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Cape Naturaliste College

About CNC

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 Vision & Values

Cape Naturaliste college has established itself as a school with remarkable results through a culture of excellence in teaching and learning and the promotion of a safe and caring learning environment. This culture continues to be nurtured by a passionate body of staff who work collaboratively and strategically to refine their practice and support students to ensure their needs are met.


The shared belief that ‘every student is every student’s responsibility’ underpins a positive learning environment where students are engaged, resilient and independent members of the community. Learning relationships are valued as critical to both the academic success and holistic personal development of all students.


We are truthful to ourselves and others, are trustworthy, and act with thoughtfulness, integrity and fairness.

Seeking & Sharing Knowledge

We are curious, open to new ideas, and enjoy the challenge of discovery. We are engaged learners who ask questions, make and challenge hypotheses, search for and weigh the evidence, form conclusions and share our findings.

Accountability & Responsibility

We are accountable to ourselves, each other, and our school community. We are responsible for the results of our decisions, attitudes, actions, or inactions. We distinguish between right and wrong and trust each other to act accordingly.

Friendship & Cooperation

We welcome each other's company, support and care for each other, and are loyal to each other. We work together to achieve our shared goals and shared vision.

Striving for Personal Best & Having a Go

We acknowledge our individual differences, and accept the challenge to develop our multiple intelligences. We set goals, choose strategies, take risks, do our best, celebrate our achievements and reflect on the result.

Respect for Self, Others, & the Environment

We like ourselves, care for ourselves, and are proud of who we are. We accept each other's individuality, care for and consider each other's feelings, needs, thoughts, idea, wishes and preferences. We care for our environment and look after it. Through respect we create a harmonious and inclusive atmosphere for learning.

Our college has a strong focus on teaching students to use technology effectively
and to support them with their future learning.

Committed to Innovation
and Excellence

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.

Building Program

Our college’s $32.1 million building program is providing state-of-the-art facilities that, together with our established culture of excellence, represents an opportunity to offer educational opportunities of the highest quality well into the future.
Our new facilities will significantly expand and improve Technologies, Health and Physical Education, Specialist Science and Performing Arts areas with enhanced facilities for Music, as well as Media Production and Analysis, an area in which the college has continually achieved outstanding results.

Yebble Drive

Cape Naturaliste College is located on Yebble Drive in the South West town of Vasse. It is a great privilege and honour for us to be situated on a road that acknowledges the contribution of Wadandi people to our ancient and shared histories. Both the street name Yebble Drive and the new locality of Yebble along WA’s South West coastline recognises and honours local Noongar man, Mr Samuel Isaacs.


As well as being a significant Wadandi figure, Yebble – Mr Isaacs’ Aboriginal name – was pivotal in a heroic rescue in 1876, where together with Ms Grace Bussell, he rescued 54 passengers from the shipwrecked SS Georgette at Redgate Beach. Having only received a bronze medallion for his efforts, in contrast to Grace Bussell’s silver medallion, Mr Isaacs was later awarded 100 acres of land in Margaret River. Yebble became the first Aboriginal person to receive a land grant in Western Australia.


Aboriginal naming provides a gateway to respect, acknowledge and promote Aboriginal peoples’ connection to the land. The renaming of the College’s street name to Yebble, and the new locality of Yebble, help to preserve and promote the Aboriginal people who have contributed to the state’s rich and diverse history.