September 2019 President's Report

Posted by CaSPA on 19 September 2019
September 2019 President's Report

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you and your school communities are faring well during this time of year with Year 12 students completing assessments and recruitment processes underway for 2020.

In the last month there has been much happening on the national education scene with ACARA, AITSL, Department of Education (Canberra) and NCEC. It is heartening to know that all these organisations value the collaboration and partnership with CaSPA.

It was also wonderful to be invited to the APPA national conference in Adelaide. Phil Lewis (Executive Officer) represented CaSPA at the event and caught up with Paul Colyer (ACPPA Executive Officer) and David de Carvalho (ACARA CEO) at one of the conference social events. Congratulations to APPA and ACPPA on the wonderful conference.

Last week the CaSPA Board held its final face to face meeting at Seton College in Perth. During the meeting days the Board was able to meet with Deborah Sayce (W.A. Catholic Education Director) and the W.A. Catholic Principals at their regular meeting. Many thanks to Joe Hoyne and his staff for their wonderful hospitality. Lastly, I am pleased to report that the CaSPA AGM was held on the 12 September. The AGM minutes and financial statements will be available on the CaSPA Website shortly in the Principal Login section.

Prior to the AGM the CaSPA Board worked with Jeff Thorn to begin developing a Strategic Plan to inform the work of CaSPA for the next three years. The process will be finalised before the end of this year and I look forward to sharing this with our State and Territory Catholic Principals associations. There was a creative sharing of ideas and a genuine commitment to improving the service and function of CaSPA.

Loretta Wholley (President)


Other CaSPA News

  • AITSL School Leadership Roundtable. The Roundtable will be an interactive discussion to inform future actions to strengthen school leadership development and principal preparation across Australia. Loretta Wholley attended.
  • 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) Paula Bounds 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, 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 WA Representative 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 future directions.
  • 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 attended by Loretta Wholley. The meeting was a good opportunity to meet the team, and to share information on current priorities and initiatives, discuss many items of interest and any upcoming work.
  • Teachers' experiences of Teacher-targeted Bullying in Australian East Coast Schools is being researched by La Trobe University Phil Lewis will respond on behalf of CaSPA.
  • 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.
  • Teaching and School Leadership Branch DET have commenced consultation on Learning Progressions and online formative assessment initiative.
  • Loretta hosted a dinner with Wollongong Diocesan Catholic Principals earlier in September.
  • 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. CaSPA has been consulted about the value of this and has provided feedback regarding how the USI should be used to improve outcomes for students and not be a data set to compare schools.
  • Loretta Wholley will be hosting a meeting of the national Presidents of AHISA (Mark Merry), APPA (Malcolm Elliott) and ASPA (Andrew Pierpont) in September.


ICP Council Meeting & Convention

On behalf of CaSPA, Phil Lewis will be attending the Council meeting and the Conference (20 25 October 2019). As a part of the CaSPA Strategic Plan, Phil will hopefully be able to make contacts and long-term connections with Catholic Principal Associations from around the world. CaSPA has been reinstated as a member of ICP and can send representatives to the annual Council Meetings. Phil and the ICP President will be having a teleconference soon to discuss issues for Australian Principals. The next ICP Council meeting will be in Ghana in 2020. Next convention will be in Toronto in 2021.

 

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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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CASPA President, Loretta Wholley, with Parramatta Secondary Principals

Posted by CaSPA on 28 June 2019
CASPA President, Loretta Wholley, with Parramatta Secondary Principals

On 26th June CaSPA President Loretta Wholley and NSW CaSPA Director Stephen Kennaugh met with a group of Parramatta Systemic and Congregational Secondary Principals at the CASPA Presidents Dinner held at il Lago restaurant, Norwest. The Principal's Dinners are an initiative of the CASPA President and intended to gather groups of key Secondary Principals in each Metropolitan Diocese to, discuss significant professional issues and build cross sector companionship in a relaxed casual setting.

Loretta was particularly interested in the progress of the NSW Principals Enterprise Agreement due to be negotiated this year and offered CaSPA support to Parramatta Secondary Principals in their negotiations with employers.

All present strongly endorsed the CaSPA President's Dinner initiative and each was  presented with a CaSPA badge to commemorate the evening.

The next CaSPA President's Dinner for Secondary Principals will be held in the Wollongong Diocese in Term III.

Rob Laidler
CaSPA NSW Field Officer

 

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Join CasPA on LinkedIn (Closed group)

Posted by Phil Lewis on 3 June 2019
Join CasPA on LinkedIn (Closed group)
Please join our closed Catholic Secondary Principals group to share ideas, learning and collaboration - https://www.linkedin.com/in/phil-lewis-651b89187/
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ACARA _ Future Priorities

Posted by Phil Lewis on 3 June 2019
ACARA _ Future Priorities

ACARA MEETING NOTES

27 MAY 2019

280 Elizabeth Street Sydney

Learning Progressions & Formative Assessment Development

An Online Tool is proposed to help teachers with resources to assist them in developing the skills and knowledge of students in Literacy and Numeracy related to the Australian Curriculum.
The tool is designed to reduce and assist teachers with workload not add to it
Students and teacher groups being consulted too.
ACARA working in collaboration with AITSL & ESA to develop the tools.

Discovery Phase

Dr Jenny Donovan will lead a "Discovery Phase" in relation to these online assessment tools and will report to the Education Council about the proof of concept in 6 months time.

Reconciliation Action Plan beuing developed. David Carvalho announced that ACARA is preparing an Action Plan to bring the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander perspectives into the content of the Australian Curriculum.

NAPLAN Online matters

ESA responsible for the online platform.
Only 5% of online students were affected given option to re-sit the writing test.
Issues being resolved in readiness for 2020 when it is hoped all NAPLAN tests will be online.
New standards will be released when all students online. They will be developed to target higher order thinking and understanding and will be aligned to the expectations of the Australian Curriculum and international benchmarks.
These matters will be discussed with Education Council & State Ministers.

NAPLAN Writing Model

Review into the model to be conducted due to static and some falling results. Is the test style contributing to this trend?

Lowden Report

Lowden report will be out soon and will provide feedback and recommendations about the way NAPLAN is reported on My School.
Stakeholders suggested that "Like Schools" is misleading and not useful and it was reported that only 5% of parents use My School when choosing a school.

Curriculum Program of Research

ACARA has been requested to provide advice to the Education Council in regards to refinements of the Australian Curriculum.
This will be done through the Annual Reports, International research (OECD) and International Comparisons (NZ, BC, Finland & Singapore).


ACARA seeking Association responses from stakeholders to their 4 questions which will inform the Review of the Austrlain Curriculum:
1.Essential Content Is there room for improving content of the AC to allow more depth and rigour over breadth?

2.Place of the General Capabilities Are there better ways of embedding general capabilities into learning area content and achievement standards?

3.Recognition of First Peoples Is the place of Australia's First Peoples appropriately covered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross curriculum priority?

4.Support for implementation What should be the focus to better support teachers to implement the AC?

Other News

ACARA seeking Association responses to their 4 questions.
4 meetings / year with Stakeholders intended to continue.
Looking for more connection in Social MediaParent Update newsletter being distributed.
Looking for more engagement with rural and remote communities to identify future actions.
New biennial Stakeholder survey coming in June / July this year
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