Boys school to go co-ed to help Presentation students

Principal Gerald Bain-King with Christian Brothers College St Kilda students (cbcstKilda.com)

Melbourne Catholic boys school Christian Brothers College St Kilda will become coeducational, throwing a lifeline to Presentation College Windsor students reeling from the announcement their school will close at the end of 2020. Source: Herald Sun.

Edmund Rice Education Australia confirmed the school will go co-ed for at least two years.

“CBC is privileged to be able to immediately offer girls in senior years a pathway to complete their VCE and VCAL studies after the closure of their College,” a statement said.

“This means that girls currently at PCW in years 10 and 11 2019, will have the opportunity complete their secondary education in a shared venture at CBC.

“CBC St Kilda and Presentation College Windsor have enjoyed many years of strong friendship and partnership in the provision of Catholic education.”

It comes after Presentation College Windsor’s shock announcement on Monday that its doors would be closed by the end of 2020.

The schools already share VCE classes together, along with productions and dance events.

Edmund Rice Education Australia said it was committed to working in partnership with the St Kilda East Parish, to continue to provide high-quality Catholic education for boys and girls.

“Exploration of how this new and exciting partnership might unfold will begin immediately,” the statement read.

“EREA’s decision to begin this work has the full backing of the Catholic Education Office Melbourne, St Mary’s Parish St Kilda East and the Presentation Sisters.”

Principal of CBC Gerald Bain-King said he was “really pleased” to help out current year 10 and 11 Presentation students.

“Hopefully they see us as an option they can embrace as they get over the grief over being part of PCW," he said.

“Schools are complex cultures, it’s not just learning maths or English, you are growing up in an environment, the grief is about losing that environment.”

As for practical changes such as toilets and changerooms, Mr Bain-King said the school would have to “work through” those practicalities.

FULL STORY

Christian Brothers College throws Presentation College a lifeline after shock closure news (Herald Sun)

Statement from Edmund Rice Education Australia on PCW Closure (EREA)

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Catholic boys' school looks to go co-ed to ward off inner-city decline (The Age)

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