2016 Annual Conference

Crowne Plaza,
Hunter Valley


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NSWSPC Calendar

Mon Jun 13, 2016
Executive Meeting
Tue Jun 14, 2016
NSWSPC Annual Conference
Wed Jun 15, 2016
NSWSPC Annual Conference
Thu Jun 16, 2016
NSWSPC Annual Conference
Fri Jul 01, 2016
End Term 2
Mon Jul 18, 2016
School Development Day - Eastern
Tue Jul 19, 2016
Term 3 starts
Mon Jul 25, 2016
Executive Meeting
Mon Aug 01, 2016
Education Week
Tue Aug 02, 2016
Education Week
Wed Aug 03, 2016
Education Week
Thu Aug 04, 2016
Education Week

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Regional and R/G meetings are in the Members area calendar.


Sunday 1 May 2016.

Malcolm Turnbull has rejected the entitlement of every child in an Australian School to access quality needs-based education and abandoned students most in need.

The Gonski Review provided a thoroughly researched series of School Funding recommendations for all students, in all schools across all Australian educational jurisdictions, states and territories and the Coalition should be funding the full six years of Gonski.

“Students in my school and thousands of other young people in our schools nationally will not get the individual and relevant additional learning support that they need and deserve,” said Lila Mularczyk, President, NSW Secondary Principals’ Council and Principal, Merrylands High School.

“Gonski resourcing in NSW schools is showing significant improvements in student learning. Young people most in need are accessing targeted learning support as highlighted by the evidence shared in recent years by NSW School Principals”, Ms Mularczyk said.

“Mr Turnbull’s announcement will relegate our most needy students and our nation to further educational decline. We have the opportunity to rectify the educational inequality throughout our diverse schooling systems. The Federal Coalition is proposing an inadequately funded model, more than $3 billion short of the six year needs-based Gonski model,” she said.

“How does a Government decide on a policy where some students have access to a quality education and others don’t?“


2015 ACEL Awards

On Friday July 24th, the NSW Branch of ACEL (Australian Council for Educational Leaders) proudly welcomed over 85 educational leaders and their guests from across the region for an evening of celebration and recognition.

The ACEL NSW Branch Executive, along with those in attendance, honoured and acknowledged the contributions to the education profession from the award winners. Our congratulations go to the four NSWSPC members who received awards.

SPC Group

JJarvis Joanne Jarvis, Principal at Engadine HS,
conferred as an ACEL NSW Fellow by
Ann McIntyre, ACEL NSW Branch President

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  Lila Mularczyk, Principal at Merrylands 
HS and NSWSPC President, receiving
the 2015 Patrick Duignan Award.
 Kim Chapman, Principal at Rouse  
Hill HS, receiving the
ACEL NSW Leadership Award
Stacey Quince, Principal at
  Campbelltown PAHS, receiving the  
ACEL NSW Leadership Award.




2015 Academy Photography Fellowship


Awarded to Stacey Quince - Principal
Campbelltown Performing Arts High School

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

The aim of Stacey's research is to seek to address the following questions:

  • To what extent do learning spaces support quality pedagogical practices?
  • How can NSW DEC Secondary Schools draw on current research and examples to maximise the use of space for improved learning experiences for students?
  • What processes can be employed in NSW DEC Secondary Schools to build the capacity of teachers to utilise learning spaces more effectively?
  • How can NSW DEC Secondary Schools evaluate the impact of flexible learning spaces on teacher practice and student engagement?

She writes ...

Research in the area of learning environments is a rapidly developing field, with educators and academics alike recognising the importance that space plays in the role of learning (Dumont and Istance, 2010; Blackmore, 2011; Heppell, 2013). Whilst the need to shift the "old paradigm" though new and emerging pedagogies to more effectively meet the needs C21st learners is well documented, there is a need to reconceptualise the role that space plays in this shift and, more fundamentally, provide school leaders with strategies and tools to be able to transform space and how it is used. This requires a process that can both build the capacity of teachers to implement new pedagogies, as well as enable leadership teams to transform existing learning environments to maximise the impact of these new pedagogies.

2015 Bill Kennedy Medal

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2015 Bill Kennedy Medal awardee Christine Cawsey, Principal, Rooty Hill High School
receiving her award from Bill Kennedy


The 2015 Bill Kennedy Medal is awarded to a person with an enduring commitment to Public Education, the NSW SPC and the development of quality leadership in secondary schools across NSW.

The recipient demonstrates dynamic, inspirational, creative and influential leadership. Her capacity to inspire others has been evidenced at school, community, regional and state levels, as well as in relation to a wide range of professional associations. As a former President of the NSW Secondary Principals' Council and as a highly credentialed and credible Principal, she has been an outstanding advocate for public education, its students and teachers.