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Student Counsellor

Job posted: 13/05/2022
Applications close: 26/05/2022 (Midnight)
7 days remaining

7 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

Job type: Part time / From 11/07/2022 - 23/06/2023

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1278686

Reference: 1278686

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

SC1

Qualifications and/or experience in Counselling, to address a range of student wellbeing needs, both through individual counselling and/or facilitation of small group therapeutic programs.

SC2

Understanding of common approaches, policies, programs and research relating to student wellbeing, including the use of restorative practice to resolve conflict and restore relationships.

SC3

Experience in the delivery of student and family wellbeing services and programs in a real setting and preferably experience working within schools in the area of student wellbeing.

SC4

Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and network with a range of people in education and the wider community.

SC5

Experience in the development and delivery of proactive programs to develop resilience, social and emotional wellbeing, and interpersonal skills in children.

SC6

Personal qualifications of flexibility, loyalty and integrity. Demonstrated experience in keeping confidential, professional records and case notes

 

 

Role

Role

Provide high quality professional support services, advice and support to the school community, in the development and implementation of programs, procedures and policies on the wellbeing of students.

Demonstrated capacity to work effectively, under minimal direction within the school as a member of the Wellbeing Team.  This requiring the ability to identify students’ needs and to implement appropriate strategies.

Collaborate with school staff, the Wellbeing Team and support agencies to develop and initiate a range of programs that foster resilience, enhance social, emotional and educational skills, and build strong, positive working relationships.

Establish and maintain links with School networks, School Nurse and relevant support agencies with a view to optimising and coordinating service provision to students at risk.
Support the implementation of the Willmott Park Primary School Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy.

Demonstrate ability to undertake individual support and counselling for students and families.  Work with teachers and special needs students in the classroom.

Possess high level oral and written communication skills and the qualifications and technical knowledge and expertise relevant to the position. 

Responsibilities

Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development of a whole school approach to student engagement and wellbeing and a positive and secure school environment.
  • Work within the whole school community to support students and their families and increase their connectedness to the School.
  • Work collaboratively with the Wellbeing Team to provide co-ordinated and effective student case co-ordination.
  • Support staff and teaching teams
  • Work with the Wellbeing Team to develop, initiate and implement a range of programs and strategies that respond to the needs of students and their families (eg. restorative practices, support of the International Students Program, health and wellbeing). 
  • Assist the Leadership Team with and management of critical incidents and emergency situations.
  • In consultation with the relevant member of the Leadership Team, report cases of risk to relevant authorities and follow DEECD requirements.
  • Conduct school based meetings with students and parents.
  • Assist families to access appropriate relief agencies eg. Smith Family.
  • Provide feedback and advice to staff on the wellbeing of students referred bearing in mind privacy constraints.

 

 

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 of Education and Training is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion for all. We value diversity and inclusion in all forms – gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for roles within the Department.  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

DET Values

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

Vaccination Requirement

A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Willmott Park Primary opened in 1995 with just over 100 students and enrols just under 800 in 2021. The school currently has a teaching and non-teaching staff of over 90. The demographic continues to change with an increasing diversification of family background and culture that brings a rich and positive perspective for the community. There is an increasing demand for OSHC (Out of School Hours Care) places that is housed in a free-standing, purpose-built and well equipped facility. The school is 26 years old and has seen many building upgrades in 2008 & 2013. Two new prep level outdoor learning areas have been created to compliment developmental curriculum. These areas include sand pits, cubby houses and a large outdoor work space.

 

Willmott Park boasts exceptional grounds and recreational play area that includes many recreational play zones, outdoor performing area, an all-weather play area, outdoor performance area, environmental planting areas, fitness room, music, art, science & other learning specialisation areas. 

Staff professional learning has been a significant priority focusing an April to March P & D cycle on improving learning outcomes with literacy and numeracy. Teacher performance and development and improving student learning outcomes are prominent in both the strategic and annual implementation plans. 

Specialist programs for all students include Physical Education, STEAM, Visual Arts and Music. English as an Additional Language (EAL) is offered for new arrivals and students with language other than English. A Deaf Facility operates within the school that has 12-students enrolled. The hearing impaired students are integrated into classes and supported by the facility staff. To complement the Deaf Facility, Auslan (the signing language of the deaf) is offered as a Language Other Than English (LOTE).

Rapid changes in technology has led to providing meaningful and appropriate integration of ICT into student learning opportunities. Interactive LCD televisions & whiteboards are fitted in all classrooms and to compliment teaching and learning thus taking Willmott Park to the forefront of technology in schools.  Netbooks are accessible in years 5 and 6 and all students are encouraged to have a personal iPad to support their learning at school and home.


A variety of curriculum support programs operate that include Reading Club 3-6, EAL, Speech Therapy, and Step into Preps on Learning and Developmental Curriculum in Prep. A wide variety of lunchtime programs (choir, band, gym, and computer etc.) continue to support student engagement.  Extra-curricular programs are a big feature that includes EB (Energy Breakthrough) and many more.

Willmott Park is an exemplary school that continues to build teacher capacity through ongoing professional learning and careful recruitment. And at the same time presents a balanced curriculum and a structured and equitable student management process. The Willmott Park staff are committed, parents supportive and the students very well managed. A shared leadership model operates that devolves responsibility across a broad range of responsibilities. The school has a culture where everybody is learning, innovation is seen as the norm and challenges seen as opportunities.

Contacts/Address:
WILLMOTT PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL
Dorchester Street, Craigieburn 3064
Ph. 9305 6639
Email: willmott.park.ps@education.vic.gov.au
Web www.willmottparkps.vic.edu.au

 

Student Counsellor

Job type:

Part time / From 11/07/2022 - 23/06/2023

Job classification:

Not provided

Contact:

Luci-Ann Scamarcio | 03 9305 6639

Student Counsellor