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Thursday, 04 Feb 2016

NAPLAN PAR information for independent schools

2016 NAPLAN information for independent schools was emailed to schools in November 2015.

All principals are required to read and accept the terms of the NAPLAN Code of Conduct which will be included on the Statement of Compliance page in the Participation and Registration (PAR) website.

All students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are registered to sit the NAPLAN tests via the PAR website. Details for all eligible students should be entered on to the student details spreadsheet. It is essential that the spreadsheet is completed correctly, as per the information provided, and uploaded to PAR.

The PAR website can be accessed by independent schools from Wednesday 10 February and the deadline for uploading and confirming all student details is Wednesday 24 February.

Please note that in 2016, principals will be issued with a new password to access PAR. The PAR user name will not change. The new login details will be emailed to principals this week.

Independent schools should contact the NAPLAN team on (02) 9367 8382 for further information.

For more information, contact:
NAPLAN team
naplan.nsw@bos.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8382 

Thursday, 04 Feb 2016

PDHPE: Implementing amended content relating to Domestic Violence

Amendments to the Year 7-10 Personal Development Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) syllabus to make content relating to domestic violence explicit, should now be incorporated into 2016 teaching and learning programs.

The PDHPE teacher toolkit: Prevention of domestic violence has been developed to assist in the implementation of the amended content. Key features of the domestic violence teacher toolkit include:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Definitions
  • Signs and symptoms of abuse
  • Suggested resources
  • Support available
  • Sample activities
  • Research and references

To further assist teachers in planning the integration and delivery of the amended content, the NSW Association of Independent Schools is running a PDHPE Webinar: Respectful Relationships and Domestic Violence on Wednesday 23 March from 4.00 - 6.00pm.

Please contact your education sector for assistance for additional support:

Association of Independent Schools of NSW
Assistant Director, Professional Learning, Jo McLean: JMcLean@aisnsw.edu.au 
Education Consultant, Student Wellbeing & PDHPE, Nicky Sloss: NSloss@aisnsw.edu.au  

Catholic Education Commission NSW
State Coordinator, Student Wellbeing, Peter Grace: Peter.Grace@cecnsw.catholic.edu.au 

NSW Department of Education
PDHPE Advisor 7–10, Renee West: Renee.West@det.nsw.edu.au

Schools can make a difference through whole-of-school policies and procedures, and the delivery of curriculum content relating to respectful relationships and domestic violence.

For more information, contact:
Karen Ingram 
Inspector, PDHPE
Karen.ingram@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367-8150

Tuesday, 02 Feb 2016

Sydney Writers' Festival 2016 events for students in Years 9-12

Full program details and bookings are now available for events specifically aimed at students in Years 9-12 at this year's Sydney Writers' Festival. BOSTES is partnering for the first time with Australia's biggest literary celebration to present a full day of events for school students delivered by the biggest stars of the 2016 Festival.

Acclaimed writers and thinkers speak on a wide range of subjects, all linked to the school curriculum, ranging from Shakespeare's sonnets to modern Australia to climate change.  Speakers include: 

  •        Nobel Prize-winning scientist Peter Doherty
  •        Singer-songwriter Paul Kelly
  •        Olympian Liesel Jones
  •        Journalist and Wiradjuri man Stan Grant
  •        Author Tom Keneally
  •        Academy award-winning filmmaker Eva Orner
  •        Author Alice Pung

This new program is designed to both inspire and stimulate students with knowledge and insight beyond the normal classroom experience. It relates to English, History, Science, Economics and Business, Civics and Citizenship, and PDHPE. There are limited places so save the date to ensure your students can take advantage of this invaluable educational opportunity.

Two streams of specialist events will run from 10am-2pm on Monday 16 May in the heart of the festival precinct in Walsh Bay.

Visit the Sydney Writers Festival website to see the full program and make a booking.

