Priority Items

LAST TICKETS REMAINING: Catholic Schools NSW Education Law Symposium (Ref: 35/23)

Catholic Schools NSW invites principals, heads of governance and compliance, finance officers and others designated as ‘responsible persons’ in Catholic education to attend the 2023 Catholic Schools NSW Education Law Symposium.

The theme of this year’s Symposium is Striving for Excellence: Catholic School Governance and Accountability.

The Symposium will be held on Thursday 6 July.

This professional development forum will cover topics related to the unique governance challenges Catholic schools face. The day will feature presentations by guest speakers and panels, including high profile industry experts and experienced administrators, providing insight and guidance for the future of our sector.

Speaking at this conference will be Mr Paul Martin, Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).  Paul was appointed CEO in 2019 and has spearheaded NESA’s teacher reforms, including the Teacher Accreditation Amendment Bill. Mr Paul will speak at the Symposium and will take questions from the floor in a Q&A session.

Join us for an enjoyable day of learning, questioning and connecting.

To avoid missing out, click here to secure your place today.

Professional Learning

Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) (Ref: 86/23)

The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) has online professional learning and teacher resources available on the following topics:

AERO is also running tailored online professional development for teachers and leaders on growing explicit instruction and formative assessment in schools.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn and reflect on the implementation of these evidenced based practices and participate in research to improve our explicit instruction and formative assessment rubrics.


Sydney Educational Measurement and Assessment Symposium 2023 (Ref: 76/23)

The Centre for Educational Measurement and Assessment (CEMA) is hosting a one day symposium on Thursday 1 June in the Abercrombie Building at the University of Sydney. Face to face and online attendance options  are available.

This research event is designed to gather several different communities to share ideas and interact across boundaries – measurement and assessment – but also settings such as schools, universities, government departments and agencies, commercial entities, and NGOs.

Topics for the day include school improvement, teaching quality, large-scale assessments, validity, measuring 21st century skills, feedback, formative assessment, automated assessment and AI, authentic assessment, collaborative/group assessment, learning analytics and assessment, equity in assessment, policy, leadership, teacher data literacy…

Highlights of the program include:

  • a keynote from Professor Dragan Gašević from Monash University on Assessment and learning analytics;
  • an expert panel discussion on Using large-scale assessment data with Jennifer English from the NSW Dept of Education, Professor Andrew Martin from UNSW, and Michael Saxon from Liverpool Boys High School; and
  • a range of presentations and roundtable discussion sessions contributed by colleagues.

For more information, and to register, click here. 


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 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


LIVINGWORKS SafeYARN Workshop (Ref: 82/23)

Join Living Works in the I-Assist program on 8 June to learn the skills necessary for recognising and assisting persons prone to suicide. Participants will learn how to engage effectively with at risk individuals and connect them with the help they need.

Date: Thursday 8 June

Time: 12:30pm – 3:00pm

Venue: Polding Centre, 133 Liverpool Street, Sydney, Level 5

No charge for this course as it is funded by the Australian Government.

Click here to find out more information and register.


Employment Opportunities

APPLY NOW: Communication and Events Manager (Ref: 91/23)

We are hiring!

Catholic Schools NSW is recruiting for a full-time Communication and Events Manager.

Supporting the Director, Public Affairs & Engagement, the Communication and Events Manager will provide communication support to build and maintain CSNSW key stakeholder relationships with media, schools, school owners, government, parliament, and other stakeholders, through the utilisation of traditional media, social media, online activities, events and stakeholder outreach.

Applications for the position should include a cover letter – which must address the essential requirements of the position – and your Curriculum Vitae. Applications are to be addressed to the Human Resources Manager.

Apply here. Applications close  Friday, 2 June 2023 (unless closed earlier).


APPLY NOW: Catholic Schools NSW Full Stack Developer (Ref: 92/23)

We are hiring!

Catholic Schools NSW is recruiting for the position of Full Stack Developer.

The Full Stack Developer works as part of the Application Development team, reporting to the Head of Data & Information Systems. The Full Stack Developer will be an integral contributor to the design, planning and implementation of the CSNSW Cloud Platform and other ongoing software development projects as required.

The Full Stack Developer understands cloud platforms & architecture, database design and migration, systems integration, software development and security principles. This involves liaising with colleagues to assess and define what solution or system is needed, which means there may be periods of defined interaction as well as specific technical work.

The Full Stack Developer will have superior interpersonal and communication skills and be able to work collaboratively as a member of the CSNSW team and generally contribute to the work of CSNSW.

Applications for the position should include a cover letter – which must address the essential requirements of the position – and your Curriculum Vitae. Applications are to be addressed to the Human Resources Manager.

