Caroline Chisholm College Newsletter

Term 4 Week 8 Issue 19 2019


From the Principal

Dear Parents, Friends, Staff and Students of Caroline Chisholm College,

Most of you will have visited our college at some point during this year, whether it was to attend a parent forum, an awards ceremony, or even to drop off a forgotten lunch or pick up a sick child. I wonder what you remember of the experience of visiting. If it was recently you may have had trouble parking your car and had to battle through rubble and construction vehicles. Thankfully, the end of our building program is approaching and the college will be beautiful once again. What was your experience upon entering the college? I truly hope it was positive and hospitable. I am delighted with the way our support staff make our school a place that is warm, welcoming and not at all threatening. As our partners, parents have such an important role at Caroline Chisholm. I want you to feel as though you are truly welcome and that we are pleased you have come to see us. Even when we need to have difficult conversations with support staff or teachers, I really hope that you leave feeling as though you have been truly listened to and respected. If we are truly Gospel people then every visitor should be recognised for their dignity and worth, regardless of the situation. If this hasn't been your experience, I am disappointed and I would like to hear from you. As the saying goes: if it is good news tell others, if it is bad news, tell us first. We know that most families will make a decision about what school they will send their daughter based on the feedback and stories they hear from people they know. If you have had a positive experience at the college, one way of telling the story is by leaving us a Google review. I know it might sound strange, like we're the new restaurant in the neighbourhood, but your good news makes someone else's decision a little bit easier. You can add a Google review by simply searching for us and clicking 'Write Review'.


So much has been happening in the College in Term 4: exciting learning, a significant design challenge undertaken by Year 10 Design and Technology and iSTEM students, our Drama Showcase, fascinating excursions. The students have been busy and immersed in learning that looks different from what we experienced at school. In this edition of the newsletter you will read of the wonderful successes of our Year 11 students who have completed the first year of their HSC studies. I wish to pay particular tribute to Molly Mitchell, who was our Year 11 Dux and Alanah Eisenhuth who was our Most Outstanding Student for Year 11. Alanah was awarded a significant scholarship to pay for her learning at Western Sydney University if she chooses to study there. We also acknowledged Courtney Hamilton who, while still in Year 9, came first in Year 11 Studies of Religion. Congratulations to all our award winners. In the coming days we will celebrate excellence in learning with students in Years 7 to 10.


As bushfire smoke becomes an almost daily reality, it is crucially important that we are caring for ourselves, and our young people with respiratory conditions. Please ensure your daughter has her asthma medication with her at all times and remind her regularly about her asthma plan. Over the past weeks I have been encouraging you to pray for the many people affected by the fires and drought. As I write this, our region, including Silverdale and Cranebrook, is once again being threatened by fire and affected by dense smoke. Our prayers and commitment to climate justice must continue.


Eternal God,

In wisdom and love

you created our earth to sustain us and give us life.

 We turn to you now in faith, hope and love, asking you to look with favour on our drought-stricken land, on our starving animals, on our failing crops.

 Strengthen, sustain and give new heart to our farmers and to all who are affected by drought; be with those who support them.

In your loving providence, send abundant rain and restore our parched earth.

Father of all compassion, hear our prayer through Jesus Christ your Son, in whom the promise of new life: Renew your faithful people; Renew the face of the earth.

Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Mary, Help of Christians - Pray for us.

 St Mary of the Cross MacKillop - Pray for us.

Mr Greg Elliott - Principal

From the Assistant Principal Pastoral

Finishing Times for Classes for 2019

  • Year 11 will finish formal lessons and school for the year on Friday 13 December.

  • Year 10 will finish formal lessons and school for the year on Wednesday 11 December.

  • Year 9 will finish formal lessons on Wednesday 11 December. All Year 9 will be undertaking Peer Support training on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 December.

  • Years 7 and 8 will finish formal lessons on Friday 13 December. 

We normally run an alternate program for Years 7-9 on the Monday and Tuesday of Week 10. However, we will not be able to do this in 2019 because of the start of clearing out and rebuilding of the North Block which commences that week. 

Wednesday 18 December is the optional Parent/Teacher/Student interviews and students only have to be at school for the interview, if an appointment has been made. 

Thursday 19 and Friday 20 December are designated Staff Professional Learning days by the Catholic Education Office, Parramatta Diocese. 


