Lightning Ridge 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

Available placements:

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Learning Support Teacher (K-12)

Lightning Ridge Central School, Lightning Ridge NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Richard Finter (Principal), richard.finter@det.nsw.edu.au, 02 6829 0511

Additional resources: explore what it's like to live and work in the Lightning Ridge and Walgett 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 role description will depend on the skills of the applicant. It will be a largely off class placement but the successful applicant would be required to support teachers in the classroom in differentiating lessons to accommodate low ability and extend students with higher ability. The focus will be on literacy and numeracy.

They would be a leader of LST and would be required to work across K-12. Knowledge of how to work on Access Requests would be desirable.

We are about to Implement MacLit in Primary so a knowledge and/or willingness to work with staff on implementing that program would be desirable.

During times of staff shortages the successful applicant could be required to go on class and carry out other duties

Extra-curricular responsibilities may be negotiated.

  • 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

Accommodation details

There is currently teacher housing available. We have a good stock of houses. Private rental market is limited.

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

Lightning Ridge is an opal mining town with a multicultural population of approximately 2500 people. It has a thriving tourism industry. The town is 3hours 45 minutes drive NW of Dubbo. Two hours west of Moree.

Lightning Ridge Central School has 345 students, K-12 and 51% of the student population identifies as Aboriginal. Many of our students are from a low socio-economic background.

Teacher Mentor

Lightning Ridge Central School, Lightning Ridge NSW

Placement level: Teacher, Head Teacher or Assistant Principal

Contact for enquiries: Richard Finter (Principal), richard.finter@det.nsw.edu.au, 02 6829 0511

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

Eligibility criteria for this placement:

  • Permanent employees who hold a substantive position as a Teacher, Head Teacher or Assistant Principal 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 at teacher level.

Placement details

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

The placement will be tailored depending on the successful applicant.

The successful applicant will work with our less experienced staff to build their capacity with regard to teaching and learning and behaviour management. Regular lesson observation and team teaching is a requirement of the placement.

The successful applicant would be expected to work K-12 and will supervise the accreditation of beginning teachers  

During times of staff shortages the applicant could be required to go on class and carry out other duties

Extra-curricular responsibilities may 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

Accommodation details

There is currently teacher housing available. We have a good stock of houses. Private rental market is limited.

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

Lightning Ridge is an opal mining town with a multicultural population of approximately 2500 people. It has a thriving tourism industry. The town is 3hours 45 minutes drive NW of Dubbo. Two hours west of Moree.

Lightning Ridge Central School has 345 students, K-12 and 51% of the student population identifies as Aboriginal. Many of our students are from a low socio-economic background.

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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