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Somerset College is one of South Africa’s outstanding independent schools, recently being placed among the top-achieving schools in the IEB Matriculation examination.  The introduction of the Cambridge A-Level curriculum and the achievement of several global rankings in those results has further contributed to the success of the College. The outdoor curriculum is strong, and the renowned Trek is a 4- week outdoor adventure cherished by the Grade 9 learners.

The co-educational College, which is home to Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory and Senior Schools and two senior boarding facilities, is situated on a magnificent 32-hectare campus in the Western Cape Winelands. The Somerset College boarding establishment is home to 100 boys and girls from Grades 8 to 12. Two decades into its existence, the school has a well-established reputation for excellence in many spheres, especially academic achievement and outdoor education which aims to teach leadership and resilience.

Somerset College is strategically driven to further its reputation as an iconic destination school for students both locally and further afield. ESTEAM is one of the important focus areas of the school to equip students to thrive as relevant and worthy global citizens. Please learn more by visiting our website https://somersetcollege.org

Somerset College is an equal opportunity employer. The School reserves the right not to make an appointment. Submission of an application does not in itself entitle the applicant to an interview.

Somerset College, in line with POPIA (Protection of Personal Information Act), will attempt to ensure the confidentiality of all applicants for this role. All reasonable measures will be in place to protect personal information but will be used in the recruitment, selection and reporting process. By submitting your application for this position, you are recognising and accepting this disclaimer.


THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

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SENIOR SCHOOL MATHEMATICS TEACHER

 

Commencement Date: 1 January 2025

 

Non-negotiable criterion:

Only candidates with a minimum of 5 years’ IEB teaching experience will be shortlisted.

 

The successful candidate must:

  • have a minimum of 5 years’ IEB experience in teaching Mathematics up to Grade 12 level;
  • teach in a relevant and up-to-date manner so that confidence in Mathematics is instilled in students;
  • have advanced IT skills and be able to use technology to enhance the teaching and learning process in the classroom and online, as required;
  • be prepared to be involved in Olympiads and other Mathematics-related student competitions;
  • have excellent communication, organisational and administrative skills;
  • be able to work well within a team of teachers who report to a Head of Department;
  • be engaged in the school activities and contribute to the extramural programme;
  • have the requisite professional and academic qualifications and proof of registration with SACE.

Teaching Information Technology would be advantageous.

 

Application:

Please email a letter of application and CV in confidence to the Human Resources Officer at humanresources@somcol.co.za

 

Closing date for applications: 4 August 2024

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DIRECTOR OF SATURDAY SCHOOL

 

A Saturday School was started in 2022 in partnership with students from Lwandle in Strand and has now expanded to such an extent that there is a need for a Director who can head up this very important offering.  The successful candidate should be a qualified and experienced educator who is creative, enthusiastic and innovative. Business experience would be advantageous.  

 

Commencement Date: 1 January 2025

 

Non-negotiable criterion:

Only candidates with SACE registration will be shortlisted.

 

The successful candidate must do thorough planning of:

  • Term programmes;
  • transport for students to Somerset College and back to their schools;
  • staffing – source competent and qualified teachers;
  • academic content – liaise with schools and teaching staff;
  • books and stationery orders;
  • meals;
  • marketing material – assist Marketing Department with the promotion of the project.

Set and oversee necessary bookings for:

  • Term programmes;
  • transport for students to Somerset College and back to their schools;
  • staffing – source competent and qualified teachers;
  • academic content – liaise with schools and teaching staff;
  • books and stationery orders;
  • meals;
  • marketing material – assist Marketing Department with the promotion of the project.

Liaise with partner schools:

  • Set up, implement and monitor agreement with partner schools;
  • screen and finalise student applications;  
  • coordinate and encourage partner schools’ teachers’ involvement;
  • coordinate curriculum support plans with partner schools;
  • negotiate term programmes with partner schools;
  • provide staff training where and when required.

