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.
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.
RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES:
· 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.
· 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
· 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).
· 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
· 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
· 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
If interested please send curriculum vitae to:
Wa Ora Montessori School,
278 Waddington Drive,
Naenae, Lower Hutt
Applications close : 31 May 2001.