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Chris was delighted to meet the Board and discuss current issues related
to the work of CaSPA & AHISA.
Issues discussed included:
• Possibility of CaSPA combining with AHISA for the New Principal,
Pastoral Care and Aspiring Leaders Conferences was discussed.
• AHISA supports new Principals with retired Principal mentors.
• AHISA developing a new Strategic Plan and is focussing on the
importance of working with the local branches.
• AHISA also supports students through focussed meetings related
to curriculum, learning and pastoral care.
• Similar to CaSPA, AHISA represents Independent Schools and
the Principals. It is not involved in funding matters – that is the
role of Independent Schools Australia (ISA).


AITSL / CaSPA Board Meeting (21 July 2020)

Mark Grant / Daniel Pinchas

Mark & Daniel outlined the current work of AITSL:

Currently 50 providers for Initial Teacher Education (ITE). DESE is working towards a cooperative federal model and regulator to improve the standard of ITE and workforce planning.

AITSL Still working on Red Tape Reduction – Case studies being investigated.

Teacher and School Leader abuse still being investigated by AITSL throught the current Virual Roundtable.

Teacher Standards and Principal Standard being reviewed.

Middle Leader Standards being explored.

Rural and Remote issues still being consulted.

AITSL continues to work with HALT teachers.

AITSL continiuing to develop online resources for teachers and school leaders.

National Workforce Data and Strategy to be presented to Education Ministers on 9 August 2020.

Next Education Council meeting is on 4 September 2020.

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Happy New Year to all of our Catholic secondary Principals around Australia. I hope you have had a wonderful and restful Christmas break.

On behalf of the CaSPA Board, I would like to congratulate all of our newly appointed Principals for 2020. I wish you well for this year and God's blessings for the future years of your new role. To our ongoing and transferring Principals, I wish you continuing success and joy in your important work leading and serving your communities.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the communities affected by the bushfires around Australia. Thank you to all our school communities for the wonderful fundraising and support provided for the victims.

Please enjoy the development of our new CaSPA website, which will soon include an App for mobile devices and a new login for all principals. You will receive an email shortly.

My very best wishes for 2020.

Loretta Wholley

CaSPA President

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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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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.