Caroline Chisholm College Newsletter

Term 3 Week 8 Issue 14 2019


From the Principal

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

Last week we inducted our new College Leaders at our Leaders’ Mass at Padre Pio Church. It was a wonderful occasion where we, with Fr Walter Fogarty, gave thanks and prayed for these young leaders who will take the college forward into 2020. As part of the ceremony, our new College Captain, Alannah Eisenhuth gave her inaugural address. I have asked her if we could share an edited version as this week’s newsletter principal’s message. I think you will agree that Alannah’s words capture so much of what it means to be a courageous and faith-filled person in a complex world. It is what we hope for all our students. Thank you, Alannah, for accepting this important mission of leadership at Caroline Chisholm College.

"Good morning students, teachers, parents and guests. I am humbled to be able to address you today as the college captain of Caroline Chisholm College for 2020. I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity and feel privileged to be able to lead this unique, inspiring and vibrant school community.

Looking into the year ahead with 2020 vision, I am excited by the potential of our new student leaders. Each of the young women who have stood before you today bring different strengths to our team and will inevitably assist in further developing the sisterhood. In particular, I am extremely appreciative of the senior leadership team, especially the two vice captains Claudia Fava and Micquella Grima. I am excited to undergo this journey with you by my side and I have no doubt that the positivity and resilience that each of you demonstrate will help the entirety of the SRC to accomplish our goals.

The idea of the sisterhood has been echoed by every leadership team that I have witnessed since Year 7 and I believe that it is the heart of what it means to be a student at the College. It is truly remarkable to be a part of such a tight knit community that is full of passionate, empowering and inspiring young women. Each of you has your own unique gifts and talents to share that can make a significant contribution to our college. However, the second guessing and sometimes insecure nature of young women means that we may choose not to share these gifts with others.

At each of our communal gatherings we have the chance to sing our school song, and I can imagine that at times not all of you stop to think about the lyrics that you are singing. Considering our theme for next year is tolerance, I would like to bring your attention to one line in particular; “and with the tolerance to value our diversity”. This calls us, as students of the college, to be inspired by our spirituality and unconditionally support the diverse ambitions of not only others, but also ourselves. It is my firm belief that the passions that each of you embody have a transformative nature that can unlock your full potential and encourage you to be your best self. The ability to realise this will equip you with skills that transcend the gates of the College and will ultimately enable you to enter the world as confident young women who have a continuing passion to better yourselves as people. It is my hope that the SRC will build upon this legacy of the sisterhood to enable each of you to allow your passions to become the driving force of your successes.


Once again, I would like to thank you all for this incredible opportunity. I can assure you that I, along with the rest of the SRC, will embrace the example of Caroline Chisholm and her values of faith, courage, tolerance, dignity, justice and compassion, within our leadership to effectively work towards bringing each student closer to the heart of the college. I cannot wait to begin working with the leadership team for 2020 and anticipate all of your unconditional support for the next twelve months. It truly is a privilege to be able to maintain the legacy of the sisterhood and continue to work towards a future of participation, pride and solidarity for the college."


Thank you.

Mr Greg Elliott 

From the Assistant Principal Pastoral

Years 9-10 Disco

Nearly two weeks ago, a very enjoyable dance was held at St Dominic’s. As usual, we would like to thank St Dominic’s for their hospitality. Thanks, particularly, to Brendan Jansz, the Pastoral Care Co-ordinator at St Dominic’s who co-ordinated the event. Thanks to our Year 9 and 10 Leaders of Learning, Ian Fuller and Jeanette Cocks and to all the many teachers who supervised. The girls’ behaviour and participation was exemplary.

Uniforms – Term 4 expectations regarding blazers and socks
With the warmer weather, we will move to summer uniform requirements for the last two weeks of this term. The remainder of this week is not forecast to be particularly hot, so this change will start from next Monday 16 September. This means students can wear the college socks rather than stockings. Only the college socks may be worn – they can be purchased from the college uniform shop on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Students do not have to wear blazers to and from school but if they wear anything to and from school on a colder day, it must still be the blazer. No jumpers or senior cardigans to be worn to and from school unless a blazer is worn over them. These are the uniform expectations throughout Term 4 and Term 1 next year.

I would like to remind parents purchasing new school shoes that they need to check carefully the college uniform expectations for shoes. They can be found in the student diaries or on the website. Shoes are an expensive purchase and I would hate for parents to have to buy another pair if they do not meet uniform and WHS requirements. If a particular store does not have a suitable pair, please try elsewhere.

