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What sets Bentley Park College apart from the rest
Cultural diversity is respected and celebrated within the College. Our students come from diverse backgrounds, with 40% identifying as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background. A further 7% of our students were born overseas (including Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands, Fiji, Laos, the Philippines and Thailand), with a number of others being first generation Australians born to Hmong refugee parents.
Our staff are a very cohesive group who are highly committed to seeing our students achieve to their potential. They experience high levels of morale, the result of:
- outstanding collegiality between teaching and non-teaching colleagues within and across faculties
- support and guidance from the Heads of Department
- a stable leadership team that continually strive to work alongside the staff to make the College stronger.
This is evidenced through our 2022 annual School Opinion Survey:
- 99.3% of our staff enjoy working at our school (9.2% higher than the Far North Queensland regional average)
- 97.8% of our staff think this is a good school (8.7% higher than the Far North Queensland regional average)
- Bentley Park College was between 8 and 11% higher than the Far North Queensland regional average for:
- staff feeling well supported at the school
- school culture supporting people to achieve a good work-life balance
- staff wellbeing being a priority at the school.
Our commitment to the wellbeing of staff and students
We have well-established student support services within the school, including Year Coordinators, Guidance Officers, a Psychologist, Youth Support Coordinators, a Transition Pathways Officer, a Community Education Counsellor, and a School-Based Youth Health Nurse. In addition to this, the College has rigorous case management systems and partnerships with external agencies to further support families and students with complex needs.
The College has partnered with the North Queensland Cowboys and The Resilience Project since late 2020 to embed a College-wide wellbeing program with structured weekly lessons on gratitude, empathy, mindfulness and emotional literacy.
Further to this, staff wellbeing is supported through activities and events organised by the Staff Wellbeing Committee.
Our focus on professional learning and collaboration
Whole staff meetings are a rarity in the College. Instead, weekly staff meeting times are dedicated to providing teachers with time to collaborate in relation to the implementation of the Australian Curriculum. Our teaching teams work together to refine our existing year level / band plans, unit plans, assessment tasks, marking guides and model responses. They invest time in discussing pedagogical approaches and differentiation strategies for their classes and they undertake calibration and moderation activities together.
We also offer regular opt-in Learning Lounges with sessions that respond to teachers’ learning needs and goals, such as digital pedagogies, trauma-informed practice and leadership development. For recent graduates, we also provide a structured early years teacher program that includes ongoing mentoring through your initial years.
P-12 Teaching Positions
Bentley Park College is situated in an area of growth just 15 minutes south of Cairns CBD. With increasing enrolments, we are often looking for teachers to join our team for casual relief days, short-term and long-term contracts and permanent positions.
Interested teachers are encouraged to provide a current resumé and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, prior to commencing employment with us, teachers must have:
College Ancillary Positions
Casual relief and backfill:
- Administrative Officers
- Teacher Aides
Expressions of Interest are invited for Bentley Park College's casual relief and backfill register for ancillary staff positions in Primary, Secondary, Special Education and whole-of-College.
Suitable applicants are to provide their current resume and a cover letter by email to email@example.com
The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000 requires preferred applicants to be subject to a 'Working with Children Check' (blue card) as part of the employment screening process.
Blue Card Services: www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/
Bentley Staff Alumni
Bentley Park College has welcomed back a number of former students, or alumni, to the College as proud staff members over the years in teaching and ancillary positions. These people are great role models who inspire our current students to learn and acheive, and we hope to employ more of our outstanding past students at the College into the future.