End of an era at Tranby College

Tranby College principal, Jo Bednall. d410440
Tranby College principal, Jo Bednall. d410440

Ms Bednall took over from the first principal, Doug Burtenshaw, in the school’s second year.

‘Tranby attracted me because it was a new and growing school associated with the Uniting Church and it was seeking to remain accessible to as many families as possible,’ she said.

‘I started at the school in an acting capacity and once I started working with the staff, students and parents of the school, I was hooked and applied for the substantive position.’

She said the most obvious changes in the school during her time at Tranby had been growth in the number of students, staff and the buildings, but the biggest changes related to the development of the school’s culture.

She said her favourite memories included classes she had taught, student productions and competitions, assemblies, working with staff and school events, including Tranby Day.

‘But perhaps most of all walking through the school when students are in classes, hearing the buzz of learning and seeing happy, engaged students,’ she said.

Ms Bednall said she was employed in five-year contracts, and vowed when she signed her third that it would be her last because she didn’t want to ‘stay too long’.

‘At that stage I did not know what I would do but this year I applied to join the Ngaanyatjarra Lands School and I have accepted a position in the school at Warburton. My husband and I move there at the start of the next school year,’ she said.

‘I will feel incredibly sad on my last day at Tranby but also excited for future adventures. I will also feel very proud of the school that I have been a part of creating.’

The school’s incoming principal is Matthew Ivulich who is deputy principal at Corpus Christi College in Perth.