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Principal: St Kilian's Primary School Bendigo - Catholic Education Sandhurst, Bendigo, VIC

If you have a desire to develop your career as a Principal, the opportunity to make this happen now exists with St Kilian's Primary School, situated in the heart of Bendigo.

St Kilian’s has developed a great cultural diversity and is clearly a mirror to the growing diversity of the Bendigo community. Our welcoming school environment has seen our enrolment reach capacity however we have continued to be able to maintain close links with the community.

St Kilian’s provides a positive learning environment whilst, at the same time, maintaining great pride in our heritage. Our school has a strong sense of community, drawing students from all areas of Bendigo and providing a quality educational setting in central Bendigo. We strive to live out our Identity Statement, ‘St Kilian’s is a community, which embraces Catholic values, respects individuals and engages students in fun, faith and holistic learning’. We have access to a broad range of curriculum experiences, which support children’s development in the critical areas of numeracy and literacy, as well as specialist music, art, Indonesian and library programs that provide further interest and challenge for all. The school has an excellent pastoral care program reflective of the sense of community within the parents and students. Our religious education program reflects the commitment to the Catholic identity of the school, which we see as inclusive and welcoming.

St Kilian’s School, a Catholic School with a proud history of meeting the needs of children by adapting to changing circumstances and changing times. As a Catholic School, it is crucial we are able to offer those within our school community the opportunities to develop as a whole person – intellectually, spiritually, physically, morally and emotionally. In promoting and nurturing this within individuals, the person and teachings of Jesus Christ need to be integral to the teaching and learning process that is shared between school and family in an environment that is both supportive and challenging.

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria as a basis for selection are:

  • Commitment to the Catholic faith
  • Ability to contribute as an active member to the development of Catholic faith communities
  • Full Victorian accreditation to teach in Catholic education or equivalent from another jurisdiction, or evidence of a compliant application to gain full accreditation.
  • Experience in the teaching of Religious Education (Primary only)
  • Current full registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) or is committed to obtaining this registration prior to commencement
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional learning
  • A substantial history of proven teaching competence and success
  • Sound organisational and administrative skills
  • Experience in a designated leadership role within a school or at system level
  • Post-graduate studies relevant to the role of Principal, in addition to initial teacher training.

School-based Criteria

School-based criteria are determined as a result of considering the specific contextual needs of the school and should reflect an appropriate balance of the major areas of Catholic school leadership as articulated in the Sandhurst Leadership Capability Matrix

  • Leading the Catholic School
  • Leading a Well Community
  • Leading Learning and Teaching
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Leading Improvement, Innovation and Change
  • Leading the Management of the School
  • Engaging and Working with Community.

To learn more about St Kilian's Primary School and Catholic Education Sandhurst please visit and CES website

For further information, please contact Sharon Warren, Telephone (03) 5443 2377 or

Application instructions

  1. Download the application package
  2. Complete the application package
  3. Provide your supporting documents
  4. Send your completed application and any supporting documents to

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