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January 3 - 6, 2017

Kendell, Nick

Fair Organizer:
Nick Kendell

January 3 - 6, 2017


Fair Organizer: Nick Kendell


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Welcome to Summer in Melbourne and the Search Associates International Job Fair.

This is the earliest Search Associates mid-size fair of the year, so teaching candidates have the first opportunity to impress the schools and recruiters at the beautiful Langham Hotel. The teachers who receive invitations to this fair are passionate about their students and have a proven track record. This is traditionally the most successful Search Associates fair in terms of candidate placements. Please see the tab, 'Schools Attending' on this page, for an up-to-date record of registered schools. This list will grow as schools finalise their hiring needs. Check back frequently to see the school list which will automatically update as a schools register to attend, and/or cancel their attendance. We anticipate around 50 international schools will be in attendance and approximately 200 candidates. We would love to see you there!

Country School
Angola Luanda International School of Angola
Bangladesh International School Dhaka
Brazil The Pan American School of Porto Alegre
China American International School of Guangzhou
China Beijing International Bilingual Academy
China Haileybury International School Tianjin
China HD Ningbo School (Hurtwood House China)
China International School of Beijing
China International School of Tianjin
China Keystone Academy
China Ningbo Huamao International School
China Overseas Chinese Academy Suzhou
China Shanghai Fudan-Vanke Experimental Private School
China Shanghai Vanke Bilingual School
China Suzhou Singapore International School
China ULink College Guangzhou
China Utahloy International School Guangzhou
China Utahloy International School Zengcheng
China Vanke School, Pudong
China/Hong Kong The Independent Schools Foundation Academy Limited
China/Hong Kong Victoria Shanghai Academy
China/Hong Kong Yew Chung International School
Germany International School of Dusseldorf
Germany Metropolitan School Frankfurt
India American School of Bombay
India International School of Hyderabad
India Oberoi International School
India The Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad
Indonesia Global Jaya School
Indonesia Sekolah Ciputra, Surabaya
Japan International School of Asia, Karuizawa
Korea Branksome Hall Asia
Kuwait American Creativity Academy
Qatar The English Modern School, Doha
Saudi Arabia Dhahran Ahliyya Schools
Saudi Arabia International Programs School, Al Khobar
Saudi Arabia The KAUST School
Singapore Chatsworth International School - Singapore
South Africa American International School of Johannesburg
Taiwan I-Shou International School, Kaohsiung
United Arab Emirates Ajman Academy
United Arab Emirates GEMS World Academy - Dubai
United Arab Emirates Raha International School, Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls, Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates Victoria International School of Sharjah
Vietnam Australian International School, Vietnam
Vietnam Hanoi International School

the Melbourne Fair.


We strongly suggest teachers arrive 3rd January for early registration, school presentations, and information sessions on PYP, MYP and IBDP (from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.). 
School presentations will take place BEFORE sign-ups so that candidates arrive at sign-ups fully informed about possible job opportunities.


All new candidates attending a Search Associates job fair MUST attend the candidate meeting at 11:00 a.m. on January 3rd. We will explain how the Fair is organized.  Returning candidates are more than welcome to attend. There will be a brief meeting at   8:00 a.m. on January 4th for teachers unable to attend on the 3rd.


The earliest we would recommend leaving the fair would be late on January 5th, however, the fair does run until 4:00 p.m. on the January 6th to allow for additional interviewing time for both recruiters and candidates. Please check the candidate schedule for a more detailed accounting of the schedule of events.

There is a free candidate/recruiter reception on the night of January 5th. Please remember to put this in your schedule. Spouses/friends are welcome to attend for $75, payable on January 3rd.


We welcome Mike Williams, senior associate from USA Search Associates to Melbourne. He will be joining us to lend his expertise and wealth of experience within the international school world to all candidates.

