DE News 2017 T4 W03

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

“Every child can learn. Just not on the same day in the same way.” – George Evans

Distance Education Symposium – 2018

Expression of Interest – Planning Team member

Would you like to assist the Rural and Distance Education (RDE) team to coordinate the DE Symposium that will be held next year, in Sydney in term 3? Date and venue to be advised.

The role of the planning team is to plan and coordinate the DE Symposium, determine the structure and content of the symposium and undertake specific tasks to assist in the operation of the symposium.

If you are interested, please complete the EOI information sheet and email to Kym Knight by 4:30pm, Week 3, Friday 27 October.

RDE Welcomes New Team Members

Rural and Distance Education Officer

Martin Dickens is excited to be joining the Rural and Distance Education team for the remainder of 2017 in the position of Rural and Distance Education Officer. As an English/ History teacher, he has held a diverse range of responsibilities in secondary schools in the Riverina including being a Year Adviser at Yanco Agricultural High School and Head Teacher English at Wade High School. These professional experiences have led him to gain a deep appreciation for rural education, including the opportunity to work with parents and the community to promote lifelong learning.

Aside from working with students, he has a keen interest in working with early career teachers to refine their practice and develop their leadership skills. Martin is currently pursuing this area of interest as part of a Masters of Education (Leadership and Management) at Macquarie University, focusing his research on the area of Human Resource Management in Rural Education.

Martin will use both his recent knowledge of working in schools and his research in the area of educational leadership during his time in the Rural and Distance Education Officer position. ​

Specialist Program Coordinator

Gaye Dunshea joins the Rural and Distance Education team as a coordinator of Speicialst Programs. Gaye will be supporting schools educating students enrolled in the Distance Education enrolment category Students in Extraordinary circumstances (2.10).

She brings to the position a depth of experience in school-based student case management, school leadership and policy development. Gaye is based in the Bathurst State office and can be contacted on 63348062.



Access Program News

Access Program Meeting

A principal representative from each of the Access Program Clusters and Rural and Distance Education Executive will be meeting next week in Dubbo to deterrmine the make up of the Access Steering Leadership group. This group will carry responsibilty for liasising with state office and their Access Clusters on matters that pertain to policy, implementation and structures of the program.

DE School News

Katie Payne

Distance Education meeting HSC student’s needs

Katie Payne, Year 12 student enrolled with Southern Cross School of Distance Education, was supported to complete her HSC. Katie had a beautiful baby boy named Ryan who was born on 17 May 2017 2017. Katie was determined to complete her HSC this year and was engaging with outreach support each week with Shanay Eberlein to complete her final year at school. Katie should be congratulated on continuing with her goal of completing the HSC whilst taking care of her baby and working part time.

Distance Education Schools Information

The NSW Department of Education provides distance education for students living in NSW who are isolated or whose special circumstances prevent them from attending school on a regular basis. Distance education also provides for those students unable to access an appropriate curriculum in their local school.

Distance education is governed by the same policies that apply to all governemt schools. This includes the requirement to follow the relevant NESA approved syllabus and to maintain satisfactory attendance.

There are twelve distance education schools in NSW from preschool to year 12. For further information about the schools please refer to their webpage.

DE Network News

Outreach DE Collegial Network meeting

Wayne Squires, Gaye Dunshae, Jeanine Dunkley, Ally Quinton, Naomi White, Shane Williams, Duncan Gerdes and Kym Knight

A meeting was conducted by Shane Williams, Outreach Network Coordinator, for the Outreach network members at Sydney DEHS on 16 and 17 September. They shared the way in which their Outreach Centre operates, discussed resources that can be shared and need creating, addressed issues being experienced and developed a greater shared understanding of the processes and structures regarding Outreach across the various DE schools.

Please contact network coordinator Shane Williams for more information. His contact number is 65568100.

DE Collegial Networks writing Stage Six materials

The Mathematics, English, Science and History DE Collegial Networks are currently in the process of working with their network members to create learning materials for their new stage six curriculum. The network members have been under pressure all year to create their quality learning materials within tight timelines. Well done to all involved.

For more information about these networks please contact the appropriate network coordinator:

  • Mathematics: Nina Thomas, Sydney Distance Education High School, 93830400
  • English: Leanne Wynne, Dubbo School of Distance Education, 58047000
  • Science: Meraj Qamaruddin, Finigan School of Distance Education (Karabar DE), 62105200
  • History: Katie Magripilis, Southern Cross School of Distance Education, 66810300

DoE Curriculum News

Secondary HSIE Newsletter

The Term 4 Secondary HSIE Newsletter is full of news and information. Please note that you are also able to access it on Sway at

For more information, please contact Jennifer Curtis, HSIE Advisor 7-12 Secondary Curriculum, Learning and Teaching Directorate.


T: 02 9244 5463

Workshops for English and Mathematics for effective programming to meet the HSC minimum standards from 7-10

Workshops are being conducted in Sydney for Effective programming for English and Mathematics 7-10 to meet the HSC minimum standards.

This course is a one day professional learning workshop for English and Mathematics Head Teachers and teachers to consider practices for effective programming in years 7-10 that takes into account the HSC minimum standards and prepares students for the senior years of study. Participants will:

  • analyse their NAPLAN data and texts to identify students who are at-risk of or who have not met HSC minimum standards.
  • investigate differentiated programming and assessment strategies that address the needs of the identified students and
  • investigate methods for monitoring and tracking their progress.

Head Teachers will:

  • review their scope and sequence and existing programs in Stages 4 and 5 using the English Textual Concepts to embed strategies for all students and those who are at risk of or who have not met HSC minimum standards in literacy
  • engage with strategies to backwards map the requirements of the new HSC syllabuses and assessments into Stage 4 and 5
  • interigate NAPLAN results and tests to isolate the needs of individual or groups of students, and
  • options for monitoring identified students will be considered so that their progress towards the HSC minimum standards can be tracked.

English 7-10 Programming Workshops

  1. 13 November – St George Leagues Club
  2. 14 November – Sydney Masonic Function Centre
  3. 15 November – Fairfield RSL Club
  4. 16 November – Penrith Panthers Leagues Club

Registrations close on 3 November 2017.

Enrol for a workshop via the registration link:

For more information please contact Prue Green, English Advisor 7-12, Seconfary Education, Learning and Teaching Directorate.


Ph: (02) 9266 8148



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