Priority Items

Register for the DISruptABILITY Conference (Ref: 244/21)

This inaugural conference will build upon the high-quality professional learning that Catholic Schools New South Wales has been delivering as schools navigate the dynamic policy space for both education and disability. As Catholic educators, we are called beyond fulfilling our legislative obligations for students with disabilities and should always be in a reflective cycle of more effective ways of delivering successful outcomes for students. The virtual conference will be grounded in internationally recognised best-practice evidence. An engaging and interactive conference program will provide participants with insights, knowledge and skill acquisition in evidenced based practices, as well as opportunity for collaborative networking. 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, with an emphasis on how to create and sustain positive partnerships between all stakeholders, which ensures every child achieves their potential in every classroom, every day.

REGISTRATION: One-flat rate $495 – creating a high-quality virtual experience, live and on-demand.

This conference seeks to be inclusive of all those who provide educational support and care for students with disability in our schools, and so schools are encouraged to bring teams including:

  • School leadership teams
  • Learning support and/or diverse learning teachers
  • Pastoral care and wellbeing coordinators
  • Leaders of learning and/or pedagogy
  • Classroom teachers and teachers’ aides
  • Parent & carers, Diocesan Parent Organizations
  • Parish Priests & Pastoral Parish Staff
  • System staff


WHEN: Thursday 18 & Friday 19 November, 2021

WHERE: Virtual & On Demand



We are pleased to announce that participation in the conference will give 8 hours of NESA Priority Professional Learning in the priority area of Students/children with Disability addressing standard descriptors 1.6.2, 1.5.2 and 7.3.2 towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.



Professional Learning

Assessment and Data Literacy Modules (Ref: 238/21)

Professor Jim Tognolini of the Centre for Educational Measurement & Assessment (CEMA) Sydney University has designed a series of modules in assessment and data literacy.

The modules are NESA Accredited at proficient teacher and available online and on demand. Catholic Schools New South Wales is offering the modules at a reduced price of $270 per teacher per module and we also have fully funded places for Assessment Literacy Module 1 and Data Literacy Module 1 for schools and diocese.

Please contact Mary Ryan for further information and eligibility for access to the sponsored or subsidised modules. 0409 606 437


Behaviour Management Strategies a Collection of Resources (Ref: 237/21)

Are you looking for support in managing the classroom on your return form COVID? We have curated a series of readings, videos and podcasts from leading educators across the world talking about and sharing strategies to manage classroom behaviours.

This course can be recorded as 1 hour of NESA Elective PD against 4.3.2 of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Follow this link to access the learning

You may need to create a Catholic Schools New South Wales Learning Portal profile by clicking here then come back and follow the link above.

For further information or support contact 0409 606 437


Wellbeing for Learning Podcasts (Ref: 238/21)

Student wellbeing is at the forefront of our minds as we teach students remotely and reflect on their return to school later this month.

Listen to a new podcast by Jennifer Coen, State Manager Catholic Schools New South Wales as she discusses the topic of resilience with Paralympian, Katie Kelly along with Kristen Douglas, Headspace, talking about mental health literacy and Paul Dillion, DARTA, talking about vaping.

Listening to these podcasts can contribute to 1 hour NESA Elective PD against 4.4.2 of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Follow this link to access the podcasts

You may need to create a Catholic Schools New South Wales Learning Portal profile by clicking here then come back and follow the link above.

For further information contact 0409 606 437


Employment Opportunities

Catholic Schools New South Wales is recruiting for a State Manager Diverse Learning (Ref: 263/21)

The State Manager Diverse Learning role sits within the dynamic and supportive Education Policy Directorate at Catholic Schools New South Wales. This role opening is an exciting opportunity to lead the work around NCCD, disability and diverse learning at Catholic Schools New South Wales.

Please share among your networks. If you would like to have a confidential conversation with me, please don’t hesitate to get in touch:


Catholic Jobs Online


NSW Curriculum Reform - Senior Secondary Subject Matter Expert Positions (Ref: 239/21)

NESA has advertised positions for Senior Secondary Subject Matter Experts for:

  •  HSIE (Economics and History, 2 positions)
  •  Mathematics
  •  English
  •  Science
  • Creative Arts

These positions are full time temporary, at SEO 2 level, until December 2023.

Applications close 8 October.


School Newsletter

National Copyright Unit's Q&A session (Ref: 244/21)

In order to assist jurisdictions and school bodies in lockdown, (NCU) is hosting a one-hour lunchtime copyright question and answer session on Thursdays (via Zoom). The session is for curriculum developers and other staff in the Departments of Education or non-government school bodies involved in creating and providing educational resources to students, teachers, schools and parents. This is not for teachers and schools.

