Kitchen Garden Specialist 2021
St Catherine of Siena
Armstrong Creek, VIC
3d ago
source : Teachers On Net

St Catherine of Siena Primary School is a collaborative, vibrant and dynamic Catholic school and we warmly welcome interest and applications, encouraging a person who has a passion for cooking to join our SAKG staff team, with experience working with primary children.

The successful candidate will be employed as Kitchen Specialist in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen- Garden (SAKG) Our mantra is Growing, Harvesting, Preparing, Sharing.

The aim of the Kitchen Garden Program is to introduce our students to the wonderful world of good food via a productive food garden and an exciting kitchen.

We hope to engage the curiosity of the young students and to help them learn how to grow the very best food in the very best way, how to care for it in the garden, how to recognise when it is ripe and at its best, how to prepare it easily and enjoyably and how to develop an expanding culinary palate and be excited by all these experiences.

The Kitchen Specialist plans menus that can be cooked by the children, based on foods that have been grown and harvested in the garden.

On taking up the position the Kitchen Specialist will undertake the following tasks.

  • Liaise weekly with the Garden Specialist to find out what produce is available and the future harvest timetable.
  • Communicate harvest requirements to the Garden Specialist.
  • Liaise with the Garden Specialist on ways to integrate learning in the kitchen with learning in the garden.
  • Plan the weekly menu, incorporating seasonal garden produce, and reinforce key techniques.
  • Pre-prepare elements of the menu if necessary.
  • Gather or prepare recipes in a format suitable for children to understand and arrange copies for all classes.
  • Shop for extra ingredients within budget guidelines.
  • Liaise with the school’s leadership team to coordinate and support garden volunteers.
  • Key Selection Criteria :

    1) The successful applicant will :

  • have a demonstrated commitment to Catholic education
  • have a demonstrated commitment to the safety and wellbeing of children
  • be passionate and have experience supporting primary students with a diverse range of needs.
  • 2) The successful applicant will :

  • possess the skills and abilities necessary to engage and empower students with a rich and rewarding Stephanie Alexander kitchen experience
  • Support and embrace a positive collegial, team-based approach to all students’ learning.
  • 3) The successful candidate will :

  • demonstrate the development of positive partnerships with parents and the wider community.
  • have a current Working with Children Check and a National Police Record Check.
  • have experience working with primary age children.
  • possess a Certificate III or IV in Education Support or equivalent qualifications.
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