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EXPLORE DAMASCUS COLLEGE


5 Our Principal’s Welcome & Commitment to You

7 Our Damascus Story

9 Our Catholic Vision & Values

11 Our Learning & Teaching

13 Our Wellbeing & Pastoral Care

15 Our Community

17 Our Learning Spaces

21 Our Extra-curricular Opportunities

23 Our Environment & Commitment to Sustainability

25 Our Camps, Retreats & Overseas Opportunities

27 Our Transition Program

29 Our Alumni


OUR PRINCIPAL’S WELCOME

& COMMITMENT TO YOU


Welcome and thank you for taking

the time to learn more about the

Damascus College community.

Damascus College is a Christ centred

co-educational Catholic secondary

school, where all within the College

work hard to build an educational

environment that allows young

people to flourish and be their best.

Damascus College is founded in the

values and commitment of the Sisters

of Mercy and the Parish Priests

of Greater Ballarat.

In exploring a Damascus education, it is important to us

to create an environment where the school operates in

collaboration with the family to enable young people to

thrive.

Strategically and structurally, Damascus College

endeavours to create an environment that builds up;

•Faith and Catholic identity,

•Learning and academic growth

•Physical, mental and social wellbeing, and

•Community and global citizenship

Quality teaching, staff and student leadership along with

targeted resourcing are the enablers to providing the

quality learning environment for which Damascus has

become known.

Underpinning the Damascus educational experience is

the Teacher Advisor program, this program is informed by

a Canadian model but adapted for regional Australia.

The Damascus Teacher Advisor program strives to build

rapport between the school, the student and the family

when secondary education is often a time when this

partnership can diminish. Our intent is to provide the

needed support to enable young people to be their best

and to grow into early adulthood in a safe and supportive

environment. The strategic pillars outlined above underpin

the program.

It is well recognised that when students build engagement

with their school they feel more connected and able

to work through the challenges that adolescence can

present. Damascus works hard to provide an engaging

learning experience along with a diverse range of

learning and co-curricular activities. We aim to find points

of connection for students to strengthen their enthusiasm

for the school experience. We are confident that we offer

a broad range of opportunities that are appealing to most

young people.

Damascus College is set in a magnificent setting,

with a team of committed, faith based educators and

paraprofessionals - all committed to the best outcomes for

young people. We are honoured to offer the opportunity

for brothers and sisters to be educated together in a

Catholic secondary setting. I encourage you to learn

more about Damascus College as a school to enable

young people to be their best!

Matthew Byrne

Principal

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OUR DAMASCUS STORY


Our Vision

Damascus College is a dynamic

Christ-centred learning community that

values each member, and is committed

to inspiring and challenging students

to reach their potential and contribute

confidently to the global community.

Our Values

At Damascus College, we value:

•Our founding traditions and Mercy heritage

•Quality learning environments enabling student

success and wellbeing

•Collaborative leadership

•A community of compassion, justice, pastoral care and

responsible stewardship of our environment

•Quality resources

•Partnerships with the wider Catholic Church, local

Ballarat community and other education providers

Our Damascus Values:

•Compassion

•Justice

•Respect

•Hospitality

•Service

•Courage

Our History

Damascus College was established in 1995 by the

amalgamation of Sacred Heart College, St Paul’s

Technical College and St Martin’s in the Pines. Sacred

Heart College was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in

1881 and was established in Ballarat East for students

from Preparatory to Year 12.

St Martin’s in the Pines was established in 1967 by the

Sisters of Mercy; it formed the Sacred Heart Senior

College for Years 11 and 12 girls, and in 1988 became

co-educational, with boys mainly from St Paul’s Technical

College.

St Paul’s Technical College was founded in 1948 by the

Bishop of Ballarat, James O’Collins, and was administered

by the Christian Brothers.

Damascus College is jointly sponsored by the Institute of

Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea and

the Parish Priests of Greater Ballarat.

