Professional Learning

Anne T. Henderson Everyone Wins! Family-School Partnership​​​​​​​ (Ref: 196/23)

Join the conversation with Anne Henderson; this is the final in a series of 3 to talk about the evidence supporting family-school partnerships. Anne is the founder and Snr consultant with the National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE), Washington DC. Anne will discuss her new book ‘Everyone Wins’, which focuses on children, families and educators.

In this session, the spotlight is on educators.

Register by 22/8/23. For further information, please email gbaxter@spsunshinesw.catholic.edu.au

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“Transforming Inclusive Education: Changing Our Aim” Presented by Dr Shelly Moore​​​​​​​ (Ref: 195/23)

Brought to us by Illume Learning, Dr Shelley Moore will be running a full-day workshop. Shelley (@fivemooreminutes) is a highly sought after teacher, researcher, speaker and storyteller. She has worked with schools and communities worldwide, promoting equity for all learners.

The workshop will be held in Sydney on 11 September at Strathfield Golf Club, but you can also join a virtual live stream on 14 September. The workshop is suitable for:

  • Teachers and Teaching Assistants
  • Principals and other School Leaders
  • Speech/Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Anyone interested in furthering inclusive education in Australian schools

The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Inclusive Education
  • Universal Design For Learning (UDL)
  • Response to Intervention (RTI)
  • Strengths-based Teaching
  • Backwards Design
  • Differentiated curriculum
  • Needs-based Supports Planning
  • Disability as Identity
  • Teaching to Diversity

For further information and registration, please see the attached flyer or visit Illume Learning at www.illumelearning.com.au/events

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3-6 Mathematics and English New Syllabus Virtual Symposium (Ref: 194/23)

REGISTER NOW! 15 September 9 AM -3:30 PM Live streamed from the diocese of Wilcannia Forbes, join Catholic Schools NSW, Dioceses, system and school leaders and teachers for a deep dive into the new 3-6 Mathematics and English syllabuses.

Led by subject matter experts Helen West (English) and Dr Christine Mae (Mathematics), the day will consider the intent and purpose of the syllabuses, offer an overview of the syllabuses and key focus areas, and examine the shifts in content between K-2 and 3-6. The day will be facilitated in front of a live audience, live-streamed to a remote audience and recorded for post-symposium access.

Registration link can be found here https://learn.csnsw.cloud/p/#/app/course-view/37138560/overview

For further information or support, contact Mary.Ryan@csnsw.catholic.edu.au 0409 606 437

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Graduate Certificate in Religious Education (Ref: 189/23)

ACU is offering a Graduate Certificate in Religious Education where students engage in flexible online learning and gain accreditation to teach religious education in Catholic and other faith-based primary and secondary schools.

The Graduate Certificate in Religious Education provides the basic certification, fundamental knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to teach religious education. This qualification can also provide the basis for further leadership qualifications in religious education and/or leadership in Catholic schools and other settings.

This is a six-month full-time (or equivalent part-time) online course comprising four academic units (10 credit points per unit). The university reviews fees annually.

Visit the ACU website for the current schedule of fees.

For further information or support contact Mary Ryan via email or by calling 0409 606 437

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Register now: Sisters of the Good Samaritan's 2024 Study and Mentoring (SAM) Program (Ref: 186/23)

The Sisters of the Good Samaritan have launched the 2024 Study and Mentoring (SAM) Program, which aims to promote women’s leadership within the Catholic Church. It supports mature-aged (age 30+) Catholic women undertaking undergraduate or postgraduate theological or spiritual study at a recognised theological institution.

Applications for 2024 close on 6 September 2023. For further information, email samleadership@goodsams.org.au

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Last chance: CSNSW Early Years Symposium Presentations Now Available (Ref: 185/23)

This is the final week to view the Early Years Symposium Presentation recordings. Click HERE to access the presentations. The CSNSW Early Years Symposium was held on Friday, 28th April. Please note the presentations will expire on Friday, 2nd August 2023. (You will be directed to the CSNSW Professional Learning platform; however, if you have not logged into the platform before, you will need to go through the brief sign-in process.)

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Resources for Learning

eSmart Digital and Media Literacy Education Products for all Australian Schools (Ref: 190/23)

eSmart is a set of educational tools for principals, teachers, students, and parents to keep children safe from bullying, cyber bullying, and violence.

The Australian Government has entered into a funding agreement with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation to make their range of digital and media literacy education products available to all Australian schools.

