Craigieburn Secondary College Student Counsellor Part Time in Craigieburn VIC

Craigieburn Secondary College

Branch Craigieburn VIC AU

Student Counsellor
Craigieburn VIC

Craigieburn Secondary College enjoys excellent grounds and facilities including a 300 seat Performing Arts Centre, Industrial Kitchen and a State of the Art…

Craigieburn Secondary College is situated approximately 25 kilometres north of the city centre. The school was established in 1984 and is set on large grounds shared with Craigieburn South Primary School. Both schools work cooperatively on developing programs to improve student learning with a particular focus on middle years.

Craigieburn Secondary College enjoys excellent grounds and facilities including a 300 seat Performing Arts Centre, Industrial Kitchen and a State of the Art Science Centre. The grounds include lawn and passive areas and astro-turf playing fields that incorporate basketball, rugby, soccer, cricket and a running track. Traditional sporting facilities include a gymnasium, asphalt basketball courts and grassed football and soccer fields.


Craigieburn Secondary College knows that education makes a difference to life opportunities of its students and our vision is to be an environment where every student achieves his or her highest potential.


At Craigieburn Secondary College our core values are Respect, Responsibility, Achievement and Community. We build our personal learning programs around these values and they underpin our Student Engagement and Wellbeing approach.

Guiding Principles

To achieve its primary purpose of providing young people with an excellent and balanced education, providing them with a broad range of experiences that develops their talents and capabilities the College provides;

A learning environment that is safe and supportive and encourages purposeful work.

Equal access to and opportunity to achieve success in a challenging comprehensive curriculum at years 7 to 10 in each of the domains specified in the Victorian Curriculum.

A comprehensive timetable of VCE and VET studies as well as VCAL, in an environment that will maximise access to further education and career pathways.

Opportunities for developing leadership and citizenship skills, self-esteem and confidence.


The College has an SFO 0.6870 of and SFOE of 0.5938. There are 17 currently enrolled Aboriginal students, 113 EAL students and 473 students classified as disadvantaged. The current enrolment is 924 students and growing steadily. There are four Principal class members, nine leading teachers and EFT fifty two teaching staff and twenty education support staff.

Craigieburn Secondary College has over forty different language backgrounds represented in our school community. We have an excellent EAL program and a multicultural aid in order to best assist second language students in their learning.

Other significant factors

There are numerous enrichment and support programs;

Leadership programs including School and House captaincies, SRC, Advance program and the Alpine School.

Student Engagement and Wellbeing programs such as Breakfast Club, a Homework club running four nights, Sporting teams and a Student Advisory Team which participates in College decision making.

Select entry enrichment and acceleration program (CEAP) that offers places to a limited number of highly capable and committed students who meet the academic rigours set by the program.

Craigieburn High Achievers Club where aspirational and determined senior students can meet with each other and their teachers on a weekly basis to improve their study habits and achievement results.

College Priority

The College has a core priority of best practice teaching and learning. We understand the key factors that impact on student learning and work to ensure that the structures and processes in place at the school support these. A supportive and productive learning environment is one of these. In this we work to understand all our students individual learning needs and support them to be ‘In the right place for learning’. The Wellbeing team is integral to this and the role of the Student Wellbeing Counsellor, Social Worker and Learning Partners, as well as the wider team including our School Nurse and Chaplain focus on working with students and their families who need support in this area. In 2017 we have begun to implement the School Wide Positive Behaviours in Schools framework and this will form a solid foundation for our Wellbeing program going forward.

Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria

All applicants must address the Selection Criteria

  • Qualifications in Counselling, Youth Work, Social Work or relevant community welfare field.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in youth wellbeing.
  • A demonstrated ability to be sensitive to the needs of young people and their families, particularly those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated high level communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to develop and maintain networks that enhance the effective provision of services for students at risk.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and coordinate other support staff.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional learning and growth for both self, other education support staff and teaching staff.
  • Demonstrated capacity to provide advice and support to the Principal, teachers and community.
  • All applicants must address the Selection Criteria


    Role and Responsibilities

    The school Counsellor works within a team providing comprehensive and integrated framework to respond to the needs of students and their families. There should be an emphasis on prevention and early intervention strategies and approaches through the development of programs, procedures and policies in line with DET and the College. The duties of a school counsellor include counselling students whose behaviour, school progress or mental or physical impairment indicate a need for assistance; consulting with parents, teachers and other school personnel to determine the cause of the problems and to implement solutions. They may be required to arrange for medical, psychiatric and other testing that might disclose the cause of difficulties.

    As well as attending to the duties required within this ES range, the role includes the following key accountabilities;

    Excellent time-management and organisational skills to effectively perform all duties

    Provide counselling for students dealing with emotional, social and behavioural issues/concerns.

    Advise Wellbeing team members including Learning partners and teachers of strategies that will assist and support students with their learning.

    Be familiar with social service agencies in the community so that students and their families can be connected to the appropriate services.

    Manage crisis situations as they arise and expect to be on call for such crises.

    Liaise with other members of the Wellbeing team in creating individual learning support plans and attendance at student support and disciplinary meetings, providing welfare strategies and serving as an advocate for the students.

    Maintain clinical records on their case management services, which includes documenting counselling sessions and other services.

    Attend School, Regional or Network or community group meetings as required.

    To work within the processes and policies for staff at Craigieburn Secondary College and DET.

    To undertake other duties as determined appropriate by the Principal.

    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 http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

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    Employment Type: Part Time
    Location: Craigieburn, VIC, AU
    Posted on: 2017-04-14
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