Three large Catholic schools in southern Tasmania are set to return to teaching year 11 and 12, reversing a decision taken more than 20 years ago. Source: ABC News.
MacKillop Catholic College on the eastern shore, St Virgil’s College at Austins Ferry and St Aloysius College at Huntingfield are likely to make the change from 2021.
The announcement came after an independent review of Catholic education in southern Tasmania, commissioned by the Church.
The Catholic sector said it was not exempt from retention issues and has decided to follow the lead of the State Government, which now has 38 high schools extending from year 10 to year 12.
“Twenty years ago ... we made certain decisions about the provision of education and we thought it was appropriate 20 years on that we do a review and reassess our own future in terms of provision of education in greater Hobart,” Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous said.
He believes there will be broad support for the proposed changes.
“There are now larger population bases down in the Kingston area,” he said.
“We think that a lot of parents will be very supportive of it and obviously we want to listen to any concerns they may have as we go forward.”
Increasing traffic on the Southern Outlet each morning meant some students were dropping out of the Catholic system.
There will be considerable time to plan any alterations and gauge feedback, with no changes to be made before 2021.
Ed Gauden, the past president of the Old Virgilian’s Association, welcomed the announcement, saying it was the result of years of lobbying from members of the school community.
“For many years we were so disappointed at the inability to send our own sons through to year 11 and 12 in the St Virgil’s College system,” he said.
‘Blueprint for the future’ signals extension to Years 11 and 12 for Catholic Schools (Hobart Archdiocese)