Priority Items

Register Now: Catholic Schools NSW Education Law Symposium 2022 (Ref: 144/22)

In 2022, Catholic Schools NSW continues the tradition of providing quality professional learning to support and guide ‘responsible persons’ in their critical roles of the management and operation of Catholic schools and systems. 

The 2022 Education Law Symposium will be held on Thursday 29 September at the Sydney Masonic Centre. The symposium theme: Catholic School Governance: In the Spirit of Service reflects our shared commitment to excellence in governance as we meet our statutory and canonical obligations.  The symposium program will challenge participants to respond to contemporary governance challenges including regulatory reforms, financial compliance, risk management and safeguarding. 

This is a face-to-face event and capacity is limited, with less than 100 places left. Register now to avoid missing out. Catholic Schools New South Wales is a NESA approved provider of governance training. 

Catholic Schools NSW invites principals, heads of governance and compliance, finance officers and others designated as ‘responsible persons’ in Catholic education to attend for a day of governance learning, discussion and action.

Further information, including the full programme will be released closer to the Symposium.

To register, click on the following link: https://learn.csnsw.cloud/p/#/app/course-view/36519813/overview?instance=20643536. 

Find out more on the Symposium website here. 


REMINDER- NEW English and Mathematics K–2 syllabuses in 2023 (Ref: 152/22)

NESA has issued a reminder that the NEW English and Mathematics K–2 syllabuses must be taught in all NSW primary schools from Term 1, 2023.

The syllabuses are designed to improve student outcomes by focusing on essential learning and building foundational skills. Literacy and numeracy skills in the early years are essential foundations for later success at school.

The syllabuses are available on the new Digital Curriculum platform, separated clearly into both subject and school-stage categories.

New evidence-based support materials are available for teachers and schools to prepare and plan for implementation:

Stay up to date on the NSW Curriculum Reform by visiting the website and subscribing to the newsletter.


Professional Learning

Catholic Schools New South Wales Online PL module - Developing Social Skills for Children with Diverse Learning Needs: The Early Years (0-7 years old) (Ref: 160/22)

Catholic Schools New South Wales is providing an exciting professional learning opportunity for all school staff. Sue Larkey, a highly qualified special needs teacher in special needs and mainstream schools, previously presented a three-part (one hour each) webinar about developing social skills for children with diverse learning needs.

This webinar series has been packaged as one complete three-hour presentation available on the Catholic Schools New South Wales Professional Learning platform.

The presentation is available HERE.

Completing the video module ‘Developing Social Skills for Children with Diverse Learning Needs – the Early Years’ will contribute 3 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Students/children with Disability addressing standard descriptor, ‘Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities’ (1.5.2)  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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NESA Information Sessions- Syllabus Development  (Ref: 163/22) 

Attention: Principals, Leaders of Learning

NESA Information Sessions

NESA officers will be sharing information about the upcoming opportunity to have your say and the development of the:

  • English and Mathematics 3-6 draft syllabuses –Tuesday 9/08//2022  11:00-11:40 am
  • English and Mathematics 7-10 draft syllabuses –Tuesday 9/08//2022  11:45-12:25 pm
  • Auslan K-10 draft syllabus- Tuesday 9/08//2022  12:30-12:45pm
  • Geography 7-10 draft syllabus – Wednesday 10/08//2022  11:00–11:45 am
  • History 7-10 draft syllabus – Wednesday 10/08//2022  11:00–11:45 am
  • Dance 7-10 draft syllabus- Wednesday 10/08//2022  12:00–12:45 pm
  • Music 7-10 draft syllabus-  Wednesday 10/08//2022  12:00–12:45 pm

Specifically, the information session will:

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

In the live version of these sessions, participants can lodge questions via the chat which NESA will either answer directly if able or provide a written response post the briefing.

A recording of each session will be placed on the Catholic Schools New South Wales Curriculum Reform Hub for those who cannot attend the live version of the briefings.

