DE News 2018 T2 W01

Published on: Author: martindickens

“You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.”  – Arthur Ashe

DE Symposium Details

Date: Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August

Venue: Rydges World Square, Sydney

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

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 and workshop session details

Please contact any member of the planning team for more information.

  • 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




Access Program News

Peter Craft Oaklands CS, Kerrilee Logan Ardlethan CS, Stacie Luppi Barellan CS, Janine Dunne Lockhart CS and Sandy Ryan Hillston CS. (Justin Dunn Ariah Park CS was absent)

Riverina Access Program

The principals of the RAP schools (Oaklands CS, Ardlethan CS, Barellan CS, Lockhart CS and Hillston CS) attended their Cluster Management Meeting at the Griffith Leagues Club in week 10.

At this meeting they bid farewell and good luck to Stacie Luppi who will start at Ballina Public School as Principal from day one of term two. Stacie spent many years in the Access program as a coordinating teacher, Head Teacher, In School Access Coordinator and Principal. We wish her all the best in her new school on the sunny North Coast.

The RAP staff welcome the new Barellan Central School Principal, Paul Laing, and look forward to working with him in the future.

For more information, please contact James Gordon, Head Teacher – Access on 69782204.

DE School News

Mikita Ryan

Excellence Award for TVET Student – Southern Cross SODE

Mitika Ryan, student SOuthern Cross School of Distance Education, was awarded TAFE NSW Casino Campus 2017 Excellence Award for TVET Student of the Year Early Childhood Education and Care.

Mitika undertook this course as part of her school based traineeship with the Jumbunna Community Pre-school.

We extend our congratulations to Mitika for her fine achievement.

Please contact Southern Cross SODE (66810300) for more information about distance education and their programs.


Fun in the Sun at Bourke Small Schools Swimming Carnival

‘Bourke Memorial Swimming Pool hosted a fantastic day of swimming events on Thursday 15th of February. The Small Schools Swimming Carnival encompasses students from Weilmoringle, Wanaaring, Enngonia, Louth and the Bourke Centre of Bourke-Walgett School of Distance Education.

It was a wonderful day for all students thanks to the organisation of Mrs Wright (Principal of Weilmoringle) who organised the day.

I was so proud of our Centre for their efforts, excitement, enthusiasm and sportsmanship, and of course the impressive 100% attendance rate of our students. Congratulations to you all, you should all be very proud of your efforts.’

BWSODE Students swim at PSSA North West Swimming Carnival

The PSSA NW Swimming Carnival was held in Armidale on Monday March 5th.

BWSODE was represented by Ava, Denzel, Alice, Mac and Max from the Walgett Centre. All students competed in individual events as well as the four older students combining for the Small Schools Relay.

This carnival is a high standard with swimmers from all public schools in the North West Region of NSW first qualifying to swim, and then striving for selection into the NSW State PSSA Carnival at Homebush in April.

Congratulations to each of our students who swam so well and displayed wonderful sportsmanship and effort in every race. They qualified fastest into the State Carnival, a fantastic effort and is the 4th time our relay has made it to the state level.

Congratulation and good luck with your continued training as you prepare for this event.

Snippets for this article were taken from Mrs Lorberg report for the school’s newsletter.

DE Collegial Network News

Reigniting Passion for Music

Isaac Frankham, Justin Ayling, Dan Hanaford (front centre), Anna Brown, Peter Richardson, Sharon Mwanza, Tim Higinbotham.

The Distance Education Secondary Music Teachers Network have strengthened their relationships between all five Secondary Distance Education Centres, Southern Cross University, and professional musicians thanks to a recent three-day conference recently held at Goonellabah, Lismore, NSW hosted by Southern Cross School of Distance Education.

The State Distance Education Secondary Music Teachers Conference had teachers from each of the five Distance Education Centres in the state in attendance with additional network members from as far as Dubbo Distance Education joining in for sessions via Video Conference. Peter Richardson from Camden Haven High School said “This needs to continue. It strengthens and develops the relationship between all Distance Education Centres.” Peter Dick from Camden Haven High School said ‘Practical workshops gave us the opportunity to experience the work/ideas from a student’s perspective were most memorable.’

Attendees were inspired by practical workshop and sharing sessions. “It was great to have the opportunity to speak directly to the professional musicians as they unpacked their songs with us followed up with practical workshops with them.” Says Isaac Frankham from Southern Cross School of Distance Education.

Read more about the exciting read.

For more information please contact Sharon Mwanza, Music DE Collegial Network Coordinator, on 58047000.


Twitterspheric 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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