Bombala High School

General program enquiries (including application status updates) should be directed to the Rural Experience Program team: 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.

STEM or Civics Teacher

Bombala High School, Bombala NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Jai Lester (Principal),, 02 6458 3358

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

Placement details

Terms 1 - 4, 2024 (Applicants can request a shorter duration in their application).

Role description: Bombala High School has recently undertaken a significant review in curriculum delivery, with a focus on redesigning learning that best meets the needs of our students in an ever-changing world. We offer an innovative stage based approached to learning, with integrated Civics and STEM subjects in stage 4, and personalised electives each semester in stage 5. As a teacher in an integrated learning setting, the successful candidate will need to love teaching and finding ways for students to make connections amongst their learning, and bridge the gaps across KLA’s.

The placement will involve:

  • Classroom teaching in either or both our core areas of STEM or Civics.
  • Working collaboratively with teachers across subjects to create integrated and innovative learning opportunities that reflect current educational research.
  • Being an active contributor to a vibrant country school with a strong wellbeing program

Desired candidate expertise:

  • Approval to teach 7-12
  • Evidence of innovative teaching practice with a willingness to design and implement strategies for future focused learning
  • Commitment to student wellbeing
  • Willingness to work effectively with a dynamic and diverse teaching staff, including in collaborative practices such as team teaching.

Accommodation details

Bombala has some access to Teacher Housing, including apartments and larger houses which may be occupied on a shared basis. Access to Teacher Housing may be available to staffing needs of both Bombala Public and Bombala High School. The school has strong ties with the local community and has been able to leverage this at times in the past to accommodate staff.

There are potential accommodation options in Cooma (approximately 1 hour away from Bombala) and the potential to car pool with staff. Alternatively, a car pool currently operates from the South Coast (Merimbula, Pambula, Eden) where housing options are easier to come by.

The township is served primarily by two real estate agents (One Agency Monaro and Nutrien Harcourts Bombala) with Cooma real estate agents often managing additional rental accommodation in the Bombala township

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

Bombala High School is a small rural comprehensive high school located in the south east of New South Wales at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. The school's mission is to ‘provide pathways to success’ and is working on a number of exciting initiatives to engage students in quality teaching and learning, with a particular focus on having curriculum pathways aligned to critical stages of learning and transition.

The school benefits from a supportive community and collaborative teaching staff that constantly seek innovative and engaging ways to enhance learning in a supportive learning environment. Bombala is a picturesque town, benefitting from close access to both south coast beaches and the ski slopes of the Snowy Mountains. It is approximately 1 hour away from Cooma, 1 ½ hours from Jindabyne/Thredbo, and 1 ½ hours from Pambula/south coast. There are many sports and community events held in the town to participate in.

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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