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Blackfriars Priory School

After 41 years of dedicated service to education and four years of exemplary leadership as Head of Primary at Blackfriars Priory School, Mr Frank Ali has announced his retirement for the end of 2021.  Blackfriars now seeks a highly qualified, innovative and collaborative leader to lead the Primary School and provide oversight of the Early Learning Centre and OHSC service.

Celebrating over 800 years of tradition and the search for Truth, Blackfriars remains the Dominican Friars only Australian school. Founded in 1953 on the northern fringe of the Adelaide business district, Blackfriars provides modern facilities with world-class tuition for around 760 boys from ELC (co-ed) to Year 12.  The School affirms the Dominican tradition by engaging spirit, mind and body in the pursuit of knowledge.  A committed team of approximately 100 staff and a vibrant, culturally diverse and inclusive School community, Blackfriars is regarded as one of Australia’s finest independent Catholic boys’ schools.

Reporting directly to the Principal and overseeing both pastoral and academic outcomes, the Head of Primary responsibilities will include:

  • ensuring an inspiring and contemporary learning community where boys develop as resilient, connected and engaged young men;
  • fostering a team of dedicated and progressive professionals and a supportive and inclusive workplace and community culture;
  • leading and managing the curriculum and administrative operations of the Primary School;
  • in collaboration with the Principal and Business Manager, provide leadership support to the Director of the Early Learning Centre and OHSC program manager.

Applications are encouraged from appropriately qualified and experienced individuals with excellent communication, negotiation, leadership, strategic planning and relationship management skills, complemented by the warmth, integrity, authenticity, energy and passion necessary to engage with and inspire the School community.  A fundamental appreciation of and alignment to the Catholic ethos within the Dominican tradition is essential in this pivotal and career defining leadership role.

For an Applicant Package, please click on the PDF icon above or below, and for further information on our client, please visit 

Applications should be addressed to Andrew Reed and Justin Hinora.  Please click on the Apply Today button to submit your application.

For a confidential discussion, please call (08) 8100 8827.

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