PRINCIPAL | 797 Students
St Mary’s Cathedral College, Sydney
Commencement Date: Term 1, 2023
Closing Date: Friday, 22 July 2022

About Sydney Catholic Schools

Catholic schools have been delivering excellence in education to Sydney school students for 200 years. Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) continues to be a thriving and growing contemporary educational community with 150 schools, more than 71,000 current students, 10,000 staff and a large alumni community. 

About St Mary’s Cathedral College

Situated in one of the greatest cities in the world and home to Australia’s oldest Cathedral Choir, St Mary’s Cathedral College Sydney seeks a strategic, creative and forward-thinking leader to work in partnership with St Mary’s Cathedral to drive the next phase of growth at this prestigious Catholic institution.

About the role

A unique opportunity exists to lead an international chorister school as it embraces a classical liberal arts approach to know and love Christ through learning.

Candidates should have the ability to:

  • build an educational vision in a classical, liberal arts tradition
  • uphold the philosophical, ethical and aesthetic traditions of the Catholic Church; 
  • cultivate partnerships with Sydney’s world-renowned arts institutions, including its galleries, museums, and the Sydney Opera House.

Major Accountabilities

The Principal of St Mary’s Cathedral College will be involved in making a difference in the lives of young people by:

  • making explicit, through witness and example, the mission of Catholic schools 
  • leading strategic change through consultation and collaboration with stakeholders
  • developing innovative learning programs to address individual students’ needs 
  • implementing a classical liberal arts curriculum
  • improving student outcomes by improving the effectiveness of teaching and learning
  • creating a school-wide professional learning culture
  • monitoring the performance and organisational health of the school through data insights  to identify ways to improve the educational experience
  • promoting a culture of informed decision-making, transparency and collaboration incorporating the use of data 
  • leading as part of a Network in establishing a compelling pre to post-educational experience
  • examining the context of the broader community and global educational trends for the benefit of the school
  • contribute to the broader network of schools by providing previous leadership expertise across a diverse range of contemporary educational areas
  • leading the use of data to effectively and critically inform school improvement processes 
  • building and developing relationships with the College, parish and community leaders to pursue the strategic intent of the system.

Essential Criteria

To be considered for this role, you will have the following experience, skills and knowledge:

  • experience in the delivery of successful educational outcomes
  • a Masters in Educational Leadership or another relevant educational discipline
  • In meeting the requirements of (Category E) in the Accreditation Policy to Work Teach and Lead in Sydney Catholic Schools or agree to meet these requirements in your first contract term
  • willingness to respect, support and uphold the mission, ethos and teachings of the Catholic Church and the values of Sydney Catholic Schools in your personal and professional conduct
  • a Baptised Catholic with demonstrated evidence of ongoing commitment to the teachings of the Catholic Church and engagement in the life of a Catholic faith community such as a parish; or an established community within the Catholic Church, as an expression of a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Sydney Catholic Schools offers a generous salary package for school leadership positions commensurate with the experience and skills of the appropriate candidate.


Submit your application via the ‘Apply’ button and follow the steps to complete your application. To support your application, you will be required to attach;

  • current resume
  • cover letter outlining how what value you could bring to this role (250 words limit each)
  • parish priest reference.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Kevin Carragher, Director: System Performance 

For any questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Emma Gleeson, Recruitment: Supervisor 

Working With Children Check (WWCC)
This role is classified as child-related work and therefore requires a WWCC clearance prior to commencement of employment.

COVID-19 Vaccination Evidence

Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) is committed to ensuring the safety of our staff, students and school communities. In line with SCS’s COVID-19 Policy, all staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (or subsequent variants) in order to work at or with a school, in central office or at any other location at which work is carried out by SCS. Compliance with this Policy and providing evidence of vaccination is an essential requirement of employment.

To know and love Christ through learning.

Thriving Catholic communities through excellent teaching and learning.

Truth, empathy, excellence, curiosity, and collaboration.

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