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Founded in 1964, St John’s International School (SJIS) is a private non-profit educational institution that is owned by the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FcJ). It is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS), the most recent re-accreditation being in 2012.

SJIS’s basic tenant is to offer an international education through Christian values with a pedagogy emphasizing the International Baccalaureate’s approach of critical thinking skills, creativity, collaboration and inquiry-based learning.

  • Over 700 students from 50 countries pursue a challenging academic curriculum that includes an emphasis on development in athletics and the arts, all within the context of the ethos and values that make St John’s unique.
  • The highly educated, qualified and dedicated international teaching faculty makes the difference for the students at St John’s. Among more than 15 nationalities represented, 20% come from the UK, 23% from the US and 23% from Belgium. More than 50% of the faculty holds advanced degrees.
  • SJIS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and offers the PYP and Diploma programs in addition to the American High School Diploma. Last year, 84% of the graduating class at St. John’s matriculated with the IB diploma in addition to the St. John’s diploma.
  • The School is a member of International Baccalaureate (IB), CIS, MSA, ISSTs International School Sports Tournament (ISSTs), International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA), Association of Music in International Schools (AMIS), the International Mathematica Teacher Foundation and participates in other external academic competitions.
  • Campus facilities, academic programs and extracurricular activities cover a wide-variety of options for students of all ages. St. John’s has a strong Service Program running throughout the entire school.
  • English is the language of instruction throughout the school, French is taught as a second language K-12. A dual language program in English and French is offered as an option, currently operating from grades K through grade 2. In addition from 8th grade onwards, Dutch, German, Spanish and Swedish are offered.
  • SJIS has a very strong student support program available throughout the school.
  • SJIS utilizes the Moodle data system and management software (MS & HS), Studywiz and Managebac for ES, Net classroom.
  • Nearly 100% of High School graduates attend the best universities and schools in the world.
  • Students are welcomed and integrated on a rolling basis throughout the year.
  • Please consult our website www.stjohns.be and online video segments to gain a more detailed sense of the SJIS community​

Educational Divisions/Program

The School is divided into three major divisions:

  • Elementary School - Pre K through Grade 5;
  • Middle School - Grades 6 through 8;
  • High School - Grades 9 through 12

Governance

SJIS is governed by a Board of Directors. All of the Board members are voting members. The Board is comprised of FcJ sisters, parents and ex-parents.

St. John’s Guiding Statements

Our vision

St. John’s students live our values to impact the world.

Our mission

St. John’s International School provides an English-language education based on Christian values, demands personal excellence and stimulates individual responsibility within a culturally diverse environment.

Our values

St. John's embraces its historical tradition and, in particular, the Christian values of:

Companionship - the gentleness to befriend and strength to accompany

Respect - of people, languages, cultures, beliefs and values

Integrity - being true to ourselves, to each other, and to our world

Expected characteristics of a St. John’s member of Faculty

St. John’s International School seeks teachers who will demonstrate above-stated the values, support the vision, and help us achieve the mission of the school.

With this in mind, the St. John’s teacher will fully support the school’s ethos and educational approach, both in theory and in action. Equally he/she will exhibit the following characteristics: The successful St. John’s teacher:

  • Actively supports our system of education and the regulations of the school.
  • Sees learning as a journey undertaken in the context of the community including students, parents, alumni, staff, and faculty;
  • Brings strong subject knowledge and educational expertise to his or her teaching and fully commits to continuous learning through professional development , coaching and collaboration;
  • Differentiates effectively and proactively in the multi-cultural, multi-lingual classroom environment, ensuring non-native English speakers and students with diverse learning needs are encouraged and challenged to reach their own potential;
  • Embraces the multi-cultural and multi-lingual environment of St. John’s, encouraging engagement from all students and parents to become full participants in the life of the school;
  • Communicates openly and effectively with students, colleagues, staff, supervisors, parents and community members to understand needs and issues while supporting the learning of each child and the ethos of the school;
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills in the classroom, in the staffroom, and in all aspects of school and personal life;
  • Collaborates with colleagues to ensure teams are engaged and successful, initiatives are carried out, and instruction is based on understanding and addressing student need;
  • Is knowledgeable about curriculum design and development and the developmental needs of children;
  • Shows the capacity to inspire students to learn;
  • Is organized, efficient and judicious with time commitments;
  • Is able to use technology in the classroom to enhance learning, to develop curriculum and ensure effective communication about student progress and achievement. (Smartboard, Moodle, Studywiz, Blackbaud etc. all used at St. John’s)
  • Commits to support of the child, the team, the division, the school and the community through teaching as well as volunteering time and energy to initiatives and events outside the classroom (clubs, sports, fine arts, parent programs, learning academies, etc.);
  • Demonstrates a sense of humor and a’can-do’ attitude.

