Bishop Druitt College

Coordinates: 30°18′S 153°5′E / 30.300°S 153.083°E / -30.300; 153.083
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Bishop Druitt College

Coordinates30°18′S 153°5′E / 30.300°S 153.083°E / -30.300; 153.083
TypeIndependent co-educational primary and secondary day school
MottoFaithfulness in service
Established1994; 30 years ago (1994)
PrincipalNick Johnstone
Enrolment1,300[1] (2009)
SloganThe BDC way is the only way

The Bishop Druitt College (abbreviated as BDC), is an independent Anglican co-educational primary and secondary day school, located in southwest Coffs Harbour, on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Named after Cecil Druitt, the first Bishop of the Diocese of Grafton, the college consists of a primary, middle school and senior school section, for students from Kindergarten to Year 12.[3]


Bishop Druitt College is an independent, co-educational Kindergarten to Year 12 Anglican school situated in North Boambee on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales.

The college commenced operations in 1994 with an enrolment of 57 primary school students.[4] The original plan was for a school of just 600, but this has expanded through a building program to cater for an enrolment of over 1200 students.[1]

Secondary curriculum[edit]

As well as compulsory study in English, Mathematics, Science, Personal Development and Health, the school provides opportunities for students to undertake electives in Technology and Applied Science, Geography, Creative and Performing Arts and Languages (including French, Italian and Japanese courses, which can be taken within the college campus.)

School houses[edit]

Each student belongs to a tutor group and a house. The tutor group is horizontal (the same Year level) and the house is vertical (K–12). Students usually remain in the same tutor group and house for the duration of their secondary enrolment. Students participate in sporting events and pastoral care in these house groups.[5]

The school's houses are named after significant people in Australia's history and are as follows:

  •   Cottee – Kay Cottee
  •   Hollows – Fred Hollows
  •   Kngwarreye – Emily Kngwarreye
  •   Murray – Les Murray
  •   O'Shane – Pat O'Shane
  •   Sutherland – Joan Sutherland


The following individuals have served as Principal of Bishop Druitt College:

Ordinal Officeholder Term start Term end Time in office Notes
1 Victor Branson 1994 2004 8–9 years
2 Roger Oates 2004 2009 4–5 years
3 Alan Ball 2010 2017 6–7 years
4 Nick Johnstone 2018 incumbent 5–6 years

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Enrolment Overview Archived 1 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Staff List Archived 12 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Official Website
  4. ^ Bishop Druitt College, College Diary, 2007, p11
  5. ^ House System Archived 18 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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