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Job Number : 24435
Type and Location : Counselling / VIC - Other
Listed By : Ruyton Girls' School on 16 May 2018
School Counsellor - Junior & Early Learning


Ongoing position

Part time – three days per week, term-time only

Commencing Term 3 2018


Ruyton Girls' School is a forward thinking independent K – 12 school with a long tradition of academic success and co-curricular achievement. Our focus is on preparing girls for a lifetime of learning, leadership and engagement in our global community.  We are committed to child safety and have zero tolerance of child abuse.   


The School Counsellor (Junior School and Early Learning) is responsible for supporting the wellbeing of students in both Early Learning and the Junior School.


The responsibilities of the School Counsellor (Junior School and Early Learning) include:


a.         WELLBEING

·        Counselling students who are experiencing emotional, personal, social, school or family difficulties or difficulties with academic progress or organisation

·       Contacting parents to support students in situations such as recommendations for behavioural management, improved school progress or at-risk situation, and providing feedback

·       Providing support for girls and families new to Ruyton, as required

·       Carrying out in-class student observations

·       Referring parents and/or students to appropriate external agencies when specific counselling is required

·       Being available to parents for consultation on parenting and educational management

·       Assessing students using the appropriate instruments and writing reports that will profile students and provide detailed information to parents and teachers in order to support student learning

·       Leading the teaching staff in implementing wellbeing programmes and practices including Respectful Relationships and Mindfulness

·       Conceptualising, embracing and leading initiatives to improve student wellbeing

·       Collaborating with teaching staff in the development, implementation and review of relevant wellbeing programmes.



·     Receiving and summarising Educational Consultants reports for individual students (e.g. Psychology, Speech Pathology) for Educational Development Team and Classroom Teachers

·     Speaking to parents, as required, at Information Nights

·     Acting as a resource for staff and parents with regard to child/adolescent development, Health Education and related matters

·     Providing information and resources to Teaching Staff, the Director of Early Learning and Head of Junior School in relation to student welfare, wellbeing and management issues

·     Liaising closely with the Senior School Counsellor to ensure the effective and timely transferral of Year 6 confidential student information, including current management plans

·     Liaising regularly with the Head of Junior School, the Director of Early Learning Centre and Teaching Staff.


·     Attending Junior School and Early Learning staff meetings, as appropriate

·     Representing Ruyton at meetings of relevant professional associations

·     Presenting at Staff Professional Learning, Parent Events, Information Evenings, Year Level meetings and Assemblies as required

·     Maintaining and storing confidential counselling records

·     Preparing submissions for relevant grants and funding applications

·     Contributing to policy development related to student welfare issues

·     Writing material for School publications, as required.



·     Works closely with Director of Wellbeing and Senior School Counsellor

·     Reports to Head of Junior School

·     Responsible to the Principal.


Key Selection Criteria


The successful applicant will demonstrate:


·     Active interest in and commitment to supporting the wellbeing of girls and young children

·     Strong and successful experience in counselling and supporting wellbeing programmes for children

·     Experience in capturing and analysing data to target student wellbeing and review programmes

·     Strong communication and relationship management skills with both adults and students

·     Strong collaboration and resourcefulness as a team member who ensures inclusivity

·     Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with staff, students and parents

·     Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality and discretion

  • Technological literacy.

Personal Qualities:

  • Enthusiastic, well organised and flexible
  • A good listener
  • Possess and encourage a growth mindset
  • Integrity and warmth
  • Patient, compassionate and relationship-oriented
  • Strong communication and time-management skills
  • Committed to continual personal and professional growth
  • Professional presentation and conduct
  • Balanced approach to life.


Qualifications and Training:

  • Relevant tertiary counselling qualifications
  • Registration with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Hold and maintain Apply First Aid HLTAID003 (or equivalent qualification), CPR Training and Anaphylaxis Training
  • Mandatory Reporting Training.




Ruyton staff members are expected to maintain professional and responsible attitudes, to treat others with courtesy and consideration, and to communicate respectfully and effectively.


All members of the Ruyton community – students, staff and parents – are required to:

  • treat each other with courtesy and respect
  • respect the right of each person to learn/ work without disruption
  • accept responsibility for their own progress and development
  • accept responsibility for maintaining safe, clean and pleasant surroundings
  • demonstrate self-respect and uphold Ruyton’s reputation through their appearance and actions
  • to notify responsible staff promptly of any Occupational, Health and Safety issue/s which compromise the aim of maintaining a safe school environment
  • obey the law.





1)    On rare occasion, out-of-hours work may be required.  Time-in-lieu may be granted, at times mutually agreed between the employee and the Head of Junior School.

2)    Other Leave (Sick Leave, Carer’s Leave etc.) is granted as per the School’s Collective Agreement for Administrative Staff.

3)    The School provides a professional learning programme for staff, such professional learning to be discussed and agreed with the Head of Junior School.




Applicants should be aware that a current Working with Children Check (WWCC) is the minimum requirement for employment at Ruyton Girls’ School.  It is an expectation that the following documentation (accessible from the employment page of our website, ) be read by applicants prior to submitting an application:


Should you have any questions or need further clarification about these documents we invite you to send your questions to We are committed to child safety and have zero tolerance to child abuse.


Enquiries should be directed to: Mrs Nicole Ginnane, Head of Junior School,  


Applications, including the names of two referees, to be emailed to Ms Linda Douglas, Principal at 9am on Monday 28 May 2018.  No hard copies please.


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