Teacher Aide-term 3 2020 (Ed Support Level 1-range 1)
East Wangaratta, VIC
Beechworth Primary School Profile 2020
Beechworth Primary School is a child-centred school. The voices of our children are significant – their views are respected. The school believes that children are adventurous in acquiring knowledge, intellectually curious and keen to actively engage in making sense of their world. The school encourages their joyful pursuit of learning for all members of our Community.
Believe, Persist, Succeed
For all members of our community to value and embrace the educational opportunities for every child.
We aim for excellence in all we do, our decisions and choices are guided by our core values; respect, persistence, caring and safety. The celebration and promotion of personal best is at the forefront in all we do. Through this we build productive and positive relationships with all members of our school community.
Beechworth is a historic gold mining town in North East Victoria. Like all small, rural towns it has unique characteristics. In Beechworth the preservation of heritage buildings, a beautiful natural environment and a vibrant arts community has combined to create an environment in which tourism is a major industry. Beechworth Primary School was built in 1875 and consists of a central heritage building classified by the National Trust.
Beechworth Primary School is set on five acres of spacious and attractive grounds that feature a stand of sequoias more than 100 years old. The grounds offer a stimulating physical environment that enhances formal education. During 2010 our school received funding from the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution program. $2million spent on the construction of a purpose built 21st Century Learning Centre. This centre includes 4 open-plan learning spaces, plus a library area. An exciting new building for Beechworth Primary School.
The school draws its students from the town and the surrounding rural area and is a major focus within the community. Our current enrolment is 200 students and we expect it to remain around that number in the coming years.
Teaching and Learning
Beechworth Primary School addresses the learning needs of each and every child. Our Curriculum program runs on a repeating 2 year cycle, and covers all aspects of the Victorian Curriculum, emphasising Literacy and Numeracy. For our Inquiry based learning we use a program called MAPPEN. MAPPEN units are designed around eight concepts, each explored developmentally from Foundation through to Year 6. Following the MAPPEN program all students explore the same concept at the same time, allowing for whole school immersion and cross level collaboration. The eight concepts are Community, Sustainability, Social Justice, Creativity, Identity, Change, Necessity and Curiosity.
Determining the specific learning requirements of each child is the key to our highly successful literacy and numeracy program. Our program is based on the Victorian Curriculum, and rather than focus generally on whole classes, we ‘fluid-group’ children according to ability. This facilitates more accurate teaching. Within groups, children may also have individual learning plans designed to fit their needs. In this way, gaps in individual learning are continually identified, and teaching is fine-tuned to address them. Knowing precisely which literacy and numeracy concepts each child needs to develop ensures the progression of all students.
We have teachers dedicated to specialist programs in Performing Arts, Physical Education, Music and Visual Arts. Our LOTE (Languages Other Than English) program focuses on Indonesian language, and more generally, on promoting a cultural and geographic awareness of southeast Asia. We also offer an excellent Sports program, with opportunities for students to compete at regional through to state levels.
SC1 Capacity to undertake routine support tasks across a range of functions in one or more work areas within a school environment.
SC2 Demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively with members of the school community including students and the capacity to provide support and/or attendant care to students where necessary.
SC3 Demonstrated proficiency in the use of office systems, software or technical equipment as relevant to the position.
SC4 Capacity to work cooperatively with a range of people including teachers, education support, students and parents.
SC5 A commitment to professional learning and growth.
Specifically the position is to cover the Upper Classes and will be for 3 hours per day 5 days per week.
Undertakes routine tasks that are usually carried out under close supervision and direction. Work that carries some degree of independence will generally involve a limited number of tasks performed on a regular basis where priorities are clear, procedures are well established and direction is readily available.
Work has little scope for deviation. Problems can usually be solved by reference to well documented procedures and instructions and clearly established practices. Deviation from established procedures will require reference to others for guidance and direction. Assistance is readily available when problems arise. An experienced employee at range 1 will exercise limited judgement within clearly defined guidelines and well established practices that relate specifically to the tasks performed.
Does not carry responsibility for the work of others. More experienced employees will provide basic guidance and advice to others relating to tasks within the work area.
An education support class position supports the educational services being provided to students, but must not include duties of teaching as defined in clause 2.6.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) or its successor. Supervision of students cannot be required except where it is an integral part of the employee's position or involves supervision of students individually or in small groups, in controlled circumstances, where the responsibility for students remains clearly with a teacher.
Qualification requirements do not operate at range 1. Certification requirements may be required to legally perform specific tasks - e.g. driver's licence, first aid, safe food handling.
- Assist in the exchange of information between the community and the school.
- Assist with the liaison and communication between parents, teachers, other staff and members of the wider school community.
Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.
The Department values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.
Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx
The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx
- All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
- Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
- A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
- Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx
This vacancy is specifically linked to Student Support Funding and is ongoing. If the funding reduces or ceases during the first seven years of employment, employment may cease subject to the provision of at least 12 weeks’ notice.
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