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Invitation: Lecture by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP (Ref: 132/21)

Stephen Sedgwick AO Chairman of Catholic Schools NSW Extends an invitation for you to join us for the Inaugural Kathleen Burrow Research Institute lecture to be delivered by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, Chair, Bishops Commission for Catholic Education.

26 May 2021 at 6pm
St Benedict’s Hall, University of Notre Dame
3 Abercrombie Street Chippendale NSW 2008

Formal Dress code: Academic dress is encouraged.

The Kathleen Burrow Research Institute is an initiative of Catholic Schools New South Wales. The Institute undertakes research on contemporary issues in school education in order to promote the advancement of education across all sectors. The research performed by the institute provides provides an opportunity for engagement with sector leaders and policy-makers and provides  an evidence base in support of the advocacy work of Catholic Schools New South Wales.

Spaces are limited. Don’t delay.

Please RSVP to: 

National Career Institute Round Two Partnership Grants (Ref: 126/21)

Applications are now open for Round Two of the National Career Institute’s Partnership Grants program, with up to $525,000 available for projects that will improve career outcomes for adults and school students.

Projects will focus on adults seeking to re-enter the workforce or change careers, particularly those disadvantaged by COVID-19, as well as students at crucial transition stages in primary school and years 7 to 10.

A total of $6.1 million is available, with grants ranging from $20,000 to $525,000. The maximum period for each project is 18 months.

Applications close 23 June 2021.

For further information and to apply visit:

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Professional Learning

New dates added: Online Catholic Schools New South Wales Sector NCCD Moderation Live Webinar Series (Ref: 133/21)

New dates have been added for the Catholic Schools New South Wales NCCD live moderation training webinars. The training webinars provide baseline moderation activities and cross moderation opportunities for participants who may register for multiple sessions.

The webinars are open to staff from systemic and non-systemic Catholic schools and offices across NSW including: teachers, school counsellors and  middle leaders.

Autism Focus

  • Tuesday 18 May, 8.30 am – 10 am
  • Tuesday 18 May, 3 pm – 4.30 pm

Mental Health

  • Wednesday 19 May, 3 pm – 4.30 pm

Cognitive Focus

  • Thursday 20 May, 8.30 am – 10 am
  • Thursday 20 May, 3 pm – 4.30 pm


  • Monday 24 May, 3 pm – 4.30 pm

How to register:

Activate your account or sign-in to the Catholic Schools New South Wales Professional Learning Dashboard

Once you have signed in, follow this link to access the list of webinars.

If you experience any initial sign-on issues contact

If you experience any issues relating to joining a webinar contact


Catholic Schools New South Wales 2021 DISruptABILITY Conference: Expression of Interest (Ref: 131/21)

There are approximately 45,000 students, comprising 19% of all students in NSW Catholic schools, with some degree of disability. Catholic schools provide for the needs of these students in a range of settings, including: mainstream schools, special schools, special assistance schools and satellite classes.

The two-day DISruptABILITY conference will be grounded in internationally recognised best-practice evidence. It will be an opportunity to engage critically with the disruptive trends in education and inspire in our Catholic school educators and leaders a continuing commitment to excellence which ensures every child achieves their potential in every classroom, every day.

The conference will be open to all school and system staff. The conference seeks to be inclusive of all those who provide educational support and care for students with disability in our schools.

Schools are encouraged to bring teams comprising of members of the school leadership team, learning support and/or diverse learning teachers, pastoral care and wellbeing coordinators, leaders of learning and/or pedagogy, classroom teachers and teachers’ aides. Schools may even wish to bring a parent and/or their parish priest as part of a school team.


To stay in touch and receive updates on our planning, express your interest HERE.

CELEBRATE – ENGAGE – SHARE: Be part of the Conference

We are inviting our NSW Catholic Education Community to share your stories, images, student talent and innovative practices to contribute to our state-wide celebration of Catholic education.

  • Do you have any current (or past) students that could share their voice on a panel, enrich our liturgy, Mass or welcoming ceremony or showcase their talent?
  • Can you share innovative practices and/or action-research that your setting or diocese has been involved in?
  • Do you have videos, images, posters, social media collateral or other material that could be used to narrate and showcase our Catholic Education story?

Click here for more information


School Newsletter

Indigenous Veterans Commemoration - 28 May 2021 (Ref: 134/21)

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Veterans & Services Association, supported by The Returned and Services League of Australia (NSW Branch) and the NSW Office for Veteran Affairs, will be conducting the Annual Indigenous Veterans Commemoration Ceremony on Friday 28 May 2021.

The Sydney ceremony is one of several being held across Australia during Reconciliation week in recognition of the service and sacrifice of indigenous veterans.

The commemoration service will be live streamed on the Anzac Memorial’s Facebook page allowing you the opportunity to view the service from your home or workplace.

Link to Facebook page.

Ceremony details

The Order of Service can be found here.

  • Friday 28 May, 10.30 am the livestream will begin.
  • Pre service activities commence at 10:40am.

