Yarrawonga College P-12 is situated in the North East border township of Yarrawonga, with a population of 8000. Separated by the Murray River, the NSW town of Mulwala is adjacent and has a further population of 3000. The river was widened in the early 1900's to form Lake Mulwala, which is an amazing resource for fishing, boating, camping and water sports, adding to the wide range of sporting and leisure opportunities across the border towns. The original purpose of the lake is to provide irrigation to 128,000 hectares of farming land via the Yarrawonga Main Cannel, which is 957kms long and services the Murray Valley irrigation region, from Yarrawonga to Barmah. The town boasts more sunny days than the Gold Coast and has thriving tourism, hospitality and education industries.
In 2010 Yarrawonga Secondary College and Yarrawonga Primary School merged to form Yarrawonga College P12, and at the beginning of 2018 the P-4 Campus relocated from the historical Primary school site at Tom Street to the new purpose built P-4 campus at Gilmore Street, alongside a new Administration block and the existing 5-8 campus, with the 9-12 Campus located across the road in Pinniger Street. The P-4 and 5-8 campuses are flexible learning spaces that can be opened up for group learning and shut down for more focused learning, which makes them unique classrooms in our district. The next stage of the building masterplan will be to build a new 9-12 campus on the Gilmore Street site.
Aims for Students
YCP12 promotes high achievement by developing the learning capacities of all students, enabling them to be:
Motivated lifelong learners striving to achieve excellence
Students who demonstrate respect, compassion, honesty and tolerance for others
Innovative and resilient learners, inquisitive of the world around them
Students competent in the essential skills of literacy and numeracy, allowing all to reach their full potential.
Technologically capable students who can adapt to a rapidly advancing world
Socially responsible students who contribute positively to the community
Mission for Staff
Staff will assist students to succeed by providing:
A broad, challenging, innovative and authentic learning environment
An ethos of respect, tolerance, compassion and acknowledgement of success
A differentiated curriculum based on best teaching practice
A supportive framework focused on mentoring and coaching through teamwork
A safe learning environment based on the principles of restorative justice
Quality opportunities for each student to develop a range of leadership capabilities
Values for YCP-12 Community
Integrity – acting ethically and fairly at all times, ensuring consistency between words and actions, upholding the College values in everything we do
Co-operation – working together, communicating effectively and supporting each other in a positive manner
Honesty – always being truthful, fair and true to oneself and others
Respect – treating others with consideration, being courteous at all times and acknowledging the beliefs and rights of others
Responsibility – taking ownership of our behavior and actions and setting a positive example to others
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