Conditions pertaining to Teaching Candidates

  1. Requesting a place from your Associate well before 31st December is preferred. Please use your dashboard to request an invitation. Your place at the fair is only definite once your Associate has sent you an invitation and you have registered and received confirmation from your Search Associate sponsor.
  2. If your place has been confirmed, schools will be informed that you are coming and may have researched your application, so please do not withdraw. You will lose your free fair attendance if your invitation is cancelled after December 20th.
  3. Invitations are only issued to registered and ‘active’ Search Associate candidates. All candidates need to have a minimum of four (4) confidential evaluations completed online. Please be considerate and approach your referees in good time. Remember to include referees who can be contactable over the holidays.
  4. Collect your candidate folder (available when you register) as early as possible so that you will have plenty of time to study the information before the candidate meeting, the Interview Sign-up Session and your Interviews. The Fair portal is available to access through your Search dashboard and offers an easy way to navigate just the schools attending the fair. Please use this valuable tool which should be faster than the internet as it uses less bandwith. Candidates who are well-prepared stand a much better chance of placement.
  5. No guarantee can be given that any particular recruiter will interview you, let alone that any job offer(s) might come your way, but part of our function is to help all candidates and all recruiters to gain as much as possible from the Fair.
  6. Dress for the presentations and Interview sign-up session in business/ interview attire.
  7. Your word is your bond, both in promising accuracy and honesty in all papers you submit and in all statements you make, and in response to any job offer(s) made to you. The same applies to interviewers, who have also been asked not to put any candidates under pressure for an immediate answer if a job is offered at, (or soon after) the Fair.
  8. Recruiters should give candidates adequate time to consider employment offers. This time should be sufficient for candidates to both reflect on the offer itself, and to complete interviews with other schools during the job fair. If a candidate wishes, he or she may accept at any point following an offer being made.
  9. Search Associates expects that recruiters will observe the following guidelines, as a matter of professional ethics. When making an offer of employment to a candidate at a Search Associates Job fair, the recruiter should explain the following:
    • The candidate may be asked by the recruiter to respond to an offer by the published end date and time of the job fair, or within a minimum 24 hours of the offer being made, whichever is later.
    • Where the candidate intends to attend another job fair within 24 hours of a job offer being made, the recruiter may require a decision by midnight of the day before the start of the second job fair.
    • Recruiters may deviate from these standards only to extend the deadline for response beyond the periods stipulated above.
    • This timing also makes it possible for recruiters to offer the same position, if necessary, at the next fair or in a timely manner to another candidate if you decline. These timings are a condition of participating in this fair. Candidates are encouraged to research schools in advance, whenever possible, so that decisions can be made promptly. Recruiters are encouraged to have ample information available in print, including complete sample contracts, to give to candidates to expedite this decision making.
  10. IMPORTANT: According to the Search Agreement, you must notify the fair organizers and your sponsoring Associate WITHIN SEVEN DAYS or SOONER of accepting any verbal or written offer of employment, and also provide the name and location of the school who hired you THROUGH SEARCH ASSOCIATES or OTHERWISE. In this way, Search Associates will be immediately aware of the moment when you are no longer an actively searching candidate. In addition, please designate that you are not available through your Search dashboard. This is the peak recruitment season - your 'up to date' availability ensures that no one's time is wasted! Failure to comply with this may hinder applications to register with us in the future.

We look forward to welcoming you at the Search Melbourne January Fair.

Nick and Paula Kendell





8:30 am –

1:00 pm

Register in the Pre-function area.

9:30 am –

10:10 am


10:20 am –

11:00 am

Introduction to the IB programmes – OPTIONAL. Clarendon BallroomPYP - Recommended for Primary. Presented by Kyle Brewerton (former Principal of The Kaust School, Saudi Arabia).


 MYP/IB Diploma- Recommended for Middle School and High School Teachers, presented by Deidre Fischer (former Director of a number of International Schools).

11:00 am –

12:00 pm

Candidate Meeting in the Clarendon Ballroom

Highly recommended for those new to Fairs.

1:00 pm -

5:00 pm

School presentations (4 running simultaneously).


5:00 pm –

5:30 pm

SCI Employee Benefits presentation. Gavin Snook and partners will be presenting information on financial planning and tax implications for local teachers moving overseas. (Highly recommended).


7:30 pm – onwards

Optional drinks at P. J. O’Brien’s downstairs in Southgate. Pick up your free drink ticket at the door.




