At Dandenong West Primary School we seek to meet the needs of the community we serve. Our view of education is expansive, while student learning is our core business we recognise this does not happen in isolation from families and the wider community. We have high aspirations for our students, as do their families. Our programs are designed to enhance student learning, support families by providing access to services and learning opportunities, and to foster participation within the wider community. Our school vision embodies this view of education:
“Our vision is to inspire a passion for learning that motivates us to
live life with enthusiasm and a positive attitude.”
To achieve our vision we expect all staff to develop positive relationships with our students, their families and more widely; we understand that life is a process of continuous growth, and growth itself is a process of learning through making meaningful connections. To establish and maintain positive learning relationships our staff are expected to implement the Berry St Educational Model and Restorative Practices.
Our programs are designed to meet the needs of a large group of students newly-arrived in Australia who face a range of challenges; including learning English. Our teachers work in teams to provide an exciting and engaging learning program designed to meet students' individual learning needs. All teachers work in flexible learning spaces. Time is allocated to enable teams to plan together for effective learning and teaching and to ensure consistent practices are established and maintained. Teaching staff are provided with a range of Professional Learning opportunities to improve the quality of learning and teaching; including working with the school's Instructional Coach and Stem Learning Specialist.
We have a Well-Being Team to support students and families who work alongside teachers to ensure students are happy, safe and ready to learn. Dandenong West has developed a range of innovative opportunities to engage families and the wider community with the school. We have a Community Hub that facilities parent engagement and learning throughout the school day.
SC1 Demonstrated experience and capacity to work within a culturally diverse community.
SC2 Knowledge of Community development principles and techniques.
SC3 Ability to gain the support and assistance of parents, other stake holders, community agencies, early years service networks and staff in developing a Community Hub.
SC4 Demonstrated capacity to work both independently and as part of a team, including well-developed planning, time management and organisational skills.
SC5 Ability to communicate effectively with people and families from diverse backgrounds, especially culturally and linguistically diverse families.
SC6 Well developed oral communication skills, as well as sound written and report writing and ICT skills.
In partnership with the local community coordinate the development of the Community Hub, consisting of:
Leadership and Management
Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.
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.
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