Principal Description

Executive Director Letter

Job Description – School Principal

The Principal provides effective, dynamic and inspirational leadership in order that every child is able to reach their full God given potential at Island Christian Academy.

The Principal serves Generations Christian Education (Generations) in supporting the implementation of its vision, mission and values for Christian Education in Hong Kong, and is part of the Generations Senior Management Team (SMT) (or is it Senior Leadership Team (SLT)).

The primary purpose of the principal is:
To lead and manage the school
To ensure an excellent learning environment where children achieve excellent educational standards
To promote and safeguard the welfare of the children

Line management is provided by the Executive Director, and functions through regular meetings, Senior Management (Leadership) Team meetings and monthly written reports.

Key Duties

Educational:

To ensure that the program of education at the school:

  • Will build solid foundations of God’s love through a Biblical world view curriculum that enables students to follow Jesus Christ and know His word.
  • Enables children to make excellent progress in English and maths.
  • Secures high quality learning in all aspects of the curriculum leading in design and implementation
  • Has a broad, engaging, exciting and fun curriculum, which is regularly reviewed and continually developed.
  • Introduces best practices, high quality resources and enriching school programs and classroom environments that are monitored, evaluated and constantly upgraded for outstanding levels of learning and teaching.
  • Is implemented through suitable teaching staff who develop, coordinate, implement and evaluate effective teaching and learning.
  • Ensure a consistent and continuous school-wide studentl assessment and achievement using appropriate data and benchmarks to track and evaluate individual student progress
  • Maintains behaviour of a high standard following Generations Christian Education policy.
  • Secures a caring and supportive environment for all children. Challenging and providing remediation for under-performance
  • Works to remove barriers to underachievement for all students, particularly those with Special Educational Needs.
  • Challenges all children to perform to their full potential, especially those with particular Gifts and Talents.
  • Providing nurturing and attentive pastoral care for all students
  • Includes regular reporting and reflective analysis of student progress and achievement to the Executive Director.
  • Delivers effective communication to parents and stakeholders on school programs, student achievements, placements and behaviour.
  • Satisfies the requirements of the Education Bureau of Hong Kong SAR.

Staff:

  • Recruit and retain; develop; motivate; and, lead high quality staff to achieve the highest professional standards
  • Ensure appropriate care and encouragement of staff, reporting on challenging personnel issues as appropriate.
  • Implement and maintain an effective annual performance management process for all school staff.
  • Effective promotion of professional development and academic growth of staff through systematic continued development programs.
  • Build a collaborative learning environment across the Generations School and learning agencies to build effective learning communities
  • Delegate to Learning Area leaders, Department Heads, Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCo), budget holders and specialist staff in a way that promotes their development, enables them to perform to their full potential, holds them accountable and supports them fully.

Strategic Plan:

  • To assist the Executive Director on behalf of the School Management Committee and Board in implementing the school’s Strategic Development Plan.
  • To regularly review school performance and improve outcomes through the ongoing implementation of a School Development Plan, which details time-scaled and budgeted outcomes.
  • Report to the School Management Committee and Executive Director on the effectiveness of all aspects of the school’s performance.
  • Be active in both the development and promotion of the Generations’ vision to our stakeholders.

Community:

  • To stimulate, foster and enhance a sense of community amongst staff, parents and students that encourages them to support the Vision and Mission of the School through excellent interpersonal skills, taking and providing appropriate advice
  • Consistently use and develop information systems to ensure exemplary communication links to promote high quality relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Manage the school in a way which promotes it as an attractive school to both current and potential students and their families.
  • Build up community relationships and school collaboration.
  • Ensure representation and support from the school at all Parent Association meetings
  • Ensure that the partnership communication between the Chinese YMCA and Generations Christian Education remain clear, consistent and concise in all matters regarding school operation
  • Investigate, develop and coordinate suitable courses which support school families.
  • Liaise with the Senior Leadership Team on stakeholder relationships, trends in student numbers, local population and contacts with external agencies.
  • Co-ordinate with the respective kindergartens/pre-primary and secondary schools to ensure smooth transitions.

Administration:

  • Administer and implement the policies of Generations Christian Education. These may include periodic requests from the School Management Committee.
  • Manage the day-to-day administrative and operation needs of the schools including enrolment, staff management, health and safety of staff and property and maintenance of an inventory.
  • Maintain appropriate documentation for the performance, evaluation and management of all staff and students.
  • Deliver adequate, accurate and timely information to the Executive Director including six reports each year.
  • Manage the school’s operational budgets.
  • Annual submission of accurate financial modelling scenarios to the School Management Committee, copying the Executive Director and/or their delegate.
  • Ensure that the school complies with the requirements of Hong Kong’s Education Bureau and other government agencies.
  • Ensure the school satisfies it’s obligations under the Generations Support Services Agreement/s.

