Willyama High 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.

Generalist Teacher or specific KLA's

Willyama High School, Broken Hill NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Grant Shepherd (Principal), grant.shepherd@det.nsw.edu.au, 08 8088 1055 or 0438 250 996

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

Placement details

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

Placement opportunities are available for teachers looking to work within the broader school community.

Role description: The teaching load of the placement will be negotiated with the successful applicant to include areas of applicant interest and school need. Arrangements could cater for generalist teachers or those with specific preferences, eg, English, PDHPE, science, music and drama, industrial technology.

The successful applicant will be encouraged to develop innovative approaches to learning that address the educational and social aspirations of all students.

Extra-curricular responsibilities may be negotiated.

Desired candidate expertise:

  • Willingness to teach students in years 7-12 (specific stage preferences can be negotiated)
  • Highly developed organisational and interpersonal skills with an ability to work collaboratively to build positive relationships with students, staff, parents and the wider community
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the Department’s Aboriginal Education policies

Accommodation details

There are a number of real estate agencies in Broken Hill that manage rentals. There are also two caravan parks that hire out cabins. Assistance can be provided by the school to help source accommodation. Teacher Housing may be 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 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

Willyama High School is one of two 7-12 high schools in Broken Hill, having been established in 1974. Current enrolment is 572 students and our school is staffed by 53 teachers and 20 SASS. Our school banner statement of ‘Connect, Inspire, Excel – Together’ drives everything that we do every day. We pride ourselves on our positive school culture and our ability to build strong relationships with all members of our school community. Staff and students willingly embrace change and we are a fast-moving school in terms of evidence-based practice and using technology having implemented our 1:1 student device program from the start of last year. We have a strong emphasis on professional learning with timetabled, cross-curricular professional learning groups supported and embedded.

Broken Hill has a population of approximately 18,000 people with the nearest major centres being Mildura (300km) and Adelaide (500km). It is serviced by two major shopping centres as well as a main street precinct. A number of sporting and other clubs cater for the interests of people of all ages.

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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