DE News 2018 T3 W08

Published on: Author: martindickens

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out!” Dr Seuss

RDE news

STEM Engagement with Micro:Bit in Rural Schools – Deniliquin

Students engaged in practical activities related to coding using micro:bit software

On Thursday 6 September, primary school teachers joined together to participate in our second STEM Engagement with Micro:bit in Rural Schools project at Deniliquin North Public School.

During the day, staff from a range of small and larger primary schools were engaged in practical workshop demonstrations and lesson planning activities related to coding using micro:bit software. The day culminated in all teachers undertaking the online ‘BBC Micro:Bit Crash Course’ professional learning workshop that counts towards 10 hours of NESA accreditation at proficient level.

A huge thank you to both Sam Nelson and Jason Ferns (Southern Cross School of Distance Education) for their leadership and guidance in helping our rural teachers in the Southern Riverina learn new coding skills. Also, thank you to Mark Peterson and his staff at Deniliquin North Public School for allowing Rural and Distance Education to host the workshop at the school.

DE School news

Bourke Walgett School of Distance Education  –

Focus on Imagining

Visual images to stimulate and describe imagining.

The students, staff and community have been engaged in the “How to Learn” program to develop effective habits of the mind which lead to effective learning and decision making.

The habit focus for the BWSODE  for the rest of the term is on Imagining – Using the Mind. Imagining is effective for:

  • understanding and remembering
  • relaxation and rehearsal
  • creativity and idea generation

Within the program the students will develop their imagining skills by engaging in a number of activities, such as:

  • visualising what they have seen, heard and felt
  • using their imagination to come up with creative and novel ideas, and
  • drawing to describe what they are thinking.
  • Please contact Prue Smith, Assistant Principal BWSODE on 02 6828 1374 for more information.


Southern Cross School of Distance Education welcomes new Head Teacher

Our congratulations are extended to Tiff Cox who has recently been appointed as a permanent member of the executive team at Southern Cross SODE as the Curriculum Head Teacher. Tiffeny has been relieving as a Head Teacher for a significant amount of time in their HSIE department.


Southern Cross School of Diistance Education news

The articles in this school newsletter are:

  • principal’s message
  • primary news
  • secondary news
  • school/community events, and
  • student calendar.

DE Collegial Networks

DE Preschool network news

DE Preschool teachers, Jan, Ali, Hayley and Brea Networking in Dubbo at Dubbo SODE.

The DE Preschool teachers from Broken Hill SOTA  and Dubbo SODE preschool had a fabulous and productive time during their two day meeting held in Dubbo in week 6. Jan Schorn and Bree Staker(Broken Hill SOTA) have been working with Hayley Cosgrove and Ali Milling ( Dubbo SODE) and they have accomplished so much. Their collaboration and willingness to share resources is very exciting!!

The network focus is on exploring the Kindergarten Transition Program and bringing Early Years Learning Framework ( EYLF) into K-2 programs.

Next term they will continue their networking by visiting John Brotchie Nursery where they will share practises and continue to build on their realtionship with John Brotchie staff.

For more information please contact network coordinator Jan Schorn at Broken Hill SOTA on 08 8087 3565.

DE Collegial Wellbeing network summary

The Wellbeing DE Collegial Network conducted a conference on “Children’s Mental Health Matters” in Sydney for fifteen network members from six Secondary and Primary DE schools earlier this year. Three video conference meetings have also been conducted to share ideas about student and staff wellbeing initiatives across the different DE schools.

Network members are reviewing current programs and deciding on a new Wellbeing Network Coordinator to start in Term 1 2019.

Please contact Rachel Angus at Sydney DEHS on 02 9383 0200 for more information.

DE Collegial Music Network

The DE State Music Teachers Network Conference was held at Goonellabah earlier this year.  All five Distance Education Centres were represented. Attendees worked with professional musicians in practical sessions focussed on professional development training in music linking with the syllabi.

The network is focusing on developing new units from resources generated at their conference. The DE Music Network is moving towards planning their 2019 conference to be held at Sydney.

Please contact Sharon Mwanza, network coordinator, for more information. Sharon can be contacted at Southern Cross SODE on 02 6681 0300.

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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