Priority Items

Catholic Schools New South Wales HSC (DeCourcy) Analysis training and support (Ref: 022/22)

The 2021 HSC Analysis was made available on Tuesday 8th February.

Professional Development and Training

After careful consideration, the preferred mode of delivery for the HSC Analysis training will continue to be face-to-face. A version of the Introduction to the Analysis and Detailed Reading of the Analysis is being trialled via Zoom.

Course Details

Diocesan Officers Overview:  Wednesday 2 March – face to face at SMC Conference & Function Centre* (SMC)

Introduction to the Analysis #1 : Friday 4 March – via Zoom only

Detailed read of the Analysis  #1: Tuesday 8 March – via Zoom only

Leading your School in the Analysis: Monday 21 March  face-to-face at SMC

Introduction to the Analysis #2: Wednesday 23 March  face-to-face at SMC

Detailed read of the Analysis #2: Friday 25 March face-to-face at SMC

The link to register for this training can be accessed HERE

The online training module can be accessed HERE 

For more information contact Gary Molloy, Manager Research, Data & Analysis

*SMC Conference & Function Centre
66 Goulburn St, Sydney NSW 2000

User Support

All support for users with access or technology issues should in the first instance be directed to the support desk via email:

Professional Learning

Student Mental Health & Wellbeing Trends in 2022 (Ref:039/22)

Anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidality and violence are presenting increasing challenges for schools. Increased concerns around student mental health and wellbeing hit the headlines during the COVID-19 crisis. This resulted in increased government spending and renewed interest in school safety and security.

Join Jennifer Coen (Senior Manager- Wellbeing Catholic Schools New South Wales) as she discusses student wellbeing in 2022 and how Catholic Schools New South Wales can support your school staff to become a part of these initiatives.

When: Wednesday 16 March 9:30 – 10:30

Audience: All RI/MPJP well-being & counselling staff

To register for the one hour workshop click here 

You will need to update your details on the Catholic Schools New South Wales Professional Learning site by clicking here.

For any technical support please contact All other enquiries can be directed to Jennifer Coen – 0417441781


Let’s talk about Principal care… the high 5 strategies for wellbeing (Ref: 024/22)

Join Carrie Benedet and other school leaders to share and discuss strategies that you can develop to recognise and celebrate you and the work you do each day. You already set the strategy, lead the team, recognise others success, support  your team, colleagues, friends and family.

Imagine if you gave that same love and encouragement to yourself. Or even better, you made it a daily habit.

Let’s ‘High Five’ new skills and mindsets to amp up your personal leadership behaviour! Essentially your Wellbeing is core to being the leader you want to be!

When: Wednesday 30 March 9:30 – 10:30 repeated 3:30 – 4:30

To register for the 1 hour workshop click here for the morning session, 9:30 – 10:30am, click here for the afternoon session, 3:30 – 4:30.

You will need to update your details on the Catholic Schools New South Wales Professional Learning site by clicking here.

For any technical support please contact All other enquiries can be directed to Mary Ryan 0409 606 437.


CrookED Science NESA Accredited PD Workshops (For teachers) (Ref: 025/22)

Back by popular demand, this term CrookED Science are running their flagship Preparing for the 2022 HSC NESA Accredited teacher PD workshops for each of the HSC sciences.

Each of these workshops has achieved the new NESA Accreditation for 5 hours (Proficient).

In these workshops, teachers will:

  • leverage 2021 RAP Analyses to benefit teaching and learning
  • scrutinise the 2021 exams for emerging themes and commonplace mistakes by students
  • translate the language and stimuli within questions into concepts
  • pilot mark brand new bespoke questions and sample answers
  • unpack and attempt a brand new 9-mark question (15-mark for SciX)
  • identify strategies for cross-module questions
  • collaboratively develop an exam-style question with marking criteria and exemplar answer

All teachers will walk away with a variety of resources to assist their students in their forthcoming exams.

EARLY BIRD rates of 15% OFF are available on all workshops if purchased by the end of Week 4 (25 Feb).

