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Teacher, Early Childhood / Primary Multi-Age Class - Mapuru

Yirralka Education

  • Salary Classification:  Class Room Teacher
  • 2020 Salary Range: CT1 – CT9 $75,168- $107,801; Dependent on qualifications and experience. Generous employment and remote incentive conditions are included, details available on request.
  • School: Mapuru Yirralka College
  • Responsible to: Principal
  • Accommodation Provided: 2 bedroom house with requirement to share from time to time.
  • Start Date: Monday 20th April 2020 

About Yirralka Education 

Yirralka is the sacred land that the Creator, your ancestors have given you; your home-land; your sanctuary; the place where you feel immersed in your ancestors’ presence, knowledge and love; a place where you feel ‘in place’, secure, whole. 

Yirralka Education is the governing body for Mapuru Yirralka College. It is a company formed recently to enable Mapuru families, elders and custodians to govern their own educational facilities, programs and their own independent school.

Background to the Position 

Yirralka Education at Mapuru is seeking a teacher who can develop longstanding relationships with the people of Mapuru in east Arnhem Land to become the Primary Classroom Teacher, specialising in teaching literacy and numeracy through bilingual approaches in Djambarrpuyŋu and EAL/D.

The college is led by Mapuru’s elders and operates a bi-literacy and bi-cultural program in two multi-year level classrooms, the Primary and Secondary. Each class consists of a teaching team, a qualified teacher and 2 local Yolngu co-teachers (assistant teachers). 

A Rewarding Opportunity

This is a unique opportunity to work and live in a healthy and productive remote Indigenous community. Whilst this experience is not for everyone, those that are committed and open to the opportunity will be offered a life-changing journey in which you will see the direct, positive impact you can make as a teacher on other people’s lives, the futures of learners in your class, their families and even the future of the entire town of Mapuru. 

We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to join our passionate and dedicated team.

If you are not certain about a long term commitment to living and working at Mäpuru, we would welcome you to work with us for shorter periods as a relief teacher. Relief teaching provides strong opportunities for you to develop relationships with the students and families of Mäpuru, get a real taste of the joys and challenges of working in a remote Yolngu school and to develop your skills in this ever rewarding field.

Essential Selection Criteria

  • Ability to be registered as a teacher in the NT
  • Early Childhood or Primary teaching qualifications and experience
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement early literacy and early numeracy programs
  • EAL/D or ESL experience and/or qualifications
  • NT Working With Children Card (Ochre Card)
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a flexible team member in a multi-cultural team
  • Demonstrated deep respect for Aboriginal cultures
  • Ability to uphold Yirralka Education’s Vision for their school and adhere to Cultural Safety guidelines
  • Ability to work alongside and also take direction from Yolŋu teachers and Elders
  • Current manual Driver Licence (or promise to obtain immediately)
  • Ability to be flexible and share staff housing from time to time

Desirable Selection Criteria

  • Experience in teaching Indigenous learners and/or familiarity in teaching in multicultural settings where English is not the first language. 
  • Have completed or are willing to complete CDU’s “Introduction to Yolŋu Culture and Language” course
  • Have a good understanding of a Yolŋu language
  • Have a working understanding of bi-literacy and bi-cultural learning theories and/or experience teaching in these contexts. 

How to apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter and response to selection criteria to Linda Miller. This position will remain open until filled.

Email: linda.miller@ntschools.net, using the subject line: Teacher, Early Childhood / Primary Multi-Age Class - Mapuru application via EthicalJobs.

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