Priority Items

2023 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations: Expressions of Interest For Convenors (Ref: 114/22)

The CSSA provides teachers and students in schools throughout New South Wales, ACT and internationally with high quality Trial HSC Examinations that will provide a sound basis for their preparation for the HSC examinations later in the year.

The CSSA Trial HSC Examinations are prepared by committees of practicing teachers, university lecturers and education consultants in a variety of HSC courses.

The Head of CSSA Exams is seeking expressions of interest for Convenor of the following 2023 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Access the letter regarding the Expression of Interest requirements for the roles with the CSSA and the application process here:

2023 CSSA TRIAL HSC EXAMINATIONS EOI – Convenor, Chemistry & Physics

Interested applicants are asked to send a Cover Letter and current Curriculum Vitae to Monica O’Brien, Head CSSA Exams, at by 9am Monday 13 June 2022. 

Registrations Open: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Conference 2022 (Ref: 120/22)

Catholic Schools NSW and Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta are co-hosting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Conference 2022, Transforming with the Spirit. The Conference will take place from  11 to 13 October 2022.

The Conference seeks to bring together education and community practitioners to share unique perspectives on building systems and practices that allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families to thrive.  The Conference aims to explore effective and culturally appropriate strategies and current practices targeted towards ‘Closing the Gap’ in educational outcomes.

The program will feature presentations, on country experiences and discussion panels from local and national keynote speakers.  There will be up to 50 sessions for participants to be immersed in.

Registrations are NOW OPEN, with an early bird special available until 25 July. 

Find more information and register here.

Professional Learning

The NCU Copyright Hour: Short Lunchtime School Webinar Series (Ref: 119/22)

In Term 3 2022, the National Copyright Unit (NCU) will be running The NCU Copyright Hour, a series of free short webinars for school educators, librarians and administrators on specific copyright topics.

There are five, one-hour lunchtime sessions which will run from 12-1pm AEST and conducted via Zoom.

Please read the below for more information on each webinar, including who each webinar is aimed at and the relevant registration link.

For a more succinct version of the information below, access the webinar flyer here: 2022 Short webinar series flyer.

Topic 1- Creative Commons

Date: Tuesday 26 July (12-1pm AEST)

Details: This webinar is open to Australian school educators, librarians and administrators. It will cover the below topics:

  • Copyright Basics
  • Finding CC Licensed Materials
  • Licensing Your Learning Resources Under CC.

Register Here

Topic 2- Music

Date: Tuesday 2 August (12 – 1pm AEST)

Details: This webinar is open to Australian school educators, librarians and administrators. It will cover the below topics:

  • Music and Copyright
  • Schools Music Licence
  • Education Exceptions
  • Seeking Permission
  • Creative Commons.

Register Here

Topic 3- Using Text and Artistic Works

Date: Tuesday 16 August (12 -1 pm AEST)

Details: This webinar is open to Australian school educators, librarians and administrators. It will cover the below topics:

  • Copyright Basics
  • Statutory Text and Artistic Works Licence
  • Education Exceptions
  • Remote Learning
  • Open Education Resources and Creative Commons
  • Smartcopying Tips.

Register Here

Topic 4 – Developing Curriculum Resources

Date: Tuesday 23 August (12 – 1 pm AEST)

Details: This webinar is open to Australian department/ administering body staff who create learning and curriculum resources. It will cover the below topics:

  • Uploading Existing Resources to Public Websites and Password Protected Intranets
  • Creating Resources to Upload to Public Websites and Password Protected Intranets
  • Stock Images
  • Attribution and Copyright Notices
  • Licensing Resources Under Creative Commons
  • Smartcopying Tips.

Register Here

Topic 5 – Using TV and Film

Date: Tuesday 30 August (12 – 1pm AEST)

Details: This webinar is open to Australian school educators, librarians and administrators. It will cover the below topics:

  • Copyright Basics
  • Statutory Broadcast Licence
  • Co-Curricular Licence
  • Education Exceptions
  • OER and CC
  • Smartcopying Tips.

Register Here



2021 Principal Wellbeing Survey Results- Discussion of Key Themes (Ref: 123/22)

Let’s Talk About Principal Care is back for Term 2. The session is for principals and will focus on key themes and recommendations from the 2021 Principal Wellbeing Survey.

The conversation will be led by Dr Paul Kidson.

Dr Kidson’s diverse educational career includes teaching in multicultural schools in Sydney’s western suburbs, socio-educationally advantaged metropolitan schools, 11 years’ as a school principal, and as an academic since 2017. His teaching and research explores how school leaders work within, and critically transform, their complex professional lives. This encompasses broader systems and policies that govern their work and school communities, as well as how they develop and sustain their personal leadership story.

Dr Kidson has a particular role in promoting and sharing the findings from The Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey 2021 Data on behalf of the Australian Catholic University’s Institute for positive Psychology and Education.

Please note, there will only be one session held on Wednesday 15 June, from 9.30am to 10.30am. 

