Werribee Secondary College is a highly regarded school in the Wyndham Education Precinct. A consequence of the College's outstanding results in VCE, IB (International Baccalaureate), VCAL and NAPLAN is that applications for enrolments far exceed the Colleges intake capacity. Werribee SC students have enjoyed recognition such as VCE All-rounder, IB High Achievers and VCAL competition winners. More recently, 97 % of the College's senior students have achieved tertiary pathways. Werribee Secondary College has over 70 International Students who have selected the College to complete their secondary education.
The College is a TAASS accredited provider of a Select Entry Learning program, which operates across the curriculum in years 7- 12. The College attained accreditation as an International School with the Council of International Schools (CIS) in 2006 and in 2013 became the first state secondary college in Victoria to be accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organisation and authorised to offer the Diploma Program (DP) of the IB. Werribee Secondary College has instilled a culture which embraces hard work, academic achievement and learning growth. All students wear the traditional uniform of blazer, shirt and tie.
The College has implemented a number of curriculum structures and programs which have further enhanced an exciting teaching and learning environment. The ENGAGE Teaching and Learning cycle embeds the High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) and is a research- based pedagogical framework that the College has implemented based on evidence gathered from the students and the school community. In 2020, the college will embark on the implementation of the PLC (Professional Learning Communities) using the inquiry cycle to achieve continuous learning growth.
A broad range of co-curricular activities includes amongst others, music, drama, chess, debating, public speaking and Leadership Programs. Further leadership opportunities for male and female students are provided through the College's Australian Army Cadet Unit, which was formally inaugurated by the then Prime Minister Julia Gillard in early 2012 and is only the 2nd school based AAC Unit in a Victorian state school.
A re-building program upgraded the level of many facilities in 2010 and these have been be augmented by the completion of a new Recital and Performance Centre in early 2016 and the construction of a further $7 million-dollar stage completed in late 2018.
Resources, Wellbeing and other Features
The College has implemented a BYODD program across all Year levels. All classrooms are equipped with projectors. There is a well-resourced Student Wellbeing and Leadership Program which is implemented through a House system and a weekly Pastoral Leadership program. The College's resources are well allocated and provisioned. The College also enjoys a healthy financial status.
The Colleges modern facilities include 5 new Science rooms, a Music recital centre and auditorium, flexible English and Humanities area and a Numeracy block. These spaces provide for dynamic learning experiences across Year 7-12.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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
- 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