St. John's International School is currently hiring:

Physical Education Teacher

Elementary School is seeking an experienced and dedicated Physical Education teacher to coordinate their team in August 2015.

Candidates should be qualified to teach all aspects of the curriculum including swimming and Personal, Social and Health Education. Experience of teaching the PYP and fluency in the French language would be beneficial.

The Coordinator Position provides coordination of the teaching team and the physical education curriculum.

The coordinator :

  1. Ensures that the curriculum (P-K to Grade 5) is implemented effectively, reviewed regularly and updated as needed.
  2. Collaborates with colleagues to ensure there is a seamless and vertical articulation to the school-wide P.E. curriculum.
  3. Assists with the development of the Elementary School P.E. schedule.
  4. Oversees the use of PE equipment and supplies in regard to the Elementary School PE budget.  Purchases will have approval of the Elementary School Principal.
  5. Liaises with the Athletic Director to ensure PE equipment and supplies are properly used, maintained, inventoried and stored. 
  6. Reports the need for repairs within the sports hall and sports arena complex to the maintenance department, copying the Athletic Director and monitor the progress of such.
  7. Ensures that locker rooms are appropriately supervised.
  8. Liaises with the Athletic Director, Middle and High School Physical Education Coordinators to ensure a seamless blend of the P.E. curriculum and the sports program.
  9. Attends regular meetings with the school PE staff, the Athletic Director and the Elementary School staff as required.
  10. Liaises with the Elementary Principal and PYP coordinator on any issues representing the PE department.

Class Teacher

Responsibilities

It is expected that each faculty member of St. John's have knowledge of the school’s basic philosophy, agree to support this system of education and be willing to enforce the regulations of the school.

In support of the IBO/PYP Standards and Practices and the St. John’s mission and philosophy each Elementary School Faculty member is expected to demonstrate and model the following:

Philosophy:

  • a thorough knowledge of and support for the St. John's and IBO philosophy and policy
  • positive school spirit and support of all aspects of the school programs, keeping up to date with activities and events through newsletters, emails and information from administration.
  • cooperation and flexibility, accepting responsibility and taking on different roles to support the programme
  • support for language learning in the language of instruction, in the host country language and the mother tongue

Leadership and Structure:

  • respect and adherence to structures designed to support the implementation of the programme: deadlines and due dates set by administration, respect for the lines of communication and chain of command within the school. 
  • personal and professional goal-setting which supports the elementary school goals and promotes individual growth for the individual member of staff.

Resources and Support:

  • participation in the required in-service days staff meetings, team meetings, and all PYP meetings (both full-time and part-time employees)
  • a willingness to seek information to further his/her knowledge of PYP through participation in on-going educational opportunities such as workshops, in-service, faculty meetings and professional literature
  • manage and use resources to facilitate in-depth inquiry into the transdiciplinary and disciplinary dimensions of the curriculum

Collaborative planning:

  • a commitment to collaboration with colleagues in planning, assessment and reflection 
  • make use of the PYP planner and planning process across the curriculum 
  • participation in collaborative planning opportunities throughout the year and maintaining lines of communication

Written curriculum:

  • develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of the written curriculum through the Scope and Sequence documents, Programme of Inquiry and unit planners
  • participate in regular reviews and updates of curriculum documentation

Teaching and Learning:

  • ensure that students experience coherence in their learning through the implementation of the PYP
  • use inquiry across the curriculum, addressing the competencies, experiences, learning needs and styles of the students
  • provide a learning environment in which students can work independently and collaboratively
  • integrity, honesty, and fairness in promoting the cultures, languages, identities and self-esteem of all students
  • encourage students to take meaningful action as a result of their learning

Assessment:

  • ensure assessment is integral to planning, teaching and learning throughout the school
  • understanding and use of a range of assessment practices to recognize the individuality of each student
  • provide opportunities for self-assessment and reflection and feedback on learning to inform students and parents
  • maintain student assessment data to provide evidence of learning over time.

 

Substitute Teachers

We are looking for candidates interested in being added to our list of substitute teachers for Elementary School. Interested candidates should send their CV to Anne Marchi

MS Learning Support

Position Title: MS Learning Support Teacher                       

Accountable to: MS/HS Principal

Employment Contract: Teacher salary scale

Job Purpose:  Lead the Learning Support program at the Middle School level

Student Contact Duties:

  • Teach two courses that follow the Middle School curriculum while providing enriched learning support for students with demonstrated need for support. Depending on student need and Specialist area of strength, this has happened in English, Math, and Social Studies.
  • As schedule permits, provide push-in support or one-on-one tutoring to assist students with skill and strategy development in organization and academic self-sufficiency, and remediation of specific needs in literacy and numeracy.

