The Diocese of Armidale is led by Bishop Michael Kennedy and covers a significant portion of North Western NSW. It is the second largest diocese by area in New South Wales.
The Catholic Schools Office (CSO) in the Diocese of Armidale administers 24 Catholic schools, comprising 19 primary, two central and three secondary schools. The Director, Mr Chris Smyth, is directly responsible to the Bishop through the Bishop’s Commission for Catholic Schools.
Catholic education in the Diocese of Armidale is going through a period of significant change, as articulated in their Strategic Improvement Plan 2016 – 2018. The CSO is more sharply focussing their efforts to support schools in their planning for school improvement.
St Nicholas School is a Catholic Parish school of approximately 545 students ranging from Kindergarten to Year 6. The School was established in 1876 and has a long tradition of academic, sporting and cultural activities. Music, Choir, Dance and Debating have always been an enjoyable part of our curriculum. Information Technology is an essential part of the curriculum, and we also provide a multicultural focus through curriculum units and visiting educators.
In August 2017 the school completed Stage 2 of the building project that has dramatically enhanced the school’s infrastructure, aesthetics and pedagogical practice. Over the 2 stages the school has seen the establishment of 15 flexible learning spaces, 4 seminar rooms, a new library, new toilet facilities, upgrades to the school’s sporting and play areas as well as the beautification of the school grounds.
This project has seen the school move into a 21st Century educational environment with the latest computer technologies and collaborative teaching practice and pedagogy. We strive to develop a Catholic Professional Learning Community that focuses on learning for all in the school community, collaboration between all stakeholders, a culture of continuous improvement and results orientation within the framework of our Catholic faith. The school invests heavily in the professional development of teachers and staff so as to ensure that we keep abreast of the latest teaching practices and ideas.
Additional information can be viewed on the St Nicholas website located at: https://stnicholastamworth.catholic.edu.au/
Position Title: Principal
Purpose of the Position
The Principal is the religious, educational and organisational leader of a Catholic School within the Diocese of Armidale.
Statement of Responsibility
The Principal provides leadership and exercises prudential stewardship of the Catholic School. The Principal is ultimately responsible for the Catholic identity and ethos, curriculum and effective management of the school.
The leadership and direction provided by the Principal will be consistent with:
- The message of Jesus and the Gospels;
- Catholic church teachings, principles and values;
- Diocesan policies and directives;
- Catholic Schools Office, Armidale Mission Statement;
- Catholic Schools Office, Armidale policies and practices; and
- Catholic Schools Office, Armidale Strategic Directions.
Leading Mission and Evangelisation
Leadership in the area of Mission and Evangelisation is provided through Christian witness, active participation in a parish, fostering the religious life of the school, promotion of Gospel values and the provision of quality Religious Education.
Leading Teaching and Learning
High quality teaching and learning is developed, implemented and monitored.
Developing Self and Others
Through supporting others and building capacity, a Catholic professional learning community is developed that is focused on continuous improvement of teaching and learning.
Leading Improvement, Innovation and Change
The Vision, Mission and strategic goals of the school are developed, articulated and aligned with School Review and Improvement outcomes and Diocesan strategic goals and initiatives.
Leading the Management of the School
Processes to manage the human, physical and financial resources are developed and maintained to support the effective delivery of educational programs.
Engaging and Working with the Community
Appropriate relationships are fostered and developed with the school staff, students, Parents and Friends Association, School Advisory Board, Parents, Clergy, the Parish, the Catholic education community and the wider community.
It is anticipated the successful person will be able to commence for the start of the 2019 school year.
The school is located at 143-149 Carthage Street, Tamworth NSW
Conditions of Employment
- The contract is for an initial two-year period and may be renewed for a further four-year period, depending upon satisfactory performance.
- Salary $161,476 to $169,975 gross pa (effective Jan 2019).
- Terms and conditions as per NSW and SCT Catholic Systemic Schools Principals Multi-Enterprise Agreement 2017, as amend or replaced.
The eligibility criteria determines whether or not a person is able to be considered for the position of Principal:
- Committed, practising Catholic;
- Hold professional qualifications:
- An education degree and/or relevant post graduate qualification
- Possess or demonstrated 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.
- Have successful teaching experience;
- Be a NESA accredited or be eligible to be accredited by NESA to teach in NSW;
- Successful experience as a Principal, Acting Principal, Assistant Principal or REC and/or equivalent role in school system leadership;
- Possess a Working with Children Check.
Eligible applicants are expected to demonstrate the capacity to provide successful Catholic educational leadership through:
- Ability to lead mission and evangelisation in a Catholic school;
- Successful teaching and/or leadership experience with capacity to initiate improvement in teaching, learning and classroom practice;
- Knowledge of curriculum, assessment and student pastoral care with the ability to lead and design quality, inclusive teaching and learning programs;
- Educational leadership skills to build the capacity and manage the performance of individuals and teams;
- Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills with the capacity to build relationships and engage students, staff and parents;
- Ability to plan and manage resources effectively and equitably to support teaching and learning.
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The Selection Process
Key dates are as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising||Fri 10th/Sat 11th August|
|Latest anticipated date for applications||Monday 27th August|
|Review meeting & short listing||Week commencing Mon10th Sept|
|Anticipated date for client interviews||Week of Monday 17th or 24th Sept.|
|Final references; academic documents obtained||Following client interviews|
|Follow up meeting/discussion||Likely within 7 days of client interviews|
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