DE News 2016 T4 W10

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.” – Alvin Toffler

DE School News

kodiac-island-and-southern-cross-video-conferenceInteractive live show for students at Southern Cross DE

The Learning Innovation Team at Southern Cross Distance Education have worked with David Foley, Manager DART to “flip the classroom” and develop a project based learning experience with the students on Kodia Island.

The Southern Cross students were fortunate to engage in a joint interactive live show with the Kodiac Island/Goonellabah Centre Snake man. This was an amazing experience and really well done.

This photo is of The Snake Man teaching students in the Southern Cross DE centres and on Kodiac Island via ‘Blue Jeans’.

View the videos of students engaging and sharing at and

For more information contact Tiff or Sharon at Southern Cross School on 66810300 or Davd Foley on 68840241.

CongratulationsOpen High School – Validation

During this term Open High School has been involved in the Validation process. Every 5 years, each school will be measured against the School Excellence Framework. The Framework supports all NSW public schools in their pursuit of school excellence by providing a clear description of the key elements of high quality practice across the three domains of Learning, Teaching and Leading.

Congratulations to Open High School  – they were found to be Excelling in the elements of Learning Culture, Effective Classroom Practice, Learning and Development, Professional Standards and Management Practices and Processes.

Southern Cross DE Staff Wellbeing Initiative

A Wellbeing room has been provided for staff at Southern Cross DE to visit and focus on their well being. As well as this room being used by staff as they need a number of ongoing activities are offered to assist in wellbeing, such as meditation.

As one staff member said, “Coming together in the wellbeing room provides not only an opportunity to calm the mind and participate in some mindful meditation but gives an opportunity to connect with colleagues in a very positive and highly supportive environment.  The wellbeing room for me, is a god send, in that by participating in daily lunch time meditation sessions the benefits are significant .”

The designated space for staff wellbeing is well utilised by staff creating a calming, caring mediatative environment offering environment to refresh, rebalance and renew. The flow-on effect is incredible with benefits to the whole school community, in particular to those students who are sensitive to stress.

Sydney DEHS newsletter logoSydney Distance Education High School newsletter

Sydney DEHS December newsletter has many interesting articles, such as:

  • Gold Award Picnic Day 2016
  • HSC Successes
  • Fun Day with TAS
  • Diversity Day
  • Year 12 Semi Formal
  • Girls Mentoring Group, and
  • Year 12 Presentation Day

Open HS newsletter logoOpen High School e-Newsletter

In this edition of term 4 2016, OHS e-newsletter you will read articles, including:

  • Student success – Ruben F Scarf Award
  • Language Perfect Visits Open HS
  • Deadly Kids Award
  • Video Conference and Google Docs
  • Japanese, German, ESL, Indonesian, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Modern Greek and Russian news.

DE Network News

Thank youPDHPE DE Collegial network – Coordinator news

A change in coordinator role is happening before the end of this term. More information will be available once the new coordinators have been appointed.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Matt Lott, current PDHPE coordinator, for his work in creating a very collegial and collaborative network where all members were equal partners within the network, creating and sharing resources across the DE schools.

Twitter iconTwitterspheric professional learning

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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