Priority Items

REGISTRATIONS OPEN: Catholic Schools NSW 'Connected Catholic Communities' Symposium (Ref: 237/22)

The Catholic Schools NSW Connected Catholic Communities project was initiated in response to the need for Catholic education to explore what it means for Catholic schools to be ‘animated by communion and community’ in a contemporary context. The recent Plenary Council also concluded that as a Church we need to “re-shape our engagement with the world, our evangelizing mission and our works of service in a rapidly changing environment”. Consequently, the project has begun to explore the theology, educational research and practice which underpins the Catholic school as a community.

The upcoming project Symposium, to be facilitated by recognised educator and leader Phil Billington, is open to members of school leadership teams, parent liaison officers, family educators and members of our Catholic school communities in similar roles.

Event Details

WHEN:  15 November 2022, 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
WHERE: Isabel Menton Auditorium,  Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney
REGISTRATIONS: Register via Microsoft Forms here.

Members of your school community will be most welcome, as together with educational leaders, Parish and Catholic agencies, we explore the possibilities which might arise from the Connected Catholic Communities project and the aspirations of the Plenary Council.

Externally Delivered HSC VET Funding 2022 (RI/MPJP Schools) (Ref: 236/22)

Registered Training Organisations should now have issued invoices to RI/MPJP schools for the delivery of externally delivered HSC VET courses.  Schools are asked to complete the ‘External Stage 6 HSC VET Provision for 2022’ form by Friday, 11 November 2022 and return via email to

Access the ‘RI/MPJP School External Stage 6 HSC VET Provision 2022’ form here: External Stage 6 HSC VET Provision for 2022 Form

Catholic Schools New South Wales will aggregate all final costs and assess a pro rata share of funding for all participating schools. The final funding allocation to each school will continue to consider the following conditions:

  1. Schools with 10 or more students in the any one year (year 11 or 12) doing the same Industry Curriculum Framework externally to the school will pay the equivalent cost of having this course (120 Hours) delivered in school. (i.e. $10,000, equal to 1/5 of teacher’s salary, will be deducted from the total cost)
  2. The SAM formula will be applied to set an upper limit of grant funds for each school.  This maximum level of funding considers the total Stage 6 enrolments and the school’s Socio-Economic Status.
  3. Schools are responsible for negotiating and paying all invoices (TAFE and/or Private Providers) and for financing the gap in funds to cover all TAFE and other Private Providers HSC VET bills for 2022.

Catholic Schools New South Wales will endeavour to release funds by Thursday, 24 November 2022.

For further clarification if required, please contact Mr Gerard Delany, State Coordinator – Vocational Education on 9287 1549 or email:

Professional Learning

REGISTER NOW: Catholic Schools New South Wales CSSA Catholic Secondary Schools Forum - 'On the Horizon' Symposium (Ref: 186/22)

*The deadline to register for the Catholic Schools NSW – CSSA Catholic Secondary Schools Forum has been extended until Friday 29 October.*

The Catholic Schools NSW – CSSA Catholic Secondary Schools Forum will be held on Thursday 3 November 2022 at the Sydney Masonic Centre.

The Symposium theme ‘On the Horizon’ reflects our shared commitment to engaging in current and emerging issues in secondary education in Catholic schools. The symposium program will engage participants to reflect upon change within their school and beyond.

This event will bring together education and industry leaders to discuss current and emerging issues to extend the learning opportunities and outcomes available to students.


Date: Thursday 3 November 2022

Time: Registration opens at 8am for commencement at 8.30am. The Symposium will run until 4:00pm.

Location: Sydney Masonic Centre – 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney.

The location is close to Museum Train Station, the Light Rail, Buses or Secure Parking Stations.

Cost: There is NO COST to attend the Symposium.

Guest Speakers and Agenda

Catholic Schools New South Wales is pleased to announce the following guest speakers for the Catholic Schools New South Wales – CSSA Catholic Secondary Schools Forum ‘On the Horizon Symposium:

  • Dr Paul Cahill, Executive Director, Curriculum Reform, NESA
  • Eric Land & Chris Cividino, Education Lead, NSW Department of Education
  • Zid Mancenido, Senior Manager, Research and Engagement, Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO)
  • Reid Smith, Co-CEO, OCHRE Education
  • Dr Vicki Cameron, Rebecca McGlashan, & Moira McGarva, PeopleBench
  • Danielle Cronin, Director Education Policy, Catholic Schools New South Wales

The Symposium agenda is available here: 2022 Catholic Schools New South Wales CSSA Catholic Secondary Schools Forum Agenda-03112022

Catholic Schools NSW invites Principals, School Leadership, Key Learning Area Coordinators, VET Coordinators, Career Practitioners and Stage 4–6 Year Coordinators in Catholic education to join us at the Catholic Schools New South Wales CSSA Catholic Secondary Schools Forum ‘On the Horizon’ Symposium.

