DE News 2018 T2 W03

Published on: Author: davidmcleod

“Today I will behave as if it is the day I will be remembered!!”  – Dr Seus

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

Program Outline: 

  • Two keynotes sessions
    Kelly-Ann Denton, Chief Visual Officer; Academic National Arts Arts School Professor Gerard Goggin, Acting Head of School, Australian Research Council Future and Fellow
    Professor of Media and Communications
  • Twenty four workshops (combination of 30 minute, 60 minute and 90 minutes)
  • Fifteen Network Sessions

A program, detailing the sessions, will be provided to principals within the next few weeks to distribute to staff.

Watch this space

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

  • Registration process
  • Support from schools for a video showcasing an initiative

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

Rural and Distance Education News

2018 HSC Simulated Marking Workshops

During week 2 of this term, the Rural and Distance Education Unit have been fortunate to meet a number of talented and enthusiastic Stage 6 teachers as part of the 2018 HSC Simulated Marking Workshops. Held across three locations (Tamworth, Queanbeyan and Griffith), the workshops provided by senior markers and representatives from NESA have coordinated a useful professional learning experience for teachers that highlights the online marking software and processes that have been developed for English and Biology teachers. For many beginning teachers, these workshops are the first time they have learnt about the external marking processes, with briefing sessions related to the HSC marking process usually taking place in Sydney. Participants were also guided through the features of the software by participating in marking using sample student responses collated from previous HSC examinations.

A huge thank you to all 2018 participants. The Rural and Distance Education Unit looks forward to providing further sessions regarding HSC marking with NESA in 2019. 




DE School News

Michael Waldon, Relieving Head Teacher

Executive changes at Karabar HS DEC

Relieving Head Teacher Administration – Single Course

Congratulations to Michael Waldon who has taken on the position of relieving Head Teacher Administration – Single Course Enrolments. Michael has been a PDHPE teacher at Karabar HSDEC for the last eight and a half years and has relieved as Head Teacher a number of times, most recently as Head Teacher Administration Fulltime Enrolments.

Michael is looking forward to the challenge of working in the administration position and learning a new set of skills.

We wish Michael all the best.

Michael can be contacted on 02 6210 5200.

Sueanne Matthews

Head Teacher Teaching and Learning/Instructional Leader – Karabar HS

We extend our congratulations to Sueanne Matthews who has taken on the position of Head Teacher Teaching and Learning/Instructional Leader at Karabar HS.

Sueanne has been working at Karabar HS DEC as Head Teacher Administration – Single Course for a number of years. Her experiences in education have been numerous and considerable, including being a Visual Arts teachers, appointment as Highly Accomplished Teacher at LEAD and the coordinator of the newly established DE Collegial Network HALT (Highly Accomplished Lead Teachers).

Sueanne is also a member of the DE Symposium Planning team and has taken on the important co-role of gaining accreditation for the event.

We will miss Sueanne’s passion and pedagogy knowledge, but know that she will take those attributes into her new role.


DE Collegial Network News

We are very fortunate to be able to offer 15 network sessions at the DE Symposium being conducted on 9 and 10 August. The network sessions being offered, are:

  • Computing Studies –  Coordinator Eamon Gormley, 93830384
  • TAS – Coordinator Therese Metzl, 9383 0400
  • History – Coordinator Ashlee Kellner, 62105200
  • DEVAN (Visual Arts) – Coordinator Tamara Lawry, 5804 7000
  • Mathematics – Coordinator Nina Thomas, 9383 0400
  • English – Coordinator Leanne Wynne, 5804 7000
  • Science – Meraj Qamaruddin, 6210 5200
  • PDHPE – Coordinator Richard Mills, 6681 0300
  • Primary – Coordinator Julie Baldwin, 08 8087 3565
  • Geography – Coordinator Tiff Cox, 6681 0300
  • GATS – Coordinator Hedda Whitfield, 6681 0300
  • LMS (Learning Management Systems) – Coordinator Jason Ferns, 6681 0300
  • Enrolment Officers – Coordinatopr David McLeod, 63348070
  • HALT (Highly Accomplisged Lead Teacher) – Coordinator Sueanne Matthews 6210 5200
  • Access Head Teachers – Coordinator Crystal Stanford, 6869 1304
  • More detailed information about the network sessions will be made available in the DE Symposium plan that will be released in a few weeks.

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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