Priority Items

2022 Student Attendance (STATS) Semester 1 Data Collection (Ref: 129/22)

The 2022 Student Attendance (STATS) Semester 1 data collection will open in SchoolsHUB on Monday 27 June 2022 and close on Friday 5 August 2022.

Student Attendance (STATS) collects student attendance rate data by grade, gender and Indigeneity from non-government (Catholic and Independent) schools for:

  • Semester 1 and Term 3 reporting periods,
  • Full-time students in Years 1 to 10 attending regular and special schools, and
  • Each individual location (campus).

Approved Authorities complete the STATS collection for each reporting period under the Australian Education Act 2013 and associated regulations. Student attendance rates are published annually on ACARA’s My School website and contribute high level data for ACARA’s National Report on Schooling in Australia and the Productivity Commission Report on Government Services.

The 2022 STATS collection process includes:

  1. Semester 1 Student Attendance – schools must provide and declare their Semester 1 data during the period Monday 27 June until Friday 5 August
  2. Term 3 Student Attendance – schools must provide and declare their Term 3 data during the period Monday 19 September until Friday 14 October.

Changes to STATS for 2022:

STATS help and support information has been updated and is available on the SchoolsHub STATS page.

Find out more here: STATS 2022 Key Dates


Professional Learning

2021 Education Law Symposium Course Content available as Governance Modules (Ref: 134/22)

Governance modules are now available for Responsible Persons, covering the content from last year’s Catholic Schools New South Wales Education Law Symposium.

The 2021 Education Law Symposium: Catholic School Governance for the Common Good course content has been approved by NESA as addressing the governance requirements of Section 3.9 of NESA Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and Section 5.9 of the NESA Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.

The content is presented in three standalone modules Part 1 (2 hours), Part 2 (1 hour 30 minutes ) and Part 3 (1 hour 30 minutes).

Part 1 Education: Law Symposium: Catholic School Governance for the Common Good

Including Financial Compliance and 83C, Responsible Persons: Selection, Induction, Support and Training, Canon and Civil Law: two sides of the Same Coin.

Part 2 Education: Law Symposium: Catholic School Governance for the Common Good

Dr Nick Coatsworth, COVID 19 in Schools, Emerging Models of Governance of Catholic Education Agencies.

Part 3 Education: Law Symposium: Catholic School Governance for the Common Good

Including Cybersafety Risk and Governance and Safeguarding: Keeping Children and Young People Safe in Our Schools.

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Evidenced-based Support Systems for Stressed or Distressed Teams- Webinar for Principals and School Leaders (Ref: 131/22)

Kristen Douglas, National Director, Head of Headspace Schools is holding a webinar for principals and school leaders. The webinar is focused on evidence-based support systems for stressed or distressed teams.

Date: Wednesday 22 June 4.30pm – 5.30pm

The webinar explores:

  • Social, emotional, and relational leadership
  • Working with teams to re-establish and strengthen culture after adversity
  • The neuroscience of emotional regulation as a leader
  • Post trauma/impact growth and how to get there
  • Embedding reflective practice
  • Setting the team up for success with practical steps for school leaders

This online session will provide school leaders practical strategies to:

  • Implement evidenced-based support systems for stressed or distressed teams and individuals
  • Identify and enhance leadership principles and responses in volatile, uncertain, or complex environments
  • Understand the importance of communication (frequency and engagement)
  • Build trust in re-establishing safety and a sense of belonging within the school community
  • Reduce and offset cumulative harm on school staff and self
  • Prioritise your learning communities’ needs (slowing down to speed up)

Register here.

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Professional Learning for School Counsellors in Congregational Schools (Ref: 132/22)

In response to increasing concerns around suicidality and self-harm in schools, Catholic Schools New South Wales is hosting a free professional learning workshop for school counsellors in congregational Catholic schools. The workshop will be presented by the Black Dog Institute. The training, Youth in Distress, has been designed to build on the current level of skills of school counselling staff and to further develop confidence in undertaking risk.

The workshop will be held in Sydney on Wednesday July 27 2022 8.30am-4.30pm. 

Interested staff please contact Jennifer Coen, Senior Manager, Wellbeing Catholic Schools New South Wales, to register.

Places are limited.

Access more information regarding the workshop here: Youth in Distress- Managing Suicidality and Self-harm Course Information

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

Catholic Schools NSW and Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta are co-hosting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Conference 2022, Transforming with the Spirit. The Conference will take place from 11 to 13 October 2022.

The Conference seeks to bring 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.  The Conference aims to explore effective and culturally appropriate strategies and current practices targeted towards ‘Closing the Gap’ in educational outcomes.

The program will feature presentations, on country experiences and discussion panels from local and national keynote speakers.  There will be up to 50 sessions for participants to be immersed in.

