Job No: BGS3
Location: Brisbane


Brisbane Grammar School is a non-denominational boys’ school of about 1700 students (Years 5-12) situated in Spring Hill. The School maintains a 150-year strong tradition of academic excellence, extensive co-curricular activities and student wellbeing programs across the school and Boarding facility. We are fortunate to have a team of dedicated and professional staff who provide an exceptional learning environment which is responsive to the needs of our students.

The role

A rewarding opportunity exists for an experienced and professional Houseparent to join Harlin House, reporting to the Director of Boarding. The Houseparent works closely with key stakeholders in the boarding community to ensure that the boys have every opportunity to develop socially, personally and academically within an atmosphere of care.

Harlin House cares for approximately 85 boys and is a hub of daily activity where you will interact with students, families and staff for 33.5 hours per week, during term time. Split shift hours are Monday to Friday 7:00am - 9:30am and Monday to Thursday 6:15 pm - 9:15pm.

In addition to general administrative duties, you’ll be responsible for:

  • Providing pastoral care to the boys in a residential setting;
  • Ensuring Harlin House daily routines are conducted in an appropriate manner;
  • Encouraging the boys to maintain high standards of presentation, hygiene and grooming;
  • Supporting the boys to develop personal responsibility and organisational skills;
  • Facilitating the Lifeskills Program, which includes basic cooking skills etc; and
  • Liaising with families about pertinent student matters.

The successful candidate

As an organised and caring Houseparent, you’ll build trusting relationships with individual boarders and their families, to ensure that all-important relationship with home. You’ll be adept at implementing routines and protocols that underpin life in a residential setting to ensure the wellbeing of each boy.

A student-focused approach will ensure you make good decisions under pressure. You’ll enjoy juggling multiple responsibilities and working collaboratively with the team to support Student Wellbeing objectives.

As a minimum, we’re looking for:

  • Eligibility for a positive notice for working with children card (blue card);
  • Previous success in a similar role with the ability to make appropriate judgments and respond to student wellbeing needs;
  • A proactive team player who develops broad networks across the organisation;
  • Excellent organisational skills and an ability to solve problems independently, in line with guidelines and policies;
  • A confident, professional communicator able to liaise with a diverse audience (students, parents, staff, medical providers etc).

Application process  

Brisbane Grammar School recognises the value of diverse thinking and we encourage qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. To better understand what it means to join BGS, please review the information on our website and social media accounts before submitting your application. You should also familiarise yourself with our key policies and procedures which may assist you during the recruitment process.

To help us assess your application, you will be asked some questions when you submit your application. You may also wish to submit copies of qualifications and academic results, if relevant.

Candidates must disclose any information relevant to their eligibility to engage in activities involving children.

Privacy Acknowledgment

The School is committed to protecting the privacy of individuals and is bound by the Australian Privacy Principles set out in the Privacy Act. A candidate's application and academic transcripts are personal information and BGS must only collect, use or disclose personal information in accordance with the Act and the School's Privacy Policy and Standard Information Collection Notice.

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