Priority Items

NESA Briefing Sessions Next Stage of Curriculum Reform (Ref: 023/22)

Attention: Principals, Leaders of Learning

Information  Sessions

NESA officers will be sharing information about the upcoming opportunity to have your say and the development of the:

  • English and Mathematics 3-6 draft syllabuses Monday 28 February 4-5pm
  • English and Mathematics 7-10 draft syllabuses Monday 28 February 11-12.30pm

(The English Subject Expert will  speak in the  first half of the session and the Mathematics Subject Expert will speak in the second half of the session)

  • Languages K-10 draft syllabuses (including Classical, Modern and Auslan) Thursday 3 March 1-2.15pm

Specifically, the information session will:

  • provide a clear rationale, including evidence base and link to reform objectives, for the basis of the draft outcomes and content
  • provide clarity regarding what to expect in the syllabuses when they are released for consultation.

In the live version of these sessions participants can lodge questions via the chat which NESA will either answer directly if able or provide a written response post the briefing.

A recording of  each session will  placed on the Catholic Schools New South Wales Curriculum Reform Hub for those who  cannot attend the live version of the briefings.

To participate in one of the live briefing session  please register using the links  below:

Further information can be obtained by emailing  Joanne Hack

Catholic Schools New South Wales HSC (DeCourcy) Analysis training and support (Ref: 022/22)

The 2021 HSC Analysis was made available on Tuesday 8th February.

User Support

All support for users with access or technology issues should in the first instance be directed to the support desk via email:

Professional Development and Training

After careful consideration, the preferred mode of delivery for the HSC Analysis training will continue to be face-to-face. A version of the Introduction to the Analysis and Detailed Reading of the Analysis is being trialled via Zoom.

Course Details

Diocesan Officers Overview:  Wednesday 2 March – face to face at SMC Conference & Function Centre* (SMC)

Introduction to the Analysis #1 : Friday 4 March – via Zoom only

Detailed read of the Analysis  #1: Tuesday 8 March – via Zoom only

Leading your School in the Analysis: Monday 21 March  face-to-face at SMC

Introduction to the Analysis #2: Wednesday 23 March  face-to-face at SMC

Detailed read of the Analysis #2: Friday 25 March face-to-face at SMC

The link to register for this training can be accessed HERE

The online training module can be accessed HERE 

For more information contact Gary Molloy, Manager Research, Data & Analysis

*SMC Conference & Function Centre
66 Goulburn St, Sydney NSW 2000

2022 NAPLAN Update (Ref: 016/22)

NAPLAN 2022 Test Window

The test window for NAPLAN 2022 is 10-20 May 2022.

Welcome packs will be sent to schools from February 17 2022. An email from will be sent to all principals on March 1 with access credentials to the assessment platform.

NAPLAN 2022 readiness

Preparation activities for NSW schools include participation in:

  • training for NAPLAN co-ordinators and test administrators
  • a practice test between 21 March and 8 April 2022 (including a Coordinated practice test.)


Training to support schools with the delivery of 2022 NAPLAN online includes facilitator led training sessions, webinars and eLearning.  Further details may be found at: 2022 NAPLAN training

Catholic Schools New South Wales also host 2022 NAPLAN eLearning. Click here for access instructions.

Further information contact

Professional Learning

Let’s talk about Principal care… the high 5 strategies for wellbeing (Ref: 024/22)

Join Carrie Benedet and other school leaders to share and discuss strategies that you can develop to recognise and celebrate you and the work you do each day. You already set the strategy, lead the team, recognise others success, support  your team, colleagues, friends and family.

Imagine if you gave that same love and encouragement to yourself. Or even better, you made it a daily habit.

Let’s ‘High Five’ new skills and mindsets to amp up your personal leadership behaviour! Essentially your Wellbeing is core to being the leader you want to be!

When: Wednesday 30 March 9:30 – 10:30 repeated 3:30 – 4:30

To register for the 1 hour workshop click here for the morning session, 9:30 – 10:30am, click here for the afternoon session, 3:30 – 4:30.

You will need to update your details on the Catholic Schools New South Wales Professional Learning site by clicking here.

For any technical support please contact All other enquiries can be directed to Mary Ryan 0409 606 437.


CrookED Science NESA Accredited PD Workshops (For teachers) (Ref: 025/22)

Back by popular demand, this term CrookED Science are running their flagship Preparing for the 2022 HSC NESA Accredited teacher PD workshops for each of the HSC sciences.

