Priority Items

Two for one deal - DISruptABILITY Conference (Ref: 244/21)

Catholic Schools New South Wales are generously providing additional sponsorship for the upcoming DISruptABILITY Virtual Conference. Each registered participant will be gifted an additional complimentary registration and enable them to invite a colleague to the NESA accredited conference for FREE! We hope that this additional assistance, will allow and encourage your schools to bring more of your team to the conference and further build a collaborative whole-school approach to supporting students with disabilities.

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.



National Centre for Pastoral Research 25 Year Lecture (Ref: 310/21)

The National Centre for Pastoral Research (NCPR) is celebrating 25 years of service to the Church.

To mark the occasion, this lecture will look at how research and analyses undertaken by the NCPR have informed the planning for parish, school and other ministry developments, and have supported major Church initiatives, including the Plenary Council.

Delivered by
Most Rev Michael McKenna Bishop of Bathurst

Mr Daniel Ang
Director, Sydney Centre for Evangelisation, Archdiocese of Sydney

Ms Danielle Cronin
Director, Education Policy, Catholic Schools NSW

Wednesday 17 November

NCPR 25 Year Lecture flyer

Australian Reconciliation Convention (Ref: 288/21)

The 2021 Australian Reconciliation Convention is a once in a generation event, the first national reconciliation gathering in more than 20 years.

Delivered over three half-days exclusively via EventCast, an award-winning, immersive and interactive event platform, the Convention will be a vibrant and historic landmark event in Australia’s reconciliation journey.

You will be able to connect with audiences and organisations from across Australia, interact during panels, share your reconciliation stories, and more – all from the comfort of your own home or workplace.


Professional Learning

Graduate Certificate in Education (Highly Accomplished & Lead Teacher) (Ref: 296/21)

The Australian Catholic University and Catholic Schools New South Wales invites you into conversation with Dr Therese Barrington, course coordinator and mentor, Graduate Certificate in Education (Highly Accomplished & Lead Teacher).  Dr Barrington will explain how this course can help you meet your professional goals and will share with you feedback and experience of the first cohort in 2021.

Dr Therese Barrington

Wednesday 3 November 6-7pm

Register HERE

For further information contact 0409 606 437


National School Chaplaincy Program Professional Learning (Ref: 297/21)

The mental health of staff and students is a high priority as we transition back to school sites.

There are two Professional Learning opportunities for chaplains worth noting:

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (2 day certified course) in Wollongong. Date: 16-17 November 2021. Cost: Free
  • Justin Coulson,  “Self Care” webinar.  10 November 2021, 10am-11am.

Anyone who is interested in participating in either of these opportunities should contact their NSCP Diocesan Co-ordinator or Jennifer Coen (State Manager-Wellbeing) by email:


Supporting students through change & uncertainty (Ref: 298/21)

Seasons for Growth is offering to schools a suite of programs that support children and young people, parents/carers and other adults in sharing their experiences of change and loss in safe and creative ways.

These free online seminars discuss helpful ways to support children and young people adversely affected by change and loss events.

Northern Region
For Professionals – here
Tuesday 9 Nov – 3.30 to 4.30pm

For Parents & Carers – here
Tuesday 9 Nov – 7 to 8pm

Southern Region
For Professionals – here
Tuesday 2 Nov – 3.30 to 4.30pm

For Parents & Carers – here
Tuesday 2 Nov – 7 to 8pm

Central Region
For Professionals – here
Tuesday 2 Nov – 3.30 to 4.30pm

For Parents & Carers – here
Tuesday 2 Nov– 7 to 8pm

Please brochures below for more information.

Supporting Children Through Change and Uncertainty – Catholic Schools NSW Nov Sessions

Supporting Children Through Change and Uncertainty – General Nov 16


Webinar on self-care - Dr Justin Coulson (Ref: 299/21)

Self care strategies for when everything is too much. Dr Justin Coulson is presenting a 60-minute webinar on self-care.

Dr Justin Coulson is a psychologist and one of Australia’s leading relationship experts. He is well known for his work in promoting healthy lifestyles and healthy families.

Wednesday 10 November

10:00am – 11:00am

Zoom link here



National Copyright Unit Flowcharts (Ref: 304/21)

The National Copyright Unit (NCU) have produced flowcharts that will assist staff from schools, TAFE and educational bodies when creating learning resources that include third party materials.

These flowcharts can be found here.



Business Interruption Insurance, second test case on Covid-19 losses (Ref: 305/21)

This note provides information that may be relevant to school systems who may have contracts with third parties or negotiating with Covid-19 impacted businesses.

The Federal Court of Australia recently handed down its decision in the second test case for Australian business interruption insurance in Swiss Re International Se v LCA Marrickville Pty Limited [2021] FCA 1206. The full decision is here.

