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Anglican Schools Internship Program
A partnership between EdComm, Youthworks and Anglican Schools
Rationale for the Internship program
Many Anglican schools and colleges have expressed the need for great Christian teachers, both now and in the future, to sustain our schools. The EdComm team have considered how we can encourage Christian men and women to consider a vocation in teaching. One area identified is internships within our schools.
Through a partnership with the Anglican Youthworks College Year 13 and the subsequent Anglican Youthworks College Program, we are now able to offer Anglican Schools the opportunity to work with recent school graduates who may be considering teaching as a career while being able to enjoy the benefits of participating in a gap year program. The Internship (ministry placement) is a mandatory requirement of the Youthworks Year 13 program.
This internship involves a three-way partnership between a school/college, Anglican Youthworks Year 13/Anglican Youthworks College, and Anglican EdComm. Each participating school is expected to provide a supervising teacher or chaplain who would be willing to look after the intern. EdComm will work alongside supervising teachers and each intern, following the student through the year with visits and facilitating an orientation morning accompanied by an online program. Anglican Youthworks Year 13/Anglican Youthworks College will provide the student and the supervising teacher with ongoing support. There are no upfront costs to the school, although there may be the possibility of the school/college paying an allowance/travel expenses for the Intern (subject to the Fair Work Act). Other payment options are available and EdComm staff can offer advice.
Anglican Schools can choose an intern in the following ways:
1. Schools may have a current Year 12 student who is enrolling in Anglican Youthworks College Year 13 who may be suitable as an intern. You may wish to select that person.
2. Anglican Youthworks can provide participating schools with several candidates who are interested in completing their Internship in a school. The participating school will then choose the most suitable candidate through an interview process. EdComm staff may assist with facilitating the interviews.
3. The subsequent Anglican Youthworks College College program can also provide schools with candidates for interview and EdComm may assist with facilitating the interviews.
Anglican EdComm is pleased to be partnering with Anglican Schools and Anglican Youthworks to enable this opportunity for potential teachers to experience the teaching profession first-hand.
Purpose of the Internship program
1. To promote teaching as a Christian vocation.
2. To enable Anglican schools/colleges to enhance the classroom/ Chaplaincy/Christian Studies/Co-Curricular programs with Year 13 and Year 14 Anglican School interns.
3. To model a collaboration between Anglican Schools, Youthworks College and Anglican EdComm
4. To broaden the opportunities for Youthworks College students to work with children/teenagers in a school setting.
By the end of this program:-
1. Students will have had practical experience of what a teacher’s life is like in a school;
2. Students will think through the distinctives of being a Christian educator;
3. Students will have had supported practice in leading a CRU/Christian group.
‘The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things - the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit.’
Charles Grosvenor Osgood (1871-1964)
The program requires approximately twenty-four (24) hours to complete (over Semesters One and Two).
Semester One program
What to expect in Semester One
An orientation session prior to commencing the school placement: (3 hours plus 30 minute break)
- Working in an Anglican School- general expectations of schools/colleges
- What is different now that you are a staff member in the community
- Professionalism in the workplace
- The online course- access and expectations.
- CRU presentation – assisting with Christian groups in the school/college
- Pastoral care meeting with an EdComm Education Officer (during term time, at the place of work) (One hour)
Online components, including:
- Weekly participation in a forum (approximately 10 minutes per week over 16 weeks). You will be commenting on a series of questions, eg. What have you learnt about leading a group? How have you been able to share the gospel? (three hours over the semester)
- Watching short films clips, listening to podcasts and reading articles, then answering questions on the following topics (in a digital workbook):
- Module Four: What is biblically-shaped education? (one hour)
- Module Five: Reflective thinking (one hour)
- Module Six: Teaching Christianly in an Anglican school (two hours)
- Module 6.1: Word-shaped
- Module 6.2: World-shaped
What to expect in Semester Two
Online components, including:
- Participation in an online forum - 6 posts over Semester Two. (1.5 hours)
- Exploring Worldviews (4 x 1 hour modules - 4 hours)
- Reflecting on contemporary issues (4.5 hours)
- Completion of online feedback forms (30 mins).
- Face to face debrief meeting at the end of semester (one hour).
- Celebration Lunch.