Assistant Principal-Range 1 - Garrang Wilam Primary School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Truganina VIC 3029, Australia
  • 06 May, 2022

Job Description

Job ID:  1277648
Location:  Garrang Wilam Primary School
Department:  Garrang Wilam Primary School
Role Type:  Assistant Principal
Full/Part Time:  Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term:  Ongoing
Classification:  Assistant Principal-Range 1
Apply By:  26/05/2022
Other Information:  
Begin Date:  11/07/2022
End Date:  10/07/2027
Hours:  38.00
Contact Name:  Natalie Nelson
Phone:  73017000
School Website:


Are you agile and flexible in your thinking, have a high work ethic, great sense of humour, love to work as part of a team and willing to learn? Then we are looking for you.

Are you driven by creating something new, leveraging the expertise you already have?

Welcome to Garrang Wilam Primary School, an exciting new school located in Truganina that opened in 2021. Garrang Wilam (pronounced: gar-rang wil-um) is taken from the Woi-wurrung language, as spoken by the Wurundjeri people, and means ‘eucalyptus home’.

Our logo means elders and students focused together, and encourages us to ‘dream big’.


Our students excel in the vibrant, positive and connected community we create together.


We invite all students to come and learn, to belong and work collaboratively in their pursuit of learning.

Our people are invested in deliberate practice to create a community that truly makes a difference. Our community will develop over time through shared experiences and an aligned focus on what matters; learning.


A respect of all cultures and beliefs is an essential characteristic of global citizens, thus we live by a set of values that underpin this. We want our students, staff, parents and community members to show;

  • Together
  • Focus
  • Strength
  • Lead

The success of our outcomes is due to our collective approach to

  • Positive education
  • High expectations
  • Clear instructional framework for teaching and learning
  • Using evidence and research to make decisions
  • Partnerships

Our goals

  • Building practice excellence
  • Setting expectations and promoting inclusion
  • Connecting schools

Our imperatives are

  • Safety, people, culture
  • Organisational capacity and capability
  • Consistent teaching and learning framework

Our Metrics

  • Student achievement, student voice, goal development and wellbeing outcomes
  • Parent opinion and contribution
  • Staff development and wellbeing
  • Teaching and Learning

The instructional framework at Garrang Wilam Primary School is informed by the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) model Fisher & Frey. Framed around the Workshop Model and consistent with the Gradual Release of Responsibility (Duke and Pearson 2002), the work of Cris Tovani and Lucy Culkins builds a structured evidenced-based approach for teaching and learning.

The Pedagogical Model is aligned with the Victorian teaching and learning model that incorporates the vision for learning, practice principles and HITS focused on teacher practice as the main contributor to improved student learning outcomes
improvement-focused to assist teachers with their professional learning, including designing their PD goals adaptive and can be modified to fit subject contexts
implemented together with the practice principles, the pedagogical model enables teachers to maintain a line of sight between their own professional development and school-wide improvement based on FISO.

Pedagogical approaches include:

  • Readers workshop model
  • Writers workshop model
  • Numeracy proficiencies
  • Inquiry approach to integrated learning

For more information please see our website

A focus on Digital Learning, The Arts (Visual and Performing), STEM and Physical Education is integral to the additional learning provided for our students. Students have access to the latest technologies; including iPads.

Teams of teachers are given time to work and learn together focused on student data and high impact teaching strategies during weekly Professional Learning Community cycles of inquiry.

The focus on professional knowledge and practice through feedback and goal setting during the performance and development process ensures all members of staff are continually growing and learning.

We have a range of expert, accomplished and graduate teachers who deliver a challenging and stimulating curriculum.

A positive nurturing environment which cares for each student and adult, matters. It impacts on our behaviour, our academic success and future mental and physical health.

All community members of our school behave in ways that build a positive and vibrant school culture that focuses on wellness and learning. We use the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support framework to drive our approach to positive education.

