Head of Physical and Health Education (TLR1) - West Island School

West Island School

Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong 

Curriculum / Learning

Teaching Subject: Health , Physical Education

Contract Type: Contract Position Full Time

Applications Close: 9 December 2022

West Island School is looking for a Head of Physical and Health Education to join the community this August 2023. The successful candidate provides professional leadership in order to ensure high-quality teaching and learning.

<p><b>Job Description </b></p><p>West Island School is seeking a Head of Physical Health Education (PHE) Faculty starting in August 2023 to join a highly successful team. We welcome applications from all applicants of all specialist sports. (Full Time Two Years contract, renewable by mutual agreement). </p><p>Working with a team of six specialist teachers, and two assistant PE technicians, you will be an experienced and ambitious leader who is passionate about PHE across the age and ability range for secondary school learners aged 11-19. Our students are taught in either mixed or single-sex groups depending on the sport and grade level. As a specialist, you will be able to teach and lead a team to deliver high-quality outcomes to both single and mixed-gender groups. </p><p>PHE is taught as part of the IBMYP framework for students between the ages of 11-14 using inquiry approaches, conceptual understanding and skills development. While direct experience of the IBMYP program is not essential, a willingness to learn and empathy for inquiry-based approaches is needed. Until now, some of the health components have been taught in a separate Personal Social Health curriculum outside of the faculty. From 2023, this will be gradually integrated fully into the PHE teaching units, covering all areas of knowledge including diet, relationships, substance misuse, rights and responsibilities. Your expertise and knowledge of managing this change with and through the team and others for responsibility in this part of the curriculum will be critical to the leadership task. </p><p>From ages 14-16, all students follow a core programme of sports, health, and fitness training. Some students also take iGCSE PE as an examined course and many participate in our Sports Leadership course. All Post 16 students follow a core programme which includes fitness, exercise, and team sports with a number of students choosing to study BTec Level 3 and/or IB Sports Science at either Standard or Higher level. Our preferred candidate will be able to contribute to teaching some of the examination courses and experience of IBDP will be an advantage. </p><p>At West Island School, teachers of PHE demonstrate exceptional commitment to student success. As a result, we have very high participation rates in extra-curricular programmes and school sports teams as well as exceptional athletic performance. We have a heated indoor swimming pool, double-height gym, weights room, cricket nets, basketball courts, and rooftop sports pitches as well as use of Hong Kong University sporting facilities during lessons and for whole school events. This includes our annual sports days and swim gala. You will need to have the skill and confidence to work with external partners fostering good relationships and identifying synergy for our mutual provision of sports. </p><p>The school has an enviable record of sporting excellence throughout Hong Kong, nurturing Athletes who progress to the club and national teams, including a former Olympian. Many staff from other faculty areas are also involved in teaching PE or coaching sports teams to match the needs and ambitions of students. You will therefore need to be able to engage the wider staff who are used to taking responsibility for school teams in different year groups. </p><p>The school has been a runner-up and winner of the Bauhinia Bowl for the best overall co-educational school in Hong Kong as well as receiving awards for individual student performances and teams who achieve the top in their league. We compete in the HKSSF, ISSF and ESF League and you will be able to oversee the schedules of events working with our administrators, engage students in competition and aim high for our continued recognition as a school of sporting excellence. Consequently, the successful candidate will contribute fully to extracurricular sports, sometimes being willing to give time on a weekend to fixtures, and you should outline the areas you have particular coaching experience or expertise yourself. </p><p>All teachers at West Island School are tutors to a group of approximately 15 students within a particular year group and you should be able to demonstrate a commitment to the holistic development of young people through pastoral work. It is essential that you are willing and able to contribute to the wider life of our school such as leading overseas visits and trips. </p><p>In return for your passion for delivering quality education, we offer a highly competitive salary, exceptional end-of-contract gratuity, housing allowance, passage, health care and subsidized school places for your children. Our strength as part of the English Schools Foundation means that we offer security and the opportunities that are inherent in an established organization of our size. </p><p>Please refer to the ESF recruitment website as well as our own <a href="https://www.wis.edu.hk/working-with-us/" rel="nofollow">school-based website</a> for further information. If we have missed anything in the details that follow, don’t hesitate to contact us for further information about the school or living in Hong Kong. </p><p><b>Principal - Chris Sammons</b> <a href="http://chris.sammons&#64;wis.edu.hk" rel="nofollow">chris.sammons&#64;wis.edu.hk</a> <b>Vice Principal – Helena Murchie</b> <a href="http://helena.murchie&#64;wis.edu.hk" rel="nofollow">helena.murchie&#64;wis.edu.hk</a> </p><p>See <a href="https://www.esf.edu.hk/terms-and-conditions/" rel="nofollow">ESF Terms and Conditions</a> for further details of the conditions of service. </p><p><b>Requirements </b></p><p>The Head of PHE will be a member of the Pedagogical Leadership team able to: </p><ul><li>Build a vision for high-quality PHE education that:</li></ul><p>        - engages the full range of learners and their needs</p><p>        - develops excellence in our competitive sports teams </p><p>        - provide a rich extra-curricular sports offer </p><ul><li>Leads continual growth and improvement by prioritising key actions as part of our school and faculty level development plan; monitoring and evaluating its