Woodleigh is a school where students and staff are provided with the opportunity, encouragement and resources to be the best they can be. This is achieved through an approach to education that emphasises academic achievement in an environment of respect for oneself, for others and for the environment, underpinned by a set of the values recognised as the Woodleigh Way.
It is expected that all Woodleigh School teaching staff are skilled and passionate classroom practitioners with a desire to deliver engaging and relevant educational experiences.
A strong professional team approach
Woodleigh encourages staff to become highly involved in all facets of school life. We have a strong, happy team of teaching and support staff who collaborate extensively, support one another professionally, and who, through the school's extensive Activities, Camps, Co-curricular and Sporting Programs, are able to lead students in the field, subject or activity about which they are passionate.
The Peninsula lifestyle
The Mornington Peninsula offers residents a relaxed, safe lifestyle, with beaches and bushland, fewer traffic hassles and housing costs which are lower than those of metropolitan Melbourne. It is a great place to bring up a family.
Woodleigh School takes a caring and compassionate approach to staff welfare and personal issues. We offer flexibility and an environment which supports you in your professional and personal growth, with excellent opportunities to be involved in co-curricular activities (integrated into your allotment).
All Staff must
- endorse Woodleigh School's particular values and philosophies (descriptions of which are readily available in other areas of this website)
- be well skilled in ICT
- have at least Level 1 First Aid Training (or be prepared to undertake training)
- be committed to continuous learning
- be prepared to be involved in the full life of the School community and a wide range of interactions with students, in line with our School's values.
- pastoral care roles
- involvement in co-curricular activities, including through the Activities Program
- involvement in the School's Activity Weeks Program in Terms 1 and 3 (this includes a wide range of camps and workshops)
- extensive PD opportunities
- registration with the VIT and a current police check (i.e. no more than 12 months old)
- Salaries will be negotiated depending on the skills and experience of the applicant.
- Please note that part-time positions come with no guarantees with respect to a given number of days off per week.
- All applications should be addressed to:
The Principal, Mr David Baker
Woodleigh School, 485 Golf Links Road, Langwarrin South, Vic 3911
or via email: email@example.com by the closing date.
- All applications should contain the name and contact details of three professional referees.
1. Positive Attitude Toward Teaching: a 'vocation'
- a belief in the value of teaching & education
- committed to high quality, excellence, & innovation
- supportive of the development of the profession.
2. Supportive of Woodleigh School:
- Staff at Woodleigh understand and embrace the organisation’s key values (e.g. total education, balance, independence, personal responsibility, etc.)
- In particular, staff subscribe to the “3R’s”: respect for self, respect for others, & respect for the environment
- Woodleigh staff are well informed on key school policies, especially the School’s Teaching and Learning Philosophies
- Woodleigh staff are supportive of the school in public (i.e. outside the School). While active and free debate between staff on educational and organisational matters is encouraged, staff keep confidential business or criticisms to appropriate forums within the School
- Staff are prepared to contribute to the general life of the School and are interested in the achievements, challenges, and issues of the wider School community.
3. Professional Skills
3.1 Committed to knowing subject(s) (or area of expertise)3.2 Committed to knowing and implementing the craft of teaching (pedagogy):
- Woodleigh teachers strive to teach well, understand how students learn, engage students, and maintain a safe, appropriate, & challenging learning environment
3.3 Up to date on relevant developments/and prepared to continually extend/improve/upgrade
- believe in life long learning for self as well as students
- committed to personal pursuit of learning & excellence
- committed to ongoing professional development
- prepared to embrace new learning technologies as appropriate (intranet, internet, email, key software, etc.)
3.4 Committed to knowing students and to aiming to cater for the individual
- know students well/treat as individuals/respect individual differences
- interested in students’ welfare as well as their learning
- embrace social/total learning as well as subject
- up-to-date on available information on students.
3.5 Able to communicate appropriately and in a timely manner (with students, parents, staff)
4. Key Professional Qualities of Teachers
4.1 Understands “professional distance”
- Maintains proper relationships with students
- Friendly – but a teacher, not a friend
- Keeps professional/private boundaries clear
- Able to avoid becoming unduly emotionally involved in stressful situations – able to keep objectivity
4.2 Focused on providing for the educational needs of our students
- As professionals, avoid personal feelings and private agendas getting in the way of providing for our students
- Committed to a high quality educational product and prepared to work effectively and diligently to this end
- While focused on providing the best possible outcome for students while at work, Woodleigh staff nevertheless strive to maintain a healthy balance in their lives: between work and private life, between serious endeavour and relaxation and fun. Balance in one’s life is a valid objective in itself; it also enables staff to remain fit and objective and thus able to function well at work.