For more information, contact:
Anjani Nath
Strategic and External Relations
anjani.nath@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8331

Tuesday, 02 Feb 2016

Clarification regarding the use of dictionaries in Latin Continuers and Latin Extension HSC examinations

BOSTES 13/16

Who needs to read this notice:
Principals
Curriculum co-ordinators
HSC co-ordinators
Head Teachers Classical Languages
Latin Teachers

The revised examination specifications for Latin Continuers and Latin Extension allow the use of dictionaries in the HSC examination.

Any monolingual and/or bilingual print dictionaries may be used.

For advice about appropriate dictionaries, teachers and students should consult the Latin syllabus page of the BOSTES website or contact the Inspector, Languages.

The instruction on the front page of the Latin Continuers and Latin Extension HSC examinations from 2016 will read Monolingual and/or bilingual print dictionaries may be used.

For more information, contact:
Howard Jacobs
Inspector, Languages
howard.jacobs@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8152

Tuesday, 02 Feb 2016

Non-government School Teacher Accreditation Authority applications due by 31 March 2016

BOSTES 12/16

Who needs to read this notice:
Principals and proprietors of non-government schools
Authorised delegates of TAAs for non-government schools

Effective: Immediately

From Friday 1 January 2016, BOSTES commenced implementation of a new regulatory framework for approving Teacher Accreditation Authorities (TAAs) for non-government schools and early childhood education centres (ECECs) to make accreditation decisions at Proficient Teacher level.

This is in accordance with changes to the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 (‘the TA Act’) providing for BOSTES to have a greater role in regulating TAAs, which were passed by the NSW Parliament in 2014.

For non-government schools, the new regulatory framework will operate alongside existing BOSTES processes for non-government school registration.

Current TAAs will transition to the new regulatory process so as to align with the registration cycle of the TAA’s school(s) under the Education Act.

Non-government schools seeking initial registration or renewal of registration in 2016 will be required to have a TAA approved under the new regulatory framework, with approval to commence from Sunday 1 January 2017.

The deadline for submission of applications for TAA approval is Thursday 31 March 2016 for:

  • renewal of approval as a TAA – for current TAAs of non-government schools with registration periods that expire at the end of 2016
  • initial approval as a TAA – for new TAAs of proposed new non-government schools seeking to commence operation in 2017.

The requirements and processes for approval as a TAA under the TA Act are detailed in the Guidelines for the Regulation of Teacher Accreditation Authorities for Non-Government Schools and Early Childhood Education Centres (‘the TAA Guidelines’).

The TAA Guidelines are available to download from the Regulation of Teacher Accreditation Authorities Section of the BOSTES website. This section also contains information about the transitional arrangements for the new regulatory process and a self-audit proforma checklist that TAAs may find helpful in planning for renewal of TAA approval.

Online application forms for TAA approval are available on RANGS Online. Contact the School Registration and Accreditation Standards Directorate on (02) 9367 8432 if you need help to access RANGS Online.

For more information, contact:
Caraline Cloke
Senior Inspector, School Registration and Accreditation Standards
caraline.cloke@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8170

Tuesday, 02 Feb 2016

Applications for approval of school providers due by 31 March 2016

BOSTES 11/16

Who needs to read this notice:
Principals and proprietors of non-government schools
Representatives of systems of non-government schools
Principal Executive Officers of school providers

Effective: Immediately

The deadline for submission of applications by NSW school providers to deliver courses to overseas students is Thursday 31 March 2016 for schools seeking:

  • renewal of approval where approval expires at the end of 2016
  • initial approval of new school providers to commence delivery of courses to overseas students in 2017.

The requirements for approval are detailed in the Guidelines for Approved NSW School Providers Delivering Courses to Overseas Students (‘the Guidelines’). The most up-to-date version of the Guidelines is available at www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/overseas-students.

Online application forms are available on RANGS Online. Contact the School Registration and Accreditation Standards Directorate on (02) 9367 8432 if you need help to access RANGS Online.

