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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.

Staff Welfare

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.

This Includes

  • 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)

Salary

  • 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.

Applications

  • All applications should be addressed to:
    The Principal, Mr Jonathan Walter
    Woodleigh School, 485 Golf Links Road, Langwarrin South, Vic 3911
    or via email: principalsoffice@woodleigh.vic.edu.au by the closing date.
  • All applications should contain the name and contact details of three professional referees. 

Woodleigh School Professional Teaching Code

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
  • empathetic/flexible/caring
  • 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

4.3 Balanced

  • 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)

5.3 Empathetic

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

5.6 Flexible/adaptable

5.7 Responsible

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
6.4 Pays particular attention to fulfilling specific legal duties

especially:

  • duty of care
  • supervision
  • 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
    constructive advice.

6.6 Discreet

  • 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.

Laboratory Manager

An experienced Laboratory Manager is required at the Senior Campus of Woodleigh School. This is a Full Time Maternity Leave replacement position, from January 2019 to October 2019.

Position: Laboratory Manager Campus: Senior Campus – Woodleigh School

Faculty: Science Reports to: Head of Science Faculty Key Relationships: Principal, Teaching Staff, Science Faculty, Students

Position Summary:

This is a maternity leave replacement position in the Science Faculty at Woodleigh School from January 2019 to October 2019.

Key Responsibilities:

Preparation of Practical Equipment and Resources

  • Prepare equipment as requested through the Outlook calendar and appointment booking system
  • Prepare chemicals accurately
  • Process ordering and invoicing of budget requisites
  • Experience with chemistry, physics and biological equipment and resources required in all academic areas
  • Liaison with teaching staff regarding preparation and safety requirements and legislation
  • Be responsible for preparing and maintain the chemical register for the Woodleigh School including all appropriate MSDS documentation

Maintaining Equipment

  • Ensure equipment is correctly stored
  • Manage a safe working environment
  • Manage repairs, maintenance and inspections of all equipment
  • Maintain the stock management system of chemicals and equipment within the faculty

OH&S Work Health & Safety

  • Ensure that all practical equipment and chemicals are ordered through the Risk Assess ordering system and communicate with staff for support of all staff delivering science subjects
  • Comply with safe operating practices when handling chemicals and equipment in accordance with Woodleigh School policy and procedures
  • Other duties as required

Applicants should be able to demonstrate experience or skills in the following areas:

  • An understanding of appropriate behaviours when engaging with children
  • Excellent communication, conflict resolution and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work co-operatively with science staff and Head of Faculty
  • Understanding and experience in working with young people from various cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to develop positive working relationships with other staff and with students; customer service skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Efficient time management skills
  • Professional practice that is strongly aligned with the expectations of The Woodleigh Teacher

Highly desirable skills:

  • Experience as a Laboratory Technician/Manager in a school or similar educational institution
  • Familiarity with reequipments concerning Chemical Safety in Schools
  • Tertiary Diploma/TAFE Certificate IV qualifications in Chemistry, Laboratory Management or acceptable equivalent

Applicants must also demonstrate:

  • A commitment to Woodleigh’s Values of Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Respect for the Environment
  • A commitment to the School’s co-curricular, experiential and outdoor education programmes
  • Ability to work effectively within a team
  • The determination to strive for personal best
  • A willingness to innovate and encourage the development of creativity

Conditions of Employment:

  • A Working with Children’s Check is required 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
  • Woodleigh operates a smoke-free work environment

Term: 

This is a fixed term contract from January 2019 to October 2019.

To Apply:

Applications should be addressed to the Principal and emailed to the Principal's Office principalsoffice@woodleigh.vic.edu.au by Friday 12th October2018

Any queries relating to this position to:  Alex Nemkevich, Laboratory Manager, anemkevich@woodleigh.vic.edu.au or 03 5971 6100

Applications close 5pm,Friday 12th October 2018

General

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 Staff Member

  • 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.

Teacher Aide – Literacy Educational Support Assistant

An experienced Teacher Aide is required to provide support to students with learning difficulties by implementing direct instruction withdrawal lessons under the guidance of the Pathways Teachers. This is a Part Time Position (0.8 FTE), on a fixed term contract for 2019.

Position: Literacy Educational Support Assistant Campus: Senior Campus Faculty/Department: Pathways Reports to: Director of Personalised Learning Key Relationships: Individualised Learning Teachers, Head of Students, Class teachers

Position Summary

The Literacy Educational Support Assistant is responsible for providing support to students with learning difficulties by implementing direct instruction withdrawal lessons under the guidance of the Individualised Learning Teachers at Senior Campus.  The Literacy Educational Support Assistant will ensure that the student is fully included in learning and will be responsible for working closely with the class-teacher to help facilitate their learning.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with students with identified learning needs and help teachers with the delivery of Learning Strategies for students with learning difficulties in conjunction with the Pathways Facilitator.
  • Deliver daily direct instruction lessons (MacLit) to students with learning difficulties. This will require students to be withdrawn from regular classes.
  • Provide in-class support
  • Provide thorough written feedback to Director of Personalised Learning of support provided (what, when and to whom) during in-class support
  • Be involved in parent conferences as required
  • Attend School meetings, Campus meetings and to be prepared to go on Senior Camps
  • Be involved in co-curricular programs, attend excursions or camps as required
  • Other duties at the direction of the Director of Personalised Learning (eg filing, scheduling meetings etc)
  • Perform additional duties as requested by the Principal
  • Work as part of a team to ensure that the well-being, behaviour and personal development of students enhances learning opportunities and life skills.
  • Assist with classroom programs as required, particularly in the development of students’ learning program, under the supervision of the classroom teacher.


    • Help students in the classroom with classroom work
    • Help the teacher with administration regarding these students of concern in this class as directed by class teacher or Pathways Facilitator

Applicants should be able to demonstrate experience or skills in the following areas:

  • Experience working with children in secondary school, previously as a Teacher Aide
  • 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

Highly desirable skills:

  • Experience in designing, implementing and assessing effective curriculum
  • Trained to deliver Direct Instruction Literacy programs such as MuliLit or Corrective Reading.
  • Familiar with some targeted intervention strategies and learning programs

Applicants must also demonstrate:

  • Minimum qualification of a Certificate of Education Support - Integration Aide/Teacher Aide or a Certificate III in Education Support 
  • A commitment to Woodleigh’s Values of Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Respect for the Environment
  • A commitment to the School’s co-curricular, experiential and outdoor education programmes
  • Ability to work effectively within a team
  • The determination to strive for personal best
  • A willingness to innovate and encourage the development of creativity

Conditions of Employment:

  • A Working with Children’s Check is required 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.
  • Woodleigh operates a smoke-free work environment.

Term: 

This is a fixed term contract for 12 months.

To Apply:

Applications should be addressed to the Principal and emailed to the Principal's Office principalsoffice@woodleigh.vic.edu.au by Wednesday 10 October 2018

Any queries relating to this position to:  Emma Hall, Director of Personalised Learning,  ehall@woodleigh.vic.edu.au  or 03 5971 6100

Applications close Wednesday 10 October 2018 at 5pm.

Previous Applicants need not reapply.

General

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.