Principal's Welcome

A big warm welcome to the North Harrisdale Primary community. I am thrilled to be Foundation Principal of the newest school in Harrisdale. I am both honoured and excited to partner with you in building a connected school that is at the heart of the community. It takes a village to raise a child and I am looking forward to taking this journey of new beginnings and new adventures with you all.

I am committed to academic excellence, high expectations, and leading a professional learning community. I have worked as a teacher and leader in schools in Kununurra, Adelaide, and Perth. 

I am a passionate educator and pursue every opportunity to continually learn and improve as a leader. I received a Public Education Foundation scholarship in July 2017 to attend Harvard University’s Leadership Institute. In December 2019, I became the first Certified Practising Principal in WA, and the ninth in Australia.

I believe every child can flourish and learn at high levels. Learning should embrace joy, curiosity, creativity, innovation, and nurture a sense of fun. What is best for students is front and centre of every decision and action I take.

I lead North Harrisdale Primary with optimism, focus, and enthusiasm.

You can contact me on:

T:  9397 8140

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Warm regards,

Jacqui O’Donnell