Junior School 3-6 Classroom Teacher

Snowy Mountains Grammar School is a K-12 co-educational school, catering to both Day and Boarding students. Nestled in the foothills of Australia’s stunning alpine region and located on the banks of beautiful Lake Jindabyne, only a short drive from the alpine resorts of Thredbo and Perisher, Snowy Mountains Grammar School is truly unique.

SMGS places a strong emphasis on wellbeing and developing a sense of belonging for all, offers modern and diverse learning opportunities, and provides an extensive co-curricular program that includes mountain biking, equestrian, snowsports, sailing and aviation.

As a leader in Australian education, SMGS has been formally recognised (2016-2019) with multiple Innovative School Awards, named as Boarding School of the Year, and has been a National Finalist for Best Co-Curricular Program and Best Regional School.

Due to the growth of enrolments at Snowy Mountains Grammar School, several positions will become available for commencement in 2020 to join our dedicated team of educators. 

Position Details

Award: Independent Schools NSW/ACT Standards Model (Teachers) Multi-Enterprise Agreement 2017
Salary: Paid in accordance with the Multi Enterprise Agreement 2017
Term: Permanent Full-Time. Commencing in January 2020
Closing Date: Applications have now closed

Overview

A Junior School classroom teacher at Snowy Mountains Grammar School inspires and engages students to learn to the best of their own potential within a personalised, modern and dynamic environment. As a dedicated professional, the specialist classroom teacher is creative, collaborative, innovative, highly skilled, knowledgeable and is focused on developing positive student-teacher relationships to provide students with the best possible opportunities to succeed.

The classroom teacher works independently and collaboratively with other Junior School colleagues including specialist key-learning area teachers involving art, languages, music and physical education, and reports directly to the Director of Junior School (DOJS). Working with a team environment further provides students with opportunities to engage in a diverse and innovative curriculum that is supported by creative approaches to teaching and in a highly effective learning environment.

A SMGS Junior School classroom teacher is inspiring, energetic, organised and a positive role model for our students as an influential leader to all within the Junior School community. To be a highly successful educator at Snowy Mountains Grammar School, the following key attributes of teaching are modelled to young learners:

  • Being well-prepared, organised yet flexible
  • Holds high expectations for all learners to strive towards their own potential
  • Takes a creative and innovative approach to engage all learners
  • Personalises learning and knows each student
  • Cultivates a sense of belonging in all
  • Shows compassion and empathy
  • Instils a sense of fun and enjoyment in learning
  • Respect students
  • Takes risks and embraces mistakes as learning opportunities
  • Embraces technology as a modern tool to enhance learning

Essential Criteria

  • Proven demonstrated excellence in classroom practice with a strong emphasis on student engagement and improvement of student outcomes in Literacy and Numeracy, within a 3-6 context.
  • Knowledge and implementation of Year 6 transitioning to Year 7 programs
  • Demonstrated experience in promoting successful leadership and Service Learning opportunities for Stage Three students

Social-Emotional & Wellbeing Development

  • Take leadership and responsibility for the holistic pastoral development of students
  • Develop the social-emotional skills of students and ensure their overall wellbeing while taking into consideration their differing needs, backgrounds and personalities
  • Work closely with parents/family members to remain informed about the contextual needs of each student
  • Develop and implement relevant pastoral care / wellbeing programs to meet the needs of students
  • Monitor the social interactions of students to ensure an inclusive environment
  • Monitor each student’s behavioural development
  • Monitor attendance patterns and liaise with the Director of Junior School as required Teaching and Learning Practice
  • Teach classes allocated on annual basis within the Junior School
  • Plan, create, organise, annotate and review teaching, learning and assessment programs on an annual basis to ensure effective learning for students and submit these to the Principal through delegated senior staff
  • Incorporate the SMGS Teaching and Learning Framework into professional practice
  • Differentiate the curriculum, assessment and pedagogy for individualised teaching to cater for differing student capabilities and needs of learners
  • Demonstrate adequate evidence of regular planning for effective delivery of teaching content and pedagogy for all lessons taught
  • Measure, analyse and monitor the progress of individual students and groups as learning programs proceed. Instigate the involvement of internal (student work) and external diagnostic tools (e.g.
  • NAPLAN, PAT, ICAS) to determine appropriate intervention and improvement plans for students, groups as well as improving teaching resources and work programs
  • Incorporate regular use of innovative technologies to enhance and enrich the delivery of teaching and learning programs in all subject areas. Develop current technology competencies to adapt to changing needs within an ever-changing world
  • Provide effective and timely feedback to all students in all subject areas on a regular basis
  • Ensure teaching material and programs comply with NESA NSW Syllabus documents Communication and Record Keeping
  • Communicate effectively with parents and/or guardians periodically, both informally and formally, as well as in situations that warrant more immediate communication
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with students, teaching colleagues and non- teaching / corporate staff
  • Communicate low student achievement (D or E range or equivalent) to senior staff, including Educational Support staff, for further consideration of learning enhancement and intervention. This includes students with declining learning trends over a term or greater
  • Record all meaningful communication with parents/guardians on the school’s student management system and seek guidance from senior staff if confidential or sensitive information is to be recorded
  • Attend all parent/teacher interviews, Information evenings and other similar events as required
  • Report formally each term on all the students you teach, including preparation of interim reports on student progress as required, while meeting the expectations of quality (as defined in the SMGS
  • Reporting Guideline) and timelines as outlined in each reporting schedule

Contributory

  • Contribute periodically to the school newsletter (Aspects), to highlight general matters within the Junior School or celebrate student achievement
  • Write periodic blogs and articles for social media marketing on curriculum matters
  • Attend all assemblies and oversee 2 class assemblies each term
  • Organise and develop enrichment learning days as directed by the DOJS
  • Participate in the extra-curricular programs of the school and contribute as required Professional Engagement
  • Remain current with contemporary educational issues and foster professional networks within the education sector
  • Maintain a current knowledge of subject content and pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning
  • Undertake professional learning in consultation with the DOJS
  • Attend all scheduled and required staff meetings including student free days Other
  • Supervise duties as designated
  • Cover for absent colleagues, where appropriate, on occasions as designated
  • Support the Values and ethos of the School founded on the Anglican Faith
  • Follow Workplace Health and Safety procedures at all times
  • Maintain professional standards of practice and presentation
  • Comply with the SMGS Staff Code of Conduct, employment contract and Child Protection legislation
  • Manage schedules effectively
  • Hold current, or be eligible to obtain NSW Teacher Registration prior to commencement
  • Undertake any other duties or responsibilities as required by the Principal

This Position Description document should not be seen as limiting. The dynamic role of a classroom teacher is expected to be an evolving and developing one as every effort is made to remain contemporary in delivering learning that meets the needs of students.

Why SMGS?

Nestled in the foothills of Australia’s pristine alpine mountain region on the shore of the beautiful Lake Jindabyne and only a short drive from the Alpine resorts of Thredbo and Perisher, Snowy Mountains Grammar School is truly unique.

In addition to our diverse academic program, the school has an extensive co-curricular program that includes Mountain Biking, Equestrian, Snowsports and Aviation. The
school won The Educator Magazine’s Innovative Schools award two years running (2016 & 2017) and has been a regular finalist in the Australian Education Awards across multiple categories, including Innovation in Curriculum Design, Best Co-Curricular Program, Regional School of the Year, and winning Boarding School of the Year (2018).

Need more information?

If you would like more information about this opportunity or would like to discuss further, please contact:

Heidi Shvetsoff
Acting Director of Junior School

E: heidi.shvetsoff@smgs.nsw.edu.au
P: (02) 6457 1022