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How do I access online payments?

It is now possible for parents to make online payments to the school for amounts owing for students. Payments can be made using either a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card, and can be made via computer, tablet or mobile phone. 

Click on this link to access the secure Westpac payment page.

$ Make a Payment

You will no longer be in the school’s website. The payment process is intuitive and follows the format of many other online payments that are used every day.

How do I make a payment?

The Payment Description details should come from the school invoice (Statement of Account) or as a list of items issued by the school. From the initial payment page payers will complete the details, some of which are mandatory (marked with an *), before confirming the payment details and completing the payment. A receipt can be printed from the payment page and/or be emailed to the payer. As a receipt has been issued from the payment page a further receipt will not be issued by the school.

You can enter the Student Registration Number and Invoice number if you are aware of them, but these are optional.

Additional lines can be accessed by using the button once a payment item box has been selected. For any option it is mandatory to include both a payment description and payment amount. The following list shows the total number of lines available for each transaction:

Voluntary school contributions (1 payment only).

Subject contributions (up to 10 payments) use this for specific subject contributions eg General Subject Contribution, Visual Arts – Elective only: Years 9 and 10.

Excursions (up to 5 payments) use this for specific excursions eg Skyzone excursion.

Sport (up to 5 payments) not generally used at SDEHS.

Creative & Practical Arts (up to 5 payments) please use subject contributions.

Sales to Students (up to 5 payments) use this for anything purchased by a student eg Calculator.

Other (up to 5 payments). Not generally used at SDEHS.

For any enquiries regarding the Online Payment process please contact the School Administration Office on 9383 0200.

How I can provide advice to the school that I have paid online?

If you have made an online payment for ANY invoice, please tick the box on the payment form and include the receipt number provided when you complete the online payment process.

Online receipt

General Information PDF Print E-mail

Parents in Learning

Students learn best, and have improved health and wellbeing outcomes, when they have a secure, stable and positive learning environment.

At Sydney Distance Education High School we believe that success in distance education is dependent on the student, family, supervisor, teacher and school working together in partnership.

Role of Supervisor

Supervisors play a vital facilitating role; they are the link between the school teachers and the student. They are partners with the school teachers in the delivery of education. Their main role is to guide, encourage and support students in developing independent learning skills and enabling students to do set tasks in the negotiated time.

We aim to make this partnership a positive one and to encourage and facilitate communication at all levels.

Change of Supervisor form

School Newsletter

The school newsletter helps you keep in regular and up to date contact with the events, study days, excursions and other activities which are occurring at school. Student and supervisor input is welcome. To download current and past newsletters click here.

Contact Us

Do you have any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions for how to improve our communication and team approach?

Let us know by completing the Contact Us form on our website.

Technology Guide for Parents

Find out about all the technologies your child could be using at school, at home and on the go! Click magazine is full of information about how things work, what is good about them and things you may need to be careful of.

General School Information

School A to Z provides practical help for parents on homework, study, technology and child wellbeing.


Sydney Distance Education High School aims to provide a safe, supportive learning and social environment for all students.

With this in mind, the following student and supervisor support services are available:

  • School Counsellor - Robyn Hromek. Any student or supervisor can make an appointment with the school counsellor. School counsellors can help students deal with their problems, help students learn new skills such as getting on better with friends or controlling their anger, and work out ways to make it easier for students to learn.
  • "Making Connections" is a student leadership group which provides opportunities for students to take leadership positions in Peer Support and on the Student Representative Council.
  • Student Friendship/Mentoring teleconference groups run at regular intervals throughout the year. These groups aim to develop skills to promote student social and emotional well-being.
  • Community Support Events. Our school has identified the importance of providing opportunities for students to become involved in community activities. Amnesty International is our school's focus organisation. We hold a number of events throughout the year to support this organisation including a talent quest and Harmony Day activities. Our school also supports the Amnesty International Youth Forum.
  • End of term movie days provide an opportunity for parents and supervisors to enjoy one another's company and celebrate the achievements of the term.

Details of upcoming events are published in the school's newsletter and are available on the school website. Students are invited to contribute to these forums. In this way the whole school community can celebrate their efforts and achievements.

Our student support team includes roll call teachers, year advisors, welfare head teacher (Helen Cladakis (02) 9383 0320 and the school counsellor (02) 9383 0202). Contact our team if you need any assistance. If we can't help you then we can refer you on to a community agency or organisation that might be able to provide support.

Computers for Students PDF Print E-mail

At Home

Access to a reliable computer is an important part of life as a Distance Education student. For home use, students are encouraged to purchase a device that best suits their needs, circumstances and budget. The buying guide below sets out some minimum standards and recommendations to consider before making a purchase.

At School

When students visit the SDEHS for study days and lessons they are welcome to use school computers and laptops. However, students may bring their own device if desired. In that case they will be subject to the SDEHS Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy (see below).

The BYOD policy covers students using personally owned devices at school for the purpose of learning. The BYOD Student Agreement sets out how the device can be used while at school, and most students would have signed one as part of the enrolment process. 

Students who BYOD are still subject to the Department of Education’s filtered internet service and are responsible for the care and maintenance of their devices. Please be aware that SDEHS can only offer basic technical support during school visits to troubleshoot WiFi connections.


Buying Guide

Laptops are a popular choice for students due to their portability, although desktop machines are of course suitable for home use. Please avoid tablets, Chromebooks and gaming devices as they don't provide the same functionality as a full operating system.

Many suppliers offer educational discounts so it's worth asking in order to get the best possible price.

The following table contains recommended specifications for devices. Aim for a device that meets the minimum standards highlighted in bold.

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 7, 8.1, 10, or

Apple Mac OSX 10.10 or later


If you intend to bring your device to school, it must have 5GHz 802.11n wireless support.

This may be advertised as “Dual Band Wireless”, “802.11abgn”, “802.11agn”, “802.11ac” or “Gigabit Wireless”

Form Factor

- Choose a desktop or laptop computer, not a tablet.
- Devices should have a separate keyboard, not an on-screen touch keypad.
- Screen size should be at least 10”
- Consider the size and weight of the device if you intend to travel with it frequently.


Minimum 4GB RAM

Note: If Adobe Creative Cloud software such as Photoshop is required for your subjects, then 8GB RAM or more is recommended.

Battery Life

For laptops, a battery life of at least 4 hours is recommended.


- Webcam – either built in or external
- Headset with microphone
- At least one USB port


- Microsoft Office 16 – free to students
- Adobe Creative Cloud (certain subjects only) – free to students
- Anti-virus security software
- Web browser such as Chrome or Firefox – free online
- Java – free online

You can access your free student software via the Free Software link on the school website.

Suggested Devices

The following devices are suggestions only and prices are approximate at June 2016. There are many other suitable devices on the market including desktops. 

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

RRP Approx. $1300

  • 12.3" Touch Screen
  • 6th Generation Intel Core m3 or Core i5 Processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB Solid State Disk

Microsoft Surface 3

RRP Approx. $830

  • 10.8" Touch Screen
  • Latest generation Intel processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB Solid State Disk

Lenovo ThinkPad 11e

RRP Approx. $550

  • 11.6" HD Screen
  • 4rd Generation Intel Processor
  • 4GB RAM, 128GB Solid State Disk

Acer Travelmate B116

RRP Approx. $599

  • 11.6” 1366x768
  • 4GB RAM

Lenovo ThinkPad X250

RRP Approx. $1100

  • 12.5" HD or FHD Screen
  • 5th Generation Core i3 or i5 Processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB Solid State Disk

Apple MacBook Air 13"

RRP Approx. $1850

  • 13.3" 1440x900 resolution screen
  • 5th Generation Core i5 Processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB or 256GB Solid State Disk


SDEHS follows the standard NSW Department of Education BYOD Policy which is subject to the Online Communication Services: acceptable usage for school students document.

Student Responsibilities are as follows:


The primary purpose of the use of personal devices at school is educational.

Internet connection

Student devices are only permitted to connect to the Department of Education Wi-Fi network while at school, which is subject to internet filtering.

Theft and damage

Students are responsible for securing and protecting their own devices while at school. Any loss, theft or damage to a device is not the responsibility of Sydney Distance Education High School or the Department of Education.

Maintenance and support

Students are solely responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their devices. Sydney Distance Education High School can only offer basic technical support during school visits to troubleshoot Wi-Fi connections.

Data back-up

Students are responsible for backing-up their own data and should ensure this is done regularly.

Insurance and Warranty

Parents/Carers should be aware of the terms of insurance policies/warranties for the device and are responsible for arranging their own insurance cover.

Digital Citizenship

Students are required to demonstrate good digital citizenship, specifically:

  • Showing respect for others’ privacy in a digital context
  • Protecting their personal safety
  • Demonstrating awareness of the life of digital content uploaded on to the internet
  • Ensuring that content containing offensive or inappropriate language, images or multimedia is not viewed or uploaded
  • Demonstrating an awareness of ‘netiquette’ – accepted online communication protocols.

FREE Software PDF Print E-mail

FREE Microsoft & Adobe Software for Students

All NSW DEC students are eligible to download and install Adobe and Microsoft software onto personally owned devices.

Students will need to use their student email address to register. One download per application only.

To downlaod the software you will need to go to:

Please take a look at this video on how to install the software:


OR if you would like to get just Office 365 simply go to:

You will be prompted sign in, and you will need to use your full email address.

You will then have an option to download Office 365

Roll Call PDF Print E-mail

As part of our student support system each enrolling student is assigned a roll call teacher. Regular phone contact is then negotiated and put in place through your student's roll call teacher.

Why have a roll call?

  • To support and encourage regular participation and learning
  • To foster positive relationship building
  • To simplify and improve communication with the school
  • To give you a first contact point for any queries or concerns you may have.

When do you call your roll call teacher?

Use your roll call teacher for all queries or concerns. For example: study days and excursions, school visits, any questions regarding organisation of the work. In short , everything! For any problems regarding work in a particular subject call your subject teacher direct.
Cybersafety and Internet Usage PDF Print E-mail

The Internet provides an opportunity to enhance students’ learning experiences by providing access to vast amounts of information across the globe. Email communication links students to provide a collaborative learning environment and is intended to assist with learning outcomes.


However, there are undesirable potentials of the Internet that parents and supervisors should be aware of, such as:

  • Sci060623.jpgCyberbullying
  • Cyberstalking
  • Dumping
  • Stranger danger/grooming
  • Inappropriate content
  • Online publishing
  • Psychological issues
  • Scams
  • Racial Hatred
  • e-crime
  • Identity theft
  • Phishing
  • Unreliable information.


To ensure the safety of students we ALL need to work together.


The Department of Education and Training:

  • Filters and monitors the Internet usage of students (within the school environment only)
  • Gets students to agree to an acceptable usage policy whenever using email or browsing the Internet 
  • Tracks ALL emails sent and received by students and teachers
  • Blocks access to free email accounts such as Hotmail.


Sydney Distance Education High School:

  • Monitors forum and instant messaging posts on our online courses
  • Gets students to agree to an acceptable usage policy at the beginning of each online course
  • Gets students to complete a Cybersafety exercise at the beginning of each online course
  • Supervises all students when they are using computers on the school premises
  • Trains and informs our staff about the possible dangers of Internet usage.


Unfortunately, DET schools cannot supervise students in their own home environment. Basically, it is up to you, the parents and supervisors, to provide a safe environment for your students.


How can you do this?

  • Talk to your students about what sites they visit
  • Encourage your students to use the DET email account
  • Read up and familiarise yourself with possible dangers
  • Browse the Internet yourself
  • Install a filter on your Internet access at home
  • Set time limits to be on a computer
  • Explain that computer use is a privilege and not a right. 


For more information please go to:

A site launched by the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) to provide advice and resources about internet use. It is targeted for parents, children, libraries and schools.

A site designed by the NSW DEC to supply information to parents about schools.

A site designed by the NSW DEC to supply information to teachers, students parents about cybersafety.

DER Laptops PDF Print E-mail

2013 was the last year of the federally funded Digital Education Revolution (DER) laptop program, however we will continue to support students who choose to bring their own laptops to study days at Sydney Distance Education High School. Please refer to our Bring Your Own Device (
BYOD) guidelines for more information.

The Digital Education Revolution is part of a global movement towards providing 21st century skills to students.

Studies where each student has access to wireless computing show:

  • Increased student motivation, engagement and interest.
  • Improved student organisation and improved self-directed learning.
  • Increased academic achievements and better work habits.
  • Improved communication.


Each laptop comes with dozens of software packages including the latest generation Microsoft and Adobe products. This gives NSW students and teachers access to the largest and most comprehensive distribution of software in any education system worldwide. The Department of Education has also invested in world class wireless networking that provides wireless internet access to every classroom. The Department of Education has also provided full-time onsite technical support for secondary schools as well as professional learning for teachers.



If you would like to find out more information about the usage and ownership of these laptops then please contact the school's DER Technical Support Officer Dimitri Tzifas on (02) 9383 0474 as soon as possible.


If you would like to access more information about the DER program please go to the following Department of Education and Training website:

If students would like to access some online resourses on how to use the laptops and its software, please go to our e-Learning (Moodle) site:

Using Technology PDF Print E-mail

Video Conferencing

Videoconferencing is an emerging technology that all Department of Education and Training schools have access to as part of the Connected Classrooms initiative. SDEHS has been at the cutting edge of using this tool to communicate with students and between staff members since 2005.

elearning at SDEHS

Elearning has always played a major part of teaching and learning at Sydney Distance Education High School. We have hosted online lessons on our school webpage since 2002. In 2006, SDEHS introduced the use of Moodle to handle the management of our learning materials and online student/teacher communication. We now have over 100 full and part time courses online and are continually developing and updating a variety of courses to enhance our curriculum. We are constantly revaluating this process to make it the best system possible to meet the needs of our students. To access our courses go to elearning.