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Head Teacher Teaching and Learning - Merewether High School

NSW Department of EducationNewcastle


 Central & North Coasts - Newcastle & Hunter Valley   

Advertisement Number A900098491

Number of Positions

Total Remuneration Package: Remuneration package valued at $137,486.00. This position attracts a base salary of $124,038.00, plus leave loading and employer's contribution to superannuation.
School Name Merewether High School
Principal Network Newcastle
Staffing Area Newcastle
 FTE 1.000

Contact Name Nerine Hazlewood
Contact Phone number 49693855

Closing Date


Job Category

 TCH Other


 Teaching Service 
Position Information 

Merewether High School is an academically selective high school located in Newcastle. It has a high profile and is acknowledged for achieving excellence. Merewether High School is an inspirational model of public education that nurtures the academic, physical, social and emotional wellbeing of all students. The school's core values of integrity, diversity and excellence underpin a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which is focused on high expectations for student academic achievement. 

In 2021, 1085 students enrolled from a wide geographical area across the Hunter Region including 16 Aboriginal students. The school has an active and supportive parent body who engage in parent learning groups and who collaboratively lead our P&C, canteen and Duke of Edinburgh program. The school has a partnership with the Muloobinbah Local Aboriginal Consultative Group to support students in achieving success in the HSC and to connect with their cultural identity. The school has built a strong community committed to excellence, diversity and the fostering of individual talents.

Merewther High School's 93 highly skilled, experienced and dedicated staff members provide quality teaching and learning experiences with an emphasis on, and understanding of, strategies that challenge, develop high potential and meet the needs of gifted students. Staff encourage students to be innovative thinkers and confident and independent learners who possess strong ethical values and a highly developed social conscience.

The school has high expectations of all students, consistent with each student's ability and the belief that everyone can achieve their personal best. Our students thrive in an atmosphere which provides a range of talent development opportunities. These include co-curricular learning experiences, strong enrichment opportunities, programs for students with high potential, passions in sport and creative and performing arts, leadership and school and community service.

The school offers extensive student leadership opportunities that successfully promote a positive school culture and a philosophy of social justice which is evidenced by a highly effective and visible prefect body and student representative council. A number of significant partnerships with our community enhance student outcomes across all domains of giftedness. This includes active links with Australian and overseas based universities, staff leading the NSW DoE Arts Unit Hunter Wind Ensemble and Hunter Singers initiatives and a range of international co-curricular excursions.

Specific Selection Criteria 
Applicants must satisfy the teacher training and academic qualification requirements for this position. In addition to the general selection criteria, 
1. Evidenced ability to plan and lead collaborative, whole school high impact professional learning that supports a dedicated school staff to maintain high academic, social and cultural expectations across the school and community.
2. Extensive knowledge and understanding of current research and demonstrated implementation of leading the teaching and learning of high potential and gifted students for improved outcomes.
3. Demonstrated instructional leadership to lead staff through whole school curriculum change to meet the needs of students in the current educational landscape.
4. Proven ability to lead the analysis of data to inform strategic planning, identify opportunities for student growth and implement evidence-based teaching practice across the school.​
General Selection Criteria 
1. Successful teaching experience with capacity to initiate improvement in teaching, learning and classroom practice
2. Knowledge of curriculum, assessment and student welfare with the ability to lead and design quality, inclusive teaching and learning programs
3. Educational leadership skills to build the capacity and manage the performance of individuals and teams
4. Well developed communication and interpersonal skills with the capacity to build relationships and engage students, staff and parents
5. Ability to plan and manage resources effectively and equitably to support teaching and learning
6. Knowledge of and commitment to the Department's Aboriginal education policies

An unconditional full approval to teach is a requirement. If you do not hold a full approval to teach with the NSW Department of Education, you are required to commence the application process at the same time as you apply for this teaching opportunity.

Special Notes 

The Eligibility Requirements for Head Teacher Positions in NSW Government Schools are located at

Applicants are to include details of their WWCC clearance number as part of this application.

To ensure that your application complies with the guideline page limits your attachments must be in PDF format.

New merit selection application guidelines for classroom teachers, executives and principals have been introduced to provide greater clarity to applicants and selection panels. The guidelines were in effect on positions advertised from Wednesday 10th June 2020. The guidelines are located at:

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