Three Catholic schools in Melbourne’s east are in talks to merge in a bid to create a kindergarten to year 12 “education hub” for about 1500 students. Source: Herald Sun.
Emmaus College, St Timothy’s Primary School and Holy Saviour Parish Primary School, which are all in Vermont South, are proposed to merge in 2025.
Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools director of learning and regional services Mary Oski said news of the merger has been “overwhelmingly positive” within the school community.
“We are excited to share that we are actively exploring the potential for a K-12 Catholic Education Hub in Vermont and Vermont South,” Dr Oski said.
“This innovative concept would offer a seamless K-12 Catholic education for children and families currently attending St Timothy’s Primary School, Holy Saviour Parish Primary School and Emmaus Secondary College.
“This proposal aligns with our responsibility to be responsive to demographic change and use resources as effectively as possible across the archdiocese.”
There are 50 pupils enrolled at St Timothy’s Primary School, 1392 pupils at Emmaus College and 75 in Holy Saviour.
Emmaus College principal Karen Jebb said: “We are excited about the prospect of offering a seamless K-12 educational journey for local families.”
Holy Saviour Primary School principal Steve Evans said: “This K-12 setting would open doors to explore more innovative ways to deliver primary education in our local community”.
St Timothy’s principal Anne Maree Jones said: “This proposal would allow us to access the facilities and specialised services of a large school, whilst maintaining the personalised approach of a small school community.”
The merger comes amid plans to open seven new catholic schools over the next three years, including Marymede Catholic College in Doreen and St Teresa of Kolkata Catholic Primary in Tarneit North, which are set to open next year.
Three Catholic schools in Vermont South set for merger to create K-12 learning hub (By Suzan Delibasic, Herald Sun)