Two of Melbourne’s oldest single-sex Catholic schools will merge into one co-educational school next year, although boys will outnumber girls by about five to one. Source: The Age.
Boys’ school Christian Brothers College St Kilda will merge with girls’ school Presentation College Windsor under the new name St Mary’s College.
The new school will incorporate both campuses and have about 450 boys and 90 girls.
Presentation College shocked families last year when it announced it would shut at the end of 2020 because of sliding enrolments. Neighbouring CBC St Kilda then invited Presentation students in years 10 and 11 to complete their secondary education there.
While many Presentation students departed for nearby schools, some stayed on and will become St Mary’s College students.
CBC principal Terry Blizzard will also lead St Mary’s College. He said the merged school was “in it for the long haul”, with hopes of one day having a more even gender mix. He said the school dreams to have equal numbers of boys and girls across two campuses, but he conceded this may take some time.
Presentation opened in 1874 and was the state’s second-oldest Catholic girls' school. CBC opened in 1878.
Dr Wayne Tinsey, the Executive Director of Edmund Rice Education Australia, said: “The establishment of St Mary’s College is a dream, come to fruition. So many families will benefit from the educational possibilities which are underpinned by the traditions of the Presentation Sisters and the Christian Brothers. We are so grateful to all who have collaborated and worked so hard to make this dream come true.”
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