Priority Items

LIMITED SPOTS LEFT: Catholic Schools NSW Education Law Symposium (Ref: 140/22)

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.

Confirmed Speakers

The following sessions have been confirmed by Catholic Schools New South Wales:

  1. Keynote Speaker, Paul Martin, CEO of the New South Wales Education Standards Authority

  1. Panel Session: Safeguarding, Keeping Children and Young People in our Schools Safe.

This is a face-to-face event and capacity is limited, with less than 100 places left. Register now to avoid missing out. 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. 

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 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 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 6 pm

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.

CSPA Parent Survey on Student Wellbeing and Learning - Reminder to Participate (Ref: 154/22)

There are two weeks left for parents and carers to have their say as to what matters to them regarding the wellbeing and learning of their child(ren).

The CSPA 2022 Parent Survey closes on 31 August. The survey feedback will assist CSPA in reporting to the Federal Government and Catholic education.

Please share the survey link to parents and carers with a child in a Catholic school. Access the survey link here.

The feedback will remain anonymous.

Access the Parent Survey flyer here: CSPA 2022 Parent Survey flyer

LAST FEW DAYS TO APPLY: 2023 NSW Premier's Teacher Scholarships (Ref: 141/22) 

Applications for the 2023 NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships close THIS FRIDAY, 26 August 2022.

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.

Professional Learning

Catholic Schools NSW - Professional Learning Upcoming Events (Ref: 189/22)

There are a number of upcoming professional learning opportunities available through Catholic Schools NSW, including the Catholic Schools New South Wales Education Law Symposium, Catholic Schools New South Wales Virtual Symposium – supporting learning K-12, Catholic Schools New South Wales Mental Health Symposium (limited places), Catholic Schools New South Wales Catholic Secondary Schools Forum: On the Horizon.

Please find event and registration details here.

Registration places are limited, so register now to avoid missing out on any of these professional learning opportunities.



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 03 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 03 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


Registering is available from Tuesday 23 August 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  and 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


National Copyright Unit's Q&A Fortnightly Sessions (Ref: 185/22)

The National Copyright Unit (NCU) is hosting one-hour copyright Q&A sessions for curriculum and education resource developers. These sessions are run fortnightly on Thursdays at lunchtime (12pm AEST/AEDT). Curriculum developers, and other staff in the departments of education or non-government school bodies involved in creating and providing educational resources to students, teachers, schools and parents, are welcome to attend these sessions. This is an opportunity to ask questions about any copyright issues, including curly ones you may be grappling with in your day-to-day work.

Please feel welcome to dial in if you have any copyright questions for our team.

Details are below on how to register for our copyright Q&A sessions (Please note: registration is require for each Q&A session):

Dates: Fortnightly from Thursday 1 September 12-1pm AEST

Where: Zoom. Please register by clicking on the link here.

Please note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom containing information about joining the meeting.

Who is welcome: Departmental/ non-government school bodies’ staff involved in creating education resources and providing them to teachers, schools and parents.

If you have any particular questions or topics you would like discussed in the Q&A session, you are welcome to send these to before each lunchtime session.

Feel free to also pass this email onto to anyone you think may find these Q&A sessions helpful.

Please note these Q&A sessions are not for teachers and schools

The NCU run separate copyright webinars for school and TAFE teachers and staff. Information can be found on our website here, including information on how to register for the webinars.

Teachers and schools can also contact the NCU for copyright advice by phone on (02) 7814 3855 and via email at  Practical copyright information and guides are available at


Meet the Marker HSC Analysis 2022 Series (Ref: 187/22)

Catholic Schools New South Wales is in partnership with the Science Teachers Association NSW for the “ Meet the Marker HSC Analysis 2022 Series”.

One of the most helpful and sought after types of professional learning for senior secondary teachers is participation in marking Higher School Certificate Examinations in their subject area. Unfortunately, that opportunity is not accessible to all teachers so the Science Teachers Association of NSW has designed a professional learning activity for those who cannot be involved in marking.

The “ Meet the Marker HSC Analysis 2022 Series” includes the Stage 6 Science course workshops for Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science, Physics, Investigating and Extension Science. Each video is 2 hours in length and consists of HSC markers unpacking the results of the previous year’s HSC science exam questions and can be recorded as NESA Elective PD.

This has been a highly popular form of professional learning and places are limited.

Meet the Markers is also highly recommended for both early career teachers taking senior classes for the first time and experienced practitioners.

