Head of Science

Head of Science

St Michael’s Grammar School in St Kilda


The Position

Reporting directly to the Head of Teaching and Learning, the Head of Science is a key position of responsibility within the School. Together with other Heads of Faculty, Deans and the Head of Teaching and Learning, the Head of Science is responsible for developing progressive approaches to teaching and learning including curriculum content, delivery and assessment across the School (K-12). Specifically, the Head of Science is responsible for leading and developing the Faculty of Science, its staff, curriculum and students. This involves leading strategy and vision, managing the administrative operation of the Faculty, identifying and driving professional and curriculum development, and developing and leading staff within the Faculty as a cohesive and effective team.


A teaching allotment is included in this role and the incumbent will be expected to be able to model exemplary teaching and learning practices.



St Michael’s Grammar is one of the leading co-educational, independent schools in Australia, providing exceptional educational opportunities to more than 1300 students from Kindergarten to Year 12. St Michael’s was established by the Anglican Community of the Sisters of the Church on its current site in 1895.


St Michael’s progressive culture reflects the spirit of the School’s founders. Their visionary principles and values - diversity, individuality and creativity - survive as an enduring legacy to current and future generations. Their spirit of innovation in learning resonates profoundly within the St Michael’s community today.


St Michael’s is renowned for its excellence in teaching and learning, diverse community, and creative and caring environment. The St Michael’s community is united by strong values based on respect to self and others, wellbeing, autonomous thinking and expression, and meaningful connections with local and international communities.


While the School draws and learns from the past, the focus is very much on educating for the future. The School strives to challenge young minds and equip students with the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to engage with life as contributing citizens of the 21st century.


St Michael’s believes in educating students to communicate and negotiate, think critically, live with dignity, care and compassion, and to respect others and the environment. JFE Commercial-in-Confidence Page 2 of 7


St Michael’s: Learning

St Michael’s Grammar School is a community of learners. Their approach is grounded in a pedagogy call the St Michael’s: Learning framework, where the term learner can mean any number of people (students, parents, staff, Board) within the School community.


The Learner

People at St Michael’s will become autonomous, continuous, flexible, resilient, creative and collaborative learners. They will understand the value of trans-disciplinary perspectives and will have the capacity to work positively and productively with others to solve authentic challenges. Seeking and reflecting on feedback will be integral to their growth as learners. Imbued with the capacity for curiosity, self-reflection, critical analysis and compassion, they will also have the courage to take action themselves and on behalf of others within a moral framework which they can explicitly defend.


The Learning

The key skill will be the learner’s ability to develop and expand their own learning strategies. The learner will need to draw on the skills of the ‘continuous, autonomous learner’, the ‘collaborative networker’, the ‘wise analyser’ and the ‘creative synthesiser’. These skills and a deep knowledge of the disciplines will enable them to engage positively with the growing complexity and diversity of social values and ways of being.


The Learning Environment

The Learning Environment draws on transdisciplinary insights and a moral framework and provides opportunities for: collaboration and cooperation; planning; flexible responses to sources; transferral of learning into practical application; and evidence-based decision-making in new applications and contexts. Importantly, the Learning Environment is trusting and supportive, yet enables challenge and privileges responsible risk-taking.


For more information please refer to www.stmichaels.vic.edu.au


St Michael’s: Teachers

Teachers operate in a multi-faceted role where duties include:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Pastoral Care
  • Co-curricular Involvement
  • Professional Growth and Development
  • Other duties relevant to the role


Teaching and Learning

  • Be an innovative practitioner who achieves positive learning outcomes, with a proven ability to teach and be able to develop curriculum in their subject areas.
  • Develop and maintain expert knowledge of key course components, set texts and pedagogical developments.
  • Teach classes that accommodate mixed abilities (including extension and educational support students, differentiation of resources and tasks, and adapting material accordingly).
  • Be available to give students individual assistance outside of class time, as necessary. JFE Commercial-in-Confidence Page 3 of 7
  • Prepare resource material for own classes and share resources and ideas with all members of the Faculty as appropriate.
  • Assist with the design and implementation of courses.
  • Meet all deadlines in relation to assessment and report writing.
  • Assess and return student work fairly, efficiently, comprehensively and in a timely manner.
  • Keep accurate records of student attendance.
  • Reflect upon and discuss with colleagues work undertaken with students.
  • Welcome and support all families at the School and develop good relations and effective communication between families and staff.
  • Engage in Parent / Student / Teacher conferences.