Each of these workshops has achieved the new NESA Accreditation for 5 hours (Proficient).

In these workshops, teachers will:

  • leverage 2021 RAP Analyses to benefit teaching and learning
  • scrutinise the 2021 exams for emerging themes and commonplace mistakes by students
  • translate the language and stimuli within questions into concepts
  • pilot mark brand new bespoke questions and sample answers
  • unpack and attempt a brand new 9-mark question (15-mark for SciX)
  • identify strategies for cross-module questions
  • collaboratively develop an exam-style question with marking criteria and exemplar answer

All teachers will walk away with a variety of resources to assist their students in their forthcoming exams.

EARLY BIRD rates of 15% OFF are available on all workshops if purchased by the end of Week 4 (25 Feb).

Details and registration can be found at or on the attached flyer.

Sample New Accreditation
Completing Preparing for the 2022 HSC Physics Exam will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 1.1.2, 2.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW

CrookED Science – TEACHER FLYER – ALL Student and Teacher workshops Term 1 2022


Asthma First Aid for Schools - 2022 (Ref: 027/22)

In a regular classroom, you would expect to find that three students will have diagnosed asthma.

This course will provide school staff up-to-date information on asthma and its management within the school setting.

Most importantly, school staff will be trained in the national protocol for the first aid treatment of an asthma attack.


AERO/OCHRE Education Webinar (Ref: 029/22)

The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) has partnered with Ochre Education to provide Australian teachers free access to quality curriculum resources to support teachers. The resources are based on the Australian curriculum. A number of resources are available for English and Mathematics and more will be added during the term.

OCHRE are hosting a free webinar on Thursday 24 February at 8pm. The webinar will provide an overview of the resources and the principles underpinning the approach to learning.  Further information about the webinar can be found here.



Work Experience/ Work Placement Insurance 2022/23 (Ref: 021/22)

Catholic Schools NSW (Catholic Schools New South Wales), working with broker Marsh Pty Ltd, has secured employer liability cover for students in work experience and work placement programs in 2022. Ansvar Insurance Limited is the 2022/23 insurer and offers cover at the same level as the previous year.

Further information is available in the memo below:

Memo 021-22 Work Placement Work Experience Ansvar Insurance 2022 v1


National Copyright Unit's free 2022 webinar series (Ref: 018/22)

The National Copyright Unit (NCU) is offering a series of free and practical webinars to help teachers navigate copyright while teaching.

These free webinars are open to all Australian schools and TAFEs (excluding Victorian TAFEs) and are targeted to teachers and teacher-librarians/librarians. The webinar covers topics such as:

  • basic introduction to copyright
  • what schools and TAFEs are allowed to do under the various education licences
  • free education use exceptions – flexible dealing, exam copying, performing and communicating works in the classroom and disability access exceptions
  • guidelines for schools and TAFEs about teaching students online
  • using Netflix, YouTube and audiobooks in class, including virtual classes
  • finding and using ‘Creative Commons’ licensed material and ‘Open Education Resources’
  • livestreaming of music performances/concerts.

Webinar dates and registration links can be found at the following site: 


National Copyright 2022 School Promo Flyer


School Newsletter

eSafety parent guide to digital technologies and mental health (Ref: 017/22)

The Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT in collaboration with the eSafety Commissioner is presenting a free webinar.

eSafety parent guide to digital technologies and mental health

This free webinar is designed for parents and carers of young people aged 10–18.

It will cover:

  • what do to about accidental exposure to content about suicide, self-harm or eating disorders
  • using games, apps and social media to support mental wellbeing
  • the pros and cons of digital mental health platforms
  • strategies for young people to support friends online.

Tuesday 8 March 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Register here 

Resources to promote the webinar within your school community are provided below:

CrookED Science HSC Student Revision Workshops (for HSC students) (Ref: 026/22)

CrookED Science are running twilight revision workshops in every science subject for Module 6 (Module 2 for Science Extension).

These workshops have been designed by experienced HSC markers to best prepare students for the 2022 HSC exams.

Students will be:

  • unpacking all of the content
  • addressing common mistakes and misconceptions
  • developing strategies for extended response questions
  • unpacking new practice questions
  • learning what the markers are looking for

All students will walk away with a variety of resources.

EARLY BIRD rates of 15% OFF are available on all workshops if purchased by the end of Week 4 (25 Feb). Accompanying teachers are FREE!

Details and registration can be found at or on the flyer below.

