Evolution of the CAP website

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The Rural and Distance Education Unit now has a broader focus in the newDepartment of Education and Communities' new structure. It will have an increased emphasis on identifying and supporting rural schools on issues that are unique to their context. To reflect this focus you will see some changes to this website over the coming year. The ongoing priority of this website is to faithfully support all NSW rural and isolated schools in both NSWDEC and Catholic systems meet the needs of staff and students outside metropolitan centres.

James Nottingham

James Nottingham

Internationally known freelance trainer and educational consultant, James Nottingham recently worked with CAP schools in Western NSW as part of another highly successful CAP intiative. In this video James is talking with CAP Consultant Hugh Rasmussen about progress and assessment. 



A reminder of the amazing one-off opportunity being provided for your students directly from our Aboriginal Community to experience a range of interactive cultural experiences on video conference in Term 4. Registrations are now open through MyPL@ edu for DEC schools and via registration form for non DEC schools. Please click here to access the registration links. There are 7 VC events available on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Weeks 2, 3 4 5 and 7.

Feast of Words Writers’ Festival

Feast of Words Writers’ Festival 1

Eloquent sufficiency - a term that sums up the literacy appetite that was the 2012 Writers’ Festival. Coonabarabran High School celebrated its second annual Feast of Words in July. This exciting event grew from Coonabarabran HS hosting the launch of J.C. Burke’s novel of redemption, Pig Boy, in 2011. This year, school from across the region were invited to participate in the event for the professional development and student days.

Coonabarabran Public School - winner of Collie our environmental ambassador

Congratulations 5/6K!

Congratulations to 5/6K at Coonabarabran Public School. They are our winner of our Term 2 Dr Collie's adventure entitled 'Collie our environmental ambassador.' As Coonabarabran Public School  website states the school is 'renowned for its academic, cultural, sporting and welfare programs focusing on the needs and care of all students.' Well this is just further proof !  The three correct types of environments were: 1: River Systems, 2: Arid and 3: Wetlands.

Apps to support students with Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month, so there are lots of Apps on special or free for April (some are only for 24hrs). If you are looking for Apps to help students who have Autism, now is a good time to purchase. Many thanks to Jeanette Davies ICLT [Library Management and Inclusive Technologies] at Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Wollongong has kindly shared these discounted apps with us. 

Twitter as a professional learning tool

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It is always interesting and thought provoking to follow inspiring educational leaders and thinkers. Greg Whitby - Executive Director of Schools, Diocese of Parramatta his a prolific tweeter (and retweeter) well worth following. Some of his rcent tweets include: 

  • 90% of traffic across Net in 5 yrs will be video. Are we moving towards video literacy in schools? 
  • Modern libraries becoming community spaces & social hubs. Isn't ths what contemporary schools should also be?
  • if students have access to free knowledge on Internet - what is the value add of teachers in today's world?

Yenda Flood

Courtesy of Catherine Wren  we thought you might be interested to see some pictures of around Yenda and the amount of water they are dealing with flowing towards Beelbangera and Yoogali.

Professional learning for beginning & early career teachers in Equity schools

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Recently CAP Northern Network consultants – Toni Withers and Carla Saunders, joined with Priority Schools Program Consultants; Nina Russell, Wendy Foster, and PSP Partnership Officer -Heath Rogers, to deliver a Professional Learning experience to teachers in Equity schools in the New England Region.  “Kick start with Equity “was held at Inverell and involved 2 days of workshops, sharing and networking. Designed to connect Beginning and Early career Teachers in small, isolated and rural schools, the aim was to provide support targeting the professional needs of teachers from these schools.    

Peter FitzSimons on the Feast of Words menu

Peter Fitzsimmons

In what is a definite coup for the Coonabarabran High School Writer’s Festival 2012, the festival committee has announced the attendance of former rugby great and acclaimed biographer and sports writer Peter FitzSimons AM.