Principal’s Update Term 3 Week 3

Wednesday, 03 Aug 2022
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!
— Psalm 133:1

Welcome back to Term 3

Welcome back from the holiday break. I trust that you and your families had some time to recharge the batteries. 

Congratulations to our new 2022/2023 student leaders

I would like to extend a public congratulations to the new student leaders for 2022/2023. I am looking forward to working with this new group. Thank you to our outgoing school leaders as they have been excellent role models for our college. Thank you also to Mrs Rebecca Brown who facilitated the leader's growth events last week.

Student Leaders

  • Ruby Couper - Academic Captain
  • Joshua Lim - Academic Captain
  • Jenna Haley - Service Captain
  • Matilda Watson - Service Captain
  • Sadie Williams - Service Captain
  • Heather Nivison - Leadership Captain
  • Abbey George - Leadership Captain
  • Angus Dugard - The Arts Captain
  • Macushla Brennan - The Arts Captain
  • Jesse Cameron - Sports Captain
  • Kaleah Doherty - Sports Captain

House Captains

  • Lily Atkin - Cottee Captain
  • Ziggy Brown - Hollows Captain
  • Bella Flynn - Kngwarreye Captain
  • Sifan Tekle - Murray Captain
  • Oliver Caesar - O'Shane Captain
  • Duke Rowthorne - Sutherland Captain

BDC Sports Awards Dinner

We are excited to announce the launch of our 2nd annual BDC Sports Awards Dinner which will be held on Wednesday 26 October 2022 from 6pm (invitation attached). 

Our annual BDC Sports Awards Dinner is a celebration of student involvement in college sporting activities and recognises high quality performer and player achievements. 

This year our guest speaker will be Dr Deidre Anderson AM.
Dee is an Australian academic administrator, sports executive, sports transitions specialist and coach. She has worked with the likes of Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe as well as sporting bodies globally including the Australian Institute of Sport, the Scottish Institute of Sport and UK Sport. Dee has been the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Macquarie University, was the first female Chair of the Australian Rugby League Players Association and earlier this year was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2022 Queen's Birthday Honours for significant service to tertiary education and to sports administration.

Book your tickets via

Silent auction prize contributions
We are seeking prize contributions for our silent auction where all of the money raised will be donated to the BDC Margaret's Field Mountain Bike Track project. 

Are you looking to get your product into more hands and/or have more people looking at your brand? Then please contribute a prize for the silent auction. Your prize contribution can be simply your product, a gift certificate for your services, a branded gift basket, or a branded gift to give you some ideas. 

Trophy awards sponsorship contributions
There are sponsorship opportunities available for a number of awards. If you would like to showcase your support for sport at BDC, this is a great opportunity for your family or family business to get behind sports recognition at BDC. Please contact Holly Heather at to find out more about sponsorship opportunities. 

Become a trophy sponsor via

2022 BDC Sports Awards Dinner contributors will receive:

  • Social media mentions and shares through the Bishop Druitt College social media platforms; Facebook (3,980 followers), Instagram (1,500 followers) and Linkedin (200 followers). 
  • Mentions on the Bishop Druitt College website (8.2K users per month on average).
  • Email communication mentions.  
  • Mentions and thank you during speeches at the event. 
  • Silent auction draw mentions and branding on the prize display table. 

Contributors, please contact Holly Heather at for all contributions and inquiries.

Award winning families will be contacted at the end of August once that information is available to the college. We look forward to this exciting evening.

Year 10 Charles Sturt University Bridge Program

The CSU Bridge Program is a university preparatory program aimed at year 10 students who are demonstrating sound academic abilities in English and mathematics and are interested in pursuing tertiary education in the future. 

If you are interested in more about this program or would like to register your child’s participation, continue with the following links:

CSU Bridge Program Flyer - link

Expression of Interest Form - link

100 Days of Kindy

This Wednesday, 3 August, represents the completion of the first 100 days of our Kindy students’ life in their school. The Kindy and ELC teachers celebrated this milestone with these special students. 

