Principal - Moonee Ponds West PS

Job posted: 24/06/2022
Applications close: 21/07/2022 (Midnight)
20 days remaining

20 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / From 03/10/2022 - 04/10/2027

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Teacher

Reference: 1285275

Reference: 1285275

Occupation: Teacher

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

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.

(g) Community Criterion

Demonstrated capacity to embrace the Moonee Ponds West Primary School’s Educational Philosophy, and to foster an environment that brings it to life.


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.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department of Education and Training is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion for all. We value diversity and inclusion in all forms – gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for roles within the Department.  The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx


To be eligible for employment, transfer or promotion in the principal or teacher class a person must have provisional or full registration from the Victorian Institute of Teaching. In addition, from 3 August 2020, to be eligible for employment in the principal class or teacher class, a person who graduated from a Victorian Initial Teacher Education program after 1 July 2016, must demonstrate that they have passed the literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education (LANTITE) requirements. This condition is satisfied where the LANTITE requirement is part of the Victorian Initial Teacher Education program completed by the person.

VAPA Requirement

To be eligible for appointment as a principal a person must either already be a Principal or have met the Victorian Aspiring Principal Assessment (VAPA) requirement as follows:

  • For principal positions advertised between 1 August 2021 and 31 December 2021 a person will be required to have registered to undertake the VAPA before being appointed to a principal position.
  • For principal positions advertised on or after from 1 January 2022 a person must have completed the VAPA and be provided with a statement of readiness before they can be appointed to a principal position.

Vaccination Requirement

A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Moonee Ponds West Primary School is a co-educational Foundation-Year 6 school located in the quiet residential area of Moonee Ponds in Melbourne’s inner South-Western Region. The school provides primary education for families in the suburb of Moonee Ponds and surrounding neighbouring areas.

The school, established in 1888, has a 129-year history with the Library and Hall buildings considered to be of significance by the National Trust. A new Virtual Tour of the school is available on the school’s website. The school is respected within the community and the demand for student places often exceeds those available. The schools Vision statement of ‘We Think Create and Learn Together’ and values of Compassion, Courage, Creativity, and Critical thinking are evident in all school and community activities.

The enrolment of the school during 2021 was 439 students. The staffing profile consisted of two Principal Class Officers, thirty-four teaching staff, six specialist areas for enrichment and support, thirteen Education Support (ES) staff, with Full Time Staff Equivalent of 34.50 EFT. Two Learning Specialists in Literacy and Numeracy have enabled support of teachers to deepen their pedagogical knowledge in these areas. The Student Family Occupation (SFO) & Student Family Occupation Education Index (SFOE) remains stable and is currently - 0.1463 (2021 State Median is 0.4142).

The school structure is predominantly multi-aged classes of two-year levels with teachers housed in Professional Learning Teams (PLT’s). Collaborative planning enables the teachers to plan to meet the student learning needs. Our Specialist programs include Physical Education (PE), Creative Arts, Language (a Japanese immersion program), and Hall (for emotional and social learning). The school is also an active member of the Moonee Vale Instrumental Music Program which enables students to learn a range of instrumental tuition within school time. Performance opportunities are an important part of this offering.

The school grounds offer active and passive areas for student play, two adventure playgrounds, and a synthetic oval with running track, football and soccer fields as well as a courtyard. The school received funding for the development of a Sensory Garden during the 2018-19 school year. The major construction work was completed in 2019. Now parents, staff and students have begun working on further developments including planting and care of this outside learning area.
Moonee Ponds West recognises that families are important partners in supporting the education achievement and wellbeing of students and values the partnership between the students, staff and parents.

Educational Philosophy:

The social, emotional, physical and academic wellbeing of our students underpins all practices at MPW. A positive self-image is necessary for effective learning to occur. These aspects of the whole child need to be equally nurtured to ensure that students experience success.

Children are at the centre of planning and are unique individuals with a powerful capacity to contribute and learn. MPW is child centred with an emphasis on deep inquiry, critical thinking and creativity. Inquiry through exploration, investigation and play in meaningful experiences provides the opportunity to engage and involve children. Through structured and unstructured teacher and student-led experiences, children construct their understandings of the world.

Learning is a continuum and each child is supported to move along the learning continuum and build on their achievements, ability, interests and knowledge. Children are supported to feel secure in taking risks.

All children and their opinions are valued. Learning experiences are planned to challenge bias and stereotypes where respect for the rights of individuals, and an acceptance for difference enable children to participate in society.

Principal - Moonee Ponds West PS

Job type:

Full time / From 03/10/2022 - 04/10/2027

Job classification:

Not provided


Sandra Monaghan | 040/817-1575

Principal - Moonee Ponds West PS