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Parents will now run the board at St Kevin’s College (St Kevin’s website)

St Kevin’s College in Toorak, Melbourne, has won the right to become an independent school from December 1, breaking ties with Edmund Rice Education Australia. Source: Herald Sun. 

The school will now be run by a board made up of parents following a high-powered campaign led by Commonwealth Bank chair Paul O’Malley.

The Trustees of Edmund Rice Education Australia, previously known as Christian Brothers schools, agreed to the separation.

“As previously communicated, following detailed consideration, it was decided to seek regulatory approval for St Kevin’s College to transition to an incorporated school model with its own board,” Evan Dwyer, who took over as board chairman from Mr O’Malley, said in a letter to parents yesterday.

“I am now delighted to announce that we have received regulatory approval to adopt this model.

“Accordingly, as of December 1, 2023, St Kevin’s College will be transferred from the current proprietor, Trustees of Edmund Rice Education Australia (“TEREA”), to St Kevin’s College Limited. As a result, governance responsibility for the college will transfer from TEREA to the Board of St Kevin’s College.”

The school’s land and buildings, worth more than $200 million, will be transferred to a new entity owned by the school community.

The land on the banks of the Yarra River includes two large sports ovals, four tennis courts and extensive buildings.

The deal includes an undertaking that the land can only be used for education purposes.

Any legal liability for incidents at the school prior to 2007 remains with the Christian Brothers, which has paid out more than $200 million to victims of child abuse committed by members of its order.


St Kevin’s College in Toorak’s $200 million breakaway from Christian Brother’s movement (By Stephen Drill, Herald Sun)