Staff Profiles

The staff at Dominic College are a dynamic, hard working and talented team. Dominic has been fortunate to attract a range of outstanding and experienced educators, leaders and administrators dedicated to our students and to the College.

Generosity and service are key features of the College staff. Each of our staff is invited to model two characteristics that our founder Don Bosco emulated – kindness and cheerfulness.

At Dominic, we actively encourage and support staff to undertake ongoing professional learning and study. The College conducts a program of professional development and a number of our staff enter and continue formal study ranging from Post Graduate university degrees to Vocational and Educational Training.

With our staff modelling the way in a culture of lifelong learning, we hope that this reinforces both the aspirations of our students and an understanding that their learning journey needs to be lifelong as well.

At Dominic College, we believe in being a community where staff, students and parents work together and where everyone undertakes timely, effective and honest communication about issues. Communication with staff can be by telephone, student diary notes, email and especially encouraged through arranged face-to-face meeting.

Email addresses for staff can be accessed below and via the 'Contact Us' page.

Beth Gilligan

College Principal

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Natalie Davey

Bosco House Co-Coordinator, Teacher - HPE and Empower

Natalie completed a Bachelor of Human Movement majoring in HPE and Outdoor Education in 2006. In 2007 and 2008, she taught Middle School Maths and Science at the Fahan School. Natalie then began her time at Dominic College in 2009 in the position of Co-ordinator of Health and PE 7-10, which she held until 2014. She was also Co-ordinator of Siena House part way through 2010 until the end of 2011. Natalie has had some periods of leave throughout the past few years to look after her children and she returned to part-time work in Term 3 2015. At the beginning of 2017, Natalie took up the shared position of Bosco House Coordinator.

Book every child should read
Anna's Story - Bronwyn Donaghy

Best recent professional learning
Rite Journey training

Favourite teaching unit
Relationships – HPE, Body Systems - Sport Science

Teaching motto
"If the child is not learning the way you are teaching, then you must teach in the way the child learns" - Rita Dunn

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Linda Douglas

Administration Coordinator K-6, Teacher - Kindergarten and Launch Into Learning

Linda began her teaching career in 1988 in Launceston before moving to Melbourne in 1990. On returning, she gained employment at Dominic College. She has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 20 years and has a passion for the Early Years. A keen advocate of play based learning to help build social and emotional skills; Linda's Kindergarten program always focussed is "A child's work is play". After 5 years in Kindergarten, Linda moved to Year 1 in 2016, where she continued her work in the Early Years. 2017 sees Linda implementing and coordinating the new Launch Into Learning Program at Dominic as well as Teaching the Kinder Mice group. Linda is also one of the Key Primary Leaders and is Daily Organiser of the K-6 section of the College.

Book every child should read
Wilfred Gordon Macdonald Partridge

Best recent professional learning
2015 Early Childhood Australia Conference (Melbourne)

Favourite teaching unit
Units of work initiated by the child. Science based units are always fun in in all Early Years age groups as children love to discover new things and watch reactions that take place.

Teaching motto
"It is not enough to love the young; they must know that they are loved." Don Bosco

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Jane Doyle

Coordinator of Teaching and Learning K-2, Learning Support Teacher K-2

Jane began teaching in 1987 at St Cuthbert's and has continued to work in Catholic Education in a variety of classroom positions and leadership roles. At Dominic College Jane has led various innovations to enhance student learning. In particular, the installation of Solar panels and Rainwater tanks, Mamma Margaret Kitchen Garden program, and the Asian Festival. In 2016, Jane was nominated by the Dominic College P&F for an ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA), along with 1350 other educators from around Australia and New Zealand. After the initial selection process Jane was one of 34 educators chosen to participate in the final selection process. As a result, she was named as one of the top 12 Early Years Educators in Australia and New Zealand for 2016.

Book every child should read
The Twits by Roald Dahl

Best recent professional learning
Dylan Wiliam Embedding Formative Assessment for Teachers and Leaders

Favourite teaching unit
Anything Literacy based- author and book studies, Mem Fox, Pamela Allen and Roald Dahl

Teaching motto
Mistakes aren’t wrong, they are steps to helping us learn the right answers

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Audrey Durbridge

Teacher - Siena 1 Pastoral and Creative Arts

Audrey moved to Tasmania from Victoria in 1999 having completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at Deakin University. She has a studio based art practice where she produces mixed media works on paper inspired by the Tasmanian landscape and she exhibits regularly in both group and solo shows. Her passion for art led her to complete a Bachelor of Teaching in 2007 with a view to encouraging and inspiring students to explore the potential of studying within the Visual Arts stream. In 2015 she graduated with Honours from the Tasmanian School of Art at UTAS.