Apply here. Applications close Friday, 2 June 2023 (unless closed earlier).


APPLY NOW: Catholic Schools NSW Receptionist (Ref: 93/23)

We are hiring!

Catholic Schools NSW is recruiting for the position of receptionist. The receptionist will provide general administrative support to various CSNSW departments.

Applications for the position should include a cover letter – which must address the essential requirements of the position – and your Curriculum Vitae. Applications are to be addressed to the Human Resources Manager.

Apply here. Applications close Friday, 2 June 2023 (unless closed earlier).


School Updates & Newsletter

Have your say on the next National School Reform Agreement (Ref: 90/23)

Teachers, parents and students are being encouraged to take part in a national survey to help shape the future of school education. The survey is being released today as part of the Expert Panel Review into the next National School Reform Agreement.

Survey participants can have their say on a range of issues, including:
• improving education outcomes;
• supporting student health and wellbeing; and
• supporting and retaining teachers.

The survey is available to complete here and will be open until Friday, 23 June 2023.

Help Raise the Roof for Survivors of Modern Slavery (Ref: 85/23)

The Sisters of Charity Foundation has partnered with The Salvation Army to provide transitional housing assistance and support to survivors, helping them build a new life and become independent.

This unique model provides survivors with accommodation tailored to individual needs and is designed to overcome the barrier of entering the rental market experienced by people with no previous rental or employment history.

Each survivor who enters the program will be supported through their transition to suitable accommodation. The Sisters of Charity Foundation heavily subsidises each rental payment for up to 12 months and provides a lump sum to set up the home with furniture and white goods.

Raise the Roof is a year long campaign designed to source the funding for accommodation and furniture. You can donate at any point throughout the year, although there is a particular focus on 28 – 31 July, with 30 July being the UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

Visit here for more information and to donate.

Raise the Roof Giving Weekend – Save the Date July 28

Corey Tutt Literacy Event: The First Scientists (Ref: 84/23)

All families with children in Catholic Schools are invited to join the Council of Catholic School parents in a literacy event with an acclaimed author and scientist.

Author Corey Tutt will read from his new book, The First Scientists to parents and children. Parents are welcome to attend and hear tips about how reading at home can improve children’s literacy skills.

Corey Tutt will be reading at 6:30 pm on Tuesday 30 May.

Register here by 29 May to attend. If you are in the first hundred registrations, you’ll receive a free copy of The First Scientists.

Release of 2023 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations - Final Timetable (Ref: 81/23)

The CSSA Trial HSC Examinations – Final Timetable has been emailed to schools that placed an order with the CSSA. The Final Timetable is also located on the CSSA website.

Refer to the 2023 CSSA Principal Information package for all details pertaining to the CSSA Trial HSC Examinations. This package was emailed to each Principal in early February, as registered in the CSSA website by each school.

A few reminders to assist in school preparation:

  1. Please note again the CSSA Trial HSC Examinations Terms and Conditions.
  2. Examinations scheduled for ALL WEEKS must be taken at the time and date specified.
  3. Rescheduling of examinations prior to the nominated times is not permitted.
  4. All examinations including students’ scrips MUST be collected at the conclusion of the examination and secured until 8:00 am, Thursday 17 August 2023.
  5. It is the expectation of the CSSA that schools will NOT modify any examination. The one exception to this is where a topic on which a particular question is based has yet to be covered in class. In such circumstances, an alternative question should be set and presented to students on a coloured insert sheet.
  6. Duration of each exmination is working time only. See individual examinations for reading time.

CSSA website and individual School Accounts:

School data in School Accounts with the CSSA must be kept up-to-date by individual schools via the CSSA website in Account Settings.

Relevant personnel in CSSA registered schools should ensure that school data available and fields of information on the CSSA website is checked, updated, and completed as necessary. This will ensure that your School’s address, phone number, email address, and contact details are correct – this information is critical for communication with schools and the secure delivery of CSSA Trial HSC Examinations. Remember to click on the “SAVE” button at the end of the process.


NOW Open: Premier's Teacher Scholarships (Ref: 87/23)

Applications for the 2024 NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships are now open. The NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships provide an excellent opportunity for school-base educators to collaborate with other professionals in your chosen subject area and inspire positive outcomes for students in NSW schools. The scholarships are open to current temporary or permanent teachers in NSW government and non-government schools, TAFE NSW campuses, and early childhood centres. 

Successful applicants will be eligible for a grant of $10,000 to $15,000 for a five-week study tour to be completed in Australia or internationally.

In 2024, there are eleven NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships available across a range of key learning areas:

Applications close 11:59 pm (AEST) Friday 28 July 2023. For further information, please visit the NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships webpage or contact the program via their email or at (02) 7814 3820.