Narrandera High 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.

Generalist Teacher or specific KLA's

Narrandera High School, Narrandera NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Tania Maddison (Principal),, 02 6959 1744

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

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Placement details

Terms 1 - 4, 2025 (Applicants can request a shorter duration in their application).

Placement opportunities are available for teachers looking to work in a regional school with dedicated staff who work collaboratively to improve student educational and socio/emotional outcomes.

Role description: The teaching 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 depending on the experiences of the teacher. There are a number of opportunities for teaching staff across the school in supportive faculties.

The successful applicant will be encouraged to develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning that address the educational, emotional and cultural needs of all students.

Extra-curricular responsibilities may be negotiated.

Desired candidate expertise:

  • Willingness to teach students in years Stage 4, Stage 5 and Stage 6.
  • Highly developed 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

Teacher housing may be available with some accommodation furnished. There are limited private rentals and a number of alternative accommodation choices such as caravan parks and B&B’s.

Successful candidates will be supported by the school to source appropriate accommodation for their needs.

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 the 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

Narrandera High School is a rural secondary school with approximately 330 students (Year 7 to 12) where 30% of the students identify as Indigenous.

Narrandera is a picturesque town of approximately 4,500 people located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Narrandera has affordable houses available for purchase. It is a one-hour drive to Wagga Wagga or Griffith, a two-hour drive to Albury, and a four-hour drive to Canberra. There are a number of flights each day from Narrandera to Sydney with the flight time being less than an hour and a half.

Teaching staff consists of a mixture between more experienced and new career teachers. The school's staffing entitlement is currently 37 teaching staff. This includes allocation for one Deputy Principal and 5 Head Teachers. There are two additional Head Teachers currently employed (Wellbeing and Learning and Intervention).

Stage 6 courses are run using a compressed curriculum model with students completing Year 11 and the HSC over four terms with three subjects completed in each of the Stage 6 years.

The school also has additional funding for a Learning and Engagement Centre for Aboriginal students until the end of 2024, this includes funding for a full-time Head Teacher and full-time School Learning Support Officer (SLSO). The school's non-teaching staff entitlement is 10 staff. A number of additional support staff continue to be employed on temporary contracts using a combination of equity and operational funding.

The school has a Clontarf Academy and Aboriginal Learning and Engagement Centre onsite as well as an Intervention Centre to support inclusive practice and personalised learning. There are also two multi-categorical classrooms in operation.

The school is a successful Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) school with a focus on restorative practice and positive relationships between students and staff.

Our belief is that all students at Narrandera High School will make progress and achieve learning growth. The school is focused on building and maintaining a school culture strongly focused on learning and ongoing performance improvement, with the highest priority given to evidence-based teaching strategies. There is an expectation that every student, every teacher and every leader will improve every year. The school is also committed to developing a learning environment that is strongly centred on the building of educational aspiration and high expectations. There will be a focus on effective partnerships in learning with students and parents to ensure that students are motivated to deliver their best and continually improve.

How to apply for this placement

  1. Refer to the program FAQs 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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