Issue 287 -  9th November 2021

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Dear colleagues,
Over the last few weeks we have been recognising the critical importance and contribution of the teaching profession. In Armidale, World Teachers’ Day was celebrated with a liturgy at the CSO, celebrations occurred in individual school staff rooms, and the local ACEL/ACE branches presented awards to local educators.


The role of the teaching profession in supporting young people and their families through the lockdowns of the pandemic continues to receive media attention. The media will soon pick up on the imminent negotiations between the employer and the IEU in the development of a new enterprise agreement. I am looking forward to presenting details of the very supportive and favourable working conditions that we have been able to provide to our staff in the Diocese of Armidale. Many of these conditions go beyond those of the current EA in order to enable our teachers to help our students overcome the challenges of living in a regional, rural or remote setting. In the coming weeks I will highlight these conditions in order to provide an informed view of the IEU claims. I will continue to advocate for improving the conditions for learning and teaching—which necessarily includes the working conditions for our staff—because we know it is the teacher who makes the most significant difference to student learning outcomes. School leaders create the conditions for this to happen.


I feel very fortunate to have been a member of a profession that—through its impact on the lives of young people—makes a difference to individuals and the society in which we live. I have also been fortunate to work with so many hard working and talented professionals; professionals whose vocation is helping young people to become the best version of themselves that they can be, and who share values that make our world a better place to live. Catholic education requires our schools to be good schools, and good Catholic schools that share the Catholic story as an opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ. The values of that story affect our broader society and align to the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration (2019).


We all have our own reasons for loving what we do every day and I hope some of these issues impact on why you enjoy being part of the educational community in whatever role you perform.


God bless,

Chris Smyth

Director of Schools

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)


National Copyright Unit Flowcharts 

The National Copyright Unit (NCU) has produced flowcharts that will assist staff from school when creating learning resources that include third party materials.
(Vicki Hartley)


Schools Randomly Selected For NESA Audit

NESA’s risk-based approach to regulation includes the selection of schools for random short notice inspection. This program involves individual non-government schools, systemic non-government schools, and government schools. Please read the following advice to schools from NESA in regard to the 2022 random inspections.

(School Performance Leaders)

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 - documentation due Friday 12th November

Zoom audit - Friday 19th November.

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

(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)

Magazine collections now available in SORA, the digital library platform

There are now 170 different magazine titles available across primary and secondary library collections in SORA. Staff and students can also access back issues for their favourite magazine. Check out this 2 min overview or contact your school librarian for more information.

WII GAAY Virtual Learning Hub

A very successful  Wii Gaay Virtual Learning Hub was recently  conducted. The thirty Wii Gaay students from twelve schools across the diocese were connected virtually for two days.

2021 Wii Gaay Virtual Learning Hub Report

2021 Wii Gaay Virtual Residential - Clever work around the Diocese!

(Cate Taylor)

Supporting Children through change and uncertainty

Please find attached two free, upcoming webinars from Mackillop Family Services on helping students through uncertainty and change.

Supporting Children Through Change and Uncertainty - Catholic Schools NSW Nov Sessions.pdf

Supporting Children Through Change and Uncertainty - General Nov 16.pdf

(Kristy Curry)

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? Samples on their way. 

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. Good news is that, after a delay, supplies have arrived in Australia. RECs should receive a sample copy in the next few weeks.

(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)

SWA - Managing the Risks of Working in Heat 2021 

Safe Work Australia has released updated guidance material on managing the risks of working in heat. The Guide for managing the risks of working in heat now includes additions to the recommended first aid for heat stroke.

SWA - Managing the Risks of Working in Heat 2021

(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

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


School Support Officer- Administration, St Francis Xavier’s Narrabri

Permanent part-time

Closes 14/11/2021


School Support Officer- Administration, St Joseph’s Barraba

Permanent part-time

Closes 14/11/2021


Classroom Teacher, St Joseph’s Barraba

Permanent part-time 0.6 FTE

Closes 14/11/2021


Technical Operations Officers, Catholic Schools Office Armidale

Permanent full-time

Closes 14/11/2021


Teacher Librarian, St Mary’s College, Gunnedah

Permanent full-time

Closes 14/11/2021


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

Catholic Education South Australia

Assistant Director - Catholic Identity & Mission.  For more information click here. Closes 15/11/2021

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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