Damian O’Bryan: A New Face in Doyle

We welcome a new face to Years 5 and 6 this term with Damian O’Bryan joining the team as a replacement teacher. 

What is your role at Santa Maria College?

At the moment, I am a temporary replacement teacher in Year 5 replacing Kate Poole and following this, I will take over Madison Levy’s class in Year 6 when she goes on maternity leave. I am very fortunate to be in the position to get to know both class groups during this time.

Why did you become a teacher?

An interesting question given I’ve been doing it for quite a while. I had explored other careers at university with the long-term goal of becoming a teacher one day. I think my friends, in the end, pushed me into it and after that, I never looked back. I found a love of teaching and enjoy witnessing growth in all the children I teach.

What were you doing before coming to Santa Maria?

Prior to Santa Maria I had been teaching at St Brigid’s in Victoria for over eight years. Many of these years were teaching Years 5 & 6 as well as my role as the Leader of Religious Education. I have taught in country NSW, metro Melbourne, and now Western Australia.

What do you hope to instil in the girls at Santa Maria?

My aim would be to help increase learning confidence, which will inevitably improve learning outcomes. I hope to see growth in the girls’ love of learning facilitated by the promotion of their own self-efficacy.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Aside from witnessing the success of the Melbourne Football Club, I enjoy cycling, music (playing guitar), and spending time with my wife, family, and friends.

If there was one person you could meet, who would it be and why?

The late Jimmy Stynes, founder of the Reach Foundation, Brownlow Medallist who still holds the most consecutive AFL games played (244) without injury or omission. Although he died from cancer in 2012, I loved watching him play as a kid and always admired his courage in the face of adversity and his positive attitude. To quote the great man, “Life is 10 percent what happens and 90 percent how you deal with it.”.

What A Term! So Many Opportunities – Jennifer Oaten

As I look back on the past nine weeks, I am so grateful for who we are as a community and what we have achieved. Through the dedication of our staff and the enthusiasm of our students, we have established new connections, immersed ourselves in opportunities and worked through challenges.

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