Ms Stephanie Banks, deputy principal wellbeing at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, says the pros and cons of single-sex and mixed education are constantly being debated, but believes the college offers a practical solution.
“We focus,” she says, “on a concentrated single-sex education from years 7-9 for young girls and boys at a separate campuses, and a co-educational experience from years 10-12.
“This allows students to experience and take advantage of the best of both settings, providing a much more well-rounded wellbeing approach.”
Ms Banks says the college is also constantly striving to provide learning facilities and resources that empower its 1500 students across its three campuses.
The all-girls Christ the King Campus is undertaking a major transformation that includes a new state-of-the-art science wing, new outdoor learning spaces, and improved design and technologies rooms. Earlier this year, a brand-new arts centre catering to the visual and performing arts was opened.
Ms Banks also notes that the single-sex setting encourages girls to challenge a national trend indicating they are less likely to take science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and Vocational Education Training (VET) subjects at an early age.
“Our female students are encouraged to develop strong skills in theory and practical subjects throughout their early years of secondary education,” she says. “Our all-girls Christ the King Campus offers them a great solution, preparing them for the co-educational setting in year 10 and beyond. Having these world-class facilities is something we are proud to offer girls.”
A unique community
“Christ the King is built around educational choices, empowerment and identity.
“In addition to its numerous wellbeing programs, the college promotes student voice and agency, where standing up for themselves and sisterhood unites all the girls around important movements.
“It also promotes strong females, without labels.”
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Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, 65 and 204 Churchill Avenue, Braybrook. Inquiries: 9296 5311 or visit www.cccc.vic.edu.au