Possible amalgamation of Corpus Christi College and Yidarra Catholic Primary School

At the August meeting of the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA) approval was granted to commence a consultation process to explore the amalgamation of Corpus Christi College and Yidarra Catholic Primary School from two separate (adjacent) schools into one K-12 college.

This page will be updated throughout the remainder of 2020 with information on what this change will mean for our community, and will provide opportunities for parents, students, staff and stakeholders to engage with the process.

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to submit them below.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. How will the proposed

At the August meeting of the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA) approval was granted to commence a consultation process to explore the amalgamation of Corpus Christi College and Yidarra Catholic Primary School from two separate (adjacent) schools into one K-12 college.

This page will be updated throughout the remainder of 2020 with information on what this change will mean for our community, and will provide opportunities for parents, students, staff and stakeholders to engage with the process.

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to submit them below.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. How will the proposed amalgamation impact tuition and other related fees at both the primary and secondary school? (It will be disappointing to see fees increase above reasonable expectation for either school or for Corpus (high school students) to subsidise the primary school. I have noticed with other schools in the area, where there is an amalgamation of junior and senior schools, fees are astronomical eg All Saints. If this were to occur with this proposed amalgamation it will place my daughters’ Catholic education out of reach.)

    If the decision is made to amalgamate these two schools, the 2021 school year will be used to form an Interim School Board (comprising representatives of both schools and the parish) who will consult with the local community and staff from the Catholic Education Office to make informed decisions around the name of the college, school uniforms, school fees and so on. It is important to note that All Saints College is not a Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) school. 


    Recent amalgamations of two CEWA schools into K – 12 colleges, namely Mercy College in Koondoola and St Mary MacKillop College in Busselton, have not resulted in a significant increase in fees for primary or secondary students. In fact, in terms of fees and charges, the advantages of the amalgamation included parents being able to access sibling discounts and the economies of scale associated with larger colleges.

    The amalgamated college will be a CEWA school and would, therefore, fall under the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA) policy on fees and charges. In the past few years, this CECWA policy has advocated little or no increase in fees. If the amalgamation were to go ahead, it would be in the best interests of neither the new college nor CECWA itself to have a school that priced itself out of the reach of local families.

  2. How will the amalgamation affect enrolments?

    Experience over the past fifteen years has demonstrated the increased popularity of K – 12 schools in Western Australia and this has certainly been the case with the CEWA K – 12 schools. Consequently, much of CECWA’s current planning for new schools makes use of a K – 12 model and three of our current ‘new’ schools (in Baldivis, Byford, and Piara Waters) are ultimately planned for K – 12 enrolments.


    In terms of the possible amalgamation of Corpus Christi College and Yidarra Catholic Primary School, we would expect demand for positions at these two schools to increase across all year levels. Yidarra Catholic Primary School is currently a double-stream (Years K – 6) primary school and is operating at about 85% capacity in terms of enrolments. If the amalgamation takes place, we would expect the (new) school’s capacity in the primary grades to increase. Likewise with Corpus Christi College which is seven-stream (Years 7 – 12) and is currently at about 90% of capacity, across these years.

  3. When will the amalgamation go ahead?

    The timing of the decision to amalgamate (or not) the two schools will be informed by the reports from the four (4) sub-committees and made at the December 2020 meeting of the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA).


    If the decision is made to amalgamate, the 2021 school year will then be used to form an Interim School Board (comprising representatives of both schools and the parish) who will consult with the local community and staff from the Catholic Education Office to make informed decisions around the many aspects of the new school/college. If the decision is made to amalgamate, the new college would begin officially on 01/01/2022.

  4. Will the schools’ names change? (As a past student of both schools I really think the name Corpus Christi should stay. The high school has such a good reputation and it would be sad for the name to go as it has so much history. High school years are special ones and these memories I cherish. If the name changed it would feel like it is a completely different school and perhaps past students such as myself would feel disconnected from the school.)

    If the decision to amalgamate the two schools is made in December 2020, the 2021 calendar year will be used to form an Interim School Board who will make a series of decisions around many aspects of the new amalgamated college, including such things as uniform, fees, enrolment processes, and the transition from 2022 to one college.

    We recognise that there are past and present students and community members who have fond memories of both schools with their current names and identities. These connections will be taken into consideration if the amalgamation goes ahead.

    Typically, the process for naming a new school or renaming an existing school involves the Interim Board consulting with the local community and CEWA personnel to select three (3) suitable options for a name. These are then forwarded to the bishop of the diocese (in this case it would be Archbishop Timothy Costelloe) who makes the final decision.



  • An important part of the decision around the amalgamation of Yidarra Catholic Primary School and Corpus Christi College into one K – 12 college is the consultation with the two school communities and the St Thomas More parish. Accordingly, you are asked to answer one or more of the three questions below.

    All comments and questions will be forwarded to the appropriate sub-committee (Catholic Identity, Education, Community, Stewardship) and included as part of that sub-committee’s brief.

    Thank you for your contribution.

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