Priority Items

REGISTER NOW: Catholic Schools NSW Education Law Symposium 2022 (Ref: 144/22)

In 2022, Catholic Schools NSW continues the tradition of providing quality professional learning to support and guide ‘responsible persons’ in their critical roles of the management and operation of Catholic schools and systems. 

The 2022 Education Law Symposium will be held on Thursday 29 September at the Sydney Masonic Centre. The symposium theme: Catholic School Governance: In the Spirit of Service reflects our shared commitment to excellence in governance as we meet our statutory and canonical obligations.  The symposium program will challenge participants to respond to contemporary governance challenges including regulatory reforms, financial compliance, risk management and safeguarding. 

This is a face-to-face event and capacity is limited. Register now to avoid disappointment. Catholic Schools New South Wales is a NESA approved provider of governance training. 

Catholic Schools NSW invites principals, heads of governance and compliance, finance officers and others designated as ‘responsible persons’ in Catholic education to attend for a day of governance learning, discussion and action.

Further information, including the full programme will be released closer to the Symposium.

To register, click on the following link: 

Find out more on the Symposium website here. 

NESA Standards and Results Analysis Package (RAP) Online Professional Learning (Ref: 149/22)

Catholic Schools NSW is partnering with NESA to explore NESA standards and the use of RAP to improve student outcomes by delivery of three courses. The courses will take place on:

Tuesday 2 August 2022, from 1.30-3.00 PM via ZOOM.
  1. Using NESA Standards to Improve Student HSC Outcomes

Explore NESA Standards for the allocation of the HSC Bands using the performance band descriptions and the standards materials; Year 11 Grades using the Common Grade Scale; and the HSC Minimum Standards using the achievement level descriptions.

Register for the NESA Standards to Improve Student HSC Outcomes Course here.

2. An Introduction to the Results Analysis Package (RAP)

NESA will guide teachers in a forensic investigation of the Results Analysis Package, exploring whole faculty/school trends and HSC Minimum Standards data to improve student HSC outcomes.

Register for the Introduction to RAP Course here.

3. High End Results Analysis Package Users Forum

NESA will lead a guided discussion where three experienced Catholic teachers will share advanced techniques using the Results Analysis Package.  Participants will explore and share best practice uses of RAP.

Register for the High End Results Analysis Package Users Forum here.

For further information contact Gary Molloy

Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) Free Curriculum Resources Website (Ref: 146/22)

“The establishment of a national evidence body was a key recommendation from the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools (also known as the Gonski Review 2.0). In December 2019, all Australian governments agreed to create an institute to position Australia’s educators at the forefront of education research to improve learning outcomes for all children and young people.”

“The creation of a national education evidence organisation was one of the national policy initiatives under the 2020 National School Reform Agreement, aimed at lifting outcomes across Australian education. As a result, the Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) was formed and is Australia’s independent education evidence body.”

The AERO website contains information and resources for teachers including a Practice Hub and Rubrics for teachers. The Practice Hub contains evidence-based resources and information for teachers and educators including:

  • Teaching practices
  • Early childhood practices
  • Classrooms resources for teachers
  • Resources for early childhood teachers and educators (coming soon).

Within the Practice Hub is Ochre. AERO partnered with Ochre Education to provide teachers with hundreds of free curriculum resources. These Ochre Education resources have been created by Australian teachers for teachers, support effective, evidence-based practices and address the learning expected in the Australian Curriculum. Currently, Year level 3 – 10 are available, accessed via the link:

Sign-up to the AERO newsletter to receive the quarterly newsletter containing research, resources and news, accessed via the link:

More information is available on the AERO website to support improved learning outcomes for all children and young people, accessed via the link:


REGISTRATIONS OPEN: Kathleen Burrow Research Institute Annual Lecture 2022, Delivered by The Honourable Justice Jacqueline Gleeson (Ref: 140/22)

Catholic Schools NSW is pleased to announce the special guest delivering the Lecture for the Kathleen Burrow Research Institute Annual Lecture 2022 is the Honourable Justice Jacqueline Gleeson SC. Justice Gleeson will speak on: The High Court’s Contribution to Legal Education.

Catholic Schools NSW invites Catholic Schools New South Wales board members, school principals, relatives of Kathleen Burrow and any stakeholders in Catholic education to attend this free event. The lecture will include a Q & A session and canapes and beverages following the event. 

Date: 5 October 2022

Time: Commencing 6pm

Location: Refectory Hall, Holme Building (A09), The University of Sydney

Register HERE.

The Kathleen Burrow Research Institute is a research unit within Catholic Schools NSW that conducts and publishes research on contemporary issues in school education to promote the advancement of education in all school sectors in Australia.

The work of the Institute seeks to provide an evidence base to support Catholic Schools NSW in advocating for best practice in all schools and particularly in Catholic education, and to inform and engage with sector leaders and policymakers.

Professional Learning

Webinar: Working with Children Who are Experiencing or Engaging in Bullying Behaviour (Ref: 147/22)

Bullying is a complex social issue and can present significant issues for school staff, as it has the potential to affect individual mental health.

This webinar looks at how bullying can be addressed by multiple stakeholders.

The Webinar is taking place on 10 August 2022, from 1.00-2.00pm. 

This Webinar is designed for practitioners who work with children and families in a broad range of settings, especially those working with children aged 4-12 years.

This webinar is designed to support practitioners to:

  • understand how childhood bullying affects child mental health
  • understand the importance of prevention and early intervention in limiting the effects of childhood bullying in adulthood
  • be curious about children’s understanding and perspectives on bullying and why this is important
  • explore strategies to work with children experiencing bullying or engaging in bullying behaviour.

