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Principal - Our Lady's Catholic Primary School, Longreach, QLD

Our Lady’s School values and nurtures each child as an individual. We believe each child is unique and special and endeavour to celebrate and support them in their education. Our Lady’s School is a place where children are encouraged to develop holistically – spiritually, academically, emotionally, socially, physically and culturally.

We offer small class sizes to ensure maximum teacher and student interactions. Our teachers are dedicated and continually strive to provide the best learning experiences for our children. The staff regularly participate in professional development to ensure they are well-informed about current issues and innovations in education and to maintain a high standard of learning.

About the role

As Principal, you will lead a team of educators who are dedicated to ensuring our students are provided with the very best opportunities to achieve their individual goals in a positive, safe and supportive environment. In addition, the Rockhampton Diocese, provides support to you through its operational arm, the Catholic Education Office, Rockhampton.

This support takes the form of expertise in Learning and Teaching, Catholic Identity, Indigenous Education, School Development and Organisational Services, including ICT, Finance, Human Resources and Student Protection. The position of Principal provides for the leadership and management of quality Catholic schooling and the growth and development of the Principal in the role.

The Principal’s call to leadership is a call to respond to the centrality of Jesus Christ and thus serve the Mission of Catholic Education. The Principal is the leading educational professional within the school, inspiring students, staff and members of the community to continuously enhance learning and personal growth.

This position will commence from 17 January 2022

Key leadership qualities and capabilities

  • Promotes the Catholic vision in the school's goals, policies, programs and structures
  • Displays confidence, curiosity, enthusiasm and optimism
  • Displays emotional intelligence in working with individuals and groups
  • Builds an inclusive, trusting community and cultivates productive working relationships
  • Is an effective coach able to respond clearly and able to provide and receive constructive feedback

We are seeking to appoint a leader who

  • is a practising Catholic with a sound understanding of, and commitment to Catholic education
  • has experience of successful leadership in Catholic education
  • can foster a culture of inspirational teaching and learning and lead the development and implementation of school improvement initiatives
  • has the interpersonal skills to build partnerships within the school and with the local community
  • is willing to provide leadership in areas of the duty statement, and
  • can lead in ways that are consistent with the message of Jesus and the Gospels
  • Catholic church teachings, principles and values
  • Diocesan policies and directives
  • The Catholic Education Diocese of Rockhampton Charter
  • Catholic Education Mission and Vision Statements, policies, practices and strategic directions.

What we offer – in addition to a competitive salary range, the following incentives apply

  • Salary Range: $154,877 - $169,436 + locality allowance
  • ITAS allowance
  • Subsidised accommodation
  • Access to a school vehicle
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional Renewal Leave
  • Salary Packaging Options
  • Superannuation up to 12.75% employer contribution (in a co-contribution arrangement)
  • Access to long service leave after 7 years of continuous service
  • Up to 14 weeks paid parental leave
  • Deferred salary scheme
  • Induction, professional development and learning opportunities

How to apply

Please complete the application form via our website

Upload a current resume with contact details of two referees (one being your current line manager and the other your Parish Priest)

Applicants must read, understand and accept, as an explicit term of contract, the requirements of the Statement of Principles for employment in Catholic Schools

Upload a covering letter (addressed to the Director). In no more than 2 A4 pages, your covering letter must provide clear evidence of your demonstrated ability to lead a school in the following key leadership areas:

  • Enhancing Catholic ethos and identity
  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Developing self and others
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change
  • Leading the management of the school
  • Engaging and working with the community

Please refer to the Position Description and A Vision for Christian Leadership in the Diocese of Rockhampton to support your response.

Further information

For a confidential conversation please contact Tim Collins (Assistant Director: Schools - Western Region) 07 4994 8010

For further information regarding the remuneration package, please contact Employee Support Services [email protected]

Applications during the shortlisting phase will be kept confidential.

Applications close: 27 June 2021.

Catholic Education is committed to best practice in student protection policies and procedures and is an equal opportunity employer.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.


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