Named after Mrs. Jenny Damiani, who was the first chairperson of the Gleeson College Board and of the interim Board that established Gleeson College.
The Damiani House Crest incorporates symbols which identify the rich heritage not only of the House, but also the Gleeson College Community.
As a House we desired to capture the unique history of the College in that it was created as a result of expressed need by the local Catholic community. The need for a secondary Catholic education pathway to serve the young people of the North-East area is represented by the Cross, central to the Crest. The people surrounding the Cross represent Gleeson College as well as each of the Catholic feeder Primary Schools. The four figures also represent key contributors to the establishment of the College our College House patrons.
The beams emitted from the cross represent the Light of Christ. The beams also symbolise the wings of a dragon. Damiani adopted the dragon as its team mascot in College sporting carnivals over 10 years ago. Dragons are a symbol of wisdom, protection, valour, generosity, forgiveness and compassion.
Our motto suggests that we all belong not only to the College community, but also to Damiani House Community. 'Belong' was our House theme in 2010, the first year of the Vertical House system. As a community we worked to ensure our interactions with each other were ones that fostered positive relationships, a sense of safety and unity. 'Inspire' recognises that all we do is inspired by Jesus Christ and that our learning should be reflective always of our best efforts.
Our College song tells, '.....to be a leader you must be a servant to the rest.' Jenny Damiani was and is heavily involved in a range of community and charity organisations. She made clear in our meetings with her that the College 'came from the community,' guided by those willing to work towards a common goal, to serve others and to represent and lead a community. This also of course reflects Jesus' commitment to place others needs above his own.