The presenters for the professional learning webinar are:

  • Dr Lesley-Anne Ey (University of South Australia)
  • Julie Clifton (Bully Zero)
  • Vanya
  • Nicole Rollbusch (Content Development Officer, Emerging Minds)

More information can be found here:


Employment Opportunities

2023 CSSA TRIAL HSC EXAMINATIONS: Expressions of Interest for a Convenor - Business Studies DUE 25 JULY (Ref: 145/22)

The Head of CSSA Exams is seeking expressions of interest for the following position:

Convenor for the following 2023 CSSA Trial HSC Examination:

  • Business Studies

The CSSA provides teachers and students in schools throughout New South Wales, ACT and internationally with high quality 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 practicing teachers, university lecturers and education consultants in a variety of HSC courses.

Interested applicants are asked to send a Cover Letter and current Curriculum Vitae to Monica O’Brien, Head CSSA Exams, at by 9am Monday 25 July 2022.

Please find more information regarding the Expression of Interest requirements and the application process here: 2023 CSSA TRIAL HSC EXAMINATIONS-EOI-Convenor-Business Studies


School Newsletter

Tax, Super + YOU Competition for High School Students (Ref: 148/22)

The Australian Taxation Office invites students in years 7-12 to participate in the Tax, Super and You competition.

Entries will close at 5.00pm AEST on Friday 19 August 2022.

Prizes are awarded to the top 3 entries in both senior and junior categories (including a People’s Choice Award winner), totally $7,600.

Entry Criteria: 

For your chance to become Australia’s next tax and super creative genius, you must:

  • be a student in years 7–12
  • be enrolled in the Australian education system
  • submit an entry – up to 3 entries per person/group only
  • complete a separate entry form for each entry
  • complete a film or photo consent form for each person shown in your entry
  • comply with the competition’s terms and conditions– including only using music with permission or an appropriate licence.

There’s no cost to enter the competition.

How to enter:

To enter, make a creative project that highlights your topic (which depends on your year at school). The topics are:

  • Junior (Year 7–9): Tax, Super + Me – How tax impacts me in my daily life.
  • Senior (Year 10–12): Top four things I need to know about tax and super when I start my first job.

Read more about the competition and how to enter here.

Access the Competition poster here: Tax Super and You Competition Poster

Entry Deadline EXTENDED: CCSP 2022 Roger O’Sullivan Memorial Award for Family, School and Community Partnerships for Learning (Ref: 128/22)

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

The new entry deadline is 4 August 2022.

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 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.

2023 NSW Premier's Teacher Scholarships- Applications Now Open (Ref: 141/22) 

Applications for the 2023 NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships are now OPEN.

The Scholarship program offers recipients up to $15,000 for 5-week study tours between January and June 2023.

There are various scholarships available for primary, secondary, TAFE and early childhood teachers.

2023 Premier’s Teacher Scholarships timeline: 

Applications open: 27 June – 26 August 2022

Selection panels held: 10 – 14 October 2022

Recipients announced by Premier: 30 November 2022

Study tours conducted: 5 weeks between January and June 2023

Access the NSW Government website for more information and how to apply here. 

Read more about the scholarships available and who can apply for each scholarship here: 2023 NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships Brochure.

'Why lest we Forget' ANZAC Art Competition (Ref: 143/22)

Art Competition – Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration 2023

RSL NSW, Catholic Schools NSW, the Department of Education, and the Association of Independent Schools NSW have launched an art competition to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the RSL and the Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration that will take place in April 2023.

The Commemoration:

The commemoration takes place annually at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, with the formal proceedings delivered entirely by school students from across the three school sectors. The service aims to educate and encourage younger Australians to learn about Australia’s military history, whilst paying respect to the service and sacrifice of servicemen and servicewomen.

The Competition:

The art competition is open to Catholic School Students and Catholic Schools New South Wales encourages all Catholic school staff to take note of this information and share with their respective school.

The theme for this year’s artwork is ‘Why lest we Forget’ (Why do we commemorate the ANZACS). The central concepts are:

  • Significance of ANZAC Day
  • Spirit of the ANZACs
  • Sacrifice, Endurance, Mateship, Perseverance


  • A personal connection to the student’s Australian defence family history.
  • Connecting the history of Australian service with contemporary veterans on ANZAC Day.
  • Significant anniversaries of conflicts like 70th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.
  • Battles within the Korean War (Kapyong, Maryang San, Samichon River – the Hook).
  • Involvement of United Nations in the Korean War.

There will be 14 finalists selected, with all receiving:

  • A session with the ANZAC Memorial Veteran Artist in residence,
  • The exhibition of their artwork at the ANZAC memorial in April 2023,
  • A finalist certificate and a medal,
  • An invitation to attend the 2023 RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Service.

There will be two winners, with each of their artwork’s featuring on the cover of the 2023 RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Service Program. The winning artists will receive an invitation to attend the 2023 NSW ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Martin Place as VIPs.

This competition is open to all students within NSW, with submissions (by schools only) due by 16 September 2022.

Each school may submit a maximum of two artworks. Multi-campus schools may submit two artworks per campus. For schools that are K-12 please submit a separate form for primary and secondary school entries.

For more information including the guidelines, how to submit artwork, judging, promotional collateral and FAQs please visit:

 Access the media release here: Media Release- Art competition to remember our ANZACS

Access the Art Competition Poster, Social Tile and Flyer here:

RSL and Schools ANZAC Art Competition Poster

RSL and Schools ANZAC Art Competition Social Tile

RSL and Schools ANZAC Art Competition Flyer