Sean Peter Castle recommended reading – NSW Curriculum Review – July 2020


NSW Curriculum Review

Sean Peter Castle – HT Teaching and Learning:

Very useful information for educators relating to the New South Wales curriculum review.

This week the Premier announced that the NSW school curriculum will be overhauled to improve standards, with changes starting in 2021 and all years learning the new curriculum by 2024.

Changes include:

  • Stronger foundations in literacy and numeracy with new English and Maths syllabuses for Kindergarten to Year 2 by 2022
  • More time for teaching essential knowledge and skills in each subject by 2022
  • Year 11 and 12 learning will be better linked to future work and study with new key learning areas and career pathways by 2022.

The reforms are based on the Summary of recommendations of the NSW Curriculum Review led by Professor Geoff Masters – the first significant review of the NSW curriculum since 1989.

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that teachers are a key partner in achieving the curriculum reforms.

The NSW Education Standards Authority will work closely with the Department of Education, Catholic Schools NSW and the Association of Independent Schools NSW, as well as other key stakeholders, to involve and support teachers and school leaders in developing new syllabuses and implementing changes. This may include opportunities for consultation, collaborative planning and professional networking.


Visit the NSW Curriculum Review to view:

  • a short video about the reforms
  • the final report of the NSW Curriculum Review
  • the NSW Government response
  • fact sheets and other resources
  • research papers commissioned to support the NSW Curriculum Review.

Program in Focus: Beyond The Lyrics with Sean Castle

We reached out to Sean Castle, host of Beyond The Lyrics at SWR 99.9 FM. We asked him a couple questions about him, and what he brings to SWR.

Anyone can get involved and broadcast a program at SWR 99.9 FM! We’re always on the lookout for new shows, especially if you can bring something to SWR we don’t have yet. Find out more on how you can become involved with one of Sydney’s most prestigious local radio stations by clicking here.

What got you involved at SWR?

Sean: Always loved radio of all kinds. Talkback, sport, current affairs and politics but especially music. I have wanted to be involved in having fun with my own music show for ages and did a radio broadcasting beginners course which was great but due to a very busy job and chasing after 3 kids, I never had the time until recently. 

And SWR is my local community radio and I’ve always listened to them and it made perfect sense being a local to the area to get involved. Community radio is an important part of the mix in making radio and the media accessible and available to everyone and SWR 99.9 FM is at the forefront of that.

What can your listeners expect on Beyond the Lyrics? 

Sean: My aim is to let the listeners learn something to take away from either the song or the artists involved. Hence why I called my show “Beyond The Lyrics” – because I want my listeners to go on a short journey with me “Beyond the Lyrics” and hopefully that will build their enjoyment and knowledge.

Who is your favourite artist/band?

Sean: Where do I start? Where do I end? 
I love Aussie rock 70-90s as my main passion. AC/DC, Chisel, Angels, INXS, Divinyls, Icehouse,  you can run through a massive list of them who were all superstars and are still in big demand on the touring scene today. Look at the big festivals and see who is still leading – Barnsey, my man Farnsey, Susie De Machi, The Jets and Gleaso leading The Angels. I could go on. I also love the legends from overseas, GnR, Bon Jovi, Bowie, Springsteen – the list is endless.

But I go well beyond rock and love many genres and at the moment loving Vance Joy!

Where can I get updates from Sean?

Sean broadcasts Beyond the Lyrics every Monday night at 9pm. You can follow his Facebook Page for news and updates directly from him, or even shoot him a message if you’re keen!

Sean Castle – Beyond The Lyrics – tonight 9pm Sydney’s SWR 99.9FM or Listen Online:

9pm – Tonight “Beyond The Lyrics” on Sydney’s SWR 99.9FM is back after the station crashed last Monday night. Last week I had a great selection of songs and artists with an Easter theme – so I thought why not, let’s just run with it anyway.

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Got some legends here covering some great songs with an Easter feel:


Kate Ceberano and Farnsey




Chris Tomlin

Mercy Me

Kanye West

Joan Osborne and

Cat StevensJoin me from 9pm tonight!

Tonight is February Favs! – on Beyond The Lyrics!!

Hi, Tonight’s theme: “February Favs!”.

The only rule: the song must’ve been No 1 on the Oz charts in February!!!Tonight I cover from the Early 80s up to 2018 – yes that’s right I’m touching on the contemporary.

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Beyond The Lyrics with Sean Castle – 9pm tonight! Listen on Sydney radio 99.9FM or Online:

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Tonight we have a battle of the 80s Hairbands! Bon Jovi, GnR, Europe, Alice Cooper, DEF LEPPARD, Warrant, Aerosmith, Van Halen and a few surprises.

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Sean Castle is back on tonight with Beyond The Lyrics SWR 99.9FM from 9pm Listen online:

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Tonight it is all about travelling songs and will include:

-The Eagles, Crowded House, Powderfinger, Chisel, The Boss, Peter Allen, Reggie Dwight, Acca Dacca, Talking Heads and Barnsey!

Plus the odd surprise.

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Or via radio 99.9FM in Sydney.


Sean Castle back with a “special” type of Christmas Special tonight.

Join me tonight at on Sydney’s SWR 99.9FM – Monday 21/12/20 or online:

A special type of Christmas music treat. Some predictable like Mariah Carey and WHAM! – but also a big change of pace with AC/DC and George Thorogood and The Destroyers getting all Christmasey!

Tonight’s song list includes:

AC/DC – Mistress for Christmas

John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War is Over)

Chuck Berry -Run Rudolph Run

Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas

Bryan Adams – Merry Christmas

WHAM! – Last Christmas

Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime

Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas

Weezer – We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Queen – Thank God It’s Christmas

George Thorogood and The Destroyer – Rock & Roll Christmas


Merry Christmas.

Sean Castle