2016 Newsletter Number 19 October

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Newsletter Number 19 October 2016


Dear Principal
I have just heard from Stephen Aitken, our former executive officer, that his cancer has returned and he is currently in Royal North Shore Hospital recovering from surgery. I ask that you keep Stephen and his family in your prayers and wish him well as he recovers from this recent surgery. Stephen is in good spirits and was recently awarded an honorary Doctorate from ACU at a ceremony over the long weekend. There is some interesting information and articles below.

Pope canonizes seven saints who 'fought the good fight of faith'

The seven new saints of the church were holy not because of their own efforts but because of "the Lord who triumphs in them and with them," Pope Francis said. Each one "struggled to the very end with all their strength," which they received through perseverance and prayer, the pope said Oct. 16 at a canonization Mass in St. Peter's Square. " They remained firm in faith, with a generous and steadfast heart. Through their example and their intercession, may God also enable us to be men and women of prayer," the pope told the estimated 80,000 people present at the Mass. Seven large tapestries bearing the portraits of the new saints decorated the facade of St. Peter's Basilica, some representing specific aspects of their lives that exemplified their holiness. READ MORE


The Australian Government Department of Education and Training inaugural Australian Principals Survey is now open.

The Survey is open to all Australian principals and has been developed in consultation with APPA and secondary peak associations. 

We encourage you to register and respond.  This is an opportunity to inform the department which education issues have had the greatest impact in your school and what the benefits have been for your students.  Your participation and insights from your school's experiences will help inform education policy development. To register and find out more information go to  https://www.orima.com.au/surveys/principals/appa.html The Survey closes 28 October 2016.


From Tuesday 18October, the new Mandatory Reporter Guide (Edition 7) will be hosted on a new reporter website - https://reporter.childstory.nsw.gov.au 

In the attached pdf you will find more information on the Mandatory Reporting Guide (MRG) and a short video explaining these changes will soon be available on the new site. READ MORE


The NSW Government has provided an additional $42.5 million over four years to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes for some 9,000 students in 99 NSW Catholic primary schools. Catholic Education Commission NSW (CECNSW) welcomed the funding extension - part of the NSW Government's $340 million strategy to strengthen literacy and numeracy skills among at-risk children from Kindergarten to Year 2 in 667 NSW schools.  CECNSW Executive Director, Brian Croke, said the Catholic sector is keen to continue working with the Government to focus resources on boosting literacy and numeracy skills for K-2 students in all sectors. READ MORE




The Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner launched a new program to promote its cyberbullying complaints scheme – Rewrite Your Story – on Wednesday 12 October via Facebook Live  'Rewrite Your Story' is a package that will include 8 short vignettes about realistic cyberbullying scenarios (complemented by lesson plans), a series of promotional posters, an interactive tool providing advice on how to deal with cyberbullying (including reporting) for both parent and child audiences and other collateral, including advice on how targets of cyberbullying can rewrite their story. The first vignette was released at the launch, with a second later in term four and the remaining 6 over the first half of the 2017 school year. This is an exciting program, and I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to introduce it to your networks.  READ MORE


      Korero 2017 Fact Sheet                   

Event: The Inaugural CaSPA / NZ Catholic Principals' initiative

Date: 8- 11July, 2017 

Location: Queenstown (NZ)

Cost: We aim to keep costs of travel , accommodation and registration to around $1000 - this is the cost of just registration for many other conferences. The CaSPA Board will consider requests for assistance from principals who may find the costs of this event a difficulty for their school communities.

Nature of Conference: A forum of shared and best practice with workshops lead by principals from the two countries. We have already had a number of colleagues offering to lead sessions on topics such as:

  • Leading at the edge : What I have learnt from leading arguably Aus/ NZ most challenging school : OLSH Wadeye a large remote indigenous school in one of Australia's most troubled communities
  • Learnings from Toronto 2016
  • Leading for the Future - Creating an Enterprise Culture
  • Building capacity of leaders beyond our leadership team.

Who Can Attend: Principals and members of Senior Leadership Teams

What do we need from you: We need to give the NZ organising committee an idea of numbers from Australia by mid November this year.  We know there is a good deal of interest among Australian Principals in this history making event.  While some have emailed their details , we do need those who have not added their names to register their interest by the end of October 2017. http://www.esurveyspro.com/Survey.aspx?id=1ed93d05-c8c9-422f-b37a-f38d656d7e98

Professor John Hattie

When your computer system has major problems then it may be time for a reboot. A reboot causes the system to reconfigure itself, preserving the essential things you have on your computer, but then it  makes it run more smoothly, gets rid of corruptions and ensures the desired pathways are restored. Like a computer it is time for this reboot of Australian schooling – provided we keep the excellence we have but rid ourselves of the creeping, perverse parts of our system that are clogging up this excellence, leading us down wrong paths, and leading to introducing absurd corrections to solve the wrong problems. There are at least six major indicators that the Australian Education system is moving in the wrong direction and are ready for a reboot. The major argument is that the narrative that drives our education system is wrong and we are wasting so much money on driving the wrong narrative. This will be the basis for the reboot. READ FULL ARTICLE





Julie King
ACSP Executive Officer


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