Priority Items

HAPPENING TOMORROW: Kathleen Burrow Research Institute Annual Lecture 2022, Delivered by The Honourable Justice Jacqueline Gleeson (Ref: 140/22)

The second Annual Kathleen Burrow Research Institute Lecture will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, 5 October. The Lecture will be delivered by the Honourable Justice Jacqueline Gleeson SC, Justice of the High Court of Australia. Justice Gleeson will speak on “The High Court’s Contribution to Legal Education”. There is no cost to attend this event.

Catholic Schools NSW invites Catholic Schools New South Wales board members, school principals, relatives of Kathleen Burrow and other stakeholders in Catholic education to join us for this exciting and unique opportunity to hear from one of Australia’s most distinguished legal figures. Interested family members are also welcome to attend.

The lecture will include a Q & A component as well as canapes and beverages following the event.

Key Event Information

Date: Wednesday 5 October 2022

Time: Commencing 6.00 pm

Location: Refectory Hall, Holme Building (A09), The University of Sydney

Register HERE.

View the Lecture invitation here: Kathleen Burrow Lecture Invitation

Professional Learning

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER- Catholic Schools NSW (Catholic Schools New South Wales) Virtual Education Symposium - Supporting Learning K-12 (Ref: 155/22)


Date: Monday 10 October, from 8:45am – 3:30pm

Completing the K-12 Education Symposium will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited Professional Development (PD) in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum addressing standard descriptor 1.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Mode: Virtual conference:

  • with live presentations across the day with a focus on students who have fallen behind their peers (COVID), and supporting diverse and inclusive classrooms
  • a selection of asynchronous modules
  • National and international academics and subject experts.

Other important information:

  • Join as a whole staff or as individual
  • participants can join the live webinars or select from the asynchronous modules to be housed on Catholic Schools New South Wales PL
  • all presentation, bar one, will be accessible to educators beyond 10 October.

Outline of day:

  1. Keynote – Professor Jim Tognolini – Using quantitative and qualitative assessment K-12
  2. Live webinars OR asynchronous module then morning tea
  3. Keynote Dr Jared Jared Cooney Horvarth – Surface vs. deep learning
  4. Live workshops OR asynchronous module then lunch
  5. Live workshops OR asynchronous module
  6. Plenary – led by Education Changemakers

Examples of live webinars:

  • English K-2: Draw, Talk, Write and Share (Noella McKenzie)
    K-1 Multimodal text creation from the first day of school (Noella McKenzie)
  • The impact of COVID on student wellbeing (Jennifer Coen)
  • A focus on writing (7-12) (Helen West)
  • Systematically increasing understanding, knowledge and confidence in Addition and Subtraction: sequencing concepts and skills K-4
    Systematically increasing understanding, knowledge and confidence for working with Decimals: sequencing concepts and skills 4 – 9 (Christine Mae)

Examples of asynchronous workshops

  • Task analytic instruction (Bree Jimenez)
  • Supporting disengaged students 7-12 (Sue Larkey)
  • Explicit instruction and Formative assessment (Sarah Richardson & Georgia Lawrence (AERO))
  • Story based lessons to gain access to grade appropriate literature/ Example and non-example instruction techniques/ Graphic organisers for access to general curriculum (Pamela Mims)

Audience: Teachers, school leaders, learning support staff K-12


REGISTRATIONS OPEN - Catholic Schools New South Wales CSSA Catholic Secondary Schools Forum-'On the Horizon' Symposium (Ref: 186/22)

The Catholic Schools NSW – CSSA Catholic Secondary Schools Forum will be held on Thursday 3 November 2022 at the Sydney Masonic Centre, Sydney.

The Symposium theme ‘On the Horizon’ reflects our shared commitment to engaging in current and emerging issues in secondary education in Catholic schools. The symposium program will engage participants to reflect upon change within their school and beyond.

This event will bring together education and industry leaders to discuss current and emerging issues to extend the learning opportunities and outcomes available to students.