In 1960 Miss Alice Fanning, who was cared for by the

Sisters of Mercy for several years, bequeathed her

property in Mount Clear to the Sisters on her death in

February 1960, on the proviso that a hospital or school

was built on the land. In 1964 it was decided to develop

the site for the senior school of Sacred Heart College,

and the foundation stone was laid in 1966. In 1967, a

separate campus for Years 11 and 12 girls was developed

at Mount Clear to form the Sacred Heart Senior College,

St Martin’s in the Pines.

Based on the philosophies of the founders, the colleges

offered a broad faith-based education for boys and

girls to prepare them for future life choices. Sacred Heart

College offered a comprehensive education for girls

from Years 7 to 10. St Paul’s College emphasised the

development of technical skills within a comprehensive

Years 7 to 10 curriculum for boys. St Martin’s in the Pines

continued this broad education for Years 11 and 12 in an

atmosphere and an environment appropriate to students

about to complete their secondary education.

Damascus College commenced operation on two

campuses, and the decision to work towards

amalgamating the Victoria Street campus and the

Mount Clear campus onto one site at Mount Clear was

announced by the Governors in 2005. The Victoria Street

campus was closed in December 2010 and the College

operated as one campus for the first time at Mount Clear

in 2011. The Mount Clear site provides an inspirational

natural environment in a rapidly developing area of

Ballarat. It is an ideal site for a modern and integrated

Year 7–12 campus.

Damascus College continues in the tradition of the

foundation colleges identity now and into the future.

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OUR CATHOLIC VISION & VALUES


Damascus College has a shared

vision and values inspired by our

Gospel and Damascus College

traditions, and there are many

opportunities to explore one’s

faith, whatever that may be.

We are all called to leadership in faith, to spiritual

awareness, to communal prayer and worship, and to

witness Gospel values in our lives. Mindful of our place

in the global ecological community, we remain committed

to social justice and standing in solidarity with the poor of

the earth.

Religious Education underpins and informs all aspects of

learning and teaching and is a compulsory part of the

curriculum across all year levels. The Religious Education

program allows students to explore their own spirituality

and identity within the rich context of the Catholic faith

tradition and, at the same time, provides the opportunity to

learn about other world religions.

The Religious Education program also includes retreats and

reflection days at each year level, which are conducted

at venues external to the College. This program provides

students with an opportunity for personal reflection in a

setting beyond the day-to-day of College life. These

times form an integral part of the experience at Damascus

College and are highly valued by the students.

Social justice is also an integral aspect of our Catholic

heritage and students actively participate in awareness

and fundraising activities, making a difference in our

world.

The College’s Justice Action Group (JAG) assists with the

coordination of activities such as the St Vincent de Paul

Winter and Christmas appeals, Project Compassion,

fundraising events for Catholic Mission and general

awareness-raising around the College.

When students reach Year 10, they are introduced to

the Christian Personal Development Award (CPDA),

a program which brings together the many personal

development opportunities available to students and

reinforces the need to be proactive about personal

development in the senior years of College life. Students

achieve this award based on four categories: Action for

Mercy and Justice/Community Service, Physical Pursuits,

Spiritual Development and Cultural Personal Development

Activities.

Our Year 11 students also have the opportunity to

participate in the annual Timor-Leste Immersion Program,

spending time at the College’s sister school in Timor-

Leste and raising much-needed funds for our Timorese

neighbours, who have become friends. Students apply to

be part of the immersion experience during Year 10 and

successful applicants commit to a twelve-month program

of awareness and fund raising.

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OUR LEARNING

& TEACHING


At Damascus College, we

understand that each student has

individual learning needs and we aim

to provide classroom activities which

differentiate for the abilities and

learning styles of our students.

We encourage young people to

think, to analyse and to reflect. Rather

than teaching them what to think, we

teach them how to become flexible,

creative, analytical thinkers.

Our most pivotal goal is for students

to reach their full physical and

spiritual potential and we do this by

providing them with the tools and

support they need to achieve

this outcome.

