Department of Education
Independent Public School - South Metropolitan Education Region
Thornlie Senior High School
Teacher - Secondary - Generalist - Big Picture Education
Pool Ref IPS/TCH601376
Teacher, $70,137 - $105,049 per annum (SEA GA 2017)

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Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/TCH601376

Appointment Pool

We are seeking to establish a pool for appointments to permanent and fixed term, full-time and part-time vacancies which may arise during the 2020 school year. Appointments can be made from the pool at any time for commencements within the 2020 school year.

The Thornlie Senior High School (SHS) Big Picture Academy is a small, caring and supportive learning community that encourages students to achieve their potential through a portfolio pathway with the approach of ‘one student at a time in a community of learners’

Our students become responsible and active members of the community through a strong focus on the principles of the Big Picture design for education, encompassing academic excellence, development of social skills, emotional wellbeing, respect and values. We are an academy catering for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 within a large senior high school.

We seek to engage young people in learning through implementing the Big Picture Education design which encourages all students to identify and pursue their interests and passions. We want to prepare our young people for post-school life at university, TAFE or direct entry into employment and we start that by engaging students in the community through internships.  We aim to be strongly connected with families through regular learning plan meetings and exhibitions. We have high expectations of each and every student to do the best they can and be the best they can be. 

We are looking for teachers who will employ excellent interpersonal skills and be capable of providing high quality learning experiences for all students.  To be successful you will have high expectations, a commitment to excellence, use a range of pedagogies and have the ability to establish and maintain a positive and engaging learning environment as well as establishing and maintaining partnerships within the local community.  You will be able to work as a collaborative team member and will be committed to the development of student achievement and success.

The Advisory is a small community within the Big Picture Academy and you will work with these students each day. The Advisory teacher’s role is to teach, inspire, provoke, bond, organize and manage learning. You will negotiate student learning plans, convene meetings with students, parents and mentors, help students develop extended projects and prepare for exhibitions. Advisory teachers take responsibility for student learning across the curriculum including literacy and numeracy. You will discover how a philosophy of combining personalized learning and working together - one student at a time in a community of learners - is the key to creating schools where students are engaged in meaningful learning, and where academic progress is measured against real-world standards.

Further to this the ability to develop the numeracy and/or literacy skills of students is highly desirable. The ability to critically analyse NAPLAN and OLNA data and the capacity to incorporate this knowledge into action plans to achieve meaningful student outcomes would also be highly advantageous. 

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 Thornlie Senior High School can be found by visiting  or Schools Online

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here

Appointed applicants may be eligible for recognition of prior service.

For further job related information

Please contact David Norcliffe, Deputy Principal, by telephoning (08) 9376 2100 or emailing  

Application Instructions

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 three (3) pages outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position
  • The contact details for two (2)work related referees (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.

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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; and
  • obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check.
  • be eligible for, or registered with the Teacher Registration Board (TRB). Information regarding eligibility may be obtained by contacting TRB on (08) 9230 0600 or for Country callers 1300 652 911 or


Employees will be required to:

  • complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement; and
  • 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 Monday, 11 November 2019



WORK TYPE:  Permanent - Part Time, Permanent - Full Time, Fixed Term - Part Time, Fixed Term - Full Time
FTE: 0.1 - 1.0
LOCATION: Thornlie
CLOSING DATE: 2019-11-11 4:30 PM