Lower Primary French Teacher – Part time ongoing

Lower Primary French Teacher – Part time ongoing

Castlemaine Steiner School is committed to the care, safety and protection of all children attending the school. Our School is a place where children are nurtured and supported so that they can develop their capacities and grow into well-rounded human beings

The role of the French Teacher in the Lower Primary years is to bring French alive for the children, introducing them to the key elements of the language in an immersive experience through which they can feel the music of the language and its expressive qualities.

Within the programme the focus is on oral work; greetings, songs, poems, games, role plays and acting out stories. Writing is introduced through known poems or words, followed by reading, with the study of grammar beginning in Class 4. The role includes cohesive planning with the Class Teacher, as to deliver comparative content within the French and English curricula, including the Alphabet, counting, days of the week and other focused word groups and phrases.

The ideal applicant will have excellent French speaking skills, demonstrate deep enthusiasm for the French language and an understanding of Steiner pedagogy and philosophy. They will show warmth for the children, and work closely with the Class Teachers. Their focus will be to bring French culture and language into the school, to awaken enthusiasm and to lay the foundation for French, which is currently taught in the senior Classes 6-8. The applicant will work collaboratively with the senior classes French Teacher and the Professional Practice Leader to align learning outcomes and themes, and to develop shared expectations. The applicant will also be willing to work with all members of Staff to bring a French element into School Assemblies and Festivals.

The successful applicant will have a commitment to performance development and professionalism in their work.

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated ability to confidently teach out of a love and respect for each child within the class community and in ways that support diverse educational needs
  • Demonstrated capacity for teaching of French to young children within a school setting
  • Effective organisational skills in order to manage the workload and demands of the teaching profession
  • Exemplary interpersonal communication skills within a collegial environment
  • Range of artistic abilities to support the delivery of a Steiner Education curriculum
  • Demonstrated understanding of the LOTE  Program within the Australian Steiner Curriculum and the Victorian Curriculum
  • Commitment to deepening an understanding of Steiner Education
  • Demonstrated ability to form positive and professional relationships with families and to maintain professionalism within a small community
  • Demonstrated understanding of appropriate behaviours when engaging with children according to Child Safe Standards.
  • Applicants must have Teacher registration with any Australian State or Territory.

The selection process will take place involving:

  • A panel interview.
  • Presentation of and discussion around a simple portfolio of work (details will be provided
    to short-listed candidates).
  • Possible teaching of a prepared mini-lesson under supervision of the Student Care Leader and potentially other staff.

Applications, including a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae with three education profession referees and a separate document addressing the Selection Criteria, should be marked ‘Private and Confidential’ and forwarded to: recruitment@cssk.vic.edu.au  Apply soon as applications will be reviewed on receipt.

For preliminary confidential enquiries or conversations about this position, please contact the
CSSK Educational Leader, Hayley Bridgwood, (03) 5479 2000

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