4.4 Open to feedback and constructive criticism
- Keen to improve and open to suggestions
- Admits when wrong/doesn’t know something/could do better and not defensive
- Reflective, self analytical
4.5 Committed to work collaboratively with others
- Woodleigh staff are team players (when appropriate)
- prepared to share/collaborate/cooperate/trust
- treat colleagues with respect and value their input
- prepared to facilitate team work by putting in/being on time/meeting deadlines/valuing others’ opinions/adopting a courteous and appropriate manner
- doesn’t interrupt colleagues’ classes/programs without adequate warning/justification/due process or add to colleagues’ workloads unnecessarily
- only absent with due cause
- support one another professionally and personally – celebrating achievements and big events and helping out when colleagues face professional or personal challenges
4.6 Committed to working in partnership with parents
- Woodleigh teachers work cooperatively and respectfully with parents as partners in the educational process and are committed to appropriate communication, feedback and consultation with parents as required
- At the same time, teachers have professional skills and insights which they bring to any given situation which they expect to be respected and valued by parents
- Teachers are in a professional relationship with parents, which should be respectful & where possible friendly – but their role is not one of personal friend.
4.7 Prepared to do the hard things when necessary
- The real mark of a professional teacher is how he or she reacts in difficult situations – e.g. difficult disciplinary situations, situations where there is conflict with others (students/colleagues/parents), situations where doing the right thing isn’t necessarily going to be easy/popular/well received.
4.8 As a professional, expect a degree of latitude/personal responsibility
- Professionals are personally responsible for monitoring their own performance and should not require too much supervision if meeting standards
5. Personal Qualities of Teachers
5.1 Approaches other staff and students with respect
5.2 Demonstrates personal integrity (honesty, fairness, consistency, trustworthiness, operate according to a moral codes, try to be objective & unbiased)
5.4 Generally positive (in manner and attitude to challenges)
5.5 Has an acceptable personal manner when dealing with others
- as a minimum : courteous/polite/not rude/controls temper and mood
- hopefully also : approachable, pleasant, friendly, supportive
- understands and uses appropriate methods to resolve disputes
5.8 Has a positive attitude towards young people generally and able to work with students that he/she may not personally like.
6. Professional Conduct: Specifics
6.1 Punctual for classes, meetings, functions, etc.
(on a regular basis; not late without good reason)
6.2 Prepared and organised
plans and prepares well
6.3 Gets the core routine tasks done well/in timely manner/without drama
- returns homework in a reasonable time frame for the task
- meets deadlines – esp. assessment & reporting
- returns calls, letters, etc promptly
- attends meetings as required
- leaves work for extras wherever possible
- keeps adequate records
- duty of care
- attendance records
6.5 Committed to the School’s organisational procedures
- knows what is required and implements as appropriate
- if aware of deficiencies, works to remedy them or to provide
- maintains students’/other staff members’ confidences
- reveals private information about students/staff only on a “need to know” basis.
6.7 Models appropriate language and material
(and avoids language and material inappropriate to the situation)
6.8 Presents him/herself appropriately for the situation
(acknowledging that Woodleigh generally embraces a more casual style in its day-to-day activities than traditional independent schools)
- in particular, avoids clothing that is overly sexual/revealing/provocative.
7. Sets Appropriate Priorities Under Pressure
- Teachers are human and will not always be able to achieve all the above, but they will aim to. When pressed, they will set priorities which reflect the core values of the profession and of the School.
- When they have made an error of judgement, they will take responsibility and try to rectify the situation in an appropriate way.
- In doing so, they can expect the good will and support of their colleagues and the School whenever they are acting in good faith.
Position: 4 Year Old Teacher
Campus: Minimbah Campus
Faculty/Department: Early Childhood Centre
Reports to: Head of Campus
Key Relationships: Early Childhood Centre Department, Faculty Members, Students, Staff
The role of the appointed 4 Year Old Teacher will be to join a dynamic teaching group at our Minimbah Campus. The Early Childhood Centre Teacher is a qualified member of the Minimbah Staff, employed to assist the Head of Early Years in the implementation of the Centre’s Program. The program is inspired by the approaches of Reggio Emilia and incorporates a weekly Bush Kinder Program. Indigenous Perspectives are deeply embedded in the program. The School is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP). Experience or interest in these approaches would be beneficial and an understanding of nature pedagogy and passion for working outdoors is essential for all educators engaged in our program.
The position is part time, 0.8 FTE (Mon-Thurs), 12 month maternity leave replacement position, commencing Term 1 2021.
Key responsibilities include:
- Assist the Head of Early Years to ensure the smooth running of all aspects of the day-to-day classroom program
- Plan, implement and teach the 4yo Program as required
- Attend and actively participate in planning, review and debriefing meetings.
- Maintain in good order, classroom resources, equipment and general classroom space
- Prepare teaching resources
- Show initiative in dealing with ‘day-to-day’ tasks and take responsibility for designated tasks
- Maintain student and class records as required including observations of individuals and small groups of children
- Leading and development of and producing work portfolios and digital learning journals.
