Mount St Benedict College is a Catholic girls secondary school of Good Samaritan Education (GSE) with a tradition of excellence in the education of young women in the North-West of Sydney.
Mount St Benedict College, was founded by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in 1966. It is the charism of the Sisters which informs and guides the College Mission and Vision. The values of Pax, Hospitality and Stewardship are at the heart of the charism of the Sisters and are the core values of the College.
The College is incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee. The Members of the Company represent and are accountable to GSE. The Board of Directors is appointed by the Members and is responsible for the management of the College. The Principal is responsible for the administration of the College and is accountable to the Board.
There are nearly 1,100 girls from Year 7 to Year 12, drawn from the Northern and North Western sectors of the Sydney region. The College is known for its dedicated, highly qualified and committed teachers and support staff, many of whom are widely recognised in the education community for their expertise.
Good Samaritan Education
While it is a so-called ‘independent’ College with a Board of Directors, Mount St Benedict College is accountable to and benefits from being a member school of GSE. While each of the ten Colleges of GSE has due autonomy according to its Constitution and exercises its mission within a particular local community, the Colleges also operate in a collaborative manner for the common good of GSE. Learn more about GSE by visiting http://goodsameducation.org.au
Additional information, including videos and the 2017 – 2021 College Strategic Plan, can be viewed by visiting https://www.msb.nsw.edu.au/
Position Title: Principal
Reports to: Board of Directors
The role statement pertains to the position of Principal in each of the ten Australian Good Samaritan Colleges which are part of the Good Samaritan Education (GSE) network of Catholic schools in the Benedictine tradition in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Good Samaritan Colleges have the education of young people at the very heart of their mission, and base their approach to this on the Good Samaritan Schools Teaching and Learning Framework, with its focus on quality curriculum and right relationships through effective teaching and learning.
The role of the Principal is to give expression to the Good Samaritan Philosophy of Education in an effective Catholic school.
This will require the Principal to engage with creativity and commitment in:
- Leading the learning community;
- Nurturing a faith-filled culture;
- Building a just and caring community;
- Engaging strategically in a futures orientation, based on vision;
- Acting as faithful steward of College resources.
Principals will need to exercise leadership which:
- Draws on the strength of the Good Samaritan Benedictine tradition;
- Is directed to the seeking of God;
- Is centred on Jesus Christ and his mission;
- Is committed to partnership and Christian community
- Is committed to participative leadership;
- Is responsive to its cultural context.
These role requirements will be lived out through relationships with key stakeholders in the College community.
A detailed position description and a College organisation chart will be provided at a later stage of this project.
Reason for Vacancy
After a 42 year career in Catholic Education and 15 years of outstanding leadership at the College, Mrs Maria Pearson has resigned from the Principal role, effective from the end of the 2019 school year.
It is anticipated the successful person will be able to commence in this role in January 2020.
Mount St Benedict College is located at 449C Pennant Hills Rd, Pennant Hills, NSW. Click here to view map.
Terms and Conditions of Employment
- The details and terms and conditions of appointment are contained in the contract of employment which will be negotiated with the successful candidate.
- The remuneration package will be comparable to that paid to Principals in Good Samaritan Colleges.
- Reasonable relocation assistance (if required) will be negotiated with the successful applicant.
- The Principal will be appointed for an initial contract period of five years.
- Before appointment, an applicant must complete a “Working With Children Check” through the Office of the Children’s Guardian – please visit https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/child-safe-organisations/working-with-children-check
We invite expressions of interest from people who align with the following:
- A practising Catholic with a personal commitment to the teachings and practices of the Catholic Faith;
- The willingness and desire to engage in and to embed the Good Samaritan Benedictine charism into the structures, operations and curriculum of the school;
- Leadership experience in secondary education, which includes:
- Understanding the nuances and innovation in girls’ education
- Exposure to wider educational forums and current educational issues
- A deep knowledge of teaching and learning
- Strategic and master planning
- Capacity for innovation.
- Collaborative, consultative, inclusive approach to people, decision-making and change management;
- Good communication skills (written & oral) and able to articulate clear educational standards for staff and students.
Are You Interested in This Opportunity?
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The Selection Process
Key dates are as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising||Fri 3/Sat 4 May|
|Latest anticipated date for applications||Wed 22 May|
|Review meeting & short listing||Week commencing Mon 3 June|
|Anticipated date for client interviews||Saturday 15 or 22 June|
|Final references; academic documents obtained||Following client interviews|
|Follow up meeting/discussion||Likely within 7 days of client interviews|
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