SCSODE - soon to amalgamate with NE Public School DE.

The Southern Cross School of Distance Education is soon to amalgamate with the Northern Campus of the North East Public School of Distance Education. This amalgamation with transition over the coming months and progress into next year with an official date for the amalgamation as day 1 term 2. There has been established a Project Control Group consisting of some of the executive staff, a member of the technology team and the directors to ensure a smooth transition and a considered approach to the amalgamation. The team aims to ensure that... Read more

Keeping Facebook Private

Facebook is a powerful social networking space. But for many parents who grew up squabbling with their siblings over access to the family phone it's a new frontier. Messages, comments, conversations and photos which were once exchanged personally are simply posted for many to see. Just how many depends on your child's Facebook privacy settings and the lengths they've gone to build up lists of cyber friends. Facebook is mostly a positive tool for social interaction, says Dr Kirsty Young, a specialist in education and social media at the... Read more

What parents should know about Instagram

It's hard to keep up with all the social media platforms and apps our kids want to use. Instagram is currently one of the most popular social networks for school-aged children at the moment. It's a free, photo and video sharing mobile application and social network for people aged 13 years and over. There's no age-verification process though, so younger children can create an account pretty easily, sometimes without parents even knowing. Instagram say they'll remove under-age users' accounts if they are reported. Instagram has just published... Read more

Managing exam stress

As students prepare for end-of-year exams, child psychologist Kimberley O'Brien, from Sydney's Quirky Kid Clinic, has some good advice to help families manage pre-exam stress. "Stress isn't necessarily a bad thing – adrenalin can be useful in helping kids stay on track, study longer and finish tasks more quickly," Kimberley says. "The problems arise when it takes over and your teenager starts to feel overwhelmed and even isolated." In a perfect world, your teenager will have organised their study and revision into... Read more

Careers and Transition Website

Our school has now provided its students and their parents/caregivers with a ‘School Careers Website'. You can find it at It's a "One Stop Shop" for your child's needs with their Career Planning, information, HSC, Post School Options and much more. They can also use it to create and save their resume. The site is also designed with you, the parent/caregiver in mind, to provide you with all the information you need about your child's Career Planning and post school options – and the information is constantly... Read more

When older kids struggle with reading

When older kids struggle to read and write, the issue can become fraught for the whole family. Parents can lose their patience and blame the child or themselves and the child loses their confidence and begins shying away from reading at all. Grades fall and interest in school can flag. Kids who struggle to read often try to hide it from teachers and parents, and develop unhelpful strategies, which only exacerbate the problems. Ways to encourage effective reading in older children Ask your child what subjects they would like to read about.... Read more

Wear It Purple Day

Wear It Purple Day

What is Wear it Purple Day? Wear it Purple wants young people everywhere to know that they have the right to be proud of who they are! Sex, sexuality or gender identity does not change this. Wear it Purple Day is simple... Wear purple on August 28 if you agree! Wear it Purple's vision is to see the wellbeing of rainbow young people become equal to their peers. We Wear it Purple to... CELEBRATE who we are as rainbow young people... Many of us feel isolated, so Wear it Purple Day is a way to bring together thousands of supporters'... Read more

Employment Opportunities

NORTA NORTA tutors are required for Northern NSW education venues managed by Southern Cross School Distance Education. Candidates require a: University degree in an approved field current Working with Children Check Successful candidates will need to complete Departmental Mandatory Training requirements – Anaphylaxis, Child Protection, e-Emergency. Submit resume to NORTA NORTA Coordinator outlining qualifications and experience in working with secondary school students to or ph 66810300 for further... Read more

Nurturing the artist in your child

Your child may not go on to become a famous musician, actor, dancer, filmmaker or artist. But by nurturing the artist in your child you can help them grow up able to think for themselves, problem solve and work out different ways to do things. They'll also be better able to see different points of view, communicate and express their feelings in different ways. Here are some top tips: Stimulate your child's senses - Provide opportunities for your child to experience different sights, smells, sensations and sounds. These sensory activities are... Read more

Sorting fact from fiction

You can't always trust what you read when researching information for homework, assignments or projects. Here are ways your child can tell a good website - or any document - from a bad one. Reader beware With so much information on the web and no-one responsible for fact checking, students need to look out for: bias and hidden agendas factual errors outdated information information which is country specific commercially motivated information. Play the detective Colleen Foley is a curriculum adviser who helps school librarians with the NSW... Read more

Social media, kids and privacy

Regardless of your child's age, the world may already know a lot more about them than you suspect. According to recent research: 92% of children under the age of two have a digital presence (it starts with proud parents posting newborn baby photos on Facebook or Instagram) a quarter of Australian children aged between eight and 12 use Facebook, despite the minimum age for a user being 13 more than 20 per cent of tweens publish photos of themselves on the photo-sharing website Instagram young people between the ages of 14 and 19 have an... Read more

New Anti-bullying Technology

A new website and mobile application have been designed to help parents and students address bullying. The Bullying, No Way! website includes interactive applications, including a game for students to learn how to deal with bullying, and videos for parents and students. The site also includes information on: helping your child if they are being bullied identifying the signs that your child might be bullying others help and support. The website and the Take a Stand Together mobile app were launched to coincide with the National Day of Action... Read more

Vocational Education at School

Staying on to complete the HSC isn't only a good idea for students who are planning university studies. Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses can be taken as part of their senior studies, so your child may want to undertake a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship while doing the HSC. There are also options to do workplace learning in Years 11 and 12, which means kids who previously would have left in Year 10 now are able to stay at school while they get practical skills. Almost all VET courses in schools lead to nationally... Read more

Emotional Support for Parents

As parents, looking after ourselves is something that seems to get put way down the list of priorities. Everything and everyone are somehow organised, nurtured and sorted out irrespective of how we may be feeling. If life appears to be getting out of control or you're not coping so well, don't think you have to manage it alone. The old adage ‘a problem shared is a problem halved' has truth in it, and there are plenty of professional services which can help you in a time of need. School counsellors When there is an issue in some way related to... Read more

8 Tips for Writing Skills

Extracted from the Schools A to Z Website Use these practical tips to help your child to work out the best way to express themselves through their writing. Help your child to understand writing tasks that they may have been given for homework. Ask them to talk about what has to be done. Help your child to use reference materials such as dictionaries, thesauruses, encyclopaedias, CD-ROMs and the internet. Before your child attempts a task, help them to understand what reference materials are needed by talking about the task and asking... Read more

Motivating Lazy Children

Why do some children lead a lazybones life, while others tear around the sports field? Is it a hereditary trait? And what can parents do to encourage those children to get up off the sofa, or switch off the computer, and get a little physical? Children's exercise specialist from Melbourne's RMIT University Dr Jeff Walkley says while everybody is born active some children learn a few lazybone habits early on, and in those cases parents can play a vital role in helping those kids to get moving a little more. Switching off Parents can help... Read more

Homework Help Newsletter

Did you know that you can subscribe to updates from the award-winning website, School A to Z? Each term you'll receive newsletters with the latest information to help you support your child's education with homework and study help, technology assistance and health updates. School A to Z has been created by parents at the education department to answer the common questions and challenges parent's face on a daily basis. The free School A to Z mobile app, which features the popular Spelling Bee and Maths Monkey games for kids, has been downloaded... Read more

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