St Aloysius’ College is considering the opening of a new campus on a vacant parish site in inner-west Sydney that will become the Jesuit School’s version of Geelong Grammar’s Timbertop Retreat and offer a community-focused curriculum for boys in the middle years of high school.
Principal Mark Tannock has written to the parishioners of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rozelle, which owns the old school site, outlining a plan to house students there while renovating the main site at Melsons Point and creating a satellite campus focused on the transition to manhood.
Mr. Tannock said the campus will focus on the creative arts as well as academia, and will provide community service opportunities.
“Boys at this age are often caught up in their own orbit,” he told Announce. “They tend to get a little lost when they get to 14 or 15. Getting them out in the community to understand that they have some obligations within those privileges is another thing we like in this approach.
“Geelong can do its own Timbertop, but we can do something different within the inner city.”
Mr. Tannock said the college was planning a renovation of its high-rise campus at Melsons Point, which would include building additional classrooms above the courtyard and moving the stadium upstairs.
While this work is in progress, the school will need to find space for a public group. But she 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 nearly a third of student families now come from the Inner West. If approved, the Rozelle site will open in 2023.