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NSWSPC Calendar

Mon Apr 28, 2014
School Development Day
Tue Apr 29, 2014
Term 2 starts
Thu May 22, 2014
Executive Meeting
Fri May 23, 2014
State Assembly
Mon Jun 09, 2014
Executive Meeting
Tue Jun 10, 2014
NSWSPC Annual Conference
Wed Jun 11, 2014
NSWSPC Annual Conference
Thu Jun 12, 2014
NSWSPC Annual Conference
Fri Jun 27, 2014
End Term 2
Mon Jul 14, 2014
School Development Day
Tue Jul 15, 2014
Term 3 starts
Mon Jul 21, 2014
Executive Meeting

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2013 Academy Photography Fellowship

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Awarded to Craig Petersen - Principal
Denison College of Secondary Education, Bathurst, NSW.

The Academy Photography Fellowship provides funding to the amount of $4000 annually to be used for the purpose of educational research.

Craig’s research is focussed on what works to improve student results in rural schools and how this will, in many cases, also apply to disadvantaged schools regardless of their setting.

He writes ...

It is widely recognised that entrenched social and economic disadvantage can be major barriers to learning for children, but for the more than 1,300 schools with approximately 334,000 students in rural and regional areas there is the additional factor of geographic isolation. Students who are isolated must be included in the equitable provision of educational services. Another element in providing inclusive education is to consider Aboriginal students and the need for culturally appropriate teaching and resources.

The rural sector in NSW has been experiencing accelerated change because of trends in rural industries such as agriculture, mining and resource development affecting population and employment levels. This can cause some rural cities to grow while nearby small towns and isolated communities decline.

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FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND SOCIAL WORK
ARTS, ENGLISH AND LITERACY EDUCATION RESEARCH NETWORK
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
and the
NSW SECONDARY PRINCIPALS’ COUNCIL

2013 PAUL BROCK AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
IN THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH

Awarded to Veronica McNaught, Head Teacher, English
Finley High School

Bernie Roebuck (Principal, Finley HS), Dr Paul Brock, Veronica McNaught

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Dr Paul Brock, Veronica McNaught, Lila Mularczyk (President, NSWSPC)

The purpose of this award is to recognise an outstanding teacher of secondary English in NSW who has a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and learning in subject English.

Veronica's citation reads ....

As all would be well aware, sadly there is a close correlation in poorer results in external tests for students the further they are located from the 'centre'. Indeed the gap between those who are located in rural and remote areas compared to those from urban areas has widened in recent years. Finley is a small township of 2000 and the school supports a number of smaller surrounding townships and farming communities. For the best part of ten years from the turn of the century till late 2009 the area was in the grip of one of the worst ever droughts in the county's history, and this combined with ongoing uncertainty surrounding water supply for irrigated farming led to a substantial fall in school enrolments and a loss of employment opportunities in the communities.

It is within this context that the achievements of Veronica, who has been the HT English at Finley High School since 2007, take on even greater meaning. In that time not only have her own classes had very significant success but indeed her faculty has enjoyed regular, ongoing above state average results in the HSC. Every year since 2006 Veronica has had students in Band 6 in Advanced English and has also had very significant success in Extension English.

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GREAT DAY FOR NSW SCHOOL STUDENTS

MEDIA RELEASE
23 April 2013

Parents of all students in NSW schools will be thrilled that the Premier Barry O’Farrell has led the Australian States by being the first leader to sign up the Gonski education funding reform package.

“This is a great day for students in NSW schools, an especially important day for those students who have been struggling with educational disadvantage through no fault of their own,” said Lila Mularczyk, the President of the New South Wales Secondary Principals’ Council (NSW SPC). “The funding that will flow as a result of this deal will change lives. School leaders and teachers will make sure of that. We will ensure that those students who were being left behind will receive targeted learning programs and support."

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NSWSPC responds to the

NEW MODEL OF SUPPORT TO SCHOOLS AS PROPOSED BY DEC PUBLIC SCHOOLS NSW PORTFOLIO

NSWPPA / NSWSPC / PSPF - RESPONSE TO THE MINISTER FOR EDUCATION

12th December 2012

• As leaders of NSW Principals' Associations, we recognise the proposed State Office and Regional realignments as a means by which DEC can fit service provision within the Government's ' budgetary envelope'. However, while the proposals have been presented as a necessary 'cultural shift', we see little if any evidence that such a shift is needed, desired or driven from the ground up. This is essential if major 'cultural' change is to be embraced in a system as vast as Public Education in NSW. Our understanding is that any budgetary constraints impacting on DEC service delivery will be factored-in to the 2013 – 2014 State Budget, which gives us time to collaboratively work on meeting these constraints, while minimising any potential loss of essential services and support to schools. We are calling for a halt to any further implementation of this model pending a fully collaborative approach being undertaken from now through Semester 1 2013.

• We believe that the time is right for full and meaningful consultation as to whether a 'cultural shift' in the way our Public Education system supports school education is needed or warranted.

• In moving support closer to schools and enhancing the capacity for Principals, in collaboration with their school communities, to have more authority in education delivery, the Government, DEC and the Associations need to work collaboratively and initiate change from 'the ground up'.

• A top-down model for imposing change has rarely proved effective or long lasting in any democratic society. It seems to many Principals that people who have been providing quality support to schools in a number of service areas are the ones most likely to be missing in the proposed model.

• We anticipate that effective change-management will occur within the DEC, once there is an acknowledgement that frontline managers i.e. experienced Principals, have the knowledge and understanding of 'what works' for students.

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NSW Education Alliance Threatens Community Revolt Over Cuts

22nd November, 2012
MEDIA RELEASE

An unprecedented coalition of education groups, representing parents, teachers and principals from all school systems in the state has warned the NSW Premier his Government faces a major electoral backlash if it goes ahead with plans to slash $1.7 billion from the education budget.

Representatives from 12 groups, including the NSW Teachers Federation, principals groups and Catholic and independent school parents, met the Premier Barry O’Farrell and the Education Minister Mr Adrian Piccoli this afternoon (Thursday) to demand the cuts be reversed, warning they would seriously affect the education of all children in the state.

The representatives, who collectively form the NSW Education Alliance, left the meeting astounded that the Premier would continue trying to justify the biggest cuts to education in a generation when faced by the combined opposition of virtually every person involved in the NSW education system.

The NSW Education Alliance put the Premier on notice that he faces a major political battle. ‘’We refuse to accept these cuts and today we told the Premier that we won’t back down. School communities across NSW will fight this decision until it is over-turned.’’ said Lila Mularczyk, the President of the NSW Secondary Principals Council.

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