The Minister for Communications, Michelle Rowland, is encouraging school leaders and educators to contact the Alannah and Madeline Foundation to ask about the Media Literacy Lab and the other eLearning tools the Government is funding.

Further information can be obtained on the eSmart website, or by contacting Peta Simpson via email or by calling 1300 668 056

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Last chance: CSNSW Early Years Symposium Presentations Now Available (Ref: 185/23)

This is the final week to view the Early Years Symposium Presentation recordings. Click HERE to access the presentations. The CSNSW Early Years Symposium was held on Friday, 28th April. Please note the presentations will expire on Friday, 2nd August 2023. (You will be directed to the CSNSW Professional Learning platform; however, if you have not logged into the platform before, you will need to go through the brief sign-in process.)

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Employment Opportunities

2024 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations: Expressions of Interest For Assessor (Ref: 141/23)

The CSSA provides teachers and students in schools throughout New South Wales, ACT and internationally with premium Trial HSC Examinations that will provide a sound basis for preparing for the HSC examinations later in the year. The CSSA Trial HSC Examinations are prepared by committees of practising teachers, university lecturers and education consultants in various HSC courses.

The Head of CSSA Exams is seeking expressions of interest for the following positions. An Assessor for the following 2024 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations: 

  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) inclusive of Paper 1, Paper 2 and Listening Examination
  • Mathematics Advanced
  • Mathematics Extension 1 and Extension 2 (combined)

The letter regarding the Expression of Interest requirements for the roles with the CSSA and the application process is found below. 

  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) is found here.
  • Mathematics Advanced is found here.
  • Mathematics Extension 1 and Extension 2 (combined) is found here. 

Interested applicants are asked to send a Cover Letter and current Curriculum Vitae to Monica O’Brien, Head CSSA Exams, at cssa.exams@csnsw.catholic.edu.au by 9 am, Friday, 28 July 2023.

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School Updates & Newsletter

Liam and Frankie Davison Award - Secondary Students Literary Competition (Ref: 188/23)

Each year the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) invites senior secondary students residing in Australia or New Zealand to apply for the Liam and Frankie Davison award for outstanding achievement in literary writing on Women’s Health.

Launched in 2014, the RANZCOG Secondary Students Literary Competition was renamed in 2015 in honour of RANZCOG staff member and award-winning author, Liam Davison and his wife Frankie, a secondary school teacher, in recognition of their shared passion for nurturing and encouraging young writers.

Up to two awards are offered each year; the winning entrant(s) will receive $1000 in AUD or NZD as applicable, based on country of residence.

For information about possible topics, writing tips, terms and conditions and to register, please visit the Award webpage.

If you have any further inquiries, please contact the RANZCOG Scholarships and Grants Coordinator on +61 3 9412 2916 or email foundation@ranzcog.edu.au


2023 NAPLAN Results and Individual Student Reports available now (Ref: 192/23)

The first set of NAPLAN reports are now available in Scout. The reports included in the initial Scout release are :

  • School results by domain,
  • Student results – scores, and
  • Proficiency standards report.

The NSW Department of Education will progressively release additional reports in Scout during Terms 3 and 4. Further information is available on the Scout website.

2023 NAPLAN individual student reports (ISR) and additional student reports (ASR) have been dispatched to schools. Schools should email the NAPLAN team if they have not received reports by 26 July.

Schools should distribute the reports to parents and carers by 28 July.

PDF copies of 2023 NAPLAN ISRs are available to download from the NAPLAN reporting page on Schools Online. It is at the principal’s discretion whether a PDF copy of a student’s ISR is provided to parents or carers in addition to the print copy supplied by NESA.

If schools do not know their Schools Online login details:

  • Principals – email the NAPLAN team at naplan.nsw@nesa.nsw.edu.au
  • School staff – contact your principal to create your Schools Online profile.

Corrections to reports.

Schools are advised to contact the NAPLAN team by 11 August 2023 if they identify errors in the reports to arrange corrections and reprinting.

NESA has also advised that the 2023 NAPLAN fee per student cost is $43.70 (including GST). This represents a decrease of approximately 4.1% on the 2022 price.

The fee covers the costs incurred by NESA in administering the NAPLAN tests.

It also includes the Department of Education’s Scout reporting platform fee.