For more information, contact:
David Kermode
Inspector, School Registration and Accreditation Standards
david.kermode@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8497 

Tuesday, 02 Feb 2016

Non-government school registration applications due by 31 March 2016

BOSTES 10/16

 

Who needs to read this notice:

Principals and proprietors of non-government schools
Representatives of systems of non-government schools

Effective: Immediately

The deadline for submission of applications from individual non-government schools and registration systems on behalf of member schools is Thursday 31 March 2016 to:

  • renew registration and/or accreditation which expires at the end of 2016
  • renew exemption from registration where exemption expires at the end of 2016
  • register new schools to commence in 2017

The requirements for registration and accreditation are detailed in the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and the Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual. The most up-to-date version of each Manual is available on the RANGS website.

Advice in relation to the implementation of the new NSW K-10 syllabuses is available on the BOSTES website.

Applications made in 2016 should be based on the implementation timeline for the new K-10 syllabuses and the existing BOSTES syllabuses for other key learning areas.

Online application forms are available on RANGS Online. Contact the School Registration and Accreditation Standards Directorate on (02) 9367 8432 if you need help to access RANGS Online.

From Friday 1 January 2016, BOSTES commenced implementation of a new regulatory framework for approving Teacher Accreditation Authorities (TAAs) to make accreditation decisions at Proficient Teacher level. The requirements and processes are detailed in the Guidelines for the Regulation of Teacher Accreditation Authorities for Non-Government Schools and Early Childhood Education Centres . Advice in relation to applications for TAA approval is available in Official Notice 12/16.

For more information, contact:
Anita Yates
Senior Inspector, School Registration and Accreditation Standards
anita.yates@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8214 

Tuesday, 02 Feb 2016

Amendment to the existing Stage 6 Business Services Curriculum Framework Syllabus for 2016

BOSTES 09/16

Who needs to read this notice:
Principals
VET coordinators
RTO managers
TVET coordinators
Business Services teachers

A new national BSB Business Services Training Package was released on Wednesday 25 March 2015.

The existing Business Services Curriculum Framework Part A Syllabus based on BSB07v9 has been amended to allow students to access qualifications and units of competency from the new BSB Training Package in 2016.

Students completing the Business Services (240 indicative hours) course in 2016 who achieve BSB units of competency would be eligible for a BSB qualification. They will also be eligible to sit for the Business Services HSC examination in 2016 and count the results from their examination towards their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

View the Business Services Syllabus Amendment document for further details.

Schools and colleges should consult with their school system and/or Registered Training Organisation (RTO) regarding delivery of courses from this syllabus for their students continuing study in 2016.

For more information, contact:
VET team
vet@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8310

Tuesday, 02 Feb 2016

Revised Stage 6 Business Services Curriculum Framework Syllabus

BOSTES 08/16

Who needs to read this notice:
Principals
VET coordinators
RTO managers
TVET coordinators
Business Services teachers

The revised Stage 6 Business Services Curriculum Framework syllabus based on version 2 of the BSB Business Services Training Package is now available.

 Key features of the revised syllabus include:

  •      access to Certificate II or III through the 240-hour course
  •      simplified syllabus format
  •      new format for describing the HSC Content.

Implementation commences in 2016. View the syllabus and a range of associated documents.

The first Business Services HSC examination based on the revised syllabus will be in 2017.

Further advice is available about students completing the existing Business Services (240 indicative hours) course in 2016 – refer to Official Notice: Amendment to the existing Stage 6 Business Services Curriculum Framework Syllabus for 2016 (BOSTES 09/16).

For more information, contact:
VET team
vet@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8310

Monday, 01 Feb 2016

Yale Young Global Scholars Program

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) is offering a financial need-based scholarship for a high school student from Australia to attend YYGS this summer at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

The scholarship will cover tuition, airfare and travel expenses to the program. The Yale Young Global Scholars Program is open to students who have one or two years of secondary school remaining, and offers six unique two-week sessions. The program is a rigorous academic experience, featuring lectures from renowned Yale faculty.

 To be eligible for the full scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of Australia and currently reside in Australia

  • Have attended school in Australia for most of the applicant’s education

  • Complete the online application including the financial aid portion.

The application deadline is Thursday February 11. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, students must meet all of the requirements listed above and complete the application, including the financial aid portion, by the deadline. 

For more information, contact:
Michael Charlton
Director, Media
michael.charlton@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8248

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