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    St Brigid's College

    Founding year: 1929
    Website: Visit Website
    Number of students: 1200
    Genders Accepted: Girls
    Leadership: Mrs. Carmen Cox (Principal)
    Number of staff: 0

    Founded in 1929 by the Sisters of Mercy and situated in the hills, 25 minutes east of Perth, St Brigid's College prides itself on delivering a quality education that caters to students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12. The development of healthy, positive, Christian relationships between our community members and an excellent academic standard is at the forefront of our mission.
    In our expansive and beautiful grounds, students experience a co-educational setting for years Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6 and then a girls' only education, with boarding facilities, for Years 7 to 12.
    We aim to prepare our students to reach their potential in all facets of their lives: academic, spiritual, sporting, or cultural.  Our values are based on our Mercy heritage and ethos, committing to providing excellence in international education within a Christ-centred environment. St Brigid's College supports students in their growth as contributing members of the community while living the Catholic faith's ethos within the Spirit of Mercy. We are proud of our students, present and past, who are, or have enjoyed, an education at our College, and we look forward to welcoming new generations as we continue to improve in the vital work of preparing our young people to be caring, responsible and trustworthy citizens of the future.
    To learn more about St Brigid's College and all that we have to offer, take some time to explore our website and discover the many exciting facets of our school and its welcoming community. St Brigid's College, Lesmurdie was established by the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy, West Perth Congregation in 1929 to provide for a superior boarding school to that which had been a part of St Brigid's School West Perth since its inception in 1888.
    Archibald and Maude Sanderson initially owned the College property. The Heritage Building was commenced in 1913 when Archibald Sanderson established a private day and boarding school. Herbert Perry, the Architect, prepared the plans based on the style of the home of Cecil Rhodes on the slopes of Table Mountain, Groote Schuur. In 1919, with the end of the Great War, the building was sold to the Red Cross to be rented to the Repatriation Department to house sick and wounded soldiers. During this period, the building was completed, and oak trees from Windsor Castle were planted on the grounds.
    In 1929, the building was let to the Perth Hospital as a convalescent home. Later in that same year, it was sold to the Sisters of Mercy for 9000 pounds. It was purchased by the Congregational Superior, Reverend Mother Brigid Watson, and brought to fruition a dream of finding a healthier and more open environment for St Brigid's School, West Perth. On 21 April 1929, Mother Teresa Rielly and seven Sisters took up residence with their first pupils – 35 boarders and three-day students. In 1938 a new two-story building consisting of classrooms and Music rooms was added on the north side. In 1965, the Sisters' Convent and Chapel, now part of the Secondary Section, were built at the original building's rear.
    In 1990 a new residential house was opened to accommodate 157 boarders. The boarders' accommodation provided is now second to none in terms of comfort and care. 1995 saw the amalgamation of the Primary and Secondary Schools. The vision of St Brigid, Catherine McAuley, and The Sisters of Mercy to bring education to young women has continued in our commitment to provide an education that remains in step with the demands of the 21st Century. The College's on-going building program ensures that students have access to state-of-the-art facilities in the learning environment. The McAuley Wing Science and Technology Centre and the Fitness Centre incorporating an indoor heated swimming pool are testaments.
    In 2005 the College was notified by the Heritage Council that it had been entered in the Register of Heritage Places. The grounds and buildings of St Brigid's College provide the students with a sense of honoring the College's heritage and history while providing them with open spaces and beautiful surroundings in appreciation of the Mercy tradition.
    Our College was founded as a peaceful outpost of the original St Brigid's Convent and school in West Perth. In 1928 Mother Brigid Watson had the vision and foresight to purchase the Red Cross building and grounds. The six Sisters and thirty-five boarding students who journeyed up the hill in April 1929 were to find the Heritage building in need of some hard work and cleaning to establish dormitories, classrooms, and a Chapel.
    In the tradition of their foundress, Venerable Catherine McAuley, the first Principal Mother Therese Reilly, organized the tasks required and over the next 20 years established a College of fine reputation in a splendid setting. The Docherty family's commitment and, in particular, the three Docherty sisters established the lawns and ensured that food and laundry were of a high standard.
    Sisters worked hard teaching all day and looking after the boarding students at night, supervising meals and study, and rising very early in the mornings for prayers and Mass. At all times, they instilled in the girl's pursuit of excellence. Sr Phillip Shine will be remembered for developing a strong tradition in musical performance.
    Sr Pius and Sr Mary Rose worked tirelessly for many years. They left a mark on generations of young women who went out to the world to make a difference as they lived lives of Mercy in Action, having been inspired by the loving community created at St Brigid's College by the wonderful Sisters of Mercy. We keep alive the memory of these Mercy sisters through our buildings, awards, and houses, which carry their names into the future and provide us with opportunities to retell their stories and be inspired once again.

    Address: St Brigid's College, 200 Lesmurdie Road, Lesmurdie, Western Australia, 6076, Australia

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