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All girls at Presentation College Windsor offered spot at neighbouring boys' school

All girls at the closing Presentation College Windsor have been offered a spot at the neighbouring Catholic boys' school, which has announced it will become co-ed.

Christian Brothers College St Kilda informed parents on Wednesday afternoon that it will open its doors to all students from PCW when the 146-year-old girls' school closes at the end of 2020.

All girls, not just senior students, from Presentation College will be offered a place at Christian Brothers College.

All girls, not just senior students, from Presentation College will be offered a place at Christian Brothers College.Credit:Eddie Jim

In an email sent just after 4.30pm on Wednesday, CBC principal Gerald Bain-King revealed a decision had been made by Edmund Rice Education Australia to offer all girls a spot from 2021 onwards.

"This morning the Executive Director of EREA, Dr Wayne Tinsey informed me that EREA will be offering PCW students of all year levels an education at CBC St Kilda from 2021 and ongoing," he said.

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"As you can imagine, this is a significant commitment and will require some careful planning to ensure that our boys’ school education continues to be effective for our CBC boys.

Gerald Bain-King, principal of the Christian Brothers College in St Kilda.

Gerald Bain-King, principal of the Christian Brothers College in St Kilda.Credit:John Woudstra

"Over the next 12 months, CBC will work hard to not only tailor our programs in ways that are suitable for young women, but ensure that the cultural characteristics of our school are very supportive and nurturing for them.

"Having hosted PCW girls at CBC for many decades, we believe we have the capacity to take this additional step to be quality girls’ educators, and to do this in the right way."

The boys school had already committed to accepting senior girls into the school to complete their VCE studies, and was investigating whether it would become a co-ed institution.

Mr Bain-King said on Wednesday he would be working with the leadership team at the school to "lay the ground work for this very significant development", and will be liaising with the new principal, Terry Blizzard, who is due to take over next year.

He said parent consultation was an important part of the process, and invited all CBC parents to a parents forum at the school next week.

The two schools already shared VCE resources.

Presentation College Windsor is closing its doors in 2020.

Presentation College Windsor is closing its doors in 2020.Credit:Eddie Jim

Founded in 1873, PCW is Victoria's second oldest Catholic girls' school but shocked parents, students and teachers when it announced its plans to close at the end of the 2020 school year, blaming dwindling enrolments.

Mr Bain-King told The Age several days ago that inner-city Catholic schools are struggling to maintain enrolments as some local families opt not to send their children to religious schools.

But he said he was optimistic that CBC would continue to attract students in future with a co-educational model that maintained the best of single-sex schooling.

Letter to CBC parents

Dear CBC Parents/Guardians

As you are aware from our prior communications as well as a variety of media reports, CBC St Kilda’s governing body, Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) have asked us to provide support for currently enrolled Presentation College Windsor (PCW) students. As PCW will be closing in 2020, CBC has already made a commitment to complete the Year 12 education of PCW students who are presently in Year 10 and wish to undertake their Year 12 studies at CBC in 2021.

This morning the Executive Director of EREA, Dr Wayne Tinsey informed me that EREA will be offering PCW students of all year levels an education at CBC St Kilda from 2021 and ongoing. As you can imagine, this is a significant commitment and will require some careful planning to ensure that our boys’ school education continues to be effective for our CBC boys. Over the next 12 months, CBC will work hard to not only tailor our programs in ways that are suitable for young women, but ensure that the cultural characteristics of our school are very supportive and nurturing for them. Having hosted PCW girls at CBC for many decades, we believe we have the capacity to take this additional step to be quality girls’ educators, and to do this in the right way.

Over the period of my last term and a half here, I will be working with the CBC Leadership Team to lay the ground-work for this very significant development. As part of this process I will be liaising with CBC’s new Principal, Terry Blizzard who will in due course take up this work when he begins his tenure as College Principal in 2020. As you can imagine, there is a lot to do in a relatively short time, and as part of this process, I believe it is important to undertake parent consultations as one of the earliest steps.

For this reason, all current CBC St Kilda parents and guardians are invited to a ‘Parent Forum’ ... You are asked to respond ... should you wish to attend. I apologise that there are other school events on in that week, but I wanted to ensure parents were consulted as soon as I knew that this development was under way.

Please note that this forum is for parents and guardians only and not for students.

Kind regards

Gerald Bain-King

Simone is a breaking news reporter for The Age. Most recently she covered breaking news for The Australian in Melbourne.

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