Daramalan school history
Daramalan College was founded in 1962 (pictured right) in the suburb of Dickson in the Australian Capital Territory by the Priests and Brothers of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC). Initial enrolments comprised 240 boys in Grades 5 & 6 and Form 1.
The name “Daramalan” is derived from an Aboriginal word "daramala". When the great wedge-tailed eagle appeared in the sky, the people thought of the Great Spirit watching over their lives. For Daramalan, the eagle symbol signifies the Great Spirit of God who enfolds and protects us all. As the school song proclaims, Daramalan students are “eagle people”.
Father J McMahon
Fr J. J. McMahon (pictured left) was Daramalan's founding Principal.
1964-70 and 1980-82
Fr J. Littleton 1971-79
The College expanded rapidly as Canberra's northern suburbs developed and under the leadership of Fr John McCowage, (right) classroom blocks, laboratories, technology, art and drama facilities were established. McCowage Hall was opened in 1971.
In 1977, during the time Fr Jim Littleton (right) was Headmaster, girls were enrolled in the Senior College for the first time.
Early innovations at the College included the pioneering of special education by Mrs Jean Reid and Media Studies was introduced by Fr. Arthur Braithwaite.
The School band in 1985
Art Expo 2011
The annual Daramalan Art Show, as well the successful Music and Drama programs were also introduced and they continue today.
The 1980s saw further expansion of the College’s facilities with a modern multi-purpose Sports Centre and additions to the Design and Technology Wing being built. Under the leadership of Fr Robert Irwin (below) and later Fr Denis Uhr (below) the facilities and grounds were developed to ensure that the college offered the growing number of students enrolled with a quality learning environment.
Fr. R. Irwin 1983 - 1988
In 1996 girls were accepted into Year 7 for the first time and by 1999 the College was fully coeducational. With the introduction of girls into the High School, a decision was made to close the Junior School.
Mr F Fulton 1998 - 2002
During this time a major building program was undertaken to upgrade the Library by combining services for both High School and Senior College students in a single, modern Information Services facility. An upgrade of the main administration area and staff facilities was undertaken at the same time. Sadly, Frank Fulton did not live to see his project realised. He died suddenly in October 2002. The project was completed in 2003.
Mr David Garratt 2002 – 2008
In October 2002, Mr David Garratt (right) was appointed as the new Principal.
The College building program continued with the generous assistance of our past and current parents. In 2003, extensive sound and light facilities for Drama productions were added to McCowage Hall and in 2008 a link corridor was added between the Reid and Sharpe Wings, resulting in much improved all-weather access around the school as well as providing a new locker area for Year 7 students.
New classrooms and outstanding Hospitality facilities were opened in the Garratt Wing in August 2008. A Dance studio was opened in Sharpe Wing in 2009.
Ms Rita Daniels 2009 - present
Enrolments have continued to grow over the years, with 1470 students enrolled in 2013.