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Two Josephite tradition schools with a long history of educating children on Le Fevre Peninsula will form a new R-12 Catholic college in 2022.

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish School, which opened in 1909 at Pennington, and Mount Carmel College, Rosewater, will continue to operate across their current sites under the name of Mount Carmel College.

Professor Denis Ralph, chair of South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools, said the decision followed extensive consultation with the families and staff at both schools, the parish and the wider community.

“There was strong support for the establishment of what will be the first Reception to Year 12 Catholic co-educational college in the north-west of Adelaide,” he said.

The existing schools cater for almost 900 students between them and both are growing in enrolments. The R-12 college is projected to expand to cater for 1150 students by 2030.

This follows the announcement in April this year that Catholic Education SA will partner with the State Government to establish the Western Technical College as a campus of Mount Carmel College.

“With the Western Technical College opening in 2021, students will have extraordinary opportunities to gain VET qualifications in high demand industries such as maritime and defence,” said principal John Konopka.

“We believe that this collaborative approach will strengthen our educational offerings and will further improve student learning and wellbeing.”

Principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish School, Jenny DeGilio, also welcomed the announcement, saying it would offer continuity in teaching and pastoral care.

“This is great news for our primary students as they will have greater access to facilities and resources. The R-12 College will also offer a single enrolment process for families and a smoother transition to secondary education.”

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