Faith Christian School of Distance Education Service Agreement - How can Faith Christian School Serve you?
"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."
From Our Principal
If there is one thing I have learnt over the last 18 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. Advice from friends can be helpful but may be narrow, out of date or be based off learning experiences different to your own children's learning needs.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 or Home Based Education, as not “all roads lead to Rome”.
Our parents are working with a school that has a heart to serve and work in partnership with parents to get the best for students. This is an empowering success building path that gives the opportunity to experience success and provides courses that will open doors in the future to both Uni and TAFE or work placements.
A common question that I am being asked over the last 3 years is "how long will by student be required to sit at the computer?" I am able to assure parents that our program does not support plugging the children into the computer for online lessons and worksheets all day. We want out students working on paper with pen as much as practical, scribbling down ideas, mind mapping and showing their workings. This allows for parents to be involved with and in the students learning. This allows for teachers to be able to see where students are having trouble - not just that they have got it wrong or right. Even the experts are concerned about the amount of time students are spending on computers per day. I am very concerned by how much time students are distracted from learning when on the computer...
Please read through our list of services below and feel free to give us a call. Remember, we do not spend money on advertising and flash brochures (I think the Principals all go to the same course on this) we do not need to. If you went to find out what a school is really like, look at the newsletters - then you will see what is actually happening...
Jason Caldwell Principal Faith CSDE
Faith Christian School of Distance Education is registered in QLD to provide Distance Education and resources for over 1000 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 and 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/families. This process involves consultation and discussion with parents and working with students during an initial visit. Our experienced Teaching staff will usually visit and build a relationship before looking at a student's work samples. They will hear them read and/or work with them as required to ensure there is a good understanding of the student's learning needs. This helps to insure the set work is at the correct instructional level of the student to ensure they can experience success and make progress.
Personalised programs utilise a range of Quality Christian world view curriculum or available texts to meet ACARA & the needs of Australian students. We have written and developed our own curriculum for English and 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 successful.
To support the curriculum and student learning we provide high levels of teacher support in the form of:
- Regular Weekly lessons for Senior Years and subject groups. - This service is growing and we have over 35 dedicated DE Teaching staff and the server and ICT infrastructure to provide a range of online lesson interfaces. These lessons are usually recorded and can be stored for later access.
- Lessons on demand, utilizing Skype, Big Blue Button, Internet shared draw and the telephone. - Our teachers are there for you - they are not queezing you in around Day School classes or duties as they are dedicated to Distance Education. This is one of the most important aspects of our support that insures students (with parents) are able to progress consistently without being held up waiting for a call back. Waiting often leads to frustration and anxiety.
- Face to Face lessons are also provided during the 4 home visits per year or as required and where we have the resources available. These home visits give time for lessons and activities for students around where they need support or extension and training or modeling for parents.
- During regular fortnightly telephone and Skype contacts initiated by the teacher there is also the opportunity for teachers to follow up with Maths lessons and progress follow up, Assignment check points, regular conferencing of written drafts and hearing students read and share their work.
- In most areas we are also providing weekly library visits and face to face time. This has been very successful...
- A minimum of 4 local workshops per year provides organized group lessons that support aspects of the program.
- Labs for our Senior Students in Science, Maths A and B...
- Videos for most new concepts in the secondary English and Secondary Maths Texts (Y7 & 8 on it's way with years 9 & 10 completed). We want specific tutoring videos available for any new concept and also for introducing a new area. This ensures students understand the purpose of the particular Maths operation in real terms.
- A weekly online lessons outlining the work for the week for Secondary English.
- We also provide 2 summative and one formative report per year. These reports focus on progress and not just attainment. Reports are based off work samples collected and marked by our teaching staff, usually on location to give an opportunity for direct feedback to support ongoing learning.
- The curriculum is also supported by our 6 localised free libraries with thousands of dollars in quality early readers and early chapter books through to novels.
- Within our main library we also house Science kits, Microscopes and other learning resources.
- We also provide quality free workshop activities and training for parents in; creative writing, Pause, Prompt, Praise Reading Approach, Maths relational understandings, computer use and computers as learning tools, Art activities and music experience.
- Assistance for students with specific learning challenges or disabilities through our Learning support department.
- Informative Website support materials.
- Career counselling, Vocational Education and SET Planning to give clear paths to University, TAFE, or employment.
- A total of 11 Senior Subjects allowing students to attain a QCE internally.
- Integration of TAFE and Start Uni Now type programs and course into senior years of schooling.
- Endorsed Work Experience & School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships
- Naplan Testing and support.
Additional Services include:
- Family orientated affordable camps (Bi annual) – the last involved over 250 camping at the beach, turtle watching and participating in a wide range of other educational and social opportunities.
- Three camps annually for different grades.
- Annual Cross country, Athletics events.
- For students on Early Readers we provide the 2 sets of PM Readers per student at any one time.
- Annual, local, family orientated awards nights.
- Behaviour management support from an experienced parent and Teacher.
- Assistance for specific learning challenges and Special Needs Programs.
- Regular online news bulletins (two per term).
- Pastoral Christian support.
- Exciting Annual Missions Trips to Vanuatu – this year we have a team of 30 going.
We now have limited places available, and pre-enrolments for 2019 are starting to fill already. Interested families need to enquire as soon as practical and have an interview with our Principal. 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. It also gives an opportunity for us to answer specific questions and then if you feel that Faith is the right school for you we suggest pre-enroll.
We have experienced strong growth in enrollments over our seven 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 resources and programs that we are able to offer. We have not spent funds on advertising as we want to grow because we are providing top service and as a result of God's blessing.
Family fees for full time 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.
It will also allow for an unprecedented percentage (per student) of Government funding to be spent on tangible library resources to support our students’ programs. These resources will be managed with a new cost effective system to streamline traditional processes and turnaround times.
Families also make suggestions for helpful resources to be purchased. From early readers, and instructional videos to chemistry or robotics kits, our staff have the experience to realize the importance of budgeting for learning resources.
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 operation. 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 or our Administration on 07 3059 1881.