Member Update 28 July 2022 | Term 3, Week 3
Welcome to Country
The VACPSP acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the many lands that encompass our Catholic primary schools across Victoria – Ballarat, Sale, Sandhurst and the Archdiocese of Melbourne. The VACPSP recognise the Traditional Custodians culture and the continuing spiritual connection to land, sea and waters.
The VACPSP pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who live, work, teach and learn within Catholic education in Victoria.
We commit to working together to create culturally safe schools for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to learn and thrive. As Principal leaders of our schools we commit to working together for reconciliation and justice.
From the President
As the second half of the 2022 school year is well underway, I take this opportunity to wish you all the best for the term as we continue to work together in bringing learning and faith to life in primary school settings.
Relationships, connections and engagement with peers strengthens your leadership, helps build your personal professional knowledge and encourages you to ‘dare to dream’. Critically, these personal and professional connections support you in the face of the many challenges that leadership brings.
We take on principalship for many different reasons; perhaps to impact community, grow our skills, enable self and others, or to share our gifts and talents. Significantly, and I think many of us would agree, we take on leadership to bring about community change and to ensure young people have the opportunity for a successful and meaningful life.
As U.S. Navy Admiral William McRaven said during his famed University of Texas commencement address (which I’m sure many have viewed on YouTube), “If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.” An elegant reminder of the value of community; not only the one you lead but also the one you belong to as colleague and friend; the VACPSP. As our motto reminds us, we are Better Together.
A central role of the Association is to build collegiality and provide support services to help in your role. Critically, it is also to be a strong, active advocate with the many government, educational, governance and legislative environments that impacts our profession and ultimately education success in Victoria.
Important Items for You
Principal Council Meeting
Please see summary infographic outlining the discussions of the latest Principal Council Meeting, held on 18 July 2022.
State Government Election 2022
As recently outlined by Jim Miles (MACS), Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) will have its first meeting with the new Minister for Education, the Hon Natalie Hutchins MP, shortly. CECV will be discussing the commitments that the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) is seeking from the government (and the opposition) on behalf of the 499 Catholic schools in Victoria.
These commitments include:
- a significant boost in capital funding for Catholic schools for 2022–26 (up from $402 million at the last election for Catholic and independent schools)
- dedicated capital funding for Catholic kindergartens
- funding parity/equity for children in Catholic kindergartens as compared to government/private providers
- Catholic school access to the Victorian Government’s Smile Squad dental program
- equitable access to the targeted financial incentives offered by the Victorian Government to attract teachers to schools in rural, regional and difficult to staff areas
- a one-off payment to save or restore teaching and learning programs affected by COVID-19 pandemic expenditure.
Jim Miles, writing in his weekly MACS update, also reminds Principals “that we know that the one-off payment is particularly important, given that schools are still managing the impact that the additional costs of the COVID-19 pandemic have had on teaching and learning programs.”
As the November election approaches, Principal support will be critical; governing authorities will advise of local and State campaigns seeking your support and engagement.
National Reform Agenda: Help strengthen the future of education in Australia
The Australian Teacher Workforce Data (ATWD) initiative helps us understand Australia’s teaching profession by providing greater insight into teaching loads. It also provides insights into gaps in qualifications and specialisations, the number of teachers planning to stay in or leave teaching, and whether new graduates will meet future workforce needs. Understanding the challenges and opportunities faced by Australia’s educators means we can identify solutions to better support the profession.
CECV Notice: Teaching Excellence Program 2023
In June, the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership opened expressions of interest in the Teaching Excellence Program.
The Teaching Excellence Program is a one-year program designed to advance professional knowledge and practice for highly skilled teachers from Victorian government, Catholic and independent schools.
The program builds teaching excellence through a focus on disciplinary knowledge, practitioner inquiry, responsive pedagogy and dispositions for exceptional teaching.
Spaces available for the program have increased this year, and we are looking forward to seeing teachers from the Catholic sector take advantage of the program and bring better practice into our schools and classrooms.
- Principals are asked to share the details with their staff.
- Eligible teachers are encouraged to apply and register their interest in the Teaching Excellence Program via the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership website.