8:00 am –

10:30 am

Registration continues in the Pre-function area.

8:00 am –

10:30 am

At 8:00 am in the Flinders Room, Nick will welcome those teachers unable to attend the candidate briefing the day before. (20 minutes approximately).

At 8:30 am School presentations continue (3- 4 running simultaneously).

11:30 am –

1:30 pm

Sign-ups with Schools for Interviews in Clarendon Ballroom, Pre-function area and Swanston Rooms. Your schedule for the next 2 days will be determined.

1:30 pm –

7:00 pm

Interviews as arranged during sign-ups.




9:00 am –

6:00 pm

Interviews as arranged.


7:30 pm –

9:30 pm

Social Function for Candidates & Recruiters at the Langham Hotel (Clarendon Ballroom).

Proudly sponsored by Search Associates


9:00 am onwards





Nick will meet with candidates to discuss next steps for those who do not yet have an offer (Flinders Room).

Interviews as arranged. You are free to leave as soon as your interviews are finished.

Before you leave the fair, please 'check out' using the online fair portal, collect your hanging file from the mailbox and bring it to a Search Associates staff member.

The Fair evaluation form will be sent via email- please complete so that we can make improvements for the future.

SCI Employee Benefits


Employee benefits packages to suit all school budgets anywhere in the world. We offer a best in-class range of products and services to make it easier for you to build an appealing benefits package to recruit and retain the best teachers.



Health insurance options for schools that offer the right benefits at the right price.      


Protection and critical care cover providing peace of mind for schools.


Travel insurance for individuals and groups - don't leave home without it.


Maximize your teacher's retirement income with cost effective, portable group plans.







Most financially secure Aussies have an investment property, and history proves Australian property continually delivers healthy capital growth and one of the most passive investments for those who work abroad.. With interest rates at record lows you can own an investment property for less than $100 per week*, gaining excellent capital growth and accumulating tax credits to be used against future Australian income or capital gains tax when the time comes to dispose of your asset. Over a five year period you have the potential to accumulate approx. $75,000 in Australian tax credits. If you do not understand how to accumulate "tax credits", we can help.

Expat Property Planners investment strategies are easily understood and we explain the benefits of property investing for those working abroad. Most Expats cease contributing to their superannuation the minute they board the plane. Property offers an excellent superannuation substitute.

The team from Expat Property Planners will be attending the Melbourne fair and be able to assist you with any questions or planning for your adventure abroad.   

Contact: Nick Cartledge (CEA)

Avion Properties Edgewater 
1/84 La Scala Avenue, Maribyrnong 3032
?? 0418580060

Manaaki Adventures NZ is an outdoor adventure company, which provides educational and exciting outdoor experiences for international students.

Run by qualified and registered Physical Education and Outdoor Education teachers, we give students the opportunity to embark on a journey of self-discovery in one of the world’s most beautiful countries. Our guides have a genuine passion and knowledge of Tikanga (Maori culture and beliefs) which is incorporated into all tours, giving students a unique experience.

What makes Manaaki Adventures NZ different is that we focus on encouraging a student’s development. Each activity is designed to enhance interpersonal skills, such as communication, cooperation and leadership, while developing personal and social responsibility. 

Our tours give students more than just the experience of a lifetime; they give students skills to set them up for life.
SAFE: Manaaki literally means to show care for and respect to. We work with only the best adventure operators in the country and have strict processes in place to minimise the risk to students who travel with us. Our professional, experienced and knowledgeable guides are trained in First Aid, and have an impeccable safety record. We also use safety-assured activity providers, approved vehicles and accommodation. We also make sure that we follow approved safety quality assurance systems and practices. These are reviewed internally after each trip, and externally annually. 

EASY: We take the hassle out of booking activities, accommodation, travel arrangements etc. Our prices are all-inclusive meaning it covers everything. With us there is no fuss and no hassle. 

EXPERIENCED: All guides are qualified and knowledgeable. Unique to Manaaki Adventures NZ we were founded by high school teachers who experience in managing teenage groups.

