Coonamble High 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

Available placements:

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Generalist Teacher

Coonamble High School, Coonamble NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Vanessa Garrett (Deputy Principal), vanessa.garrett1@det.nsw.edu.au, 02 6822 1522 or 0434 986 718

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

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.

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 and build their capacity in a rural setting.

Role description: The teaching load of the placement will be negotiated with the successful applicant to include areas of applicant interest and school need. This staff member would undertake the duties of a Generalist teacher and will have the opportunity to undertake community and whole school activities to support our students.

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.
  • 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 and the Connected Community Strategy.

Accommodation details

Teacher Housing may be available. Some staff choose to undertake private rentals or purchase affordable housing. The town has a modern caravan park and several short to mid term length stays in hotels are available. Some private rentals offer AirBnB in town and on properties just outside of town, these are largely furnished apartments.

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

Coonamble High School is a Connected Communities comprehensive co-educational school with an enrolment of 200 students. This includes 70% indigenous students and a Support Unit of 4 classes. The school is a 6-point school.

The town has a population of approximately 3000 with a vibrant sporting and community calendar providing students, families, and teachers many opportunities to participate in the community. The school is situated approximately 160km north of Dubbo. Our school vision is "Empowering students to be the best they can be to live a good life."

Supported by the School Reference Group, AECG, P&C, Clontarf and NASCA, the school also enjoys partnerships with key service providers to enable students to access their learning and achieve high level outcomes.

Students participate in a senior compressed curriculum which offers broad subject choice. All students have personal learning plans. The school works closely with three primary partner schools to assist student transition.

PDHPE Teacher

Coonamble High School, Coonamble NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Melinda Richter (Deputy Principal), melinda.searles@det.nsw.edu.au, 02 6822 1522 or 0429 634 889

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

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.

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 and build their capacity in a rural setting. 

Role description: The teaching load of the placement will be negotiated with the successful applicant to include areas of applicant interest and school need. This staff member would undertake the duties of a PDHPE teacher and would have the opportunity to undertake sporting and whole school activities to support our students. 

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:

  • Approval to teach students in years 7-12 in PDHPE subject area. 
  • 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 and the Connected Community Strategy. 

Accommodation details

Teacher Housing may be available. Some staff choose to undertake private rentals or purchase affordable housing. The town has a modern caravan park and several short to mid term length stays in hotels are available. Some private rentals offer AirBnB in town and on properties just outside of town, these are largely furnished apartments.

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

Coonamble High School is a Connected Communities comprehensive co-educational school with an enrolment of 200 students. This includes 70% indigenous students and a Support Unit of 4 classes. The school is a 6-point school.

The town has a population of approximately 3000 with a vibrant sporting and community calendar providing students, families, and teachers many opportunities to participate in the community. The school is situated approximately 160km north of Dubbo. Our school vision is "Empowering students to be the best they can be to live a good life."

Supported by the School Reference Group, AECG, P&C, Clontarf and NASCA, the school also enjoys partnerships with key service providers to enable students to access their learning and achieve high level outcomes.

Students participate in a senior compressed curriculum which offers broad subject choice. All students have personal learning plans. The school works closely with three primary partner schools to assist student transition.

Special Education Teacher

Coonamble High School, Coonamble NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Melinda Richter (Deputy Principal), vanessa.garrett1@det.nsw.edu.au, 02 6822 1522 or 0434 986 718

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

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.

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 and build their capacity in a rural setting. 

Role description: The teaching load of the placement will be negotiated with the successful applicant to include areas of applicant interest and school need. This staff member would undertake the duties of a Special Education teacher and will have the opportunity to undertake community and whole school activities to support our students.

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:

  • Approval to teach students in years 7-12 with mild intellectual disability or emotional disturbance. 
  • 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 and the Connected Community Strategy. 

Accommodation details

Teacher Housing may be available. Some staff choose to undertake private rentals or purchase affordable housing. The town has a modern caravan park and several short to mid term length stays in hotels are available. Some private rentals offer AirBnB in town and on properties just outside of town, these are largely furnished apartments.

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

Coonamble High School is a Connected Communities comprehensive co-educational school with an enrolment of 200 students. This includes 70% indigenous students and a Support Unit of 4 classes. The school is a 6-point school.

The town has a population of approximately 3000 with a vibrant sporting and community calendar providing students, families, and teachers many opportunities to participate in the community. The school is situated approximately 160km north of Dubbo. Our school vision is "Empowering students to be the best they can be to live a good life."

Supported by the School Reference Group, AECG, P&C, Clontarf and NASCA, the school also enjoys partnerships with key service providers to enable students to access their learning and achieve high level outcomes.

Students participate in a senior compressed curriculum which offers broad subject choice. All students have personal learning plans. The school works closely with three primary partner schools to assist student transition.

Head Teacher Retention and Engagement

Coonamble High School, Coonamble NSW

Placement level: Head Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Stewart Vidler (Principal), stewart.vidler@det.nsw.edu.au, 02 6822 1522 or 0439 565 564

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

Eligibility criteria for this placement:

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

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 and build their capacity in a rural setting. 

Role description: The head teaching load of the placement will be negotiated with the successful applicant to include areas of applicant interest and school need. 

This Head Teacher role presents a unique opportunity for an experienced practitioner looking to make a difference in a small comprehensive high school. The successful applicant will undertake the duties of a head teacher and lead a diverse faculty, including the supervision of our ‘King St College’ alternate education program that supports Stage 5 students at risk of disengagement.  

As an Executive team member, the role includes team work and shared responsibility for fostering a learning culture. 

The school's Strategic Improvement Plan and the Connected Communities Key Deliverables inform our efforts in meeting our students' and community's needs.

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:

  • Experience and approval to teach students in years 7-12 in any KLA.
  • Proven ability to initiate and lead project-based learning for a diverse range of learners. 
  • Highly developed organisational and interpersonal skills with an ability to work collaboratively to build positive relationships with students, staff, parents and the wider community. 
  • High level skills in administration and organisation to support whole school operations. 
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the Department’s Aboriginal Education policies and the Connected Community Strategy. 

Accommodation details

Teacher Housing may be available. Some staff choose to undertake private rentals or purchase affordable housing. The town has a modern caravan park and several short to mid term length stays in hotels are available. Some private rentals offer AirBnB in town and on properties just outside of town, these are largely furnished apartments.

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

Coonamble High School is a Connected Communities comprehensive co-educational school with an enrolment of 200 students. This includes 70% indigenous students and a Support Unit of 4 classes. The school is a 6-point school.

The town has a population of approximately 3000 with a vibrant sporting and community calendar providing students, families, and teachers many opportunities to participate in the community. The school is situated approximately 160km north of Dubbo. Our school vision is "Empowering students to be the best they can be to live a good life."

Supported by the School Reference Group, AECG, P&C, Clontarf and NASCA, the school also enjoys partnerships with key service providers to enable students to access their learning and achieve high level outcomes.

Students participate in a senior compressed curriculum which offers broad subject choice. All students have personal learning plans. The school works closely with three primary partner schools to assist student transition.

How to apply for a 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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