Sydney Catholic Schools is responsible for the leadership, efficient operation and management of the systemic schools which educate around 71,000 students in 152 parish primary and regional secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney. 

Mater Dei Catholic Primary School Blakehurst | K-6 | 407 students
Commencement Date: January 2020
Closing Date: 29 August 2019 

Mater Dei Catholic Primary School, Blakehurst is a two-stream school located in Southern Sydney. The school is an integral part of the Mater Dei parish and are guided on their faith journey by the Parish Priest, Father Isidore Anantharaj. Inspired by their school motto, ‘Growing together in Christ’ the school strives to nourish the faith of each member of the school community and provide an individualised, contemporary education for all.  Mater Dei Catholic Primary School opened in 1960 and was staffed by the Sisters of St Joseph from 1964. The school is founded on the Josephite values of love, justice, dignity, faithfulness, courage and compassion. Each year, following the example of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop who said ‘never see a need without doing something about it’, the children and parents are involved in a wide variety of social justice initiatives as a practical way to express and develop their faith.

The school’s vision for learning – ‘Branch Out’ has been inspired by the properties long standing willow trees, a symbol of balance and strength, demonstrating the importance of firm foundational skills and the ability to bend and adapt to the ever changing twenty first century environment. At Mater Dei, we aim to ‘branch out’ through ‘Active learning towards ‘Bright futures’ with ‘Curious minds’. The school encourages a high standard of achievement and enjoyment of learning incorporating the use of a range of technologies to meet the learning needs of all our students.

As a member of the school leadership team, the Religious Education Coordinator shares responsibility for the development of the Catholic life of the school, leadership of its vision, mission and strategic priorities and contribution to the management of the school. The Religious Education Coordinator has delegated responsibility for the coordination and supervision of teaching and learning in Religious Education with a well-developed capacity to take forward the evangelising mission of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney.

To be considered for this role, you must demonstrate proven experience in:

  • Creating a faith community that brings the Gospel and teachings of the Catholic Church to all the students, families and staff
  • Creating a contemporary, student-centred learning culture
  • Initiating and leading change and improvement to enhance learning for all students, especially in Religious Education
  • Strategic outlook and understands the school within the broader educational, ecclesial and communal context
  • Developing collaborative partnerships to support student and staff faith journey, learning and well-being, especially in the context of evangelization.

You will also possess the following qualifications:

  • Category E Accreditation in accordance with To Work, Teach and Lead in systemic Catholic schools Archdiocese of Sydney Accreditation OR ability to demonstrate the standard descriptors at Lead Teacher Level in accordance with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
  • Tertiary qualifications (Essential): For a substantive appointment (Level 1 REC) Graduate Diploma or Masters in Religious Education/Theology (or equivalent as approved by the Director of Religious Education and Evangelisation. A non-substantive appointment (Level 2 REC) a Bachelor Degree with a specialist sequence in Religious Education / Theology and / or a Graduate Certificate in Religious Education / Theology and a willingness to complete the study to attain Level 1 REC status.
  • Post graduate units of study in Leadership (advantageous)


Applicants are required to fill out the REC Application Package along with related documents and return it via email to


This role is classified as a child related work and therefore we require a working with children clearance to be completed prior to your commencement with us.

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