The Catholic Education Diocese of Bathurst (CEDB) provides a diverse range of educational options, from primary schools in small rural communities to large secondary schools. More than 9500 students attend 33 Catholic schools in the diocese, enjoying high educational standards in contemporary, Christ-centred learning environments. In partnership with parents and parishes, our schools nurture a relationship with Jesus, educate for academic excellence and prepare students for lifelong service in a faith-centred community.
St Laurence’s Primary School, Dubbo
St Laurence’s Primary School is a single-stream, co-educational Catholic K-6 school with a current enrolment of 206 students. It is a part of the CEDB System of 33 schools.
The school motto “Love is the Way” reflects the values that were first shared by the Sisters of Mercy in 1953 when the school opened its doors. St. Laurence’s also plays an important part in the community by being involved in the weekly Masses celebrated in the church, which is on the site next to the school.
The school is a Professional Learning Community – watch a video to discover what this means in the CEDB context by clicking here.
Living in Dubbo
With a population of approx. 45,000, Dubbo is a vibrant regional city by the Macquarie River, in the Orana Region of NSW. The locals say the region outshines the big cities in both affordability and liveability, with an impressive range of housing options, health and education services and little to no work commute.
You can explore the many benefits of living in Dubbo at website https://dubbo.com.au/live/life-in-the-region
Please visit the CEDB website located at www.bth.catholic.edu.au to access a range of information, including the Vision and Mission and the Strategic Plan for 2022 – 2026.
Additional information on St Laurence’s can be viewed by visiting their website located at
Position Title: Principal
Reports to: The Executive Director of Schools
The Catholic school principal serves as a Christ-centred leader who models the principles of our Quality Catholic Education framework.
The principal leads across the school community to form the school as a centre of faith, inclusion and missionary discipleship. They nurture and enhance the school as a professional learning community that is committed to high levels of learning for all.
The Principal has responsibility for supporting and monitoring the learning and growth of committed teachers and setting high standards for students and staff performance, enabling all to make a positive contribution to the world.
Based on high levels of relational trust, the principal ensures mutual respect and positive, professional and caring relationships. The principal prioritises equity and sustainability in applying the resources to build a high performing school consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
In all professional areas, the Principal is responsible to the Executive Director of Schools. As the Principal Leader of the school, the Principal promotes the vision and mission of Catholic Education Diocese of Bathurst through Religious, Educational and Enabling Leadership.
At a later stage in this project you will be provided a full position description.
While negotiable, the successful person is expected to commence in January 2023 in preparation for the new school year.
The school is located at 68-70 Tamworth St., Dubbo.
Conditions of Employment
- Salary: Paid in accordance with the NSW and ACT Catholic Systemic Schools Principals Multi-Enterprise Agreement 2020. The current salary range: $162,829 to $171,399
- Superannuation: 10.5% that is paid in addition to the salary.
- Salary packaging is available.
- Tenure: the initial appointment is for 3 years. Subject to satisfactory performance reviews, renewal periods of up to 4 years will apply.
- Relocation and subsidised accommodation assistance will be provided where required.
- The successful candidate will hold appropriate NESA accreditation and be subject to mandatory child protection screening
- Meet the requirements of (Category E) in the Accreditation Policy to Work Teach and Lead in Catholic Education Bathurst Diocese – click here
We invite expressions of interest from people who align with the following:
- A committed and practising Catholic who can articulate and promote a deep understanding of the mission of Catholic education.
- Has built a career in primary school education with leadership experience.
- A strong, contemporary leader of learning, with the capacity to lead change and demonstrate contemporary pedagogy that focuses on improving student learning.
- High level interpersonal skills and the ability to be an effective change agent.
- Holds or is pursuing a Masters or Postgraduate Qualification in Education, Leadership, Theology or equivalent.
Are You Interested?
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The Selection Process
The timeline for this project is as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising
|By Friday 9th Sept.
|Latest date for applications
|Fri 23rd Sept.
|CEDB selection committee short listing
|Late in week commencing Mon 26th Sept.
|Anticipated date for CEDB interviews
|Week of Monday 10th Oct.
|Follow up meeting/discussion
|Likely within 7 days of client interviews
We have been instructed to provide a process that is transparent and welcoming.
- We are available for your confidential enquiries. We will also provide additional information to allow you to explore how the role aligns with your expectations and interests.
- Closing is 5.00pm on the date shown above. However, a late application could be accepted, providing it does not adversely impact other applications or CEDB schedule.
- We expect to complete a work-related reference; and a Faith-based reference with a Catholic priest, prior to shortlisting. We anticipate speaking with another work-related referee between shortlisting and interviews. Final references are completed after CEDB interviews. No referee will be contacted without your express consent.
- The selection committee will provide an option of a video interview in circumstances where a person is unable to attend for a face-to-face meeting.
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- Only people with the unrestricted right to work in Australia may apply for this role.
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