Catholic Schools New South Wales is pleased to announce the Catholic Schools New South Wales CSSA Catholic Secondary Schools Forum ‘On the Horizon Symposium Agenda including guest speakers:

  • Dr Paul Cahill, A/Executive Director, Curriculum Reform, NESA
  • Eric Land & Chris Cividino, Education Lead, NSW Department of Education
  • Zid Mancenido, Senior Manager, Research and Engagement, Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO)
  • Reid Smith, Co-CEO, OCHRE Education
  • Dr Vicki Cameron, Rebecca McGlashan, & Moira McGarva, PeopleBench
  • Danielle Cronin, Director Education Policy, Catholic Schools New South Wales

The Agenda is available here: 2022 Catholic Schools New South Wales CSSA Catholic Secondary Schools Forum Agenda-03112022

Catholic Schools NSW invites Principals, School Leadership, Key Learning Area Coordinators, VET Coordinators, Career Practitioners and Stage 4–6 Year Coordinators in Catholic education to join us at the Catholic Schools New South Wales CSSA Catholic Secondary Schools Forum ‘On the Horizon’ Symposium.


Date: Thursday 3 November 2022

Time: Registration opens at 8am for commencement at 8.30am-4:00pm

Location: Sydney Masonic Centre – 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney.

The location is close to Museum Train Station, the Light Rail, Buses or Secure Parking Stations.

Cost: There is NO COST to attend the Symposium.

NESA Elective PD

This professional learning can be recorded as 5hours and 30minutes of NESA Elective PD addressing the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:

  • 6.3.2 Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice.
  • 7.4.2 Participate in professional and community networks and forums to broaden knowledge and improve practice


Registration open until 5pm, Friday 14 October 2022 or until maximum registrations occur.

There are limited registration spots available. Register now to avoid missing out.

Register here, by clicking BOOK NOW (blue button) on the right.

After registering via the Catholic Schools New South Wales Professional Learning portal you will receive a confirmation email within 48-72 hours.

If you are visiting the Catholic Schools New South Wales Professional Learning portal for the first time you may need to visit the dashboard first by clicking here.

For further information contact


National Copyright Unit - Licensing Materials (Ref: 221/22)

The National Copyright Unit (NCU) has recently developed licensing educational materials responding to the practice of either departments of education, peak bodies or system authorities developing and sourcing curriculum resources to be shared with their schools.

The NCU recommends a consistent copyright licensing approach that ensures:

  1. Any resources created and shared do not attract remuneration under the statutory licence in s 113P of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Statutory Text and Artistic Works Licence) (and consequently contribute to increases in national future copyright licence fees);
  2. It is clear to teachers how the resources can be used;
  3. The resources can be used in new or different educational ways in the future – such as in collaborations across departments, peak bodies and industry; and
  4. Compliance with open access policies.

Please find a briefing paper prepared by NCU outlining the recommended copyright licensing approach here: NCU – jurisdictions licensing educational materials 

The National Copyright Unit (NCU)  Fortnightly Q&A Sessions

The National Copyright Unit (NCU) is running fortnightly Q&A sessions on Thursdays from 12-1pm for curriculum and educational resource developers. This is an opportunity to ask questions about any copyright issues you may have.

Q & A Session Details:

Dates: Fortnightly from Thursday 1 September 12-1pm AEST

Where: Zoom. Please register by clicking on the link here.

Please note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom containing information about joining the meeting.

Who is welcome? Departmental/ non-government school bodies’ staff involved in creating education resources and providing them to teachers, schools and parents.

Please note these Q&A sessions are not for teachers and schools.

If you have any particular questions or topics you would like discussed in the Q&A session, you are welcome to send these to before each lunchtime session.


Catholic Schools New South Wales Online PL module: 'Starting School: Supporting a Successful Transition to School' (Ref: 213/22)

Catholic Schools New South Wales Online On-demand PL module

Starting School: Supporting a Successful Transition to School

This professional learning module is the 9th and final one hour online on-demand professional learning PL modules from Illume Learning presented by Rachell Carr who is an experienced educator in teaching children with disability and passionate about inclusive education.

