Wilcannia Central 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 an Assistant Principal or Deputy Principal and meet the eligibility requirements in the Rural Experience Guidelines may apply for this placement.

Assistant Principal or Deputy Principal

Wilcannia Central School, Wilcannia NSW

Placement level: Assistant Principal or Deputy Principal

Contact for enquiries: Nadia Mills (Principal), nadia.cole@det.nsw.edu.au, 08 8091 5801

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

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Placement details

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

Role description: The placement will be tailored depending on the skillset of the applicant.

For Assistant Principals this placement will focus on leading the Primary Team to best practice in literacy and numeracy instruction.

For Deputy Principals this placement will focus on leading the whole school to best practice in literacy and numeracy instruction, implementing the new curriculum, designing and implementing procedures with the Principal, and supporting WCS future pathways initiatives.

An interest or expertise in Trauma Informed Practice or managing challenging behaviours would be highly considered.

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

Desired candidate expertise:

  • Approval to teach K-6 (Assistant Principal) or Approval to teach (Deputy Principal)
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with the capacity to lead a collaborative team and build positive relationships with all members of the school community.
  • Demonstrated success in leading teachers to develop and deliver 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

Teacher housing may be available, possible options include 1 or 2 bedroom units or 3 bedroom house.

Unfortunately, there is no private rental accommodation available.

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

Wilcannia Central School is located in Western NSW on the banks of the beautiful Darling River. We deliver tailored learning pathways for students from Preschool to Year 12, with 95% of our students identifying as Aboriginal. Our school has a current enrolment of 85 students.

As a Connected Communities school, supported by our local AECG, we are part of a network that builds strong partnerships with Aboriginal leaders, families, our wider community, and external agencies, to provide a holistic approach to education for all of our students.

Small class sizes allow for effective relationships to be established between staff, students and their families. We have a strong emphasis on student wellbeing, the delivery of quality differentiated literacy and numeracy programs as well as a commitment to delivery programs that demonstrate a culturally rich curriculum.

Staff at Wilcannia Central School are committed to continuous improvement enhanced by targeted professional learning, with opportunities existing for staff to be involved with future-focused learning, STEM, cultural programs, outdoor education, and school promotion. All staff at Wilcannia Central School are flexible within their roles to support the individual needs of students, ensure the smooth running of the day, and coordinate school events.

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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