Burren Junction 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.

Classroom Teacher - Leadership Development

Burren Junction Public School, Burren Junction NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Kate Slack-Smith (Principal), kate.slack-smith@det.nsw.edu.au, 02 6796 1464 or 0427 961 419

Additional resources: explore what it's like to live and work in the Lightning Ridge and Walgett areas.

Placement details

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

The placement will be tailored dependent on the skillset of the applicant. We welcome a teacher looking to develop their leadership skills while supported in a great school environment. A successful applicant would have opportunities to explore and lead whole school programs relating to our school priority areas including implementation of the new Syllabus and embedding the HPGE policy into school programs.

Staff at BJPS are encouraged to coordinate across the school in areas they have interest. It may be sporting, creative arts eg debating, art, or another enrichment area.

Desired candidate expertise:

  • Approval to teach K-6
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with the capacity to work collaboratively as 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 with an emphasis on student engagement.
  • Leadership skills and ability to work across multistage classes.
  • An area linked to our school plan they would like to lead.

Accommodation details

Furnished teacher housing may be available in Burren Junction. It may be shared depending on the candidate’s requirements.

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 encourage 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

Burren Junction Public School is a small K-6 primary school of 35 students, located in the Walgett Shire, 50 km west of Wee Waa and 100km east of Walgett. A majority of our school travel a considerable distance to get to school from surrounding farms. The children are excited about their learning and apply their practical farm skills to be active problem solvers and creative thinkers. The parent population are active participants in all aspects of the school and contribute to the wellbeing of the school in an extraordinary manner through their assistance in the school and fundraising for the school.

Visit the Burren Junction Public School webpage to access information about the school strategic directions and the fortnightly newsletters.

Currently the school is involved in a variety of projects covering sport, creative and practical arts, extension and enrichment and have a focus on HPGE.

In 2022 the school is involved in the wellbeing program, “Smiling Minds” is working on mindfulness and resilience The school is led by our year 6 School Parliament and these students each have an assigned portfolio to oversee.

As a school, Burren Junction Public School, is an active member of the Barwon Community of Schools as well as delivering on partnerships with other small schools within a 100km radius around student achievement, wellbeing and STE(A)M.

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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