A group of parents is looking for Defence Families to be part of a proposed new school especially for children of ADF members.
The schooling model is based around school-based distance education which is currently used in many country and isolated schools to access subjects unavailable to students.
Students attend a regular school but all classes are online with classroom support provided by teachers and teachers aids. This would allow children to be in the same school and class year after year and without disruption even if they went overseas.
The group says children will be well-supported especially if they have special needs or learning difficulties as classes and programs can be far more individually tailored than in a regular classroom setting.
The group is currently proposing to set up a number of classrooms across Australia on bases with smartboards and computer access with teachers and teachers aides. This option gives the group plenty of facilities that dependents have access to without needing to duplicate our own (i.e. padre, sporting and gym facilities, canteen etc). Also it will give members more ability to get involved in their child's education, ie. listen to reading at morning tea time or playing a game of soccer at lunch.
You can check out The Brisbane School of Distance Education (BSDE) who will be the group's school provider: http://brisbanesde.eq.edu.au/wcms/.
BSDE offers programs for school (K to 13) school based apprenticeships, VET, and pathways to university with all major subjects required for university entry offered. BSDE is a public school so there would be little or no cost to families. Students outside Queensland can also access the school providing certain conditions are met.
If you interested in this education model, please contact Rebecca at email@example.com.