Links to each video can be found below.

Meet the markers HSC exam analysis: SCIENCE EXTENSION

Meet the markers HSC exam analysis 2022: PHYSICS

Meet the markers HSC exam analysis 2022: INVESTIGATING SCIENCE

Meet the markers HSC exam analysis 2022: EARTH & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Meet the markers HSC exam analysis 2022: CHEMISTRY

Meet the markers HSC exam analysis 2022: BIOLOGY



Catholic Schools New South Wales Online PL Module: 'Introduction to Inclusive Education' (Ref: 188/22)

Catholic Schools New South Wales Online PL module

Introduction to Inclusive Education

Catholic Schools New South Wales is providing an exciting 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 first of nine online on-demand professional learning PL modules.

The nine professional learning presentations will be released every two weeks. The first of which is ‘Introduction to Inclusive Education’.

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

  1. Introduction to Inclusive Education
  2. The Importance of Developing Early Reading Skills for Students with Disabilities
  3. Adapting Early Reading Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  4. Adapting Writing Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  5. Adapting Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  6. Rethinking the Role of Teaching Assistants in Inclusive Classrooms
  7. Universal Design for Learning
  8. Starting School- Supporting a Successful Transition to School
  9. Understanding Behaviour as Communication

Each PL module is one hour.

Apart from the first PL module, each fortnight two more of Illume Learning’s PL modules will be released.

The presentation is available HERE.

Completing this session of ‘Introduction to Inclusive Education 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)  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


Save the date 10/10/22 - Catholic Schools New South Wales Virtual Symposium - Supporting Learning K-12 (Ref: 155/22)

Catholic Schools New South Wales is providing an exciting professional learning opportunity for all school staff from K – 12 in a virtual format on Monday 10 October, 2022 from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm.

As well as the keynote speakers previously mentioned, teachers and learning support officers will select up to three workshops to attend virtually, across a range of areas, broadly focusing on primary, secondary and well-being. Available workshops will be both synchronous and asynchronous, delivered by a range of educators from both school and university sectors.

One of the guest presenters will be Sue Larkey

Teacher, Masters Special Education, Author, Speaker

Sue Larkey is a highly qualified educator who has taught students with autism spectrum disorder in the mainstream and special schools. She combines practical experience with extensive research having completed a Masters in Special Education and partially completed a Doctorate in Education. Sue has authored many books on autism spectrum disorders. She believes that armed with the tools of understanding and confidence, much can be achieved.

Some of Sue Larkey’s achievements include:

  • Winner of Naturally Autistic 2013 International Award for Community Contribution
  • Podcast ‘Sue Larkey’ over 500,000 downloads
  • Over 130,000 subscribers to her weekly E-Newsletter in over 30 countries
  • Authored over 18 Books for Educators, Teacher Assistants, Parents/Carers
  • 120,000 Facebook in her Community to Embrace Difference to make a Difference
  • Given hundreds of speeches including International and National Conferences
  • A source of inspiration for parents/carers, support workers, teachers, teacher assistants, educators and more

There is no cost to participants joining the day.

A more comprehensive program will be available in later editions of Scholaris.

The symposium is pending NESA Accreditation and for this purpose, we require individual teacher registration.



LivingWorks - safeTALK workshops Newcastle/Hunter area (Ref: 176/22)

In response to concerns around suicidality in students, NSW Health is offering free training on suicide prevention, safeTALK, to staff teaching years 10 – 12.

A demonstration workshop for staff will be held in Newcastle/Hunter region. (Flyer attached.)

For more information on safeTALK  use this link:


Heart of Life expands its Siloam Program to Sydney (Ref: 177/22)

Heart of Life is excited to announce an expansion of its Siloam Program, for the formation of spiritual directors, to Sydney for 2023.

The Siloam learning process entails a discerning, contemplative approach to personal and spiritual growth.  It is open to women and men of varying faith and cultural traditions, who are drawn to listen deeply to their own hearts and the hearts of others and seek to discern whether they may be called to the ministry of spiritual direction.  The program offers participants a combination of seminars and supervised practice, enabling them to become competent and experienced spiritual directors.

The Sydney program is available part-time for over two years in a blended mode – in-person and via Zoom.  Sessions are held on Mondays, 8.45 am-4.30 pm AEST.  Heart of Life’s connection with the University of Divinity and Yarra Theological Union enables students who meet the relevant criteria, to undertake Siloam as a Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction awarded by the University of Divinity.  Fee-Help is available for Tuition fees to qualifying Australian citizens.

