Priority Items

REGISTER NOW: 2023 Kathleen Burrow Research Institute Annual Lecture (Ref: 213/23)

Catholic Schools NSW is pleased to announce that the Premier of NSW, the Hon. Chris Minns MP, will deliver the Kathleen Burrow Research Institute Annual Lecture for 2023.

The Lecture will take place at St John’s College, 10 Missenden Rd, Camperdown, Sydney. The event will commence at 6.00 pm. Guests are invited to enjoy drinks and canapes following the lecture.

We welcome Catholic Schools NSW board members, school principals, relatives of Kathleen Burrow and any stakeholders in Catholic education to join us for this fantastic evening.

Click here to get your free tickets today.


New K-10 Auslan Syllabus (Ref: 212/23)

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Education launched the state’s first Auslan syllabus direct to school and deaf consultants who helped shape the syllabus!

The new syllabus gives students who are first language Auslan users the opportunity to formally study the language of their community.

It also provides all students the chance to learn from and engage with an important language in Australian society.

The new syllabus will be available for schools to plan and prepare from now until the end of 2025, with schools being able to teach the syllabus from 2026. Schools who feel ready to deliver the syllabus earlier, can do so.

View the new syllabus here


Professional Learning

Strategies for Addressing School Refusal – Be You Online Webinar (Ref: 214/23)

Please join us as we discuss early intervention strategies for school refusal and proactive strategies to support positive attendance on Thursday, 7 September, 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Click here to register.

Be You is the national mental health in education initiative and provides NESA accredited professional learning, factsheets, online events, tools, surveys and support from an experienced consultant. Be You is federally funded and comes at no cost to every educator and school in Australia.

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Legal and Policy

Section 83C enquiries to the Department of Education (Ref: 211/23)

Commencing immediately, the NSW Department of Education has established a dedicated email address for enquiries related to section 83C. These enquiries are dealt with separately to compliance or enforcement activities of the department. Consequently, you are encouraged to provide as much information as possible to assist the department to respond appropriately.

When considering future transactions, we encourage you to consider any implications of that transaction on the requirements of section 83C. In circumstances where you are uncertain of those implications, please contact Catholic Schools NSW, or if we are unable to assist or provide clarity, you can make enquiries directly to the department at this address: ngsenquiries@det.nsw.edu.au

The Department is expecting to launch a dedicated telephone enquiry line in early 2024.

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School Updates & Newsletter

RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Art Competition for 2024 (Ref: 215/23)

The RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration was first held in 1953 and co-hosted by RSL NSW and the Department of Education. Over the years the service has expanded to Catholic Schools NSW and the Association of Independent Schools NSW. Proceedings, held at the Anzac Memorial Hyde Park in April each year, are delivered entirely by school students including the Master of Ceremonies, keynote address, readings, and musical accompaniment. The Service also includes an Inspection of the Guard by the official party, The Ode, The Last Post, and Rouse.

The service aims to educate primary and secondary school students about Australia’s military history, whilst paying respect to the service and sacrifice of servicemen and women of the Australian Defence Force.

To mark the 71st Anniversary of this service in 2024, RSL NSW, the Department of Education, Catholic Schools NSW and the Association of Independent Schools NSW are launching an art competition for NSW school students. The theme of the competition is “Why Lest we Forget?”, inviting students to create an artwork that considers why we commemorate ANZAC Day. Two artworks will be selected for the cover of the 2024 service program and all finalists’ artworks will be displayed at the Anzac Memorial and included in the program.

More information including the guidelines, how to submit artwork, judging and FAQs can be found here.


Australian Teacher Workforce Survey (Ref: 210/23)

Each year, thousands of teachers and school leaders around Australia share the rewards and challenges of teaching to help the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership understand how to build a more sustainable teaching profession.

How teachers can participate:

On 22 August 2023, the NSW Education Standards Authority emailed all registered teachers in New South Wales a link to the Australian Teacher Workforce Survey (if you didn’t receive it, contact your principal).

Completing the Australian Teacher Workforce Survey is a valuable opportunity for teachers and leaders to share their experiences and perspectives on the rewards and challenges of teaching.

It only takes 10–15 minutes to help the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership learn more about:

  • Time spent on various aspects of teaching and/or school leadership.
  • Career intentions and the reasons teachers are choosing to stay or leave.
  • Teacher and leader wellbeing.
  • Other important workforce experiences.