DE News: 2012-T2-Week 6

"A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated" Horace Mann

School News/Network News

BLUE EARTH KIDS 01Queanbeyan DE "Bluearth" Program

Queanbeyan DE has recently been adapting lots of face to face programmes that focus on well-being, to suit their DE setting. It seems that there is an ever increasing need to address issues of emotional and social well-being. They have adapted the ‘Bluearth’ programme to be DE friendly,and in order to introduced it to their students and supervisors at their week 4 mini school ‘Gathering’ .

 Bluearth is a national, philanthropic not-for-profit organisation that believes;

  • Movement education and physical experiences are essential to live fully.
  • Whole person health requires an approach that integrates body, mind and spirit.
  • Meaningful experiences contribute to lifelong habits.

The goals of Bluearth are;

  • To establish an applied integral framework for whole person health and wellbeing.
  • To encourage and support the holistic development of development of individual and the community through physical activity.

Bluearth has a broad application approach drawn from developmental kinesiology, developmental movement, physical conditioning, Eastern self-development practices and Western Psychology, philosophical and contemplative disciplines.

Besides the clear physical benefits of active lifestyles, Bluearth maintains that a number of psychological benefits can also be acquired through the medium of physical activity.  It emphasises a psychosocial approach because research consistently shows that lifelong choices to participate in health promoting physical activities are dependent upon perceptions of competence, enjoyment and satisfaction.   

Bluearth itself does not provide a set of lesson plans rather it sets out the 4 key elements to optimise healthy learning and development.

  1. Self-Awareness
  2. Self-Acceptance
  3. Purposefulness
  4. Self-Responsibility

There are also 6 categories of activities that can be incorporated and adapted within a Bluearth Lesson Template to create a balanced lesson.

  1. Coordination and Agility
  2. Skill Activities
  3. Movement challenges and Games
  4. Dynamic Movement
  5. Parkour
  6. Core Movement

 Elements underpinning the Bluearth Activities are;

  1. Alignment (posture and structure)
  2. Connectivity (recruitment and coordination of skills)
  3. Energetics (stability and efficiency of movement)
  4. Breathing ( rhythmical breathing, coordinated with movement)
  5. Attentiveness (ability to remain focused on the task/activity)

BLUE EARTH KIDS 02The essence of the Bluearth Approach is to create the climate that encourages engagement in physical activity and promotes healthy Individual development, in an environment of increased inactivity and sensory overload.  Perfection is not necessary, just being conscious of the 4 key elements and making small steps towards effective practise, vitality, awareness and quality and control of movement will create change and growth.

Bluearth is a thoughtful, practical and motivating combination of sport/games, movement, breathing and yoga/Pilates for kids.  It really is FAB, and the teachers and students of Qeanbeyan DE love it and have been doing it themselves at staff meetings!

 As soon as the staff at Queanbeyan have written up programmes for different stages they will be happy to share these widely in the DE network.  In the meantime have a look on line at

Sue Boyd from Queanbeyan DE will be presenting on the Blue Earth Program during the Primary Network session at the 2012 DEtopia Symposium.  Anyone with questions can call Queanbeyan DE on 6299 2966.

Hay SoTA - Visioning Workshop

A whole school workshop was conducted in week 4 for the school and parents of  Hay SoTA to create a vision of excellence and operational model/s for their campus.  Parents travelled many kilometres, some in excess of 300k's, to attend thquestionnairesny of those who couldn't attend offered their input through questionaires and surveys conducted prior to the meeting by staff, ensuring contribution and input from the whole school community. 

Kym Knight, Coordinator RDE, facilitated a process for the parents, Tricia Jarratt (Assistant Principal Hay SoTA) and Peter Farquar (Relieving Principal SoTA Broken Hill and Hay) to share their views and collaboratively develop their vision of excellence, values and model's for operational consideration. Mike Tom Manager RDE provided the parents with an overview of the state wide operation oenrollmentscia Jarratt updated parents on the demographics of the school enrollements, school and student successes and upcoming school activities.

A similar workshop will be facilitated with the parents of the Broken Hill SoTA

Dubbo SoDE-Creative Arts work samples

Aspiring young year 5 Dubbo SoDE artist Tahlia, has been creating magnificent art pieces as part of the Creative Arts unit, 'Duller Without Colour'. 

        tie dyed fabric using marbles and edicol dye.            Dry paper straw blowing

One of the pieces of work was created with straw blowing and the other is tie dyed fabric using marbles and edicol dye.



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Creative Educator

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Equella Repository Update

The distance education repository is due to begin the process of user tesrting and it is likely that when this newsletter is published their will be representatives from your school accessing the test version of Equella. It is critical that this process highlights any changes that can be made to make the process of contributing and searching for items easier. Greg Alchin will be managing this process and will lead users in an orientation session before they complete a series of tasks that will reflect typical use of the repository in distance education.


Web2AccessThis resource by the University of Southampton aims to help those making decisions about their use of freely available 'Web 2.0' interactive and collaborate e-learning tools. Each Web 2.0 site can be searched or browsed by a specific Activity or it's performance in our usability/accessibility checks. The ratings provided are subjective, although they are based on the use of manual and automatic checks as discussed on the Test pages. The ability to browse by Disability is also based on the checks they passed. The site is funded by JISC TechDis is a leading UK advisory service on technologies for inclusion.

Upcoming Events!

DE Symposium 2012

This is a great opportunity for DE teachers to network, share and receive professional learning on DE pedagogy.  Workshop / Expo focus areas: 1: Learning Design & Production, 2: Supporting & Engaging Students and 3: DE Pedagogies. 

Key Conference Links

Professional Learning Offered by the RDE Unit

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Newsletter contacts

Call Kym, Greg or Suzie on 0263348070 or by emailing rde [at] det [dot] nsw [dot] edu [dot] au