Ursula Frayne Catholic College

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Ursula Frayne Catholic College
Perth, W.A
Australia  Australia
Type Private, Co-educational
Motto Centred in Christ
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1990
Principal Geoff Mills
Enrolment Approximately 1030
Colour(s) Red, grey & white
Slogan Centred in Christ

Ursula Frayne Catholic College is a private, co-educational school located southwest of Perth, Western Australia, operating on two campuses. Years 7 to 12 currently attend Frayne at the Duncan street campus in Victoria Park, while students from Kindergarten to Year 6 are educated at the Balmoral street campus in East Victoria Park.[1]

The College was established in its present form in 1990, but dates back to a school originally founded by the Sisters of Mercy, led by Mother Clare Buggy, in 1899. The school was named after Mother Ursula Frayne to publicly commemorate the first leader of the Sisters of Mercy and founder of many Catholic schools in Western Australia.


A group of the Sisters of Mercy, led by Mother Clare Buggy, arrived from Northern Ireland in 1899 and created their first school in the current place of the Duncan street campus, naming it St. Joachim's. Our Lady Help of Christians school was built in the areas of East Victoria in 1936 to supply education for newcomers to the suburb. In the 1950s, the Archbishop noticed that a boys' school had not yet been built in the south-east suburbs of Perth and so he asked the Congregation of Christian Brothers in Sydney for help, while the East Victorian Parish donated land worth around ₤2,000. St. Francis Xavier College was finally finished in 1953 and was staffed by the Christian Brothers.

However, with declining enrolments at Xavier College, the college united with Our Lady Help of Christians, and soon afterwards, amalgamated with St. Joachim's School to become Ursula Frayne Catholic College.

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Coordinates: 31°58′21″S 115°53′54″E / 31.97250°S 115.89833°E / -31.97250; 115.89833