Priority Items

2022 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations (Ref: 003/22)

  • The CSSA, a division of Catholic Schools NSW, creates high-quality CSSA Trial HSC Examinations.  Our contributors have syllabus expertise and extensive teaching experience to create Trial HSC Examinations.
  • To assists schools, we have a refreshed website for the 2022 CSSA program. The refreshed CSSA website is where a school must register for an account. Each school has one registered account for the Principal and their chosen delegate. Registered schools with the CSSA can then order CSSA Trial HSC Examinations.
  • Principals of registered schools with the CSSA should receive the 2022 Principal Information Package in Week 3, Term 1 via email. If you have not received the 2022 Principal Information Package by Friday 11 February – Week 3, Term 1 – please contact for assistance.
  • If a Principal requires technological assistance with sign-in to their registered school account in the CSSA website, please email There is a Catholic Schools New South Wales verification process in place to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of each Principal and their registered account with the CSSA.
  • The dates for the 2022 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations are Monday 1st August to Monday 15th August 2022. The Security Period is up to and inclusive of 8am, Thursday 18th August 2022.
  • 2022 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations online ordering is available as of 9am, Monday 14 February (Week 4, Term 1) and until 9am, Friday 1 April 2022  (Week 10, Term 1).
  • The 2022 Draft CSSA Trial HSC Examination Timetable is conveniently provided in the Principal Information Package and will then be made available on the CSSA website.
  • The 2022 Final CSSA Trial HSC Examination Timetable will be emailed to Principals in Week 1, Term 2 and will then be made available on the CSSA website.
  • School data can be changed by individual schools via the CSSA website |Account Settings.

Relevant personnel in CSSA registered schools should ensure that school data and new fields of information on the CSSA website is checked, updated and completed as necessary. This will ensure that your School’s address, phone number, email address and contact details are correct – this information is critical for the delivery of CSSA Trial HSC Examinations. Remember to click on “SAVE” at the end of the process.

Monica O’Brien

Head of CSSA Exams

Professional Learning

Analysis of the 2021 HSC (Ref: 009/22)

The 2021 HSC Analysis has been made available via the portal today.  Catholic Schools New South Wales would like to acknowledge the efforts of Dr John DeCourcy and NESA in resolving some data quality issues that made it possible to release this work ahead of schedule.

HSC Analysis training has traditionally been delivered face to face and that remains the preferred approach. After careful consideration of options and polling of already enrolled participants, we have elected to offer a version of the Introduction to the Analysis and Detailed Reading of the Analysis via Zoom:

Diocesan Officers Overview:  Wednesday 2 March – face to face at SMC Conference & Function Centre* (SMC)

Introduction to the Analysis #1 : Friday 4 March – via Zoom only

Detailed read of the Analysis  #1: Tuesday 8 March – via Zoom only

Leading your School in the Analysis: Monday 21 March  face to face at SMC

Introduction to the Analysis #2: Wednesday 23 March  face to face at SMC

Detailed read of the Analysis #2: Friday 25 March face to face at SMC

The link to register for this training can be accessed HERE

The online training module can be accessed HERE 

*SMC Conference & Function Centre
66 Goulburn St, Sydney NSW 2000



Civil Liability Amendment (Child Abuse) Bill 2021 (Ref: 004/22)

The Civil Liability Amendment (Child Abuse) Bill 2021 which sought to amend the Civil Liability Act 2002 has now come into force as law in New South Wales. The Act now enables ‘courts to set aside certain agreements that settled claims for child abuse where it is just and reasonable to do so and to ensure that Part 2A of [the Civil Liability Act 2002] does not restrict awards of damages for child abuse’.

This reform has been made as part of the legislative response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse, which found that many survivors of sexual abuse had entered into settlement agreements that survivors felt were inadequate due to ‘legal technicalities’ that they had faced, or because they had felt forced into accepting particular settlements, particularly in light of the power imbalances between a survivor and an institution.

More information about the new law can be found here.

For further clarification or help, you can also contact the Catholic Schools NSW Legal Hotline on 1800 4Catholic Schools New South Wales (1800 427 679).


School Newsletter

Large Air Tanker naming competition (Ref: 005/22)

The Australian Government has funded the provision of a National Large Air Tanker (LAT) and your school could have the chance to name it.

Class groups from years 5 – 8 in rural/regional/ non-metro schools, are invited to express in 300 words or less what the Australian Government should name the Large Air Tanker and why.

The winning class will have their nominated name displayed on the LAT and a chance to contribute to the signage design! Your school will also receive a visit from the Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie to celebrate the success and the school and class will be included in an article in the Australian Journal of Emergency Management (April 2022 edition).

Entries are open (Monday 7 February) and close on Friday 11 March 2022.

School approval must be obtained before any entry is submitted.

Further information can be found at the following sites: and National LAT Naming Competition (

Free curriculum resources from Ochre Education and AERO (Ref: 006/22)

New Australian not for profit Ochre Education and The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) have launched a series of sequenced, free video lessons and curriculum resources developed by teachers, beginning with materials in primary English and maths to support schools in Term 1.

Teachers can find these on

or on AERO’s website:

For more information, contact:

Information Sheet

Applications open for the NSW Youth Advisory Council 2022 (Ref: 007/22)

Recruitment for the NSW Youth Advisory Council (YAC) 2022 is currently open.

Membership of the YAC is open to children and young people between 12-24 years of age residing in NSW. Applications are particularly sought from diverse locations, backgrounds and life experiences.

The 12 member YAC provides a direct avenue of communication between young people and the NSW Government. The YAC meets regularly throughout the year to discuss a range of topics and provide feedback on policies, procedures and resources affecting children and young people.

Members also provide feedback to community groups, government agencies and Departments and Ministers on issues concerning children and young people.

Applications close 13 March, 2022.

For further information about the YAC and for young people to apply, please use or share the link below:

If you have any questions feel free to call the office on (02) 9248 0970 or email

MEXT 2022 Scholarships - Teacher Training Category (Ref: 008/22)

The Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship 2022 ,Teacher Training Category is now open, and applications close on Friday 18 February 2022.

Details and application forms are available on the Embassy of Japan in Australia website 

Please address any enquiries to the Embassy via or (02) 6273 3244.