Music / LOTE / Intervention - Baxter Primary School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Baxter VIC 3911, Australia
  • 06 Apr, 2021

Job Description

Job ID: 1216343
Location: Baxter Primary School

Location Profile

Baxter Primary is a vibrant, community based school established in 1890 and situated 3km from the township of Baxter. Currently the school consists of eight classes from Foundation to Year 6, we have 2 x Foundation classes, 2 x 1/2s, 2 x 3/4s and 2 x 5/6s. We have a total enrolment of 172 students.
Our vision: Baxter Primary School is a caring community where students are encouraged to reach their full potential and become successful citizens.

Working together we aim to build a community of responsible and resilient learners who strive to achieve academically, creatively and socially.

We value being KIND, RESPECTFUL, INCLUSIVE AND ENCOURAGING OF OTHERS.

The school is proud of its long history and service to the community. Baxter Primary School has beautiful surroundings with large spacious outdoor areas. These include two grassed sports fields, senior and junior playgrounds, a basketball court, vegetable garden, sensory maze and a multi- functional outdoor space. These areas encourage learning through play and promote high levels of movement and exercise for good physical and mental wellbeing. This year we are undergoing a $2.5 million redevelopment of Senior School area.

We aim for the children at our school to grow and develop as unique and important individuals with a strong sense of self-worth, confidence and respect for all members of the community.
Baxter Primary is a community school where parents, students and staff are encouraged to build respectful relationships with each other. The school provides a comprehensive curriculum for all students from Foundation to Year 6 in the areas of Literacy, Numeracy, Technology, Science, Humanities, Indonesian, The Arts, Health and Physical Education.

Our teachers plan in Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) with a focus on improving student learning at their point of need. We use student data to personalise their learning in our quest to improve student learning outcomes.

Our school utilises the support of DET Psychologists, Speech Pathologists and Social Workers together with our own part-time Chaplain to enable students to reach their full potential.

Other enrichment programs and extracurricular activities include: Instrumental music, environmental activities and a wide range of sporting opportunities. The Baxter Buddies basketball teams operates from the school.

We currently conduct a Baxter PS Playgroup which operates every Wednesday morning, a Before and After School Care facility available Monday to Friday and a Breakfast Club on Tuesday mornings.
Personal tours conducted by the Principal are available for all prospective parents throughout the year. 

Selection Criteria

  • SC1 Demonstrated knowledge of the relevant curriculum, ie Music/LOTE (Indonesian) 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-curricula 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 classroom 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.