Priority Items

Commonwealth Government Disaster Ready Fund (Ref: 23/23)

The Commonwealth Government has established the Disaster Ready Fund (DRF) to help communities mitigate the impacts of natural hazards across Australia. Each financial year, $200 million will be available to Australian states and territories. While only state and territory governments are eligible to apply for funding from the Commonwealth, non-government organisations can submit proposals for the DRF through the NSW Reconstruction Authority, which will manage the NSW application process. However, the non-government organisation must be an incorporated body and must meet a range of project eligibility criteria.

There are two eligibility streams:

  1. Infrastructure projects that seek to achieve any or all of the following:a. resilience to a future natural disasterb. preparedness for a future natural disasterc. reduction of the risk of a future natural disaster.
  2. Systemic risk reduction projects that build the long-term sustainability of a community or communities in an area that is at risk of being affected by a future natural disaster.

The full list of eligibility criteria is available here.

See also the Information Briefing from the NSW Reconstruction Authority here.

Applications for Round 1 of the DRF are now open.

Project proposals for the NSW Application must be submitted to the NSW Reconstruction Authority using the Proposal Form via email,, by 14 February 2023.

You can find more details about the DRF, the application process and other frequently asked questions here.

Professional Learning

CLOSING SOON: Results Analysis Training (RAP) - Tuesday 14 February 2023 (Ref: 6/23)

Catholic Schools NSW has partnered with NESA to offer RAP training to staff in our schools.

The training is available at two levels:

a) An introductory course for those new to RAP, and
b) An intermediate course for those with prior experience seeking to improve their skills.

The courses will be delivered via Zoom on Tuesday 14 February 2023 and will run concurrently starting at 2:30 pm.

Register to the seminars via the link here:

Registrations close on Friday 10 February at 10.00am.

Please feel free to contact Gary Molloy should you require any further detail or clarification:


Last chance to register - HSC Data Analysis Seminar Programme (Ref: 278/22)

The seminar programme continuing in February 2023 concerning the analysis of the upcoming HSC results, will be of interest to teachers, principals, and leaders of curriculum or pedagogy. Three different 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.

Seminar registration:

Online training:

See below for more information in relation to on prerequisites and how to register.

Please feel free to contact Gary Molloy should you require any further detail or clarification:


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 CSNSW online PL here”. Go to “NESA Elective PD”, and scroll down to “CSNSW 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.

Prerequisite Requirements
Please carefully note the target group information associated with each course below.


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

Program: 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 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

Program: 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 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

Program: 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

All registrations close on Friday 10 February at 10.00am.


APPLY NOW: Japanese Government 2023 MEXT Scholarship - Teacher Training Category (Ref: 1/23)

The Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship 2023 Teacher Training Category is now open!

This scholarship offers Australian teachers of primary school, high school or college level the opportunity to conduct research on school education at designated Japanese universities as “Teacher Training Students”.

Applications are open to teachers who were born on or after 2 April 1988, have graduated from a university or Teachers’ College and have 5+ years of teaching experience. Applicants will also be required to take Japanese and English exams and must demonstrate a sufficient level of Japanese language ability to be able to receive research guidance in Japanese.

Hard-copy application documents are due at the Embassy of Japan in Canberra by 5PM (AEDT) on Friday 17 February 2023.

More information and application forms are available on the Embassy of Japan in Canberra website here.

If you have any enquiries, please contact the Embassy via or (02) 6272 7252.


SAVE THE DATE: Early Years Symposium – 28 April (Ref: 24/23)

SAVE THE DATE! Friday 28 April 2023

In the first week of term two, Catholic Schools NSW is holding the inaugural ‘Early Years Symposium’ in Sydney.

Registration for the event will go live very soon- more information to come.

Guests will hear from keynote speaker, Nathan Wallis, along with Sue Larkey, Professor Tricia Eadie and Professor Pamela Snow.

Early childhood and early years primary school teachers are encouraged to attend.

For more information, please contact Mr Sean Maloney – Senior Education Officer (


Resources for Learning

Safer Internet Day TODAY (Ref: 4/23)

Promoting online safety is a challenge. In 2022 the ESafety Commissioner reported almost 50% of children using the internet were bullied or treated badly online and 47% of 14-17 year olds had received sexual messages. Join the ESafety Commission to promote Safer Internet Day on February 7 and support online safety at school and home.

