Cobram, population 6,000, is a small town on the banks of the Murray River. It is 255 kilometres northeast of Melbourne and 62 kilometres north of the large regional centre of Shepparton. Dairy farms, vineyards and orchards surround Cobram.
Cobram Primary School is situated on a large site close to the centre of the town. The site boasts an oval, netball and basketball courts, two covered adventure play areas and extensive covered passive play areas.
The school accommodates its students from in years 1&2 and 5&6 in a modern Building Education Revolution (BER) building. Students in Foundation and 3&4 are catered for in the original classrooms, all of which have been refurbished.
There are nine classes, with students in Foundation, in straight grades and students in Years 1 -6 in multi-age groups. The curriculum, which is delivered via AusVELS, covers all domains. All students have one hour per week with a specialist art and physical education (PE) teacher. Students in Year 3-6 have an extra hour with a PE sport teacher. The school offers students with a language background other than English (LBOTE) special language classes.
The School Family Occupation (SFO) index of .6997 indicates that the school draws from a socio economic profile lower than the state average, which is .5166.
Enrolments at the time of the review were 202 students. The school is expecting a slight increase in enrolments in 2020 with a larger Foundation enrolment than previous years. Students from families where there is a language background other than English make up 28 per cent of the student population.
The staffing profile at Cobram consists of a Principal, the equivalent of 9 full time teachers, 2 part time teachers Education Support (ES) staff including two office staff and a full time social worker.
Students and their families are supported by the social worker who coordinates the wellbeing team and by a number of wellbeing programs and activities. The school has formed community partnerships, which support the wellbeing programs.
1. Educational Leadership
- Outstanding capacity for visionary and exemplary educational leadership of a school.
- Highly developed skills in leading and managing change including the leadership of others in the process of change.
2. Financial, Managerial and Administrative Ability
- Outstanding financial, organisational and resource management skills.
3. Planning, Policy and Program Development and Review
- Exemplary values appropriate to the development of student learning with a demonstrated capacity to achieve high quality student outcomes.
- Demonstrated ability to implement Department policies to a high level.
- An understanding of, and a commitment to, the use of learning technologies to improve teaching and learning.
4. Leadership of Staff and Students
- A highly developed capacity to motivate staff, develop their talents and build an effective team.
- A clear capacity to foster a learning environment that takes account of the individual needs of students and helps students to develop their special abilities and talents.
5. Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills in individual, small group and community contexts
- Exemplary values pertaining to personal qualities of objectivity, sensitivity and integrity.
- An ability to work with parents and the community to develop a strong learning environment.
The assistant principal reports directly to the principal.
Assistant principals have a primary responsibility for the management of significant areas or functions within the school to ensure the effective development, provision and evaluation of the school's education program. In exercising the responsibility, assistant principals will have the authority to make all significant decisions relating to the program, budget and staff relating to their area of designated responsibility within the framework of the school's strategic plan, policies and budget. Assistant principals will contribute to the overall management of the school through involvement in policy formulation and decision making.
The management of significant school program or functional areas in schools involve assistant principals in the analysis of the needs of students and the translation of state educational policy and frameworks into appropriate education programs to meet the needs of all students.
Typically assistant principals will be responsible for the effective use of the teaching staff and program budget of a defined area of the school's operation and for the oversight and leadership of the educational programs provided utilising these resources.
Typically, assistant principals perform one or more of the following functions:
- supervision and coordination of the work of senior curriculum or level coordinators;
- allocation of budgets, positions of responsibility and other resources within the area of responsibility;
- supervision of the delivery of teaching programs;
- management of programs to improve the knowledge and experience of staff;
- responsibility for general discipline matters beyond the management of classroom teachers and year level coordinators;
- contribute to the overall management of the school;
Who May Apply
Appropriately qualified individuals currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.
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
- 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.
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