Parents are also reminded that while we don’t have a colour requirement for sports shoes, they must be designed for sports. While they may have their origins in sports, brands like Vans and Converse are designed for fashion rather than sport and are consequently not acceptable for sport uniform at the college.

I would like to remind students and parents that the only facial jewellery allowed at the college is in the ears (up to 2 earrings in each year, small hoops or studs). In particular, there is to be no nose or lip jewellery, nor can students wear plastic studs or cover nose jewellery over. I mention this before the holidays as this is a time when a number of students seem to think there is time for a piercing to heal before returning to school. This is never the case over a two week break and there will be no tolerance or allowance of time for a new piercing to heal once the students return to school. There is categorically no facial jewellery (including plastic studs) to be worn by any student in any year, from Year 7 to Year 12. Students who refuse to remove non-uniform jewellery, in addition to receiving warnings leading to detentions, will be removed from class and not allowed to return until the jewellery is gone. It would be greatly appreciated for parents to support us by discouraging these piercings while their daughter is a student at the college.

Doing the Right Thing
Congratulations to Ashleigh Mallens (7 Gilmore), Madison Cooney (7 Jackson), Katelyn Smith (8 Gilmore) and Taylor Brown (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: Ella Peto (8 Macarthur), Michelle Faaguatu (10 Wright) and Zoe Walther (11 Kenny).


 Mr Greg King - Assistant Principal

From Assistant Principal Learning

Year 11 Examinations

Year 11 students will sit their end of year exams from Friday 13 September to Friday 20 September. These exams provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have learned this year. Although examinations are hard work, we hope that the examination period proves to be a successful and rewarding time for all students. A copy of the Year 11 examination timetable is printed below for your reference.


 If you are struggling to get motivated to do your schoolwork, sadly there is no magic solution. However, here are a few strategies you can try from the DEVELOPING MOTIVATION and OVERCOMING PROCRASTINATION units if motivation or procrastination is an issue for you:  

  • REWARDS: Set yourself small specific tasks to do with a specific reward at the end of the task. For some people little rewards are enough to get them going.

  • CHUNK IT DOWN: If the work seems overwhelming or boring or unappealing, break it down into small bearable chunks and just do it one piece at a time.

  • FRIENDS: Work with a friend or else tell your friend what work you want to get done and then check in on each other at the end of the night. Help each other stay on track.

  • RULE OF 3: If you can’t get started, write down the 3 most important things you must get done before you go to bed, then don’t even look at any other tasks until these 3 are completed.

  • MOTIVATING IMAGES: Find slogans, or images that motivate you and put them near your workspace.  Some people are motivated by pain (thinking of the consequences if you don’t study) while others are motivated by pleasure (thinking of all the good outcomes that will happen if you do study).


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Ms Deborah Scollard - Assistant Principal Learning

Food for thought

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  • square root of 114
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Leaders of the Learning Committee

Community Gets Behind the Penrith Show School's Competition 2019

May is a busy month at Leppington Pastoral company at Bringelly. Calving is in full swing and the best of the bull calves have been ear marked for the Penrith Show calf raising competition  The dairy manager, Mr Michael Perich was satisfied that the calves were past the first few critical weeks before dispersing them to seventeen schools in the Sydney basin.

Proudly, our Year 10 Agriculture class took on the responsibility of nurturing a hefty, robust young steer with a gleaming black and white coat, christened Harley.

March heralded the start of the process of gentling and training the calves and the girls. “Calm and assertive” is the watch cry and new skills have already been demonstrated in how to escape the drool covered muzzles at bucket feeding time. The sweet aroma of newly mixed milk and the ability for the calves to suckle anything in reach adds to the richness of caring for four legged babies. Washing, clipping and leading soon commenced.

As August approached the Year 10 students shifted into high gear to design and construct a 3-metre square display depicting three of our local industries, Bilpin apples, Leppington Dairy and Llandilo Farm fresh eggs.

The sun eases over the horizon on the last Saturday in August to show a frenzy of action at the cattle wash bays to ensure that the cattle and calves are at their best prior to weighing and scanning. Other students feed and clean the myriad of livestock from donkeys to turkeys. Students put the finishing touches to their family focused Educational displays to amuse and raise the awareness for the kids and adults alike. Judging commences and the parade ground comes alive with leather fitted livestock where students display their skills on low stress handling before demonstrating their own judging skills of cattle and sheep production characteristics.

