Catholic schools lend a helping hand


mowbray_story v2Catholic primary and secondary schools in Melbourne’s outer west have been quick to come to the aid of families caught up in the sudden closure of Mowbray College, offering places to many of their children.

Due to ongoing financial problems the independent college was forced to close its doors, which has been a tragedy for the teachers, students and their families.

Catholic Regional College (CRC), Sydenham, has led the intake charge, accepting 177 Year 11 and 12 students and 10 teachers. The Mowbray students, still wearing their former school uniforms, were greeted by CRC students on their first day to make the transition easier. Principal Brendan Watson said Mowbray families had experienced a difficult few weeks. ‘CRC Sydenham prides itself on serving the local community so at times like these we feel obliged to offer any assistance we can,’ he said.

Other Catholic schools to accept Mowbray students were Salesian College, Sunbury with 60 students; CRC, Melton 42; CRC, Caroline Springs, 45; and CRC, North Keilor, 21. Catholic primary schools in the area have enrolled 60 former Mowbray students.

Executive Director of Catholic Education, Stephen Elder, has praised the Catholic schools for their welcoming Christian spirit. ‘The plight of these families was quickly recognised by the Catholic schools in the area and I congratulate the principals, teachers and students who have accepted the Mowbray students so warmly and generously,’ Mr Elder said. ‘I would like to wish the new families all the best and hope their children settle into their new schools as quickly as possible.’