Students are equipped with

quality educational technologies

to support and enhance the

learning experience.

Our diverse curriculum prepare students for various postsecondary

pathways, providing young people with a

solid foundation on which to build their lives. This is done

by providing a high-quality, well-rounded education

that focuses on the development of the whole person.

Commencing in Year 7, the academic program exposes

students to a breadth of subject matter. In the junior

years, students will study Religious Education, English,

Mathematics, Humanities, Health and Physical Education,

Science and a Language (French or Indonesian) for the

entire school year.

The ESTEEM program has been established to provide

a challenging learning environment that not only covers

the essential components of scientific, mathematical and

technological knowledge but also importantly provides

context for students to apply their skills in a number of

project/scenario-based learning activities. These contexts

are critical to the development of Higher Order Thinking

Skills i.e. transfer of learning (not only to remember, but

also to make sense of and be able to use what they have

learned in new situations) problem solving and critical

thinking skills, which are critical requirements for VCE and

21st Century careers.

They will also undertake a semester length course in each

of the junior years of Food Technology, Textiles, Wood,

Metal, Art, Visual Communication, Drama and Music.

Damascus College offers enrichment and recovery

programs in English and Mathematics for those students

who require academic extension or support. The College

also has an after-school tutoring program.

In Years 9 and 10, students continue to study the core

subjects of Religious Education, English, Mathematics,

Humanities, Science, and Health and Physical Education,

however, they are also offered a range of pathway

choices. These choices can vary from year to year but

generally include such things as specialised Physical

Education or Science courses, Food Technology,

Textiles, Wood, Photography, Metal, Electronics, Energy

Breakthrough, Art, Media, Visual Communication,

Drama, Music, Horticulture and Languages (French or

Indonesian). In addition, students have the opportunity

to enrol in vocational courses that link to and enhance

employment opportunities.

Year 11 and 12 students can choose to complete the

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), the Victorian

Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), Vocational

Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) courses,

school-based apprenticeships or traineeships and retail

traineeships. Students can also, and in some cases must,

combine these options.

The VCE is the most commonly studied secondary

educational certificate in Victoria. Students can begin

the VCE in Year 10 but it is predominantly completed in

Years 11 and 12. Student performance within the VCE is

the foundation of the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank

(ATAR), which is used to determine offers of placement at

Australian universities.

VCAL is a hands-on course designed to develop skills

in preparation for further training and/or employment.

Students undertaking VCAL must also undertake a VETiS

course. VETiS courses can also be undertaken as part

of the VCE and involve both training and workplace

experiences. Damascus College is part of a VETiS cluster

of schools, which enables students to participate in a

diverse range of industry-specific programs.

Damascus College offers its students a contemporary,

progressive and innovative education—one where

leadership, collaboration, creativity, resilience and

technological know-how are at the forefront of our

learning and teaching practices.

Further details about the College’s academic program

can be found on the Damascus College website.

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OUR WELLBEING

& PASTORAL CARE


The pastoral care and student

wellbeing program at Damascus

College is integral in supporting

students to become their best.

Through the provision of structures

whereby students feel supported,

guided and empowered,

they are able to move through their

education with a strong sense of

being nurtured yet independent.

At the foundation of student achievement is a sound

pastoral care and wellbeing framework that ensures

all students are adequately monitored, mentored,

encouraged and assisted when required. Damascus

College has created a pastoral care program which

allows each student and their parents or guardians to feel

well-supported throughout their time at the College.

The House structure at Damascus College is the foundation

of the College’s pastoral care and wellbeing program.

Students are assigned to one of four Houses, with each

House name reflecting important facets of the school’s

history. All students and staff members belong to a house,

with siblings belonging to the same House.

Each House at Damascus College has staff members

appointed as House Leader and Assistant House Leader.

These staff members not only promote the House team

spirit and coordinate student participation in inter-House

sporting competitions, but they also play a key role in

student wellbeing. House Leaders work with students,

parents and other staff members when matters arise

relating to academic progress, pastoral care or discipline.

