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REGISTER NOW: Catholic Schools New South Wales Sport Governance Forum - Friday 11 November 2022 (Ref: 250/22)

The Catholic Schools New South Wales Sport Governance Forum is taking place next Friday, 11 November from 9.00am to 2.00pm at De La Salle College, Revesby (and will also be live streamed). The Forum is a free event for all Catholic educators, bringing together experts to discuss Governance issues in School Sport. The day includes a session held by US College Associations which identifies how students can access US College Scholarships.

Access the Flyer here: Catholic Schools New South Wales Sport Governance Forum 2022 Flyer

 

REGISTRATION: 

Register to attend in-person or via live stream with the following QR code (You will need to scan the QR code through your mobile phone camera)

SESSION OUTLINES: 

 

  • Opening: 9.00 – 9.20am

 

  • Session 1 – Keynote Address- Joe Williams : 9.20 -10.15am 

Joe is a Wiradjuri, First Nations Aboriginal man born in Cowra and raised in Wagga and Sydney who went through the Catholic Schools system and represented NSWCC in multiple sports.  He also spent 15 years as a professional sports person including as a NRL player and professional boxer whose titles include a 2x WBF World Jnr Welterweight champion and WBC Asia Continental Title.Joe is also an author having contributed to multiple books as well as his very own autobiography titled Defying The Enemy Within.

Joe was also named as finalist for the Courage Award in the 2017 National Indigenous Human Rights Awards and in 2018 was awarded the Suicide Prevention Australia Life Award for his work in communities across the country. In 2019, Joe was awarded Australia’s highest honour in the Mental Health field, announced as a co-winner of the National Mental Health Prize presented by the Australian Prime Minister. Since founding the organisation, The Enemy Within in 2014, Joe has delivered wellbeing programs to over 200 communities across Australia, and multiple countries around the globe; which aims to alleviate the mental and traumatic distress of individuals from all pockets of the community.

Joe is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland.

 

  • Session 2: Child Protection – Chris Owens-  10.15- 10.45am

Chris is the Head of Professional Services at Catholic Employment Relations Ltd

 

  •  Morning Tea: 10.45-11.00am

 

  • (Remembrance Day commemoration: 10.57-11.02am)

 

  • Session 3: Risk issues for teachers in School Sport David Gregory plus Q&A with Ben Wilding: 11.05am- 12.00pm

David is the founder of Xcursion and an educational risk expert

Ben is Senior Legal Counsel at Catholic Schools NSW

 

  • Session 4: Governance and the future for sport in NSW Catholic Schools – Paul Meldrum and Damien Kerr: 12.00pm – 12.30pm

Paul is the Head of Learning Innovations at Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

Damien is the Manager of Sport at Sydney Catholic Schools

 

  • Lunch: 12:30- 1:00pm

 

  • Session 5: USA College Associations NAIA and NJCAA – Saeed Halim and Michelle Meadows: 1.00 – 2.00pm

Saeed is the Manager of international Eligibility Services, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)

Michelle is the Vice President for Operations and COO, National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)

 

  • Official Close: 2.00pm

 

 


REGISTRATIONS OPEN: Catholic Schools NSW 'Connected Catholic Communities' Symposium (Ref: 237/22)

The Catholic Schools NSW Connected Catholic Communities project was initiated in response to the need for Catholic education to explore what it means for Catholic schools to be ‘animated by communion and community’ in a contemporary context. The recent Plenary Council also concluded that as a Church we need to “re-shape our engagement with the world, our evangelizing mission and our works of service in a rapidly changing environment”.

Consequently, the project has begun to explore the theology, educational research and practice which underpins the Catholic school as a community.

The upcoming project Symposium, to be facilitated by recognised educator and leader Phil Billington, is open to members of school leadership teams, parent liaison officers, family educators and members of our Catholic school communities in similar roles.

Event Details

WHEN:  15 November 2022, 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
WHERE: Isabel Menton Auditorium,  Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney
REGISTRATIONS: Register via Microsoft Forms here.

Members of your school community will be most welcome, as together with educational leaders, Parish and Catholic agencies, we explore the possibilities which might arise from the Connected Catholic Communities project and the aspirations of the Plenary Council.


Externally Delivered HSC VET Funding 2022 (RI/MPJP Schools) (Ref: 236/22)

Registered Training Organisations should now have issued invoices to RI/MPJP schools for the delivery of externally delivered HSC VET courses.  Schools are asked to complete the ‘External Stage 6 HSC VET Provision for 2022’ form by next Friday, 11 November 2022 and return via email to gerard.delany@csnsw.catholic.edu.au.

Access the ‘RI/MPJP School External Stage 6 HSC VET Provision 2022’ form here: External Stage 6 HSC VET Provision for 2022 Form

Catholic Schools New South Wales will aggregate all final costs and assess a pro rata share of funding for all participating schools. The final funding allocation to each school will continue to consider the following conditions:

  1. Schools with 10 or more students in the any one year (year 11 or 12) doing the same Industry Curriculum Framework externally to the school will pay the equivalent cost of having this course (120 Hours) delivered in school. (i.e. $10,000, equal to 1/5 of teacher’s salary, will be deducted from the total cost)
  2. The SAM formula will be applied to set an upper limit of grant funds for each school.  This maximum level of funding considers the total Stage 6 enrolments and the school’s Socio-Economic Status.
  3. Schools are responsible for negotiating and paying all invoices (TAFE and/or Private Providers) and for financing the gap in funds to cover all TAFE and other Private Providers HSC VET bills for 2022.

Catholic Schools New South Wales will endeavour to release funds by Thursday, 24 November 2022.

For further clarification if required, please contact Mr Gerard Delany, State Coordinator – Vocational Education on 9287 1549 or email: gerard.delany@csnsw.catholic.edu.au.


Professional Learning

NEW NESA-Approved Training Modules - Curated by Catholic Schools NSW (Ref: 255/22)

Catholic Schools NSW has created three new governance modules covering Privacy, Conflicts of Interest and Not-for-Profit (s 83C).

These modules are NESA-approved courses related to the proper governance of non-government schools. They address the requirement for ongoing professional learning for Responsible Persons and reflect current legislation.

Each module contributes one hour of professional learning with regard to governance issues for each Responsible Person for the school, or system of schools, delivered by Catholic Schools NSW, NESA-approved provider of governance training for Responsible Persons.

Staff can access the modules via the Catholic Schools NSW Professional Learning Platform here.

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Applications Open: Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship - Accompanying Teacher (Ref: 254/22)

Applications for a Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship Accompanying Teacher position are now open and will close on 27 November 2022.

NSW Catholic School History teachers are invited to apply to accompany the 2023 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship Tour in September/October 2023. The Scholarship involves a unique study tour accompanied by a military historian in the 2023 Spring school.

This is a fully funded professional development opportunity for teachers.

Find more information regarding the eligibility criteria and apply here.

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Catholic Schools NSW Online On-demand PL Modules - English K-2 Syllabus Series - by Helen West (Ref: 251/22)

A new professional learning opportunity for all school staff is available on the Catholic Schools NSW Professional Learning Platform,. This series is provided by Helen West, a highly regarded teacher and education consultant.  Helen West presents ten online on-demand professional learning modules to support the development of knowledge of English content, syllabus and pedagogy during and beyond the implementation of the new NESA English K-2 Syllabus.

Completing all three courses will accumulate 7.5 hours of NESA accreditation. Alternatively, choose the course/s that best meets your teaching and learning needs.

The series consists of three courses:

COURSE 1 English K-2: Essentials (1.5 hours)

  • Module 1: Structure and intent of the syllabus
  • Module 2: Foundational skills
  • Module 3: Quality texts

 

COURSE 2 English K-2: Know the Content (5 hours)

  • Module 4: Oral language and communication
  • Module 5: Phonological awareness and phonic knowledge
  • Module 6: Reading comprehension and fluency
  • Module 7: Creating written texts
  • Module 8: Understanding and responding to literature

 

COURSE 3 English K-2: A Balanced Approach (1 hour)

  • Module 9: A balanced approach
  • Module 10: Instructional sequences

The series and its courses are available here as a playlist.

You can do the entire series (all three courses) or choose which course/s of the series you would like to complete.

*Completing these courses, ‘English K-2 Syllabus’, courses will contribute seven and a half hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of delivery and assessment of NSW curriculum addressing standard descriptors, ‘Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities’ (2.1.2) and ‘Organise content into coherent, well-sequenced learning and teaching programs’ (2.2.2) from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

If you have not visited Catholic Schools New South Wales PL before you may need to visit the dashboard first by clicking here.

For further information contact sean.maloney@csnsw.catholic.edu.au.

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Catholic Schools NSW Online On-Demand PL Module - The New K-2 Mathematics Syllabus (Ref: 252/22)

Catholic Schools NSW is providing another professional learning opportunity for all school staff,  presented by Dr Christine Mae. This is a 90-minute online on-demand professional learning module regarding the implementation of the new K-2 Mathematics Syllabus – ‘get ready to teach forming groups’.

Previous K-2 Mathematics syllabus PL modules by Dr Christine Mae can be accessed here:

– Get ready to teach combining and separating quantities

– Get ready to teach whole number

Participants will learn:

  • Understanding the language, structure, language and connections between ideas in forming groups in K-2.
  • Identifying the development of important mathematical ideas in forming groups and ways to model them.
  • Viewing and evaluating sample tasks for forming groups.

The module is available HERE.

*Completing this session of ‘The New K-2 Mathematics Syllabus: Get ready to teach combining and separating quantities’ will contribute 90 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of delivery and assessment of NSW curriculum addressing standard descriptors, ‘Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities’ (2.1.2) and ‘Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement’ (2.5.2)  from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

If you have not visited Catholic Schools New South Wales PL before you may need to visit the dashboard first by clicking here.

For further information contact sean.maloney@csnsw.catholic.edu.au.

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Guidelines for Managing Suicidality and Self Harm - Black Dog Institute and Catholic Schools NSW (Ref: 248/22)

In response to increasing numbers of students presenting with complex mental health issues Catholic Schools NSW has partnered with The Black Dog Institute to develop guidelines for managing suicidality and self harm.

The guidelines are designed for school counsellors (and school leadership teams) to provide practical advice on the latest research and best clinical practice. They recognise the role of parents/carers as primary educators of their children and support the engagement of professionals external to the sector,  to support better mental health and learning outcomes for young people.

Access the Guidelines here:  Managing Suicidality and Self Harm Guidelines

 

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NSW Institute for Educational Research Conference -  Bringing Maths to Life: Building Strong Foundations for Critical and Creative Thinking K-8 (Ref: 240/22)

NSW Institute for Educational Research in association with the school of Education, the University of NSW is presenting the Bringing Maths to Life: Building Strong Foundations for Critical and Creative Thinking K-8 Conference

Where: Central Lecture Block UNSW – Wednesday November 23 2022

When: 8.50am – 4.00pm.

On-site registration will be available from 8.00am

Declining performance on international and Australian testing provides a major challenge to teachers of Mathematics:  How can Maths learning be lifted?

This Conference will draw on leading Australian Mathematics educators and practitioners to help teachers meet the challenge: by strengthening basic foundations  and promoting critical thinking.

The conference will include a number of keynotes and elective workshops outlined in the Conference Information package here: NSW Institute for Educational Research Conference –  Bringing Maths to Life: Building Strong Foundations for Critical and Creative Thinking K-8 – Wednesday November 23

NESA Professional Development Accredited: standard descriptors 1.2.2, 2.1.2, & 3.3.2

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Registration:  Monday November 7 2022

Cost:  $ 280  (Full time students and NSWIER members $160)

Register here

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An Introduction to the Results Analysis Package (RAP) - Online Course - December 16 2022 (Ref: 241/22)

An Introduction to the Results Analysis Package (RAP)  is taking place online via the Catholic Schools New South Wales Professional Learning Platform on December 16 2022 from 9.00 – 10.30am.

This course has been developed specifically to meet the needs of teachers new to RAP or desiring a refresher. NESA staff will guide teachers on navigating functions within RAP that will assist in analysing the HSC results released the previous day.

Completing this course will contribute 1 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of the delivery and assessment of the NSW curriculum/EYLF addressing standard descriptors 5.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

NESA Registration and Go1: Understanding the Results Analysis Package (An introduction to RAP)

The course we have registered and run before is in Go1. To complete this course, register here

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NESA Information Sessions on Draft Syllabuses (Ref: 237/22)

NESA Information Sessions on Draft syllabuses

NESA officers have recorded information sessions focused on the opportunity to have your say in the development of the:

  • Drama 7–10 draft syllabus
  • Science 7–10 draft syllabus
  • Technology 7–8 draft syllabus

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Specifically, the information session provided:

  • a clear rationale, including evidence base and link to reform objectives, for the basis of the draft outcomes and content
  • clarity regarding what to expect in the syllabuses.

‘Have Your Say’ periods

Science 7-10: The ‘Have Your Say’ period concludes Monday 5 December 

Technology 7-8: The ‘Have Your Say’ period concludes Monday 21 November

Drama 7-10: The ‘Have Your Say’ period concludes Monday 5 December 

The recorded versions of each session will be placed on the Catholic Schools New South Wales Curriculum Reform Hub on Wednesday 26 October

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Curriculum Reform: Aboriginal Languages Syllabus (Ref: 239/22)

The new Aboriginal Languages K–10 (2022) syllabus was released last week. This syllabus can be taught from 2024.

Timeline

2023 Plan and prepare to teach the new syllabus

2024 Start teaching new syllabus for:

  • Schools with a K–6 program
  • Mandatory 100 hours of a Language in Years 7–10
  • Year 9 elective.

Students who commenced the 100-hour or 200-hour elective course in 2023 may continue to study the Aboriginal Languages K–10 Syllabus (2003) in 2024.

The syllabus will be available on the Digital Curriculum.

Schools have access to support materials to assist with implementation including:

Curriculum Reform Website

NESA’s Curriculum reform website has recently been updated to include new support packages to implement the K-2 English and Mathematics syllabuses. These materials can be accessed here

Curriculum Reform Timelines

A detailed NSW Curriculum Reform timeline has been published to support teachers implementing the curriculum reform program. The timeline ensures all schools have one year to plan and prepare for each syllabus before it is implemented

Department of Education NSW K-2 Resources

The Department of Education has kindly provided Catholic Schools with access to their planning and programming units and associated scope and sequences. These materials can be accessed via the following links:

K-2 English

K-2 Mathematics

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Legal

Modern Slavery Webinar for Suppliers to Catholic Entities (Ref: 242/22)

Current suppliers of goods and services from high-risk industries (e.g. cleaning, furniture, waste services, facility management, uniforms) are encouraged to attend the virtual Modern Slavery Webinar for Suppliers to Catholic Entities to learn about modern slavery and how to meet expectations of Catholic buyers.

The webinar is organised by the Anti-Slavery Taskforce at the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

Key Details: 

Date: Thursday 10 November

Time: 12.00pm-1.00pm

Where: Online. Register here

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Resources for Learning

Remembrance Day 2022 Schools Resource Pack (Ref: 249/22)

Remembrance Day 2022 is coming up next Friday, 11 November 2022 and the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs has developed a resource pack for schools with resources and guidance on how to commemorate the day, including curriculum links and activities.

Download the Resource Pack here: Remembrance Day 2022 Schools Resource Pack

For more information, visit The NSW Office for Veterans Affairs

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Registrations NOW OPEN: 2023 'Transition to Year 7' Assessment Package (formerly Best Start Year 7) available to Catholic Schools New South Wales schools (Ref: 233/22)

Transition to Year 7 is an optional online literacy and numeracy assessment package available to secondary schools in Term 1, replacing Best Start Year 7. Assessments are completed by students in participating schools between 8 February and 10 March 2023.

More information about the assessment may be found here: Transition to Year 7 – information-for-schools 

There is no cost to participate in the Transition to Year 7 assessment.

All schools wishing to participate in 2023 will need to complete the online opt in form by Friday, 25 November 2022.

For more information, join an information session in Zoom during Term 4: 

  • Thursday 3 November 8:30 – 9:00 am
  • Wednesday 9 November 3:30 – 4:00 pm

Join the Zoom Meeting here

Meeting ID: 558 141 2870

Passcode: 83354

IMPORTANT DATES

Term 4, 2022

  • 25 November Opt-in for 2023 Transition to Year 7 closes
  • 5 December – Next steps emails to participating schools

Term 1, 2023       

  • 8 February Assessment platform username and password link emailed to assessment coordinator
  • 8 February Assessment window opens
  • 10 March Assessment window closes

Further information contact Karen Ferrante karen.ferrante@csnsw.catholic.edu.au

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"Mighty Heroes" - New Resources eSafety Commission (Primary School) (Ref: 233/22)

“Mighty Heroes” is a new lower primary curriculum aligned classroom resource that features four short-animated videos with accompanying educator notes. It also includes downloadable posters and a family tech agreement to help parents continue the conversation at home.

Bring the Mighty Heroes into your classroom:

  • Wanda the echidna: I am responsible – I protect my personal information.
  • River the sugar glider: I show respect – I am kind and caring to others.
  • Dusty the frilled neck lizard: I trust my feelings – I ask for help when something doesn’t feel right.
  • Billie the bilby: I investigate – I question what I see, hear and do online.

The resource can be found at esafety.gov.au 

Watch the videos on the Mighty heroes student page with your class here.

Educator notes are available to educator notes to support discussion of the key messages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fellowships/Awards

NOMINATIONS OPEN: Inaugural NSW Premier's Respect Awards (NSW) (Ref: 253/22)

All NSW Catholic schools are invited to nominate a student for the inaugural NSW Premier’s Respect Awards.
The awards seek to recognise students from Kindergarten to Year 12 who have shown high standards of respectful behaviour, inclusiveness and community-mindedness.
Schools can also apply for their nominated student to be chosen for the NSW Premier’s Respect Awards Showcase. An expert panel with representatives from the NSW Department of Education, Association of Independent Schools, Catholic Schools, the and the Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People will consider the applications. The panel will select the 10 students who best represent excellence in respectful behaviour to be presented with their awards by the Premier at an annual showcase.
For more information and to nominate a student, visit: https://education.nsw.gov.au/…/premier-s-respect-award

Access the Media Release here: Nominations Now Open for Inaugural Student Respect Awards (NSW)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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