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Principal's Message

Since 1982, when Canning College first welcomed international students, we have helped launch thousands of careers by providing the crucial pathway to leading universities.

Our programs, which are recognised by tertiary institutions across Australia and overseas, are tailored to suit the specific needs of students who are often unfamiliar with our young and vibrant city and the unique way of life it offers. Our experienced staff understand the motivations of international students as well as the challenges they face as they adjust to the pace of the their new life and transition towards university entry.

We take great pride in the role we play in assisting these students through a crucial period of growth in their academic and personal development and we are proud when they achieve their goals of university acceptance.

We have exceptional relationships with Western Australian institutions and we provide the flagship WA Universities' Foundation Program on behalf of the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Murdoch University and Edith Cowan University. In recent years, we have also established a strong relationship with the University of Notre Dame Australia, which is located in nearby Fremantle.

Our programs have assisted students in achieving entry into many other institutions, including the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney, as well as others in the UK, United States, Canada and New Zealand.

In 2019, a Western Australian Government initiative to expand international education resulted in Canning College focusing exclusively on opportunities for overseas students. The further refinement in the delivery of our pathway-to-university programs ensured a smooth academic transition, while the introduction of extra-curricular activities have enhanced the overall student experience.

Having served the Canning College community for many years, it was my great pleasure, in April 2020, to be appointed Principal following the resignation of my friend Mr Alan Genoni. 

Alan led with distinction for 14 years and it is my intention to continue to lead the Canning College community towards excellent academic outcomes and rich personal experiences that are never forgotten.

Wayne Axford