Priority Items

Update: Catholic Schools NSW Corporate Review Panel (Ref: 195/22)

The Constitution of Catholic Schools NSW specifies that a review of the operations of Catholic Schools New South Wales be commissioned by the Board five years after its establishment.  

The independent Review Panel, appointed to conduct the review and comprised of Gabrielle McMullen AM, John Watkins AM and Pam Betts, commenced their work at the end of June. During these past two months, the panel’s focus has been on broad consultation with Catholic Schools New South Wales key partners in Catholic education and beyond.  

The Panel is grateful to all those who have responded to an invitation to participate in an online survey, with over 100 responses received. In addition to the survey, the panel has received a number of submissions and interviewed a wide range of Catholic Schools New South Wales’s partners. The Panel has broadened the number of interviews initially identified and hence this phase of the review will now continue until late September.

A preliminary draft of the review findings will be discerned by the Panel throughout October.  As there was a slight delay in commencing the review and the fact that the Panel has broadened the consultation process, it is now anticipated that the final review report will be provided to the Board of Catholic Schools New South Wales in January. This will provide an opportunity for the Catholic Schools NSW Board to prepare a response that will be considered by the Bishops in March 2023.


Registrations CLOSING Friday 9 September: Catholic Schools NSW Education Law Symposium (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.

Registrations will close THIS Friday, 9 September 2022, or upon reaching registration capacity, so register today to avoid missing out.

New Keynote Speaker Announcement 

Catholic Schools NSW is pleased to announce another keynote speaker at the Symposium will be The Hon. Sarah Mitchell MP, Minister for Education and Early Learning, NSW. 

Previously Confirmed Speakers

The following sessions have already been confirmed by Catholic Schools New South Wales:

  • Panel Session, Religious Freedom in the New Parliament

  • Keynote Speaker, Paul Martin, CEO of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)

  • Panel Session: Safeguarding, Keeping Children and Young People in our Schools Safe.

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  shortly.

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. 


REGISTER NOW: 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 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 any stakeholders in Catholic education to attend this free event. The lecture will include a Q & A session and canapes and beverages following the event.

Date: 5 October 2022

Time: Commencing 6 pm

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.


Professional Learning

SAVE THE DATE- Maximising Literacy Success - Zoom Webinar, 22 September 2022 (Ref: 204/22)

Catholic Schools New South Wales is hosting a Zoom Webinar, presented by Emina McLean, that will take place on September 22nd, from 4-5pm. 

Emina McLean is a researcher, lecturer, primary school English and Literacy leader, and doctoral student, researching the reading and writing skills of university students. She will be presenting on Maximising literacy success through aligned assessment, curriculum, and instruction.

Emina also works as a professional learning provider, consultant, and coach in schools across Australia

Emina’s background is in speech-language pathology, education, child and adolescent psychiatry, and public health.

Emina’s interests are evidence-based practice in education, language and literacy instruction, cognition, mental health, pedagogy, professional learning, and the speech pathology-teaching interface in schools. She is passionate about working with teachers to develop rigorous assessment and instruction practices in English and literacy domains.

Registrations will open shortly.

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NEW Catholic Schools New South Wales Online PL module: 'The New K-2 Mathematics Syllabus' (Ref: 196/22)

Catholic Schools New South Wales is providing an exciting professional learning opportunity for all school staff. Dr Christine Mae, a highly experienced and renowned educational advisor and consultant with a demonstrated history of working productively to achieve improved learning outcomes in the education, presents a 90-minute online, on-demand professional learning PL module for the implementation of the new K-2 Mathematics Syllabus- get ready to teach representing whole number.

There are other in the series to be released each week. Next week it’s ‘Get ready to teach combining and separating quantities’.

Participants will learn:

  • Recognising stages of development in whole number and summarising the trajectory of knowledge, understanding and skills for representing whole number K-2.
  • Identifying important teaching points in each content group and ways to teach and model them.
  • Examining sample tasks and activities and evaluating the role they might play in student learning.

The presentation is available HERE.

*Completing this session of ‘The New K-2 Mathematics Syllabus: Get ready to teach whole number’ 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, ‘Design and implement learning and teaching programs using knowledge of curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements’ (2.3.2) 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.

 

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NEW Catholic Schools New South Wales Online PL module: 'The Importance of Developing Early Reading Skills for Students with Disabilities' (Ref: 197/22)

Catholic Schools New South Wales is providing another exciting professional learning opportunity for all school staff. Amanda Corby of Illume Learning, an experienced educator in teaching children with disability and passionate about inclusive education, presents the 2nd of nine one hour online on-demand professional learning PL modules.

Last week ‘Introduction to Inclusive Education’ was released which can be found HERE.

‘The Importance of Developing Early Reading Skills for Students with Disabilities’ can be found HERE.

