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Principal - Mount St Bernard College, Herberton

  • 492734
  • Far North Queensland Tableland Region
  • Mount St Bernard College - Herberton
  • School Leadership
  • Full time - Fixed Term

Principal - Mount St Bernard College, Herberton

Commencing Date: January 2023
Employment Type: 
Full Time, Fixed Term Contract - Ending January 2029 -This position holds a full time, permanent Teaching position within the Cairns Diocese
Salary Range: Paid in accordance with the Cairns Principals Agreement 
Closing Date: Midday Friday 14 October 2022

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We’re looking for a Principal!

About Our College

Mount St Bernard College offers a quality, Catholic secondary education for young people, male and female, in Years 7 through 12.  We are a boarding school with the majority of students attending MSB being boarders At MSB we are proud of our Mercy traditions, while remaining responsive to the contemporary needs of students who seek a faith-based education that will stand them in good stead for the future. 

Our College is a culturally diverse community which provides a holistic education that nurtures the academic, spiritual, emotional, physical, cultural and social development of individual students in a caring, safe and supportive environment. At MSB we recognise the individuality of every one of our students. We seek to help each student become the best person they can be, by providing quality learning and teaching and making available a rich tapestry of sporting, artistic and other co-curricular activities, to help them discover and develop their personal giftedness.


2010 marked a century of Catholic Education in Herberton.  Having already founded St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School in 1910, the Sisters of Mercy established Mount St Bernard College in 1921 as a boarding college for both primary and secondary students. The main priority of the college was to meet the educational needs of students from remote areas of the Far North and North West of Queensland.

The foundation stone of Mount St Bernard College was laid on January 11, 1920 and the College was officially opened on September 21, 1921.

The College is named after Fr Bernard Patrick Doyle, who had come from Ireland in 1906, as it was his idea to establish a boarding school on this part of the Atherton Tablelands.

In its first year of operation some of the forty-six boarders were primary school students who attended St Patrick’s School while the remainder were secondary students and were taught in Mount St Bernard College.

Throughout the twentieth century, Mount St Bernard College has responded to the changing needs and aspirations of students and their families. The College even hosted Cooktown’s St Mary’s School during a period of World War II evacuation. At every stage, MSB has provided opportunities for quality Catholic education to the young people of the Far North and beyond.

In 2006, the Sisters of Mercy gifted Mount St Bernard College to the Catholic Diocese of Cairns. MSB is now under the stewardship of Catholic Education Services Cairns and the Mercy charisms of service, faith, hospitality and social justice continue to be nurtured and lived out by a dedicated and professional staff.

In 2009 Mount St Bernard College entered a new era of revitalisation and renewal and in 2021 celebrated 100 years of educating students from the Far North Queensland on this beautiful college site overlooking the historic town of Herberton. Throughout this 100 hundred year history of service to the FNQ community, Mt St Bernard’s has remained a Boarding College, currently with 120 boarders.

Our location

Mount St Bernard College is located in the historic village of Herberton, on the Atherton Tablelands, North Queensland Australia. Herberton is situated approximately 96km, a 90 minute drive south west of Cairns. Starting just south-west of Cairns and rising more than 700m above sea level, the Atherton Tablelands is a lush, fertile region of rainforest, wetlands and savannah. An ancient coral reef has eroded over centuries to form rugged limestone caves at Chillagoe and nearby volcanic crater lakes sit among a series of tumbling waterfalls. This is a stunning part of Australia and close to the attractions of the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree region and Cape York.

Four highways connect the Atherton Tablelands to the coast: the Kuranda Range Road, the Gillies Highway, the Rex Range Rd and the Palmerston Highway.

About the role

As faith leader, the Catholic principal models faith in action, leading the college community to enact a shared vision that focuses on the provision of a world class education, enriched by the lived encounter with the Catholic faith.  

What we offer

  • Accommodation
  • Provision of a motor vehicle for work and personal use
  • Competitive Salary range: per annum pending experience 
  • ITAS and IPRASS Allowances
  • Annual Leave with 17.5% leave loading
  • Access to salary packaging options to maximise your salary 
  • Modern facilities, equipment and resources
  • Access to additional Employer Superannuation Contributions
  • Access to long service leave after 7 years of continuous service (portability of Long Service Leave may also be applicable)
  • 14 Weeks’ paid parental leave
  • Professional development and renewal
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program

Above all else, we offer the opportunity to work with and lead a unique Far North Queensland community with a rich history and a big heart.

For more information about the role please see the Download File Principal Position Description

For Enquiries: Mr Leon Capra - (07) 4050 9759

Intending applicants must be fully committed to creating and maintaining a child safe organisation.

Catholic Education is an equal opportunity employer.

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