Priority Items

RESOURCE: Information for Catholic Families - Households, Income, Small Business, ATO (Ref: 65/20)

This resource was developed by Catholic Schools New South Wales to assist families and individuals affected by COVID-19 in understanding what assistance may be available to them and how they might be able to obtain such assistance. To download your copy of the Catholic Schools New South Wales COVID-19 Catholic Families Assistance Table please click the link below:

COVID-19-Families-assistance – Catholic Schools New South Wales

COVID-19 – Latest Updates and Resources (Ref: 060/20)

For the latest updates and helpful resources and advice regarding COVID-19 and it’s impacts on the Catholic Education sector please refer to the COVID-19 Section on the Catholic Schools New South Wales Website. Diocesan Directors and Principals are encouraged to access the COVID-19 Response Portal for relevant resources and information.

RSL & Schools Remember ANZAC Service Cancellation (Ref: 062/20)

Following updates from the NSW Government, RSL NSW has made the decision to cancel all public ANZAC Day commemoration services across the state. Acting State President Ray James has advised that the risk to the general public and our sub-Branches is too great considering the COVID-19 pandemic.

​National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence Postponed (Ref: 063/20)

Minister for Education, Dan Tehan, says the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on Friday March 20 has been postponed and a new date for the National Day of Action will be announced in due course. The decision was made following new public health advice on social distancing measures. Schools can keep up to date with the latest public health advice via this link. Every day should be an opportunity to address bullying, whether it is in the school yard or on the internet.

Postponed - 2020 HSC Marking Simulation Professional Development for Regional Teachers (Ref: 064/20)

The HSC marking simulation Professional development (Business Studies and Advanced English – Paper 2, Module C), scheduled for late May and early June 2020 in Bateman’s May, Port Macquarie, Dubbo and Sydney have been postponed. NESA, the Department of Education and Catholic Schools New South Wales are working together to see how this critical training might be delivered online, and /or postponed until later in the year. Catholic Schools New South Wales recognises how important this training is for teachers in regional areas who are not able to access marking centres to gain this valuable experience. Catholic Schools New South Wales will ensure all schools and diocesan offices are informed of any further developments.

Better, Smarter Regulation Initiative (Ref:035/20)

Catholic Schools New South Wales is still receiving submissions for its Better, Smarter Regulation initiative. While the initial deadline for submissions has passed, any submissions received will still be properly considered.

Catholic Schools New South Wales announced this initiative in 2019 as a way to help to reduce the growing burden of regulation imposed by government on teachers, most particularly on school leaders. The school sector needs a voice back to government on this important issue.

Catholic Schools NSW has heard the message of school teachers and principals that the administrative burden on schools is too high. Australia’s school principals have also reported they are overwhelmed by their workloads. This was the cause of significant stress and prevented school principals from focusing on the core aims of their schools: teaching and learning.

The aim of the Better, Smarter Regulation initiative is to set out a roadmap which provides a practical, achievable work programme to lighten this burden. This Better, Smarter Regulation Roadmap is not about watering down safeguards or removing essential regulation – it is about identifying and removing redundant regulation, ending duplication and inconsistencies and streamlining reporting protocols so that regulation in school education is targeted, properly assessed against risks and more transparent. Critically, this initiative will rely on input from those at the frontlines of our education system.

Catholic Schools New South Wales is therefore calling for teachers, principals, school administrators, school leaders and others in the education industry to make submissions based on their experience of red-tape. These submissions will help guide Catholic Schools New South Wales’s work in preparing a Roadmap for government to seek positive reform in the way it regulates schools. Guidelines for preparing submissions can be viewed here.

Further information on this initiative can be found at

CSSA Forum Membership (Ref:046/20)

Renewals Closing Date 27 March 2020

A reminder that CSSA Forum Membership is due now. An information letter was posted to your Principal/Diocesan Director on Friday 7th February 2020. Please note that your membership will not be activated until you have requested renewal online AND payment has been made.  Failure to pay by the due date will result in forum attendance registrations being charged at non-member rates.

The CSSA Forum Division site is for Secondary Schools and Diocesan CSO/CEO offices to register their CSSA membership payments and to register staff attending the CSSA Forums. The site will also hold information regarding Forums. Go to Membership Registrations on the Menu Bar and follow the instructions to generate and print your invoice(s). Please send your invoice(s) to your accounts department.

Go to then put in your username and password. If you don’t have your username and password email us at, or phone 9486 3555.

