Applications Close Friday: NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarship (Ref: 45/24)

Applications for the NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships will close on Friday 17 May 2024. The scholarships are open to permanent and temporary teachers in NSW government and non-government schools and recipients will have the opportunity to undertake a five-week study tour internationally or within Australia to explore best practice in their chosen focus area.

Twelve scholarships are open to apply for, each with a different area of interest.

For further information and to find out what scholarships are available to apply for, please visit the NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships webpage.

Professional Learning

CER Webinar: Management and Obligations for Ill and Injured workers (Ref: 114/24)

Catholic Employment Relations (CER) is providing a training session that will cover essential areas such as effectively managing short-term and long-term absences within the workforce and understanding the termination of employment process. Additionally, an analysis of a legal case, Laviano v Fair Work Ombudsman [2017] FCCA 197, will be conducted to gain valuable insights into the practical applications of these legislative protections. By the end of the webinar, participants will have the knowledge and tools needed to ensure compliance with employment laws and regulations. Click HERE to register.


Register Now: Education Law Symposium (Ref: 95/24)

Catholic Schools NSW invites principals, heads of governance and compliance, finance officers, and others designated ‘responsible persons’ to attend the 2024 Catholic Schools NSW Education Law Symposium.

The theme of this year’s symposium is Catholic School Governance: Shaping Our Future.

The symposium will be held on Monday 15 July 2024 at the Sydney Sofitel Wentworth.

Designed for leaders in the management and governance of Catholic schools, systems, and agencies, this in-person event will explore the complex governance issues that challenge our sector and provide valuable insights and opportunities for discussion.

This year’s symposium will include keynotes, panels, and workshop sessions discussing the following topics:

  • Section 83C
  • Responsible Persons
  • AI and Implications for School Governance
  • Ministerial Public Juridic Persons
  • The school curriculum
  • Effective governance
  • Teacher supply.

You can register here.


Enter Now: NESA Primary WRITEON Competition 2024 (Ref: 107/24)

The NESA  WriteOn 2024 annual writing competition for NSW students in Years 1 to 6 is now open!

Students enter by writing an imaginative text of up to 500 words using an image as the stimulus. The image for 2024, ‘The railway station, Redfern’ (1893) by Arthur Streeton, is courtesy of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

This year, NESA has also published syllabus-based teaching and learning advice to help teachers plan for WriteOn as part of their Term 2 programs.

Webpage link is here: WRITEON COMPETITION 2024

Student entries close at 4pm, Friday 28 June.


Register Now! Early Years Symposium – Thursday 20 June 2024 (Ref: 90/24)

CSNSW invites early childhood educators, teachers and leaders to register for the CSNSW Early Years Symposium.

Who: Early childhood teachers, K-2 teachers, diocesan personnel

When: Thursday 20 June 2024

Where: Macquarie University City Campus L24, 123 Pitt St, Sydney NSW

Theme: Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Early Years.

Expert speakers include:

  • Dr Justin Coulson: Justin will focus on the rise of disruptive behaviour in the early years and strategies for educators – What does this mean for my classroom? What are the implications for classroom management?
  • Dr Sharon Goldfeld: Sharon will discuss a collective approach. How can health and education services collaborate to improve outcomes for children?
  • Dr Jackie Amos: Jackie will explore empowering ‘non-therapists’ to work as therapeutically as possible within the boundaries of their roles.

This event is NESA accredited. Places are filling fast! You can register for the event HERE

Would you like to know a little bit more about the event? Click HERE.


Student Resources

Anzac Memorial Education Program (Ref: 110/24)

Explore Sydney’s rich history at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, offering  captivating live theatre, interactive workshops, and insightful tours led by educators, all centered around the poignant stories of Australians at war. Designed for students from Years 3 to 12, the award-winning programs provide an immersive journey into the Memorial’s architecture, history, and the profound impact of wartime events. Secure your school’s excursion spot by contacting or visit our website to book and discover the essence of our nation’s wartime heritage firsthand.

Contact or visit the website to book your school excursion


Smart Farming Virtual Classroom Sessions (Ref: 109/24)

Australian Good Meat Education is back for Term 2, presenting the beloved Smart Farming virtual classroom experience. Tailored for both lower (F-2) and upper (3-6) primary school levels, students can delve into the world of Australian farming firsthand, guided by local farmers.

Our Life on the Farm (LP) and Future Farming (UP) sessions have expanded with new topics, offering students a comprehensive understanding of Australian farm life. Hosted on Zoom, these 30-minute sessions are aligned with the curriculum, covering vital aspects of farming environments, sustainable practices, and agricultural technology.

Students can engage directly with farmers, participate in quizzes, and gain insights into the journey of their food, all from the comfort of their classroom or home. Further information can be found here: Smart Farming Virtual Classroom


Academy for Enterprising Girls Super Assembly and HEX Career Workshops ​​​​​​​(Ref: 106/24)

Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta is hosting the Academy for Enterprising Girls Leadership Series Day on Thursday, 23 May. Thanks to support from the federal government, the day is free to attend.

There are two events within this day for which you can register to attend:

  1. Super Assembly (9:30-11:30am) with guest speaker Taylor Dee Hawkins.
  2. Career Exploration Workshop (12:00pm-2pm) facilitated by HEX.

Who should attend this event?

Our future women leaders in Years 10, 11 and 12 who want to get access to expert advice and support in launching their careers.

How do you register?

Go to for further details and to register your interest. Please note that there are limited seats available for the Career Exploration Workshop (which is capped at 150).


School Updates & Newsletter

2024 HSC Written Exam Timetable Released (Ref: 111/24) 

The 2024 Higher School Certificate Written Exam Timetable has been released by NESA. Students and parents can now check the dates and times of final exams, commencing on Tuesday 15 October.

Click here to download the timetable.

For further information, search for specific classes and find tips on how to prepare, visit the NSW Government website.

Available Now: 2024 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations Final Timetable (103/24)

The 2024 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations Final Timetable was released to schools on Monday, 29 April (Week 1, Term 2). CSSA communications were sent to the registered email address of the Principal and Main CSSA Contact as noted in the individual School Account in the CSSA website.

The Final Timetable will be made publicly available on the CSSA website in Week 2, Term 2.

The CSSA website is conveniently located here:

The 2024 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations Timetable is scheduled for:

  • Monday 5 August to Monday 19 August.

The 2024 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations Security Period is:

  • up to, and inclusive of, Wednesday 21 August.
  • Examinations, including examination-related materials and student scripts, can be returned to students from 8.00am, Thursday 22 August.

CSSA website and individual School Accounts

  • Individual Schools must keep up to date school data in their CSSA school accounts via the CSSA website’s Account Settings.
  • Relevant personnel in CSSA-registered schools should ensure that school data available and fields of information on the CSSA website are 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 communication with schools and the secure delivery of CSSA Trial HSC Examinations. Finally, remember to click on the “SAVE” button at the end of the process.

Monica O’Brien

Head, CSSA Exams