St Aloysius’ College is considering opening a new campus at a vacant parish site in Sydney’s inner west, which would become the Jesuit school’s version of Geelong Grammar’s Timbertop retreat and offer a community service-focused curriculum for boys in the middle years of high school.
School principal Mark Tannock has written to the parishioners of St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rozelle, which owns the old school site, outlining the plan to house students there during renovations of the main site in Milsons Point and to create a satellite campus focused on the transition to manhood.
Mr Tannock said the campus would emphasise the creative arts as well as academia, and offer opportunities for community service.
“Boys that age are often trapped in their own orbit,” he told the Herald. “They tend to get a bit lost when they get to 14 or 15. Getting them out in the community to understand they have some obligations within those privileges is something else we’d like in that curriculum.
“Geelong can do its Timbertop, but we could offer something different within the inner city.”
Mr Tannock said the college was planning to renovate its high-rise campus at Milsons Point, which would involve building extra classrooms over the courtyard and moving the playground to the top of the building.
While that work was in progress, the school would need to find space for a year group. But it was also keen to develop a new approach to the middle years of adolescence, and the Rozelle campus would provide an opportunity to give boys a different experience.
Mr Tannock said almost a third of the students’ families now came from the inner west. If approved, the Rozelle site would open in 2023.