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

Catholic Schools NSW is pleased to announce that the 2nd Annual Kathleen Burrow Research Institute Lecture will take place on Wednesday 5 October. The Lecture will be delivered by the Honourable Justice Jacqueline Gleeson SC, Justice of the High Court of Australia. Justice Gleeson will speak on “The High Court’s Contribution to Legal Education”. There is no cost to attend this event.

Catholic Schools NSW invites Catholic Schools New South Wales board members, school principals, relatives of Kathleen Burrow and other stakeholders in Catholic education to join us for this exciting and unique opportunity to hear from one of Australia’s most distinguished legal figures.

The lecture will include a Q & A components and canapes and beverages following the event.

Key Event Information

Date: Wednesday 5 October 2022

Time: Commencing 6.00 pm

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

Register HERE.


Professional Learning

REGISTER NOW- Catholic Schools New South Wales Virtual Symposium - Supporting Learning K-12 (Ref: 155/22)

REGISTER HERE for the K-12 VIRTUAL Education Symposium, Monday October 10.

Join us online at 8:45am to be welcomed by Danielle Cronin, Director Education Policy Catholic Schools NSW. The keynote will start sharply at 9am and will be presented by Professor Jim Tognolini, ‘Using quantitative and qualitative assessment to inform teaching and learning in the primary and secondary classroom’.

Join us as a staff or as an individual, for 5 hours of NESA Accredited PD.

The day consists of live streamed keynotes and workshops and a wide selection of asynchronous professional learning opportunities. Live streamed sessions are below and asynchronous modules include:

  • Formative assessment
  • Explicit instruction
  • Data based instruction in early writing
  • After significant disruption: Accommodating diverse learners in busy & complex classrooms (K-2 and 3-6)
  • Effective teaching assistant support: Best practice for small group instruction
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing: A Response to COVID 19

Presenters include:

  • Sarah Richardson and Georgina Lawrence, Australian Education Research Organisation,
  • Professor Pamela J Mims, East Tennessee State University,
  • Rachel Carr and Amanda Corby, Illume learning,
  • Sue Larkey,
  • Jennifer Coen Catholic Schools New South Wales,
  • Dr Bree Jimenz, University of Texas at Arlington and more.

For any issues with accessing the registration please email service@csnsw.catholic.edu.au.

PROGRAM RELEASE:

 

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TODAY 3:45PM - Zoom Webinar - Emina Mclean "Maximising Literacy Success through Aligned Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction" (K-10 focus) (Ref: 204/22)

Catholic Schools New South Wales is hosting a Zoom Webinar, presented by Emina McLean, TODAY, Tuesday 20 September from 3.45pm-4.45pm.

Emina McLean is a researcher, lecturer, primary school English and Literacy leader, and doctoral student, researching the reading and writing skills of university students. She will be presenting on Maximising literacy success through aligned assessment, curriculum, and instruction.

Emina also works as a professional learning provider, consultant, and coach in schools across Australia

Emina’s background is in speech-language pathology, education, child and adolescent psychiatry, and public health.

Emina’s interests are evidence-based practice in education, language and literacy instruction, cognition, mental health, pedagogy, professional learning, and the speech pathology-teaching interface in schools. She is passionate about working with teachers to develop rigorous assessment and instruction practices in English and literacy domains.

REGISTER HERE.

 

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

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

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.

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

  • Dr Paul Cahill, A/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 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.

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Thursday 3 November 2022

Time: Registration opens at 8am for commencement at 8.30am-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.

NESA Elective PD

This professional learning can be recorded as 5hours and 30minutes 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

REGISTRATIONS

Registration open until 5pm, Friday 14 October 2022 or until maximum registrations occur.

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

Register here, by clicking BOOK NOW (blue button) on the right.

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 monica.obrien@csnsw.catholic.edu.au

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The Early Learner Series- Presented by Dr Cathie Harrison - Catholic Schools New South Wales Online On-Demand PL Modules (212/22)

 

Catholic Schools New South Wales Online On-demand PL modules

The Early Learner Series- by Dr Cathie Harrison

Catholic Schools New South Wales is excited to announce a fantastic professional learning opportunity for all school staff. Dr Cathie Harrison, an early childhood educator with more than 30 years’ experience within early childhood education and related fields, presents three 1-hour online on-demand professional learning PL modules ‘The Early Learner’ which explores the very essence of who the early learner is, the interaction between early learner and educator and dissects important developmental milestones in the life of the early learner.

