Professional Learning

Introduction to the Results Analysis Package - Friday 16 December (Ref: 276/22)

Teachers are invited to join and complete a course which provides an introduction to the Results Analysis Package (RAP) from 9:00 – 10:30 am on Friday 16 December. This course has been developed specifically to meet the needs of teachers new to RAP or teachers in need of a refresher.

NESA staff will guide teachers on navigating functions within RAP that will assist in analysing the HSC results released the previous day.

Interested teachers can register here for the course.

Completing this course will contribute 1 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of the delivery and assessment of the NSW curriculum/EYLF addressing standard descriptors 5.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

 For further information please contact: gary.molloy@csnsw.catholic.edu.au

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HSC Data Analysis Seminar Programme, Jan-Feb 2023 ​​​​​​​(Ref: 278/22)

A seminar programme, running from January to February 2023 concerning the analysis of the upcoming HSC results, will be of interest to teachers, principals, and leaders of curriculum or pedagogy. 3 seminars will be offered providing general information regarding analysis, a more detailed look at particular results for your school and ways in which principals and school leaders can guide their schools using the results.

See below for more information and to register for each particular session.

NetID Registration

Before attending any of the face-to-face seminars listed below, it is essential that every participant has a functioning  NetID logon, and have been able to use that to access both the HSC Data Analysis Users portal, and within that the online Tutorial (see below).  (Access to the Complete Report for your school is not enough!)

The Online Tutorial

Before attending any of the face-to-face seminars listed below, it will be extremely useful for intending participants to have completed the online tutorial which has been created to support users of the HSC Data Analysis.  It is accessed within the HSC Data Analysis Users portal:  on the LHS of the portal, click on “Tutorial” then “HSC Analysis Online Tutorial Modules” then “Access Catholic Schools New South Wales online PL here”.  Go to “NESA Elective PD”, and scroll down to “Catholic Schools New South Wales HSC Analysis Online”.

The tutorial consists of 17 modules each of which takes the user through a different aspect of the Analysis.  Each module consists of a short video followed by a 3-question quiz.

While teachers can complete the tutorial solo, by far the best professional learning comes from undertaking them with a colleague. Work through both the content and the quiz together and look at examples of what is provided in each video within your school’s own Analysis.  It’s in the discussion that the learning occurs.

Diocesan Officers’ Overview   

Target group:             Diocesan & congregational system officers

When:                          Tuesday 31st January 2023, 9am-4pm

Where:                        Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn St

Programme:               A walk-through of how you use the system-level reports in conjunction with school reports to support schools.  New developments in the 2022 HSC Analysis and 2023 seminar programme, including opportunities for cross-system sharing and key features of the 2022 HSC.   A NESA representative has been invited to attend to talk briefly about the 2022 results, marking operation and NESA services available to the diocese.

Preparation:               Please see “NetID Registration” and “The Online Tutorial” above.

Standards:                   5.1.4, 5.4.4

Register at:                 Diocesan Overview

HSC Analysis #1: Introduction to the Analysis

Target group:             Teachers, KLA coordinators and others who have not previously attended an HSC seminar, and for those who have but who want to ‘brush up’ on the main ideas behind the Analysis. It’s very handy if two or more people from the same school can enrol for the same seminar.

When:                          Offered twice, on both occasions at Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn St.

  • Thursday 2nd February 2023, 9am – 3pm
  • Monday 20th February 2023, 9am – 3pm

Programme:               Why and how we should use data within schools to shape the direction of pedagogy.  What we are trying to do with the Analysis, and how does it fit with the Board’s RAP?  The idea of Comparative Learning Gain, and how it can be used to understand HSC data.  A guided reading of your school’s Analysis.

Preparation:               Please see “NetID Registration” and “The Online Tutorial” above.

Accreditation:            Completing Introduction to the Analysis will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/EYLF addressing standard descriptor 5.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Register for Thu 2 Feb here:  Introduction 2 Feb

Register for Mon 20 Feb here: Introduction 20 Feb

HSC Analysis #2: A detailed reading of your Analysis

Target group:             Experienced users – any teacher, coordinator, AP or Principal who has previously attended at least one HSC Analysis Seminar.  Applicants will be asked to nominate the year in which they attended the earlier seminar.

When:                          Offered twice, on both occasions at Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn St.

