2016 Newsletter Number 16 September

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Newsletter Number 16 - September 2016



As the pressures of resourcing, employer expectations and financial management continue to mount on school principals there is a growing chorus to equip school principals with the business skills and knowledge to manage the more than $43 billion government spend on primary and secondary education annually.  A partnership between Australian Catholic University (ACU) and Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) has emerged to deliver a solution through the first-of-its-kind MBA program tailored to school executives. READ MORE


If anyone knows of a casual teacher who might be interested in doing some work in the Northern Territory. S Francis Xavier’s in Humpty Doo, Darwin are desperate for a teacher, who might be looking for some adventure in their life and would be prepared to come me to Darwin until the end of the year and teach a 3/4 class in Humpty Doo. Please pass the details below on to them.


 Melanie Bolwell


St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School

56 Challoner Circuit

Humpty Doo 0836

08 89881212


The Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) has released its NAPLAN Online position paper following its Board meeting earlier this week. The position paper particularly highlights issues around the Year 3 Writing component, logistical and fairness issues, and whether NAPLAN and My School truly sit with contemporary teaching and learning in the 21st Century. It also endorsed the position that Year 3 Writing is preferred as a pencil and paper test under the current NAPLAN arrangements.

APPA President, Dennis Yarrington said, “Put succinctly, NAPLAN’s success has been in its ability to focus the community and politicians on the work of our schools and the value of education. That’s a good thing. However, the moment results were published on the My School website and schools compared with red and green boxes, we’ve seen its impact distorted.

“The pendulum has swung to test results rather than teaching and learning, schools are under pressure to achieve in the tested areas and, with the move online, we will see an overemphasis on touch typing and keyboard skills in the early years at the expense of essential teaching and learning, a rich curriculum, and the collaborative and creative skills needed for the modern world.  MEDIA REALEASEPOSITION PAPER

So far 126 trial schools have completed the APPA survey. If you were a trial school and hve not yet completed the survey could please do so HERE survey Closes 2nd September


A Charity Gala Night is being run, as a major fundraiser for the Cambodia House Building Project in conjunction with Tabitha Australia on Saturday 15th October at The Australian Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour. Not only is this event in one of the prime locations of Sydney but the ticket includes canapes plus three course meal, alcohol, entertainment and some surprises during the night. Discounted parking will also be available.  Why not bring along your colleagues, family or friends and make up a table of ten? Please find all the information on the link to the flyer. FLYER  INFORMATION

 Alternatively, if you are unable to attend the Gala Night but still wish to support the fundraiser, it is possible to directly donate money to Tabitha Australia via the following link  http://www.tabithaaustralia.org.au/edonates/form  


John Fairs a HSIE Teacher from Vincentia High School on the South Coast of NSW. Together with his Year 9 Commerce Class and a few key dairy farmer supporters have organised a national dress-up day for the 21st of October this year. It will be known as the Udderly Awesome Dress-Up Day where all students across our great country will be invited to dress up in the colours of the cows (brown, black & white) to help fight the $1 White and milk price cuts. A letter is attached that explains why we came up with this important initiative along with all necessary organisational details.  Having gained support from all government schools they are hoping that many of our schools students who either live in rural areas or contain students from rural areas would be affected by this crisis. As such they are officially inviting every one of your schools to participate in this day. They have national media interest in the day across all media forms so they know it will be fun and successful how successful will really depend on how many schools take up this challenge. READ MORE





Julie King
ACSP Executive Officer


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