Coonamble Public 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.

Creative Arts teacher (particularly visual arts and music)

Coonamble Public School, Coonamble NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Annette Thomson (Principal),, 02 6822 1966

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

Placement details

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

Role description: The placement will be tailored dependent on the skillset of the applicant. It will be a full teaching load with the main focus on implementing creative arts across the school (including special education classes). This could be an RFF model.

Additional commitments: Participation in extra-curricular activities like choir, band and/or dance performances would be desirable.

Desired candidate expertise:

  • Approval to teach K-6 with particular skills, knowledge, experience and commitment to effective teaching of Creative Arts.
  • 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 with an emphasis on student engagement and high expectations.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to implement the Department’s Aboriginal Education policy to enhance quality outcomes for all Aboriginal students.
  • Evidence of strong classroom management and wellbeing practices that provide a safe, respectful learning environment for every student.

Accommodation details

A variety of teacher housing may be available within the town including 1, 2 & 3 bedroom units and 3 or 4 bedroom houses.

The school can assist to source private rentals if needed. Some staff are willing to share their accommodation and make a room available. There is also cabin accommodation, hotels and a caravan park within the town. We problem-solve most accommodation requirements successfully.

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 Public School is located in North Western NSW approximately 170km northwest of Dubbo. It is a Connected Communities school with approximately 230 students P-6 including 4 support classes and a preschool. The Aboriginal population in the school is 85-90%. The school has established strong relationships within the community and works closely with families and agencies to support children.

The school implements high-quality programs which focus on literacy and numeracy with high expectations, collaborative practices and evidence-based teaching. There is a strong focus on student wellbeing, inclusion, active participation and recognition of achievement. Aboriginal language and culture is taught across the school. The impact of wellbeing on learning is a crucial consideration with Positive Behaviour for Learning and Trauma Informed Practice providing the foundations to prepare students for learning.

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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