Details and registration can be found at or on the attached flyer.

Sample New Accreditation
Completing Preparing for the 2022 HSC Physics Exam will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 1.1.2, 2.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW

CrookED Science – TEACHER FLYER – ALL Student and Teacher workshops Term 1 2022


Asthma First Aid for Schools - 2022 (Ref: 027/22)

In a regular classroom, you would expect to find that three students will have diagnosed asthma.

This course will provide school staff up-to-date information on asthma and its management within the school setting.

Most importantly, school staff will be trained in the national protocol for the first aid treatment of an asthma attack.


AERO/OCHRE Education Webinar (Ref: 029/22)

The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) has partnered with Ochre Education to provide Australian teachers free access to quality curriculum resources to support teachers. The resources are based on the Australian curriculum. A number of resources are available for English and Mathematics and more will be added during the term.

OCHRE are hosting a free webinar on Thursday 24 February at 8pm. The webinar will provide an overview of the resources and the principles underpinning the approach to learning.  Further information about the webinar can be found here.



Modern Slavery Amendment Act NSW 2021 (Ref: 040/22)

On 1 January 2022, the Modern Slavery Amendment Act NSW 2021 (the NSW Act) came into effect in New South Wales.

The NSW Act encourages corporations who are not required to report under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (Commonwealth Act) to volunteer to report in accordance with section 6 of the Commonwealth Act. In doing this, the NSW Act does not require supply chain audits or reporting in addition to the requirements of the Commonwealth Act. Rather, the NSW Act supports and sits in harmony with the current Commonwealth Act reporting requirements.

Additionally, the NSW Act has established an Anti-Slavery Commissioner whose role it is to:

  • promote public awareness on modern slavery and its victims
  • encourage and monitor reporting by relevant entities
  • monitor the effectiveness of government due diligence procedures

The Anti-Slavery Commissioner has also been granted the power to request modern slavery-related information from the Police Commissioner as well as an additional power to remove civil liability for whistleblowers who provide information to the Commissioner.

Further information can be found here.


School Newsletter

Teachers’ Guild of NSW 2022 Education Awards Now Open (Ref: 041/22)

The Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales Education Awards are NOW open to recognise outstanding educators in 2022



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 2022 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.

Primary Awards Nomination Form 2022

Secondary Awards Nomination Form 2022

Click here for the Early Career Awards Application Guidelines

Nominations close by 5.00PM Friday 13 May 2022



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.

2022 Guild Research Award

Date: Friday 19 September 2022

Venue: Concord Golf Club

Cost: This is a free event

Time: 1.00pm to 5.00pm

Click here to nominate for the Research Award

View judging criteria here to find out more about our Research Award

Nominations close by 5.00PM Friday 24 June 2022



The TGNSW Wales 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.

Please access 2022 Nomination Form here.

Submit nominations to by 5.00PM Friday 10 June 2022



Honouring teachers with the World Teachers’ Recognition Certificate who have made a wonderful contribution to their school in advancing the education profession.

Click here to nominate

Click here to view past award winners

Nominations close by 5.00PM Saturday 24 September 2022


Honorary Fellowship of the Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales
Applying is simple. Perhaps you, yourself, will apply. If you believe you are eligible, please do! But please also forward this to colleagues who deserve this recognition. There are so many of them, and we’d love to be able to recognise them. Existing members, or current non-members, may make an application to the Guild for Honorary Fellowship of the Guild.

Click here to see past recipients

Register here for New Membership

Click here if you are an existing TGNSW Member

You will not regret a moment of your time, invested for your own recognition, or for that of valued colleagues.

Let’s recognise the outstanding and accomplished teachers among us. Remember, applicants need not be current members of the Guild.

For any enquiries please contact the Secretariat at

If you would like to join the Teachers’ Guild of NSW social media group,
Like us at
Follow us on twitter @TGNSW

CrookED Science HSC Student Revision Workshops (for HSC students) (Ref: 026/22)

CrookED Science are running twilight revision workshops in every science subject for Module 6 (Module 2 for Science Extension).

