Catholic Education in the Diocese of Cairns is a dynamic and growing organisation that is actively inviting leaders to co-create schools that are places of rich learning for now and into the 22nd Century.
Our vision is to offer every student in every school a world class education enriched by their lived encounter with the Catholic Faith. Cairns Catholic Education Services (CES) is committed to this vision through co-Leadership with schools to build communities of learning that provide a safe, nurturing and academically challenging environment.
Due to its size and diversity, leaders have access to a wide range of professional opportunities and our leaders are already engaged in, and in some cases leading, national and international forums.
Cairns CES embraces 30 schools including 20 primary schools, 2 Prep to Year 12 colleges and 8 secondary colleges. This community also includes CES located in Cairns itself. Future schools are planned over the next five years. In total, there are 11 500 students and 1500 staff. MacKillop Catholic College is a part of this community of schools.
MacKillop Catholic College
MacKillop Catholic College is a co-educational school established in 2016 with Prep to Year 3. It is located in the growing southern corridor of Cairns and will be a Prep to Year 12 school by 2025.
This year is the seventh year since foundation. The Primary phase of schooling has learning groups across Prep to Year 6 and the Secondary phase has learning groups across Year 7 to Year 10. The current enrolment is 890 students. The College will become a full P-12 school in 2025 when the first Year 12 group will graduate. The estimated student population for 2025 is 1,600.
Purpose designed specialist teaching spaces have been constructed for science, materials technology, visual arts, food technology, drama and music performance arts. These are complemented by general learning areas for secondary students.
As a Catholic School, we strive to create an environment in which our students, families and staff are engaged and inspired by the living spirit of Christ. We are motivated by our own experience of the God’s life-giving love, and endeavour to share this with others.
Living in Cairns
With a population of over 160,000 Cairns offers many lifestyle opportunities that can be found in few other places. Cairns is surrounded by World Heritage listed areas including the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, all within an hour’s journey from the growing city of Cairns. It is the gateway to our Asian neighbours with direct flights to China, Japan and Singapore as well as direct flights to all the east coast capital cities, Darwin, and Queensland’s Sunshine and Gold Coasts. Find out more about living in Cairns by accessing video here.
Additional information can be viewed by visiting the College website located at https://www.mackillopcatholiccollege.qld.edu.au/
The CES website can be found at https://www.cns.catholic.edu.au/
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Position Title: Principal
Reports to: Director School Effectiveness through to the Executive Director
As faith leader, the Catholic school principal models faith in action, leading the school community to enact a shared vision that focuses on the provision of a high-quality Catholic education for all students.
At a later stage in this project, you will be provided a full position description; and the success criteria for the first 12 months in the role.
- Parish Priest
- School Leadership Team
- School Staff
- CES Personnel
- Diocesan Principals and Leadership Teams
- Parish and Local Community
- Queensland College of Teachers
- Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority
The current leadership structure is comprised of:
- Deputy Principal – Head of Primary
- Deputy Principal – Head of Secondary
- Assistant Principal – Religious Education
- Assistant Principal – Administration
- Assistant Principal – Students
- Business Manager
The commencement date is negotiable; however, it is anticipated to be no later than for the start of term 1 2024.
The College is situated at 1 MacKillop Road, Mount Peter. The suburb of Mount Peter is a 20-minute drive south of central Cairns.
Conditions of Employment
- The remuneration package (which includes salary packaging options) will be discussed as we move through this process. Remuneration is in accordance with the Diocese of Cairns, Catholic Education Principal’s Agreement.
- The Diocese has a relocation policy to assist, if required.
- Professional development and renewal.
- Access to long service leave after 7 years of continuous service. Portability of Long Service Leave may also be applicable.
- Initially, a fixed term contract for 6 years. The standard 6-month probation period applies.
- Applicants will require a current Drivers Licence.
- A non-smoking policy is effective in Catholic Education Services buildings, offices, and motor vehicles.
- Registered (or eligible to register) with the Queensland College of Teachers.
- Queensland’s Working With Children Check is regulated by 2 pieces of legislation: the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 and the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Regulation 2020. Prior to appointment, the preferred person is subject to “working with children check” as part of the employment screening process. Further details regarding this check may be obtained at https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au
We invite expressions of interest from people who align with the following:
- A commitment to the vision and ethos of Catholic Education.
- An active participant in and committed to the sacramental life of the Catholic Church.
- Experience in secondary or primary school Leadership (or equivalent Office role), with knowledge of contemporary education issues.
- A strong, contemporary leader of learning, with the capacity to lead change and demonstrate contemporary pedagogy that focuses on improving student learning.
- A successful teaching career and registered (or eligible to register) with the Queensland College of Teachers.
- Skills in interpersonal relationships and for building community; with a commitment to the pastoral care of members of the school community.
- Professional qualifications in Education and Religion as per Queensland Catholic Education Commission Position Statement for Senior Leadership Positions in Catholic Schools in Queensland
Are You Interested?
If you are interested in this role, please use the ‘Express Your Interest’ panel on this webpage; or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting ref number TS1522. All we require at the outset is a resume, email address and mobile telephone number. No other documentation is required from you to express your interest. All emails and resumes are acknowledged within 48 hours. Please contact us again if this does not occur.
Questions can be directed to John Chesher (0417 068 220) or by email to email@example.com
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The Selection Process
The timeline for this project is as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising||By Friday 4th August|
|Latest date for applications||Wednesday 30th August|
|Selection committee short listing||Wednesday 6th September|
|Anticipated date for CES interviews||Week commencing Mon 9th October|
|Follow up meeting/discussion||Likely within 7 days of client interviews|
We have been instructed to provide a process that is transparent and welcoming.
- The above schedule is much longer than usual. This is to ensure that people are neither disadvantaged nor discouraged by the term break.
- 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 the CES schedule.
- We expect to complete a work-related reference; and a faith-based reference with a Catholic priest; both prior to shortlisting. We anticipate speaking with another work-related referee between shortlisting and interviews; with final references completed in the final stages of the process. 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.
- Please be aware our standard practice utilises the services of an external specialist in pre-employment screening. This service includes employment history verification; National Police Check; and academic qualifications and professional memberships verification.
- All information provided to Trak Search will be made available, in confidence, to the Executive Director or his nominee, unless you instruct Trak Search otherwise.
- For more information on our process click here to access the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.
- Only people with the unrestricted right to work in Australia may apply for this role.
- Please note: people are contacted and discussions commence soon after applications are received. We do not wait until the close date. There are advantages in applying immediately.
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