DE News 2017 T1 W05

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

“Smile when it hurts the most.” – Anonomous

DE School News

Southern Cross Distance Education News

Southern Cross DE kindly share their news with us. In issue 1 you will read articles about:

  • Principal’s Welcome message
  • Introduction to the Welfare Head Teacher’s, and
  • Student achievements

For more information please contact Greg Armstrong, Relieving Principal Southern Cross Distance Education.

Karabara Distance Education Centre Community Involvement Program

Article submitted by Aamir Aftab, Science Teacher, Curriculum Support, KDEC

Last year in Week 9 of Term 4, Karabar Distance Education Centre continued its new community involvement program at its Outreach Centres. Communities can play an important part in raising students’ knowledge and understanding in every educational setting. The idea is based on the Stronger Smarter Leadership initiative program by Dr Chris Sarra.

Teachers from KDEC travelled to Cootamundra Outreach Centre for this event. An enjoyable BBQ lunch was prepared and cooked by students and Karabar teachers for their families and other invited guests. Parents and guardians enjoyed a feast and meeting their students’ teachers as well as the parents of other students at the centre.

Karabar staff chatted with parents about the importance of involving parents, guardians and communities in providing encouraging learning environments for students to achieve increased success.

Mission Australia, Cootamundra also participated in the event and appreciated the efforts of our teachers and students. A wide range of other community organisations also attended the Family Fun day, such as Local Police, Juvenile Justice Department, Youth Liaison Officer, Salvation Army and Anglicare. Deputy Principals, Cootamundra High School also attended the day.

The instant feedback from the parents and centre’s teachers praised the teacher and students’ hard work in hosting such a lovely event.KDEC is hopeful that these types of gathering will bring communities together and focus on improving the education offered to our students.

We would like to thank Melissa Thatcher, Wendy, Megan Altenburg, Jeanine Dunkley, Ann Hodgson and Leon Carriage, for their untiring efforts and planning to make this event a  success.

Opportunity for Year 11 and 12 Science students

Sydney University is offering an exciting opportunity for science inclined Year 11 and 12 students.

The next Professor Harry Messel International Science School (ISS) will be held at the University of Sydney from Sunday 2 July to Saturday 15 July 2017. The theme for this years program of talks and activities is Future Power: The Energy Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions Ahead.

Students will meet and learn from inspiring scientists about cutting-edge research, experience university life in research and teaching labs and lecture theatres of University of Sydney, and get to know a crowd of other science-mad students from all over the world.

The ISS is a full scholarship program, with all accommodation, meals and transport covered. Applications close 17 March.

DE Network News

Primary DE Collegial Network – Upcoming meeting

A Primary DE Collegial Network meeting is being held in Week 7, 9 March, from 2:00pm-3:00pm. Agenda items will include a Welcome to new members, review of 2016 and primary collaboration discussion.

Please contact Sam Davies, Network Coordinator, on 69931882.

Of interest for Geography teachers – Geography Webinars

The Geography Teachers Association of NSW will be offering a series of webinars in 2017.

Term 1 Program

  • Tuesday, 21 February from 4:00pm-5:00pm – Information Technologies for NSW Geography Curriculum. Presenter: Clare Kinnane
  • Tuesday, 28 February from 4:00pm-5:00pm – Information Technologies for NSW Geography Curriculum. Presenter: Sharon McLean

There is no charge for the Webinars. Participants will be sent information to access the webinar in the days proceeding the event.

To register please go to

DoE Curriculum News

English 7-12 eNewsletter

The first eNewsletter has been published for 2017 and can be read at eNewsletter Issue 1, 2017.

For more information please contact Prue Greene, English Advisor 7-12, Secondary Education, Learning and Teaching Directorate on (02) 9266 8148.

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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