Classroom Teacher - Templestowe Heights Primary School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Templestowe Lower VIC 3107, Australia
  • 05 Aug, 2022

Job Description

Job ID 1289989
Location Templestowe Heights Primary School
Department Templestowe Heights Primary School
Role Type Primary Teacher
Subjects/Duties View Subject/Duties
Full/Part Time Part-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term Fixed Term
Classification Classroom Teacher
Apply By 08/18/2022
Other Information  
Begin Date 10/03/2022
End Date 12/29/2022
Hours 22.80
Contact Name Rhys Coulson
Phone 0420 976939
School Website https://templestowehts.vic.edu.au/

Location Profile

TEMPLESTOWE HEIGHTS PRIMARY SCHOOL PROFILE

Templestowe Heights Primary School is situated in the eastern Suburbs of Melbourne with a current enrolment of 445 students and 20 classes. The school has undergone a refurbishment that was completed in August 2012. Throughout 2022, the school is building a new STEAM and senior building as well as upgrading some existing spaces as part of a government-funded $13million stimulus grant. This new facility will be ready for the commencement of 2023.

The classrooms are designed as flexible learning spaces which open onto shared learning areas. Each level of the school has its own area in which classes and teachers work cooperatively to maximise the learning opportunities for all students. The students are organised in multi-age classes (with the exception of straight Foundation classes). The multi-age class structure along with a strong student wellbeing program ensures that the students and staff feel safe, secure and supported. An extensive student leadership program includes all levels of the school from Foundation to year six.

Over the past four years Templestowe Heights Primary has undergone a whole-school change initiative that has led to the school being recognised as an Influence School for two consecutive years. Strong growth in learning achievement results over the past four years has been underpinned by a focus of developing teacher skills, knowledge and understandings to enable all teachers to teach their best lesson as often as possible.

The playgrounds are extensive consisting of three playground equipment areas, an oval, STEM building, synthetic turf courts and gazebo, commercial kitchen and herb and community garden (including chickens). The school has a gymnasium which is a shared community use facility. The school community assists with the maintenance of our facilities.

Templestowe Heights Primary School has as its motto, ‘inspiring learners for life’. There is a strong focus on developmental learning and consequently providing a differentiated curriculum which provides for the learning needs of all children. We are dedicated to providing the best possible education to our students, with a focus on instructional practice, to ensure that learning for life is achieved. The school’s values are respect, responsibility, courage and persistence. All sections of the school community – students, staff, parents, friends – are expected to strive to be their best in reference to these values.

Templestowe Heights Primary School has a strong focus on literacy and numeracy. Our specialist areas are literacy intervention/EAL, enrichment, Art, Physical Education, Performing Arts and Italian. Instrumental music classes, swimming programs, lunchtime clubs, camps and after school activities are offered. Whole school activities are significant in that we have biennial events including an Art Show, School Production and School Ball. In 2021 the school will celebrate its 50+1 years anniversary.

The school’s recently introduced positive education enhanced curriculum provides a whole school wellbeing approach by supporting students and adults to develop the tools and strategies to flourish. Student voice is also extremely important at Templestowe Heights Primary. Our leadership program provides our students with an opportunity to be elected to represent our Junior School Council, Environmental committee, School Captains and House Captains. Empowering children to be active in making decisions about their school provides ownerships that strengthens our school community spirit.

The use of Information Communication Skills across all aspects of learning is integral to our programs. Templestowe Heights Primary School has a combination of netbooks, desktop computers and iPads available for student use. There is a 1:1 iPad program operating for our year five and six students. All classrooms have Interactive Whiteboards.

Parent involvement in the school is essential to Templestowe Heights Primary School. Parents work closely with staff to support their children’s learning at school and at home. A class representative scheme facilitates communication and parent involvement in the school which includes involvement in class programs, excursions and camps, along with School Council and Parents & Friends Committee. Communication includes the school newsletter, website, an online management system, information sessions, assemblies, notices and parent teacher interviews.

Enrolment numbers at Templestowe Heights Primary School are steadily increasing. The school provides a progressive and challenging curriculum that reflects the 21st century learning skills required to truly inspire our students to continue learning throughout their lives. The teaching staff at Templestowe Heights Primary School are expected to be active members of our learning community, working together in collaborative teams, assuming a collective responsibility for the school’s vision and goals. All staff actively support all school activities and programs.

Templestowe Heights Primary School is seeking a teacher to join the year 5/6 team and who is committed to teaching and developing their capacity, have a sound work ethic, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to inspire their students.

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.

Vaccination Requirement

A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.