Rosebank College has witnessed tremendous growth and development over the past 12 years and is extremely proud of its long history. With a student population of 1,400, Rosebank College, Five Dock, NSW, is a Catholic co-educational school for Years 7 to 12. Continuing in the tradition of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan and belonging to the community of ten schools across Australia called Good Samaritan Education (GSE), the College has a rich Benedictine heritage.
Founded by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in 1867, the College celebrated its 150-year anniversary in 2017.
Rosebank has a rich Good Samaritan Benedictine heritage which is centred around the values of Peace, a Love of Christ, Stewardship, Hospitality, Compassion and Service. The harmonious co-existence of this tradition with contemporary pedagogy, innovative practices, agile, professional staff and modern learning and recreational spaces, engender a future focussed community where each student has the opportunity to pursue their talents and interests in a caring and supportive environment.
As a school of Good Samaritan Education, Rosebank College is governed by a Board of Directors incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001, and accountable through the Company Members to GSE. The Principal is appointed by the Board with the approval of GSE.
Good Samaritan Education
Established in 2011 by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, the mission of GSE is to sustain and nurture Catholic schools as Good Samaritan Benedictine communities of learning.
As a community of faith, GSE is deeply rooted in the Benedictine spirituality gifted to us by the Sisters. The Rule of Benedict, written over 1500 years ago and lived by the Sisters for over 150 years, underpins GSE’s commitment to the ministry of Catholic education. This commitment is further inspired by the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25-37) and given witness through the engagement of the schools with the ministries and works of the Sisters.
As a school of GSE, Rosebank College continues to be guided by the principles and values of our spiritual tradition described in GSE’s core documents, including its ‘Charism Statement’, the GSE ‘Philosophy of Education’ and its ‘Statement on the Voice and Experience of Women in Leadership’.
Since June, 2012, GSE has assumed all rights and responsibilities associated with the governance of its ten schools.
Additional information can be viewed by visiting the Rosebank College website located at: http://www.rosebank.nsw.edu.au/
Learn more about GSE by visiting http://goodsameducation.org.au
Position Title: Principal
Reports to: Board of Directors
The role of the Principal in a GSE school is to give expression to the Good Samaritan Philosophy of Education in an effective Catholic school.
This requires 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;
- Overseeing governance arrangements and acting as faithful steward of College resources.
The Principal leads the school in the Good Samaritan Benedictine tradition and is focused on developing learning communities that assist students, staff and families to:
- Grow in their knowledge and relationship with the Divine;
- Realise their inherent dignity, worth and potential;
- Deepen their appreciation of goodness, truth, beauty and the diversity of human cultures
- Grow in their ability to relate respectfully and reverently to each other and to the world;
- Develop their capacity to recognise and challenge attitudes that exclude the vulnerable;
- Nurture their inner life by developing resilience and habits of compassionate reflection;
- Work for creation and for the common good (Gaudium et Spes).
The role requirements will be lived out through relationships with key stakeholders in the College community.
A range of information, including a detailed position description and an organisation chart, will be provided at a later stage of this process.
- As the incoming Principal, establish a consultative and collaborative leadership presence across the school community, Board and with key stakeholders.
- Commence the implementation of the new 2021-2025 Strategic Plan and establish actions to ensure priorities are implemented.
- Become conversant with and responsive to the teaching and learning structures, dynamics and outcomes, identifying issues of inclusion, results and areas for improvement.
- Quickly become fully conversant with any ongoing building works and demonstrate leadership to effectively manage these.
Reason for Vacancy
After 16 years as Principal, Mr Tom Galea is retiring at the end of the 2020 school year.
The commencement date is negotiable although it is anticipated the successful person will be able to start by January 2021.
Rosebank College is located at 1a Harris Road, Five Dock. It is centrally located in the inner west of Sydney, approximately 15 minutes from the CBD.
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.
- 4 weeks annual leave.
- Also available is long service leave, parental leave, community service leave, personal/carers leave and compassionate leave.
- Professional Leave – 10 days per year.
- Enrichment Leave – 2 weeks for each year of service.
- The Principal will be appointed for an initial contract period of five years, with the usual 6-month probation period.
- Reasonable relocation assistance (if required) will be negotiated with the successful applicant.
- 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 capacity and desire to engage in and embed the Good Samaritan Benedictine charism into the life of the College;
- Leadership experience in Catholic secondary education, which includes:
- A track record of innovation and creativity, with a vision for the future of education;
- Exposure to wider educational forums and current educational issues;
- A deep knowledge of contemporary pedagogy to support diverse students’ needs;
- A strategic management approach and the business acumen to position the College in a rapidly changing environment.
- An inclusive leadership style that is collaborative and consultative;
- An outcomes driven approach to create a professional learning community that is focused on continuous improvement and supporting all staff to achieve high standards;
- Capacity to ensure the College’s human, physical and financial resources are efficiently allocated and managed with good governance;
- Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills to build positive relationships within the school and wider community;
- Postgraduate qualifications combined with evidence of ongoing personal & professional learning.
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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||Friday 3rd April|
|Latest anticipated date for applications||Friday 24th April|
|Review meeting & short listing||Week commencing Mon 4th May|
|Date for Rosebank interviews||Possibly Sat 16th or 23rd May|
|Final references; academic documents obtained||Following client interviews|
|Follow up meeting/discussion||Likely within 7 days of client interviews|
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