DE News 2017 T3 W10

Published on: Author: davidmcleod

“Hard work keeps wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.” – Helena Rubinstein

Rural and Remote Conference

Kimberely Hill, Adam Bailey, Mel Honeysett, Jan Schorn, Kylie Green, David McLeod and Hilary Hughes

“What Works – Share our Success”

Over two hundred educators attended the second Rural and Remote conference that was held in Sydney on 7 and 8 August. A number of teachers from the distance education and access schools attended the conference, networking and sharing their specific contexts and stories.

The theme of the conference, “What Works – Share our Success” provided teachers and leaders with the opportunity to celebrate and share their successful programs and student outcomes.

Key note presentations focussed on social media, “inspiration and Aspiration” in rural communities, personalised Learning programs and “Flipping the positivity switch”.

Many delegates commented on the diversity, range and quality of the workshops, which were mostly presented by staff who teach in rural schools.

Congratulations to the conference organisation team with a special mention to Greg Alchin, conference coordinator, who kept us all focussed, engaged and informed.

Mel Rees and Greg Alchin

Wendy Hay and Breeanna Thayer


Access Program School News

Students receiving their merit awards

Riverina Access Program Study Skills day

Year 12 students engaged in their learning through the Riverina Access Program participated in the RAP Study Day which was held in Barellan at Barellan Central School. Activities experienced during the day included presentation of Year 12 students RAP Merit Awards and a Visual Arts session.


Students engaged in study

The Riverina Access Program offers study days each term. In Term 4 the 2018 Preliminary students will attend along with the 2017/2018 HSC students.

James Gordon, Head Teacher was impressed with the behaviour of the students and commented that “the face to face contact enhances learning, giving the HSC students timely Trial feedback and the preliminary students a boost before their yearly exams.”

For more information please contact James Goron, Head Teacher Riverina Access Program on 02 6978 2204.

DE Schools News

Network support – our thanks

The RDE team would like to thank Samantha Davies, Assistant Principal SOTA (Hay Campus) for the support and postive input she has provided to the team in Bathurst and to her colleagues in her role as coordinator of the Primary DE Collegial Network.

Sam will be taking maternity from the beginning of Term 4.  We wish her all the best as she moves into her next journey in life as a new mother.

News from Dubbo School of Distance Education

During their Term 3 Residential, Cathy Campbell our P-2 Initiatives Officer, visited to present an information session to some of the parents and supervisors. Cathy gave an informative talk about the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the importance of ‘play based learning’ and ‘unhurried time’ during the early years.

The parents found the session very helpful, enjoying the opportunity to reflect on the importance of the principles within the EYLF and to talk with others about how best to engage their children in the P-2 programs provided by our staff.

The school is very appreciative of Cathy’s time visiting, and plan to run more of these information sessions for our parents and supervisors at future Residentials.

Southern Cross School of Distance Education Newsletter

In this edition of the school newsletter you will find articles about:

  • Plan green away from screens
  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • Dance
  • Music
  • HSC Artworks
  • Visual Arts
  • DEVAN (DE Visual Arts Network news), and
  • Student Work samples

Please contact Greg Armstrong, Relieving Principal, for more information.

DE Network News

DELITe Collegial Network

The DELITe Network is a dynamic network that creates cross curricular resources that encourage innovation in education. This Network will be working toward assisting teachers in the creation of innovative ideas in the coming months.

The Network shares ideas via the G suite and has set up a google site for project sharing.

Please contact Tiff Cox, Network Coordinator, Southern Cross, on 02 6681 0300.

Primary DE Collegial Network

The Primary Network currently aims to support DE Primary Schools with DE Learning Materials, including Maths and other KLA’s. Once the maths project being developed is completed the network will aim at supporting schools with common projects. These will be informed by the schools’ plans and in conjunction with discussion and support from the principals.

Please contact Julie Baldwin, Deputy Principal SOTA, for more information. Julie can be contacted on 08 8087 3565.

DE Preschool Collegial Network

Broken Hill SOTA network members took the opportunity to meet with the Early Learning Advisor and John Brotchie Nursery staff whilst they were in Sydney for the Rural and Remote Conference. They linked up via video conference with the Dubbo SODE preschool teachers and reviewed the progress of their plan that they developed last year.

Although it  has been tricky this year staying connected to the plan due to staff changes in the two schools their commitment is strong to continue to network and share their journeys.

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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