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Catholic Schools New South Wales Education Law Symposium Guest Speaker Announcement (Ref: 117/21)

Catholic Schools New South Wales is pleased to announce Dr Kerry Chant, NSW Chief Health Officer and NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year 2021, will be a special guest speaker at the Catholic Schools NSW Education Law Symposium!

For expert insights into governance and leadership this is a day not to be missed. Catholic Schools NSW invites principals, heads of governance and compliance, finance officers and others designated as responsible persons to join us on Thursday July 1st.

Don’t miss out on your place!

Register today

Professional Learning

REGISTRATION OPEN: Online Catholic Schools New South Wales Sector NCCD Moderation Live Webinar Series (Ref: 115/21)

Registrations are now open for the online Catholic Schools New South Wales NCCD LIVE MODERATION TRAINING WEBINAR SERIES.

There are no limits to the number of participants from any one school can attend and participants may register for multiple sessions, however in 2020, these sessions quickly reached capacity, so it is recommended that participants register as soon as possible.


Participants from systemic and non-systemic Catholic schools and offices across NSW including staff in schools (teachers, school counsellors, middle leaders).


Webinars will be conducted Thursday 6 May – Thursday 20 May

Live webinars will be conducted 8.30 am – 10 am AND / OR 3 pm – 4.30 pm


Please follow this two-step process:

Click on each session to book into each webinar individually

Any issues registering please contact

NOTE: Zoom links will be forwarded to attendees closer to each webinar

Please don’t hesitate to contact Sam Giles if you have any questions.


Resources for Learning

Subscriptions open for #HSCShowcase event packages (Ref: 118/21)

Subscriptions are open for NESA #HSCShowcase event packages for Encore (music), Callback (dance) and OnStage (drama). The subscription packages are available to all NSW schools and provide unlimited access for 4 weeks to digital content including full performance / compositions, student Q&As, tips from markers and much more.

Dioceses and schools can subscribe to these packages and promote via their channels using the suggested content & links below.

Social media tiles, photos and some short promo videos are available here

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NOW OPEN: Encore (music) Callback (dance) and OnStage (drama) Virtual Packages. Subscribe today to gain unlimited online access across 4 big weeks to full performances & compositions, markers tips and student Q&As. 

#HSCShowcase #HSC2021 #HSC2020 #HSC2022

 Individual package promotion – suggested text

Are you teaching dance for the #HSC2021 #HSC2022? Subscribe to #HSCShowcase Callback to gain unlimited access until 21 May to full #HSC2020 performances, tips from markers, a student Q&A and much more. 

Link here

 Are you teaching music for the #HSC2021 #HSC2022? Subscribe to #HSCShowcase Encore to gain unlimited access until 21 May to full #HSC2020 compositions and performances, ,tips from markers, a student Q&A and much more. 

Link here

 Are you teaching drama for the #HSC2021 #HSC2022? Subscribe to #HSCShowcase OnStage to gain unlimited access until 21 May to full #HSC2020 performances and projects, tips from markers, a student Q&A and much more. 

Link here

For more information please contact:

Chantel Myers

Senior Communications Officer | Communications and Engagement

NSW Education Standards Authority


Court Education for School Students (Ref: 114/21)

Churchill Fellowship recipient Jacqueline Charles has invited Catholic Schools New South Wales to share the final report on her research with schools. The report, ‘ Best Practice in the Design and Delivery of Court Education Programs for School Students’ is based on extensive research of court education for young people in many overseas countries including the UK, Canada and the USA. The report identifies ‘best practice elements’ essential for effective court education programs. The report will be of particular interest to teachers of Legal Studies, Commerce, Society and Culture and civics education.

The full report can be accessed here

Further information about the Churchill Trust and Fellowships can be accessed here


Census lesson guides (Ref: 116/21)

Lesson guides and worksheets

Useful educational resources for educators at all levels to explain the what, why and how of Census. Lesson guides will assist educators and teachers understand how to plan their sessions and the activities they can run. Activities will suit students learning English, culturally and linguistically diverse audiences and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students as well anyone with an interest in the Census.

The guides can be accessed here

Worksheets and other material can be accessed here


New music education resources for teachers, parents and families (Ref: 112/21)

Legendary children’s entertainer Don Spencer is known and loved by families across Australia as long-time former host of ABC TV Show Play School.
The Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) is excited to announce the launch of a range of NEW educational resources that are engaging, entertaining – and support the delivery of much-needed music education to children across Australia!

Available from April 2021 – they feature a host of Don’s beloved original children’s songs: like “Feathers, Fur or Fins”, “Bush Tucker”, “Crocodile”, and more.

The resource kits include backing tracks to each song, lyrics and suggested actions, sheet music, and lesson plans that will encourage active listening, and meaningful music education.

