Priority Items

Last minute chance to register for the DISruptABILITY Conference (Ref: 244/21)

Catholic Schools New South Wales are generously providing additional sponsorship for the upcoming DISruptABILITY Virtual Conference. Each registered participant will be gifted an additional complimentary registration and enable them to invite a colleague to the NESA accredited conference for FREE! We hope that this additional assistance, will allow and encourage your schools to bring more of your team to the conference and further build a collaborative whole-school approach to supporting students with disabilities.

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.



2022 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations: Expressions of interest for committee members (Ref: 313/21)

The CSSA Trial HSC Examinations are prepared by committees of practicing teachers, university lecturers and educational consultants in a variety of HSC courses.

 The Head of CSSA Exams is seeking expressions of interest for the following positions:

 Committee Members for the following 2022 CSSA Trial HSC Examination

  • Investigating Science

A letter regarding the Expression of Interest requirements for the roles with the CSSA and the application process is provided below.

Interested applicants are asked to send a Cover Letter and current Curriculum Vitae to Monica O’Brien, Head CSSA Exams, to by 9am Friday 19 November 2021.

2022 CSSA TRIAL HSC EXAMINATIONS-EOI-Committee Member-Investigating Science

Changes to generator compensation arrangements for schools during planned power outages (Ref: 328/21)

Essential Energy is making changes to its generator compensation process which will affect schools connected to Essential Energy’s electricity distribution network.

Please read the below letter from Essential Energy for more information.

20211111 – Changes to School Generator Compensation Process ALL SCHOOLS


Professional Learning

HSC Results Analysis – 2022 Training Dates (Ref: 332/21)

Catholic Schools New South Wales will again offer a suite of training offerings to assist schools analyse their HSC results. Planned training dates are:


Diocesan Officers’ Overview

2 March 2022

Target group: Diocesan & RI/MPJP System Level Officers


Introduction to the Analysis 

4 March 2022 and 23 March 2022

Target group: Teachers, KLA coordinators and others who have not previously attended an HSC seminar, and for those who have but who want to ‘brush up’ on the main ideas behind the Analysis. It’s very handy if two or more people from the same school can enrol for the same seminar.


A detailed reading of your Analysis 

8 March 2022  and 25 March 2022

Target group: Experienced users – any teacher, coordinator, AP or Principal who has previously attended at least one HSC Analysis Seminar.  Applicants will be asked to nominate the year in which they satisfied the prerequisite.


Leading your school in the Analysis   

21 March 2022

Target group: Principals, APs, Leaders of Curriculum or Pedagogy:  those who have a whole-school focus rather than a one-KLA or year group.  If you are the person within the school to whom the principal delegates the overview of the HSC Analysis, this is the seminar for you.  If you are newly appointed into such a role, you need to be at this seminar.


The above dates are based on current NESA advice in relation to the release of HSC results. More information and booking details will be available next week.

For further information contact Gary Molloy:


Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Community Conference (Ref: 316/21)

The theme of the Conference is Racing towards new frontiers: Teacher Librarians steering to success.

The annual conference provides a forum for teacher librarians and school library staff in Catholic and Independent schools in NSW and the ACT to share expertise and learn new skills.

The 2022 TLPLC conference 

Rydges Mount Panorama Hotel, Bathurst

26 & 27 May 2022


The Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Community (TLPLC) operates under the patronage of the Conference of Diocesan Directors, Dioceses of NSW (CDD) and reports to CDD annually on its activities and matters relating to learning and teaching in its sphere of influence.

TLPLC Save the Date-1


Webinar for parents and carers on digital technologies and mental health (Ref: 318/21)

The Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT invites you to a free one-hour webinar designed for parents and carers of young people aged 10–18.


Monday 22 November 2021, 7.30-8.30pm

It will cover:

  • what do to about accidental exposure to content about suicide, self-harm or eating disorders
  • using games, apps and social media to support mental wellbeing
  • the pros and cons of digital mental health platforms
  • strategies for young people to support friends online.


Questions should be directed to


CCSP – guide to digital tech and mental health – A3 Poster

CCSP – guide to digital tech and mental health – A5 Flyer


The Ultimate Guide to Telehealth - School Counselling Webinar (Ref: 315/21)

This webinar offers practical information to effectively provide clinical services to children and is available to school counselling staff in Catholic Schools across NSW.

The 60-minute webinar includes:

  • Technology set-up
  • Session planning
  • Engagement activities
  • Video example of school counselling via telehealth
  • Privacy and confidentiality considerations
  • Registration for The Ultimate Guide to Telehealth

Registrations close: Wednesday, 17 November

Webinar Date and Time

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM AEDT

Event Link 


Free Webinar: Understanding transitions - disaster recovery and resilience (Ref: 307/21)

This interactive webinar, on Tuesday 30th November, 3.30-4.30pm (AEDT) will outline the importance of supporting transitions for children, young people, families, and educators.

This session will acknowledge the cumulative impact of community trauma and provide insight and knowledge for educators around the ways children and young people may require increased support to manage transitions.
Register here.



10 Child Safe Standards – update on new legislation  (Ref 325/11)

As outlined in the 29 June 2021 issue of Scholaris, the Children’s Guardian Amendment (Child Safe Scheme) Bill 2021 (NSW) (the Bill) passed the NSW Legislative Assembly. By way of update, the Bill has now been passed by both Houses of NSW Parliament, and the new law will commence after assent and on the proclamation date (anticipated to be before the end of 2021).