  • Monday 6th February 2023, 9am-3pm
  • Thursday 16th February 2023, 9am-3pm

Programme:               The background data theory covered in HSC Analysis #1 will be assumed knowledge.  After a brief revision of the main underlying premise of the Analysis, participants will spend most of this seminar in a detailed, guided reading of their own school’s Analysis, surfacing the questions in it and considering ways to resolution.

Preparation:               Please see “NetID Registration” and “The Online Tutorial” above.

Accreditation:            Completing A Detailed Reading of your Analysis will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/EYLF addressing standard descriptor 5.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Register for 6th Feb here: Detailed Read 6 Feb

Register for 16th Feb here: Detailed Read 16 Feb

HSC Analysis #3: Leading your school in the Analysis

Target group:             Principals, APs, Leaders of Curriculum or Pedagogy:  those who have a whole-school focus rather than a one-KLA or year group.  This program is targeted at senior leadership teams: principals with whoever in the school has carriage of leading the use of the Analysis and the necessary professional learning within the school.

When:                          Tuesday 14th February 2023, 9am-3pm

Where:                        Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney

Programme:               We will explore the intersection of leadership, data, teacher professional learning and student achievement.  The idea of the seminar is to surface the questions that come from a reading of the school’s Analysis, and then to consider leadership responses to the issues that surface.  Because leadership is essentially a team function, it is very useful if two or more members of a school’s senior leadership team can attend this seminar together.

Preparation:               Please see “NetID Registration” and “The Online Tutorial” above.

Accreditation:            Completing Leading the Analysis will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/EYLF addressing standard descriptor 5.4.4 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher or Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Register for 14th Feb here: Leading the Analysis 14 Feb

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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Friday 2 December (Ref: 273/22)

United Nations International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is this Friday 2 December. Modern slavery is an umbrella term that includes: slavery, servitude, human trafficking, forced marriage, forced labour, debt bondage, child labour and deceptive recruiting for labour or services. An estimated 50 million people are experiencing modern slavery today with 15,000 of them right here in Australia. Catholic Schools New South Wales is actively engaged in responding to modern slavery through its participation in the Australian Catholic Anti-slavery Network (ACAN).

To acknowledge this day, you are encouraged to watch the What Is Modern Slavery animation produced by Australian Catholic University and the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney Anti-slavery Taskforce.

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Catholic Schools New South Wales ACU Sponsorship - Graduate Certificate Education (Highly Accomplished/Lead Teacher practice) (Ref: 275/22)

Catholic Schools NSW and the Australian Catholic University are offering fully funded scholarships for the Graduate Certificate Education (Highly Accomplished /Lead teacher practice). The graduate certificate articulates to 40 cps to a Master of Education or Master of Educational Leadership. It bridges the gap between the work of the higher-level standards and the academic and ongoing learning expectations of leaders in Catholic education. The course is designed and led by teachers accredited at high levels and participants are encouraged to network with an established group of aspiring and accredited HALTs.

The course is fully funded across two semesters. Please note there is a one-off student services fee of $244 which is the responsibility of the student.

Teachers currently working towards or interested in pursuing higher level accreditation, who are also currently in a master’s program or considering a master’s program should apply. To express interest please complete this form by COB Wednesday 14 December.

If you would like further information, please contact Mary Ryan either at mary.ryan@csnsw.catholic.edu.au or on: 0409606437.

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BBI Research Colloquium Presentation with Dr John Kyle-Robinson via ZOOM (Ref: 277/22)

Tune in for a presentation delivered by teacher and experienced school leader, Dr John Kyle-Robinson at 4:00 pm on Wednesday 7 December.

This presentation will discuss how teachers in Catholic Schools should be the primary conduits for New Evangelisation initiatives. Dr John will present research exploring teachers’ understandings and responses to the concept of the New Evangelisation.

Dr John’s presentation will be of interest to teachers and to those involved in the development of education policy within Catholic Schools.

For more information, and to register, please contact the Institute at bsrour@bbi.catholic.edu.au or on 02 9847 0030

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Resources for Learning

NEW: NSW Cyber Security Course (Ref: 269/22)

The NSW Government has announced that secondary students will soon be able to experience a cyber security course developed collaboratively by the NSW Department of Education, industry and Cyber Security NSW. As part of the course, students will be able to learn the fundamentals of cyber security and practical skills such as building hardware and coding. 

