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Executive Team

Mr. Rhett Bowden


Mr. Rhett Bowden

Mr Bowden commenced his principalship at O’Loughlin Catholic College in 2017.

He has a wealth of experience in education both in the Northern Territory and Southern States.  He commenced teaching at O'Loughlin Catholic College in 2004, after holding positions at Ivanhoe Grammar and Camberwell Grammar in Melbourne, and Wesley College in Perth.  He has been a Senior leader at O'Loughlin, coordinating and driving improvements and developments across all areas of the school since 2004.  He is very proud of how the College has grown to become well respected for delivering quality education for our community.

Giving children the best possible opportunity for a well-rounded education is a high priority for Mr Bowden and he is keen to ensure the children of O’Loughlin Catholic College are given every opportunity to develop their talents and to develop a keen sense of service as participating members of their society.

He is excited to continue into 2020.

Mr. Stephen Versteegh

Deputy Principal

Mr. Stephen Versteegh

Stephen was appointed Deputy Principal at O’Loughlin Catholic College in 2019.

Stephen began his teaching career at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, Alice Springs, and has taught at Marist College North Shore in Sydney and St John’s Catholic College Darwin. He has held both Senior and Middle leadership roles in pastoral care and teaching and learning.

Stephen is passionate about providing quality Catholic education to all students and believes that students are at the centre of all that we do as a College. The ethos of Catholic education is a focus on the whole person, valuing and nurturing the inherent gifts of all, a fundamental aspect of Stephen’s educational philosophy.

Ms Danyelle Kelly

Assistant Principal - Religious Education

Ms Danyelle Kelly

Dany Kelly has been teaching in Catholic schools since 2012 and was on the foundational team for MacKillop Catholic College in Johnston. Most recently, Dany joins us from St. Joseph’s Nudgee College where she worked as the Director of Identity. Prior to this Dany was living and working in California where she completed a Master’s Degree in Spirituality which lead her to work for Vinnies in California and the finally Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton.

Dany deeply values all students, parents and staff and has a deep respect for Aboriginal Spirituality as well as holding the Jesuit charism (seeing God in all things) and Vincentian charism (helping those suffering, forgotten or deprived) close to her heart. As Assistant Principal Religious Education, she trusts that all who encounter the O’Loughlin Catholic College community will be blessed with a personal experience of the trinity and together seek to live out our motto ‘Make Us One in Christ’.

Mr Jason Tutty

Director Of Pedagogy & Curriculum

Mr Jason Tutty

Jason Tutty is an educator with over twenty years of experience in a wide variety of educational contexts, both in the Northern Territory and abroad. He began his professional career in Darwin as a House Parent at St John’s Catholic College, before joining the Kormilda College academic staff in 1997 as a teacher of Indonesian language.

As a past student of O’Loughlin Catholic College, Jason first joined the College staff as a relief teacher in 2002 before moving to the United Kingdom (UK) to further his career. Prior to returning to Darwin and re-joining the College in 2016, Jason held academic and pastoral roles in management and leadership teams at high achieving schools in North London and Kuala Lumpur.

Jason has over nine years of experience implementing and leading excellent teaching practice across the whole school with a focus upon collaborative planning, visible learning and evidence based teaching. He is enthusiastic about building collaborative processes that identify individual student’s needs, and support staff in planning and delivering lessons which allow each learner to make good progress.

He understands that strong partnerships between families, students and teachers are the cornerstones of any successful College community, regardless of the variety of backgrounds, abilities and ambitions of each learner. Fostering positive and constructive relationships between all stakeholders is a priority for an enjoyable and caring College environment.

Jason holds a Masters of Political Science and Qualified Teacher Status (UK) from the University of London. He has completed a Graduate Certificate in Theology from the University of Newcastle and has a current Certificate IV (VET) qualification in Teaching and Assessment. His undergraduate Arts degree is in Southeast Asian Studies and his Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education specialises in Languages other than English (Indonesian language) and Humanities; both these qualifications were received from Charles Darwin University.

Mr Nicholas Jack

Head Of Senior School

Mr Nicholas Jack

Nicholas came to O'Loughlin in 2018 as Acting Deputy Principal. He has had extensive experience in a number of educational sectors including Catholic, independent and government schools in Victoria, the Northern Territory and the United Kingdom. Over his career, spanning twenty years, he has been dedicated to providing students with opportunities to achieve their best. He is committed to working with colleagues to create a supportive and rewarding learning environment’s at both primary and secondary levels.

Nicholas has held management positions across a variety of faculties including Health and Physical Education, Music and Art. He has also led whole school extra-curricular activities as Director of Musical Productions, and overseen choir, band and instrumental programs. Nicholas’ musical background has provided him considerable music industry experience in performance, production and managing commercial music sales.

Nicholas understands that to fully engage students, a school curriculum and timetable needs to provide the opportunity for learners to experience and excel in creative and physical learning environments, as well as the spiritual and academic. To support a thriving wider school community, he encourages school based performance, competition and wider learning outside as well as inside of the usual normal school hours. Nicholas is currently completing his Masters of Education with Edith Cowan University in Western Australia.

He completed both his Bachelor of Music and Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education specialising in Music and Humanities, at Charles Darwin University. He also holds a Certificate IV (VET) qualification in Teaching and Assessment.  He is currently the Vice President of the Northern Territory School Boys Rugby Union.

Miss Catherine Hives

Head Of Middle School

Miss Catherine Hives

Catherine commenced her time at the College in 2010, after previously completing one of her teaching practicals the year before. After a long drive up from Country Victoria to start her teaching career in the Northern Territory, she now calls this place home.

Throughout her years at the College, Catherine has taught Science, Religious Education, Religious Education - Youth Ministry and Mathematics; and led the College’s Social Action Group. Having previously taken on leadership roles such as Year Seven and Year Ten Team Leaders, she has since been the Head of Middle School from 2016.

As the Head of Middle School, Catherine is passionate about working with students throughout their middle years. Quoting: “These years can be such a roller-coaster of highs and lows, and is such a crucial time in their developmental stages of life. And it is then our number one priority that we support each individual student pastorally and academically to ensure we provide them with a successful transition into our Middle School and to prepare them for their Senior School years at our College.”

She works closely with the Homeroom teachers, Year Level Coordinators, and the Head of Senior School regarding student wellbeing and Pastoral Care. As well as running various events throughout the year such as the Year 6 Open Day and Information Evening, Year 6 and 7 Orientation days, and mental health awareness events.

Over her years as the Head of Middle School, Catherine has seen lots of growth in the College with areas such as connections and partnership with the Resilience Project, headspace NT, Restorative Practices, Parent TV and the Learning Bar, Tell Them From Me® and more. All with a focus on developing students as a whole person, and journeying with them through their time of adolescence. 

Catherine is excited for the years ahead and looks forward to continuing to work together with families, watching students grow into young adults.