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Beechworth Secondary College - Montessori Adolescent Program

BACKGROUND
Beechworth Secondary College provides the Montessori Adolescent Program as an exciting educational alternative for our community. The M.A.P. runs alongside the mainstream program at the College and is an opt-in program for 12-15 year olds. A beautiful, specially renovated facility functions as an “adolescent house” and enables the program to be delivered in a truly authentic manner. Students are also co-creating a wonderful agricultural space that includes a continually evolving permaculture garden, wicking beds, hugelkulture gardens, chickens and other productive animals.

Students in MAP are involved in real work that connects the head and the hands. The program offers an exciting opportunity for adolescents to learn in an environment that provides real life experiences that brings the curriculum to life. The program, nurtures the development of the adolescent by providing:-

• A place where adolescents can work and study and develop a sense of belonging.
• An environment that nurtures independence, personal dignity and social justice.
• A holistic method of education that fosters an optimal engagement in work and study.
• A life of activity & variety at school that facilitates economic independence, community service and personal expression.
• Practical tasks, manual occupations & intellectual work so that the student is able to work with both their head and their hands. Connection to the land and community are also a key features of much of our work.
• A daily schedule that gives the student time to deeply explore each subject of the curriculum as well as time for reflection and discussion.
• Confident and peaceful adults who mentor the adolescent, who genuinely value and respect the adolescent and who model the grace and courtesy expected of them.
• The Montessori National Curriculum (as approved by ACARA), the Australian National Curriculum and the Victorian Curriculum are used to guide the program of intellectual studies.

The end result is that the adolescents become deeply invested in what they do whether it is academic projects, day to day tasks and events in their school community, or the opportunities for outreach that take them from the classroom. All of these experiences help them to direct their developing skills toward a wider society where they feel they are valued and can make a worthwhile contribution. These experiences foster care for themselves as people, care for others, and care for the environment.

To help facilitate this important work of the adolescents, we require the talents of another adult in a vital support role. The ideal candidate does not need to have specific experience in this role, but a willingness to get involved, to be flexible and to serve the needs of the adolescents and the environment are crucial attributes.

RESPONSIBILITIES
(from the VGSA 2017)

  • Assist students on an individual or group basis in specific learning areas.
  • Assist with the communication between the students and teachers, particularly the interpretation of instructions. Participate in team meetings. Assist with the supervision of pupils in playgrounds, on camps, on excursions, in sporting activities, life skills.
  • Assist in the preparation of student resources and equipment. Produce basic curriculum support resources.
  • Experience in, or willingness to undertake training for, learning support programs eg: literacy/numeracy using multiple software platforms
  • Set up and put away equipment in support of teaching programs.
  • Observe students and draw the attention of the teacher to them where necessary.
  • Participate in the monitoring and evaluation of programs and evaluation of individual student involvement and achievement.
  • Assist students with the preparation and service of meals.
  • Ensure work areas and materials, equipment and appliances are maintained in a clean and ready to use condition.
  • Assist in the preparation of equipment and purchasing of materials and supplies as required.
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of student programs.
  • Assist with student technology needs, where required.
  • Advise immediate behaviour issues relating to specific students within a classroom setting.

SELECTION CRITERIA
SC1    Capacity to undertake routine support tasks across a range of functions in one or more work areas within a school environment.

SC2    Demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively with members of the school community including students and the capacity to provide support and/or attendant care to students where necessary.

SC3    Demonstrated proficiency in the use of office systems, software or technical equipment as relevant to the position.

SC4    Capacity to work cooperatively with a range of people including teachers, education support, students and parents.

SC5    A commitment to professional learning and growth.

SC6    Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of a Montessori Adolescent Program.

OTHER INFORMATION
This position is for 12 months leave replacement in the Montessori Adolescent Program (MAP) at Beechworth Secondary College.  Directly supervised by the Coordinator and assisting approx 24 students.

Hours are Mon – Friday  9am to 3.40.pm   (0.8)

For further enquires please email:

Patricia Broom, Principal  –   patricia.broom@education.vic.gov.au

More about BSC can be found here

You can also check out the MAP @ BSC Facebook

APPLICATIONS
Please apply directly through this link to Recruitment Online. Applications close 20/1/2022

To apply for this job email your details to laureen.barnard@gmail.com.