Newsletter Number 10, 17th July, 2015

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Newsletter Number 10 - 17th July 2015

 Dear Principals,

Welcome back from a well deserved break for the Term 2 vacation.  I certainly hope you took steps to look after your Health and Wellbeing!  Term 3, like all Terms is a busy one with interviews for enrolments, Trial Exams for Year 12, farewelling Senior Students and planning for the New Year and we hope you are not overwhelmed by all these necessary tasks.

Conference News
We are currently chasing the last few Speakers who have not yet sent their Papers for the recent Conference in Dubbo.  We will commence placing those ones which have arrived on the Conference Button on our website.  We have also left the Pre Conference Papers on the Website, to enable you to get a very detailed picture of the Inputs from these highly experienced educators.

In addition to this provision, we are currently editing the videos we took of each of the Speakers presentations.  When these have been completed, we will also place them on the Conference Button.  All of these tasks should be finished in the next week or two.  We will keep you informed.

Website Improvements
We have also been working on the Website, to make it crisper and more up to date.  In particular, I would like to draw your attention to the Publications Link, which consists of three parts, Reports, Newsletters and Links to nearly all important Catholic Educational Agencies.  I update this Link from time to time, but also leave the more important Reports there for longer.  I strongly recommend that you make time to read John Hattie's latest piece, as well as the piece on Principal Health and Wellbeing.

We have a new Executive which commenced its Term at our last Meeting on the 11th June.  We would like to welcome David Adams-Jones, Fran Bonanno, Peter Treloar and Stephen Kennaugh to our Executive.  I have requested photos and brief Descriptors of their backgrounds, and these will be updated in the next week or so.

Misleading Figures Used to Create False Conflicts between Schools.
I enclose a Media Release from the National Catholic Education Commission that needs to be read, critiquing an article by Trevor Cobbold which appears to contain misleading data.  The Media Release follows (click here).

Media Release from CECNSW $25,000 Bro John Taylor Fellowship
Catholic Educators are being offered the chance to travel overseas to research ways that help schools meet present and future challenges.  The Brother John Taylor Fellowship will provide up to $25,000 in travel and accommodation to an applicant involved in Catholic Education.  Details are given here (click here)

APPA Conference in Hobart September 16th to 18th
APPA have sent ACSP information about what appears to be an excellent Conference in Hobart in September.  They have mentioned wonderful keynote speakers in Dr Pedro Noguera, our own Dr Bob Brown Dr Simon Longstaff and Brendan Spillane.  Details are provided here (click here)

Australian Council for Educational Research Conference 2015.
The theme of the Conference is "Learning Assessments; Designing the Future", from the 16th to the 18th August at Crown Southbank Melbourne.  ACER Conferences are usually of an excellent standard.  Details may be found on the ACER Website

This Week in Catholic Education
NCEC have sent us their usual summary of events of interest to Catholic Administrators.  Details are provided here (click here)

Fred Hollows Humanity Award.
The Fred Hollows Foundation have requested ACSP to inform Catholic Primary Schools of an Award that recognises the positive contributions of Year 6 Students in NSW and the ACT.  The details are given below  (click here)

Pope Calls for Prayers for the Synod on the Family

Pope Francis, at a Mass in South America for a million followers, called on those present to pray for the Success of the Synod on the Family, to be held in a second session in October.  The Catholic Herald reported this as follows:  (click here)

Best wishes for the weeks ahead