Professional Learning

Registrations close SOON - Applications Rural and Remote HSC Simulated Marking Program (Ref: 59/23)

The Rural and Remote HSC Simulated Marking Program provides a unique professional learning opportunity for rural and remote Stage 6 teachers to engage in a simulated HSC marking experience online. 

Workshop details

Each workshop will be facilitated and delivered online by NESA officials or their delegates.

  2023 HSC simulation marking workshops

Subject Date
Business Studies (Core) Extended Response Tuesday 9 May 2023
Business Studies (Core) Extended Response Wednesday 10 May 2023
English Advanced (Paper 2) Module C Tuesday 9 May 2023
English Advanced (Paper 2) Module C Wednesday 10 May 2023
Mathematics Standard and Advanced – Short Answers Tuesday 9 May 2023
Mathematics Standard and Advanced – Short Answers Wednesday 10 May 2023

Applicants need to seek approval from their principal to apply to ensure that the cost of casual relief will be covered by their employer.

Participants for this professional learning will be selected according to their rurality and location. Teacher eligibility to apply for the program will be determined by the Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA+)External link.

Teachers in schools with a higher ranking to indicate remoteness will be prioritised for this program.

Application can be made by following the link 2023 HSC Simulated Marking application External link.

Applications close Thursday 23 March 2023.


ATTENTION PRIMARY PRINCIPALS AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS: Introduction to Trauma Informed Practice Online Series (Ref: 52/23)

Catholic Schools NSW PL is excited to partner with Matthew Smith and Summit Education in offering a 4-part online series on trauma informed practice. 

Students who have experienced early-life trauma often present in classrooms as disengaged, disruptive, oppositional or withdrawn. Trauma informed practice promotes the development of healthier relationships, more engaged learners and building inclusive environments.

Matt will lead senior primary school leaders through four 1-hour online sessions including:

  • Thursday 23 March 3:45-4:45pm Understanding the Brain Part 1 – Brain architecture – thinking, feeling, surviving
  • Thursday 30 March 3:45-4:45pm Understanding the Brain Part 2 – Neural pathway development and neural pruning – stress hormones and brain chemistry
  • Thursday 4 May 3:45-4:45pm Trauma and Behaviour Part 1 – The functions of behaviour – arousal, alarm response and hypervigilance
  • Thursday 11 May 3:45-4:45pm Trauma and Behaviour Part 2 – Attachment styles and relationship development – The window of tolerance, escalation.

Matt Smith is the Director of Summit Education. He has over 20 years’ experience in education, most recently as the principal of Jarjum College, an independent Catholic School for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children impacted by early life trauma. Matt successfully led the implementation of trauma informed practice to transform the learning and behavioural outcomes for students.

Event Flyer: Introduction to Trauma Informed Practice

Register HERE.


Registrations OPEN: Early Years Symposium (Ref: 31/23)

Event registration is open!
Limited places.

You are invited to the inaugural ‘Early Years Symposium’.

It will be held from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on Friday 28 April 2023 in the Sydney Masonic Centre. 

This FREE event is for ALL those who educate and support early learners in our schools, pre-schools and learning centres.

A one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore pedagogy, build skill acquisition, collaborate with each other to enhance the educational outcomes of our students.

On the day there will be keynote speaker Nathan Wallis along with presenters Sue Larkey, Professor Tricia Eadie and Professor Pamela Snow.

To register use the QR code:

or visit here: Overview | Catholic Schools NSW ( 

For further information, please contact Sean Maloney (Senior Education Officer) here.


Catholic Schools NSW - CSSA, Disability & Behaviour Network Symposium (Ref: 56/23)

Catholic Schools NSW  – CSSA, Disability & Behaviour Network Symposium

Embracing multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) and positive behaviour for enhanced student learning.

Join us with Catholic leaders and teachers from across the State for this exciting professional opportunity to learn about making positive educational change.

This event aims to enhance staff capacity to:

  • implement positive approaches to behaviour management & student engagement
  • drive continuous improvement and alignment of interventions in a range of settings (K-12)
  • better recognise, respond & support vulnerable students and emerging issues
  • promote cross-team collaboration and evidence-based practices
  • significantly improve student learning outcomes across Catholic schools K-12

Symposium Details
: Friday, 5 May 2023
Time:  8.30am – 4.00pm
Where: Hilton Sydney
Who should attend: School Leadership, Diocesan Representatives, Leaders of Student Wellbeing and/or Academic Care & School and/or diocesan Leaders of disability
Cost: Free

Confirmed Speakers

  • Dr Shiralee Poed, Associate Professor, School of Education, University of Queensland
  • Illustrations of Practice including
    • Diocese of Wollongong, Positive Behaviour for Learning in Secondary Schools
    • Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, St Luke’s Catholic College, Marsden Park – Life Design Program
    • Diocese of Wagga, Wagga, Kildare College, 2022 NSW Premier Respect Award and the associated school-based program

*Participants will also have the option of engaging in an intensive Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) moderation workshop

Further workshops to be announced soon!


Registration is now open (Note: attendee numbers are limited). Register now to avoid missing out.  Register HERE  and click BOOK NOW (blue button) on the right.

After registering via the Catholic Schools NSW 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  (hyperlink).

For further information contact either:


Register today: Positive Schools Conferences for All Primary and Secondary Educators (Ref: 60/23)

Positive Schools is getting ready to present the 15th year of Positive Schools conferences around Australia, and they are excited to be back in Sydney!

Catholic school educators across NSW are invited to attend the conference which will be held from 14-16 June 2023 at the Sydney Masonic Centre.