This follows the NSW Court of Appeal’s decision in the first COVID-19 business interruption insurance test case (First Test Case). The first test case considered whether business interruption policies issued by insurers in Australia excluded cover for the COVID-19 pandemic through a reference in exclusion clauses to the Quarantine Act 1908 (Cth) (Quarantine Act), even though this Act was repealed in 2015 and replaced with the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cth) (Biosecurity Act. The NSW Court of Appeal found in favour of the policyholders that the exclusion clauses were not triggered. In June 2021, the insurers’ application for special leave to appeal was refused by the High Court of Australia, meaning the NSW Court of Appeal is the binding decision.

The Second Test Case consists of ten distinct small business claims across a range of business sectors and locations and deals with the proper construction of policy clauses relating to claims for business interruption in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision provides insight on whether certain business interruption insurance policies provide cover to businesses for losses arising from COVID-19 and gives guidance on the meanings around disease definition, Covid-19 outbreak proximity, the impact of government orders, and other policy wording matters.

The judgment concludes that for nine of the ten proceedings for business interruption claims are not covered. Meaning, the insurers were not liable to make any payment in response to policyholders’ claims for indemnity. The findings were essentially that cover could extend to any loss that arises from the presence or outbreak of infectious disease at the insured premises or within a specified radius of the insured premises.  The Court held that for one particular policyholder (Meridian Travel) that there could be cover for policies where there is an identified case of COVID-19 at the premises and that case of COVID-19 causes loss. However, in those circumstances it would also be up to the insured to demonstrate that the cause of their loss was the presence of COVID-19 at or near their premises.

Further, as is the case in most insurance policy wordings, the Court found that exclusions which referred to listed diseases under the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cth) would be effective to exclude cover. (There is usually a standard exclusion for Infectious Diseases in policies, noting that The Quarantine Act exclusion is no longer available to insurers to decline cover for COVID-19 losses).

The Federal Court’s decision is listed for appeal next month.

For further information contact the Catholic Schools New South Wales legal team:


School Newsletter

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Planning Scholarships at UNSW (Ref: 306/21)

Applications are now open for Aboriginal scholarships at University of New South Wales and University of New England.

The four scholarships are aimed at increasing the Indigenous workforce in planning and public spaces, and ensures future planning work integrates the social, cultural, and economic impacts to Aboriginal communities. Applications for University of New England close 3 January 2022, applications for UNSW close 30 January 2022.

Free Webinar: Understanding transitions - disaster recovery and resilience (Ref: 307/21)

This interactive webinar, on Tuesday 30th November, 3.30-4.30pm (AEDT) will outline the importance of supporting transitions for children, young people, families, and educators.

This session will acknowledge the cumulative impact of community trauma and provide insight and knowledge for educators around the ways children and young people may require increased support to manage transitions.
Register here.

Wellbeing resources to help schools get back on track (Ref: 308/21)

The Student Wellbeing Hub has updated its COVID-19 wellbeing resource page to help teachers, students and families get back on track as New South Wales and Victoria emerge from lockdown.

Remembrance Day 2021 School Engagement and Resource (Ref: 309/21)

The NSW Government has produced a school resource pack to help schools commemorate Remembrance Day on Thursday 11 November 2021.

Remembrance Day 2021 – schools resources

Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of guns falling silent on the Western Front in the First World War: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Our nation stands in silent reflection for one minute each year to commemorate and honour those Australians who have died or suffered in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Treasurer's Financial Literacy Challenge (Ref: 300/21)

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has partnered with the NSW Department of Education to develop resources to support financial literacy education for students Years 5 – 8 in NSW schools. These resources, based on the NSW K-10 syllabuses for English and Mathematics focus on understanding the costs of real-life financial decisions such as owning a pet or buying a car.

Schools are invited to participate in the pilot program during Term 4. Feedback from the pilot will inform further development of a broader range of resources. Further information and access to registration can be found here.

NSW Treasurer’s Financial Literacy Challenge

Youth Development Scholarships – Applications Now Open! (Ref: 301/21)

NSW students in Years 10, 11 and 12 or TAFE equivalent can now apply for scholarships worth $1,000 through the NSW Youth Development Scholarships program. Students in the Catholic sector can apply for these scholarships if they are studying in Year 10, 11 or 12 in 2022 and are a social housing client or living in out-of-home care.

The Youth Development Scholarships program:

  • supports disadvantaged students by reducing financial barriers so they may engage in study
  • assists young people living in social housing or on the housing register, students receiving private rental assistance, or those living in supported accommodation or out-of-home care
  • helps pay for education-related expenses such as textbooks, IT equipment and internet access.

The NSW Government will be offering up to 1,200 scholarships to students enrolled in education or training in 2022. Applications are open from now until 18 February 2022.

For more information on the eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit Youth Development Scholarships 2022.

STANSW Meet the Markers Conference - Save the date (Ref: 302/21)

The Science Teachers Association of New South Wales is holding a Meet the Markers HSC  Science Exam Analysis Conference in March 2022.

Attending the Meet the Markers conference presents a unique opportunity to hear from HSC Markers giving their advice and strategies arising from marking the HSC science examinations. These invaluable insights can help guide teaching and improve teaching practice to positively impact on our students’ learning.

31 March & 1-2 April 2022

Further information can be found here.