Priority Items

Catholic Schools NSW Breakfast for International Women's Day (Ref: 071/21)

Child Safety Handbook (Ref: 65/21)

The latest digital edition of the Child Safety Handbook is now available with updates from government departments on road safety and internet safety.

Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards 2021 (Ref: 66/21)

The Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards 2021

There will be 12 recipients.

The Awards have been created by the Commonwealth Bank and Schools Plus to recognise and celebrate excellence in teaching and school leadership.

Hosted by Adam Spencer, the event will cross live to the teachers and principals in their schools, from remote regions of Australia to the inner-city hubs.

The ceremony will give an exclusive insight into the transformative work of outstanding teachers across Australia and will feature messages from special guests.

Date:         Friday 19th March
Time:         12:15pm – 1:15pm AEDT

You will need to register using your own details and use this password when prompted: 2021TeachingAwards 


Resources to educate students about the Census (Ref: 067/21)

The ABS has developed Census lesson guides, which are for anyone who wants to teach their students about the Census: what it is, why it’s important, and how they can take part. Included in the lesson guides is information for teachers as well as activities that students can complete.

The activities are suitable for a range of students, including:

  • students learning English, including those attending migrant English programs or adult literacy programs
  • culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in upper primary and secondary schools and at TAFEs
  • any context where people want to learn about Australian culture – for example at community centres, mothers’ groups and so on.

The lesson guides are divided into three themes:
1. What is the Census?
2. How the Census helps people
3. How do I fill in the Census form?

Please share the Lesson guides and accompanying worksheets.

ABS – Lesson guides_FA

ABS – Worksheet – How the Census helps people _(level 1)_FA

ABS – Worksheet – How the Census helps people _(level 2)_FA

ABS – Worksheet – How the Census helps people _(level 3)_FA

ABS – Worksheet – Learning about the Census form _(level 1)_FA

ABS – Worksheet – Learning about the Census form _(level 2)_FA

ABS – Worksheet – Learning about the Census form _(level 3)_FA

ABS – Worksheet – What is the Census (level 1)_FA

ABS – Worksheet – What is the Census (level 2)_FA

ABS – Worksheet – What is the Census (level 3)_FA


Feedback is encouraged

CSSA Trial HSC Examinations 2021 (Ref: 062/21)

This advice is provided to clarify that:

CSSA Trial HSC Examinations is a division of Catholic Schools NSW.

Registered schools with CSSA should have received the 2021 Principal Information Package.

  • 2021 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations ordering online became available as of Week 4, Term 1.
  • The 2021 Draft CSSA Trial HSC Examination Timetable is now available on the CSSA website.
  • The 2021 Final CSSA Trial HSC Examination Timetable will be available on the CSSA website in Week 1, Term 2.
  • The processes and procedures for the creation and distribution of the CSSA Trial HSC Examinations will remain in place for 2021.
  • Please note the process for invoicing has been updated. This has been noted on the CSSA website Notice Board for all registered schools and in the 2021 Principal Information Package.
  • Ordering is available until Friday 30 April 2021, 5pm (week 2, Term 2). If ordering, please kindly complete one order (only) inclusive of all required subjects.
  • School data can be changed by individual schools via the CSSA website |Account Settings.

Relevant personnel in CSSA registered schools should ensure that school data available on the CSSA website is checked and updated, as necessary. This will ensure that your School’s address, phone number, email address and contact details are correct – this information is critical for the delivery of CSSA Trial HSC Examinations. Remember to click on “SAVE” at the end of the process.

If you have not received the 2021 Principal Information Package, please contact for assistance.


Attitudes to manhood - “The Man Box Project” (Ref: 063/21)

The Men’s Project, by Michael Flood
Publisher: Jesuit Social Services

16 October 2018

The Man Box focuses on the attitudes to manhood and the behaviours of young Australian men aged 18 to 30.

The Man Box: a study on being a young man in Australia

Resources can also be found on the Student Wellbeing hub.