Learning Spaces

The school includes an administration building, two learning neighbourhoods (19 classrooms), a gymnasium complex, outdoor courts and sports fields. Inside the administration building houses a large library, first aid facilities, visual arts space, space for science/ technology and food technology space,titled the ‘Culinary Haven’.

There is enough room to accommodate between 480- 520 students in these buildings. The site has also been planned to accommodate a peak enrolment larger than 525 and have allowed for portables to be onsite without compromising any dedicated play spaces.

The gymnasium complex includes a stadium quality basketball/ netball sized gymnasium with tiered seating, an outstanding music facility which doubles as a stage for the gymnasium.

There is also a canteen and change room facilities and an extensive foyer. It is anticipated that these facilities will be utilized for community usage including a shared arrangement with local sporting clubs to ensure sport can be accessed onsite after school.

Teaching spaces at Garrang Wilam Primary School allow learning communities to teach in a variety of ways to ensure peer to peer student and adult learning, as well as a high level of student voice and agency.

Spaces have been designed to ensure a mix of explicit, collaborative and independent learning opportunities occur on a daily basis. Some spaces are built fit for purpose; for example the storytelling and presentation area, where others are flexible in design to meet the needs of the inhabitants.

The extensive outdoor spaces include hard courts, full sized grassed football oval, outdoor stage, nature play with a dry creek bed, agility playground and an extensive carpark.

Our community will develop over time through shared experiences and an aligned focus on what matters; learning.

We welcome you to come and join us to build an extraordinary educational experience for all.

To find out more about Garrang Wilam Primary School please contact the Founding Principal, Natalie Nelson on 0401 054 038 or at

*A Webex information session for potential applicants will be held on Thursday 12 May and Thursday 19 May @ 4:30pm

Selection Criteria

SC1 Demonstrate Educational leadership

  • Outstanding capacity for visionary and exemplary educational leadership of a school or college.
  • Highly developed skills in leading and managing change, including the leadership of others in the process of change.

SC2 Demonstrate Financial, managerial and administrative ability

  • Outstanding financial, organisational and resource management skills.

SC3 Demonstrate Planning, policy and program development and review

  • Exemplary values appropriate to the development of student learning with a demonstrated capacity to achieve high quality student outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement Department policies to a high level.

SC4 Demonstrate Leadership of staff and students

  • A highly developed capacity to motivate staff, develop their talents and build an effective team.
  • A clear capacity to foster a learning environment that takes account of the individual needs of students and helps students to develop their special abilities and talents.

SC5 Demonstrate Interpersonal and communication skills

  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills in individual, small group and community contexts.
  • Exemplary values pertaining to personal qualities of objectivity, sensitivity and integrity.
  • An ability to work with parents and the community to develop a strong learning environment.

The assistant principal reports directly to the principal.

Assistant principals have a primary responsibility for the management of significant areas or functions within the school to ensure the effective development, provision and evaluation of the school's education program.

In exercising the responsibility, assistant principals will have the authority to make all significant decisions relating to the program, budget and staff relating to their area of designated responsibility within the framework of the school's strategic plan, policies and budget.

Assistant principals will contribute to the overall management of the school through involvement in policy formulation and decision making.

The management of significant school program or functional areas in schools involve assistant principals in the analysis of the needs of students and the translation of state educational policy and frameworks into appropriate education programs to meet the needs of all students.

Typically assistant principals will be responsible for the effective use of the teaching staff and program budget of a defined area of the school's operation and for the oversight and leadership of the educational programs provided utilising these resources.

Typically, assistant principals perform one or more of the following functions:

  • supervision and coordination of the work of senior curriculum or level coordinators;
  • allocation of budgets, positions of responsibility and other resources within the area of responsibility;
  • supervision of the delivery of teaching programs;
  • management of programs to improve the knowledge and experience of staff;
  • responsibility for general discipline matters beyond the management of classroom teachers and year level coordinators;
  • contribute to the overall management of the school;

Who May Apply

Appropriately qualified individuals currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.