Priority Items

Employment opportunities at Catholic Schools New South Wales (Ref: 099/21)

Two employee positions at Catholic Schools New South Wales are open for application:

Director Resources and Stewardship

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State Manager Aboriginal Education

Apply with cover letter and resume to

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Role Description – State Manager Aboriginal Education

Sun Safe at School - Stage 3 teaching resources (Ref: 100/21)

The NSW Government has released new teacher resources for stage 3 (Years 5 and 6) that incorporate sun safety content and outcomes across the PDHPE and Science & Technology curriculum.

Resources are free and can be found here

REGISTRATIONS OPEN Education Law Symposium 2021 Catholic School Governance for the Common Good (Ref: 088/21)

Catholic Schools NSW invites leaders from across Catholic education including those professionals involved in the operation and governance of schools to the 2021 Education Law Symposium: Catholic School Governance for the Common Good on Thursday July 1st.

This professional development forum will cover topics related to the unique governance challenges Catholic schools face. The day will feature presentations by guest speakers and panels, including high profile industry experts and experienced administrators, providing insight and guidance for the future of our sector. 

Join us for an enjoyable day of questioning, learning and connecting.


New venue!

SMC (Sydney Masonic Centre) Conference & Function Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney NSW 2000

  • Discounted, secure parking available nearby (details provided upon registration)
  • The event will be run in accordance with relevant NSW Government COVID-19 Health Orders

Catholic Schools New South Wales is a NESA approved provider of Governance Training.

For those travelling to join us, we have secured a number of special deals for Symposium guests at nearby hotels. Details of these accommodation discounts will be available upon registration.

The AEDC 2021 data collection – School Activation (Ref: 092/21)

The 2021 AEDC data collection starts in Term 2. Schools will receive their School Leader and Teacher packs in the mail to assist in their preparation and planning for the AEDC.

AEDC School Coordinators can activate their data collection portal from 19 March 2021 to enable teacher training and creation of class list by 30 April 2021.

If you are yet to receive your information pack, please contact AEDC Helpdesk on 1800 092 548 or

Professional Learning

Modules for Principals about Highly Accomplished  & Lead Teachers (Ref: 096/21)

Catholic Schools New South Wales in collaboration with NSW Dioceses are pleased to provide a series of four professional learning modules for Principals about Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher (HALT) certification. The modules outline the national initiative of higher levels, a Principal’s role in the current NESA Policy , what HALT looks like in a school and develops knowledge and understanding of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). They are about an hour in length and learners can access one module or all, as they need.

If you have never accessed Catholic Schools NSW Professional Learning (Catholic Schools New South Wales PL) 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

For any other questions please contact


Registration Now Open: Catholic Schools New South Wales Sector NCCD Moderation (Ref: 086/21)

Registrations are now open for the Catholic Schools New South Wales SECTOR NCCD MODERATION TRAINING

AUDIENCE: Participants from systemic and non-systemic Catholic schools and offices across NSW including staff in schools (teachers, school counsellors, middle leaders) and diocesan office staff working in the area of disability.

DATE: Tuesday 4 May – 9 am – 3 pm

  • Whole day, face-to-face event
  • Agenda for the day will include:
  • Session 1: NESA Curriculum options for Students with Disability (presented by Marina Laing)
  • Session 2: Imputed Disability focus – Base Line Moderating Activities
  • Session 3: Imputed Disability Focus – Cross Moderating Activities

VENUE: Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn Street Sydney

NOTE: There will be NO remote access available


Please follow this two-step process:

STEP 1: Activate your account / sign-in to the Catholic Schools New South Wales Professional Learning Dashboard
Any sign-on issues please contact

STEP 2: When you are signed into the Catholic Schools New South Wales PL platform, click this link

            OR type Inter-Diocesan Cross Moderation Day in the search bar – top right.

NOTE: Don’t forget to click SUBMIT, once you have completed the registration form.

If you have any issues registering please contact:



Registration is now open for the Leading Wellbeing Excellence Forum (Ref: 093/21)

We are pleased to announce registration is now open for the Leading Wellbeing Excellence Forum, on Wednesday April 28 & Thursday April 29.

This event is open to Diocesan Wellbeing staff & Wellbeing Co-ordinators in RI/PJP’s.   

To register you will need to follow the two steps below

Step 1. Follow this link to register in the CSSW Professional Learning portal For support please use the ‘troubleshooting’ article attached.

Step 2. Follow this link to register to attend the two day workshop

Please contact for any issues signing in.




2021/22 Animal Research Authority (Ref: 098/21)

The use of animals in schools for educational purposes is governed by the Animal Research Act (1985) NSW. The Catholic Schools meets a requirement of this Act by issuing an Animal Research Authority to each school annually.

Accompanying this advice is the annual Animal Research Authority for the Principal and teachers who use animals to complete and retain within the school (find at the link below). Both pages of the Authority need to be completed. The names of teachers approved by the Principal to handle animals should be listed on the second page of the Authority, along with each teacher’s signature.

Please remember to retain a copy of the Authority in your school file. 

The Animal Welfare Liaison Officer, appointed by the Principal, must also be identified. The Principal is the Animal Welfare Liaison Officer in primary and infants schools. In central and secondary schools, it is generally the teacher most qualified to supervise the use of animals for teaching and research purposes. A full description of the role of the Animal Welfare Liaison Officer can be found at Animals in schools > Compliance > Responsibilities accessed at:

The information on page two of the Animal Research Authority must be updated when changes in personnel occur at the school. The Animal Research Authority must be retained at the school and made available to appropriately authorised people including officers of Catholic Schools NSW, inspectors from the NSW Department of Primary Industries Animal Welfare Unit and officers involved with, and members of, the Schools Animal Care and Ethics Committee.

If you require further information about the Animal Research Authority, please contact Gerard Delany, State Manager, Education Policy and Programs via telephone (02) 9287 1549 or email or Sally Bannerman, Animal Welfare Coordinator, on telephone (02) 7814 2631  or email

Please find at this link the 2021/22 Animal Research Authority


School Newsletter

Youth Week (Ref: 087/21)

Youth Week will take place from 16 to 24 April, 2021. Youth Week is a time for young people between 12 to 24 years of age to celebrate and participate in a variety of activities, opportunities and events across NSW and in their local area. The NSW Youth Advisory Council decided on the theme for this year: Together more than ever.

Media kit

The media kit includes social media posts, an A4 poster, newsletter text and images to share with your networks.

Youth Week 2021 Survey Poster