Maths / Science Teacher - Sunshine College

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Sunshine VIC, Australia
  • 23 Dec, 2021
Full time - Fixed Term Teaching - Secondary

Job Description

Job ID: 1261021
Location: Sunshine College [Multiple Location Campus]
Department: Sunshine College
Role Type: Secondary Teacher
Subjects/Duties: View Subject/Duties
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term: Fixed Term
Classification: Classroom Teacher
Apply By: 02/04/2022
Other Information  
Begin Date: 02/07/2022
End Date: 01/27/2023
Hours: 38.00
Contact Name: Tim Blunt
Phone: 03 8311 5200
School Website:


Location Profile

Sunshine College operates as a two site multi-campus school in North and West Sunshine with responsibility for serving the educational needs of around 1000 young people, employing approximately 140 staff. We are currently entering an exciting renewal phase in our teaching and learning practices and physical structure, including the opening of new facilities.

The Sunshine community is wonderfully diverse, with a strong sense of pride and identity.

Our college reflects this diversity with a wide range of teaching & learning programs across both campuses. Our successful mainstream programs being augmented by the curriculum delivered at Harvester Technical College, located adjacent to the North Campus of Sunshine College. The Harvester Technical College through its teaching staff provides innovative best practice approaches in vocational education based around applied learning. We have developed strong links with major industries and business partners, in guiding the curriculum development and in building relationships to support outcomes for students. Teachers at the HTC operate in a team environment, integrating curriculum around learning projects for a dynamic year 10-12 student cohort.

Teachers across both of the 7-12 campuses of Sunshine College are expected to be creative of new and innovative approaches to teaching and learning, with an understanding that students learn best through discovery, research & development processes and especially when this learning is linked to applied situations.

Our student’s average growth rate in NAPLAN Reading and Numeracy from Year 7 to Year 9 is better than state averages.

A major and exciting challenge for us is to become one of the leading schools in Victoria on how literacy issues are positively addressed. Students in Years 7 to 11 are involved in the SunLit program, receiving structured literacy lessons throughout the week.

Maths staff are regular presenters at the Mathematics Association of Victoria Annual Conference and were acknowledged for their work in Numeracy in winning the Lindsay Thompson Award for Excellence in Education.

Each year our students achieve high ATAR scores and have won Premier’s Awards and the VCE Achiever of the Year Award placing them among the top elite students in Victoria. The duxes of the school over the last years are studying Commerce, Law, Medicine, Engineering and Dentistry. Our outcomes for students graduating from the HTC into apprenticeships, work or further study are exceptional.

A highlight of the school year is SHINE, our performing arts evening which showcases the talents of a very multi-cultural cohort of students across all campuses and has become a major community event. 

The College supports the broader community in a number of ways through community curriculum initiatives, largely coordinated in our pathways courses run at Years 7 to 10. 

We are committed to maximising learning outcomes and life opportunities for our students by providing high quality learning experiences which will empower them to continue to

learn, adapt to changing circumstances, and create opportunities for themselves, while valuing self, others, and their environment.

Our core school values focus on GROWTH, LEARNING, WELLBEING and RELATIONSHIPS. These values guide our philosophy in how we educate and support our students and nurtures our belief that all students can learn.

Staff work in supportive Focus Groups, at times they team teach and are committed to continual personal and professional growth, and accept new educational challenges as a natural part of their professional lives.

Staff at Sunshine College have worked together to develop what we call a “core plus” instructional model that allows for domain specific innovation and creativity but is underpinned across all domains by five core instructional practice principles~

  • Learning Intention articulated and reflected on
  • Readiness for Learning determined
  • Activities that Target Individual Success delivered
  • Quality Feedback provided
  • Reflection undertaken

We believe that our teaching staff are by far the most valuable resource of the school.  We know that it is our teachers who ultimately make the difference for students, and we support them accordingly.

The Victorian Auditor-General’s Office tabled a report in the Victorian Parliament titled “The Effectiveness of Student Wellbeing Programs and Services.” Sunshine College was chosen to talk to representatives of the VAGO about our programs, which have led to consecutive years of ‘exemplar’ results within the Victorian Student Attitudinal Surveys.

Our performance and development culture is based around the collaborative work of staff in professional learning teams where curriculum is collegiately designed and consistently delivered across classrooms and campuses and where self-reflection is critical to enhancing the craft of teaching.

