Information, including a brief video, is provided below to allow you to explore these three exciting Primary Principal roles
The Diocese of Wagga Wagga is in rural NSW, located in the Riverina and south western district of New South Wales. The Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers are significant geographical features of our area – the diocese – and on our eastern border lie the mountainous regions of the Great Dividing Range. The area has large and small towns and some of Australia’s richest and most picturesque countryside.
The Diocese of Wagga Wagga has a rich faith tradition; our faith communities are nourished and sustained by the sacramental life of the church administered and accessed through 31 parishes.
The Catholic Schools Office (CSO) is accountable to the Apostolic Administrator and is led by the Director of Schools, Mr Alan Bowyer. There are 26 primary schools and 5 secondary schools that educate in excess of 8,500 students through the dedication and work of approximately 1,000 staff.
The CSO is seeking to appoint a primary principal for each of the following three school communities:
St Patrick’s Primary School, Griffith – Reference No. TS1355
Saint Patrick’s School is located in the rural Riverina city of Griffith. Griffith is part of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area. The school can be found adjacent to the Sacred Heart Church, has modern facilities and large playing areas for our students. We have students from Kindergarten to Year 6 with three classes at each year level.
Saint Patrick’s first opened in 1921 with 80 students. We have been served over the years by the Sisters of Mercy and the Marist Brothers.
- Continuing to provide strong Pastoral Care for all members of our community.
- To continue to improve student achievement in all areas of contemporary learning.
- Continue providing for collegial planning and collaborative practices.
- Building on our whole school improvement framework.
- Continue to inspire learning through our Catholic Faith
- 21st Century learning – Information and Communication Technology.
- Embed purposeful pedagogy and build teacher capacity to improve student learning outcomes.
- Further develop elements of a professional learning community.
- Use the Inquiry for Continual Improvement process to improve student learning in all KLA’s.
- Target professional learning to suit the needs of teachers and students
February 2017 Census: 435
School Web address:
Vision and Mission statement can be found at:
Information on the Griffith area is found at:
St Joseph’s Primary School, Culcairn – Reference No TS1356
St Joseph’s is a Catholic Primary School catering for girls and boys from Early Stage One through to Stage Three (K-6). St Joseph’s Primary School will guide your child in the Catholic tradition, reinforcing Christian values. The school is proud of the happy and co-operative environment that exists here.
It is St Joseph’s Mission to educate all children – spiritually, emotionally, socially, morally, physically and academically. To achieve this, the continued interest, co-operation and support of all members of the school community, is both highly valued and essential.
- Implementation of the new NSW syllabuses for the Australian Curriculum.
- Analysis of data to inform and shape teacher practice.
- Incorporation of contemporary teaching across all Key Learning Areas.
- Lift the performance of students, with an emphasis on Numeracy and Writing, with a strong emphasis on K – 2
- Oversee the CSO Targeting Mathematics Initiative throughout the school.
- Integration and use of the spiral of inquiry across the whole school.
- Provide classrooms that meet the needs of 21st Century Learners, through the provision of quality facilities and resources.
- To provide students with a holistic education experience grounded in the faith of Jesus Christ.
- To use the ACER – National School Improvement Tool as a way of continuous self-reflection across all areas of school improvement.
February 2017 Census: 42
School Web address:
Vision and Mission statement can be found at:
Information on the Culcairn area is found at:
All Saints’ Primary School, Tumbarumba – Reference TS1357
All Saints’ is a Parish School and plays its part in the overall mission of the Church at Parish Level.
The Parish Priest has overall responsibility of the faith development of the children.
- Raising student outcomes in Literacy and Numeracy through the delivery of effective teaching, incorporating modern up to date practices.
- Demonstrate strong commitment to lead the integration of current technology across all Key Learning Areas.
- To continue the development and improvement of the school parish relationship.
- Raising the profile of the school through participation in local events.
- Effective management of the school budget and resources to support student learning.
- Ensure that new faith formation opportunities are provided for students and staff to deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith.
- Leading the development of social emotional wellbeing programs for students.
