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Bathurst Diocese sells schools to Sydney Anglicans

Bathurst Diocese sells schools to Sydney Anglicans

Sat 29 June 2013

The Anglican Diocese of Bathurst, together with the School Councils of Macquarie Anglican Grammar School Dubbo and Orange Anglican Grammar School have announced the sale of the schools to the Sydney Anglican Schools Corporation.

The Sydney Anglican Schools Corporation is the largest Anglican group of schools in Australia with 17 schools in Sydney and on the NSW South Coast catering for over 12,000 students.

The Bishop of Bathurst, Ian Palmer, said he was "pleased the purchaser of the two schools is an Anglican organisation that will give them the necessary resources and security that we cannot provide for them."

Bishop Palmer also commented that the "education principles (of Sydney Anglican Schools Corporation) are absolutely in line with what we have been able to give pupils through our two schools up to now."

The sale of the two schools was necessary due to financial pressures being faced by the Anglican Diocese of Bathurst. The Diocese was not in a position to continue to underwrite the growth and development of the schools.

Dr Laurie Scandrett, CEO of the Sydney Anglican Schools Corporation, said he and his chairman Tony Willis "are delighted to announce that the Corporation has late today exchanged contracts for the purchase of Macquarie Anglican Grammar School in Dubbo and Orange Anglican Grammar School in Orange." 

It is expected that the purchases will be completed at the end of September, between Term 3 and Term 4. 

"While both these schools are located beyond the geographic boundaries of the Diocese of Sydney this purchase is occurring with the very positive goodwill and support of the Bishop of Bathurst, Rt Rev Ian Palmer, and the Archbishop of Sydney, Most Rev Peter Jensen," Dr Scandrett said.

"Both Schools have been established on lines similar to the Corporation model of being affordable fee Anglican schools.  As such the schools have a very strong basis for being a ‘good fit’ with the Corporation."

The Corporation Board has established Provisional School Councils for both schools and appointed Board Directors Mrs Jennie Everist as the Chair of the Provisional School Council of Macquarie Anglican Grammar School and Mr Greg Catto as the Chair of the Provisional School Council of Orange Anglican Grammar School. 

"We thank Jennie and Greg for accepting these roles.  Over the next few months it is expected others will be invited to join these provisional councils.  This is likely to include some members of the current school councils.  Once the purchases are completed the Provisional School Councils will formally take over the local governance responsibility for the Schools on behalf of the Corporation," Dr Scandrett said.

"Please pray for Jennie and Geoff and the existing staff at Macquarie Anglican Grammar School; Greg and Len and the existing staff at Orange Anglican Grammar School; and the staff at the Group Office as we enter a three-month transition period before settlement.  Please pray for a smooth transition... These purchases represent the beginning of what we hope will be a new and exciting phase for the Corporation."

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