Wanaaring 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: Classroom or special interest

Wanaaring Public School, Wanaaring NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Wendy Robb (Principal), wendy.robb2@det.nsw.edu.au, 02 6874 7769

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

Placement details

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

We would love someone for the whole year but we are happy to negotiate a shorter duration (even just one term!)

Role description: The placement will be tailored dependent on the skillset of the applicant. It could be having their own class, implementing intervention programs, RFF or opportunities to explore and lead whole school programs relating to our school priority areas.

Additional commitments: Participation in extra-curricular activities based on interest is welcomed.

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

Private rentals are limited. There is a caravan park. Teacher housing may be available but 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

Wanaaring Public School is located on the western border of the Bourke Shire. The school is 200 kms west of Bourke along the Paroo River on the Upper Western Plains of NSW.

The school provides a highly personalised learning environment to our 11 students who are studying from Kindergarten to Year 6. Seventy percent of our students identify as Aboriginal. The school is well resourced with two classrooms, a library, a school pool, interactive technology and a community garden.

We are an active member of the Mitchell Network and small schools community of practice. The school has had a focus on improving access to technology and this has allowed student be exposed to STEM and coding technologies. The students have access to a community garden, aquaponics system, leadership activities, sporting, swimming and community engagement activities.

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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