Past Students

With over 13,000 Downlands Past Students - have you noticed Downlanders are everywhere?


The tree lined driveway on a foggy Toowoomba morning will always stir the memory of a Downlander. Downlands Past Students now number over 13,000 and we can be found in all corners of the globe. While reunions and networking between Downlanders happens quite naturally, here at the College we are working on more ways we can help you stay in touch.

 

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DPSA & FORTES

The DPSA is an active group of Past Students who volunteer their time and talents to promote esprit de corps among Downlanders.


Since January 2013, all Downlands Past Students are deemed to be lifetime members of the DPSA.
This means that if we have your contact details you will receive quarterly email updates, electronic copies of FORTES magazine and the new SPOTLIGHT newsletter (or, if you'd prefer, a printed copy) and invitations to events at the College.

The DPSA Management Committee meets in the DPSA Room in Tyson Manor at 5.30pm on the third Monday of most months. All are welcome.

What do we do?


Download the DPSA brochure here. 

DPSA Committee 2017/18


President
- Cameron Donaldson (80-81)

Vice President - Peter Edlich (58-59)

Secretary - Kathryn Eady (87-89) 

Treasurer - Nash Mesquita-Mendes (09-14)

Committee Members - Garth Cocks (53-57), John Power (55-57), Mary-Kate Khoo (85-86), Garrick Morgan (86-88), Simon Eady (90-93), Melanie Cavanough (01-03)

Honorary Solicitor - Vince Hede (96-00)

 

The next DPSA AGM will be held in August 2018, in the DPSA Room in Tyson Manor.

If you wish to join the Management Committee please complete the attached form and send to dpsa@downlands.qld.edu.au


FORTES Magazine and SPOTLIGHT Newsletter

Since January 2013, when all Past Students automatically became members of the DPSA, FORTES has been available to all. SPOTLIGHT was introduced in June 2015.

Click on the following links to read past issues of FORTES or SPOTLIGHT:

 

submit-your-story-buttonWe would love to hear your story!

Perhaps you have travelled, started a family or business, or maybe formed a band since graduation ... whatever it is, we would love to hear about it! Your story will help make future issues of FORTES and SPOTLIGHT even better!

Click to submit pars for future editions

 

Reunions

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2017 reunion weekend!

Over 120 people attended the reunion dinner held in the Graham Centre. This event was followed by the ever popular past students mass and College tour on the Sunday.


Photos from the Reunion events are currently available below (click each thumbnail to view a larger image) and on our Past Student Facebook page.

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Classes of 38, 48, 58, 68, 78, 88, 93, 98 and 08 - 2018 is your year - stay tuned for reunion details. 

Details regarding 2018 events TBC

Reunion Events & Reunion Coordinator Details


Sometimes, reunion groups decide to organise their events off campus. We understand that this is becoming a popular option, and we are happy to support reunion coordinators with the organisation of these events.

If you are, or know of anyone coordinating a reunion in 2018 please contact us - dpsa@downlands.qld.edu.au 

2008
10 Year
Reunion

Please contact Downlands College if you are interested in assisting with the organisation of this reunion, or are aware of the reunion plans.

1998
20 Year Reunion
Please contact Downlands College if you are interested in assisting with the organisation of this reunion, or are aware of the reunion plans.

1993
25 Year Reunion

Please contact Downlands College if you are interested in assisting with the organisation of this reunion, or are aware of the reunion plans.

1988
30 Year Reunion

Please contact Downlands College if you are interested in assisting with the organisation of this reunion, or are aware of the reunion plans.

1978
40 Year Reunion
Please contact Downlands College if you are interested in assisting with the organisation of this reunion, or are aware of the reunion plans.
1968
50 Year Reunion

Please contact Downlands College if you are interested in assisting with the organisation of this reunion, or are aware of the reunion plans.

1958
60 Year Reunion

Please contact Downlands College if you are interested in assisting with the organisation of this reunion, or are aware of the reunion plans.

1948 and 1938 Year Reunions

Please contact Downlands College if you are interested in assisting with the organisation of this reunion, or are aware of the reunion plans.


Nominations are now open for the 2018 Past Student Awards.

Aligning with the MSC foundation of community and hospitality, nominations are called for past students who have demonstrated exceptional professional, personal, academic and/or research achievements and contributed to the community at local, state, national and/or international levels. 

Please include the nominee’s name, award nomination and reason. Click the Awards page for more details. NB. nominees for these awards are required to be an alumni from one of the classes ending in seven.

Email nominations to: dpsa@downlands.qld.edu.au

DPSA Bursary

Pay It Forward


The Principal and the DPSA invite all Downlanders to support the DPSA Bursary Fund. In true MSC spirit, join them in their campaign to change the lives of young people.

Why choose to give?


