DE News 2017 T2 W09

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

“Your heart is slightly bigger than the average human heart, but that is because you are a teacher.” – Aaron Bacall

AADES News (Australasian Association of Distance Education Schools)

AADES New Website

AADES (Australasian Association of Distance Education Schools) has a new website to allow distance education schools from across all Australian states and territories and New Zealand to share policies, practices and programs. As distance education schools we are all on similar journeys with the provision of personalised learning experiences for our students through technology.

Subscribe to the website for the latest news and ideas from across all jurisdictions and for information about (free) upcoming webinars. Last week’s webinar (Thursday 15 June) was hosted by NSW. A recording is now available for viewing at

If your school has news stories that you would like to share on the site please send them to Daniel Rattigan, (NSW Secondary Representative) at


Access Program News

About the Access Program

The Access Program provides five clusters of schools with resources to share the delivery of Stage 6 curriculum to their senior secondary students. These schools are linked via video conferencing and collaborative technologies, allowing small cohorts of students to connect and interact with each other, working together with their teacher. This enables rural students to complete their secondary education at their local school with the support of their community and without having to live away from home.

News stories – Access Clusters

The Access Cluster Principals and Head Teachers met in Sydney at the end of week 8 for their term 2 Management meeting. The reports presented by the Head Teachers included:

Northern Border Senior Access Program (NBSA): The partnership (NBSA) includes Mungindi  CS, Boggabilla C.S, Collarenebri CS and Goodooga CS.

  • Thirteen students graduated at the end of 2016 with over half gaining early entry into Universities. All graduates but one are gainfully employed in casual / further study or full time work.
  • Strong focus on employability transitions with the introduction of Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways as an early commencement course, TAFE and school delivered Framework courses and SBT’s.

Please contact Shelly Riddell, Head Teacher NBSA, on 6753 2172


Riverina Access Program (RAP):The partnership (RAP) includes Ariah Park Central School, Ardlethan CS, Barellan CS, Hillston CS, Lockhart CS and Oaklands CS.

  • Approximately 30% of the 2016 students achieved a band 5 or 6 result on their Higher School Certificate.
  • The schools involved in the Access Partnership also join together for sport representative teams, student study days, staff development days and professional learning.

Please contact James Gordon, Head Teacher LAP, on 6978 2204


Western Access Program (WAP): The partnership (WAP) includes Peak Hill CS, Trangie CS, Tottenham C.S, Tullamore CS, Trundle CS and Yeoval CS.  The Western Access Program has:

  •  had continued success with sharing adventures and celebrations on Facebook. Their recent work placement had a reach of over 6,300 people
  • focussed this year’s Professional Learning opportunities for staff on expectations and NESA requirements as well as harnessing technology to support  the delivery of Stage 6 curriculum

Please contact Crystal Stanford, Head Teacher Western Access on 0438 475 880 for more information and partnership opportunities.

Wilvandee Access Program (WAP): The partnership (WAP) includes Ivanhoe CS, Menindee CS, and Wilcannia CS.

  • Retention rates have increased with twenty five students enrolled in year 11 and 12. Students are entering university and undertaking apprenticeships
  • Menindee CS is the first school in the state to offer Aboriginal Language at the HSC level

Please contact Adam Bailey, ® Head Teacher WAP, on 08 8091 4409

DE School News

On Wednesday, 31 May Melissa Ellis, Sharon Hodgson and David Foley (RDE Technology) travelled to Jubullum to meet with representatives from the Local Aboriginal Lands Council to discuss the development of a virtual excursion. This will focus on environmental science and geographic land management through investigating the impact of the noxious weed the cat’s claw creeper on the Clarence River catchment.

The project aims to include local Indigenous knowledge and experiences of the environmental impact of this invasive weed. Local tourism operators, pastoralists, academics and environmental groups will also contribute in the development of this virtual excursion learning resource.

Please contact Sharon Hodgson, Deputy Principal (Acting) at Southern Cross School of Distance Education on 02 6618 7606 for more information.

DE Network News

DEVAN (DE Collegial Art Network) Network News

On Thursday and Friday the DEVAN network members are meeting in Canberra, at the National Gallery of Australia, for their annual conference. Agenda items include:

  • Global contemporary art practice
  • Unpacking the exhibitions, making connections
  • Contemporary Tiawanese artists – a focus on Asia
  • Guided tour of Defying Empire exhibition
  • Resources available at NGA suitable for a DE delivery – Mirah Lambert
  • Workshops on Artmaking Masterclass
  • Future directions of the network, including resources required, writing tasks and 2018 Conference planning

Thank you to Lindie Matthews, DEVAN Coordinator and Anne Hodgson for their hard work in coordinating the conference.

GERRIC Student Programs

Applications are now open for the September GERRIC Student Programs for Years 3-10 students. There are  a number of new workshops in each age category, so there is something for everyone.

Dates: Tuesday 26th – Thursday 28th September 2017

Daily times: 8:45am – 3:30pm

Venue: Various rooms at UNSW Kensington Campus

Application closing date: 30th July 2017


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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