1. Confirming enrolment
All students must apply to enrol with the DECV each year, even if they have previously been enrolled. In order to enrol directly with us, students must meet our enrolment eligibility criteria. Click here to learn about DECV’s eligibility criteria.
Click here to find out more information about enrolment and to download the enrolment application forms.
Please note: All students require an email address prior to enrolment. There are a variety of free email services available. Please click here to learn how to set up a Gmail account.
Once your enrolment is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation email which includes the contact details for your DECV Learning Advisor. It will also include your five-digit student ID number and a once-off password for you to access the secure DECV online learning environment.
2. Purchasing required textbooks and learning materials
Alongside the materials developed by the teachers at DECV, certain subjects require textbooks and additional resources. These can be purchased from our recommended resource supplier, Campion Education. To view our book/resource lists and for instructions regarding how to place an order, please click here.
If your textbook or resource does not arrive in sufficient time, contact Campion Education to see how long the order will take. Then contact your subject teacher to inform them of the delay. Your teacher will be able to help you get started in the meantime.
All students at DECV require regular and reliable access to the internet. Our recommended electronic device and software supplier is JB Hi Fi. Students can browse a selection of devices and software on the JB Hi Fi education portal. Click here for more information.
3. Setting up an appropriate learning environment
It is essential that you have a space to study without disruptions. This includes:
- A suitable study desk, which is located in a quiet area (preferably outside of the bedroom), free of distractions, with plenty of natural light
- A computer with internet access
- Orderly space for DECV study materials and text books
- A safe place to store all completed work (hard copy or electronic). Copies of all work should be made before submission, regardless of whether work is being submitted in hard copy or electronically
- A copy of your weekly timetable to ensure that both you and your parent/carer are aware of time allocations and work submission dates.
4. Contacting your Learning Advisor
All students enrolled directly at DECV will have a DECV teacher allocated as their Learning Advisor. For Primary students, this will be their Class Teacher. The Learning Advisor is the main point of contact between you and DECV. They will contact you regularly to get to know you and to provide support and encouragement throughout the year. Once enrolled, you will be contacted by your Learning Advisor who will help you get started with your online orientation and assessment program.
School-based students generally do not have a Learning Advisor, as it is expected that similar support will come from their supervisor provided by their home school.
5. Completing your DECV Orientation Program
At the beginning of each year, students are required to complete an online orientation program. There are three of different orientation programs:
- Year F – 2 students will complete an Introductory Module
- Year 3 – 10 students will complete the Launch Pad Program
- Year 11-12 students will complete the 11-12 Orientation Program
As part of these programs, you will set up a structured weekly school timetable, devoting time each day to complete the required tasks in all subjects. Creating a study timetable provides the opportunity to set realistic and productive learning routines and study goals.
Students in Years F-10 participate in a variety of assessment activities in their orientation program in order to accurately identify their learning needs and develop an appropriate learning program. Students may be identified as needing a Standard Learning Program, a Customised Learning Program or an Individual Learning Plan. Subjects may be modified to accommodate your individual learning needs. Your Learning Advisor will work with you to develop your learning program.
6. Getting involved with the DECV community
At DECV we understand how important student interaction and involvement is. We provide a range of co-curricular opportunities for students of all ages to interact and get involved with the school community. Activities include camps, excursions, social events, online student clubs and our Student Voice and Leadership Team.
One of the best ways of finding out about upcoming events at DECV is to read our regular e-newsletter, Across the Distance. All students, parents and carers are automatically subscribed to this e-newsletter. If you would like to register a different email address, you can sign up using the form at the bottom of this page.
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