North Sydney precinct puts co-education on near horizon

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School principal Beverly Coffey and Marist College North Shore headmaster Tony Duncan pose with Year 4 students (L-R) Austin McCoy, Isabelle O’Sullivan and Marrissa Ristwej. Photo: Joel Carrett Photography/Newspix

Marist College North Shore will welcome girls for the first time in 130 years as part of the North Sydney Education Precinct plan.

In partnership with Our Lady of the Way parish, the innovative educational and pastoral precinct will create a low-fee Kindergarten to Year 12 pathway on the one site and room for more students to enrol – a response to growth within the area.

Marist College will become co-educational from 2021, beginning with Year 7.  St Mary’s Catholic Primary School North Sydney will also take on more students.

Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools Dr Dan White said the development was now in a master planning phase. The schools’ principals are working together with other key stakeholders to ensure the support, curriculum and infrastructure is in place to make the transition to the new education model smooth.

Marist College principal Tony Duncan said he was most looking forward to seeing brothers and sisters able to make a seamless transition to the same school.  He said most have seen the precinct as a positive move for young people of the area that will bring new opportunities.

“There is an excitement about the possibilities that will be on offer at Marist in the future,” he said. “The boys are looking forward to the changes.

“This model offers a really sound experience of moving from primary school to secondary school. In it, each student’s learning profile is supported through primary and secondary teachers working together. There will be enrichment in science and mathematics available. Gifted and talented experiences can be enhanced. Students with special needs will have a much improved transition to high school.”

A forum at Marist College on 27 June will further outline the vision for the precinct.


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