Classroom Teacher - Harrisfield Primary School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Harrisfield Primary School, Princes Highway, Noble Park VIC, Australia
  • 04 May, 2021
Full time - Fixed Term Teaching – Primary

Job Description

Job ID: 1224967

Location: Harrisfield Primary School

Department: Harrisfield Primary School

Role Type: Primary Teacher

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Ongoing/Fixed Term: Fixed Term

Classification: Classroom Teacher

Apply By: 05/16/2021


Phone: 039/546-9210

School Website:

Location Profile

Are you passionate about your career in education?

Are you prepared to make a difference with our students and school?

If you answered "Yes" to these questions then we would be delighted to have you join our staff team at Harrisfield Primary School

Harrisfield Primary School is a South Eastern suburban primary school that was established in 1955. A wide diversity of cultures, socio-economic groups and languages characterise the school community. The school has a current enrolment of 250 with a staff of 18 teachers, two Office staff, five Integration Aides, a Health and Well-being Officer and a Chaplain. The school has close links with the local pre-school, has an established Playgroup that takes place in the school hall one morning a week.

The vast majority of students live in the local area but the community is constantly changing due to the transience of the population, public housing and a general movement from this area to the growth corridor suburbs beyond Dandenong. We find that we have higher numbers enrolled across the Prep-3 area of the school but many students transfer at the end of year 3 as their parents acquire permanent residency and become more established enabling them to purchase homes in other more affordable suburbs.

The diverse cultural and ethnic nature of the community presents special needs that are addressed by the staff during planning sessions and when reporting or evaluating programs and achievements. The majority of students were born in Australia but a high proportion have parents who were born overseas, and many of these students speak a language other than English at home.

The school has two purpose built Learning Houses which allow for flexibility in learning and teaching. The Students from years 1-2 are in one Learning House and Years 4-6 are in the other. Foundation students (Prep) are in their own area in the Administration building and in 2021 the year 3 students are in this building also. The school is an internationally accredited Professional Learning Community and teams work and plan collaboratively. Although students remain with their home-group teacher for all lessons other than specialists, it is an expectation that all teachers identify and plan for each child’s next stage of learning and take responsibility for the education and well-being of all students in their Learning House. In 2021 the specialist programs offered will be Visual Arts, Science and Physical Education (2 lessons to build fitness lost as a result of COVID-19 lockdown and remote learning). 2021 is also the year for the School Production so students will have a Performing Arts program delivered by external providers.

We have an Instructional Coach who works closely with all teachers to support and challenge them to further develop their capacity. Teachers at Harrisfield embrace the coaching program and welcome regular coaching opportunities.

Our aim at Harrisfield is to provide a comprehensive curriculum that endeavours to enhance our motto, Linking Home ~ Linking School. The whole community abides by a set of agreed values referred to as ACE, (Agreement, Communication and Equity) and the respective behaviours.

Harrisfield has a Student Welfare policy that addresses the needs of students and their families in the physical, emotional and social sense using a Restorative Practices approach. We work to bring students, teachers and parents together in the pursuit of emotional intelligence, considerate behaviour and a lasting sense of well-being. We believe that the development of positive relationships between all stakeholders is paramount to improved student well-being and we actively work to build a trusting and caring environment that encourages respectful attitudes and relationships.

At this time we have a Health and Well-being Officer 0.6EFT and a School Chaplain 0.4EFT. This means we have a designated well-being staff member onsite four days per week.

The staff work at establishing a welcoming atmosphere that encourages parent visits to their well-resourced Learning Houses by providing opportunities for parents and carers to be involved in the students’ education at a range of involvement levels.

If this is you, we encourage you to apply for a position at Harrisfield Primary School where:

"Students are our first priority"
"We work together as a team"

Please note: In addition to uploading your application to Recruitment online please:

  • Combine your CV and response to criteria in one document and email to (Please note the principal’s name is Iaconese not Laconese)
  • Ensure your name is in the header/footer and the attachment is saved as 'your name and vacancy number' not Harrisfield
  • It is preferable that the document is in black and white (for ease of printing) and not too fancy.

Many thanks


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-curricular 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 classrooms 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.


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Job Closing Date

16 May, 2021