Classroom Teacher - Garrang Wilam Primary School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Truganina VIC 3029, Australia
  • 10 Sep, 2021

Job Description

Job ID 1238944
Location Garrang Wilam Primary School
Department Garrang Wilam Primary School
Role Type Primary Teacher
Subjects/Duties View Subject/Duties
Full/Part-Time Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term Ongoing
Classification Classroom Teacher
Apply By 09/23/2021

Other Information
Begin Date 01/27/2022
End Date
Hours 38.00
Contact Name Natalie Nelson
Phone 73017000
School Website garrangwilamps.vic.edu.au

Location Profile

Are you agile, have a high work ethic, great sense of humour, love to work as part of a team and willing to learn? Then we are looking for you. Are you driven by creating something new, leveraging the expertise you already have?

Welcome to Garrang Wilam Primary School, an exciting new school that opened in 2021. Garrang Wilam (pronounced: gar-rang wil-um) is taken from the Woi-wurrung language, as spoken by the Wurundjeri people, and means ‘eucalyptus home’. Our logo means elders and students focused together, and encourages us to ‘dream big’.

Vision
Our students excel in the vibrant, positive and connected community we create together.

Mission
We invite all students to come and learn, to belong and work collaboratively in their pursuit of learning. Our people are invested in deliberate practice to create a community that truly makes a difference. Our community will develop over time through shared experiences and an aligned focus on what matters; learning.

Values
A respect of all cultures and beliefs is an essential characteristic of global citizens, thus we live by a set of values that underpin this. We want our students, staff, parents and community members to show;

  • Together
  • Focus
  • Strength
  • Lead

The success of our outcomes is due to our collective approach to

  • Positive education
  • High expectations
  • Clear instructional framework for teaching and learning
  • Using evidence and research to make decisions
  • Partnerships

Our goals

  • Building practice excellence
  • Setting expectations and promoting inclusion
  • Connecting schools

Our imperatives are

  • Safety, people, culture
  • Organisational capacity and capability
  • Consistent teaching and learning framework

Our Metrics

  • Student achievement, student voice, goal development and wellbeing outcomes
  • Parent opinion and contribution
  • Staff development and wellbeing

Teaching and Learning
The instructional framework at Garrang Wilam Primary School is informed by the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) model Fisher & Frey. Framed around the Workshop Model and consistent with the Gradual Release of Responsibility (Duke and Pearson 2002), the work of Cris Tovani and Lucy Culkins builds a structured evidenced-based approach for teaching and learning.

The Pedagogical Model is

  • aligned with the Victorian teaching and learning model that incorporates the vision for learning, practice principles and HITS
  • focused on teacher practice as the main contributor to improved student learning outcomes
  • improvement-focused to assist teachers with their professional learning, including designing their PD goals
  • adaptive and can be modified to fit subject contexts
  • implemented together with the practice principles, the pedagogical model enables teachers to maintain a line of sight between their own professional development and school-wide improvement based on FISO.

Pedagogical approaches include:

  • Readers workshop model
  • Writers workshop model
  • Numeracy proficiencies
  • Inquiry approach to integrated learning

For more information please see our website http://garrangwilamps.vic.edu.au/

A focus on Digital Learning, The Arts (Visual and Performing), STEM and Physical Education will be integral to the additional learning provided for our students. Students have access to the latest technologies; including iPads.

Teams of teachers are given time to work and learn together focused on student data and high impact teaching strategies during weekly Professional Learning Community cycles of inquiry. The focus on professional knowledge and practice through feedback and goal setting during the performance and development process ensures all members of staff are continually growing and learning. We are seeking a combination of expert, accomplished and graduate teachers who will deliver a challenging and stimulating curriculum.

A positive nurturing environment which cares for each student and adult, matters. It impacts on our behaviour, our academic success and future mental and physical health. All community members of our school behave in ways that build a positive and vibrant school culture that focuses on wellness and learning. We will use the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support framework to drive our approach to positive education.

Learning Spaces
The school includes an administration building, two learning neighbourhoods (19 classrooms), a gymnasium complex, outdoor courts and sports fields. Inside the administration building houses a large library, first aid facilities, visual arts space, space for science/ technology and food technology space,titled the ‘Culinary Haven’.

There is enough room to accommodate between 480- 520 students in these buildings. The site has also been planned to accommodate a peak enrolment larger than 525 and have allowed for portables to be onsite without compromising any dedicated play spaces.

