Principal - Mark Gillett

Cape Naturaliste College is a friendly and successful school in the Southwest of Western Australia. The College is an Independent Public School and relishes the opportunity to use this status to enhance and support student’s education during their time at the school.

The College opened in 2008 and developed a direction with parents and community members through a long and extensive consultation. This lead to refining the guiding principles on which we would develop the college: a place where students feel safe and can achieve to their own potential. This simple tenet underpins every decision we make.

Our values of Honesty, Accountability and Responsibility, Striving for Personal Best and Having a Go , Seeking and Sharing Knowledge, Friendship and Cooperation and Respect for Self, Others, and the Environment are also those of our community and are clearly evident throughout the college.

The College enjoys an impressive academic record evidenced through our recent ATAR and VET results. However, success is also found within the opportunities offered to students through our media program and the Geographe Bay Music program.

Our merit selected staff are encouraged to teach with rigour and innovation and are supported through our Excellence in Teaching priority. The College also strives to provide a safe environment where students are encouraged to grow and develop from adolescents into young adults. This is shown through our Safe and Secure Learning Environment.

The College has a strong focus on teaching students to using technology effectively and to support them with their future learning. This is our Learning with ICT priority. I invite you to explore our school and discover the vibrant and exciting Cape Naturaliste College community. I encourage you to contact us regarding any questions you would like answered or provide us with feedback


 Associate Principal (Year 11 & 12) - Rob Nail

 Overall Timetabling - Staffing - Operations

Having grown up in Perth, I moved to the country to take up my first teaching position at Mullewa District High School as a Design and Technology teacher. Yes, Mr Nail was a woodwork teacher. Since then my wife and I have spent 27 years living and teaching in country locations. After 12 years in the wheatbelt, I moved to this region in 2003 with my wife and two children. My son and daughter have both completed their primary school years in government schools and their secondary education at Cape Naturaliste College. I could not be happier with the opportunities and education they have received and watching my own children through their school years has certainly shaped my own views about the service we provide.

I was appointed to the position of Associate Principal at Cape Naturaliste College in the middle of 2007 to assist with opening the college in 2008. My involvement with opening the college and the ongoing planning for the growth and establishment of our school since 2008 has been the pinnacle of my career to date. It has been both challenging and extremely rewarding, and I take great pleasure in watching our college grow from humble beginnings into a diverse and very positive place to work.

 Associate Principal  (Year 7 & 8) - Melanie Ryan

 Student Services - Timetabling - Attendance

I have lived in the local area since 2001 and have been a high school educator for the past twenty four years, teaching in the areas of English, Society and Environment and Physical and Health Education.  During this time, I have taught at District, Middle and Senior High Schools. Working at Cape Naturaliste College has been an exciting challenge, one that I have wholeheartedly embraced. I am truly passionate about the curriculum, my students and their pastoral care needs and I feel privileged to be working with such an energetic, dynamic and enthusiastic team of teachers. I look forward to watching the students play an integral role in the development of the local community and shaping the identity that is Cape Naturaliste College.

 Associate Principal- (Year 9 & 10) - Jacqueline Bovell


I am Busselton girl born and bred. I grew up here and went to West Busselton Primary and graduated from Busselton Senior High School.

After 18months at John Forrest SHS and a 12 year stint at Kent Street SHS as a Year Coordinator, Beacon Foundation Coordinator, Health Education Specialist, HOLA of Health and Physical Education and Senior School Coordinator, my husband and I decided it was time to return to our roots and head home. 

After watching the College grow and succeed so quickly from afar, it was an absolute pleasure to have the opportunity to join the team at Cape Naturaliste College as the substantive HOLA of Health and Physical Education. Throughout my career I have have adopted many Leadership opportunities and have settled into my role as Associate Principal with pride and compassion.

It has been a pleasure to join the leadership team at Cape Nat as we as a whole school strive to support our students and staff to achieve their potential. 

Busselton has most definitely changed over the years and the opportunities are plentiful. That’s why it is so important that we as a community work together to develop our young people, help them to dream big and aspire to be the best they can be. 

This place is my home. I am committed and passionate about our community and look forward to supporting our students to develop into successful and inspirational young adults. 


 Maryanne Thumwood - Manager Corporate Services

Finance -  Resourcing - Human Resources - Non Teaching
- Facilities and Faults Management