DE News 2017 T1 W04

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

“If you want to something you have never had, then you’ve got to do something you have never done.” Anonymous

Distance Education NSW

An overview

The NSW Department of Education has made special arrangements to deliver educational programs to students who are isolated or whose special circumstances prevent them from attending school on a regular basis. Distance education provides access and equity for students who meet the established criteria for enrolment.

Distance education enrolments currently include:

  • Students whose home is geographically isolated
  • Students travelling within Australia
  • Students temporarily resident or travelling overseas
  • Students with certain medical conditions
  • Students in extraordinary circumstances

For more information please visit the website at

DE School News

Visit their websites

The Distance Education schools in NSW have been busy since the beginning of the school year managing new enrolments and the teaching and learning program of their students.

View below for information about the schools.

DE Network News

Special Education DE Collegial Network

The Special Education DE Collegial Network have a network meeting planned for Thursday and Friday 11 and 12 May in Ballina at the Ballina Campus of Southern Cross DE.

The members of this very dynamic and proactive network have already created a possible agenda, which covers such areas as:

  • New Life Skills course with Heidi O’Brien (BOSTES)
  • Sessions on Aboriginal programs, Mindfulness and Wellbeing, LaST, CAPA, and
  • network planning.

For more information please contact Sally Xexenis on 93830200 or Nancy McAndrew on 66187686.

Science DE Collegial Network

Members of the Science network met on Monday, 6 February to further their planning for 2017, which included the scheduling of writing of learning materials for Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environment, Investigating Science, Physics Stages 4 and 5. A very detailed and timelined writing schedule has been developed by the network members, with all schools contributing to the writing of learning materials.

For more information please contact network coordinator Meraj Qamaruddin, Karabar High School and Distance Education Centre, on (02) 62105200.

New Coodinator Science DE Collegial Network

Science network coordinator, Meraj Qamaruddin provided this statement regarding her new position as network coordinator. “Thank you for giving me this opportunity to work as a DE Science coordinator. I am enjoying this role very much. I started my teaching career at Karabar High school and Distance Education Centre. I have been teaching since 2009 as a classroom teacher, both face to face and via distance education. I currently teach junior Science and Chemistry to Stage 6. I am passionate about Science and in particular Chemistry. I have also taken the responsibility of being a Year 11 coordinator at the KDEC school.

Science in the 21st Century does not work in isolation and the DE Science Network has provided us with a platform to work collaboratively and effectively to produce engaging and attractive science education to distance education students. Our main focus is to share, analyse and disseminate quality education.

Our network teachers work as a team to produce and update course materials for Stage 4 and 5 and now we are working as a bee to incorporate the New Stage 6 curriculum in our course.

I thank the Head Teachers and teachers from all DEs across NSW for functioning as a successful team. I would also like to thank Helen Hamilton from Sydney DEHS for being my guru in providing support and guidance.”


Maths DE Collegial Network has a new network coordinator

It is a pleasure to introduce the new Maths Network coordinator, Nina Thomas, teacher at Sydney DEHS. Nina has worked in Distance Education for a number of years. In that time she has been supervisor of young mums and pregnant girls and is currently the Year Advisor of Stage 5.

Nina has deep knowledge of distance education pedagogy and understands the workings and processes involved in studying through Distance Education. She has been involved with the writing of the Stage 6 New General course and more recently the Australian curriculum in Stage 5.

Nina “looks forward to the busy year ahead and in supporting our colleagues in the maths network.​”

For more information regarding the Maths Network please contact Nina on 0293830200.

Thank you to outgoing Science and Maths Network Coordinators

Maths: We thank David Thick who has been the network coordinator for the last six years. The work he and the network members undertook over that period of time was quite extraordinary with significant sharing and develoment of learning materials being undertaken.
Science: Thank you to Helen Hamilton who took on the role of Science network coordinator three years ago. In that time Helen has facilitated a cohesive and inclusive network that has collaboratively worked on sharing, reviewing and creating learning resources.

DEC Curriculum News

NSW Creative Arts Advisor 7- 12 – new contact person

Cathryn Ricketts has recently been appointed as the NSW Creative Arts Advisor 7-12 within the Learning and Teaching Directorate of the NSW Department of Education. Her role is to support the teaching and learning of the creative arts syllabuses. She is really excited to be in this position and can’t wait to work with you all. Her priority is to now create a professional e-network of Creative Arts secondary teachers (CAN).  This will enable her to contact you via a newsletter and/or share important information as it comes to hand. (However, as always she urges you to keep abreast of NESA news via their website).

The newsletter, to be delivered to members via email once per term, will feature interesting articles about the fabulous work in the Creative Arts by teachers in schools, as well as provide teachers with ideas for supporting the quality teaching of our syllabuses.

If you would like to be a members of our CAN or if you or someone you know is engaging in some inspiring Arts Pedagogy and want to be featured in our first issue – please email me at


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!

International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

International Society for Technology in Education


Universal design for Learning

Common Sense Education


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