Priority Items

Register for the DISruptABILITY Conference (Ref: 244/21)

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 staff


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.



Professional Learning

Let’s talk about…Principal wellbeing (Ref: 245/21)

School leaders, after a few challenging months it is timely to consider what you can and should be doing to care for yourself.

Self care isn’t selfish: we know that in times of emergency the best way to help others is to put on our oxygen mask first.

Take some time to attend this webinar and listen to some practical ideas about caring for yourself in this last term.


Link to dashboard

Presenter: Carrie Benedet

Carrie is the founder of Global Leaders Thrive and has significant experience in education and emotional intelligence and leadership.

When: Thursday 21 October 9:30-10:30 and repeated 3:30-4:30

Register here for the morning or afternoon session

If you have not visited Catholic Schools New South Wales PL before you may need to visit the dashboard first by clicking here before accessing the link above

For further information contact 0409 606 437


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

Professor Jim Tognolini of the Centre for Educational Measurement & Assessment (CEMA) Sydney University has 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


Behaviour Management Strategies a Collection of Resources (Ref: 237/21)

Are you looking for support in managing the classroom on your return form COVID? We have curated a series of readings, videos and podcasts from leading educators across the world talking about and sharing strategies to manage classroom behaviours.

This course can be recorded as 1 hour of NESA Elective PD against 4.3.2 of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Follow this link to access the learning

You may need to create a Catholic Schools New South Wales Learning Portal profile by clicking here then come back and follow the link above.

For further information or support contact 0409 606 437


Wellbeing for Learning Podcasts (Ref: 238/21)

Student wellbeing is at the forefront of our minds as we teach students remotely and reflect on their return to school later this month.

Listen to a new podcast by Jennifer Coen, State Manager Catholic Schools New South Wales as she discusses the topic of resilience with Paralympian, Katie Kelly along with Kristen Douglas, Headspace, talking about mental health literacy and Paul Dillion, DARTA, talking about vaping.

Listening to these podcasts can contribute to 1 hour NESA Elective PD against 4.4.2 of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Follow this link to access the podcasts

You may need to create a Catholic Schools New South Wales Learning Portal profile by clicking here then come back and follow the link above.

For further information contact 0409 606 437


Employment Opportunities

NSW Curriculum Reform - Senior Secondary Subject Matter Expert Positions (Ref: 239/21)

NESA has advertised positions for Senior Secondary Subject Matter Experts for:

  •  HSIE (Economics and History, 2 positions)
  •  Mathematics
  •  English
  •  Science
  • Creative Arts

These positions are full time temporary, at SEO 2 level, until December 2023.

Applications close 8 October.


School Newsletter

2022 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations (Ref: 246/21)

The 2022 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations are scheduled for Monday 1 August – Monday 15 August with a security period until 8am, Thursday 18 August.

The 2022 dates are available on the CSSA website

The 2022 DRAFT CSSA Trial HSC Examination Timetable will be available on the CSSA website from Week 2, Term 2 2022.

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