At Pakenham Hills Primary School our motto is “Life is for Learning.” Our mission is to provide each child with the lifelong learning skills, knowledge and social development that will enable them to reach their full potential and participate successfully in our society.
Our aim is to ensure that we create a learning environment where all students take responsibility for their learning in order to reach their personal best. We aim to create a safe, positive and supportive learning environment and provide a personalised learning approach enhanced by an extensive curriculum.
The school has 46 full and part-time staff including the Principal, two Assistant Principals, and 15 education support staff and a school psychologist. A team approach to program planning is a feature of the school’s curriculum development. The development of literacy and numeracy skills and the acquisition of critical thinking, problem solving and decision making strategies are a key part of our curriculum. The school runs a transition to school program during semester 2 each year called Pakky Seals.
The school serves a slowly expanding residential and outlying area in the South East growth corridor. The school is situated 2 km east of Pakenham. School buses transport students to the school from outlying areas. Pakenham Hills Primary School is a medium-sized school with a current enrolment of approximately 400 students. The school’s numbers have been stable for the past number of years.
Pakenham Hills PS comprises 18 permanent classrooms, Performing Arts, Visual Art, Multi-Media, and Physical Education rooms, a Library, and an Administration area. Two relocatable double classrooms have been integrated with the permanent buildings on a large site. A BER Multi-Purpose complex was opened at the beginning of 2011.
The school provides a large oval, basketball and netball courts, as well as junior, middle and senior adventure playgrounds. Maintenance of the buildings and development of the grounds is a priority to support our goal in providing a stimulating learning environment and ensuring that the school continues to operate in attractive buildings and surroundings.
Our school values of respect, teamwork, positive attitude, honesty and integrity and communication underpin the PHPS School Expectations of: Be a Learner; Be Respectful and Be Safe. These expectations are reflected in everything we say and do at Pakenham Hills.
In our school community we work hard to ensure our values and expectations are demonstrated by:
At Pakenham Hills Primary School we foster a belief that each student should be given the opportunity to achieve social, emotional and academic excellence. We aim to ensure each child learns the learning strategies, behaviours and attitudes of lifelong learners, along with the social skills needed to work, play and get along with others.
SC1 Demonstrated capacity to form, maintain and continually strengthen genuine relationships with students whilst teaching Performing Arts (Music, Drama, Dance).
SC2 Demonstrated high level knowledge of the Performing Arts Victorian Curriculum, the way students learn and the capacity to respond at the school level to emerging educational needs and priorities.
SC3 Demonstrated high level classroom teaching skills and the capacity to work with colleagues to continually improve teaching, learning and reporting on student learning growth in Performing Arts.
SC4 Demonstrated ability to monitor and assess student learning data and to use this data to inform teaching for improved student learning in the area of Performing Arts.
SC5 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.
SC6 Demonstrated commitment and capacity to actively contribute to a broad range of school activities, including the whole school production and a commitment to ongoing professional learning to enable further development of skills, expertise and teaching capacity.
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:
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.
The role of classroom teacher may include but is not limited to:
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.
A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.