The Canberra College

An ACT Public College
Caring for your Future

Principal's Welcome

George Palavestra Principal

Canberra College has high expectations of all its students in academic performance, behaviour and service to the wider community. Our community values and caters for its diversity through a variety of academic pathways which acknowledge intercultural understanding, learning abilities and styles. We are proud of our status as an International Baccalaureate World School and seek to develop a global perspective as we prepare our students for the world of today and tomorrow. All students study for an ACT Year 12 Certificate while some undertake additional awards such as the IB Diploma, nationally recognised training packages, Australian School Based Apprenticeships (ASBAs), the Big Picture program or our Futures program.

We promote our values of respect, social justice, individuality, honesty and equity. As a community we keep these at the forefront of our operations as a moral compass in our daily life.We celebrate diversity and excellence in the multiple learning pathways offered to our students. To support our students to excel and achieve their intended goals, dedicated specialist teachers enhance the broad curriculum in state of the art facilities. The improvements in the learning environment continues to be a priority of the college. Our new Performing Arts Centre with a fully equipped professional theatre had its first full year of operation in 2013. CCCares, a national award winning program, offers the opportunity for young parents to complete their Year 12 Certificate and gain vocational qualifications in a supported environment. This was recognised with the attainment of the VET in Schools Award for 2013. The ACT Government is now creating a world first by funding a new  $14 million facility for CCCares at the Woden Campus. Construction has commenced and should be finalised by Day 1 2015.

Life as a student at Canberra College abounds with opportunities and challenges. These may include activities such as performing at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, working on projects with villagers in Borneo, participating in Science Olympiads, completing the IB Diploma, representing the college in sport, singing at our annual Talent Quest, attending Writing or Psychology camps, providing table service at the Canberra Cystic Fibrosis "Twilight in the Jungle" evening, debating, completing an ASBA in Electrotechnology, whale watching at Montague Island, studying extension units at the ANU Secondary College, caving at Wee Jasper or competing in a team at the University of Canberra Maths Day.

The Canberra College maintains a genuine partnership between students, teachers and parents to ensure the success of each individual student now and into the future.

George Palavestra

2014 Graduate results Infographic 


(Australian Council For Educational Leaders) 
This recognition is highly regarded amongst the Education community nation wide.
Fellowship is a special category of ACEL membership awarded annually to members who have made an outstanding contribution over a period of time to the improvement of student and organisational outcomes.
A short extract from his citation at the awards:
" GeorgePalavestra is a dynamic Principal who is respected throughout the ACT. Throughout his distinguished career George has always worked above and beyond his position. He is a renowned educator, always focused on improving student learning through innovative programs and intiatives."

Year 11 and new Students 

Please feel free to download the 2015 Welcome To College Evening Powerpoint PDF

Enrolling/Transferring - ACT Public Schools  

Parents/carers are welcome to enrol/transfer their son or daughter at any time during the school year using an online application form. Full details are available from the Education and Training Directorate website.

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