Pastoral Care

At St Michael’s, pastoral care is the reciprocal involvement of all in developing a community that encourages the personal growth of each individual in their physical, academic, creative, social, emotional and spiritual dimensions.


The objectives of Pastoral Care at St Michael’s are:

  • To promote the personal growth and well-being of all students.
  • To know and value each student for whom they are and for whom they can become.
  • To ensure that the School addresses the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of students in order to achieve optimal learning outcomes.
  • To provide an environment of reciprocity where students appreciate the importance of
  • balancing their own needs with those of the community.
  • To foster connectedness in a culture of care that enables the development of quality
  • relationships and within which all members of the whole-school community treat each other
  • with dignity, respect, care and compassion.


All teaching staff undertake House Tutor/Learning Mentor responsibilities varied according to their part-time or full-time status.


The House Tutors/Learning Mentors and Heads of House work together as a team to monitor the academic and personal progress of each student in the House tutorial group. Other pastoral carers in the Senior School who are available to support students are the class teachers, Chaplains, the Student Counsellors, the Dean of Pastoral Care and Students, the Deputy Head/Head of the Senior School or the Head of the School.



St Michael’s has an extensive co-curricular program and all staff are expected to lead and/or participate in the co-curricular programs, including but not limited to performing arts, sporting activities and Exodus (camps).

Senior School staff are required to commit to Co-curricular activities during the School year according to the co-curricular responsibilities structure. This includes a minimum of one Exodus program per year. JFE Commercial-in-Confidence Page 4 of 7


Professional Growth and Development

Attend and participate in all professional development activities including recommended training programs, conferences and internal professional development programs.


Attend and participate fully in a variety of meetings as required.


Reflect upon and discuss with colleagues work undertaken with students. Have the skill and desire to mentor student activities.



  • General administration, lesson covers, supervision and other duties generally expected by a teacher.
  • Participate in school events such as Speech Night (note: academic regalia is required for major events)
  • Maintain a professional attitude and exhibit a high level professional competence at all times.
  • Demonstrate full awareness of work health and safety issues and procedures and comply with these, taking responsibility for your own health and safety.
  • Take a lead role in promoting and supporting student safety and well-being, anticipating and responding accordingly to potential threats.
  • Be familiar with all emergency policies and be ready to implement them if necessary.
  • Be familiar with and responsible for, implementation of the relevant regulations and other legal obligations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the School policies.


Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and develop strategic and operational aspects of Science.
  • Support the various School teams in their ongoing review and development of the Science curriculum.
  • Work with the Head of Teaching and Learning to develop an effective and collaborative approach to Science, encouraging the sharing of ideas and feedback.
  • Oversee and participate in the curriculum delivery and the assessment and reporting approaches/tasks within the Science area.
  • Teach a 0.8 load.
  • Maintain current documentation associated with the Science curriculum.
  • Together with the Head of Teaching and Learning provide advice, education and support to staff, parents and guardians on issues related to Science, the teaching approaches and the curriculum.
  • Liaise closely with all staff, in particular, staff in the Science area, and Senior School leadership team in the development of content and processes to enhance student learning.
  • Monitor and mentor staff within the Faculty, especially new staff on issues of personal wellbeing and professional methods.
  • Assist in the review and development of School policies, philosophy and approaches to teaching and learning. Implement agreed policies and approaches.
  • Attend and lead staff meetings as required.
  • Actively participate in the professional learning activities associated with the School’s agreed teaching leadership capabilities.
  • Represent the School at appropriate external forums.
  • Establish and maintain professional networks and maintain a high standard of current professional knowledge. Research and apply current approaches and trends within relevant topic areas.


How to apply;

To apply, go to www.jofisher.com.au and click on ‘APPLY ONLINE’ using the Reference number SMGhos0813, and address your cover letter and resume to Liz Jones or Eilish Devine.


Your application should include

1. A brief covering letter clearly quoting SMGhos0813.

2. A complete current Resumé; stating responsibilities and achievements against each role you have held.

3. Specific responses to the Key Selection Criteria, providing examples of demonstrated experienceand capabilities.


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School Details

St Michaels Grammar School

25 Chapel Street, St Kilda VIC 3182
t: +61 3 8530 3200
f: +61 3 9510 9392





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