Riccarton High SchoolRiccarton High School

Learning Assistant (Fixed-term)

We are looking to appoint a part-time, fixed-term learning assistant for the remainder of the 2024 school year. This is a Riccarton High School is a co-educational, multi-cultural secondary school with a reputation for high student achievement and strong community spirit.

With a roll of more than 1,000 students, we work collaboratively and inclusively to inspire our active, connected, and deep-thinking learners. At our core is the Riccarton Way and the associated values of commitment, honesty, respect, and excellence.
We are looking to appoint a part-time, fixed-term learning assistant for the remainder of the 2024 school year. This is a term-time only position for 28.5 hours per week.
The role will entail working with a range of students from diverse backgrounds and with differing abilities, providing individualised support within the wider school curriculum.
The position description for this role outlines the responsibilities as well as the personal qualities expected to be displayed by anyone holding the position and is listed below.
The hourly rate is commensurate with the Teacher Aide matrix contained in the Support Staff in Schools Collective Agreement.
Applications should include a CV and a cover letter and be emailed to vacancy@riccarton.school.nz
Specific enquiries about the role should be directed to Kerry McCarthy, HOD: mcy@riccarton.school.nz
Closing date: Friday 14th of June 2024 at 3.00pm.
Please note: International applications are not being accepted at this time.


The appointee is expected to have an understanding and supportive approach to our ākonga with learning and/or behaviour needs, and be adaptable to the requirements of the classroom and our kura as a whole.
Establish and maintain positive relationships with students of diverse needs and backgrounds
Make minor adaptations to lesson plans and resources to ensure learning objectives are achieved in response to student needs – such as reader/writer, designing graphic organisers, brainstorming/mind mapping, etc
Design activities to supplement programmes – such as art/literacy/numeracy activities, etc
Support inclusion in school and amongst peers and take appropriate action to support students’ wellbeing and learning – such as supporting group activities, providing authentic positive reinforcement for achievement, etc
Attend and contribute to professional meetings – such as department/IEP meetings
Perform administrative activities – such as updating KAMAR records, bookings, maintaining petty cash, filing, organising, etc
Respect and accommodate language, heritage and culture in a multicultural environment such as pronouncing names correctly
Provide direct support for specific health, behavioural and/or other needs of student(s) in order to enhance the student’s ability to integrate, improve, be independent and participate more fully at school – such as following behaviour plans, tracking at break times, implementing provided speech-language therapy exercises, supervising onsite and offsite activities/work experience/sport/recreational activities, etc
Be responsible for a range of physical care of students and ensure their dignity is maintained – such as assistance with eating, toileting, showering, etc
Have input and contribute to IEPs, IBP, ITPs and any specialist assessments for students and/or their whanau
Act as a reader/writer or supervisor for special assessment conditions.
Have a flexible mindset, with the ability to ‘go with the flow’
Welcome educational specialists as required. Discuss individual student needs
Have occasional supervisory responsibility for other employees or volunteers

Any person employed by Riccarton High School is expected to display the following personal qualities:
Models the ideas and behaviours that exemplify the vision and principles of the school
Highly motivated, energetic and organised with the ability to work under pressure to meet specified deadlines
Has the ability to maintain a professional and personable attitude at all times and can work co-operatively as a member of a team
Can show leadership, respect and support to staff and students.
Has a clear understanding of the wider issues of education in the school environment
Can respond to difficult situations in a proactive manner and complete tasks accordingly
Can give and receive constructive feedback
Demonstrates a high level of personal presentation, integrity and loyalty
Has the ability to maintain confidentiality
Is willing to consider extra hours of work when necessary
Will show enthusiasm and commitments to promoting fiscal responsibility
Is able to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing, to a range of audiences
Shows a willingness to pursue opportunities for professional development attending suitable training courses, as appropriate.
Has initiative and can work independently, is innovative and can anticipate when appropriate action may be necessary.
Supportive of the Riccarton Way ethos of commitment, honesty, respect and excellence:
presenting a good image and treating students, staff and visitors with courtesy
an awareness of the intent and spirit of the Treaty of Waitangi.
cultural sensitivity to students and community members from all cultural backgrounds
demonstrating an awareness of the needs of students and visitors with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Employer questions
Your application will include the following questions:
Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in New Zealand?
How many years’ experience do you have as a Learning Assistant?
Do you have a current Working With Children (WWC) Check?