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Catholic Super supports NSW CaSPA Principals

Posted on 20 February 2019
Catholic Super supports NSW CaSPA Principals

On Feb 21st, CaSPA President Loretta Wholley and Exec Officer Frank FitzGerald were in Sydney for an NCEC Stakeholder meeting. With the great help of NSW Field Officer Rob Laidler, a dinner was organised for local principals to meet with the CaSPA reps and also catch up with colleagues from both systemic and PJP schools. CaSPA sees its role to assist collegiality among Catholic Secondary Principals as a high priority.

Thanks to the support of our National Partners - such as Catholic Super - CaSPA is able to run such events. To underline the importance of the support of our Partners, we were able to invite Chair of the Catholic Super Board - Mr Danny Casey to join us at dinner.  Mention was made to the gathering of the important role our partners play in the work of CaSPA.

Mention was made of the great success Catholic Super has had over the years of annual returns that are significantly above industry standard and so assist Catholic Principals and Teachers in their retirement years.

There was also reference made to the puzzling publicity issued by a different Super Fund in our sector, which had made false and misleading suggestions regarding recommendations from the Royal Commission into the Finance Sector. Perhaps it was a case of needing to resort to Fake News given the less than impressive returns that some in the Catholic sector had been receiving from their Super Fund......


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New Chief Executive at ACARA

Posted on 19 February 2019
New Chief Executive at ACARA

Above: David de Carvalho [left] at a recent meeting at Newman Technical College Port Maquarie hosted by the 2018 Principal Stephen Pares [right] 

CaSPA welcome the new CEO of ACARA, David de Carvalho who replaces Robert Randall effective March 4, 2019. Robert served in the role with distinction from 2012 until the present time, and the Board of CaSPA would like to thank him for his courtesy and generous contribution at many of our Board Meetings. At our May 2018 Meeting Robert shared with us the following:

"I depart with enormous pride at all the organisation has achieved, in collaboration with partners in the federation, to improve the learning of all young Australians" he said.

"I am not retiring, and will be interested in applying my skills and experience to new challenges."

De Carvalho is the former CEO of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and once led the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC). In his earlier career he worked as a teacher - including a posting at Xavier College, Melbourne.

De Carvalho's resume also features positions at the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and the Federal Department of Education, where he was head of higher education.

ACARA board chair, Belinda Robinson proviided this welcome for the new CEO:

"On behalf of the ACARA Board and staff, I congratulate David on his appointment and am delighted to welcome him as ACARA's new CEO. David has significant experience and expertise in education. He joins ACARA following his most recent position as Chief Executive of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)," 

"In addition to his depth of knowledge of the education sector, David has also served on ACARA's Board since November 2017. I look forward to continue working with David and supporting his leadership of Australia's national curriculum, assessment and reporting authority to achieve ACARA's mission of improving the learning outcomes for all young Australians."


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Why having just one woman on a team is bad for everyone

Posted on 18 February 2019
Why having just one woman on a team is bad for everyone

We've all read that companies perform better financially when they have a diverse and inclusive leadership. Despite that, many women find they're still alone in a roomful of men, increasing the odds that they will experience workplace discrimination.

According to McKinsey's latest Women in the Workplace report, 20 percent of women surveyed said they were often the only female in the room or one of very few. The figure is far higher in sectors like technology and engineering, and for women of color.

We found that women in unbalanced environments are more likely to:

  • have their judgment questioned (49 percent versus 32 percent),
  • to be mistaken for someone more junior (35 percent versus 15 percent), and
  • to be subjected to unprofessional and demeaning remarks (24 percent versus 14 percent). No wonder women get overlooked for promotions.

McKinsey and LeanIn.Org studied 64,000 employees and 279 companies in North America, and the resulting statistics show how frustratingly slow progress is toward gender equality in most companies. While nearly as many women as men are now taking white-collar jobs, female representation still diminishes as you move up the corporate ladder. Women make up just one in five C-suite executives. (BTW, at Davos this year only 22 percent of participants were female.)

How to break this cycle? On leadership or project teams, group several women together instead of scattering one woman to a team. Review processes for making promotions and filling vacancies to make sure the growing number of women in your company are making their way up. Find them, help them advance, and enlist them in the effort to overcome "onliness."