As previously outlined, the new law enshrines the 10 Child Safe Standards, as recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse. The law also provides a framework for organisations to create and maintain child-safe environments that will be overseen by the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG). This framework provides the OCG with four key roles:

  1. Capability building and support
  2. Monitoring powers
  3. Investigative powers
  4. Enforcement powers

It is important for schools to review their 10 Child Safe Standards implementation framework and workplan to ensure compliance with this legislation. The OCG has resources available on their website to assist and under their key power of Capability building and support, are there to help organisations towards achieving child-safe environments.

Click here to read the Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services media release.


Civil Liability Amendment (Child Abuse) Bill 2021 – update on new legislation (Ref 326/11)

On 9 November 2021, the Civil Liability Amendment (Child Abuse) Bill 2021 (the Bill) passed both Houses of NSW Parliament. The Bill is currently awaiting assent upon which it will become law in NSW (anticipated to be before the end of November 2021). The Bill seeks to ‘enable courts to set aside certain agreements that settled claims for child abuse where it is just and reasonable to do so and to ensure that Part 2A of [the Civil Liability Act 2002] does not restrict awards of damages for child abuse’.

This reform has been made as part of the legislative response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse, which found that many survivors of sexual abuse had entered into settlement agreements that survivors felt were inadequate due to ‘legal technicalities’ that they had faced, or because they had felt forced into accepting particular settlements, particularly in light of the power imbalances between a survivor and institution.

More information about the new law can be found here.

For further clarification or help, you can also contact the Catholic Schools NSW Legal Hotline on 1800 4Catholic Schools New South Wales (1800 427 679).


School Newsletter

Rural Bank Scholarship Program opens for 2022 - Encouraging the best young minds in agribusiness (Ref: 331/21)

Rural Bank has opened its scholarship applications for students commencing studies in 2022.

The 2022 Rural Bank Scholarship Program will support first-time tertiary students to foster excellence in agriculture and encourage the best young minds in agribusiness to pursue further education and development in the sector.

First-time undergraduate university, agricultural college and TAFE students enrolled in agribusiness studies and with a passion to contribute to the future of Australian agriculture are invited to apply.    Each of the eleven scholarships on offer is valued at $5,000 per year and, subject to academic performance and duration of the course, is extended for a second year of study to support students’ study-related expenses, including accommodation costs, course materials and education related travel.

Applications open 1 December 2021 and close 18 February 2022

To find out more about Rural Bank’s agribusiness scholarships visit:

Introduction of Anapen® into NSW Schools – NSWAEP Recommendations

The NSW Anaphylaxis Education Program has released information regarding Anapen® is a single use adrenaline (epinephrine) injector for the treatment of severe allergic reactions.

The document is below.

Introduction of Anapen NSWAEP recommendations for Catholic schools

Ethics Finder Resource for schools (Ref: 329/21)

A helpful resource for teachers to find articles, videos and information on key ethical, philosophical, and social issues.

Gallipoli Scholarship Fund (Ref: 330/21)

Scholarships and Bursaries

  • In 2022 the Department of Defence is joining the Scholarship program and will offer three  Bursaries each related to one of the Services,  Navy, Army and Air Force.
  • Lockheed Martin Australia will provide two Bursaries for students undertaking a STEM course of study.
  • Calleo Indigenous will provide at least one and probably more Bursaries to young Indigenous students.
  • Ernst and Young will provide two bursaries for a student studying a business-related course and will provide an internship and continued support if the student is progressing well.
  • Hall Rotary will provide a Bursary to a student studying agriculture or a related topic.
  • Merrylands RSL will provide a Bursary for a student studying at a University campus in their area or for someone who comes from their area.
  • Fairfield RSL will provide a Bursary.
  • The Gallipoli Memorial Club will provide a Bursary.
  • Earlwood Bardwell Park RSL will provide a Bursary.
  • Private donors will provide a Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Bursary to an Australian student who has an association with Turkey.
  • Up to seven Scholarships will be provided as Gallipoli Scholarships and the Bursaries for second and third year students will continue as required.

Application forms are online and can be accessed here:

Applications for  Gallipoli Scholarships are invited from  young Australian  or New  Zealanders resident in Australia, who are 25 years of age or younger on 1 March 2022, planning on undertaking their first year of a degree or diploma course (the latter at  an advanced diploma  at an Australian University or TAFE, commencing in 2022.

They must be  direct descendants of an Australian or New Zealand service man or woman who has served in any conflict or peacekeeping operation since the First World War.

As this Scholarship is aimed at young men and women who are “doing it tough” they must be able to demonstrate circumstances that exist that would prevent their attendance at University if they were not to receive a Scholarship. Receipt of a government benefit such as Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY or a similar government benefit is regarded as indicative of financial need.

Applications open on 1 November 2021 and must be received by close of business on 28 February 2022.

Vegetable Week & The Big Vegie Crunch event (Ref: 317/21)

Only 5% of NSW children eat enough vegetables. The Big Vegie Crunch seeks to increase children’s knowledge, exposure and positive attitudes towards vegetables.

Vegetable Week, featuring the fun event ‘The Big Vegie Crunch,’ is a free, school-based event for NSW primary schools, funded by NSW Health.

The goal of ‘The Big Vegie Crunch’ is to get NSW primary school students to break the record for the highest number of children eating vegetables simultaneously – and to get kids excited about vegetables!

It’s a fantastic and veg-citing way to start your school year with a health-promoting crunch.

Vegetable Week

Monday 28 March to Friday 1st April 2022

The Big Vegie Crunch

Thursday 31 March 2022, 10am


An event for NSW primary schools (including those schools that teach a primary curriculum) only.