Please check over the holidays to make sure your daughter’s uniform meets requirements. It is a strong expectation of the parent body of Caroline Chisholm College that uniform standards are maintained.

In particular, every girl must start the year with her skirt worn to the bottom of the knee. If this is not the case, please arrange for the hem to be taken down or a new skirt bought. Please check also that the skirts fit properly around the waist. Some girls have skirts which are too loose and their solution is to roll it at the top, making it a little tighter around the waist. The problem then is that a skirt which appears to be the right length when purchased becomes too short.

As you would know from previous newsletters, the uniform shop procedures have changed. From March 2020, Lowes, Penrith will be our uniform supplier and families will be able to purchase uniform items at any time that is convenient to them without being restricted to certain days of the week and limited hours. More information about this will be provided next year.

Between now and next March, the process for purchasing uniforms is a little convoluted. The process applies to all parts of the uniform, including socks. Until Lowes commences selling the uniform next year, The School Locker is the only place which stocks our uniform, unfortunately.

At this point, uniforms can no longer be purchased at the college from The School Locker. Parents can place orders online at Use the search bar to search for Caroline Chisholm. Parents can select 

  • to have their order delivered directly to them

  • to collect the order from the Liverpool store

  • to collect the order from the school on our collection days (9:00am – 1:00pm Monday 20 January or 1:00pm – 4:00pm Tuesday 21st January). 

Orders placed after Wednesday 15 January will need to be collected from Liverpool or delivered directly to families’ homes.  Online ordering will cease on Wednesday 12th February 2020. Any outstanding ‘pickup’ orders that have not been collected will be considered abandoned after Friday 14th February.  

We are absolutely committed to maintaining the uniform standard. Given the warnings that have been made, both generally and individually, throughout this term there is no reason for a girl not starting 2020 without the correct uniform. Students who do not have the correct uniform at the start of next year may be asked to remain at home until this is remedied. 

Please assist us in starting the year with all girls in perfect uniform so we can present a strong and proud image of the college and allow staff to focus on the teaching of your daughters.

School Backpacks

All students from Years 7-12 must bring a college backpack each day.


Shoes must be black, polishable, leather and lace-up. The college shoe expectation is that shoes

  • must be black, lace-up, polishable and cover the top of the foot. 

  • must have heels or moulded soles (no flats) but of a reasonable height (no more than 3 cms)

  • must be lace-up, not slip-on

  • cannot be gym-style Converses or the like, even if they are black leather.

These expectations are for both uniform and WHS requirement. Please do not buy an expensive but incorrect pair of shoes as you will be required to purchase a new pair. If a store does not have the correct type, try a different store. Local shoe stores have been advised about Caroline Chisholm College shoe requirements. I would also advise not leaving it to the week before school starts as they are often in short supply by that time.

Please see below the following styles which are not acceptable:

Doing the Right Thing

Congratulations to Grace Rowan (7 Wright), Tori Wilson (7 Wrigth) and Jacqueline Lam (8 Gilmore). They have been selected to receive a $5 canteen voucher for college service.

Appreciation of Honesty

Students at Caroline Chisholm College regularly display outstanding honesty in returning items they find on the college grounds. Often these can be of quite substantial value. Students handing in found items receive a certificate of appreciation. I would like to congratulate the following students who have handing items in over the last fortnight: Amelia MacDonald (7 MacKillop), Alysha Finn (8 Kenny), Piper Bruce (8 Macarthur), Olivia Youssef (8 Macarthur), Kyra Newman (9 Wright) and Jaeann Clifton (10 Kenny).

 Mr Greg King - Assistant Principal

Not acceptable shoe styles

From Assistant Principal Learning

Great learning – 2019

As we reach the end of another year of learning, I asked some students to describe one GREAT thing they have learnt this year. Here are some of their wonderful answers.


