Damian McKew is the foundation principal of Iona College College.
This will be Damian’s third Principalship, after four and a half years as head at Trinity College Colac and the past nine years at Clonard College Geelong and more than 20 years in positions of leadership in Catholic colleges across Victoria.
Damian originally hails from a wheat and sheep farm in the Wimmera (St Arnaud) where his parents soon realised he would make a poor farmer and encouraged him to pursue tertiary studies in Commerce and Education. He has gained two Masters degrees, one in Educational Leadership and the other, an Executive Masters of Business Administration. But most importantly he loves his job:
Damian will be spending the 2019 school year overseeing the building, recruiting students/staff and of course developing the educational program.
Construction has begun on site and before construction had even begun Iona had received additional government funding of around $6 million to develop an AFL standard oval, pavilion and associated facilities.
This development coupled with Stage 1 of the building project will give our student brand new state of the art facilities that will enhance their learning opportunities.
Damian McKew – Foundation Principal
“It is a delight to work with and make a difference to the lives of our young people.
We have the wonderful opportunity to develop an amazing culture that will supported by Foundation Staff, who will ensure that student learning and wellbeing are our core purpose. The establishment of Iona College is a chance not to be constrained by some of the educational barriers that exist in other schools, rather, we forge a unique identity and ensure that our student’s capabilities are maximised academically, socially, physically and spiritually.
I am married to Annalee a small business proprietor/secondary teacher and have two children; Sam (Year 9) at St Joseph’s College and Gracie (Year 7) at Clonard. Whilst my interests surround my children’s sport, I am known to be a mad passionate Hawthorn supporter.”