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Registrations CLOSE 16 May - “Dangerous Ideas” Symposium – Vocational Education & Training (VET)

Catholic Schools NSW is facilitating the “Dangerous Ideas” Symposium – which will give focus to Vocational Education & Training (VET) delivered to Secondary Students.

This event will bring together key industry and Catholic school leaders, system educators, VET trainers and career practitioners to discuss current issues and opportunities surrounding VET in NSW Catholic schools. The agenda has been provided for your information.

The symposium seeks to discuss how to best extend and improve educational pathways, opportunities, and outcomes currently available to secondary students.

The event is hosted by Catholic Schools New South Wales and CSSA, a division of Catholic Schools New South Wales.

Who should attend: Principals, School Leadership, Post-School Pathways Coordinators, VET Coordinators, Career Practitioners and Stage 5-6 Year Coordinators.

Date:  Friday 20 May 2022

Time:  8.30am-4:30pm

Location: Sydney Masonic Centre – 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney. The location is close to Museum train station and secure parking stations.

Register here

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  0412 151 953

VET Symposium Agenda 20 May

New Australian Curriculum website live NOW (Ref: 103/22)

The new Australian Curriculum website, hosting the updated and approved Australian Curriculum, Version 9.0, has been launched.

ACARA CEO, David de Carvalho, said the new website was going to give teachers control over the way they view the curriculum and make their work easier: “Teachers will be able to quickly and intuitively find relevant information, and lessons can be more easily planned.”

The new Australian Curriculum sets high expectations and standards for what all students should know and be able to do, and was endorsed by education ministers on 1 April 2022.

Read more from the media release here: Media Release: New Australian Curriculum Website

2022 Federal Election Major Party Report Card and Policy Responses for Distribution (Ref: 104/22)

The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) has recently compiled information regarding the Federal election for distribution to schools and offices.

This information is available here:

Federal Election Newsbite School Newsletter Item

Catholic Education 2022 Federal Election Report Card

Catholic Education 2022 Federal Election Policy Responses

For more information, access NCEC’s website here.

Employment Opportunities

Senior Education Officer (Early Childhood) (12 Month Maternity Position) Catholic Schools New South Wales (Ref: 102/22)

The Senior Education Officer (SEO) has responsibility for a set of key policy areas including early childhood education and care (0 to Year 2). This includes policy monitoring and analysis, representation on external committees and providing expert advice and support to Catholic school agencies. Additionally, the SEO collaborates and provides expertise and support to organisation-wide strategic initiatives. A key area of collaboration relates to Catholic Schools New South Wales Professional Learning.

For more information:





Position Available- Executive Director, Council of Catholic School Parents (CCSP) (Ref: 093/22)


  • Lead a unique, volunteer-driven organisation
  • Sydney CBD location, workplace flexibility considered
  • Attractive salary based on experience

The Organisation

The Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT (CCSP) is a private association and incorporated entity established by the Bishops of NSW/ACT.

The primary purpose of the Council is to provide leadership, advocacy and support to parents of Catholic school students in NSW/ACT, and to represent their interests at state and national levels.

CCSP is seeking an experienced and driven educator and senior executive to lead and take forward the organisation. The Executive Director is supported by the CCSP Secretariat and other office staff.

The Role

Reporting to the Chair of CCSP and members of the management committee, the Executive Director will provide leadership by working strategically and collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, including the CCSP Secretariat, Catholic Schools NSW (Catholic Schools New South Wales), Department of Education NSW; and Catholic Education school authorities.

You will provide a broad range of advice and respond on behalf of CCSP to all levels of government and political parties, education authorities within and outside the Catholic sector and individual parents.

As well as responsibility for the sound financial management of the CCSP Secretariat, you will be responsible for managing staff of the Secretariat and ensuring their professional development.

You will represent CCSP in various forums, committees, taskforces and other working parties relating to education at national and state level and within the Catholic sector.

The role is a permanent, full-time position based in Sydney CBD. For the right candidate, consideration may be given to flexible working arrangements. Some travel will be required throughout NSW from time to time.

About You

Key to this role is your extensive leadership and strategic planning skills, education background, and understanding of the unique characteristics of not-for-profit organisations.

Specifically, as the successful candidate you will ideally meet the following Key Requirements:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications (e.g. Education, Business, Politics) and/or equivalent experience
  • Strong empathy with the goals and purposes of Catholic education
  • An appreciation of and active commitment to Catholic life and practice
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of running a not-for-profit organisation, in particular, the peculiarities of a volunteer-based organisation
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the broad educational environment at state and national levels; Catholicity in terms of diocesan and religious institute structures; and the political structure and responsibilities of governments at state and national levels
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication, persuasive negotiation, presentation and research skills; and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and establish and maintain positive stakeholder relationships
  • Ability to synthesise large amounts of information to understand complex policy issues
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time and workload
  • Strong IT skills

If you meet the above Key Requirements and want to lead an organisation that is the voice of Catholic school parents, then we would love to hear from you!