‘Starting School: Supporting a Successful Transition to School’ can be found HERE.

The nine online o- demand professional learning PL modules in the series are as follows:

*Completing this session of ‘Understanding Behaviour as Communication’ will contribute 1 hour of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of students/children with Disability addressing standard descriptor, ‘Manage challenging behaviour by establishing and negotiating clear expectations with students, and address discipline issues promptly, fairly and respectfully’ (4.3.2) and ‘Use teaching strategies based on knowledge of students’ physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics to improve student learning’ (1.1.2)  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


School Newsletter

NSW Children's Week Art Competition - Closes Friday 7 October (Ref: 222/22)

The Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People together with the NSW Children’s Week Council is inviting entries for the NSW Children’s Week 2022 Art Competition. The competition will close this Friday, 7 October with the winner to be announced during Children’s Week.

The competition is open to all children and young people up to the age of 18 living in NSW. Children and young people can enter by creating an artwork that shows what they do for fun (dressing up in your favourite costume, eating your favourite food or playing with friends) or they can create an artwork that shows them doing something that makes them feel healthy and happy.

Artworks can include drawings, paintings, photographs, digital illustrations or videos. It’s not about being a good artist, it’s about children and young people finding inspiration and sharing their voice through art.

Nine winners (three winners for each age group: Under 5, 6-11, 12-18) will receive an award and prize.

  • First prize $200 gift card
  • Second prize $100 gift card
  • Third prize $50 gift card.

Class submissions are also welcome.

Children and young people can find out more and enter here.

UPDATE: Fruit and Veg Month 2022 (Ref: 218/22)


For schools that have opted to run Fruit & Veg Month in Term 4, resources will continue to be available on the Fruit & Veg Month 2022 resources page.

There are extra hardcopy resources available to distribute to registered schools. If schools would like to be mailed packs consisting of 7 posters and 14 sticker sheets, they must email:

Student competition

The student competition will close on 5.00pm Friday 14 October.

Winners will be notified on Wednesday 19 October. They will be mentioned on the student competition webpage and in an e-newsletter scheduled for Friday 21 October.


Coordinators would have received an email from SurveyMonkey with a link to complete a short survey. Alternatively, they can access the survey here.

There is also a survey for parents/carers to provide feedback on the Family Challenge resource.


Childcare and Participation Fund Survey - NSW Government's Early Years Commitment (211/22)

The NSW Government’s Early Years Commitment (EYC) is a historic investment to transform early childhood education and care. It is a commitment to change the future for children and families across the state. A flagship component of the EYC is the plan to introduce universal pre-Kindergarten in the year before primary school by the end of the decade.

The NSW Department of Education has begun an open consultation period, seeking input into the Early Years Commitment.

Childcare and Participation Fund Survey

The Childcare and Participation Fund will provide $5 billion over 10 years to overcome barriers families face in accessing early childhood education and care. It will provide incentives to early childhood education and care (ECEC) providers to innovate and offer more places for young families. The Department of Education is asking the ECEC sector to highlight the key issues they are facing. The survey has 5 questions and should only take a few minutes to complete.

System leaders, early learning centres, pre-schools and early childhood education and care educators can complete the ‘Childcare and Participation Fund survey’.

The link to the survey is found here.

The survey closes Wednesday 12 October 2022.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE TOMORROW - Federal Government's Youth Steering Committee (210/22)

The Federal Government is establishing a Youth Steering Committee to enable young Australians to help shape future Australian policies and programs.

Applications are now open to young Australians aged between 12 and 25 who wish to apply. The Committee will help to develop a new Youth Engagement Model and create meaningful opportunities for young Australians to work with the Government on the issues that matter to them. The Youth Steering Committee will include up to 15 young people from diverse backgrounds across Australia, with applicants not requiring any previous experience to apply.

Applications close October 5, 2022.

Access more information here.