Finally, make use of the CEO transition period. We found that more than two-thirds of new CEOs replace at least half of the members of their top teams within two years. What a great (and underutilized) time to address the "only" problem.

From: McKinsey Quarterly January 2019

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Your College could be in the running for prize money of up to $750,000 in Government Science competition

Posted on 17 February 2019
Your College could be in the running for prize money of up to $750,000 in Government Science competition

The Prime Minister's Prizes for Science are Australia's most prestigious awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation, and excellence in science teaching.

The prizes recognise achievements across diverse disciplines and career stages. Recipients share $750 000 in prize money, and have the opportunity to showcase important work undertaken in their field.

Nominations for the 2019 prizes: Open 6 February

  • The work of researchers, innovators and teachers often shape Australian society and improve lives. You can show someone you value their contribution by nominating them for a prize.
  • We encourage nominations of all eligible scientists, innovators and teachers including from groups under-represented in these fields such as women and Indigenous Australians.
  • We are working to ensure it's easier than ever to nominate the people you want to see winning prizes, and that they are considered fairly.

Here is the LINK for all the details.

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Principal reflects on win against school in defamation case.

Posted on 16 February 2019
Principal reflects on win against school in defamation case.

CaSPA is aware that in recent times a number of our principals around the country have been subject to extensive negative commentary in their school communities. CaSPA appreciates that there are always "two sides to every story", but on the surface it would seem that some of these attacks are anything but justified and verge on the defamatory.  In the light of such experience in our schools, the following story makes interesting reading:

Kambala School - an Independant School in suburban Sydney - settled out of court last month, and was forced to issue an apology to former principal Debra Kelliher [above] over allegedly defamatory emails.

In the emails, head music teacher Mark Grandison and head social science teacher June Peake, accused Kelliher of "tyrannical" leadership, "bullying" and "unethical behaviour".

Kelliher described to EducationHQ the atmosphere at the school prior to her resignation.

"It's easy for some staff who are long standing members of any institution to get into a "bubble" where they can't see beyond their limited views and confines. Values can become distorted by a sense of entitlement and ego," she said.

"The atmosphere in the school leading up to this event was one of hysteria and mob rule. It's hard to make a kind or careful decision in that atmosphere. Fortunately we live in a democracy and people don't have to accept this type of abuse.

"I certainly think women especially must make a stand when they are bullied and abused. I hope the stand I took encourages other women leaders not to accept this type of behaviour and to hold others accountable for their conduct."

The apology issued by the school states that Kambala, the school council, Grandison and Peake all "deeply regret, and unequivocally withdraw" the comments.

The statement goes on to say that the parties "apologise unreservedly to Ms Kelliher for the publication of those emails and for the harm and hurt they have caused to her".

Kelliher is unable to discuss the details of the settlement, but said that she is satisfied with Kambala's apology.

"It's hard to leave a legacy in just over three years, however my vision for the school was that students would achieve terrific academic results without a sacrifice of their own wellbeing. And we achieved that," she said.

"When I left academic results were excellent and the enrolments were the highest they'd ever been. I introduced a new focus on wellbeing and the whole student. The best schools are about a gentler, values-driven education which is much more than a results factory."

Another source of pride for Kelliher she said, was her management of Kambala's finances.

"Also, with the help of two brilliant business managers, I managed to bring the school back to a surplus and also pay down a huge amount of debt. I came into a very unhealthy financial situation and turned it round. You can't underestimate the importance of this.

"It's a basic for schools and without it, everybody's livelihood is at risk. I take the stewardship of parents' fees very seriously. The school has a strong foundation now from which to step forward and do some good in the world."

Kelliher said she hoped to return to school leadership in the future.

"I hope to lead another school. I genuinely love students and teachers. I was very sorry they saw me and other staff bullied. It was such poor role modelling for them," she said.

"I'm currently in the last stages of writing my doctorate, which is on how to build leadership capacity in young women, in an independent school. I still have a lot to give in the education sector and am passionate about young peoples' futures."

Mark Grandison was contacted for this story but was unable to comment due to Kambala's media policy.

Kambala did not respond to a request for comment.

From: EducationHQ News Team

Published February 12, 2019
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