What is eCalrossy?
Calrossy is seeking expressions of interest in an inventive distance education program.
- If you see the value in independent school education but cannot afford six years of boarding school, eCalrossy may be another option
- If you want your child to be schooled at home, eCalrossy may allow you to achieve this without you having to worry about meeting curriculum and NESA requirements
- If you are travelling out of NSW, eCalrossy might allow you to continue with an NSW based education at a high standard
See below for more information and contact details.
What is it?
- Full-time distance education for Year 7 2021
- Students are in almost 100% of school time contact with their teachers and fellow distance education students
- No ‘old fashioned’ physical mail of learning materials to/from school
- A dedicated distance education class where the teachers’ focus is purely on the distance education students during that lesson
- Students follow a typical school timetable and are taught by Calrossy specialist teachers for each subject
Is it as good as being at Calrossy ‘in person’?
- No, because there is not the same quality of connection between students and student with the teacher as being physically in the same place
- No, because distance education students will not have the same language options (in Year 8) and elective offerings (Year 9) as internal Calrossy students. For distance education students, these will be selected for them.
- No, because distance education students will not have access to the sports and other extra-curricular offerings other Calrossy students have
What is the cost?
- Annual school fees of approx. $5000
- ICT levy each term to cover the cost of a Calrossy set-up Macbook with required software which will be issued to your child. In 2019 this fee is $150 per term
- Purchase of Calrossy sports uniform: 3 shirts, 2 shorts, track suit, 5 pairs socks (current total price approx. $420) to be worn each school day and during residential sessions
- Your costs to transport your child to and from Calrossy for the 3 residential sessions each year
Using technology to full benefit
- Each distanced education student at Calrossy will be issued with a school set-up Macbook and be oriented into its use in the January residential week
- Video conferencing software enables dynamic interaction, interactive teaching and active learning to take place for almost all of the distance education student’s school day
- Interaction between students can be facilitated, including discussions and group work
- Video conferencing software provides teachers with the means to monitor students working on learning activities
- Access a quality independent education earlier in secondary school than might otherwise be possible
- Following the NSW curriculum
- Taught by Calrossy’s teachers
- Calrossy has the record of the best HSC outcomes of any school in the New England/North West of NSW
- Forward-thinking use of ICT for distance education
- Move to becoming a Calrossy internal student from Year 10, already being used to Calrossy’s educational standards and expectations
- There will be 3 residential sessions in which distance education students stay in Calrossy’s boarding houses and participate in educational and social experiences to supplement the distance learning
- These are compulsory
- The residential sessions are required by NESA in order for Calrossy to meet educational requirements so that students can work towards a Record of School Achievement (issued by NESA) in later years
- Residential sessions will involve Science pracs, practical PDHPE, History/Geography fieldwork, Technology hands-on experiences, social opportunities, etc.
- The residential session costs are covered within the school fees paid by distance education families (apart from transport to and from)
- The three residential sessions will take place in mid-January, early July and early October (when other Calrossy students are on holidays), each requiring attendance for all of Monday to Friday inclusive
When is it offered and for which years?
- Operation of this program will be dependent on sufficient interest to make it viable
- Year 7 in 2021
- Years 7 & 8 in 2022
- From 2023 eCalrossy will be available for Years 7, 8 & 9
After Year 9
- A student who enrols in Calrossy’s distance education program will only be able to continue this mode of learning until the end of Year 9
- In Year 10 he/she is encouraged to become an internal student at Calrossy for the senior years of secondary
- Students who complete Years 7-9 via Calrossy’s distance education will not (yet) be eligible for a RoSA issued by NESA, however if they continue as an internal student in Year 10 at Calrossy, the school can verify that they have met NESA’s requirements and he/she will be eligible for the RoSA or, by Year 12, the HSC.
- Calrossy will issue a report to another school listing requirements towards the RoSA which have been met should a student transfer to another school after having been a Calrossy distance education student
- Already used to Calrossy’s standards & expectations
What is required of students & families?
- A suitable physical and supportive environment in which the child can participate in the Calrossy distance education program
- Appropriate supervision of the child
- A commitment to enabling the child to attend all 3 of the residential weeks at Calrossy each year
- A suitable internet connection to enable the video conferencing connection
- A commitment to the child ‘attending’ their distance education lessons 8:40 to 3:00 (NSW time) each school day
- Payment of the Distance Education Program fees, ICT levy, transport to Calrossy for residential sessions and purchase of listed sports uniforms
- An enrolment interview (probably at family residence) to assess mutual suitability and expectations of the distance program, the school, the student and the family
Call: (02) 5776 5100 and the Deputy Principal will return your call