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Path to co-education continues at St Michael's


The evolution of co-education at St Michael’s College continued  when the first group of boys and girls started in Reception at the primary campus.

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The decision to introduce co-education from R-12, commencing with Reception in 2021, follows the welcoming of girls to Year 12 in the early 1970s and to secondary school in 2008 when the first co-education Year 8 cohort commenced.

As families walked through the doors on the first day of term, there were some familiar faces with 19 old scholars’ children forming part of the 2021 Reception cohort.

Peter and Joshua Mercurio

Peter Mercurio (Class of 2000) accompanied son Joshua on his first day and said teaching staff at St Michael’s had always gone “above and beyond their duties to help students”.

“St Michael’s is more than a school, it is a family,” he said.

David Sorby with daughter Ella.

David Sorby (Class of 1991) said he had two daughters and always intended to send them to the secondary campus.

“The week we found out that St Michael’s was going co-ed in 2021 we enrolled immediately and were delighted to accept the offer.”

“My time at St Michael’s played a huge role as to why we enrolled Ella, it has always been a great school, one which three generations of our family have attended,” said Adam Nicks (Class of 1993).

“I think the thing that has meant the most to me are the friendships I still have from school. The friends that I still have today, we are going on 35 plus years of friendship, even though we have all been spread out all over the country.”

The school was established at Beverley in 1954 with 29 boys in Reception after the De La Salle Brothers were invited by the Archbishop of Adelaide to provide an additional, quality Catholic education option to meet the growing population in the western suburbs.

A second campus opened at Henley Beach in 1967 and the college has continued to expand to cater for the growing number of students, with the current enrolment at 1870.


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