Funding Opportunities - 21 Nov 2017

Nov 22 2017
1.     Local Sport Defibril...

Victorian CaSPA Principals recognised for their service

Nov 21 2017
At the recent meeting of AGM of the PAVCSS on N...

South Australia Farewells some of its long serving Principals

Nov 20 2017
At the recent meeting of APCSS in Adelaide, ...

CaSPA Submission to Gonski 2.0 Panel on Educating for Excellence

Nov 19 2017

CCI Supports Principal Health and Well Being

Nov 18 2017
Above: Hugh Easton form CCI discuss well bei...

Daniel Delmage wins 2017 CaSPA Equity Scholarship

Nov 17 2017
At the recent CaSPA Board meeting, the Director...

Phil Lewis farewelled as President of CaSPA

Nov 16 2017
Phil Lewis finished his term on the Board of...

Francis Sullivan meets with CaSPA Board

Nov 15 2017
Francis Sullivan CEO of the Truth, Justice a...

Government Policy leads to School Fee Increases

Nov 14 2017
Catholic schools along the nation's east...

Gonski 2.0 gives 'dumbed down' curriculums a D-minus

Nov 13 2017
Australian students have suffered as a result o...

Pure discrimination from SA government on school funding

Nov 12 2017
Bishop of Port Pirie and NCEC Commissioner, Gre...

Catholic Sector anticipates better outcomes from Review of SES

Nov 11 2017
The Catholic sector hopes the National School R...

Profiles: Sr Marg Ghosn [NSW]; Sue Lennox [NSW]: Matt Byrne [Vic]

Nov 10 2017
We thank the following colleagues for sharing t...

Funding Opportunities - 9 Nov 2017

Nov 09 2017
1.     Student Mentoring Pr...

Self Awareness - The key to success in the classroom AND as a school leader

Nov 08 2017
Those who have worked in the field of Profes...

CaSPA News


Daniel Delmage wins 2017 CaSPA Equity Scholarship

Posted on 17 November 2017
Daniel Delmage wins 2017 CaSPA Equity Scholarship
At the recent CaSPA Board meeting, the Directors considered applications for the Annual Equity Scholarship.  This scholarship is allocated to a CaSPA principal to undertake Professional Development and is valued at $5000.

Daniel will use the scholarship fund to undertake studies in School Leadership at Harvard University in 2018.

Daniel is currently principal at Trintiy College Auburn in Sydney, having previously served as Principal at Marist College, Eastwood.

This award has been made possible through the generous support of our National Partner MSP Photography and we thank them for their assistance and promotion of professional development for CaSPA Principals

Posted in: Awards Catholic Secondary Principals Australia   0 Comments

Phil Lewis farewelled as President of CaSPA

Posted on 16 November 2017
Phil Lewis farewelled as President of CaSPA

Phil Lewis finished his term on the Board of CaSPA after seven years service as a Director and President for the past four years. In his farewell speech to Phil, incoming President Andrew Watson spoke of the great service that Phil provided in his time on the Board. Andrew highlighted the significant changes that have occurred under Phil's presidency including a restructuring of the Executive Officer role and the higher visibility of the work of the Board,  This was seen  particularly in the initiative Phil introduced of having Board meetings take place in the various jurisdictions and especially the practice of having Board meetings scheduled to coincide with meetings of the local Principal's association.  This had enabled the Directors to meet face to face with Principals around Australia and to hear first hand of the issues and priorities of each of the local Principal associations.  While there were common themes around Principal Health and Well Being, and the challenges of new Industrial agreements for Principals, there were also unique priorities such as the difficulties experienced by those in remote schools such as our colleagues in Northern Territory.

Phil also developed important links with key stakeholder groups among Principal groups in other sectors and in the government and related agencies. Phil demonstrated high levels of communication and consultation, no doubt assisted by his own studies and expertise in Leadership.

CaSPA indeed owes a debt of gratitude to Phil for his service and contribution to the work of Catholic Secondary Principals and we wish him all the best for his continuing work as principal of Nazareth College in Adelaide.

Posted in: Catholic Secondary Principals Australia   0 Comments

Francis Sullivan meets with CaSPA Board

Posted on 15 November 2017
Francis Sullivan meets with CaSPA Board

Francis Sullivan CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council [above with Phil Lewis] met with the CaSPA Board on Nov 14th.  

With the impending release of the report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Sexual Abuse due in mid December, the CaSPA Board is looking at possible consequences of the release of this report. It is anticipated that there will be significant implications for Catholic Education - and for the Church more broadly - contained in the recommendations of the Royal Commission Report.