To participate in one of the live briefing session log on using the links below:

Tuesday Sessions – 09/08/2022

English and Mathematics 3–6 draft syllabuses
https://catholicschoolsnsw.zoom.us/j/93898166654?pwd=L2pYa2NXUGVEL05tUm11Qll1dTRPUT09
Passcode: 390580

English and Mathematics 7–10 draft syllabuses
https://catholicschoolsnsw.zoom.us/j/93145025651?pwd=WUh0U3lsN0k1Nit0aXc1M0ZmZVl4dz09
Passcode: 854543

Auslan K–10 draft syllabus
https://catholicschoolsnsw.zoom.us/j/94332311975?pwd=RmJRd09oZHFEV3creVpML2Q2SmR6UT09
Passcode: 534166

Wednesday Sessions – 10/08/2022

HSIE session, draft syllabus
https://catholicschoolsnsw.zoom.us/j/99530569878?pwd=V21BcS9RR01pVHhHT0RkUkFOSWNhdz09
Passcode: 650592

Creative Arts session, draft syllabus
https://catholicschoolsnsw.zoom.us/j/95433016994?pwd=alRlNzd6UUtuN0RhNjdRR3QzaElwUT09
Passcode: 504915

Further information can be obtained by emailing  Joanne Hack  joanne.hack@csnw.catholic.edu.au

 

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Registrations Open: Catholic Schools NSW Mental Health Symposium (Ref: 151/22) 

Registrations are now open for the Catholic Schools NSW Mental Health Symposium, taking place in Sydney at the Sydney Masonic Centre on Monday 12 September, 2022.

Catholic Schools NSW welcomes wellbeing school and system leaders, school counsellors and others to come together and learn from some of Australia’s most renowned speakers discussing the latest research and practice in child and adolescent mental health. Hear Donna Cross deliver the latest research on wellbeing policy and equity; Dr Michael Bowden (Chief Psychiatrist NSW) discuss the current state of child and adolescent mental health; Wayne Warburton (Macquarie University) present the latest research into gaming and neurology

Learn from and be inspired by some of Australia’s most renowned speakers on child and adolescent mental health.

The Symposium will focus on the issues most relevant to the mental health and wellbeing of today’s students.

There is no cost to attend the Symposium.

Register here.

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REGISTER NOW for 10/10/22- Catholic Schools New South Wales Virtual Symposium - Supporting Learning for K-12 (Ref: 155/22)

Catholic Schools New South Wales is providing an exciting professional learning opportunity for all school staff from K – 12 in a virtual format on Monday 10 October, 2022 from 9.00am to 3.30pm.

Schools will be able to engage as a full staff or as individual staff members.

The day will offer access to a range of international and national presenters including keynote speakers:

  1. Professor Jim Tognolini, CEMA University of Sydney
  2. Dr Jared Cooney, Horvath Educational Neuroscientist and author, University of Melbourne.

Teachers will select up to three workshops to attend virtually, across a range of areas, broadly focusing on primary, secondary and wellbeing. Workshops will be available in both synchronous and asynchronous modes, delivered by a range of educators from both school and university sectors.

There is no cost to participants joining the day.

A more comprehensive program will be available in later editions of Scholaris.

The symposium is pending NESA Accreditation and for this purpose we require individual teacher registration by following the link HERE.

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Mini Brief Webinar, Happening Tomorrow: Storing Major and Minor Quantities of Dangerous Goods (Ref: 164/22)

Register now to attend the Mini Brief by Chemwatch covering storing requirements for major and minor quantities of dangerous goods, taking place tomorrow, 3 August 2022 at 1.30pm.

In Australia, Chapter 7 of the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations sets out of the legal requirements and obligations in regards to health and safety for all workplaces, including the handling and storage of hazardous chemicals.

Although Chapter 7 does provide comprehensive requirements for storage of greater quantities of chemicals, it does not detail the requirements for minor quantities.

When storing hazardous chemicals there are distinctions that need to be made between major and minor quantities and when it comes to understanding those specific requirements, it is important to take into consideration the technical advice provided by the Australian Standards.

In the Mini Brief, Chemwatch will cover:
– Storage requirements for major and minor quantities of dangerous goods
– The range of technical requirements applicable
– Construction and location of stores
– Common occurrences and examples applicable to specific Dangerous Goods classes

Register here.

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Online Webinar, The Human Exposome- Chemical Exposure & Oxidative Stress (Ref: 165/22) 

Registrations are open for Part 4 of the Exposome Webinar series by Chemwatch, focusing on oxidative stress. The Webinar is taking place on August 31 at 1.30pm

Exposure to harmful chemicals can be found everywhere you go—in the workplace, outdoor environment, and even in your home.

While we are aware of the more obvious offenders, such as chemicals, biological hazards and carcinogens, we are also unknowingly exposed to some less obvious toxins that contaminate the air we breathe and the water we drink.

