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 Jonathan Walter
Woodleigh School, 485 Golf Links Road, Langwarrin South, Vic 3911
or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing date.
- All applications should contain the name and contact details of three professional referees and must start with our standard cover sheet.
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.
This is a rare opportunity for a person of great creativity and drive to continue to build on Woodleigh School’s reputation as a leader in Arts education. The Director of Junior Campus Music will work with students from Early Childhood through to Year 6 at our Minimbah Campus to further develop a music curriculum and faculty which seeks to engage every student in an exciting and relevant learning journey. Part Time 0.6 Position. Position commences Term 1 2018.
Director of Music, Head of Junior Campus (Minimbah), Deputy Head of Junior Campus (Curriculum/Administration)
- The Junior Music Department and be a voice for music at Minimbah.
- Daily running and organisation of the Junior Campus instrumental program, liaising with the instrumental music staff, students and parents.
- Plan, organise and direct music concerts and events.
- Direct, organise and conduct musical groups, ensembles and choirs as well as other musical programs.
- Communicate with the school community through different medium.
- Devise and implement an engaging and mindful music curriculum, ensuring it is appropriately documented.
- Support, manage and guide music staff through the reporting and assessment of students.
- Manage the upkeep, ordering, storage and distribution of materials and resources in the Music House.
- Work with the senior campus as a whole music department, in terms of budget, curriculum, concerts etc.
- Teach music classes from Early Childhood to Year 3.
- Lead the development of the cross-campus music day to be a significant experience for music and celebration across our School.
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.
The Director of Junior Campus Music will play a key role in the development of the Minimbah Music Department, offering an exemplary classroom music program, a classroom instrumental and strings program, choirs, bands, ensembles, a broad instrumental program and outstanding performance opportunities.
The person needs to be an outstanding classroom practitioner with a broad knowledge of music. They need to be a team player with well-developed collaborative skills but with a strong vision for music at the Minimbah campus. They must have the ability to teach across all primary levels. The person must have the ability to offer the inspirational leadership needed to develop the music program at Minimbah. They must have well-developed organisational and managerial skills. They must have the ability to conduct bands, ensembles and choirs. The person must ensure that the music program provides maximum opportunities for all students to learn a musical instrument and take part in a music ensemble or choral group.
The Director of Junior Music is responsible for implementing a music curriculum that engages and inspires the students. Programs such a Year 2 strings, Year 5 and 6 Music Workshop, Year 3 and 4 Choir and Year 5 and 6 Choir are to be co-ordinated. They should promote the implementation of new information technologies into the classroom to create an engaging and relevant learning environment.
Choral experience is also essential. It is desirable to have well rounded instrumental skills on all instruments and a working knowledge of music technology. They must be able to arrange suitable and engaging music for students in a wide variety of settings. They need to ensure the music program provides maximum opportunities for Minimbah students to learn a musical instrument and take part in a music ensemble or choral group.
They need to hold appropriate registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and a degree(s) in the appropriate subject area.
- Have Kodaly and Orff-Schulwerk training or appropriate.
- Have competent piano accompanying skills.
- Have a working knowledge of music technology.
- Have established instrumental skills and a good working knowledge of a wide range of instruments.
30 August, 2017
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.
Woodleigh School is an equal opportunity employer.
Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 13 September 2017.
For position specific enquiries, please contact Cathy Holt – Director of Music at Woodleigh School on 5971 6100, or email email@example.com.
All applications are to be directed to the Principal, Mr Jonathan Walter.