Principal - St Patrick's Catholic Primary School

Job No: CER382
Location: Bundaberg


Position: Principal
Location: St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, Bundaberg (current enrolment 505 students)
TEC Range: $193,859 – $211,817 including 10.5% super (up to 12.75% super available in a co-contribution arrangement)
School of Special Characteristic: This school offers Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)

Tenure: Full Time, 5 Year fixed Term Contract
Commencing: 16 January 2023
Closing Date: Sunday 5pm, 11 September 2022

This is an exciting leadership opportunity to lead the school community of St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, Bundaberg commencing January 2023. 

St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, Bundaberg is part of a system of kindergartens, primary schools and colleges operated by Catholic Education in the Diocese of Rockhampton (CEDR) in rural and regional centres from Mackay, south to Bundaberg, and west to Longreach. Educational professionals at the Catholic Education Office, located in Rockhampton, will provide you as Principal with oversight and support through their expertise and experience in the areas of Learning and Teaching, Catholic Identity, Indigenous Education, School Development and Organisational Services, including, ICT, Finance, Strategy, Business Development, Human Resources and Student Protection.

As Principal at St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, Bundaberg, you will report to the Director of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Rockhampton, Miss Leesa Jeffcoat through the Assistant Director: School - Southern Region, Mr Stephen Dale.

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School is situated in West Bundaberg and accepts enrolments from the whole Bundaberg district. We are proud to be a part of the Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton, and are closely aligned to the Bundaberg parish, which encompasses the whole Bundaberg region.

Increasing enrolments have allowed the school to continually improve the opportunities we provide for our students. However, the school has retained its intimate, ‘family-like’ atmosphere through the efforts of our very active parent community in partnership with staff.

St Patrick's is a Catholic co-educational school catering for students from Prep to Year 6. Our school has a dedicated team of professionals who work collaboratively to provide high-quality education through innovative and data-informed teaching and learning programs that will support the academic, spiritual and emotional needs of every student.

About the role

As Principal, you will lead a team of experienced educators who are dedicated to ensuring our students are provided with the very best opportunities to achieve their individual goals in a positive, safe and supportive environment.

The position of Principal provides for the leadership and management of quality Catholic schooling whilst allowing for personal growth and professional development within the role.

The Principal’s call to leadership is a call to respond to the centrality of Jesus Christ in all aspects of school life and thus serve the Mission of Catholic Education. The Principal is the leading education professional within the school, inspiring students, staff and members of the community to continuously enhance learning and personal growth while seeking to help others deepen their knowledge and experience of our Catholic faith.

As Principal, you will be the Nominated Supervisor of the Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) service at St Patrick's and will effectively supervise and manage an education and care service. 

Key leadership qualities and capabilities

  • Promotes the Catholic vision in the school's goals, policies, programs and structures 
  • Displays confidence, curiosity, enthusiasm and optimism
  • Displays emotional intelligence in working with individuals and groups
  • Builds an inclusive, trusting community and cultivates productive working relationships
  • Is an effective coach able to respond clearly and able to provide and receive constructive feedback

We are seeking to appoint a leader who

  • is a practicing Catholic with a sound understanding of, and commitment to Catholic education
  • has experience of successful leadership in Catholic education
  • can foster a culture of inspirational teaching and learning and lead the development and implementation of school improvement initiatives
  • has the interpersonal skills to build partnerships within the school and with the local community
  • is willing to provide leadership in the areas of the duty statement 
  • can lead in ways that are consistent with the message of Jesus and the Gospels and
    • Catholic church teachings, principles and values
    • Diocesan policies and directives
    • The Catholic Education Diocese of Rockhampton Charter
    • Catholic Education Mission and Vision Statements, policies, practices and strategic directions.

What we offer - in addition to a competitive salary range, the following incentives apply

  • Salary packaging options
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Subsidised accommodation
  • Travel allowance
  • Locality allowances
  • Superannuation up to 12.75%
  • Professional Renewal Leave
  • Access to long service leave after 7 years of continuous service (portability of Long Service Leave may also be applicable)
  • Corporate health insurance
  • Induction, professional development and learning opportunities

Mandatory requirements

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications 
  • Current Queensland College of Teachers Registration
  • Current Blue Card with Blue Card Services Queensland
  • Australian work rights

How to apply

  1. Please complete the application form below.
  2. Upload a current resume and supporting documentation (inclusive of three referees (your current Principal/Line Manager, a professional referee and your Parish Priest)).
  3. Applicants must read, understand and accept, as an explicit term of contract, the requirements of the Statement of Principles for employment in Catholic Schools. 
  4. Upload a covering letter (addressed to the Diocesan Director Miss Leesa Jeffcoat).
  5. In no more than 2 A4 pages, address the key criteria below and provide clear evidence of your demonstrated ability to lead a school in the following key leadership areas:
    • Enhancing Catholic ethos and identity
    • Leading teaching and learning
    • Developing self and others
    • Leading improvement, innovation and change
    • Leading the management of the school
    • Engaging and working with the community

Please refer to the Position Description and A Vision for Christian Leadership in the Diocese of Rockhampton to support your response.

Please note that current employees of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Rockhampton do not need to supply copies of documentation that we already have on file.  

Further information

  • For a confidential conversation please contact Stephen Dale (Assistant Director: Schools - Southern Region) 07 4994 8010.
  • For further information regarding the remuneration package, please contact Employee Support Services
  • Applications during the shortlisting phase will be kept confidential.

Applications close: Sunday 5pm 11 September 2022.

Catholic Education is committed to best practice in student protection policies and procedures and is an equal opportunity employer.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.


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Catholic Education, Diocese of Rockhampton, is a large, dynamic and growing organisation with a current enrolment of approximately 16,000 students and a staff of approximately 3,400 in Kindergartens, Early Learning Centres, 31 Catholic Primary Schools and 8 Catholic Secondary Colleges. Catholic Education in the Diocese of Rockhampton serves communities from Bundaberg in the south to Mackay in the north and west to Longreach.

With a vibrant working environment, we provide excellent benefits for staff including professional and career development opportunities that build personal and organisational capability. We celebrate diversity in our workforce, and value the knowledge and skills that a diverse range of employees bring to the workplace. Our staff are recognised as being central to achieving our mission and we have an emphasis on caring and supporting teachers in both their vocation in working with students and other aspects of their lives.