The complete set of these exposures has been named the exposome, and its interactions with the human genome has been linked to chronic illness, non-communicable diseases, and accelerated ageing.

Join Chemwatch for Part 4 of the Exposome webinar series, as we focus on oxidative stress. We will look in depth at how the chemicals we are exposed to can produce reactive oxygen species and how they can damage cellular components to deteriorate health.

In this webinar, Chemwatch will cover:

  • What are reactive oxygen species (ROS)?
  • Why the body needs ROSs
  • How the body “keeps balance” of ROSs
  • How a lifetime of exposure to different chemicals disrupt that balance
  • The consequences of too many ROSs

Register here.

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Registrations Open- Professional Learning Webinar, "Responding and Reporting to Critical Online Incidents: School Settings" (Ref: 153/22)

This Professional Learning webinar by the ESafety Commission has been designed for wellbeing and school leaders who play a role in supporting or leading the immediate responding and/or reporting of actions associated with critical online incidents that occur within school communities.

During the webinar, case studies will be explored, incident assessment tools will be share in addition to ways of supporting both primary and secondary school students.

The workshop will cover:

  • tools and strategies for responding to online incidents, with guidance for key issues such as cyberbullying, image-based abuse, fight videos, self-harm and suicide content
  • eSafety reporting options
  • key steps for Wellbeing and School leaders to collect evidence when making a report to eSafety

Dates:

  • Wednesday 10 August 3.45-4.45pm – Delivered by Jennifer Coen, Senior Manager, Wellbeing, Catholic Schools New South Wales
  • Wednesday 25 August 7.30 – 8.30pm
  • Monday 5 September 3.45 – 4.45pm
  • Wednesday 21 September 7.30 – 8.30pm

Register HERE.

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Webinar: Working with Children Who are Experiencing or Engaging in Bullying Behaviour (Ref: 147/22)

Bullying is a complex social issue and can present significant issues for school staff, as it has the potential to affect individual mental health.

This webinar looks at how bullying can be addressed by multiple stakeholders.

The Webinar is taking place on 10 August 2022, from 1.00-2.00pm. 

This Webinar is designed for practitioners who work with children and families in a broad range of settings, especially those working with children aged 4-12 years.

This webinar is designed to support practitioners to:

  • understand how childhood bullying affects child mental health
  • understand the importance of prevention and early intervention in limiting the effects of childhood bullying in adulthood
  • be curious about children’s understanding and perspectives on bullying and why this is important
  • explore strategies to work with children experiencing bullying or engaging in bullying behaviour.

The presenters for the professional learning webinar are:

  • Dr Lesley-Anne Ey (University of South Australia)
  • Julie Clifton (Bully Zero)
  • Vanya
  • Nicole Rollbusch (Content Development Officer, Emerging Minds)

More information can be found here: https://aifs.gov.au/webinars/working-children-who-are-experiencing-or-engaging-bullying-behaviour

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Legal

Modern Slavery: Uniform Procurement - Webinar (Ref: 150/22)

What steps have been taken to ensure that your school uniform procurement is ethical and the risks of modern slavery and worker exploitation to people are being adequately addressed?

Procurement staff and other school stakeholders with direct control over school uniform procurement are encouraged to attend this Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network (ACAN) webinar to learn more about and to take action to stop modern slavery.

Date: Friday, 12 August

Time: 12.00pm-1.00pm AEST

Register HERE. 

Please note THIS WEBINAR IS NOT FOR SUPPLIERS of school uniforms. It is for internal school procurement staff only and/or P&C members involved in selecting uniform suppliers. Attendees will receive information to share with school uniform suppliers in 2023 that will help them to engage on this important issue of ethical sourcing

For further information, please visit the Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network

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Resources for Learning

School Vaccination for Students with Physical and or Intellectual Disabilities Resource (Ref: 159/22)

NSW Health works in partnership with schools to offer the recommended and free vaccines in a school-based vaccination program. It is important that students with physical and/or intellectual disabilities have access to vaccines on the same basis as their peers, to protect them and the community from preventable diseases.

NSW Health is committed to offering the recommended vaccines to students with physical and/or intellectual disabilities wherever possible, whether they are enrolled in Schools for Specific Purpose (SSPs) or mainstream schools. Most students with physical and/or intellectual disabilities can be vaccinated at school. However, some students may require additional support on the day of the clinic at school, or a referral to a specialist immunisation clinic that offers vaccinations under close observation.