Procedural Duties:

  • Participate in regularly scheduled after-school staff meetings and/or related activities, including in-service days.
  • Order Learning Support resources and materials as necessary.
  • Collaborate with relevant colleagues on diagnostic assessment of in-coming students.
  • Participate in admissions reviews for candidate students who provide psycho-educational assessments or ILPs.
  • Keep accurate and secure records and notes on Learning Support students.
  • Keep the MS/HS principal regularly informed on Learning Support progress or concerns.
  • Collaborate with ES and HS Learning Support Colleagues to ensure through-school coherence of approach.

Leadership and Administrative Duties:

  • Write Individualized Learning Plans (ILP) for students based on their pyscho-educational assessments, or demonstrated learning needs.
  • Organize and lead Parent-Teacher meetings to plan the implementation of each ILP and monitor student progress.
  • Communicate needs of students with ILPs and our agreed strategies to all relevant teachers.
  • Provide focused professional development for staff on key strategies for supporting and accommodating students with specific learning needs across the disciplines.
  • Attend grade-level team meetings and student support meetings to track progress of students and serve as a resource for classroom teachers on learning support strategies and practices.
  • As schedule permits, engage in co-planning with teachers to ensure appropriate differentiation in courses across the disciplines.
  • Contribute actively to division-wide focus on improving students literacy skills—reading fluency and comprehension, and vocabulary development.

Essential Qualifications and Qualities:

  • Sensitive and caring individual able to manage challenging situations with youngsters in an experienced and professional manner
  • MA and Teaching Certificate
  • Proven ability to work with teachers and administration
  • Successful experience in international schools
  • Proof of commitment to involvement in school beyond the regular teaching day

Preferred Experience and qualities:

  • Expectation of at least five year MS experience
  • Proven record of successful teaching
  • Demonstrated contributions to a positive school environment

Additional Strengths

  • Creative and energetic
  • Ability and experience to contribute to and enhance SJIS’s image in the local community  as well as the greater community of international schools
  • Proven record of successful leadership of a sport or other area of after-school activities

Desired Personal Characteristics:

  • Demonstrates educational leadership and is a role model to students, colleagues and staff
  • Demonstrates the ability to develop a collegial, collaborative and positive atmosphere amongst the faculty
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates excellent communication skills
  • Is a life-long learner
  • Is flexible and has a sense of humour
  • Commitment to putting in additional hours as needed

Please note that the Job Description may further evolve as we further focus upon developing the future needs of the School in this area of our operations. Interested candidates should send CVs and motivation letter to Anne Marchi, HR Manager (hr@stjohns.be), or contact the Middle School Principal, Mr Douglas Lowney.

MS Mathematics

St. John's requires a full time Middle School Teacher of Mathematics for academic year 2015/16.

We are seeking to appoint a well-qualified and highly motivated teacher of Mathematics to teach students in grades 6-8. The successful candidate should also be interested in actively participating in the Middle School community as a student Advisor and as a sports team coach or after school activity leader.

Interested candidates should send CVs and motivation letter to Anne Marchi, HR Manager (hr@stjohns.be), or contact the Middle School Principal, Mr Douglas Lowney.

Guidance Counselor

High School requires a Guidance Counselor beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.

For additional information, please read the complete job description.

Geography Teacher

Position Title: Geography Teacher 1.0 FTE                            

Accountable to: MS/HS Principal

Employment Contract: Teacher salary scale (Maternity Cover)

Essential Qualifications:

  • Proven ability to work with teachers and administration
  • High level of technology skills
  • Successful experience in international schools

Preferred Experience and qualities:       

  • Expectation of five years teaching Geography including teaching of MS and HS courses
  • Experience with the IB Diploma is not essential but we would expect A level experience.
  • Demonstrated contributions to a positive school environment
  • Successful student leadership experience
  • Proven ability to work with other teachers and administration
  • Proven record of successful teaching

Additional Strengths:

  • Proof of commitment to involvement in school beyond the regular teaching day
  • Creative and energetic
  • Ability and experience to contribute to and enhance SJIS’s image in the local community  as well as the greater community of international schools

Desired Personal Characteristics:

  •  Demonstrates the ability to develop a collegial, collaborative and positive atmosphere amongst the faculty
  •  Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills
  •  Demonstrates excellent communication skills
  •  Is a life-long learner
  •  Is flexible and has a sense of humor
  •  Commitment to putting in additional hours as needed
  •  Interest in living and working in Belgium

Description of Duties:

Teaching duties

  • Plan and teach the designated Geography lessons according to agreed guidelines and learning outcome documents
  • Ensure that all programmes are fully  completed by end of year
  • Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners, especially English language learners
  • Develop, enhance and document existing curriculum, while ensuring continued coordination and alignment within HS grades and courses

Letter of interest and CVs should be sent via e-mail to: Anne Marchi, HR Manager - amarchi@stjohns.be