implementation </li><li>Leads change with support, challenge and due regard to team wellbeing </li><li>Plans for the effective management of financial and physical resources, including the active management of risk and safety for students engaged in physical activity and offsite learning </li><li>Learns from internal and external reviews as well as securing external accreditations when needed </li><li>Models high standards for teaching and learning securing excellent student outcomes with regard to planned, taught and assessed curriculum in each of the programmes </li><li>Develops a culture of effective risk management to ensure student safety at all times </li><li>Contributes to high-quality collaboration within the PHE team, PLT and wider faculty </li><li>Delegates to members of the PHE team to achieve faculty’s priorities effectively and efficiently </li><li>Develops talent of team members through effective appraisal, ongoing feedback and strategic planning for faculty and own training needs </li><li>Inspires student engagement by celebrating achievement at faculty, school and foundation-wide level. </li><li>Leads a rich extra-curricular sports programme including: </li></ul><p>       - making provision for competitive school teams as part of our league commitments </p><p>       - making provision for team sports that support engagement and enjoyment for all </p><p>       - making provision for general fitness and athletics training </p><p>       - employment and oversight of specialist school coaches, and developing support from              the wider staff faculty to supervise/coach these activities </p><p>       - establishing partnerships with external hires such as Harry Wright Swim training for the            benefit of our swim teams </p><p><b>Essential Requirements for this Post: </b></p><ul><li>A first degree in Sports Science, Sports Education or a relevant subject </li><li>Experience and personal success in teaching one or more of our programmes:</li></ul><p>       - MYP, iGCSE, Btec, DP or their equivalent</p><p>       - Experience of teaching IBDP is an advantage. </p><ul><li>An internationally recognised postgraduate teaching qualification eg a PGDE, PGCE or Bed, Masters in Teaching (we are not able to accept applicants without this) </li><li>A commitment to both inclusion and excellence in sports to meet the needs of all </li><li>The ability to inspire and motivate a large team of PHE staff, showing excellent leadership, management and administrative skills </li><li>The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with faculty, support staff and other relevant professionals, parents and students. </li><li>A commitment to pastoral care within the school; </li><li>Experience and commitment to developing students’ skills through being a key leader in our extensive extra-curricular sports opportunities. </li><li>Willing to work flexibly and sometimes at weekends to support student engagement in school sports fixtures. </li></ul><p>For enquiries, please direct to <b>Rathi Nandakumar</b> &#64; 852- 28191962 or Email: <a href="http://rathi.nandakumar&#64;wis.edu.hk" rel="nofollow">rathi.nandakumar&#64;wis.edu.hk</a> </p><p><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1C6s0Px6XUls-ZOcZv1Q1obidU4VXwh9b/view?hl&#61;en" rel="nofollow">Introduction to WIS 2022-23</a> </p><p><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1l4pdQxi8d_EMA8c4CLm_yRHfdHE5d8Hw/view?hl&#61;en" rel="nofollow">WIS Profile 2022-23</a> </p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v&#61;k6dA3GrEQeY" rel="nofollow">Visuals of West Island School</a> </p><p><a href="http://web.wis.edu.hk/public_html/WISINTHENEWS/mobile/index.html" rel="nofollow">Flipbook (WIS in the NEWS)</a> </p><p><b>Closing Date: </b>09 December 2022 </p><p><b>To apply, please click<a href="https://eoix.fa.ap1.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/CX_1001/job/1973/?utm_medium&#61;jobshare" rel="nofollow"> here</a>. </b></p><p>Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and offers may be extended prior to the job closing date. </p><p>By applying for this position, your application may be considered for other opportunities within ESF. </p><p>ESF is an Equal Opportunities Employer</p><p>The English Schools Foundation (ESF) is fully committed to providing equal employment opportunity. ESF will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, colour, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, religion, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, creed, citizenship or any other status protected by local laws or regulations.</p><p> </p><p>Personal data provided by job applicants will be used strictly in accordance with the ESF&#39;s Personal Data Policy, a copy of which will be provided upon request. </p><p>Aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection. </p><p><b>About Us </b></p><p>The English Schools Foundation (ESF) is the largest English-medium international school organisation in Hong Kong. Our 22 schools and comprehensive programme of extra-curricular activities bring out the best in every student through a personalised approach to learning and by inspiring curious minds. </p><p>There are over 18,000 students from 75 different nationalities in ESF kindergartens, primary, secondary and all-through schools. About 70% of our students have parents who are permanent residents of Hong Kong. </p><p>ESF is proud of the high academic and wider achievements of our students. In 2020, 22 ESF students achieved the perfect score of 45 points in the IB Diploma examinations; more than 95% go on to leading universities worldwide. </p><p><a href="http://www.esf.edu.hk" rel="nofollow">www.esf.edu.hk</a> </p><p><b>About the Team </b></p><p>West Island School is a world class co-educational IB World School with a leading reputation in Hong Kong. Our school motto “Strength from Diversity” reflects that the school caters for students from over 40 nationalities. The school has a strong focus on developing responsible global citizenship teaching through the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Courage, compassion and service beyond the classroom define our students. We have a reputation for academic excellence and the vast majority of students graduate to a range of leading worldwide universities after completing the IBDP or IBCP programme. In 2020, our average score for the IB Diploma was 37, and 29% of students achieved 40 points or more. Extracurricular activities are offered termly through an extensive CAS programme (Community, Activity and Service). 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