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04/30/2006

Location:
Donvale - Victoria - Australia

Job Category:
ESL English Teacher




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ESL English Teacher ??Years 10, 11 & 12

Whitefriars College (Australia)


· Teach English in Australia
· Full Time  Temporary  position
· Unspecified



Whitefriars College is a Catholic Secondary School for boys and is conducted by the Carmelite Order.

Full-time Maternity Leave replacement position for 12 Months, to commence Monday 5 June or earlier if available.

The teaching load includes:

* 1 Year 10 class
* 1 Year 11 class
* 2 Year 12 classes

Time allowance to work with students both in other classes and specific study sessions.

The majority of students in the ESL classes are part of the Whitefriars International Students Program. You can find more details about WISP at this link:http://www.whitefriars.vic.edu.au/wisp/index.htm

A commitment to the ethos of Catholic Schools is required along with a willingness to be involved in the co-curricular life of the College.

Whitefriars is committed to a notebook program across the curriculum.

Applications together with the names of three referees should be forwarded to the Principal, 156 Park Road, Donvale. 3111. Phone: 9872.8211 Fax: 9872.8239 or email: principal@whitefriars.vic.edu.au no later than Friday 28 April, 2006.
Job reference:


Required qualifications, skills + experience:
Teachers at Whitefriars College are primarily teachers of students rather than subjects.

These students, as individuals, have different strengths and weaknesses, and different intellectual, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs. Recognition of this leads not only to good pedagogy, but is consistent with the sentiments expressed in our mission statement. Relationships based on mutual respect, multi-dimensional curricular and co-curricular programs, multi-faceted pastoral care, and well-conceived priorities, policies, protocols and procedures are all pivotal in encouraging the optimal development and growth of the various individuals in our care. Hence such factors must be the responsibility of all teachers at our school.

The nexus between the role of the teacher and the holistic development of the students in our care highlights the need to have all teachers take ownership of, and collective responsibility for, all programs, policies, protocols and types of interactions at Whitefriars.

COMMITMENT TO ETHOS

All staff in the Catholic school have an indispensable role to play in furthering the mission of the Church. It is expected of all employed in a Catholic school that they:

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accept the Catholic educational philosophy of the school
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develop and maintain an adequate understanding of those aspects of Catholic teaching that touch upon their subject areas and other aspects of their work
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by their teaching and other work and by personal example strive to help students to understand, accept and appreciate Catholic teaching and values
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avoid, whether by word, action or public lifestyle, influence upon students that is contrary to the teaching and values of the Church community, in whose name they act
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comply with the accreditation policy of the CECV to teach in a Catholic school.

Furthermore, it is expected of all employed at Whitefriars College that they accept and support the ethos of the Carmelite order, and activities directed at the broader aims of the College (eg the Carmelite mission in East Timor).

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

CONTENT OF TEACHING AND LEARNING

Teachers at Whitefriars College are expected to possess:

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knowledge of the curriculum areas being taught, including familiarity with the materials and programs associated with those areas of the curriculum, and sufficient to ensure that appropriate learning materials can be selected or prepared
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pedagogical knowledge of the key learning areas
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understanding of the principles of teaching and learning, the characteristics of learners (including preferred learning styles) and the need for students to reflect on how they learn
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familiarity with the use of learning technologies within all key learning areas in which they teach
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knowledge of strategies of classroom management and organisation
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knowledge of the educational context, eg the statewide Curriculum and Standards Framework, particular initiatives, early intervention programs, and the curriculum goals determined by the College
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awareness of the central place of religious education within the College curriculum

TEACHING PRACTICE

Teachers at Whitefriars College are expected to:

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use a range of teaching strategies, styles and learning technologies appropriate to year levels and topics taught
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integrate learning strategies that reflect awareness of multiple intelligences, constructivist learning and preferred learning techniques of individuals
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structure learning tasks to provide for individual learning needs and the diversity of students' backgrounds
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use effective classroom management strategies that encourage students to take responsibility for their learning
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develop relationships with students that encourage positive attitudes to learning
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respond effectively to the impact of variations of physical and intellectual ability on the learning process
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model effective organisation and use of time
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establish clear, challenging and achievable expectations for students
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provide counselling, pastoral care and support for students

ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING OF STUDENT LEARNING

Teachers at Whitefriars College are expected to:

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use assessment and reporting strategies that complement and support the learning process
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assess student performance in a variety of ways, using a range of assessment instruments
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maintain accurate and comprehensive records of student progress and achievement
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provide constructive feedback to the student on performance in a way that builds confidence and encourages continued effort
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provide meaningful reports on student performance to the student and parents or guardians

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

Teachers at Whitefriars College are expected to:

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create a positive learning environment
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accept responsibility for creating and maintaining an atmosphere of mutual respect among students and teachers
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provide opportunities for students to develop self-discipline, self-direction and a sense of responsibility to others
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have the ability to manage classroom behaviour so that the learning/teaching process occurs with minimum disruption
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strive to provide students with constructive feedback on their behaviour
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be guided by principles of justice, mercy and consistency in dealing with students
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clarify for students and consistently implement College-based classroom rules and consequences for infringement.