Should you have any questions contact: RSL NSW

1300 679 775

Refugee week event for high schools (Ref: 128/21)

The UTS Centre for Social Justice & Inclusion and the Refugee Advice & Casework Service and presenting a special Refugee Week event for NSW high school students. Information attached and below:

Date: Monday 21 June

Time: 1:00pm – 1:45pm.

Registration link

Accessibility: This event will be live captioned

Facilitated by Verity Firth, Executive Director of Social Justice, University of Technology Sydney, the panel includes:

  • Hani Abdile, journalism student, writer and poet, she was forced to leave her home country of Somalia and come to Australia seeking protection in 2014.
  • Bakhit David, arrived in Australia from Sudan when he was 17. He has been a volunteer interpreter at Mercy House of Welcome and volunteered at youth organisation, Rotaract Australia. He is currently studying Community Services at TAFE.
  • Genevieve Howe, joined RACS legal team after working in Nauru. She has a strong background in volunteering with legal NGOs in Australia and overseas.
  • Dorothy Hoddinott AO was principal of Holroyd High School where 60% of all students were of refugee background.

The theme of this years’ Refugee Week is Unity Moving Forward. The panel will discuss:

  • The process for seeking safety in Australia
  • What it’s like to be seeking asylum in Australia
  • The challenges of living here on a Temporary Visa
  • The challenges for refugee children and young people
  • How young people can get involved in these social justice issues

Further information


Australian Olympic Change-Maker nominations are open (Ref: 129/21)

The Australian Olympic Change-Maker (OCM) program recognises and rewards students who are living the Olympic spirit through leadership and powering positive change in their communities.

Nominations are open to all Australian secondary schools and we invite your school to nominate up to two students per school from years 10-12 who are creating positive change.

You are invited to distribute this email throughout your networks to create awareness of this fantastic opportunity.

Please also see attached an OCM flyer to provide your networks with additional information.


The Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales 2021 Awards (Ref: 108/21)

The Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales (TGNSW) Awards are open to recognise outstanding educators in 2021.

Early Career Educator Award
The Early Career Educator Award is for early career teachers who currently work in either a primary or secondary school. Nominations are now open for the 2021 Awards for Teachers in their Early Years of Teaching, conducted annually by the Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales. There are two categories of Award, one for a secondary (7-12) teacher, and one for a primary (K-6) teacher. Only teachers in their second or third year of teaching are eligible for nomination.
Click here for the primary education nomination form 2021
Click here for the secondary education nomination form 2021
Click here for the Early Career Awards Application Guidelines
Nominations close 5.00PM Friday 14 May 2021

Research Award
A “Guild Research Award” is offered to a Postgraduate Student and/or Experienced Teacher in NSW or ACT schools, who is currently completing or completed a research of direct benefit to classroom teaching within the last two years.

2021 Guild Research Award Presentation Evening
Date: Friday 27 September 2021
Venue: Concord Golf Club
Cost: This is a free event
Time: 1.00pm to 5.00pm
Click here for the Research Award nomination form 2021
Click here to find out more about our Research Award
Nominations close 5.00PM Friday 25 June 2021

Regional / Remote Teaching and Learning Excellence Award
The TGNSW Regional / Remote Teaching and Learning Excellence Award is an opportunity to give educators, in all sectors, the ability to share the material they have developed as a teaching and learning resource, which has been delivered as part of an online learning program. It allows for reflections of the educator’s course materials and instructional strategies and provides educators the opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of the material, by assessing the achievement of the learning outcomes of students, as well as the level of rapport achieved by the educator.

These awards have been created to encourage excellence in the development of online resource materials which is accessed by students in regional / remote learning environments. The Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales will award two winners of $500 each from Regional / Remote Teaching and Learning applications associated with education delivery in any School sector, including TAFE, VET and University.

Click here for nomination form 2021
Submit all nominations to by 5.00PM Friday 11 June 2021

World Teachers’ Day
Honouring teachers with the World Teachers’ Recognition Certificate who have made a wonderful contribution to their school in advancing the education profession.
Click here for nomination form 2021
Click here to view past award winners
Nominations close by 5.00PM Saturday 25 September 2021

Honorary Fellowship of the Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales
Click here to see past recipients

Register here for New Membership

Click here if you are an existing TGNSW Member
Applicants need not be current members of the Guild.
For any enquiries please contact the Secretariat at


Japanese Government Scholarships (Ref: 109/21)

Applications for the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Scholarships (Research and Undergraduate) 2022 are now open.

Please make this information available to students finishing year 12 in 2021 and colleagues who might be interested in further study.

Complete, hard-copy applications must arrive at the Embassy of Japan by 5pm Wednesday 26 May 2021

Application forms and details (including the application timeline) are available on the Embassy of Japan website

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There are “Instructions by the Embassy” documents for each scholarship on the above webpage. People interested in applying should read these instructions first, together with the “MEXT Undergraduate/Research Application Guidelines”.

Any enquiries should be addressed to the MEXT Scholarship Advisor at the Embassy of Japan in Canberra via 02 6273 3244