February 2017 Census: 53
School Web address:
Information on the Tumbarumba area is found at:
Appeal of Living in Rural NSW
If you are from a metropolitan/coastal city, and have not experienced life in rural areas, there are three key aspects for you to explore and consider:
- How would your financial position alter if you accepted a senior role in rural NSW?
- How will your home life benefit by experiencing the sense of community rural living provides?
- How will your career thrive because of the leadership experiences a senior appointment would provide?
A range of further information can be found by visiting the CSO website at http://www.csoww.catholic.edu.au/
Position Title: Principal
Reports to: School Service Consultant
The Principal has a range of responsibilities covering the following leadership dimensions:
Religious leadership facilitates spiritual formation through a dynamic process of growth in the understanding and practice of Christian faith and spirituality. This is expressed in dedicated structures, specific programs, communal support and resources.
Utilises a developmental approach to link the development of effective learning and teaching with contemporary curriculum to provide high quality student learning.
Staff leadership meaningfully integrates the personal and professional experiences of staff through distributive leadership, mutual accountability, inclusive processes and planned professional learning.
Strategic leadership is directed towards the development, alignment, attainment and review of the vision, mission and the strategic goals for the school as set out in the school’s improvement plan.
Organisational leadership focuses on the development, support, monitoring and evaluation of operational processes.
It is anticipated that successful applicants will be able to commence in these three schools for the commencement of the 2018 school year.
Conditions of Employment
- Salary and Conditions will be discussed as we progress through these recruitment projects. Incentives negotiable.
- The CSO is open to negotiating the term of these appointments as well as the support provided to assist the new Principals
- Salary Packaging: employees may elect to take their remuneration as a combination of cash salary and benefits as outlined in the Diocese of Wagga Wagga Salary Packaging Employee Information Guide.
- Applicants who are successful in gaining an interview will receive an interview travel allowance.
- Relocation allowance will be provided for the successful applicants, if required.
- The successful applicants will undertake a New Working with Children Check and a National Police Checking Service (Crimtrac) prior to appointment.
- Accreditation to Work, Teach and Lead in Catholic Education in the Diocese of Wagga Wagga
We invite expressions of interest from people with leadership experience in Catholic primary schools/Education offices who are able to demonstrate:
- An appreciation of and active commitment to Catholic life and practice
- Innovation in leading contemporary learning initiatives
- Ongoing development and integration of learning related to Religious Education, Theology, Scripture, Leadership and Curriculum
- An affinity for rural & regional areas
- Accreditation to teach Religious Education and have completed a minimum of four units of study at a postgraduate level in Religious Education, or Theology, or specific Catholic Leadership
Are You Interested in these Opportunities?
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We do NOT ask you to labour over selection criteria or any application document – just complete the panel on this page or send a one-line email to Trak Search to indicate your interest in whichever role(s) and providing your brief resume and contact telephone number.
Any questions can be directed to either (a) our Director John Chesher by telephone (0417 068 220) or (b) email our office via email@example.com.
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 12th/Sat 13th May|
|Trak Search discussions commence||From Mon 22nd May|
|Latest anticipated date for applications||Wed 31st May|
|Initial reference checks by Trak Search||From week commencing Mon 5th June|
|Review meeting & short listing||Week commencing Mon 12th June|
|Anticipated date for client interviews||Week of Monday 19th or 26th June|
|Final references; academic documents obtained||Following client interviews|
|Follow up meeting/discussion||Likely within 7 days of client interviews|
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- Throughout the process, Trak Search is available for confidential discussions and to provide information to allow you to explore this opportunity and determine your interest in these roles.
- A range of additional information will be provided to you as we progress through this process.
- You are NOT required to: complete an application form; provide a lengthy, comprehensive document to address the selection criteria; or provide any referee details. However, you will be invited to supply us with additional information (verbally and in writing) as you progress through the process.
- A late application could be accepted, providing it does not adversely impact other applications or the schedule. Please be aware however that any application received after close of business on the date noted above is more likely to be returned to you.
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- We expect to contact one work related referee and a Priest referee prior to short listing, with additional references completed later in the process. You should always expect that prior to reaching the final stage of the project, we will ask to speak with at least one person who has: directly managed you; recently; and for a significant time period.
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