19 June 2020
Growing up in remote Western Australia and spending childhood holidays on her grandmother’s sprawling farm gave Bernadette Jones an affinity with the countryside.
So, it’s not surprising the passionate teacher believes she’s landed ‘the best job in the world’ as Principal of Bullsbrook College located among the natural beauty of the Perth foothills.
“In my role, I meet so many different people and get to work with amazing individuals to make the world a better place,” she said.
“Bullsbrook kids are really good to work with. They appreciate their teachers and are kind and friendly.”
Bernadette has always found joy in helping others learn, and her career has been fascinating and diverse.
She’s taught at country and metropolitan high schools, worked as a computer trainer at TAFE, written public school curriculum and assessment for the Department of Education, and even been an Education Officer for the Law Society of WA.
“But the one golden thread over the years has been my passionate support for public schooling, she said.
“The right of every child to be able to access a good public education in their local community is essential to a strong society.”
It’s that staunch belief that’s led Bernadette to Bullsbrook College.
The school caters for Kindergarten through to year 12 and offers a unique city meets country education experience for students from Bullsbrook, Chittering, Muchea, Bindoon and beyond.
Supportive and engaged families, dedicated and caring teachers, and a hard-working P&C Association come together to create an extraordinary learning facility that is so much more than bricks and mortar.
"It is a privilege to lead Bullsbrook College. We carry the responsibility for children across every age group, from their first day at school as a four-year-old to the day they walk out as an 18-year-old," said Bernadette.
To discover more about Bullsbrook College, visit http://bullsbrook-college.wa.edu.au
Take 5 with Bernadette Jones
My favourite things about Bullsbrook are….. the Chittering Valley, Walyunga National Park, and the bushland.
If I weren't teaching, I would……love to design textiles and paint portraits. It would also be wonderful to be able to sing and be in a band.
I love….. stand-up comedy, watching suspenseful movies, reading all sorts of books, and volunteering at the Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre.
If I could give one piece of advice to young people, it would be……. kindness matters. Being kind to others results in a whole lot of good feelings about yourself and makes your world a happier and more fulfilling place to be.
My all-time favourite holiday was….ice climbing and using ropes to lower myself into a very deep crevasse in the Tasman Glacier on New Zealand’s South Island. My friend and I camped in a hut high up on the slopes of Mount Cook and were in knee-deep snow all day every day.
Bernadette at the Karaakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre with Cookie.
University-bound Bullsbrook College Year 12 students Gerry Bodosi, Benjamin Bracknell and Jade Posavec studying with Bernadette Jones and mathematics teacher, Mr Shultz.