DE News 2017 T4 W09

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

DE Symposium 2018

4c-able Futures – Collaboration, Creativity, Communication and Critical Thinking 

Claim the Date: Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August

Symposium Coordination Progress Update

Logo Competition: More than eight logo designs were received. Thank you to the teachers who submitted a logo for next year’s DE Symposium. Each one was interesting and colourful, reflecting the Symposium theme and title, making the winning selection a difficult one for the Symposium Reference group who will act as competition judges. The logo design and winner will be announced before the end of term.

Key Note Speakers: More than forty people provided their preferences and rankings for consideration to present a key note session at the symposium.  A huge thank you to schools for engaging their staff to submit their views. The planning team and Symposium Reference group will make a decision as to the keynote/s and share this once a keynote/s has been secured.

Venue: TBA – Location – Sydney

What to expect in 2018

  • Work shop Expressions of Interest
  • Registration process
  • Further information about the symposium structure
  • Support from schools for a video showcasing an initiative

For more information, please contact any member of the planning team.

  • Kym Knight – DE Symposium Planning Coordinator, RDE State office, 02 6334 8074.
  • Sharon Hodgson – DE Symposium Planning Coordinator, SC SODE, 02 6681 0300.
  • Jenny Ballhausen – Dubbo SODE, 02 5804 7000
  • Daniel Elvy – NSW School of Languages, 02 9381 4800
  • Sueanne Matthews – KDEC, 02 6210 5200
  • Crystal Stanford – Peak Hill Central School, 02 6869 1304
Jenny Ballhausen

Jenny Ballhausen

Crystal Stanford

Crystal Stanford

Sueanne Matthews

Sharon Hodgson

Danielle Elvy

Danielle Elvy

Kym Knight

Kym Knight

Access Program News

Final Study Day for 2017 at Barellan Central School

RAP student award winners

The 2018 HSC students met face to face at Barellan CS, giving them the chance to complete practical class tasks together and some timely support before the end of the year.

A welcome was made to the 2018 Preliminary students who attended and participated in sessions with their new classmates.

James Gordon, Head Teacher Riverina Access Program (RAP) thanked the teachers who took sessions, drove buses, supervised students and showed a generous amount of goodwill towards the RAP, each other and the students.

He also made a special thank you to the English and Maths staffs, Ms Denham, Ms Elith and Mr Whytcross who took sessions aimed at introducing the 2018 Preliminary students into RAP.

All in all, it was another fantastic and successful day. A true collaboration of support offered by principals, administration staff, inschool coordinators and the P&C.

DE School News

Louisa Bailey

Teaching in Distance Education – SDEHS New Scheme Teacher’s View

Do you remember your first year of teaching? How did you feel? How well were you supported? Can you remember your first contact with your school?

Was it, Hi. My name’s Louisa and I think I might be working at your school next year but I’m not really sure.” 

Louisa’s speech to her colleagues has been shared with us.


Southern Cross SODE Newsletter

In the school’s final newsletter for the year you will read articles about:

  • PBL
  • Enrolment timelines and information
  • Student successes
  • PE workshops
  • Dance and Music Mini-Schools, and
  • Graduation days

We thank the team at Southern Cross SODE for providing us with their newsletters to link to the DE Newsletter.

It is always interesting to read about the activities schools provide for their students.

Sydney Distance Education High School

Articles this edition of the Sydney DEHS newsletter include:

  • Diversity Day
  • Ultimo Office Directorate Principal Network Awards
  • School Camp
  • Year 12 Presentation Day
  • Class of 2017
  • Year 12 Semi Formal
  • Gold Award Picnic Day, and
  • Deadly Kids Award Winner.

Our thanks to Sydney DEHS who regularly provide their newsletter to be shared in this newsletter.

As well as the interest we have in reading the newsletter we appreciate the commitment to sharing and networking.

DE Network News

Network commitments ongoing

Although we are rapidly approaching the end of the school year a number of our networks have been meeting to continue their collaborations. During week 8, the Mathematics and Preschool Networks met face to face, with both networks engaging in professional learning activities, resource review and strategic planning for 2018. This week will see the a few more networks meeting for the last time this year.

Kym Knight, Project Officer RDE commented, “Teachers in the distance education and access program schools value the support and sharing they receive from their colleagues, which is evidenced by the high levels of participation in the collegial networks of which they belong. The networks are successful for many reasons, with key factors being; commitment and professionalism of the staff involved, quality and skills of the leadership by the coordinators, and the valueing and support shown by the principals. My congratulations to all invloved. I enjoy the small part I have to play and am always astounded at the amount of work achieved by the networks, particularly in the context of the demands of working in schools.”  

Legal Studies Professional Learning – Dubbo

Louise Woods, DE Network Coordinator for Legal, Business Studies and Economics, organised and hosted a Legal Studies professional learning day in Dubbo on 24 November. Twenty two teachers attended including teachers from Distance Education and Access Program.

Louise has hosted a professional learning activity for Legal Studies for the last few years, and said, “this year’s event was great. Legal Studies teachers have come to value this PL and are now booking it into their calendars so that they don’t  miss it.”

For more information, please contact Louise Woods at Dubbo SODE on 58047000.

DEVAN New Coordinator

Congratulations to Tamara Lawry for taking on the network coordinator role for the the DEVAN Network. Tamara is a teacher at Dubbo School of Distance Education and has been involved in, and committed to, the DEVAN network for many years. Tamara, who has the support of the network members, brings her vast experience plus high levels of energy to the coordination role.

We wish Tamara all the best in her new role.

Tamara can be contacted at Dubbo School opf Distance Education, on 02 5804 7000.

Thank you to Lindie Matthews

Thank youOur thanks go to Lindie Matthews, Visual Arts and Photographic and Digital Media teacher at Sydney DEHS, for leading and coordinating the DEVAN network for the last few years. Lindie has facilitated the coordination of many valuable experiences for the network members, including the DEVAN conference held in Canberra earlier this year and the sharing and development of resources.

Lindie, who will stay involved in the network, has passed the network coordinator baton on to Tamara  knowing that the network is strong and vibrant.


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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