Further information contact Karen Ferrante karen.ferrante@csnsw.catholic.edu.au


Congratulations NSW Training Award Regional winners from Catholic Schools NSW (Ref: 187/23)

We are proud to congratulate our NSW Training Award Regional finalists and winners. Catholic Schools were well represented among the finalists across NSW. All Regional Winners will be interviewed this week for the State Awards, which will be celebrated in September.

In the School Student category, 13 finalists and five winners from Catholic Schools across 8 NSW Regions:

  • Montayah Astruc, Caroline Chisholm College Glenmore Park, Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
  • Ayla Ali, Southern Cross Catholic College Burwood, Certificate II in Construction Pathways
  • Grace Heffernan, Kildare Catholic College Wagga Wagga, Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Charlize Ashby, Brigidine College Randwick, Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
  • Laicy Costigan, Newman Senior Technical College Port Macquarie, Certificate II in Construction Pathways

In the School-Based Apprentice and Traineeship (SBAT) category, Catholic Schools were represented by four finalists, with wins by:

  • Tayla Hiscock, St Paul’s College Kempsy, Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
  • Joshua Sammat St Andrew’s College Marayong, Certificate III in Sport & Recreation
  • Molly Smith, McCarthy College Tamworth, Certificate II in Agriculture

In the Trainer category, three finalists, with a win by:

  • Colin Hawthorne, Red Bend College Forbes, Certificate II in Agriculture

It is wonderful to have the incredible work of VET in our Catholic Schools across NSW celebrated through participation in these awards. The students’ applications highlighted their growth in confidence, competence and capacity through their VET studies.


World Day Against Trafficking in Persons Webinar​​​​​​​ (Ref: 183/23)

The UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons aims to raise awareness of human trafficking and the underlying socio-economic and cultural issues that are conducive to trafficking. It calls on governments, law enforcement authorities and civil society to assess and enhance their efforts to strengthen prevention, victim identification and survivor support. It challenges those involved in eradicating modern slavery to move beyond a risk management matrix and take a closer look at the faces of people trapped in the web of modern slavery.

The event will be held on Monday, July 31, from 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm. To attend the webinar, please register here.


Be informed - and get ready to Have Your Say on the new draft Reformed Syllabuses! (Ref: 151/23)

Calling all educators, this is your important opportunity to be informed about the following new draft syllabuses:

  • CHPS K–6 (Creative Arts, HSIE, PDHPE and Science and Technology K–6)
  • Geography 7–10
  • History 7–10
  • Visual Arts 7–10
  • PDHPE 7–10

The Inform Period is now open. Watch the series of NESA recordings in preparation for the Have Your Say Period, which will open on Monday, 31 July and run for six weeks.

The short videos can be accessed via the CSNSW Curriculum Reform Hub.


Fellowships/Awards

CLOSING SOON – Premier’s Teacher Scholarships (Ref: 191/23)

The NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships provide $10,000 to $15,000 for a five-week study tour within Australia or abroad.

These scholarships are open to permanent and temporary teachers in NSW governmnet and non-goverment schools, on TAFE NSW campuses and across early childhood centres.

Most scholarships are for the purpose of providing school-based an opportunity to explore best practice in their chosen subject area.

Applications for these scholarships close soon on Friday 28 July and can be found at this website.

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The Principals' Centre Australia Leadership Programme and Scholarship (Ref: 145/23)

The Principals’ Center in Australia is designed to provide school leaders in Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia with the knowledge, leadership strategies, and tools to become effective leaders of instructional change and accelerate learning for all students. Hosted in Sydney and designed for region-specific learning needs, the program brings together school leaders and Harvard faculty over five days. Working with colleagues from across the region, participants will explore research-based techniques and best practices as they develop leadership plans tailored to their schools at home.

Program Details

With content drawn from local learning contexts and all sessions led by Harvard faculty, the program addresses areas of critical importance to school leaders in Australasia – instructional leadership, school culture, leadership development, strategy, and family and community engagement. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn through faculty-led sessions and case studies using Australia-specific examples and learning contexts
  • Participate in facilitated discussion groups that engage peers in collaborative learning and reflection
  • Reflect on and hone personal leadership goals
  • Develop a school leadership plan that can be implemented in multiple school settings and contexts
  • Build lasting connections by engaging with faculty and fellow principals and school leaders in your cohort

Australian Scholarship Opportunities

Three types of scholarships are available through the Harvard Club of Australia (HCA).

  1. HCA Scholarship
  2. Eureka Scholarship
  3. NZ Travel Scholarship

Round One Deadline: 30 July 2023

Click here to find out more and apply.

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