DE News 2018 T4 W06

Published on: Author: martindickens

“We become what we think about.” – Earl Nightingale

RDE news

Young Change Agents – Finley High, Deniliquin High School Pitch

Students preparing to present their pitch.

On Tuesday 13 November, students from both Deniliquin and Finley High Schools met to participate in the regional pitch day to celebrate their recent involvement with the Young Change Agents. In early September, students from Year 7 to 10 were involved in developing their skills in entrepreneurial learning through participating in a 2.5 day workshop that gave them strategies to consider, develop and launch their own prototype for a local social enterprise. Winning schools were then asked to pitch their idea at the regional event to local leaders in their community, including the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Edward River Council, CEO of the Deniliquin Ute Muster and a local social enterprise leader from Deniliquin.

Students with their certificates.

Whilst both schools presented to a high standard, the winners on the day were Finley High School with a project involving the development of a waste product recycling program to feed livestock in drought impacted areas of NSW. The team received both individual participant prizes along with a small amount of funding to help them launch their product in the community.

Congratulations to both schools on their enthusiasm to be involved in this exciting rural education initiative.

Rural and Remote Conference 2019

The 2019 Rural and Remote conference is being conducted in three venues for one day in each venue.

  • Tamworth: 29 July 2019
  • Dubbo : 31 July, 2019
  • Wagga Wagga: 2 August, 2019.

A planning team comprising of members from the RDE team, rural teachers and School Services teams has been formed to coordinate and facilitate the conference event.

The conference focus is on curriculum and wellbeing, with the structure including school workshops and keynote presentations and a planning session for delegates to work on strategies to take back to their schools and networks.

More information will be available next year when more details are available.

Rural and Remote Parent conference

A parent conference is being conducted in Dubbo on 31 July at the same venue as the Rural and Remote Conference. A planning team has also been formed to undertake the planning and hosting of the event. The planning team members are; presidents of the ICPA and P&C, RDE officer and coordinator, western rural distance education principals, rural teachers and state office personnel.

ICPA Supervisor’s Conference – 2019

A Supervisor’s conference is being held in Wentworth on Tuesday 5 March 2019, the day before the ICPA conference.

The themes covered during this conference include; information sharing from DoE, Distance Education and external support services, presentations on wellbeing, resilience and communication, teaching and learning strategies, technology and gathering of ideas from supervisors to assist them in their roles supporting students.

Planning has already begun with the team members; ICPA president and vice president, principals Bourke Walgett SODE, Dubbo SODE, SOTA and RDE coordinator, advisor and project officer.

Please contact the RDE office on 02 63348070 to speak to either Kym Knight, Kimberley Hill or Martin Dickens for more information.

DE School news

Southern Cross SODE newsletter

In this edition of the SCSODE Student Newsletter you will read the following articles:

  • Principal’s message
  • Primary news
  • Secondary news – Creative Arts
  • School and community events.

We appreciate receiving the SCSODE newsletter and always look forward to reading about the great activities and learning opportunities the school provides to it’s students.

PBL at Dubbo SODE

The PBL projects at Dubbo SODE have been achieving great outcomes for the students involved. Recently UTS invited the DSODE PBL team to write an article for their UTS Blog. This blog has been shared with us to read.

There is a sway link at the bottom of the article that can take people to the student’s end products and authentic audience feedback from the zoo education officer.

For more information please contact Kelly Pfeiffer, Head Teacher Teaching and Learning (Futures Learning) at Dubbo School of Distance Education on 02 5804 7140 and via her email

DE Collegial Network news

The DE Collegial networks are winding down for the year with some of them finishing writing tasks and planning for their 2019 network activities, such as network conferences and shared professional learning.

For more information please contact Kym Knight on 02 63348074.

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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