Pakenham Lakeside Primary School (PLPS) has a current enrolment of 850 students. With the school’s positive reputation within the local community, these student numbers are expected to be sustained over a period of time into the future.
As an authentic professional learning community, which is reflected in our purpose statement:
“The teachers and leaders in our school continuously seek and share learning, and act on this learning. The goal of their actions is to enhance their effectiveness as professionals for the students’ benefit through the pursuit of continuous inquiry and improvement,”
all staff focus on their practice and how they can most effectively support our students’ growth, development and learning.
An integral component of our school’s culture are our five core values:
From a staff perspective, these values underpin our workplace norms and create a framework around which our Staff Code of Conduct has been developed.
For our students, our values reflect the expected behaviours and attitudes which are exhibited by our children, both within our school environment and in the wider community.
Our school is also a Lead School in the DET’s Respectful Relationships initiative.
Since our school commenced in 2009, staff and leadership have worked to develop a culture that nurtures teaching and learning as our core purpose. Staff who wish to be considered for employment at PLPS must possess three attributes that have helped build and sustain this supportive and energetic learning environment:
- an active participation in the leading of learning
- a preparedness to work within a culture of sharing and collaboration
- a desire to strive for continual improvement in professional effectiveness
Staff at PLPS must be able to:
- create positive relationships with students through respect, understanding, knowledge and trust
- maintain a clear focus on learning and the provision of constructive feedback that provides accurate information about progress, attainment and achievement
- implement fair and consistent classroom management practices that are underpinned by clear expectations
- undertake formative evaluation of teaching and learning programs through teacher inquiry
- participate in our collective responsibility model of teaching and ensure there is collective efficacy in our teaching teams across the school
- be receptive to the active involvement of students in decisions and choices about their own learning.
Teaching staff at PLPS embrace the above factors in their daily interactions with all students.
All teachers must be prepared to share and collaborate. This includes a commitment to contribute to all teams in which they are participants. They collaborate to implement innovative curriculum programs and to share best practice. The alignment of curriculum, teaching and learning strategies and assessment underpins planning and preparation for all teachers. Influencing learning comes about in a collegial and supportive environment that encourages risk and innovation and which places learning at the centre of all activities.
Teachers at PLPS expect that every student has the capacity to learn – they endeavour to ensure that every pupil is successful. To maximize opportunities for all students to succeed, teachers adapt their methods to the individual needs of the students, including high potential and under-achieving students.
Please note PLPS has a culture of child safety and a zero tolerance of child abuse. All staff must adhere to the school’s Commitment Statement and Child Safety Code of Conduct.
A tour of the school will be conducted on Tuesday, 28th May at 4pm for all interested applicants. Please phone the school office on 5940 9532 to register your attendance.