|Location:||Matthew Flinders Girls SC|
|Department:||Matthew Flinders Girls SC|
|Role Type:||Secondary Teacher|
|Ongoing/Fixed Term:||Fixed Term|
|Contact Name:||Michelle Crofts|
|Phone:||03 4243 0500|
MFG is a vibrant learning community that nurtures and serves the aspirations of girls. We create ” lifelong learners who live the MFG traits as positive members of their communities.”
In 2018 we consulted with the school community – students, staff and parents/carers - to develop a set of eleven traits, behaviours and dispositions that we, as a school community, believe are important to foster in our students. These 11 traits are:
Surrounded by a supportive ‘sisterhood,’ our young people aim to achieve excellent learning outcomes and develop qualities of character that will enrich their own lives and impact positively on the lives of others.
Matthew Flinders Girls (MFG) has a long and proud history. The original foundation stone was laid in 1856 when there were few other schools in Geelong. We are one of eight girls-only state educational providers (since 1940) and the only girls-only provider outside of the metropolitan area.
While there is no formal alumni structure, a group of ex-students, currently aged in their 70s and 80s, meets twice a year. Some students in the school are third generation members of the school community. There is an ever-growing Facebook presence of past student groups and a College Alumni Facebook Page has been established to reconnect and share stories.
Our school is centrally situated within the business, arts and sporting precincts of Geelong. It has excellent access to public transport (buses and trains). A proportion of students are from the immediate locality, but a significant number come from outside the City of Greater Geelong, from areas such as Colac, Barwon Heads, Indented Heads, Lara, Inverleigh, Bannockburn, Werribee and Anakie. There are more than 50 feeder Primary schools from where the students have been drawn over the past 5 years.
Our student population incorporates a diverse range of cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and family blends. Our Student Family Occupation (SFO) for the school is currently 0.49.
In serving the aspirations of students, our curriculum provision and quality of teaching are fundamental. Curriculum in Years 7-10 is based on the Victorian Curriculum and is framed by challenging and provocative ‘essential questions’. A balance of explicit teaching and Inquiry Based Learning to Teaching and Learning is at the heart of learning in Years 7 – 9. Our Teaching and Learning Model underpins the work and learning of our teachers with a distinct emphasis on differentiation, high impact teaching strategies, the power of formative assessment and the development of intellectual character.
A wide range of options is made available to Later Years students, including the opportunity to accelerate into VCE studies. Our school offers a range of VCE units, access to some Vocational Education and Training Programs (VET/SBATs) and to VCAL (Intermediate and Senior).
MFG is an accredited member of The Academy of Select Entry Accelerated Learner Program (TAASS), the only one in the State which is in an all-girls’ setting. This program gives students the opportunity to be selected at Year 7 according to academic and leadership potential to undertake an alternative curriculum for Years 7 to 9.
All students in Years 7 – 12 participate in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. Students are encouraged to purchase the technology which best suits their needs for learning. The school outlines minimum specifications and recommended devices to support parents when making decisions.
Instrumental Music is a key component of our school’s co-curricular Program. Students can learn voice, percussion, drums, singing, woodwind, brass, guitar and keyboard at school. MFG is also the educational home of the Sweethearts, a highly talented and well-known neo-soul all-girls music group that performs frequently in professional contexts, nationally and internationally.
A community garden has been established and exemplifies our school’s recent permaculture focus of “earth care, people care and fair share”. A key component of the garden is the construction of an urban agricultural garden where students can grow healthy organic food and share this with people in our local community. It has also been the focus of a number of environmental engineering projects.
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:
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:
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.
A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.
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