After more than 60 years as a boys’ school, Adelaide's St Paul’s College in Gilles Plains will become coeducational from 2022. Source: The Advertiser.
Principal Paul Belton said the timing was right for the school to move into coeducational education with the school in a strong financial position. He said the coeducational environment would encourage traits in St Paul’s students such as "tolerance, respect, initiative, service, resilience and co-operation”.
The school surveyed parents, staff, students in years 5 to 12, past students and the local community about becoming coeducational, soliciting 1100 responses.
The survey recorded an overwhelming vote in favour of the change, including more than two-thirds of parents and 85 per cent of staff who said it would enhance learning, the school’s identity and students’ wellbeing.
Initially, girls will be accepted up to year 8, with the school then becoming fully coeducational through to year 12 by 2026.
The schools is one of about 50 Edmund Rice Education Australia schools in Australia that follows the Edmund Rice tradition of spirituality and social justice.