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Welcome to the latest edition of the CEnet bulletin.

In this edition, Member Dioceses Consultations, celebrating an ACEL Leadership Award recipient, Cyber October, more CeSIS and CeFMS rollout milestones, thank you from St Therese's Community School, upcoming professional learning opportunities, Book of the Week, and more.
 
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Member Dioceses Consultations

CEnet CEO Mark Holyoake recently led a CEnet team consisting of Brendon Miller, Vicki Anderson and Ian Gregory in a series of member consultations in preparation for the 2022 budget.

The team met with Directors of Schools, CFO's and IT Leaders to:
  • validate CEnet’s forecast 2022 census and school numbers as the key drivers for diocesan billings;
  • gain insight into Member Diocesan initiatives planned for 2022, particularly those with a downstream impact for CEnet;
  • introduce the “Order Book” process and validate the orders with the appropriate decision makers at the Member Diocesan level; and
  • socialise the new initiatives being delivered by CEnet at the request of Member Dioceses.
 
Mark commented that he was delighted with member engagement in these consultations and that the outcomes from these meetings will support CEnet in constructing an accurate budget for 2022.
It was very valuable to understand the diversity and the commonality of the many initiatives planned by Member Dioceses over the coming years that respond to their own strategic priorities. CEnet will play a role in the enablement of many of these initiatives and the discussions assist in CEnet's resource planning.
Recognising Leadership
Congratulations to Mr Chris Smyth, Director of Schools in the Diocese of Armidale who has received an Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL), National Leadership Award.

ACEL Awards honour educational leaders who have dedicated themselves to the improvement of student and educational outcomes.
The ACEL Leadership Award acknowledges excellent educational leadership in developing and implementing a significant educational initiative, conducting research or influencing educational policy.

Mr Smyth commented “I am very honoured by the award which recognises the significant school and system improvement in the Diocese of Armidale!
CEnet Announces Cyber October 2021
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Cyber October is a month-long cyber security awareness event that focuses on IT security. At CEnet each team member has a responsibility and a role to play in IT Security. During October, team members have the opportunity to learn more about IT Security through participation in activities, or reading posts that highlight IT security awareness. 

The activities started with a competition to design the Cyber October logo. Team members submitted their entries, and then voted to determine the winning entry. While competition was fierce, the winning entry above was designed by Jaco Olwagen from the Data Services Team. Congratulations Jaco!
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CeSIS and CeFMS Update

The CEnet Member Dioceses CeSIS and CeFMS rollout is continuing with a significant milestone being achieved recently. 

On Wednesday 22 October, the number of schools migrated to Ancestry hit 400. At time of writing, the growth has continued, with 404 schools now in Ancestry.

Eleven of the participating Member Dioceses have completed the CeSIS rollout and five dioceses have also completed the CeFMS portion of their rollout.
This shared services rollout is significant in its scale and success, and is a testament to the collaborative efforts of the CEnet member community.
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Sydney Catholic Schools Completes Migration to Ancestry

Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) was one of the three Pilot Dioceses that took the role of trailblazers for the CEnet member SIS and FMS implementation.

The Diocese promoted its final six schools into Ancestry towards the end of Term 3. This marks a significant milestone in the business transformation of SCS as all 150 schools are now live with Compass Ancestry, Ci Anywhere and CeD3.
The Diocese noted that with a single enterprise-wide financial management system and student information system, SCS will benefit from improved visibility of data, streamlined business processes and data-based decision making.

The project leads commented that this achievement is the result of the hard work and efforts of teams across SCS, schools, Compass, TechnologyOne, Edval and Lanluas Consulting.

Sydney has expressed their thanks to CEnet for the support and guidance and their colleagues in Townsville and Wollongong whose shared experience has been invaluable.
CEnet Staff Feedback

A big thank you to readers who have taken the time to share details of positive interactions with members of the CEnet team.

CEnet celebrates outstanding efforts and the addition of great feedback from Member Dioceses is a welcome addition that will be shared with all staff.

Have you had a positive experience with a CEnet staff member?

Please tell us via this form, we'll be sure to let them know.
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Supporting a Remote School in Time of Need
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In the last CEnet Bulletin we drew attention to the challenges that St Therese's Community School in Wilcannia were facing due to COVID-19.

St Therese’s, with the support of three Aboriginal Aunties, provides a safe and caring learning environment for 24 students enrolled from Kindergarten to Year 6.
As families have limited or no access to internet services at home, teachers were struggling to provide ways of supporting student learning during the current phase of the pandemic. 

Thanks to the generosity of the CEnet community Angela Kennedy and Matt Smith from the Catholic Schools Office in Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese were able to coordinate the purchase of a range of puzzles and board games to be delivered to students to use while in lockdown.

