DE News 2017 T3 W03

Published on: Author: davidmcleod

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” Anonymous

DE School News

Condobolin HS enjoyed a visit by the Honourable Michael Jeffreys

Recently, ex Governor General, Major General, the Honourable Michael Jeffreys visited Condobolin in his role as the National Soil Ambassador.

His final day in the Central West saw him visit Condobolin High School, where he planted a Mulberry Tree with our Agriculture and Primary Industries students.

He was particularly interested in how the senior students access the Senior Curriculum. With this in mind the school set up a link lesson for him to speak with Mel Rees, Head Teacher Access, via Video Conferencing. Melissa, spoke at length with him about how classes are delivered and the various technologies the Lachlan Access Program uses. Major General Michael Jeffrey’s used the Google Classroom and the Moodle during the simulated lesson.

He had also visited a number of other schools including Tottenham, Trundle and Bedgerebong during the trip.

Dubbo School of Distance Education farewell an experienced and valued Pre School Teacher

It is with mixed emotions that Dubbo SoDE informs us of the retirement of Mrs Robyn Hoy. Robyn is a highly valued member of our team. She commenced working at DSODE in January 2000 and has remained on our team over the past 18 years. Robyn is a passionate, committed teacher who has touched the lives of hundreds of children throughout her distinguished career in Public Education. She has primarily worked within our preschool program, but at times when enrolments have required her to, Robyn has worked with primary students as well. With a beautiful smile and positive outlook, Robyn has safely travelled thousands of kilometres during her time with us to visit students and their families, her trips covering the far-reaching corners of NSW and everywhere in between. Robyn’s gentle, reassuring nature and kindness will be greatly missed by our team. Following is a brief summary written by Robyn about her time at DSODE.

Robyn’s comments:

As my retirement approaches I would like to thank all the wonderful families I have worked with during the last 18 years. I have taught preschool children each year and worked with some primary students over the last few years. During that time, I have witnessed many changes to the preschool program and to distance education as a whole. When I started at Dubbo School of Distance Education we delivered lessons via radio and telephone, whereas now lessons are delivered by satellite, skype and telephone.

I will be taking many wonderful memories with me, which will be forever cherished. Memories of all the varied places I have visited and the many roads I have travelled. As many of you know I have travelled from my home base in Young for the last four and a half years to Dubbo each week and will not miss that weekly drive or living out of a bag. It is now time for me to close one page and open a new page in my life’s journey. On that note I would like to wish you all the very best for the future.

We wish Robyn all the best in her retirement and hope to see her as she travels through our towns.

Southern Cross School of Distance Education – Empowering staff to lead innovation

Staff at Southern Cross School of Distance Education are committed to working collaboratively and have developed a strategy where staff members are invited to pursue their own ideas around teaching and learning projects through a Learning Innovation Team (LIT). Since 2016 a number of innovations have been implemented.

Angela Sten, an English teacher at SCSODE, working in the learning support faculty was successful in having her submission accepted on staff and student wellbeing program for distance education.

To read about this initiative please refer to the article in the Teacher Magazine at the link:

For further information please contact Sharon Hodgson, Relieving Deputy Principal or Greg Armstrong, Relieving Principal at Southern Cross SODE on 02 6681 0300.

DE Network News

Latest DEVAN (DE Visual Arts Network) News

Representatives from Distance Education Visual Arts Network across New South Wales have been meeting for an annual conference for over 10 years, making the Visual Arts network the longest running Distance Education network in New South Wales. This significant annual event is organised by Sydney Distance Education High School every second year to coincide with the Biennale of Sydney.

The regional Distance Education centres share the organisation of conferences in their regions every other year. This year Karabar Distance Education High School hosted the conference in Canberrra on the 22 and 21 June under the guidance of Anne Hodgson, Head Teacher, Creative and Performing Arts.

Network members braved the chilly Canberra weather to arrive at the National Gallery of Australia for an introduction to their current education programs and resources from Mirah Lambert, Senior Education Officer. Current member of our network, Sueanne Matthews, who was awarded a NSW Premier’s Teacher scholarship to travel to Taiwan, presented an overview of the artists that she met and worked with in her time there. We then walked through three of the exhibitions with education officers and curators who provided informative floor talks. These included, Defying Empire, the National Gallery of Australia’s third National Indigenous Triennial. Network members were already discussing how to engage their students with these resources as we prepared to share our recently developed programs and discuss our experiences in using a range of digital lesson delivery methods for online learning. In our 2016 conference evaluation, attendees overwhelmingly noted that there were enormous benefits from the sharing of resources and the support through educational and pedagogical change in our schools.

During the second day of the conference guest artist Dr Suzanne Moss from Australian National University provided a masterclass in painting and colour mixing. Network co-ordinator Lindie Matthews led a final discussion around how we will use our funds to best resource our network, current project funding submissions and future directions for the network.





DoE News

Premier’s Debating Challenge for Years 11&12 Final

The Premier’s Debating Challenge ishappening this year on August 4. Applications close on 31 July.

Year 11 and 12 Final will showcase NSW DoE senior secondary debating teams discussing issues of contemporary significance. The competition, for senior secondary debating teams discussing issues of contemporary signioficance, is being held in The Great Hall of Sydney University and will take the form of a one hour debate with both sides having a choice from three topics.

If you are interested in knowing more please open this virtual excursion link or contact John Benson, Arts Programs and Initiatives Coordinator, on 02 8512 1107.

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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