Catholic girls secondary school St Aloysius College in North Melbourne will enrol boys from 2023 for the first time in its 130-year history. Source: Herald Sun.
It is the second Melbourne inner-city Catholic school to announce it will go co-ed as schools strive for viability and meet demand.
Opened in 1887 and operated by the Mercy Sisters, St Aloysius said it would enrol year 7 boys in 2023 as part of a six-year plan to be fully coeducational by 2028.
It comes after CBC St Kilda decided to take in girls from Presentation College Windsor, which announced its closure due to dwindling enrolments. CBC St Kilda has been rebadged as St Mary’s College.
St Aloysius families were notified of the decision yesterday, following a two-year research project by Catholic Education Melbourne, Mercy Education and the school. The announcement was delayed as the school focused on delivery of education during lockdown.
VCE students in 2021 and 2022 will complete their schooling as a single sex-school.
Principal Mary Farah said the shift to co-ed was a natural next step for the school.
St Aloysius is one of 12 across Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia governed by Mercy Education. It is a lower fee paying school, made up of 56 nationalities and some of the students are drawn from public housing estates or are the children of city workers.
St Aloysius College welcomes boys as trends, enrolments change (By Claire Heaney, Herald Sun)
St Aloysius College to accept boys in 2023 (Catholic Education Melbourne)