Our Principal

Beth Gilligan B.A. DipEd. MA

Dominic College Principal, Ms Beth Gilligan, is the College's first lay Principal and first female Principal since the school was established by the Salesians of Don Bosco in 1946. Beth began as Principal in 2009. She continues to teach each year, believing that working with students on a daily basis is the best way for a Principal to know and understand the changing needs of her students and her teachers. A graduate of Macquarie University and the University of Technology Sydney, Beth is passionate about co-education and its huge advantages as a social and academic engagement framework for schooling.

Principal’s Welcome

When students and their families enter Dominic College they are choosing to be part of a long tradition of excellence in educational endeavor founded by St John Bosco (1815-1888). Of all Don Bosco’s beliefs and teachings, the most powerful that remains for us is: “It is not enough that our students are loved, they must know they are loved.”

Being welcomed, known and loved within a caring faith community is central to how Dominic College operates as a school.

At Dominic we believe that education is a process of transformation and that relationships are at the heart of shaping children and young people. Contemporary educational research supports this: the relationship between the teacher and learner is one of the most important factors in achieving educational outcomes and success.

We therefore invest a great deal in developing these relationships and the quality of our teachers so that they have high capacity to work effectively with students in developing deep engagement in learning.

The foundation of the educational process at Dominic is the formation of the College's students in Christian values and beliefs, forming their capacity to give witness to the Gospel. Shaping young people as Christians of integrity, intelligence, compassion and service is key to our purpose as a school.

Being on the one site across amazing grounds, our students have a rich and consistent learning environment and family-based community right through from Kindergarten to Year 10. This makes the transition from primary to secondary years seamless. As our students enter Years 11 and 12, that seamless transition continues through our partnership with Guilford Young College that we have had since 1994.

Beth Gilligan

College Principal


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Student Goal Setting

Currently our teachers are preparing for our Year 3-10 Student Goal Setting Day on Monday 18 July this year. This is a great time for students to set goals for themselves in conjunction with a teacher

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Cross Country at Dominic

This week we are holding our K-2 and Year 3-6 Cross Country events. Parents and carers are always encouraged to try to drop in if they can. Our students love to see their parents at

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Quality Teacher Development

All contemporary research highlights that highly effective teaching is the key to improving student learning throughout any school. Teacher quality is a priority in our school improvement platform. As such, we are placing considerable resources

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The Ambiguities of NAPLAN

Last week students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 underwent a battery of national testing. Receiving the College’s National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results is done with an ambiguous mixture of superficial thoughts alongside deeper

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The Stations of the Cross Reinstated

In 2003 a devastating fire destroyed the Dominic College Chapel. The Chapel was opened and blessed on November 24, 1957 by Archbishop Guilford Young. To the College community’s dismay, the beautiful life-size paintings of the Stations of

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Commemoration of ANZAC Day

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During school holidays and long weekends, students can slip into very passive activities such as watching television or DVDs, playing on the Xbox or spending hours on Facebook. We need to encourage children to have

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High Performing Schools

I am continually reading on high performing schools in the international arena and what they are doing to achieve this status for their students. High-performing schools have all identified that they need to work hard

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Holy Week

This week, students across the College have taken the time to recall and mark the journey of Christ’s passion. Students have entered these liturgies and ceremonies with reverence and sincerity, demonstrating respect and understanding

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