Faithful Servant


Victor Branson began his high school as a boarder at Trinity Grammar School in the 1960s. His tertiary studies were conducted at Sydney University where he graduated with Honours in Arts and Divinity as well as training for the teaching profession.
Vic’s first appointment was in 1981 to St Catherine’s Anglican School for Girls, Waverley where he taught for 3 years. For the next 10 years Vic returned to Trinity Grammar School, becoming Head of History in 1988.
In late 1993 he accepted the position as Principal at a new school in Coffs Harbour called Bishop Druitt College to open in February 1994.
Over the next 10 years, Vic and his team of teachers and staff transformed a school of 57 students to one with a thousand students by 2004. His wife Margaret Ackland taught Visual Arts and all of their 3 sons, James, Thomas and Michael were students here. Tom also worked with Stu Mac as assistant groundsman.
The photo depicts Victor at an early Foundation Day dinner, wearing a vest patterned by Margaret’s art work with a BDC flavour.
In his speech at the 25th Celebratory Dinner as Guest of Honour, Victor said,
“I am delighted to be here to reacquaint myself with one of my adopted children: Bishop Druitt College. I have not been able to shake the feeling that BDC is my baby, with shared parents: the teachers and families who made this birth successful. The good Bishop Druitt and I share at least two things: the Christian Faith and a middle name which I used to find embarrassing: Cecil!
With the dedicated staff of the first year, 1994, and the many joining us over those early years, we managed to nurture the dream of a quality school into reality.”
Since then Vic and Margaret returned to Sydney where Vic became the Foundation Director, St Andrew’s Institute, CityEd and Director of Staff Services, St Andrew’s Cathedral School for the next 3 years.
In 2007 he was appointed Principal St Marks Coptic Orthodox College, Wattle Grove before his appointment as Principal at Mamre Anglican School, Kemp’s Creek in 2008 for the next 7 years. He retired at the end of 2015 and took a part-time position as Assistant to the Head at Newington College, and is now working as a consultant to four schools.
The reason why BDC is a success can be traced back to the sound foundations that Victor established some 25 years ago. Well done, thou good and faithful servant.