Alamanda K-9 College is located in the growth corridor of Point Cook. Alamanda College strives to be internationally minded, and provides a supportive, nurturing and challenging learning environment, while encouraging high expectations for student success.
The design of the permanent buildings in the school is open plan, the school has many relocatable classrooms. A strong focus is placed on collaborative teaching and learning. The schools design lends itself to flexible groupings of children with a differentiated focus on group and individual tasks. The classrooms are grouped in learning communities with shared learning spaces. The modern design requires a demonstrated ability to utilise pedagogical practices suited to these learning spaces. An emphasis will be placed on teachers and children working in home groups and breaking out into small focus groups within each community setting.
Alamanda is a 1-to-1-iPad/MacBook school, and uses technology to engage students with their learning, as well as meet their individual needs. Staff must be confident and willing to engage in study of “Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works” research to support this strategy. The primary school is based on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, which is offered for the Prep to Year 6 students, the secondary school is based on the Middle Years Program, which is offered for the Year 7 to Year 9 students. The PYP & MYP Learner Profile underpins the management of students and has helped to build a positive and engaging learning environment.
The school will operate with the theory of action:
There is a strong focus on professional development for all staff, which includes an emphasis on building leadership capacity and implementation of best teaching practice. The 'Practice Principles for Excellence in Teaching and Learning' and Marzano research-based instructional strategies are utilised across the school to ensure that teaching practices are purposeful, and are proven to have a high impact on student learning.
The school motto is "Dare to be Wise" which underpins management of student engagement and teaching pedagogy. Leadership and the teaching staff strive to implement a guaranteed, viable and rigorous and differentiated curriculum that promotes lifelong learning and encourages students to become global citizens.
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.
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.