Due to Covid-19 Social distancing requirements advice as to the timing of CSSA Forums for 2020 will be provided in a follow up communication. All 2020 Trial Examination dates remain as earlier advised.


Professional Learning

Rural and Remote HSC Marking Simulation Workshops (Ref: 054/20)

In 2020 Catholic Schools New South Wales is a co-convenor with the NSW Department of Education (Rural and Distance Education) for this NESA delivered professional learning for teachers from rural and remote regions who may not be able to access HSC marking opportunities.

This notice constitutes early advice of the dates and locations of the workshops. Venues are currently being finalised.


Week 1 Week 2
Tuesday, 26 May – Port Macquarie

Thursday, 28 May – Batemans Bay

Wednesday, 3 June – Dubbo

Friday, 5 June – Sydney


In 2020 NESA will offer workshops in Business Studies and English Advanced, Paper 2 (Module C – The Craft of Writing). 

Please note the following advice from NESA:

‘While we will specifically be focussing on the responses from English Advanced students (as these were marked onscreen in 2019), teachers of English Standard would also benefit from the workshop’.

The maximum number of participants is 40 (20 per subject) at each location

These workshops are in high demand. Catholic Schools New South Wales has negotiated to co-convene (share costs) so that Stage 6 teachers in rural and remote Catholic schools might have equal access to this valuable professional learning opportunity.

Registration details will be provided shortly.

Any further queries should be directed to Bronwyn Hession, Senior Manager Registration and Accreditation, <


RBA Teacher Immersion Event 2020 (Ref:047/20)

The Reserve Bank’s annual Teacher Immersion Event will be held on Friday, 19 June 2020. Expressions of interest are now open.

This free full-day professional development event provides a unique opportunity for secondary school economics teachers from across Australia to enrich their understanding of current economic issues and concepts by engaging with professional economists and colleagues.

Information can be found at:

(N.B. Expressions of interest will close on Wednesday, 18 March. For those unable to attend, all presentations from the day will be filmed and uploaded to the RBA website, post event.)


NSW Premier's Teacher Scholarships (Ref:037/20)

Applications for scholarship-funded study tours commencing in 2021 will close on Sunday 19th April 2020.

Subscribe to our Alert MeExternal link list to keep up to date with scholarship notifications.

The NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships provide $10,000 or $15,000 for a five-week study tour within Australia or overseas.

The scholarships, funded by corporate supporters and private foundations, are open to teachers in NSW government and non-government schools, TAFE NSW campuses and early childhood centres. Scholarships are awarded in the year prior to the study tour.

The majority of scholarships are for school-based teachers to explore best practice in their chosen subject area. The program delivers significant outcomes for scholarship recipients, students, teacher colleagues and school communities.

The NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships program is an initiative of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and administered by the NSW Department of Education.

For more information, contact the project team via or by calling (02) 7814 3820.


SAVE THE DATE: Education Law Symposium - Catholic School Governance For The Common Good - 6 July 2020 (Ref:016/20)

Please mark your calendars for this great event! For any enquiries please email:


'Deutsch Lehren Lernen' German Teacher Scholarship (Ref:026/20)

Deutsch Lehren Lernen (DLL)“ is an innovative professional learning program of the Goethe-Institut. Offering further training, it answers fundamental questions regarding the teaching of German as an additional language. The 10-week online courses offer a variety of subjects, and are designed for teachers of German who are looking for professional learning utilising the latest training methods.

For  more information on scholarships for this program please click the link below:


'Goethe-Institut' - Young Teachers Network and Award (Ref:027/20)

The Goethe-Institut network has been created to support new teachers of German by providing advice, mentoring, professional learning opportunities, teaching materials, and platforms for personal and virtual exchange. The winner of the Young Teacher Award will attend a professional learning course in Germany in 2021.

For more information please click the link below:
   Young Teachers Network    



Support for Bushfire-Affected School Students and Families in NSW (Ref:017/20)

Please refer to the Catholic Schools New South Wales website for a range of resources and information to support bushfire-affected schools, students and families.
Information includes:
– Financial support for families
– Community support
– Mental health support
– How Catholic schools communities and parishes can help

Please note all this information has previously been provided to diocesan directors and school principals via memo over the last few weeks.



Reminder: School, TAA And Cricos Applications Due By 31 March 2020 (Ref:024/20)

Just a reminder that school, TAA and Cricos applications are due by 31 March 2020. Please find below more information regarding the applications process:

The following applications are due by Tuesday 31 March 2020:

Online application forms are available on RANGS Online.

For assistance accessing RANGS Online, please call School Registration and Accreditation on (02) 9367 8866.

