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Welcome to the Year F-10 Subschool

  • We would like to welcome all students and their parents/carers and supervisors to the Year F-10 Subschool at the DECV. We would like to introduce the Year F-10 website to inform you of important news, dates and coming events for each term.

    To make the most of the learning opportunities at DECV, a supportive environment for each student is very important. This requires all those in the partnership to be fully aware of their roles and responsibilities and to ensure that these are undertaken. Ongoing communication between parents, teachers and students is vital.

    Who are our Students?

    Who are our Teachers?

    We have students from a wide range of backgrounds. There are some students who are enrolled at the DECV because they are travelling within Victoria, Australia or overseas. For some of our students, illness or medical issues prevent them from attending mainstream school. For some, it is too far to travel to the local school and others are involved in elite sports programs, dance programs or the entertainment industry. We offer Individual Learning Plans for all students. All teachers at the DECV are registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. They have a wealth of experience and knowledge and regularly attend professional development to maintain up to date skills. Currently all staff are involved in professional development in creating interactive online curriculum.  Teachers contact students via phone, SMS, email, Skype and online collaborative activities.

    To contact your teachers, phone reception on 8480 0000 or contact them via phone or email directly.

     

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    Every day counts – school attendance

    We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day.

    At the DECV, this means undertaking the learning program and submitting work according to the individual submission timetable and being in regular (weekly) contact with teachers.

    This aims to encourage engagement with DECV studies and assist in the achievement of learning goals, which in turn has a positive impact on students reaching their desired educational pathway after compulsory schooling.

    Submitting work according to the individual submission timetable is vital, but if for any reason your child is unable to adhere to the timetable, there are things we can do together to ensure they don’t fall behind:

    • Speak with your subject teacher and find out which learning tasks your child needs to do to keep up.
    • Develop an effective study routine with your support teacher and ensure your child stays on track.

    The Department of Education and Training (DET) has developed a new policy around student attendance and engagement which came into effect from 1 March 2014 and the DECV is committed to ensuring our students are engaged with their learning. At the DECV, student attendance and engagement is centred around submission of student work and contact with their teachers. If you’re having issues with your child engaging with their learning program at the DECV, please let your  child’s Learning Advisor know so we can work together to engage your child in their learning.

    Does my child need any additional learning materials other than those sent by the DECV? Yes, some subjects require a text book that needs to be purchased through our book supplier. Mathematics subjects also require the purchase of a calculator. The booklist was sent in your child’s package or can be accessed from our website www.distance.vic.edu.au


  • What is the Portal?

    The Portal will allow you to have access to vital information regarding your student’s progress. This will include your student’s current subject status and assignments. You will be able to access your child’s mid-year and end of year reports through the Portal.


    How do I get on to the Portal?

    To register go to http://portal.distance.vic.edu.au and insert your email address as supplied to DECV as well as your first and family name. The school will contact you with your password details.


    What is a Learning Advisor(LAd) and do all students have a Learning Advisor?

    A LAd is similar to a home group teacher. They will contact Support Group Students regularly throughout the year to support and encourage students with their Learning Plan and discuss and develop personal learning goals with their students. School based students do not usually have a Learning Advisor as they have similar teachers in their regular school.

    For Primary students, their classroom teacher is their Support Teacher.


    What is the best way to support my child?

    It is very important that students have a space to study without disruptions. Encourage students to utilise the timetable negotiated with the Learning Advisor during the Launch Pad module. Always be positive, encouraging and focus on achievements. Contact the subject teacher or Learning Advisor to develop strategies to support student learning and engagement.


    What if work is damaged/lost/stolen? 

    Please ensure that copies of work are kept either, electronically or in hard copy prior to submitting.


    What if the workload is or has become unmanageable? 

    Please contact the Learning Advisor to discuss possible modifications to the Learning Program. This may take the form of a modified program, subject reduction or extension of time depending on individual circumstances. Documentation is required for medical circumstances and may be requested in other circumstances.