At the meeting with Francis Sullivan, CaSPA Directors were able to discuss a range of these consequences, particularly in the area of possible Governance models for Catholis Secondary Schools.

It was also hoped that the Church would take the opportunity to explore some of these important issues at the planned Plenary Council which is due to be held in 2020. CaSPA will look to work with other key Catholic Education stakeholders to provide input into the key themes that will be discussed during this Council.

Posted in: Catholic Secondary Principals Australia   0 Comments

Government Policy leads to School Fee Increases

Posted on 14 November 2017
Government Policy leads to School Fee Increases

Catholic schools along the nation's east coast are warning families that fees will rise by as much as 12 per cent next year, with many principals attributing the steep hikes to federal funding changes.

In Brisbane, elite Stuartholme School, Marist College, Mt St Michael's College and All Hallows' School have announced tuition fees will increase next year, blaming government-mandated changes to the way funding is distributed that will see some schools lose income over coming years.

In Melbourne, Genazzano College has recently written to parents to advise that fees would rise up 6 per cent next year, with the middle school - Years 9 and 10 hit the hardest. It is understood that De La Salle College, in Malvern, is considering increasing fees by up to 7.5 per cent, while Loyola College, in Watsonia, will be forced to increase fees above its typical annual rise.

Loyola principal Joseph Favrin said it was a result of the new Gonski 2.0 model of funding, "which will reduce our funding considerably for 2018 and beyond". The school's board will meet shortly to set next year's fees.

Catholic Education Melbourne, which oversees more than 150,000 students across 330 schools, is expecting primaryschool fee rises of up to 5 per cent and secondary-school fee increases of up to 10 per cent.

Mater Christi College principal Mary Fitz-Gerald said the school's fees would climb by 6 per cent next year as a result of the school's government funding allocation dropping by more than $300,000, or 3 per cent. She said the school, in Belgrave in Melbourne's east, had lowered fees a few years ago to allow more parents access to the college and a Catholic education, but that would have to change.

"We know parents require predictability ... but we can't provide predictability," Ms FitzGerald said.

Catholic Education Commission NSW, which oversees 545 schools, has said it would absorb any funding anomalies across the system, keeping fee increases to 3 to 5 per cent next year.

However, there are 46 independent Catholic schools that are funded directly from the government that could be exposed. Many of those, including Kincoppal, which is run by the same religious order as Stuartholme, and Loreto Kirribilli, were recently identified as being "over-funded". Those schools did not return calls from The Weekend Australian.

Amid anger among parents over the rises, some Coalition MPs, particularly those in vulnerable seats, are understood to be rattled by the ferocity of the Catholic sector's campaign against the Continued on Page 6

RISING COSTS Stuartholme School, Toowong Qld: 6-12% All Hallows' School, Brisbane Qld: 8% Mt St Michael's College, Ashgrove Qld: 9.5% De La Salle, Malvern Vic: up to 7.5% Genazzano College, Kew Vic: 6% NSW Catholic system schools: up to 5% As you will be aware, Stuartholme School has been adversely impacted by the federal changes to school funding. After thorough consideration and to ensure we can continue to be one of Australia's leading schools for girls, the board has made the decision to increase fees.

There will be 6 per cent increase in fees for Years 7, 8, 9, 2018. And a 7 per cent increase in fees for Years 10 and 12 ... Year 11 fees will increase by 12 per cent Extract of a letter Stuartholme School sent to parents on October 24 Fee hikes a lesson in school funding Continued from Page 1 funding changes and have asked Education Minister Simon Birmingham to meet directly with affected schools. Several MPs have described the issue privately as "political poison".

The Catholic sector says the changes amount to a $1.1 billion disadvantage compared with the independent private schools sector. Senator Birmingham is standing by the government's Gonski 2.0 package, which he insists amounted to a boost of funding to the Catholic sector of $282.5 million next year and $3.4bn over the coming decade.

He said state and territory systems running Catholic schools had autonomy over how they distributed increasing funding and it was up to authorities to decide which schools should benefit from additional support.

"We pay lump sums to Catholic school systems. We don't actually determine which of their schools should get what amount of funding; they do," he said. "If those systems are increasing fees for these schools, logic says that the extra funding flowing from the Turnbull government means that fees are decreasing by equal amounts at other schools.

