ES 1-Range 2 House Assistant/Student Leadership


Reference: 1198193

Location Profile

Dear Applicant, Thank you for your interest in the advertised position at Warrnambool College. At a time of exciting growth and continuous school improvement, this is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated, dynamic professional to be part of our team. At Warrnambool College we achieve success through persistence, resilience and mutual respect.
The College values are:
Resilience, strength, mutual respect, courage, trust, global learners, honesty, accountability and persistence. Our moral purpose to improve educational outcomes and opportunities not just for our students, but for every student. Based on this ethos we promote the ideal that every Warrnambool student should thrive.
College Philosophy:
The primary aim of Warrnambool College is to prepare students for life as active, happy, healthy citizens. We provide opportunities to develop the academic, social and personal skills which will allow them to participate in and contribute to the community as competent and informed global citizens. Our College recognises and strives to meet the individual needs and educational requirements of all students. We make a strong commitment to child safety and consider this the duty of all child related staff workers.
Warrnambool College offers an educational program which is diverse and interesting and allows students to experience success in an environment which is safe and supportive. We are innovative in curriculum development and always look to providing a contemporary, relevant program. Curriculum delivery and planning is developed using the Understanding by Design methodology. This practice is reflected across the College as a whole and all teaching staff take part in Professional Learning Teams. The daily structure of the school operates on a four period day; each period consists of 70 minutes.
Location :
Warrnambool College is a Years 7-12 secondary school situated within parkland in the eastern area of the city of Warrnambool. Students from the City of Warrnambool and the surrounding rural districts attend the school which has a stable student population of more than 1200 students with boys and girls in approximately equal numbers.
Student Welfare:
Warrnambool College has a student welfare structure which is based upon the organisation of students into six House Groupings. Each House has a House Leader supported by two Assistants. There is a strong focus on Pastoral Care. Our College Wellbeing centre encompasses our Wellbeing coordinator, Student Counsellors, ‘Big Life’ program coordinator, School Nurse, Speech Pathologist, and GP in schools who all play a vital role in caring for students at all year levels. Warrnambool College has a commitment to zero tolerance of child abuse and safety of children with a disability, from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds and students with diverse sexual and/or gender identification.
Parent Involvement:
The College prioritises communication with all families through a range of mediums including the on line communication tool, Compass. Parents and guardians are encouraged to become involved in College activities and the education of their children in all areas of the curriculum. Opportunities exist for parents and guardians to contribute at the policy-making level via our College Council and its various sub-committees.

Education Programs:
In Years 7-10 students are able to participate in studies from all areas of AusVels and where applicable the Australian Curriculum. At Years 7 and 8 there is a common curriculum which aims to develop the students' competence in literacy, numeracy, the arts and technology as a foundation for success in future studies. In Year 9 students participate in PhoenIX which has student centered inquiry-based learning at the heart of this innovative program. At Year 10 students enjoy an extensive program of semester units which provide diversity, challenge and the opportunity to pursue studies of particular individual interest. The VCE timetable aligns with Year 10 units allowing for advanced study if desired. Students are also able to participate in educational extension and enhancement programs in addition to their normal studies. The College is accredited to teach the SEAL program and is a founding member of the academy of accredited SEAL schools. Students who enter this gifted and talented program must complete testing in Year 6. A 10+ subject for later entry to the gifted and talented program was introduced in 2016. In Years 9 and 10 students are introduced to the broad range of services available from the Careers Centre and they are encouraged to use this facility in planning for future studies or in preparing for entry to the workforce. The College also has a select entry Sporting Pathways Program. Students enter this program via an application process and successful completion of peak fitness and physio testing. The SPP program runs from year 7-10.
Student achievement at the VCE level is outstanding at Warrnambool College. An extensive range of units are offered from mainstream academic studies through to Vocational Education and Training courses in areas such as Automotive, Building, Community Services, Engineering, Electro technology, Fashion Design, Make-up, Plumbing, Bricklaying and Hospitality. The College also offers the Victorian Certificate of Applied Education at the Intermediate and Senior level. Our College recognises the diverse needs and aspirations of senior students and offers a curriculum that maximises their opportunity for entry into further studies, apprenticeships or career paths.
A thorough careers counselling process is a feature of our school’s program which is aimed at meeting the specific needs of each VCE student. Student success at the VCE level is a major objective of our College.