This year’s event theme is Wellbeing In Action, and will offer presentations and workshops to help school communities be trauma sensitive and inclusive.

Find more information and register here: Positive Schools 2023 LR


Resources for Learning

Screening TOMORRROW: Virtual Story Time (Ref: 30/23)

‘What Do You Call Your Grandma?’

By Ashleigh Barton

Live streamed into the classroom at 10am Wednesday 22 March 2023

Registered schools will receive a link for the live stream of the virtual story time via your email address by COB today, 21 March.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Ritchie (Communications and Events Manager) at


Available to purchase now - Michelle McGrath's Yellamundie (Ref: 54/23)

Yellamundie is a beautiful collection of stories by Michelle McGrath that will bring all Australians closer to the truth about the impact that colonisation has had on our First Nations people and how that impact continues today. Truth Telling is an incredibly important part of our nation’s healing. These stories from 30 of Sydney’s Indigenous people are told in their words – it is their truth.

Yellamundie is available to purchase here.

You can also book a school visit, where students will have the opportunity to hear Michelle read excerpts from the book, talk about the book writing process and discuss the history of Aboriginal people in Australia and what
a reconciled Australia looks like.

Find more information in the Yellamundie School Visit Flyer and book your school visit here.

About the Author

Michelle McGrath is a qualified Teacher’s Assistant and has been working in the Indigenous Education Sector since 2018. She is currently employed at Redfern Jarjum College, a special assistance school for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children.

Michelle’s passions lie in Indigenous education; both the education of our Indigenous children and the education of non-Indigenous children in Aboriginal culture and history.


School Updates & Newsletter

STUDENT WELLBEING BOOST: update following Commonwealth Government Announcement (Ref: 61/23)

On 2 February 2023, the Commonwealth Minister for Education, The Hon. Jason Clare MP, announced that the Government will invest $203.7 million to help young people in every school across the country through the Student Wellbeing Boost (media release).

Under the Boost, each school will receive up to $20,000 (depending on its need, size, and location) to support their students’ mental health and wellbeing.

Important points to note:

  1. The Student Wellbeing Boost is a separate initiative to the National Student Wellbeing Program (formerly known as the National School Chaplaincy Program).
  2. Under the Boost, schools will receive up to $20,000 after applying the prescribed funding criteria.

However, before schools can receive funding under the Boost, the Commonwealth Government must sign bilateral agreements with the states and territories.

The NSW Government did not sign their bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth before the NSW caretaker conventions took effect at the beginning of March 2023. Therefore, until a new government is formed following the state election on 25 March 2023, the NSW Department of Education cannot provide CSNSW with further details on the Boost.

As soon as these details are available, CSNSW will update the sector accordingly.

NOW OPEN: Schools Reconciliation Challenge (Ref: 57/23)

The 2023 Schools Reconciliation Challenge has now been launched.

The theme for this year is:

What Stories will You Dream?

Stories are how we understand the world around us. They inform what we know and shape how we act. The Australia we live in today is built upon the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Throughout the long history of what is now known as Australia, the world’s oldest living cultures have told and shared stories of culture and Dreaming; stories of hurt and devastation; stories of strength and resilience; stories of change; and stories still unwritten.

In an Australia where racism still exists and health and educational outcomes are significantly poorer for First Nations peoples, this year’s theme asks teachers and students to consider how we can advance the work of those who came before us in creating a fair and equitable society.

What story will you dream for reconciliation?

How will you contribute to making it a reality?

Schools can register now to take part in the challenge, with entries closing Friday 1 September (Term 3, Week 7). There are many links to lessons and activities online to support teachers and schools in participating in the challenge. By registering for the challenge, schools are also eligible to access free and exclusive Schools Reconciliation Challenge webinars.

Harmony Week Resources and Competitions (Ref: 48/23)

Promotional poster pdf.

Australia is a vibrant and multicultural country – from the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians to the cultures of our newest arrivals from around the world.

Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are. It makes Australia a great place to live.

An integrated multicultural Australia is an integral part of our national identity. All people who migrate to Australia bring with them some of their own cultural and religious traditions, as well as taking on many new traditions. Collectively, these traditions have enriched our nation.

Resources for Harmony Week can be found here:

Competitions close on Friday 14 April 2023.


REGISTER NOW: Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT Anxiety and Resilience Webinar (Ref: 46/23)

The Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT has arranged for Dr Justin Coulson PhD to present a FREE webinar on the important topic of Anxiety and Resilience.

The webinar for parents, carers, and staff in NSW and ACT Catholic schools will be held on Wednesday 29 March at 7.00pm.

You can register using the QR code below or

Find resources to promote this FREE webinar to your school community and network here.

NEXT WEEK: Vegetable Week and The Big Vegie Crunch (Ref: 38/23)

Only 5% of NSW children eat enough vegetables. We’re on a mission to change that stat, by increasing children’s knowledge, exposure, and positive attitudes towards vegetables.

Vegetable Week starts at the end of Term 1 – from Monday 27 to Friday 31 March 2023 – with The Big Vegie Crunch on at 10am on Thursday 30 March. If you can’t crunch at that time, choose an alternative time over Vegetable Week.

Schools that register receive ready-to-go resources to help you:

  • plan and prepare for the event
  • teach your students about vegetables
  • encourage students and their families to eat more vegetables
  • promote your Big Vegie Crunch activities to parents, carers and the wider school community.

Plus, registered schools will receive hardcopy ‘I CRUNCHED’ stickers and can apply for $75 grants to help purchase vegetables for the Big Vegie Crunch. Schools are also eligible to enter this year’s competition and win big prizes.

For more details and to register, visit the Vegetable Week & The Big Vegie Crunch webpage.