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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.

Deputy Head of Teaching and Learning – MYP Coordinator

​Woodleigh are seeking a dynamic and creative educator to lead the implementation of the IB Middle Years Programme in 2019.

  • Leadership of strategic vision and plan for establishing Middle Years Programme.
  • Ensure close alignment with both VCAA and IB of all curriculum documentation.
  • Inspire MYP staff to engage with relevant professional development.

Job Description

Located on Victoria's beautiful Mornington Peninsula, Woodleigh is an independent, co-educational school comprising of two Junior Campuses (ECC - Year 6) and a Senior Campus (Years 7 - 12). A creative and dynamic school, Woodleigh promotes a holistic development of every student within the school, actively supporting young people to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions they will need to thrive, both at school and beyond. Woodleigh enjoys a long-standing reputation for innovation, ensuring that adventurous minds are challenged, passions are nurtured, and students thrive in a culture built on respect and inclusivity.  The school seeks an experienced and motivated educator to lead, collaborate and support the staff of the Senior Campus to implement the IB Middle Years Programme. Beginning in Term 1, 2019, and reportable to the Head of Teaching and Learning, the Deputy Head of Teaching and Learning - MYP Coordinator will be responsible for advocating, promoting and actioning all aspects of the MYP within the Woodleigh School context.   

Key Responsibilities of the role:

  • Lead, support and guide staff to meet the MYP requirements and to function collectively as a professional learning team that promotes a positive culture of inquiry-based learning pedagogy.
  • Work collaboratively with leaders and teachers to review practice, initiate actions and develop policy proposals to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
  • Effectively engage all students in the Middle Years Programme and communicate to key stakeholders the achievements and outcomes.
  • Ensure that the delivery of MYP at Woodleigh complies with the administrative requirements of both VCAA and IB.
  • Demonstrate commitment to continual improvement of own practice as a teacher and pedagogical leader.

You will be able to demonstrate:

  • A deep understanding of the teaching pedagogies and practices relevant to the MYP and to optimise learning outcomes for all students.
  • Experience in leading and managing a team through a change process.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, good negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • An established record of innovation and implementation of creative ideas.

The successful applicant will require VIT registration, appropriate qualifications and First Aid training certificates. At Woodleigh School, there is zero tolerance for child abuse and staff are committed to acting in children's best interests by keeping them safe from harm. Woodleigh School has engaged Hutton Consulting to assist with the search and selection process for this position. For a confidential discussion, enquiries regarding the application process and requests for the full position description, please contact Fiona Hutton on 0499 000 973 or email fiona@hutton.education 

  Applications close on Tuesday 26 June at 5pm.

Deputy Head of Teaching & Learning PYP Coordinator

​Woodleigh are seeking a dynamic and creative educator to lead the implementation of the IB PYP Programme across two Primary Campuses in 2019.

  • Leadership of strategic vision and plan for establishing PYP Programme.
  • Ensure close alignment with both VCAA and IB of all curriculum documentation.
  • Inspire PYP staff to engage with relevant professional development.

Job Description

Located on Victoria's beautiful Mornington Peninsula, Woodleigh is an independent, co-educational school comprising of two Junior Campuses (ECC - Year 6) and a Senior Campus (Years 7 - 12). A creative and dynamic school, Woodleigh promotes a holistic development of every student within the school, actively supporting young people to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions they will need to thrive, both at school and beyond. Woodleigh enjoys a long-standing reputation for innovation, ensuring that adventurous minds are challenged, passions are nurtured and students thrive in a culture built on respect and inclusivity.  The school seeks an experienced and motivated educator to lead, collaborate and support the staff of both Junior Campuses to implement the IB PYP Programme. Beginning in Term 1, 2019, and reportable to the Head of Teaching and Learning, the Deputy Head of Teaching and Learning - PYP Coordinator will be responsible for advocating, promoting and actioning all aspects of the PYP Programme within the Woodleigh School context. 

Key Responsibilities of the role:

  • Lead, support and guide staff to meet the PYP requirements and to function collectively as a professional learning team that promotes a positive culture of inquiry based learning pedagogy.
  • Work collaboratively with leaders and teachers to review practice, initiate actions and develop policy proposals to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
  • Effectively engage all students in the Primary Years Programme and communicate to key stakeholders the achievements and outcomes.
  • Ensure that the delivery of PYP at Woodleigh complies with the administrative requirements of both VCAA and IB.
  • Demonstrate commitment to continual improvement of own practice as a teacher and pedagogical leader.

You will be able to demonstrate:

  • A deep understanding of the teaching pedagogies and practices relevant to the PYP and to optimise learning outcomes for all students.
  • Experience in leading and managing a team through a change process.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, good negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • An established record of innovation and implementation of creative ideas.

The successful applicant will require VIT registration, appropriate qualifications and First Aid training certificates. At Woodleigh School, there is zero tolerance for child abuse and staff are committed to acting in children's best interests by keeping them safe from harm. Woodleigh School has engaged Hutton Consulting to assist with the search and selection process for this position. For a confidential discussion, enquiries regarding the application process and requests for the full position description, please contact Fiona Hutton on 0499 000 973 or email fiona@hutton.education 

  Applications close on Tuesday 26 June at 5pm.