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Pakenham Secondary College

Pakenham, VIC

Posted 1/24/2020

Pakenham Secondary College is a Year 7-12 College located within the Cardinia Shire on Melbourne’s South East fringe. The school now serves a large and diverse community within a designated urban growth corridor.

The College is committed to providing all students with learning opportunities designed to develop socially responsible citizens and build pathways to their futures

The key values that underpin all work at the College is based around the acronym SOAR.

S ocial and personal responsibility

This means everyone is accountable for their own actions and share responsibility for the development of a positive learning environment.

O pportunities for all

This means that all members of the school community are provided with a variety of learning opportunities to further develop themselves and participate in the decision making process of the school.

A chieving personal best

This means there is an expectation that all members of the school community commit to a culture of excellence.

R espect and relationships

This means that the school recognises the importance of productive relationships, with all members of the school community showing respect for themselves, others and the environment.

The school community has become increasingly diverse with students from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds joining the historically white anglo saxon school population. Related to this demographic change has been an increase in the SFO to a relatively high 0.63. It is anticipated that student enrolment numbers will be approximately 760 in 2019.

The curriculum across Years 7 to 9 is based around a core plus elective model with students in Year 10 having the opportunity to access a VET or VCE subject. Senior students are able to access VCAL, a variety of VET courses, School Based Apprenticeships along with a traditional VCE. The school is committed to supporting students in achieving at least one qualification upon the completion of their secondary education.

A new Strategic Plan was developed in 2017. Its primary focus is to improve student achievement, engagement and well-being with the key focus areas based on the need to:

  • Enhance student learning through furthering excellence in teaching by:
    • Building Practice excellence
    • Embedding an evidence based, instructional model, which is more targeted to student needs and incorporates high impact teaching strategies, including Literacy for Learning.
    • Embedding consistent assessment practices to evaluate teacher impact on learning which includes the use of norm referenced data to triangulate data
    • Embedding the use of Professional Learning Communities
    • Embedding the strategic use of ICT and the one-to-one program

  • Further student engagement and well-being through building a positive climate for learning by:
    • Enhancing student well-being through setting high expectations and promoting inclusion
    • Building increased engagement through implementing curriculum specialisations including STEM and the Performing Arts
    • Implementing strategies to create a more stimulating learning environment where student voice in leadership and agency in their own learning is activated
    • Embedding a whole school approach to student health, well-being, resilience and inclusion with a focus on the implementation of School Wide Positive Behaviour
  • Further develop student and community engagement in learning by:
    • Developing strategies that maximise parent, carer and family engagement in order to improve student outcomes

Pakenham Secondary College strives to implement the Child Safe Standards as outlined in Ministerial Order No.870 to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students at the College and promote an organisational culture that manages the risk of child abuse and neglect. The school has developed policies and procedures specifically aimed at keeping children safe.

Selection Criteria

SC1 Demonstrated experience and skills in coordinating a specific education support function.

SC2 Demonstrated capacity to supervise the work of other support staff and to develop procedures and guidelines relating to the work area.

SC3 Demonstrated high level oral and written communication skills.

SC4 Possess the technical knowledge and expertise relevant to the position.

SC5 Demonstrated capacity to provide advice and support to management in respect to the work area.

SC6 Demonstrated commitment to professional learning and growth for both self and others.


Performs and/or supervises tasks that are carried out in accordance with guidelines, accepted practice and school policy. This may include the supervision and coordination of other education support class staff within the work area or educational program. Supervision and coordination would be limited to ensuring routine tasks are performed to required standards. Input into identifying training needs and development of education support class staff within the work area or educational program becomes an important feature at range 2.

Specialised support to achieve specific outcomes is a feature of range 2. Typically this will involve accountability for a single function, (e.g. ensuring data is properly maintained) or the operation of a work area (e.g. managing the day to day operation of a First Aid room) under the direction of the principal or another senior manager.

Provides support to teachers and students that is beyond the routine support provided at education support class Level 1, range 1. Within an educational program assists teachers with the coordination of the support function, such as directing/organising the work of other support staff or providing a specialist support role.

Undertakes medical intervention support tasks or other specialised student/teacher support roles that require specific training that must be updated from time to time. The role is for a specific purpose for which there will be direct accountability as opposed to support roles that are carried out by a range of staff performing routine tasks under direction.

Performs technical tasks that require a sound knowledge of basic technical and/or scientific principles that are used to develop and adapt work methods and make judgements where there are clear guidelines and limited options. Routine technical support in libraries, science and information technology laboratories would be typical examples.

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.


  • Liaise with and provide information to parents, staff and students about school administration procedures and policy.
  • Provide a document preparation service for the school community.
  • Coordinate the distribution of school newsletters, circulars and other documentation to be provided to the school community.
  • Provide administrative support for specific school programs.
  • Liaise with service providers, welfare agencies and relevant organisations to facilitate student referral.
  • Develop and adapt work methods and organise systems of classification, maintenance and ordering in a school resource centre.

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

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

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