Graduate Teacher Program (Graduate Teacher Program)
Salary Range: Salary not specified
Work location: Western Region | Melton
Applications close: 26/09/2018 (Midnight)
WEDGE PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL NO. 5206
“Learning with Pride”
Address: 27 Cambrian Way
Melton West Vic 3337
Telephone: 9743 7595
Fax: 9743 9323
Principal: Paul Schwartz
Assistant Principals: Jenny Stevenson
School Hours: 8:50a.m – 3:05p.m.
Uniform: Navy and Pale Blue
Wedge Park Primary was opened in 1982. The school population is low in LOTE with the majority having an English speaking background. The school has grown steadily during its years of operation to the current enrolment of 815. ‘Learning with Pride’ is the school motto and Wedge Park strives to make all members of the school community proud to be associated with a school that pursues excellence in education.
At Wedge Park we expect that our students will:
Develop an enjoyment and understanding of learning and thereby enrich the quality of their lives.
Have access to and achieve success in a comprehensive, challenging and meaningful curriculum.
Grow and develop in a caring environment which promotes an awareness of their rights, responsibilities and their obligation to the rights of others.
A broad curriculum supports our expectations for students. The major focus is the development of literacy and numeracy while nurturing creative thinking and problem solving. The curriculum is planned and delivered through Throughlines modeled on the Inquiry approach. The Throughlines are closely related to community issues. Assessment and Reporting procedures are in line with DEECD guidelines. Integration and Reading Intervention form part of the curriculum. A camping and excursion program supports the curriculum.
A highly skilled and professional staff, committed to improving their teaching and the learning outcomes for students, assist and motivate students to achieve academic and personal success. The staff profile consists of a mixture of teacher experience. The leadership team consists of 4 Leading Teachers, 1 Assistant Principal and Principal. The school operates with self-managing teams allowing the staff to have input into all school decisions. Professional Development, both internal and external, is constantly undertaken. The school is complemented with 4 office staff, 14 integration aides and 1 library/resource officer.
STUDENT DISCIPLINE AND WELFARE:
Wedge Park adopts a whole-school assertive discipline approach through which students learn self discipline, while developing skills in social responsibility. The You Can Do It program promotes positive behaviours and operates throughout the school overseen by the Wellbeing Officer. Positive approaches to student behaviour are emphasised.
The structure of the school consists of straight Prep – 6 classes. The school is a core-plus facility with 18 permanent classrooms. The grounds are attractively maintained around the 31 classrooms. The core block consists of offices, staff room, 2 art rooms, music room, library and canteen. The school gymnasium is an asset to the whole school community. Two synthetic multi purpose playing fields are also available for the comprehensive house sports program in the school. An upgraded oval, watered by recycled water, is also used. A Traffic Education school is also available to teach all students Bike and Pedestrian safety. A school farm also operates. Parent involvement is encouraged in decision making and school operations. Parents assist in school programs, promoting the school and undertake fundraising.
English and Mathematics
Integration and Special Needs
Perceptual Motor Program
Physical Education/ House Sports
Bicycle Pedestrian Education
Keyboarding and Guitar (Music )
Student Leadership Programs
SC1 Demonstrated understanding of initiatives in student learning including the Principles of Learning and Teaching P-12 and Assessment and Reporting Advice and the capacity to implement and evaluate learning and teaching programs in accordance with the Victorian curriculum.
SC2 Demonstrated understanding of how students learn and effective classroom teaching strategies and the capacity to work with colleagues to continually improve teaching and learning.
SC3 Demonstrated capacity to monitor and assess student learning data and to use this data to inform teaching for improved student learning.
SC4 Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication skills and high level interpersonal skills including the ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with parents, other employees and the broader school community to focus on student learning, wellbeing and engagement.
SC5 Demonstrated commitment to continually improving teaching quality and capacity through the application of knowledge, skills and expertise derived from ongoing professional development and learning
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.
Core responsibilities include:
- Planning and implementing a range of teaching programs or
courses of study
- Teaching an area of the curriculum or a general curriculum to a
- Monitoring, evaluating and reporting student progress in key
- Implementing strategies to achieve targets related to student
- Maintaining records of class attendance and recording student
- Implementing effective student management consistent with the
- Working with a mentor to participate in professional development
planning, implementation and reflection developing a professional
Additional responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
- Supervising a range of student activities including support and
- Contributing to a range of co-curricular programs
Who May Apply
For the purpose of the Teacher Graduate Recruitment Program, graduate applicant eligibility is defined as a four-year trained qualified teacher who has completed all course requirements and graduated within the last four years; and not employed as a teacher by the Department at the time of the commencement of the advertised vacancy. Applicants must also be currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.
EEO AND OHS Commitment
The Department values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.
Child Safe Standards
Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx
The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx
Conditions of Employment
All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx