Priority Items

CSSA Trial HSC Examinations 2021 (Ref: 103/21)

Schools are reminded that:

CSSA Trial HSC Examinations is a division of Catholic Schools NSW.

Registered schools with CSSA should have received the 2021 Principal Information Package.

  • 2021 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations ordering online became available as of Week 4, Term 1.
  • The 2021 Draft CSSA Trial HSC Examination Timetable is now available on the CSSA website.
  • The 2021 Final CSSA Trial HSC Examination Timetable will be available on the CSSA website in Week 1, Term 2.
  • The processes and procedures for the creation and distribution of the CSSA Trial HSC Examinations will remain in place for 2021.
  • Please note the process for invoicing has been updated. This has been noted on the CSSA website Notice Board for all registered schools and in the 2021 Principal Information Package.
  • Ordering is available until Friday 30 April 2021, 5pm (Week 2, Term 2). If ordering, please kindly complete one order (only) inclusive of all required subjects.
  • School data can be changed by individual schools via the CSSA website |Account Settings.

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

If you have not received the 2021 Principal Information Package, please contact for assistance.

Sun Safe at School - Stage 3 teaching resources (Ref: 100/21)

The NSW Government has released new teacher resources for stage 3 (Years 5 and 6) that incorporate sun safety content and outcomes across the PDHPE and Science & Technology curriculum.

Resources are free and can be found here

The AEDC 2021 data collection – School Activation (Ref: 092/21)

The 2021 AEDC data collection starts in Term 2. Schools will receive their School Leader and Teacher packs in the mail to assist in their preparation and planning for the AEDC.

AEDC School Coordinators can activate their data collection portal from 19 March 2021 to enable teacher training and creation of class list by 30 April 2021.

If you are yet to receive your information pack, please contact AEDC Helpdesk on 1800 092 548 or

Professional Learning

Have you registered? Catholic Schools New South Wales Sector NCCD Moderation (Ref: 104/21)

Places are filling up fast for the Catholic Schools New South Wales Sector NCCD Moderation on Tuesday 4 May and registration needs to be finalised by COB Tuesday 27 April so our COVID-19 safety plan can be confirmed (as currently required by NSW Health for indoor events of over 100 participants.)

AUDIENCE: Participants from systemic and non-systemic Catholic schools and offices across NSW including staff in schools (teachers, school counsellors, middle leaders) and diocesan office staff working in the area of disability. There are no limits to the number of participants from any one school or system, so please share with colleagues in your school as appropriate.

DATE: Tuesday 4 May – 9 am – 3 pm

  • Whole day, face-to-face event
  • Agenda for the day will include:
  • Session 1: NESA Curriculum options for Students with Disability (presented by Marina Laing)
  • Session 2: Imputed Disability focus – Base Line Moderating Activities
  • Session 3: Imputed Disability Focus – Cross Moderating Activities

VENUE: Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn Street Sydney

             NOTE: There will be NO remote access available


Please follow this two-step process:

STEP 1: Activate your account / sign-in to the Catholic Schools New South Wales Professional Learning Dashboard
Any sign-on issues please contact

STEP 2: When you are signed into the Catholic Schools New South Wales PL platform, click this link

            OR type Inter-Diocesan Cross Moderation Day in the search bar – top right.

NOTE: Don’t forget to click SUBMIT, once you have completed the registration form.

Any issues registering please contact


Catholic Schools New South Wales HSC Analysis Online (Ref: 101/21)

Catholic Schools New South Wales HSC Analysis is now available online through Catholic Schools New South Wales Professional Learning. Follow this link and simply search ‘HSC Analysis’ or follow the 2-step process below to access the learning.

Step 1 register on the dashboard by clicking here

Step 2 click here to go to the learning

These 17 modules were previously available through NETiD and have recently been migrated to this platform. This learning can be used as NESA Elective PD, a video demonstration on how to do this is available in the course introduction. In the near future it is intended that this learning will have NESA Priority Area Accreditation.


Crooked Science Workshops for Primary and Secondary Teachers and HSC Students (Ref: 102/21)

Crooked Science and Dr Simon Crook are offering Catholic school teachers across NSW the opportunity to participate in a variety of collaborative workshops. Simon’s work with CrookED Science has provided him with the opportunity to collaborate with regional and remote schools, as well as metropolitan schools, particularly when leveraging online technologies. To this end, CrookED Science is offering the following program of PD to teachers in NSW Catholic schools at a reduced rate.


Science Experiments for Primary Teachers

NESA Interim accreditation

Developed to be delivered via Zoom

Register HERE

4-hour workshops for teachers of Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 Science. These are hands on Workshops that help teachers to devise and deliver science and technology activities safely and age appropriately. Teachers will be conducting experiments and activities for Living World, Material World, Physical World, Earth & Space and Digital Technologies. In the process, teachers will also consider the many aspects of Working Scientifically, including risk assessment practices.

  • Science Experiments for Stage 1 Teachers – Tue 25 May
  • Science Experiments for Stage 2 Teachers – Wed 2 June
  • Science Experiments for Stage 3 Teachers – Thu 17 June
    • $190+GST per teacher per workshop

 Secondary HSC – For Teachers

Preparing for the 2021 HSC Science Workshops

NESA Elective PD

Register HERE

4-hour workshops for science teachers delivering HSC Biology, Chemistry and Physics run by subject experts with HSC marking experience and more. The workshops have been well received previously and have been redesigned to be delivered via zoom.

