If there is one thing I have learnt over the last 15 years of working in Distance Education, it is the importance of good advice, resources and support. Good advice from someone who has a broad range of experience and has seen the outcomes of various approaches or curriculum products over time. Such advice rarely comes from someone trying to sell you their curriculum products or from someone who is pushing for enrolment growth. Advice from friends can be helpful but may be narrow, out of date or be based off learning experiences different to your own children's learning needs. I have often met parents who have brought numerous different programs, only to find they did not suit their learners level or needs.
Thus, it is important to pray when seeking advice and looking into Distance Education, as not “all roads lead to Rome”.Different roads may not affect your children's faith and God is merciful with a plan A, B and C… However, there is definitely the hard road and/or long road or a more empowering path success building road. Courses of action do affect attitudes of learners –especially where a program has not worked and created learning anxiety. Some courses even create a misunderstanding about what something is all about…
I remember talking to a family a decade ago who had been doing "their own thing" and they were convinced that their children were not capable in English and thus English was a waste of time. However, I found that the programs they had been using were teaching and testing their ability to memorize American grammar terms not English. English is instead about our ability to send, receive, understand and interpret communication in a variety of waysor modes... And our ability in English does, to a large extent determine our future educational and vocational opportunities.
Our children need access to quality curriculum, learning suport and resources to build knowledge, understanding, thinking skils, a solid Christian foundation and a love of learning for life.
This is why Faith Christian School of Distance Education exists.
When God directed me to work as a leader in Christian Distance Education 15 years ago, I realised I had found the learner centred educators that I had always longed to work with, they're called Mums and Dads!
Principal Faith CSDE
Quality Christian Distance Education for Families who want to work in partnership with caring and experienced teachers to help their students reach their God given potential.
Faith Christian School of Distance Education is registered in QLD to provide Distance Education and resources for Foundation to Year 12 students. Being enrolled in Distance Education ensures access to various Government supports and allowances. It is also good to know that the school you are with is legal and meeting Government requirements, has substance and a future.
Our Principal, or one of our experienced teachers, work hard to put together a quality personal programs for each of our students. This process involves consultation and discussion with parents and working with students during an initial visit. Our Teaching staff will usually look at a students recent work samples, hear them read and/or work with them as required to ensure there is a good understanding of the students learning needs. This helps to insure the set work is at the correct instructional level of the students to ensure they can experience success and make progress.
Personalised programs utilise a range of Quality Christian world view curriculum to meet ACARA & the needs of Australian students. We provide quality Christian World View curriculum units that we have written and developed for several areas. For example we are able to provide English creative writing & Social Studies units for Foundation through to Year 7 and full Secondary and Senior English programs that we have developed for use in the home environment. This curriculum has been very popular.
To support the curriculum and student learning we provide high levels of teacher support in the form of:
Additional Services include:
We now have limited place available and pre-enrolments for 2015 starting to fill already. Interested families to find out the immediate availability or think about pre-enrollment. They will then need to have an enrolment interview with our Principal, before sending in completed enrolment forms. This is usually a telephone interview and is informal but informative -to help us understand your students’ needs and to ensure you have a clear picture of what is involved.
We have experienced strong growth in enrollments over our first years of operation. We believe this is due to the quality of the service we offer and as our team has grown so has the resourses and programs that we are able to offer.
We have worked hard to maintain our service levels and to slow down the level of growth. We have not spent funds on advertising and even asked families at different times to keep information about the school to themselves. The in 2014 we needed to cap enrollments for most of Term 1 and part of Term 2.
Family fees for fulltime enrolment and services are very reasonable, as we believe everyone should have access to quality Christian Education. Contact our Registrar or Principal for details.
Building a large central building to hold a large number of staff is very expensive and of little benefit or relevance to students who live hundreds of kilometres away. Our families are looking for more local resources, home visits, workshops and a support system that works for them, not the other way around.
The most cost effective way to provide this is to have teachers who are based locally, working from local small Church offices. The funds saved in travel costs and building costs can be put back into lowering the Student -Teacher ratio, and provision of learning resources. This decentralized model also keeps the focus on the needs of the students, instead of the operation itself.
As our student enrolments grow additional teachers are employed. Our goal is to provide local area Resource Centres, staffed by suitably experienced Christian teachers who embrace the notion of Distance Education. The benefits of this model in service delivery to clientele have become obvious over our first two years of opperation. While maintaining a core Teacher to Student ratio of 1 to 45 or better, this decentralised model will ensure teachers are more accessible for “face to face” support.
Jason Caldwell has extensive experience working with Distance Education families and utilising a range of Christian curriculums and suitable secular curriculum. Mr. Caldwell is based in Brisbane but spends significant time travelling Queensland giving support to our Teacher and families, providing home visits and developing new services for families wanting to be more involved in the children’s education.
If you have any further questions or want to find out more about our programs please contact Mr. Caldwell on: 07 3299 5357 or 0427466333.