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Principalship for St Joseph's School Pinjarra

Date: 19-Sep-2022

Location: Pinjarra, WA, AU, 6208

Company: Catholic Education Office of WA

Commencing 1 January 2023. 


St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Pinjarra is a dynamic co-educational primary school catering for approximately 220 students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year Six. The school staff and parish enjoy a strong relationship and the parish is on-site.  The school enjoys a strong connection with the School Advisory Council and Parents and Friends’ Association.


Early intervention has been a priority with a range of strategies including targeted investigative play and explicit teaching in the Early years.  Our vision of ‘providing a God centred environment where each school community member is nurtured spiritually, academically, socially and physically’ is always focussed on the individual needs of the student in our care.


The school offers specialist programs in LOTE (Mandarin and Spanish), Science, Physical Education, Music and Dance, as well as many levels of learning support including EMU (Extending Mathematical Understanding), PreLit, MiniLit and MaqLit. There have been a number of successful whole school initiatives implemented such the 7 Steps for Writing, Brightpath literacy and numeracy and the use of Data Walls. Making Jesus Real (MJR) is a values education resource implemented within the school and is centred on the belief that we are all God’s children and are called to try to be like Jesus Christ in the way we live. Additionally, the school enjoys a close working relationship with Curtin University Speech Pathology.


St Joseph’s is currently embarking on a capital development plan for new and improved facilities. 


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

  • leads and develops Catholic Identity through all aspects of school and parish life; nurturing the connection with these communities to inspire and strengthen the sharing of their faith by giving witness; and a commitment to the personal growth of themselves, staff and students
  • is an enthusiastic and highly relational leader with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and is highly visible within the school and wider community
  • values and enhances the school’s community by honouring the context of the school and respecting current sound practices whilst having a vision for continual growth in education 
  • creates a culture in which ALL students are recognised as having the ability to learn and achieve his/her God given potential through the provision of quality learning experiences 
  • leads a model of professional practice that involves collaboration with others in bringing about school improvement, innovation and change informed by an understanding of current school data, currency on educational issues and effective research
  • prioritises a commitment to student and staff wellbeing
  • understands the planning of a Capital development design required to deliver educational spaces and resources that meet the needs of contemporary and future educational requirements and experience in managing the finances in accordance with the approved annual budget


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; Accreditation to Lead number, the year attained, and your next date to renew your Accreditation to Teach RE; TRBWA number and expiry date; WWC number and expiry date)
    • 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
Provision for Principal Review 
Timeline St Joseph's School in Pinjarra 


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 6 October 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.