25 Nov 2016
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New vision for south west

Catholic Education South Australia has announced plans to strengthen education pathways in the south west of Adelaide.

The plans will ensure that children and families in the region have access to:

  • a Catholic early years centre
  • clear Catholic educational pathways from early years through to secondary schooling
  • programs and facilities that develop capabilities in critical thinking, research, and problem solving through new technology.

The new vision will be achieved through:

  • the development of a new co-educational middle school campus from the amalgamation of Sacred Heart College and Marymount College
  • the development of a new early years to Year 6 school at Hove with a focus on early years education and innovative learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) studies
  • students at St Teresa’s School, Brighton having first option to transfer to the new Early Years to Year 6 school.
  • a commitment to work in partnership with all schools. The expansion of early years services and enhancement of facilities to support additional Year 6 students in primary schools in 2019 will be explored.

The care of our students, staff and families is of the utmost importance. Students, school families and staff will be supported and consulted through the transition period.

Principal Peter Mercer said that many in the school community at St Teresa’s were “excited” by the announcement and “ready to embrace this change and new vision."

Principal of Marymount College, Maria Canala said "My hope is that the staff, students and parents of both colleges shape together a compelling future focussed vision for the new coeducational school where both girls and boys will flourish." 

Sacred Heart Principal Steve Byrne said the changes provided a unique opportunity to align and further develop the many strengths of Marymount and Sacred Heart Colleges.

School families were invited to attend forums held at the three schools to learn more about the proposed changes.

Parent at St Teresa's Anna Garcia said "We feel very lucky to have a new, larger, Catholic primary school, with an exciting curriculum focus, opening so close to us."

While Cathy Sires, parent at Sacred Heart College said " Both schools, Marymount and Sacred Heart, have immense strengths and this new structure provides opportunities for families to be immersed in a new level of excellence as a result of this combined expertise."

Click to view Information flyer - New Vision for Catholic Schools in the South West

Want to know more?

If you have further questions or want more information please contact:

General information

Mark Corrigan
Senior Project Officer: South West Region Taskforce
(08) 8301 6600

Enrolment enquiries

Marymount College
Please visit the Marymount College website

Sacred Heart College
Please visit the Sacred Heart College website 

The New Early Years – Year 6 School
Please register your interest with the Senior Project Officer, Mark Corrigan (contact details above).