"Given Catholic system funding is projected to increase by 3.8 per cent on average per student over the next four years ... the question many will ask in response to stories like this is 'where is the money going?" Senator Birmingham is expected to travel to Melbourne next week for meetings set up by Liberal MPs Julia Banks and Sarah Henderson. It is understood those meetings are not exclusively with Catholic schools.

The government believes the funding issue is most sensitive in Victoria because of the activism of Catholic Education Commission of Victoria's executive director Stephen Elder. He told The Weekend Australian that Catholic systems had been put under unprecedented pressure to align their fee expectations to the government's funding model, which would have the impact of large fee increases in many schools.

National Catholic Education Commission executive director Christian Zahra warned there would be political ramifications, with Coalition MPs required to justify their education policy to constituents at the next election.


From: Weekend Australian, Australia  by Rebecca Urban John Ferguson

04 Nov 2017
Posted in: Government Funding   0 Comments

Gonski 2.0 gives 'dumbed down' curriculums a D-minus

Posted on 13 November 2017
Gonski 2.0 gives 'dumbed down' curriculums a D-minus
Australian students have suffered as a result of a "dumbed down" curriculum and culture of "low expectations", and standards will continue to slide unless steps are taken to boost teacher quality and promote proven classroom techniques, the latest Gonski education review has been told.

Education advocates, including:

  • the Catholic Education Commission NSW
  • Education Standards Institute
  • NSW Secondary Principals Council and
  • the independent Schools Council of Australia

have called for a renewed focus on building teacher capacity and evidence-based teaching practices.

They have also urged a return to a "high-quality" curriculum based on core skills, including literacy and numeracy, and investment in behavioural management programs, pointing out that children will not learn in an undisciplined environment.

Dubbed "Gonski 2.0", the federal government's Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools, has been urged to resist the temptation to search for a so-called "magic bullet", lamenting a long history of "good ideas" foisted upon the sector with minimal results.

International testing shows Australian students have fallen below the OECD average in terms of reading, maths and science.

Locally, NAPLAN results reveal literacy and numeracy standards have flatlined.

Education Standards Institute director Kevin Donnelly warned the review panel that the nation's education system had reached a "tipping point" and unless there was a "root and branch renewal" of schools' management, as well as teacher education and associated curriculum and pedagogy, standards would continue to fall.

"Compared to stronger performing overseas education systems, Australian schools have suffered as a result of adopting a less rigorous, academically-based curriculum," Dr Donnelly said.

"Classroom interaction and practice also suffer as a result of adopting innovations like childcentred learning, inquiry-based and discovery learning, open classrooms and constructivism.

"While all have their place, unless greater focus is given to explicit teaching and a curriculum that focuses on teaching deep knowledge, skills and understanding, standards and outcomes will not improve." The Schools Council of Australia, which represents more than 1100 schools and almost 600,000 students across the country, also advocates for a high-quality and ambitious curriculum that emphasises substantive content knowledge and essential competencies such as critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication and analysing information.

"In the highest performing education systems the curriculum tends to be rigorous and not too expansive or prescriptive, with manageable content taught well and in depth," it said.

The NSW Secondary Principals Association stressed the importance of recognising the diversity of schools and role of principals as best placed to decide what teaching and learning programs suited their context.

Several submitters lamented the so-called crowded curriculum as well as an increasing expectations on schools to undertake an expanded role in society, such as healthcare and welfare, that can distract from their core business.

Teachers needed time and resources to research, trial and share evidence of their classroom practices.

Catholic Education Commission NSW, which represents 591 Catholic schools across the state, believes school funding could significantly improve student learning if it were used to develop teachers and principals as "instructional leaders", a process that involves goal-setting, monitoring lesson plans and evaluating teachers to promote student learning.

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, in Villawood, NSW, was recently funded to enable assistant principal Diane Shields to become a dedicated instructional leader and spend the bulk of her time modelling effective teaching techniques in classrooms across the junior year levels.

Principal Michelle Bourne said the program was aimed at building teaching capability across the school, which comprised students from low socio-economic backgrounds, many from non-English speaking families, and boosting performance. The program has been so successful across kindergarten to Year 2 levels, it has been expanded to some higher grades.

'Australian schools have suffered as a result of adopting a less rigorous, academically-based curriculum' EDUCATOR KEVIN DONNELLY


From: The Australian, Australia  by Rebecca Urban

09 Nov 2017
Posted in: curriculum Government Funding   0 Comments
Tell a FriendPrint This PageBookmark SitePrincipals LoginEnquiry