Birmingham Primary School is situated in a semi rural area at the foothills of the Yarra Valley.
The school population for 2020 is 664 students, the highest enrolment in the history of the school. This is testimony to the excellent reputation the school has within the community. We have very few students who come from Non-English speaking backgrounds, so our involvement with International School to School Exchange (ISSE) has allowed us to bring parts of the globe to Birmingham.
We have visited and received delegations from Malaysia, India, Mexico, U.S.A., China, Peru and Costa Rica.
These experiences have opened up the world for our students and has helped them understand and appreciate different people and their cultures. We have a Sister School in China and have established a staff exchange program with Wujiang Experimental Primary School.
We have membership with the Council of International Schools (CIS) and have gained accreditation with CIS .This organisation has assisted us in forging international links but also enables us to work towards and achieve international standards of education.
We have a whole school approach to the teaching of Literacy and Numeracy which is well documented and embedded in our Inquiry learning.
We view our school as being an integral part of the Mount Evelyn Community, with strong support from parents and the local secondary colleges. We are currently in the process of working towards increasing the connection between the preschools and the school. This will further develop the strong relationships between teachers, students and parents which is vital to student learning. We have an extensive and extremely successful Transition Program which we believe orientates our new students and parents into the school.
At Birmingham we strive to engage our students in meaningful learning and a variety of experiences. We ensure our students have a voice and have choice in their learning. We differentiate tasks to ensure we are meeting all student learning needs. We have a strong values program which permeates the whole curriculum, and these values are continually referred to in and outside the classroom.
Most importantly, we are true to both our Vision and Mission Statements, created by our whole school community. These are constantly referred to by staff and students and are embraced by parents. These statements represent what we stand for, what we believe is important in education and we endeavour to live that vision when working with studen’ts, the school community and beyond.
Our 2020 Focuses are:
- Design Thinking
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
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.