Associate Chaplain

Associate Chaplain

Beaconhills College in Berwick


Beaconhills College Overview

Beaconhills College offers affordable but high quality education, setting it apart in the region. We are an independent, open-entry, co-educational Christian College with campuses in Pakenham and Berwick. Our strengths lie in our strong sense of community within our school, from our infants, Early Learning years and right through to Year 12. The school was founded more than 30 years ago on Christian principles and these underpin all of our College programs and how we care for our students.


At Beaconhills we aim to educate the whole child, to help them develop spiritually, intellectually, physically and emotionally. We challenge our students – and inspire and nurture them to achieve excellence in everything they do. Our holistic approach to education inspires excellence and nurtures confident, independent learners with the values they need to be responsible, caring citizens in their local and global communities.


At Beaconhills College, we strive to foster individual talents and strengths. We know if students pursue their passion, excellent results will follow naturally. Excellence at Beaconhills is more than about achieving high scores or finishing at the top of the State. Excellence is a state-of-mind that all young people need to understand and apply to all walks of life.


Whether it is in behaviour, appearance or commitment on the sporting field or on the stage, we encourage and expect our students to strive for excellence. While each student is part of the larger Beaconhills community, each sub-school within the College has been designed to maintain a small community feel. We have five sub-schools – Little Beacons Learning Centre (childcare and Early Learning), Junior School (Prep-Year 4), Middle School (Years 5-8), Year 9 and Senior School(Years 10-12).


Little Beacons

The Little Beacons Learning Centre provides age-appropriate learning experiences delivered with absolute excellence. It is a spacious, peaceful environment where children can grow and develop on their path through life.


Junior School

The Junior School curriculum focuses on laying firm foundations in English, Mathematics and fundamental skills, along with developing a positive attitude and healthy social skills.


Specialist subjects include Physical Education, French, Japanese, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Religious and Values Education.

2014 Pakenham Berwick

Preparatory 4 classes 3 classes

Year 1 4 classes 3 classes

Year 2 4 classes 2 classes

Year 3 4 classes 2 classes

Year 4 3 classes 2 classes Middle School


Middle Schooling, Years 5 to 8, has proved to be highly effective in meeting the unique needs of students in those crucial years between primary and secondary schooling. Students have core teachers for Mathematics/Science and English/Humanities and specialist teachers for Technology, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Religious and Values Education, Languages other than English and Human Movement.

2014 Pakenham Berwick

Years 5 - 6 4 classes 4 classes

Years 7 – 8 6 classes 6 classes

Year 9


Year 9 Centres at both campuses are purpose-built, multimedia-rich places of learning, staffed by teachers with special skills in teaching Year 9s. Students have the opportunity to select from a broad range of electives. The core program includes units of Mathematics, English, Science, Humanities, Personal Development, Physical Education and a choice of French or Japanese.

2014 Pakenham Berwick

Year 9 6 classes 6 classes


Senior School

In our Senior School program students can choose a diverse range of pathways to suit their own strengths and interests. There are no less than 42 VCE units with a possible 400 course combinations.

2014 Pakenham Berwick

Years 10 – 12 125-140 students/level

125-140 students/level


Beaconhills Outdoor Education Program umbrella stretches across a range of curricular and co-curricular activities. Students learn quickly while participating in our programs that actions have consequences in the outdoors and they must communicate, work as a team, problem-solve, respect their peers and learn new skills. It is a requirement of all teaching staff to participate in the extended overnight Outdoor Experiences program.


Other duties are in line with expectations of independent schooling, including yard duties, parent/teacher interviews, extra classes and relevant meetings. The College operates a seven period day over a two week cycle with Tutor Groups, Assemblies and Pastoral Care Meetings being part of the normal school week. Starting from Junior School, students take part in regular Religion and Values Education (RAVE) classes. Inyear 10, all students study Ethics and can continue their studies in VCE through Religion and Society units.


Our Christian Chaplaincy Program operates at all levels throughout the College with five full time Chaplains employed over both campuses. Teachers are required to support the ecumenical Christian ethos and values of Beaconhills. 


Position Responsibilities

The Associate Chaplain is primarily responsible for assisting with the spiritual direction and life of the Campus and will be expected to teach approximately 0.7FTE which could include Religious and Values Education (RAVE) classes in Junior or Middle School or VCE Philosophy, Religion and Society and/or Texts and Traditions. The Associate Chaplain will also be expected to develop curriculum and to work as part of the Campus Learning Team. The incumbent will work alongside the Chaplain and be part of the Campus Chaplaincy Team.


The Associate Chaplain’s role is, in conjunction with the Chaplaincy team, to assure the overall pastoral and spiritual care of the College community including parents. This role also provides a link with community churches in the area. An ordination in the Anglican or Uniting Church would be favourably regarded.


The Chaplains at both campuses are required to work collaboratively to ensure consistency across the College.


The Associate Chaplain reports to and takes direction from Campus Principal and is accountable to the Headmaster.


This leadership position attracts an appropriate remuneration package and time release. The position commences in Term 1, 2014 and is full time and ongoing.


Key Competencies

Together with the Chaplain, the incumbent will lead in the following areas:

  • Leadership and arrangement of worship services and contributions to Assemblies
  • Arrangement of special services e.g. Easter, Christmas
  • Communication of Christian and spiritual truths
  • Oversight of chapel and assembly music
  • Assisting with baptisms, funerals and weddings as appropriate
  • Regular contact with Diocesan and Presbyter organisation
  • Regular contact with local churches
  • Active membership of CIAS (Chaplains in Anglican Schools)
  • Leadership of voluntary prayer and Bible study groups
  • Student/staff counselling as appropriate
  • Liaison with pastoral care team
  • Teaching duties as appropriate in the RAVE Department


Key Selection Criteria

To be successful candidates would meet the following criteria to the satisfaction of the selection panel and the Headmaster:

  • Explain your personal values and how they are reflected in your daily life. How do you see your values supporting the Christian ethos of our community?
  • Proven ability as a leader of public worship and pastoral liturgy (marriage, baptism and funeral services)
  • Possess highly developed public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrate a high level of knowledge of relevant teaching and learning practices.
  • Demonstrate the use of appropriate Information Communication Technologies in your teaching.
  • Demonstrate a proven capacity to improve student learning and engage academic excellence
  • Display a high level of classroom teaching and management skills.
  • Display knowledge of developing units of work for Middle or Senior School students and provide evidence to support implementation.
  • Demonstrate clear evidence of assessment and reporting procedures.
  • Demonstrate significant contributions in the development, implementation and evaluation of the curriculum.
  • Demonstrate an ability to lead, and contribute to, a committed team of educators.
  • Demonstrate commitment to on-going professional learning and a proven capacity to model and share excellent teaching skills and knowledge within the school setting.
  • Display a high level of communication and interpersonal skills when relating to students, parents and work colleagues.
  • Demonstrate proactive contributions to school programs.
  • Demonstrate an ability to ensure students learn through inquiry about where humankind stands in the ‘big picture’ of existence.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to participate in educational change.


How to apply; 

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter that addresses your suitability to the listed selection criteria
  • A curriculum vitae detailing your qualifications and experience
  • Contact details of three professional referees.


Applications should be forwarded electronically to:

The Human Resources Department

Beaconhills College



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School Details


92 Kangan Drive
Berwick Victoria 3806 (Map)

Applications for this position close at 5pm on Tuesday 22 October 2013



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