 students is that they have two weeks to consolidate their learning and to prepare for their upcoming examinations. Over the holidays the College will be running a series of practice examinations which all unit 3/4 students are required to attend. The timetable can be found here. Year 11 students who are undertaking a unit 3/4 are also required to be present for these trial exams. I encourage Year 12 students to make the most of this time and to continue to work with their teachers so that they can achieve their best. Parents of Year 12’s should now have received a letter outlining the College processes for the end of the year. If you have not, please contact the College office.

For two weeks after the holiday's students are permitted to wear either their summer or winter uniform given the variability of spring weather. Year 12 students will be permitted to wear winter uniform until they finish. All other students are to be wearing summer uniform by Monday 22nd October. This gives ample time for families to make sure that your summer uniform is in correct condition. Please be aware that for young women dress lengths are to be no higher than knee height. Please get the summer dress out and check it out before you wear it - it is remarkable how much young people grow over the winter terms. Remember also that as a SunSmart school, the PE uniform includes the wearing of a hat as a compulsory item in Terms 4 and 1.

Damascus College supports two alumni events on Saturday 20th October that I encourage you to attend. The St Paul’s Technical College All Years Reunion is a FREE afternoon for the Damascus Community to catch up and reconnect with St Paul’s Staff and students as we celebrate and remember their contributions as a foundation school of Damascus College. Please join us for a FREE BBQ lunch and other activities commencing at noon at the College. At 6:00pm the EBT Reunion will be celebrating 20 years and the contributions of Mark McLean at the Ballarat & District Trotting Club. Please reserve your tickets for these events at

Damascus College offers a scholarship program for current Damascus students which is now open and applications will close on Friday 12th October 2018. The following Scholarships are available:

Damascus College Internal Scholarships:
One in each category of Academic, Sport and the Arts. The eligible candidates are selected from students going into Year 8-12. The successful candidates will receive $2000.00 each towards their fees for the following year.
Dorothy Griffin Scholarship
This scholarship is contributed by the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea for one male and one female student moving into Year 11. The successful candidates will receive $2000.00 each.
Dorothy Irene Ellis-Thomas Scholarship
This scholarship is contributed by the Dorothy Irene Ellis-Thomas Foundation to one boy and one girl completing his or her VCE or equivalent, who is entering or pursuing a course at a University or other tertiary education institution. The successful candidates will receive $2000.00 each.

Applications for all scholarships are available from Student Reception or via the website here.

The College office will be open both weeks of the school Holidays from 9.00am to 4.00pm daily, however closed over lunch from 12:00pm to 12:45pm. Friday 28th September is the Grand Final Public Holiday, and the College office will be closed.

Staff members Rod Matthews, Deb Hansen, Nancy Meiklejohn, Tracey Williams, Ann & Brendan Bawden, are all taking some well-deserved leave at the start of next term. We will welcome back Greg Dow, Jennifer Montgomery, Mark Courneyea and Nicole Burness from extended leave. I thank Trish Rowe, Gerard Macklin, Sr Emma Llewelyn for their flexibility over the time of Greg’s leave. I also thank Shaun O’Loughlin, Sue Gordon and Catriona Sexton for their part in supporting the learning and teaching at Damascus College over the third term.

Have a great holiday, and if you are travelling – do so safely.

Until next term…


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