Enquiries and Application Process

For a confidential discussion about this opportunity and to obtain a copy of the Position Description please contact Nevine Piperides at REACH Human Resources on 0418 698 327.

Applications should include a brief Cover Letter and Resume. Your Cover Letter must include how your skills, knowledge, experience and personal attributes align with the Key Requirements of the role (as outlined above).

Applications are to be sent directly to Nevine at

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed and shortlisted (if suitable) as they are received.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake a Working with Children Check and National Police Check.


Year 11 – 12 Reform Manager roles and a 7 - 10 PDHPE Subject Matter Expert role

School Newsletter

Macquarie University Student Teacher Placements - 16 May to 27 May (Ref: 107/22)

Macquarie University has 50 student teachers who require a ten day placement in a secondary school from 16 May to 27 May, 2022.

The subject areas for these student teachers include Economics, Modern History, Ancient History, English and Japanese.

They require placement in the following geographical areas: Greater Western Sydney, Blue Mountains, Canterbury-Bankstown, Central Coast NSW, Eastern Suburbs, Hills District, Hornsby, Inner City, Inner West, Liverpool, Lower North Shore, Ryde, Northern Beaches, Mullumbimby, Paramatta, Penrith, South-West Sydney, St George area and Upper North Shore.

If a secondary school located in one of these areas is interested, please contact Macquarie University’s Professional Experience Team  at or  Yana Jiang  at

Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT- Upcoming Free Parent Webinar on Online Safety (Ref: 105/22)

The Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT have arranged to hold a free webinar with the eSafety Commissioner for parents and carers of children aged 5-12 years.

The title of this years’ seminar is: Helping Kids Thrive Online

This Term 2 webinar offers tips on how to support young people to socialise, learn and have fun online in a safe manner. It explains how to access information, use technology safely and navigate new online platforms.

It will cover:

  • how to talk to young people about online risks on different social media platforms and games
  • how to help young people develop skills to protect themselves when they are online
  • where to go for help if things go wrong and how to access mental health support and information through eSafety.

Register here:

Who should attend? Suitable for parents and carers of children aged 5-12 years

Date/Time: Wednesday 8 June at 7:30pm

If you have any questions or require additional resources please contact

Clare Dunstan

Access the Webinar poster here: Helping kids thrive online Poster


Education and Engagement Programs at the Parliament of NSW for NSW Students and Teachers (Ref: 106/22)

The Education and Engagement team at the Parliament of NSW provides engaging, accessible, free, curriculum specific education programs for students and teachers across NSW.

The subject focus is on Stage 3 History – Civics and Citizenship, Stage 6 Legal Studies and Stage 5 Commerce. Leadership programs are also offered for Stage 6 NSW school students. An online teacher professional learning program for Legal Studies teachers is also available.

Programs are offered onsite at The Parliament of NSW, 6 Macquarie St Sydney, 2000 or available via ZOOM.

Additionally, as the oldest legislature in Australia, the history and traditions of the Parliament are unique amongst Australian states, and programs for the public focus on the Parliament’s history, structure and the roles and responsibilities of members.

School programs include:

  1. School tours – for Stage 3, 5 and 6
  2. Stage 3 – Videoconference – Visit us at our House
  3. Stage 6 – Legal Studies and the Legislature (onsite or via Zoom)
  4. Stage 6 – Young Women’s Leadership Seminar –
  5. Stage 6 – NSW Constitutional Convention –
  6. Stage 4 – 6 – Parli-flicks short film competition – coming mid-May

Keep in touch – Teacher eNewsletter sign up –

Parliamentary education website –

Indigenous Veterans Commemoration - 27 May 2021 

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Veterans & Services Association, supported by The Returned and Services League of Australia (NSW Branch) and the NSW Office for Veteran Affairs, will be conducting the Annual Indigenous Veterans Commemoration Ceremony on Friday 27 May 2021. This ceremony is supported by Catholic Schools NSW.

The Sydney ceremony is one of several being held across Australia during Reconciliation week in recognition of the service and sacrifice of indigenous veterans.

The commemoration service will be live streamed on the Anzac Memorial’s Facebook page allowing you the opportunity to view the service from your home or workplace.

Link to Facebook page.

Ceremony details

  • Friday 27 May, 10.30 am the livestream will begin.
  • Preservice activities commence at 10:40am.

Should you have any questions contact:

The Returned and Services League of Australia (New South Wales Branch)


Phone: (02) 9264 8188