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Assisting Student Learning

Townsville Catholic Education - Mount Isa, QLD

Education, Childcare & Training
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Full Job Description
Position: Assisting Student Learning - Indigenous Education Worker
Classification: Term Time, Fixed Term Contract
Hours: 30 hours a week across 5 days
Salary Range: $27.52 - $28.20 an hour pending experience
Commencing: Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Closing Date: Friday, 23 April 2021 unless filled prior

Good Shepherd College, Mount Isa is a co-educational Year 7 to 12 college of 462 students. Good Shepherd Catholic College is a community who journey together in faith with “Christ Our Light”. Our students, staff, and parents are partners focused on holistic education within a welcoming and caring environment. Fostering faith and spirituality is our primary goal. We believe in the uniqueness and dignity of each individual. We endeavour to encourage each member of our community to be inner-directed, responsible, compassionate and just. Students, staff, and parents learn best in situations of loving relationships and mutual respect.

Townsville Catholic Education supports 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.

About the role

The primary purpose of the ASL - Indigenous Education Worker is to work in collaboration with teachers to provide appropriate advice, practical support and guidance to assist Indigenous students with learning and development. The ASL - Indigenous Education Worker, under the guidance of the Principal, provides assistance to Indigenous students to optimise student learning outcomes in a supported environment with a range of cultural and educational programs.

The ASL - Indigenous Education Worker will demonstrate competency involving the application of knowledge and skills to a range of tasks to support teachers deliver contemporary learning and teaching. The ASL - Indigenous Education Worker ensures that all duties are completed to an acceptable standard as determined by the Principal.

Key Accountabilities

The Key Accountabilities are as follows but not limited to, and may vary based on classroom and student’s support needs:

Work in classrooms, with teachers, providing support for Indigenous students
Liaise with teachers to determine the progress and wellbeing of Indigenous students
Assist Indigenous students in the transition from community to school and be a positive role model
Provide guidance, pastoral care and advocacy for Indigenous students and their families
Provide awareness to school staff on Indigenous student backgrounds and Indigenous Community Perspectives
Assist in coordination and promotion of Indigenous cultural education events, activities and programs within the Community.

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 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 School’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


Demonstrated capacity to organise and prioritise a range of tasks and set priorities to meet deadlines in a busy environment
Ability to provide information and support to stakeholders regarding Indigenous communities
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
Demonstrated understanding of and sensitivity to the learning needs of Indigenous students.


Understanding and ability to develop links between the school and Indigenous communities
Professional presentation skills with the ability to proactively engage and enthuse both students, parents and other colleagues
Well-developed computer literacy capacity to work in partnership with classroom teachers
Organisational planning and coordination skills including the ability to demonstrate flexibility and manage demanding or competing tasks.


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 for Indigenous students
Willingness to learn and develop in a supported environment.

Mandatory Criteria/Professional Registration/Other

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
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.

Please review the Position Description before preparing your application.

What we offer

Competitive Salary starting: $27.52 - $28.20 an 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
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/supporting statement (no more than 2 A4 pages) which addresses your suitability in relation to the qualifications, experience, knowledge and skills required of the role.
Upload a current resume which also includes the name, email address and contact details of two referees.

Applications close Friday, 23 April 2021 unless filled prior.

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Mount Isa, QLD

Education, Childcare & Training


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