Carranballac P-9 College was opened in 2002 and is situated in the suburb of Point Cook in the City of Wyndham. The College has seen significant growth since that time as it was established in one of the major growth regions in Melbourne's Western Suburbs. Point Cook has a natural coastal park and is situated on the western edge of Port Philip Bay between the metropolitan area and Geelong. Point Cook is also the home of the RAAF Base Williams, which currently houses the RAAF Museum.
International and interstate migration have played a major role in the development of the population in the area in conjunction with more affordable housing in this growth corridor.
Industrial estates in the surrounding suburbs of Laverton and Altona also bring workers into the area.
Carranballac P-9 College is a multi-campus Foundation – Year 9 College, encompassing two campuses, Boardwalk School and Jamieson Way School, with both campuses catering for the needs of students across two stages of schooling, Primary Years (Foundation – Year 6) and Secondary Years (Years 7 – 9). In 2020, there are 1362 students enrolled across the college. The College planning documents and processes address the needs of all students and supports teachers to work collaboratively. Professional development activities are aimed at building capacity by enhancing the skills of all staff to promote students well-being and academic growth.
We are steadfast in our resolve to build strong partnerships with the local community. The continued development and growth of our educational community is fueled by the commitment and enthusiasm of staff who strive to provide a rich, authentic learning environment that caters for the individual needs of the whole child. The College also has a strong Parents and Friends organisation that is very active in its support of programs and the expansion of facilities and resources.
Our College is motivated towards the development of 'excellence in life-long learning with students who are resilient, connected and respectful citizens' who care about their world and care for one another. The College ethos and practice reflects a commitment to individual development and the personal wellbeing of all students through fostering a safe and caring environment. Positive attitudes and leadership skills are built through our Duke of Edinburgh and Compass programs, SoundGarage and our extensive Performing Arts Programs. Student Leadership Programs are underpinned by outdoor education experiences and challenges.
The College uses the Victorian Curriculum to plan and implement a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum at all levels encompassed by consideration for the personal, social and emotional wellbeing of individuals. Literacy and Numeracy are identified priorities with programs developed to focus on improving student learning outcomes in these areas. In the Primary Years, an integrated curriculum approach is taken. In the Secondary Years, a pedagogical model is delivered with a focus to engage, explain, explore, elaborate and evaluate through gradual release of responsibility to enhance engagement and connections between learning for students. The College uses NAPLAN data, English On-Line, Maths On-Line, On Demand Testing and Attitudes to School Survey as part of its suite of tools to improve student outcomes and school performance. Students with special learning needs receive instruction in the general education classroom and participate in extra curricular activities with the necessary support. The College provides access to internal and external clinicians, education support staff; English as an Additional Language (E.A.L) and literacy intervention programs.
Carranballac P-9 College comprises of a range of flexible teaching and learning areas, including well-resourced libraries, music rooms (including a recording studio and rehearsal rooms), science labs and a Performing Arts Centre which is used for staff, student and community events. There are also extensive Information Technology laboratories, Food Technology kitchens and dining rooms, a Wood Technology room and a Visual Arts facility, which includes Graphic and Textile rooms. An open plan building has been established through the BER program. Students have access to many outdoor facilities including recently upgraded ovals, basketball courts, shade covered playgrounds and assembly/play areas enhanced with artificial turf. Well appointed administration areas also add to our modern learning environment.
The teaching profile is composed of 98.2 (EFT) which includes, 1 Principal, 6 Assistant Principals and 5 Leading Teachers. They are supported by 34 ES staff who fulfil various duties across the school. The College also supports an extensive Student Well-Being Department which consists of a Coordinator, a provisional Psychologist, a Speech Pathologist, a Family Support Worker, a Defence Transition Liaison Mentor and a Well-Being Support Facilitator.
SC1 Demonstrated knowledge of the relevant curriculum, including the capacity to incorporate the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills. Demonstrated capacity to respond to student learning needs.
SC2 Demonstrated capacity to implement high impact teaching strategies, guided by how students learn, and evaluate the impact of learning and teaching programs on student learning growth.
SC3 Demonstrated capacity to monitor and assess student learning. Demonstrated capacity to use data to inform teaching practice and to provide feedback on student learning growth and achievement to students and parents.
SC4 Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated capacity to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with students, parents, colleagues and the broader school community to support student learning, wellbeing and engagement.
SC5 Demonstrated behaviours and attitudes consistent with Department values. Demonstrated capacity to reflect upon practice and engage in professional learning to continually improve the quality of teaching.
SC6Capacity to work collaboratively within teams to implement Carranballac P-9 College’s Strategic Plan.
SC7 Demonstrated capacity to implement a quality English/Humanities program in a Secondary environment.
The primary focus of the range 1 classroom teacher is on further developing skills and competencies to become an effective classroom practitioner with structured support and guidance from teachers at higher levels and the planning, preparation and teaching of programs to achieve specific student outcomes.
These teachers teach a range of students/classes and are accountable for the effective delivery of their programs. Range 1 classroom teachers are skilled teachers who operate under general direction within clear guidelines following established work practices and documented priorities and may have responsibility for the supervision and training of one or more student teachers.
At range 1, teachers participate in the development of school policies and programs and assist in the implementation of school priorities.
The focus of a range 1 classroom teacher is on classroom management, subject content and teaching practice. New entrants to the teaching profession in their initial teaching years receive structured support, mentoring and guidance from teachers at higher levels.
Under guidance, new entrants to the teaching profession will plan and teach student groups in one or more subjects and are expected to participate in induction programs and other professional learning activities that are designed to ensure the integration of curriculum, assessment and pedagogy across the school.
Teachers at range 1 are responsible for teaching their own classes and may also assist and participate in policy development, project teams and the organisation of co-curricula activities.
Core responsibilities include:
- Planning and implementing a range of teaching programs or
courses of study
- Teaching an area of the curriculum or a general curriculum to a
- Monitoring, evaluating and reporting student progress in key
- Implementing strategies to achieve targets related to student
- Maintaining records of class attendance and recording student
- Implementing effective student management consistent with the
- Working with a mentor to participate in professional development
planning, implementation and reflection developing a professional
Additional responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
- Supervising a range of student activities including support and
- Contributing to a range of co-curricular programs
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