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Merger proposal for Xavier, St Brigid


The South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools (SACCS) has commissioned a feasibility study to evaluate the merits of St Brigid’s Catholic School at Evanston becoming a campus of Xavier College.

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St Brigid’s, a parish school operating within a Salesian parish, has a long Catholic history beginning with St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and the Sisters of St Joseph followed by the Good Samaritan Sisters. Xavier College opened in 1995 as a school in the tradition of the Salesian Order.

Both schools have worked closely to offer a strong Catholic pathway from Reception to Year 12 for families in the area. This has expanded with the establishment of a Xavier College Primary Campus at Two Wells in 2021.

In recent times there has been ongoing discussions between the schools regarding how families and students can obtain greater benefits through shared resourcing and increased collaboration.

Benefits of St Brigid’s becoming a campus of Xavier include a seamless pathway from Reception through to Year 12 for students, additional financial support including sibling discount for school fees, and a consistent uniform.

To progress the SACCS proposal, the leadership of Xavier College and St Brigid’s Catholic School has established a committee comprising staff from Xavier, St Brigid’s and the Catholic Education Office to work through the logistics of such a proposal.

Principal of St Brigid’s, Paul Bennett, said “this undertaking builds on the strong relationship the schools have built over many years and we are excited about the opportunities this offers our staff, families and the wider community.”

Principal of Xavier, Mark Flaherty, agreed. “Xavier College is looking forward to investigating further enhancing the Catholic education pathway for families in the north and building on the established partnership we currently share with St Brigid’s Catholic School.”


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