An experienced agricultural educator has been appointed as principal at WA College of Agriculture at Cunderdin.

Bernard Beatty was chosen to replace Geoff Moyle who was appointed Director of Agricultural Education at DETWA in Perth last year.

Mr Beatty was deputy principal at Cunderdin between 2000 and 2004 and acting principal for a term in 2004 and in 2005. He left the college to become deputy principal of Boyup Brook District High School where he was principal for the past two years.

Before becoming a teacher, Mr Beatty was the manager of a sheep farm in Saudi Arabia supervising a project to demonstrate Australian farming techniques to run fat tail, Merino cross ewes on irrigated pastures.

In 1987 he was appointed as agriculture teacher and farm manager at Kojonup District High School. He was there for 10 years, the last four as deputy principal of the secondary school.  At Gnowangerup Agricultural School in 1999, he was deputy principal and manager of residence.

During his time at WA College of Agriculture – Cunderdin Mr Beatty was involved in all areas of the college operation. This included promotion of its goals and ethos as well as responsibility for the management and professional development of residential, farm and teaching staff. He was also involved in all aspects of student education and welfare including provision of support for students with learning difficulties.

Mr Beatty was involved in the planning and introduction of a number of innovative sporting, educational and specialist programmes that gained wide recognition. He also took particular interest in the relevance of the agricultural and vocational programmes offered at the college.

His qualifications include a Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) from Muresk, diploma in education, teachers’ higher certificate and certificate IV workplace assessor. Mr Beatty is moving to Cunderdin with his wife, Jane, and their three children.

Lindsay McNeill

ABOVE: The former principal of WA College of Agriculture – Cunderdin, Geoff Moyle receiving new John Deere tractor. TOP: Mr Bernard Beatty, new principal of the college.

PHOTOGRAPHS: Web page ~ Aerial shot of the college with inset