The gymnasium complex includes a stadium quality basketball/ netball sized gymnasium with tiered seating, an outstanding music facility which doubles as a stage for the gymnasium. There is also a canteen and change room facilities and an extensive foyer. It is anticipated that these facilities will be utilised for community usage including a shared arrangement with local sporting clubs to ensure sport can be accessed onsite after school.

Teaching spaces at Garrang Wilam Primary School allow learning communities to teach in a variety of ways to ensure peer to peer student and adult learning, as well as a high level of student voice and agency. Spaces have been designed to ensure a mix of explicit, collaborative and independent learning opportunities occur on a daily basis. Some spaces are built fit for purpose; for example the storytelling and presentation area, where others are flexible in design to meet the needs of the inhabitants.

The extensive outdoor spaces include hard courts, full sized grassed football oval, outdoor stage, nature play with a dry creek bed, agility playground and an extensive carpark.

Our community will develop over time through shared experiences and an aligned focus on what matters; learning.

We welcome you to come and join us to build an extraordinary educational experience for all. You must be willing to attend the school for a minimum of 2 days in January 2022, as well as, attend professional learning events in December 2021. These sessions will ensure we work together as a team to set the expectations and prepare the learning environment for our students.

To find out more about Garrang Wilam Primary School please contact the Founding Principal, Natalie Nelson on 0401 054 038 or at natalie.nelson@education.vic.gov.au

*A Webex information session for potential applicants will be held on Webex on Tuesday 24 August at 4.30pm. https://eduvic.webex.com/meet/nelson.natalie.j

Selection Criteria

SC1 Demonstrated knowledge of the relevant curriculum, including the ability to incorporate the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills. Demonstrated experience in responding to student learning needs.

SC2 Demonstrated experience in planning for and implementing high impact teaching strategies, guided by how students learn, and evaluating the impact of learning and teaching programs on student learning growth.

SC3 Demonstrated experience in monitoring and assessing student learning. Demonstrated experience in using data to inform teaching practice and providing feedback on student learning growth and achievement to students and parents.

SC4 Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with students, parents, colleagues and the broader school community to support student learning, agency, wellbeing and engagement.

SC5 Demonstrated behaviours and attitudes consistent with Department values. Demonstrated experience in reflecting upon practice and engaging in professional learning to continually improve the quality of teaching.

Role

The classroom teacher classification comprises two salary ranges- range 1 and range 2. The primary focus of the classroom teacher is on the planning, preparation and teaching of programs to achieve specific student outcomes. The classroom teacher engages in critical reflection and inquiry in order to improve knowledge and skills to effectively engage students and improve their learning.

As the classroom teacher gains experience his or her contribution to the school program beyond the classroom increases. All classroom teachers may be required to undertake other duties in addition to their rostered teaching duties provided the responsibility is appropriate to the salary range, qualifications, training and experience of the teacher.

Classroom teacher Range 2

Range 2 classroom teachers play a significant role in assisting the school to improve student performance and educational outcomes determined by the school strategic plan and state-wide priorities and contributing to the development and implementation of school policies and priorities.

A critical component of this work will focus on increasing the knowledge base of staff within their school about student learning and high quality instruction to assist their school to define quality teacher practice.

Range 2 classroom teachers will be expected to:

  • Have the content knowledge and pedagogical practice to meet the diverse needs of all students
  • Model exemplary classroom practice and mentor/coach other teachers in the school to engage in critical reflection of their practice and to support staff to expand their capacity
  • Provide expert advice about the content, processes and strategies that will shape individual and school professional learning
  • Supervise and train one or more student teachers
  • Assist staff to use student data to inform teaching approaches that enable targets related to improving student learning outcomes to be achieved.

Classroom teacher Range 1

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-curricular activities.

Responsibilities

The role of classroom teacher may include but is not limited to:

  • Direct teaching of groups of students and individual students;
  • Contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of a curriculum area or other curriculum program within the school;
  • Undertaking other classrooms teaching-related and organisational duties as determined by the School Principal;
  • Participating in activities such as parent/teacher meetings; staff meetings; camps and excursions;
  • Undertaking other non-teaching supervisory duties.

Who May Apply

Teachers currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and qualified to teach and/or have demonstrated experience in the curriculum area(s) specified for the position.