Damian McKew

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Located in Geelong which is 75km southwest of Melbourne
What is the nature of your College Girls Yr. 7 -12 school
How many students 856
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2010
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Prior to this appointment I was Principal of Trinity College Colac.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • We have a diverse range of students coming from a wide SES background. The students have a great affinity with the school and wear the uniform proudly. We have a Brigidine tradition that ask our students to be socially conscience and to take practical actions that make a difference to the marginalised. I am very proud of the many students who post Clonard are doing wonderful things for others in the community.
  • In recent years we have had the opportunity to embark on some significant redevelopments including the acquisition of 1.5 hectares of land immediately adjoining the College. This now gives our students some wonderful facilities and opportunities to be their best.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

The growth corridor existing between Geelong and Werribee indicates that demand for a place at the College will far outstrip available places in coming years. We are fortunate in Geelong that there has been exceptional demand across the four secondary Catholic schools and whilst this gives us long term certainty it will be  extremely challenging keeping up with the population increases locally.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Like most Principal's, I am concerned about how we maintain funding support both State and Federally. It is crucial to ensure that each elected Government are aware of the vital role that Catholic education plays in educating young people.
  • The reasons for parents electing to send their children to Catholic schools have changed significantly over the last twenty years. We have the responsibility to ensure the fundamental message of our Faith tradition remains at the forefront of what we do as Catholic educators and Catholic schools.




195 Brighton Road, Somerton Park
South Australia, Australia 5044