Nicholls House

Welcome to Nicholls House

House Patron: Pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls (1906 – 1988)

Pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls was a prominent Aboriginal Australian who was born at Cummeragunja reserve. He was a Yorta Yorta man who achieved many great things throughout his life.

Doug was an extremely generous man who fought for all to have equal rights in our society.

Throughout his life Doug broke many barriers that used to exist for Aboriginal people and received many accolades for his work – not that this was a motivation for his selfless work.

Pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls was a gifted athlete who used to compete in amateur boxing, athletics as well as football. He was the first Aboriginal man to play in the VFL where he played for Fitzroy for a number of years and in 1934 came third in the Brownlow medal count. He also made the Victorian Interstate team.

Doug was the first Aboriginal man to be an Australian father of the year, Knighted by the Queen and a Governor or South Australia.

Doug did hours of unpaid work with the Fitzroy police as well as his role as a Christian Minister later in his life. All his work was focused around helping to support others around him to lead a fulfilling life.

These are just some of the qualities we hope to highlight as a benchmark for the students of Nicholls House.

The Nicholls House chosen charity is the ‘Opening the Doors Foundation.’ This charity aims to support the educational disadvantages that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families face.

The role of the Learning Mentor
Our Learning Mentors are pivotal to the pastoral care program at St. Joseph’s college; supporting and guiding students on their intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual journey.  They liaise with teachers, support staff and parents to enhance communication and ensure optimal outcomes for our students.

Our Learning Mentors for 2019 are:

  • LM1 Mark Cybula
  • LM2 Bree Gilmour
  • LM3 Kelly Pay
  • LM4 Peter Phillips
  • LM5 Sarah Richardson
  • LM6 Ruth Phillips
  • LM7 Amy Cook

Our Student Leaders

House Captains -Jessie Bennett, Thomas Chatfield
Vice Captains -Georgia Brown, Taylah Dixon
Junior Captains -Jaida Bourke, Indiah Gilmore
Beacon Leader -Taylah Dixon

Nicholls House Leader- David Armfield