Donna Bryce: The foundation principal of St Catherine of Siena.
Donna comes to St Catherine’s from St Aloysius Primary School in Ballarat where she has served as Deputy Principal and is known for being innovative in her approach to learning and teaching with a strong emphasis on building positive relationships between staff, families and students. Donna leads by example and empowers those around her to embrace educational opportunities.
Donna grew up on a cereal and sheep farm in the Wimmera, near St Arnaud. Her mum believed in the empowerment of education and encouraged all six of her children into tertiary studies.
Donna has continued this commitment to learning through her career and has completed a range of post-graduate qualifications including a Master of Instructional Leadership at the University of Melbourne and an intensive course at the University of Leuven in Belgium studying Enhancing Catholic School Identity. She believes in the identity and mission of Catholic schools engaging learners intellectually, ethically and spiritually grounded in Catholic Social Teachings.
Through her years of experience in a range of education roles, Donna has demonstrated a passion to ensure every child feels safe, inspired and confident to learn. She will be developing a caring and collaborative school community where each individual is engaged in a positive, nurturing educational experience. As principal, she will encourage strong and positive relationships within a thriving Catholic school community.
Donna Bryce – Foundation Principal
“I am a passionate lifelong learner, who loves healthy living, cooking, reading, exercising, and spending time with family and friends. I enjoy morning runs, walks or swims at the beach or at our farm. I enjoy experiencing the sunrise or sunset while out walking with my husband and our two dogs.
I have been married for over 30 years and have three adult children, two sons and one daughter. I love baking up a storm of my children’s favourite treats when they are coming home for a visit. We have a small farm where we have a couple of alpacas, several chooks, two dogs and 100 or so sheep. We strive to live sustainably, growing much of our own food.”