School Nurse (Ed Support Level 1-range 3)

Schools (Government)

Melbourne, VIC

Posted 7/24/2019

Location Profile

School Profile

Wales Street Primary School is situated in Melbourne's northern suburbs and since 1891 has played a pivotal role in educating young children living in the Northcote-Thornbury area and beyond. Major renovations and refurbishments have occurred to all teaching spaces in the past 5 years. The local area surrounding the school is predominantly housing.  The Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) has changed very significantly in recent years with the school community becoming increasingly well educated and affluent. The current enrolment is 585 students.

The school offers a broad and comprehensive range of curriculum programs which reflect the scope of “AUSVELS” as part of a mandated national curriculum.  Alongside this curriculum framework, Wales Street Primary School is an authorised International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) school. The PYP provides a scaffold structure for inquiry learning from Prep through to Year 6 and through the learner profile a focus on developing the ‘whole child’ which mirrors our values and approach. The program provides a structured way of doing this as it is pedagogically aligned and well supported through an international organisation with a global perspective and ongoing professional development for staff.

The school is organised into five Professional Learning Teams (PLT)s; Year levels 5/6, 3/4, 1/2 and Prep and the specialist areas of Visual Arts, Performing Arts , Physical Education and Languages Other Than English (LOTE) program of Italian. All staff are expected to be professionally reflective and open to new ways of thinking, sharing and working closely with all their colleagues.

Our school purpose states: Wales Street Primary School strives to develop students who enjoy learning and to be engaged, creative and self-motivated. Students at our school will acquire knowledge, values, and academic and life skills to become reflective thinkers who are socially, environmentally and globally aware.

In practice the school promotes academic excellence and in nurturing each student's talents whilst developing community minded individuals who enjoy learning and embrace diversity and are respectful of each other and themselves.

The school employs a qualified nurse and a student welfare officer to enhance student engagement and wellbeing. All students have access to the ICT Centre and at least 4 computers in their own classroom. In prep-grade 2, teachers have access to large screen monitors and there are interactive white boards in the 3-6 year level. A set of IPads are assigned to each class in the school.

The Visual and Performing Arts form an integral part of the Wales Street curriculum and specialist teachers provide classes to children in Years Prep to Six and classroom teachers use the arts as a process area across the curriculum for encouraging confidence, artistic expression and appreciation. Music is valued by the school community and students have the opportunity to join a school choir and learn a range of musical instruments including the violin, keyboard, drum and guitar lessons as an extra curricula option.

Physical Education is a regular timetabled program for all areas. The Year 5/6 students also have opportunities to participate in intra and inter-school sport program. The Prep - Two students undertake a swimming program in term 4. Students from Year 3-6 are given the opportunity to participate in the Triathlon, Swimming Sports, Athletics and Cross-country. The school oval and playgrounds provide a means for students to enjoy and take part in regular informal playtime activities.

The school community is very involved in a wide range of school activities and there is a very strong sense of community and they played a key role in the development of the 2013- 2016 School Strategic Plan. The key goals of this plan are to:

  • Continue to develop the capacity of teachers, with a particular focus on embedding a culture of inquiry learning across the curriculum.

  • Continue to build staff capacity in the teaching of Literacy and Numeracy concepts through inquiry to enhance student achievement.

  • Continue to develop a whole school approach to ongoing assessment and the use of data to improve teacher practice and student outcomes.

  • Continue to improve teacher effectiveness, teacher empathy and stimulating learning through the delivery of a consistent Inquiry learning model.

  • Build attributes of a PYP Learner and social skills which improve student connectedness and motivation.

  • Continue to plan and develop strategies to meet the needs of all students as they transition through their academic and personal development stages of growth.

  • Continue to improve and develop a whole school approach to Inquiry learning and a commitment to the implementation of the Primary Years Program.

Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria

SC1 Demonstrated experience and skills in clinical nursing assessment to meet the first aid and special needs of children, staff and visitors in the school

SC2 Provide evidence of good organisational and management skills, including an ability to manage work priorities, meet deadlines and at times work under pressure

SC3 High level of communication and interpersonal skills when dealing with students, staff and other members of the school community, including parents

SC4 Possess the technical knowledge and expertise relevant to the position

SC5 Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team in a professional and friendly manner

SC6 Hold current nursing qualifications and have a comprehensive knowledge of Diabetes, Anaphylaxis, Allergies and Asthma


Attendance for this position will be 10.30am-2.30pm Monday-Friday during school terms


The responsibilities of this position will be:

  • Attend to students, staff and others who are in need of treatment for illness or injury
  • Provide medical intervention support that involves a specific medical condition which requires specialised training/instruction and has clearly defined responsibility for the administration of such support
  • Administer medication to students as required and record accurately
  • Ensure parents/guardians are contacted where necessary
  • Communicate with parents/guardians to ensure that students medical information is correct and up to date
  • Provide accurate clinical assessment of students and staff for effective care planning and evaluation of the care provided
  • Liaise with relevant personnel on matters affecting the wellbeing of students and staff, as well as with parents/guardians as appropriate
  • Maintain and provide input into developing effective systems for the operation of the school’s first aid room in accordance with Department of Education policy
  • Ensure supplies are maintained at all times, including replenishing first aid kits, checking material and equipment to ensure safe use
  • Support personnel for programs including camps and excursions as required
  • Ensure sick bay is clean, well organised and maintained in accordance to OH&S standards
  • Implement emergency management procedures when necessary
  • Carry out other healthcare duties as required by the Principal or Business Manager
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Ensure anaphylaxis/asthma/allergy/diabetes documentation/medication is up to date
  • Maintain necessary medical records and incident forms and the accurate recording of these in Cases21

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

Other Information

Current Nursing Registration & Working With Children Check (Employee Status) are required

Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at

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