DE News 2018 T4 W01

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School News

Integration Day for Bourke Walgett SODE students

Bourke Walgett student Stem project team proudly sharing their models.

Bourke Walgett SODE students have met this term as a group for two Integration Days. These days are full of fun, laughter and interesting activities for the students.

For more information please read the Integration Day article submitted by Bourke Walgett SODE.

The Korean Hana Centre – NSW School of Languages

DE Leaders enjoying their Korean experience

NSW SOL Korean teachers teaching the DE Leaders a Korean greeting

The Korean Hana Centre in NSW School of Languages (NSL) provides language students in NSW schools with stimulating and authentic cultural experiences and develops their language skills and cultural understanding. Since the official opening of the Centre on 4 August 2017, we have provided the immersion program to about 400 students in NSW.



Being prepped for a Korean greeting

On 18 September 2018, NSL Korean teachers proudly presented a one hour Korean immersion lesson for the DE Leaders Meeting. We NSL Korean teachers were excited to extend our program to a school community beyond our school students, and hoped all visitors would be able to let go of all their worries and be immersed fully in the Korean moment.


David McLeod and David Thick dressed in Korean costume

The mini immersion lesson program included:

  • Welcome with Korean tea tasting
  • Learn and do the Korean greeting
  • Be a model in the Hanbok (Korean traditional dress) fashion parade
  • Learn and do the Korean big bow in hanbok
  • Play Korean drum beats inspired by the Korean folk song, Arirang.



Korean greeting

We were amazed by those who dressed up beautifully in a Hanbok and learnt the Korean expressions ‘최고 Che Koh’!

Thanks to all wonderful participants, it became a highlight of the lesson with huge excitement.


This link provides a quick view of the Korean immersion lesson of the day.

This wonderful article was submitted by Ms Sophie Choi, Teacher Korean, NSW School of Languages.

DE Collegial Networks

Network Snapshots

This term is a busy term for most of the DE Collegial networks with a number of them finalising their writing tasks and planning activities for 2019. Read an overview of the network activities for the first three terms of 2018.

DE Collegial Wellbeing network – Coordinator change

Thank you – Rachel Angus

Our thanks to Rachel Angus for the great work she has done to initiate and lead this new network. In a very short period of time Rachel has gathered together a group of teachers from across the DE Schools to form a network that focuses on sharing strategies for the wellbeing of staff and students. As network coordinator, Rachel has organised a conference, network strategy and the sharing of resources. Thank you, Rachel!!

Welcome – Amelia ‘DE Paolo

Congratulations to Amelia ‘DE Paolo, teacher Sydney DEPS, who has recently been appointed as the new DE Collegial Wellbeing network coordinator. Amelia has been an active member of the network since it began and will do a wonderful job building on the progress that has already been made.

We wish Amelia all the best in this role and know the network members will work together to support network activities.

Department of Education News

Let the department know what you think of MyPL

School Policy and Information Management (SPIM) is conducting a survey of MyPL. We’d like feedback on the functions of the system, the support structures and changes from MyPL@Edu to MyPL.

Visit to complete the survey. It only takes about 15 minutes to do on mobile devices or desktop computers. The survey closes on 18 November. Individuals can’t be identified from responses.

Please complete the survey now to help the ongoing development of MyPL.

For mote information please contact, Lisa Tonkin R/Evaluation Adviser | Learning and Business Systems on 02 9244 5252.

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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