Aranmore Catholic College is a co-educational school for Years 7 - 12. We are located in Leederville, just off vibrant Oxford Street, a mere 3 kilometres from the Perth CBD. As soon as you walk onto our campus, you will quickly discern three special things about our school: we have a long and rich history, we have happy students and a high teacher to student ratio which allows us to get to know each and every child. What this all means for your child is they enjoy a first class education, underpinned by traditional values, in a safe, supportive environment.
Aranmore Catholic College is a place of opportunity for all students. We endeavour to cater for students from all backgrounds and abilities. We are an entirely welcoming community and we believe that we are able to provide an all-round education for students. Many opportunities exist within the College, in that, there is a broad curriculum. Students can engage in competitions, extension programs, a sporting life, camps, modern facilities and school sponsored trips.
The College is guided by the Gospel message of Jesus, and so we have an extensive Christian Service Learning program, where students commit to participating in Community Service activities, through their secondary years. The College also has a gentle and inclusive Religious Education program.
The students at the College proceed to post-school life, having received an all-round and challenging education, which equips them for the next stage of life.
When you entrust your child to us, we take this as a great responsibility. We work with you, the parent, to equip your young person with the skills necessary, to succeed in life.
We have fine young people at the College and we are confident that your young person will thrive in our community.
Great thought went into the creation of Aranmore’s college crest. The blue of the ‘A’ is symbolic of Mary, while the Celtic Cross in its centre represents the College’s Irish origins. The Cross is supported by our motto, “Trust”. This incredibly powerful word is at the very centre of everything we believe in and is the basis for all successful relationships; from the spiritual one, between us and our God, to the day-to-day relationships between parents, students and teachers. When you send your child to Aranmore, we seek to repay that trust by equipping them with the moral strength and academic skills to make a positive contribution to society.
Aranmore Catholic College was founded on its present site in Leederville in 1903 by two Sisters of Mercy, Mother Berchmans and Mother Aquin, who originally established a co-educational school known as Our Lady of Perpetual Succour School, Arranmore. Mother Berchmans, who was from an island off the west coast of Ireland called ‘Arranmore’, named their new convent house at the corner of Marian and Shakespeare Streets, ‘Arranmore’. The first student, Sophia Hudson, was joined by 12 boarders a few years later and after a period of time, the school was called St Mary’s and educated both boys and girls to sixth standard and girls only in high school. In 1942, a high school for boys, called Christian Brothers’ College Leederville, was founded by the Christian Brothers. For over 40 years, the two schools operated separately but side by side. To meet the growing demand for places and to enable more educational opportunities for students, the two schools amalgamated in 1986 and officially became Aranmore Catholic College. The first Principal of Aranmore was Brother Kevin Paull and the first Deputy Principal was Sister Joan Buckham. Sister Joan Buckham is currently a member of the College Board.
Venerable Catherine McAuley Venerable Catherine McAuley was born near Dublin, Ireland on 29 September 1778. After the death of both her parents, Catherine went to live with relatives who embodied the strong anti Catholic atmosphere of the times. This was a difficult trial for Catherine, but through it she developed a spirituality based on God’s Mercy. Catherine sought to provide solace to sick and needy families, to train young girls for employment and to instruct poor children. When Catherine was 25, a retired couple (wife a Quaker and husband a Protestant) invited her to live with them. On their death beds, they converted to Catholicism, and bequeathed their estate to her. With this inheritance, Catherine built a house on Baggot Street in Dublin which began as a home for poor girls. This first Home of Mercy opened on 24 September 1827, the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy. Her work with the poor and destitute led Catherine to desire a life of total consecration to the Lord. Encouraged by the Archbishop, Catherine and two other women professed vows on 12 December 1831 and began the Religious Institute of the Sisters of Mercy. By the time of Mother Catherine’s death in 1841, there were 100 Sisters of Mercy in 10 foundations. In April of 1990, on completion of one stage of the process by which the Catholic Church defines sainthood, Pope John Paul II declared Catherine McAuley “Venerable”. We draw on the inspiration of Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy. Catherine’s deep faith in God, who is mercy, and her experience of pain and of poverty, shaped her prayer and in turn her prayer shaped her ministry. “Mercy....the business of our lives” - Catherine McAuley.