DE News 2017 T3 W04

Published on: Author: davidmcleod

“Believe you can and you are half way there.” – T. Roosevelt

Access Program School News


Back to Yeoval Weekend – Yeoval Central School Open Day

Yeoval, known as the Greatest Little Town in the West, celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Quick Shear competition and 60th anniversary of the ‘Satellite’ – the town newspaper that has operated solely on volunteers.

Yeoval Central School (YCS) opened the school gates for around 250 visitors, many ex-students, staff and principals. All commented on how great the school looked and the wonderful facilities nad resources available at the school.

sign in

Visitors to the school were treated to free coffee, using the new commercial coffee machine, and home backed scones that were dontated by the student’s parents.

A  digital ‘sign-in book’ was used by the visitors to record messages and names. The hall was packed with old school photos and puiblications that brought back many memories for all.

Classrooms were open for visitors to visit at their own leisure, with students and teachers proudly displaying and discussing their work. Many visitors who had attended Yeoval Central School as a student shared their learning experiences.

Yeoval CS classroom

Celebrations such as these are a reminder of the great opportunities provided by schools. Congratulations to the staff, students and parents for welcoming visitors to their school and showcasing the school’s programs and numerous innovations.

Prime News visited Yeoval for the anniversary celebrations. This is a link to the news story.

For more information please contact the Yeoval School Principal, Nicole Bliss on 02 6846 4004.


DE School News

Southern Cross School of Distance Education Newsletter

In this edition of Southern Cross SODE newsletter you will read articles about:

  • PDHPE Faculty focus
  • PE mini schools, and
  • Student opportunity information.

Please contact Greg Armstrong, Relieving Principal for more information. Greg can be contacted on 02 6681 0300.

Sydney Distance Education High School newsletter

The articles in the latest edition of the Sydney DEHS newsletter, include:

  • Master Chef comes to SDEHS
  • Year 11 and 12 Ancient History Excursion
  • Stage 5 and 6 Visual Arts Excursion to the Brett Whiteley Studio
  • Stage 5 Visual Arts/Visual Design Study Days
  • Girls Day
  • Preliminary Senior Science Excursion: Royal Botanic Garden, and
  • Citizen Science Experience

DE Network News

Join a Network

If you are interested in joining a distance education collegial network please contact Kym Knight, Rural and Distance Education Project Officer, on 02 6334 8074.

DE Collegial Mathematics Network – Meeting in week 5

On Wednesday 16 August the DE Collegial Mathematics Network members are meeting to continue their work on sharing and creating new resources for Stage 6 Mathematics.

Nina Thomas, Network Coordinator, is also organising a professional learning day to be held in term4 at Sydney DEHS.

Nina Thomas, Network Coordinator, can be contacted on 02 9383 0400 if you require more information.

SEAT (Student Engagement, Attendance and Transition) DE Collegial Network

Members of this network have been beavering away creating learning resources to be shared across the DE Schools. The teachers are sharing their work for others to take and adjust for their own needs by uploading it onto One Drive.

Great communication is occurring with network members emailing and phoning each other, sometimes just to chat about their work.

Please contact Jeanine Dunkley, SEAT Network Coordinator on 02 6210 5200.

Aboriginal Education Network – Update

The Aboriginal Education Network will be meeting on Tuesday, 8 August at 2:00pm. The agenda items for this meeting will include discussions and decisions regarding the focus of the term 4 Aboriginal Education Network Conference and the future focus areas of the network going forward.

In preparation for the network meeting Sharon Keyte, network coordinator, has been communicating with network members to gather their ideas for the network. Common themes at this stage, are:

  • development of curriculum resources for Aboriginal Studies in Stages 5 and 6
  • production of materials which address the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories of the Australian Curriculum, and
  • production of materials for teaching Aboriginal students.

If you are interested in knowing more about this network, or indeed participating as a network member, please contact Network Coordinator Sharon Keyte, at Dubbo School of Distance Education, on 0254 7000.

Department of Education News

Digital Learning Resources Survey

Have your say – Digital Learning Resources

Teachers are encouraged to contribute their ideas on the resources they use and that are appropriate to their field of work.

To contribute your views please go to

For more information please contact Lisa Tonkin, Senior Editor, Learning and Business Systems, 02 9266 8565.

HSIE newsletter

The term 3 issue of theSecondary HSIE newsletter is available to read.

Please contact Jennifer Curtis, HSIE Advisor 7-12 Secondary Curriculum, on 02 9244 5463.


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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