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Welcome to the latest edition of the CEnet bulletin, we hope that all the teachers in CEnet member dioceses and the broader community had a wonderful World Teachers Day last Friday. World Teachers Day 2021 has fallen during at a unique time, with schools moving back to face to face learning and teaching and we at CEnet would like to acknowledge the work of teachers across our seventeen member dioceses. 

In this edition, CEnet service infographics, CeSIS and CeFMS update, Tournament of the Minds International STEM Champions, feedback on the use of ebooks to support reading, the Big Library Read, upcoming professional learning opportunities and Book of the Week.
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Protecting CEnet Member Dioceses
There are a number of protections within the CEnet Wide Area Network (WAN) that have been designed and implemented to contribute to the safety and security of the service. In this edition we are sharing two infographics produced by CEnet staff that highlight information about the service as part of our Cyber October awareness activities.

The first Protecting Our Members, provides a high level view of elements that contribute to delivering internet services to devices connected to the CEnet WAN. The second provides a snapshot of usage of the WAN.
Protecting Our Members - an infographic showing activities that contribute to the CEnet member Wide Area Network.
Resilient Internet Edge
At the network Edge, CEnet utilises a carrier grade Anti-DDoS solution to ensure our primary off-net internet link is clean, whilst also supplementing that with many low cost, redundant, on-net internet peering and caching services.
Safe Internet and Secure Internet
Our Safe and Secure Internet functions aim to minimise cyber risk and protect students and staff online via our Web Content Filtering service.
At the core/access layer, traffic separation between CEnet member dioceses is enforced to ensure that only permitted traffic is allowed to flow between member WANs.
CEnet Network Usage

Understanding the mix of traffic flowing through the CEnet member wide area network can inform implementation and fine-tuning of various IT Security controls.

For example, knowing that a significant (and increasing) portion of web traffic is now encrypted informs the team that SSL decryption is desirable in network-level content filtering so we can 'see' and take action on traffic that would otherwise be hidden.

Below is an infographic that presents various statistics regarding internet traffic traversing the CEnet network in typical peak periods.

Did you know that:
  • 96.7% of all download traffic is web (port 80/443)
  • 83.6% of web traffic is encrypted, making threat and content detection more difficult
  • Google and Youtube account for the largest percentage of downloaded content by far (40.3% combined)
Implementation of CEnet's revised Safe Internet as a Service (SIaaS) offering will provide an opportunity to review traffic flows to achieve even greater visibility and control.
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CeSIS and CeFMS Update

The CEnet Member Dioceses CeSIS and CeFMS rollout is continuing with 590 portals and an additional 4 schools migrating to Ancestry in the last fortnight, bringing the total to 410 schools migrated to 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.
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?

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From CEnet Member Dioceses

It is always wonderful to hear from member dioceses and we appreciate people who take the time to share.

In this edition we have two articles, the first celebrating student success in Tournament of the Minds, from the Diocese of Lismore and the second from the Diocese of Parramatta highlighting the use of Sora, Zoom and other technologies to support student learning.
MacKillop College, Port Macquarie, Tournament of the Minds International STEM Champions
Students from MacKillop College, Port Macquarie, who won the secondary Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) discipline of the Tournament of Minds (TOM) International Final. 
Recently, a team of students from MacKillop College, Port Macquarie, won the secondary Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) discipline of the Tournament of Minds (TOM) International Final. 

Tournament of the Minds is a team-based problem-solving program designed to enhance a diverse range of skills within a challenging and competitive environment.

Students formed a team at the beginning of Term 3, working tirelessly through multiple lockdowns, during and after school hours and over many lunchtimes to complete all challenges to an exceptional standard. 

The team progressed through the competition, winning the Mid North Coast and Tablelands Regional Championships and State Championships. 

Like many events this year, the competition was affected by COVID-19. One week after coming out of a regional lockdown, the competition started on 16 October, with the competition held online over Zoom rather than in person. The students found competing over Zoom to be challenging but believe this helped them to become more flexible and adaptive in their thinking.

The organisers of the event gave high praise to the MacKillop team for their standard of work throughout all levels of the competition.

‘This was a wonderful achievement for the College, a journey from Regional to State to International level with a beautiful group of hardworking and talented students who showed true grit and determination,’ said Enrichment and High Potential Learning Coordinator, Mandy Palin.
ebooks at Cerdon College, Merrylands

I was really pleased to be able to support one of our students with the Sora platform this week. Over Zoom during our wide reading lesson, I was able to instruct the student to download the Sora app to her mobile phone so that she could borrow an audiobook. After this, we used her iPad to download the ebook version of the book so that she can read along while listening to the audiobook. It was great to know that I was able to support this student's particular learning needs through the Sora platform. 

