Hillston Central 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 these placements:

  • Permanent employees who hold a substantive position as a teacher and meet the eligibility requirements in the Rural Experience Guidelines may apply for either of these placements.
  • 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 either of these placements.

Available placements:

Click on the headings below for full placement details.

Generalist Teacher or specific KLA's

Hillston Central School, Hillston NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Katie Maher (Principal), katie.maher@det.nsw.edu.au, 02 6967 2277

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

Placement details

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

Secondary Trained Teacher – ALL subject areas considered.

Placement opportunities are available for teachers looking to work within the broader school community.

Role description: The subject load of the placement will be negotiated with the successful applicant to include areas of applicant interest and school need. Arrangements could cater for generalist teachers or those with specific preferences, e.g. English, PDHPE, science, music and drama, industrial technology.

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 (specific stage preferences can be negotiated)
  • 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

There may be the possibility to negotiate the length of this placement, for the right applicant, if the applicant is unable to commit to the full year.

Accommodation details

Teachers at Hillston Central School have access to accommodation provided by the Teacher Housing Authority that may be available. In Hillston there are a range of options available from fully furnished 1- or 2-bedroom units to unfurnished 3-bedroom houses.

Families are welcome with many opportunities for skilled or unskilled employment within our local community for family members. There is also the opportunity to rent not in THA but through a real estate or privately.

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

Hillston Central School is a K–12 Central school in a remote rural location with Griffith being our closest large regional centre, 110km Southeast. The student population of 197 is 25% Aboriginal. A small number of students are from non– English speaking backgrounds. Secondary has approximately 70 students, which allows for small classes with high student to teacher ratios. The secondary faculty, supported by two Head Teachers, works extremely well together. The school is a member of the Riverina Access Partnership, which delivers the stage 6 curriculum through videoconference lessons, team teaching and combined study days. Education is valued as a pathway to improved employment. The P&C is an active and supportive group within the school. Well attended meetings, working bees and community events characterise the contribution of the P&C. Building the quality of the school reputation within the wider community has been a priority during the past few years.

Primary Teacher: Classroom or special interest

Hillston Central School, Hillston NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Katie Maher (Principal), katie.maher@det.nsw.edu.au, 02 6967 2277

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

Placement details

Terms 1 - 4, 2023 (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, implementing intervention programs, RFF or opportunities to explore and lead whole school programs relating to our school priority areas. 

Additional commitments: Participation in extra-curricular activities based on interest is welcomed.

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 with an emphasis on student engagement. 
  • Knowledge of and the ability to implement the Department's Aboriginal education policy to enhance quality outcomes for all Aboriginal students.
  • Commitment to student wellbeing

Accommodation details

Teachers at Hillston Central School have access to accommodation provided by the Teacher Housing Authority that may be available. In Hillston there are a range of options available from fully furnished 1- or 2-bedroom units to unfurnished 3-bedroom houses.

Families are welcome with many opportunities for skilled or unskilled employment within our local community for family members. There is also the opportunity to rent not in THA but through a real estate or privately. 

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

Hillston Central School is a K–12 Central school in a remote rural location with Griffith being our closest large regional centre, 110km Southeast. The student population of 197 is 25% Aboriginal. A small number of students are from non– English speaking backgrounds. Secondary has approximately 70 students, which allows for small classes with high student to teacher ratios. The secondary faculty, supported by two Head Teachers, works extremely well together. The school is a member of the Riverina Access Partnership, which delivers the stage 6 curriculum through videoconference lessons, team teaching and combined study days. Education is valued as a pathway to improved employment. The P&C is an active and supportive group within the school. Well attended meetings, working bees and community events characterise the contribution of the P&C. Building the quality of the school reputation within the wider community has been a priority during the past few years.

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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