Principal Vacancy @ Wedderburn P-12 College

The School

Wedderburn College prides itself on the development and wellbeing of every student academically, socially and emotionally. This is at the centre of the college's strategic decision-making. The college's vision, ‘Developing positive learners for a world community’, reflects its desire for all students to access opportunities that results in a positive and productive future. The values that underpin the Colleges beliefs are Honesty, Responsibility, Respect, Doing Your Best and Positive Relationships

Wedderburn College clearly recognises its place and influence within the community and highly values this relationship with the wider school community. It is passionate about positive relationships being the foundation for providing each and every student with strong learning experiences in each and every classroom.

Wedderburn is a small rural community in the North Central district, less than an hour’s drive from Bendigo. The town has a population of 800 people and there are about 200 people on farms on the town boundaries. Students are also drawn from a number of small surrounding communities.

The College has a whole school focus on literacy, numeracy and developing a curriculum that is relevant for students in the 21st century as well as implementing a whole school positive behaviour model. In 2018 the college is using equity funding to employ a full-time Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist and Social Worker to undertake a Response to Intervention model that targets whole class and small group responses to boost all student’s outcomes.

The College has just finalised significant building works with an upgrade of the library with a separate Junior Literacy area in the primary learning space, new administration and staff work areas, dedicated Numeracy room, Digital Technology Lab as well as other major grounds infrastructure work.

Small schools offer excellent opportunities for staff to gain experience in a wide variety of areas not always as accessible in larger schools. These experiences relate to responsibility and leadership opportunities as well as the chance to genuinely contribute as a member of a small team. Teacher housing is available along with a wide range of community services and facilities.

The Community

Wedderburn, Victoria located is in North Central Victoria only 75km from Bendigo and 225km from Melbourne.  Wedderburn’s thriving little community offers a breath of fresh air.

Steeped in the history of the old goldfields, you can fossick for some of the precious metal in the old diggings on public land surrounding the town. A walk through the surrounding bush will find you in a peaceful and tranquil surroundings of box and ironbark trees. The bush abounds with native flora and fauna there are also plenty of kangaroos and wallabies to be seen. You may even catch a glimpse of the shy echidna.

Using Wedderburn as a base, you will find friendly country pubs, boutique wineries, areas of historical and cultural significance, fishing and bird watching all within easy reach.

Wedderburn offers a relaxed country lifestyle at affordable prices. The town has an excellent range of services including kindergarten, doctor, sporting clubs, interest group, shopping centre to supply a wide range of goods and services and of course an excellent P-12 college.

2011 Census Data: Wedderburn

  • Population: 980 (Male 476, Female 504)
  • Median Age: 52
  • Families: 250 with an average of 1.8 children per family.

History

Wedderburn was once occupied by the Dja dja rung aboriginal tribe. Major Thomas Mitchell, well known explorer, was the first known white man to visit the area in 1836. There is a cairn 5 kilometres from town on the Calder Highway commemorating Major Mitchell’s expedition into the region.

Gold was discovered in the area in 1852 by a shepherd by the name of Brady looking after sheep. ‘Brady’s Find’ is located 3 kilometres from town on the road to St Arnaud. With the first gold find, the town grew to 6000 people but soon fell due to lack of water in the region, which was essential for finding gold. To this day, Wedderburn gets its fair share of gold prospectors keen to strike it rich. Only recent there has been two known major nuggets found in the area.

Albert Jacka, Australia’s first Victoria Cross recipient lived in the township of Wedderburn from the age of five to his enlistment in the war in 1914.

Last year, the township showed its true community spirit in hosting radio personalities Hamish & Andy for the Race that Slows Down the Nation. The town hosted people from across Australia on a very memorable day for the town.

General Information

Farming plays an important role in the Wedderburn region today. There is a mixture of broadarce cropping and sheep farming run by proud generational farming families. The Loddon Shire offices are based in Wedderburn which is a source of employment for many of the local residents. The local supermarket, hardware and hotel also offer employment opportunities to residents as well as providing part time employment to many Wedderburn College students.

Wedderburn community has an interesting and prosperous arts culture that is supported by a growing group of residents. There is a local artist gallery that annually displays the local college student’s artistic work and pottery produced by a local resident.

The Wedderburn streetscape is currently undergoing a major $2 million dollar redevelopment supported by the Victorian and Local government.

Services

Wedderburn has a local Medical Clinic with a full time doctor, Pharmacy, CFA and 24hr Ambulance Community Officer Branch.

Head Offices of the Loddon Shire are located in the township.

Wedderburn Community House is located just off the main street which offers a range of community services including Centrelink, Vicroads agency, Internet Café and Job Seekers Agency to name a few.

Wedderburn has a local post office, newsagency, butcher and motel.

Wedderburn has a Bendigo Bank agency operating from the Foodworks supermarket and Bendigo Bank and ANZ atm’s.

Sport

Sport is an integral part of the Wedderburn community. There are opportunities all year round for sports minded people to join the wide range of traditional sports in town. Football, netball, hockey, cricket, tennis, bowls and golf clubs have proud traditions and welcome new members.

There is also a heated outdoor swimming pool in town that is open during summer.

 

Applications close on 4/3/18

For more information please contact Ron Payne Phone: 5494 3011.

For more information please go to Recruitment online on the Victorian Department of Education site.