Webinar: The Dr Hilary Cass Report on Gender Dysphoria in the UK – is it relevant for Australia? (Ref: 127/24)

The National Association of Practicing Psychiatrists is hosting a webinar with Dr Hilary Cass who will present the findings of her UK NHS report into the treatment of young people who are questioning their gender identity. Following her input, a faculty of senior medical and legal experts will debate the relevance of the Cass recommendations for the Australian setting.

The webinar will take place on 2 July, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm AEST.

Follow this link for registration details, including the cost of the webinar, and information about presenters.

Catholic School Parents Australia​​​​​​​'s Free Family Engagement Resources (Ref: 125/24)

Catholic School Parents Australia has developed free resources to strengthen the home-school partnership! The new video workshops help guide primary and secondary parents, principals, and school staff to take a holistic approach to their children’s well-being and educational experience.

The resources also include guides for local facilitators to run through the video workshops in collaborative sessions with principals, staff and families.  Insights from experts like Andrew Fuller, John Hattie and Donna Cross inform the workshop’s research-backed strategies.

The resources can be found on the Gearing Up for Parent Engagement website.

Professional Learning

New Professional Learning Module: "Understanding Violence, Antisocial and Extremist Behaviour" (Ref: 123/24)

As part of the NSW Government’s Countering Violent Extremism project and in response to current issues of concern, including an increase in physical assaults, increased possession of weapons and instances of radicalisation of young people, Catholic Schools NSW (CSNSW) launched a new professional learning module on 27 May 2024: Understanding violence, antisocial and extremist behaviour.

This module is intended to support all principals and school staff to better identify and respond to violent, antisocial and extremist behaviour in schools. CSNSW is encouraging all principals and school staff to complete the new module so that they are appropriately equipped to report or respond to these matters.


Student Resources

Register for September Fruit & Veg Month (Ref: 122/24) 

Registrations are now open for Fruit & Veg Month commencing in September 2024. This tailor-made initiative, organized by the Healthy Kids Association, is designed to promote healthy eating habits among students. By registering your school, you’ll gain access to free, fun activities carefully aligned with the NSW syllabus. This year’s theme, “Fruit & Veg around the World,” includes a virtual exploration of international flavours and culinary traditions.

Registered schools will receive:

  • A teacher’s booklet with hints, tips, and a checklist to streamline event planning.
  • A classroom kit including a poster and stickers.
  • Fun and easy activities suitable for the entire school community.
  • Ideas for school involvement.
  • Community outreach initiatives to engage parents and the community.

These resources are crafted to inspire long-term healthy habits in students, making a lasting impact on their well-being. Participants have consistently reported that Fruit & Veg Month positively influences the entire school community, encouraging students to embrace and enjoy the consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Click here to register your school.


School Updates & Newsletter

The Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT's Our Catholic Faith Handbook 2024 (Ref: 119/24)

The Council of Catholic School Parents has released its 2024 handbook, Our Catholic Faith, to assist parents and families in understanding the Catholic beliefs, celebrations, and prayers that form the foundation of Catholic schools. The handbook explains how Catholic Schools aim to provide a holistic education, enriching the lives of students and their families by cultivating both academic learning and faith.

It serves as a resource for all parents, especially those unfamiliar with Catholic traditions, offering insights into the basics of Catholic beliefs, celebrations, symbols, and prayers.

Click here to download the handbook or here to read more on the CCSP website.

RSL and Schools "Remember ANZAC Art Competition" for 2025 (Ref: 121/24)

RSL NSW is pleased to announce the opening of the RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Art Competition for 2025.

All primary and secondary schools across New South Wales are invited to submit a maximum of two artworks for consideration. A panel consisting of representatives from the NESA, Art Gallery of NSW, RSL NSW, and the Anzac Memorial Veteran Artist in Residence will judge the submissions.

The two winning artworks will be featured on the cover of the 2025 RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Service program. All finalists will receive a certificate, a medal, and have their artwork displayed at the prestigious Anzac Memorial.

The competition closes for school submissions on November 1, 2024, and the finalists will be announced and notified on November 15, 2024.

Visit the RSL website to learn more and apply.