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Principal John Pujajangka-Piyirn Catholic School, Mulan

Date: 03-Aug-2022

Location: Halls Creek, WA, AU, 6770

Company: Catholic Education Office of WA

Commencing 1 January 2023


School Profile

John Pujajangka-Piyirn Catholic School is situated in Mulan, close to Lake Gregory (Paruku) in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. The traditional owners of the land are the Walmajarri people and in 2001 it became Western Australia’s first Indigenous Protected Area. While Mulan is set in the desert its close proximity to Paruku means that it takes in a vast desert wetland system of national and international significance with breathtaking scenery.


John Pujajangka-Piyirn is a Catholic school which follows the guidelines of the Broome Diocese and proclaims the Gospel values of Jesus as our guide in all that we do. Established in 1979 by the Sisters of Mercy in conjunction with community members, the Sisters provided principal leadership until 1994 when the first lay principal took over. The school currently has approximately 25 students from Kindergarten to Year Six, whilst also catering well for lower secondary students as required. Targeting children’s specific needs and providing for a variety of learning styles are given a high priority in the learning and teaching programs.


Local community members are encouraged to hold a range of positions in the school including Aboriginal Teaching Assistants (ATAs), Cultural and Language Advisors, Grounds personnel, Cleaners and School Canteen Staff. The school community is well supported with local ATAs, and study opportunities are available for them and other community members.


The school has a wide range of facilities and resources including a Playgroup, an Early Learning Centre, a home economics room, a library, an all-weather covered basketball court and spacious grounds. There are exciting building developments occurring from second semester 2022 which include remodelling the Early Years building and significant development of the playgrounds and connecting facilities.


John Pujajangka-Piyirn Catholic School is committed to the concept of Two-Way Learning. Whilst this partnership enables children to learn Standard Australian English, intrinsic to identity and connection is a program which focuses on the local Walmajarri language, fostering and respecting the spiritual and cultural beliefs and protocols of the people. On country learning greatly deepens and enhances this partnership through strong and authentic leadership from Aboriginal rangers on the ground.


Interschool events and Professional Learning opportunities allow staff to interact and connect with staff of other schools in the Kutjungka region. Networking days and gatherings are also highlighted by the presence of Aboriginal teaching assistants and other community members whose insights on curriculum provide added value and richness to the learning of all. In this context, teachers are also encouraged to explore their own understanding of Aboriginal culture.


More information can be found on the school website:

In addition to the Duties and Responsibilities of Principals, the community is seeking a principal who:


  • Has knowledge and awareness of related items in leading a school in a remote Aboriginal community
  • is resilient and resourceful
  • has experience in Leadership
  • has an understanding of Aboriginal Culture and Aboriginal communities
  • is committed to fostering strong relationships and partnerships
  • demonstrates a commitment to social justice issues and witness to gospel values in the school and wider community
  • will be a strong and vibrant member of John Pujajangka-Piyirn Catholic parish and school community
  • Demonstrates an ability to build strong relationships with staff and students; to build strong partnerships with parents, care givers and the parish priest, to provide leadership that motivates and inspires



To be considered for this outstanding leadership opportunity, potential candidates must be practising Catholics and experienced educators committed to the objectives and ethos of Catholic Education.


You must have:

  • A minimum four year tertiary qualification although it would be advantageous to demonstrate significant progress towards a Masters degree or higher
  • Accreditation for Leadership of a Catholic School Community or its equivalent
  • Current TRBWA and Working with Children requirements


Interested applicants should:


  • complete your profile and the CV details on the website Please ensure that your CV contains the following elements:
  • Professional Qualifications (please include your Accreditation to Lead details as in your Number, the year attained, and your next date to renew your Accreditation to Teach RE).
  • Employment History (specifying leadership positions)
  • Referees ( Please include three (3) professional referees: a person with whom you are currently working, a person with whom you have worked in the past two to five years, and a current employer or superior. In addition, please include mobile phone contact details of your parish priest for the purpose of him being contacted for a verbal reference. Send a copy of the attached Referee Report to each of your 3 professional referees and ask them to return the report to by the closing date. Parish priests are not required to submit a written reference.
  • Write a Cover Letter succinctly addressing the school context as advised through the School Criteria listed in the Web Advertisement. This should be a maximum of three pages.

Upload this as an attachment on the website.

  • Using the SAO model (as below), please articulate your philosophy and provide examples of two initiatives you have been involved in at leadership level in each of the pillars (Catholic Identity, Education, Community and Stewardship). Applicants are limited to two pages per pillar.
    • Situation: What circumstances prompted the need for you to initiate or implement an improvement strategy?
    • Action:            What specific actions did you take and/or lead?
    • Outcome:       What were the outcomes of your actions? What did you learn?

         Upload this as an attachment on the website.


Interested applicants should refer to the following documents:


Referee Report 2022

Principals Duties and Responsibilities

Timeline Mulan

Provision for Principal Mulan



To Apply please click on the Apply now button



All applications should reach The Executive Director of Catholic Education, Catholic Education Office of WA via the Apply now button no later than 2.00pm Thursday 18 August 2022.


For any queries  please contact:

Marnie Platt

Principal Appointment Coordinator or 08 9380 1769



Catholic Education Western Australia encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability, people of all ages and people from culturally diverse backgrounds. To be eligible to apply for this role you must be legally permitted to work in Australia.


Applicants must be fully supportive of the objectives and ethos of Catholic education.