|Location||Merri Creek Primary School|
|Department||Merri Creek Primary School|
|Role Type||Primary Teacher|
|Ongoing/Fixed Term||Fixed Term|
|Contact Name||Kerri Gibson|
|Phone||03 9481 0177|
Merri Creek Primary School was established in 1891 and is situated on the banks of the Merri Creek in Fitzroy North, an inner urban Melbourne suburb. Currently enrolment is 228 students. Classes include Foundation, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and composite 5-6 groupings.
The school strategic planning reflects the school community’s high expectations for literacy and numeracy learning with a focus on ensuring teacher capacity to differentiate teaching to ensure challenge and progress for every student, to ensure consistent assessment practices to analyse and monitor the impact of learning to inform teacher practice and directions and establishing visible partnerships with the parent community through digital portfolios, to align with assessment and reporting. There is also a focus on increasing student engagement through embedding student voice and agency practices into classroom learning, with metacognition as a central focus. Integrated learning pedagogy is developing within the school and a commitment to a school approach is an important aspect of this. Merri Creek Primary School strives to provide a student-centred, stimulating learning environment that promotes rigour, curiosity, diversity and actively engages students in their learning through developing their physical, social, and emotional wellbeing.
Specialist teachers provide Italian Language program, Music program (rock bands and musical performances), a Visual Arts program and Library. Merri Creek Primary School students engage in a range of creative pursuits and we proudly celebrate their talents through displaying their work and conducting music performances at weekly assembly. We have a school musical and arts festival on alternate years.
All class teachers collaborate in their teaching and learning teams to provide Physical Education. The teaching staff share ideas, knowledge, and plan together in professional learning teams focused on team and whole school planning and improvement. Students in Years 3, 4 and 5/6 participate in annual camps, 5/6 students participate in inter-school sports, Foundation – Year 6 students participate in swimming lessons annually. An Out of School Hours Music program employs teachers of piano, flute, violin, guitar, drums, voice and recorder to teach students after school in individual or shared lessons.
The school values are CARE – Creativity, Acceptance of diversity and difference, Responsibility and Effort and school rules simply allow everyone to learn and to feel safe at school.
We have a largely educated and professional community and education is greatly valued by parents, carers, and students. There are high expectations as to student achievement and wellbeing. Families collaborate for the benefit of all the students, school programs and facilities. Families participate in the daily life of Merri Creek Primary School. These include formal and informal participation through: membership of School Council and its sub-committees; working in classroom programs; actively working to improve the physical environment; fundraising and assisting with parent information and education. The high level of parent involvement in the school is greatly valued and encouraged.
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-curricular 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.
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