If students require additional support please contact your local public health network on 1300 066 055.

Access the Resource here: School Vaccination for Students with Physical and or Intellectual Disabilities Resource

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Employment Opportunities

2023 CSSA TRIAL HSC EXAMINATIONS: Expressions of Interest for an ASSESSOR - Community and Family Studies (Ref: 167/22)

The CSSA provides teachers and students in schools throughout New South Wales, ACT and internationally with high quality Trial HSC Examinations that will provide a sound basis for their preparation for the HSC examinations later in the year. The CSSA Trial HSC Examinations are prepared by committees of practicing teachers, university lecturers and education consultants in a variety of HSC courses.

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

Assessor for the following 2023 CSSA Trial HSC Examination

  • Community and Family Studies

Interested applicants are asked to send a Cover Letter and current Curriculum Vitae to Monica O’Brien, Head CSSA Exams, at cssa.exams@csnsw.catholic.edu.au by 9am, Monday 15 August 2022.

Please find the Expression of Interest requirements and information regarding the application process here: 2023 CSSA TRIAL HSC EXAMINATIONS-EOI-Assessor-CAFS

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2023 CSSA TRIAL HSC EXAMINATIONS: Expressions of Interest for a CONVENOR - PDHPE (Ref: 166/22)

The CSSA provides teachers and students in schools throughout New South Wales, ACT and internationally with high quality Trial HSC Examinations that will provide a sound basis for their preparation for the HSC examinations later in the year. The CSSA Trial HSC Examinations are prepared by committees of practicing teachers, university lecturers and education consultants in a variety of HSC courses.

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

Convenor for the following 2023 CSSA Trial HSC Examination

  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

Interested applicants are asked to send a Cover Letter and current Curriculum Vitae to Monica O’Brien, Head CSSA Exams, at cssa.exams@csnsw.catholic.edu.au by 9am, Monday 15 August 2022.

Please find the Expression of Interest requirements and information regarding the application process here: 2023 CSSA TRIAL HSC EXAMINATIONS-EOI-Convenor-PDHPE

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School Newsletter

NESA Stay Healthy HSC Campaign (Ref: 161/22)

NESA launched the Stay Healthy HSC campaign on 28 July. Stay Healthy HSC is a cross-sector campaign, now running for its third year, and plays an important role in providing HSC student and their families access to essential health and wellbeing services and information. This year’s campaign, with support from ReachOut, will roll out in three phases to encourage students to put their health and wellbeing first, connect with one another and reach out to support services if needed

The three phrases include:

  • Phase 1 – Be kind to your mind (from 28 July)
  • Phase 2 – Check in Week in collaboration with ReachOut Australia (September)
  • Phase 3 – The last lap (October)

Access the Campaign Resource Hub here. 

Access the campaign assets here.

The 2022 HSC Study Guide, which provides information and advice to help set-up HSC students for their final exams, is available here.


Indigenous Literacy Day 2022- Wednesday 7 September 2022 (Ref: 162/22)

Indigenous Literacy Day, National Digital Event, Celebrating Stories, Cultures and Languages, is taking place on Wednesday 7 September. The Digital Event is presented by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and hosted by the Sydney Opera House.

The National Digital Event premieres online at 10.30 am AEST, then be will immediately available on demand.

The link to register for the National Digital Event will be available from 9 August
here.

The Digital Event will include a 20-minute magical story led by children from remote Milikapiti and Jilkminggan in the Northern Territory. Joined by music icon Jessica Mauboy and dynamic performer Gregg Dreise.


'Why lest we Forget' ANZAC Art Competition (Ref: 143/22)

Art Competition – Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration 2023

RSL NSW, Catholic Schools NSW, the Department of Education, and the Association of Independent Schools NSW have launched an art competition to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the RSL and the Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration that will take place in April 2023.

The Commemoration:

The commemoration takes place annually at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, with the formal proceedings delivered entirely by school students from across the three school sectors. The service aims to educate and encourage younger Australians to learn about Australia’s military history, whilst paying respect to the service and sacrifice of servicemen and servicewomen.

The Competition:

The art competition is open to Catholic School Students and Catholic Schools New South Wales encourages all Catholic school staff to take note of this information and share with their respective school.

