Issue 288 -  16th November 2021

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Dear colleagues,

The AIP (2022) peer review process has once again been a successful collaboration and an important contributor to the ongoing improvement of our system of schools. My thanks to all who participated during this extremely busy end to another challenging year, and made these discussions possible.


The purpose of an AIP is to outline the strategic improvement work for the year ahead. To create the AIP, strong teams have collaborated to identify the next best steps for the improvement of the individual school within the context of our system of schools. This necessitates breaking down a substantial body of work into what can be achieved in the coming year, and bringing together the best possible team of school and CSO staff to undertake the work. 


As this thinking takes place, it is important that we also reflect on the way that we will work, and I trust that this longer text will support you in this process.


Thank you for your ongoing work which contributes everyday to the improved faith and learning outcomes of our students.



Chris Smyth

Director of Schools

Love is everywhere, if we look.

(A production glitch led to WAQT being omitted from last week’s Bulletin. I hope you find it was worth waiting for, even if it is a week late. GTH)


How do you recognise love in your daily lives?  What do you define love as?  Can it be measured? In yesterday’s Gospel (Mark 12:38-44) there was this excerpt about people donating for the needs of others: Jesus ‘sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny.’ Jesus then challenged his disciples to think about who showed love - the rich who could spare the large sums or the poor widow who gave all she could?  Was one greater than the other?


Sometimes what we recognise as love, what we believe love is, can blind us to other actions of love and we miss them because they don’t meet our expectations or our definition.  If we think love is seen only in ‘big’ moments in our lives, eg huge donations, we will miss the ‘small’ moments, eg a meal cooked for us, a handwritten note from a son/daughter/grandchild. These small moments can probably have a greater impact. Bishop Greg Homeming of Lismore  challenges people not to put limitations on love and what you think it should look like.  He goes on that we need to be open to see what is happening around us - ‘Sit down opposite the treasury’ - watch and reflect, without preconceived ideas, and see love, see God, in big and small events in our everyday lives.

Have a great week everyone.  Stay safe and well!

Gary Burdett: Deputy Director

View the CSO Calendar

Working With Children Check Extended For Three Months

The Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG)  has advised that working with children checks due to expire between 27 September 2021 and 26 January 2021 have been extended for three months, this extension does not apply to those previously extended in July 2021. 

Anyone granted an extension will be advised by email from the OCG.

(Leanne Woods)

Council of Catholic School Parents (CCSP)

Webinar: CCSP in partnership with eSafety Commissioner presents  Parent guide to digital technologies and mental health

Monday 22 November 7.30pm

This is a free one hour webinar
(Cathy Ible)

Curriculum Audits

Curriculum audits in Term 4 will be the following - 

Stage 6 CAPA - documentation to be submitted before the end of term.

Stage 6 Maths -  documentation to be submitted before the end of term.


Early Stage 1/Stage 1 Maths - 

Zoom audit - Friday 19th November.

Please register to attend the ES1/S1 Maths audit here.

Zoom link to join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

(Kerrie Priddis)


2021 CSO Data Collection Schedule K-9

Important updates regarding Term 4 PAT Adaptive Assessments have been made to the 2021 CSO Data Collection Schedule K-9. Please refer to this link to see updates. If you have any further questions, please contact Claire Ryan via email at or phone at 0448 567 835.

(Claire Ryan)

NESA Wellbeing Newsletter

Please see here for just- published Issue Three.

(Kristy Curry)

Vinnies’ Christmas Tree

As always, the Society of St Vincent de Paul seeks to share the peace and joy of Christmas with the poor of our communities. See this from Cassie Croft about how your school can be involved.

(Gerard Hore)


New Bibles? They've Arrived! 

I wrote to RECs late last term about the soon to be published Holy Bible CEV Catholic Edition with Encyclopedia. I think it looks excellent, a wonderful resource.
I’ll arrange distribution via CSO personnel visiting schools.

(Gerard Hore)

BBI-TAITE Establishes New Link

BBI-TAITE has announced they will recognise some units of study  completed with The Brown Collective as counting towards completion of qualifications with BBI-TAITE. Details here.
(Gerard Hore)

Caritas Advent Resources

Quality resources for the coming season can be accessed here.
(Gerard Hore)

Online Advent Retreat?

Some members of school communities may be interested in this online event running through Advent from FRG Ministry.
(Gerard Hore)

Do You Work With Chemicals?

Safe Work Australia was alerted to an issue on the Hazardous Chemical Information System (HCIS) with the skin and sensitisation notations missing from the workplace exposure standards entries on HCIS for an extended period of time. 

This issue has now been rectified, with all relevant notations for all exposure standards now appearing on HCIS.

(Geraldine Chapman)

School's Record Retention Funding For 2021 Only

Just a reminder that there are only 5 weeks left of Term to claim 8 Administration hours per 20 Cartons/Boxes. This is only  for the 2021 School year. These hours are not transferable to 2022. 

Please refer to the CSO Records Retention & Disposal Procedure and recent letter sent out for clarification. Any concerns, please contact Carmel Heagney or myself.

(Geraldine Chapman)

Pre-2004 Teachers Maintenance of Accreditation

NESA is allowing pre-2004 teachers to submit your maintenance between the start of Term 2, 2022(/2024) and 31 December 2023(/2025) once you  have met the requirements.

This will give you the opportunity to complete your maintenance requirements earlier so that additional professional development (PD) can count towards your next maintenance period or later if you need more time.

Please contact me if you need support or have any questions.
(Millie Woolaston)

Week 8 Cut Off for Proficient Teacher Submissions

This term, the end of Week 8 will be the cut off for Proficient Teacher submissions for 2021. Please contact me if you need support with your submission or have any questions.
(Millie Woolaston)

For Further Information See OUR VACANCIES

Inclusion Support Teacher (IST), St Patrick’s Walcha

Permanent full-time

Closes 24/11/2021


Leader of Pedagogy (LOP), St Patrick’s Walcha

Permanent teaching contract + 2-year LOP contract

Closes 24/11/2021


Classroom Teacher, St Patrick’s Walcha

Permanent full-time

Closes 24/11/2021

Classroom Teachers, St Mary of the Angels Guyra

Permanent full-time

Closes 23/11/2021


Classroom Teacher, St Mary's Armidale

Temporary full-time (part-time option may be considered)

Closes 21/11/2021


Classroom Teachers, St Joseph's Glen Innes

Permanent full-time and temporary full-time (part-time may be considered)

Closes 18/11/2021


Classroom Teacher, St Philomena's Moree

Temporary full-time

Closes 18/11/2021


Education Assistants x 3, St Francis Xavier’s Narrabri

Temporary part-time 20 hours per week

Closes 17/11/2021


Secondary Teachers (7-12), St Mary’s College Gunnedah

Permanent and Temporary, Full-time and part-time positions available

Closes 19/11/2021


Classroom Teachers, St Joseph’s Walgett

Permanent full-time

Closes 17/11/2021


Classroom Teacher, St Edward's Tamworth

Temporary full-time

Closes 17/11/2021


Teacher Librarian, St Edward’s Tamworth

Permanent full-time

Closes 17/11/2021


Positions in other Diocese:
Catholic Education Wilcannia-Forbes
For a full list of positions vacant, please click here


St Paul’s Catholic Parish Primary School, Moss Vale

Principal. For more information click hereCloses 17/11/2021

Follow this link for the latest National Catholic Education Commission Newsletter:

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