DE News 2016 T4 W07

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

AADES logoAADES Newsletter – November issue

In this November issue of the ADDES newsletter you will discover interesting information about:

  • Term 4 Webinar, hosted by the Northern Terrritory School of Distance Education
  • 2017 AADES conference, to be held in Adelaide with three strands of Leadership, Teaching and Languages, and
  • Distance Education stories from around the states and New Zealand

AADES webinars

Join the second ADDES webinar to hear what other states are doing in their Distance Education programs. This upcoming webinar, held on Wednesday 23 November at 1:00pm Darwin time, will be hosted by the Northern Terrritory. For more information about the NT webinar, refer to the item in the AADES e-news.

AADES is keen to continue with the webinar series and for these to continue to be relevant to it’s members. Please contact Daniel Rattigan, Vice President of ADDES, at Sydney DE High School if you would like to contribute ideas or seek further information. Daniel can be contact via his email or by phone on 93830200.

DE School News

Hayley Cosgrove and CaseyCongratulations! Baby on Board!

It gives us great joy to share this wonderful news.

Hayley Cosgrove, teacher at Dubbo School of Distance Education, has recently given birth to her third child, a beautiful little girl named Casey.

The preschool teachers from Broken Hill SOTA, John Brotchie Nursery and Dubbo SODE enjoyed a visit by Hayley and Casey during morning tea at their preschool network meeting. All agreed that Casey was perfect in every way.

Open High School Demolition Games Round 2

At a recent morning tea, staff formed cross-faculty teams to create “art” from some of the items that won’t be going to the new school site.

Themes of origami, jewellery and the Olympics featured.

Let us know if you would like us to decorate your office! Contact Open High School on 93814800.

DE Collegial Network News

Kristina Powell, Rebecca Andrews and Robyn Hoy

Kristina Powell, Rebecca Andrews and Robyn Hoy

Pre school Network

Pre school teachers, Kylie Green and Jan Maree Schorn from Broken Hill SOTA, Ali Milling, Robyn Hoy and Kristina Powell from Dubbo SODE, Rebecca Andrews at John Brotchie, Cathy Campbell P2 Officer and Kath Wetenhall the Early Learning Advisor met in Dubbo for two days. As well as enjoying each others company they engaged in a full agenda.

Day one saw the network members visiting 3 early childhood/preschool centres in Dubbo to observe and reflect on their practices. These visits generated much discussion, affirmation, challenges and ideas for enhancing their own practices.

Kylie Green, Jan Maree Schorn, Ali Milling and Cathy Campbell

Kylie Green, Jan Maree Schorn, Ali Milling and Cathy Campbell

Day two was spent at Dubbo SODE focussing on learning environments, revisiting the parent documents collaboratively developed by the network in 2015, reflecting on having a “growth mind set”, and sharing strategies to support children, families and educators to better understand the preschool philosophy and curriculum. The day finished with the network planning for 2017.

A huge thank you to Kath Wetenhal, Early Learning Advisor State Office and Kristina Powell, Assistant Principal Dubbo SODE for coordinating and organising such a productive and worthwhile meeting.

Languages DE Collegial Network Update

The Languages DE Collegial network met a few weeks ago and discussed the following topics:

  • Proof reading of the completed Japanese Beginners Preliminary Blended learning course
  • New Syllabus updates – Japanese and Chinese syllabus’ for 2017 have been signed off and will be released 6 December 2016
  • A collaborative day at OHS before the end of Term 1, 2017 to develop a template for implementing the new syllabus
  • Creating some new creative and critical thinking tasks to build an assessment task bank to share between decs
  • A structured forum or closed Facebook group – investigate a platform to share
  • Japanese Beginners Preliminary Course will be on EQUELLA

Please contact Michelle Marotte, network coordinator, for more information. Michelle can be contacted on 65568100.

History DE Collegial Network news

Much of the network member’s time this semester has been taken up with attending consultation meetings and providing feedback to BOSTES regarding the Stage 6 syllabuses which are due for implementation in 2017. This will require a strategic and collaborative approach by the network to write the learning materials for the syllabus documents for Ancient, Modern and Extension History.

Network Coordinator, Katie Magriplis was fortunate to visit Sydney Distance Education High School recently and meet with colleagues who has been sharing a lot of their resources to help Southern CrossDE in updating their Stage 5 elective.

A video conference meeting will be organised for early next year (hopefully just after the final syllabuses are published) for the network members to touch base and refocus on the year ahead.

For more information, please contact Katie Magripilis, Network Coordinator on 66810300.

DEC Curriculum News

LEAPlinks sessions – ‘Careers in English, Communications and Media’

Another great opportunity for teachers to share with a class of students and to take part in three video conferences in “Careers in English, Communication and Media”.

Read about these video conference sessions, Careers in English, Communication and Media-video.

For more information pease contact Sue McLean, Senior Education Officer on 92668642.


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Twitter is a quick and easy tool for participating in and/ or building a Professional Learning Network. To learn more about using twitter for professional learning, download the The Global Digital Citizen Foundation’s Twitter-Tastic Teacher’s Guide.  Below are some of Twitter feeds we hope you find worthwhile!  Why not tweet us about what other networks you would like us to highlight!





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