PM’s Catholic secondary school considers co-ed future

St Mary’s Cathedral College in Sydney (Wikimedia Commons/KaiAdin)

One of Sydney’s oldest Catholic schools is considering becoming co-ed, with inner-city St Mary’s Cathedral College putting a proposal to parents that could see it expand to a dual campus. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

If the plan moves ahead it would be the fifth new co-educational school created by Sydney Catholic Schools in the past decade.

St Mary’s, an all-boys school established almost 200 years ago, is the alma mater of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

A proposal sent to parents said that by “reimagining the college, St Mary’s can enhance its standing as one of Sydney’s great colleges”. The plan would see the school transform from a year 3 to 12 boys school to a kindergarten to year 12 co-ed college with an additional campus situated nearby.

Sydney Catholic Schools executive director Tony Farley, who runs 150 primary and high schools across metropolitan Sydney, said there was a growing demand for co-ed options, especially in the inner-city.

He said St Mary’s was looking at becoming co-ed and expanding “faith-based education with a classical liberal arts approach to the curriculum”.

The school provides students for the country’s oldest cathedral choir and offers specialist music tuition for all years.

The plan comes as more single-sex schools across Sydney become co-educational and parents increasingly call for more co-ed options.

Many of Sydney’s schools are boys- and girls-only, particularly in its public system, where there are 34 catchments in which the only option is a single-sex high school.


‘Reimagining the college’: One of Sydney’s oldest Catholic schools considers co-ed move (By Lucy Carroll, Sydney Morning Herald

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