Bright Futures Breakfast


Thursday 19 September 2019 
from 7am - 8.45am

Ballarat Golf Club
1800 Sturt Street, Ballarat, VIC 3350

Purchase your $25 ticket at or call the College (03) 5337 2222 and enjoy:
•  Listening to our special guest speaker Mary Darcy
•  Connecting with alumni and Damascus community members
•  Learning more about the new Bright Futures scholarship
•  Eating a sumptuous full buffet breakfast

In holding this fundraising breakfast, the College seeks to extend this scholarship opportunity to be able to offer it to more than one Year 7 student per year.  Proceeds raised will support this worthy scholarship fund, in order to extend its reach to multiple students each year.

      Special guest speaker:  Mary Darcy
Counselling & Consulting Psychologist 
Board Chair, Centacare Ballarat (retired)

Mary is a valued member of the Damascus College Alumni, she enrolled at Sacred Heart College in 1951 as a seven year old boarder.  Mary, as a Sister of Mercy, was involved in Mercy education for many years. She spent eight years at St Martin’s in the Pines in the 70’s and 80’s as Student Counsellor/ Careers Advisor/Transition Co-ordinator and Boarding School Supervisor.

Along the way, she studied for a B.A at U.N.E,a Grad Dip. in Applied Social Psychology at Swinburne and a Counselling and Consulting Psychology at Harvard University. Mary became a Registered Psychologist in 1984 and ran a Private Practice from 1987 until 2012.

Mary has had an on-going involvement with issues relating to community-based services for people experiencing mental illness. Mary says “as a member of the Board of Centacare for 25 years, I have had the privilege of being involved with the delivery of programmes providing assistance to the most vulnerable members of the communities of Western Victoria”.

 Damascus College seeks to extend the Bright Futures Scholarship opportunity to more than one Year 7 student per year with your help.   Proceeds raised will support this worthy scholarship fund, in order to extend its reach to multiple students each year.  If you would like to financially contribute to the Bright Futures Scholarship please give now  

BRIGHT FUTURES SCHOLARSHIP (Primary School Principal Recommendation only)

When families are in crisis, disaster strikes or financial disadvantage is overwhelming, keeping kids in school and on track to succeed can be challenging, if not impossible. Around the world, 124 million children and youth are out of school. We believe that a brighter future starts with an education and giving a child the opportunity to thrive at Damascus College is the aim of the Bright Futures Scholarship.
Established in 2018 the Damascus College Bright Futures scholarship sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy (John Thirsk Estate), Fr Brendan Davey and Damascus College, is for the purpose of supporting students and families who are experiencing financial or personal disadvantage, and who demonstrate a strong commitment to social justice activities and contribute to their local community, but may not otherwise be able to access a Catholic education.

This scholarship is awarded annually to one incoming Year 7 student for 50% tuition relief, and is awarded for the duration of a student’s enrolment at Damascus College (maximum of 6 years).

To be considered for this scholarship, Primary School Principals support/endorse one Grade 5 student per year from their Primary School community.

Applications open on 7 October 2019 and close on 14 February 2020.

Application Form available to Primary School Principals only.  One application per Primary School will be considered via Principal endorsement.

A bit about the scholarship benefactors…

John Thirsk was a notable sports journalist who was cared for by the Sisters of Mercy as a result of family tragedy.  The Sisters of Mercy provided John with an education and a safe place for him to return throughout his life.  He considered the sisters as family and his gift to them was to enable them to provide for others the support that they offered to him. The Sisters have entrusted these funds to Damascus College.

Fr Brendan Davey grew up in Ballarat and was priest of the Diocese for over 60 years.  Fr Brendan always had a great empathy for human vulnerability and valued the gift of education. Upon his death he gifted Damascus College with funds to enable Catholic education to be made available to young people who may not otherwise be able to access it.

The Bright Futures scholarship honours the Christian spirit that prevailed through the work of Fr Brendan as a priest of the Diocese and the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea.

To see eligibility and selection criteria, please DOWNLOAD THE INFORMATION FLYER: