DE News 2018 T1 W05

Published on: Author: kymknight

“Everything has its’ beauty but not everyone can see it” – Andy Warhol

DE Symposium

Date: Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August

Venue: Rydges World Square, Sydney

Audience: Distance Education and Access Program Schools – Executive and teachers P-12

DE Symposium Workshop EOI’s

Are you teaching your students to think critically and creatively?

Have you established processes and systems for your students to communicate and collaborate?

If you have answered yes to these questions have your thought about sharing your work with your colleagues at the DE Symposium – 4c-able Futures?

The Distance Education Planning team is seeking your support and interest in conducting a workshop at the symposium. Workshop EOI’s are due on the 28 February.

Watch this space

More information and details will be provided as they become available, such as:

  • Registration process
  • Symposium structure
  • Support from schools for a video that showcases an initiative
  • Collegial Network sessions

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, Southern Cross SODE, 66810300
  • 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
  • Martin Dickens – RDE State Office, 02 6334 8184

Sharon Hodgson

Danielle Elvy

Danielle Elvy

Jenny Ballhausen

Jenny Ballhausen

Crystal Stanford

Crystal Stanford

Sueanne Matthews

Kym Knight

 Martin Dickens

DE School News

Camden Haven High School New Staff Members

Catherine, Dean, Helen, Robert, Jessica, Shayne

This year we welcomed eleven new staff members. Four were appointed from within the school through merit selection and from HR – Mr Robert Schouten (HT Welfare), Mr Brent Wilkinson (Social Science), Mrs Teena Northey (Home Economics) and Mrs Sharon Wilson (Mathematics).  The other seven have come to us from near and far to take up the positions of many staff who have moved on to finer pastures.

Head Teacher PDHPE, Shayne Vonbun was appointed by merit selection late last year. He was Head Teacher PDHPE at Kempsey HS from 2012-2017 and Head Teacher PDHPE at Griffith High School from 2008-2011.

Shane Williams speaking with new staff and senior executive at Camden HS

Angus Anderson is the new Drama teacher. Having starred in Home and Away he is no stranger to the stage.  Previously Angus taught at McKillop College in Port Macquarie and was in the Northern Territory at a school in Darwin prior to that.  In his spare time Angus coaches Rugby Union and really enjoys the sport.

Jessica Border is a Visual Arts/Photography/Visual Design Teacher. Her previous school was Griffith High School (Riverina) where she taught for eight years.

Catherine Carroll is a PDHPE Teacher who is also trained in Maths. She previously taught at Hay War Memorial High School (Riverina) for four years.  She enjoys snowboarding, water skiing and hockey and has just returned from maternity leave.

Helen Cox is also a PDHPE Teacher. Helen previously taught at Hasting Secondary College – Port Macquarie Campus for four years, and prior to that she was a Walgett High School for 6 ½ years.  She enjoys gardening, reading and swimming.

Dean Longstaff has come to CHHS as an English Teacher. His previous schools were Barraba Central School where he taught for 14 years and Wingham High School for one.

Robert Rabie is a Science Teacher, previously from Karabar High School. He is interested in cars (MX-5) and fishing.

Distance Education Enrolment Procedures training

Participants at Enrolment Procedures training in Coffs Harbour

Congratulations to Ally Quinton from Southern Cross School of Distance Education for her organisation of the Distance Education Enrolment Procedures training. Meetings with School Services Teams, school executives and counsellors took place in Ballina, Coffs Harbour and Armidale. David McLeod and Gaye Dunshea and school services personnel were guest presenters.

David and Gaye from Rural and Distance Education can be contacted on 6334 8070.

DE Network News

New DE History Coordinator

Congratulations to Ashlee Kellner, relieving Head Teacher History Karabar DE center, who has been appointed to the role of coordinator for the DE History  Collegial Network.

Ashlee has been a member of the network for five years and supported two faculty members who wrote learning materials for the Ancient and Modern courses for the History Network to be shared with the schools.

As a network member Ashlee worked closely with Katie Magriplis, previous network coordinator, in terms of allocating writing funds, setting Network goals and timelines and directing DE responsibilities for writing and sharing of new Ancient and Modern programs.

Having been a member of the History Network Ashlee has found the Network to be collaborative and purposeful undertaking activities that really allows for DE schools to network and share ideas. As the DE History Network Coordinator, Ashlee is “looking forward with excitement to using my skills to drive change and lead the Network into the future”.

To contact Ashlee for more information please ring her on 02 6210 5200.

Upcoming DE Collegial Network Coordinators meeting

The DE Collegial Network Coordinators are meeting with RDE staff Kym Knight and Martin Dickens on 7 March at Sydney DEHS. This meeting will allow time for the network coordinators to focus on their role as network coordinators. The agenda will cover items including:

  • the purpose, processes, protocols and accountability of coordinators and networks
  • DE Symposium and network sessions
  • Network projects, and
  • Networking and Collaboration

Please contact Kym Knight (0263348074) for more information.


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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