St Vincent's College Ashfield
A new era for Catholic education in Ashfield

Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) has announced that the system’s three Ashfield schools — St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School, Bethlehem College and De La Salle College — will come together to form K-12 school St Vincent’s College Ashfield from the beginning of the 2023 school year.

Aligning with the teachings of St Vincent de Paul, the college will form the vision of students who thrive, influence and help create a just and equitable world.

“Catholic Education in the Ashfield area is entering a new era, where three schools will become one and where educational excellence; a specialised curriculum, extraordinary sporting opportunities and cutting-edge partnerships with businesses and innovation leaders will happen every day” SCS Executive Director, Tony Farley

College Offerings
  • A K-12 co-educational Catholic curriculum
  • High quality teaching and learning outcomes for students
  • A focus on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, entrepreneurial skills and global capabilities
  • A flexible, integrated curriculum that allows for student choice and demands breadth
  • Learning pathways options – flexible approaches to achieving the HSC and university micro-credentialing
  • Connections and partnerships with not-for-profits, the corporate sector, higher education providers and communities locally, nationally and globally
  • Shared community facilities, including a 7.00am-7.00pm Study Centre, complementing before and after school care
  • Maximised capacity for more functional and learning oriented facilities
  • Opportunities for students to deepen their connection with their local parish and communities through global justice, human rights and environmental initiatives
  • Integrated programs for students, staff and the wider Church community
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Education in Sydney’s inner west is about to undergo an exciting transformation with the amalgamation of three Catholic schools into a new K-12 co-educational college. Read more.

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On 8 June 2022, Tony Farley Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools, Dr Jacqueline Frost Chief of Staff, and Dr Edmond Maher Director of System Performance, announced the amalgamation of the three Ashfield schools to staff and parents.

Project Milestones

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2022 – Announce amalgamation of three Ashfield schools into one K-12 co-educational college

New college name announced

New college principal and leadership team appointed


blue book icon 2023 – St Vincent’s College Ashfield in operation

Implementation of contemporary teaching and learning model

New college identity

Study Centre launch


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Year 7: co-educational

New college uniform roll-out


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Year 8: co-educational


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Year 9: co-educational


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All years: co-educational


College Structure

St Vincent’s College Ashfield will be structured in line with the following learning journey:

  • Early years (K-4)
  • Middle school (5-8)
  • Senior learning (9-12).

This serves the developmental needs of students and is a proven model in successful K-12 schools globally.

College Leadership Team

The leadership of St Vincent’s College Ashfield will include:

  • Principal (K-12)
  • Dean: Mission and Religious Education (K-12)
  • Dean: Early Years (K-4)
  • Dean: Middle Years (5-8)
  • Dean: Senior Years (9-12)
  • Dean: Head of Operations (K-12)

These roles will be appointed in 2022 for a 2023 school year start.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled responses to the latest questions from our community. If your question is not addressed below, please reach out to our project team on ashfieldk12@syd.catholic.edu.au

WHY IS THERE A NEED FOR AMALGAMATION?

Our three Ashfield schools, St Vincent’s Catholic Primary, Bethlehem College and De La Salle College have rich histories, and there will be respect for each school’s unique identity as they work collaboratively to become one.

We’re reimagining Catholic education in the Ashfield area to ensure academic, strategic and community needs align and our continued response to the ever-changing needs of our school communities, which include staff, students, their families and our parishes.

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE OLD SCHOOL NAMES – DE LA SALLE & BETHLEHEM?

While the names will no longer be used there will be respect for each school’s unique identity and rich histories as they work collaboratively to become one.

WHAT’S THE TIMELINE FOR GOING CO-ED?

In 2023, Years 11 and 12 will continue to have some co-educational as well as some single-sex classes. Years 7-10 will continue to operate as single-sex within the K-12 college.

Co-educational classes will be gradually phased in, starting with the first cohort of Year 7,  co-ed in 2024 and the college fully co-educational from January 2027.

WILL THERE BE NEW UNIFORMS AND IF SO BY WHEN?

Yes there will be new uniforms for St Vincent’s College Ashfield. We anticipate the design and selection process will occur over the next 12 months with the aim of new uniforms ready for the 2024 school year. We will keep you updated on progress.

WILL THERE BE CONSTRUCTION WORKS TO AMALGAMATE THE THREE SCHOOLS?

Bethlehem and De La Salle already share some facilities and this will continue. There will likely be upgrades to some classrooms and facilities, however there will be minimal disruption to students and staff on the school site.

IS THERE A FEE DISCOUNT IF I HAVE 2 OR MORE CHILDREN IN THE NEW K-12 COLLEGE?

Parents will be eligible for Sydney Catholic Schools sibling discounts.

WHAT IS THE NEW FEE STRUCTURE OF THE K-12 COLLEGE?

Sydney Catholic Schools’ published fee structure will continue to apply at Ashfield. It is based on a fee structure by grade with incremental increases from Kindergarten through to Year 12.

Enrol now

St Vincent’s College Ashfield is currently accepting enrolments for 2023. Contact St Vincent’s Primary, Bethlehem College and De La Salle College to start your child’s learning journey today.

BETHLEHEM COLLEGE ASHFIELD

GIRLS YEARS 7-12
A: 18 Bland Street Ashfield NSW 2131
P: (02) 9798 9099
E: info@bcashfield.catholic.edu.au
W: bcashfield.catholic.edu.au

DE LA SALLE COLLEGE ASHFIELD

BOYS YEARS 7-12
A: 24 Bland Street Ashfield NSW 2131
P: (02) 9797 3200
E: info@dlsashfield.catholic.edu.au
W: dlsashfield.com.au

ST VINCENT’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL ASHFIELD

CO-ED YEARS K-6
A: 30-34 Charlotte Street Ashfield NSW 2131
P: (02) 9797 6167
E: info@stvashfield.catholic.edu.au
W: stvashfield.catholic.edu.au

Contact us

We value your involvement and feedback as we bring the Ashfield plan to life. We welcome you to join us on this transition journey.

In the coming months there will be a range of opportunities and activities parents and staff can be involved in, as we transition from three schools to one, including:

  • Collaborative planning between staff at the three Ashfield schools
  • Activities to integrate and welcome the three student populations in advance of the amalgamation
  • Opportunities for parents to participate in transition planning and activities
  • Detailed orientation and communication to support the transition

We understand the Ashfield plan involves a lot of change. A dedicated project team is available to answer your questions.

Please email ashfieldk12@syd.catholic.edu.au to share your thoughts.

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