Alma Public School

General program enquiries (including application status updates) should be directed to the Rural Experience Program team: ruralexperience@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 02 7814 3820

Eligibility criteria for these placements:

  • Permanent employees who hold a substantive position as a teacher and meet the eligibility requirements in the Rural Experience Guidelines may apply for either of these placements.
  • Non-permanent employees (those on a temporary engagement / contract and casual employees) who meet the eligibility requirements in the Rural Experience Guidelines may apply for either of these placements.

Available placements:

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Primary Teacher: Classroom or special interest

Alma Public School, Broken Hill NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Trish Webb (Principal), trish.webb@det.nsw.edu.au, 08 8088 2181 or 0428 230 457

Additional resources: explore what it's like to live and work in the Broken Hill area.

Placement details

Terms 1 - 4, 2023 (Applicants can request a shorter duration in their application)

Role description: The placement will be tailored dependent on the skillset and qualifications of the applicant. It could be Preschool teacher (Early Childhood qualifications required) having their own class, implementing intervention programs, and/or RFF.

Additional commitments: Participation in extra-curricular activities based on interest is welcomed.

Desired candidate expertise:

  • Approval to teach Preschool to Year 6
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with the capacity to work collaboratively in a team and build positive relationships with all members of the school community.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and delivering high quality, differentiate teaching and learning programs with an emphasis whole school literacy and numeracy strategies.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to implement the department's Aboriginal education policy to enhance quality outcomes for all Aboriginal students.
  • Commitment to student wellbeing initiatives

Accommodation details

Accommodation in Broken Hill is very similar to other rural towns. Private rentals, caravan parks, sharing and available teacher housing are all possibilities. Successful candidates will be assisted in finding appropriate accommodation where available.

Please note: Teacher Housing availability can depend upon a variety of factors, including vacancy status and potential priority offers to other staff with full time rural appointments. Teacher Housing Authority (THA) may not be able to confirm allocation of properties until all applications have been received and processed. Applicants are encouraged to discuss property availability directly with THA. Participants of the Rural Experience Program are not eligible for the Housing Rental Subsidy but may rent a property (at market value) through the THA if available.

School details

Alma Public School is situated in Broken Hill, 1220 kilometres west of Sydney, in a city of approximately 18,000 people. Mining is a major employer in Broken Hill and enrolments in the school are heavily influenced by the state of the mining industry. There are 5 other public primary schools and 2 high schools in the city. There is one Catholic primary school in town.

Nearly 31% of our 273 student enrolment is Aboriginal and the school operates a DoE Aboriginal designated preschool for up to 40 children on a separate site.

The school currently has 30 teachers and 17 administration and support staff, including additional temporary staff employed through school based funding to better support the learning needs of all students.

Our focus areas include collaborative practices to develop whole school approaches to literacy and numeracy through a co teaching/team teaching model as well as personalised learning and integrated curriculum.

The climate and culture of the school is based on learning together, having fun and a team building positive relationships with each other as well as the community.

Support Class Teacher 

Alma Public School, Broken Hill NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Trish Webb (Principal), trish.webb@det.nsw.edu.au, 08 8088 2181 or 0428 230 457

Additional resources: explore what it's like to live and work in the Broken Hill area.

Placement details

Terms 1 - 4, 2023 (Applicants can request a shorter duration in their application)

Role description: The placement will be specific to a Support Class Teacher with special education qualifications and/or experience in support classes. The school has 2 support classes (MC and AU/IO) who work alongside each other with a sensory room in between.

Additional commitments: Participation in extra-curricular activities based on interest is welcomed. 

Desired candidate expertise: 

  • Approval to teach special education and/ or experience teaching students with Moderate Intellectual Disability, mental health, Autism Spectrum Disorder, behaviour difficulties and complex learning needs.
  • Highly developed organisational and effective interpersonal skills with the demonstrated ability to work as part of a collaborative team of staff, parents and external providers.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and contribute to a positive school culture and school-wide wellbeing practices with a capacity to make a broader contribution to whole school activities.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to implement the DoE Aboriginal education policy to enhance quality outcomes for all Aboriginal students.

Accommodation details

Accommodation in Broken Hill is very similar to other rural towns. Private rentals, caravan parks, sharing and available teacher housing are all possibilities. Successful candidates will be assisted in finding appropriate accommodation where available.

Please note: Teacher Housing availability can depend upon a variety of factors, including vacancy status and potential priority offers to other staff with full time rural appointments. Teacher Housing Authority (THA) may not be able to confirm allocation of properties until all applications have been received and processed. Applicants are encouraged to discuss property availability directly with THA. Participants of the Rural Experience Program are not eligible for the Housing Rental Subsidy but may rent a property (at market value) through the THA if available.

School details

Alma Public School is situated in Broken Hill, 1220 kilometres west of Sydney, in a city of approximately 18,000 people. Mining is a major employer in Broken Hill and enrolments in the school are heavily influenced by the state of the mining industry.  There are 5 other public primary schools and 2 high schools in the city. There is one Catholic primary school in town.

Nearly 31% of our 273 student enrolment is Aboriginal and the school operates a DoE Aboriginal designated preschool for up to 40 children on a separate site and has two support classes – MC and AU/IO on the main site.

The school currently has 30 teachers and 17 administration and support staff, including additional temporary staff employed through school based funding to better support the learning needs of all students.

Our focus areas include collaborative practices to develop whole school approaches to literacy and numeracy through a co teaching/team teaching model as well as personalised learning and integrated curriculum.

The climate and culture of the school is based on learning together, having fun and a team building positive relationships with each other as well as the community.  

How to apply for this placement

  1. Refer to the Guide to Applying as you prepare your application
  2. Complete the online application form and answer the placement questions:
    1. What motivated you to apply for the program in general and specifically this placement? (max 600 words)
    2. What skills and experiences can you bring to the Rural Experience School? Why would you be a good fit for this placement (max 600 words)
  3. Attach the required documentation to your application:
    1. Endorsement of Application form (saved as a PDF)
    2. Resume / CV (maximum 2 pages as a PDF)
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