Priority Items

2022 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations: Expressions of Interest for Convenors (Ref: 260/21)

The CSSA Trial HSC Examinations are prepared by committees of practicing teachers, university lecturers and educational consultants in a variety of HSC courses.

 The Head of CSSA Exams is seeking expressions of interest for the following positions:

Convenors for the following 2022 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations

  • Biology
  • Textiles and Design

Attached are two letters regarding the Expression of Interest requirements for the roles with the CSSA and the application process.


2022 CSSA TRIAL HSC EXAMINATIONS-EOI-Convenor-Textiles and Design

Interested applicants are asked to send a Cover Letter and current Curriculum Vitae to Monica O’Brien, Head CSSA Exams, to by 9am Monday 27th September 2021

Catholic Schools New South Wales is recruiting for a State Manager Diverse Learning (Ref: 263/21)

The State Manager Diverse Learning role sits within the dynamic and supportive Education Policy Directorate at Catholic Schools New South Wales. This role opening is an exciting opportunity to lead the work around NCCD, disability and diverse learning at Catholic Schools New South Wales.

Please share among your networks. If you would like to have a confidential conversation with me, please don’t hesitate to get in touch:


Catholic Jobs Online

2021 NAPLAN results are now available in Scout (Ref: 256/21)

Schools should note that student growth is currently only available for Reading and Numeracy.  Other domains will follow shortly.

NSW Catholic schools access Scout directly via NETid. Schools should contact for assistance with access to Scout through NETid or to report any issues identified in Scout.

Hardcopy 2021 NAPLAN Student Individual Reports have been dispatched to schools from 6 September. Schools should consider that there may be some delays in delivery given the current lockdown situation.

ACARA has released the ISR FAQs for parents/carers in both English and  in other languages. ISR FAQs are available here.

Professional Learning

THIS THURSDAY: Catholic Schools New South Wales Virtual Education Law Symposium (Ref: 225/21)

The 2021 Education Law Symposium will be held Thursday 23 September 2021. Catholic Schools NSW invites principals, heads of governance and compliance, finance officers and others designated as responsible persons to the 2021 Education Law Symposium: Catholic School Governance for the Common Good.

This professional development forum will cover topics related to the unique governance challenges Catholic schools face. The day will feature presentations by guest speakers and panels, including high profile industry experts and experienced administrators, providing insight and guidance for the future of our sector.

Join us for an enjoyable day of questioning, learning and connecting.

Catholic Schools New South Wales is a NESA approved provider of Governance Training and the Symposium will constitute 5 hours of approved governance training for ‘responsible persons’.

Please register your interest today via this link.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email within 48-72 hours.

If you have any questions please contact


2021 Faith in the Future Virtual Symposium (257/21)

Upcoming Event: Wednesday 27 October 2021 3.00pm – 4.15pm

2021 Faith in the Future Virtual Symposium

A free ticketed event for educators and leaders in Catholic schools, education offices and universities.

Register here

Keynote: This is the WORK! Presented by Dr Lyn Sharratt

Every student deserves to have us meet and exceed their expectations. How can we do that? We need alignment, focus, and resolve to be the best teachers and leaders we can be – with a little help from our friends, colleagues, and educational research.


Catholic Schools New South Wales 2021 DISruptABILITY Conference Now Fully Online

This inaugural conference will build upon the high-quality professional learning that Catholic Schools New South Wales has been delivering as schools navigate the dynamic policy space for both education and disability. As Catholic educators, we are called beyond fulfilling our legislative obligations for students with disabilities and should always be in a reflective cycle of more effective ways of delivering successful outcomes for students. The virtual conference will be grounded in internationally recognised best-practice evidence. An engaging and interactive conference program will provide participants with insights, knowledge and skill acquisition in evidenced based practices, as well as opportunity for collaborative networking. 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, with an emphasis on how to create and sustain positive partnerships between all stakeholders, which ensures every child achieves their potential in every classroom, every day.

REGISTRATION: One-flat rate $495 – creating a high-quality virtual experience, live and on-demand.

This conference seeks to be inclusive of all those who provide educational support and care for students with disability in our schools, and so schools are encouraged to bring teams including:

  • School leadership teams
  • Learning support and/or diverse learning teachers
  • Pastoral care and wellbeing coordinators
  • Leaders of learning and/or pedagogy
  • Classroom teachers and teachers’ aides
  • Parent & carers, Diocesan Parent Organizations
  • Parish Priests & Pastoral Parish Staff
  • System staffCONFERENCE DETAILS:WHEN: Thursday 18 & Friday 19 November, 2021
    WHERE: Virtual & On Demand



We are pleased to announce that participation in the conference will give 8 hours of NESA Priority Professional Learning in the priority area of Students/children with Disability addressing standard descriptors 1.6.2, 1.5.2 and 7.3.2 towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.




Assessment and Data Literacy Modules (Ref: 238/21)

Professor Jim Tognolini of the Centre for Educational Measurement & Assessment (CEMA) Sydney University have designed a series of modules in assessment and data literacy.

The modules are NESA Accredited at proficient teacher and available online and on demand. Catholic Schools New South Wales is offering the modules at a reduced price of $270 per teacher per module and we also have fully funded places for Assessment Literacy Module 1 and Data Literacy Module 1 for schools and diocese.

Please contact Mary Ryan for further information and eligibility for access to the sponsored or subsidised modules. 0409 606 437


School Newsletter

World Teachers’ Day Celebration (Ref: 261/21)

World Teachers’ Day will be celebrated across Australia on Friday 29 October 2021, a bit later than the international day due to our school holidays. It’s a chance to celebrate teaching and for communities to thank teachers.

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) has developed a how-to guide for schools and free World Teachers’ Day Celebration Kit (instant download). These resources provide everything needed to plan World Teachers’ Day celebrations in your school or virtually if you’re in lockdown.

AITSL has also published 10 easy ways to thank a teacher on World Teachers’ Day in case you’d like to share this on social media, or subtly (or even not so subtly) include in your school newsletter or send to your local paper.

If you’re not in a school, this is the World Teachers’ Day article for you!

Sector briefing - Concerns regarding release of documentary 'A Matter of Life and Death' (Ref: 262/21)

HeadSpace Schools & The Mindframe team have advised the sector of the release  of a documentary by Osher Günsberg, titled ‘A Matter of Life and Death’ (aired on SBS, Sunday Sept 19, 8:30pm AEST & now available via SBS on demand).

The documentary explores:

“Australia’s suicide crisis and investigates how new science, innovative thinking and technology could help prevent suicide. Osher will reflect on his own mental health experiences while examining why suicide rates remain high in Australia, and what is being done across the country to try and make a difference”. SBS

Please view the briefing document from Mindframe for more information: Sector_Briefing_Osher Gunsberg

ATO School Leaver Program applications are open (Ref: 258/21)

Applications for the new Australian Taxation Office (ATO) School Leaver program open 6 September and close 1 October 2021.

The ATO is looking for candidates in Newcastle, and Gosford who have successfully completed their Year 12 studies in the last two years (2020 and 2021).

The 12-month ongoing program offers many benefits, including a competitive salary, structured on-the-job and corporate training.

Candidates will have the chance to challenge and enrich their learning by undertaking work experience in an administration officer or client experience officer role. The ATO is looking for candidates who have a willingness to learn, embrace challenges and are team players. They’ll be supported along the way by a work placement team leader, learning and development trainers and a dedicated program manager.

If you know someone who might be interested, spread the word by sharing the ATO’s  Facebook or LinkedIn posts and tell them to apply today at