Eltham North Primary School nurtures a community atmosphere, beautiful surrounds and positive learning environment. At Eltham North, we have proud academic tradition and maximise every learning opportunity to shape our students' future through high quality, values-enriched teaching and learning.
As a Victorian Government Primary School, Eltham North has a clear vision and purpose. Vision: 'Our school empowers all students to embrace learning, achieve their personal best and build their emotional, social and physical wellbeing'.
At Eltham North, the school community works together to ensure every child has a positive, happy and rewarding school experience. Every person involved in Eltham North Primary School has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make. Parents and teachers are genuine partners in the learning process, ensuring students value and pursue knowledge and strive to achieve their best. Students are also encouraged to be considerate and supportive of others.
The school attracts and retains an experienced, caring and innovative staff. Our teachers work to provide a range of high quality learning opportunities to stimulate and challenge the individual needs and talents of their students. This is done within a collaborative culture, creating a strong sense of community and team spirit.
Testimony to the quality education provided for our students are the results in national testing, which consistently show performance well above state and national means.
At Eltham North, our challenge is to target key indicators which define what it is to be a truly successful learner, a learner who not only achieves well in national testing, but who is deemed successful within the context of his/her area of talent. To achieve this we focus on providing our students with access to a broad range of learning opportunities that respond to the diversity of their individual needs and abilities. We believe these opportunities will continue to evolve through the commitment of our dedicated staff.
We are confident our focus on individual needs and abilities will be achieved through maintaining strong partnerships with parents and the wider community. This, in turn, provides a comprehensive approach to challenging our students to achieve their best and build self-confidence in their personal abilities. This approach of building the foundations of academic and social capabilities of our students reflects our school's ethos:
Eltham North Primary is a caring school and we have expressed four ‘kid friendly values’ are using the ‘CARE’ acronym.
Eltham North Primary School is a community united by a commitment to learning. It was founded in 1924 and is intensely proud of its educational achievement in serving the community of Eltham. We are located one kilometre north of the township of Eltham Central, a residential suburb renowned for its peaceful bush surroundings. The school has more than 595 students enrolled for 2021. Of the current student body, 96% are Australian born and 4% of our students do not use English language as their first language at home.
Learning is delivered through the new Victorian Curriculum and value added programs including: VCOP, Write To Read Literacy program, Phonemic Awareness, Independent Reading using Café Menu, Big Ideas in Number, Science, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) initiatives, Instrumental Music, Reading Recovery, Support, Challenge and Enrichment Programs, Literacy and Numeracy Intervention, Sustainable Schools Program, Healthy Schools, Berry St program, 'The Resilience Project' (new) and Student Leadership programs. Continuous development of enrichment programs is supported through implementation of our priority and improvement areas. To further support student learning a Student Welfare co-ordinator leads the Support Staff, Student Services and the implementation of direct instruction and explicit learning programs. School Improvement Teams deliver curriculum design, implementation and monitoring in keeping with community goals using a common language. These teams include Literacy, Numeracy, ICT (Computer Technology), Welfare and Assessment and Reporting.
The educational programs of Eltham North are further supported by a diligent, cohesive community and a well resourced infrastructure. The school accommodates 25 classrooms with the addition of a two-storey year 4 and 5 Centre, Multi-Media Information Communications Lab (ICT), instrumental music rooms and OSHC centre. The extensive ICT facilities have a wireless network to all classrooms and specialist areas. The provision of greater space and technology resources serves to respond to learners developmental needs and innovation in pedagogy. Extensive landscaping provides a range of active and passive play areas with four adventure playground zones.
Eltham North is dedicated to build upon strong community relationships, positive student achievements and seek out new knowledge to further support the thinking skills and creativity of our learning community. In partnership with the community, Eltham North will continual to provide our students the means and motivation to excel and lead us into an exciting future.
SC1 - Educational Leadership
SC2 - Leading Improvement, Innovation and Change
SC3 - Planning, Policy and Program Development and Review
SC4 - Leadership of Staff and Students
SC5 - Interpersonal and Communication Skills
SC6 - Community Criteria
The assistant principal reports directly to the principal.
Assistant principals have a primary responsibility for the management of significant areas or functions within the school to ensure the effective development, provision and evaluation of the school's education program. In exercising the responsibility, assistant principals will have the authority to make all significant decisions relating to the program, budget and staff relating to their area of designated responsibility within the framework of the school's strategic plan, policies and budget. Assistant principals will contribute to the overall management of the school through involvement in policy formulation and decision making.
The management of significant school program or functional areas in schools involve assistant principals in the analysis of the needs of students and the translation of state educational policy and frameworks into appropriate education programs to meet the needs of all students.
Typically assistant principals will be responsible for the effective use of the teaching staff and program budget of a defined area of the school's operation and for the oversight and leadership of the educational programs provided utilising these resources.
Typically, assistant principals perform one or more of the following functions:
Who May Apply
Appropriately qualified individuals currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.
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
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
This role will commence at the beginning of term two 2021.
The successful candidate will take on the broad role of school leadership including also taking whole school responsibility for the implementation and development of a significant part of the schools’ operations. The Assistant Principal roles include staff development, student development and curriculum development. The successful candidate will take on these roles as both major and/or shared responsibilities.
Although not required, experience in, and successful implementation of, a program of student well-being and development, staff well-being and development and or curriculum development is desired. The successful candidate will join a Principal Class team that will consist of the Principal and one Assistant Principal and one Assistant Principal (this new position). The School Strategic team also includes one Learning Specialist and one Leading Teacher.
The role will be a diverse one and will require the applicant to possess strong organisational and people skills; the ability to prioritise, a strong work ethic and an ability to drive high expectations. A broad knowledge of whole school practices as well as the ability to lead by example in a hard working team is important.
Important information for applicants
Should you have further queries in regard to the position, please contact:
Principal David Foley:
Phone: 0413 184745
Conditions of Employment
No job description available
To be eligible for employment, transfer or promotion in the principal or teacher class a person must have provisional or full registration from the Victorian Institute of Teaching. In addition, from 3 August 2020, to be eligible for employment in the principal class or teacher class, a person who graduated from a Victorian Initial Teacher Education program after 1 July 2016, must demonstrate that they have passed the literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education (LANTITE) requirements. This condition is satisfied where the LANTITE requirement is part of the Victorian Initial Teacher Education program completed by the person.