Wentworth 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 these placements:

  • Permanent employees who hold a substantive position as a teacher and meet the eligibility requirements in the Rural Experience Guidelines may apply for either of these placements.
  • 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 either of these placements.

Available placements:

Click on the headings below for full placement details.

Primary Teacher

Wentworth Public School, Wentworth NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Billy Hodgetts (Principal), william.hodgetts@det.nsw.edu.au, 03 5027 3146

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

Placement details

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

The applicant will be responsible for the classroom learning and culture of their own class group (depending on preference and previous experience), providing all of their students to be known, valued and cared for.

The successful applicant will be involved in working closely and collaborating with the school staff and executive to: 

  • Support the analysis of student data, program, deliver and monitor student progress to improve student outcomes in literacy and numeracy
  • Work in close collaboration with support staff to provide differentiated learning experiences for students
  • Teach a range of KLAs in collaboration with other teachers.
  • Ensure the wellbeing of students to ensure they connect, succeed and thrive

Desired candidate expertise:

  • Approval to teach K-6 with recent school-based experience
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in assessing and providing personalised support to students in regular classes with additional learning needs in literacy or numeracy.
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills with capacity to work collaboratively with students, staff and community.
  • Capacity to add value to the school’s wellbeing program and/or extracurricular programs.

Accommodation details

Accommodation would be available in Wentworth, Mildura (Victoria) or areas surrounding these towns eg Buronga and Merbein. The types of accommodation vary from 1 bedroom upwards – an idea of costs can be found by searching for rentals online in these areas. Share accommodation may also be possible. Two local real estates located in Wentworth are: Elders Real Estate – contact number 03 50273411 and Elstone Real Estate – contact number 0350273177 

There are services at Wentworth, but it would be recommended that a vehicle be essential. Current members of staff live around the Wentworth/Mildura areas and drive to the school each day.

Previous Rural Experience teachers have chosen to stay in the city of Mildura (in Victoria) or Buronga (in NSW) and drive to the school each day. 

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

Wentworth is situated at the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers in the Sunraysia region of Far West NSW. Wentworth Public School is a welcoming school which actively builds relationships with families and the wider community.  

While Barkindji is the traditional land on which we work, there are diverse cultural and language groups in our community. Wentworth Public School's student population in 2021 is 118, with 48% of the students identifying as Aboriginal.  

At Wentworth, the students benefit from a wonderful range of activities that focus on individual needs and interests. A Kitchen-Garden program and a specialist music program are highlights, along with a clear focus on developing solid literacy and numeracy skills through personalised learning. 

The school is supported by additional funding to support Aboriginal students, as well as gaining extra support for low socio-economic students. The school also receives support as a part of the "Early Action for Success" initiative. 

Wentworth is close (25 minute drive) to the Victorian regional city of Mildura (population approx. 80 000), which provides employment, sporting opportunities and health services that supplement that which is available locally.

The school has a strong partnership with other local schools in the Murray-Darling group and with the local pre-school.

Wentworth Public School has a range of beginning and experienced staff, both permanent and fulfilling temporary contracts. They are supported by a wide range of professional learning opportunities, both departmental and those that arise locally throughout the year. 

For more information about Wentworth Public School visit our Facebook page which has many photos of the school and its layout.   

Feel free and we encourage you to contact a previous teacher, Hannah Cronje (hannah.chapple2@det.nsw.edu.au) who has made the move and experienced a rural exchange to our lovely part of the world.  Hannah is also currently teaching here at Wentworth Public School.

Primary Teacher: Specialist (PE, STEM or Creative Arts)

Wentworth Public School, Wentworth NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Billy Hodgetts (Principal), william.hodgetts@det.nsw.edu.au, 03 5027 3146

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

Placement details

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

The successful applicant will be involved in working closely and collaborating with the school staff and executive to:

  • Plan and deliver teaching across the school in their specialist area (PE or STEM or Creative Arts)
  • Support classroom teachers by co-teaching a range of KLAs
  • Plan and provide point of need student intervention across all year groups in literacy and numeracy 

Desired candidate expertise:

  • Demonstrated excellence in their chosen specialist field (PE or STEM or Creative Arts).
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in assessing and providing personalised support to students in regular classes with additional learning needs in literacy or numeracy.
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills with capacity to work collaboratively with students, staff and community.
  • Capacity to add value to the school’s wellbeing program.

Accommodation details

Accommodation would be available in Wentworth, Mildura (Victoria) or areas surrounding these towns eg Buronga and Merbein. The types of accommodation vary from 1 bedroom upwards – an idea of costs can be found by searching for rentals online in these areas. Share accommodation may also be possible. Two local real estates located in Wentworth are: Elders Real Estate – contact number 03 50273411 and Elstone Real Estate – contact number 0350273177 

There are services at Wentworth, but it would be recommended that a vehicle be essential. Current members of staff live around the Wentworth/Mildura areas and drive to the school each day.

Previous Rural Experience teachers have chosen to stay in the city of Mildura (in Victoria) or Buronga (in NSW) and drive to the school each day. 

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

Wentworth is situated at the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers in the Sunraysia region of Far West NSW. Wentworth Public School is a welcoming school which actively builds relationships with families and the wider community.  

While Barkindji is the traditional land on which we work, there are diverse cultural and language groups in our community. Wentworth Public School's student population in 2021 is 118, with 48% of the students identifying as Aboriginal.  

At Wentworth, the students benefit from a wonderful range of activities that focus on individual needs and interests. A Kitchen-Garden program and a specialist music program are highlights, along with a clear focus on developing solid literacy and numeracy skills through personalised learning. 

The school is supported by additional funding to support Aboriginal students, as well as gaining extra support for low socio-economic students. The school also receives support as a part of the "Early Action for Success" initiative. 

Wentworth is close (25 minute drive) to the Victorian regional city of Mildura (population approx. 80 000), which provides employment, sporting opportunities and health services that supplement that which is available locally.

The school has a strong partnership with other local schools in the Murray-Darling group and with the local pre-school.

Wentworth Public School has a range of beginning and experienced staff, both permanent and fulfilling temporary contracts. They are supported by a wide range of professional learning opportunities, both departmental and those that arise locally throughout the year. 

For more information about Wentworth Public School visit our Facebook page which has many photos of the school and its layout.   

Feel free and we encourage you to contact a previous teacher, Hannah Cronje (hannah.chapple2@det.nsw.edu.au) who has made the move and experienced a rural exchange to our lovely part of the world.  Hannah is also currently teaching here at Wentworth Public School.

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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