DE News 2017 T2 W08

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

“I’ve learned
that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.”
Dr Maya Anglelou

AADES Webinar

‘The Surprising Truth About What Motives Us’ Webinar

This week’s AADES Webinar is hosted by NSW – 12.30pm AEST, Thursday 15th June. 

The challenge of maintaining motivated teachers and staff morale is often a difficult one faced by school leaders on a daily basis. However, within a climate of immense change and reform in education, how leaders meet this challenge can become a critical success factor for their schools.

This Webinar, ‘The Surprising Truth About What Really Motivates Us’, looks closer at the current climate of change in education. Using research on employee motivation, the webinar will examine three factors identified by the research in relation to the context of schools, teachers and leaders. Participants are invited to discuss their own experiences and observations around staff morale and motivation and consider potential obstacles in their practices and possible ways to overcome them.

Marie-Anne Petelo presents this webinar from SDEHS. Marie-Anne has worked in education for over 25 years. She is an experienced social science high school teacher, lecturer, trainer, school-community project manager and consultant, author, artist and former business owner. As a classroom teacher, she instigated an award winning educational program for disengaged boys that became a statewide initiative in NSW. She has worked across public and independent schools and community agencies managing projects and customising training needs. She has an interest in change management and empowering people to achieve their potential.‍

To access the webinar log into as a guest at 12.30pm AEST on Thursday 15th June 2017. 

The session will be recorded and published on the soon to be published new AADES website after the webinar.

If you require more information please contact Daniel Rattigan, Deputy Principal, Sydney DEHS on 02 9383 0304.

RDE News

State Access Program meeting

Principals, Head Teachers, Directors of Schools and members of the RDE team met last week in Sydney to:

  • discuss the scope and strategic directions of the SAMG for 2017 and beyond
  • identify shared opportunities
  • present program reports
  • receive professional learning, including LMBR, Online Collaboration technologies and overview of Australian Film, Television and Radio Schools online presentation skills training.

In addition, the published Riverina Access Program Review was presented, highlighting the benefits of the successful program for the stage six students and school communities.

Please contact Mike Tom, Leader Rural and Distance Education on 02 63348070 for more information.

Cathy Duncan SASS, Helen Feros Relieving SAM, Hedda Whitfield, Fraser MunroDE School News

Big Morning Tea at Southern Cross School Distance Education

Staff at Southern Cross School DE embraced the spirit of support and fund raising for cancer victims and held a Big Morning Tea on a bright Ballina sunny day under the beautiful trees in their school grounds.


Dubbo SODE- Term 2 K-6 Residential – First time visit by a student

Charlotte, a Dubbo SODE primary aged student with a severe sensitivity to UV light and problems with temperature control attended her first K-6 Residential this term after three years of experiencing selected residential classes via skype.

The teachers and students were very excited about having Charlotte attend the residential and to have her with them. It was wonderful for everyone seeing Charlotte finally connecting personally with the children she has met over satellite.

To ensure Charlotte’s comfort the school provided temperature and light controlled learning environments and her parents provided a special vehicle for her to move around areas of school and remain out of sunlight.

Charlotte parents expressed their appreciation for the way in which the staff and students considered her needs and said the residential was a HUGE success for Charlotte.

The assistant principal commented, “Residentials are a wonderful opportunity for our students to come together and experience a sense of belonging and school community. They are a beautiful group of students who are accepting of others, they all have their individual stories of overcoming adversity, whether it be geographical isolation, medical complexities or family circumstances such as travelling. We have been so proud of how they have supported Charlotte at this Residential. They have welcomed her, supported the staff to maximise Charlotte’s well-being throughout her visit, and most importantly had fun with Charlotte during their learning. A magical moment for teachers and students but most importantly Charlotte and her family.”

DE Network News

Computing Studiews DE Collegial Network Update

The coordinator of the Computing Studies network is planning to have conduct a meeting and a few workshops for the network in Term 4. These will possibly be held at SDEHS.

Eamon Gormley will provide more information closer to the date. For information about this network please contact Eamon on 93830384.

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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