Alphington Primary School - Alphington, VIC
Alphington Primary School is a school of 428 students situated in an area nestled between Heidelberg Road and the Yarra River. It is set amidst residential streets, close to parklands, a sporting oval and public transport.
The school is a focal point for the community it serves and has a long history of active parent and community involvement.
One of the great strengths of this school is the strong partnership between home and school. Parents take an active role in many facets of school life including, classroom support, home reading, homework, Parents’ Association, working bees, School Council, and its various sub committees. A wide range of fundraising activities including a highly successful annual fete run by parents and heavily supported by the local community unites the community past and present.
Our school aims to develop an enjoyment of learning as a life long process in a safe, nurturing environment.
We implement high quality teaching and learning programs where children develop to their potential. Children are respected for their individuality and are encouraged to become empowered individuals who take control of their learning through a collaborative classroom approach.
The school strives for academic excellence with particular emphasis on the recognition that all children have individual talents that need to be extended and challenged.
There is a commitment to the personal growth of each child and the school places great importance on the development of responsibility, compassion, care for self and others and respect for the environment.
The curriculum is delivered through an enquiry model of curriculum design that is integrated with a strong emphasis on the development of skills, concepts, knowledge and values.
We are particularly proud of our Arts program with its emphasis on visiting artists who work with the children in a variety of different media and across a wide range of programs in the school. All children are provided with a performing arts program, which culminates in performance. There is an exemplary instrumental music program conducted before and after school.
An outstanding Physical Education program has seen our students regularly competing in District and State finals over the years.
A dedicated team of teaching staff have high expectations for student learning and demonstrate a high level of commitment and professionalism. Staff are responsible for the delivery of quality educational programs as they work in teams to plan, teach, evaluate and share their expertise.
There is a commitment to continuous improvement through a staff professional development program that keeps teachers abreast of current educational theory and methodology.
Reporting to parents on student progress and the school program is central to improving the educational outcomes of our students. Comprehensive and regular reporting provides information and advice about the achievements and learning needs of the children. This is achieved through a range of reporting practices including, formal written reports, portfolios, parent teacher interviews, as well as the many informal opportunities as teachers and parents interact throughout the course of school life.
A quality Out of School Hours Care program, both morning and after school is provided. A range of activities, including, Drama Workshops, Sport Clinics and other recreational activities are offered to provide a stimulating program for the children.
The school site includes flexible classroom areas, library, multipurpose room and art/craft room. The playground includes two large grassed playing areas, age-appropriate creative play equipment areas, basketball/netball court, cricket practice net, two flexible ball-sport court areas as well as shaded and passive recreation areas.
Alphington Primary School is a community where diversity is valued and the strengths and talents of students, staff and parents are recognised and respected.
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.
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 students on an individual or group basis in specific learning areas.
- Assist with the communication between students and teachers, particularly the interpretation of instructions.
- Provide basic physical and emotional care for students.
- Participate in team meetings.
- Assist with toileting, meals, lifting, and administration of medication to students requiring special care.
- Assist with the supervision of pupils in playgrounds, at camps, on excursions, in sporting activities, therapy activities and life skills.
- Assist in the preparation of student resources and equipment.
- Prepare basic curriculum support resources.
- Set up and put away equipment and materials in support of teaching programs.
- Observe students and draw the attention of the teacher to them where necessary.
- Participate in the monitoring and evaluation of programs and evaluation of individual student involvement and achievement.
- Assist with communication between teachers and non-English speaking parents/students.
- Assist in the translation of documents.
- Assist students with the preparation and service of meals.
- Ensure work areas and materials, equipment and appliances are maintained in a clean and ready to use condition.
- Assist in the preparation of equipment and purchasing of materials and supplies as required.
Who May Apply
Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.
EEO AND OHS Commitment
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.
Child Safe Standards
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
- 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
Conditions of Employment
This vacancy is specifically linked to Student Support Funding and is for a period of seven years or until the funding reduces or ceases. -