Primary School Principal at Canadian International School, Singapore in Singapore
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Primary School Principal
Canadian International School, Singapore (Singapore)

Feb 24, 23
Mar 24, 23



The Canadian International School of Singapore seeks a

Primary School Principal

Grades 1 - 6 (ages 5 - 12 years)

For August 2023

Closing Date for Applications:  March 24th 2023

Starting Date: July 24th, 2023


Our Vision

To unleash the potential of all individuals so they can own their future

Our Mission

Engage Enlighten Empower

Our Values

Collaboration Curiosity Creativity

Generosity Respect              

We seek a visionary and  collaborative educational leader who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the teaching and learning principles articulated in our vision, mission and values throughout their career.   

You bring a relentless focus to improving teaching and learning and are an expert in Primary Education with a background in IB.

 About Our School

 The Canadian International School (CIS) is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, one of the few schools in Singapore to offer the IB continuum, PYP, MYP and DP. 

CIS has a student population of 3,200+ and a professional staff of just under 400.  The school offers students an opportunity to develop through a diverse and rigorous curriculum and a wide range of activities. 


Our Campus in Singapore


The Lakeside Campus (Nursery to Grade 12) adopts a school-within-a-school design, creating unique and distinct communities in a school that houses students from Nursery through to Grade 12. The Primary Division is one of four Divisions within the school with others being; Grades 1-6 Primary Chinese English Bilingual, Early Years Division Grades Nursery - Kindergarten, Grade 7 - 12 Secondary. All four divisions work collaboratively for the benefit of the wider CIS community under the “one school” structure.

The school combines state-of-the-art classrooms, learning pods, and other learning spaces to support the inquiry-based approach and encourages a strong sense of community. The Primary Principal is supported by two Vice Principals and the Primary Division will have a student population of approximately 700 to 800.

Included within the Primary Principal’s remit is supervision of our smaller French English Bilingual programme (FEB) and Foundation Programme (FP) for children who do not as yet speak English fluently enough to access the main programmes. Both the FEB and FP Programmes are run by a Teacher in Charge who reports to the Principal.



About the Position                                                                    

KEY ACCOUNTABILITY (Main purpose of this job):

The Primary Principal is a leader of learning for children, faculty and parents in the Division. They are responsible for all aspects of the curriculum and operational leadership. They work closely with the other Division Principals and Senior Administration Team, to support curriculum implementation and “best practices” in teaching and learning. This work requires dynamic leadership, liaising with grade levels teams, and the development of professional learning opportunities for teachers in response to identified needs.

The school’s strategic plan, mission and vision provide the direction for this leadership.  As a member of the Senior Administration Team, the Primary Principal contributes to the overall operation of, and the strategic planning for, the School. You will also be involved with the marketing and admissions department in driving sustainable and balanced enrolments across the division.

The Primary Principal reports directly to the Head of School but consults regularly with the Deputy Head of School for Curriculum matters and with the other Principals to ensure collaboration and continuity across the 4 divisions.


Leadership of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

  • Leads the development and implementation of the curriculum within the PYP framework.
  • Ensures a guaranteed and viable curriculum is implemented with fidelity
  • Liaises closely with the primary school to ensure that there is vertical articulation of the curriculum, consistency of philosophy and ease of transition for students into the secondary school.
  • Plans staff professional development aimed at strengthening the curriculum, teaching and learning in conjunction with the Deputy Head of School.
  • Effectively uses data on student learning and development to monitor, document and report on student progress, language development and achievement targets.
  • Communicating student learning and development to parents (reporting)
  • Has a contemporary philosophy rooted in best practices for children of this age group.


Organizational Leadership

  • Contributes to the development and implementation of the school’s Strategic Plan and ensures that divisional and teacher IWP goals reinforce the goals set in the Strategic Plan
  • Is responsible for daily operations that includes managing and implementing operational policies, systems and procedures that allow the division to run smoothly
  • Advises the Head of School of program and staffing needs.
  • Consults with the Head of School during the recruitment process
  • Facilitates the orientation of new staff to CIS policies and procedures
  • Reports teacher issues to the Head of School
  • Works closely with Admissions and Marketing to drive sustainable enrolment
  • Effectively manages the division’s budget and resources
  • Ensures the division is compliant with all relevant CIS, IB and Singapore policies.
  • Lead self study, parent pulse and other processes which facilitate the development and implementation of Divisional Action Plans



  • Is the standard bearer for the Division and recognised by parents as an advocate for their child(ren) and teachers.
  • Is an active participant in school events, and highly visible within the parent community.
  • Corresponds with parents regarding student, teacher, facility, or school curriculum, teaching and learning issues.
  • Liaises or mediates between teachers and parents where required



  • Is a role model and inspiration to teachers in contemporary Philosophy and Pedagogy
  • Provides the vision for professional development based on the needs of the division and individual teachers.
  • Manages on-going teacher appraisal.
  • Recruits and retains a cadre of excellent practitioners
  • Builds and maintains strong, capable and innovative professional teams.



  • Establishes and maintains effective communication and productive relationships between all stakeholders in the school and related educational providers (e.g. IB)
  • Networks and collaborates with leaders in other international schools in Singapore
  • Builds a divisional culture and identity which is recognised across Singapore and Asia as a world leader in international education



Minimal Qualifications

  • Fluent in English
  • Teaching Certification
  • Master’s Educational Leadership or related field
  • Minimum of 10 years of successful classroom teaching experience
  • Minimum of 3 years experience of school leadership as a Principal or Vice Principal.
  • Deep understanding of education within the Asian context. 

Desirable Additional Requirements

  •  International school experience in Asia in a PYP school


  • Exceptional leadership, communication, collaboration, problem solving and interpersonal skills.
  • Culturally competent and able to work with culturally diverse staff and students in a bilingual and multilingual setting.
  • An effective communicator with the capacity to listen, empathize, and connect, as well as teach, present, and motivate
  • A lifelong learner who keeps up-to-date with current research and best practices in teaching and learning.
  • A facilitator able to build strong and productive relationships with students, parents, academic and non-academic staff, and the community
  • A change agent, who can motivate and manage positive change in complex environments.
  • A strategic thinker who is able to see connections between the school’s vision and mission and IB programme philosophy and create action steps to move the school forward.
  • An activator with motivation, energy, and enthusiasm to spare
  • A producer who is results oriented and has a strong sense of accountability for student success
  • A character builder and role model, whose values, words, and deeds are marked by trustworthiness, respect, and integrity
  • An active contributor whose priority is making contributions to the development and success of others


How to Apply 

Interested candidates are requested to send the information listed below as one single pdf file attachment to both:

Dr Allan Weston Eunice Leung

Head of School Head of Human Resources

The application package must include:

  • A letter of application explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in applying for this position.
  • A current resume not to exceed three pages and including a recent picture
  • A statement outlining your primary educational philosophy and leadership style

Additional information about our school can be found on the school’s website at

Initial closing date for applications – March 24th 2023

CIS reserves the right to appoint a candidate before the application deadline should this prove desirable.  For this reason, it would be important for interested applicants to submit an expression of interest in the position at the earliest possible opportunity. 

Safeguarding Statement

The Canadian International School of Singapore is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all who work and learn with us.  All applicants to the school must be willing to undergo rigorous child protection screening, including checks with past employers and Disclosure and barring service checks.  

We reserve the right to contact past employers not listed in the candidate’s application.

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