St Edward’s Primary School is one of the schools in the Diocese of Armidale which is building a Professional Learning Community in a Catholic context as a vehicle for school improvement. The schools are in a period of significant change, as articulated in their Strategic Improvement Plan 2019 – 2021. Examples include the use of action learning, data walls and instructional rounds to build a teacher professional learning model that is site based and strongly related to the importance of the principal as an instructional leader.
St Edward’s Primary School is one of 24 Catholic schools administered by the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) on behalf of the Bishop of Armidale. The Director, Mr Chris Smyth, is directly responsible to the Bishop through the Bishop’s Commission for Catholic Schools.
St Edward’s Primary School
St Edward’s Primary School, part of the CSO System of schools, is located in Tamworth and serves the St Edward’s Parish. The parish priest is Rev Paul Anthony and he is involved in the life of the school.
St Edward’s is a large K-6 dual campus school that has grown to 561 students. This year marks its 67th year of operation.
With a population of over 60,000, Tamworth was named the “perfect country town” by Australian Traveller magazine. Tamworth provides the best of both worlds – the ease of a country lifestyle and the convenience of city facilities.
Tamworth is cool in winter and pleasantly hot in summer, a place where you can choose your pace – take a rest or feel the rhythm.
You’ll discover unique experiences, rich landscapes and world-class events year-round, including the largest country music festival in the southern hemisphere, a festival celebrating our enviable local produce and a festival celebrating cultural diversity.
Additional information can be viewed by visiting the school website located at https://stedwardstamworth.catholic.edu.au/
Position Title: Principal
The Principal is the Religious, Organisational and Instructional Leader of a Catholic School within the Diocese of Armidale.
Statement of Responsibility
The Principal provides Instructional Leadership and exercises prudential stewardship of the Catholic School. The Principal is ultimately responsible for the Catholic identity and ethos, curriculum delivery and effective management of the school within a Catholic Professional Learning Community.
A detailed Position Description will be provided during this recruitment process.
It is anticipated the new Principal will commence for the start of the 2021 school year.
Spanning two sites, St Edward’s Primary Campus is located on Hillvue Rd, South Tamworth; the Infants Campus is located on Roberts St, South Tamworth.
Conditions of Employment
- Salary and Conditions will be discussed as we progress through this recruitment project.
- The term of the initial contract is negotiable. Subsequent contract renewal is subject to a successful performance review.
- Under normal circumstances, at least 10 school term weeks’ notice is required by either party to terminate employment.
- Applicants who are successful in gaining an interview will receive an interview travel allowance.
- Relocation allowance (if required) will be provided for the successful applicant.
- The successful applicant will possess a current, approved Working With Children Check.
We invite expressions of interest from people who align with the following:
- A committed, practising Catholic.
- A minimum of 5 years successful experience as a primary or secondary principal or assistant principal or an equivalent role in school system leadership or the tertiary sector.
- A contemporary leader with the demonstrated capacity to inspire a team; collaboratively develop strategy and culture; and manage change.
- An innovative educational leader that can clearly articulate a vision of learning and teaching that integrates Catholic values and pastoral care into the daily life of the school.
- A leader with outstanding interpersonal skills to build a vibrant parish school community.
- An educational leader that will embrace the Diocese of Armidale vision and strategies for developing a Professional Learning Community in a Catholic context aligned to the CSO Strategic Plan.
- Hold professional qualifications:
- An education degree and/or relevant post graduate qualification; and
- Possess or demonstrate a willingness to obtain Religious Education qualifications in accordance with the Diocesan Policy in order to meet the Diocesan requirements to lead in a Catholic school.
- Be NESA accredited or be eligible to be accredited by NESA to teach in NSW.
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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||Thurs. 18th June|
|Latest anticipated date for applications||Mon 13th July|
|Review meeting & short listing||Week of Monday 20th July|
|Anticipated date for client interviews||Either week of Mon 27 July or Mon 3 Aug|
|Final references; academic documents obtained||Following client interviews|
|Follow up meeting/discussion||Likely within 7 days of client interviews|
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