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August 2019 President's Report

Posted by CaSPA on 26 August 2019
August 2019 President's Report

Meeting in Brisbane with Peter Hamill (NCEC) and the Executives of ACPPA and CSPA on 23 August

Dear Colleagues,

Once again congratulations to the Conference Committee for the wonderful Adelaide Korero Conference in the July Holidays. The three days were a great success. Next year CaSPA will be partnering with NCEC's Conference in Melbourne. In 2021 CaSPA's traditional conference will be held in Perth.

I trust that Term 3 has been going well for you and your community. This term has been a dynamic one for the CaSPA Board with many requests nationally for Directors involvement in reviews, research and collaborations. Further details can be found below.

Some of the key consultations were with AITSL for the Roundtable on Leadership Development and Principal Preparation, Catholic Education Stakeholders Forum with NCEC and the ACARA Review of NAPLAN and My School website. I was also delighted to be invited on to one of the Writing Groups for the Plenary Council. I look forward to contributing as a Principal to this important work in our Church.

I am also delighted to announce that I will be hosting the Presidents of the other National Peak Principals' Association in September at Merici College. After signing our agreement to collaborate as sector Presidents (AHISA (Mark Merry), APPA (Malcolm Elliott) and ASPA (Andrew Pierpont)) This meeting will be an important first step in reconnecting our associations to provide a strong voice for all schools and their students in Australia.My best wishes for the remainder of Term 3.

Kind regards,
Loretta Wholley (President)


CaSPA Term 3 National Representations

  • The Australian Teacher Workforce Data (ATWD) secretariat provided a presentation on the ATWD to outline progress to date and to ensure that key stakeholders are aware of the potential benefits of the ATWD.  Loretta Wholley attended.
  • High Impact Leader Workshop: empowering educators through clarity, coherence and narrative (regional, rural and remote education). Many thanks to Paula Bounds who represented CaSPA in Sydney.
  • Teaching Awards Selection Panel Loretta Wholley has accepted the invitation to be part of the selection panel for the 2020 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards. The awards are a national, cross-sectoral program offered to teachers and school leaders through a partnership between Australian Schools Plus and the Commonwealth Bank.
  • AITSL links between the Teacher Standards and Principal Standard. AITSL is conducting a review of the pathway through the Teacher Standards at the Highly Accomplished and Lead career stages, and the Principal Standard. Declan Tanham (W.A.) is representing CaSPA on this Review.
  • National Teacher Workforce Strategy consultation under the Education Council endorsed for a plan for developing the NTWS that is an agreed national action under the National School Reform Agreement. Loretta Wholley and other members were involved in a phone conference to discuss related matters.
  • National Consultation Events for Review of the Melbourne Declaration on Education Loretta attended a workshop in Canberra. Minister Dan Tehan was in attendance for the entire workshop.
  • Meeting with DET School Leadership Team (Canberra) was attended by Loretta Wholley. The meeting was a good opportunity to meet the team, and to share information on current priorities and initiatives, discuss any items of interest and any upcoming work. It is hoped that more regular consultative meetings may occur in the future.
  • National School Resourcing Board called for submissions to its review of the loading for students with disability. Unfortunately, due to the tight timeline we didn't make a submission. However, some jurisdictions were able to, such as CECV and CSPA. The issues related to NCCD were discussed at the meeting with NCEC to discern what can be done nationally to support schools in receiving the funding that they are entitled to.
  • ACARA stakeholder briefing presentation was attended by Phil Lewis.
  • Teachers' experiences of teacher-targeted bullying in Australian East Coast schools by La Trobe University was forwarded to Directors by Phil Lewis, who has been nominated to be a part of the Advisory Group.
  • The Catholic Education Stakeholders Forum (CESF) met in Brisbane to discuss the groups Terms of Reference, NCEC Conference, political engagement, and Evangelisation. Phil Lewis and Loretta Wholley attended.

Coming up:

  • Teaching and School Leadership Branch DET: Learning progressions and online formative assessment initiative. Information forwarded to Directors.
  • The implementation of a national Unique Student Identifier (USI) was one of the eight key reforms in the National School Reform Agreement. The Australian Government has the lead on this priority initiative. Contact details of Directors has been forwarded.


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