Free resources and campaign kit can be found here.


eSafety Educator Support (Ref: 8/23)

eSafety Champions are teachers, wellbeing professionals, or staff representatives who make online safety a priority in their schools. Every Champion in the network is given the skills, tools, and knowledge to keep their school safe online.

Click this link to find out more information or to sign up to the network.

You can contact Nathan Smith here for enquiries about the network.


2023 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations (Ref: 16/23)

The CSSA, a division of Catholic Schools NSW, creates premium CSSA Trial HSC Examinations by education experts.  Our contributors have syllabus expertise and extensive teaching experience to create Trial HSC Examinations.

The CSSA has posted a Letter to the Principal containing essential information regarding the 2023 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations. If a Principal requires technological assistance with sign-in to their registered school account in the CSSA website, please email There is a CSNSW verification process in place to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of each Principal and their registered school account with the CSSA.

Key Dates to assist schools:

  • The 2023 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations Timetable is from Monday 31 July to Monday 14 August with a security period up to and including 8am, Thursday 17 August
  • The 2023 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations Principal Information Package will be emailed to Principals on Friday 10 February  
  • 2023 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations online ordering is available as of 9am, Monday 13 February and until 5pm, Thursday 6 April (Week 11, Term 1)
  • Schools must contact the CSSA regarding CSSA Trial HSC Examinations Disability Provisions by 9am, Friday 31 March (Week 10, Term 1)
  • The 2023 Draft CSSA Trial HSC Examination Timetable will be provided in the Principal Information Package and then made available on the CSSA website
  • The 2023 Final CSSA Trial HSC Examination Timetable will be emailed to Principals in Week 1, Term 2 and then made available on the CSSA website

CSSA website and individual School Accounts:

School data in School Accounts with the CSSA must be kept up-to-date by individual schools via the CSSA website | Account Settings.

Relevant personnel in CSSA registered schools should ensure that school data available and fields of information on the CSSA website is checked, updated and completed as necessary. This will ensure that your School’s address, phone number, email address and contact details are correct – this information is critical for communication with schools and the secure delivery of CSSA Trial HSC Examinations. Remember to click on the “SAVE” button at the end of the process.


Harmony Week Resources and Competitions (Ref: 12/23)

Harmony Week runs between Monday 20 March – Sunday 26 March and Harmony Day is Tuesday 21 March 2023. The day provides us with an opportunity to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community.

Australia is a vibrant and multicultural country — from the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians to the cultures of our newest arrivals from around the world. Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are. It makes Australia a great place to live.

An integrated multicultural Australia is an integral part of our national identity. All people who migrate to Australia bring with them some of their own cultural and religious traditions, as well as taking on many new traditions. Collectively, these traditions have enriched our nation.

Support Harmony Week in your school with resources found here.

Students are also invited to participate in the Harmony Day Poster Competition and the Harmony Day Songwriting Competition.

Competitions close on Friday 14 April 2023.


Virtual Story Time - Register NOW for free book (Ref: 9/23)

This term, Catholic Schools NSW is proud to present a virtual story time of “What Do You Call Your Grandma?” by author, Ashleigh Barton.

Shortlisted in 2022 for the Children’s Book Council of Australia awards, this is a charming and heart-warming book that celebrates the many ways we say grandma.

The virtual story time will be livestreamed into your classroom at 10:00 am Wednesday 22 March.

Be one of the first 100 teachers to register your class for the virtual story time event and you’ll receive a free copy of this delightful book!

Registrations open Tuesday 21 February…so stay tuned!

Check out the trailer below by clicking on it or click here to watch it.

For further information, please contact Sean Maloney (Senior Education Officer) here.


Employment Opportunities

CLOSING 8 FEB! 2023 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations: Expressions of Interest for an Assessor (Ref:15/23)

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 the following position:

An Assessor for the following 2023 CSSA Trial HSC Examination

  • Engineering Studies

The letter regarding the Expression of Interest requirements for the role with the CSSA and the application process is found here.

Interested applicants are asked to send a Cover Letter and current Curriculum Vitae to Monica O’Brien, Head CSSA Exams, at by 9.00am, Wednesday 8 February 2023.


APPLY NOW: Senior Manager, Vocational Education Training (Ref: 25/23)

We are Hiring!

Catholic Schools NSW is recruiting the position of Senior Manager, Vocational Education Training (VET). This is a permanent and full time position.

The Senior Manager, Vocational Education Training (VET) is responsible for providing statewide leadership to the Catholic sector in the area of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and vocational learning. To provide strategic advice and reporting to Senior Management on the delivery of current VET programs and prospective future trends in VET.