Teachers will be:

  • leveraging 2020 RAP Analyses to benefit teaching and learning
  • scrutinising the 2020 exam for emerging themes and commonplace mistakes
  • pilot marking brand new bespoke questions and sample answers
  • unpacking and attempting a brand new 9-mark question
  • understanding and developing marking criteria
  • developing strategies for cross-module questions

All teachers will receive a variety of resources.

  • Preparing for the 2021 HSC Biology Exam – Sat 29 May
  • Preparing for the 2021 HSC Chemistry Exam – TBC
  • Preparing for the 2021 HSC Physics Exam – Fri 28 May
    • $190+GST per teacher per workshop

Secondary HSC – For Students

2021 Science ‘HSC Student Revision’ Workshops

Teachers will need to register on behalf of students contact will be made to confirm student numbers. Register HERE

2-hour workshops run by subject experts with HSC marking experience. These workshops have been well received in the past and have been redeveloped to be delivered via Zoom. The workshops will cover the content and skills from Modules 6 & 7, paying particular attention to difficult material and common mistakes. All students will walk away with a range of resources and strategies.

  • Biology Revision (Modules 6 & 7) – Thu 17 Jun
  • Chemistry Revision (Modules 6 & 7) – TBC
  • Physics Revision (Modules 6 & 7) – Tue 22 Jun
    • at $30 (inc GST) per student per workshop
    • 3-5pm via Zoom

About Dr Simon Crook

Dr Simon Crook has been working in science education for 27 years. In 2015, after 12 years working for Sydney Catholic Schools, he founded CrookED Science and has since been collaborating with many Catholic schools and dioceses around K-6 Science & Technology, HSC Physics and the other HSC sciences. He has been involved in various consultations about the new science syllabuses and received his PhD in science education research at the University of Sydney in 2017. In his capacity as Honorary Associate, Simon assists the University of Sydney with their liaison with NESA and schools in NSW.



2021/22 Animal Research Authority (Ref: 098/21)

The use of animals in schools for educational purposes is governed by the Animal Research Act (1985) NSW. The Catholic Schools meets a requirement of this Act by issuing an Animal Research Authority to each school annually.

Accompanying this advice is the annual Animal Research Authority for the Principal and teachers who use animals to complete and retain within the school (find at the link below). Both pages of the Authority need to be completed. The names of teachers approved by the Principal to handle animals should be listed on the second page of the Authority, along with each teacher’s signature.

Please remember to retain a copy of the Authority in your school file. 

The Animal Welfare Liaison Officer, appointed by the Principal, must also be identified. The Principal is the Animal Welfare Liaison Officer in primary and infants schools. In central and secondary schools, it is generally the teacher most qualified to supervise the use of animals for teaching and research purposes. A full description of the role of the Animal Welfare Liaison Officer can be found at Animals in schools > Compliance > Responsibilities accessed at:

The information on page two of the Animal Research Authority must be updated when changes in personnel occur at the school. The Animal Research Authority must be retained at the school and made available to appropriately authorised people including officers of Catholic Schools NSW, inspectors from the NSW Department of Primary Industries Animal Welfare Unit and officers involved with, and members of, the Schools Animal Care and Ethics Committee.

If you require further information about the Animal Research Authority, please contact Gerard Delany, State Manager, Education Policy and Programs via telephone (02) 9287 1549 or email or Sally Bannerman, Animal Welfare Coordinator, on telephone (02) 7814 2631  or email

Please find at this link the 2021/22 Animal Research Authority


School Newsletter

2021 WriteOn Competition (Ref: 105/21)

WriteOn is an annual writing competition open to all NSW primary students in Years 1 to 6, including home-schooled students. Students compose an imaginative text of up to 500 words using an image as the stimulus.

WriteOn provides students with the opportunity to become published authors. It can be used as a whole class teaching activity or an individual project. To maximise the purpose of the competition, teachers are encouraged to refer to the NSW English K–6 Syllabus outcomes. Outstanding entries from the 2020 competition have been published in The Best of WriteOn 2020 anthology.

Entries close on the last day of Term 2, 2021 – Friday 25 June.

Click here for the link to the competition

68th Annual RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration (Ref: 106/21)

Thank you to those schools who registered to participate in the RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC commemoration, a service run by students for students, and a way to honour the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women.

Below you will find all the information you require to watch and participate in this service at your school:

  1. Determine when you will be “attending” the service, this can be done any day from 19 April through to 26 April.
  2. Determine how students will “attend”, via school assembly, in class etc.
  3. Download the video from this link in preparation. It is not recommended to stream the video on the day.
  4. Download and print the Order of Service, which can be found here
  5. During the wreath laying portion of the service, you can pause the video to go a lay a floral tribute locally.
  6. Select a student from your school to recite The Ode live when “attending” the service.

During the service, when the video says The Ode you should pause the video, have the selected student stand up and face their fellow students and recite The Ode. The words can be found on the screen of the video or in the Order of Service.

As outlined in the Order of Service, students should respond accordingly at the end with

We Will Remember Them

Lest We Forget

Students are able to sing along to the hymn Abide with Me and also the Australian National Anthem during the service.

Please share images or video of the students “attending” the 68th Annual RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration with us to

By sharing these images and video you are giving RSL NSW, Department of Education, Catholic Schools NSW and Association of Independent Schools NSW permission to use on websites, social media and for marketing purposes.

RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Service – how to watch

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities at Catholic Schools New South Wales (Ref: 099/21)

Two employee positions at Catholic Schools New South Wales are open for application:

Director Resources and Stewardship

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State Manager Aboriginal Education

Apply with cover letter and resume to

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Role Description – State Manager Aboriginal Education