Priority Items

REMINDER- NEW English and Mathematics K–2 syllabuses in 2023 (Ref: 152/22)

NESA has issued a reminder that the NEW English and Mathematics K–2 syllabuses must be taught in all NSW primary schools from Term 1, 2023.

The syllabuses are designed to improve student outcomes by focusing on essential learning and building foundational skills. Literacy and numeracy skills in the early years are essential foundations for later success at school.

The syllabuses are available on the new Digital Curriculum platform, separated clearly into both subject and school-stage categories.

New evidence-based support materials are available for teachers and schools to prepare and plan for implementation:

Stay up to date on the NSW Curriculum Reform by visiting the website and subscribing to the newsletter.

Professional Learning

HAPPENING NEXT WEEK: NESA Standards and Results Analysis Package (RAP) Online Professional Learning (Ref: 149/22) 

Catholic Schools NSW is partnering with NESA to explore NESA standards and the use of RAP to improve student outcomes by delivery of three courses. The courses will take place on:

Tuesday 2 August 2022, from 1.30-3.00 PM via ZOOM.

1. Using NESA Standards to Improve Student HSC Outcomes

Explore NESA Standards for the allocation of the HSC Bands using the performance band descriptions and the standards materials; Year 11 Grades using the Common Grade Scale; and the HSC Minimum Standards using the achievement level descriptions.

Register for the NESA Standards to Improve Student HSC Outcomes Course here.

2. An Introduction to the Results Analysis Package (RAP)

NESA will guide teachers in a forensic investigation of the Results Analysis Package, exploring whole faculty/school trends and HSC Minimum Standards data to improve student HSC outcomes.

Register for the Introduction to RAP Course here.

3. High End Results Analysis Package Users Forum

NESA will lead a guided discussion where three experienced Catholic teachers will share advanced techniques using the Results Analysis Package.  Participants will explore and share best practice uses of RAP.

Register for the High End Results Analysis Package Users Forum here.

For further information contact Gary Molloy


Save the Date- Catholic School Mental Health Symposium (Ref: 151/22) 

Catholic Schools NSW is hosting a free Mental Health Symposium in Sydney on Monday 12 September, 2022.

Learn from and be inspired by some of Australia’s most renowned speakers on child and adolescent mental health.

The Symposium will focus on the issues most relevant to the mental health and wellbeing of today’s students.

Access the Save the Date flyer and information about the Symposium speakers here: Mental Health Symposium Save the Date Flyer


Registrations Open- Catholic Schools New South Wales Virtual Symposium - Supporting Learning for 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 9.00am to 3.30pm.

Schools will be able to engage as a full staff or as individual staff members.

The day will offer access to a range of international and national presenters including keynote speakers:

  1. Professor Jim Tognolini, CEMA University of Sydney
  2. Dr Jared Cooney, Horvath Educational Neuroscientist and author, University of Melbourne.

Teachers will select up to three workshops to attend virtually, across a range of areas, broadly focusing on primary, secondary and wellbeing. Workshops will be available in both synchronous and asynchronous modes, delivered by a range of educators from both school and university sectors.

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 by following the link HERE.


Registrations Open- Professional Learning Webinar, "Responding and Reporting to Critical Online Incidents: School Settings" (Ref: 153/22)

This Professional Learning webinar by the ESafety Commission has been designed for wellbeing and school leaders who play a role in supporting or leading the immediate responding and/or reporting of actions associated with critical online incidents that occur within school communities.

During the webinar, case studies will be explored, incident assessment tools will be share in addition to ways of supporting both primary and secondary school students.

The workshop will cover:

  • tools and strategies for responding to online incidents, with guidance for key issues such as cyberbullying, image-based abuse, fight videos, self-harm and suicide content
  • eSafety reporting options
  • key steps for Wellbeing and School leaders to collect evidence when making a report to eSafety


  • Wednesday 10 August 3.45-4.45pm – Delivered by Jennifer Coen, Senior Manager, Wellbeing, Catholic Schools New South Wales
  • Wednesday 25 August 7.30 – 8.30pm
  • Monday 5 September 3.45 – 4.45pm
  • Wednesday 21 September 7.30 – 8.30pm

Register HERE.


Webinar: Working with Children Who are Experiencing or Engaging in Bullying Behaviour (Ref: 147/22)

Bullying is a complex social issue and can present significant issues for school staff, as it has the potential to affect individual mental health.

This webinar looks at how bullying can be addressed by multiple stakeholders.

The Webinar is taking place on 10 August 2022, from 1.00-2.00pm. 

This Webinar is designed for practitioners who work with children and families in a broad range of settings, especially those working with children aged 4-12 years.

This webinar is designed to support practitioners to:

  • understand how childhood bullying affects child mental health
  • understand the importance of prevention and early intervention in limiting the effects of childhood bullying in adulthood
  • be curious about children’s understanding and perspectives on bullying and why this is important
  • explore strategies to work with children experiencing bullying or engaging in bullying behaviour.