One great thing I have learnt in Science this year was how the sun can be used to produce electricity. I loved putting this into action by building a house with solar panels and LED lights. Carolina Year 8


One great thing that I have learnt this year is an innovative way to solve problems such as sustainability. By using nature’s solutions to our modern problems, we can discover how to be environmentally friendly. This opens up opportunities to improve and advance society whilst also respecting our environment. Kelsie Year 10

One great thing I have learnt this year is transdisciplinary design and the design process. This has greatly benefited me in allowing me to come up with appropriate solutions to real world problems. Hannah Year 10

One great thing I have learnt this year is how to design and construct a vase / pot by hand. It was amazing to see an idea come to life and to learn new skills. Lily Year 8


One great thing I have learnt this year is how to construct a storage box in our technology topic of ‘All Boxed Up’. Using different techniques I was able to depict my idea through my designs and research folio so that I could create an accurate prototype that would represent my design. Shanelka Year 8


One great thing I have learnt this year is how to halter farm animals. Even though it was difficult at the start, I persevered and practised and I am now competent at this skill. Tanvi Year 9


One great thing I have learnt this year is what parts of the body enable us to make movement and participate in physical activity. I also learnt all the body systems and how they function to make the body work. Skye Year 9


One great thing I have learnt this year is the importance of getting into healthy study habits early. From the beginning of this year, I've had to try and find the study skills that worked best for me. Natasha Year 11


One great thing I have learnt this year is how to put a halter on Toffee the alpaca. I also learnt how to take care of the chickens and what they need to survive. Navnit Year 9


One great thing I have learnt about in STEM this year is mechatronics. I have enjoyed learning about the importance of this field in society and particularly the different careers it offers. My favourite part of our mechatronics unit was building and programming our robot to dance.

Azahlia Year 10


These are just a few of the great things we have learnt this year - if we included them all we would have a long and large book!


Study skills tip for December

Preparing for the year ahead

Rest, relaxation, and time with family and friends is the main goal for students over the end of year holidays. However, there are some things that students might like to consider doing, perhaps towards the end of the holidays, that will make their school year ahead much easier, particularly senior students.


  • Organise and rearrange your room and study space to make it a more effective learning area.
  • Sort out your materials for school, decide what to keep and how to organise your work and if you can improve your filing systems.
  • Set up term planners for the year so you can map out your due dates when the year starts.
  • Set up a study timetable for the year so you have clear times allocated to complete your schoolwork during the week.
  • Think about building your skills in any areas of weakness or any areas you’d like to develop new skills in like touch typing.
  • If you can find out any of the novels you will be studying in the coming year, read them over the holidays.
  • For senior students, consider downloading the syllabus documents for the subjects you will be studying.


Of course, we also want students to refresh their mind and body, catch up on their sleep and take the time to focus on enjoying a healthy lifestyle.


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Ms Deborah Scollard - Assistant Principal Learning

Japanese Exchange Students Week 3 - Yagawa

I am currently living in a town called Yagawa.  This town is similar in comparison to Penrith back in Australia in the ways that it is not particularly as busy as Hachioji or Tachikawa (some of the busier and popular towns in Tokyo). However, it is home to the Japanese residents living in Yagawa and it has its unique features that make Yagawa so special to them.

My home is a cosy, two-story building with an orange painted balcony. There are four rooms in the house including my private room. My host mother and father share a large room with my two younger brothers and right next to my room is Momoko’s room. Here in Japan, it is very common for the Japanese people to sleep on the floor or on a mattress instead of a bed. Back at home in Australia, I sleep on a bed and I am sure the majority of Australians do, so there was a rather large cultural difference there that I was going to have to get used to. It didn’t take long to adapt to sleeping on the ground at all and actually, now I find sleeping on the floor much more comfortable than a bed. 

There is a room inside the house which stands out compared to all of the other rooms in the house. Many houses in Japan have a washitsu (Japanese styled traditional room) next to the living room. Modern tatami rooms in Japan now serve as study areas or for sleeping areas in homes. 

I think Japanese houses are all very close to each other as there isn’t much land, unlike in Australia, where some people have backyards, lawns and maybe even a swimming pool. In the photo below (although it is not a very good photo and part of the house isn’t showing), my Japanese home is right behind another house and apart from the house, there is not much land for anything else.

Another aspect that I found interesting was how Japanese people put their family name on top of the mailbox instead of a number. In the photo below you can see the family name and the kanji characters (Chinese characters) for ANDO which is my host family’s name. 

My neighbourhood is fairly quiet from what I have seen when I leave my home to get to school and when I return. However, there are occasionally a couple of people who come out for their morning exercise or students leaving their homes to go to school.

Actually, in fact, I somehow managed to meet one of the non-Japanese teachers at Junshin! My host sister and I were walking to Yagawa train station like how we normally do and the teacher passed by us during their (I am assuming) morning exercise!

