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Principal’s Message

Continued excellence

“Canning College is a centre of excellence and, under my leadership, the College will continue as Western Australia’s leading school provider for international students, whilst opening enrolments to selected local students who wish to pursue a senior secondary education pathway. 

“I believe that such change will only further enhance the College’s reputation as one of the nation’s best international schools.”

Ms Leila Bothams is one of the Department of Education’s most senior and experienced secondary school principals and has extensive educational management experience in international settings.

For 10 years, she was Principal of one of Australia’s leading schools, Rossmoyne Senior High School, and she has worked as a Director of three education districts.

Leila’s appointment in May 2023, coincided with a Department of Education decision to reintroduce local students to Canning College.

She is looking forward to the challenge of building on the College’s successful history, having returned to Perth from her most recent role as Director of Education in the Goldfields, the largest education region in Western Australia.

Leila also has a personal connection to the Canning College campus and its facilities. 

She completed her secondary schooling in classrooms that now form part of Canning College and, early in her career, returned as a teacher of English to what was then named Bentley Senior High School.