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Teacher (Secondary) - Holy Spirit College, Cooktown - commencing 2023

  • 492733
  • Cooktown
  • Holy Spirit College - Cooktown
  • Teaching
  • Full time - Permanent

Commencement Date:
16 January 2023
Employment Type: Full Time, Permanent
Salary Range: $76,981 to $110,868 FTE Gross per annum
Closing Date for Applications: 5pm, Monday 10 October 2022


Are you looking for a unique lifestyle? Great work-life balance and the opportunity for camping, boating, fishing, hiking, climbing and general exploring in Cape York, a location with a rich history!

Located in Cooktown, only a 4-Hour drive from Cairns, this permanent opportunity is ideal for a Teacher seeking a rewarding remote opportunity with accommodation provided, plus a range of financial incentives!  

Holy Spirit College - Cooktown

The College is an initiative of the Diocese of Cairns and Catholic Education Services. The College offers individualised and flexible multiyear secondary education programs for young people disengaged from mainstream schooling. The College provides a variety of innovative teaching and learning practices that acknowledges young people’s complex education and social needs and empowers them to identify and pursue individual transition to adulthood, further education, employment, back to a mainstream school setting and importantly a connection to the community. Staff at the College will be multi-disciplinary in response to the diverse needs of young people and their families.

The College is a registered Special Assistance School across three campuses located within Edmonton. Manoora and the main campus in Cooktown. Cooktown has an enrolment for 38 young people in. The Cooktown campus includes a 32-bed years 7 to 12 residential unit for weekly and full-time boarders. While Manoora and Edmonton provide alternative educational pathways via day schooling for young people in years 7 to 12.

Young people who attend Holy Spirit College include Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people disengaged from mainstream education for a range of reasons including:

  • with a history of complex trauma;
  • with a history of extended periods of unexplained absences;
  • who are highly mobile;
  • who have had contact with the juvenile justice system;
  • in the care of the Office of Children and Families;
  • with mental illness or at risk of engaging in self-harming behaviours or substance abuse;
  • who have been excluded or repeatedly suspended from school;
  • who are homeless;
  • with a generational history of early school leaving and/or unemployment.

About the Role

The Classroom Teacher works with and supports young people, their families, college staff in assisting young people to develop their skills for taking the next steps in their lives. The position requires an extraordinary commitment to serving marginalised and disengaged young people who may have a range of personal and social issues including social emotional, cognitive, sensory or physical disability. Many of the young people are impacted by complex trauma experiences. The position requires a strong respect and non-judgemental attitude to disengaged young people and their family/guardian’s needs in preparing for the next phase of their lives. Teachers are expected to manage positive relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.

As a learner and teacher, you will:

  • Plan, prepare and deliver effective learning programs within the Holy Spirit College Learning Guidelines
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the College objectives and planning
  • Contribute to the establishment and maintenance of a supportive and positive environment for all
  • Undertake Professional Learning opportunities including trauma and culturally sensitive practices
  • Participate in a culture of professional observation, supervision, and ongoing improvement
  • Work as part of a collaborative team

Teachers are accountable to the College Principal, under the direction of the Head of Campus.

Work Requirements

  • Be registered or eligible to be register with Queensland College of Teachers
  • Be fully supportive of the ethos of Catholic Education
  • Current Queensland drivers licence at LR or above or willing to obtain within 3 months of employment

What we offer

  • Accommodation provided (can accommodate partner/family: half duplex or 2 acres with 3 bedroom house available rent-free) - pets considered
  • Unique location in Cooktown (Cape York) - only a 4-Hour drive from Cairns
  • Competitive Salary range
  • ITAS and IPRASS Allowances 
  • Level 7 remote area incentives - further information available for interested applicants 
  • Annual Leave with 17.5% leave loading
  • Access to salary packaging options to maximise your salary 
  • Access to additional Employer Superannuation Contributions
  • Access to long service leave after 7 years of continuous service (portability of Long Service Leave may also be applicable)
  • 14 Weeks’ paid parental leave
  • Professional development and Early Career Teacher Support
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program

For further information about the role, please download the Position Description Download File Classroom Teacher.pdf

Intending applicants must be fully committed to creating and maintaining a child safe organisation.

Catholic Education is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply

Select 'Apply Now' to submit your application. For current employees, apply via the 'Employee Login' tab on the homepage of the Careers website.


Lavina Niblett - Executive Assistant to the Principal
P: 074252 9100

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