Middle School Teacher - Teaching On & About Country - Mapuru

Location Northern Territory


Job Type: Full Time Position o r blocks of 4-5 weeks each term Salary Classification: Class Room Teacher 2018 Salary Range: CT1 – CT9 $71,197- $101,168 scale; Dependent on qualifications and experience. Employment and remote incentive conditions are included, details available on request. School: Mapuru Yirralka College Responsible to: Principal Accommodation Provided: Share housing or staff flat within school Start Date: To be at Mapuru Friday 25th January 2019 About Yirralka Education Yirralka is the sacred land that the Creator, your ancestors have given you; your home-land; your sanctuary; the place where you feel immersed in your ancestors presence, knowledge and love; a place where you feel ‘in place’, secure, whole.

Yirralka Education is a legal entity, recently formed to enable Mapuru families, elders and custodians to govern their own educational facilities, programs and their own school. It is a member-based Company Limited by Guarantee and governed by a constitution. Alongside the majority Yolngu membership of Mapuru elders and parents, Yirralka Education also consists of Specialist Directors who have had long term relationships with Mapuru, it’s school and remote Indigenous education and governance generally across east Arnhem Land and the Northern Territory.

Background to the Position Yirralka Education at Mapuru is seeking teachers who can develop longstanding relationships with the people of Mapuru in east Arnhem Land. Currently both teaching positions in the school are being advertised. The Primary Classroom Teacher and the Middle School Classroom Teacher.

The school is led by Mapuru’s elders through Yirralka Education and operates a bi-literacy and bi- cultural program in two classrooms, the Primary and Secondary. Each class consists of a teaching team, a qualified teacher and 2 local Yolu co-teachers (assistant teachers). The Middle School teaching position requires a teacher who is so competent at teaching initial literacy and numeracy, that they can team teach with local assistant co-teachers, to enable them to teach initial literacy and numeracy in the local language, which is Djambarrpuyu.

Teaching in a multi-year level class, through a bi-literacy and bi-cultural curriculum within a teaching team is a very new way of working for most teachers. A Rewarding Opportunity This is a unique opportunity to work and live in a healthy and productive remote Indigenous community. Whilst this experience is not for everyone, those that are committed and open to the opportunity will be offered a life-changing journey in which you will see the direct, positive impact you can make as a teacher on other peoples lives, the futures of learners in your class, their families and even the future of the entire town of Mapuru.

We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to join our passionate and dedicated team. If you are not certain about a long term commitment to living and working at Mäpuru, we would welcome you to work with.

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1 Oct 2018


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