To view the Siloam webpage and brochure, as well as recent graduate feedback, please click here.  Kindly note that applications close on 15 October 2022 however as places are limited, we encourage candidates to contact us as early as possible.  For more information, call (03) 9890 1101.



Foot and Mouth Disease - Animals in schools (Ref:183/22)

Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious animal disease that affects all cloven-hoofed animals including cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, deer, pigs and camels.  FMD can survive in frozen, chilled and freeze-dried foods including meat and dairy products.

It is not present in Australia. An outbreak would cause sickness in animals, and greatly impact Australian meat (beef, lamb and pork) and dairy farmers. There is no threat to human health from this disease.

Catholic Schools NSW is working with the other school sectors and the NSW Department of Primary Industry (DPI) to raise awareness and assist DPI if there is an incursion of FMD into NSW.

All schools that have animals should ensure they:

The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is Australia’s system for the identification and traceability of cattle, sheep and goats. Similarly, PigPass is the national tracking system which provides real time information on the movements of all pigs in Australia. These systems enable authorities to quickly determine the source of a disease outbreak and notify people in the affected area to stop the spread of disease

Actions for schools include:

  • ensure all sheep, cattle, goats are NLIS tagged
  • ensure all transfers of these animals are up to date on the NLIS database
  • ensure all pigs are registered with PigPass and their movements reported
  • be vigilant and know what the signs of disease are.

Catholic Schools NSW will contain Diocesan Offices and RI/MPJP schools if additional information is required by the DPI.

Further information on FMD is available using the following links:


Employment Opportunities

Catholic Schools NSW - Call for Expressions Of Interest - Senior Policy Officer, Wellbeing and Social Cohesion (Ref: 179/22)

Catholic Schools NSW (Catholic Schools New South Wales) is seeking a Senior Policy Officer, Wellbeing and Social Cohesion. The primary purpose of this role is to provide leadership and expert policy and program advice to support Catholic Schools New South Wales and Catholic school agencies (diocesan and congregational) to promote social cohesion and support vulnerable students in school communities.

NSW Catholic schools place the highest priority on the care, safety, well-being and protection of children and young people. The primary purpose of this role is to provide leadership and expert policy and program advice to support Catholic Schools New South Wales and Catholic school agencies (diocesan and congregational) to promote social cohesion and support vulnerable students in school communities.

The Senior Policy Officer, Wellbeing and Social Cohesion) reports to the Head, Education Policy and Regulation, and is responsible for managing the student safety and school community cohesion initiatives, under the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programme. The Senior Policy Officer, Wellbeing and Social Cohesion will also work in close collaboration with Catholic Schools New South Wales colleagues in the Education Policy Directorate and the Legal and Risk Directorate as well as the Head of Mission, Identity and Civics

The Senior Policy Officer, Wellbeing and Social Cohesion will have a well-developed understanding of the Catholic tradition and teachings in areas pertaining to the role and will be able to support stakeholders in their understanding of such and the implications for policy and program delivery.

The role will be influential in supporting Catholic school agencies in their development of best practice policy and programs to ensure schools maximise wellbeing, student inclusion, social cohesion, safety, and mitigate risk, as it relates to student behaviour. The Senior Policy Officer, Wellbeing and Social Cohesion will lead the development, implementation and evaluation of the CVE project initiatives. To this end, the Senior Policy Officer, Wellbeing and Social Cohesion will play a pivotal role in coordinating collaboration and sharing between external stakeholders and across NSW Catholic schools. Apply here.


University Of Notre Dame - Call for Expressions Of Interest - Tertiary Supervisor (Ref: 178/22)

The University of Notre Dame is seeking Expressions of Interest from experienced teachers who have a passion for teaching and are interested in becoming tertiary supervisors. The role will require supervisors to contact beginning teachers prior to their professional experience placements in schools, observe them teaching lessons and meet with them in the schools on three occasions across their term-long placements. Mentoring and supporting beginning teachers, assessing their progress in relation to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and liaising with supervising teachers and other school staff are key activities.

For more details and to complete the Expression of Interest please see the document attached.


School Newsletter

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Conference, 'Transforming with the Spirit' (Ref: 184/22)

We are excited to announce that the following speakers have been confirmed for the upcoming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Education NSW State Conference 11 – 13 October.

