2016 Newsletter Number 8 20th May

   
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Newsletter Number 8 20th July 2016

Dear Principal

As we move into the second half of term 2 with report writing underway and the myriad of other things that come your way, take stock of your own wellbeing and reflect on how much time you have spent looking after yourself. You might find these helpful: 9 tips to improve your wellbeing. ACPPA wellbeing research report and recommendations
Just a reminder about the CaSPA conference there is still time to register and the conference promises  to deliver some outstanding professional learning so come and enrol to Live In The Light... Open Your Heart...Sing A New Song  Enjoy the rest of the term


POPE FRANCIS: NO ONE IS DEFINITIVELY LOST TO GOD

Pope Francis reiterated Wednesday that the Catholic church can never consider someone irrevocably separated from its global community, saying that Jesus does not consider anyone "definitively lost" but instead seeks them out to welcome them anew. In a reflection in his weekly general audience on the Gospel parable of the shepherd who leaves 99 sheep to find one who has become lost, the pontiff said that in Jesus' vision "there are not sheep who are definitively lost but only sheep meant to be found."   READ MORE

 

VATICAN MAGAZINE GIVES ATTENTION TO UNHEARD WOMEN, OFFICIAL SAYS

A new Vatican magazine will give attention to women's voices, something that often has been missing in the church despite women's important role in announcing the Gospel, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin. "If we do not listen attentively to the voice of women in the great decisive moments in the life of the church, we would lose" the crucial contribution of the feminine genius in the church, Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said at an event May 3 launching the magazine format.  READ MORE

DO PRINCIPALS NEED TO BE EDUCATORS FIRST?

There is a clear and articulated expectation that principals are highly skilled managers and leaders of their schools, but what of the need to be a highly skilled educator, or in fact an educator at all? Does a principal need to have the hands-on knowledge of a teacher to successfully lead a school? Perspectives will challenge us to consider traditional and changing visions of leadership in schools.In this edition of Perspectives, Greg Whitby, Coralee Pratt and Scott Eacott will provide their perspective on "Do Principals Need to Be Educators First?"   READ MORE

 'BIG FIVE' CHALLENGES IN SCHOOL EDUCATION – GEOFF MASTERS

It's not that we don't know what the challenges are. But their roots sometimes lie largely outside the reach of schools or in deeply entrenched educational processes and structures that are difficult to change. A political response is sometimes to focus instead on low-hanging fruit and quick wins – to make changes at the margins where change seems possible. However, real reform and significant progress in improving the quality and equity of Australian schooling depend on tackling our deepest and most stubborn educational challenges. Here are five such challenges.  READ MORE

DATA LED LEARNING

The National School Improvement Tool (NSIT) outlines nine interrelated domains that provide evidence that schools can use to make judgments about their efforts in achieving positive outcomes for students (ACER, 2012). One of the domains listed is the analysis and discussion of data. Importantly, it is not only academic data that the NSIT lists as being indicative of school performance   READ MORE

CSSA FORUM ON STUDENT WELLBEING FOR LEARNING

The CSSA Forum Division site is for Secondary Schools and Diocesan CSO/CEO offices to register their CSSA membership payments and to register staff attending the CSSA Forums. The site will also hold information regarding Forums and downloads of presentations by speakers.

Schools and Diocesan offices are able to generate their invoices before making payments. There are instructions on the Help menu once you log in, to help you navigate through the various pages. READ MORE

SCHOOL FUNDING DIVERSION IGNORES THE FACTS

National Catholic Education Commission executive director Ross Fox says the Australian Education Union's diversion on school funding today ignores the reality of school enrolment and students' needs.

"This apparent attempt to turn school funding discussions into a battle between school sectors will do nothing to support students or teachers," Mr Fox said. READ MORE

APPA PROUDLY PARTNERS WITH VISITOR REGISTRATION SYSTEM (VRS) 

APPA are pleased to announce that they are partnering with the Visitor Registration System (VRS) commencing from the start of Term Two, 2016.   In a move that helps our national efforts to support primary school communities, this exciting partnership means that primary school principals will now have access to a simple and secure sign-in application, which allows any school visitors to self-register their attendance via an iPad at the front reception. READ MORE

ACMF TEACHING RESOURCE FOR NAIDOC WEEK

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LEARNING POTENTIAL APP

On Friday 21 August 2015, the former Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, announced the release of a free app for parents packed with tips and inspiring ways to be more involved in their child's learning. It's for all ages, from the high chair to high school, and it gives you:

  • tips and hints
  • relevant information tailored to your child's age
  • fun and easy ways to stimulate learning

Download Learning Potential for free from learningpotential.gov.au 


PLAY.SPORT.AUSTRALIA. UPDATE

As the Australian Government's $100 million Sporting Schools program continues to experience strong take up, our commitment and drive to get more young people playing more sport more often is progressing well.I'm pleased to share the latest videos as part of the Play.Sport.Australia. strategy, and encourage you to get on board with our latest social media campaign, Stick With It.  READ MORE

SCHOOL LAW CONFERENCE

Tackle the more problematic legal and risk management issues that require a school to take direct and responsive action. Learn how to appropriately manage complex matters and position your school to become active rather than reactive when handling the critical issues that face you today in providing a safe and harmonious learning environment for your students.  READ MORE

 

Regards,

Julie King
ACSP Executive Officer

 
 
 

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