The theme for this year’s artwork is ‘Why lest we Forget’ (Why do we commemorate the ANZACS). The central concepts are:

  • Significance of ANZAC Day
  • Spirit of the ANZACs
  • Sacrifice, Endurance, Mateship, Perseverance

Consider:

  • A personal connection to the student’s Australian defence family history.
  • Connecting the history of Australian service with contemporary veterans on ANZAC Day.
  • Significant anniversaries of conflicts like 70th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.
  • Battles within the Korean War (Kapyong, Maryang San, Samichon River – the Hook).
  • Involvement of United Nations in the Korean War.

There will be 14 finalists selected, with all receiving:

  • A session with the ANZAC Memorial Veteran Artist in residence,
  • The exhibition of their artwork at the ANZAC memorial in April 2023,
  • A finalist certificate and a medal,
  • An invitation to attend the 2023 RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Service.

There will be two winners, with each of their artwork’s featuring on the cover of the 2023 RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Service Program. The winning artists will receive an invitation to attend the 2023 NSW ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Martin Place as VIPs.

This competition is open to all students within NSW, with submissions (by schools only) due by 16 September 2022.

Each school may submit a maximum of two artworks. Multi-campus schools may submit two artworks per campus. For schools that are K-12 please submit a separate form for primary and secondary school entries.

For more information including the guidelines, how to submit artwork, judging, promotional collateral and FAQs please visit: www.rslnsw.org.au/artcompetition/

 Access the media release here: Media Release- Art competition to remember our ANZACS

Access the Art Competition Poster, Social Tile and Flyer here:

RSL and Schools ANZAC Art Competition Poster

RSL and Schools ANZAC Art Competition Social Tile

RSL and Schools ANZAC Art Competition Flyer


CSPA 2022 Parent Survey on Student Wellbeing and Learning (Ref: 154/22)

The CSPA 2022 Parent Survey on Student Wellbeing and Learning is live and will remain open until Wednesday 31 August 2022.

The Survey is open to all parents or carers with a child in a Catholic School. The Survey seeks to understand what matters to parents and carers in the wellbeing and learning of their children.

Feedback will remain anonymous. The survey should take between 10-15 minutes to complete.

The feedback provided in the survey will assist CSPA in reporting to the Federal Government and Catholic education.

Access the Survey via the CSPA Engage website HERE.

Access the Survey Flyer here: CSPA 2022 Parent Survey Flyer


Tax, Super + YOU Competition for High School Students (Ref: 148/22)

The Australian Taxation Office invites students in years 7-12 to participate in the Tax, Super and You competition.

Entries will close at 5.00pm AEST on Friday 19 August 2022.

Prizes are awarded to the top 3 entries in both senior and junior categories (including a People’s Choice Award winner), totally $7,600.

Entry Criteria: 

For your chance to become Australia’s next tax and super creative genius, you must:

  • be a student in years 7–12
  • be enrolled in the Australian education system
  • submit an entry – up to 3 entries per person/group only
  • complete a separate entry form for each entry
  • complete a film or photo consent form for each person shown in your entry
  • comply with the competition’s terms and conditions– including only using music with permission or an appropriate licence.

There’s no cost to enter the competition.

How to enter:

To enter, make a creative project that highlights your topic (which depends on your year at school). The topics are:

  • Junior (Year 7–9): Tax, Super + Me – How tax impacts me in my daily life.
  • Senior (Year 10–12): Top four things I need to know about tax and super when I start my first job.

Read more about the competition and how to enter here.

Access the Competition poster here: Tax Super and You Competition Poster


Last Days to Submit Entries: CCSP 2022 Roger O’Sullivan Memorial Award for Family, School and Community Partnerships for Learning (Ref: 128/22)

Entries are open for the 2022 Roger O’Sullivan Memorial Award, run by the Council of Catholic School Parents (CCSP).

The new entry deadline is 4 August 2022.

The 2022 Roger O’Sullivan Memorial Award for Family, School and Community Partnerships for Learning is awarded to a school community, including parents and carers, that can demonstrate exemplary practice in building partnerships between home and school to enhance the learning outcomes of students. These projects may focus on faith formation, the school curriculum, student wellbeing, or any combination of the three.

The recipient of the 2022 Roger O’Sullivan Memorial Award will receive a tailored publicity campaign and $4,000 to further the initiative.  More information and an application form are available here.  

Read about the winning initiatives from previous years here.