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Teacher: French-English Bilingual Class

Starting - Term 1 2019

We invite applications from New Zealand registered* teachers for the role of foundation teacher in our new French Bilingual class to be opened at the start of the 2019 school year.

Ridgway School has a highly engaged, supportive community and our students come to school ready to learn. Our teachers work collaboratively to ensure that our students achieve success across all aspects of school life and develop the skills they need to be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.

There is a strong demand for French-English bilingual education in Wellington and a full class of students (aged 5 - 10) waiting to take up the opportunity. As the teacher of this class you will enjoy strong support from both student’s whānau, Unité Bilingue, FRENZ and the wider French speaking community in Wellington. There will also be opportunities to network with other bilingual class teachers.

*Overseas trained teachers should check their eligibility to teach in NZ on the NZ Education Council's website.
The Class

Students accepted into the bilingual class will spend a minimum of 60% of their time learning in French. They will work within the NZ curriculum and the French class programme will be aligned with the rest of the school.

Both the French class teacher, and students from this class would be fully engaged in all whole school activities, including assemblies, tuakana teina activities, learning te reo, kapa haka, and various sporting and cultural activities.

Ridgway is a BYOD school and students will be expected to bring their own i-pad (Years 1-3) or Chromebook (Years 4 - 8).

The teacher we seek is
  • energetic, enthusiastic and can make learning fun

  • flexible, creative and solutions focused

  • able to work collaboratively with students, other teachers and the wider community

  • experienced and

    • has previously worked with children across various levels of the primary school

    • applies assessment for learning principles

    • capable of personalising learning and supporting children to be agentic learners

    • competent in using digital technologies

  • Fluent in both French and English

  • NZ registered*

Applications should be emailed to: principal@ridgway.school.nz

Please include:

  1. Letter outlining your personal strengths, and suitability for the position
  1. CV stating your qualifications and relevant experience
  2. application form

Further information for applicants

Job description

Person specification

Ways of Working

Timeline for appointment

Only applications received via email will be acknowledged and only those applicants who are shortlisted will be notified when the position is filled.

Applications close 31 August 2018.

Relievers -

If you are interested in relieving at Ridgway, please email your C.V. to the principal.


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