Colégio Diocesano de São José 6 (CDSJ 6) is a Catholic secondary school in Macao currently serving around 350 students. Since 2017, CDSJ 6 has offered its students both a Chinese- medium section and an English-medium section. CDSJ 6 is part of a network of primary and secondary schools established in 1931 under the CSDJ name. Although each institution operates independently, relationships between the schools help foster a feeling of a larger community. Additionally, the University of Saint Joseph (USJ), exists in conjunction with the primary and secondary systems, with CDSJ 6 sharing its campus in Ilha Verde with the university. CDSJ 6 provides a comprehensive educational experience with various clubs, extracurricular activities, and academic programs to help enrich student learning and perspectives.
In September 2017, CDSJ 6 returned to its original location in Ilha Verde, the northeastern part of Our Lady of Fatima’s Parish, after 10 years of planning and construction, during which time the school operated in the Cathedral Parish section of the city. Principal Samuel Kio unveiled the brand-new facilities alongside the establishment of an English-medium section beginning with Form 1. To reflect and enable its growth, CDSJ 6 is looking to hire native-English speaking teachers for an assortment of subjects, primarily focusing on those with university accreditation in English language/literary instruction and the Social Sciences. They will work in collaboration with a highly-experienced and dedicated staff. Like their local full-time colleagues, they will teach up to 18 lessons a week. There will also be opportunities to lead extracurricular activities and elective courses, including advising the English club.
Education in Macao is overseen by the Macao Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DSEJ), though many schools, including CDSJ 6, are operated by Catholic organizations and the diocese. The mediums of instruction are Cantonese and English, with schools offering instruction in one or both languages. Students go through 6 years of primary education (“Primary 1-6”), 3 years of junior secondary education (“Form 1-3”), and 3 years of senior secondary education (“Form 4-6”). During their senior secondary education, most students are streamed into arts, commerce, or science tracks. In their final year, many students sit for entrance exams to local and international universities. Historically, Macanese students have performed well on international tests and the majority of secondary students move on to higher education both local and abroad, including to universities in China.
Macao (also spelt as Macau) is a Special Administrative Region (S.A.R.) of China, existing under the “one country, two systems” principle since its handover from Portugal in December 1999. The official languages are Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) and Portuguese, though English is widely spoken throughout the city and government institutions, and is becoming increasingly prevalent. The majority of the population speaks Cantonese as a first language, though the recent influx of immigrants and workers from Mainland China has amplified the usage of Mandarin Chinese in schools and in everyday life. Macao is famous as a resort city, with world-renowned gambling and casino offerings, making tourism and retail the largest parts of its economy and international image. In terms of socioeconomics, Macao boasts one of the highest GDP per capita figures in the world, and its local population enjoys relative prosperity, stability, and autonomy.
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