Blessing of Performing Arts Centre at Nagle College in Bairnsdale

Above photo from left: Student Leaders - Lucinda Hurley, Maggie Anderson, Banjo Jackson, Thomas Greer, Alivia Chila, Harry Kool, Fr Bernie Graham -  Salesians of Don Bosco, Bishop Greg Bennet - Catholic Bishop of Sale, Fr Joseph Abuto - Parish Priest, Mr Paul Velten - Director of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Sale, Mr Stephen Dunning - Deputy Principal (DP),  Mrs Gabrielle Costin - DP, Elaine Vertriest (DP),  Mrs Rose Lee - Religious Education Catholic Identity Coordinator (RECIC), Mr Stephen Brill - Business Manager, Mr Doug Doherty - Principal of Nagle College, Bairnsdale.  

Bishop commissions principal and leadership team at Nagle College and blesses new Performing Arts Centre

May 2024

Staff and students at Nagle College, Bairnsdale welcomed Catholic Bishop of Sale Greg Bennet and special guests to mark two notable events:  the commissioning of the College’s new principal and leadership team, followed by an official Blessing and Opening of the College’s new state-of-the-art performing arts centre, the St Dominic Savio Centre.

Student leaders led a procession with Bishop Greg, Reverend Bernie Graham of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), and Parish Priest Fr Joseph Abuto for the commencement of the Commissioning Mass. Bishop Greg invited the Nagle leadership team to affirm their commitment to serving as leaders and partners in Catholic education.

College leaders commissioned were Principal Mr Doug Doherty, and executive team members, Mrs Gabrielle Costin, Ms Elaine Vertriest, Mr Stephen Dunning, Mr Stephen Brill, Mrs Rose Lee, and Mr James Kelliher.

The official party, staff, students and guests then moved to the St Dominic Savio Centre where Bishop Greg officially blessed the new $8.5 million state-of-the-art performing arts centre. The official party unveiled a plaque to commemorate the occasion.

This building encompasses a Theatre (auditorium and stage), foyer, ticket office and amenities. Existing music rooms were refurbished and extended, and a new drama room/dance studio was constructed adjacent to the Centre. External works included a new hard-court area, extended and upgraded car park, bus loop, and landscaping.


Principal Doug Doherty said students and staff were benefiting from the new facilities which were among the best in the district. The Theatre is fitted with state-of-the art sound and lighting equipment and staff and students have been impressed with the functional features and high-quality acoustics.  

Since opening late last year, the Theatre has hosted numerous events including the Nagle’s Got Talent show, photographic exhibitions, concerts, numerous Drama and English incursions, presentations from Victoria Police and universities, as well as House assemblies, staff professional development days and more.  The new venue will also showcase Nagle College’s musical,  Annie – the College’s first musical in eight years.


Director of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Sale, Mr Paul Velten, said it was wonderful to see the way staff and students at Nagle College were enjoying these new facilities.


“This building project represents Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited’s (DOSCEL) investment in school communities.”

“The St Dominic Savio Centre will be an asset to Nagle College for many years to come. May these buildings inspire faith and inspire learning, and empower students to reach their full potential and make a positive impact on the world.”


The St Dominic Savio Centre project was self-funded and is part of the College’s Masterplan to meet the needs of the growing school community now and into the future. Y2 Architecture and Brooker Builders led the project team. 

Above photo from left: Nagle leadership team - Mrs Rose Lee, Mrs Gabrielle Costin, Mr Stephen Brill, Mr Doug Doherty -  Principal, Bishop Greg Bennet. 

Above photo from left:  Student leaders - Lucinda Hurley , Maggie Anderson, Banjo Jackson, Thomas Greer, Fr Bernie Graham - Salesians of Don Bosco, Bishop Greg Bennet - Catholic Bishop of Sale, Student leaders - Harry Kool, Alivia Chila, Mr Paul Velten - Director of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Sale, Mr Doug Doherty - Principal.  

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