Valuing your staff and investing in their well-being.

Tonight is our Staff Association Gala Dinner and I, for one, am really looking forward to the opportunity to socialise, relax, laugh, (hopefully dance) and enjoy great food and the company of my dedicated colleagues. Opportunities to do this are scarce in the working week as everyone is focused on teaching, learning and well-being which makes us all incredibly busy.

At Scopus I admire the effort leaders make to let their staff know their commitment to teaching, learning and student well-being is greatly appreciated. This appreciation is also expressed by teachers towards leaders and teachers towards teachers. Valuing each other is one of the key factors which makes our school the caring and supportive environment that it is. This appreciation is demonstrated in different ways by different individuals and groups.

Our Learning Team Leaders
notice and acknowledge the efforts of the members of their team
make an effort to create a collegial, caring, inclusive atmosphere where every individual’s strengths are utilised and needs are considered
create opportunities for and encourage people to share what they are learning
take an interest in what’s happening and notice peoples’ efforts
and more.

Our Curriculum Leaders:
publicly (and privately) commend people’s efforts to innovate and implement good practice via emails, discussions at meetings, blogs, twitter, sharing people’s efforts at professional development and professional chat groups, over a coffee, learning groups
create opportunities for and encourage people to share what they are learning
take an interest in what’s happening and notice peoples’ efforts
are reflective and innovative and always looking to enhance learning
give people the freedom to innovate and implement change,
and more.

Our Deputy Principal of Primary:
privately and publicly acknowledges people and their achievements,
allocates money to make fresh fruit available every day and a weekly winter lunch of soup and baguette,
generously makes it possible for teachers to plan collaboratively in school time and participate in professional development before and during school time
takes an interest in what’s happening and notices peoples’ efforts
is reflective and innovative and always looking for ways to support his staff
gives people the freedom to innovate and implement change,
and more.

Our Staff Association also invests in staff wellbeing by:
negotiating best work place agreements
ensuring fair treatment for all its members
providing free advice for members and non-members
conducting surveys to stay informed and give each staff member a voice
taking action on issues
organising social events such as massages, bowling, BBQs, breakfasts and, this year, a Gala dinner,
and more.

Our College values the efforts of all staff and shows this by:
acknowledging and rewarding years of service,
contributing money to social events like our Gala dinner, BBQs and brunches
meeting regularly with Staff Association members and adopting proposals considered to benefit teaching and learning
generously investing in professional development for all staff
giving staff the freedom to choose professional development that best meets their goals, needs and interests
generously investing in resources to enhance teaching and learning including iPads for each teacher
creating “Personal Necessity Leave” – especially created so staff can attend to personal needs
and more.

Our teachers:
notice and acknowledge the efforts their colleagues, leaders and admin staff go to to make our school a welcoming, inspiring and enjoyable place to work
and more.

Who wouldn’t want to work here!