DE News 2017 T2 W02

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Malcolm X

DE School News

SOTA Snapshots

Kate Turner, Riley Turner, Willy Ryan and Alice Booth travelled to Sydney with their families last week to compete in the P6 school category 4x100m Relay at State Swimming Carnival held at Homebush in Week 11, Term 1. They were all very nervous and excited to be competing at the highest level, representing their school and the Riverina. They competed in the heat for the final mid-morning, finishing a very close 2nd and qualifying 4th fastest for the final after lunch. Once they were marshalled after lunch the rest happened very quickly, soon they were on the blocks and racing. Each one of the four swum their hardest, remembering their training with Mrs Munn at the Hay Pool. They were behind for a medal when Kate Turner, the last swimmer, hit the water and swum like a torpedo. The end of the race was very close and Kate hit the wall, then looked up to the board, seeing they had come second with a time of 2:52:13! Second in the state and Personal Best time for the team!

Hay SOTA would like to congratulate Kate, Riley, Willy and Alice for such a tremendous effort in training hard, being determined and never giving up. We were all proud of you in any case and winning a medal is the real cream on the cake. Thank you to Mrs Munn for supporting the Hay SOTA team with swimming training and to the families for all the travelling and commitment. THEY DID IT!

For more information please contact Samantha Davies Assistant Principal, Hay School of the Air on 02 6993 1882.

DE Collegial Network News

SEAT Network 15 – 17 Years …. your future starts here…..

Members of the SEAT DE Collegial Network are meeting in Ballina on Thursday May 4 and Friday May 5 to participate in the following topics:

  • DE centres showcasing courses and modes of delivery
  • Certificate 11 Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
  • Work Studies
  • Financial Management
  • Careers and Transition
  • Collaborative sharing of courses  and planning for course renewal
  • Integrated programs  – future possibilities, and
  • Planning and goals for 2019 and 2020

For information please contact network coordinator Jeanine Dunkley on 62984333 or Alison Sandercock on 66810300.

DE Collegial Mathematics Network

The network met via VC on Thursday, 6 April from 2.00pm – 4.00pm to cover the following agenda items:

  1. Senior syllabuses (priorities) – Standard 2, Mathematics Advanced
  2. Adjusting/textbooks
  3. Time line for completing writing of Yr 11 New syllabus
  4. Network Budget for writing
  5. Writing/editing. Structure/responsibilities
  6. Professional learning, network day, Frequency of VC

If you would like to know more about this network or have questions please contact network coordinator, Nina Thomas at Sydney Distance Education High School on 93830200.

DoE Curriculum News

HSIE Newsletter

Wanting current information about HSIE? Read the latest newsletter at

Jennifer Curtis, HSIE Advisor 7-12 Secondary Curriculum, Learning and Teaching Directorate can be contacted for more information. Jennifer’s email address is

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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