Sunshine College promotes the safety, participation and empowerment of all children, including those with a disability. Our culture is based on Collaboration, Aspiration and Inclusion. Our College is culturally safe for indigenous children and for those from culturally and linguistically diverse background. We encourage applications from indigenous peoples and from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

If this is a school, you would like to be part of I would encourage you to formally apply for the position.

Applicants will need to hold valid tertiary qualifications and be able to meet Victorian Institute of Teacher registration requirements.

Please note Sunshine College reserves the right to contact colleagues other than those listed as referees

Selection Criteria
SC1 Demonstrated knowledge of the relevant curriculum, including the ability to incorporate the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills. Demonstrated experience in responding to student learning needs.

SC2 Demonstrated experience in planning for and implementing high impact teaching strategies, guided by how students learn, and evaluating the impact of learning and teaching programs on student learning growth.

SC3 Demonstrated experience in monitoring and assessing student learning. Demonstrated experience in using data to inform teaching practice and providing feedback on student learning growth and achievement to students and parents.

SC4 Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with students, parents, colleagues and the broader school community to support student learning, agency, wellbeing and engagement.

SC5 Demonstrated behaviours and attitudes consistent with Department values. Demonstrated experience in reflecting upon practice and engaging in professional learning to continually improve the quality of teaching.

The classroom teacher classification comprises two salary ranges- range 1 and range 2. The primary focus of the classroom teacher is on the planning, preparation and teaching of programs to achieve specific student outcomes. The classroom teacher engages in critical reflection and inquiry in order to improve knowledge and skills to effectively engage students and improve their learning.

As the classroom teacher gains experience his or her contribution to the school program beyond the classroom increases. All classroom teachers may be required to undertake other duties in addition to their rostered teaching duties provided the responsibility is appropriate to the salary range, qualifications, training and experience of the teacher.

Classroom teacher Range 2
Range 2 classroom teachers play a significant role in assisting the school to improve student performance and educational outcomes determined by the school strategic plan and state-wide priorities and contributing to the development and implementation of school policies and priorities.

A critical component of this work will focus on increasing the knowledge base of staff within their school about student learning and high quality instruction to assist their school to define quality teacher practice.

Range 2 classroom teachers will be expected to:

  • Have the content knowledge and pedagogical practice to meet the diverse needs of all students
  • Model exemplary classroom practice and mentor/coach other teachers in the school to engage in critical reflection of their practice and to support staff to expand their capacity
  • Provide expert advice about the content, processes and strategies that will shape individual and school professional learning
  • Supervise and train one or more student teachers
  • Assist staff to use student data to inform teaching approaches that enable targets related to improving student learning outcomes to be achieved.

Classroom teacher Range 1
The primary focus of the range 1 classroom teacher is on further developing skills and competencies to become an effective classroom practitioner with structured support and guidance from teachers at higher levels and the planning, preparation and teaching of programs to achieve specific student outcomes. These teachers teach a range of students/classes and are accountable for the effective delivery of their programs. Range 1 classroom teachers are skilled teachers who operate under general direction within clear guidelines following established work practices and documented priorities and may have responsibility for the supervision and training of one or more student teachers.

At range 1, teachers participate in the development of school policies and programs and assist in the implementation of school priorities.
The focus of a range 1 classroom teacher is on classroom management, subject content and teaching practice. New entrants to the teaching profession in their initial teaching years receive structured support, mentoring and guidance from teachers at higher levels.

Under guidance, new entrants to the teaching profession will plan and teach student groups in one or more subjects and are expected to participate in induction programs and other professional learning activities that are designed to ensure the integration of curriculum, assessment and pedagogy across the school.

Teachers at range 1 are responsible for teaching their own classes and may also assist and participate in policy development, project teams and the organisation of co-curricula activities.

The role of classroom teacher may include but is not limited to:

  • Direct teaching of groups of students and individual students;
  • Contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of a curriculum area or other curriculum program within the school;
  • Undertaking other classroom teaching related and organisational duties as determined by the School Principal;
  • Participating in activities such as parent/teacher meetings; staff meetings; camps and excursions;
  • Undertaking other non-teaching supervisory duties.

Who May Apply
Teachers currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and qualified to teach and/or have demonstrated experience in the curriculum area(s) specified for the position.

Vaccination Requirement
A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.


Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and other Sciences, Mathematics

School Type


Job Closing Date

04 Feb, 2022