Priority Items

Date Placeholder for Catholic Secondary Schools (CSS) Forum - "On The Horizon" (Ref: 136/22)

Catholic Schools New South Wales will hold the Catholic Secondary Schools Forum at the Sydney Masonic Centre on Thursday 3 November.

Please place this date in your diary.

Further details regarding the agenda and speakers will be shared early next Term (Term 3).

Professional Learning

Catholic Schools New South Wales On-Demand Short Courses- Instructional Strategies (Ref: 137/22)

Catholic Schools New South Wales is pleased to offer two on demand Short Courses during Term 3 for teachers who support students with intellectual disabilities and/or Autism. 

The two Short Courses are:

  1. Video Modelling
  2. Systematic Instruction

These NESA accredited courses will be facilitated by Dr Bree Jimenez, Associate Professor of Special Education, University of Texas, Arlington. They will be available on demand, with the added benefit of individual coaching and support by Bree.

NESA ACCREDITATION: Full completion of each of the Instructional Strategies Short Courses will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Students with Disability addressing standard descriptors 1.1.2, 1.5.2, 4.1.2, 5.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Please see the attached course flyer for further information, including how to apply.

Applications close 18 July.

Catholic Schools New South Wales On-Demand Short Courses- Instructional Strategies Brochure


2022 School of Education Hub Schools Webinar (Ref: 139/22)

Macquarie University is hosting a School of Education Hub Schools Webinar, focusing on “understanding trauma-informed curriculum and pedagogy in times of stress, uncertainty, and change”.

There is a developing body of evidence that shows children and young people in our early childhood centres and schools are experiencing stress, and social and emotional trauma from the reporting of current events in the world such as climate change, natural disasters, the pandemic, and conflict. We also know that children experience different forms of trauma in their own lives which impacts their engagement and enjoyment of learning.

Date: Wednesday 22 June 2022

Time: 5:30pm-7pm AEST

Location: via Zoom (online)

The event will include a panel of experts, discussing the state of education and schooling in the current climate.

This webinar is suitable for early childhood educators, teachers, principals, and system leaders.

Register here.



Managing Suicidality and Selfharm- Training for School Counsellors in Congregational Schools, FREE Workshop (Ref: 132/22)

This free workshop has been designed to increase the capacity of school counsellors to risk assess, manage and support students exhibiting suicidality and self harm. School counsellors will have the opportunity to work on real case studies, reflect on their own experiences, and learn from peers.

The program has been developed by the Black Dog Institute and will precede the roll out of system wide guidelines for managing suicidality and self harm.

The workshop will be held in Sydney on Wednesday July 27 2022 8.30am-4.30pm.  The workshop includes morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea.

Places are limited.

Interested staff please contact Jennifer Coen, Senior Manager, Wellbeing Catholic Schools New South Wales, to register:

For more information about the course, please click here: Youth in Distress- Managing Suicidality and Self-harm Course Information


2021 Education Law Symposium Course Content available as Governance Modules (Ref: 134/22)

Governance modules are now available for Responsible Persons, covering the content from last year’s Catholic Schools New South Wales Education Law Symposium.

The 2021 Education Law Symposium: Catholic School Governance for the Common Good course content has been approved by NESA as addressing the governance requirements of Section 3.9 of NESA Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and Section 5.9 of the NESA Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.

The content is presented in three standalone modules Part 1 (2 hours), Part 2 (1 hour 30 minutes ) and Part 3 (1 hour 30 minutes).

Part 1 Education: Law Symposium: Catholic School Governance for the Common Good

Including Financial Compliance and 83C, Responsible Persons: Selection, Induction, Support and Training, Canon and Civil Law: two sides of the Same Coin.

Part 2 Education: Law Symposium: Catholic School Governance for the Common Good

Dr Nick Coatsworth, COVID 19 in Schools, Emerging Models of Governance of Catholic Education Agencies.

Part 3 Education: Law Symposium: Catholic School Governance for the Common Good

Including Cybersafety Risk and Governance and Safeguarding: Keeping Children and Young People Safe in Our Schools.


Happening Tomorrow- Evidenced-based Support Systems for Stressed or Distressed Teams- Webinar for Principals and School Leaders (Ref: 131/22)

Kristen Douglas, National Director, Head of Headspace Schools is holding a webinar for principals and school leaders. The webinar is focused on evidence-based support systems for stressed or distressed teams.

