Overview

The School

Brisbane Grammar School is a non-denominational boys’ school of about 1800 students (Years 5 to12) overlooking the Brisbane CBD. The School maintains a 150-year strong tradition of academic excellence, extensive cocurricular activities and student wellbeing programs. We are fortunate to have a team of dedicated and professional staff who provide an exceptional learning environment responsive to the needs of our students.

Our Professional Community

Brisbane Grammar School values the professionalism of our teaching staff and seeks to nurture a dynamic learning culture at the School for both students and staff. The School provides freedom for teachers to be creative and innovative, and to develop and grow our research capacity in pedagogical practice and blended learning. The School’s academic structures support collaboration, with staff working in teams within and across disciplines and between the Middle and Senior Schools. Our teachers model collaborative, lifelong learning, and are supported through generous professional development opportunities and high-quality resources.

Applicants for all teaching positions must be eligible for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers and should be sympathetic to the aims and ethos of independent schools.

About the role

Outdoor Education at Brisbane Grammar School contributes to the development of the Grammar Graduate through sequential outdoor learning experiences from Years 5 to 11 utilising Effective Thinking Cultures in Outdoor Education Pedagogy. Each year, students reflect upon these place-based experiences building the dispositions of a Grammar learner and leader throughout the outdoor journey.

The Outdoor Education Teacher works in a team of educators to deliver the Outdoor Education program. The Outdoor Education Teacher is responsible for the planning, preparation, implementation and management of outdoor education experiences and facilities. The program includes experiences for Years 5 to 11 students based at the School’s Outdoor Education Centre at Lake Moogerah, as well as expeditions to alternative sites, school-based training, and school community events.

The Outdoor Education Teacher reports directly to the Director of Outdoor Education and through them to the Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School.

This position is a fixed-term contract commencing Term 3 until Term 4, 2024.

The Outdoor Educator  Teacher is responsible for: 

Teaching

  • Implementing the School’s outdoor education program through developmentally appropriate and sequenced experiences providing an increasingly sophisticated set of physical and emotional challenges.
  • Use of effective thinking cultures in pedagogy.
  • Reviewing and improving the educational, safety and logistical aspects of the program annually.
  • Staying connected to recent innovations and developments within the field of Outdoor Education.
  • Participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme through registration as an Adventurous Journey Supervisor and planning and conducting expeditions.
  • Following the programs operational documents at all times.

Organisation

  • Assisting with construction, improvement and maintenance of existing program infrastructure.
  • Representing the School with outside groups including local property owners and government agencies in the area.
  • Engage with the P&F Support Group, parent and community groups.
  • Follow procedures for catering, food preparation and cooking.

Administration

  • Produce weekly reports and media for each program.
  • Ensure all program equipment is safe and fully operational at all times.
  • Write and update operational documents including risk assessments, standard operating procedures, logistical procedures and teaching resources.
  • Collaborate with and assist the Centre’s support staff.

Skills & Experience

This position requires:

  • Experience working with young people in outdoor education.
  • A passion for the outdoors and adventure.
  • An understanding of environmental concerns.
  • An understanding and acknowledgement of Indigenous culture and history.
  • Fit and active lifestyle.
  • Clean and professional presentation.
  • An ability to work collaboratively and independently.
  • An exemplary professional approach when dealing with students, parents and colleagues.
  • Strong ICT skills in both Mac/IOS and Microsoft Windows suite.
  • An understanding of the needs of boys and how these impact on residential organisation and management.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously in a wilderness setting ensuring the safety and care of students.
  • Knowledge and ability to continuously manage and assess risk in a variety of environments.

The following qualifications are required to be maintained:

  • Valid Blue Card
  • Height Activities: Rock Climbing, Abseiling, High and Low Ropes, Zip Lines.
  • Paddle sports: Flatwater & Sea Kayaking.
  • Bushwalking.
  • Registration as an Adventurous Journey Supervisor with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme Queensland.
  • Wilderness First Aid & CPR.
  • Bronze Medallion.
  • Chainsaw operation.
  • Manual drivers’ licence.
  • 4WD Operation.
  • Safe Food Handling.

Terms

  • Working hours are dependent on the program and include overnight duties, on call responsibilities, some weekend and holiday work.
  • Work includes an irregular roster including extended durations in an expedition format.

Application Process

Brisbane Grammar School recognises the value of diverse thinking and we encourage qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. To better understand what it means to join BGS, please review the information on our website and social media accounts before submitting your application. You should also familiarise yourself with our key policies and procedures available on the School website, which may assist you during the recruitment process.

Our organisation is committed to protecting children and young people from harm. We require all applicants to undergo a screening process prior to appointment. Candidates must disclose any information relevant to their eligibility to engage in activities involving children.

Applications are to be made Online by Friday 14 June 2024.