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School Officer

Townsville Catholic Education - Mount Isa, QLD

Education, Childcare & Training
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Position: School Officer Assisting Student Learning
Commencing Date: Monday, 22nd February 2021
Salary Range: $27.52 - $28.20 per hour pending experience
Classification: Term Time, Permanent
Hours: 30 hours per week, 5 days per week
Closing Date: Friday, 19th February 2021

Good Shepherd Catholic College, Mount Isa is a vibrant and faith-filled learning community, with a focus on academic excellence and pastoral care. The Vision of our College is "To journey together in faith with 'Christ our Light', educating and empowering young people". Through our Religious Education and Pastoral Care programs, we aim to foster the faith and spirituality of our students, celebrating the Gospel values of truth, justice, hope and love.

Townsville Catholic Educationsupports a diverse region extending from Townsville to the Burdekin and Whitsunday regions in the south, and north to Ingham and Halifax, south-west to Winton, and west to the border with the Northern Territory, encompassing Mount Isa and several small, isolated western towns and east to Palm Island. Townsville Catholic Education provides a supportive, flexible working environment where care for the individual is an important part of our ethos. We employ motivated people who want to work together to produce excellent outcomes for our students. Our staff is recognised as being central to achieving our mission.

Good Shepherd Catholic College, Mount Isa is seeking a School Officer - Assisting Student Learning (ASL) This role is a Term Time, Permanent position working 30 hours a week across 5 days commencing 22nd February 2021. This role will include some responsibilities in the Industrial Arts department - experience in Industrial Arts would be highly regarded.

About the role

The primary purpose of the School Officer - Assisting Student Learning is to contribute to the provision of a quality educational service by providing efficient and high quality support to teachers with the preparation and/or enhancement of learning materials for the efficient running of teaching at Good Shepherd Catholic College, Mount Isa. The School Officer - Assisting Student Learning is assigned to work in collaboration with classroom teachers to provide support and guidance to assist students with learning and development. The School Officer - Assisting Student Learning ensures that all duties are completed to an acceptable standard as determined by the Classroom Teacher, the Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning and the Principal.

Key Accountabilities

Assist the student’s learning and participation in the College

  • Assist teachers in preparing, implementing and supervising learning programs
  • Be aware of the Classroom Teacher’s expectations of the students in the class and work with the teacher, actively participating in activities, intervening and encouraging students where appropriate
  • Assist individuals or small groups, with activities as part of inclusive teaching and learning practices, supporting the teacher with behaviour management and the development of social skills and classroom skills development
  • Assist students with their personal organisation when required
  • Respond to all students in the classroom in a warm and encouraging manner and build collaborative relationships with the students and respond to individual learning needs
  • Participate in meetings, both internal and external as required.

Learning and Teaching

  • Provide support to teachers in the classroom
  • Assist the teaching team with classroom resources
  • Work in partnership with teachers to support student learning which may include:
    • General support to a group of students while the teacher is engaged in focussed teaching
    • Provision of personalised support e.g. mobility or communication support, where required
    • Assisting students to complete tasks designed by the teacher
    • Preparation of support materials and resources
  • Support identified students with learning barriers, to engage in a range of learning activities
  • Collect data for analysis by the teacher - anecdotal notes on performance of task, work habits, behaviour etc., provided to the teacher.

Inclusive Education

  • Assist individuals or small groups with activities as part of inclusive teaching and learning practices, supporting the Classroom Teacher with behaviour management and the development of social skills and classroom skills development
  • Assist students with their personal organisation when required.

Small Group and Personalised Support

  • Communicate with teachers about student progress and areas of need
  • Inform the Principal on any welfare issues that may arise with students
  • Develop professional relationships with students based on trust and respect, which utilises a strengths based approach
  • Provide general formative feedback to student on performance during the teaching session
  • Role model behaviour in line with the College’s mission
  • Work in partnership with teachers to implement aspects of learning plans, as identified by the teacher, for groups of students including:
    • Work with the student, under the direction of a teacher, to support the implementation of particular learning goals as identified in the Student’s Learning Plan.

Pastoral Care

  • Proactively monitor and support student wellbeing issues under the guidance of the pastoral care team
  • Work to promote self-esteem and assist with student social interactions by teaching them social skills and discussing with them their social behaviours as required
  • Provide assistance with personal care as required which may also include mobility and personal hygiene
  • Provide assistance with communication – including notetaking, taping material and using ICT to optimise the student’s learning experiences.

Professional Development

  • Support collegiate learning by sharing learnings with colleagues
  • Proactively seek opportunities to extend own professional learning via internal and external training.

About You


  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances and embrace new ideas
  • Demonstrated understanding of principles of customer service.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and sensitivity to the learning needs of students.


  • Ability to develop productive working relationships
  • Good oral communication skills, especially in relation to staff, students and parents
  • Good written, verbal, visual and non-verbal communication skills to ensure positive engagement with staff, parents and visitors
  • Computer literacy across various programs
  • Alibility to manage time and set priorities to meet deadlines
  • Ability to demonstrate a proactive mindset
  • Ability to engage and work in partnership with teachers.


  • Enthusiastic, energetic, flexible with a proactive attitude
  • Confident, well-presented and engaging with a personal warmth that engenders mutual respect with staff, parents and visitors
  • Flexible and responsive to the needs of the school community and driven to achieve the best outcomes
  • Willingness to learn and develop in a supported environment
  • Motivated with a “can do’ attitude.

Mandatory Criteria

  • Current Working with Children Suitability Card - The successful candidate will require a paid Blue Card before commencement as per the No Card, No Start policy developed by Queensland Government
  • Year 12 certificate
  • Current Driver’s Licence
  • Ability to travel from time to time within the Catholic Diocese of Townsville
  • Ability to perform the physical requirements of the role in a safe manner.

Desirable Criteria

  • Certificate III in Education Support or equivalent or commitment towards completing this qualification
  • First aid qualified desirable or willingness to complete
  • Previous Industrial Arts trade experience is desirable.

    Some employees may be subject to pre-employment medical assessments during the selection process. Depending on the nature of the position, it may be necessary for successful applicants to be immunised against certain preventable diseases in order to minimise the risk of transmission.

What we offer

  • Competitive Salary starting:$27.52 - $28.20 per hour pending experience
  • Annual Leave with 17.5% leave loading
  • Salary packaging options
  • Modern facilities, equipment and resources
  • Superannuation up to 12.75% employer contribution (in a co-contribution arrangement)
  • Access to long service leave after 7 years of continuous service
  • 14 Weeks’ paid parental leave
  • Deferred Salary Scheme
  • Corporate health insurance
  • Induction, professional development and learning opportunities
  • Well-being programs and initiatives

How to apply

  • Complete the application form
  • Upload a cover letter addressing the skills, attributes and experience to support the key accountabilities of the role identified in the position description
  • Upload a current resume including contact details (phone and email of two professional referees

Please see the Position Description for more information.

Applications during the shortlisting phase will be kept confidential.

Applications close 5pm Friday, 19th February 2021.

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Mount Isa, QLD

Education, Childcare & Training


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