Lara Lake Primary School Principal-Range 4 Full Time in Lara Lake VIC

Lara Lake Primary School

Branch Lara Lake VIC AU

Principal-Range 4
Lara Lake VIC

Lara Lake Primary School is located 15 kilometers North of Geelong. It first opened its doors in 1865 and has a long and proud history of quality education

Lara Lake Primary School is located 15 kilometers North of Geelong. It first opened its doors in 1865 and has a long and proud history of quality education and care for all students. It celebrated its 150th birthday in 2015 by paying respect to all of the outstanding work that has helped to shape the community for many years. The school has continued to grow, achieving its highest enrolment of 685 students in 2017.

The School Vision is ‘For each and every child to be literate, numerate, curious and caring.’ The School Values are ‘Respect, Responsibility and Excellence’. Students, staff and the wonderful community uphold these values to make Lara Lake the outstanding school that it is. The school is constantly striving to improve, placing the needs of the students at the forefront.

Our facilities are modern and bright. Our buildings and features provide a safe and attractive learning environment, which will continue to be of the highest standards. In 2009 a synthetic all-weather oval and a $3.1 million gymnasium were opened. This building includes a music room, a canteen and a full size basketball court. In 2016 the main buildings were refurbished. We have interactive whiteboards/flat screen TV’s in every classroom and run a 1-1 iPad program for all students in Grades 3-6.

The school is proud of the staff mentoring program which has been established to ensure the school tone and robust culture is maintained during periods of change. Teachers operate in Professional Learning Teams where a culture of learning and improvement flourish. All teachers are viewed as learners and have equal responsibility for all students’ learning. The leadership structure consists of Principal, Assistant Principal, and two Leading Teachers who facilitate Professional Learning Teams. In 2017 there are 30 classrooms which are managed in seven straight grade units, each led by a dedicated Team Leader.

The school has a strong reputation for quality curriculum programs and all staff have a solid understanding of the Victorian Curriculum. Classroom programs are offered alongside a comprehensive specialist program consisting of: Science, Visual Arts, Performing Arts/Music and Physical Education. There is a whole school focus on social/emotional learning through the implementation of ‘Play is The Way’, a pro social program. This allows students to develop the necessary skills to problem solve, work independently, develop empathy and understand themselves and others. Lara Lake aims to develop outstanding citizens.


Selection Criteria

Technical leadership

Demonstrated capacity to effectively optimise the school’s financial,
physical and human resources through sound management practices and
organisational systems and processes that contribute to the
implementation of the school’s vision and goals.

Human leadership

Demonstrated ability to foster a safe, purposeful and inclusive learning
environment, and the capacity to develop constructive and respectful
relationships with staff, students, parents and other stakeholders.

Educational leadership

Demonstrated capacity to lead, manage and monitor the school
improvement process through a current and critical understanding of the
learning process and its implications for enhancing high quality teaching
and learning in every classroom in the school.

Symbolic leadership

Demonstrated capacity to model important values and behaviours to the
school and community, including a commitment to creating and
sustaining effective professional learning communities within the school,
and across all levels of the system.

Cultural leadership

An understanding of the characteristics of Effective Schools and a
demonstrated capacity to lead the school community in promoting a
vision of the future, underpinned by common purposes and values that
will secure the commitment and alignment of stakeholders to realise the
potential of all students.

Community Criterion

Demonstrated capacity to innovate around the challenges of a growing school and further develop an inclusive community atmosphere which fosters creativity, high academic achievement and maintains a focus on wellbeing.


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 values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. 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

Other Information

– 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

or proceed with Standard Application Form.

Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Lara, VIC, AU
Posted on: 2017-04-17
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