Thomastown Secondary College - Thomastown, VIC
Thomastown Secondary College has a unique and proud history. Designed in 1971 on a mini-College model with a strong focus on engagement and student voice, we have retained our core values while responding to the changing needs of our community and that of the broader society. Central to our core values is the pursuit of Individual Excellence for each member of the College and this is embedded in our rich learning environment which values and supports diversity, excellence and teamwork. We foster a spirit of mutual respect and support, where every student is expected to strive to reach his or her potential. The College mission is to empower students to develop strong social, emotional and academic skills essential for all citizens in this global world and we encourage all students to participate in shaping and improving our learning environment while taking every opportunity to participate in enrichment and extension programs.
Founded on the understanding that effective Colleges are centred on the individual student as a learner and as a person, the vertically structured curriculum and distinct teaching teams in each of the Year 7-10 mini-Colleges allows enrichment at all year levels and in all learning areas. Underpinning this belief is the unique Home Group structure, which provides each student with the same teacher-mentor from Year 7 to Year 10. This supports a dynamic partnership between students, Home Group teacher and parents and provides continuity and effective monitoring of the social, emotional and academic needs of each student.
The College works to provide senior education for all students in a comprehensive and inclusive structure. A separate senior mini-College encourages an adult approach to learning. Students complete their VCE, selecting from a variety of models on offer including a combinations with VET, Work Placements and three- year programs. This flexibility allows students to complete their VCE to their best standard while also allowing them to meet the financial and personal needs of their families and their individual circumstances. The VCE successful completion rate and the percentage of students taking up tertiary offers are above the State median.
The College has a staff of 60 consisting of 44 EFT teachers and 16 EFT support staff. This strong growth in student numbers enables us to strengthen and broaden curriculum while sharpening our focus on each students individual need for a strong, positive connectedness combined with personal encouragement to achieve continual growth in both knowledge and skills
Thomastown Secondary College provides a safe and friendly learning environment as evidenced in the Attitude to School Survey over many years. There is a strong emphasis on celebrating the diversity of our community not only through our formal celebrations but continually in our day-to-day interaction. A strong level of connectedness, student motivation and successful post school transition are all evidence of this.
SC1 Capacity to undertake routine support tasks across a range of functions in one or more work areas within a school environment.
SC2 Demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively with members of the school community including students and the capacity to provide support and/or attendant care to students where necessary.
SC3 Demonstrated proficiency in the use of office systems, software or technical equipment as relevant to the position.
SC4 Capacity to work cooperatively with a range of people including teachers, education support, students and parents.
SC5 A commitment to professional learning and growth.
Attendance of up to 6 days is required during holday period.
Undertakes routine tasks that are usually carried out under close supervision and direction. Work that carries some degree of independence will generally involve a limited number of tasks performed on a regular basis where priorities are clear, procedures are well established and direction is readily available.
Work has little scope for deviation. Problems can usually be solved by reference to well documented procedures and instructions and clearly established practices. Deviation from established procedures will require reference to others for guidance and direction. Assistance is readily available when problems arise. An experienced employee at range 1 will exercise limited judgement within clearly defined guidelines and well established practices that relate specifically to the tasks performed.
Does not carry responsibility for the work of others. More experienced employees will provide basic guidance and advice to others relating to tasks within the work area.
An education support class position supports the educational services being provided to students, but must not include duties of teaching as defined in clause 2.6.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) or its successor. Supervision of students cannot be required except where it is an integral part of the employee's position or involves supervision of students individually or in small groups, in controlled circumstances, where the responsibility for students remains clearly with a teacher.
Qualification requirements do not operate at range 1. Certification requirements may be required to legally perform specific tasks - e.g. driver's licence, first aid, safe food handling.
Assist students on an individual or group basis in specific learning areas.
Assist with the communication between students and teachers, particularly the interpretation of instructions.
Provide basic physical and emotional care for students.
Participate in team meetings.
Assist with toileting, meals, lifting and administration of medication to students requiring special care.
Assist with the supervision of pupils in playgrounds, at camps, on excursions, in sporting activities, therapy activities and life skills.
Assist in the preparation of student resources and equipment.
Prepare basic curriculum support resources.
Set up and put away equipment and materials in support of teaching programs.
Observe students and draw the attention of the teacher to them where necessary.
Participate in the monitoring and evaluation of programs and evaluation of individual student involvement and achievement.
Assist with communication between teachers and non-English speaking parents\students.
Assist in the translation of documents.
Assist students with the preparation and service of meals.
Ensure work areas and material, equipment and appliances are maintained in a clean and ready to use condition.
Assist in the preparation of equipment and purchasing of materials and supplies as required.
Participate in Language Support Program.
Who May Apply
Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.
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
DET ValuesThe 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
- All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
- Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
- A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
- Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx
Conditions of Employment
All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx -