Sommerville School Auckland

Associate principals (5 positions)

Primary and intermediate (Years 1–8) / kura tuatahi, Assistant principal

English, Health and physical education, Learning languages, Mathematics and statistics, Science, Social sciences, Technology, Te reo Māori, The arts

Listed 1:13 pm 29 October 2020
Closes 09 November 2020
Vacancy reference #: 1HADX1

Sommerville is New Zealand’s largest specialist school, catering for students aged 5 to 21 years with a wide range of educational challenges. Our catchment area stretches from Newmarket to Maraetai and includes our base school in Panmure, satellite classes in 11 mainstream schools, a community programme for 18–21 year olds and an Outreach Service. Due to roll growth and a retirement, our senior leadership is being restructured and we are seeking five inspiring, learner-centred leaders to join us in term 1, 2021.

The successful candidates will have a deep understanding of the New Zealand Curriculum and effective pedagogies for students with special educational needs. They will have strong interpersonal and communication skills, recent and effective leadership experience and view education through a culturally responsive lens.

Our exceptional associate principals will:

  • Lead the successful implementation of our strategic direction and annual goals
  • Build positive relationships with staff, students, whānau, other schools and external agencies
  • Be future-focused, and innovative thinkers with the ability to both inspire and lead change in a large special school with a diverse staff and community
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of audiences both orally and in writing
  • Use IT confidently and creatively to develop robust systems and procedures
  • Develop leadership capabilities
  • Role model exceptional teaching practice.

Our staff are our super-power and we believe our new associate principals will be pivotal to continuing the uniquely supportive culture of our school.  Successful applicants will have a passion for teaching and learning, a sense of humour and the ability to work effectively with the principal and our other senior leaders to inspire learning schoolwide.

The positions are released with a maximum 0.2 classroom teaching and specific responsibilities to be negotiated depending on the strengths and experience of the successful applicants.

How to apply

Please send your application form, CV and direct enquiries to:

Belinda Johnston
(09) 570 9787

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Vacancy reference #:1HADX1

Listed 1:13 pm 29 October 2020
Closes 09 November 2020

School details

Sommerville School

Type: Special School
Authority: State
Gender: Co-Ed
Decile: 5
Roll: 316

School number: 1484
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Physical address:
7 A Benghazi Road, Panmure, Auckland

Postal Address:
7A Benghazi Road, Panmure, Auckland, 1072