DE News 2017 T3 W08

Published on: Author: davidmcleod

“It is hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth

AADES Conference

It seems like yesterday that we attended the highly successful and informative AADES conference held at the end of week 5 in Adelaide. These photos are an indication of the fun, learning and networking had by our teachers.

A summary of the keynote sessions and workshop presentations, kindly supplied by the NSW DE teachers who attended the conference, has been collated by staff at Sydney DEHS. This summary will be made available at a later date.

The conference is a biennial event and well worth attending. The conference which encompasses those distance education jurisdictions across Australia and Australiasia and is focussed on providing quality professional learning opportunities for teachers and leaders working within the distance education environment. Attending the conference is a great way to learn more about distance education methodology, current and emerging pedagogies to deliver education to primary and secondary education, as well as engaging, networking and learning from others.

Claim the date for 2019.

For more information please contact Daniel Rattigan, Deputy Principal Sydney DEHS on 02 93830400.

AADES Newsletter

AADES (Australasian Association of Distance Education Schools) has recently launched a new website which regularly publishes stories from distance education schools in our region of the world.

Please subscribe to the site (for free)  to be updated via email when new articles are published.

Access Program News

Wilvandee Access Program News

A busy time in Wilvandee Access land (and all other Access Programs!) at the moment. Year 12 completed their trial HSC exams last week, while Year 11 have been doing their yearly exams this week. As such, reports are due very soon.

Next Tuesday, September 5th, an information session will be held at Menindee Central School for our incoming Year 11 students and their parents / caregivers. MCS has 13 potential preliminary students for 2018, our biggest cohort for a long time, while Wilcannia Central (2) and Ivanhoe Central (1) look likely to only have small Year 11 classes next year.

Menindee Central School’s Year 12 class are heading to China during the last week of this term. This is part of an incentive scheme for the Stage 6 students that was introduced about 10 years ago. If the students meet certain criteria with regards to attendance , behaviour and work ethic they become eligible for an excursion to Uluru in Year 11 and an overseas trip in Year 12. This has proved not only to be a tremendous incentive for the senior students, but a wonderful experience as well. Previous overseas trips to New Zealand and Japan have been very well received. It is anticipated that Wilcannia and Ivanhoe Central School students can participate in these excursions in future years as well.

In other WAP news, on the technical front, new computers are being installed across all link rooms in the three schools. This is reflective of our desire to have the latest technology available to our students.

Our thanks to Adam Bailey, Relieving Head Teacher Access, for providing this article.

DE School News

Hana Centre for NSW School of Languages

On the 7th August, NSW School of Languages officially opened its “Korean Hana Centre” which provides a whole day’s immersion in Korean culture and language to visiting students.

Thirty guests including the Korean Education Consul, the Director of the Korean Cultural Centre, the Director of Secondary Education, representatives from Bruce Notley-Smith’s office (local member), University of Sydney, the Association of Independent Schools and other principals and Korean teachers. There were speeches, a musical item from the Korean Cultural Centre and delicious Korean food.

The name, Hana Centre, in Korean means ‘one in harmony’ and the Korean Education Centre, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea has generously contributed to the funding. The centre will provide students with stimulating and authentic cultural experiences to develop their language skills whilst enjoying learning the language. Let’s face it, we all learn much better and faster when we are enjoying ourselves in a stimulating environment. Students from other schools teaching Korean (including primary schools) will be able to attend a 4 hour program of activities and learning in Korean.

The Hana Centre is bursting with Korean items and art work which are a part of the Korean immersion program delivery e.g. Hanbok (traditional Korean costumes), dolls, stationery, lanterns and traditional artefacts. Students learn to bow Korean style, create Korean masks, perform traditional Korean plays and even try out both K-Pop and traditional dance styles.

Participation in a Korean Hana Centre program offers students full immersion into a total Korean experience. From the initial welcome to the last goodbye, all communication is in Korean, with Centre staff experienced in communicating effectively with both Korean and non-Korean speakers from Year 5 to 12.

NSW School of Languages (NSL) is the state’s leading languages educator via distance education to students in Years 9 to 12. Courses are available in Italian, Greek, German, Russian, French, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Indonesian and English as a Second Language.

For further enquiries about the Hana Centre or any of the courses offered at NSL, you can contact NSL on (02) 9381 4800 or

DE Network News

Special Education DE Collegial Network

Teachers of this network are creating 2018 new Stage 6 Life Skills materials that are being shared on the Google Drive, with a person/s at each centre. These materials can then be shared with others at each of of the centres.

For further information please contact network coordinator, Nancy McAndrews at Souther Cross School of Distance Education on 02 6618 7686.

Languages DE Collegial Network

The Languages DE Collegial network has an upcoming Japanese / Chinese workshop event being conducted at the NSW School of Languages​ on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 September 2017.

The agenda for ther two days is as follows:

  • develop a stage 5 framework for writing course materials in Chinese and Japanese.
  • identify areas of need for new syllabus implementation.
  • begin writing units
  • plan a timetable around who will do what and when
  • identifying the Perspectives – Intercultural Learning is the big focus.
  • ​​Standards​: 7.4.2, 6.3.2, 3.2.2, 3.4.2, 2.2.2.

The teachers attending the workshop will also review current programs and identify changes needed to meet new syllabus requirements prior to workshop.

Please contact Michelle Marotte, Network Coordinator for more information. Michelle can be contacted on 02 6556 8100.

Mathematics DE Collegial Network

The DE Collegial Mathematics Network met on 16 August to discuss the following agenda items.

  • Standard 2 progress
  • Scope and Sequence
  • Standard 1 course
  • Upcoming professional learning activity being held at Sydney DEHS on 1 December
  • Mesh roadshow, and
  • VC meeting agenda items for 21September

Please contact Nina Thomas at Sydney DEHS for more information.

DoE Curriculum News

Issue six of the English eNewsletter is published and full of interesting and helpful information. In this edition you will read articles about:

  • mEsh Text Choices to be published Term 3
  • New Stage 6 English Adobe Connects sessions
  • English Textual concepts Stage 6, and
  • A Contemporary Possibilities resource

If you are seeking more information please contact Prue Greene, English Advisor 7-12 Secondary Education.

P:  (02) 9266 8148
Adobe Connect:


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