Teacher – Job Description

Job Description – Teacher

College Purpose

  • to provide an education of high academic standards that is based on:
    1. an acceptance of the Lordship of Christ and
    2. an acceptance of the Bible as the revealed word of God

    as these are defined in the Statement of Faith of the School;

  • to provide an education that also:
    1. fosters self discipline in the learner while teaching him to accept the discipline of the Church which is the Body of Christ to be obedient to his parents and to obey the laws of the Government;
    2. caters for the individuality of the learner and stresses the function of the learner as a member of the Body of Christ and of the community;
    3. trains the learner in the moral and ethical standards of the bible as interpreted in the teaching of the New Testament and assists him to acquire a biblical world and life view and to appreciate the rights of others to hold different views;
    4. develops the learner’s creative and critical abilities;
    5. stresses co-operation rather than competition and fosters the development of the gifts, skills and abilities of the learner for the service of Jesus Christ in the Body of Christ and the community.

College Values

  1. love – love others, as Christ loved us
  2. learn – life-long learning as a disciple of Christ
  3. lead – leading others towards Christ through word and deed

College Philosophy

We believe that the Word of God is the foundation of true education.

The Lordship of Christ is paramount, and His presence will be recognised in all College activities and evidenced in the atmosphere of the College.

The College will promote the pursuit of excellence in all academic endeavours within a Christian context where learning proceeds according to the ability of each individual child.

We believe that the responsibility for the education of children lies primarily with their parents. The Bible gives the instruction “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

In seeking a school to assist with this training, Christian parents should select an academic institution which will reinforce Biblical values. A Christian School should support and assist parents in their God given task of bringing up children in the “discipline and instruction of the Lord”.

The role of parents is recognised as integral to the education of their children. The authority of parents is respected and their involvement highly valued. The College recognises that its authority, though derived ultimately from God, is delegated to it from the parents and the Church. Areas that are primarily the responsibility of the family or the Church are not usurped, but will be supported by the College. Teachers, parents and students come together as a community of learners where they are mutually supportive of each other.

Accountability

  • This position is directly accountable to the Principal and Head Teacher.

Relates to

  • Students studying on campus
  • Students studying via distance education
  • Parents of both Campus and Distance Education Students
  • Other Teachers
  • Teachers Aides
  • Chaplains
  • Administration Officers
  • Principal

Attributes
These are generally personal in nature and reflect the desired attributes of Staff:

  • Living a life consistent with and an example of the College’s Mission, Vision, Values, Code of Conduct, Lifestyle requirements and Statement of Faith.
  • Has a personal experience of God as described in the Statement of Faith.
  • Are in regular fellowship and good standing with a local Christian church.
  • Senses the call of God to service in Christian ministry and are willing to live the life of sacrifice that such entails.
  • Has an understanding of the philosophy of Christian Education and the ability to translate it into practice in the classroom, playground, office and day-to-day life.
  • Possess relevant teaching qualifications and a Teacher registration for Queensland.
  • Is able to work as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrate effective classroom teaching and classroom management procedures which reflect current teaching practices.
  • Demonstrate good inter-relational skills including the ability to effectively communicate, motivate and inspire students and develop good working relations with parents, senior management and staff.
  • Are prepared to be accountable to management including the Principal.
  • Are prepared to be involved in regular professional development

Lifestyle Requirements
The College bases its teachings and beliefs on the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, which the College regards as the inspired and inerrant Word of God. The College’s theological basis for interpretation of the Scriptures is that provided by Peace Christian Church, the church that founded the College. These teachings are expounded in many Church and College documents, both printed and on their websites and viewable by staff as part of their appointment process. These documents inform our understanding of the lifestyle values which staff who work in the College are required to respect and maintain at all times, and should be understood as source documents, defining our doctrines, beliefs and teachings.

