The History of Assumption Catholic Primary School

Assumption Catholic Primary School 1981Prior to the foundation of Assumption Catholic Primary School there had been two attempts made by the Presentation Sisters to establish a Catholic School in Mandurah. in 1955, two sister started a school in the Parish Church. This continued until 1959 when, due to the drowning of three Presentation Sisters in a boating accident, the sisters were forced to close the school.

In 1962, just three years later, the Presentation Sisters again opened a Catholic School in Mandurah - this time in a small cottage on land adjoining the present site of the Presentation Convent. Due to declining numbers of students and extreme financial hardship without Government     assistance, the sisters were again forced to close the school.

Assumption Catholic Primary School is the third and most successful establishment of a Catholic School in Mandurah. It was planned by the Catholic Education Commission that a new Catholic systemic school would be developed in stages. It was to be under the Principalship of a Presentation Sister.

In 1982, the school opened with 91 children from years 1 to 6. The following year, the enrolments increased to 150 with the addition of a Year 7 class. An on-going building programme over subsequent years has seen the school develop to a two-streamed Kindergarten - Year 7 school. In 1998 our school came under the leadership of its first lay principal.