Fairfield Primary School - Fairfield, VIC
F airfield Primary School is an inner suburban school located in the suburb of Fairfield. We celebrated 130 years of teaching and learning in 2015. Our enrolments have incrementally increased over the last five years and as of 2017, we have 487 students. The school has the equivalent of 27 Full Time Teaching staff, 3 Principal Class and 5 Education Support Staff. The demographics of the area have stabilised over the past 4 years as reflected in the Student Family Occupation (SFO) with only slight movement from 0.20 in 2010 to 0.13 in 2017 which places the school’s overall social profile within the high SFO index.
Our attractive environment is made up of a combination of learning spaces, a gymnasium, art room, library and a synthetic turf oval and running track. Our playground provides a safe and child friendly play space for students. In 2014 we commenced some refurbishment of classrooms within the scope of the Master Plan. We are currently developing a plan for our playgrounds and external facilities and have engaged a Designer to align this work with the Master Plan and collaborate with all stakeholders to develop an overall plan and identify projects for immediate community work. Our fundraising revenue is targeted at the playground development for the coming years.
Our school values of Excellence, Respect, Community and Creativity support our mantra of ‘every day, every child engaged in purposeful and powerful learning’. These values capture our commitment to the delivery of an authentic and engaging curriculum and positive learning interactions prefaced on high quality relationships between all staff, students and parents. We subscribe to doing the ‘best we can’ in all our endeavours. We value creativity and apply this to how we reach solutions and engage all of our students in their learning. We also value our strong school community partnerships and see this as integral to our success and achievement within our local area.
We have straight grades at the Foundation and Years 3 - 6 levels. This is a dedicated approach to the transition into school in the early years and the significance of a leadership year and transition into the secondary setting for Grade 6 students. Multi-age grades operate at the Years 1/2. We have a rich specialist program incorporating Visual Art, Performing Arts, LOTE (French) and Physical Education. All students participate in weekly specialist classes. We have a diverse student cohort attending our school and all are catered for through a differentiated curriculum and individual learning programs. To personalize student learning and foster engagement we have high-level multi technologies in every classroom that are used in an integrated curriculum approach.
The school is committed to the Curiosity and Powerful Learning project across the Banyule - Darebin network. This framework is integral to the teaching and learning at Fairfield Primary School.
SC1 Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of initiatives in student learning including the Principles of Learning and Teaching P-12 and the Assessment and Reporting Advice and the ability to implement curriculum programs consistent with their intent.
SC2 Demonstrated understanding of how students learn and effective classroom teaching strategies and the capacity to work with colleagues to continually improve teaching and learning.
SC3 Demonstrated capacity to monitor and assess student learning data and to use this data to inform teaching for improved student learning.
SC4 Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication skills and high level interpersonal skills including a capacity to develop constructive relationships with students, parents and other staff.
SC5 Demonstrated commitment and capacity to actively contribute to a broad range of school activities and a capacity to reflect on, evaluate and improve professional knowledge and practice.
KSC6 Demonstrated ability to actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, in line with the Child Safety Standards.
The primary focus of the range 1 classroom teacher is on further developing skills and competencies to become an effective classroom practitioner with structured support and guidance from teachers at higher levels and the planning, preparation and teaching of programs to achieve specific student outcomes.
These teachers teach a range of students/classes and are accountable for the effective delivery of their programs. Range 1 classroom teachers are skilled teachers who operate under general direction within clear guidelines following established work practices and documented priorities and may have responsibility for the supervision and training of one or more student teachers.
At range 1, teachers participate in the development of school policies and programs and assist in the implementation of school priorities.
The focus of a range 1 classroom teacher is on classroom management, subject content and teaching practice. New entrants to the teaching profession in their initial teaching years receive structured support, mentoring and guidance from teachers at higher levels.
Under guidance, new entrants to the teaching profession will plan and teach student groups in one or more subjects and are expected to participate in induction programs and other professional learning activities that are designed to ensure the integration of curriculum, assessment and pedagogy across the school.
Teachers at range 1 are responsible for teaching their own classes and may also assist and participate in policy development, project teams and the organisation of co-curricula activities.
Core responsibilities include:
- Planning and implementing a range of teaching programs or
courses of study
- Teaching an area of the curriculum or a general curriculum to a
- Monitoring, evaluating and reporting student progress in key
- Implementing strategies to achieve targets related to student
- Maintaining records of class attendance and recording student
- Implementing effective student management consistent with the
- Working with a mentor to participate in professional development
planning, implementation and reflection developing a professional
Additional responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
- Supervising a range of student activities including support and
- Contributing to a range of co-curricular programs
Who May Apply
For the purpose of the Teacher Graduate Recruitment Program, graduate applicant eligibility is defined as a four-year trained qualified teacher who has completed all course requirements and graduated within the last four years; and not employed as a teacher by the Department at the time of the commencement of the advertised vacancy. Applicants must also be currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.
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