Ariah Park Central 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 this placement:

  • Permanent employees who hold a substantive position as a teacher and meet the eligibility requirements in the Rural Experience Guidelines may apply for this placement.
  • 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 this placement.

Generalist Teacher or specific KLA's

Ariah Park Central School, Ariah Park NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Bianca Horne (Principal), bianca.horne6@det.nsw.edu.au, 02 6974 1105 or 0428 366 294

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Placement details

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

Placement opportunities are available for teachers looking to work within the broader school community.

Role description: The teaching load of the placement will be negotiated with the successful applicant to include areas of applicant interest and school need. Arrangements could cater for generalist teachers or those with specific preferences, eg, English, PDHPE, science, music and drama, industrial technology.

The successful applicant will be encouraged to develop innovative approaches to learning that address the educational and social aspirations of all students.

Extra-curricular responsibilities may be negotiated.

Desired candidate expertise:

  • Willingness to teach students in years 7-12 (specific stage preferences can be negotiated)
  • Highly developed organisational and interpersonal skills with an ability to work collaboratively to build positive relationships with students, staff, parents and the wider community
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the Department’s Aboriginal Education policies

Accommodation details

Teacher Housing may be available, but there are shortages and a high demand for rentals. There are limited places in Ariah Park, however, there are neighbouring towns with some availability.

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

Ariah Park Central School is located on the lands of the Wiradjuri people in the Riverina region of New South Wales. It is a rural K-12 school of 140 students who are drawn from the village of Ariah Park (population 493), nearby towns and the surrounding farmlands. The latest census data show the main areas of employment are agricultural industries..

Ariah Park Central School is part of the Riverina Access Partnership (RAP), one of 5 access programs that run in NSW. RAP provides a shared curriculum for senior secondary students across six central schools that deliver Yr 11 and 12 studies across all six participating schools. The cohorts of students interact with each other and their teacher through videoconferencing and collaborative technologies. This enables rural students to complete their secondary education at their local school with the support of their community without having to live away from home. The school also cooperates with nearby Barellan Central School and Ardlethan Central School to deliver elective and VET courses across Year 9 and 10. Students also access VET programs delivered by TAFE NSW.

The school has excellent facilities which include well maintained grounds and playground. The school has a comprehensive library and very high levels of technology for student learning. All classrooms are fitted with quality learning equipment and every student from K to 12 has access to a school laptop.

In addition to the academic pursuits the school provides a broad range of extracurricular activities including the performing arts, leadership and sporting experiences and has a strong focus on quality education.

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 documention 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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