Will you be there for this unique opportunity to hear from and engage with these outstanding leaders in our community?

Miriam Rose Ungunmerr Baumann – Renowned Aboriginal Artist and Educator

Aunty Miriam Rose was the 2021 Senior Australian of the year, who has dedicated her life to creating bright and fulfilling futures for Aboriginal children and youth.  As the first fully qualified Aboriginal teacher in the Northern Territory, she later gained her Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education Degree, with high distinction. An honorary doctorate was later awarded from the Northern Territory University in recognition of her outstanding service and contribution in the fields of arts and education. We are honoured to be welcoming Aunty Miriam Rose to the conference.

Hon Linda Burney MP – Minister for Indigenous Australians

As a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation, Linda was the first Aboriginal person to be elected to the NSW Parliament and the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the House of Representatives.  Prior to her career in politics though, Linda began her career as a teacher in western Sydney, before being appointed Director General of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in 2000.  Charles Sturt University awarded her- its first Aboriginal graduate- an Honorary Doctorate in Education in 2002. Now as Minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda is at the forefront of the discussion for a referendum and we are excited to have this opportunity to listen, connect and engage with a fellow educator and now politician that is making her voice heard in Parliament.

Isaiah Dawe – Creator & CEO ID. Know Yourself

First-hand experience as a ‘foster kid’ was the genesis for Isaiah to create ID. Know Yourself, an Aboriginal led Not for Profit mentoring organisation focused on improving the outcomes for their kids in Culture, Education, Life Skills and Employment doing by delivering group sessions, 1:1 mentoring and support coordination to Aboriginal children and young people in contact with the Out of Home Care and Juvenile Justice system. Isaiah believes that “it doesn’t matter what you know, what matters is what you do.”

The Conference brings 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’s theme ‘Transforming with the Spirit’, is directed towards more impactful action in ‘Closing the Gap’ and making a real difference in the lives of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Learn more and Register for the event HERE.

A Virtual Week in Canberra - the countdown is on (Ref: 180/22)

The New South Wales Department of Education, facilitated through the Distance And Rural Technologies team (DART), is again hosting the event A Virtual Week in Canberra.

DART Learning provides and coordinates interactive video excursions for NSW public schools, TAFEs and non-government schools. DART Learning interactive video excursions bring students and teachers, face to face with experts across the globe.

The event commences Monday the 12th of September and finishes Friday the 16th of September.

You can find a full event program here.

2023 Best Start Kindergarten Assessment - Registrations Open until 2 September 2022 (Ref 181/22)

The Best Start Kindergarten Assessment is an optional online diagnostic assessment available to Catholic Schools NSW with a Kindergarten student cohort. Schools complete the assessment in the first 5 weeks of Term 1

More information, including changes to the 2023 assessment is available in the Best Start Kindergarten – Information for schools fact sheet.


If your school wishes to participate in the Best Start Kindergarten Assessment, please register by Friday 2 September 2022 using the following link.

Please note that those schools directed by their Diocesan office to participate in 2023 BSKA DO NOT need to register.

Nomination link:

Ordering new Best Start Kindergarten resources

The Best Start Kindergarten Assessment folder contains the assessment questions and resources required to administer the assessment. As the assessment has changed for 2023, schools will need to order a new folder for each Kindergarten teacher. The cost of each new kit is $75.00. Schools can order their folders as part of the opt-in process.

2022 NAPLAN Results available in Scout (Ref: 182/22)

2022 NAPLAN results will be available in Scout from Friday 26 August 2022.

Schools should note that there will be no student or school growth available for NAPLAN 2022 as the 2020 NAPLAN event was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Both systemic and RI/MPJP schools access Scout directly via Catholic Schools New South Wales NETid. Schools should contact for assistance with access to Scout through NETid or to report any issues identified in Scout.

NEW USERS note: it takes 24 hours (from the time SCOUT access has been granted via NETid) before access takes effect.

Hardcopy 2022 NAPLAN Individual Student Individual Reports for distribution to parents/caregivers will be dispatched to schools from 29 August 2022.

ACARA has released the ISR FAQs for parents/carers in both English and in other languages. ISR FAQs are available here:

The individual student report boxes will include a flyer reminding schools that the NAPLAN test window is moving to Term 1  from 2023.

2023 NAPLAN will be held from Wednesday 15 March to Monday 27 March.

NESA will provide further information to schools in Term 4 to support planning and preparations to accommodate the earlier 2023 test window.