Professional Learning

Guidelines for Managing Suicidality and Self-harm - Black Dog Institute Webinar (Ref: 198/23)

In response to the increasing numbers of students presenting with complex mental health issues, CSNSW partnered with The Black Dog Institute in 2022 to develop guidelines for school counsellors to manage suicidality and self-harm.

In this second 60-minute webinar of the series, Dr Kris Kafer from The Black Dog Institute, will discuss clinical issues around suicidality and self-harm and familiarise staff with the CSNSW guidelines.

Audience: principals, assistant principals, school leaders, school counsellors, and wellbeing staff.

Note: while these guidelines are written for school counsellors, who hold qualifications in mental health, anyone interested in attending and increasing their understanding of the process around managing student mental health in a school setting is welcome to attend.

When: 22 August 2023
Time:  3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

To register for the webinar, click on the following link:

Please contact Jennifer Coen via email for more information.


Anne T. Henderson Everyone Wins! Family-School Partnership​​​​​​​ (Ref: 196/23)

Join the conversation with Anne Henderson; this is the final in a series of 3 to talk about the evidence supporting family-school partnerships. Anne is the founder and Senior consultant with the National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE), Washington DC. Anne will discuss her new book ‘Everyone Wins’, which focuses on children, families and educators.

In this session, the spotlight is on educators.

Register by 22 August 2023. For further information, please email


“Transforming Inclusive Education: Changing Our Aim” Presented by Dr Shelly Moore​​​​​​​ (Ref: 195/23)

Brought to us by Illume Learning, Dr Shelley Moore will be running a full-day workshop. Shelley (@fivemooreminutes) is a highly sought after teacher, researcher, speaker and storyteller. She has worked with schools and communities worldwide, promoting equity for all learners.

The workshop will be held in Sydney on 11 September at Strathfield Golf Club, but you can also join a virtual live stream on 14 September. The workshop is suitable for:

  • Teachers and Teaching Assistants
  • Principals and other School Leaders
  • Speech/Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Anyone interested in furthering inclusive education in Australian schools

The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Inclusive Education
  • Universal Design For Learning (UDL)
  • Response to Intervention (RTI)
  • Strengths-based Teaching
  • Backwards Design
  • Differentiated curriculum
  • Needs-based Supports Planning
  • Disability as Identity
  • Teaching to Diversity

For further information and registration, please see the attached flyer or visit Illume Learning at


3-6 Mathematics and English New Syllabus Virtual Symposium (Ref: 194/23)


15 September 9 AM -3:30 PM

Live streamed from the diocese of Wilcannia Forbes, join Catholic Schools NSW, Dioceses, system and school leaders and teachers for a deep dive into the new 3-6 Mathematics and English syllabuses.

Led by subject matter experts Helen West (English) and Dr Christine Mae (Mathematics), the day will consider the intent and purpose of the syllabuses, offer an overview of the syllabuses and key focus areas, and examine the shifts in content between K-2 and 3-6. The day will be facilitated in front of a live audience, live-streamed to a remote audience and recorded for post-symposium access.

Registration link can be found here

For further information or support, contact 0409 606 437


Graduate Certificate in Religious Education (Ref: 189/23)

ACU is offering a Graduate Certificate in Religious Education where students engage in flexible online learning and gain accreditation to teach religious education in Catholic and other faith-based primary and secondary schools.

The Graduate Certificate in Religious Education provides the basic certification, fundamental knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to teach religious education. This qualification can also provide the basis for further leadership qualifications in religious education and/or leadership in Catholic schools and other settings.

This is a six-month full-time (or equivalent part-time) online course comprising four academic units (10 credit points per unit). The university reviews fees annually.

Visit the ACU website for the current schedule of fees.

For further information or support contact Mary Ryan via email or by calling 0409 606 437


Legal and Policy

Draft Artificial Intelligence (AI) Framework for Schools (Ref: 200/23)

Australia’s Education Ministers have released a consultation draft of a national framework that will support the safe and effective use of AI in schools.

Outcomes from the consultation will inform the development of the final Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence in Schools. Feedback on the draft framework is open until 16 August 2023.

System leaders and school leaders are welcome to peruse the draft national framework and respond to the seven-question survey prepared by the NSW Government.


Resources for Learning

eSmart Digital and Media Literacy Education Products for all Australian Schools (Ref: 190/23)

eSmart is a set of educational tools for principals, teachers, students, and parents to keep children safe from bullying, cyber bullying, and violence.

The Australian Government has entered into a funding agreement with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation to make their range of digital and media literacy education products available to all Australian schools.

The Minister for Communications, Michelle Rowland, is encouraging school leaders and educators to contact the Alannah and Madeline Foundation to ask about the Media Literacy Lab and the other eLearning tools the Government is funding.

Further information can be obtained on the eSmart website, or by contacting Peta Simpson via email or by calling 1300 668 056


Employment Opportunities

2024 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations: Expressions of Interest for Convenor and Committee Members​​​​​​​ (Ref: 190/23)

The CSSA provides teachers and students in schools throughout New South Wales, ACT and internationally with premium 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 practising 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 positions. 

A Convenor for the following 2024 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations:

  • Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2 (combined). The letter regarding the Expression of Interest requirements for the Convenor role with the CSSA and the application process is found here. 

Committee Members for each of the following 2024 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations:

  • Biology
  • Investigating Science

The letter regarding the Expression of Interest requirements for the Committee Member roles with the CSSA and the application process is found here. 