  • The first job of every staff member is to provide a living example of the College’s religious beliefs and teachings.
  • It is an occupational requirement of the College that all staff members, in the course of, or in connection with their work, act in a way that is consistent with the religious beliefs of the College. Whether directly in school hours of duty or not, nothing in their deliberate conduct should be incompatible with the intrinsic character of their position. In the expression of human sexuality for example, this includes deliberate choices for heterosexual, monogamous relationships, expressed intimately through marriage.
  • Staff are required to be seen to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the principles and beliefs of the College. For example, if an unmarried couple live together in the same house they are not being seen to conduct themselves in appropriate manner even if they do not enter into a sexual relationship.
  • In their deliberate conduct, staff members must not act in a way that they know, or ought reasonably to know, is contrary to the religious beliefs and teachings of the College.
  • Staff are required to regularly attend a Christian church and to support Staff Devotions and Staff Worship Services when they are held.

Skills
The Teacher will be expected to:

  • Lead students to a knowledge of God as revealed in the Bible through both words and life example
  • Help students see the world from a Biblical perspective through what is taught in the classroom and informal conversation
  • Implement the school’s Christian values and philosophy in the classroom and other aspects of College life in a natural and spontaneous way that will foster faith
  • Demonstrate a willingness to contribute to the spiritual growth and fellowship of the College
  • Maintain good relationships and communication with
    • Parents
    • Students studying on campus
    • Students studying via distance education
    • Colleagues
  • Work as a member of a team
  • Have the ability to plan interesting units of study across subject areas to provide an enjoyable teaching program for students studying on campus and students studying via distance education
  • Use a variety of teaching resources and equipment
  • Establish and maintain positive and consistent classroom management and discipline strategies
  • Have the ability to produce a positive approach to classroom management and to foster and employ high standards in this area
  • Honestly and persistently carry out self-evaluation of all aspects of his/her role
  • Have the ability to organise a classroom and use a variety of resources
  • Have the ability to report any learning difficulties with students to parents and senior Administrative staff where necessary
  • Be competent in, or willing to learn how to integrate technology in the classroom and use a computer for classroom administration, including email and word processing

Responsibilities
Provided below are the primary responsibilities for this position. From time to time other duties may be deemed necessary and these will be determined in conjunction with the person/s to whom you are accountable.

  • Effectively organise his/her classes, and maintain quality care and discipline of the students in those classes and in general College life
  • Be responsible for the organisation of an allocated class, for the nurture, education and discipline of the children within that class
  • Maintain a high standard of work amongst students
  • Be responsible the evaluation and assessment of each child’s progress and for reporting to parents in written form and verbally
  • Know, plan, program and teach the school’s curriculum at the appropriate standards for that class.
  • Involve parents in the school program
  • Attend staff meetings, parent / teacher meetings, interviews, worship and staff devotions
  • Meet all school timelines
  • Attend In-service Courses and Out of Hours School Functions as required by the College
  • Be diligent with playground duties as rostered and report areas of maintenance needs to the office
  • Be punctual on all occasions as far as possible, forwarding appropriate apologies when necessary
  • Be responsible with confidential matters
  • Maintain accurate records of student attendance
  • Be aware and supportive of College Workplace Health and Safety (OHS) requirements
  • Carry out work practices in accordance with current Workplace Health and Safety requirements
  • Submit classroom budgetary requests to Principal when needed
  • Perform other duties as required

Planning

  • An outline for the next year’s program must be submitted to the Head Teacher and Principal for approval by the 31st of October via College’s online curriculum mapping tool.

Standards

Qualifications

  • Must possess relevant qualifications/experience including Teacher Registration in Queensland

Development
All staff are expected to engage in an agreed program of

  • Spiritual development, which may include attendance at a conference or seminar, the reading of relevant books, study, attendance at a prayer retreat or other agreed means of development.
  • Professional development, which may include attendance at a conference or seminar, the reading of relevant books, study or other agreed means of development.

Remuneration
Where any staff member acts contrary to these lifestyle requirements, the Principal may attempt
restoration, counsel, discipline and dismiss the employee.

  • Remuneration will be according to the Federal Educational Services Teachers Award. Salary above the award may be offered as tenure, experience and performance apply.

Appraisal and Review

  • Appraisal and review will occur periodically.