Within Houses each Teacher Advisor (TA) group is made

up of approximately eighteen students from Years 7 to 12.

Students remain in the same TA group for their six years at

Damascus and where possible, the Teacher Advisor will

also remain with the same group of students.

This structure creates the opportunity for strong relationships

to form between students, their peers in other year levels

and their Teacher Advisor.

The Teacher Advisor is also the main point of contact

between parents and the College. Parents are asked to

meet with Teacher Advisors regularly throughout the year

to discuss their student’s progress, achievement, wellbeing

and address any areas of concern.

At Damascus College, restorative justice is the foundation

of the disciplinary approach. Restorative justice is a

practice that emphasises repairing the harm caused by

one’s behaviour which is generally accomplished through

cooperative processes. It is a restorative method, rather

than a punitive one and allows young people to reflect

on their behaviour and learn from their mistakes in a

constructive way. The College’s approach to discipline is

aimed at reinforcing respectful relationships and modelling

restorative behaviour, and for Damascus College it is

founded in the spirit of reconciliation that comes out of our

Christian tradition.

Damascus College employs a Wellbeing support team

with Counsellors with whom students are able to make an

appointment during school time. The Counsellors provide

confidential support to students and families as required

and they also facilitate a series of wellbeing programs as

a proactive approach to mental health and wellbeing.

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OUR COMMUNITY


The Damascus College community is

a strong and vibrant one, where the

contribution of all is welcomed. We

value all members in an inclusive and

welcoming community and genuinely

nurture respectful relationships with

students, staff, parents and guardians.

Damascus College has a robust

governance structure that draws from

the parent and broader community

to ensure strategic alignment with the

College’s vision and values. Parental

support on Board Sub-Committees

is an important element of

Damascus College life.

Confident and clear communication processes are

important at Damascus College, as we believe in giving

voice to the wisdom of all within the community. There

are various forms of communication to parents and/or

guardians at Damascus, including emails, the College

weekly newsletter, SMS, website, publications, social

media, College app, phone, letters and face to face.

Damascus College often surveys parents and guardians

to gather input, opinions and insights within the Damascus

community. Active participation is encouraged in these

surveys to strengthen and develop the College by learning

from our community’s experiences and understandings.

Parents have access to the online Parent Access Module

(PAM) where they can login from anywhere to see how

their student is progressing with their schoolwork. It is an

innovative online tool for parents to feel connected and

informed in their students’ progress whilst at Damascus.

Our parents are actively engaged in College life and

contribute confidently to the growth of the College, our

students and the broader Damascus community. We

host numerous opportunities for parents and guardians

to attend College events such as the School Masses,

Awards Nights, the Academic Assembly, Damascus Day,

Mothers & Father’s Day Liturgies and Breakfasts, Annual

Guest Speaker events, Morning Tea’s and Information

Evenings.

Most importantly parents and/or guardians can support

their student in a range of extra-curricular activities

through volunteering at College events, camps, retreats,

the environmental green group, the Energy Breakthrough

events, the annual drama or music production, the rowing

program and other sporting events, including after school

sports.

Parents and guardians typically gain their greatest

connection to College life through supporting their students’

activities.As a community we have great commitment and

pride in contributing to our College, and we celebrate

diversity in a safe and supportive school.

We are confident of a bright future for all the young people

of Damascus College and we will continue to inspire our

Damascus community to become their best.

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OUR LEARNING SPACES


Our students and staff enjoy modern facilities in an inspiring

50-acre bush setting, only 7km from the Ballarat CBD.

We are committed to providing a safe and sustainable

environment, cared for by all.

The Mercy Administration Wing, provides a focal point

for student and family support, finance, development,

leadership and governance.

Flexible learning spaces, including the following:

•Years 7 & 8 Catherine McAuley Wing, comprising

fourteen spacious, light-filled and modern classrooms

that allow for flexible learning and group activities.