Year 12 HSC Trials

Good luck to our Year 12 students over the next couple of weeks as they participate in the HSC Trials. Our seniors have already completed English Advanced, English Standard, French Continuers, History Extension, Dance (written), Chemistry, Music 1 (listening and written), Construction, Software Design and Development, Ancient History, and Society and Culture by Thursday and Mathematics Standard 1 and 2, Mathematics Advanced, and Mathematics Extension 2 on Friday. Thank you to all staff who have supported our year 12 up to this point and I encourage our seniors to continue to maintain focus while still enjoying the simple things in life.

High Performance Camp on the Gold Coast

32 High Performance student-athletes are currently participating in our first High Performance Camp on the Gold Coast. These student-athletes will be immersed in elite-level programs and facilities over four days at the Gold Coast Performance Centre, Robina Sports High, Bond University and Palm Beach Currumbin Sports School. Our HPP student-athletes will work with state and national level coaches, sports physiologists and psychologists. Thank you to our High Performance Manager, Ms Nat Titcume, for her leadership in this field.

BDC Barracuda Supports Merchandise

Bishop Druitt College students and parents are the core of the BDC Barracuda Sports Club. With over 350 players now registered as members of the club’s sporting groups it is time to launch our supporters' merchandise packages.

These items are available to order online at

We ask our supporters to wear them with pride - Go Barracudas!

Barracudas Merchandise - now available 

I wish to thank all participants, helpers and supporters of our P&F Colour Run last Friday. The day was a huge success with over 700 people involved. A special thank you to our P&F executive and to all the parent helpers on the day, as well to the Grounds and Cleaning teams an all the staff who participated with their students during the day. 

Clarence-Coffs Career Hub Event

Business luncheon: Next-Gen Leadership: Creating and building multi-generational teams 

Tuesday 6 September 12.00-2.00pm
Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour 

Bishop Druitt College is pleased to be supporting this upcoming event through the Clarence-Coffs Career Hub, which aims to connect local businesses with employees of the future. 

Is your team ready for the multi-generational workforce? 

For the first time in history, there are now up to five generations in the workforce, each with its own unique differences, experiences, and communication styles. 

Combined with the use of technology, organisations are now, more than ever, experiencing the challenge of managing these differences. So, how will your business face the new age of workforce management, to build a culture which attracts and inspires skilled talent? 

Bring your team along to the Coffs Chamber luncheon on 6 September as we explore how organisations can remain relevant, engage generations and communicate effectively in today’s changing landscape. 

In this session, esteemed communication strategist and presenter, Katie Iles will unpack key leadership qualities that emerging generations resonate with, and equip leaders, managers and teams to attract, engage and retain talent across a multi-generational workforce.

Also included will be a multi-generational panel on future workplace culture including: Ryan Bear - Lawyer and Director at Coastal Law; Ben Roche, VP (Engagement) at Southern Cross University;  Nick Johnstone - Principal at Bishop Druitt College and a special Gen-Z guest. 

Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour  

Tuesday 6 September, 1145am for 12pm start, 2pm finish. 

$48 for Chamber members and guests, $55 for visitors  


Father’s Day Breakfast - Thursday 1 September

This year we will finally be able to hold another Father’s Day Breakfast and we will be celebrating how your Dad/Carer is your superhero! Join us at the annual BDC Father's Day Breakfast on 1 September to celebrate dads of all kinds and enjoy a delicious BBQ breakfast. Gold coin donation includes BBQ breakfast and fun activities. This is a free event, however, registration is essential for catering purposes. Please follow this link for more information and how to register

Bishop Druitt College 30th Birthday Logo Competition

Entrants: Create a design that we can use within the BDC 30th Anniversary logo.
Medium: drawing, paint, digital drawing. 
Logo size: portrait and landscape.

Find out more about the competition and how to enter here!

Finally, I would like to thank Rev Naomi Cooke who is taking 19 students to Brisbane over the weekend to participate in the Goodji (Dirrum) Festival. This festival is designed for young people who care about the world to share ideas and generate actions for the common good.

Nick Johnstone