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Upper Elementary isiXhosa Teacher

Basic Salary: R20,000 - R25,000 TCTC (Depending on experience)
Location: ZA, Western Cape, Cape Town – Oranjezicht
Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract with possibility of permanency 

Starting Date: 31 March 2023

We are seeking a proven and energetic educator who loves tackling new challenges by thinking out of the box to fill a position in our Upper Elementary phase (9-12). 

This Senior Teacher role is primarily responsible for ensuring that they deliver high-quality educational experiences while contributing to enhancing the our Elementary Program through building and successfully implementing an isiXhosa curriculum

The individual should have experience in developing and successfully implementing curriculum, be detail oriented, well organised, and familiar with online learning management systems and passionate about the isiXhosa language!


The ideal candidate should have a positive personality aligned with Montessori philosophy and principles and a growth mindset, excellent interpersonal skills, and an unbridled passion for – and commitment to – changing the world (yes, the world) through high-quality education.

Student experience:

  • Plan, develop, structure and implement an isiXhosa curriculum. 

  • Develop a variety of isiXhosa teaching and instructional resources for individuals and groups of students.

  • Create, capture and conduct isiXhosa lesson plans for the Elementary Program.

  • Work with isiXhosa class teachers across the school to help develop the language curriculum in other phases.

  • Coordinate and facilitate excursions, cultural experiences, speakers etc. to enhance the isiXhosa curriculum experience. 

  • Supporting and collaborating regarding Xhosa First Additional Language curriculum, material making and implementation.

  • Developing and delivering the Stepping Stones isiXhosa language curriculum to the whole school, in keeping with the Montessori method of education. 

  • Assisting in the cultural development of the isiXhosa curriculum - this includes as many aspects of the Xhosa culture as possible; ie. traditions, special occasions, songs, poetry, games, food, dress, etc. 

  • Always greeting children and staff in isiXhosa and always speaking to the children in isiXhosa. 

  • Ensuring that the Lower Elementary children are exposed to 2-3 hours and Upper Elementary 3-4 hours of isiXhosa work per week. 

  • Assist with the preparation of annual planners, termly planners, monthly planners, and weekly planners in collaboration with the Head of Education.  

  • Gear the program so that it is age appropriate, in keeping with the developmental needs of the children, with special consideration for individual interests, handicaps, special talents, individual style and pace of learning.  


Community of practise:

  • Engage in lesson observations with fellow teachers and your HOD and Head of Education to maintain quality assurance of instruction in line with our Teaching and Learning approach and to enable personal and peer improvement through feedback, coaching and mentorship.

  • Engage in regular professional development opportunities to further a deep knowledge and understanding of the Montessori philosophy.

  • Engage in advancing educational knowledge and practice to enable teachers to enhance their thinking, evidence-based decision making, and engagement in the professional community of educators within the Montessori community. 

Key requirements for the role:

  • 3-5 years teaching experience at primary school level, with either BEd or PGCE qualification.

  • Cambridge experience advantageous. 

  • Experience in curriculum building. 

  • Experience teaching international students would be advantageous. An international mindset is highly recommended due to the global audience of students that will form part of the school community. The ability to engage with students from various backgrounds and cultures is key to a successful teaching experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in working effectively working with young people to promote their individual academic potential.

  • Adept in a technological environment.

  • Operationally savvy.

  • Professional proficiency in English.

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

  • Excellent administrative and reporting skills.

  • Must be comfortable working independently.

  • Valid South African Police clearance required.

  • SACE registration or eligible to apply for SACE.

  • Sexual Offenders Affidavit required.

Personal skills and attributes:

  • Obsessed with making a lasting, positive impact on a global student body.

  • The ability to elicit the best from teachers and students through excellent rapport, meaningful engagement and sincere commitment to their success.

  • Ability to engage with students from diverse environments, cultures and communities.

  • Knowledge and passion for the subject area.

  • Inclusive and dedicated to developing all students.

  • Must be able to take initiative as well as self-audit.

  • Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team.

  • Strong organisational skills and flexibility.

  • An ‘excellence’ mindset.

If you are passionate about the Montessori philosophy and looking to take the next step in your career or seeking a new challenge, please submit your comprehensive CV with contactable references to

Closing date: 20 March 2023. 

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