•Years 9 & 10 Wing, comprising ten contemporary

classrooms with a layout aimed at stimulating

collaborative and flexible learning.

•Years 11 & 12 Sacred Heart Wing, a four-storey

building comprising eighteen classrooms, situated

adjacent to the open bushland with an inspiring view

over the western region of Ballarat.

•Our Lady of Mercy Chapel, provides an intimate

space for worship and is regularly used for Religious

Education classes, liturgy and prayer.

•St Martin’s Resource Centre, is a collaborative

learning and teaching space, situated in the heart

of the College, easily accessible to students before

and after school or during recess and lunchtime,

comprising a number of learning spaces, from open

areas for reading to smaller rooms for group work.

Students are also able to access counselling and

career services within the Resource Centre.

•Valda Ward Auditorium, a 150-seat performing arts

space, used for Drama classes, College productions

and other performance events (the College also has

another Drama classroom, two music rooms and

several private tuition rooms).

•Genevieve McDonald Science Wing, is a

collaborative learning and teaching space, boasting

six modern Science laboratories, facilitating general

and specialist science classes across all year levels.

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OUR LEARNING SPACES


•St Paul’s Technology Wing:

> Two large food technology rooms with eight

kitchens

> Woodwork rooms

> Electronics and Engineering room

> Metalwork rooms

> Photography space

> Arts, Studio Arts and Visual Communications spaces

> Textiles rooms

•Sporting facilities:

> Oval used as two soccer pitches, for AFL, or for the

PE program

> Four all-weather netball/tennis courts

> John Shannon Centre, an indoor gymnasium with

two full-size basketball courts

• Energy Breakthrough facility, used to design and

build energy-efficient vehicles

• Fully-equipped canteen

• Murnong Trail—an 800-metre biodiversity walking trail

• Commemorative Walk—a 240-metre bush walking

trail commemorating past students, staff and sponsors

of Damascus and our foundation colleges, culminating

in a sharing circle

• Vegetable garden for Horticulture classes

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OUR EXTRA-CURRICULAR

OPPORTUNITIES


Damascus College offers an innovative and diverse extra-curricular program that

compliments the curriculum including:

• Performing Arts program—drama and music productions

• Instrumental music and voice

• Drama Club

• Rowing Program

•Social justice group - Justice Action Group (JAG)

• College Choir

• Debating and public speaking

• Leadership opportunities—SRC, Peer Mentoring Program, Digital Ambassador

Program and Wellbeing Group

• Volunteering

• Photography

• Book Club

• Chess Club

• Music lessons

• French & Indonesian language trips

• Timor-Leste Immersion Program

• Environment & Sustainability Group—The Green Group

• Energy Breakthrough Team—design and build energy efficient vehicles

• After-school sports—basketball, football, soccer, netball, cricket, tennis,

volleyball, badminton, mountain bike riding and golf

• Fundraising and social justice activities

• Visual Art exhibitions

• Interschool Sporting Association (Ballarat Associated Schools)

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OUR ENVIRONMENT

& COMMITMENT

TO SUSTAINABILITY


Damascus College resognises the

Wadawurrung peoples who have

stewarded this beautiful part of

Victoria for millenia. Our site allows the

opportunity for students to engage with

the rich traditions of our indigenous

brothers and sisters in caring for the site

and learning about indigenous culture.

As a Catholic college in the Mercy

tradition, we are called to hear

and respond to the cry of the earth.

Damascus College has an ongoing

commitment to teach and exemplify

environmental stewardship, and to

work towards a sustainable way

of life at the College.

This is displayed in a number of ways:

• Through teaching stewardship and practical

sustainability in subjects like Religious Education, Science

and Humanities, and in the teaching program of the

College’s Energy Breakthrough Team

• Through the intentional choice of energy-conserving

and sustainable measures in the resourcing of infrastructure

and materials such as paper

• Through the College’s commitment to the ResourceSmart

program, to which we signed up in 2012, which focuses

on sustainable development in four key areas: waste,

water, energy and biodiversity

• Through maintaining a Sustainability Coordinator

position within the College to lead Damascus on the

environmental stewardship journey

• Through the support of a student group - The Green

Group - who are committed to improving the College

environment and sustainability

• Through the College’s Christian Personal Development

Award (CPDA) which introduces students to volunteer

work, including working with local Landcare groups.

