Hi and welcome to the Footscray North Primary School relief teacher podcast.
We have put this together to help you make the most of your day and enjoy your time with our kids!
So let’s get started!
Classes commence at 8.45 – yes 8.45 – so it is highly recommended you arrive no later by 8.20.
You are welcome to park in the staff car park which can be accessed via Mephan Street although the car park is full by 8.15 in which case the side streets opposite the school would be the next best option. And take note, it can be busy in our area before school so please leave yourself plenty of time.
Please dress professionally – neat casual and bring a hat in terms one and four as you may be required to wear it on yard duty.
Once parked, head straight for the school office, sign in and collect your lanyard. The office staff will most likely have a daily running sheet for you, or organise for you to speak to the daily organiser.
You will also be given a CRT pack containing information on
your duties for the day – including any yard duty
a school map
a brief outline of the school’s mission and values
If you do have yard duty this will be explained to you. Please make sure you move quickly to the designated area when required. And, no hot drinks while you are on duty. They can be an occupational health and safety hazard.
In most cases all of the class work for the day will be outlined on the running sheet or left on the teacher’s desk. If you have any issue with this it is important you speak to the team leader or the teacher next door. Teachers at Footscray North plan collaboratively and will be able to assist.
Team leaders will also be able to assist by informing you of any children with special needs, including medical conditions.
But please remember: everyone is busy first thing in the morning so you won’t have a lot of time to question and prepare. That is why it is in everyone’s best interest to be punctual.
Please make sure you follow the program as outlined by the teacher. This should make your day more enjoyable as the children will be familiar with the routines and current units of work.
Correct all work given and if necessary collect it for the teacher.
You will find the students at Footscray North great to work but it is important you take a professional and positive approach right from the start of the day.
They will respond well to good communication and explanations.
Our values – inclusion, excellence, respect and responsibility – are the foundation on which our relationships and classroom management strategies are established. If there are particular challenges in terms of management of students, please let the team leader know.
And remember: if you are unsure who to approach on any matters that may arise during the day, simply speak to the office staff who will be able to direct you.
Children at Footscray North do have access to digital resources such as laptops and Ipads. Just remember these are for work tasks only and are not to be used for any other reason, or at recess or lunch.
And of course, please follow typical online protocols and never comment or post any information about the school or students.
Classes are dismissed at 3.15.
At the end of the day please leave a brief summary of the work completed for the class teacher. Comments on the behaviour of individuals and/or the class may be useful.
If any incidents have arisen during the day that require follow-up it is essential you inform one of the team leaders before leaving for the day.
Ensure the classroom is neat and tidy. Please turn off all computers, heaters etc. and if any furniture has been moved during the day please return it to its original position.
Before leaving your room please make sure all of the children have headed home or are being supervised. Never leave the school if a child or children remain unsupervised. Make sure you let someone know.
Before leaving the school please visit the office to sign out and hand in your lanyard.
We look forward to seeing you at Footscray North and hope you enjoy your day with us.