RAINBOW FUN: Charleville School of Distance Education Kickstart Conference colourful ending.
RAINBOW FUN: Charleville School of Distance Education Kickstart Conference colourful ending. Katrina Dunne

Isolated families get a kickstart into 2019

FAMILIES of the western region have travelled anywhere between two to eight hours to meet in Charleville for four days of jam packed specialist education.

Last week, the 2019 Charleville School of Distance Education Kickstart Conference was held with 57 home-tutors and parents and 78 students coming into town to participate in activities they would not have access to due to geographic isolation.

The students engaged in numerous sessions delivered by author Gregg Dreise, InRythym Drummers, Little Athletics and swim safety sessions delivered by local swim coaches, whilst the parents participated in a variety of professional development including curriculum upskilling.

School of Distance Education Deputy Principal Katrina Dunne said the event provided a reprieve for remote families who were struggling during the drought.

"This event gives them a break from the hardship of everyday life coping with the effects the drought is having on their family and properties around the southwest,” she said.

"It also gives them the chance to catch up and reconnect with the many families enrolled with us at SDE in Charleville.”

Anne-Marie Flynn, a parent who travelled more than two hours for the conference said the atmosphere and variety of presentations were most enjoyable this year.

"There was always something to learn throughout the week,” she said.

Parent Camille Kemp said the event motivated her to upskill her teaching and education talents.

Christie Clinch said the ability to meet the staff of CSDE and to get to know the other parents was the most enjoyable part of the week.

CSDE parent liaison officer Helen Cook, the organiser of the conference, said she hoped everyone took away fun times, memories and new friendships.

"Not only is it important that the curriculum aspects are covered but also that the parents and students can establish friendships and support,” she said.

"It's a great opportunity for mothers that live out on isolated properties to make friends and know they have someone they can call when they don't know what to do.”


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