Dandenong South Primary School is a medium sized primary school, with an enrolment of 645 students in 2019. Historically, the enrolment at the school has been relatively stable. However, in recent years the school enrolment has increased. At the beginning of 2019 there were 101 Foundation enrolments. Demographic studies of the City of Greater Dandenong indicate that the school will continue to grow over the next few years. The school has a Kindergarten on site.
The school is situated in an area, which is bordered by residential, commercial and industrial zones. There are no other schools in the immediate vicinity. The school has a substantial Muslim/Islamic population.
Some children from the area attend Islamic schools at primary or secondary level. Less than 10% of year 6 students transfer to independent secondary schools. Most of the students elect to go to Dandenong High School.
Approximately 85% of students have origins outside Australia and represent in excess of thirty different nationalities. There are large proportion of Albanian and Afghani families in the school community. Although approximately 85% of students have backgrounds other than English, many are born in the local community with family members who, for several generations, have attended Australian schools.
To facilitate management, the school is divided into five sub-schools: Foundation, Year 1, Year 2, Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6. In 2018 the staff profile consists of 29 classroom teachers and a number of specialist teachers for Art, Music, Indonesian, Dance and P.E. There are 5 additional support teachers, 2 EAL teachers, 4 substantive Leading Teachers, Assistant Principals and Principal. The 15 members of the ES team, which includes Office Staff, Integration Aides and Multicultural Aides, greatly support all aspects of the functioning of the school. Although the profile varies from year to year, the school has always had a similar profile, enabling a broad curriculum and additional assistance for students to be implemented.
The school promotes excellence in all aspects of learning and strives to cater for students’ individual needs, developing the total child. The development of Literacy and Numeracy skills is emphasised. This thrust is well supported by focused Literacy and Numeracy programs, Reading Intervention and the EAL Program. Incursions and excursions, special events, intensive swimming and transition programs with the local secondary college and kindergartens enriches the curriculum. The core subjects of English and Mathematics are carefully timetabled to ensure that uninterrupted learning time is available. Small group focused teaching and the use of Learning Technologies in all subject areas are features of the curriculum. A comprehensive lunch time activities program is in place and provides a range of extra curricula activities. The school concert is highly valued by the whole school community and is held every two years.
The staff work and plan in teams to reduce ‘between class differences’ and to maximise the contribution and expertise of all. The school has an ethos of ongoing improvement and Professional Development of staff ensures that professional standards remain high. The school encourages the involvement of the community through open days, information sessions and classroom helpers. Community support for the school is high. The school is always mindful of the differing cultural views concerning the degree of parental involvement with the school.
Dandenong South Primary School has a holistic approach to learning where the academic, physical, social, and emotional needs of all children are fostered through the school’s values of:
- Resilience - Having the capacity to cope with change and bounce back in difficult times
- Empathy - Using our personal experiences to feel for and relate to others
- Challenge - Persevering and remaining focused when faced with a difficult situation. Being a risk taker with learning
- Respect - Respecting ourselves, and recognising and accepting the differences in ability, race, religion and beliefs of others
At Dandenong South Primary School the wellbeing and safety of all children is at the forefront of all we do and every decision we make. We have a zero tolerance to child abuse. Our school actively promotes the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are devoted to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment in accordance with their legal obligations including the Child Safe Standards. In keeping with this approach, we are committed to using a Restorative Practices approach, which focuses on developing positive relationships between students, and between teachers and students.
The school has a structured and caring learning environment and is dedicated to promoting each student’s confidence and self-esteem. The school’s programs offer the opportunities to develop cooperation, respect, honesty, friendship and responsible attitudes. There is a solid appreciation of cultural diversity and multiculturalism and the school works towards building shared values and developing an attitude of tolerance towards each other.
Several major upgrades of the school buildings have been undertaken in recent years bringing significant improvements to classroom, staff and administration amenities. Facilities include a Library, Art Room, Performing Arts Complex, and Gymnasium. Air conditioning has been installed throughout the school. The school has excellent ICT and Music facilities. These enable the school to utilise computers and technology to enhance students’ learning and provide opportunities to develop and enhance musical development and understandings. The school grounds have been extensively upgraded and contain soccer and football ovals, a tennis court/netball court, a sensory garden and a basketball court. Playground equipment and sandpits provide engaging areas for play. There are a large number of quiet shaded areas.
In June 2019 the school commenced work on renovating and upgrading the Library building. This work is expected to be completed early to mid 2020.
SC1 Capacity to undertake routine tasks
SC2 Demonstrated capacity in grounds maintenance and care
SC3 Capacity to work cooperatively with a range of people including teachers, education support, students and parents
SC4 A commitment to professional learning and growth
SC5 Capacity to undertake tasks across a range of functions in one or more work areas within a school environment
Undertakes routine tasks that are usually carried out under supervision and direction. Work will generally involve tasks performed on a regular basis where priorities are clear, procedures are well established and direction is readily available. Assistance is readily available when problems arise.
Maintains general appearance of the school grounds, including garden maintenance, mowing and yard sweeping, collection and emptying of rubbish bins. The successful applicant will have the capacity to undertake minor maintenance tasks, including repairs to toilets, fixtures and fittings, moving of furniture.
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.
Duties consistent with the level of the position as directed including:
- Maintaining grass areas (fake and lawn)
- clearing rubbish, sweeping sand
- Maintaining garden beds - clearing rubbish, trimming, fertilising, watering, treating pests and diseases
- Sweeping pathways
- Performing minor maintenance such as graffiti removal, minor painting/minor repairs
- Distributing deliveries, assisting with setting up for activities/events, relocation of furniture
- Following OHS processes
- General maintenance activities as allocated by the Principal
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
This position is offered over 2 days per week.
Hours are 8:00am – 4:00pm and include a lunch break (half an hour) and morning tea break (15 minutes).
This position may have the potential to be extended.
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.
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