Date: Wednesday 22 June 4.30pm – 5.30pm

The webinar explores:

  • Social, emotional, and relational leadership
  • Working with teams to re-establish and strengthen culture after adversity
  • The neuroscience of emotional regulation as a leader
  • Post trauma/impact growth and how to get there
  • Embedding reflective practice
  • Setting the team up for success with practical steps for school leaders

This online session will provide school leaders practical strategies to:

  • Implement evidenced-based support systems for stressed or distressed teams and individuals
  • Identify and enhance leadership principles and responses in volatile, uncertain, or complex environments
  • Understand the importance of communication (frequency and engagement)
  • Build trust in re-establishing safety and a sense of belonging within the school community
  • Reduce and offset cumulative harm on school staff and self
  • Prioritise your learning communities’ needs (slowing down to speed up)

Register here.


Registrations Open: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Conference 2022 (Ref: 120/22)

Catholic Schools NSW and Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta are co-hosting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Conference 2022, Transforming with the Spirit. The Conference will take place from 11 to 13 October 2022.

The Conference seeks to bring together education and community practitioners to share unique perspectives on building systems and practices that allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families to thrive.  The Conference aims to explore effective and culturally appropriate strategies and current practices targeted towards ‘Closing the Gap’ in educational outcomes.

The program will feature presentations, on country experiences and discussion panels from local and national keynote speakers.  There will be up to 50 sessions for participants to be immersed in.

Registrations are NOW OPEN, with an early bird special available until 25 July.

Find more information and register here.


K-2 Mathematics Module: Developing a Mental Map of the Syllabus (Ref: 127/22) 

Join Dr Christine Mae in a 75- minute online, on-demand module designed to support understanding of the intent, structure, organisation and language of the new K-2 Mathematics Syllabus, through the module Developing a Mental Map of the Syllabus. This is the first in a series of 14 modules being offered by Catholic Schools NSW in partnership with Dr Christine Mae.

Completing the  K-2 Mathematics module will contribute 1 hour of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/ EYLF addressing standard descriptors 2.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Register here.




Modern Slavery Statements for FY2021 DUE NEXT WEEK 30 June 2022 (Ref: 125/22)

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (‘the Act’) commenced in 2019 and requires entities with a consolidated revenue above $100 million in the 2021 Financial Year to submit an annual modern slavery statement, outlining how they are addressing the risks of modern slavery in their businesses and supply chains.

Entities covered by the Act with a reporting period between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 must submit their modern slavery statements for FY2021 by 30 June 2022. A failure to submit by this date may lead to the Minister for Home Affairs taking action against the entity.

For Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery (ACAN) members certain deadlines are applicable and participants should refer to the ACAN portal:


Resources for Learning

2022 Year 1 Phonics Screening Check – Registrations Open (Ref: 126/22)

The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check, developed by the NSW Department of Education, is an optional online reading assessment available to Catholic Schools NSW with a Year 1 student cohort.

Schools that choose to use the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check will have the flexibility to schedule the assessment to best suit their school and student needs within the assessment window.

Additional information is available at the factsheet here: 2022 Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Factsheet

Registration link:

For more information please contact


School Newsletter

2022 Braille Writing Competition (Ref: 138/22)

The Sydney Braille Forum wishes to extend an invitation to students who are braille users for the 2022 Braille Writing Competition.

The Sydney Braille Forum is a voluntary group, and an integral part of the Australian Braille Authority. Each year they organise a Braille Writing Competition for all NSW school students who use braille to access the curriculum.

After the initial competition application is received, the student will receive a creative writing task that must be written in braille. There will also be a braille proofreading passage to locate braille errors. A special section is available for pre-braille students who have the option to make a picture with Braille dots.

There will be an awards night in November for participating students, their parents, families and school staff. Certificates for all entrants will be presented with exciting prizes for competition winners.

For further information and to obtain a competition entry package please contact: Annette Sutherland

Initial competition applications will need to be received by Monday 25th July, 2022. Students will then be provided with a creative writing task for submission early in September.

Registrations Open - Fruit and Veg Month 2022: Building Fruit and Veg Communities (Ref 133/22)

Fruit & Veg Month 2022 is a free health promotion event for NSW primary schools (including those schools that teach a primary curriculum) only.

This year, the Fruit & Veg Month is focusing on ways to think, act and shop local as well as how to build local food communities. The theme for Fruit & Veg Month 2022 is: Building Fruit & Veg Communities 

Fruit & Veg Month 2022 will be held from Monday 29 August to Friday 23 September. 

Register here and receive FREE resources for your school.