Registrations are NOW OPEN, with an early bird special available until 25 July.

Find more information and register here.

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K-2 Mathematics Module: Developing a Mental Map of the Syllabus (Ref: 127/22) 

Join Dr Christine Mae in a 75- minute online, on-demand module designed to support understanding of the intent, structure, organisation and language of the new K-2 Mathematics Syllabus, through the module Developing a Mental Map of the Syllabus. This is the first in a series of 14 modules being offered by Catholic Schools NSW in partnership with Dr Christine Mae.

Completing the  K-2 Mathematics module will contribute 1 hour of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/ EYLF addressing standard descriptors 2.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Register here.

 

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Last Chance to Register - Discussion of 2021 Principal Wellbeing Survey Results: 'Let's Talk about Principal Care'- taking place TOMORROW (Ref: 122/22)

Let’s Talk About Principal Care is back for Term 2. Principals and senior leaders are invited to join Catholic Schools New South Wales and Dr Paul Kidson to share the findings of the 2021 Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey. The discussion will focus on the key themes established by the survey and Principal agency.

Dr Kidson’s diverse educational career includes teaching in multicultural schools in Sydney’s western suburbs, socio-educationally advantaged metropolitan schools, 11 years’ as a school principal, and an academic since 2017. His teaching and research explores how school leaders work within, and critically transform, their complex professional lives. This encompasses broader systems and policies that govern their work and school communities, as well as how they develop and sustain their personal leadership story.

Dr Kidson has a particular role in promoting and sharing the findings from The Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey 2021 Data on behalf of the Australian Catholic University’s Institute for positive Psychology and Education.

Date: Wednesday 15 June

Time: 9.30am to 10.30am. 

Register here.

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Legal

Modern Slavery Statement Reminder- Modern Slavery Statements for FY2021 due 30 June 2022 (Ref: 125/22)

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (‘the Act’) commenced in 2019 and requires entities with a consolidated revenue above $100 million in the 2021 Financial Year to submit an annual modern slavery statement, outlining how they are addressing the risks of modern slavery in their businesses and supply chains.

Entities covered by the Act with a reporting period between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 must submit their modern slavery statements for FY2021 by 30 June 2022. A failure to submit by this date may lead to the Minister for Home Affairs taking action against the entity.

For Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery (ACAN) members certain deadlines are applicable and participants should refer to the ACAN portal: https://www.acan.org.au/participants

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Resources for Learning

2022 Year 1 Phonics Screening Check – Registrations Open (Ref :126/22)

The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check, developed by the NSW Department of Education, is an optional online reading assessment available to Catholic Schools NSW with a Year 1 student cohort.

Schools that choose to use the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check will have the flexibility to schedule the assessment to best suit their school and student needs within the assessment window.

Additional information is available at the factsheet here: 2022 Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Factsheet

Registration link:
https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6885871/2022-Year-1-Phonics-Screening-Check

For more information please contact karen.ferrante@csnsw.catholic.edu.au

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Employment Opportunities

HSC Minimum Standards- Calls for EOIs: Assessment Item Development  (Ref: 124/22)

NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) is seeking expressions of interest from teachers and academics with appropriate experience and qualifications to participate in item development activities for the Minimum Standard Reading, Numeracy and Writing Tests. Teachers from all subject areas are welcome.

HSC minimum standard reading and numeracy test items are developed by committees working closely with a Senior Assessment Officer. HSC minimum standard writing test items are developed through writing workshops under the guidance of assessment experts.

Expressions of interest may be submitted throughout the year. Suitable candidates will be contacted when a vacancy is available.

For more information and to access the expression of interest form:  https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/about/who-we-are/jobs/hsc-minimum-standard-tests 

 

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School Newsletter

Registrations Open - Fruit and Veg Month 2022: Building Fruit and Veg Communities (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 will be held from Monday 29 August to Friday 23 September. 

Register here and receive FREE resources for your school.


Entries OPEN- CCSP 2022 Roger O’Sullivan Memorial Award for Family, School and Community Partnerships for Learning (Ref: 128/22)

Entries are now open for the 2022 Roger O’Sullivan Memorial Award, run by the Council of Catholic School Parents

The 2022 Roger O’Sullivan Memorial Award for Family, School and Community Partnerships for Learning is awarded to a school community, including parents and carers, that can demonstrate exemplary practice in building partnerships between home and school to enhance the learning outcomes of students. These projects may focus on faith formation, the school curriculum, student wellbeing, or any combination of the three.

The entry deadline is: 27 July 2022

The recipient of the 2022 Roger O’Sullivan Memorial Award will receive a tailored publicity campaign and $4,000 to further the initiative.  More information and an application form are available here.  

Read about the winning initiatives from previous years here.