- Actively and positively support the pastoral care program in the Centre; always treat each child with dignity and respect
- Actively support the values and philosophy of Woodleigh School.
- Supervise playground and outdoor learning spaces in conjunction with other ECC staff
- Assist in presenting a safe and inviting outdoor learning area
- Liaise with parents and visitors in a professional manner, referring problems to the Head of Early Years
- Maintain confidentiality regarding all matters pertaining to student/family matters
- Attend parent information sessions as required (these may be in the evening)
- Attend and assist at parent forums and other celebratory meetings of the children’s learning
- Communicate effectively with the Head of Early Years and all other members of the Woodleigh School staff
- Work collaboratively in a team based setting to plan and deliver the learning program
- Work in conjunction with other educators to document the children’s
- Assist specialist teachers with the implementation of their learning programs
- Attend a weekly staff meeting with all ECC staff
- Attend a weekly staff meeting with the Minimbah Campus Staff
- All staff are required to become actively involved in an ongoing program of Professional Development
- Actively promote the school formally and informally through various professional organisations and school activities
- Assist with other duties associated with the smooth running of the Junior Campus from time to time
- Involvement in the co-curricular life of the school is encouraged
Applicants should be able to demonstrate experience or skills in the following areas:
- An understanding of appropriate behaviours when engaging with children
- Relevant classroom teaching experience or experience working with children
- Professional practice that is strongly aligned with the expectations of The Woodleigh Teacher
- A commitment to Woodleigh’s Values of Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Respect for the Environment
Applicants must also demonstrate
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Strong communication skills – written and oral
- Knowledge of the PYP and Victorian Curriculum
- Well-developed ICT skills
- Ability to work effectively within a team
- The determination to strive for personal best
- A willingness to innovate and encourage the development of creativity
- Ability to model the attributes of a life-long learner
Education and Qualifications
- Appropriate tertiary qualification in Education is preferred
- Be committed to working on continuing to develop skills as an educator.
- Experience in designing, implementing and assessing effective curriculum.
- Experience in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and inquiry learning.
- A knowledge of and experience with the application of ICT in education.
- Expertise with experiential, project based and problem-based learning approaches.
Conditions of Employment
- A VIT Registration is essential for this position
- Qualification and First Aid Training confirmation is required for this position
- Woodleigh is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to appointing staff on the basis of merit
- At Woodleigh School we have a zero tolerance for child abuse and are committed to acting in children’s best interests and keeping them safe from harm. All staff are to abide by the Child Safety Code of Conduct
- It is a condition of employment that all staff take responsibility for a safe and healthy work environment and have a commitment to equal employment opportunity and a workplace free from discrimination and harassment
- All staff are required to observe and uphold all of Woodleigh’s Privacy policies and procedures as implemented or varied from time to time
- Woodleigh operates a smoke-free work environment.
This is a part time 0.8 FTE (Mon-Thurs) position commencing Term 1 2021.
Applications should be addressed to Human Resources and submitted through Seek by 5pm, 29 October 2020.
Any Questions regarding this position should be addressed to Rod Davies, Deputy Principal – Head of Minimbah Campus, firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9788 6488
Located on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, Woodleigh School is an independent, coeducational school comprising two Junior Campuses (ECC-Year 6) in Frankston South and Moorooduc and a Senior Campus in Langwarrin South.
Woodleigh is a community that strongly values a holistic education. It is a place where students are known and valued, where boys and girls grow into independent, creative, resilient individuals together.
Woodleigh is a school of dynamic, academically rigorous learning, which reflects and responds to the world we live in today. Whilst very definitely an academic school, with fine VCE results equipping the large majority of students for tertiary study, it also provides a number of other very important dimensions that prepare all students for the challenges of life in the twenty first century.
Woodleigh affirms openness, independence, self-motivation and initiative, and never limits students to predetermined outcomes. Woodleigh is entirely coeducational, committed to the belief that this is the only suitable setting to educate both boys and girls for adult life.
The Woodleigh Teacher
- Encourages a culture of mutual respect, inquiry, innovation and learning
- Emphasises the Woodleigh model for Personalised Learning in their professional practice (real world, experiential learning; assessment for learning; life-long learning skills; coaching and mentoring; and wellbeing and engagement.)
- Communicates effectively with students and families about learning activities and student progress
- Sets high academic achievement expectations
- Identifies and supports students' social, emotional, and behavioural learning needs
- Facilitates, designs and engages with effective collaboration
- Provides timely feedback and collaborates with others to offer specialised support
- Differentiates instruction based on feedback and learning needs
Woodleigh School is an equal opportunity employer.
Woodleigh School is committed to a Child Safe school environment and has a zero tolerance of child abuse.