The School operates numerous specialist academies for students to participate in (sport, drama, music, arts, cooking). These academies train regularly and compete at both local and state level.
Students are encouraged to participate in additional College activities which include sport, instrumental music, Performing Arts, Duke of Edinburgh Award, public speaking and debating, academic competitions and student leadership amongst others. Opportunities are provided for students to participate in extension programs which include work experience, camps and international language and cultural tours. The achievements of our students in academic, sporting and cultural endeavours have been widely recognised at local, state and national levels.


Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated general administrative competency, including knowledge, experience or the capacity to learn relevant computer software
  • Demonstrated capacity to support the development and implementation of school based programs and interventions that support the success of young people.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and high-level interpersonal skills, including a capacity to develop constructive relationships with students, parents and other staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to and work in a team environment, including the ability to maintain discretion and confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated high level organizational and time management skills, initiative and the ability to work independently

Role

Performs and/or supervises tasks that are carried out in accordance with guidelines, accepted practice and school policy. This may include the supervision and coordination of other education support class staff within the work area or educational program. Supervision and coordination would be limited to ensuring routine tasks are performed to required standards. Input into identifying training needs and development of education support class staff within the work area or educational program becomes an important feature at range 2.

Specialised support to achieve specific outcomes is a feature of range 2. Typically this will involve accountability for a single function, (e.g. ensuring data is properly maintained) or the operation of a work area (e.g. managing the day to day operation of a school office) under the direction of the principal or another senior manager.

Provides support to teachers and students that is beyond the routine support provided at education support class Level 1, range 1. Within an educational program assists teachers with the coordination of the support function, such as directing/organising the work of other support staff or providing a specialist support role.

An education support class position supports the educational services being provided to students, but must not include duties of teaching as defined in clause 2.6.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) or its successor. Supervision of students cannot be required except where it is an integral part of the employee's position or involves supervision of students individually or in small groups, in controlled circumstances, where the responsibility for students remains clearly with a teacher.


Responsibilities

  • Liaise with and provide information to parents, staff and students about school administration procedures and policy.
  • Provide document preparation service for the school community.
  • Provide administrative support for specific school programs.

Who May Apply

Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of 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


DET Values

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


Other Information

Typical Tasks include:

House support:

  • Triage students re wellbeing before they report to the Wellbeing centre
  • Answering and attending to phone and general enquiries to the House
  • Word processing, filing, photocopying of House documents and resources
  • Ordering supplies and requisites
  • Attending House meetings
  • Assisting in the organizing of House events eg. Graduations, parent info evenings, assemblies
  • This position also supports the administration of the student sporting pathways program
  • Ensure the Office Core Values of professionalism, efficiency, cheerfulness, reliability, politeness and teamwork are

implemented, followed and supported at all times.

  • Other duties as directed by the Principal Class


Student Leadership co-ordination:

  • Weekly meetings with the SEA Team with a whole school focus.
  • Attend the Student Leaders Congress and then work with the SEA Team to develop a whole school project, undertake and present back to staff and the Congress
  • Facilitator of major student driven events/activities (BBQs at sporting carnivals, Arts Cup and whole school out of uniform days.
  • Implement the Student Leadership policy in liaison with the House Leaders. Including the timeline for student leadership selection throughout the year.
  • Organise Student Leadership Induction night and Student Leadership Camp. In consultation with Events Coordinator and Principal Team.
  • Lead the process of College Captain applications and appointment. With VCE Leader and Prin Team.
  • Organise Blazers and ties for Captains, certificates and badges/pens for student leaders.
  • Work with College Captains and liaise with Principal.
  • Responsible for community partnerships and programs, organise Relay for Life event. Work with Principal team to organise ANZAC Day assembly at school and students to attend all services.
  • Promote and support students applying for the Warrnambool and Moyne Youth Councils.
  • Manage timing of House based lunchtime activity program; will need to liaise with House Leaders to schedule these events.
  • A member of the Engagement and Wellbeing School Council sub-committee; attend all meetings.
  • Attend House Leadership meetings via invite.
  • Be part of the Warrnambool College facebook page administration
  • Continually keep family and staff of the College informed of Student Leadership throughout the year.


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.