Marketing:

  • In conjunction with the Development Office, develop and implement effective marketing strategies which promote and develop enrolment demand along with the retention of existing students.
  • To encourage the school community stakeholders to be passionate about their school and positively promote them to others.

Risk Management:

  • Effectively managing the school’s operational risks to an acceptable level, including an annual regimen of inspection and maintenance of the schools property and buildings.
  • Ensure all school trips are acceptably safe, educational and fun, liaising with the Senior Leadership Team as appropriate.
  • Ensure all children and staff are acceptably safe and secure.
  • Ensure all students are registered, fees are appropriately paid/settled.
  • Alerting the Executive Director/Senior Leadership Team of any material issues that arise and how they are being handled.

Senior Management Duties:

  • Assist the Executive Director in the development of the organization, offering advice and support in all areas.
  • Attend relevant meetings as/if required e.g. Board meetings, School Management Committee meetings, Senior leadership team meetings, sub-committee meetings, senior staff meetings.
  • Promote the ethos and message of Generations Christian Education.

Other:

  • Perform other duties as directed by the School Management Committee and the Executive Director

Principal Person Specification

Skills and knowledge

Essential

  •  Communicate vision
  •  Manage change
  •  Liaise with partner organisations
  •  Financial acumen
  •  Plan and implement improvement strategies
  •  Inspire and motivate staff
  •  Represent the public face of the school
  •  Liaising with partner organizations

Desirable

  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn Mandarin and Cantonese


Experience

Essential

  • Teaching experience through the primary phase
  • Management and subject leadership experience

Desirable

  • International experience
  • Experience of independent sector


Qualifications and training

Essential

  • Teaching qualification

Desirable

  • Management qualification
  • Master’s degree
  • First Aid
  • Health and Safety


Personal characteristics 

 

  • Interpersonal and team-building skills
  • Humour
  • Leadership
  • Commitment to high standards
  • Active Christian faith
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Adaptability
  • Ability to manage stress

Curriculum Outline

Introduction

Generations Christian Education operates Christian, International schools within Hong Kong and the delivery of the curriculum in all Generations’ schools is designed to implement the Generations’ vision best summed up in the motto:

Loving for today; Learning for tomorrow; Living for eternity.

A broad overview and practical context to the curriculum implemented in Generations’ schools is outlined as follows-

Aims

  • To deliver a broad, creative, developmental and international curriculum, rooted in a clear Biblical World View philosophy and theological vision of education.

Implementation

Biblical World View Philosophy and Theological Foundation

Children are born in the image of God-creative and active participants in their learning about the world. Right from birth they are learning and working to understand and make sense of the world God has created. A Biblical World View builds the foundation of how children develop a relationship with God, relationship with themselves as image bearers, relationship with others and relationship with their world. Throughout their time in Generations’ schools they will be treated as active participants in their own learning and the education they receive will respond to their needs, passions, interests as a part of their learning community.

Children grow and develop. As they do, the way in which they understand the world develops. They are not mini-adults, but will have their own understanding of the world- structured by their own personal experiences and personalities, but also broadly comprehensible in terms of their cognitive and emotional development. The education they receive will be sensitive to their development and needs as whole individuals-body, mind and spirit. Today’s children are born into a global and international context. The education they receive will give them the tools they need to respond to the challenges and opportunities this presents as children who will develop character that will enable them to handle life with maturity and wisdom.

Children will be aware and response to the needs of others; understanding, appreciating and respecting people belonging to many social, cultural, religious and national groups different than their own.

The education at GCE schools is rich and broad, covering a wide range of skills and knowledge bases.

Practical matters

GCE uses the following materials, having sampled and chosen from the best that the international milieu has to offer.

  • Christian education is taught through a Biblical Worldview perspective.
  • Literacy is taught through the English National Curriculum. In the Kindergarten and Early Years, the Get Reading Right scheme, created here in Hong Kong, is utilised.
  • Numeracy is taught through the Origo-Australian National Curriculum. To support high quality mental maths skills, the Mathletics scheme is used.
  • The broader curriculum is structured through the International Primary Curriculum.

The curricula here set out are used as frameworks for planning and allocating subjects and as a basis for assessment against.

The schemes listed are used as guide documents and guarantee a base level of coverage. They are not applied rigidly and do not stifle the natural creativity of the teachers, nor the openness of the learning experience. Indeed, their primary aim is to free teachers to expend their time and energy planning exciting and enriching learning experiences.

Enrichment is a key dimension of the Generations experience. All children learn Mandarin from specialist teachers. Where possible, specialist teachers, trips and visitors are used to enhance the children’s education. In particular, English teaching for those with English as an additional language, Physical Education and music lend themselves to specialist provision and appropriate specialists will often be employed by schools. Assessment of achievement is crucial.

Assessment for learning is diagnostic and ongoing and shared with parents through the year. It focuses on sharing with children the steps they need to make to improve achievement in key areas. Assessment of learning has its focus on end of year achievement. This summative data is used in analysing the performance of schools.

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