A group of parents and former students gathered outside Newington College in Sydney to protest the school’s decision to become fully co-educational by 2033. The 160-year-old all-boys institution made the announcement in November, stating that it wants to remain a contemporary institution. The protesters expressed their outrage, with concerns that male students would lose opportunities if girls attended the school. Some parents called for a change in headmaster and school council. The school defended its decision, saying that students need to learn to work alongside all genders in preparation for the future.