DE News 2018 T2 W06

Published on: Author: martindickens

“Be someboby who makes everybody feel like a somebody.” –

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 keynote sessions

  • Kelly-Ann Denton, Chief Visual Officer; Academic National 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)

Sixteen Network Sessions

Please download the 2018 DE Symposium program for further information.

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
  • Hedda Whifield, Southern Cross School of Distance Education, 02 6681 0300
  • Kelly Pfeiffer, Dubbo School of Distance Education, 02 5804 7000

DE School News

Integration Day for students at Bourke Walgett SODE

The students and staff are enjoying an exciting Integration Day this week with the Warrumbungle National Park Environmental Centre staff hosting a Sustainability Outreach Program in Walgett. One hundred and eighty students are participating in this event with students rotating in groups through a series of activities hosted by expert presenters from organisations such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Siding Spring Observatory, Taronga Zoo, Netwaste, Community Greening and other Environmental Centres.

In addition to this exciting event, the students are also taking the opportunity to work in the Walgett classroom on their programmed work.

New permanent appointments at Southern Cross School of Distance Education

Jemma Bayliss (left) and Patricia Lemos.

In Term 2 Southern Cross SODE welcomed Jemma Bayliss and Patricia Lemos to their school and the wider distance education family. Both Jemma and Patricia were successful in gaining teaching positions in the History faculty at SCSoDE through the merit selection process.

Jemma Bayliss has been a valued member of SCSoDE for the past 18 months in the History faculty as a temporary teacher. Jemma was born and raised in Ballina and is very happy to be joining the team. She is still celebrating her new permanent appointment!!

Patricia Lemos moved to Ballina in January 2017 and has been teaching on a temporary and casual basis at local schools in the area. Prior to this she taught at Leumeah High School, Liverpool Girls and Liverpool Boys High Schools. Before becoming a teacher Patricia worked in Museum Education and is a qualified archaeologist having worked on “The Big Dig” site at The Rocks in Sydney. Patricia is also a highly active and well respected member of the History Teachers Association of NSW, having written articles for the Teaching History journal and presenting at two professional learning days during the last 12 months.

A big welcome to Jemma and Patricia – Southern Cross SODE are excited to have them as part of their team.

Patricia Lemos from Southern Cross School of Distance Education presenting to her peers “Introducing Big History”

North Coast History teacher’s day a huge success!

On Friday 18 May, 65 teachers attended a History Professional Development opportunity at Southern Cross University Lismore campus run by the History Teachers Association of NSW (HTANSW). Teachers from Camden Haven and Southern Cross School of Distance Education attended the day which was a huge success. Patricia Lemos from Southern Cross School of Distance Education was one of the local presenters and she delivered a highly engaging one hour workshop on Introducing Big History – a stage 5 elective History topic. Read more about the professional learning here.

Dream Tuka

Dubbo School of Distance Education Food Technology Students Innovating with “Bush Tucker”

DSoDE TAS teachers Janet Elliott and Naomi White have teamed up with local food manufacturer – Dreamtime Tuka CEO Herb Smith to create an engaging and authentic design project for their stage 5 and 6 food technology students.

Naomi White, Isabella Evans, Debbie Murray and Herb Smith

Students studying the food product development process have participated in a project based learning experience allowing them to connect with Herb and understand the need for new products and the collaborative process the company work through to design a product. Using the Dreamtime Tuka company as inspiration students were tasked with developing a new product using indigenous Australian ingredients that would be suitable for Herb’s company to pitch to one of its major clients – Qantas Australia.

Students worked in teams to develop ideas and test their solutions. The project culminated in a taste test of the top six products, where Herb selected the product that fulfilled the design brief and met with his stringent taste test.



Herb Smith, Janet Elliott, Naomi White

The product selected as having the best commercial potential was the Wattle Seed YoYo with Rosella Jam, recipe design – Isabella Evans and her year 12 team Taylor Fitzgibbons, William Flood, Seth Forrest and Amanda Gough.

DE Collegial Network News

Join a network. There is one for you. New members welcome. Contact details of network coordinators are:

  • Computing Studies: Coordinator, Eamon Gormley, 93830384
  • TAS: Coordinator, Therese Metzl, 93830300
  • History: Coordinator, Ashlee Kellner, 62105200
  • Special Education: Coordinator, Nancy McAndrews, 66810300
  • DEVAN (Visual Arts): Coordinator, Tamara Lawry, 58047000
  • Mathematics: Coordinator, Nina Thomas, 93830400
  • English: Coordinator, Leanne Wynne, 58047000
  • Languages: Coordinator, Michelle Marotte, 65568100
  • Science: Coordinator, Meraj Qamaruddin, 62105200
  • Music: Coordinator, Sharon Mwanza, 66810300
  • Legal and Business Studies: Coordinator,  58047000
  • PDHPE, Coordinator, Richard Mills, 66810300
  • Primary, Coordinator, Julie Baldwin, 0880873565
  • DELITe, Coordinator, Tiff Cox, 66810300
  • GATS: Coordinator, Hedda Whitfield, 66810300
  • DE Preschool: Coordinator, Jan Schorn, 0880873565
  • Wellbeing: Coordinator, Rachel Angus, 93830400
  • Geography: Coordinator, Tiff Cox, 66810300
  • HALT: Coordinator, Sueanne Matthews, 62105200
  • Outreach: Coordinator, Shane Williams, 65568100
  • LAMS: Coordinator, Jason Ferns, 66810300
  • SEAT: Coordinator, Jeanine Dunkley, 62105200

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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