Professional Learning

Principal Wellbeing (Ref: 068/21)

Let’s talk about…Principal Wellbeing

Thursday 25 March 9.30-10.30 (One session only)

Principals are invited to a one-hour session with Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist, in the Zoom room to talk about setting themselves up for ‘wellbeing success’. Last year the series was incredibly well received and Catholic Schools NSW has made the decision to continue to support this initiative throughout 2021.

To register follow the two-step process below:

Step 1:  (if you have not already been to the Catholic Schools New South Wales dashboard)

Step 2:

For access issues please contact

For any other information please contact Mary Ryan or 0409606437


K-2 English & Mathematics Curriculum Reform Webinar Recording (Ref: 069/21)

If you missed the K-2 English & Mathematics Curriculum Reform Webinar that was hosted by Catholic Schools NSW featuring special guests from NESA, the Webinar is available as a video until 6 April 2021.

In the video, Catholic Schools New South Wales and NESA explore the draft outcomes and content for K-2 English and Mathematics. The video contains a discussion of the rationale for the changes and what to expect when the material is released for consultation.


Last week to register for CCSA Forum (Ref: 042/21)

Catholic Schools New South Wales Professional Learning Forum & Final AGM

The Sydney Masonic Centre

Monday 22 March 2021

8:30am – 4:00pm

The focus of the Forum will be Senior Student Pathways.

Professor Peter Shergold, Chair of NESA, will be the keynote speaker.

To register for the forum follow the instructions below. Registration closes Monday 15 March.

If you have never accessed the platform before you will need to follow the 2 steps. Otherwise jump to step 2.

Step 1: Activate your account

Step 2: Access the Learning Modules

If you have any issues with access please email

An invoice will be sent directly to your school’s accounts department once you are enrolled.

For any other matters please contact


School Newsletter

World Hearing Day (Ref: 070/21)

This year the World Health Organisation are amplifying the message
Screen, Rehabilitate, Communicate.

Sound Scouts has invited schools to share the call to action to screen for hearing loss. The Sound Scouts app allows all schools and families to take part in this initiative.

They are accepting bookings for the Sydney 2021 school screening program.

68th Annual RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration (Ref: 51/21)

The RSL & Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration is coordinated by the Returned and Services League of Australia (NSW), the NSW Department of Education, Catholic Schools NSW and the NSW Association of Independent Schools.

In 2021 the RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration will be held virtually due to the ongoing health pandemic, this however will allow students to still honour the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women.

A video will be produced of the service which will be available for your school to play to students the week of ANZAC Day, Monday 19 to Friday 23 April 2021. This virtual service will be approximately 30 minutes long.

The interactive components will include the opportunity for a student to recite The Ode and also for a floral tribute to be laid locally. More information on how this can be incorporated during the service will be sent with the video.

We ask that you please register your schools’ interest in receiving the video by providing your details via the following link the by no later than 26 March 2021.

Please use this link to register

Distribution of the video will occur by 19 April 2021.

Please contact Gerard Delany (State Manager – Education Policy and Program) of this office ( or phone 02 9287 1549 if you have questions/advice.

Veg up your school in 2021! (Ref: 56/21)

Vegetable Week & The Big Vegie Crunch is back for 2021.

It’s the free, school-based health promotion event that brings the excitement to vegetable eating and helps to encourage students, and their families, to eat more veg!

The event has a whole vegetable patch full of ready-to-go resources to help with: planning and preparing for the event; educating your students on vegetables; promoting vegetables to students and families; communicating your plans to parents and the wider school community.

Register now so you can receive the resources straight away and start getting ready for the fun!

Vegetable Week is on during Week 8 of Term 1 – from Monday 15 March to Friday 19 March 2021

The Big Vegie Crunch: 10am on Thursday 18 March.

For more details and to register, visit the Vegetable Week & The Big Vegie Crunch webpage.