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Panel Session ANNOUNCEMENT- Catholic Schools NSW Education Law Symposium 2022 (Ref: 144/22)

The Catholic Schools NSW 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. 

Catholic Schools New South Wales is excited to announce the first confirmed panel session for the 2022 Catholic Schools NSW Education Law Symposium is: Safeguarding, Keeping Children and Young People in our Schools Safe.

The 2022 Education Law Symposium will revisit the important responsibility of Catholic schools, systems and agencies in supporting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. The panel session will explore the challenge of building a strong culture of safeguarding, whilst complying with the new NSW legislative framework for the implementation of the Child Safe Standards.

Catholic Schools NSW invites principals, heads of governance and compliance, finance officers and others designated as responsible persons to join us on Thursday 29 September.

There are limited spots available. Register now to avoid missing out. After registering you will receive a confirmation email within 48-72 hours.

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.

There is NO COST to attend the Symposium.

Register here.

Find out more on the Symposium website here. 

 


Professional Learning

Webinar: Little People, Big Feelings with Dr Justin Coulson (Ref: 170/22)

Children’s emotions can often feel challenging – for us, and for them. But studies show that if we can help children understand their emotions, they can master them. And research tells us that children who are best able to regulate and understand their emotional world tend to be more confident, have better relationships with friends and family, do better academically, and enjoy greater wellbeing.

“Little People, Big Feelings” is Dr Justin Coulson’s powerful guide to teaching children to understand and regulate their emotional world – a critical life skill for emotionally intelligent children.

This 60-minute webinar will equip you with a five-step “emotion coaching” process that brings together the very best in emotional intelligence research from Dr John Gottman, the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence and others to build children’s resilience, increase wellbeing, and develop healthier humans.

When: August 16 2022 10am-11am.

Access the Zoom link here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83411920351

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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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HAPPENING Today and Tomorrow: 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.

If you have not accessed the learning platform before, please follow the process below:

  • When you land on this page click the Access Catholic Schools New South Wales PL here button.

  • On the next page you can choose between Microsoft or Google, choose your platform DO NOT use the username and password option on the bottom left.

You may then be asked to complete or update your details, there is ‘other’ as an option if your context is not available.

  • This should take you into the registration page, click book or enrol button on right hand side of the page.

Only try once, email  service@csnsw.catholic.edu.au  if you have any difficulty.

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Workshop Presenters Announcement: 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.

As well as the keynote speakers previously mentioned, teachers and learning support officers will select up to three workshops to attend virtually, across a range of areas, broadly focusing on primary, secondary and well being. Available workshops will be both synchronous and asynchronous, delivered by a range of educators from both school and university sectors.

Over coming weeks we will highlight some of the presenters here to allow participants to consider the workshops that would be most relevant to their work. This week we present Annette Magee and Helen West who will both be presenting workshops during the day.

ANNETTE MAGEE: Annette is a Science educator with 37 years of Science teaching experience in secondary schools and the University sector. Annette’s passion for Science is ignited most by those times in science classes where students have ‘lightbulb’ moments, and where discussions about scientific ideas take off and are led by the students themselves. Annette  worked at Macquarie University with pre-service teachers to assist them to develop their craft of teaching. Whilst there, she received the Vice-Chancellors Learning and Teaching Award. Annette has also worked at a system level  as the Science education officer at Sydney Catholic Schools assisting Science teams in schools to create engaging programs for their students.

HELEN WEST: Helen is  a passionate educator with forty years experience as a classroom teacher and in school leadership roles across school and tertiary sectors. Helen has expertise in leading Literacy and English as an Additional Language (EAL/D) K-12, with a focus on designing quality professional learning to build teacher agency. Helen has spent many years working at a system level with teachers and school leaders to develop the whole school literacy plans that are contextual to individual school and student needs as well as supporting the enhancement of teacher efficacy with a strong literacy focus.

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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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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First Session TOMORROW - 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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Legal

Modern Slavery – ACAN Compendium (Ref: 169/22)

The Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network (ACAN) has released the 2021 Compendium of Modern Slavery Statements. The ACAN Compendium contains 40 Modern Slavery statements and accords with the reporting requirements of the Modern Slavery Act (Cth) 2018 (MSA). This is the second ACAN Compendium on the Australian Government’s online register for Modern Slavery Statements.

Over the past three years, ACAN has coordinated 50 Catholic entities and provided direct support to staff tasked with the implementation of the ACAN modern slavery risk management program (ACAN Program). The ACAN program incorporates specialist advice, tools and resources which have become increasingly relevant for Catholic entities, with risk assessments transitioning from inherent sector risk to specific risks associated with individual suppliers.

The ACAN Compendium includes Modern Slavery statements by Catholic entities who have voluntarily opted in to assist with the ultimate Catholic goal of eradicating modern slavery. ACAN entities are united in action against modern slavery and the protection of the fundamental human dignity of workers globally. Such dedication of ACAN entities demonstrates the collective leadership of the Catholic Church on a global scale on the issue of modern slavery.

For these reasons, it should be noted that it is essential that schools keep up to date with their Modern Slavery Action Plans in preparation for the 2022 Modern Slavery Statement.

Access the ACAN Compendium of Modern Slavery Statements and the Executive Summary here.

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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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Conference 2022 (Ref: 120/22)

From 11 to 13 October 2022, Catholic Schools NSW and Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta will co-host the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Education NSW State Conference in Leura.

The Conference brings together education and community practitioners to share unique perspectives on building systems and practices that allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families to thrive. Keynote speakers include Aunty Miriam Rose Ungunmerr Baumann, Hon Linda Burney MP and Isaiah Dawe.

The conference’s theme ‘Transforming with the Spirit’, is directed towards more impactful action in ‘Closing the Gap’ and making a real difference in the lives of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Register for the event here:


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 will be 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.


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