Priority Items

Update on 2021 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations (Ref: 140/21)

  • Online ordering for the 2021 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations has now closed.
  • The dates for the 2021 Trial HSC Examinations are Monday 26 July to Monday 9 August. The Final CSSA Trial HSC Examinations Timetable is available on the CSSA website:
  • The Security Period for the 2021 CSSA Trial HSC Examination is up to, and inclusive of, Wednesday 11 August 2021.  Examinations, related examination materials and student scripts are not to be returned to students until Thursday 12 August 2021.
  • Please note the process for invoicing has been updated. This information has been noted on the CSSA website Notice Board for all registered schools.
  • Principals are reminded to ensure the CSSA Terms and Conditions are followed by all teachers and other staff members.  Principals are reminded to also read the Security Breaches Policy and Procedures for CSSA Trial HSC Examinations. Both documents are located on the CSSA website and were included in the 2021 Principal Information Package.
  • Having completed online ordering, Principals are required to certify in writing their acceptance of the CSSA Terms and Conditions via the 2021 Principal Certification Form. This form must be returned to the CSSA.
  • First Round Deliveries – Schools that have ordered per cohort and using the 2021 CSSA Trial HSC Examination Timetable. These orders will be delivered to schools from Tuesday 13 July to Friday 16 July (Week 1, Term 3).
  • Second Round Deliveries – Schools that have purchased a minimum order of examinations (5 copies per subject). These orders will be delivered to schools from Monday 16 August 2021 (Week 6, Term 3).

National Career Institute Round Two Partnership Grants (Ref: 126/21)

Applications are now open for Round Two of the National Career Institute’s Partnership Grants program, with up to $525,000 available for projects that will improve career outcomes for adults and school students.

Projects will focus on adults seeking to re-enter the workforce or change careers, particularly those disadvantaged by COVID-19, as well as students at crucial transition stages in primary school and years 7 to 10.

A total of $6.1 million is available, with grants ranging from $20,000 to $525,000. The maximum period for each project is 18 months.

Applications close 23 June 2021.

For further information and to apply visit:

Media Release

Professional Learning

Catholic Schools New South Wales 2021 DISruptABILITY Conference: Expression of Interest (Ref: 131/21)

There are approximately 45,000 students, comprising 19% of all students in NSW Catholic schools, with some degree of disability. Catholic schools provide for the needs of these students in a range of settings, including: mainstream schools, special schools, special assistance schools and satellite classes.

The two-day DISruptABILITY conference will be grounded in internationally recognised best-practice evidence. It will be an opportunity to engage critically with the disruptive trends in education and inspire in our Catholic school educators and leaders a continuing commitment to excellence which ensures every child achieves their potential in every classroom, every day.

The conference will be open to all school and system staff. The conference seeks to be inclusive of all those who provide educational support and care for students with disability in our schools.

Schools are encouraged to bring teams comprising of members of the school leadership team, learning support and/or diverse learning teachers, pastoral care and wellbeing coordinators, leaders of learning and/or pedagogy, classroom teachers and teachers’ aides. Schools may even wish to bring a parent and/or their parish priest as part of a school team.


To stay in touch and receive updates on our planning, express your interest HERE.


NESA Professional Learning: Illness and Misadventure HSC applications (Ref: 139/21)

NESA will be offering online workshops in June and July focusing on the application processes for Illness and Misadventure consideration for the HSC. The workshops will cover principles, procedures and evidence required for the application process. Further information and registration details can be accessed here. 


Resources for Learning

Giving kids the skills to cope by Dr Justin Coulson (Ref: 138/21)

Have you ever wondered why some kids give up easily?

Join Dr Justin Coulson as he discusses how to enable kids to cope with the challenges that life throws at them.

Originally presented to school chaplains this webinar is now available to all staff for a limited time – expires June 16, 2021.

Hosted by Catholic Schools New South Wales

Sponsored by the National School Chaplaincy Program



Legal action brought against all Australian school sectors by the Copyright Agency (Ref: 135/21)

Last week, an application was lodged with the Copyright Tribunal by the Copyright Agency (the body that represents copyright owners) against all Australian school sectors (that is, all the State and Territory Departments of Education as well as Catholic and Independent school sectors across Australia). The action relates to the way in which data is captured in schools as part of the survey processes that are used to determine copyright remuneration. The Copyright Agency is not satisfied with the way in which data is currently captured via the survey process, and has asked the Copyright Tribunal to make orders determining a suitable method of data collection for electronic copying and hard copy use of copyright material in schools.

We will be working with the National Copyright Unit to determine next steps and how we will respond to the application on behalf of our member schools. In the meantime, there is no change to the data collection process and unless the Copyright Agency asks for interim relief whilst the matter is before the Copyright Tribunal, the existing survey system for schools will continue ‘as is’. We will advise schools immediately if there are any changes, and also keep schools apprised of the progress and outcome of this action in the Copyright Tribunal.


School Newsletter

NSW Health: Resources to encourage vaccination against flu (Ref: 137/21)

NSW Health is seeking your support to encourage parents and carers to vaccinate their children against flu this winter and have provided the following advice and request.

For young children, flu can be life-threatening, and the flu shot is their best protection against severe flu. Flu shots are free for children from 6 months to under 5 years of age, as well as pregnant women, all Aboriginal people from 6 months of age, people aged 65 years and over, and people with medical conditions such as severe asthma, diabetes and cancer.

NSW Health have developed a poster and a digital banner to consider printing the poster for display in your early childhood education and care service and/or include the banner in their digital newsletter.

We greatly appreciate your help to reduce flu in the community. For more information please visit NSW Health

Indigenous Veterans Commemoration - 28 May 2021 (Ref: 134/21)

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Veterans & Services Association, supported by The Returned and Services League of Australia (NSW Branch) and the NSW Office for Veteran Affairs, will be conducting the Annual Indigenous Veterans Commemoration Ceremony on Friday 28 May 2021.

The Sydney ceremony is one of several being held across Australia during Reconciliation week in recognition of the service and sacrifice of indigenous veterans.

The commemoration service will be live streamed on the Anzac Memorial’s Facebook page allowing you the opportunity to view the service from your home or workplace.

Link to Facebook page.

Ceremony details

The Order of Service can be found here.

  • Friday 28 May, 10.30 am the livestream will begin.
  • Pre service activities commence at 10:40am.

Should you have any questions contact: RSL NSW

1300 679 775


2021 Roger O’Sullivan Memorial Award for Family, School and Community Partnerships for Learning (Ref: 136/21)

The Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT (CCSP) is proud to declare nominations open for the 2021 Roger O’Sullivan Memorial Award for Family, School and Community Partnerships for Learning.

The award recognises a school community, including parents and carers, that can demonstrate exemplary practice in building partnerships between home and school to enhance the learning outcomes of students.

The project may focus on faith formation, the school curriculum, student wellbeing or any combination of the three.

The award is focused on family, school and community partnerships where all groups are authentically engaged to enhance student learning.

The community will receive $4000 to support the development of a 2021 initiative or an ongoing project.

A4 Flyer with information for emailing

2021 Masthead that can be used for school newsletters

Award information booklet and application form

All entries can be submitted here 

Entries close 20 July 2021