A private boys’ school in the suburb became the last to open for girls at the same time as Sydney has its first new single-sex school in almost 15 years with the opening of an Islamic college in the western suburbs.
Champagnat Catholic College, a school of the Marist Brothers in Maroubra, will become one of the few mixed schools in the East from 2023, while the Muslim Girls Grammar School has opened on a former TAFE site in Granville.
Champagnat’s announcement comes as Marist College North Shore welcomed its first Grade 7 daughters this term after three years of planning, and follows Marist Penshurst’s transformation from a struggling boys‘ college to an in-demand coeducational school. .
Sydney Catholic Schools will almost double Champagnat’s capacity and combine two of its Matraville primary schools, St Agnes and Our Lady of the Annunciation, to create a K-12 network.
Principal Tony Farley said the eastern suburbs were dominated by single-sex schools in public, independent and Catholic systems. âThe research we have done has all indicated that there is a huge demand [for co-ed schooling],” he said.
Mr Farley said Champagnat would follow Marist North Shore, which welcomed Grade 7 girls for the first time this year, and Marist College Penshurst, which doubled its enrollment after going co-ed in 2014. It was not planned to create other Marist schools. mixed.
Both schools spent years preparing, which involved building toilet blocks, modifying the curriculum to include subjects such as dancing and, in the case of Marist North Shore, conducting prejudice training. sexist for staff and older boys.
North Shore Marist Director Anthony Boys said there were about 60 girls who entered seventh grade, which is about a third of the 160 student cohort. The girls came from a mixed primary school, so they did not find different mixed classes.
“It’s a question of big boys [adjusting], “he said.” But the feminine influence is strong in the Marist tradition. They are strong and gentle boys. Girls thrive – they are happy, they are engaged, they are connected.