Badger Creek Primary School is located in beautiful surroundings 4km south of Healesville and 60km east of Melbourne. Our school is located directly across the road from the Healesville Sanctuary and has a rich history linked with the indigenous settlement at Corranderk. Badger Creek Primary School No 3309 was opened in 1899 when it replaced the original Coranderrk Aboriginal Station School No 3048, which operated from 1893-1898. Badger Creek Primary School had new buildings constructed in 1989. These beautiful, award-winning buildings replaced the Old School building which was relocated across the road to preserve the community’s history. The historic building is now used by the school and various community groups for special functions. In 2010, with funding through the Building the Educational Revolution program, we built a 21st Century learning space which caters for flexible learning and collaboration. This building houses our Junior School and has five classrooms, toilets, a teacher office, storage and learning spaces.
Badger Creek Primary School is an institution serving the Badger Creek community and our community links are very strong, we consider ourselves a community school. Badger Creek Kindergarten is located over the road and provides the majority of the prep enrolments for our school. Healesville High School is located a short distance away and is the secondary school many of our graduating students attend.
Student enrolments are currently 240. Students attend BCPS from the Badger Creek district, Healesville, Chum Creek and surrounding rural areas. We have an SFO of 0.36 and a diverse range of education attainment and socio-economic backgrounds within our school community.
BCPS has moved towards multi-age classes to meet the broad educational needs of students and to provide teaching teams for our staff. There are currently 9 Indigenous students attending Badger Creek Primary School and 3 students who come from a Language Background Other Than English. There is also a Students with Disability Program which currently caters for 12 students who require learning support.
Currently BCPS has 12 full time staff and 11 part-time staff, including an Assistant Principal and 3 specialist teachers teaching Music, Art, PE and Library. Support staff include a School Chaplain, 6 Integration Aides, a Business Manager and an Administrative Support Officer. Regional Student Support Staff include a Speech Therapist and a School Psychologist.
Badger Creek Primary School is characterised by an innovative teaching and learning program. We offer an inquiry based integrated curriculum which addresses the prescribed content and common achievement standards of the Victorian Curriculum to inform the planning of student learning programs, assess student progress and report to parents. Children are extended and supported within the classroom at their point of need with the aim of reaching their personal learning goals.
Our school has a vibrant music program and we have strong links with the Yarra Valley Arts Council reflecting the creative interests in music and art by a significant proportion of our community members. Instrumental Music is a prominent feature of BCPS – we offer tuition in woodwind, violin, guitar, flute, keyboard, drums and percussion to just under half of our students. We have a very active school band which amongst other performances plays at every Friday assembly. Our school choir regularly performs within the wider community, including the annual ANZAC Day ceremonies and regular visits to local kindergartens and aged care facilities.
The school also offers a range of enrichment and support programs. Our grade 6 Leadership Program provides opportunities for every student to develop their leadership skills and contribute in a meaningful way to our wider school community. Our Student Representative Council provides opportunities for students to voice their opinions and ideas and make positive contributions to our school and society.
Badger Creek Primary Schools offers a wonderful Art Program, which also incorporates our Japanese language program. Students visit the dedicated art room each week and are immersed in many forms of visual art such as paint, drawing, paper craft, ceramics, textiles, construction and IT. Students learn about innovative artists and hone their own artistic skills and style.
Our Sports Program provides opportunities for students to perform in a wide range of sporting endeavours, district and regional competitions and state trials. We also have sporting connections through our facilities with football, cricket, basketball, martial arts and soccer. We participate in district and division events with students often progressing further to zone and regional trials.
Our school community is passionate about sustainability and the environment, as reflected in our award-winning gardens. We are currently extending our Kitchen Garden program through accessing our existing orchard, vegetable gardens, outdoor learning space, chook shed, indigenous garden, and composting and recycling systems. The school has developed a strong partnership with the Healesville Sanctuary since its opening in 1934. Students regularly participate in and assist with projects and activities to support the Sanctuary’s Education and Extinction programs.
The school offers a Before School Care Program from 7.00-8.45am and an After School Care program from 3:30-6:00pm which has an average of 18-30 students attending weeknights. This service is provided by CIRE, who also offer an exciting holiday program
SC1 Demonstrated experience and skills in coordinating a specific education support function.
SC2 Demonstrated capacity to supervise the work of other support staff and to develop procedures and guidelines relating to the work area.
SC3 Demonstrated high level oral and written communication skills.
SC4 Possess the technical knowledge and expertise relevant to the position.
SC5 Demonstrated capacity to provide advice and support to management in respect to the work area.
SC6 Demonstrated commitment to professional learning and growth for both self and others.
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Undertakes routine tasks that are usually carried out under close supervision and direction. Work that carries some degree of independence will generally involve a limited number of tasks performed on a regular basis where priorities are clear, procedures are well established and direction is readily available.
Work has little scope for deviation. Problems can usually be solved by reference to well documented procedures and instructions and clearly established practices. Deviation from established procedures will require reference to others for guidance and direction. Assistance is readily available when problems arise. An experienced employee at range 1 will exercise limited judgement within clearly defined guidelines and well established practices that relate specifically to the tasks performed.
Does not carry responsibility for the work of others. More experienced employees will provide basic guidance and advice to others relating to tasks within the work area.
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.
Qualification requirements do not operate at range 1. Certification requirements may be required to legally perform specific tasks - e.g. driver's licence, first aid, safe food handling.
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