Cyber Security NSW has also invested in the development of Cyber City. Cyber City is an open source and industry-aligned set of pedagogical resources and methods to support teachers introducing inquiry-led, cyber security and digital innovation concepts in the classroom. The learning program integrates diverse concepts from the hardware and networking level up to programming and the design and testing of the smart city systems. The open-source platform will help teachers deliver the new cyber security curriculum, including the new iSTEM Cyber Security specialised topic.   

Schools and teachers are invited to register their interest to participate or integrate the cyber security learning experiences in their classrooms from 2023. For more information about Cyber City, see here.

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NESA Syllabus Release: Computing Technologies, Geography, Modern and Classical Languages (Ref: 270/22)

New syllabuses are available for Computing Technologies 7-12, Geography 11-12, Modern Languages and Classical Languages K-10.

A number of new syllabuses have been released as the next milestone of the NSW Curriculum Reform.

The syllabuses and information about implementation are available on the Digital Curriculum:

  1. Computing Technology 7–10
  2. Enterprise Computing 11–12
  3. Software Engineering 11–12
  4. Computing Technology Life Skills 11–12
  5. Geography 11–12
  6. Geography Life Skills 11–12
  7. Modern Languages K–10
  8. Classical Languages K–10

Schools can plan and prepare to teach the new syllabuses in 2023. The new syllabuses will be taught in NSW schools from 2024.

Any inquiries can be forwarded to Joanne Hack at joanne.hack@csnsw.catholic.edu.au

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Employment Opportunities

Apply NOW: Senior Policy Officer, Student Wellbeing (Ref: 271/22)

Catholic Schools NSW is currently seeking a Senior Policy Officer for Student Wellbeing.

This is a full time role with a fixed term contract expiring 30 June, 2025.

The primary purpose of the role is to support the Senior Manager, Wellbeing and Countering Violent Extremism by providing leadership and expert policy and program advice to Catholic school agencies to promote social cohesion and support vulnerable students in school communities.

The Senior Policy Officer will be responsible for supporting a range of policy and program areas including student wellbeing and safety, PDHPE, Chaplaincy and school attendance.

The ideal candidate would have relevant qualifications in education, knowledge of relevant legislation, a strong understanding of Catholic teachings and support for the mission, ethos and beliefs of Catholic schools and the communities they serve. Additionally, relevant experience and a demonstrated ability to carry out the necessary tasks is crucial.

Applicants are invited to direct their enquiries or cover letter and Curriculum Vitae to Patricia Dickson at Patricia.Dickson@csnsw.catholic.edu.au

Applications close 5:00 pm, Friday 2 December (unless closed earlier). 

More information can be found here.

 

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School Newsletter

Virtual Storytime 'What do you call your grandma?' (Ref: 274/22)

Join recent 2022 CBCA shortlisted author, Ashleigh Barton, as she reads aloud her book ‘What do you call your grandma?

Interested teachers and students can register early to receive a free copy and to listen to Ashleigh read her new story.

Stay tuned for more information and for registration details early in term 1, 2023.


SAVE THE DATE: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Servicemen Commemoration Service (Ref: 261/22)

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veterans & Services Association, supported by The Returned and Services League of Australia (New South Wales Branch) and the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs, will be conducting the annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Servicemen and Servicewomen Commemoration Service around the Pool of Reflection at the Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park South in Sydney on Friday 26 May 2023 from 10.40am to 12:00pm.

The inaugural Indigenous Veterans Commemoration Service in Sydney took place in 2007, following the formation of a planning committee made up of representatives from Aboriginal organisations, the Returned and Services League of Australia (NSW Branch) and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The planning committee has now expanded to now include representatives from each of the three school sectors and the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs.

The Commemoration Service took place in the last week of May 2007, to coincide with Reconciliation Week and has been held on last Friday of May each year since. It commemorates the service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veterans, combining conventional military protocol with indigenous ceremonial display and with a focus on attendance by school children.

Join fellow schools from within NSW at this service where students will have the opportunity to lay a floral tribute. Schools are encouraged to make a floral tribute using local flora and native plants.

For more information click here or contact Emily Ritchie at Emily.Ritchie@csnsw.catholic.edu.au