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St. Margaret’s School (SMS) is an all-girl, day and boarding school located on a quiet 22-acre campus in Victoria on the scenic west coast of British Columbia, Canada. We provide a highly personalized learning experience from preschool to Grade 12 that fosters confidence and enables girls to thrive.
Why teach at St. Margaret’s School?
At SMS we know girls. We know how to spark their imaginations, cultivate their curiosity and raise their expectations of themselves. Our teachers have the flexibility to adapt to how they teach to draw on girls’ strengths, capture their interest and actively engage them in learning.
Our Mission, Vision and Values
Our Mission: Empowering her to set her own course and shaper her own dreams.
Our Vision: Confident girls. Inspiring women.
Our Values: Integrity, Excellence, Service, Leadership, Girl-Centred, Courage, Global Minded.
Our Unique Programs
St. Margaret’s is Canada’s first all-girls STEM school. Beyond an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, STEM is an inquiry-based, interdisciplinary educational philosophy centred on questioning, observation, reflection and communication. STEM learning is supported at all levels and across all disciplines. By exposing girls to STEM early and encouraging them as they grow, we hope to inspire a generation of female leaders in traditionally male-dominated fields.
St. Margaret’s School resides on 22 beautiful acres within a safe and quiet residential community that is a 10-minute drive to the heart of Victoria. The quiet neighbourhood is set back from the bustling city yet is still within walking distance to all amenities. Our location gives you the quiet serenity of a friendly neighbourhood, with the option of a quick drive or walk to the closest amenities.
We offer a highly personalized learning experience in an environment where girls are engaged, take risks, gain confidence and discover their passions. Our academic program is supported by experiential programs that offer meaningful opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and see the value of what they learn in class. Learning this way is less fragmented and takes place authentically, through social, physical or academic exploration and trial and error. Students are able to see how subjects are interconnected and develop skills and attitudes that could never be taught in a classroom.
Regular assemblies celebrate our values, highlight student successes and exemplify student leadership in action.
Lifestyle and Recreational Opportunities
The immediate community surrounding the school has walking and biking trails, coffee shops, grocery stores and restaurants. Victoria has a range of amenities including museums, unique local restaurants, shopping, recreation centres, hospitals, museums, art galleries and more. We are located close to the ocean and a variety of lakes from which to enjoy aquatic activities such as swimming, kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving or boating.
Vancouver Island is your backyard
Vancouver Island is your backyard, and it offers unique hiking trails, breathtaking beaches and endless accessible adventures. It is the perfect location for anyone wanting to experience all that the west coast has to offer. Our location also enables you to make easy use of ferry services to adventure on the mainland or down to the US for a quick fun and exciting trip.
Draw for Employees
St. Margaret’s School is a friendly, empowering and inclusive place to work, learn and grow. The all-girl school provides a unique opportunity for staff to work on a beautiful campus with forward-thinking, professional and compassionate individuals. Staff and students alike feel welcomed and supported throughout their experience at St. Margaret’s School.
Salary & Benefits
Please refer to the St. Margaret’s School and the Professional Employee’s Association (PEA) Collective Agreement for details on salaries dependent on grid placement, years of service and position.
We offer a full-range of benefits, including:
- Paid three-week break in the winter and two-week break in the spring
- Extended health, dental and vision coverage
- Salary deferral option (defer percentage of net pay to be paid over July and August)
- Short- and long-term disability benefits
- $500/year Health Care Spending Account
- Defined contribution pension plan with no vesting period
- Tuition discount
Why you’ll love it here
We offer a supportive work environment and foster growth in not just our students, but in our staff as well. Our school motto – “Service with Love” – is also a school-wide value that promotes and maintains mental and emotional health while at work.
Teachers are paid for their extracurricular commitments, which helps integrate staff into our community and build relationships with students. Class sizes are kept at or below 18 students, regardless of the foundation, middle or senior year class levels. We also schedule collaboration time right into the timetable, allowing teachers to meet with each other to work on programs, lesson plans and curriculum development. Our instructors work a maximum of 25 hours a week, including prep and instructional time, which helps maintain a healthy work-life balance and mitigate the potential for burnout.
Time for planning and collaboration
At St. Margaret’s School we provide time to prepare lessons, assess student work, engage in conversations with colleagues on best practices and collectively prepare for curriculum changes. This includes one hour for bi-weekly teacher collaboration, one hour for bi-weekly assembly time and up to 4.5 hours per week of prep time (for full-time FTEs, pro-rated for part-time FTEs).
Additional extracurricular work is paid as a stipend for new hires. Our breathtaking 22-acre campus has plenty of green space and our dining services, SAGE, offer healthy options to meet a variety of dietary needs and preferences.
You must have a Bachelor of Education degree (or equivalent) and hold current and valid teacher certification or be eligible for BC certification through the Teacher Regulation Branch of the Ministry of Education. We are also looking for applicants who have experience teaching ELL learners, are familiar with 21st-century teaching strategies and strategies to meet the individual needs of girls, are able to work collaboratively as part of a team and who actively support the vision, mission and values of our school.
Interested candidates are required to submit their resume via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the posting number of the job they are applying for in the subject line of their email. If successful in our hiring process, we require a copy of the successful candidate’s BC Ministry of Education teaching certificate or Letter of Permission.