DE News 2014 T3 W09

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin
Katie Grubb with Premier Mike Baird and Education Minister Adrian Piccoli

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DE School News

Katie Grubb with Premier Mike Baird and Education Minister Adrian PiccoliPremier’s Teacher Scholarships

We extend our congratulations to Katie Grubb, Southern Cross DE and Sueanne Matthews, Karabar HS  for being awarded with a Premiers Scholarship along with  twenty two teachers from all over NSW from K-12. We are very proud of them and appreciate the work they contribute to their distance education schools and students.

Katie Grubb, Southern Cross DE

Katie, a Chinese Languages teacher, received her Premier’s Scholarship allowing her to spend 35 days in China in May/June 2015. Katie was presented with her scholarship at Parliament House on Saturday 30 August, by the Honourable Mike Baird, Premier NSW.

Katie’s scholarship will allow her to examine best practice teaching strategies and how to include the Cross Curricular strands of Sustainability and Australia’s Engagement with Asia into Distance Education Beginners Chinese language programs with development of ICT pathways and authentic resources to support learning.

Greg Armstrong and Premier, Mike BairdGreg Armstrong, Deputy Principal at Southern Cross DE attended the ceremony to support Katie. Greg is very proud of Katie and was pleased to enjoy the special two hour occasion with her.

We look forward to hearing about Katie’s research and her educational experiences whilst in China. Her findings could benefit the teaching and learning practices in other curriculum areas.

Read more about Katie’s research scholarship summary.

Sueanne Matthews, Karabar HS

Sueanne Matthews with Minister Adian Picoli and Premier Mike Baird

Sueanne Matthews with Minister Adian Picoli and Premier Mike Baird

Sueanne, Head Teacher Administration, Single Subject Enrolments at Karabar HS, won the Premier’s Contemporary Asian Art Scholarship of $10, 000. Sueanne will undertake her study of contemporary art in Taiwan by visiting the Taipei Fine Arts Museum and attending the Taipei Biennial, an extravaganza of visual and contemporary artists from across the globe and their arts works.

Premier of NSW, the Honourable Mike Baird, presented Sueanne with her award at the ceremony at Parliament house. Sueanne is very excited to be awarded her Premier’s scholarship and will use her study of cutting edge and contemporary art to benefit the students at Karabar HS and across the state.

Sueanne’s award was acknowledged  in this QBN AGE article, and also on local member, John Barilaro’s home page

It will be a pleasure to add information about Sueanne’s research to the DE Newsletter on her return. We wish her a successful, interesting and fulfilling trip and look forward to hearing about her adventures.

Preschool Learning Materials on Equella

Dubbo SODE and Broken Hill SOTA preschool teachers  have recently uploaded preschool learning materials onto Equella. We thank the preschool teachers who have given so generously of their resources. The hard work and creative and collective intellectual knowledge that is now shared for the use by all DE primary teachers is greatly appreciated.

The Dubbo SODE preschool teachers have completed the uploading of all their learning resources/units which they had contributed countless hours over many years to create. The resources and units uploaded on Equella reflect the Early Years Learning Framework outcomes.

Broken Hill SOTA teachers have uploaded their latest units which have also reflect the Early Years Learning Framework.

For information about the resources or preschool ideas please contact Susan Gown AP Dubbo SODE and Kylie Green DP (R) at Broken Hill SOTA.

Leaders’ Forum 2014 -  Sydney DEHS

Sydney Distance Education High School will be hosting this year’s AADES Leaders’ Forum Thursday 11 – Friday 12 September on behalf of all NSW distance education schools. There will be a strong representation from all distance education schools across the state.

The 2014 AADES Leaders’ Forum is an exciting opportunity for principals and leaders from distance education, online and blended schools to come together from across Australia and New Zealand to share ideas and successes in transforming distance, online and blended learning. The focus of this year’s forum is ‘Leading Change’.  All presentations will include the showcasing of innovative practices.

Keynote speakers for the event include Kathryn Greiner AO and Jane Caro.

We wish Daniel Rattigan and the helpful staff at Sydney DEHS all the best for a successful two day event and look forward to sharing some of the highlights with you in the term 4 DE newsletters.

DE Collegial Network News

Geography Professional Learning Opportunity

The World Vision professional development opportunity is being held at Dubbo SODE, Myall Street, Dubbo PD on September 11. This PD is a Geography focus and includes the resource titled Australia’s Engagement with Asia: Indonesia, produced by World Vision. Flyer information for The World Vision PD opportunity at Dubbo .

For more information please contact Sally Egan, Geography DE Collegial Network coordinator.

TAS DE Collegial Network

Recently Camden Haven and Southern Cross distance education teachers have shared learning materials for Child Studies, Stage 5.

Stephen Clayton, network coordinator, will be contacting the network members shortly to organise a VC meeting early next term to discuss sharing opportunities, use of Equella and network members’ need.

Please contact Stephen at Southern Cross DE 66810300 for further information.

Special Education Collegial Network

The network members are meeting at Sydney DEHS on Friday 21 November. At this meeting they will decide how they’ll use their funds to upload units of work onto Equella. They will also create a list of the Stage Life Skills courses offered at each DE school. Neal Crocker, Head of Student Support and Appeals at BOSTES has also offered to talk to the network members about the changes to the online Disability Provisions Applications and Appeals processes.

For further information please contact Christine Cato, network coordinator.

Languages Collegial Network

The Languages network members have identified their projects and in Term 4 will begin creating authentic listening files using German speakers. When completed, these resources will be uploaded on Equella for sharing.

Sharing between schools has been occurring throughout this term, including:

  • Invitations by Open HS to visit their school. Greg Armstrong, Deputy Principal (R) Southern Cross DE will be visiting OHS this week and Michelle Marotte, Head Teacher Languages (R) will be visit OHS during term 4.
  • Staff from Camden Haven HS travelled to Southern Cross DE to work together on a Beginners German Trial paper for implementation in 2015.

Michelle Marotte, network coordinator, will be making contact in the near future with the members of the Languages network to communicate information about the next network meeting.

If you would like more information, please email Michelle or contact her on 65568100.

DEC Curriculum News

Spring edition Science Update

Spring edition Science Update

Science Update

Welcome to the 2014 Spring special edition of Science Update. This special edition focuses on programs, events and resources offered by Environmental and Zoo Education Centres across NSW.

The latest edition of Science Update has been published on ISSUU.

For further information please contact Martin Lauricella and Andrew Hadjichari, Science Advisors, Science 7-12, Learning and Leadership, Secondary Education.

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