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Green Bay Montessori Preschool

Full-time position offered to caring enthusiastic motivated
supervisor with a Diploma of Teaching 
(Early Childhood Education) and 
Montessori training or willingness to train.

Start: mid 2001or later.

Please send your C.V. to: 
Audrey Douglass
P.O. Box 80094
New Zealand




 Wa Ora Montessori School
278 Waddington Drive, Naenae, Lower Hutt
Phone 04 567-2377. Fax 04 577-2707

Wa Ora Montessori School Mission:
To provide and promote an education inspired by the Montessori philosophy, 
which nurtures in the child a life long love of learning through self-discovery.

Job Profile 

Primary Teacher (6-12)


The primary program at Wa Ora is based on individualised learning for children ages 6-9 and 9-12. The programmes use a variety of approaches to build upon the Montessori principles to guide a child in exploring academics, the arts and the sciences.  The New Zealand Curriculum will be integrated in accordance with integration regulations where appropriate.  The Head Teacher's position is one of a guide, directing the children's activities academically, socially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually in a manner that foster the overall development and well-being each child.
· The Head Teacher is responsible for the overall running of the classroom, to establish and maintain a positive, caring environment in the class, to provide sensitive support to each child and to challenge each child to reach his/her fullest potential in each development area, in accordance with Montessori philosophy.

· Each teacher, as an important member of the staff, makes a positive contribution to the character of our school, helps maintain a respectful and co-operative atmosphere, shares in the responsibility to maintain safety and co-operation towards the policies and procedures set in the Wa Ora Primary School Charter and School Constitution.
· Each teacher will adhere to the Special Character of the School.


· Teaching
· Develop and execute curriculum consistent with the Montessori method and principles, appropriate to the learning objectives for the age group and the individual.  Interface MoE curriculum guidelines as recommended by the ERO report and Charter recommendations.

· Prepare and maintain an orderly environment in which the furnishings and materials are complete, appealing and appropriate to the needs of the group and any individual children with special needs. 
· Care for and maintain the classroom the materials and supplies. They should be kept clean, orderly, and in the best possible condition.  The children are to be brought into this responsibility. 
· Provide appropriate support to both parents and child
· Maintain ongoing communication with parents and hold two parent/teacher interviews per year.  This includes a written assessment for each child twice yearly and two goal setting conferences (Terms 1 & 3)
· Maintain current record keeping and planning on each child.  Portfolio assessment should be kept on each children's work and progress.
· To conduct one parent education meeting each term, if needed.  Topic determined in consultation with staff and /or Principal.  To attend open days and other school functions as required, (parent orientations, wine/cheese evenings etc.).
· Assist with interviewing, training and supervising Assistants in a way that best meets the needs of your classroom.
· Keep roll book up to date, report absences to office daily.
· To be in the classroom and have contact time according to your yearly schedule. (8:45-12:00, 1:00-3:00 or as needed).
· Performance assessed against Professional standards.

Classroom Management

· Responsible with Assistants for the safety and physical well being of the children at all times.
· Adhere to the discipline policy for specific method of dealing within appropriate behaviour and/or conduct.
· To foster Montessori principles in your relationship with the children.

Professional Ethics

· It is the responsibility of the Head Teacher to contact parents regarding any difficulties a child may have.  The Assistant is to report concerns or observations and it is up to your professional judgement as to whether her action is taken.
· Conduct oneself courteously and ethically at all times.
· Confidentiality:  All personal information regarding the child and family is to remain confidential, this includes information on files, interviews, conversations and observations (Privacy Act).

Professional Development
· To participate in monthly staff meetings
· To participate in weekly Head Teacher meetings (Monday lunch or as needed) and weekly Primary & Preschool meetings (Time-determined by staff). 
· Participate in professional development workshops as needed. 
· To participate in performance review and self-evaluation to foster personal development and growth.  This will be done in consultation with the Principal.


· To write a twice yearly review of your classroom. 
· Notify Principal, as appropriate, of any personal or professional difficulties with children, parents, staff or community members. 
· Prepare an inventory of classroom equipment first week of school.  This is to be rechecked at the end of the school year for replacement items.
· Develop curriculum overview covering class work and expectations on a regular (weekly) basis (Planning).  Maintain concurrent written records of progress and achievements for each child.
· Develop evaluative measures to ensure outcomes are achieved against goals set for each child.
· To take part in peer appraisal system
· The performance of primary teachers will be assessed against professional standards.

If interested please send curriculum vitae to: 

The Principal, 
Wa Ora Montessori School, 
278 Waddington Drive, 
Naenae,  Lower Hutt
New Zealand

If you are a {principal, board member, or supervisor} 
and would like to place an advert on this web site for a job vacancy 
at your school, please send an email to:

In the subject line of your email, put the following:
"Montessori Advert - Your Name + Location"
Example: [Montessori Advert - Margaret - Sydney]
It is important that you enter a correct Subject line, 
as we receive many emails from various sources.

Note: this Montessori Job Vacancy web site is under construction, 
having been established in mid-April 2001. 
Athough it is now mainly for New Zealand and
Australian Montessori teaching positions, 
we also will accept other countries as there are 
plans to expand this service.

This service is free of charge, for a limited time.

If you are a Montessori teacher
and would like to send us your CV,
or other information about your teaching experience,
you may email me but at the present time we will only accept
teachers who have:  New Zealand teaching registration (NZQA), 
or those teachers who have applied to NZQA, or Australian citizens, 
or teachers who have New Zealand residency.  Possibly, we will also accept:
Montessori teachers with excellent Montessori qualifications +
tertiary qualifications + Montessori teaching experience + proven 
fluent English - and if you are willing to wait for 8 - 12 months
in order for your NZQA qualifications to be processed.

Therefore, if you are a teacher and meet the requirements above,
please send  your CV, to:
In the subject line of your email, put the following:
"Teacher - Your Name + Location"
Example: [Teacher - Mary - Bristol, England]
It is important that you enter a correct Subject line, 
as we receive many emails from various sources.

If you are a teacher, but not Montessori,
and would like to teach in the state school system,
we can assist you in finding a teaching position in New Zealand,
plus immigration information.  There will be a small fee for this 
service, from $15 USD, payable by VISA or Mastercard.
This service will include a telephone discussion (unless you
choose not to do so). Please send us an email, 
as per the above instructions.

A Special Note for Montessori Teachers in 
non-English Speaking Countries, especially Asia:
In addition to the points above, it is highly advisable for you to send
proof of your spoken English, with your job application (or with your
CV sent to our job placement service). You must understand that it 
is generally unlikely that your application will be seriously considered
unless you have previously worked in an English speaking country, or
if you submit an audio or video tape showing your English proficiency.
Another factor to consider is your accent. Obviously, head teachers and
principals must know that their pupils will be able to clearly 
understand your spoken words. I strongly suggest that you
telephone the school where you seek employment, and also 
consider including an audio or a video tape, or 
testimonials from an English speaking teacher 
who can confirm your English skills.

This page was updated on 14 May 2001
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