Interested applicants are asked to send a Cover Letter and current Curriculum Vitae to Monica O’Brien, Head CSSA Exams, at by 9 am Friday, 11 August 2023.


School Updates & Newsletter

Revised Curriculum Reform Timeline and Subjects for Consultation Released (Ref: 151/23)


NESA has released for consultation the following draft syllabuses:

  • Creative Arts K-6
  • HSIE K-6
  • PDHPE K-6
  • Science & Technology K-6
  • Geography 7-10
  • History 7-10
  • PDHPE7-10
  • Visual Arts7-10

You are invited to provide feedback on the draft syllabuses via the NESA consultations webpage. The Have Your Say surveys close on 11 September.

Syllabus release

Schools can plan and prepare to teach the new Health and Movement Science 11–12 syllabuses in 2023 and 2024. The new syllabuses will be taught in NSW schools from 2025.

Health and Movement Science 11–12 will be examined in the HSC for the first time in 2026.

Schools have access to support materials, including teaching advice, on the NSW Curriculum website to assist with implementation. More resources will be made available over time as well as online, accredited professional development on NESA’s online learning hub.

 Curriculum Reform Timeline

NESA has published the revised Curriculum Reform timeline.  This revised timeline provides teachers and schools with two years to get to know K to 10 syllabuses before implementing them.

Further information can be found at the CSNSW Curriculum Reform Hub  and subject-specific timelines or by contacting

Catching our Breath Online Retreat (Ref: 152/23)

CSNSW invites you to be refreshed with an experience of Ignatian prayer – a taste for you and a practical way to share what you have received with others.

Over five weeks, Jesuit and Ignatian Spirituality Australia (JISA) will accompany and coach a core group online.

For more information, email us at or visit

You are invited to register at the link below:

Liam and Frankie Davison Award - Secondary Students Literary Competition (Ref: 188/23)

Each year the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) invites senior secondary students residing in Australia or New Zealand to apply for the Liam and Frankie Davison award for outstanding achievement in literary writing on Women’s Health.

Launched in 2014, the RANZCOG Secondary Students Literary Competition was renamed in 2015 in honour of RANZCOG staff member and award-winning author, Liam Davison and his wife Frankie, a secondary school teacher, in recognition of their shared passion for nurturing and encouraging young writers.

Up to two awards are offered each year; the winning entrant(s) will receive $1000 in AUD or NZD as applicable, based on country of residence.

For information about possible topics, writing tips, terms and conditions and to register, please visit the Award webpage.

If you have any further inquiries, please contact the RANZCOG Scholarships and Grants Coordinator on +61 3 9412 2916 or email

2023 NAPLAN Results and Individual Student Reports Available Now (Ref: 192/23)

The first set of NAPLAN reports are now available in Scout. The reports included in the initial Scout release are :

  • School results by domain,
  • Student results – scores, and
  • Proficiency standards report.

The NSW Department of Education will progressively release additional reports in Scout during Terms 3 and 4. Further information is available on the Scout website.

2023 NAPLAN individual student reports (ISR) and additional student reports (ASR) have been dispatched to schools. Schools should email the NAPLAN team if they have not received reports by 26 July.

Schools should distribute the reports to parents and carers by 28 July.

PDF copies of 2023 NAPLAN ISRs are available to download from the NAPLAN reporting page on Schools Online. It is at the principal’s discretion whether a PDF copy of a student’s ISR is provided to parents or carers in addition to the print copy supplied by NESA.

If schools do not know their Schools Online login details:

  • Principals – email the NAPLAN team at
  • School staff – contact your principal to create your Schools Online profile.

Corrections to reports.

Schools are advised to contact the NAPLAN team by 11 August 2023 if they identify errors in the reports to arrange corrections and reprinting.

NESA has also advised that the 2023 NAPLAN fee per student cost is $43.70 (including GST). This represents a decrease of approximately 4.1% on the 2022 price.

The fee covers the costs incurred by NESA in administering the NAPLAN tests.

It also includes the Department of Education’s Scout reporting platform fee.

Further information contact Karen Ferrante

Scholarships and Awards

Congratulations NSW Training Award Regional Winners from Catholic Schools NSW (Ref: 187/23)

The Principals’ Center in Australia is designed to provide school leaders in Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia with the knowledge, leadership strategies, and tools to become effective leaders of instructional change and accelerate learning for all students. Hosted in Sydney and designed for region-specific learning needs, the program brings together school leaders and Harvard faculty over five days. Working with colleagues from across the region, participants will explore research-based techniques and best practices as they develop leadership plans tailored to their schools at home.

Program Details

With content drawn from local learning contexts and all sessions led by Harvard faculty, the program addresses areas of critical importance to school leaders in Australasia – instructional leadership, school culture, leadership development, strategy, and family and community engagement. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn through faculty-led sessions and case studies using Australia-specific examples and learning contexts
  • Participate in facilitated discussion groups that engage peers in collaborative learning and reflection
  • Reflect on and hone personal leadership goals
  • Develop a school leadership plan that can be implemented in multiple school settings and contexts
  • Build lasting connections by engaging with faculty and fellow principals and school leaders in your cohort

Australian Scholarship Opportunities

Three types of scholarships are available through the Harvard Club of Australia (HCA).

  1. HCA Scholarship
  2. Eureka Scholarship
  3. NZ Travel Scholarship

Round One Deadline: 30 July 2023

Click here to find out more and apply.