Khancoban 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.

Primary Teacher: Multi-stage

Khancoban Public School, Khancoban NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Sandra Bowdren (Principal), sandra.bowdren@det.nsw.edu.au, 02 6076 9445 or 0429 135 262

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

Placement details

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

Role description: We are looking for an innovative classroom teacher who is energetic, caring, open to new learning and enjoys working in a collaborative environment focussed on improving student learning outcomes and supporting students as a whole being. Our school’s culture is based on supporting each other, creating relationships, working, and learning together, having fun, being creative and cultivating a sense of well-being.

The classroom teacher's role will be dependent on their skillset and agreed upon as part of the small school team. There are two classes: a Kinder to Year 2 and a Year 3 to 6. There is also an RFF and special projects teacher, which could include a Well-being program with other schools, the Grow It, Cook It program, arts and performances, whole school reading program, supporting students with learning difficulties or an innovative program of their own.

A willingness to participate in extra curricula activities including day and overnight excursions, travelling to different schools for special days and sporting activities. Support the staff in school performances and fund-raising activities such as The Big Morning Cup of Tea. An interest in being involved in the Well-being Dog in the classrooms would be welcome.

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

There is no teacher housing available. Accommodation are private rentals however; we will support the candidate in finding accommodation.

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

Khancoban Public School is based at the bottom of the snowy mountains, approximately an hour from Tumbarumba, 2 hours from Thredbo and Albury and 2 ½ hours from Wagga. The township was built as part of the Snowy Hydro-Electric Scheme in the 1950s and 1960s. It is a small, isolated school with high expectations delivering quality educational teaching and learning programs. There are 19 families with a total of 29 students enrolled for 2022.

The school structure consists of two multi-grade classes with seven full and part-time staff. The staff are inspired to achieve their best, working on their strengths, while working together to support each other.

The school is based on student-centred learning and emphasis programs based on the individual's needs and whole child development. The school is well resourced and has a bright, energetic atmosphere and is part of the Alpine Learning Partnership of Small Schools (ALPSS), consisting of Talbingo, Rosewood and Humula Public Schools. This strong network works together to support students and staff in their endeavours of excellence and combating isolation.

The school provides a variety of wonderful programs such as The Resilience Project, Therapy Dog, Kids Canteen, and Leadership programs, Grow It and Cook It, Sports, Creative Arts, Music and Dance. There are many opportunities for excursions and sporting activities in the area. The school is involved in community fund raising and town events, such as the Big Morning Cup of Tea and is seen as a strong asset to the community.

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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