With regard to our environment, the College is blessed

with a large hilltop site overlooking southern Ballarat.

Close to the buildings are extensive plantings of native

vegetation, while beyond them the hillsides are covered

in indigenous forest. Part of this forest is an area of rich

biodiversity, which is now protected under the “Land for

Wildlife” program. In 2015 the College developed the

Murnong Trail, which draws attention to the richness of the

flora and fauna.

Its name celebrates an indigenous species, the Yam Daisy

or Murnong, which was a significant part of Aboriginal

agriculture. Many schools have worked hard to create

areas of natural beauty within their premises—we have it

here already, and simply have to preserve it.

Our students and staff enjoy our campus being set on

an inspiring 50 acres, allowing most classrooms to have

a beautiful vista of the surrounding bushland. Damascus

College is situated only 7km from the Ballarat CBD and

we are committed to providing a safe and sustainable

environment, cared for by all.

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OUR CAMPS,

RETREATS & OVERSEAS

OPPORTUNITIES


Camps and Retreats

are a key dimension of

the learning program at

Damascus College. They are

designed to progressively

grow students ability to

engage with their peers, staff

and faith journey in holistic

life giving ways.

Students at Damascus College participate in College

camps in Years 7, 8 and 9 and retreats in Years 10, 11

and 12.

These camps, retreats and reflection days are inclusive

activities within the annual tuition fee.

Year 7 Camp - early in Term 1, an overnight camp is

structured in house groups of approximately 50 students.

The focus is on developing relationships with staff and

fellow students, and extending personal skills while

exploring personal values. A great way for students to

make new friends.

Year 8 Camp - a two-night camp structured in core class

groups which develops and strengthens friendships, aimed

at building skills and confidence in outdoor education,

such as water activities, pitching a tent and preparing a

pack.

Year 9 Camp - a four-night outdoor education experience

involving camping, trekking, bike riding and canoeing.

The focus is on teamwork, facing challenges outside

one’s comfort zone and building resilience. This camp is a

challenging but rewarding experience, allowing students

to build confidence and develop practical bush survival

skills in the company of friends and supportive qualified

staff.

Year 10 to 12 retreats - an overnight experience (2 nights in

Year 12) that enhances students’ Christian understandings,

and allows them to further explore the themes of social

justice, mercy and Christian spirituality.

Reflection days - students in Years 7 to 9 take time out

for personal reflection in a setting outside the day-to-day

of College life. Each reflection day explores a different

theme relating to our Catholic faith tradition.

These opportunities are optional experiences outside the

fee structure.

Ski trip - organised over an extended weekend period

and available to Years 9 to 12 students. This provides a

wonderful opportunity for students to experience the snow

and try a new sport.

Overseas trips - three opportunities available. Students

who study French or Indonesian in the senior year levels

can choose to participate in an overseas cultural and

language program to France or Indonesia. These are run

in alternate years.

Year 11 students have the unique opportunity to participate

in the Timor-Leste Immersion Program, where students visit

the College’s sister school in Ainaro, Timor-Leste. Students

participate in fundraising throughout the year to then

donate to the sister school and community of Ainaro.

All overseas opportunities provide students with valuable

insight into other cultures and also build on their foreign

language skills.

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OUR TRANSITION PROGRAM


The transition from primary

school to secondary school

can be daunting for many

young people and

their families.

At Damascus College we

aim to make this transition

as smooth as possible

by offering a number

of support structures for

incoming students.

Students from all Catholic primary schools in the Ballarat

Diocese are given the opportunity in Grade 5 to spend

one day undertaking classes at Damascus College. These

classes are specifically designed to introduce students to

the secondary school experience and, particularly, to the

Damascus community.

