[VU-730] Education Support / Kitchen Garden (Ed Support Level 1-Range 1)

[VU-730] Education Support / Kitchen Garden (Ed Support Level 1-Range 1)

15 Sep
Schools (Government)

15 Sep

Schools (Government)


Location Profile


Kingston Heath Primary School is located in Cheltenham, approximately 25 kilometres south-east of the Melbourne CBD.

Our school vision states:

At Kingston Heath Primary School, a quality learning environment gives students, staff and the community confidence to strive for excellence as active and positive members of a global village.

Kingston Heath Primary School has a focus on learning through Inquiry, which is embedded in a culture of collaboration and has a strong focus on results. Our philosophy is that learning becomes engaging, relevant, challenging and significant when students ask questions and become involved in their own education.

The school is an accredited Primary Years Programme (PYP) - International Baccalaureate® school. We undertook a rigorous self-study and accreditation visit in the first half of 2019 and were proud to receive 14 commendations from the panel.

Students attend specialist programs in Physical Education, The Arts, and Italian across the school. Years 5 and 6 students participate in an Electives program to enhance their learning and student voice in learning.

A Year 3-6 BYOD Chromebooks program also highlights the way technology has been embraced to promote engagement in learning.

We are commencing a new strategic planning cycle. We have a strong positive endorsement from our students across all areas of the Attitudes to School Survey. Teams of teachers have attended the Bastow Leading Literacy and Bastow Leading Numeracy courses and this learning and subsequent sharing with all staff has led to some key changes in our teaching of literacy and numeracy in recent years. Last year we introduced three-way conferences to foster student agency and voice across the school.

Enrolment in 2021 will be approximately 260 with multi-age classes at all levels. The proportion of students with English as a second language is “Mid-High”. This reflects the diversity of the school community, which consists of over 30 different nationalities. There continues to be a growing proportion of students from a non-English speaking background.

Students engage with a broad range of extra curricula and enrichment programs in line with their interests and talents. These include camps for Years 3-6, a variety of school and district sports carnivals, music lessons, school performances, Book Week. We also operate a highly respected Kitchen Garden Program.

Selection Criteria

KSC1: Demonstrated ability to competently use and maintain relevant equipment

KSC2: Capacity to work cooperatively with a range of people including teachers, education support, students and parents

KSC3: A commitment to professional learning and growth

KSC4: Demonstrated ability to plan and maintain a kitchen garden to help students learn about the growing and harvesting of seasonal fruits, herbs and vegetables and how to prepare these ingredients to promote healthy eating


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.


Responsibilities for the Kitchen Garden - 0.4 position at Kingston Heath Primary School


- Be an enthusiastic and passionate cook and vegetable gardener

- Have a sound knowledge of food cycles and seasonal planting

- Manage and maintain an edible garden and involved students in the process

- Understand the Program depends on using fresh, seasonal foods in all menus rather than processed items or foods bought out-of-season

- Be able to work alone and be self-directed and motivated

- Have good time management skills

- Have good organisational an record-keeping skills

- Have creative ability to prepare stimulating activities/menus and class plans and facilitate classes in collaboration with classroom teachers

- Be able to integrate learning in the kitchen with learning in the garden

- Have basic IT familiarity

Maintain good hygiene practices in the kitchen

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