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Working at Columba College

Thank you for your interest in applying for a teaching role at Columba College. Our school is located on Highgate, overlooking the city of Dunedin and Otago Harbour, in beautiful grounds that feature heritage buildings alongside state-of-the-art modern facilities. Columba is an area school, with boys and girls in the Year 0 – 6 primary campus and girls only in the Years 7 – 13 senior school. We have Presbyterian foundations and values, and we are a boarding school.

We have an experienced, collegial teaching staff that builds strong relationships with students and the community. Our classrooms and teaching programmes are well resourced and we have a committed and helpful team of support staff. Benefits include access to the College gymnasium and fitness centre, and all staff have access to an array of digital tools including a wireless network, and technological support and guidance from the Information Systems Support team. Every full-time teaching staff member is equipped with a laptop computer.

Columba students are friendly, polite and hard working, and make the most of the many academic, cultural, sporting and service opportunities available to them. The NZC is the foundation of all of our teaching programmes, and our NCEA and Scholarship results are among the best in New Zealand. Our programmes make use of the spectacular natural surroundings of Dunedin and the wider Otago area.

Teachers at Columba College are part of the pastoral life of the school, as form teachers. All staff participate in the special character of the College by attending weekly chapel services, a College church service each term, and integrating the Christian ethos of the College into their teaching programmes. Teachers also take part in the co-curricular life of the school through involvement in sport, cultural events and House activities.

We are committed to the professional development of our staff, with a PLG structure in place to support this. Teachers have a commitment to implementing strategies to improve Maori student achievement, and to using ICTs for classroom engagement. A level of confidence with ICT as a teaching and learning tool is essential, and an understanding of the principles of Ka Hikitia would be preferred. The workplace is friendly and supportive with a welcoming induction programme in place for new staff.

We welcome applications from NZTC Registered teachers, and beginning teachers.

Visits to our school to meet with key personnel and view the facilities are most welcome from prospective applicants. It is recommended that applicants refer to the school’s charter.

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