History & Tradition

Como Secondary College began as Como High School. The school was built in 1968 on a 30-acre site at the western end of the Collier Pine Plantation at a time of rapid expansion in the state.

The school was officially opened in 1969 with fifteen staff members and 259 Year 8 students. In October 1971, it was announced that the school would take upper school students the following year. As a result, the first of several name changes occurred with the school becoming Como Senior High School.

Two unique aspects of the school have been its Specialist Programs and international student program. Through these very successful initiatives, Como has provided an excellent education for students from all parts of the globe and from all over Western Australia.

Como was one of the first government schools in Western Australia to enrol students from overseas and continues to be a favoured destination. Similarly, our Hockey, Golf, Contemporary Jazz and Enriched Mathematics, Information Technology and Mathematics (EMITS) programs are the leading the field in Western Australia.

The traditions that have been built up at Como over the past 50 years have been designed to strengthen the inclusive and friendly feel of the school. Our traditions provide opportunities for students to celebrate their personal best. We recognize that adolescence involves significant rites of passage. Our traditions support the students’ growing independence while providing a framework that develops good decision-making based on a solid set of values.

Como graduates have gone on to contribute to every facet of life in Western Australia and overseas. As a government school we are proud to have provided an education for all within a caring and supportive environment. Como has been the stepping stone to a productive life for thousands of students.

The Meaning of the Logo

The Como Logo is called Maarli, the Noongar word for a swan. The flowing design represents the educational journey our students are on, but it also represents the school’s location at the confluence of the Swan and Canning Rivers. The design spells out the College’s initials and pays homage to the first school emblem, which included swans in its design. A statue based on the logo was erected by the CSC Parents and Citizens Association in October 2019 to commemorate the school’s 50th Anniversary.