CrookED Science – STUDENT FLYER – ALL Science Student Revision Workshops – Term 1 2022

Young Indigenous Women's STEM Academy (Ref: 028/22)

The Young Indigenous Women’s STEM Academy (the Academy) will increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander females undertaking studies and careers in STEM. The Academy does this through targeted, long-term support to help overcome the barriers that discourage Indigenous women from pursuing STEM careers.

Learn more here




Free KINDNESS resources for primary schools 2022 (Ref: 030/22)

Fly High Billie have produced free kindness workbooks and units of work for primary schools titled b kinder.


About the resources:

The b kinder workbooks are unique, positive, interactive and tangible learning tools that address what it means to be kind.


The b kinder workbooks perfectly align with the PDHPE Australian curriculum K-6 embedding the Social, Emotional and Learning Units which incorporates the core values with a particular emphasis on kindness. Free units of work are available for each of the b kinder workbooks.


Dr Cathie Harrison, EdD, MEd, B.Ed(EC), Education Consultant, helped to curate the resources and says the following:

The b kinder initiative shares something of Billie’s way of being in the world and her hope that the world would become a kinder and more compassionate place. Through Billie’s words we are all invited to share Billie’s hope, to reach out to others and to act with kindness. 

Australian Inclusive Schooling Conference 2022 (Ref: 031/22)

The Illume Learning Australian Inclusive Schooling Conference (12 & 13 May 2022) is an unmissable opportunity for those with an interest in and passion for inclusive education. The virtual conference will showcase current research, innovative approaches and strategies to include and engage students with disabilities. The event will bring together Australian and international leaders in the field of inclusive education to share informative and engaging presentations on the philosophy, research and practice of inclusive education. For further information and to register for the event click here.

Illume Learning are offering a free pre-conference webinar series (5 x 30min sessions) which can also be found on the conference website. Details can be found here.

Podcast: Drugs, alcohol & vaping (Ref: 032/22)

The use of drugs & alcohol amongst young people has been a hot topic of conversation for some time. Introduce the relatively new phenomenon of vaping on school grounds & things become even more complicated.

With increasing numbers of young people believing vaping to be harmless, it is an area of increasing concern for schools. In this podcast Jennifer Coen (Senior Manager- Wellbeing Catholic Schools New South Wales) talks to Paul Dillon about drugs, alcohol & vaping. (24 min)

Podcast Interview with Paul Dillon

Celebrating 200 Years of Catholic Education in Australia (Ref: 033/22)

This beautiful resource is now available for purchase from the National Catholic Education Commission. From Humble Beginnings: Commemorating 200 years of Catholic education in Australia features a history of the oldest existing Catholic school in each Australian diocese. The commemorative book is full colour and includes historical and contemporary images of the schools. It is available in paperback and hardcover versions and would make a great addition to school libraries or as a bicentenary momento. Order via this link:

Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship (Ref: 034/22)

Applications for the 2022 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship are now open!

The scholarship gives NSW high school history students the opportunity to travel on a study tour to develop their knowledge and understanding of the history of Australians at war. Accompanied by a military historian, the tour includes visits to significant historical sites to learn about and commemorate the service of Australian men and women.

The tour supports the NSW curriculum and students who are studying Modern History will gain the most benefit from attending the tour.

If you’re a Year 10 or Year 11 student studying history, this scholarship is a unique opportunity for hands-on learning of the history of Australians at war.

For further info and to apply, visit

New funding to advance women in STEM (Ref: 020/22)

The Commonwealth Government has announced a funding commitment of $6.7 million towards the advancement of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The funding will ensure the extension of the Superstars of STEM program, as well as the Women in STEM Ambassador, including the national awareness raising initiative – Future You.

Media Release – Women in STEM

Applications open for the NSW Youth Advisory Council 2022 (Ref: 007/22)

Recruitment for the NSW Youth Advisory Council (YAC) 2022 is currently open.

Membership of the YAC is open to children and young people between 12-24 years of age residing in NSW. Applications are particularly sought from diverse locations, backgrounds and life experiences.

The 12 member YAC provides a direct avenue of communication between young people and the NSW Government. The YAC meets regularly throughout the year to discuss a range of topics and provide feedback on policies, procedures and resources affecting children and young people.

Members also provide feedback to community groups, government agencies and Departments and Ministers on issues concerning children and young people.

Applications close 13 March, 2022.

For further information about the YAC and for young people to apply, please use or share the link below:

If you have any questions feel free to call the office on (02) 9248 0970 or email