A spare room and a barn were the first classrooms of Coogee Primary school. The aboriginal name for Lake Coogee was ‘Kou Gee’ (recorded in 1841 by Thomas Watson). In 1903 a permanent school was built. It had many ups and downs, having to close its doors for a period during World War II, happily re-opening in 1954. In 1993 the official opening of the new current school buildings occurred and the following year the school community celebrated its centenary. In 2019 we celebrated our 125 Year Anniversary.
1894 › ESTABLISHED
Government officially recognises the commencement of Coogee Government School. Teacher Mistress L Mcneil, 12 boys and 10 girls.
Principal - W. Henley
School moves to Coogee Agricultural Hall.
Principal – Kate Hutton
Principal – Camille Marie
Official opening of new school by Mayor McDonald of Fremantle.
Principal Walter Burns
Principals – Richard Stubbs and George Piper
Principal – Thos Cohurn
Principal – Darcey Sprigg
Principal – Thomas Crogan
Inaugural meeting of Parents Association.
School nearly destroyed by fire. Local residents, teacher and school children put out fire.
A case of Smallpox at Quarantine Station caused four students who work at the station to be put into quarantine. Student bitten by snake taken to Fremantle Hospital
Evacuation of Coogee School, due to its proximity to the Explosives Reserve which was storing artillery for use in World War II. School closed.
P&C prepare negotiations to secure a nearby grazing field (Owned by messrs Canning and cockell) to be used as an oval.
Principal – Neville Bull
Fire destroys main school building. Students attend Hamilton Hill Primary school for 3 weeks.
Principal – Leonard Walker
Principal – Trevor Lannin
Urgent meeting arranged. Principal and P&C decide to push for a new school. Principal – Nelson Gardner
Letter received MLA J McGinty advising funds had been allocated for a new school building. Parents vote on the preferred site for the new school.
Students commence Term 4 in their new school.
Official opening of new school.
Principal – Warren Bell
Funding received for the Building Education Revolution. Coogee Primary built 2 new Early Childhood Buildings and our Senior block of 4 classrooms.
The last year of Year 7 students leave Coogee Primary.
Enrolments reach 500.
Principal – Greg Sullivan
Coogee celebrates 125th Anniversary