Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/TCH788663
Meekatharra District High School (DHS) is seeking to establish a pool of Kindergarten to Year 6 Teachers for appointments to permanent and fixed term, full-time and part-time vacancies which may arise during the 2023 school year. Appointments can be made from the pool at any time for commencements within the 2023 school year.
Working at Meekatharra DHS provides you with the many professional and personal benefits of working for the Department of Education including:
- Attractive Country Teaching Program Allowance of $13,730 a year
- Locality allowance of $1,829 a year
- Attraction and Retention Incentive of $17,000 see info below
- 10 percent employer contributions to superannuation
- 12 weeks’ vacation leave (school holidays)
- More than 20 days of other leave, including sick leave and carers’ leave
- Subsidised accommodation where applicable
- Free relocation
Teachers and School Administrators employed at Meekatharra DHS in 2023 are eligible to receive an Attraction and Retention Incentive of $17,000 (pa, gross – to be adjusted pro rata for FTE and tenure). Eligible staff will receive a percentage of this payment on commencement at the school, with the remainder paid at the end of the school year. Staff must remain employed in the location until the end of the school year to be eligible to receive the second payment.
The ARI payment is in addition to other incentives that may apply in this school.
We are looking to fill permanent vacancies in the following area(s):
- 1 x Primary
- 3 x Early Childhood Education
About the Role
Suitable applicants will ideally have Primary teaching experience and should be highly motivated and energetic, working with students from diverse backgrounds in a rural setting. You should possess the qualities to promote excellence, build effective teams and implement an innovative curriculum. You will ideally possess and utilise excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills, and the ability to work collaboratively. You should be a team player with a positive mindset.
Teachers who can create learning environments that are engaging, challenging and that cater for the range of needs which will ensure student achievement will be highly regarded. Suitable applicants should use effective whole-school behaviour management strategies to establish and maintain an organised, orderly, and learning-focused classroom.
In this role you will be a highly valued member of our staff. As a culturally responsive and inclusive school, one of your key priorities will include providing all students with opportunities to achieve success through education. We will support you with additional professional development across various teaching areas and look for your commitment to professional development to further develop your teaching practices.
The school has an excellent Graduate mentoring program and will develop you with training and skills in:
- Classroom Management Strategies
- Talk 4 Writing
- Top 10 Maths
- Trauma aware best practice
About Our School and Community in Meekatharra
Meekatharra DHS is a close-knit, relaxed and friendly school. We have a population of children from interstate, other parts of Western Australia (WA) and the 'Meeka locals' which creates an environment that is rich in diversity and opportunities to learn from each other. Meeka is a resilient community, rich in both natural and cultural heritage.
Our outstanding team of Teachers, Aboriginal Education Workers and experienced Education Assistants, who very much value working collaboratively, put in a huge effort to deliver creative and inspirational lessons for our students from Kindergarten to Year 12. More than 90% of our students are Aboriginal, so the Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework is at the centre of our decision-making for students and families.
We understand the importance of a safe and supportive working environment, and the impact this has on staff and student wellbeing. Our relatively low student numbers allow our quality and passionate staff opportunities to individualise the curriculum to meet the children’s needs. We are passionate about providing the best possible education for the children of our community and are charged with preparing our students for a diverse range of futures.
Our school values our positive community relationships, including those with families, community organisations, educational institutions and local industry. We foster positive relationships with key stakeholders through active communications with families to encourage participation in school events. Positive relationships are at the heart of everything we do here at Meekatharra for our students and staff alike. We encourage student learning through community relationships by engaging with community partners to align student learning with real world opportunities.
While working at Meekatharra DHS you have the opportunity to explore the amazing countryside and waterholes locally during the weekend. Geraldton and Karijini are just a drive away and staff may drive to Perth for a long weekend or school holidays. The town has excellent facilities including a swimming pool, gym, squash courts, oval, Post Office, IGA, chemist, hospital, caravan park, museum, three pubs, three roadhouses, a golf club, rifle club and an airport with commercial flights run by Skipper’s Aviation. Most government housing is on one street, so a close-knit community has developed amongst the staff and a real sense of belonging exists.
We will also consider an internal secondment opportunity for permanent teachers in other locations within the Department of Education who would like to work at our school for up to three years and retain their substantive position. If this interests you, please gain the approval of your principal before applying.
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Vacancies may arise during the life of this pool that require specialist qualifications (for example vacancies within Early Childhood Education). Only applicants, in the pool, possessing the required qualifications will be considered for appointment in these circumstances.
To be suitable for this role, you will need to demonstrate your competency against the following domains (that govern the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers):
- Professional knowledge;
- Professional practice; and
- Professional engagement.
Applications will be assessed against these domains. The business needs of the school may also be considered. It is therefore recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information before applying for the vacancy.
Applicants currently completing the Department of Education Leap program (formerly known as the Switch program) can apply for vacancies using their current or Leap qualification – even if they have not completed the program at the time of applying. Applicants may be appointed to a vacancy based on the qualification being completed via the Leap program.
The Department is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and persons from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.
Further information about Meekatharra DHS can be found by visiting Schools Online.
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Appointed applicants may be eligible for recognition of prior service.
For further job related information:
You are encouraged to contact Sheridan Harrison, Principal, for further information about this employment opportunity, including information about living and working in Meekatharra, by telephoning (08) 9981 0800 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applications are submitted online. Select “Apply for Job”, at either the top or bottom of this screen and follow the instructions on your screen.
Your application should include:
- A three (3) page statement addressing the domains that govern the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, in context of the role and business needs of the school.
- A CV of up to two (2) pages outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position.
- The contact details for two (2) work related referees who can attest to the claims made in your written application, preferably one being your current line manager.
It is recommended you have these documents completed and ready to attach before selecting “Apply for Job”.
You are asked to complete an online application form and attach your documentation, please allow enough time to complete this process as applications cannot be accepted after the closing date and time.
After you have submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming lodgement. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please telephone (08) 9264 4127.
If you are having difficulty submitting your online application, please telephone (08) 9264 8666 for assistance.
Employees will be required to:
- Provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy.
- Obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment.
- Obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check.
- Meet the Department of Education Teacher Qualifications and Registration requirements.
- Complete the Department’s Aboriginal Cultural Appreciation course.
Employees will be required to:
- Complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement.
- Complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy.
The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.
Applications must be submitted before 4:30pm (WST) on Tuesday, 6 December 2022.
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE
PROFORMA, FAXED, HAND DELIVERED, POSTED, EMAILED AND LATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.