Assistant Principal - Teaching & Learning (Literacy) (Assistant Principal-range 2)
Lowanna is a vibrant and well-resourced Victorian Government 7-12 Secondary College with a student population of just less than one thousand. It is situated in a large, attractive setting adjacent to bushland in the township of Newborough. Lowanna College is the only secondary school in the Moe-Newborough community drawing enrolments from the local area and outlying rural townships.
Newborough is approximately 130 kilometres east of central Melbourne located in picturesque central Gippsland. The area is surrounded by rolling hills and is only an hour’s drive to the snowfields of Mt Baw Baw and the beaches of South Gippsland. The region offers a wide variety of sporting activities and facilities such as golf, basketball, soccer, mountain bike riding and water skiing.
The College staffing profile consists of:
- Assistant Principals (3)
- Acting Assistant Principal (1)
- Leading Teachers (4)
- Learning Specialists (2)
- Business Manager
- Operations Manager
- 53.8 EFT teaching staff
- 22.4 EFT Education Support staff
The College is divided into three mini schools of between 300-400 students, Junior School – Years 7 & 8, Middle School -Years 9 &10 and Senior School – Years 11 & 12. Each is managed by a team consisting of a Leading Teacher, a Student Advocate, a Student Support Officer and an administrative assistant who, in conjunction with all staff, are focused on the education and wellbeing of every student.
The College boasts modern facilities set in a pleasant learning and teaching environment. The College has a large Auditorium, a 2-court Gymnasium, a Language Centre, a purpose built Year 12 Centre and an onsite Wellbeing Centre for reengaging students at risk and for those who have a range of personal issues.
Lowanna offers a wide and varied curriculum and access to a vast array of extra–curricular activities that enhance student learning and sets the College apart from other schools in the area. The curriculum includes a core program for Junior School students, a core and elective program for Middle School students and multiple options for Senior School students with VCE, VCAL and VETiS. Year 10 students are able to accelerate their learning by accessing the full range of VCE subjects in Year 10.
Students are provided with a stimulating and enriched learning environment where the Arts, Science, Technology, Physical Education and Food subjects are all key components in a student’s learning. Further intertwined with the academic subjects are Lowanna’s Sports Excellence Program, a newly developing Music Excellence Program, a growing International Program and a long standing Outdoor Education Program. Lowanna has been instrumental in assisting with the development of the Gippsland Technical College that provides all students from Lowanna other Latrobe Valley Schools with exposure to innovative resources and technology. Students at all year levels have access to this school.
As well as offering two languages, Italian and Indonesian, the college also has an established relationship with Melbourne University and the Confucius Classroom, hosting a Chinese teacher who works at Lowanna and local primary schools. Lowanna has strong ongoing partnerships with Monash University, Federation University and Federation Training. Students participate in a variety of programs from Year 7 to 12 that enable them to gain insights into numerous pathways.
The College has close links with the other secondary schools in the Latrobe Valley. In 2014, this group collectively established the Latrobe Valley Flexible Learning Option (LVFLO). The campus is designed to reengage students in their schooling and move back into the secondary school environment.
The entire Lowanna staff team work diligently to continue to improve outcomes for students and to maintain a strong sense of community within the College.
SC1 Educational leadership
(i) Outstanding capacity for visionary and exemplary educational leadership of a school or college.
(ii) Highly developed skills in leading and managing change including the leadership of others in the process of change.
SC2 Financial, managerial and administrative ability
(i) Outstanding financial, organisational and resource management skills.
SC3 Planning, policy and program development and review
(i) Exemplary values appropriate to the development of student learning with a demonstrated capacity to achieve high quality student outcomes.
(ii) Demonstrated ability to implement DET policies to a high level.
(iii) An understanding of, and a commitment to, the use of learning technologies to improve teaching and learning.
SC4 Leadership of staff and students
(i) A highly developed capacity to motivate staff, develop their talents and build an effective team.
(ii) A clear capacity to foster a learning environment that takes account of the individual needs of students and helps students to develop their special abilities and talents.
SC5 Interpersonal and communication skills
(i) Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills in individual, small group and community contexts.
(ii) Exemplary values pertaining to personal qualities of objectivity, sensitivity and integrity.
(iii) An ability to work with parents and the community to develop a strong learning environment.
The assistant principal reports directly to the principal.
Assistant principals have a primary responsibility for the management of significant areas or functions within the school to ensure the effective development, provision and evaluation of the school's education program. In exercising the responsibility, assistant principals will have the authority to make all significant decisions relating to the program, budget and staff relating to their area of designated responsibility within the framework of the school's strategic plan, policies and budget. Assistant principals will contribute to the overall management of the school through involvement in policy formulation and decision making.
The management of significant school program or functional areas in schools involve assistant principals in the analysis of the needs of students and the translation of state educational policy and frameworks into appropriate education programs to meet the needs of all students.
Typically assistant principals will be responsible for the effective use of the teaching staff and program budget of a defined area of the school's operation and for the oversight and leadership of the educational programs provided utilising these resources.
Typically, assistant principals perform one or more of the following functions:
- supervision and coordination of the work of senior curriculum or level coordinators;
- allocation of budgets, positions of responsibility and other resources within the area of responsibility;
- supervision of the delivery of teaching programs;
- management of programs to improve the knowledge and experience of staff;
- responsibility for general discipline matters beyond the management of classroom teachers and year level coordinators;
- contribute to the overall management of the school;
Appropriately qualified individuals currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.
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.
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
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
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