- Catholic independent boarding & day school for girls
- Commencing Term 1 2019
Established in 1897, Loreto Normanhurst is an independent Catholic day and boarding school for girls from Years 5 to 12. It is part of a worldwide network of Loreto schools, and is one of seven in Australia.
Loreto Normanhurst is a vibrant school which strives to meet the needs of the young women in its care through the Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model (LNSGM), a unique method of education. The LNSGM is an award-winning model of education that is innovative and dynamic and which fosters critical thinking, curiosity and joy in learning.
The School aims to provide a learning and working environment that reflects and celebrates diversity, practices affirmative action, offers equal opportunity and is free from discrimination and harassment. Relationships are central to life at Loreto Normanhurst and the nurturing of community and teamwork is an integral part of the way in which staff at the School work together.
Loreto Normanhurst is under the care of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM), also known as the Loreto Sisters.
The Loreto education tradition spans many centuries, inspired by Mary Ward, the founder of the IBVM, who believed that “women in time to come will do much”. Today, over 400 years later, Loreto schools around the world continue to educate women to be “seekers of truth and doers of justice”. Loreto Normanhurst lives out Mary Ward’s vision through the Loreto Values of Freedom, Justice, Sincerity, Verity and Felicity.
Mother Gonzaga Barry, an Irish pioneer of the IBVM, formed the Institute’s first Australian community at Mary’s Mount in Ballarat in 1875. In 1896 Mother Gonzaga Barry purchased the property on Pennant Hills Road, and in 1897 Loreto Normanhurst was established.
Loreto Normanhurst is a Company Limited by Guarantee. The governance model has the School Board as the governing body, accountable to the IBVM.
The School Board is responsible for good governance and the continuing sustainability of Loreto Normanhurst. They are assisted in these tasks by several subcommittees: the Finance Committee, the Property Committee, and the Bursary Committee.
The School Board also provides support to the Principal, who manages the operations of the school.
The Principal, while not a member, attends all meetings of the School Board and its subcommittees as an ex-officio.
Leadership of the School
The school’s strategic direction and overall operations are managed by the Principal and the Leadership Team. This team has responsibility for every aspect of the school, encompassing the following portfolios:
- Finance and Property
- Pastoral Care
- Development (Fundraising, Enrolments, Marketing & Communications, Events)
- Professional Learning
- Primary School
Members of the Leadership Team, along with the Administration Team (known as Deans) work to weave a consistent fabric from the many threads and networks of school life, and connect these to the school’s overall direction for the future.
The current student population is approximately 1,100, over 150 of whom are Boarders.
A range of additional information can be viewed by visiting the Loreto Normanhurst website located at http://www.loretonh.nsw.edu.au.
Position Title: Principal
Reports to: School Board
To ensure that Loreto Normanhurst pursues excellence in education within the Catholic and Loreto traditions.
Each of the following eight leadership domains represents a significant area of accountability and action for the principal.
- Religious Leadership
The principal is the spiritual leader of the school community and ensures that primacy is given to faith formation of students and staff.
- Educational Leadership
The principal is the educational leader of the school community and ensures the existence of a vibrant learning environment.
- Strategic Leadership
The principal works with the School Board in leading the school community in the development and implementation of the strategic plan.
- Human Resources Leadership
The principal ensures effective leadership and management of the school staff by promoting a collaborative culture and fostering professional growth.
- Organisational Leadership
The principal implements and manages efficient and effective administrative and financial practices within resourcing constraints and legal and policy requirements.
- Community Leadership
The principal develops community within the day and boarding schools.
- Inner Leadership
The principal seeks to achieve authenticity through critical reflection, personal integrity and credibility.
- Interpersonal Leadership
The principal seeks to build trusting relationships based on personal values and respect for the dignity of all members of the school community.
Initial Areas for Priority and Focus
The priorities will be discussed with people as we move through this process.
The Principal is accountable to the Loreto Normanhurst School Board and is supported by a Leadership Team comprising:
- Deputy Principal
- Head of Primary
- Director of Boarding
- Director of Business Operations
- Director of Development
- Director of Learning
- Director of Mission
- Director of Pastoral Care
- Director of Professional Learning
A full Organisation Chart can be viewed by clicking here
Reason for Vacancy
In May this year the Principal of Loreto Normanhurst, Ms Barbara Watkins, announced her resignation from the position after 18 years of outstanding leadership, the last 10 years as Principal. Ms Watkins will step aside from the role at the end of the 2018 school year.
The School Board anticipates the new Principal will be able to commence in January 2019 with a suitable period of comprehensive induction and immersion program to ensure a smooth transition of leadership. This induction will also allow for introduction to the Loreto Normanhurst community at some key events.
Loreto Normanhurst is located in Sydney’s leafy Upper North Shore. It is an oasis set back from bustling Pennant Hills Road. Its street address is 91-93 Pennant Hills Road, Normanhurst.
Conditions of Employment
- The remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant
- Leave: 4 weeks of annual leave; 2 weeks Professional Learning leave; ex gratia leave between Christmas and New Year
- The initial contract term of the appointment will be 5 years with consideration given to an additional 5 years, subject to a major appraisal in final year of the initial contract.
- There is an annual appraisal process
- Reasonable relocation assistance (if required) will be negotiated with the successful applicant
- The successful applicant will undertake a Working with Children Check or provide their number for verification, and a National Police Checking Service (Crimtrac) prior to appointment
The School Board invites expressions of interest from experienced Catholic educational leaders who align with the following:
- As a practising Catholic, the ability to lead a faith community and articulate the religious purpose and essence of the school;
- Capable of committing to promote the core values which are at the heart of the Mary Ward charism and a Loreto education;
- Able to nurture the well-being of students and staff as an essential foundation for learning and working;
- Capacity to lead and inspire a school community, including building a team where optimum performance is achieved in a collaborative and collegial manner;
- A passion for education with vision, strategic thinking skills and a global perspective;
- Highly developed interpersonal, communication and presentation skills;
- Formal qualifications combined with a track record of ongoing personal and professional learning.
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The timeline and details for this project are outlined below. All emails and applications are acknowledged within 48 hours.
The Selection Process
Key dates are as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising||Fri 11th/Sat 12th Aug|
|Trak Search discussions commence||From Mon 21st Aug|
|Latest anticipated date for applications||Friday 1st September|
|Initial reference checks by Trak Search||From week commencing Mon 4th Sept|
|Review meeting & shortlisting||Week commencing Mon 18th Sept|
|Anticipated date for client interviews||Week of Monday 9th Oct|
|Final references; academic documents obtained||Following client interviews|
|Follow up meeting/discussion||Likely within 7 days of client interviews|
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