Bourke 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 Deputy Principal and meet the eligibility requirements in the Rural Experience Guidelines may apply for this placement.

Deputy Principal, Wellbeing

Bourke High School, Bourke NSW

Placement level: Deputy Principal

Contact for enquiries: Robert Bourke (Principal),, 02 6872 2560

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

Placement details

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

Role Description: The placement will be negotiated with the successful applicant dependant on the school need and applicant expertise and experience. The successful applicant will have the capacity to develop innovative approaches to learning which will increase student interest and engagement.

Desired Candidate Expertise:

  • Approval to teach Years 7-12
  • Highly developed organisational and interpersonal skills with an ability to work collaboratively to build positive relationships with all members of the school community.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to implement the Department's Aboriginal Education Policy to enhance quality outcomes for all Aboriginal students.
  • Capacity to create quality learning opportunities for the students at Bourke High School which will positively influence their wellbeing.

Accommodation details

Options include Teacher Housing, Private Rentals, Shared Housing, Caravan Parks.

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

Bourke High School (BHS) serves a small, isolated community in the Far North West of NSW. Bourke township is situated on traditional Aboriginal land on the banks of the Darling River.

The school’s student population is approximately 140, of whom 85% identify as being Aboriginal. Bourke High School became a Connected Communities strategy school, one of fifteen in NSW, in 2013. Successful implementation of this strategy is dependent on effective leaderships, good governance and genuine community partnerships. Key features include cultural awareness (Connecting to country) delivered locally for all staff, teaching Aboriginal language and culture, the appointment of an additional school executive position i.e., Senior Leader Community Engagement, early years focus, partnership and co-leadership with the Aboriginal Community, and partnerships with a University and TAFE Western.

Findings from Situational Analysis highlighted the need to provide development for teachers to enable them to confidently use a variety of assessment tools, analyse data, hold high expectations, provide explicit feedback and deliver differentiated quality teaching and learning programs. A need was evident for staff to develop a deep understanding and knowledge of their role and responsibility within the school. The Situational Analysis also highlighted the need for a focus on collaboration to connect teachers and leaders to their colleagues and external experts 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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