Occupational Therapist/ Social Worker (Ed Support Level 1-range 4)
MFG is a vibrant learning community that nurtures and serves the aspirations of our students. Surrounded by a supportive ‘sisterhood,’ our young people aim to achieve excellent learning outcomes and develop qualities of character that will enrich their own lives and impact positively on the lives of others.
At MFG we have consulted with the school community – students, staff and parents/carers - to develop a set of eleven traits, behaviors and dispositions that we, as a school community believe, are important to foster in our students.
These 11 traits are:
MFG learners are able to articulate a core set of values and ethical principles, which they apply to their lives.
Kind, compassionate and trustworthy
Caring and respectful of others and themselves
Knowledgeable about learning and self-aware
Deep thinkers who are curious and creative
Resilient, adaptable and able to learn from mistakes
Hard-working, ambitious and confident
Able to respect and celebrate difference and diversity
Optimistic about the future
Responsible and active local and global citizens
Flexible collaborators, leaders and team members
Matthew Flinders Girls (MFG) has a long and proud history. The original foundation stone was laid in 1856 when there were few other schools in Geelong. MFG is one of eight girls-only state educational providers (since 1940) and the only girls-only provider outside of the metropolitan area.
While there is no formal alumni structure, a group of ex-students, currently aged in their 70s and 80s, meets twice a year. Some students in the school are third generation members of the school community. There is an ever growing Facebook presence of past student groups and a College Alumni Facebook Page has been established. In 2016.
Our school is centrally situated within the business, arts and sporting precincts of Geelong. It has excellent access to public transport (buses and trains). A proportion of students are from the immediate locality, but a significant number come from outside the City of Greater Geelong, from areas such as Colac, Barwon Heads, Indented Heads, Lara, Inverleigh, Bannockburn, Werribee and Anakie. There are more than 50 feeder Primary schools from where the students have been drawn over the past 5 years.
The student population incorporates a diverse range of cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and family blends. The Student Family Occupation (SFO) for the school is currently 0.49.
In serving the aspirations of students, our curriculum provision and quality of teaching are fundamental. Curriculum in Years 7-10 is based on the Victorian Curriculum and is framed by challenging and provocative ‘essential questions’. An Inquiry Based Learning approach to Teaching and Learning is at the heart of learning in Years 7 – 9.
A wide range of options is made available to Later Years students, including the opportunity to accelerate into VCE studies. Our school offers a range of VCE units, access to some Vocational Education and Training Programs (VET/SBATs) and to VCAL (Intermediate and Senior).
MFG is an accredited member of The Academy of Select Entry Accelerated Learner Program (TAASS) , the only one in the State which is in an all-girls’ setting. This program gives students the opportunity to be selected at Year 7 according to academic and leadership potential to undertake an alternative curriculum for Years 7 to 9.
All students in Years 7 – 12 participate in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. Students are encouraged to purchase the technology which best suits their needs for learning. The school outlines minimum specifications and recommended devices to support parents when making decisions.
Instrumental Music is a key component of our school’s co-curricular Program. Students can learn percussion, drums, singing, woodwind, brass, guitar and keyboard at school. MFG is also the educational home of the Sweethearts, a highly talented and well known music group that performs frequently in professional contexts, nationally and internationally.
Since 2013 the school has been working with Deakin University to develop links between MFG and the Science and Engineering Faculties at Deakin. The focus for this development has been at Year 10 in 2013 and 2014. In 2015 – 2017 the focus is in Years 7-9. This work will links us to Deakin’s CADET facility (Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training) and enables MFG students to access that facility as well as Deakin’s expertise. We are also one of the partner schools with Deakin as part of Skilling the Bay: Successful STEM Schools - a program which focuses on developing teacher capacity, improving students’ Maths and Science learning outcomes in Years 7 and 8 as well as developing their interest and curiosity in STEM disciplines.
A community garden has been established and exemplifies our school’s recent permaculture focus of “earth care, people care and fair share”. This space is shared with Dial A Lunch. A key component of the garden is the construction of an urban agricultural garden where students can grow healthy organic food and share this with people in our local community. It has also been the focus of a number of environmental engineering projects.
KEY SELECTION CRITERIA
1. Demonstrated experience in assessing, conceptualising and analysing student learning needs and providing evidence-based support for a range of students with learning challenges.
2. Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing evidence-based intervention strategies for young people with complex needs.
3. Demonstrated ability to input into the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and procedures relating to young people with alternative learning needs.
4. Highly developed communication, networking and interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise effectively with a wide range of people.
5. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and professional learning that informs and influences the work of others involved in the support of young people with specific learning needs.
- A willingness and capacity to embrace the Mission and Values of MFG
- Tertiary qualification in Social Work/Occupational Therapy
- Mental Health experience
- Professional Membership
Range 4 is distinguished by broader management responsibility, particularly in the areas of finance, human resource and other support functions. Range 4 is responsible for managing a range of functions under a wide range of conditions, subject to the size and complexity of school operations.
Objectives will, generally, be clearly defined; guidelines will be broad and day-to-day direction minimal. Management responsibility extends to ensuring appropriate support levels are maintained across the school. Range 4 generally provides key support and timely advice to the leadership team and school council and liaises with the general school community, the Department and other government agencies and service providers.
Specialised professional roles will carry a high level of independence and accountability where suitable scope is provided to achieve objectives.
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.
The Occupational Therapist/ MFG Social Worker will work primarily withing the Program for Students with Disabilities Team and our Well-Being Team to support a range of students in our school including: students with identified disabilities, ASD students across the school, trauma affected students and students with mild mental health concerns.
The MFG Occupational Therapist will work with students, drawing on a range of psychological and occupational therapy strategies to assist young people to help understand and cope with their daily function and learning, taking a holistic, person-centred approach.
We are seeking someone with the expertise and experience to:
- Assist ASD students to further develop their social skills and emotional intelligence
- Develop and implement programs for students with alternative needs in the school, by facilitating therapeutic activities / targeted student support groups
- Support the mental health and wellbeing of our students
- Facilitate workshops for the MFG community on sensory needs / strategies of students
- Support and collaborate with families and MFG staff to assist young people with learning challenges and to help them find suitable programs to support their needs now and in the future
- Initiate and implement programs or strategies to assist young people with learning challenges to become more independent learners
- Run friendship groups with students in Years 7 -9
- Participate in Student Support Group Meetings and in the development of Individual Learning Plans
- Work with the PSD team on applications with Student Support Services
- Collaborate with the PSD and Well-Being teams
Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.
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.
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.
- Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx
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