INTERACTION WITH THE COLLEGE AND WIDER COMMUNITY

Teachers at Whitefriars College are expected to:

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recognise the important role the family plays in a student's learning and take account of this factor in appropriate ways
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communicate with parents or guardians, students and colleagues in a professional and constructive way
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work in partnership with students, families and colleagues to improve the learning environment of the College
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establish links with the parent and broader community which will assist in improving learning outcomes for students

PROFESSIONAL ATTITUDE AND BEHAVIOUR.

Teachers at Whitefriars College are expected to:

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actively contribute towards an open, mutually supportive College environment
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support the educational goals and programs of the College
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support the pastoral goals and programs of the College
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support the curricular and co-curricular goals and activities of the College
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support the administrative functions of the College
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promote student academic excellence
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demonstrate a positive attitude towards students
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demonstrate positive values and attitudes about education appropriate to professional teaching and learning practices
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maintain professional standards of conduct and language
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continually strive to improve classroom practice
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be open to constructive criticism and critical evaluation of various aspects of job performance from time to time.
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Pursue parental requests for information and feedback about students
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respect confidentiality of school information, including student records and of discussions pertaining to such matters
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safeguard the privacy of all student and family information to which they have access or recourse (as prescribed by the Privacy Act)
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be willing to assist student teachers
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deal with colleagues in a professional manner
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take an active interest in the general life of the College
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contribute to a range of school activities as a member of the College community
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work consciously to eliminate prejudices related to race, religion, age, gender, political affiliation, family circumstances and the like
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be punctual in the performance of all duties
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treat and encourage others to treat College property with care and take personal responsibility for the cleanliness of classrooms
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work with colleagues to plan and evaluate new ideas and teaching strategies that improve learning outcomes for students
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respond to emerging educational priorities and needs
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engage in critical self reflection of professional practices to improve the quality of teaching and learning
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actively participate in professional development activities and programs
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maintain a knowledge and understanding of, and work within the framework of, the College policies and policies of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) and Archdiocese

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Teachers at Whitefriars College are expected to:

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avail themselves of opportunities offered by the College for accessing professional development
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accept responsibility for maintaining familiarity with contemporary faith perspectives, educational trends including curriculum development and pastoral welfare issues
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accept responsibility for developing and maintaining familiarity and skills related to the use of learning technologies in the classroom
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in addition to support provided by the College, access professional development in their own time and at their own expense, where appropriate
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contribute to the professional development of other staff by sharing knowledge, ideas and resources

PROFESSIONAL DUTIES

A full-time teaching position at Whitefriars College normally involves:

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Teaching and pastoral care duties
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Pastoral care duties as allocated
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20 hours per week of face to face teaching (including pastoral care duties) as allocated
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Yard duty supervision as allocated
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Attendance at College, House, year level and pastoral assemblies
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Attendance at staff, year level, pastoral care and faculty meetings
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Attendance at parent-teacher evenings
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Attendance at information evenings as required
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Supervision of extra classes as per the Certified Agreement
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Attendance at College events including Opening of the School Year Mass, Open Day, Inter House carnivals and Speech night as required
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Attendance at an overnight camp or retreat as required
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Attendance at College liturgical celebrations as required
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Other duties as requested by the principal.

(NB Part-time teachers are expected to perform the afore-mentioned duties on a pro-rata basis.)

PROFESSIONAL DRESS

Regarding the matter of dress, letters of appointment to teaching staff currently state simply: 揥e ask everyone to set a very high example to the students in the neatness of their appearance and to dress in a professional manner.擻r

This request, without being too prescriptive or restrictive, means that in the course of normal professional duties staff are asked to dress in a 揵usiness-like?or 損rofessional?manner rather than a more 揷asual?manner.

Exceptions to these guidelines are understood when a particular day抯 activities are of a 揹irty?or 揷asual?nature or involve sport supervision.

When sport supervision forms part of the day抯 allotment, it is acceptable to wear only the official sports staff top (polo shirt or windcheater) with dark blue shorts or track pants to normal classes. Otherwise, teachers should wear conventional professional dress to normal classes and change into sports gear for sport supervision.

If this matter requires further clarification, it may be raised with the Principal.