Burke Ward 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 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.

Primary Teacher: Classroom or special interest

Burke Ward Public School, Broken Hill NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Kate Hogg (Principal), kate.tyndall@det.nsw.edu.au, 08 8088 4700

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

The Welcome Experience is a new service supporting essential workers and their families who are thinking of moving or have made the move to a rural location. The service connects you and your family with local people and local resources to help you settle in and feel at home in your new community faster.

Placement details

Terms 1 - 4, 2025 (Applicants can request a shorter duration in their application).

Role description: The placement will be tailored dependent on the skillset of the applicant. It could be having their own class, release from face-to-face in a designated KLA, and/or implementing intervention programs.

Additional commitments: Participation in extra-curricular activities based on interest is welcomed. BWPS has a proud tradition of a drum and fife band, dance groups and choir and is well-known for our sporting endeavours. 

Desired candidate expertise:  

  • Approval to teach K-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, differentiated teaching and learning programs for both academic and social/emotional curriculums.  
  • Knowledge of and the ability to implement the department’s Aboriginal education policy to enhance quality outcomes for all Aboriginal students. 

Accommodation details

There are a number of real estate agencies in Broken Hill that manage rentals. There are also two caravan parks that hire out cabins. Assistance can be provided by the school to help source accommodation. Teacher Housing may be 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 the 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

Burke Ward Public School is one of six local public primary schools in Broken Hill.  The school has approximately 190 students from kinder to year six with our core values of ‘respect, responsibility and honesty’ underpinning our high expectations for students and staff. 

The school has a mix of staff, has 9 mainstream classes, two multi-category classes and the town’s primary tutorial centre class. 

Approximately 35% of the school’s students are from an Aboriginal background and the school learns Paakantji language, working closely with our Aboriginal Education Officer to promote cultural safety within our school. 

Burkie pride is evident within the community, with generations of families proudly wearing black and red. We have a proud social media presence on Facebook and X (Twitter) showcasing our wonderful students and staff. 

Broken Hill has a population of approximately 17,000 people with the nearest major centres being Mildura (300km) and Adelaide (500km). It is serviced by two major shopping centres as well as a main street precinct. A number of sporting and other clubs cater for the interests of people of all ages.  

Broken Hill is a great place to live with stunning sunsets and a vibrant, welcoming community.

How to apply for this placement

  1. Refer to the program FAQs 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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