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REGISTRATIONS OPEN: Catholic Schools NSW Education Law Symposium 2022 (Ref: 144/22)

Registrations are now open for the Catholic Schools NSW Education Law Symposium 2022. The Symposium will be held on Thursday 29 September 2022.

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.

This year’s theme is: Catholic Schools Governance: In the Spirit of Service.

Catholic Schools NSW is a NESA approved provider of Governance Training.

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

Find out more and register here.

Access the Symposium website here. 

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

Catholic Schools NSW is pleased to announce the special guest delivering the Lecture for the Kathleen Burrow Research Institute Annual Lecture 2022 is the Honourable Justice Jacqueline Gleeson SC. Justice Gleeson will speak on: The High Court’s Contribution to Legal Education.

Catholic Schools NSW invites Catholic Schools New South Wales board members, school principals, relatives of Kathleen Burrow and any stakeholders in Catholic education to attend this free event. 

Date: 5 October 2022

Time: Commencing 6pm

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

Register HERE.

The Kathleen Burrow Research Institute is a research unit within Catholic Schools NSW that conducts and publishes research on contemporary issues in school education to promote the advancement of education in all school sectors in Australia.

The work of the Institute seeks to provide an evidence base to support Catholic Schools NSW in advocating for best practice in all schools and particularly in Catholic education, and to inform and engage with sector leaders and policymakers.

2023 NSW Premier's Teacher Scholarships- Applications Now Open (Ref: 141/22) 

Applications for the 2023 NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships are now OPEN.

The Scholarship program offers recipients up to $15,000 for 5-week study tours between January and June 2023.

There are various scholarships available for primary, secondary, TAFE and early childhood teachers.

2023 Premier’s Teacher Scholarships timeline: 

Applications open: 27 June – 26 August 2022

Selection panels held: 10 – 14 October 2022

Recipients announced by Premier: 30 November 2022

Study tours conducted: 5 weeks between January and June 2023

Access the NSW Government website for more information and how to apply here. 

Read more about the scholarships available and who can apply for each scholarship here: 2023 NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships Brochure.

Date Placeholder for Catholic Secondary Schools (CSS) Forum - "On The Horizon" (Ref: 136/22)

Catholic Schools NSW will hold the Catholic Secondary Schools Forum at the Sydney Masonic Centre on Thursday 3 November.

Please place this date in your diary.

Further details regarding the agenda and speakers will be shared early next Term (Term 3).

Professional Learning

Catholic Schools New South Wales On-Demand Short Courses- Instructional Strategies (Ref: 137/22)

Catholic Schools New South Wales is pleased to offer two on-demand Short Courses during Term 3 for teachers who support students with intellectual disabilities and/or Autism. 

The two Short Courses are:

  1. Video Modelling
  2. Systematic Instruction

These NESA accredited courses will be facilitated by Dr Bree Jimenez, Associate Professor of Special Education, University of Texas, Arlington. They will be available on demand, with the added benefit of individual coaching and support by Bree.

NESA ACCREDITATION: Full completion of each of the Instructional Strategies Short Courses will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Students with Disability addressing standard descriptors 1.1.2, 1.5.2, 4.1.2, 5.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Please see the attached course flyer for further information, including how to apply.

Applications close 18 July.

Catholic Schools New South Wales On-Demand Short Courses- Instructional Strategies Brochure


Managing Suicidality and Selfharm- Training for School Counsellors in Congregational Schools, FREE Workshop (Ref: 132/22)

The Managing Suicidality and Selfharm workshop has been designed to increase the capacity of school counsellors to risk assess, manage and support students exhibiting suicidality and self harm. School counsellors will have the opportunity to work on real case studies, reflect on their own experiences, and learn from peers.

The program has been developed by the Black Dog Institute and will precede the roll out of system wide guidelines for managing suicidality and self harm.

The workshop will be held in Sydney on Wednesday July 27 2022 8.30am-4.30pm.  The workshop includes morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea.

Places are limited.

Interested staff please contact Jennifer Coen, Senior Manager, Wellbeing Catholic Schools New South Wales, to register:

For more information about the course, please click here: Youth in Distress- Managing Suicidality and Self-harm Course Information


School Newsletter

'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


  • 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:

 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

2022 Braille Writing Competition (Ref: 138/22)

The Sydney Braille Forum wishes to extend an invitation to students who are braille users for the 2022 Braille Writing Competition.

The Sydney Braille Forum is a voluntary group, and an integral part of the Australian Braille Authority. Each year they organise a Braille Writing Competition for all NSW school students who use braille to access the curriculum.

After the initial competition application is received, the student will receive a creative writing task that must be written in braille. There will also be a braille proofreading passage to locate braille errors. A special section is available for pre-braille students who have the option to make a picture with Braille dots.

There will be an awards night in November for participating students, their parents, families and school staff. Certificates for all entrants will be presented with exciting prizes for competition winners.

For further information and to obtain a competition entry package please contact: Annette Sutherland

Initial competition applications will need to be received by Monday 25th July, 2022. Students will then be provided with a creative writing task for submission early in September.

Registrations Open - Fruit and Veg Month 2022: Building Fruit and Veg Communities (Ref 133/22)

Fruit & Veg Month 2022 is a free health promotion event for NSW primary schools (including those schools that teach a primary curriculum) only.

This year, the Fruit & Veg Month is focusing on ways to think, act and shop local as well as how to build local food communities. The theme for Fruit & Veg Month 2022 is: Building Fruit & Veg Communities 

Fruit & Veg Month 2022 will be held from Monday 29 August to Friday 23 September. 

Register here and receive FREE resources for your school.