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Announcement to our Community

Dear Community, Friends and Families

I hope this communication finds you safe and well. This past year has been a challenge for us all and I acknowledge the incredible efforts of students, staff and families during the period of remote learning. Our lives here in Melbourne have been disrupted, some to a very significant degree, and
I hope and pray that we can achieve a return to normality in 2021.

Throughout this time, and despite the challenges, CBC St Kilda’s important work towards our reimagining as a co-educational school has continued.

I am pleased today to formally announce very exciting news regarding the future of our reimagined school. The accompanying brochure elaborates on these exciting developments. The process for all of the decisions regarding the reimagined school has been thorough: a broad process of consultation and collaboration with our community guided by our commitment to ensuring sustainable quality Catholic education in the precinct.

As of January 1, 2021, the following changes will take place:

While our school will continue to be an Edmund Rice Education Australia school, our name will change from Christian Brothers’ College St Kilda (CBC St Kilda) to St Mary’s College. This change of name is deemed a positive and critical step for our future as an inclusive, sustainable Catholic secondary school – a school of compassion, respect, courage and justice.

We have successfully amended our registration to become a co-educational school through the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority.

Crest Redesign
Our crest has been updated to reflect the traditions of our College and incorporates the legacy of Presentation College Windsor (PCW) through the inclusion of a symbolic laurel wreath.

Vision, Mission and Values
Our school’s vision, mission and values have been reshaped to align with our reimagining as a coeducational school. A comprehensive strategic plan will be developed in 2021 to realise our vision, mission and values.

Campus Arrangement
Our school will operate across two sites: the Edmund Rice Campus (formerly CBC) and the Presentation Campus (formerly PCW). Years 7, 8 and 10 will be predominantly based at Edmund Rice Campus and Years 9, 11 and 12 will be predominantly based at Presentation Campus

Model for Learning
We will be the only co-educational Catholic secondary College in the inner suburbs of Melbourne. We will offer a well-designed, exciting, flexible and inclusive co-educational model to young women and young men from Year 7 through to Year 12. A wide range of subject offerings are available to cater for broad student interests.

Year 9 Nobilitas Program
Our highly regarded and successful Year 9 Program will continue to run separately from the rest of the school. It has been renewed to ensure it continues to be contemporary, innovative, rigorous and engaging. Renamed the Year 9 Nobilitas Program, the program pays homage to our school’s

Latin motto: Virtus Sola Nobilitas.
The opportunity to operate from both Presentation Campus and Edmund Rice Campus led to our decision to close the Balaclava Campus, where our Year 9 Program has traditionally operated. The Presentation Campus provides us with the opportunity not only to continue running our specialised Year 9 Program in newly renovated state-of-the-art facilities, but also to extend our subject offerings across all year levels and be innovative in our use of facilities and learning spaces to benefit all students.

A school uniform is a means of developing belonging and cohesion in a school. As a part of our reimagining, a new uniform will be designed during 2021, with our students and parents playing a key role in its development. This will give our students a sense of pride and ownership in the identity of the College. It is proposed that the uniform will be available at the start of 2022, and that during 2021-24, students can continue to wear the current CBC and PCW uniforms which will be phased out by the end of the 2024 school year.

While we have reimagined our school, it is important to note that the best of the traditions and culture that has made us a great school, a school 142 years old, will remain. The legacies and charisms of both Presentation College Windsor and CBC St Kilda will be the strong foundations of a new culture and vision for our reimagined school. Our alumni will continue to form a part of our story and our history will continue to be acknowledged and celebrated.

Together, we step into an exciting future, a future made possible by EREA through their vision for education, their commitment to the new exciting school and the unwavering support and encouragement of all those involved so far.

If you seek further information, please contact us at: enquiries@stmaryscollege.vic.edu.au

I look forward to leading the school into this exciting adventure in its unfolding history.

Terry Blizzard

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