Position: School Officer - Assisting Student Learning
Commencing Date: Term 1, 2022
Classification: Term Time, Fixed Term Contract
Salary Range: $28.19 - $28.86 per hour pending experience
Closing Date: Sunday, 31 October 2021 unless filled prior
St Teresa's College, Abergowrie is a Catholic secondary boy's boarding college. Located in an ideal rural setting in the heart of the Herbert River Valley, the College is approximately 30 km north west of Ingham and situated on Warrgamay land. The main industries are sugarcane, forestry, and cattle. Abergowrie is close to Wallaman Falls which is the highest single drop waterfall in Australia and the beautiful Broadwater National Park.
Townsville Catholic Education provides a supportive, flexible working environment where care for the individual is an important part of our ethos. We employ motivated people who want to work together to produce excellent outcomes for our students. Our staff are recognised as being central to achieving our mission.
About the role
St Teresa's College is seeking an experienced and dedicated School Officer - Assisting Student Learning. This role is a Term Time, Fixed Term position commencing in Term 1, 2022.
The primary purpose of the School Officer – Assisting Student Learning (ASL) is to contribute to the provision of a quality educational service by providing efficient and high quality support to teachers with the preparation and/or enhancement of learning materials for the efficient running of teaching at St Teresa’s Catholic College. The ASL is assigned to work in collaboration with teachers to provide support and guidance to assist students with learning and development. The ASL ensures that all duties are completed to an acceptable standard as determined by the Classroom Teacher.
Applicants that have experience in Boys' Education, boarding school environments or working in a rural/remote area are highly desirable.
The Key Accountabilities are as follows but not limited to, and may vary based on classroom and student’s support needs:
- Work in classrooms, with the Classroom Teacher, providing identified support for students
- Liaise with teachers to determine the progress and wellbeing of students
- Assist students in the transition from community to school and be a positive role model
- Respond to all students in the classroom in a warm and encouraging manner
- Assist students with their personal organisation when required
- Assist with other duties that may be reasonably requested by the Classroom Teacher
Assist the student’s learning and participation in the School
- Assist teachers in preparing, implementing and supervising learning programs
- Be aware of the subject teacher’s expectations of the students in the class and work with the teacher, actively participating in activities, and encouraging students where appropriate
- Assist individuals or small groups, with activities as part of inclusive teaching and learning practices, supporting the teacher with behaviour management and the development of social skills and classroom skills development
- Respond to all students in the classroom in a warm and encouraging manner and build collaborative relationships with the students and respond to individual learning needs
- Participate in meetings, both internal and external as required
Learning and Teaching
- Provide skilled support to teachers in the classroom
- Assist the teaching team with classroom resources, in accordance with school administration guidelines and procedures
- Work in partnership with teachers to support student learning which may include:
- General support to a group of students while the teacher is engaged in focussed teaching
- Provision of personalised support e.g. mobility or communication support, where required
- Assisting students to complete tasks designed by the teacher
- Preparation of support materials and resources
- Support identified students with learning barriers, to engage in a range of learning activities inside the classroom
- Collect data for analysis by the teacher – work samples, anecdotal notes on performance of task, work habits, behaviour etc., provided to the teacher
Small Group and Personalised Support
- Communicate with teachers about student progress and areas of need
- Inform the class teacher on any welfare issues that may arise with students
- Develop professional relationships with students based on trust and respect, which utilises a strengths based approach
- Provide general formative feedback to student on performance during the teaching session
- Role model behaviour in line with the School’s mission
- Work in partnership with teachers to implement aspects of learning plans, as identified by the teacher, for groups of students including:
- Work with the student, under the direction of a teacher, to support the implementation of particular learning goals as identified in the Student’s Learning Plan
- Proactively monitor and support student wellbeing issues under the guidance of the classroom teacher
- Work to promote self-esteem and assist with student social interactions by teaching them social skills and discussing with them their social behaviours as required
- Provide assistance with personal care as required which may also include mobility and personal hygiene
- Provide assistance with communication – including notetaking, taping material and using ICT to optimise the student’s learning experiences
- Support collegiate learning by sharing learnings with colleagues
- Proactively seek opportunities to extend own professional learning via internal and external training
- Demonstrated capacity to organise and prioritise a range of tasks and set priorities to meet deadlines in a busy environment
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Well-developed oral communication skills, especially in relation to staff, students and community
- Good written, verbal, visual and non-verbal communication skills to ensure positive engagement with staff, parents and visitors
- Demonstrated organisational planning and coordination skills including the ability to manage demanding or competing deadlines
- Good computer literacy capacity to work in partnership with classroom teachers
- Enthusiastic and energetic with a proactive attitude
- Confident, well-presented and engaging with a personal warmth that engenders mutual respect with staff, parents and visitors
- Flexible and responsive to the needs of the school community and driven to achieve the best outcomes for students.
- Willingness to learn and develop in a supported environment
- Motivated with a “can do’ attitude
For more information, please refer to the Position Description.
What we offer
- Competitive Salary Range: $28.19 - $28.86 per hour pending experience
- Annual Leave with 17.5% leave loading
- Access to salary packaging options to maximise employee benefits and salary
- Modern facilities, equipment and resources
- Access to additional Employer Superannuation Contributions
- Access to long service leave after 7 years of continuous service
- 14 Weeks’ paid parental leave
- Deferred Salary Scheme
- Access to corporate health schemes
- Induction processes and professional learning programs
- Access to Employee Assistance Program
- Leadership development opportunities
- Wellbeing programs and initiatives
How to apply
- Complete the application form
- Upload a cover letter addressing the skills, attributes and experience to support the key accountabilities of the role identified in the position description
- Upload a current resume including contact details (phone and email) of at least two professional referees
Applications during the shortlisting phase will be kept confidential.
Applications close 5pm Sunday, 31 October 2021 unless filled prior.
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