Past Students and their families are amongst the first to acknowledge how their own experiences and learning at Downlands have shaped their future. The generosity of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in the past means that many families received financial support to attend Downlands College.

That same spirit of generosity now continues at the College through the DPSA Bursary Fund which aims to provide children with the opportunity of a Downlands education.

Downlands is the school of choice, offering the broadest curriculum on the Darling Downs, with sporting and cultural opportunities, as well as apprenticeships and VET training - all firmly grounded in a strong, heart-centred ethos.

 

Who can apply?


The DPSA Bursary is open to children entering Year 11, who would benefit from a Downlands College education but for whom full tuition is out of reach. At this stage the bursary will be awarded on an annual basis to a Senior school student completing Years 11 and 12. 

If you are interested in applying for this bursary please contact Downlands College Enrolments Officer, Ms Merilyn Rohde via email, enrolments@downlands.qld.edu.au, or phone 07 46 909 500. 

Every single gift makes a difference so please act now by making your tax deductible donation to the Past Students Bursary.

 

Send Your Gift

POST TO:


DPSA Bursary
Downlands College
PO Box 250
TOOWOOMBA Q 4350

Cheques should be made out to “The Trustee for Downlands Foundation Trust”

Click here for a printable donation form.

 

 

 

CALL US:


(07) 4690 9500

DIRECT DEPOSIT:


The Trustee for Downlands Foundation Trust, BSB 064 786, Account No. 519166001

Please alert us to your deposit so a tax deductible receipt can be issued.

Please remember, all contributions to the DPSA Bursary Fund are tax deductible.

Awards

In 2009, the Downlands College Executive initiated the Past Student Awards as a way of reconnecting with past students and to acknowledge their successes and achievements since graduation.

Aligning with the MSC foundation of community and hospitality, nominations are called for past students who have demonstrated exceptional professional, personal, academic and/or research achievements and contributed to the community at local, state, national and/or international levels.

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Outstanding Past Student Award

This award is aimed at past students who have demonstrated a high level of achievement in their chosen field and/or service to the community (most likely with at least ten years of career experience).

Outstanding Young Achiever Past Student Award

This award is generally designed to reward past students who have achieved distinction in their chosen field and are aged 30 or younger.

Past Student Service Award

Building upon the MSC tradition of community, this award recognises a noteworthy past student who has lead or been involved in community organisations since graduation.

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Past Student Awards

NB. nominees for these awards are required to be an alumni from one of the classes ending in seven.

Nominations should include all contact details for both the nominator and the nominee.

For the Outstanding Past Student Award and the Outstanding Young Achiever Past Student Award, information is required about the nominee’s professional and personal development activities since graduation, their contribution within their chosen field and their involvement in the local, state, national and/or international community.

For the Past Student Service Award please provide a letter detailing community initiatives and activities which your nominee has lead or been involved with and/or details of how they have assisted the College since graduating.

Email nominations to: dpsa@downlands.qld.edu.au

Congratulations to our Outstanding Past Student Award Winners for 2016:

Outstanding Past Student Award - Brett Robinson (Class of 86)

Outstanding Past Student Service Award - Megan Lonerargan (Class of 92)

Outstanding Young Achiever Past Student Award - Ben Parkinson (Class of 99)

Congratulations to our Outstanding Past Student Award Winners for 2015:

Outstanding Past Student Award - Paul Beirne (Class of 64)

Outstanding Past Student Service Award - Loretta Bayliss (Class of 90)

Outstanding Young Achiever Past Student Award - Craig Wilkinson (Class of 05)

Congratulations to our Outstanding Past Student Award Winners for 2014:

Outstanding Past Student Award - Mark O'Shea (Class of 94)

Outstanding Past Student Service Award - John Harland (Class of 74)

Congratulations to our Outstanding Past Student Award Winners for 2013:

Outstanding Past Student Award - Mike Ahern AO (Class of 59)

Outstanding Past Student Award - Rosemary Williams OBE (Class of 86)

Outstanding Past Student Service Award - Barry Collis OAM (Class of 55)

Congratulations to our Outstanding Past Student Award Winners for 2012:

Outstanding Past Student Award - Jon McCormack (Class of 87)

Outstanding Past Student Service Award - Jack Duggan (Class of 61)

Outstanding Young Achiever Past Student Award - Danielle Sturgeon (Class of 02)

Congratulations to our Outstanding Past Student Award Winners for 2011:

Outstanding Past Student Award - Damian Scattini (Class of 81)

Outstanding Past Student Service Award - Kevin O'Neill (Class of 50)

Congratulations to our Outstanding Past Student Award Winners for 2010:

Outstanding Past Student Award - Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE (Class of 45)

Congratulations to our Outstanding Past Student Award Winners for 2009:

Outstanding Past Student Award - Kevin Bourke OBE (Class of 39)

Outstanding Past Student Service Award - Daniel McSweeny (Class of 74)

 

 

 

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