Student Wellbeing and Support – McClelland Secondary College – Victoria

McClelland College is a 7-12 college with a current enrolment of 950 students. The college is well recognized as a leader in the implementation of Personalised Learning. Often described by visitors as ‘a hidden gem’, when you first walk into McClelland College you will immediately notice the well-kept grounds and modern, spacious teaching & learning facilities.

Of course looks aren’t everything. It’s the innovative approach to teaching that sets our school apart. The passion that drives the award-winning teaching team is a dedication to Personalised Learning – delivering education that builds professional and vocational capabilities by building on students’ individual strengths.

At McClelland we support students in the exploration and development of their individual passions and talents. Key sets of relevant life-long learning skills taught throughout the McClelland Academy Program (MAP) will enable our students to be skilled in IT development, Science, Media, Business, Performing Arts and Sport. The Victorian Government has recently allocated capital works funding to the College for a major facilities upgrade, with construction due to commence early next year.

The Elite Performance Program (EPP) is a select entry program aimed at extending junior year students in their area of passion. We design our curriculum so these students are spending more time using higher-order thinking skills and developing leadership capacity. This enables students to further increase their personal learning and continue to maintain learning above the expected level for their year group.

McClelland is also well-connected through collaboration and active partnerships with external organisations. To support the quality, reach and impact of our education, we constantly seek to improve teaching and learning outcomes through engagement with business and industry links.

The school has 91.5 full time equivalent staff, comprising 3.6 principals, 58.2 teachers and 29.7 support staff and we continue our commitment to ongoing improvement for the benefit of our students.
College Values
McClelland’s College Values were derived from what students, teachers and parents thought underpinned success in life. We believe that Community and Responsibility build together to support Success.

Selection Criteria

SC 1. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively with students, parents and staff.
SC 2. Demonstrated the ability to engage in evidence based short-term counselling and deliver group interventions.
SC 3. Demonstrated ability to provide appropriate recommendations to staff and families to support the needs of individual students (e.g. behaviour management, student learning and social and emotional interventions).
SC 4. Demonstrated understanding of mandatory reporting guidelines and working with young people disclosing risk.
SC 5. Demonstrated ability to keep accurate records/case notes. Ability to perform basic administrative tasks i.e. scheduling meetings, communicating with external agencies.

Role

WELLBEING SUPPORT/COUNSELLOR
The counsellor is a member of the school’s wellbeing program and works with students, families and school staff to assist in the emotional, social and educational well-being of the students, their families and the school community.
Your duties may include (but not be limited to): Carrying out individual and peer counselling; Planning/providing groups for students when required; Maintaining confidentiality of both students and families within the parameters of duty of care; ensuring that clinical and administrative standards are maintained in accordance with the department of education Work collaboratively with educators, external agencies and school support staff. Maintain accurate case notes Provide administrative support to the Wellbeing Coordinator i.e. documentation of student records, meeting minutes etc Arranging relevant student support group meetings Assist with the development of student IEP’s and relevant support plans Support with State School Relief applications

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

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

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.
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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