Angela recently contacted CEnet and asked that we share the thanks of the St Therese's Community School with the community in appreciation of the generous support shown. Below are some of the puzzles delivered to students.
Photograph of jigsaws donated to St Therese's Community School Wilcannia
Photograph of puzzles donated to St Therese's Community School Wilcannia
Share a Story

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If your diocese has an interesting story to share contact us.
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Catholic Learning Online
Upcoming Events
  • 7 October 4.15 pm AEDT: Microsoft Minecraft
  • 14 October 4.30 pm AEDT: Apple iPad Assistive Features
  • 21 October 7.30 am AEDT: Apple iPad Assistive Features
  • 21 October 4.15 pm AEDT: Microsoft Minecraft
  • 4 November 4.15 pm AEDT: Microsoft Minecraft
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Microsoft Minecraft Series

The Microsoft Minecraft series commenced on 16 September at 4.15 pm AEST, with 170 participants from across the CEnet membership experiencing a highly engaging workshop.

If you missed the first session, its not too late to join. Catholic Learning Online is bringing you a four webinar series for Minecraft: Education Edition from Microsoft. In this 4-part course, we will explore how Minecraft: Education Edition supports teaching and learning through a game-based interface that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is the learner’s imagination.
 
Andrew Balzer (Microsoft Learning Delivery Specialist) will provide you with the opportunity to learn skills together and practice the skills demonstrated in the sessions. 

Session Schedule
  • 16 September - 4.15 pm AEST (Recorded)
  • 7 October - 4.15 pm AEDT
  • 21 October - 4.15 pm AEDT
  • 4 November - 4.15 pm AEDT
Register through Diocesan PD Registration Systems or use the button below.
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iPad Assistive Features: Reaching All Learners

Students are coming to school with a varying array of abilities and Learning Support Staff are exploring new ways to not only support, but to also personalise, every student’s learning experience.

These workshops will provide an opportunity to learn about tools and resources from Apple that allow all students to create, communicate, personalise and explore in new and powerful ways.

During this webinar participants will: 
  • Explore the powerful assistive features built-in to iPad that can complement each learners’ vision, hearing, motor skills and learning needs
  • Experience how with iPad, students can learn in ways that meet their own specific needs
As these sessions are hands on we recommend having your iPad with you to enjoy the interactive experience. 

Session Schedule
  • 14 October - 4.30 pm AEDT
  • 21 October - 7.30 am AEDT
Register through Diocesan PD Registration Systems or use the button below.
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CLO Workshop Recording Archive

If you or your colleagues would like to access the Catholic Learning Online Events, workshop recordings can be found in the Catholic Learning Online Resources page
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CeLIB Update

The CeLIB is a consortium is a group of CEnet Member Dioceses, and the Diocese of Brisbane, with common digital library systems. The two sub-sets of the group meet regularly to collaborate and share.

The Softlink Education Team attended the Oliver Consortium video conference meeting towards the end of term 3. Dion Dias, Softlink’s Development Product Champion, shared details of upcoming new features in Oliver v5 and LearnPath.  LearnPath Specialist, Joel Loveridge, gave a demonstration of the new LearnPath hub, which enables LearnPath users to publish and share their guides with each other. Recently launched, hub content is rapidly growing with many Diocesan schools sharing. 

The CELib session also includes a Q&A, with Softlink support staff and Diocese library managers sharing knowledge, ideas and best practice tips.  The group will also be participating in a features and functionality voting survey, ensuring Softlink continues to provide Diocese schools with the best library and literacy tools for the future. 
Microsoft Inclusive Classroom Series
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Are you interested in learning about Microsoft Accessibility tools to create an inclusive classroom and learning experience for your students?
 
Microsoft is partnering with the National Disability Coordination Officer Program (NDCO) for a free webinar series 'The Inclusive Classroom' for university, vocational education & training and high school educators.
 
If you are interested in improving your knowledge of Microsoft accessibility features and how to embed the use of these in your inclusive teaching practice you can register by clicking here.
Book of the Week

The CEnet Member Dioceses ACEN eBook Consortium, with the assistance of Lisa Nash and Saba Maniar from the Digital Learning and Library Services in Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, provide the book of the week feature for students and staff who have access to the SORA eBook Library.

Each week, two reading recommendations for eBooks or audio books, with age guidance are published for primary school students and high school students and to make sure that no-one is left out, there is a recommendation for staff too.
 
Link to Acen Book of the Week for Primary School Students
Link to Book of the Week for Secondary School Students
Link to Book of the Week for Staff
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