Darren Atkinson

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Ringwood - 23km east of CBD
What is the nature of your College Co-ed 7-12 Regional College of Melbourne Archdiocese
How many students 1680
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2014
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Principal of St Joseph's College, Mildura, a Catholic Co-educational College

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

1. We have a very strong sense of belonging and students are proud to be members of the Aquinas community.

2. A focus on learning that is reflected in the design of "state of the art" visible learning spaces.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

1. Very high demand for places.

2. Keeping Catholic education affordable for our families.

3. Challenging our students to aspire and chase their dreams.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

1. Catholic identity and the relevance of the Church in the lives of our students (and their families).

2. A lack of funding certainty.




195 Brighton Road, Somerton Park
South Australia, Australia 5044