Special steps need to be taken to blunt the impact of school closures, particuarly on girls.
Australia is in the midst of a population boom. But Catholic school enrolments have been decreasing since 2013.
The transition from primary to secondary school can be tough for children socially and emotionally. Students also do less physical activity in secondary school, and need help with this transition too.
If we look at enrolment figures for public secondary schools, it's untrue to say the steady drift towards private schools has been reversed.