Employment

  • Job Title: Teacher Assistant, Milkwood Steiner School
    Appointed by
    : Principal
    Reporting to: Principal
    Contract Type:Long Service Leave positionFixed term 10-week contract.5 days/week, 8:00am-3:00pm

    Commencing:

    19 April 2021 – 25 June 2021

    An opportunity may exist for the right applicant for a continuing part time TA position, at the end of this fixed term.

    Summary

    Milkwood Steiner School is situated on Larrakia land (Darwin), in the tropical north of Australia delivering a Steiner Curriculum to 100 students from Kindergarten to Class 6. Our school has unique large tropical style buildings with classrooms that open out on to broad verandas, with a playground that extends to a beautiful native bushland. We are a thriving, growing school, with a welcoming community and children from diverse cultural backgrounds. Our College of Teachers are committed to applying the richness of a Steiner Education to the unique cultural and environmental context of Australia’s Top End.

    The Teacher Assistant is a person who strives to be a model worthy of replication for children. They bring a high level of consciousness to their movements, interactions and actions, striving at all times to support the Teacher to maintain a safe, creative, enriching learning space. Personal attributes of the Teacher Assistant include

    • A love for children and the capacity to establish positive relationships with all children
    • An ability respond quickly to directions from the Teacher
    • A sensitivity to sensory needs of students the classroom and school
    • An ability to speak and respond to challenging situations in ways that are mindful, calm and consistent
    • A reflective, self-aware educator, committed to self-improvement and professional development

    Key Responsibilities

    Work effectively with the College of Teachers, Principal and Administration staff.

    Assist and support the Teacher in the school day, including modelling participation and supporting student inclusion.

    Participate in the development of educational adjustment plans and other adjustments for individual students based on best practice interventions for inclusion, wellbeing and learning.

    Facilitate small group work in the classroom or in break out rooms, independently.

    Maintain records and participate in child observations.

    Supervise children, exercising duty of care.

    Apply first aid and assist with personal hygiene appropriately.

    Foster a learning environment which supports independence and the reaching of potential, in each student, according to the principles of Steiner Education.

    Support learning a range of curriculum subject areas, including literacy and numeracy, including taking an active role in practical activities with children such as gardening, cooking, craft, music, games, nature walks.

    Attend relevant meetings, including a reasonable number of planning and professional development meetings, at the discretion of the Principal.

    Ensure appropriate behaviour of students in class, around the school and whilst on excursions or camps.

    Contribute to the care for Milkwood’s learning spaces, ensuring that the aesthetics, layout and management of the room reflect the cultural values of Milkwood Steiner School and support teaching and learning.

    Selection Criteria

    Essential

    1. A love for children and a commitment to the principles of Steiner Education
    2. Experience in primary schools with an understanding of Steiner childhood development
    3. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and community including demonstrated skills in communication.
    4. Demonstrated ability to respond to the needs of children with disabilities, Trauma or other factors that influence their capacity to learn.
    5. Qualifications: Certificate IV Children’s Services, valid First Aid Qualification and an Ochre Card

     

    Desirable

    1. An interest in participating in areas of the school’s professional and cultural life and being an active member of the school’s professional community.
    2. Training or experience in a Steiner setting.
    3. Additional qualifications in Special Needs, Trauma, Disability support, Gifted Education or therapies.

     

    Applications to principal@milkwood.nt.edu.au by Friday 19 March

    • CV + 2 referees
    • Cover Page addressing the selection criteria

 

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  • Job Title: Playgroup Leader
    Appointed by
    : Principal
    Reporting to: Principal
    Contract Type: Casual
  • Hours of Work: 3.25 hours/day (8:30-11:45), including 1.25 hours non-contact planning time. The number of days/week is set at the beginning of each term according to enrolment numbers, and is typically 3 days/week. An additional 3 hours/term is allocated to planning time.
  • Commencing: 19 July 2021 – 10 December 2021. An opportunity to continue in this role in 2022 may be offered at the end of this period.Summary Milkwood Steiner School is situated on Larrakia land (Darwin), in the tropical north of Australia delivering a Steiner Curriculum to 100 students from Kindergarten to Class 6. Our school has unique large tropical style buildings with classrooms that open out on to broad verandas, with a playground that extends to a beautiful native bushland. We are a thriving, growing school, with a welcoming community and children from diverse cultural backgrounds. Our College of Teachers are committed to applying the richness of a Steiner Education to the unique cultural and environmental context of Australia’s Top End.

