Teacher Aide

Poowong Consolidated School

Poowong, VIC

Posted 10/10/2019

About our School

Poowong Consolidated School is a primary school (Prep-6) located in the township of Poowong in the heart of South Gippsland. Poowong is surrounded by dairy farms, located at the edge of the Poowong township, however our school make-up is more far-reaching than this. Our school community draws on children from neighbouring townships as well as families who choose to travel to bring their children to the school from as far as Korumburra and beyond. Poowong Consolidated School is committed to our membership of the Karmai Alliance cluster, drawing on the experience and talents of colleagues in our local schools.

Poowong Consolidated School, in partnership with the community, aims to help children learn and care for each other under the school motto “Learning to Care, Caring to Learn”. Poowong Consolidated School proudly serves our local community. We cater for children from Prep to Grade 6 in straight grades. We pride ourselves on our connection to the community and the experiences we offer. These currently include music (classroom and instrumental), visual and performing arts, science, woodwork, physical and health education, sustainability, a school-wide electives program and a variety of sporting programs. Our students are encouraged to challenge themselves both academically and personally in all aspects of school life.

Our staff believe in a team approach and are involved in regular meetings, where collaborative planning and sharing of resources occurs. Teachers are committed to remaining knowledgeable about curriculum and educational theory by participating in a range of professional development. Our staff view one another’s teaching and give constructive feedback in order to continuously improve, through a coaching and peer observation process. Both teaching and non-teaching staff are supported professionallythrough regular, targetted professional learning opportunities as well as work within Professional Learning Teams. The development of Professional Learning Teams, with a focus on the data-wise process, allows staff to delve deeply into the learning needs of students and make decisions about their future learning needs. The support of colleagues within the Professional Learning Teams allows for teachers to share their ideas for the benefit of student learning.

At Poowong Consolidated School, the School Council is actively involved in the governance of the school and its members actively contribute to a range of school priorities. The School Council is responsible for endorsing school policy, programs and the budget as well as being involved in reviewing the school’s progress and developing new policies. Many individual parents and community members volunteer in classrooms, at school events throughout the year and to assist with fundraising.

Our School Vision and Values:

At Poowong Consolidated School we aim to be a leading learning community in South Gippsland, delivering outstanding education to the children of Poowong and surrounds. We empower students to acquire, demonstrate, articulate and value knowledge and skills that will support them, as life-long learners, to participate in and contribute to the local community, as well as the global world, and practice the core values of the school:

  • Striving for Personal Best
  • Excellence in Learning, Respect
  • Independence
  • Resilience
  • Community Participation and Partnerships

At Poowong Consolidated School, we seek to enable all learners through the provision of:-

  • differentiated, in-depth, structured and cohesive learning programs aligned to year level content and achievement standards informed by the Australian Curriculum
  • highly effective teachers, focused on improving student outcomes, through their commitment to ongoing professional development, quality teaching, evidence-based practices, coaching and mentoring and collaboration
  • whole school agreed pedagogical practices that focus on a consistency of approach
  • a quality inclusive learning environment that is responsive to student voice
  • opportunities for community and parents to participate in learning and decision making partnerships.
  • producing flexible, creative, innovative individuals who strive to maximise their potential and become contributing members of the wider community.
    At Poowong Consolidated School we deliver our Literacy and Numeracy programs based on the principles of the Early Years and Middle Years philosophies of whole, small, whole. This includes the targeted explicit instruction of Guided Reading and Guided Mathematics. We utilise a combined approach of VCOP and Big Write with 7 Steps to Writing Success and a 5 week focus on writing genres as an entire school. Data analysis and ongoing collection of evidence of learning is important to the discussions within our Professional Learning Teams.
    We value teachers who are:
  • able to positively engage with students, parents and the wider community
  • innovative, cooperative, positive and have a strong work ethic
  • have a strong commitment to moving each student forward with their learning, no matter what their starting point

Selection Criteria

SC1 Capacity to undertake routine support tasks across a range of functions in one or more work areas within a school environment.

SC2 Demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively with members of the school community including students and the capacity to provide support and/or attendant care to students where necessary.

SC3 Demonstrated proficiency in the use of office systems, software or technical equipment as relevant to the position.

SC4 Capacity to work cooperatively with a range of people including teachers, education support, students and parents.

SC5 A commitment to professional learning and growth.


Undertakes routine tasks that are usually carried out under close supervision and direction. Work that carries some degree of independence will generally involve a limited number of tasks performed on a regular basis where priorities are clear, procedures are well established and direction is readily available.

Work has little scope for deviation. Problems can usually be solved by reference to well documented procedures and instructions and clearly established practices. Deviation from established procedures will require reference to others for guidance and direction. Assistance is readily available when problems arise. An experienced employee at range 1 will exercise limited judgement within clearly defined guidelines and well established practices that relate specifically to the tasks performed.

Does not carry responsibility for the work of others. More experienced employees will provide basic guidance and advice to others relating to tasks within the work area.

An education support class position supports the educational services being provided to students, but must not include duties of teaching as defined in clause 2.6.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) or its successor. Supervision of students cannot be required except where it is an integral part of the employee's position or involves supervision of students individually or in small groups, in controlled circumstances, where the responsibility for students remains clearly with a teacher.

Qualification requirements do not operate at range 1. Certification requirements may be required to legally perform specific tasks - e.g. driver's licence, first aid, safe food handling.


  • Assist students on an individual or group basis in specific learning areas.
  • Assist with the communication between students and teachers, particularly the interpretation of instructions.
  • Provide basic physical and emotional care for students.
  • Participate in team meetings.
  • Assist with toileting, meals, lifting, and administration of medication to students requiring special care.
  • Assist with the supervision of pupils in playgrounds, at camps, on excursions, in sporting activities, therapy activities and life skills.
  • Assist in the preparation of student resources and equipment.
  • Prepare basic curriculum support resources.
  • Set up and put away equipment and materials in support of teaching programs.
  • Observe students and draw the attention of the teacher to them where necessary.
  • Participate in the monitoring and evaluation of programs and evaluation of individual student involvement and achievement.
  • Assist with communication between teachers and non-English speaking parents/students.
  • Assist in the translation of documents.
  • Assist students with the preparation and service of meals.
  • Ensure work areas and materials, equipment and appliances are maintained in a clean and ready to use condition.
  • Assist in the preparation of equipment and purchasing of materials and supplies as required.

Who May Apply

Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx


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