Volunteer opportunities at Haileybury Rendall School

Haileybury Rendall School is looking for 6 people who will have completed their VCE studies in 2019 or earlier and who are looking for a ‘GAP year’.

You will be working with students from ELC to Year 12 in a small but growing school that has over 70 Indigenous Boarding students.

The promise of many travel opportunities and the adventure of working and living for a 10 months in the Top End of Australia in Darwin’s newest (and best) school should make this a sought after position!

The Place

Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory of Australia. Situated on the Timor Sea, Darwin is the largest city in the sparsely populated Northern Territory, with a population of 150,000 It is the smallest and most northerly of the Australian capital cities, and acts as the Top End's regional centre.

Darwin's proximity to South East Asia makes it a link between Australia and countries such as Indonesia and East Timor. The Stuart Highway begins in Darwin, ending at Port Augusta in South Australia. The city itself is built on a low bluff overlooking the harbour. Its suburbs spread out over some area, beginning at Lee Point in the north and stretching to Berrimah in the east. Past Berrimah, the Stuart Highway goes on to Darwin's satellite city, Palmerston, and its suburbs. The Darwin region, like the rest of the Top End, has a tropical climate, with a wet and a dry season. Prone to cyclone activity during the wet season, Darwin experiences heavy monsoonal downpours and spectacular lightning shows. During the dry season, the city is met with clear skies and mild sea breezes from the harbour.

The greater Darwin area is the ancestral home of the Larrakia people. The Climate

Darwin is in a tropical region. For the periods September to March – Wet Season - be prepared for a hot and humid climate, minimum temperatures range in the 25-27 degrees with day temperatures 30-33 degrees. From April to August – Dry Season - the weather is perfect – cool breezes with minimum temperatures 15 - 20-degree and day temperatures around 28-30 degrees with lower humidity.

Haileybury Rendall School – Darwin

The site on which Haileybury Rendall School stands is steeped in local history. Originally a World War II army hospital that treated Australian soldiers and Japanese prisoners of war, the post-war property was converted to a QANTAS Transit Centre. For almost 20 years, thousands of international air passengers and crew were accommodated on site as they segmented their journeys to Europe.

In 1967, the Commonwealth Government acquired the property to create a post-primary hostel and boarding school for Aboriginal children from isolated locations. By early 1968, many of the buildings were renovated, repainted and converted into classrooms or bedrooms and the property became Kormilda College. Initial enrolment totalled 121 students from 27 Territory communities, pastoral stations and missions. Following self- government, the management of the College was transferred to the Northern Territory Government.

In February 1989, the ownership of the College transferred to the Anglican and Uniting Churches and Kormilda College Limited was formed and administered by a board of directors, appointed by the two churches.

In 2006, the College was officially awarded full accreditation by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and successfully regained that accreditation in 2015.

In January 2015, the development of a Junior School, including an Early Learning Centre on the same site, came to fruition with the doors opening for 51 students.

In 2017, Kormilda College began the transition to become Haileybury Rendall School under the leadership of Mr Craig Glass.

In 2018, Haileybury Rendall School begins operating and aims to be a school of excellence for students in the Northern Territory. The School will also maintain the provision of full secondary residential education programs for Aboriginal students.

The Accommodation

All Volunteers will be located in Dewarra House, a coeducational boarding house that can house up to 84 students. One or two Volunteers (of the same gender) stay in each room (called an ILU – Independent Living Unit) equipped with an ensuite and air-conditioning. There is a common lounge and kitchen to share with other Volunteers. All Volunteers will be responsible for the cleanliness of their living areas; the tropical weather means that unhygienic conditions can develop very quickly. 
Breakfast, lunch and Dinner are provided for all Volunteers in the Mayuma Dining Room each day.

The Volunteer Role

All volunteers are treated as staff. With this however, come responsibilities and accountabilities. Volunteers will have access to all general staff areas of the school and will have keys to classrooms and the Boarding precinct. E-mail and internet access will be available via desktops in the Staff common room or on personal devices via Wi-Fi. Volunteers will be issued with their keys and e-mail accounts during orientation week. Haileybury Rendall School is a high security campus with over 70 remote indigenous boarders living onsite in a school population of 450.

Haileybury Volunteers will need to organise their flights/transport so that they are in Darwin by around 23 January 2020.

Position description for the Haileybury Volunteer:

Boarding duties


·       Provide support to the Boarding staff for supervision of boarding activities/events both on and off campus

·       Assist boarding students with homework/study when rostered

·       Assist in boarding student ‘wake up’, mealtimes and ‘lights out’ sessions when rostered

·       Assist boarding students to clean/maintain dormitory areas when rostered


Day School duties

·       Assist students in classes when needed (For example: Year 8 Mathematics class, Year 9 Physical Education class, etc) these classes are determined by Volunteer interest/expertise

·       Assist administrative staff with clerical duties (answering phones, directing parents, filing, running errands, etc)

·       Working in the school medical clinic – assisting Nurse with recording student injury data, collecting students from classes for medical check-ups, transporting students via HRS vehicle to medical appointments in Darwin (drivers licence required)

·       Assisting staff at special events such as House Athletics, House Swimming, School Musical, Special Assemblies, etc

·       Participate in the Outdoor Education program and assist in camps (For example the Year 9 Camp to Kakadu National Park)

·       Assist Maintenance staff for small jobs – moving chairs for assembly, delivering a parcel to a classroom, etc

·       Travelling with classes on excursions   

Work with Indigenous students in their academic classes

·       Assist students in the library afterschool with homework and study The Benefits

An amazing year of working in a Haileybury School in the heart of the Top End of Australia. With school holidays available to all Volunteers, many travel opportunities are available, including Kakadu, Broome, Arnhem Land, Alice Springs and Uluru, Litchfield National Park, Lake Argyle and the many tourist attractions close to the school. Darwin is also the gateway to Asia and places like Indonesia (including Bali), Singapore and even Japan!

Each Volunteer receives a payment of $230 per week to cover living and travel costs. Volunteers will need

·       An Ochre Card (this is the Northern Territory equivalent of a Working with Children Check)

·       A bank account

·       A Tax file number

·       A mobile phone

·       Drivers licence (not essential) Required skills

·       Basic cooking knowledge (for weekends and school holidays)

·       Ability to budget

·       Ability to launder your clothes (washers and dryers are available on site) Preferred character traits

·       A sense of humour

·       Empathy

·       Kindness

·       Patience

·       A sense of adventure

·       Resilience

·       Open mindedness

·       Determination

·       A willingness to help others

·       A sense of initiative

·       A capacity for organisation and planning


For any questions regarding the 2020 Haileybury Volunteer Program, please contact Mr Andrew Parkes.
Kind regards,

Mr Andrew Parkes

Assistant to the Principal – Operations Haileybury Rendall School – Darwin Email: Andrew.parkes@hrs.edu.au Phone: 0425 802 183