These workshops have been designed by experienced HSC markers to best prepare students for the 2022 HSC exams.

Students will be:

  • unpacking all of the content
  • addressing common mistakes and misconceptions
  • developing strategies for extended response questions
  • unpacking new practice questions
  • learning what the markers are looking for

All students will walk away with a variety of resources.

EARLY BIRD rates of 15% OFF are available on all workshops if purchased by the end of Week 4 (25 Feb). Accompanying teachers are FREE!

Details and registration can be found at or on the flyer below.

CrookED Science – STUDENT FLYER – ALL Science Student Revision Workshops – Term 1 2022

Young Indigenous Women's STEM Academy (Ref: 028/22)

The Young Indigenous Women’s STEM Academy (the Academy) will increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander females undertaking studies and careers in STEM. The Academy does this through targeted, long-term support to help overcome the barriers that discourage Indigenous women from pursuing STEM careers.

Learn more here




Free KINDNESS resources for primary schools 2022 (Ref: 030/22)

Fly High Billie have produced free kindness workbooks and units of work for primary schools titled b kinder.


About the resources:

The b kinder workbooks are unique, positive, interactive and tangible learning tools that address what it means to be kind.


The b kinder workbooks perfectly align with the PDHPE Australian curriculum K-6 embedding the Social, Emotional and Learning Units which incorporates the core values with a particular emphasis on kindness. Free units of work are available for each of the b kinder workbooks.


Dr Cathie Harrison, EdD, MEd, B.Ed(EC), Education Consultant, helped to curate the resources and says the following:

The b kinder initiative shares something of Billie’s way of being in the world and her hope that the world would become a kinder and more compassionate place. Through Billie’s words we are all invited to share Billie’s hope, to reach out to others and to act with kindness. 

Australian Inclusive Schooling Conference 2022 (Ref: 031/22)

The Illume Learning Australian Inclusive Schooling Conference (12 & 13 May 2022) is an unmissable opportunity for those with an interest in and passion for inclusive education. The virtual conference will showcase current research, innovative approaches and strategies to include and engage students with disabilities. The event will bring together Australian and international leaders in the field of inclusive education to share informative and engaging presentations on the philosophy, research and practice of inclusive education. For further information and to register for the event click here.

Illume Learning are offering a free pre-conference webinar series (5 x 30min sessions) which can also be found on the conference website. Details can be found here.

Podcast: Drugs, alcohol & vaping (Ref: 032/22)

The use of drugs & alcohol amongst young people has been a hot topic of conversation for some time. Introduce the relatively new phenomenon of vaping on school grounds & things become even more complicated.

With increasing numbers of young people believing vaping to be harmless, it is an area of increasing concern for schools. In this podcast Jennifer Coen (Senior Manager- Wellbeing Catholic Schools New South Wales) talks to Paul Dillon about drugs, alcohol & vaping. (24 min)

Podcast Interview with Paul Dillon

Celebrating 200 Years of Catholic Education in Australia (Ref: 033/22)

This beautiful resource is now available for purchase from the National Catholic Education Commission. From Humble Beginnings: Commemorating 200 years of Catholic education in Australia features a history of the oldest existing Catholic school in each Australian diocese. The commemorative book is full colour and includes historical and contemporary images of the schools. It is available in paperback and hardcover versions and would make a great addition to school libraries or as a bicentenary momento. Order via this link:

Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship (Ref: 034/22)

Applications for the 2022 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship are now open!

The scholarship gives NSW high school history students the opportunity to travel on a study tour to develop their knowledge and understanding of the history of Australians at war. Accompanied by a military historian, the tour includes visits to significant historical sites to learn about and commemorate the service of Australian men and women.

The tour supports the NSW curriculum and students who are studying Modern History will gain the most benefit from attending the tour.

If you’re a Year 10 or Year 11 student studying history, this scholarship is a unique opportunity for hands-on learning of the history of Australians at war.

For further info and to apply, visit