Job Title: Teacher Assistant, Milkwood Steiner School
Appointed by: Principal
Reporting to: Principal
Contract hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-3:00pm
Commencing: 31 January 2022
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
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.
- A love for children and a commitment to the principles of Steiner Education
- Experience in primary schools with an understanding of Steiner childhood development
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and community including demonstrated skills in communication.
- Demonstrated ability to respond to the needs of children with disabilities, Trauma or other factors that affect their capacity to learn.
- Qualifications: minimum Certificate III Children’s Services, valid First Aid Qualification and an Ochre Card
- 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.
- Training or experience in a Steiner setting.
- Additional qualifications in Special Needs, Trauma, Disability support, Gifted Education, Indigenous Knowledge or qualifications in relevant therapeutic approaches.
Enquiries and applications to the Principal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications to include
- Cover Letter addressing the selection criteria
- CV and registration documents
- 2 referees
Applications close 22 October, 2021