You can still register for the NCEC Conference, offered live and virtually between 4-7 September.
Catholic School Parents Victoria Update July 2022
Read the latest newsletter update from CSPV that touches on CSVP representative opportunities, water safety, the new Child Safe Standards and Reportable Conduct Guides, new senior pathway opportunities for students, social media presence and new website feedback.
Farewell to Carmel Cameron and new Business Manager Appointment
Recently the Association’s Business Manager, Carmel Cameron announced her retirement after 12 years of exceptional support to the Association. Under Carmel’s stewardship the Association has flourished, matured and evolved into one of the pre-eminent Principal associations across Australia.
Under Carmel’s leadership we have grown our membership, introduced many supports, become Incorporated, ensured high levels of accountability and governance, maintained financial stability and provided outstanding collegial conferences.
We wish Carmel all the very best on her next chapter and thank her for her work and dedication to the VACPSP.
In farewelling Carmel, I welcome Josephine Brennan to the Business Services Management role. Josephine started on July 1, 2022 and comes to us with legal and personal assistant skills, training, and qualifications. Carmel will provide mentoring support to Josephine over the next few months as the Association transitions to the new arrangements. Josephine will start attending networking meetings with myself so I encourage you to introduce yourself as we move around the State. Josephine is contactable at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Connect by SchoolTV and Catholic School Parents Victoria (CSPV)
SchoolTV and Catholic School Parents Victoria (CSPV) have partnered to provide you with free access to a selection of valuable resources created to support parents and staff in the area of children’s wellbeing.
Primary and secondary schools are invited to register for Caritas Australia’s Catholic Earthcare Schools program, which aims to address some of the challenges put forth in the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. There are five levels of certification to achieve, which challenge students and school communities to build on the integral ecology within their school.
The Catholic Earthcare Australia Schools' program is avaliable to all Catholic schools in Australia and involves a process of ecological dialogue, conversion and action. The program encourages and supports change led by students, with participating schools supported through resources, networking and regular meetings.
Sponsor Spotlight - ASCA
ACSA is a not-for-profit member association of schools, working with over 100 supplier partners to deliver the best value for your school and canteen, saving over $10 million per annum for our members.
As a not-for-profit organisation, the welfare of children in your schools has always been paramount. Whether we are helping you in your canteen to deliver more healthy, better value meals, or simply ensuring that you get best value for your school budget; our aim is to assist you to provide the best education to your students, whilst contributing to Australian charities that support the education of vulnerable children.
Over the last 40+ years, ASCA has contributed almost $3 million to our charity partners like The Smith Family, St Vincent de Paul, Stewart House and AEIOU.
Visit https://www.asca.com.au/ to learn more about how we can help your school, and make sure you read your Termly Smart School Newsletters and monthly emails to keep up with the latest products and services from our innovative Preferred Supplier partners.
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Sponsor Spotlight - Officeworks
Officeworks would like to share their new eFlyers about their new BTS (Back to School) offer, Classroom Essentials Service.
Food for Thought
Publication by Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus OISE/University of Toronto and Co-Director, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL), "Six Reasons to be Optimistic about Learning in 2022", shares their perspective and experience of a post COVID-19 educational space.
Loving and Generous God,
Awaken us to your presence as we continue to discern what is life-giving, empowering and sustainable for the good of all Catholic primary principals and the school communities we serve.
May our inspiration and commitment deepen as we work and gather in partnership to reflect on and respond to your call, the vision of the Gospel and the voice of the Spirit.
As dedicated, faith filled educational professionals help us to work collegially, lead with courage, build authentic relationships, and respect the voice of all in ensuring every young Australian has the opportunity for an excellent education in great schools.
Support us through this sacred work so that we radiate a sense of hope, A love of learning and a commitment to formation in faith.
Pour out your abundant blessings upon all involved in the ministry of leadership in Catholic education, we ask this through Christ, Our Lord, Amen.
I hope you enjoyed this newsletter update and a snapshot of the actions, connections and programs that the Association supports, leads or engages with on your behalf.
As always, I not only welcome but encourage active communication between myself and members and look forward to engaging with you in person, phone or by email.