Thank you as well for the expanding range of simultaneous use titles. Sometimes students want to read the same book as a friend, so it is helpful to be able to refer them to the simultaneous use titles. The influence of peers in high school is powerful so it's important to cultivate positive shared reading experiences as much as possible to keep students reading.

As teachers become more aware of the simultaneous use titles, I think that these will be a useful resource in supporting reading and literacy through class programs such as guided reading groups or differentiated novel studies. Obtaining access to these titles is quick and easy through Sora. I can refer a student to a book that they can borrow and start reading straight away, capturing them at a moment when they are most enthusiastic about getting started with reading.

Nancy Sylaprany
Cerdon College
Merrylands NSW
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Big Library Read

Students and staff have free access to a New York Times bestselling young adult title during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club for the next two weeks.

From November 1-15, students and staff can join thousands of others around the world in borrowing and reading Natalie D. Richards’ suspense thriller, Five Total Strangers, from Sora, their school’s digital collection.

The CeLIB Overdrive working group have arranged simultaneous licensing to ensure that students and staff can borrow the ebook and audiobook using Sora, for free with no waiting.
Big Library Read is available in over 21,000 libraries and thousands of schools around the world. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines. 

“I just finished the first chapter and was can’t beat a good thriller!” Jim Gallagher, CEDoW Library Services

In Five Total Strangers, Mira needs to get home for the holidays. Badly. But when an incoming blizzard results in a canceled connecting flight, it looks like she might get stuck at the airport indefinitely. And then Harper, Mira's glamorous seatmate from her initial flight, offers her a ride. Harper and her three friends can drop Mira off on their way home. But as they set off, Mira realizes her fellow travelers are all total strangers. And every one of them is hiding something. Soon, roads go from slippery to terrifying. People's belongings are mysteriously disappearing. Someone in the car is clearly lying, and may even be sabotaging the trip—but why? And can Mira make it home alive, or will this nightmare drive turn fatal?
Catholic Learning Online
Upcoming Events
  • 24 November 4.15 pm - 5.00 pm AEDT Introduction to the Hour of Code
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Introduction to the Hour of Code

Catholic Learning Online brings you a short, sharp primer for The Hour Of Code running from December 6-12. 
Over 1.3 Billion students around the world have participated in Hour of Code and we would love to see 2021 as the biggest year yet. 
You will learn about Hour of Code, how to run your own event in your classroom/school and how to register with Hour of Code. In addition, Kim Vernon from ACARA will explore the curriculum links addressed in Hour of Code activities and how this translates into the NSW Curriculum.

Participants will:
  • Understand the benefits of participating in Hour of Code
  • Explore the coding options available. 
  • Learn how to register their Hour of Code event 
  • Learn how Hour of Code activities are linked to the Australian Curriculum
Session Information:
  • 24 November - 4.15 pm - 5.00 pm AEDT
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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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Other Professional Learning Oppportunities
Microsoft Mondays
It is well documented that young women are under-represented in STEM subjects and careers. Today, only 17% of Australian IT and Engineering University graduates are women which has a knock-on effect on representation in the tech industry.

Microsoft ANZ is partnering with Girl Geek Academy, education social enterprise, to launch the Girl Geek Academy x Microsoft AI Series – a free, digital program to inspire and educate young women in Year 7-10 to build STEM, Coding & AI skills.

This initiaitive builds off the pilot program run in January – June 2021, which saw 400+ girls across the country, from 180 schools, provided access to learn from 40+ Microsoft mentors, and saw some incredibly creative AI projects!

Sessions will take place every Monday after school from 5pm – 6:30pm (AEDT) from October 2021 – June 30 2022.
Program and Registration
Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Community Conference 2022

The Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Community (TLPLC) is a not for profit support network for teacher librarian staff. Its annual conference provides a forum for teacher librarians and school library staff in Catholic and Independent schools in NSW and the ACT to share expertise and learn new skills.

The 2022 TLPLC conference will be held at Rydges Mount Panorama Hotel, Bathurst on 26 and 27 May 2022.

The theme of the Conference is Racing towards new frontiers: Teacher Librarians steering to success.

Teacher Librarians and Library staff who are interested in attending this conference can register interest on the TLPLC website to see how they can become involved in the conference and to keep up to date with all details as they become available.
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 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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