In Term 4, the year prior to commencement (Grade 6) at

Damascus College, a visit is conducted or contact is made

with all primary schools of incoming students (Catholic,

Independent and Government). This contact is designed

to answer the students’ questions and dispel any fears

about the impending move to secondary school, as well

as to discuss the students’ needs, academic or otherwise,

with teaching staff.

A Testing Day is held in October of each year, the year

prior to commencement, for incoming Year 7 students.

Testing is undertaken to assist us in providing the best

educational and pastoral support for all students upon

entry to the College.

A full Orientation Day is held in December, the year prior

to commencement, which provides an opportunity for

students to get to know their new peers and teachers, and

to familiarise themselves with the College environment.

To assist students who move to Damascus from a primary

school with low enrolment numbers, and who are

unaccustomed to a large volume of peers, Damascus

offers an early transition day in addition to Orientation

Day.

Students attend Teacher Advisor meetings, which are held

in the days preceding the commencement of the school

year, to ensure they are comfortable and confident before

their first day.

Currently, the first day of school in Year 7 is attended by

Years 7 and 12 students only. This not only provides an

opportunity for peer mentoring, as our senior students

assist the Year 7 students in familiarising themselves with the

College, but it also enables the Year 7 students to settle

in to their environment before the remaining year levels

commence.

Students attend Year 7 Camp early in Term 1, which is

another important part of the College’s Transition Program.

Students attend the camp in their house group of 50

students, with the aim of developing relationships with

staff and students, extending skills and exploring personal

values.

Year 7 students and families are invited to attend a BBQ

at the College in mid Term 1. This allows parents to meet

the teachers and new friends of their student in an informal

setting, and gives parents the chance to share the new

experience with their student.

Damascus College prides itself on its comprehensive

Transition Program, which provides one-on-one support for

students and their families as needed.

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OUR ALUMNI


Damascus College

was formed through the

amalgamation of St Paul’s

Technical College, Sacred

Heart College and St

Martin’s in the Pines.

Past students and staff of these

foundation colleges and

Damascus form our alumni.

The purpose and aim of the Damascus College

Alumni group is to:

• Create ongoing links between the College and the

alumni community

• Engage alumni through the provision of activities of

interest to members

• Actively seek to involve its alumni in the life of the

College

• Recognise its alumni for their contributions to the wider

community, the College and its students

• Provide a means for its alumni to provide support for

the College

• Develop alumni connections to the Damascus College

Strategic Directions, the origins of the College and its

Catholic tradition

• Promote benefits of alumni membership to all current

students

As an alumnus, you can enjoy the opportunities available

to you to reconnect with the College, and past students

and staff, through:

• Reunions

• Alumni Facebook groups

• Invitations to special events

• The Alumni Artwork Project

• Participation at College events

For further information or to reconnect as a past student

or staff member, please go to the Damascus College

website/Past Students.

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Ballarat CBD

Ballarat

7 kms

Geelong

Melbourne

Damascus

College

Address:

1412 Geelong Rd

Mount Clear, VIC 3350

Phone: (03) 5337 2222

Fax: (03) 5330 2366

Email: info@damascus.vic.edu.au

Website: damascus.vic.edu.au

Further information

The Damascus College website has a wealth of information for

prospective families and current and past students to access at any

time and from anywhere. Please visit damascus.vic.edu.au to obtain

the latest information on Damascus College including but not limited to:

curriculum overview, subject selection, wellbeing program, camps, tuition

fees, uniform, events, latest news, reunions, publications and much more.

Book a School Tour

We welcome you to experience and tour Damascus College

during school hours, as it allows you to immerse yourself in the

daily College atmosphere. Tours are held once a fortnight

on Thursdays at 9am. To register for a tour please email

info@damascus.vic.edu.au, visit the website and click on School Tour,

or phone the College on 03 5337 2222.

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