The nine online on demand profession learning PL modules are as follows:

  1. Introduction to Inclusive Education
  2. The Importance of Developing Early Reading Skills for Students with Disabilities
  3. Adapting Early Reading Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  4. Adapting Writing Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  5. Adapting Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  6. Rethinking the Role of Teaching Assistants in Inclusive Classrooms
  7. Universal Design for Learning
  8. Starting School- Supporting a Successful Transition to School
  9. Understanding Behaviour as Communication

Each fortnight two more of Illume Learning’s PL modules will be released.

*Completing this session of ‘The Importance of Early Reading Skills for Students with Disabilities’ will contribute 1 hour 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) 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.

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NEW Catholic Schools New South Wales Online PL module: 'Adapting Early Reading Instruction for Students with Disabilities' (Ref: 

Catholic Schools New South Wales is providing another exciting professional learning opportunity for all school staff. Amanda Corby of Illume Learning, an experienced educator in teaching children with disability and passionate about inclusive education, presents the 3rd of nine one hour online on-demand professional learning PL modules.

Last week ‘Introduction to Inclusive Education’ was released which can be found HERE.

‘Adapting Early Reading Instruction for Students with Disabilities’ can be found HERE.

The nine online on demand profession learning PL modules are as follows:

  1. Introduction to Inclusive Education
  2. The Importance of Developing Early Reading Skills for Students with Disabilities
  3. Adapting Early Reading Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  4. Adapting Writing Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  5. Adapting Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  6. Rethinking the Role of Teaching Assistants in Inclusive Classrooms
  7. Universal Design for Learning
  8. Starting School- Supporting a Successful Transition to School
  9. Understanding Behaviour as Communication

Each fortnight two more of Illume Learning’s PL modules will be released.

*Completing this session of ‘The Importance of Early Reading Skills for Students with Disabilities’ will contribute 1 hour 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) 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.

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Intensifying Instruction for Struggling and At-Risk Students - Catholic Schools New South Wales Zoom Presentation - Wednesday September 15 2022 (Ref: 189/22)

Attention schools and teachers involved in the COVID Intensive Learning Support Program.

Catholic Schools NSW is holding a Zoom presentation, Intensifying Instruction for Struggling and At-Risk Students, on Thursday September 15 2022 at 3.45pm. The Zoom session will be run by Sarah McDonough.

Session Overview:  In most schools and classrooms in New South Wales, teachers report that a proportion of their students are struggling to meet grade level expectations. While this phenomenon is not new, it has been magnified because of interruptions to student learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this professional learning, we will consider what it takes to intensify instruction for struggling and at-risk students in the context of a multi-tiered system of support. We will look at the role of explicit instruction, along with a focus on manipulating key instructional variables of time, program emphasis and grouping to accelerate student learning.

Guiding questions for this professional learning include:

  • How can we best support struggling and at-risk students in the context of regular classroom?
  • How can we determine if students are making adequate progress?
  • How can interventions and supports be intensified when students are not making sufficient growth?

Please find the Presentation Flyer here: Intensifying Instruction for Struggling and At-Risk Student, Zoom Presentation run by Sarah McDonough – FLYER

Primary school classroom teachers, learning support teachers, and education support workers (teacher aides) will find this professional learning helpful. Register here

Should you need support to access this registration please email service@csnsw.catholic.edu.au

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PROGRAM RELEASED - Catholic Schools New South Wales Virtual Symposium - Supporting Learning 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.

PROGRAM RELEASE:

Please find the Program for the Virtual Symposium here: Program- COVID Intensive Learning Support Symposium 10 October 22

Symposium Agenda and Flyers:

Please find the following material for the Symposium below:

Please find the program for the Symposium here:

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.

REGISTER HERE.

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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.

Event Details

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

Registering is available from Tuesday 23 August 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  and 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 monica.obrien@csnsw.catholic.edu.au

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Meet the Marker HSC Analysis 2022 Series (Ref: 187/22)

Catholic Schools New South Wales is in partnership with the Science Teachers Association NSW for the “ Meet the Marker HSC Analysis 2022 Series”.

One of the most helpful and sought after types of professional learning for senior secondary teachers is participation in marking Higher School Certificate Examinations in their subject area. Unfortunately, that opportunity is not accessible to all teachers so the Science Teachers Association of NSW has designed a professional learning activity for those who cannot be involved in marking.

The “ Meet the Marker HSC Analysis 2022 Series” includes the Stage 6 Science course workshops for Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science, Physics, Investigating and Extension Science. Each video is 2 hours in length and consists of HSC markers unpacking the results of the previous year’s HSC science exam questions and can be recorded as NESA Elective PD.

This has been a highly popular form of professional learning and places are limited.

Meet the Markers is also highly recommended for both early career teachers taking senior classes for the first time and experienced practitioners.

Links to each video can be found below.