NESA Elective PD

This professional learning can be recorded as 5 hours and 30 minutes of NESA Elective PD addressing the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:

  • 6.3.2 Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice.
  • 7.4.2 Participate in professional and community networks and forums to broaden knowledge and improve practice

How to Register

There are limited registration spots available. Register now to avoid missing out. Register here.

After registering via the Catholic Schools New South Wales Professional Learning portal you will receive a confirmation email within 48-72 hours.

If you are visiting the Catholic Schools New South Wales Professional Learning portal for the first time you may need to visit the dashboard first by clicking here.

For further information contact


NSW Institute for Educational Research Conference -  Bringing Maths to Life: Building Strong Foundations for Critical and Creative Thinking K-8 (Ref: 240/22)

NSW Institute for Educational Research in association with the school of Education, the University of NSW is presenting the Bringing Maths to Life: Building Strong Foundations for Critical and Creative Thinking K-8 Conference

Where: Central Lecture Block UNSW – Wednesday November 23 2022

When: 8.50am – 4.00pm.

On-site registration will be available from 8.00am

Declining performance on international and Australian testing provides a major challenge to teachers of Mathematics:  How can Maths learning be lifted?

This Conference will draw on leading Australian Mathematics educators and practitioners to help teachers meet the challenge: by strengthening basic foundations  and promoting critical thinking.

The conference will include a number of keynotes and elective workshops outlined in the Conference Information package here: NSW Institute for Educational Research Conference –  Bringing Maths to Life: Building Strong Foundations for Critical and Creative Thinking K-8 – Wednesday November 23

NESA Professional Development Accredited: standard descriptors 1.2.2, 2.1.2, & 3.3.2


Registration: By Monday Nov 7, 2022

Cost:  $ 280  (Full time students and NSWIER members $160)

Register here


An Introduction to the Results Analysis Package (RAP) - Online Course - December 16 2022 (Ref: 241/22)

An Introduction to the Results Analysis Package (RAP)  is taking place online via the Catholic Schools New South Wales Professional Learning Platform on December 16 2022 from 9.00 – 10.30am.

This course has been developed specifically to meet the needs of teachers new to RAP or desiring a refresher. NESA staff will guide teachers on navigating functions within RAP that will assist in analysing the HSC results released the previous day.

Completing this course will contribute 1 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of the delivery and assessment of the NSW curriculum/EYLF addressing standard descriptors 5.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

NESA Registration and Go1: Understanding the Results Analysis Package (An introduction to RAP)

The course we have registered and run before is in Go1. To complete this course, register here


NESA Information Sessions on Draft Syllabuses (Ref: 237/22)

NESA Information Sessions on Draft syllabuses

NESA officers have recorded information sessions focused on the opportunity to have your say in the development of the:

  • Drama 7–10 draft syllabus
  • Science 7–10 draft syllabus
  • Technology 7–8 draft syllabus


Specifically, the information session provided:

  • a clear rationale, including evidence base and link to reform objectives, for the basis of the draft outcomes and content
  • clarity regarding what to expect in the syllabuses.

‘Have Your Say’ periods

Science 7-10: The ‘Have Your Say’ period concludes Monday 5 December 

Technology 7-8: The ‘Have Your Say’ period concludes Monday 21 November

Drama 7-10: The ‘Have Your Say’ period concludes Monday 5 December 

The recorded versions of each session will be placed on the Catholic Schools New South Wales Curriculum Reform Hub on Wednesday 26 October


Curriculum Reform: Aboriginal Languages Syllabus (Ref: 239/22)

The new Aboriginal Languages K–10 (2022) syllabus was released last week. This syllabus can be taught from 2024.


2023 Plan and prepare to teach the new syllabus

2024 Start teaching new syllabus for:

  • Schools with a K–6 program
  • Mandatory 100 hours of a Language in Years 7–10
  • Year 9 elective.

Students who commenced the 100-hour or 200-hour elective course in 2023 may continue to study the Aboriginal Languages K–10 Syllabus (2003) in 2024.

The syllabus will be available on the Digital Curriculum.

Schools have access to support materials to assist with implementation including:

Curriculum Reform Website

NESA’s Curriculum reform website has recently been updated to include new support packages to implement the K-2 English and Mathematics syllabuses. These materials can be accessed here

Curriculum Reform Timelines

A detailed NSW Curriculum Reform timeline has been published to support teachers implementing the curriculum reform program. The timeline ensures all schools have one year to plan and prepare for each syllabus before it is implemented

Department of Education NSW K-2 Resources

The Department of Education has kindly provided Catholic Schools with access to their planning and programming units and associated scope and sequences. These materials can be accessed via the following links:

K-2 English

K-2 Mathematics


THIS THURSDAY : School Counsellor Webinar: Managing Suicidality and Self-Harm (Ref: 229/22)

Catholic Schools NSW launched systemwide guidelines for managing students with suicidality and self-harm on 12 September 2022. These were developed in response to an increasing number of students presenting with these issues and were developed in partnership with The Black Dog Institute.