I think my most favourite part of Yagawa is that there are so many streets which lead to different places and also the traditional Japanese houses that I walk past. Sometimes my host sister Momoko and I manage to take a totally different route to the train station depending on time and the traffic. 

I have gotten so used to my life here that I think I can manage going to school by taking the train and bus without getting lost (hopefully)!

This week has been amazing with my birthday happening and going to places with Momoko and her friends! I absolutely cannot wait for what awaits next week!

スジン より。(From Sujin)

Japanese Exchange Week 3

Emily and Sujin in Japan - Clubs

Report from Japan


It has now been four weeks into our eight-week exchange program at Junshin and already, we have experienced so many new and exciting events that we would not have been able to experience had it not been for this exchange program.

We have been trying out the many club activities that are available at the school since the first week of attending school. Club activities are divided into two categories, physical educational clubs (e.g. badminton and dance) and cultural clubs (e.g. Koto and Tea ceremony). The clubs we have tried so far are Kyudo (Japanese archery), Badminton, Softball, Dance, Baton, Kendo, Koto (Traditional Japanese instrument), String Music, Brass Band, Home Economics and Tea Ceremony. 

We especially enjoyed the brass band as Shiori, who was my host sister during the two-week stay, was in the brass band! We were both so excited to see each other and she volunteered to teach me how to play her instrument, the trombone! Learning the trombone was incredibly difficult at first as there was a language barrier. Shiori tried to demonstrate how to shape the mouth to make different and I later realised that it was similar to whistling. When I was able to play a note, we played a couple of basic scales in ascending and descending order. I had a great experience having a go at the trombone together with Shiori.

Emily & I were also able to play the violin in the string music club. Akari, a classmate, taught us both an easy-to-play children’s song called ‘Kaeru’ (カエル) which means frog in Japanese. The members in the string club were very considerate to draw for us where to place our fingers on the strings so we could play the notes. 


My favourite clubs so far have been Koto, baton and dance. I really loved learning about the Japanese Koto and playing it with the girls in the club. They are all very close and loving, so it was nice to feel so welcomed and accepted. 

I also loved the dance club! I have been a dancer most of my life, so it was exciting to see the differences and similarities in Japan. My close friends in my homeroom are a part of the dance club, as well as my host sister from a previous year, Marika, so it was a wonderful opportunity to catch up and try to build my communication skills. 

I am quite interested in the baton club. I think that if I went to school in Japan permanently, I might’ve joined baton. I like watching the girls practise and was able to spin the stick in my hands without much trouble at all. The girls in the club all welcomed me in, as usual, and tried their best to make me comfortable. 

It can be very tiring to attend a club after school. I find it difficult to focus on the club often if I am tired, and on those days I rejoice in hearing my host sister say “Let’s go home!” Furthermore, I always have to check with my host sister before I go to my club, which can be exhausting if I can’t find her.  

Most girls are active in one club but there are some in two, and few who do no clubs at all. After school has finished we are allowed to get changed in our classroom if our club is a sport or requires an outfit change. Then we go to the place our club is hosted. 

Often, an older student (senpai) will run the club, sometimes with supervision from a teacher. Other clubs may have a hired professional or a school teacher to run the club. For example, the brass band has a senpai responsible for the running of practice on 4 school days. She will make sure every student is present for practice, designate classrooms, and find solutions to small issues any student might have. She also introduces the brass band at performances and holds any further tasks that might be required when necessary.

Once a week, a music teacher will attend a brass band club meeting and he will conduct the band for that day and make changes to meet his criteria. He also makes decisions about when and where they will perform and communicates with parents and the event organisers. 

A different example is the kyudo club, where the girls set up themselves independently and then await instructions from their teacher. They have a ‘senpai’ too. However, her role is simply to ensure the setting up and packing away of all equipment is done correctly and safely, whereas the teacher is there to oversee the actual shooting done by the students. 

