Principal-Range 3

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

21 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Gippsland | Koo Wee Rup

Job type: Full time / From 22/08/2022 - 21/08/2027

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1284596

Reference: 1284596

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Gippsland | Koo Wee Rup

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.

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

Nar Nar Goon Primary School is located in the rural town of Nar Nar Goon, east of the Melbourne fringe. It is five kilometres from Pakenham and surrounded by mostly farming activity. The school has been located on its present site for over seventy years, servicing the neighbourhood areas of Nar Nar Goon, Nar Nar Goon North, Tynong, Tynong North and Cora Lynn. Our current enrolment stands at 200 students. The staffing profile at Nar Nar Goon Primary school is 1 principal class, 9 fulltime teachers, 7 part time Teachers, 5 ES staff members, 1 part time counsellor and a full time Business Manager.

The school provides an educational program based around a structure of both single year and multi-year grades. All classrooms are well equipped and provide a positive environment for effective teaching and learning to take place. The staff profile includes a blend of experienced and graduate teachers as well Education Support staff that provide support in the office, as integration aides and in the library. The school aims to provide a safe and happy environment that supports students to participate in class and school activities and enjoy learning. The development of the students is viewed as a shared responsibility between home and school. Parents are encouraged to play an active role in their children’s learning and to participate in school activities. 

School Guiding Principles

Nar Nar Goon’s teaching and learning and wellbeing philosophies are focussed on the individual child developing a positive self-identity and taking increasing responsibility for their learning, social and personal growth. The school aims to nurture this growth in a climate that is open and positive, and where all staff accept responsibility for all children by providing a safe and caring environment. Nar Nar Goon fosters a high degree of parent participation and involvement in activities and is justifiably proud of its success in this area. 

The Nar Nar Goon Primary School community adheres to the Child Safety Standards and has a comprehensive Child Safe Policy to ensure all students feel safe, respected and supported. It is an expectation that all successful applicants to positions advertised, abide by all school policies and procedures. 

Vision Statement

Our school’s vision is to prepare our students to become active, engaged and responsible citizens of the local and global community. We aim to prepare our students to contend with a very dynamic 21st century in which creativity, cooperative work, connectedness to the world and adaptability are key features. We aspire to provide a consistent contemporary approach to teaching and learning aligned to best-practice instructional strategies in a purposeful learning environment.

School Values

Nar Nar Goon Primary School’s five major values are:
1.    Respect
Each person responds sensitively to the ideas, thoughts and needs of others without dismissing or degrading them. Differences are acknowledged, and all members of the school are able to accept both praise and criticism.
2.    Responsibility
Each person tries hard to complete tasks that have been accepted or assigned to the best of their ability. We are all accountable for our behaviour.
3.    Honesty
Each person carries out his or her responsibilities carefully and honestly. Staff, parents and students share their ideas openly in a climate of trust.
4.    Persistence
Each person is to approach tasks willingly and with determination to succeed. It does matter that a task is completed once it is begun.
5.    Excellence
Each person strives for their personal best in all that they do.


Nar Nar Goon provides a range of curriculum programs and experiences that support each child to develop their learning skills, attitudes and habits. Numeracy and literacy skills are developed through agreed instructional models outlined in the Nar Nar Goon Primary School Education Framework to which all staff are expected to adhere. The curriculum is based on the Victorian Curriculum. 

Specialist subjects include: Art, Physical Education, LOTE / AUSLAN and Reading Recovery

All rooms have interactive whiteboards and all classes have access to laptops and iPads that form an integral part of the integrated learning environment. Learning technologies are seen as vital components of all teaching and learning strategies. 

In term 2 this year, the school was involved in a comprehensive school review process which has only just been completed. The leadership is working on the development of the 2023-2026 School Strategic Plan which will guide planning and curriculum implementation in key priority areas.  This document, like others before it, will be communicated extensively to the staff, displayed prominently in areas throughout the school and teaching teams are expected to align their practice to the goals and priorities outlined throughout. Our Annual Implementation Plans and Professional Learning Plans are developed annually to align with the expected outcomes of the Strategic Plan. 

Principal-Range 3

Job type:

Full time / From 22/08/2022 - 21/08/2027

Job classification:

Not provided


Annette Aarts | (03) 5942 5311

Principal-Range 3