Our Principal


A welcome from our Principal, Mr Stephen Koch

Downlands College extends a warm welcome to you and your family.

I am very proud and privileged to be the Principal of this exceptional school that has developed leaders, entrepreneurs and individuals who have made a difference in the world. Founded by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) in 1931, Downlands College has a rich history and continues to be characterised by its strong Catholic ethos and MSC spirit which underpins all we do.

At Downlands we acknowledge and embrace the diverse heritage, cultures and backgrounds of our students, staff and broader school community. The development of strong, life-giving relationships forms the cornerstone of a Downlands education, and our unique MSC heritage ensures that the Downlands journey is intertwined with an ‘education of the heart’.

A focus on relationships allows our core values of love, courage, compassion, understanding and humility to be woven through all our interactions.

Widely recognised as a leading coeducational day and boarding school, Downlands College is known as the ‘school of choice’ and a school ‘where your heart finds a home’. At Downlands there is a niche for every student. We journey with each individual student academically and pastorally to provide the best possible school and post-school pathway. Opportunities include a very broad curriculum offering (academic and Vocational Education and Training), sport, performing arts, agriculture, leadership, social justice projects and community service.

Our goal is to have happy students who perform to their personal best in all situations and who take responsibility for their learning and relationships. This includes student presentation, excellence in academic pursuits, co-curricular involvement, treating peers and community members with respect and kindness, and having a sense of humour.

We will continue to ensure the wider community recognises that a Downlands educational journey is one that will develop selfless leaders who are advocates for values-based communities. Our distinctive culture is informed and guided by our beliefs and commitment to community, personal growth, relationships, spirituality and individual learning journeys.

The historical character of our buildings, incorporated with modern facilities, our stunning gardens, expansive grounds and the smiling, friendly students and staff can provide you with an insight into a Downlands education. I invite you to come and experience the Downlands difference.


Mr Stephen Koch
B Rural Sc (Hons), GDip.Ed. GDip.RE