Adolescence is a time when children undergo a multitude of changes and developments, and can be a challenging experience on a number of levels.
The development of sophisticated communication and social skills is a major factor in the journey from childhood through adolescence, and learning to communicate and relate to members of the opposite gender is a vital aspect of this development.
A Co-Educational environment fosters the positive development of interpersonal skills between both genders, where students are able to interact with each other within a safe, supported environment. Valuable skills are learned through these interactions, such as learning to cooperate with and work alongside peers of both genders, and learning to respect and celebrate both the differences and similarities shared between female and male students. Sharing a learning environment with the opposite gender allows students to develop mutual respect, acceptance, and the ability to relate to each other in an appropriate and acceptable manner. At Years 7-9, Nazareth College provides Parallel Education that combines co-educational classes and single gender classes.
When young adults complete their secondary school education, they are faced with the task of integrating into the wider community on several levels, including the workforce, tertiary education, and social settings. Students who have been immersed in a Co-Educational learning environment are fortunate, as they have already gained several years’ experience interacting with and sharing space with both genders. A more mature and insightful understanding of society in general can be gained by individuals who attend a Co-Educational school, and these individuals are well-equipped to continue their journey into adulthood as respectful, responsible and courteous young adults.
Nazareth College is dedicated to providing students with opportunities to achieve their personal best academically, spiritually and socially. In our Co-Educational setting students develop strong interpersonal skills with an emphasis on spirituality and respect for all others, and the ability to successfully interact with both genders on a day-to-day basis.
As part of our focus on individualised and personalised learning, Nazareth College is the only Catholic Co-Educational School in Victoria to offer a selection of single-gender classes in core subjects. Conducting single-gender classes in a co-educational setting is known as Parallel Education.
Boys and girls learn differently, so offering a range of all-boys and all-girls classes in Year 7-9 will enable us to better cater for students’ individual learning styles. Students in Years 7-9 will study a range of core subjects including English, Maths and Physical Education in single-gender classes. Students will still, however, have their daily Pastoral group, Pastoral class, Religious Education, and all Technology, Art and Performing Arts lessons in co-educational classes. Boys and girls will still mix with each other and maintain their friendships in the school yard; and all co-curricular activities such as the College Production, Choir and Student Leadership activities will continue to bring boys and girls together.
Parallel Education at Nazareth College combines all the learning advantages of single-gender education with all the social and educational benefits of co-education. This unique approach to education means that Nazareth College is able to truly provide Catholic Co-Education at its best!