Student Welfare Officer (Ed Support Level 1-range 1)

Schools (Government)

Warracknabeal, VIC

Posted 4/16/2019

Location Profile

WARRACKNABEAL SECONDARY COLLEGE

We are a community school committed to our values of:

Honesty, Excellence, Respect, Resilience and Perseverance

Warracknabeal Secondary College is a rural government school based in the prosperous country town in the heart of Victoria’s wheat belt. Due to the closest secondary college being at least 55 kilometres away, Warracknabeal Secondary College services an extensive rural community in the Yarriambiack Shire. Warracknabeal has approximately 2,500 residents, which is situated 60 kilometres north of Horsham (population of approximately 18,000.) The town is situated on the Henty Highway, by the gum-lined banks of the Yarriambiack Creek. The town’s name derives from an Aboriginal expression relating to the large red gums along the creek. It is approximately a four-hour drive from Melbourne.

We are a vision-oriented school, with our own mission and values. We aim to empower students who come to Warracknabeal Secondary College to ‘be able to choose a life that has meaning.’ We reinforce our values of Honesty, Excellence, Respect, Resilience and Perseverance through awarding students with Young Achiever Awards for displaying these values. Being part of a close community, results in a strong relationship centred education, based on high expectations of behaviour and learning.

In 2019, there are approximately 180 fulltime students enrolled. Most of our students live in town with approximately 30% arriving by bus across five bus routes. There is a strong sporting culture) in the school with many students and staff playing at local clubs.

Some of the sports offered in Warracknabeal include:
Football, Netball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Roller Derby, Boxing, Tennis, Cricket, Golf, Table Tennis and Swimming.

There are currently 24 EFT (Effective Full Time) teachers, which includes the Principal, Assistant Principal and three Leading Teachers supported by 9 Education Support Staff. We have a number of staff who are local to Warracknabeal or the greater region, who are complemented by teachers from the ‘Teach for Australia’ program and ‘Melbourne University Graduate’ Program.

Warracknabeal Secondary College has a strong commitment to consistent teaching and learning practices based on the ‘Powerful Learning’ strategies. Lessons have clear ‘learning intentions’ and ‘success criteria’ to help students focus on what they are learning.

We use data to inform our decisions, both at a strategic level and at a classroom level. The school has clear expectations of student behaviour, creating a calm learning environment in classes.

ICT is embedded through the curriculum, as the school has a BYOD (bring your own device).We extensively use Edmodo for sharing of information, communicating with and providing feedback to students and parents, as well as submitting work.

We are committed to a rigorous and diverse curriculum for those with academic and/or practical pathways. Year 7-9 is based on the Victorian Curriculum. English, Mathematics and Personal Development are core subjects. Students also have the opportunity to modify their timetable to support their individual pathway.

In the senior years we are committed to providing as many opportunities for our students as possible. We run a three year VCE program, beginning in Year 10, in order to increase subject options for students. We usually have small Year 12 classes and we support students enrolled in virtual classes or subjects by Distance Education.

For students following a practical pathway, we have a rigorous VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) program with strong links with the local community for work placements. VET (Vocational Education & Training) is operated out of Horsham, which provides many opportunities to prepare for the workforce.

We also have a Hands on Learning group that operates where students give back to the college and the community through practical improvements. This program enhances our extensive and well maintained grounds and provides an avenue for students to connect more strongly with their school.

Each classroom is fitted with an interactive whiteboard to enhance learning opportunities. The current buildings cater for a larger student population, resulting in students being able to feel more comfortable and have access to larger classrooms and grounds. In 2016 the school obtained a funding allocation of $4 million to begin the relocation to the Primary School site along with the Special Development School. This ‘Education Precinct’ began Stage 1 construction in late 2017.

Please contact us if you are interested in joining the team at Warracknabeal Secondary College, either as a student, community partner or staff member.


Selection Criteria

SC1 Capacity to undertake routine support tasks across a range of functions in one or more work areas within a school environment-particularly related to Student Welfare.

SC2 Demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively with members of the school community including students and the capacity to provide support and/or attendant care to students where necessary.

SC3 Demonstrated high level written communication skills.

SC4 Capacity to work cooperatively with a range of people including teachers, education support, students and parents.

SC5 A commitment to professional learning and growth.


Role


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.


Responsibilities

  • Be a key part of the Student Wellbeing teacm, reporting directly to the leader of Student Wellbeing services within the College.
  • Participate in team meetings and be an active support to students, in relation to student wellbeing.
  • Participate in the facilitation of school-based Wellbeing programs
  • Liaise with staff to facilitate successful school esperiences for students
  • Carry out other duties as directed by the Principal

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

- 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.

- Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx


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http://www.acwajobcentral.com.au/job/12034859