Food Studies Assistant

Position: Food Studies Assistant Campus: Senior Campus Faculty/Department: Design Reports to: Learning Area Leader - Design Key Relationships: Learning Area Leader – Design, Teachers in the Design Learning Area, Students

Position Summary

This position is for a Food Studies Assistant at Woodleigh School commencing in Term 1, 2021 for a 12-month period. The position is an opportunity to gain industry experience in a school environment. The primary role of the Food Studies Assistant is to assist the Food Studies staff with the delivery of a dynamic and experiential Food Studies curriculum in an exciting and vibrant classroom. The role also involves providing additional support as to new COVID safe protocols as suggested by Government Guidelines.

The position is part time, 0.8 FTE, 12-month contract position, commencing Term 1 2021.

Key Responsibilities

General Management of Food Resources

  • Foods stored and labelled appropriately with use by date.
  • Ensure supplies are rotated so older supplies are used before the newer ones.
  • Before freezing, portions are weighed/portioned according to needs of practical and demonstration lessons.
  • Ensure meat is packaged according to acceptable commercial standards, labelled with class, day, quantity and date of purchase and frozen as flat as practicable.
  • Ensure fresh fruit and vegetables are wrapped correctly and stored to ensure maximum freshness in the kitchen fridge.
  • ‘Use by dates’ of perishables and semi perishables are noted and these foods are consumed to ensure there is no waste.
  • When there is a bulk item ‘left over’ from a class, inform the teacher so future lesson/recipes may be changed to include item and preserve the food item as appropriate.
  • Process ingredients for some lessons when requested like cook rice or cook and mash pumpkin, in large quantities for some lessons.

Management of Hygiene, Work Health and Safety

The following need to be adhered to in accordance with current kitchen hygiene procedures and the relevant Food Act.  The employee should hold an appropriate food handlers’ certification

  • Food stored in the freezer to be labelled with product name, date and weight/amount.
  • Food stored in the refrigerator is to be kept covered and stored a minimal time.
  • Fridges, freezers, oven and stoves are cleaned regularly for hygiene purposes and cleaning is completed thoroughly at the end of each term.
  • Attention to relevant food handling acts and guidelines is a necessity e.g., proper defrosting/thawing in fridge overnight, potentially hazardous foods not left out of fridge for more than 1 hour.
  • Electrical faults are reported to Maintenance to arrange to be fixed.
  • Damaged equipment and utensils are to be withdrawn from use. Damaged items are to be labelled as damaged and reported to the Teacher. 
  • Awareness and assistance required for students with specific allergies. Liaise with classroom teacher over special needs.
  • Restock hand washing stations with soap and paper towel.
  • Laundry needs to be done daily depending on number of practical lessons. Washing of dish cloths and tea towels in a timely manner as to have enough clean and fresh for each practical session.
  • Oven mitts and dishcloths to be washed at the end of the week.
  • Wipe down aprons after each class to avoid cross contamination. (New COVID safe practice)
  • Between classes and at end of day wipe over bench tops, sinks, stoves and microwaves, refill detergent and sweep floors as required.  End of day check stoves turned off.
  • Wash all equipment and cookware in commercial dishwasher and return to appropriate workstations (New COVID safe practice)
  • All ingredients for practical classes and demonstrations pre-measured for individual student/teacher
  • Preparation and pre-portioning of food items

Management of Demonstrations and Practical Classes

  • Assist teacher when practical classes are in progress and support with students in correct use of equipment and Hygiene and Safety considerations. Be available during practical lessons in case help is required in finding any ingredients or equipment from the Prep Room.
  • Trays/Trolleys for Demonstration/Practical lessons are to be prepared each day.
  • If a class is running late the Kitchen Assistant may be asked to assist with the cleaning /tidying process.
  • Demonstration equipment is to be washed up and put away by the Food Studies Assistant, where possible the teacher will assist.
  • Start tidying up during demonstration and also clearing up equipment and ingredients from practical.
  • Items such as baking paper and piping bags etc are cut and made available as required.

Management of Kitchen, Classroom and Equipment

  • At the conclusion of each practical class the room is tidied and checked that set up is clean and appropriate for the next class.
  • All benches sanitised and all equipment returned to workstations (New COIVD safe protocol)
  • Cupboards and drawers are checked to ensure they contain correct stock/utensils/equipment. Missing items are to be noted and broken/damaged items removed for rectification and notify Food Studies teacher.
  • Knowledge of and ability to operate stoves, microwaves, dishwashers, washing machine, clothes dryer, refrigerators, freezers, electric mixers, blenders, food processors, frypans, and deep fryers is required.

Applicants must also be able to demonstrate

  • An understanding of appropriate behaviours when engaging with children
  • Experience working with children
  • A commitment to Woodleigh’s Values of Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Respect for the Environment
  • A strong customer service focus
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Well organised with the ability to prioritise
  • A positive attitude and willing to learn 

Education and Qualifications

  • Completion of VCE or equivalent.
  • Use hygienic practices for Food Safety Certificate or equivalent

Personal Qualities

  • A commitment to the School’s co-curricular, experiential and outdoor education programmes
  • Ability to work effectively individually and within a team
  • The determination to strive for personal best
  • A willingness to innovate and encourage the development of creativity

Conditions of Employment

  • A Working with Children’s Check
  • A current 'Participate in Safe Food Handling Practices Certificate’
  • Qualifications and First Aid Training confirmation is required for this position.
  • Woodleigh is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to appointing staff on the basis of merit.
  • At Woodleigh School we have a zero tolerance for child abuse and are committed to acting in children’s best interests and keeping them safe from harm.  All staff are to abide by the Child Safety Code of Conduct.
  • It is a condition of employment that all staff take responsibility for a safe and healthy work environment and have a commitment to equal employment opportunity and a workplace free from discrimination and harassment.
  • All staff are required to observe and uphold all of Woodleigh’s Privacy policies and procedures as implemented or varied from time to time.
  • Woodleigh operates a smoke-free work environment.


This is a part time 0.8 FTE position commencing Term 1 2021.

To Apply

Applications should be addressed to Human Resources and submitted via Indeed by 5pm, 29 November 2020.

Andrea De Jong, Head of Food Studies – Senior Campus, or 03 5971 6100


Located on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, Woodleigh School is an independent, coeducational school comprising two Junior Campuses (ECC-Year 6) in Frankston South and Moorooduc and a Senior Campus in Langwarrin South.

Woodleigh is a community that strongly values a holistic education. It is a place where students are known and valued, where boys and girls grow into independent, creative, resilient individuals together.

Woodleigh is a school of dynamic, academically rigorous learning, which reflects and responds to the world we live in today.  Whilst very definitely an academic school, with fine VCE results equipping the large majority of students for tertiary study, it also provides a number of other very important dimensions that prepare all students for the challenges of life in the twenty first century.

Woodleigh affirms openness, independence, self-motivation and initiative, and never limits students to predetermined outcomes.  Woodleigh is entirely coeducational, committed to the belief that this is the only suitable setting to educate both boys and girls for adult life.