Positions Vacant

Information for Applicants

Catholic Education in the Diocese of Sale is a vital expression of the mission of the Church and is owned and operated by Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited (DOSCEL).

The Diocese covers thirty-eight primary and seven secondary schools from Cranbourne and Narre Warren in the west of the Diocese, to Wonthaggi in the south and Orbost in the east. Through the partnership of schools with families, parishes, religious institutes and DOSCEL, our schools play a leading role in nurturing the faith of children and youth and developing their intellectual, physical, emotional and social knowledge, skills and attributes.

Principal - St Catherine's Primary School, Berwick

Applications are invited for the following position:


St Catherine’s Primary School – Berwick

Current Enrolment: 667 (February 2021)

Classification: Principal Level 5 (550-699 students)

Commencement Date: Term 4, 2021 or by negotiation (for a period of eight years)

School Profile

St Catherine's Primary School, Berwick is situated in the south-east growth corridor of Melbourne. The school was established in 1996 and is one of three Catholic primary schools in St Michael’s Parish, Berwick.

St Catherine’s School is committed to:

  • Embracing the Catholic faith, inviting all to a relationship with God.

  • Implementing the Victorian Curriculum and the Diocese of Sale Religious Education Curriculum, To Live in Christ Jesus, ensuring learning entitlement and progress for all.

  • Developing expert teachers through evidence-based and targeted teaching practice.

  • Demonstrating strong instructional leadership practice.

  • Promoting high expectations for every student.

  • Providing an inclusive child safe culture.

  • Developing passionate, motivated, life-long learners.

Requirements for all Applicants

  • Accreditation to Teach Religious Education or Lead in a Catholic School, or exemption from the requirement of Accreditation.

  • A commitment to the system of Catholic Education and its mission.

  • Full registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

  • Master or Postgraduate qualifications in Education, Leadership, Religious Education or Theology.

  • Relevant leadership experience in schools

Key Selection Criteria

The successful applicant will have a demonstrated capacity:

Catholic Identity and Religious Education

  • to articulate and promote a deep understanding of Catholic identity within Catholic education and the place of a rich Religious Education curriculum to promote and support this identity.

Vision and values

  • to articulate a compelling vision, aligned with system priorities and communicate expectations for effective performance of a school.

Leading learning and teaching

  • as an instructional leader, including an ability to embed a culture of high expectation of student learning and build expert teacher practice which is evidence-based, high impact and inclusive.

Leading improvement

  • for strategic leadership focusing on leadership for school improvement, and an ability to design and implement high leverage improvement plans.

Leading the management of the school

  • to ensure that the school’s human, physical and financial resources are efficiently allocated and managed, including ongoing compliance with legislated Child Safe Standards and the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority.


  • to develop positive relationships with students; parents and families; the local parish and wider community; and participate and contribute to DOSCEL activities.


  • to foster a community which holds high aspirations and expectations maximising opportunities for all students.

Information for Applicants, Application Form, Referee Forms and other relevant information may be downloaded at the links below.

Applications should be addressed to:

Ms Maria Kirkwood

Director of Catholic Education – Diocese of Sale

Chief Executive Officer – Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited

PO Box 322


Attention: Mr Richard Wans

Email: director@doscel.catholic.edu.au

Closing date for applications: Wednesday, 4 August 2021.

External applicants to the Diocese of Sale are invited to contact Ms Amanda Smith, School Leadership Consultant via email asmith@doscel.catholic.edu.au or phone 5614 5128 to enquire into the strategic direction for education within the Diocese.

Enquiries regarding the application process may be directed to Mr Richard Wans, Manager: Leadership and Professional Culture via email rwans@doscel.catholic.edu.au or phone 5614 5107.

DOSCEL is a child safe organisation. Schools in the Diocese of Sale are committed to promoting the
safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children.


Information for Applicants

Application Form

Reference Form for Parish Priest of Worshipping Parish

General Reference Form

St Catherine's Berwick Child Safety Code of Conduct

DOSCEL A Statement of Principles Regarding Catholic Education

DOSCEL Child Protection and Safety Policy