A full range of Music Educational Resources are available to purchase from the ACMF website

Media Release – ACMF Educational Resources


School Newsletter

2021 VALID Registrations open (Ref: 107/21)

Science Validation of Assessment for Learning and Individual Development (VALID) program 2021 registrations are now open.

The Validation of Assessment for Learning and Individual Development (VALID) program provides online end-of-stage assessments for the science key learning area. These assessments can be used as a diagnostic tool to assist in improving student outcomes in science and as a tool for program evaluation. The test is linked to the science syllabuses, and assesses what students know and can do in science. It also provides useful information about student attitudes towards science.

Click here to find out more about the assessment packages offered for Year 6, Year 8 and Year 10.

2021 Non-government school VALID registration
A fee of $10 per student is applicable for non-government schools. All students who participate in a VALID assessment will receive an electronic individualised student report outlining the level of understanding they demonstrated during the assessment. Results and reports are available to schools via the Scout analytics program. Free professional learning (both online and face-to-face) is available to support the administration of the assessments and analysis and planning from the results. Please visit here to register your school for participation in 2021 VALID assessments.

VALID tests and marking key dates for 2021
VALID 6 and 10 test window:
Term 3, weeks 7 and 8
23 August to 3 September 2021

VALID 6 and 10 school marking window:
Term 3, week 9 to term 4 week 1
8 September to 6 October 2021

VALID 8 test window:
Term 4, weeks 3 and 4
18 October to 29 October 2021

Australian Secondary Schools - Promoting Mental Health (Ref: 111/21)

HeadSpace has teamed up with Australia’s largest mental health and fitness initiative for The Push-Up Challenge.

The Push-Up Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to increase mental health literacy in young people, family and friends, as well as encouraging connection and promoting fitness.
It begins on Tuesday 1 June – Friday 25 June.

Registrations are now open.


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


The Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales Awards (Ref: 108/21)

The Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales Awards are open to recognise outstanding educators in 2021.

Early Career Educator Award
The Early Career Educator Award is for early career teachers who currently work in either a primary or secondary school. Nominations are now open for the 2021 Awards for Teachers in their Early Years of Teaching, conducted annually by the Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales. There are two categories of Award, one for a secondary (7-12) teacher, and one for a primary (K-6) teacher. Only teachers in their second or third year of teaching are eligible for nomination.
Click here for the primary education nomination form 2021
Click here for the secondary education nomination form 2021
Click here for the Early Career Awards Application Guidelines
Nominations close by 5.00PM Friday 14 May 2021

Research Award
A “Guild Research Award” is offered to a Postgraduate Student and/or Experienced Teacher in NSW or ACT schools, who is currently completing or completed a research of direct benefit to classroom teaching within the last two years.

2021 Guild Research Award Presentation Evening
Date: Friday 27 September 2021
Venue: Concord Golf Club
Cost: This is a free event
Time: 1.00pm to 5.00pm
Click here for the Research Award nomination form 2021
Click here to find out more about our Research Award
Nominations close by 5.00PM Friday 25 June 2021

Regional / Remote Teaching and Learning Excellence Award
The TGNSW Wales Regional / Remote Teaching and Learning Excellence Award is an opportunity to give educators, in all sectors, the ability to share the material they have developed as a teaching and learning resource, which has been delivered as part of an online learning program. It allows for reflections of the educator’s course materials and instructional strategies and provides educators the opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of the material, by assessing the achievement of the learning outcomes of students, as well as the level of rapport achieved by the educator.

These awards have been created to encourage excellence in the development of online resource materials which is accessed by students in regional / remote learning environments. The Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales will award two winners of $500 each from Regional / Remote Teaching and Learning applications associated with education delivery in any School sector, including TAFE, VET and University.

Click here for nomination form 2021
Submit all nominations to by 5.00PM Friday 11 June 2021

World Teachers’ Day
Honouring teachers with the World Teachers’ Recognition Certificate who have made a wonderful contribution to their school in advancing the education profession.
Click here for nomination form 2021
Click here to view past award winners
Nominations close by 5.00PM Saturday 25 September 2021

Honorary Fellowship of the Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales
Click here to see past recipients

Register here for New Membership

Click here if you are an existing TGNSW Member
Applicants need not be current members of the Guild.
For any enquiries please contact the Secretariat at


Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships (Ref: 109/21)

The Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships – Research and Undergraduate 2022 applications are now open.

Please make this information available to students and colleagues who might be interested.

Complete, hard-copy applications must arrive at the Embassy of Japan by 5pm Wednesday 26 May 2021

Application forms and details (including the application timeline) are available on the Embassy of Japan website

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There are “Instructions by the Embassy” documents for each scholarship on the above webpage. People interested in applying should read these instructions first, together with the “MEXT Undergraduate/Research Application Guidelines”.

Any enquiries should be addressed to the MEXT Scholarship Advisor at the Embassy of Japan in Canberra via 02 6273 3244