Copyright Tips for Online Image Usage (Ref: 142/24)

The National Copyright Unit (NCU) has released tips for schools to minimise copyright risk when using images on public-facing websites and social media.

Key takeaway messages for schools include:

  • Don’t use images on websites or social media from commercial stock image libraries, public websites or social media unless your school has purchased an appropriate licence.
  • Don’t use images copied or communicated under the Statutory Licence on public websites or on social media (see here).
  • Regularly review content on public-facing websites and social media. Take down any images that are no longer needed.
  • Always attribute and label images used on websites and social media (see here).

Only use images on websites or social media if your school:

  • owns the copyright in the image
  • has permission or a licence to use the image from the copyright owner;
  • the image is licensed under Creative Commons (see here); or
  • the image is in the public domain.

For more information on using images on websites and social media, please click here.

For information on the NCU’s free webinar series for teachers, please click here.

Professional Learning

AI in Education Conference: Western Sydney University (Ref: 144/24)

The 2024 AI in Education Conference on Friday, 23 August will have a strong focus on practical applications of AI in school settings. The 2024 theme is  Teaching Tomorrow: Harnessing AI tools Today with a sharp focus on practical applications and real life examples.

Topics throughout the day will include:

  • AI and Student Wellbeing
  • AI and Literacy
  • Growing Community Buy-In for AI
  • Bots and Literature
  • AI and Philosophy
  • Student Leadership in the Age of AI
  • Assessment and Reporting with AI

To learn more and register for the conference, click here.


Student Resources

Intercultural Day: Sydney Jewish Museum (Ref: 141/24)

The Sydney Jewish Museum is holding an Intercultural Day for Year 6 students in November 2024. The free program brings together students from diverse cultures and backgrounds to focus on tolerance, friendship, optimism and intercultural understanding.

Date and time: 26, 27, or 28 November 2024, 9.30 am – 2.00 pm

Capacity: 80 students per day

Students will learn from Museum experts about how the Museum shares important intercultural and social lessons and spend a day engaging with each other in collaborative object-centred activities. Students will then work with their new friends from different schools on an exhibition project, bringing objects and stories together to share an important message of their choice. This program allows students to discover the similarities that we all share.

For more information click here.


2024 Online Phonics Screening Check for Year 1 Students (Ref: 139/24)

The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check (PSC) is an optional online reading assessment available at no cost to Catholic Schools NSW schools with a Year 1 student cohort. The assessment takes 5 to 7 minutes and is carried out by classroom teachers with each student individually. Student responses are auto-mapped to indicators from the National Literacy Learning Progressions.

The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check provides teachers with an overview of a student’s progress in phonics. This information helps teachers make decisions during the teaching and learning cycle. The Check assesses the phonic knowledge and skills a student has learnt, to blend sounds together to read a word. The Student Assessment Analysis provided after the check assists teachers in making decisions that will help inform the next steps to meet a student’s individual learning needs.

Teachers use an online tool to enter student responses. The online tool is available via the Assessing Literacy and Numeracy (ALAN) portal. CSNSW teachers access the ALAN portal using their CSNSW NETiD credentials. The assessment window for 2024 is 12-30 August 2024 (Term 3). The assessment is available to systemic and RI/MPJP schools with a Year 1 cohort.

Systemic schools should check with their Diocese regarding whether the Diocese will register on their behalf as these arrangements vary across the state. RI/MPJP schools and systemic schools not included in whole-of-Diocese opt-in to the 2024 PSC, should register their expression of interest to participate via email here.

Registrations close on 1 August 2024.

For more information, contact Karen Ferrante here.


Employment Opportunities

Senior Manager Diverse Learning, Catholic Schools NSW (Ref: 138/24)

The Senior Manager Diverse Learning will provide expert guidance and support to schools and systems in a range of areas, including:

  • State and Commonwealth legislation and regulation in the areas of disability and diverse learners
  • The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on Students with Disability
  • Best practice contemporary teaching and learning methodologies
  • Design and delivery of high-quality professional learning

This is a permanent full-time position working from our office in Sydney’s CBD. Applications close Monday, 8 July 2024.

Applications for the position should include:

  • A cover letter that must address the essential requirements of the position
  • Curriculum Vitae

Find the full position description and information on how to apply here.