August 2022 Newsletter
I hope you were all able to enjoy some personal relaxing time with your friends and family over the term break and I hope Term 3 has begun well for you.
I hope you will enjoy this Conference edition of the CaSPA Newsletter. Included this month are three keynote presentations from Fr Frank Brennan (University of Melbourne), Paul Kidson & HeeRa Ko (ACU) and Sally Egan (NCEC). In addition there is a gallery of photos from the Conference.
My sincere thanks to Michael Lee and the Catholic Principals in Canberra for agreeing to host the conference when we had to shift it from Perth at fairly short notice earlier this year. A big thank you to all the people involved in the organising of the Conference. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
I would also like to acknowledge all of our keynote speakers and thank them for the amazing work they had done to prepare their talks and I appreciated their willingness to allow us to publish their presentation. Similarly, a huge thank you to all the Catholic Leaders who prepared a Workshop for the conference.
Prior to the Conference it was wonderful for the caSPA Board to hold its annual meeting with the 8 State and Territory Associations. There were many topics discussed and a great sense of unity at the meeting. Many thanks to those Chairs and executive Officers who were able to attend.
The next CaSPA conference will be in Perth in 2024 and I am sure we all look forward with excitement at the opportunity to gather together once again to celebrate our work as Principals.
Blessings to all
Ann Rebgetz - President
- Ongoing promotion of ACP Connect App and Website - https://acpconnect.com.au/
- Connecting with Associations Forum to access benefits for CaSPA and its governance.
- ACARA Principal Peak Stakeholder Meeting – Version 9 Australian Curriculum update was provided. More details are available on the ACARA Website.
- Finalising the agreement with Australian Catholic University (ACU) to confirm partnership with CaSPA to support the Australian Principal Health and Wellbeing research during 2022.
- Coalition of Australian Principals Meeting to discuss national issues in education (26 July)
- Meeting with Neil Carrington to facilitate the 2023 – 2025 CaSPA Strategic Plan (7July)
- Email from Jason Clare as the new Minister for Education.
- Online Meeting with International Confederation of Principals (ICP) Regional Council meeting in Singapore this September. Planning for the 2023 ICP Conference has commenced.
- Award Winners announced at the CaSPA Conference.
- Meeting with Catholic Education Stakeholders Forum (CESF) members, which includes NCEC, ACPPA and CaSPA.
- Strategic Plan draft prepared with Dr Neil Carrington
- Conference feedback survey sent to delegates.
- AITSL and ACARA updates by Daniel Pinchas and David de Carvalho at the CaSPA Conference.
- Continuing liaison with Miriam Rose (Northern Territory) to create the First Nations artwork commissioned by CaSPA.
- Board Meeting held on 7 & 8 July in Canberra
- Combined Meeting with the 8 State and Territory Associations (10 July).
- CaSPA Conference 10 – 12 July in Canberra.
Profiles of all the CaSPA Board are available on the CaSPA Website: https://caspa.schoolzineplus.com/current-and-past-board-members
Excellence in Leadership Nominations & Winners
Congratulations to the five Excellence in Leadership Nominees. Thank you also to the people who prepared the nominations.
In 2022 the CASPA Board decided, due 4 year gap due to the Pandemic, to present two national Excellence in Leadership Awards this year.
The two winners have displayed innovative and outstanding leadership. Along with this Award each recipient will a $2000 fund to use at their discretion.
EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP NATIONAL WINNERS
Our first recipient of the Excellence in Leadership is Rita Grima from St Columba College, Essendon, Victoria.
Rita Grima has been a Principal for 16 years and has displayed a great commitment to the Catholic Identity and Ethos of Marian and St Columba Colleges. Rita has also introduced several initiatives in teaching and learning to improve the outcomes for students and the professional learning of teachers. Rita is a Principal who values the student and staff voice in decision making. Rita’s use of data to lead these initiatives has been outstanding and she has been a wonderful and compassionate leader of her College’s communities.
Please join me in congratulating Rita as one of the CaSPA National Excellence in Leadership winners for 2022.
Our next Recipient of the National Excellence in Leadership Award is David Mezinec from Tenison Woods College, Mt Gambier, South Australia.
David Mezinec during his 10 years as a Principal of Tenison Woods College has given great witness to his faith with a number of initiatives to support the work of the Local Parish, Vinnies. He has also initiated support for a community in Timor Leste and other countries in need since 2012. David has supported student voice in the decision making of the College and introduced flexible learning options to meet the needs of local students. David’s outstanding leadership is also found in the College’s Recology project that lives out the message of Laudato Si to develop a sustainable College Community that is planned to 100% sustainable and be off grid by 2030.Please join me in congratulating David as one of the CaSPA National Excellence in Leadership winners for 2022.
CaSPA is delighted to announce a partnership with ACPPA to launch the Principal Well-being App - ACPConnect. You will have received an invitation to login to the App. Please check your Inbox and Junk Box for the invitation.
With the concerning statistics that have come to light since the Principal Occupational Health and Wellbeing Survey began 11 years ago, it is vital that we work together to provide action and practical tools about principal well-being.
This free health and wellbeing portal is for all Catholic Primary and Secondary Principals across Australia.
Every Principal should have received a personal login to begin accessing resources relevant to them.
Check out the ACPConnect homepage: https://acpconnect.com.au/
CSPA 2022 Parent Survey on Student Wellbeing and Learning
Have your say on what matters regarding the wellbeing and learning of your child.
For example, has COVID or your partnership with the school affected your child’s wellbeing and learning?
If you are a parent or carer with a child in a Catholic school, CSPA would love to hear from you.
Click on the survey link and share your feedback to assist CSPA in reporting to the Federal Government and Catholic education.
Your feedback will remain anonymous.