Whyalla schools form holy trinity

Three Catholic schools in the South Australian town of Whyalla will merge in a major restructure to become one school based on two sites.

Whyalla News reports that the merger involves Saint John's College, Saint Teresa's School and Our Lady Help of Christians.

Saint John's College will be one of the campus sites and work has started to identify which of the other two schools will be used as the second site.

The director of Port Pirie Diocese's Catholic Education Office, Kathy McEvoy, told the News that "there will be an emphasis on strengthening opportunities to link the school and wider community so that the Christian message and Catholic tradition will continue in Whyalla".

Bishop Eugene Hurley sent a letter to the schools and parishes this week, writing that this new initiative will ensure that the best Catholic education will continue to be provided in the community.

"At the same time it enables the development of a holistic and shared vision in which goals, values and spirit are wholeheartedly embraced," he said.

Saint John's College principal Charlie Allen said there had been discussions about these changes for a few years.

The three schools currently educate more than 1100 students and employ about 105 staff.

"I think it is going to be an exciting time for Catholic education in Whyalla," Charlie Allen said. "In particular because of the greater opportunity for students."

Saint Teresa's School and Our Lady Help of Christian principals Chris Sloan and Pat Page both said the students had taken the news well and were looking forward to the change.

"We'll have one spirit and one set of values so that Catholic education in Whyalla comes under the one umbrella and we're looking forward to the challenge of implementing the changes in as smooth and transparent way as possible," Mr Allen told the Whyalla News.

Catholic schools to unite (Whyalla News, 10/8/06)

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11 Aug 2006