Sydney Catholic School’s forthcoming North Sydney educational precinct has been given a name – and it’s a familiar one for those who know the area’s history.
The new K-12 school will be known as Marist Catholic College North Shore when it opens in 2021, and will incorporate St Mary’s Catholic Primary School North Sydney and Marist College North Shore.
The name of the forthcoming school was announced at a symposium that drew together parents, parishioners, and senior leaders on 27 June. It recognises the partnership that has existed between the Jesuit Fathers and the Marist Brothers on the site for 130 years.
Also revealed were the names of the school’s two campuses, which will offer students stage-specific contemporary learning spaces and provide a seamless curriculum pathway from Kindergarten to Year 12. The primary campus will continue to be called St Mary’s, while the secondary campus will be called La Valla.
The two campuses will retain their existing leadership, and the new names and direction were welcomed by St Mary’s Principal Beverly Coffey.
She said becoming one college would enhance opportunities for primary children – particularly gifted and talented students, who will have access to the senior school’s library, science labs and other resources for extension projects.
“It’s such a nice journey for the child to go right through,” she said, “to situate both schools under the same logo and colours.”
“Marists have a wonderful charism that will be a great educational framework – the curriculum offerings will be very rich and diverse.”
Presenters at the recent symposium also discussed the site’s design and the new co-educational secondary program, which will see girls admitted to Year 7 from 2021.
Marist College North Shore Principal Anthony Duncan said he hopes to ensure there is an equal ratio of boys and girls in La Valla’s initial co-educational cohort.
“La Valla was the first parish of St Marcellin Champagnat, founder of the Marist Brothers, who were formed to educate poor country children in post-revolution France” Mr Duncan said.
“We are excited about the new college having this name – it links nicely to the history of education on this site.”
The new-look college will take on its new name and structure from 2021.
The school’s design, logo and colours are still to be determined.