Leadership Team

The team at St Mary MacKillop College is united in its mission to inspire students to grow and learn.

Mr Frank Norton

Mr Frank Norton


In 2017, Mr Frank Norton was appointed as Principal of St Mary MacKillop College, Busselton.

Frank is passionate about helping students find true depth of character to be compassionate, insightful, curious, optimistic, faith-filled and informed. He visits schools both nationally and internationally to seek best practice and innovation, and has identified significant strategies to create a seamless educational flow for each student at St Mary MacKillop College as they travel from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Initially a Mathematics teacher in Karratha, Mr Norton has an extensive background in education across a wide range of schools and with students from all walks of life. He has held positions as Head of Year at Willetton SHS, Head of Mathematics at both Kelmscott SHS and Corpus Christi College in Perth, as well as deputy positions at CBC Fremantle, Aquinas College and Lumen Christi College.

Mr Norton holds Masters Degrees in Educational Leadership (UWA), Theology and Religious Education (University of Notre Dame) as well as a Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership from the University of Melbourne.

Frank has a love of teaching and relishes the privilege to make a positive contribution to the lives of students. He shares this love with his wife Jenny, who teaches Pre Primary, and their two children: Madison is a Year 1 teacher and son, Jackson, is the Head of Sport at a College in Perth.

Ms Rachel de Mamiel

Ms Rachel de Mamiel


The College’s Business Manager is responsible for the day to day business operations of the College, including finance, administration and development.

Ms de Mamiel has managed the financial and business operations of the Secondary campus as Bursar of MacKillop Catholic College since 2000.

Mrs Bernice Roche

Mrs Bernice Roche


Mrs Bernice Roche joined St Mary MacKillop College as Head of Ministry in 2017.

Mrs Roche has over 18 years of teaching experience, including boys’ education and sports coaching roles at Trinity College and Guildford Grammar School. She has been Head of Religious Education at Mandurah Catholic College, Director of Student Ministry at Corpus Christi College in Bateman and spent three years as Director of Ministry at Aranmore Catholic College in Leederville.

The product of a Catholic education and a regional farming family, Bernice has always had an intense love of nature and a strong interest in Science. She grew up in Noggerup (between Boyup Brook and Collie), studying and working as a microbiologist before becoming an educator.

Bernice enjoys working with children of varying ages and backgrounds, and bringing the Catholic faith alive for students by sharing her love of the Gospel values and a sense of social justice. She is greatly inspired by the life of Mary MacKillop, and sees beauty in the simple approach to living and vocation shared by Micah 6:8 – “Hear, then, what your God asks of you: to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God”.

Mr Tony Papasergio

Mr Tony Papasergio


Mr Tony Papasergio has been Head of Senior School at St Mary MacKillop College since 2007. He has a Bachelor of Science and Dip.Ed from UWA as well as a Masters of Education (NDA) and a Professional Certificate in Leading and Learning from the University of Melbourne.

Tony began his career as a Science teacher at Eastern Hills SHS. He has held positions of Head of Year at Hollywood SHS and Head of Science at Broome SHS, Merredin SHS and MacKillop Catholic College. He has also been a Deputy Principal at Merredin SHS and Nannup DHS.

Mr Papasergio believes that success is not what we become, but who we become. He holds true that it is the quality of the relationships that exist between students and staff that define the standard of education provided.

Tony takes pride in the life achievements of our past students after graduation, and encourages the development of effective teaching teams who can assist students in growing to their potential. One of his driving motivations is securing the best possible outcomes for senior students in a rural setting.

Tony’s wife, Wendy, runs a literacy support program for primary school children. He has a daughter in her final year at the College and a son studying engineering at university.

Mr Michael Bradley

Mr Michael Bradley


Michael Bradley has been Head of Middle School for the St Mary MacKillop College community since 2008.

Mr Bradley taught for five years at CBC Capetown and worked in accounting before emigrating from South Africa in 1996 with his wife Brigid, who is also a teacher. He taught in Humanities and Social Sciences at John XXIII for 10 years, and joined the St Mary MacKillop College community as Head of Learning Area (HASS) before moving to Head of Middle School.

Michael is passionate about engaging and extending individual students in the learning process, and works closely with teaching and support staff to create an environment where all students feel secure and confident to develop a love of learning, good values and resilience. He invests in getting to know and understand students to determine what is important to them, and how the College can help them discover their unique potential and transform our world.

Mr Bradley holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Capetown, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (UNISA) and a Master’s degree in Education (NDA). He also holds a Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership from the University of Melbourne.

Michael’s two daughters are graduates of the College, and are currently studying at universities in Perth.

Mrs Joanne Paini

Mrs Joanne Paini


Mrs Jo Paini was appointed as Head of Primary at St Mary MacKillop College in July 2016.

Mrs Paini has 15 years’ teaching experience across all primary year levels, as well as three years as Assistant Principal at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Bunbury. She also has a degree in Applied Neuroscience in Education and a background of four years in curriculum development and school improvement with the Catholic Education Office in Bunbury.

Jo has a passion for building a connection to students who may find school life particularly difficult. She believes there is opportunity for all children to experience a sense of belonging at school, and to discover a place where they feel both welcome and understood.

Mrs Paini has a special interest in students with learning challenges, with a Masters degree in Education in Learning Difficulties. She is a strong advocate for understanding the science of learning and the impact of the developing brain towards all aspects of schooling: academic, social, emotional and spiritual.

Jo is married to a wool producer in Kojonup, and has two children aged 21 and 23.

Mr Heath Nankivell

Mr Heath Nankivell


Heath Nankivell joined our Leadership Team as Assistant Head of Primary in January 2018. He shares responsibility with Simone Clews for pastoral care as well as spiritual and curriculum development across the Primary campus.

Mr Nankivell has a Bachelor of Education and has taught in schools for 15 years. He has taken on specialist roles in IT and Physical Education at regional Catholic primary schools and more recently at Aquinas College in Perth, and has lectured to pre-service teachers in transforming education through ICT at the University of Notre Dame.

Heath is passionate about using new technologies for a purpose, and using IT to make learning relevant and motivating for students. He enjoys building strong relationships within the school community and has a keen interest in sport, especially football and surf lifesaving.

Mr Nankivell is motivated in delivering high quality learning opportunities to assist students in their spiritual, cognitive, emotional and physical development. He encourages students to set and work towards their own goals, and enjoys seeing their growth from the beginning to the end of each year.

Heath is married to a fellow teacher, Hayley, and they have a baby daughter.

Ms Simone Clews

Ms Simone Clews


Ms Simone Clews was appointed Assistant Head of Primary at St Mary MacKillop College in January 2016. She shares responsibility with Heath Nankivell for pastoral care as well as spiritual and curriculum development across the Primary campus.

Ms Clews has a Master’s degree in Religious Education, and was Assistant Principal at Our Lady of the Cape in Dunsborough for nine years before joining our College community.

Simone is committed to providing opportunities for students to work and learn together across the K-12 community, discovering, nurturing and celebrating the unique talents and abilities of each child.