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.
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.