    Milkwood Steiner School’s Playgroup provides an introduction to the school for children aged 0-4 and their parents or caregivers. The play-based program includes singing, storytelling, breadmaking, morning tea, craft and an engagement with the Larrakia seasons, facilitated by a Playgroup Leader. The Playgroup Leader develops and runs the Playgroup sessions. The Playgroup Leader holds a deep commitment to Steiner Education, and a commitment to working with families, providing a model worthy of replication. They are confident communicating in writing, via email, phone and face to face, with parents, community, staff and management. Milkwood’s Playgroup Room (Honeysuckle Room) is used by a range of programs during school hours, including parent groups, workshops, playgroups. The Playgroup Leader commits to using the space with the best interests of all its users, in mind.

    Key Responsibilities

    The Playgroup Leader is responsible for:

    In consultation with the Principal and College of Teachers, developing and implementing an enriching, Steiner-inspired Playgroup program.

    Providing supervision, programming and duty of care for families attending Playgroup, in ways that embody the values, ethos, policies and best practice of Milkwood Steiner School.

    Working effectively with the College of Teachers, Principal and Administration staff and Playgroup families.

    Maintaining accurate records of programming, attendance, incidents, behaviour and mandatory reporting as required.

    Maintaining the Playgroup Leader Manual.

    Managing the Playgroup Budget.

    Maintaining relevant qualifications and Professional Development.

    Attending relevant meetings, including a reasonable number of planning meetings, at the discretion of the Principal.

    Working in accordance with the MSSA Policies, Guidelines and Procedures.

    Caring for the Honeysuckle Room and managing the Playgroup budget according to MSSA Policy and Guidelines, ensuring that the aesthetics, layout and management of the room reflect the cultural values of Milkwood Steiner School and support the space’s other uses.

    Note: The College of Teachers is a voluntary leadership group at Milkwood Steiner School.  The Playgroup Leader may be invited to join the College of Teachers, but CoT membership is not a role requirement and happens out of work hours.

    Selection Criteria

    Essential

    1. A love for children, demonstrated knowledge of and a commitment to the principles of Steiner Education
    2. Experience working independently in childcare, youth or education settings
    3. Training or experience in a Steiner setting, or a demonstrated commitment to further development in areas of Steiner Education.
    4. Skills to plan, deliver, document and continually improve on a child-focused Steiner Playgroup program, including skills in classroom and behaviour management, and adult education.
    5. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and community including demonstrated skills in communication.
    6. Essential Qualifications: The successful applicant will hold any ‘over-preschool age’ qualification approved for work with children from an accredited Higher Education Provider/registered training organization, Valid First Aid qualification, Mandatory Reporting Training and an Ochre Card.

     

    Desirable

    1. Specialist subject area training, skills, strengths or interests (arts, crafts, games, cooking, etc)
    2. An interest in participating in areas of the school’s professional and cultural life and being an active member of the school’s professional community.

     

    Applications to principal@milkwood.nt.edu.au by Friday 26 March 2021.

    • CV + 2 referees
    • Cover Page addressing the selection criteria

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  • Relief Teachers (Kindergarten – Class 6)

We are interested in finding enthusiastic, flexible and caring teachers to join our teaching team on a casual basis.

Staff at Milkwood are ready to embrace the school’s vision and values and educate with an approach which supports the Whole Child – Head, Heart and Hands.

Please email principal@milkwood.nt.edu.au with a recent resume, letter of introduction and minimum of 2 recent referees.