Secondary English Teacher

The McDonald College


Secondary Teacher

Teaching Subject: English

Contract Type: Permanent/Ongoing Position Full Time

Applications Close: 5 October 2021

An exciting opportunity exists for a NESA qualified Secondary English Teacher to join us. You will be experienced in teaching English Courses, Stages 4 – 6 including Extension 1. We’re looking for an enthusiastic and committed educator with a deep passion for English. You will be highly motivated to inspire, engage and ensure the continued academic success of our students from Years 7 – 12.

<h4>A rare and exciting job opportunity with Australia’s premier performance-centred school</h4><p><br /></p><p>The McDonald College is an independent, non-denominational, co-ed school located in North Strathfield. We teach the NESA Academic Curriculum from K-12, through to the NSW HSC.<br /></p><p>Our Mission is to nurture individual journeys in a creative and inclusive learning community that values intellectual inquiry and ethical decision-making. <br /></p><p>We are unique in our offering of performing arts and elite sports. Disciplines include Acting, Classical Ballet, Dance, Music, Musical Theatre, Technical Production, Elite Tennis, and Rhythmic Gymnastics. <br /></p><p>There’s a real sense of community at The McDonald College. We are a small but dedicated team. You’ll be working alongside staff who have been at the top of the game and are still active in their chosen fields. Students are at the heart of everything we do. And we share in their passion for performance – whether that’s on-stage, on a court or in the classroom.<br /></p><h4>POSITION DESCRIPTION</h4><ul><li>Plan and implement creative and well sequenced teaching and learning programmes that engage and challenge students, promote learning and have high expectations of students.</li><li>Have an in-depth knowledge of NESA English curriculum for Stages 4 – 6. </li><li>Maintain teaching programmes and registers and other appropriate assessment records as required by the College.</li><li>Use a range of teaching and learning strategies to deliver quality teaching that engages and challenges students.</li><li>Be responsive to student learning styles by differentiating teaching and learning delivery.</li><li>Demonstrate a passion for and experience in assisting students to achieve learning outcomes to the best of their ability.</li><li>Use continuous assessment and constructive feedback to inform teaching practices personally and within the department.</li><li>Work collaboratively within the faculty and across all support systems in the College for the benefit of student learning.</li><li>Engage in constructive, positive and meaningful communication with parents / carers in a timely manner.</li><li>Prepare regular and meaningful feedback to students and write constructive, positive student reports that reflect a deep understanding of the student and their learning continuum.</li><li>Adhere to deadlines.</li><li>Perform wellbeing and other duties as required.</li><li>Attend all mandatory College functions such as but not limited to Speech Night, Sports Carnivals, Parent/Teacher Interviews, Information Sessions.</li><li>Attend College performances regularly. </li><li>Participate in and contribute to the College’s Professional Development Programme</li></ul><h4>Key Challenges </h4><ul><li>Have high expectations for each student and ensure that they feel heard and extended with a sense of belonging.</li><li>Maintaining records as required for NESA Registration and Accreditation process.</li><li>Inspire an ongoing passion, engagement and motivation in students.</li><li>Inspire students for success in HSC examinations, external competitions and for life.</li><li>Managing time effectively.</li><li>Sensitive handling of parental expectations, particularly where these are unrealistic in consultation with the Head of English.</li><li>Be mindful of each student’s wellbeing and seek assistance as required.</li></ul><h4>Workplace Health &amp; Safety    </h4><ul><li>Be responsible and accountable for your Health and Safety. <br /></li><li>Comply with the College’s Child Protection Policy.</li><li>Comply with The McDonald College’s established policies and standards.</li><li>Support the Department’s emotional and social wellbeing.</li><li>Implement prompt action to control any observed or reported hazard and report the hazard to management. </li></ul><h4>SELECTION CRITERIA</h4><ul><li>Have successfully completed tertiary studies in an area relevant to this position and hold a NSW recognised teaching qualification.<br /></li><li>Be a NESA registered teacher.</li><li>Hold a current Working With Children Check (WWCC).</li><li>Hold a double COVID-19 vaccination certificate.</li><li>Have proven success in teaching HSC Extension 1 English.</li><li>Demonstrate proven success in teaching Stages 4 – 6 NESA English Curriculum.</li><li>Demonstrate ability to liaise successfully with colleagues, students and parents.</li><li>Advise the Principal prior to employment of any matter that would affect your employment or the reputation of the College.</li></ul><h4>TO APPLY</h4><ul><li>Written applications consisting of a full CV should be directed to Mrs Maxine Kohler, Principal of The McDonald College via email (please visit our website for details)</li><li>Applications should include the names and telephone contact number of two (2) professional referees one of which must be from your latest school employer.</li><li>Applicants should acknowledge on their application that they have no knowledge of any Child Protection allegations against the and / or any professional misconduct allegations concerning them.</li></ul>
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