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  • Queensland Government Home Education Unit Department of Education

    Home Education Unit Education House 30 Mary Street Brisbane PO Box 3710 South Brisbane BC Q 4101 Phone: 3513 6755 Freecall: 1800 677 176


    NATIONAL TESTING Years 3, 5, 7 & 9 - Update

    Children registered for home education who participated in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing this year can expect their results in Term 3, 2019. As soon as the Home Education Unit receives information from the Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority, which is expected from mid- August to September, individual results will be sent to parents.

    For further information about NAPLAN, refer to the following link for the National Assessment Program (NAP) website: http://www.nap.edu.au/naplan


    Volume 72

    Winter Edition 2019

    Dear Parents

    Welcome to the winter edition of the HEU newsletter.

    At times, parents send an email advising the HEU when they have posted the required written report on their child’s

    educational progress. Please note there is no need to send an email of this nature as the Unit does not follow up to

    ensure receipt of the material after such advice is received. The usual practice is the Unit will send you an email

    confirming receipt of a report. If you have not received an email after allowing for postage times and an additional

    1-2 days for the article to be scanned by the department’s security system, please follow up with Australia Post using

    the article’s tracking number.

    I would also like to remind parents of the arrangements regarding a nominated additional contact person for your

    child’s registration. On registration, you may have nominated an additional person (possibly your child’s other parent)

    with whom the HEU can discuss registration details about your child. It is important to note this authority remains in

    place unless otherwise advised in writing by the applicant parent.

    To remove or add an additional person or make changes to you or your child’s personal details, please use the

    Change of Personal Details for Home Education form available on the website.

    Also on the website is a short, 6 minute video Reflect Review Report which provides guidance on meeting your

    reporting obligations. You are strongly encouraged to watch this video prior to commencing your report.

    Best wishes

    Madonna Fogarty


    http://www.nap.edu.au/naplan https://education.qld.gov.au/schools-educators/other-education/home-education https://education.qld.gov.au/schools-educators/other-education/home-education/reporting

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    SCOOTLE is an online database of educational resources directly linked to the Australian Curriculum which is available (and free) to HEU registered families. Please note that parents of children who are provisionally registered are not eligible for Scootle registration.

    Available resources include video clips, information sites, games and material to promote critical and creative

    thinking. Further information can be found here. If you would like to access Scootle to support your child’s home

    education, please contact the HEU at homeeducation@qed.qld.gov.au.

    Please note, your Scootle request must be sent from the same email address the HEU has recorded on its

    database, and include your registered child’s name.


    What is it? A photographic identification card used to show a child is registered for home education.

    Who is eligible? Any child who is fully registered (ID cards are not available to provisionally registered children).

    How long is it valid? Cards align with each individual child’s registration date. However, in some cases, the card expiry may show

    a different date depending on several factors (such as covering the end-of-year holiday period).


    The Department of Transport and Main Roads determine concessions. Children aged 5 to 14 years fall under the child concession category. Students aged 15 years or older are eligible for a concession fare and will need to show the HEU ID card when purchasing tickets.

    HOW TO REQUEST AN ID CARD: Email an electronic passport style current photograph of your child to the HEU (blank

    background, head and shoulders, facing forward) to: homeeducation@qed.qld.gov.au. Unlike passport photos, smiles are permitted.

    Please include the following statement: This is a current photo of my child (full name). His/her birthday is (date); and our current postal address is (number, street, town/suburb, post code).

    http://www.scootle.edu.au/ mailto:homeeducation@qed.qld.gov.au mailto:homeeducation@qed.qld.gov.au

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    What’s on

    Brisbane City Council's Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium opened in 1978. Located in the Brisbane Botanic

    Gardens Mt Coot-tha, the Planetarium is home to the Cosmic Skydome - a 12.5-metre-diameter projection


    Visit the Planetarium to enjoy a show (including a tour of Brisbane's night sky), or visit the Display Zone. The

    Planetarium also includes an observatory, Galaxy Gift Shop and Sundial Courtyard. If you want to want to

    further your interest in the universe, you can find useful links to discover more about astronomy.


    NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and

    achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous

    communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range

    of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

    Follow the link to view NAIDOC Week events, teaching resources, news and FAQs: https://www.naidoc.org.au/about/naidoc-week

    https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/things-to-see-and-do/council-venues-and-precincts/parks/brisbane-botanic-gardens-mt-coot-tha https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/things-to-see-and-do/council-venues-and-precincts/parks/brisbane-botanic-gardens-mt-coot-tha https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/things-to-see-and-do/council-venues-and-precincts/sir-thomas-brisbane-planetarium/discover-more-about-astronomy https://www.naidoc.org.au/about/naidoc-week

  • Queensland Government Home Education Unit Department of Education

    If your child is thinking about a creative or IT career, you can discover pathways into the industry at the TAFE

    Queensland Coomera campus open day. The creative hub is open to the public on Saturday 20 July from 9am to

    1pm offering interactive exhibitions, demonstrations, tours and career advice.

    The state-of-the-art facility is home to specialised courses in cyber security, virtual reality, screen and media, graphic

    design, interior design, building design, software development, information technology, music and much more.

    There will also be displays and career advice from other areas including nursing, health, hospitality and trades.

    Visitors will be entertained with performances from current music students, as well as competitions and giveaways

    running throughout the day and 107.5 Radio Metro broadcasting live.



    The Cairns Festival was founded by the Cairns Regional Council on 26 May 1961 and it continues to

    grow under Council's direction, through Council's Cultural Services branch. The overriding vision of this local

    festival is to deliver a bright, bold and challenging program spanning visual and performing arts, culture and

    entertainment while showcasing the city's key cultural precincts, nurturing local talent and driving tourism.

    To learn more about the festival and planned events between 23 August and 1 September 2019, go to the

    Cairns Regional Council’s festival website at: https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/festival


    Programs and activities for children on the Queensland Government website

    Check out upcoming sports events, arts programs and activities for you and your children during the school

    holidays and beyond on the following link:


    https://go.tafeqld.edu.au/Coomera-Open-Day.html https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/festival https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/home https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/festival https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/holiday-activities/programs http://tafegoldcoast.edu.au/

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