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City Beach High School


Town of Cambridge

Place Number

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20 Kalinda Dr City Beach

Location Details

Other Name(s)

City Beach High School and
International School of Perth, City Beach SHS

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1965 to 1968, Constructed from 2001, Constructed from 1980

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List Adopted 27 Nov 2018

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
RHP - Does not warrant assessment Current 14 Dec 2012

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 27 Nov 2018 Category 3

Category 3

Some/Moderate Significance Contributes to the heritage of the locality. Has some altered or modified elements, not necessarily detracting from the overall significance of the place. Conservation of the place is desirable. Any alterations or extensions should reinforce the significance of the place, and original fabric should be retained wherever feasible.

Municipal Inventory Adopted 17 Dec 1996

Statement of Significance

The layout of the campus and the original buildings from the mid 1960s have aesthetic value as they demonstrate the form and style of the period and illustrate a greater sophistication in public buildings when designing for the climate and landscape in Western Australia.

The place has historic value as it demonstrates the settlement and rapid growth of City Beach in the 1960s and the government's response to this new community.

The place has social value for the members of the community from the 1966 to present day who attended the school as staff or students, or were associated with those who went there.

Physical Description

The school was constructed in the mid 1960s in the natural bushland in City Beach. The low ranges of the school are mainly hidden from clear view of the street behind landscaped gardens along Kalinda Drive. The school buildings are predominantly arranged in a series of east-west ranges with a number of open spaces between each block.

The blocks are single and double storey brick construction with pebbledash render in placed and all incorporate shallow pitched colorbond roofs. Windows are timber framed sashes and highlight windows.

The reception block and access into other areas of the school is via a high brick wall with an integrated entrance, the brickwork being enlivened by the aboriginal mural across the full extent of the wall.


City Beach underwent significant development in the early 1960s following subdivision of the area for residential occupation. The 1962 Empire, or Commonwealth, Games in Perth and the main stadium at Perry Lakes was a major influence on the development of the area. City Beach High School was constructed in 1965 and opened in 1966.

The school was designed by the Public Works Department along modern lines as a cluster of pavilions with internal courtyards. The buildings were designed with an emphasis on orientation to avoid the western sun and to take account of the surroundings.

In 1981, a hall was built on the site however the school population dwindled following the initial development of the area in the 1960s and 1970s. By 1997, there were only 350 students enrolled, mostly in the years 8 to 10. The Bold Park Kindergarten which was originally located on the site, moved in 1998 to new premises in Wembley.

In 2000, the school initiated a series of innovative program to cater for students from around the state who had difficulty fitting into larger schools. In 2001, a group of buildings were constructed on the northern side of the site. These buildings are believed to currently [2018] be used for residential accommodation for boarders. The school closed in December 2005 as at that time there were only 87 students at the school from Years 8 to 10.

In 2006, a privately funded school, the International School of WA occupied the property and catered for residential students. The school was officially opened by Premier Alan Carpenter on 8th November 2007.

Since then the buildings have been adapted and added to in accordance with their requirements and changing education approaches. The most significant additions since then was the addition of new teaching blocks in 2014 and in 2017 a new building residential college was approved for construction.

The school will be relocating to new premises in 2019.


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Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Aerial photographs, Landgate. Online Reference 1953-2016
item T235, Town of Cambridge Local Studies Collection, Interview with Barry Goddard regarding construction of the City Beach High School. Oral History 2006
Item T236, 'City Beach International School of WA on the Move', Stirling Times Newspaper 18 October 2016
WABMA Heritage Database

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
5039 City Beach Senior High School, Kalinda Drive, City Beach : archival record. September 2000. Report 2000
7102 Metropolitan High Schools of the 1950s and 1960s : thematic study. Heritage Study {Other} 2004

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use EDUCATIONAL Secondary School
Original Use EDUCATIONAL Secondary School

Architectural Styles

Post-War International

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Other TIMBER Other Timber
Other CONCRETE Other Concrete
Wall CONCRETE Pre-cast concrete panel
Roof METAL Other Metal

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Education & science

Creation Date

17 Jul 1997

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Last Update

24 Nov 2020


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