Professional Learning

REGISTER NOW: Catholic Schools New South Wales CSSA Catholic Secondary Schools Forum - 'On the Horizon' Symposium (Ref: 186/22)

*The deadline to register for the Catholic Schools NSW – CSSA Catholic Secondary Schools Forum has been extended until Friday 29 October.*

The Catholic Schools NSW – CSSA Catholic Secondary Schools Forum will be held on Thursday 3 November 2022 at the Sydney Masonic Centre.

The Symposium theme ‘On the Horizon’ reflects our shared commitment to engaging in current and emerging issues in secondary education in Catholic schools. The symposium program will engage participants to reflect upon change within their school and beyond.

This event will bring together education and industry leaders to discuss current and emerging issues to extend the learning opportunities and outcomes available to students.


Date: Thursday 3 November 2022

Time: Registration opens at 8am for commencement at 8.30am. The Symposium will run until 4:00pm.

Location: Sydney Masonic Centre – 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney.

The location is close to Museum Train Station, the Light Rail, Buses or Secure Parking Stations.

Cost: There is NO COST to attend the Symposium.

Guest Speakers and Agenda

Catholic Schools New South Wales is pleased to announce the following guest speakers for the Catholic Schools New South Wales – CSSA Catholic Secondary Schools Forum ‘On the Horizon Symposium:

  • Dr Paul Cahill, Executive Director, Curriculum Reform, NESA
  • Eric Land & Chris Cividino, Education Lead, NSW Department of Education
  • Zid Mancenido, Senior Manager, Research and Engagement, Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO)
  • Reid Smith, Co-CEO, OCHRE Education
  • Dr Vicki Cameron, Rebecca McGlashan, & Moira McGarva, PeopleBench
  • Danielle Cronin, Director Education Policy, Catholic Schools New South Wales

The Symposium agenda is available here: 2022 Catholic Schools New South Wales CSSA Catholic Secondary Schools Forum Agenda-03112022

Catholic Schools NSW invites Principals, School Leadership, Key Learning Area Coordinators, VET Coordinators, Career Practitioners and Stage 4–6 Year Coordinators in Catholic education to join us at the Catholic Schools New South Wales CSSA Catholic Secondary Schools Forum ‘On the Horizon’ Symposium.

NESA Elective PD

This professional learning can be recorded as 5 hours and 30 minutes of NESA Elective PD addressing the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:

  • 6.3.2 Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice.
  • 7.4.2 Participate in professional and community networks and forums to broaden knowledge and improve practice

How to Register

There are limited registration spots available. Register now to avoid missing out.

Register here.

After registering via the Catholic Schools New South Wales Professional Learning portal you will receive a confirmation email within 48-72 hours.

If you are visiting the Catholic Schools New South Wales Professional Learning portal for the first time you may need to visit the dashboard first by clicking here.

For further information contact


School Counsellor Webinar: Managing Suicidality and Self-Harm (Ref: 229/22)

Catholic Schools NSW launched systemwide guidelines for managing students with suicidality and self-harm on 12 September 2022. These were developed in response to an increasing number of students presenting with these issues and were developed in partnership with The Black Dog Institute.

In order to assist with the roll out of these guidelines, The Black Dog Institute will be presenting a webinar next Thursday, 27 October 2022 from 3:30pm -4:30pm.

How to register: 

To attend, please register here

*Registration requires the following password: 540575*


Professional Learning Opportunity - LivingWorks (Ref: 230/22)

The NSW Government is providing free workshops on suicide reduction for staff involved with students from years 9-12. The training is supplied by LivingWorks.

A free demonstration workshop will be held at the Mantra Chatswood on 1 November 2022.

The workshop will include a 3-hour training (NESA accredited). It will be followed by lunch & a meeting regarding general issues affecting the mental health and wellbeing of Catholic school students.  Focus is on schools based on Sydney’s North Shore & Northern Beaches.

To register staff please click here.

Places are limited, so register today to avoid missing out.



Managing Bomb Threats in Schools including During HSC Exams – Safety Alert (Ref: 231/22)

As we enter the 2022 HSC examination period, all Principals are being asked to monitor the school for potential bomb threats.

In October 2020 a number of schools received threats during the HSC exams which caused significant disruption to HSC Examinations. A number of schools received a threatening email stating there is a ‘functioning bomb in your school’ via the school email account. Schools should be aware that these threats can be received through both phone and online communication.

Upon receipt of a bomb threat schools MUST:

Call 000 (triple zero) immediately and promptly relay all information to NSW Police. (NB: The NSW Department of Education’s Serious Incident Report Hotline will be automatically advised of the threat by police)

If the threat relates to a bomb being present on the school site, the school should activate its critical incident plan and arrange an immediate evacuation, which is to be maintained until such time as Police attend and the site is deemed safe to re-enter.

All schools must ensure their evacuation area for bomb threats or suspected devices is an identified and cleared space, far enough away from the school to prevent people being injured by glass or other material if an explosion occurs.

No one should touch, tilt or tamper with a suspicious object in case it is an explosive or incendiary device.

Systemic schools should also notify their diocesan schools office and RI/MPJP schools should notify Catholic Schools NSW – David Walker (0432 335 695 or

Further information pertaining to HSC exam considerations is below:

  1. HSC Examination Bomb Threats Advice
  2. Specific HSC Exam Considerations


Resources for Learning

"Mighty Heroes" - New Resources eSafety Commission (Primary School) (Ref: 233/22)

“Mighty Heroes” is a new lower primary curriculum aligned classroom resource that features four short-animated videos with accompanying educator notes. It also includes downloadable posters and a family tech agreement to help parents continue the conversation at home.

Bring the Mighty Heroes into your classroom:

  • Wanda the echidna: I am responsible – I protect my personal information.
  • River the sugar glider: I show respect – I am kind and caring to others.
  • Dusty the frilled neck lizard: I trust my feelings – I ask for help when something doesn’t feel right.
  • Billie the bilby: I investigate – I question what I see, hear and do online.

The resource can be found at 

Watch the videos on the Mighty heroes student page with your class here.

Educator notes are available to educator notes to support discussion of the key messages.


School Newsletter

Would you like to learn about popular apps?  CCSP and eSafety Commissioner Webinar - Wednesday 26 October (Ref: 234/22)

In partnership with the eSafety Commissioner, CCSP is offering all parents, carers, teachers and support staff  the opportunity to join a free webinar designed for parents and carers of students.

The free Webinar is taking place on Wednesday 26 October, from 7.30-8.30pm.

Attendees can learn about TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube to help stay safe and have fun online.

Register here

Access the webinar flyer here: Webinar Flyer – A safety guide to popular apps – Council of Catholic School Parents NSW_ACT