Meet the markers HSC exam analysis: SCIENCE EXTENSION

Meet the markers HSC exam analysis 2022: PHYSICS

Meet the markers HSC exam analysis 2022: INVESTIGATING SCIENCE

Meet the markers HSC exam analysis 2022: EARTH & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Meet the markers HSC exam analysis 2022: CHEMISTRY

Meet the markers HSC exam analysis 2022: BIOLOGY

 

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Catholic Schools New South Wales Online PL Module: 'Introduction to Inclusive Education' (Ref: 188/22)

Catholic Schools New South Wales Online PL module

Introduction to Inclusive Education

Catholic Schools New South Wales is providing an exciting professional learning opportunity for all school staff. Amanda Corby of Illume Learning, an experienced educator in teaching children with disability and passionate about inclusive education, presents the first of nine online on-demand professional learning PL modules.

The nine professional learning presentations will be released every two weeks. The first of which is ‘Introduction to Inclusive Education’.

The nine online on demand profession learning PL modules are as follows:

  1. Introduction to Inclusive Education
  2. The Importance of Developing Early Reading Skills for Students with Disabilities
  3. Adapting Early Reading Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  4. Adapting Writing Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  5. Adapting Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  6. Rethinking the Role of Teaching Assistants in Inclusive Classrooms
  7. Universal Design for Learning
  8. Starting School- Supporting a Successful Transition to School
  9. Understanding Behaviour as Communication

Each PL module is one hour.

Apart from the first PL module, each fortnight two more of Illume Learning’s PL modules will be released.

The presentation is available HERE.

Completing this session of ‘Introduction to Inclusive Education will contribute 1 hour 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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Resources for Learning

Stay Healthy HSC Campaign, Supporting Wellbeing of Year 12 students (Ref: 200/22)

NESA has developed a Stay Healthy HSC campaign to support the wellbeing year 12 students. The Stay Healthy HSC hub has mental health and wellbeing information, advice, and resources to help support HSC students’ as they complete their final year of school.

Please find the further Campaign resources here.

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National Child Protection Week - September 4-10, Resources provided by ACSL (Ref: 201/22)

National Child Protection Week (4-10 September) is an annual event starting on the first Sunday of September.

This year’s theme ‘Every child, in every community, needs a fair go’ aims to spread the message that we need to work together to make sure that every child grows up safe and supported.

Resources provided by ACSL can be found here.

Further campaign material provided by NAPCAN can be found here.

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School Newsletter

2023 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations - Preliminary Information (Ref: 199/22)

The following information is provided to schools in preparation of their 2023 school calendars:

  • The 2023 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations are scheduled for Monday 31st July to Monday 14th August with a security period up to and including 8am, Thursday 17 August 2023.
  • The 2023 dates for online ordering including disability provisions are available on the CSSA website here.
  • The 2023 DRAFT CSSA Trial HSC Examinations Timetable will be available on the CSSA website from Week 2, Term 2 2023.

‘Yellamundie, Voices and Faces of First Nations People in Sydney’ - Book Launch and Resource for Students (Ref: 202/22)

Michelle McGrath,  a teaching assistant at Redfern Jarjum College, has recently published a book, titled ‘Yellamundie, Voices and Faces of First Nations People in Sydney’. 

Michelle has always been passionate about promoting Indigenous voice and in supporting non-Indigenous kids to learn more about Australia’s first people. The  book is a great resource for schools, particularly for supporting non-Indigenous students and teachers to see the faces and hear the voices of their First Nations peers.

The book launch is taking place on 20 September 2022 at Carriageworks in Redfern. Teachers in Catholic Schools New South Wales schools are encouraged t attend the launch.

To attend the book launch, register here. 


2022 Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey Launch (Ref: 201/22)

The ACU 2022 Australian Principal Health & Wellbeing survey is now live for new participant registrations. The registration link can be found here.

School Leaders, Principals, Assistant/Deputy Principals and Retired Principals are encouraged to participate.

The research has significant impact in the diagnostic feedback given to school principals, the evaluation of existing policy initiatives, and the consultation with state departments leading to important new policy initiatives.

Read more about the Survey here: 2022 Invitation to Participate – ACU Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey


Cyberbullying and Online Drama: CCSP Webinar for parents and carers of young people aged 11-18 years (Ref: 188/22)

In partnership with the eSafety Commissioner, the Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT (CCSP) is running a free webinar designed for parents and carers of young people aged 11 to 18 years old. The webinar will include hints on how to start conversations with your child about their online friendships and positive ways to deal with changing relationships.

The webinar will cover:

  • starting conversations with your child about their online friendships and positive ways to deal with changing relationships
  • understanding the rights, laws and community expectations that govern social media use

The webinar is being held on Tuesday 20 September from 7.30pm-8.30pm

Register here.

Access the webinar poster here:  Cyberbullying landscape Webinar


HAPPENING NOW- Fruit and Veg Month 2022: Building Fruit and Veg Communities - 29 August to 23 September (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 is currently happening, and will continue until Friday 23 September. Schools can still register during Fruit & Veg Month – hardcopy resource packs will arrive 1-2 weeks after receiving their registration details

Register here and receive FREE resources for your school.