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Principal - Wollert East Primary School (Interim Name)


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Job ID: 1222522
Location: NWV Regional Directorate [Multiple Location Campus]
Department: NWV Regional Directorate
Role Type: Principal
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term: Ongoing
Classification: Principal-Range 4
Apply By: 04/28/2021
Contact Name: David Kilmartin
Phone: 0403 697 344
School Website:

Location Profile

The Victorian Government is delivering 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026. This includes the new Wollert East Primary School (interim name) opening in 2022.

The school will operate with a Supported Inclusion model providing inclusive education for a substantial cohort of students with disabilities. Supported Inclusion provides opportunities for all students and educators to benefit from inclusive models of teaching and learning and staff's varied expertise.

Wollert East Primary School (interim name) will provide for Foundation to Year 6 students on-site from the first day of the 2021 school year and is designed for a long-term enrolment of 575, with a mainstream enrolment capacity of 525 and an additional 50 places allocated to specialist provision. In its first year of operation, Wollert East Primary School (interim name) will open to students from year levels F–6.

The school site will also incorporate a Community Centre, including three and four-year-old kindergarten, funded by the City of Whittlesea with a Government contribution through a Building Blocks grant of $2.75 million. The Community Centre will be located at 135 De Rossi Boulevard, Wollert 3750 and will also open in 2022.

Wollert East Primary School (interim name) abuts rapidly growing residential areas in the suburb of Wollert. The school will work in partnership with the community to provide authentic learning opportunities and the best academic and personal outcomes for all students.

Construction on Wollert East Primary School (interim name) commenced in late 2020 and will be completed in late 2021. This will allow the school to occupy the new facilities ahead of opening in Term 1, 2022.

It is proposed the new school will establish a set of guiding principles to inform and guide future community use of both school and community facilities. Where appropriate, the new school could establish Joint Use Agreements with the City of Whittlesea to develop access and use arrangements for agreed shared facilities.

The new school presents an exciting opportunity for a Principal to exercise a significant influence on the creation of a contemporary school connected to the community and the future effectiveness of learning outcomes of the students.

The Principal of Wollert East Primary School (interim name) will have leadership qualities which ensure the effective operation of the school upon commencement, with responsibilities in the year prior to opening including to:

  • work collaboratively as part of a Planning Group and consult with the community as required to make key decisions for the establishment of the new school
  • develop a whole-of-school culture of excellence and Inclusion within the educational rationale for the new school;
  • develop a vision for learning and designing a framework for pedagogical approaches which maximise the opportunities presented by the inclusive and contemporary learning spaces;
  • design a school curriculum and organisational structures that will support the achievement of the school's vision and values, including its focus on excellence and Inclusion of students with disabilities;
  • develop an understanding of the design intent of the new school facilities;
  • create an identity for the school – determine the school logo and uniform;
  • select and employ staff with both the skills and mindset to ensure the vision of excellence and Inclusion is achieved.
  • provide appropriate support for staff who are inspired to work collaboratively with the Principal, the staff and community to refine and implement the school's vision once in operation;
  • proactively engage with the local community to develop processes and systems which set the foundations for the new school to become a community hub that links families and children to services and support, provides learning opportunities and builds a vibrant, supportive community;
  • develop a strategic approach to the professional learning of staff and the ongoing development of the school's culture of Inclusion as it grows;
  • establish relationships and network with Principals of the other schools to support and learn from each other;
  • make any reasonable adjustments as requested by a student in accordance with the school's legal obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth);
  • work collaboratively with the Department's central and regional offices to select furniture, inclusive equipment, assistive technology and ICT equipment that supports the school's vision for learning and ensures the design intent of the learning spaces is realised; and
  • establish financial and IT systems in accordance with the Department and school council requirements.

Principal recruitment will occur in Term 2, 2021, for commencement in Term 3, 2021. This will allow providing for a six-month lead time prior to day 1, Term 1, 2022.

Selection Criteria

(a) Vision and values

Demonstrated capacity to create a shared vision, define and gain acceptance of school goals and set and communicate expectations for effective performance.

(b) Teaching and Learning

Demonstrated ability to manage the quality of teaching and create a positive culture of challenge, support and collaboration.

(c) Improvement, Innovation and Change

Demonstrated capacity to produce and implement clear, evidence-based improvement plans and policies and lead innovation and change.

(d) Management

Demonstrated capacity to ensure that the school’s human, physical and financial resources are efficiently allocated and managed.

(e) Development

Demonstrated capacity to create a professional learning community that is focused on the continuous improvement of teaching and learning, supporting all staff to achieve high standards and commitment to their own learning and wellbeing.

(f) Engagement

Demonstrated capacity to develop positive relationships with students, parents/families and the local community and participate in and contribute to system-level activities.

The role of the principal is to lead and manage the planning, delivery, evaluation and improvement of the education of all students in a community through the deployment of resources provided by the Department and the school community.

At the same time, the principal, as executive officer of the school council, must ensure that adequate and appropriate advice is provided to the council on educational and other matters, that the decisions of the council are implemented and that adequate support and resources are provided for the conduct of council meetings.

The principal is accountable for the overall management and development of the school within statewide guidelines and Government policies. A clear set of accountabilities, which distinguish their work from other members of the Teaching Service and the education community are set out in detail in the contract of employment.

The core accountabilities of all principals are to:

  • ensure the delivery of a comprehensive education program to all students
  • be executive officer of the school council.
  • establish and manage financial systems in accordance with the Department and school council requirements.
  • represent the Department in the school and the local community.
  • implement decisions of the school council.
  • contribute to system-wide activities, including policy and strategic planning and development.
  • manage and integrate the resources available to the school.
  • appropriately involve staff, students and the community in the development, implementation and review of school policies, programs and operations.
  • report to the Department, school community, parents and students on the achievements of the school and of individual students as appropriate.

Who May Apply
Appropriately qualified individuals currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.