    What is the best way to send work?

    It is recommended to utilise the online submission tool in the online environment. If submitting via post, please note that postal services take time and there is the possibility that work can get lost or be delayed.


    Can I meet my child’s teachers?

    Yes of course you can! We recommend that students meet their teachers if possible, as this improves the overall education experience and assists with engagement. Phone the Learning Advisor to arrange a meeting at the DECV.


    How will I be informed of my child’s progress?

    Parents will be informed of their child’s progress through regular discussions with teachers. Parents can access reports and number of work submissions via the Portal. Regular communication between students, parents and teachers is vital at DECV.


    What is the Student Management Action Plan (SMAP)? 

    At the DECV student Learning Program submissions are equivalent to attendance.

    Students are required to engage with their Individual Learning Program and have regular contact with teachers to maintain enrolment. The SMAP process is activated when a student is not engaging with their Learning Program. The green letter is the first stage of the process and it aims to encourage the student and parent to contact the Learning Advisor. Following this contact, if the student does not engage and work is not submitted within 10 days, an amber letter is sent with strategies for re-engagement. If unsuccessful, a red letter is the final stage of this process and involves a discussion with the relevant Student Coordinator and the Pathways team to discuss enrolment at the DECV or alternative settings.

    Please note: Activation of the SMAP process may affect Centrelink payments.


    What if my child requires additional support?

    Please contact the Learning Advisor who may make a Student Services Referral if required. Once a Wellbeing caseworker is allocated, additional supports will be discussed. The Wellbeing team has a Social Worker and a Student Inclusion Coordinator who provide further advice and assistance.


  • Portal

    The Portal is available for parents and supervisors to track student progress and access reports. This includes current subject status, assignments and reports. To register go to http://portal.distance.vic.edu.au, insert your email address as supplied to DECV, your first and family name. A confirmation email address and password to access the Portal will be sent.


    Student Voice make a difference to DECV students

    The DECV will be running Student Voice and Leadership this year for interested students from Year 5 to Year 12.  We are looking for interested and motivated students who would like to make a difference and in doing so, will benefit from these great rewards:

    • Making friends
    • Having fun
    • Organising events
    • Staying connected
    • Participating in leadership training and events
    • Confidence building
    • Having a voice at DECV
    • Make a difference to the DECV on your community
    • Look great on your resume

    For more information about Student Voice and how to apply go to:
    http://www.distance.vic.edu.au/students-page/student-voice/


     


  • Portal

    The Portal is available for parents and supervisors to track student progress and access reports. This includes current subject status, assignments and reports. To register go to http://portal.distance.vic.edu.au insert your email address as supplied to DECV, your first and family name. A confirmation email address and password to access the Portal will be sent.


    Student Voice make a difference to DECV students

    The DECV will be running Student Voice and Leadership this year for interested students from Year 5 to Year 12.  We are looking for interested and motivated students who would like to make a difference and in doing so, will benefit from these great rewards:

    • Making friends
    • Having fun
    • Organising events
    • Staying connected
    • Participating in leadership training and events
    • Confidence building
    • Having a voice at DECV
    • Make a difference to the DECV on your community
    • Look great on your resume

    For more information about Student Voice and how to apply go to:
    http://www.distance.vic.edu.au/students-page/student-voice/


    Careers/ Work Experience

    The Careers Coordinator is Sean Tehan. You can ask for advice on any career related matter by phoning, emailing, writing or visiting the DECV. Sean Tehan can be contacted on: Phone: 03 8480 0195 / Email: stehan@distance.vic.edu.au

    You can also visit the DECV Careers website to assist you with your career planning or refer to the following links:

    Each student in Years 7 to 12 will have an opportunity to work with their Learning Advisor to develop a Career Action Plan. This will begin during the Launch Pad Module.


  • Your feedback is important to us as we appreciate how important two-way communication is for a successful partnership.

    Email feedback to: feedback@distance.vic.edu.au