Manage Saturday school:

  • Establish, lead and run teaching team (Science, Mathematics, English, Life Sciences – Grades 10 - 12);
  • agree curriculum support (content, timing, assessments etc.) with partner schools;
  • oversee delivery of curriculum support (implementation of marking and reporting on baseline and diagnostic assessments; preparation and delivery of 5 hrs of teaching per weekend, 28 weekends per year; with regular assessment and feedback to students);
  • compile a 6-monthly report to donors: expenditures (finance department) and programme performance;
  • keep track of all assessments and report results to schools;
  • make contact with parents of students attending Saturday school;
  • budgeting in liaison with the finance department;
  • staff wages – timesheets, invoicing and payments (monthly or termly);
  • liaise with the marketing department and support initiatives as required;
  • interact and build relationships with donors and find potential new donors;
  • build and expand the current programme to include more schools and students;
  • special attention to early childhood development and the establishment of a formal training programme for teachers in need of an official ECD qualification in collaboration with a university;
  • regular contact with partner schools through follow-up visits to discuss matters pertaining to students, academics and general disciplinary issues;
  • do marketing in the townships – visit schools to market the programme;
  • do career guidance for students and arrange with sponsors to hold events where they inform staff and students about career options and financial support they offer for eligible students.

Competencies:

  • Well-developed interpersonal skills with the ability to coordinate and work with other professionals;
  • an interest in and experience with Senior School students (Grades 10 - 12) and a knowledge of their developmental stages;
  • able to use own initiative, be creative and flexible;
  • professionalism and a high standard of ethics;
  • must be able to handle confidential matters ethically and with sensitivity;
  • must have a good understanding of the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements as defined by the Department of Basic Education;
  • business acumen – a clear understanding of budgets and budget planning will be an advantage;
  • be registered with SACE.

General Somerset College Duties:

  • Be willing to, from time to time or as the need arises, teach some academic lessons within the Somerset College Senior School space;
  • may be required to fulfil the duties as Grade Tutor to build rapport with a specific group of Somerset College Senior School students.

 

Application:

Please email a Letter of Application and an updated CV, including three contactable references, in confidence to humanresources@somcol.co.za

 

Closing date for applications: 4 August 2024

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SENIOR SCHOOL BUSINESS STUDIES AND ACCOUNTING TEACHER

 

Commencement Date: 1 January 2025

 

Applicants for this position are expected to have an appropriate commerce or business science university degree, must be SACE registered and should have previous IEB experience. A good knowledge of entrepreneurial principles, and experience of teaching in the Cambridge system would be an advantage. Applicants should have the ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and a genuine commitment to, and passion for, education in South Africa.

The successful candidate must be a dynamic, passionate person who will fully engage with young Senior School students so that they flourish both in the classroom and in other aspects of their lives.

The successful candidate will be required to teach classes in Business Studies and Accounting in the IEB curriculum. They should be proactive and keep abreast of innovation in economics, accounting and education. This person should be prepared to develop curricula, engage in cross-curricular projects that contribute to building business and entrepreneurial skills inside and outside the classroom.

 

Application:

Please email a letter of application, CV and three contactable references in confidence to the Human Resources Officer at humanresources@somcol.co.za

 

Closing date for applications: 4 August 2024

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SENIOR SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER

 

Commencement Date: 1 January 2025

 

Non-negotiable criterion:

Only candidates with a minimum of 5 -10 years’ IEB teaching experience will be shortlisted.

 

Applicants for this position are expected to have an appropriate university degree and must be SACE registered. They must also have the ability to work co-operatively with colleagues and exhibit genuine enthusiasm for, and commitment to, education in South Africa.

The successful candidate must be a dynamic, passionate English teacher who will fully engage with young people so that they flourish in both the classroom, digital classroom and in other aspects of their lives. This person should have 5 -10 years’ previous IEB experience, be proactive and be abreast of innovation in education.

 

Application:

Please email a letter of application, CV and three contactable references in confidence to the Human Resources Officer at humanresources@somcol.co.za

 

Closing date for applications: 4 August 2024