Science Teacher in the Middle Years Section (Local Contract) for January 2022

Resposible to: Heads of Middle Years Section / Head of School

Profile

St. Nicholas School is seeking to appoint a science teacher for the secondary section of the Alphaville campus who has three or more years’ experience and who will enjoy working in a highly stimulating and dynamic international environment. Experience teaching Science in the IB Middle Years Programme and/or Diploma is highly advantageous. There is potential for combining the role with leadership opportunities, including the role of Diploma Coordinator or Head of Department. More information about St. Nicholas School can be found at www.stnicholas.com.br.

St Nicholas is a vibrant, stimulating and happy multicultural environment. After 35 years’ experience of running the Pinheiros site, the school opened a second campus among the rolling hills of a satellite city, approximately 30 minutes from São Paulo. The Alphaville campus has a large green area and ample, well-resourced classrooms. The school currently educates over students through Grade 8 and is adding an additional year group each academic year. International-mindedness is valued, promoted and celebrated. The school is authorised to offer the PYP and the MYP, and through these programmes it seeks to provide a balanced, challenging, and transformative education for its diverse body of students, most of whom are studying English as an additional language. St Nicholas is a successful, forward-thinking and well-run school where teachers value sharing ideas, resources and experiences.

The Science Department is a small but growing department where teachers value sharing ideas, resources and experiences. Science is taught through an integrated program in Grades 6-8 and as the discrete subjects ofBiology, Chemistry and Physics in Grades 9 and 10. Curriculum development is ongoing to reflect the school’s inquiry based philosophy and the science programme is based around innovative school designed units of inquiry which reflect understanding and transfer of knowledge and skills in realistic and meaningful situations. The
school is equipped to offer outstanding facilities for all areas of science, as the school currently offers 4 purpose-built labs each containing state of the art equipment and technology, with more input and potential for growth welcomed from future members of the science department. All subject groups work closely together to build interdisciplinary understanding, and collaboration across the STEM subjects as well as other subject areas is encouraged and facilitated. All teachers are expected to contribute to the ECA program and PSHE curriculum in a way that is relevant to their experience and interests.

Candidates are expected to have:

  • – A university degree in the subject to be taught (preferably chemistry), a related teaching qualification and three years’ teaching experience;
  • – A commitment to inquiry-based learning and the school’s vision and mission;
  • – A commitment to international mindedness and IB teaching philosophy (www.ibo.org);
  • – A positive and optimistic attitude to students, learning and education;
  • – Additional qualities to add to the school community.


Job Description

Resposible to: Heads of Middle Years Section / Head of School

To maintain ethical and professional standards in attendance, punctuality, appearance, conduct, meetings of deadlines and the general fulfilment of responsibilities. The Middle School forms part of the wider St Nicholas community and all community members are expected to contribute positively to the whole community and take a full part in school life.

Professional Knowledge
  • – To have secure pedagogical knowledge and understanding and be familiar with current educational practice and developments;
  • – To understand the school’s beliefs about learning and how to implement the IB curricular framework.
 
Planning
  • – To be responsible for the planning, preparation, organisation of learning based on appropriate
    curriculum documentation and knowledge of the learners’ needs.
  • – Work collaboratively to produce medium and short-term planning which promotes an integrated
    curriculum.
  • – To plan well-paced lessons that take into account different learning styles and the differing levels
    of each learners’ academic, emotional and cognitive development.
  • – To effectively liaise with members of the Personalized Learning department and other
    professionals connected to each learner.
 
Approaches to Teaching
  • – To engage in daily practice consistent with the philosophy of the school while emphasising a concept-led and inquiry-based approach and promoting the IBO’s learner profile.
  • – To create an organised and stimulating physical environment where students develop autonomy over their space and use of resources
  • – To use a range and balance of strategies carefully selected for effectiveness and the needs of the group.
  • – To effectively use ICT for learning and assessing.
  • – To create an inclusive learning environment in which students have the opportunity to develop agency, learning ways to take responsibility for their learning and interactions with others.
  • – To support learning outside the classroom as appropriate through fieldwork, trips, and action/ service-learning experiences.
  • – To set home learning in accordance with school policy, considering the individual needs of the
    students.

 
Assessment
  • – To use a range and balance of fit for purpose strategies in line with the school’s assessment policy to evaluate learning and inform future learning.
  • – To keep appropriate and systematic records of learning, development and achievement, and progress over time.
  • – To analyze assessment data against standards to inform teaching and learning.
  • – To provide timely, specific, relevant feedback that allows student learning to progress.
  • – To support the external assessment process in all ways. 

Reporting
  • – Keep parents informed of the progress and attainment of their children and advise on the needs of the learner, through scheduled parents’ meetings and the school reporting system.
 
Communication
  • – To liaise with the Head of Middle Years, PL department, and class tutors about the progress and needs of the learner.
  • – To attend and contribute positively to all relevant school meetings.

 

Tutor
  • – To be part of a Pastoral Team and perform the duties of a Class Tutor.

Professional Development

  • – To be responsible for your own learning.
  • – To participate constructively in the Performance Management system.
  • – Attend Professional Development courses where appropriate.
  • – To maintain professional relationships with pupils, teaching colleagues and support staff.


Other

  • – Contribute enthusiastically and effectively to the ECA programme.
  • – To perform break and lunch duties and to cover for absent colleagues.
  • – To carry out additional duties that might reasonably be asked.


You will bring:

  • – Passion and enthusiasm and a belief in all learners;
  • – A commitment to inquiry-based learning;
  • – A commitment to international mindedness and IB teaching philosophy (www.ibo.org);
  • – A positive and optimistic attitude to students, learning and education;
  • – Additional qualities to add to the school community.


Working hours for all teachers are:

– 07:45 to 16:15
– 07:45 to 12:45
Full-time staff
Part-time

This job description will be reviewed as necessary according to the changing needs.

    Letter of application including a curriculum vitae, with the names and contact details of three
    referees, should be sent by e-mail to
     recruitment@stnicholas.com.brInterviews will follow.

    *If you haven’t found a position that fit with your profile, please send us letter of application, a CV and the name of two referees should be addressed to recruitment@stnicholas.com.br.