Participants will learn about:

  • developmental theories that guide and inform teaching practices
  • the factors that influence the impact on an early learner’s development
  • characteristics of the early learner and their implications on a child’s learning journey
  • early childhood and education policies and frameworks (e.g. Early Years Learning Framework)
  • the teacher’s role in the developmental life of an early learner
  • creating a culture and context for collaborative inquiry with early learners.

The modules are available here:

  1. Who is the child we see?
  2. Who is the early learner?
  3. Who is the teacher of the early learner?

*Completing any one of the three modules of The Early Learner series will contribute 1 hour of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Early Childhood and Education addressing standard descriptor, ‘Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn’ (1.2.2) from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW*

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 sean.maloney@csnsw.catholic.edu.au.

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NEW Catholic Schools New South Wales Online PL module: 'Rethinking the Role of Teaching Assistants in Inclusive Classrooms' (Ref: 213/22)

Catholic Schools New South Wales Online On-demand PL module

Rethinking the Role of Teaching Assistants in Inclusive Classrooms

Catholic Schools New South Wales is brings you another fantastic professional learning opportunity for all school staff. Amanda Corby of Illume Learning, an experienced educator in teaching children with disability and passionate about inclusive education, presents the 6th of nine one hour online on-demand professional learning PL modules.

‘Rethinking the Role of Teaching Assistants in Inclusive Classrooms’ can be found HERE.

The nine online on demand profession learning PL modules are as follows:

  • Introduction to Inclusive Education (previously released)
  • The Importance of Developing Early Reading Skills for Students with Disabilities (previously released)
  • Adapting Early Reading Instruction for Students with Disabilities (previously released)
  • Adapting Writing Instruction for Students with Disabilities (previously released)
  • Adapting Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities (previously released)
  • Rethinking the Role of Teaching Assistants in Inclusive Classrooms
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Starting School- Supporting a Successful Transition to School
  • Understanding Behaviour as Communication

Each week two more of Illume Learning’s PL online on-demand modules will be released.

*Completing this session of ‘Rethinking the role of teaching assistants in inclusive classrooms’ will contribute 1 hour of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of students/children with Disability addressing standard descriptor, ‘Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities’ (1.5.2) and ‘Use teaching strategies based on knowledge of students’ physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics to improve student learning’ (1.1.2)  from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW*

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 sean.maloney@csnsw.catholic.edu.au

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NEW Catholic Schools New South Wales Online PL module: 'Universal Design for Learning- Enhancing Learning for All' (Ref: 214/22)

Catholic Schools New South Wales Online On-demand PL module

Universal Design for Learning- Enhancing Learning for All

Catholic Schools New South Wales is brings you another fantastic professional learning opportunity for all school staff. Amanda Corby of Illume Learning, an experienced educator in teaching children with disability and passionate about inclusive education, presents the 7th of nine one hour online on-demand professional learning PL modules.

‘Universal Design for Learning- Enhancing Learning for All’ can be found HERE.

The nine online on demand profession learning PL modules are as follows:

  • Introduction to Inclusive Education (previously released)
  • The Importance of Developing Early Reading Skills for Students with Disabilities (previously released)
  • Adapting Early Reading Instruction for Students with Disabilities (previously released)
  • Adapting Writing Instruction for Students with Disabilities (previously released)
  • Adapting Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities (previously released)
  • Rethinking the Role of Teaching Assistants in Inclusive Classrooms
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Starting School- Supporting a Successful Transition to School
  • Understanding Behaviour as Communication

Each week two more of Illume Learning’s PL online on-demand modules will be released.

*Completing this session of ‘Universal Design for Learning- Enhancing Learning for All’ will contribute 1 hour of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of students/children with Disability addressing standard descriptor, ‘Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities’ (1.5.2) and ‘Use teaching strategies based on knowledge of students’ physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics to improve student learning’ (1.1.2)  from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW*

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 sean.maloney@csnsw.catholic.edu.au

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Legal

GEL GUNS - NSW Police Notification to Principals (216/22)

NSW Police would like to advise all school principals of the increased possession of gel guns by young people in NSW. These guns can be purchased legally in Queensland (Gold Coast) but are illegal in NSW and are considered to be firearms.

