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: email@example.com 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.
An experienced primary classroom teacher is required at the Minimbah Campus of Woodleigh School. This is a great opportunity for an exemplary teacher to join the staff at Woodleigh School, a leader in the delivery of contemporary, holistic coeducation.
This is a full time, 12 month contract for a classroom teaching position (Foundation), commencing Term 1, 2018.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate experience or skills in the following areas:
- Understanding of and familiarity with the Australian Curriculum
- Outstanding practice in Literacy and Numeracy Education
- Strong planning and organisational skills
- Interest in current trends in progressive education through professional development
- Interest in and an ability to make use of ICT in teaching and learning
- A stated willingness to be fully involved in school life
Applicants must also demonstrate:
- A commitment to high quality education
- An understanding of the individual and their developmental needs
- An understanding of the needs of highly gifted students (an ability to demonstrate differentiation techniques)
- An ability to work as a member of a cohesive team
- Well developed interpersonal and communication skills
Please also refer to General Staff Requirements
Term: This is a 12 month contract position commencing from the beginning of Term 1 2018 through to the end of Term 4 2018.
The Minimbah Campus of Woodleigh School is situated in South Frankston and has an enrolment of approximately 240 students from Early Childhood to Year 6. It has excellent ICT facilities and offers specialist programs in Music, Visual Art, Dance, Drama, Library, Physical Education French and Indonesian. The children participate in an extensive camps and Outdoor Education Program from Year 2.
As a member of staff you belong to a learning community with a fundamental commitment to:
- A positive and respectful relationship between staff and students
- Restorative practice approaches to conflict resolution
- Maximising opportunities for learning, growth and development
- Challenging and extending the traditional learning boundaries
- Creating learning environments where students feel safe, secure and valued whilst being challenged to define and pursue their own level of excellence
- Creating learning experiences which are experiential, real and relevant to students lives
- Inquiry and problem based learning strategies
As a teacher you are responsible for:
- Designing and implementing learning and teaching programs using knowledge of curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements
- Developing teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.
- Using effective teaching strategies to integrate ICT into learning and teaching programs to make selected content relevant and meaningful.
- Planning and implementing well- structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.
- Selecting and using relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.
- Establishing and maintaining orderly and workable routines to create an environment where student time is spent on learning tasks.
- Providing timely, effective and appropriate feedback to students about their achievement relative to their stage of development and learning goals.
- Creating a positive learning environment where every student has the opportunity to learn
- Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice.
- Attending Parent/Teacher nights
- Participating in the Camps and extra-curricular activities programs
- Contributing to student wellbeing, including working with students and assisting with the delivery of relevant programs
As a member of the staff team you are responsible for:
- Sharing your learning with colleagues, and taking an active role in improving the quality of teaching at the School
- Your ongoing professional growth through the Professional Growth model
- Being an active participant at a campus level to ensure the ongoing improvement of the learning culture within the school
- Attending all regular staff meetings
- Attending and being an active contributor to staff and school learning projects, curriculum planning, implementation and assessment
As a member of the Woodleigh learning community you are responsible for:
- Working in line with the policies and guidelines established by the School and Victorian Institute of Teachers (VIT)
- Being an ambassador for Woodleigh School, articulating its values and participating positively in information sessions and social functions for parents and the broader community
- Supporting the schools community partnerships, including the Wugubank Indigenous Partnership.
Conditions of Employment:
- Registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) and appropriate degree(s) 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.
Applications close at 4pm on Wednesday 8 November 2017.
For position specific enquiries, please contact Rod Davies – Deputy Principal and Head of Minimbah Campus at Woodleigh School on 9788 6488.
Applications in writing with the names of three referees should be emailed to Rod Davies – Deputy Principal and Head of Minimbah Campus at Woodleigh School.
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.