If you were to visit one of Sydney's most prestigious private boys' schools this week, you would find a series of miffed parents and alumni outside the institution, holding placards, some even tearing up.
What is the source of their frustrations you may be asking? It's that their beloved school, Newington College in Sydney's Inner West, has decided to start to allow female students to enrol.
Interestingly though, another private boys' school in Sydney has also recently made the move to co-education. And the school community's reaction tells a completely different story.
Newington College goes co-ed.
Back in November, Newington College announced its intention to shift to co-education across its kindergarten to year 12 program. They have exclusively taught boys since the school was founded in 1863, and currently they charge fees of up to $42,200 per year.
The School Council said the decision was not made lightly, noting that it was enacted to boost diversity and "life-readiness" at the College.
"This decision has been made to ensure the college remains a vibrant, contemporary institution, in step with the society it is part of," they said.
The staged shift to co-education will start in the junior school in 2026 and for high school students from 2028, with the College fully co-educational by 2033.
Watch: Newington College alumni share their feelings. Post continues below.