Working at Avonside

Thank you for your interest in applying for a position at Avonside Girls’ High School.

Our school is located in the north-east of Christchurch, adjacent to the Travis Wetland and close to the beach. It is in a unique co-located setting with our partner school Shirley Boys’ High School. We share the new campus which we have occupied since term 2, 2019, and the facilities of our new schools are first-rate.

We share some key facilities, but all of our teaching and learning occurs within our school-specific spaces and, while we enjoy a cooperative relationship with our partner school, each school operates independently.

Our school community numbers just over 1000 students from diverse backgrounds, and they respond positively to the learning, sporting, cultural and leadership opportunities that are available to them.

Our school is strongly focused on empowering our girls’ growth through establishing warm and demanding relationships and providing structures that support their learning, personal development and wellbeing as they move through the school. The vertical form structure, ako time and House system all support a culture where girls’ needs are known and where they are supported to achieve their goals during their time at school, so that they move on from Avonside with real choices as to their next step.

The learning spaces are organised according to learning areas. There is a mix of specialist spaces, single-cell classroom spaces, small break out spaces and open learning spaces, so that there is scope to organise a space that suits the learning that is planned.

We have a strong extra and co-curricular programme, in sporting, cultural, leadership and House activities and we expect teachers to be enthusiastic participants.

We belong to the Ōtākaro Kahui Ako, along with six other local schools and a number of pre schools. Currently three Avonside staff hold across school roles within the Kahui Ako.

We welcome applications and inquiries from all suitably qualified and registered staff, including beginning teachers.

Current vacancies

HOD Māori

We seek a passionate kaiako who is able to teach te reo Māori up to NCEA Level 3, and able to plan and deliver holistic programmes of learning and support to meet the diverse needs of our rangatahi. The ability to teach and assess Māori Performing Arts and Tikanga is desirable. Please state other subjects.

We are keen to see growth in numbers learning in this area through to senior levels and seek to appoint a kaiako who shares this kaupapa and has the capacity to show leadership in driving the success of our ākonga, including enabling our Māori ākonga to achieve success in a culturally sustaining manner.

The successful applicant with be familiar with NZC, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, NCEA and will be a competent user of ICT to support student learning.

We are a decile 6 girls’ secondary kura, co-located with our brother kura with whom we share key facilities.