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SOUTHERN CROSS DISTANCE EDUCATION CENTRE AN INTRODUCTION FOR NEW STUDENTS IN 2012 WHERE IS IT LOCATED? The Distance Education Centre, often shortened to the DE, is located in East Ballina. This is on the NSW east coast and is one hour’s drive south of the Queensland border and two and a half hours drive north of Coffs Harbour. Southern Cross School K-12 Distance Education Centre How to contact us; Telephone: 02 66869112 Facsimile: 02 66869285 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Free Number: 1800 672 798 Chickiba Drive, Ballina NSW 2478 Education wherever you are….. Southern Cross School K-12 Principal Mr John Baker WHO CAN I TALK TO? Mr David Cox is the Deputy Principal of the Southern Cross Distance Education Centre (SXDEC) and is responsible for the overall running of the centre. Enrolments North/West Region Mr John McVeigh is Head Teacher of Distance Education. He is responsible for the enrolment and support of the full time DE students in the Northern and Western Areas. Enrolments South/Central Region Ms Kim Edwards is Head Teacher Welfare Distance Education. She is responsible for the enrolment and support of the full time DE students in the Lismore and Southern Area. Board of Studies / Single Course Enrolments Mr Tom Llewellyn is a Head Teacher of Distance Education. He is the Board of Studies Administrator and can answer any of your pattern of study questions and also any questions involving the Board of Studies. You can always talk to your teachers if you are having problems with your schoolwork. If they are not available at the time you call, they can ring you back when they are available. The Office Staff can answer many questions, connect you with your teachers or leave messages for your teachers. YEAR ADVISORS Your Year Advisor is here to help you. If you are having problems or concerns, your Year Advisor is another person you can contact at SXDE. Year 7 Advisor Mr Brian Mitchell Year 8Advisor • Mrs Nancy McAndrew North/West region • Mrs Hedda Whitfield South/Central region Year 9 Advisors Mr Fraser Munro North/West region Mrs Jean Pike South/Central region Year 10 Advisors Mrs Amanda Pratt North/West region Mrs Maria Kersaitis South/Central Year 11 Advisors • Ms Alison Bryant North/West region • Mr Gerry Coffey South/Central region Year12 Advisor • Mrs Diane Lewis North/West region • Mrs Michelle Dowling Central / South region Mrs Margaret Thurgate is the Pathways Co-ordinator 11/12. Mr Geoff Smeal manages Special Provisions for HSC students. Mr Ross Glover is responsible for the coordination of all the computers used by Southern Cross Distance Education students. Please call him if you have any questions or problems. School Library Students have access to the Southern Cross School library. Mr Colin Ross – the Librarian Careers Ms Donna Ryan is the Careers Advisor who can advise you on post school options, university and TAFE entrance and much more. Transition Advisors Mrs Diane Lewis North/West region Mr Gerry Coffey South/ Central region WHAT HAPPENS TO MY SCHOOLWORK? The mailman delivers your work to the Distance Education Centre. The mail is marked in on your electronic record card and each title page is given a date by which it is to be returned to you. Your work is placed in your teacher’s tub. Teachers correcting work, preparing work and a phone lesson in progess When the work has been marked, it is placed in your tub ready for posting. The work is now recorded as being marked and is posted back to you. What to expect when your work arrives. • Your first package will have approximately 6 weeks of work for each subject. •Each subject will have work broken into weekly sections – these are called title pages. •Each subject has a different coloured title page. E.g.. Title pages are to be A Title page…. done in the numbered order Your teacher will set your week’s work Write your here comments here.. Was the work too easy? Did it take you one or ten hours to complete? Has something happened Your that you think your supervisor teacher might like to must sign know about? here and date your work before When your work is posting returned, your teacher will have made written comments and corrections. Don’t forget to check over your work thoroughly Visits by Teachers Teachers visit many of our full time students during the year. This is an opportunity for you to meet with some of your teachers. They will assist you in completing some aspect of your work and discuss any problems you are experiencing. They travel in the SXDE four wheel drive. You will be contacted prior to any visit so that a suitable time can be organised. Mini Schools At various times the DE may run a mini school. This is where a number of students travel to a regional centre or to the Distance Education Centre for one or two days to work on special school projects and mix with other DE students. Getting organised…… •Fill in a timetable so that you do some work in each subject each day. •Sort your title pages in subject areas (placing title page number 1 at the top of the pile). It may be a good idea to file all the title pages of each subject in separate folders. •To start your work take title page 1 for each subject area – this will be your first week’s work which must be completed and posted at the end of the week. •If possible you should send a completed title page for every subject each week. •If you have any questions or problems with your work, contact your teacher . Planning your time…… Having a routine that works for you will ensure your success. At school you would spend approximately 5 / 6 hours per day. This includes lesson time and breaks. You will need to spend the same amount of time on your DE studies. How will you arrange your day? When you are planning your time remember to include homework / revision time. Build in some rewards for your efforts eg. watch your favourite TV show, a good book, a game, snack break etc. Here is a blank time table that you may like to use. You may want to turn it into a poster to have near your workspace. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Before School 9 am 10 am 11 am 12 pm 1 pm 2 pm 3 pm After School If you think you would have trouble working to the previous timetable, here is a different example of a timetable for a junior student. You may find it easier to stick to this style of timetable. Day Session A Session B Session C 9.00 am 11.00 am 2.00 pm Monday Maths Geography Visual Arts Tuesday English History Music Wednesday Science PDHPE Careers Thursday Maths English Science Friday Geography / History Music / Pack up title page Vis Arts and post off In summary…… Organise your work and your time carefully. Try to complete and return to the DE one title page each week in each subject that you are studying. Talk to someone if you are having problems. We wish you every success in your studies.
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