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Canning's new Principal Wayne Axford (left) with long-serving Alan Genoni. Photo: Canning College

Canning Principal moves on after 14 years

9 April 2020

Long-serving Principal Alan Genoni will leave Canning College after 14 years to take up a position in the Department of Education.

Wayne Axford, who has served as Canning Vice Principal for three years, will lead the specialist international College in the immediate future.

Mr Genoni, who was WA Secondary Principal of the Year in 2016, said it had been a difficult decision to leave Canning but he was excited about his new role with the School Curriculum and Standards Authority. The new position will involve assisting to develop the delivery of the WA Certificate of Education in overseas schools, particularly in South East Asia.

“I will be leaving Canning College with a degree of regret but I’m going on to new and different adventures and I am looking forward to those,” he said.

“I have enjoyed my work immensely and am grateful to a hardworking board and management team and, of course, the exceptional teachers and staff members, who have played a critical role in producing outstanding results at the College.

“It has been wonderful to have assisted so many students from around the world on their journeys to universities and I look forward to hearing more of their success stories in the coming years.”

Mr Genoni said Canning’s success had been built on the outstanding efforts of staff and also the relationships built with Western Australia’s universities and other institutions overseas, as well as with international education agents.

“Canning has a very, very rich history and has helped thousands of international students to progress to universities,” he said.

“That history is something that is very well respected in the education community of Western Australia. The universities work so closely with Canning College partly because of that history and partly because of the quality of the students that come from this College.”

Mr Genoni said the College was well positioned to continue providing quality pathways to universities for international students.

“I know I’m leaving behind a very well prepared management team,” he said. “Wayne is a leading educator, who understands extremely well the role this College plays. Supported by such a strong team, he will lead the College into the future with drive and determination.

“Canning College will continue to play a key role in international education in Western Australia.”

Mr Axford, who has undertaken a number of leadership roles at Canning over the past 30 years, is looking forward to working closely with the State Government, Department of Education, partner universities and College staff to enhance the programs and experiences of international students.

“Alan has been an amazing Principal and has certainly left very big shoes to fill,” Mr Axford said. “I wish him all the best for his future endeavours at SCSA.”