Coonamble 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

Available placements:

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Assistant Principal Wellbeing

Coonamble Public School, Coonamble NSW

Placement level: Assistant Principal

Contact for enquiries: Annette Thomson (Principal), annette.thomson@det.nsw.edu.au, 02 6822 1966 or 0412 252 833

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 an Assistant Principal 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)

This is a class free leadership placement on our school executive.

Role description:

  • coordinate the work of the wellbeing centre and lead the team of teacher, youth mentor 2 X therapy SLSOs, psychologist and LaST.
  • Lead the social emotional wellbeing processes across the school and LST.
  • Liaise closely with services and agencies and manage complex cases at school level. Collaborate with stage APs around wellbeing of students with additional needs.

Criteria:

  • Approval to teach K-6 with demonstrated experience and success in implementing whole school wellbeing practices.
  • Ability to lead a team and build the capacity of staff in effective classroom management practices through modelling and well developed communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to Aboriginal education and an understanding of teaching in a low SES community or a willingness to develop the understanding, knowledge and skills.
  • Demonstrated capacity and/or experience to liaise with and coordinate the services of government and non government agencies to provide effective and relevant support for students with diverse and complex wellbeing needs.

Accommodation details

Teacher Housing may be available within the town. The school can assist in sourcing private rentals if needed.

Some staff are willing to share their accommodation and make a room available.

There is cabin accommodation, hotels and a caravan park within the town.

We problem solve 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 north west of Dubbo. It is a Connected Communities school with approx. 200 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. 

There are many benefits of working in a rural and remote location and the school provides excellent opportunities for professional growth and collaborative practices.

Support Teacher K-6 or Wellbeing Teacher

Coonamble Public School, Coonamble NSW

Placement level: Teacher 

Contact for enquiries: Annette Thomson (Principal), annette.thomson@det.nsw.edu.au, 02 6822 1966 or 0412 252 833

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)

The placement would be teaching a special education class within our support unit of 4 classes (1 X IM & 3 X MC).  

Depending on expertise, skill sets and interest, there is also a possibility of teaching within our wellbeing centre that caters for a range of students across the school based on trauma informed practice. There is a wellbeing team consisting of teacher, youth worker, 2 X therapy SLSOs, psychologist and LaST which is led by an AP Wellbeing.

Participation in extra curricula activities may also be an option depending on skills and interests of the teacher.  We operate brospeak, sistaspeak, bike programs and gardening.

Criteria:

  • Approval to teach special education and/or experience teaching students with complex learning and support needs with the ability to collaborate with school personnel (e.g. Learning & Support teacher) and executive to ensure students learn in a safe, inclusive and active learning environment. 
  • Ability to differentiate the curriculum and develop and implement quality teaching and learning programs that engage students and respond to their individual goals outlined in Personalised Learning Pathways and Individual Education Plans. 
  • Knowledge of and commitment to supporting Aboriginal education and an understanding of teaching in a low SES community or a willingness to develop the understanding, knowledge and skills. 
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills with the demonstrated ability to work as part of a collaborative team and build effective partnerships with parents/carers, staff, students, external agencies and the wider school community. 
  • Evidence of strong classroom management and wellbeing practices that provide a safe, respectful learning environment for every student with high expectations for student success.

Accommodation details

Teacher Housing may be available within the town. The school can assist in sourcing private rentals if needed.

Some staff are willing to share their accommodation and make a room available.

There is cabin accommodation, hotels and a caravan park within the town.

We problem solve 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 north west of Dubbo. It is a Connected Communities school with approx. 200 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. 

There are many benefits of working in a rural and remote location and the school provides excellent opportunities for professional growth and collaborative practices.

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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