In order to assist with the roll out of these guidelines, The Black Dog Institute will be presenting a webinar next Thursday, 27 October 2022 from 3:30pm -4:30pm.

How to register: 

To attend, please register here

*Registration requires the following password: 540575*


Professional Learning Opportunity - LivingWorks (Ref: 230/22)

The NSW Government is providing free workshops on suicide reduction for staff involved with students from years 9-12. The training is supplied by LivingWorks.

A free demonstration workshop will be held at the Mantra Chatswood on 1 November 2022.

The workshop will include a 3-hour training (NESA accredited). It will be followed by lunch & a meeting regarding general issues affecting the mental health and wellbeing of Catholic school students.  Focus is on schools based on Sydney’s North Shore & Northern Beaches.

To register staff please click here.

Places are limited, so register today to avoid missing out.



Modern Slavery Webinar for Suppliers to Catholic Entities (Ref: 242/22)

Current suppliers of goods and services from high-risk industries (e.g. cleaning, furniture, waste services, facility management, uniforms) are encouraged to attend the virtual Modern Slavery Webinar for Suppliers to Catholic Entities to learn about modern slavery and how to meet expectations of Catholic buyers.

The webinar is organised by the Anti-Slavery Taskforce at the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

Key Details: 

Date: Thursday 10 November

Time: 12.00pm-1.00pm

Where: Online. Register here


Resources for Learning

Registrations NOW OPEN: 2023 'Transition to Year 7' Assessment Package (formerly Best Start Year 7) available to Catholic Schools New South Wales schools (Ref: 233/22)

Transition to Year 7 is an optional online literacy and numeracy assessment package available to secondary schools in Term 1, replacing Best Start Year 7. Assessments are completed by students in participating schools between 8 February and 10 March 2023.

More information about the assessment may be found here: Transition to Year 7 – information-for-schools 

There is no cost to participate in the Transition to Year 7 assessment.

All schools wishing to participate in 2023 will need to complete the online opt in form by Friday, 25 November 2022.

For more information, join an information session in Zoom during Term 4: 

  • Thursday 3 November 8:30 – 9:00 am
  • Wednesday 9 November 3:30 – 4:00 pm

Join the Zoom Meeting here

Meeting ID: 558 141 2870

Passcode: 83354


Term 4, 2022

  • 25 November Opt-in for 2023 Transition to Year 7 closes
  • 5 December – Next steps emails to participating schools

Term 1, 2023       

  • 8 February Assessment platform username and password link emailed to assessment coordinator
  • 8 February Assessment window opens
  • 10 March Assessment window closes

Further information contact Karen Ferrante


"Mighty Heroes" - New Resources eSafety Commission (Primary School) (Ref: 233/22)

“Mighty Heroes” is a new lower primary curriculum aligned classroom resource that features four short-animated videos with accompanying educator notes. It also includes downloadable posters and a family tech agreement to help parents continue the conversation at home.

Bring the Mighty Heroes into your classroom:

  • Wanda the echidna: I am responsible – I protect my personal information.
  • River the sugar glider: I show respect – I am kind and caring to others.
  • Dusty the frilled neck lizard: I trust my feelings – I ask for help when something doesn’t feel right.
  • Billie the bilby: I investigate – I question what I see, hear and do online.

The resource can be found at 

Watch the videos on the Mighty heroes student page with your class here.

Educator notes are available to educator notes to support discussion of the key messages.


Employment Opportunities

2023 CSSA Trial HSC Examinations Expressions of Interest for a Committee Member - Business Studies (Ref: 245/22)

The CSSA provides teachers and students in schools throughout New South Wales, ACT and internationally with high quality Trial HSC Examinations that will provide a sound basis for their preparation for the HSC examinations later in the year. The CSSA Trial HSC Examinations are prepared by committees of practicing teachers, university lecturers and education consultants in a variety of HSC courses.

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

  • A Committee Member for the following 2023 CSSA Business Studies Trial HSC Examination

The letter regarding the Expression of Interest requirements for the role with the CSSA and the application process is found here.

Interested applicants are asked to send a Cover Letter and current Curriculum Vitae to Monica O’Brien, Head CSSA Exams, at by 9am Monday 31 October 2022.


School Newsletter

Happening Tomorrow: Would you like to learn about popular apps?  CCSP and eSafety Commissioner Webinar - Wednesday 26 October (Ref: 234/22)

In partnership with the eSafety Commissioner, CCSP is offering all parents, carers, teachers and support staff  the opportunity to join a free webinar designed for parents and carers of students.

The free Webinar is taking place on Wednesday 26 October, from 7.30-8.30pm.

Attendees can learn about TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube to help stay safe and have fun online.

Register here

Access the webinar flyer here: Webinar Flyer – A safety guide to popular apps – Council of Catholic School Parents NSW_ACT