Boys' Boarding Head of Year

Job Description

The Rockhampton Grammar School is currently recruiting for a Boys' Boarding Head of Year. 

This position is a Full-time permanent residential position commencing in Term 1, 2024. 

 The Rockhampton Grammar School is located in Central Queensland close to the Capricorn Coast. and offer a competitive salary, supportive work environment and welcoming community.

Competitive salary: $79,000 - $115,000 p.a. (the pay-scale is reflective of the applicants teaching experience and in accordance with the RGS EBA).

The Rockhampton Grammar School was founded in 1881 and is an independent co-educational day and boarding school private school, educating and caring for students from Prep to Year 12, as well as the Early Learning Years. The School is the largest independent boarding school in Queensland and the second largest co-educational boarding school in Australia. It is a leading school in regional Queensland and one of the foremost schools in regional Australia. 

The Rockhampton Grammar School has achieved great success in the academic, cultural, sporting and vocational fields over the past 141 years. The School has a total enrolment of 1,400 students who are exposed to our broad curriculum, giving effect to our commitment of Grow in Character and Scholarship. As part of our boarding team, we provide a supportive, flexible working environment where care for all our staff is an important part of our ethos. We employ motivated people who want to work together to produce excellent outcomes for our staff and students. Our staff are recognised as being central to achieving our mission.

About the role:

In consultation with the Head of Boarding, the Boys' Boarding Head of Year is primarily responsible for the safety, welfare, behaviour, personal development, pastoral care and day to day management of up to 40 boys (in a specific year level).

This position is open to both Teaching and Non-Teaching candidates and the successful candidate will be a resident member of staff. The successful candidate (if experienced) will become a member of the teaching staff with a 0.6 teaching load.

Key duties and responsibilities:

The Boarding Head of Year:

  • Is a residential member of staff.
  • Works as a member of the Boarding Staff team, which is characterised by the highest ideals of teamwork, collegiality, integrity and professionalism.
  • Reports to the Head of Boys’ Boarding, and consults routinely with them about the circumstances of a specific gender and Year level of boarders, collective and individual.
  • Works always in accordance with the ideals of RGS Boarding as per the RGS Boarding Mission Statement.
  • Works always in accordance with the ideals of the Australian Childhood Foundation Safeguarding Children Program, and will complete the associated online training course.
  • Works always with an awareness of The Rockhampton Grammar School policy documents, in particular the legal responsibilities in regard to the Child Protection Policy and Occupational Health and Safety Policy.
  • Works always with an awareness of Australian Boarding Schools Association National Standards.
  • Must complete Australian Boarding Schools Association recommended Duty of Care Book 1 and Book 2 accreditation courses.
  • Is committed to ongoing professional development.
  • Welcomes the opportunity for collaborative appraisal.
  • Is a good role model for our boarding community: ethical, reliable, punctual, proactive, well dressed and groomed.
  • In consultation with the Head of Boys’ Boarding, and assisted by the day School Heads of Year, is primarily responsible for the safety, welfare, behaviour, personal development and pastoral care and day to day management of a cohort of up to 55 Boarders (RGS Boarding is configured by Year levels).
  • Consults routinely with the Head of Boys’ Boarding to ensure the overall effective management and operation of the Boarding School.
  • Works cooperatively with other Boarding Heads of Year to effect care and management of all or part of Boarding from time to time, in particular for rostered ‘Responsibility’ weekdays and weekends and periods of absence of the Heads of Boys’ Boarding or other Boarding Heads of Year.
  • Will be available at all times, within reason, to assist with and administer to the needs of Boarders.
  • Maintains a visible and active presence in the House especially during prep and at lights out.
  • Liaises with relevant day School Heads of Year in all matters relating to Boarders in the Day School to effect a cohesive one-school approach.
  • Will attend regular Boarding management meetings.
  • Contributes to the School’s co-curricular programme.
  • Attends promotional visits to the districts of Boarder families from time to time.

N.B This position description contains the most important duties and tasks regarding the job to be done. It is not an exclusive/exhaustive list.

What we offer:

In addition to the pure thrill of seeing your students take significant educational leaps, we also offer a range of additional benefits to our staff, including:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Salary packaging options via REMSERV or Paywise
  • Modern facilities and equipment
  • Superannuation up to 12.75% employer contribution (if an employee co-contribution is made)
  • 14 Weeks’ Paid Parental Leave
  • Access to some other in-house benefits
  • Access to Induction and Professional Development Opportunities
  • Access to the Rockhampton Grammar School Leadership Institute
  • Access to Masters in Educational Leadership via CQU

Safeguarding of children and young people

The School takes child protection seriously, and as a staff member or volunteer of The Rockhampton Grammar School, you are required to meet the behaviour standards outlined in our Practice and Behaviour Guidelines. You will receive a copy of these guidelines as part of the induction process. 

Therefore as a part of your duties and responsibilities, you are also required to: 

  • Provide a welcoming and safe environment for children and young people; 
  • Promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people to whom we provide services;
  • Ensure that your interactions with children and young people are positive and safe;
  • Provide adequate care and supervision of children and young people in your charge;
  • Act as a positive role model for children and young people;
  • Report any suspicions, concerns, allegations or disclosures of alleged abuse to management;
  • Undergo periodic “national criminal history record” checks;
  • Report to management any criminal charges or convictions you receive during the course of your employment that may indicate a possible risk to children and young people.

Conditions of employment:

The successful applicant will be subject to a “Working with Children Check and Criminal Records Check” where applicable. The School undertakes several screening processes to ensure the appropriate protection of children and young people in its care. This includes reference checks, identity checks qualification check and professional registration checks.

Required licences/certificates:

As per the Conditions of Employment section –

  • Working with Children Check;
  • Police Check
  • QCT Registration

How to apply:

  1. Read the Notice to all Candidates – Staff Safer Recruitment Policy and Recruitment and Selection Policy on the RGS website (
  2. Complete an Application for Employment Form (Teaching/Non-Teaching) – found on RGS website (
  3. Submit your completed Application for Employment Form with your Cover Letter and comprehensive Curriculum Vitae to by 4:00pm, Friday 24th November 2023.
  4. Enquiries can be directed to Andrew Thompson at 0428 132 334 (Head of Boys' Boarding)