Iona Presentation College, Perth

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Iona Presentation College
Iona Presentation College new color logo.jpg
Mosman Park, WA
Coordinates32°00′31″S 115°46′03″E / 32.0085°S 115.7674°E / -32.0085; 115.7674Coordinates: 32°00′31″S 115°46′03″E / 32.0085°S 115.7674°E / -32.0085; 115.7674
TypeIndependent and Day
MottoPro Deo et Patria
(For God and Country)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
(Presentation Sisters)
Gender Co-ed 3YO-Yr 4, Girls Yr 7-12
Enrolment1200 (3Y0–12)
Colour(s)Blue and Gold
Athletics conferenceIGSSA

Iona Presentation College is an independent day school for girls, located in Mosman Park, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located between the Indian Ocean and the Swan River.

Founded in 1907 by the Presentation Sisters, Iona is a Roman Catholic school in the Presentation tradition, caters for approximately 1200 students from Pre Kindergarten (3-year-old students) to Year 12. Iona is co-educational in the primary years, and all-girls from Year 7 through to Year 12.

The college is a member of Catholic Education WA, the Independent Girls Schools Sports Association (IGSSA), the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australia, and the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia.[1]


Iona Presentation College was founded on 11 September 1907, by the Presentation Sisters who came to Australia from Kildare in Ireland.

The college is named after the Scottish Isle of Iona, on which the Irish Saint Columba founded a community in 563 AD. Iona became a centre of learning from which Saint Columba and his monks spread the Gospel into Scotland and the north of England. Bishop Gibney remarked that the school's location in Mosman Park, situated on a rise, with the Swan River on one side and the ocean on the other, reminded him of the Isle of Iona. Furthermore, one of the four founding sisters was Sister Columba and so it was decided that an appropriate name for the college would be Iona.[2] Iona recently celebrated its centenary in 2007, marking 100 years since the foundation of the college.

Iona also won the IGSSA Swimming Carnival in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.[citation needed]

Co-curricular activities[edit]

Students may join in any of the many cultural and music groups listed below. In music, private lessons are available in a wide range of instruments and voice training.[3]

Performing arts

College Production (performed at the Regal Theatre, Subiaco), IGSSA Dance, Interhouse Dance, Interhouse Drama, Junior Production, Performing Arts Festival and Youth on Health Festival


Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Flute Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Swing Out Sisters, Junior Choir, Senior Choir, Chorale, String Quartet, Rock Band, String Ensemble, Rock Band and Blues Band


Apex Fashion Awards, Debating - Iona Presentation College and St Hilda's annual debating, Da Vinci Decathlon, Duke of Edinburgh, Mathematics Challenge, Media Club, Mock Law Trials, Public Speaking, Community Cook Up and Philosophon Etiquette presentation

International opportunities

Opportunities are available for students to immerse themselves in different cultures through a range of exchange programs, including to Japan, France and Italy.

Presentation Annual Event

Every year students are expected to attend 'Presentation Night' which is held at Perth Concert Hall. The event celebrates student achievement as well as music presentations from all year groups.


The college is a member of the Independent Girls’ Schools’ Sports Association (IGSSA) which gives girls the opportunity for competitive sport at the highest level

Iona has a solid sporting reputation and excellent programs, where students can be involved in a range of sports. The college has won the IGrs and is competitive in Athletics, Cross Country and Swimming in the IGSSA (Independent Girls’ Schools Sporting Association) competition.

Term 1: Swimming, Volleyball, Tennis, Squash/Golf

Term 2: Netball, Hockey and Cross Country

Term 3: Basketball, Athletics and Soccer

Term 4: Water Polo, Softball and European Fencing


The college also competes in the IGSSA Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country competitions and is always competitive at every level.[4]

In Years 9 and 10 students may select a course in Outdoor Education, as part of their elective subjects. Both programs cover a variety of outdoor pursuits and include practical and theory lessons. To meet the course requirements, students must be proficient swimmers and be able to complete a 200m survival swim.

Students will be assessed in the following outcomes:

  • Skills for Physical Activity
  • Knowledge and Understanding
  • Self-management skills
  • Interpersonal skills

Activities and topics covered include the following:

Year 9: Body Boarding, First Aid, Fishing, High Ropes, Kayaking, Orienteering, Snorkeling, Survival Awareness, Team problem solving activities

Year 10: Biking, Environmental Appreciation, Hiking and Bushwalking, Surfing, Water Rescue & Resuscitation (Bronze Star) and Camp Craft activities (minimal impact practices, tenting and camp cooking). Students are also required to attend a two-day Outdoor Camp.

Students have the opportunity to go to the Swiss Alps as part of a sport program during the winter break.

House system[edit]

The College House system plays a significant role in the pastoral care of students. There are currently six houses: Moynihan (Blue), O'Dowling (Green), O'Halloran (Yellow), Treacey (Red), Columba (Purple) and Kildare (Orange).

The House system consists of a house coordinator who works with staff house leaders and student captains to ensure that all students participate in the many varied house activities. Students are provided with opportunities in the Performing Arts, Dance, Sport, Music, Choral Work and the Creative Arts.

There are six houses in the college:

Columba House is named after Saint Columba, who spread the Gospel from his base on the island of Iona off Scotland.

Kildare House is named after Kildare in Ireland, from where many of the founding Sisters originated.

Moynihan House is named after Sister Columba Moynihan, one of the founding Sisters.

Treacey House is named after Mother Angela Treacey, one of the founding Sisters.

OʹHalloran House is named after Sister Paul OʹHalloran, one of the founding Sisters.

OʹDowling House is named after Sister Joseph OʹDowling, one of the founding Sisters.

Notable alumnae[edit]

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