Find the full position description and information on how to apply here.


School Newsletter

Free Parent and Carer webinar (Ref: 22/23)

In collaboration with the eSafety Commissioner, the Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT is offering a webinar on the topic of ‘Navigating Online Friendships’.

This 30 minute webinar will cover:

  • how to support young people to have safe and respectful online relationships
  • what to do when something happens at school and ends up on social media or private messaging apps
  • how to report to social media platforms and eSafety.

The webinar will run at 7:30 pm on Thursday 23 February and you can register here.

ESafety advice for parents - ThinkUKnow program  (Ref: 13/23)

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) are urging families to be proactive this school year and update the privacy settings on children’s devices to help prevent predators from contacting them online. 

The AFP-led ThinkUKnow program – Australia’s first and only nationally delivered, law enforcement-led online safety program – has produced guides for parents and carers.

RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Art Competition for 2024 (Ref: 20/23)

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.

Premier's ANZAC Memorial Scholarship 2023 (Ref: 21/23)

The NSW Government invites Year 10 and Year 11 History students to apply for the 2023 Premier’s ANZAC Memorial Scholarship. Applications are now open via the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs website here.

The ANZAC Memorial Scholarship gives History students the opportunity to travel on a two-week study tour to Singapore and Darwin where they will explore the history of Australian men and women at war. A military historian will accompany students and the tour will include significant historical sites.

The Scholarship covers:

  • all learning and leisure activities on the tour
  • all travel while on the tour (flights, coaches, etc)
  • all meals and accommodation
  • uniforms to wear on the tour.

Applications close 13 March 2023. Further information is available on the Veterans Affairs website here.

Shop For Good in 2023​​​​​​​ (Ref: 14/23)

Make 2023 the year your school community – staff, students and parents – shop more sustainably. Every day there are opportunities to support businesses that are committed to making a difference for people and the planet.

The Shop For Good Facebook page is an excellent resource schools can like, follow and share from to learn about everyday products that contribute to the “economy of care” encouraged by Pope Francis. It provides information and product profiles that can help individual consumers and people who make purchases on behalf of Catholic organisations nationwide to make an impact every time they spend.

Trade is central to both poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. The Fairtrade mark, for example, is the world’s most recognised ethical label. The standards that sit behind it include social and environmental sustainability, protect against modern slavery risks, promote gender equality and worker safety. When trade structures are designed with sustainable development in mind, they can boost incomes, tackle poverty, and deliver a lasting impact. By purchasing Fairtrade products, consumers are actively participating in sustainable consumption.

The variety and availability of Fairtrade certified products is growing each year in Australia. For example, all chocolate, tea and coffee products are not the same – no matter how beautiful the packaging. At Easter alone, chocolate sales in Australia soar to $200+ million but the vast majority of those products are not Fairtrade certified.

One Catholic aged-care provider reported serving 831,200 cups of tea and 150,000 cups of coffee in 2019-2020. This would indicate that collectively, Catholics consume and procure millions of cups of tea and coffee at home/work/parish, places of service and learning every day. Just imagine the potential positive impact of that spend on vulnerable people at the bottom of supply chains. Fairtrade certification also applies to other products such as cotton, gold, flowers and furniture to name a few.

Fairtrade promotes long-term relationships between buyers and farmers. These relationships can help grow employment opportunities in farming communities and provide sustainable livelihoods for farmers. Fairtrade also offers pre-financing for farmers and sets out benchmarks and standards for hired labour and gender equality.

A critical aspect of Fairtrade is the Fairtrade premium – an additional sum paid to Fairtrade Associations which is invested in community development. This investment provides critical capital to working people that can be used for improvements of products to be more competitive in the market and receive higher prices. Another example of its use is improving educational resources for children. These and many other investments directly contribute to economic growth rather than a model based on charity.

Obtaining the Fairtade mark is not easy – nor should it be. Support Fairtrade businesses who are committed to achieving the standard. Learn more about the Fairtrade standard and explore the many brands available for purchase on the Fairtrade Australia New Zealand website.

All supermarkets carry tea, coffee and chocolate products with the Fairtrade mark. Look for the blue-green circle with a waving farmer. Purchase these products for your home, parish or workplace via your office supplies partners such as WINC and COS who regularly carry these products. If your workplace has a coffee machine, consider contracting with Sprout Coffee.

Ask your school social media or communications officer to Like, follow and share Shop For Good