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NSWSPC Calendar

Wed Sep 09, 2015 @08:30 - 04:00PM
Understanding and Assessing Creativity
Fri Sep 18, 2015
End Term 3
Tue Oct 06, 2015
Term 4 starts
Tue Oct 13, 2015
Executive Meeting
Mon Oct 26, 2015 @08:30 - 04:30PM
Learning Spaces: Possibilities, Practicalities and Pedagogy
Thu Oct 29, 2015
Executive VC
Wed Nov 11, 2015
Executive Meeting
Thu Nov 12, 2015
Retired Principals' lunch - 12 pm
Thu Nov 12, 2015
State Assembly
Fri Nov 13, 2015
Professional Learning Day

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The NSW Secondary Principals' Council is disappointed by the Murdoch Press in distracting public discourse regarding the focus of the film Gayby Baby. The film explores narratives around young people with same sex parents. The media attack facilitated  ill-informed discussion in the public domain.

This highly acclaimed film shares the stories of children raised in same-sex families. Public education values embrace inclusion and diversity.

As educators we have a responsibility and pride in  working with students to view the world through an understanding of diversity, respect, value and inclusivity. NSW schools accept and embrace the wider community in its entirety. We will progressively promote the acceptance of diversity within our school communities.

Learning Management Business Reform Pilot

The NSW Secondary Principals' Council and the NSW Primary Principals' Association continue to work with the NSW Department of Education to provide solutions to ensure benefits for all our public schools.

The initial Learning Management Business Reform (LMBR) rollout highlighted a number of challenges for schools. The staff in those schools are instrumental in contributing to building the capacity of the functions of LMBR across all our public schools. There will be no rollout of a system that will generate anxiety for schools or principals across NSW.

"SAP is much more powerful than OASIS (our current infrastructure) for financial management and we are able to understand our financial position better now than we ever have."
- 229 School Secondary Principal

"Current and recent updates on LMBR have made significant and positive improvements. This has been noted by a number of 229 colleagues."
- SPC colleague

"This is a change that had to happen. Despite some initial hiccups, on the whole our school is operating smoothly with the new system on a day-to-day basis. LMBR programs enable us to manage both income and expenditure efficiently and in a timely manner."
- 229 School Secondary Colleague


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.



We have consistently acknowledged the commitment by the current NSW Premier and Minister to honour the principles of the 'Gonski' funding model and guarantee that this funding model will be implemented for the six years of the original agreement with the Commonwealth. We also commend the Government for actually doing as they promised and providing much-needed funds direct to our schools.

It is important that we and our communities realise that Gonski strongly advocated for fair, equitable and transparent recurrent funding based on student need, but also equally strongly made the case that our Public Schools were hugely under-funded in capital programs, school infrastructure and facilities, compared with non-government schools.

As leaders of our Public Schools, we know only too well that high quality teaching makes a big difference for students, but we also see on a daily basis that facilities, buildings and technology access are also vital to successful learning and teaching. Parents and community members also see the positive impact on their children of quality teaching and a quality school that is up-to-date and has well-equipped buildings and facilities.

In the lead-up to the State Election on the 28th March, on behalf of our 500 Principals, their students and school communities, the NSWSPC calls on all political parties to acknowledge the value to our State and our Nation of a strong, well-resourced Public Schooling System. The funding principles of 'Gonski' must be embedded for the foreseeable future both in the immediacy of need for capital expenditure in our Public Schools and recurrent needs-based funding via the NSW RAM methodology.