Dear Brothers and all in our Lasallian Community,
I am very pleased to share with you today's announcement of the proposed amalgamation of St Bede's College, Mentone and St James College, East Bentleigh. Attached is the joint media release from the Colleges.
The Colleges have exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding to progress the amalgamation of the schools under the administration of St Bede's from 2021.
Following today's announcement, a 12-month period of intensive consultation with the students, parents and staff of each College will begin.
St Bede's College and St James College already share strong and deep Lasallian connections developed over many years and the amalgamation of these Colleges is a natural step and logical progression for them.
It is a decision that will bring renewed focus and energy to the educational mission begun by our Founder St John Baptist De La Salle and provide more opportunities for families in South-East Melbourne seeking a Lasallian education for their sons.
Both St Bede's and St James have exceptional reputations for outstanding education, which will be only further strengthened by the amalgamation and the opportunities and benefits it will deliver for more than 2000 students.
I thank the Boards of both Colleges for their work in securing this opportunity to build even stronger foundations for the continuation of our Lasallian charism through education, now and into the future.
Br David Hawke,