The presenters for the professional learning webinar are:

  • Dr Lesley-Anne Ey (University of South Australia)
  • Julie Clifton (Bully Zero)
  • Vanya
  • Nicole Rollbusch (Content Development Officer, Emerging Minds)

More information can be found here:



Modern Slavery: Uniform Procurement - Webinar (Ref: 150/22)

What steps have been taken to ensure that your school uniform procurement is ethical and the risks of modern slavery and worker exploitation to people are being adequately addressed?

Procurement staff and other school stakeholders with direct control over school uniform procurement are encouraged to attend this Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network (ACAN) webinar to learn more about and to take action to stop modern slavery.

Date: Friday, 12 August

Time: 12.00pm-1.00pm AEST

Register HERE. 

Please note THIS WEBINAR IS NOT FOR SUPPLIERS of school uniforms. It is for internal school procurement staff only and/or P&C members involved in selecting uniform suppliers. Attendees will receive information to share with school uniform suppliers in 2023 that will help them to engage on this important issue of ethical sourcing

For further information, please visit the Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network


Resources for Learning

Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) Free Curriculum Resources Website (Ref: 146/22)

The AERO website contains information and resources for teachers including a Practice Hub and Rubrics for teachers. The Practice Hub contains evidence-based resources and information for teachers and educators including:

  • Teaching practices
  • Early childhood practices
  • Classrooms resources for teachers
  • Resources for early childhood teachers and educators (coming soon).

“The establishment of a national evidence body was a key recommendation from the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools (also known as the Gonski Review 2.0). In December 2019, all Australian governments agreed to create an institute to position Australia’s educators at the forefront of education research to improve learning outcomes for all children and young people.”

“The creation of a national education evidence organisation was one of the national policy initiatives under the 2020 National School Reform Agreement, aimed at lifting outcomes across Australian education. As a result, the Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) was formed and is Australia’s independent education evidence body.”

Within the Practice Hub is Ochre. AERO partnered with Ochre Education to provide teachers with hundreds of free curriculum resources. These Ochre Education resources have been created by Australian teachers for teachers, support effective, evidence-based practices and address the learning expected in the Australian Curriculum. Currently, Year level 3 – 10 are available, accessed HERE.

Sign-up to the AERO newsletter to receive the quarterly newsletter containing research, resources and news HERE.

More information is available on the AERO website to support improved learning outcomes for all children and young people HERE.


School Newsletter

CSPA 2022 Parent Survey on Student Wellbeing and Learning (Ref: 154/22)

The CSPA 2022 Parent Survey on Student Wellbeing and Learning is live and will remain open until Wednesday 31 August 2022.

The Survey is open to all parents or carers with a child in a Catholic School. The Survey seeks to understand what matters to parents and carers in the wellbeing and learning of their children.

Feedback will remain anonymous. The survey should take between 10-15 minutes to complete.

The feedback provided in the survey will assist CSPA in reporting to the Federal Government and Catholic education.

Access the Survey via the CSPA Engage website HERE.

Access the Survey Flyer here: CSPA 2022 Parent Survey Flyer

Tax, Super + YOU Competition for High School Students (Ref: 148/22)

The Australian Taxation Office invites students in years 7-12 to participate in the Tax, Super and You competition.

Entries will close at 5.00pm AEST on Friday 19 August 2022.

Prizes are awarded to the top 3 entries in both senior and junior categories (including a People’s Choice Award winner), totally $7,600.

Entry Criteria: 

For your chance to become Australia’s next tax and super creative genius, you must:

  • be a student in years 7–12
  • be enrolled in the Australian education system
  • submit an entry – up to 3 entries per person/group only
  • complete a separate entry form for each entry
  • complete a film or photo consent form for each person shown in your entry
  • comply with the competition’s terms and conditions– including only using music with permission or an appropriate licence.

There’s no cost to enter the competition.

How to enter:

To enter, make a creative project that highlights your topic (which depends on your year at school). The topics are:

  • Junior (Year 7–9): Tax, Super + Me – How tax impacts me in my daily life.
  • Senior (Year 10–12): Top four things I need to know about tax and super when I start my first job.

Read more about the competition and how to enter here.

Access the Competition poster here: Tax Super and You Competition Poster

Entry Deadline EXTENDED: CCSP 2022 Roger O’Sullivan Memorial Award for Family, School and Community Partnerships for Learning (Ref: 128/22)

Entries are open for the 2022 Roger O’Sullivan Memorial Award, run by the Council of Catholic School Parents (CCSP).

The new entry deadline is 4 August 2022.

The 2022 Roger O’Sullivan Memorial Award for Family, School and Community Partnerships for Learning is awarded to a school community, including parents and carers, that can demonstrate exemplary practice in building partnerships between home and school to enhance the learning outcomes of students. These projects may focus on faith formation, the school curriculum, student wellbeing, or any combination of the three.

The recipient of the 2022 Roger O’Sullivan Memorial Award will receive a tailored publicity campaign and $4,000 to further the initiative.  More information and an application form are available here.  

Read about the winning initiatives from previous years here.