Greater Hobart Catholic College Extension Project provides certainty for students and parents

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Greater Hobart Catholic College Extension Project provides certainty for students and parents

Archbishop Julian Porteous, together with the Minister for Education and Training The Hon. Jeremy Rockliff, and Executive Director of Catholic Education in Tasmania Dr Gerard Gaskin, today launched the Greater Hobart Catholic College Extension Project in Hobart.

The Project will inject an estimated $53M into the Tasmanian economy by way of capital works projects planned for Catholic school and college campuses in the greater Hobart area.

The Project is the culmination of three years of research and planning to advance the provision of Years 11 and 12 at Catholic colleges in the greater Hobart area. The announcement provides certainty for the future needs of students, and parents seeking a Catholic education for their children, for the next 20 years.

“From the commencement of the 2023 school year three existing Catholic colleges - St Aloysius Catholic College, MacKillop Catholic College and St Virgil’s College will begin to provide year 11 and 12 Catholic education,” said Archbishop Julian.

“This development has been a cooperative effort, not only for the three colleges involved, but also has engaged a process of close collaboration with St Mary’s College and Guilford Young College. It has been very pleasing to observe the desire of all parties to see that Catholic education works together to advance the Catholic formation of young Tasmanians, particularly in the senior secondary area,” His Grace said.

Archbishop Julian said each of the three colleges had presented detailed and comprehensive education plans that included enrolment projections, financial budgets, building designs and plans for the delivery of senior secondary education.

“Catholic education places Christ at the centre of the religious, academic, vocational and physical formation of our young adults. It is this faith and its spiritual underpinning that enables Catholic education to have a distinctive edge which is attractive to parents seeking the best possibilities for the education of their children,” His Grace said.

Catholic Education Tasmania Executive Director Dr Gerard Gaskin, said the Greater Hobart Catholic College Extension Project is an exciting time for Catholic education and, more broadly, for Tasmanian education.

“I’m delighted that year 11 and 12 education will be provided at St Aloysius Catholic College, MacKillop Catholic College and St Virgil’s College,” said Dr Gaskin.

“This will be in addition to the excellent year 11 and 12 provision already offered at St Mary’s College and Guilford Young College’s Hobart and Glenorchy campuses. The benefits will see improved retention to Catholic education and more broadly, Tasmanian education. We’re achieving this by providing students with a broader range of pathways to successfully complete their education.”

The Tasmanian Government welcomed the extension of the three colleges to Years 11 and 12.

“The announcement today by the Catholic education sector mirrors the Liberal Government’s commitment to extending all Tasmanian Government high schools to Years 11 and 12 by 2022,” said Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff.

“Importantly, the extensions will result in upgrades to school sites which will stimulate the economy and create much needed jobs for Tasmanians as we recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

“Extension schools are part of a united and concentrated effort to ensure every Tasmanian student is able to successfully complete Year 12 or an alternative appropriate pathway in training or employment,” Mr Rockliff said.
 

Photo: Pictured at today’s launch in Hobart are (L-R) Archbishop Julian Porteous, Executive Director of Catholic Education in Tasmania Dr Gerard Gaskin, and Minister for Education and Training The Hon. Jeremy Rockliff MP.