Pooncarie 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: Diversified Small Schools Teacher

Pooncarie Public School, Pooncarie NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Alison King (Principal), alison.king5@det.nsw.edu.au, 03 50295231

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

The Welcome Experience is a new service supporting essential workers and their families who are thinking of moving or have made the move to a rural location. The service connects you and your family with local people and local resources to help you settle in and feel at home in your new community faster.

Placement details

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

Overview: The successful candidate will have the opportunity to negotiate and tailor their placement based on their unique strengths and expertise. This placement will primarily focus on supporting student growth and attainment, aligning with our school improvement plan. Strategic Direction 1 of our plan emphasizes enhancing learning outcomes in literacy and numeracy for all students.

Opportunity Highlights:

  • Exciting chance for a motivated teacher to gain valuable rural experience within a dynamic school environment.
  • Pooncarie School is committed to a whole-school approach to literacy and numeracy, with dedicated teachers collaborating as a team.
  • Our school community is known for its respectful and supportive environment, offering a rewarding experience for both students and staff.


  • Collaborate with colleagues to implement whole-school literacy and numeracy initiatives.
  • Provide intensive small-group tuition to support student learning and growth.
  • Engage in team teaching to enhance student engagement and achievement.
  • Develop and deliver individualized programs targeting diverse student needs, including those with high potential gifted education (HPGE) and additional needs.
  • Participate in professional learning opportunities to further enhance teaching practices and student outcomes.
  • Supportive involvement in the school community, including interactions with students, families, and colleagues.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Qualified teacher with relevant experience and demonstrated effectiveness in supporting student growth and attainment.
  • Strong understanding of literacy and numeracy pedagogy, with the ability to apply evidence-based practices.
  • Experience working with diverse student populations, including those with additional needs and high-potential gifted education.
  • Collaborative mindset and ability to work effectively within a team-oriented environment.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a commitment to building positive relationships with students, families, and colleagues.

The successful applicant will receive full support in undertaking a meaningful rural school experience, including ongoing professional development opportunities and integration into our school community.

Accommodation details

Your Home Away from Home in Pooncarie!

Looking for a cozy place to call home during your stay in Pooncarie? We've got you covered! Accommodation options are available through private rental arrangements facilitated by our welcoming local community.

Choose from a variety of options tailored to suit your preferences:

  1. Shared Accommodation: Ideal for those seeking a budget-friendly and sociable living arrangement.
  2. Small Cottage: Enjoy the charm and privacy of your own quaint cottage nestled amidst the picturesque surroundings.
  3. 3-4 Bedroom House: Perfect for families or larger groups, offering ample space and comfort for an extended stay.

Additionally, for short-term accommodation needs, the school provides on-site lodging facilities designed to accommodate your immediate requirements.

For further information and assistance with accommodation arrangements, please don't hesitate to contact our dedicated Pooncarie School Principal, Alison King, at 0488 577 170.

Travel Options: If you're open to exploring nearby areas, teachers have the option to rent accommodation in Wentworth, just a scenic 1 1/2-hour drive away.

Experience the warmth and hospitality of Pooncarie while enjoying the comforts of home-away-from-home accommodation. Contact us today to make your stay in Pooncarie truly memorable!

Real Estate Agent - Wentworth: Wentworth and District Real Estate, 03 5027 3666

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

Come and Explore the Charm of Pooncarie: Discover Pooncarie Public School and Our Vibrant Community!

Nestled in the picturesque historic village and river port of Pooncarie, along the serene banks of the Darling River in Far West NSW, lies our beloved Pooncarie Public School. With its idyllic location just 120km North of Mildura (Vic) and 250km south of Broken Hill, our town offers a unique blend of tranquillity and adventure.

Embrace Nature's Beauty: Surrounded by sprawling grazing properties and situated near the awe-inspiring Mungo National Park, Pooncarie is a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike. Explore the wonders of the Darling River Run touring route and immerse yourself in the rich history of our charming town.

Excellence in Education: Pooncarie Public School prides itself on delivering quality education within a supportive and nurturing environment. As a TP1 school within the Far West Network, we collaborate closely with neighbouring schools to ensure every student receives the best possible learning experience.

Empowering Learning: Our school is well-equipped with resources to facilitate learning across all Key Learning Areas (KLAs), including cutting-edge teaching materials, technology, and sports facilities. With a strong emphasis on community involvement and consultation, we foster a positive culture where students, parents, and staff unite to advance together.

Building Bright Futures: At Pooncarie Public School, we uphold the values of Trust, Respect, Unity, and Encouragement. Through effective partnerships and a commitment to ongoing school improvement, we strive to create an inclusive and trusting environment where every student can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.

Join us at Pooncarie Public School and experience the warmth of our tight-knit community, the beauty of our natural surroundings, and the excellence of our educational programs. Discover the magic of Pooncarie – where every day brings new opportunities for growth and adventure!

Come and be a part of something truly special. Enquire now and unlock the door to an awesome educational experience in the heart of Pooncarie!

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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