Even if you are not in lockdown, but you think this would useful in order to prepare for potential lockdown, you are welcome to attend.

Please see the details below and forward to anyone who this may be of interest to.

See Creating Learning and Teaching Resources: A Guide For Departments of Education and Non-Government Administering Bodies

We require registration for each Q&A session.

Details are below on how to register for this week’s Q&A session:

When: Thursday 30 September 12-1pm

Where: Zoom. Please register by clicking on the link below:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Who is welcome: Departmental/ Non-government school bodies’ staff involved in creating and providing education resources to teachers, schools and parents.

Please note: Teachers and schools can contact NCU for copyright advice by phone at (02) 7814 3855 and via email They can also find practical copyright information and guides on including our the information sheet COVID-19 School Lockdown – Copyright Guidance.

NCU also run webinars aimed at teachers. Information can be found on the website here.

Creating Learning and Teaching Resources

More Working with Children Check extensions announced (Ref: 240/21)

Working with Children Checks due to expire between 27 September 2021 and 26 January 2022 have been extended for three months.

More details here

Entry date extended to 20 October for the 2021 Roger O'Sullivan Memorial Award (Ref: 241/21)

To enable all school communities across NSW an opportunity to enter the 2021 award the closing date for submissions has been extended to 20 October 2021.

“The project may focus on faith formation, the school curriculum, student wellbeing or any combination of the three.” said Peter Grace, Executive Director, Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT. He continued “At the heart of this award are family, school and community partnerships where all groups are authentically engaged to enhance student learning.” The community will receive $4000 to support the development of a 2021 initiative or an ongoing project.

2021 ROS Application form and checklist

A4 Flyer for email 2021 ROS


New Phone App to Support Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing (Ref: 242/21)

The Federal Government is today launching a new, free phone application with information, ideas and guidance for parents to help them provide additional support for their child’s mental health and wellbeing.  The Raising Healthy Children App was developed by the Raising Children Network as part of its program to support parents’ mental health literacy by building knowledge and confidence concerning the social and emotional wellbeing of children.

The app is targeted towards parents with children aged 12 years and under and includes information on health, development and wellbeing based on the child’s age.

Catholic Schools New South Wales at the Olympics & Paralympics (Ref: 243/21)

Of the 478 Australian athletes sent to represent us in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, 40 Australian Olympians came through the Catholic Schools New South Wales pathway (with an additional 1 representing Italy). Of these 41 athletes, 8 were members of the Australian Paralympic team!

Collectively, a total of 11 medals were taken home from Tokyo by Catholic Schools New South Wales alumni (1 Gold, 5 Silver, 5 Bronze).

Former St Joseph’s Nyngan student, Jack Hargreaves made his Olympic Games debut in the Men’s Rowing Four event. Leading with just 500m to go, Jack, alongside the Aussies; Alexander Purnell, Spencer Turrin and Alexander Hill held on to claim the gold in the Men’s Rowing Four’s, with Romania coming in second.

We are so proud of the achievements made by Catholic Schools New South Wales Alumni and their part in writing Australia’s story in Tokyo.

View full Paralympic results

View full Olympic results

World Teachers’ Day Celebration (Ref: 261/21)

World Teachers’ Day will be celebrated across Australia on Friday 29 October 2021, a bit later than the international day due to our school holidays. It’s a chance to celebrate teaching and for communities to thank teachers.

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) has developed a how-to guide for schools and free World Teachers’ Day Celebration Kit (instant download). These resources provide everything needed to plan World Teachers’ Day celebrations in your school or virtually if you’re in lockdown.

AITSL has also published 10 easy ways to thank a teacher on World Teachers’ Day in case you’d like to share this on social media, or subtly (or even not so subtly) include in your school newsletter or send to your local paper.

If you’re not in a school, this is the World Teachers’ Day article for you!

Sector briefing - Concerns regarding release of documentary 'A Matter of Life and Death' (Ref: 262/21)

HeadSpace Schools & The Mindframe team have advised the sector of the release  of a documentary by Osher Günsberg, titled ‘A Matter of Life and Death’ (aired on SBS, Sunday Sept 19, 8:30pm AEST & now available via SBS on demand).

The documentary explores:

“Australia’s suicide crisis and investigates how new science, innovative thinking and technology could help prevent suicide. Osher will reflect on his own mental health experiences while examining why suicide rates remain high in Australia, and what is being done across the country to try and make a difference”. SBS

Please view the briefing document from Mindframe for more information: Sector_Briefing_Osher Gunsberg