Written by Emily Farrell and Sujin Park

Japan Clubs

Year 11 Award Presentation

Dux of Year 11 - Molly Mitchell

Outstanding Sportsperson Award - Mia Gleeson

Outstanding Student Award - Alanah Eisenhuth

First In Course

Micquella Grima

Claudia Fava

Talira Smith

Charlotte Williams

Micquella Grima

Abbey-Jane Camilleri

Paige Colgate

Molly Mitchell

Keisha Chilmaid

Caela Vernon-Wright

Molly Mitchell

Molly Mitchell

Molly Summerhayes

Olivia Hooker

Alyssa La Malfa

Taylor Hodgson

Monique Rice

Larissa Dimech

Molly Kemp

Talira Smith

Sunita Jayachandran

Paige Colgate

Claudia Fava

Tammin Danby

Erin Stinten

Molly Mitchell

Talira Smith

Samantha Cheam

Mia Gleeson

Imogen Van-Stolk

Bella'Rose Van Der Steen

Claudia Fava

Faith Clark

Alyssa La Malfa

Molly Mitchell

Tammin Danby

Larissa Dimech

Taylor Hodgson

Neelima Menakath

Courtney Hamilton

Alyssa La Malfa

Holly McLaughlin

Alyssa La Malfa


Ancient History


Business Services

Business Studies



Community and Family Studies



English Advanced

English Extension 1

English Standard

English Studies

English Studies

Exploring Early Childhood

Exploring Early Childhood

Food Technology


Japanese Continuers

Legal Studies

Mathematics Advanced

Mathematics Extension 1

Mathematics Standard

Mathematics Standard

Modern History

Music 1

Music 1

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Photography, Video and Digital Imaging


Primary Industries

Religion Catholic Studies

Society and Culture

Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Studies

Studies of Religion I

Studies of Religion I

Studies of Religion I

Year 11 Studies of Religion II

Textiles and Design

Visual Arts

Work Studies

Gold Awards

Emma Buckley

Paige Colgate

Alison Coutinho

Alanah Eisenhuth

Claudia Fava

Micquella Grima

Alannah Hader

Lorilei Knight

Milinda Ranathunga

Saakshi Singh

Please click here for photos of the Year 11 Award Presentation 

Penrith Eisteddfod Writing Success

Congratulations to the following young writers for their achievement in the Penrith Eisteddfod:

Under 16 poetry: Aalia Nasser (Year 8) ~ second place for her poem ‘Mother Nature’Monique Buksh (Yr 10) ~ first place for her poem ‘Sacrifice to the Sea’


Under 16 short story:Jorja Tabor (Year 8) ~ First place and overall winner for her story ‘Lost in Space’

To view the Winning entries click on the link.

Louise Wakeling - Learning Enrichment Facilitator

The Executive Directors Summer Reading Challenge Is Back

We all know the importance of reading and how a great book can spark the imagination and creativity in us all. These summer holidays, we are encouraging all students to take the reading challenge and read, read, read!


HOW DO I ENTER? Students can read anything they like to enter, whether it’s a comic, play, a piece of poetry, book, e-book or animated novel.

It’s simple! Students just need to read something they enjoy and tell us in 50 words or less why they loved it.

The more material a student reads, the more times they can enter the reading challenge and the more chances they have of winning one of two Chromebooks or one of thirty runner-up gift vouchers to the value of $30 each.

MORE INFORMATION Entries open on 2 December 2019.

Thanks to our sponsors Teachers Mutual Bank. To learn more about their services please visit their website.

For more information, please contact Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta by emailing or visit 


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Diary Dates

Fri 6 Dec

Year 7 Lifesaving Day, Glenbrook Pool

Australian Catholic Youth Festival, Perth (7/12 - 11/12)

Mon 9 Dec

Christmas Carols (Summit Care Penrith, Kingswood)

Australian Catholic Youth Festival, Perth

Tue 10 Dec

Australian Catholic Youth Festival, Perth

Wed 11 Dec

Australian Catholic Youth Festival, Perth

Year 9 Presentation Ceremony - 8.45 am

Year 10 Presentation Ceremony - 10.45 am

Year 10 Last Day of Term

Thur 12 DecPeer Support Training
Fri 13 Dec

Year 7 Presentation Ceremony - 8.45 am

Year 8 Presentation Ceremony - 10.45 am

Years 7, 8, 9 and 11 Last day of Term

Wed 18 DecStudent/Parent/Teacher Meetings 1.00-4.00 pm
Thur 19 DecStaff Professional Learning Day
Fri 20 DecStaff Professional Learning Day

Wed 29 Jan

Thur 30 Jan

Years 7, 11 and 12 Commence Term 1 2020

Year 8, 9 and 10 Commence Term 1 2020

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