Priority Items

Closing Soon: Input into the Draft AI Framework for Schools (Ref: 200/23)

Australia’s Education Ministers have released a consultation draft of a national framework that will support the safe and effective use of AI in schools.

Outcomes from the consultation will inform the development of the final Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence in Schools. Feedback on the draft framework is open until 16 August 2023.

System leaders and school leaders are welcome to peruse the draft national framework and respond to the seven-question survey prepared by the NSW Government.

Professional Learning

Guidelines for Managing Suicidality and Self-harm - Black Dog Institute Webinar (Ref: 198/23)

In response to the increasing numbers of students presenting with complex mental health issues, CSNSW partnered with The Black Dog Institute in 2022 to develop guidelines for school counsellors to manage suicidality and self-harm.

In this second 60-minute webinar of the series, Dr Kris Kafer from The Black Dog Institute, will discuss clinical issues around suicidality and self-harm and familiarise staff with the CSNSW guidelines.

Audience: principals, assistant principals, school leaders, school counsellors, and wellbeing staff.

Note: while these guidelines are written for school counsellors, who hold qualifications in mental health, anyone interested in attending and increasing their understanding of the process around managing student mental health in a school setting is welcome to attend.

When: 22 August 2023
Time:  3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

To register for the webinar, click on the following link:

Please get in touch with Jennifer Coen via email for more information.


Anne T. Henderson Everyone Wins! Family-School Partnership​​​​​​​ (Ref: 196/23)

Join the conversation with Anne Henderson to discuss the evidence supporting family-school partnerships (the final of the three sessions). Anne is the founder and Senior consultant with the National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE), Washington DC. Anne will discuss her new book ‘Everyone Wins’, which focuses on children, families and educators.

In this session, the spotlight is on educators.

Register by 22 August 2023. For further information, please email


Resources for Learning

Prime Minister's Spelling Bee (Ref: 202/23)

Junior spellers around the country are facing off in a national word battle for the third annual Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee, with competition now live and the school round running until 5 pm AEST on Friday, 18 August.

Students from Years 3-8 can be registered by their teachers to participate in the online national competition, run by News Corp Australia’s free classroom literacy site, than 80,000 students have taken part over the past two years, including a massive 60,000-word wizards in 2022 in the free digital competition.

In 2023, national champions will head to the nation’s capital to meet the PM and tour Parliament House. They will also receive an iPad, a $250 HarperCollins book pack, as well as a $1000 voucher for their school to buy books, technology and other equipment.

Kids News, which is linked to the national curriculum, is read in schools in every Australian state and territory, with more than 10.6 million page views in the 12 months to December 2022.

Registrations are open, and the 2023 school round is live at until Friday, 18 August. State and territory finals will be held from 28 August to 1 September, and the national finals will be run online on 6-7 September. 

The national winners will be announced on Wednesday, 15 September.


  • There are three competition levels (Green: Years 3-4; Orange: Years 5-6; Red: Years 7-8), with students receiving 30 randomly generated words from their competition level word list.
  • Students have 25 seconds to type each answer.
  • Students with the most correct answers in the fastest time progress to finals. 
  • Three national winners will score a trip to Canberra to meet the PM. Other great prizes include an iPad and a $250 HarperCollins book pack.
  • Each national winner’s school also gets a $1000 voucher to put towards books, technology or other equipment and supplies. 


Employment Opportunities

Full Stack Developer .Net (Ref: 204/23)

CSNSW is advertising for a Full Stack Developer who will work as part of the Application Development team, reporting to the Head of Data & Information Systems. The Full Stack Developer will be an integral contributor to the design, planning and implementation of the CSNSW Cloud Platform, as well as other ongoing software development projects as required.

Essential requirements include:

  • Proven experience with the Microsoft development stack (.Net, C#, SQL Server)
  • Experience with implementing REST API endpoints, and consuming APIs
  • Working knowledge of working in a containerised cloud environment (Azure, Kubernetes, Docker)
  • Strong experience in React, HTML, CSS, and Javascript for frontend development, as well as CSS preprocessors including Sass and LESS.
  • At least 5 years experience in a similar role developing Cloud platforms.
  • Ability to prioritize to ensure critical issues are handled in a timely manner.
  • Strong knowledge of data structures and system design.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience with building and utilizing deployment pipelines.

For more details, see here:

This is a full time, 2-year fixed-term contract and applications close at 5 pm, Thursday, 17 August, 2023. Applicants are to submit a cover letter addressing the essential requirements of the position in addition to a curriculum vitae. Applications are to be addressed to the Human Resources Manager.


2024 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations: Expressions of Interest for Convenor and Committee Members​​​​​​​ (Ref: 190/23)

The CSSA provides teachers and students in schools throughout New South Wales, ACT and internationally with premium 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 practising 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 positions. 

A Convenor for the following 2024 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations:

  • Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2 (combined). The letter regarding the Expression of Interest requirements for the Convenor role with the CSSA and the application process is found here. 

Committee Members for each of the following 2024 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations:

  • Biology
  • Investigating Science

The letter regarding the Expression of Interest requirements for the Committee Member roles 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 am Friday, 11 August 2023.


School Updates & Newsletter

Catching our Breath Online Retreat (Ref: 152/23)

CSNSW invites you to be refreshed with an experience of Ignatian prayer – a taste for you and a practical way to share what you have received with others.

Over five weeks, Jesuit and Ignatian Spirituality Australia (JISA) will accompany and coach a core group online.

For more information, email us at or visit

You are invited to register at the link below:

Scholarships and Awards

University of Wollongong - Country to Coast and Future Skills Scholarships for Students (Ref: 203/23)

The University of Wollongong (UOW) is pleased to announce the availability of its popular Country to Coast and Future Skills Scholarships for students commencing their studies in 2024, with more than $5 million in scholarships on offer for domestic students.

The Coast to Coast Scholarship is available to 2024 Early Admission offer holders from Bega Valley, Central and Far West NSW, Goulburn and South easter NSW, Eden Monaro, Eurobodalla, Murray, Riverina and Shoalhaven. Select Indigenous Access Program (IAP) offer holders will also be considered eligible.

The Future Skills Scholarship supports students pursuing studies in identified priority skills areas including business, computer science, IT and cybersecurity, education, engineering, exercise science, nursing, public health and social work.

More information about these programs and early admissions can be found here: