Are you a visionary, dynamic and experienced Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) teacher looking for an opportunity to guide students to be the global changemakers of tomorrow? We want to hear from you.
Sydney Catholic Schools seeks hands-on, creative, practical educators to fill the roles of TAS teachers in Sydney’s inner west, the lower north shore, and Greater Sydney.
A teachers’ perspective
Brigidine College Randwick teacher, Richard Hainsworth, started working as a TAS teacher with Sydney Catholic Schools 22 years ago and has never looked back.
“I think the main area of attraction was the ability to learn how you can take creativity and use it to generate impact through the creation of positive solutions,” Richard said.
He said the TAS teaching role held strong appeal because it satisfied both his creative urges and his passion for making positive changes in the world.
“Considering the vast array of social and ecological issues affecting the world today and the need for positive solutions, I found that the best way to use my creative skills to help affect change was through the power of design” – Richard Hainsworth
Embracing the future
TAS is one of the fastest-growing and most innovative subject areas.
“I could talk for days on the importance of design thinking; the power of the design process not only to solve society’s problems but also as a mental health tool; how important it is to show parents the application of D&T to future industries and businesses,” Richard explained enthusiastically.
The HSC Design & Technology syllabus draws on many of the skills and capabilities entrepreneurs require – including the ability to solve problems and connect with a target market.
“For the HSC major project you have to really drill down into a genuine need in society,” he said. “These projects are often commercially viable by the end of the design process and, from an ecological and positive impact perspective, ready to go.”
In his TAS teaching role Richard has introduced various solution-focused programs into the classroom including the pioneering UpRising program – a sector-blind education initiative that supports Year 12 students to give their HSC D&T major projects a life beyond the classroom.
Preparing for tomorrow’s workforce shortages
UpRising – a strategic partnership with NSW Government, the Institute of Technology Education (iTE), and a collective of future-focused businesses – began in March 2021 with 50 students from 13 government, Catholic and independent schools across NSW.
The project aims to provide a clear pathway for young designers and businesses to collaborate in a meaningful way, including in the research and development space. It also allows students to develop saleable ideas alongside core entrepreneurial skills.
“UpRising acts as a conduit between HSC design students and industry” – Richard Hainsworth
Student projects have included creating lamps made of recycled seaweed, a COVID-safe workspace, equipment to reduce breast injuries in women’s contact sport, a drone to collect water waste, and a sound activated rock-climbing system for vision impaired people.
Other projects Richard is particularly proud of include The Future is Electric, Making Connections, and Innovateen.
WE ARE RECRUITING!
Sydney Catholic Schools seeks passionate TAS teachers, just like Richard, with demonstrable creative and practical expertise in subjects like engineering, food technology, information and software technology, software design and development, and textiles and design, to equip our students with the tools they need to apply technological skills and knowledge to find solutions to real-world problems in readiness for the future.
Asked what makes a good TAS teacher, Richard said: “The ability to jump in the deep end and enjoy swimming to where it takes you.”
To be successful in this role, applicants will also have:
- demonstrable success as a classroom teacher in TAS;
- ability to collect and use a range of evidence to assess, evaluate and improve teaching and learning practices;
- ability to implement high-impact teaching strategies to improve literacy, numeracy and learning outcomes for every student;
- strong interpersonal skills that facilitate collaboration and quality relationships in working with others;
- skills and commitment to working with students through a positive approach to behaviour management;
- demonstrable support and commitment to the mission, values and ethos of Catholic education; and
- ability to integrate ICT into their teaching of TAS.
Click on the links below to start your TAS teaching journey at Sydney Catholic Schools today: