Patron saint of teachers to lead the way for newest Catholic school

09 Feb 2024

By Contributor

The PK-12 College will open its doors to Pre-Kindergarten to Year Two in February 2025 and has already experienced significant interest in enrolments. The College will serve an area which is expecting population growth of 46 per cent between 2021 and 2031. Photo: Facebook/Madora Bay.

St Marcellin Champagnat, the patron saint of teachers, has been chosen as the name for the newest Catholic school at Madora Bay.

Following confirmation by Archbishop Tim Costelloe SDB, the Apostolic Administrator of the Bunbury Diocese, Catholic Education WA Executive Director Mr Wayne Bull and Foundation Principal, Ms Anita O’Donohue are delighted to announce that Western Australia’s newest Catholic School, which will open in Madora Bay in 2025 and will be called St Marcellin Catholic College.

The PK-12 College will open its doors to Pre-Kindergarten to Year Two in February 2025 and has already experienced significant interest in enrolments. The College will serve an area which is expecting population growth of 46 per cent between 2021 and 2031.

CEWA Executive Director Wayne Bull said the naming of the newest school in Madora Bay marks a significant step in the journey to welcoming new students.

“St Marcellin Catholic College reflects the joint ambition of CEWA, the Bishops of WA and the Foundation Principal to ground this school within the Marist tradition,” Mr Bull said.

“From the founding of the first Catholic school in Western Australia in 1843, the commitment to deliver a quality, affordable, faith-based education to those who sought one has grown from strength to strength.

“We are delighted to be able to offer more families the choice of a Catholic education in an area of our state which is growing,” he said.

Foundation Principal Ms O’Donohue added she is excited to be able to share the name of the new school.

“Which I hope creates a sense of anticipation and will give a feeling for the traditions on which we will form our community,” Ms O’Donohue said.

“With less than 12 months until we welcome the first cohort of students into our classrooms, work is underway to ensure St Marcellin Catholic College is ready,” she said.

St Marcellin Catholic College will be the 163rd Catholic school in WA. There are more than 80,000 students already enrolled in Catholic schools across the state.