Middle School and Secondary
Our Middle School department comprises Primary 6, Form 1, and Form 2 (age 10 to 13), while the Secondary department consists of students from Form 3 to Form 6 (age 14 to 18). Class size is kept between 20 and 25. Students’ English fluency includes ESL learners, but by Form 3 most are at or approaching native-level proficiency. We emphasize vertical and horizontal collaboration between teachers and expect teachers to work diligently for their students’ character development, thinking skills, academic performance, spirit of service, emotional, and physical health.
SON is developing its own curriculum that includes different aspects of a holistic education. The Middle School is based on the Cambridge curriculum, while Form 3 and 4 use the IGCSE program. Both of these encourage the use of problem-solving skills to link together knowledge from across subjects. Classes promote group work, projects, and individual work, as well as encourage the use of reasoning and communication skills. Academic content is cross-curricular and emphasizes understanding issues through a global perspective.
Notably, our philosophy describes junior youth, between ages 11 and 15, as a special group with unique needs and vast potential. Whereas most of the world tends to view junior youth as problematic or “lost in the tumult of physical and emotional change” we take the opposite view and readily perceive in them altruism, an acute sense of justice, eagerness to learn about the universe, and a desire to contribute to the construction of a better world.
For over a decade we have integrated the worldwide Moral Empowerment Through Language program (METL) during character development class time. Each week, teachers accompany pairs of Form 4 students as mentors to engage small groups of Primary 6 and Form 1 students. Based on the texts and approach of the global Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program, it aims at awakening junior youth to their potential, developing their talents, and directing their new abilities toward service to their communities. At an age when junior youth are developing new intellectual, spiritual, and physical powers this program aims to provide them with the tools needed to combat the forces that would rob them of their true identity as noble beings working for the common good.
Working Hours & Schedule
Teachers have 36 working hours per week, which is comprised of up to twenty 45-minute teaching periods, various responsibilities, and some planning time.
There are about 30 days of Macau and school holidays throughout the year which includes both Winter and Chinese Spring Festival breaks, plus about 60 days of summer holidays. Monthly working Saturdays—which often foster community engagement and extension activities—allow us to lengthen our holidays while still meeting contact day requirements.
Compensation & Benefits
The annual base salary, including housing allowance, is approximately US$44,000, after-tax. This does not include the annual travel allowance, new year’s bonus, pension contributions, and a yearly re-enlistment bonus which is equivalent to one month’s salary. Furthermore, the government of Macau generously provides a teacher’s professional development subsidy of at least US$600 per month. Taken together, the after-tax total compensation that teachers receive is roughly US$62,000.
Benefits include local healthcare coverage, half tuition for up to two dependents to enroll in the school, assistance in finding an apartment including a one-week hotel stay, and an interest-free salary advance to assist with upfront housing costs if needed.
A bachelor’s degree in English (or a closely related major) and a teaching qualification such as a PGCE.
Kindly note: according to local regulations, the requirement for a relevant Bachelor's degree cannot be satisfied by alternative means, including a relevant Master's/Ph.D, supplemental coursework, or years of relevant experience. However, a joint Bachelor's/Master's degree, offered by some universities, may be considered.