Register here.


OAIC Video Guide to Rights and Obligations - Operation of APP 12- Access to Personal Information (Ref: 118/22)

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has developed two videos to help educate the public and APP entities about the operation of APP 12 – access to personal information.

The first video, targeting complainants, outlines the complainant’s rights and obligations in making a request for personal information with an APP entity under APP 12.  Access the complainant video here.

The second video, targeting respondents, outlines the respondent’s rights and responsibilities under APP 12 once an access request is received. Access the respondent video here.

Both  videos seek to give each party an insight into the other’s rights and obligations and assist in building an understanding which facilitates dispute resolution.


Youth in Distress Training - Workshop for School Counsellors in Congregational Schools (Ref: 117/22)

The Youth in Distress Training workshop has been designed to build on the current skill levels of school counselling staff, and to further develop confidence in undertaking risk assessments and safety planning for students exhibiting suicidality and self harm. School counsellors will have the opportunity to work on real case studies, reflect on their own experiences, and learn from peers.

The program has been developed by the Black Dog Institute and will precede the roll out of system-wide guidelines for managing suicidality and self harm.

The topics covered are as follows:

Topic 1- The suicidal crisis

Topic 2-  Assessing and managing risk

Topic 3- Self-harm

Topic 4- After the attempt

Topic 5- Self-care

Please send expressions of interest, including names and email addresses of counsellors interested in attending the training, to


Resources for Learning

NSW Government Everyday Maths Club Campaign Resources (Ref: 113/22)

The NSW Government have announced a campaign to change perceptions of maths among young people.

The  new resources have been launched within the Everyday Maths hub on the NSW Government website, providing students and parents with new maths solutions, challenges, games and fun experiences.  These new resources encourage and support parents, carers and students from various backgrounds to think and act mathematically.

A new feature of the hub is a dedicated culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) section across five different languages and  contains more than 30 new pieces of content related to financial literacy, mathematics in careers, and mathematics in the modern world.

The NSW Government resources can be accessed here.



New NSW Health Campaign- Vaping Resources for Schools (Ref: 116/22)

NSW Health has released a new state-wide vaping campaign which outlines key information regarding vaping, the consequences of young people vaping and the way to disperse information correctly surrounding the topic. The campaign resources also include a vaping toolkit.

The Resource includes information that is specifically tailored for the various relevant groups involved in educating students on vaping: young people, parents and carers, teachers and schools and health professionals. Further, it provides access to avenues available to encourage and support students to quit vaping.

Access the NSW Government campaign resources here. 

For more information:

The Senior Manager, Wellbeing, Catholic Schools New South Wales also talks to Paul Dillion (the Director and founder of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA)) about drugs, alcohol and vaping in the podcast below.




School Newsletter

Opportunity for NSW High School Students to Visit Historic WWII Sites (Ref: 121/22)

ClubsNSW is funding an initiative which seeks to give six Year 11 students from across NSW the opportunity to visit historic WWII sites in Japan and America.

Students will travel to Hiroshima, Tokyo and Pearl Harbor as part of the 11-day ClubsNSW Premier’s WWII Memorial Tour in July 2022, from 21 to 31 July 2022.

In order to be selected by ClubsNSW, students must submit a 1000-word essay answering the question ‘Are the lessons of WWII still relevant today?’. Submissions are due by 5pm, on 13 June 2022. 

The winners will be announced on 20 June 2022.

The group of selected students will depart Sydney on 21 July and return on 31 July. Year 11 students must be aged 16 or 17 to submit an essay via the ClubsNSW website. Access the website and read the full list of terms and conditions here.

Fror more information, access the media release here: Media Release ClubsNSW Premier’s WWII Memorial Tour

Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT- Upcoming Free Parent Webinar: Helping Kids Thrive Online (Ref: 105/22)

The Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT have arranged a free webinar in partnership with the eSafety Commissioner for parents and carers of children aged 5-12 years.

The title of this years’ seminar is: Helping Kids Thrive Online

This Term 2 webinar offers tips on how to support young people to socialise, learn and have fun online in a safe manner.

It explains how to access information, use technology safely and navigate new online platforms.

It will cover:

  • how to talk to young people about online risks on different social media platforms and games
  • how to help young people develop skills to protect themselves when they are online
  • where to go for help if things go wrong and how to access mental health support and information through eSafety.

Register here:

Who should attend? Suitable for parents and carers of children aged 5-12 years

Date/Time: Wednesday 8 June at 7:30pm

Access the Webinar poster here: Helping kids thrive online Poster

National Reconciliation Week 2022- Ending Friday 3 June (Ref: 115/22)

National Reconciliation Week 2022 is currently taking place and will end this Friday, 3 June.

The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change.” asks all Australians to be brave in working towards change that benefits all Australians.

Reconciliation Australia encourages all Australians to take action every week of the year, not just in National Reconciliation Week.

National Reconciliation Week—27 May to 3 June—is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Read more here.