FUN: You will have the time of your life, experiencing activities you never even knew existed. New Zealand is the adventure playground of the world. Don’t miss out on this special opportunity. 

See you at the Melbourne Fair!


Please access the most up to date version of this document by -

  1. Logging onto your Search Dashboard,
  2. Click your Melbourne job fair link,
  3. Click 'Important Documents'
  4. Select "Presentation schedule'
Bangladesh International School Dhaka
China Alcanta International College, Guangzhou
China American International School of Guangzhou
China Beijing BISS International School
China Beijing International Bilingual Academy
China Guangdong Country Garden School
China Haileybury International School
China HD Ningbo School (Hurtwood House China)
China International School of Tianjin
China Keystone Academy
China Léman International School , Chengdu
China Shekou International School
China Suzhou Singapore International School
China Utahloy International School Guangzhou
China Utahloy International School Zengcheng
China/Hong Kong Chinese International School
China/Hong Kong The Independent Schools Foundation Academy
Germany Franconian International School, Erlangen
Germany International School of Dusseldorf
Germany International School of Hamburg
India American School of Bombay
India B.D.Somani International School, Mumbai
India Oberoi International School
Indonesia Sekolah Ciputra, Surabaya
Japan Aoba-Japan International School
Japan International School of Asia, Karuizawa
Japan Katoh Gakuen
Jordan The International Academy - Amman
Korea Branksome Hall Asia
Korea Chadwick International School, Songdo (Incheon)
Korea Seoul Foreign School
Korea Taejon Christian International School
Kuwait American Creativity Academy
Malawi Bishop Mackenzie International School, Lilongwe
Malaysia IGB International School
Mongolia International School of Ulaanbaatar
Oman The Sultan's School, Seeb, Muscat
Qatar The English Modern School, Doha
Romania American International School of Bucharest
Saudi Arabia International Programs School, Al Khobar
Saudi Arabia The KAUST School
Singapore Chatsworth International School - Singapore
South Africa American International School of Johannesburg
Switzerland International School of Lausanne
Taiwan I-Shou International School, Kaohsiung
Taiwan Taipei European School
Turkey Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School
Turkey MEF International Schools, Istanbul
United Arab Emirates Australian International School Sharjah
United Arab Emirates RAK Academy
United Arab Emirates Victoria International School of Sharjah
Vietnam Australian International School, Vietnam
Vietnam International School Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam United Nations International School of Hanoi

Recruitment fair Comments

"After sending numerous letters and CV's and completing many of the schools online application processes and not getting anything back except the occasional auto response, it was great to come the fair; the heads of some fantastic schools were there and ready to seriously consider candidates and offer positions." - Mark
"A whirlwind few days, but professionally run and with a spirit of friendliness and helpfulness that shone through." - Mathew
"Well organised, everything worked smoothly. Great to have a range of schools from various regions." - Katherine
"This was my first fair and I really appreciated the opportunity to get an insight into schools from around the world through the individual school presentations." - Lee
"Without the opportunity to meet recruiters face to face, candidates are often just 'another piece of paper' (cv) so it is invaluable!" - Rebecca
"A fantastic fair. We had no idea what to expect beforehand but would definitely recommend to others!" - Matthew
"Outstanding prior info about the fair and what to expect. Very good communication at all times and exceptionally helpful and friendly staff." - Clinton
"Well organised, plenty of help from staff when required. Staff were really friendly and made a point to check in with how I was going." - Pippa
"The atmosphere Nick, Paula and the team bring to the fair is why I come back. It is warm, and supportive with some humor which is perfect match and balance to the intensity of the fair." - Lauren
"At the start I was incredibly nervous but I was at ease after a few days and meeting with some of the schools and talking to them about their packages and support for teachers new to the school. If I wanted help it was there, that's all I could ever want." - Royce
"Great organisation, friendliness and helpfulness all around." - Henriette
"Wonderful atmosphere from recruiters, Search staff, and candidates." - Kyle
"I thought the backup and continued interest from Search Associates was excellent. You have some awesome people, including the boys." - Adrian

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate James Ambrose was a head of school in Norway, Egypt, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Zambia, UAE, and Vietnam.