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 thislonger textwill support you in this process.
Thank you for your ongoing work which contributes everyday to the improved faith and learning outcomes of our students.
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.
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.
Council of Catholic School Parents (CCSP)
Webinar: CCSP in partnership with eSafety Commissioner presents Parent guide to digital technologies and mental health
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 email@example.com or phone at 0448 567 835.
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.
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.
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. Detailshere.
Caritas Advent Resources
Quality resources for the coming season can be accessed here.
Online Advent Retreat?
Some members of school communities may be interested inthis online event running through Advent from FRG Ministry.
Do You Work With Chemicals?
Safe Work Australia was alerted to an issue on theHazardous 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.
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.
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.