Physics Teacher (10-12 VCE/IB Preferred)


Position Description

Position: Teacher – Physics/Science

Reports to: Head of Department and Head of School

Department: Science

Date: November 2020

At MLC, we are committed to providing a challenging, enriching and supportive learning

environment, which develops confident and articulate young women who have the skills,

knowledge, values and attitudes needed to shape their future and contribute

meaningfully to the international community.

MLC is committed to remain at the forefront of education and maintain our Christian

heritage while respecting the spirituality and other faiths of our community.

MLC is committed to providing an environment where diversity is valued and differences are

recognised and respected.

Primary Purpose

MLC teachers are responsible for creating and maintaining an effective learning

environment which supports the learning needs of the students in realising the MLC

Mission. Teachers are expected to be enthusiastic and passionate about their work and

to actively engage students in the learning process.

MLC teachers work in a learning community and are expected to establish and maintain

positive relationships with staff and students. They are expected to be life-long learners

and to participate in the Professional Learning Program.

MLC teachers work in a technology rich environment and are expected to integrate a

range of technologies in their practice to support student learning.


Position in Context

MLC is one of Australia’s most respected and innovative schools, with over 2,000

students from our Early Learning Centre (MLC Kindle) to Year 12, including international

students and boarders. MLC is a technology rich environment with teaching staff and

students from year 5 having a notebook computer.

MLC is comprised of four relatively autonomous schools: Junior School (MLC Kindle –

Year 6), Junior Secondary School (Years 7 and 8), Middle School (Years 9 and 10) and

Senior School (Years 11 and 12). Years 7 to 12 teachers are expected to teach across at

least two schools. The Senior School program offers a comprehensive curriculum

including the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), International Baccalaureate (IB) and

Vocational Education and Training (VCE - VET). Teachers may be expected to teach

across these programs.

Student wellbeing and student learning are intricately linked. All teachers are responsible

for the wellbeing of students and every student has a designated teacher directly

responsible for her wellbeing. MLC teachers are expected to take on a home group or

tutor group role in the Student Wellbeing program if required.

Teachers at MLC are allocated duties and are expected to attend camps, meetings,

professional development and other events as determined by the College.

Key Contacts

Internal

  • Head/s of Department
  • Head/s of School
  • Year Level or House Coordinators
  • Teachers
  • Students
  • Parents / Guardians

External

  • Subject Associations

Professional Practice

MLC teachers demonstrate their breadth and influence in four settings: their own

professional learning, their work with the students they teach, their work with colleagues and

their work with the wider school community. All of these settings relate to their impact on

student learning.

Through their practice and professional experiences, MLC teachers will:

1. Expand their understanding of content and how students learn using research and

workplace knowledge.

2. Develop and select effective teaching strategies to suit the physical, social and

intellectual needs development and characteristics, address the learning strengths and

needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious or socio-economic

backgrounds and address the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI)

student and support the participation and learning of students with disabilities.


3. Support, work and model with colleagues the review, development and implementation

of effective learning and teaching programs, including literacy and numeracy programs

and programs that use Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and effective

learning and teaching strategies to address underachievement across the full range of

abilities.

4. Use a range of data including student feedback and student assessment collected over

time to analyse the progress of students and review learning and teaching strategies.

5. Develop a culture of high expectations for all students.

6. Create opportunities and work with colleagues to engage parents, caregivers and the

community in their children’s learning.

7. Support the understanding and implementation of government, sector and school

policies or priorities in the school community including concerned with student

wellbeing and safety and professional ethics and responsibilities.

8. Share learning goals with students and assess their progress using a range of

assessment strategies and provide regular targeted feedback to students to progress

their own learning and report on student progress to parents and caregivers.

9. Evaluate and moderate learning and teaching programs and student progress and

reports with colleagues using a range of data and artefacts of their learning.

10. Plan professional learning in the context of the National Professional Standards for

Teachers and consideration of relevant research and initiate and engage in professional

learning with colleagues to evaluate professional learning and the effectiveness of their

learning and teaching.

11. Contribute to professional networks in the school and wider education community.

The MLC professional practice standards are largely based on the revised National

Professional Standards for Teachers (Australian Institute for Teaching and School

Leadership, 2011). Within these standards at MLC, there are specific levels of

performance for Graduate, Accomplished and Expert teachers.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria (competencies, qualifications, knowledge and experience)

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain positive relationships with members of the MLC

community, including staff, parents and students.

  • Effective planning and organisational skills, including time management.
  • Collaborative team member.
  • Proven competence with use of technology in a learning environment and in

implementing curriculum.

  • An understanding of current educational issues at the local, national and international

level.

  • Acts professionally and maintains appropriate confidentiality.
  • Appropriate qualification and demonstrated expertise in relevant subject area(s).
  • Current Victorian Institute of Teaching Registration.
  • Participation in co-curricular activities and trips.
  • Adherence to all College policies and demonstration of behaviours in accordance

with the Child Safe Standards.

Teachers will be expected to teach across a range of secondary levels and should have an

appropriate tertiary degree with sufficient studies in chemistry and general science to

support a knowledge base that will enable them to take classes from Year 7 to Year 12.


Desirable Criteria (competencies, qualifications, knowledge and experience)

  • Experience teaching VCE Physics and IB
  • Experience teaching in a mixed ability classroom setting in Years 7 to 10 would be an

advantage.

MLC performs thorough assessments of potential and existing employees. The assessments

will be used to ascertain whether the potential or existing employee is a fit and proper

person to be trusted to work in a school environment and in the position applied for or held.

The screening process includes, but is not limited to, Criminal Records Checks and Working

with Children Checks.

MLC’s commitment to child safety

MLC is committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children. All

members of our community, including employees, contractors, agency staff and

volunteers, have an important role in providing students with a safe and nurturing

environment in which to prosper and thrive. MLC has zero tolerance of child abuse, and

all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently within

our policies and procedures.

MLC is committed to preventing child abuse through identifying risks early, and

removing and reducing these risks. We have robust human resources and recruitment

practices, supported by regular training and development.

We support and respect all children, as well as all members of our community. We are

committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal students, the cultural safety of children

from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse background, and to providing a safe

environment for children with a disability.

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candidates' and employees’ use only. It cannot be reproduced without College

permission.