For more information, contact:
Anita Yates
Senior Inspector, School Registration and Accreditation
(02) 9367 8214


School Newsletter

NAPLAN Online (Ref:034/20)

NESA has recently distributed materials to assist with the administration of NAPLAN Online to schools. Please contact the NESA NAPLAN team on 1300 119 556, 02 9367 8382 or immediately if your school has not received the materials.

Key dates
NAPLAN 2020 test dates

Practice test window for NSW Catholic schools – key readiness activity for all online schools – Monday 23 March to Thursday 26 March 2020

Coordinated practice test (CPT) – participation by all NSW schools is strongly encouraged on – Monday 23 March 2020 at noon


NAPLAN Online tests – 12 – 22 May 2020


NAPLAN paper tests – 12 – 15 May 2020

Schools and students

The best way to ensure the smooth running of NAPLAN Online tests is to plan ahead and ensure staff and students feel prepared.

A number of training and practice opportunities are available to support schools participating in NAPLAN Online. Schools should contact their Diocesan office or Catholic Schools New South Wales for training details.

The following timeline outlines key activities schools should plan for and participate in to help prepare staff and students.

2020 NAPLAN Online Preparation Activities

To assist schools in their transition to NAPLAN Online the following timeline of key activities provide schools with opportunities to help prepare both staff and students for NAPLAN 2020.

Timeline Activity summary Participants
17 February –
8 May 2020

School NAPLAN Online coordinator(s) and all test administrator(s) complete training applicable to their role.

NAPLAN Co-ordinator

School Test Administrators


February – April
NAPLAN platform training environment

Schools will receive log in details for the NAPLAN training environment for their school mid-February 2020.

School NAPLAN coordinator(s) and test administrator(s) are able to use the platform training environment to practice administration tasks such as opening a test session, pausing and restarting a student/ test session, applying disability adjustment codes and finalising a test session

NAPLAN Co-ordinator

School Test Administrators

February –
May 2020
Public demonstration site

·        Students should be provided with opportunities to use the Public demonstration site and the practice tests to familiarise themselves with the test platform features and functionality and question types.

·        Parents can also access the public site to view the item types available in the online tests.




23 March –
26 March 2020
Practice Test

All Catholic schools transitioning to NAPLAN Online are expected to participate in the practice test with all Years 5/7/9 NAPLAN cohort students sitting a writing and omnibus test. Note: year 3 students will only do an omnibus test.

The practice tests are an important opportunity for students to familiarise themselves with the assessment platform, its features and any adjustments that have been applied to accommodate for individual student needs.

NAPLAN Co-ordinator

School Test Administrators


23 March 2020


Coordinated Practice Test

The coordinated practice test is run at a predetermined time on one day during the practice test window. The aim of the CPT is to load test the platform with a large number of students across Australia sitting an online practice test, preferably the writing test. Schools are strongly encouraged to schedule their school’s participation in the CPT as part of their participation in the practice test.

NAPLAN Co-ordinator

School Test Administrators



More information contact Catholic Schools New South Wales

Reserve Bank of Australia – Economics Education Program for Students and Teachers (Ref:038/20)

The Reserve Bank of Australia’s education program is designed to support the teaching and studying of economics. As part of the program, RBA economists travel to high schools to present to students in Years 11 and 12.

Talks are free of charge and cover ‘Monetary Policy and Current Economic Conditions’. The presentation lasts for one hour including time for Q&A at the end.    

Economists will be giving talks in the Sydney area during the weeks of 11 – 22 May. We are looking for several large-capacity schools to host the talks, which other schools can attend.

If you are interested in a talk for your students and if you are able to host students from other schools, please email the RBA at:  or contact Christina You, Senior Public Education Officer on (02) 9551 9731 by Friday 6 March.

ENTER NOW - 2020 Harmony Day Poster and Song Writing Competitions (Ref:020/20)

This year’s Harmony Day Poster and Song Writing Competition theme is ‘Picture a World in Harmony’. Prizes will be awarded in two categories:
1. Senior (year 7 – year 12)
2. Junior (K – year 6)

Poster Competition Prizes In each category the following prizes are awarded:
– State Winner $500
– Regional Winner $150
– State Winner’s School $500

Song Writing Competition Prizes

In each category the following prizes are awarded:
– First Prize $300
– Second Prize $150

Closing Date: 10 April 2020
Entry Forms and Competition Rules Are available at:

Prize Giving Function Will be held at the NSW Parliament House in June 2020
Every entrant will receive a Certificate of Participation
More information from: