Priority Items

Send Us Your Good News Stories! (Ref: 092/20)

Whether it is teachers going above and beyond to support families and students, or the community rallying behind schools at this time, Catholic Schools New South Wales would like to hear about it. Please direct any good news stories to

Professional Learning

My Grammar Rules For Teachers Of German (Ref: 122/20)

The 90-minute online grammar workshops are now also available especially for teachers of German. Every Thursday evening, we’ll offer effective methods for teaching grammar and new ideas for the classroom.

For more information click here. 


Online Professional Learning for Teachers: Professional Associations (Ref: 089/20)

Many professional associations have moved their professional learning programs online in response to COVID-19.

The Professional Teachers Council website provides direct links to member associations and their professional learning programs.

Professional Associations currently provide a range of online courses across a variety of subjects.

To view the full list of courses please visit their website.

Participation in teacher professional learning aligns with Standard 6 of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST), in particular 6.2.2. In addition, individual events address other specific standard descriptors of the APST.


COVID-19 Update

NESA School Inspections Update (Ref: 125/20)

Please find below information from NESA Regarding school inspections for the remainder of 2020:

Non-government school inspections

NESA inspectors are contacting schools where 2020 inspections were postponed.
Adjustments to the inspection process and timing are being considered based on a risk assessment in consultation with individual schools.
Schools due for inspection in 2020 should continue to communicate with their designated inspector if they have any questions.
NESA will provide information about the 2021 inspection program later in 2020.

Government and non-government schooling systems

The Department of Education and non-government schooling system authorities are responsible for any adjustments to their school monitoring processes.
Government schools should contact the Department’s Leadership and High Performance Directorate (02 9244 5713) for advice about the Department’s monitoring in 2020.
Systemic non-government schools should contact their system for advice about their monitoring in 2020.

Random school inspections

NESA has cancelled the remaining 2020 program of schools selected randomly for inspection.
NESA will provide details of the 2021 program before the start of the 2021 school year.

Non-government school annual reports

Non-government schools have until 9 October 2020 to publish and submit to NESA an annual report for 2019.


Stay Healthy During the HSC - NESA Campaign (Ref: 113/20)

In any ‘normal’ year the HSC requires dedication and focus as well as the support of friends and family.

This year hasn’t exactly panned out to be a ‘normal’ year, with announcements about changes to the HSC due to COVID-19.

This year NESA is partnering with mental health organisation ReachOut to deliver news, information, guidance and advice to support all HSC students.

You’ll hear from experts, teachers, parents and other students as well as some inspiring spokespeople.

ReachOut’s Study Hub has heaps of info about taking a proactive approach to student’s mental health or where to go if you need more support. ReachOut’s Forums are great for sharing what’s going on for students and get ideas about the best ways to feel happy and well.

Students are being encouraged to follow and use #StayHealthyHSC for regular health and wellbeing updates and information.

View NESA’s range of social media images, posters and flyer to help you get involved and share the Stay Healthy HSC message with your community.


School Newsletter

Reopening School Canteens in NSW Factsheet - Healthy Kids Association (Ref: 123/20)

The Healthy Kids Association have developed a Reopening Canteens in NSW Factsheet for schools. the information aims to support school canteens during the transition back to full face-to-face teaching in Term 2.

The factsheet pdf can be downloaded here.

NSW School Vaccination Program 2020 - Update (Ref: 115/20)

NSW Health would like to return to routine vaccination clinics  in the coming months, as students are returning to school.

They would like to offer year 7 and 10 vaccinations in schools where PHU’s have the capacity and schools are supportive

PHUs will negotiate directly with school principals (as is commonly the practice) to arrange vaccination times.

*   Additional measures will be implemented by PHUs to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission in the school setting consistent with expert clinical advice i.e. social distancing and clinic logistics

Further information can be found on the NSW Health website:,

ARTEXPRESS Virtual (2019 HSC Students) (Ref: 124/20)

The NSW Department of Education and NSW Education Standards Authority have officially launched ARTEXPRESS Virtual 2020.

Please click here to explore the interactive website. We welcome you to share the invitation with your colleagues, friends and family.

If you have any questions please contact the ARTEXPRESS team at


Want free healthy eating curriculum materials, class posters and student stickers? (Ref: 114/20)

This year’s theme is Planet Fruit & Veg! and it’s all about exploring the world of fruits and vegetables through the lens of sustainability.

Fruit & Veg Month is a primary school health promotion event funded by NSW Health.

The event will be held during the last 4 weeks of Term 3, Monday 31 August to Friday 25 September.

For more details on Fruit & Veg Month, and to fill out the quick and easy online registration form, go to:

weeks of Term 3, Monday 31 August to Friday 25 September.

For more details on Fruit & Veg Month, and to fill out the quick and easy online registration form, go to:

Aunty Elsie Heiss Scholarship for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Students (Ref:100/20)

A new opportunity now exists with the Archdiocese of Sydney funding a scholarship program through the University of Notre Dame Australia, aimed at making tertiary education more accessible for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

The scholarship has been named the Aunty Elsie Heiss Scholarship in recognition of her contribution to the church where she has led Aboriginal Catholic Ministry programs for over three decades at the Reconciliation Church, La Perouse.

Please click here for more information.

Schools invited to apply for a school crossing supervisor (Ref: 076/20)

Schools across NSW are encouraged to apply for a school crossing supervisor in a new round of the Government’s crossing supervisor program.

The NSW Government is currently rolling out 300 additional school crossing supervisors at NSW schools by 2021, as part of a three year $18.5 million initiative to improve road safety for school children.

To apply for a school crossing supervisor, please click here.