NSW Police have advised that if a student is found to have a gel gun they can be arrested and charged for possession of a firearm (pursuant to section 36(1)  Firearms Act 1996 (NSW)).

In the interest of community safety and student welfare, NSW police have requested all school principals disseminate the attached information to their school communities.

Access the Gel Blasters Flyer here: Flyer – Gel Blasters in New South Wales

Access the Gun Blasters in New South Wales Letterhead for parents here: Letter Head for Gel Blasters in NSW

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School Newsletter

Music and Dance 7-10 Draft Syllabuses Consultation Survey - Have Your Say - Feedback Period Closes 26 September 2022 (209/22)

The Dance and Music Years 7–10 draft syllabuses have been released for stakeholder and community feedback.

View the syllabuses at
Music 7–10
Dance 7–10

Feedback on the syllabuses can be provided via the Have your say survey link

The survey should take 10 minutes to complete for each draft syllabus. There are a number of specific questions as well as the opportunity to make general comments in the survey.

The survey will be open until midnight Monday 26 September 2022.  

All consultation feedback will be considered and there will be an opportunity to provide feedback on the final draft of the syllabus in 2023.


Childcare and Participation Fund Survey - NSW Government's Early Years Commitment (211/22)

The NSW Government’s Early Years Commitment (EYC) is a historic investment to transform early childhood education and care. It is a commitment to change the future for children and families across the state. A flagship component of the EYC is the plan to introduce universal pre-Kindergarten in the year before primary school by the end of the decade.

The NSW Department of Education has begun an open consultation period, seeking input into the Early Years Commitment.

Childcare and Participation Fund Survey

The Childcare and Participation Fund will provide $5 billion over 10 years to overcome barriers families face in accessing early childhood education and care. It will provide incentives to early childhood education and care (ECEC) providers to innovate and offer more places for young families. The Department of Education is asking the ECEC sector to highlight the key issues they are facing. The survey has 5 questions and should only take a few minutes to complete.

System leaders, early learning centres, pre-schools and early childhood education and care educators can complete the ‘Childcare and Participation Fund survey’.

The link to the survey is found here.

The survey closes Wednesday 12 October 2022.


APPLICATIONS OPEN - Federal Government's Youth Steering Committee (210/22)

The Federal Government is establishing a Youth Steering Committee to enable young Australians to help shape future Australian policies and programs.

Applications are now open to young Australians aged between 12 and 25 who wish to apply. The Committee will help to develop a new Youth Engagement Model and create meaningful opportunities for young Australians to work with the Government on the issues that matter to them. The Youth Steering Committee will include up to 15 young people from diverse backgrounds across Australia, with applicants not requiring any previous experience to apply.

Applications close October 5, 2022.

Access more information here.


2023 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations - Preliminary Information (Ref: 199/22)

The following information is provided to schools in preparation of their 2023 school calendars:

  • The 2023 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations are scheduled for Monday 31 July to Monday 14 August with a security period up to and including 8am, Thursday 17 August 2023.
  • The 2023 dates for online ordering including disability provisions are available on the CSSA website here.
  • The 2023 DRAFT CSSA Trial HSC Examinations Timetable will be available on the CSSA website from Week 2, Term 2 2023.

HAPPENING TODAY- Cyberbullying and Online Drama: CCSP Webinar for parents and carers of young people aged 11-18 years (Ref: 188/22)

In partnership with the eSafety Commissioner, the Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT (CCSP) is running a free webinar designed for parents and carers of young people aged 11 to 18 years old. The webinar will include hints on how to start conversations with your child about their online friendships and positive ways to deal with changing relationships.

The webinar will cover:

  • starting conversations with your child about their online friendships and positive ways to deal with changing relationships
  • understanding the rights, laws and community expectations that govern social media use

The webinar is being held on Tuesday 20 September from 7.30pm-8.30pm

Register here.

Access the webinar poster here:  Cyberbullying landscape Webinar