Book every child should read
Animal Farm by George Orwell

Best recent professional learning
Attending the National Visual Art Education Conference 2016 in Canberra

Favourite teaching unit
Printmaking, especially etching techniques

Teaching motto
'Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself' George Bernard Shaw

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Kiera Farr

Sports Coordinator 7-10, Teacher - HPE and Religious Education

During her time at Dominic College as a student (2007-2010), Kiera discovered her passion for sport science, fitness development and a love for people. After a number of career options became available to her, she made a very determined decision that being a Health and Physical Education Teacher was her goal. After attending Guilford Young College she moved to Launceston to undertake a Bachelor of Education with a double major in Health and Physical Education. During her time at university, she worked as a Learn to Swim teacher and Swimming Trainer/Instructor for the course of her degree. Directly after gaining her degree she began working as a Health and Physical Education, Sport Science and Athletic Development teacher at Rose Bay High School for 1.5 Terms before commencing at Dominic College in term 2 2017.

Book every child should read
“Oh The Places You Will Go’ by Dr Seuss

Best recent professional learning
ACHPER (Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation) State Conference 2016

Favourite teaching unit
Relationships- Health, Team building and development- Physical Education, Sport Psychology- Sport Science

Teaching motto
The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but not what to see.

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Ganga Fraser

Coordinator of Teaching and Learning 7-10, Teacher – Humanities and English

Ganga first came to Australia as an International student in the early 1990's. She began her teaching career in Singapore; teaching in an International school as well as a Government community Organisation working with disadvantaged students. Since living in Australia, Ganga has taught in an International school in Brisbane and worked as a teacher and Virtual schooling coordinator for a school in Weipa. Ganga has presided on a number of committees, and was elected as staff representative for School Council in Weipa. During her career she has spearheaded a number of improvement projects including setting up and running a Virtual school program. Ganga has returned to Tasmania with her family to take up the role as Coordinator of Teaching and Learning 7-10.

Book every child should read
Matilda by Roald Dahl

Best recent professional learning
National Learning and Teaching Conference 2014

Favourite teaching unit
History, Business and English.

Teaching motto
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit - Aristotle. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world – Nelson Mandela Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm.

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Benjamin Fulton

Head of Humanities 7-10, Teacher – Bosco 2 Pastoral and Humanities

Ben grew up in Launceston and spent many years living and working in Melbourne. Ben has worked in a variety of industries prior to studying education and has enjoyed a number of experiences travelling in Europe, and North and South America. His most difficult and rewarding learning experience was learning to speak Spanish. Ben has recently returned to Hobart with his young family to enjoy the lifestyle and friendly atmosphere.

Book every child should read
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

Best recent professional learning
Helping History Teachers Become Better Writing Teachers. MOOC through the Canvas Network.

Favourite teaching unit
Ancient Greece, Year Seven History.

Teaching motto
"Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from their failures as from their successes". - John Dewey.

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Beth Gilligan

College Principal, Teacher - Humanities

Beth is a secondary teacher who began teaching in 1980. She has taught Religious Education, English, Drama and Humanities. Modern History & Global Education are her great passions. Her curriculum work on the Middle East Conflict was recognised with a study tour to Israel in 1990. She has written four secondary textbooks and numerous classroom resources integrating social justice themes. She currently teaches Humanities at Dominic College.

Book every child should read
Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

Best recent professional learning
School Improvement at Harvard University and Teaching Faith in a Secular Age at Boston College

Favourite teaching unit
The Rights of the Child

Teaching motto
Wonder is the desire for knowledge. St Thomas Aquinas

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Cameron Golding

Director of HPE K-10, Sport Coordinator K-6 , Teacher - HPE K-10, Applied Studies and Empower

Cameron was a student at Dominic College from 1996-1999. After completing his Bachelor of Human Movement in 2005 he had a year away travelling as a Casual Cook before moving back to Hobart. Cameron commenced work at Dominic College in Term 2 2007 on the 7-10 campus initially on a two term contract in the HPE department. In 2008 a job became available as the K-6 HPE teacher which he jumped at and Cameron has been a permanent employee ever since. Over the years Cameron's roles have been vast and various and he now enjoys teaching HPE, MMK, Year 8/9 Empowerment Program and is also the K-6 Sport Coordinator.

Book every child should read
Bear Grylls- Mud, Sweat and Tears

Best recent professional learning
The Rite Journey- Andrew Lines

Favourite teaching unit
Pasta Making and Simple Sauces- MMK program

Teaching motto
"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn." - John Cotton Dana

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Beth Graham

Teacher - Year 5

Beth has worked in the education system in the United Kingdom, NSW, Victoria and Western Australia. Beth finds teaching a rewarding and fulfilling vocation; she strongly believes that building relationships and meeting the individual needs of each student in a classroom is the key to successful teaching.

Beth moved to Tasmania in 2016 and looks forwarding to continuing her relationship with the Dominic College community.

Book every child should read
The Fisherman and the Theefyspray - Paul Jennings

Best recent professional learning
Collaborative Learning Project (Putting FACES on the Data) - Lyn Sharratt

Favourite teaching unit
Poetry - It's extremely rewarding to see children discover just how accessible and enjoyable poems can be.

Teaching motto
As great scientists have said, and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope. Ursula K. Le Guin

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