General program enquiries (including application status updates) should be directed to the Rural Experience Program team: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Terms 1 - 4, 2023 (Applicants can request a shorter duration in their application).
Role description: The successful applicant will be involved in delivering subject content across the school and may support other teaching staff in a team-teaching capacity. They may also be responsible for release from face to face. The placement will be flexible and may change depending on the school’s needs.
The successful applicant may be required to collaborate with staff across both the primary and secondary departments.
The successful applicant will be committed to working towards improving literacy and numeracy across the school with a specific focus on individualised learning. They may work with students individually or in small groups to target areas of improvement in literacy or numeracy.
The anticipated teaching load of the placement will be full time across Primary and Secondary but may be required to take a full-time primary class or teach across various secondary faculties if the school is understaffed.
Additional commitments: The successful teacher will be expected to participate in and support school staff meetings, school excursions and school activities such as the school play, sports carnivals, NAIDOC Day and other events.
Desired candidate expertise:
- Approval / willingness to teach primary and or secondary KLAs.
- Experience in planning, programming, assessing, and reporting for all students in the class.
- Experience as a teacher who has demonstrated ability to successfully teach a multi-stage class.
- The ability to deliver high quality, differentiated teaching and learning programs in literacy and numeracy that are driven by the analysis of assessment data and the literacy progressions.
- Work as part of a school team and show commitment to whole school Positive Behaviour Programs and wellbeing programs.
- Demonstrated capacity of effective classroom practices and behaviour management strategies that contribute to a positive and inclusive school culture fostering student engagement.
There is very limited accommodation in Oaklands. There may the opportunity to use Teacher Housing in town. Teacher Housing may be available in nearby towns.
There are rental properties available in Corowa, Yarrawonga / Mulwala, the nearest large towns (population 5000) which are 65km / 45-minute drive from the school. The average price of rental properties is $300-400 per week.
Shopping is very limited in Oaklands with most groceries not readily available in town. Most people shop in larger centres which are approximately 45 minutes from the town.
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.
Oaklands Central School is a vibrant K–12 school with strong community links and engagement within the Riverina area.
The area is surrounded by farming communities, producing mainly wheat and canola. The town has an active sporting and social community, with competitive football (AFL) and netball played during competition times. There is a large contingent of trucking businesses operating around Oaklands. The school has enrolment of about 65 students, mainly in the primary school.
Oaklands Central School is part of the Riverina Access Partnership which involves 5 other schools across the Riverina and provides access to a broad curriculum for our Stage 6 students.
Our Primary section has strong connections with other local primary schools. We have an active SRC, Parents and Citizens Association [P&C], and executive comprised of the Principal, Head Teacher, Assistant Principal and Assistant Principal Curriculum Instruction. Students have lead initiatives that have benefited the whole school community (e.g., fund raising), to increase student awareness while developing our students as informed and active citizens.
We have a strong commitment to our Learning and Support program that supports student growth and attainment. We pride ourselves on the close relationships that we hold with the families who support our school. Luceat Lux Vestra (Let Your Light Shine) is the school motto and reflects one of the school's core beliefs, that every student has strength.
How to apply for this placement
- Refer to the Guide to Applying as you prepare your application
- Complete the online application form and answer the placement questions:
- What motivated you to apply for the program in general and specifically this placement? (max 600 words)
- 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)
- Attach the required documentation to your application:
- Endorsement of Application form (saved as a PDF)
- Resume / CV (maximum 2 pages as a PDF)