A cheer from the crowd for the winning calves. Our “Harley” receives the Reserve Champion while in the sheep judging ring our ram, ewe and lamb earn two blues and a white ribbon; let’s not forget the second for our Ancona hen.

Well done to the Year 10 Ag display building team for your highly commended result and for Rita Tamer for placing in the poultry judging. Congratulations Year 11/12 Rural Olympics team placing third by a point in the gruelling 5 event competition.

Mr Geoff Clerke - Leader of Learning TAS 

Uni-Schools Steer Competition 2019

Steering the Future Leaders of Agriculture

“And the Overall Champion school for the UniSchools Challenge is Caroline Chisholm College. “

A surprised gasp came from the cluster of CCC students as Katelyn Fenech reacted and worked her way down the now familiar pathway in the University of Western Sydney lecture theatre stairs to proudly receive the 5th trophy and another of the myriad of ribbons presented for individual and team achievement for the night.

In particular, this reflected the drive and commitment of our team of senior students who modelled leadership by example to our junior students to refine their skills in parading, public speaking, cattle husbandry and judging the quality of beef cattle.  Katelyn Fenech and Micquella Grima were key facilitators of our senior team.

This win was affirmation of the team work and generosity of time given by the Year 9, 11 and 12 Agriculture and Primary Industries classes to nuture and train our steer Ferdinand over the 97 days from May.

But why enter this competition?

The challenge provides an opportunity for students to discuss and communicate with knowledgeable representatives within the industry and further develop their knowledge within not only beef production but also the agricultural industry. It offers students a great beginning to develop their skills and knowledge of beef cattle which can give them insight into the agricultural industry.

A lot of young people think a career in agriculture is just working on a farm, but it’s much more than that. The opportunities outside the farm gate are enormous – be it sales or marketing, logistics, advisory, consultancy – you name it, it is there. A career in Agriculture means you are joining one of the biggest growth industries in the nation.

Results for Caroline Chisholm

  1. Champion Best Presented steer on the day 
  2. Third place in the overall production characteristics on the day
  3. Fifth place in the total weight gained over 97 days
  4. Champion School for the Herdsman where two students demonstrate in depth knowledge of cattle management and use display to communicate to the public Micquella Grima and Emma Samoluk
  5. First place Micquella Grima in Senior Parading and Highly commended for Faith Clark
  6. Highly commended for both our junior cattle paraders: Holly Jarvis and Tahlia Fog
  7. Highly commended for the Junior Beef Judging and Assessment team: Chloe Turner and Olivia Nand
  8. Champion School for the Senior Judging and Assessment team: Elizabeth Rouen and Katelyn Fenech
  9. Second in the All Ages Team Judging trophy
  10. Champion Carcase result

Mr Geoff Clerke - Leader of Learning TAS

Junior Futsal Team Runners Up at PDSSSC Gala Day

On Thursday 5th September, Caroline Chisholm’s Junior Futsal team competed in the PDSSSC Gala Day at Cambridge Park Indoor Sports Centre. The girls played at a very high level and stepped up to the challenge of playing against the skilled teams of Gilroy, McCarthy, St Luke’s and Cerdon College. The girls went through their three pool games undefeated and then met Cerdon College in the semi final where they continued their excellent teamwork and convincingly won the game. Moving through to the final, Caroline Chisholm played Gilroy again. However, despite excellent defence and attack the girls were runners up in a hard fought game.

Congratulations to all the players who demonstrated not only exceptional skill ability but outstanding sportswomanship on the day.

The Year 7 & 8 Futsal team consisted of Ashlea Kramer, Shae Hodgson, Katelyn Smith, Kyla Grosse, Noufina Conde, (Year 8) Kiera Geoghegan and Emma Matthias (Year 7).

Thank you to Emma Buckley (Year 11) and Ms Liza Buckley for refereeing on the day, and to all the parents who came to support the girls.


Mrs Caroline McElroy – Leader of Learning PDHPE

PDSSSC Athletics Carnival 2019

27 students from Caroline Chisholm performed exceptionally well despite it being extremely cold and a little wet at the Parramatta Diocese Athletics Carnival held on Friday 30th August at Blacktown Sports Park. The enthusiasm, participation and fair play from our students was outstanding.

Thank you to the parents and grandparents who came to support the girls. Thanks also to Mrs McElroy, for her efforts in timekeeping and Mrs Todd, the team manager on the day.

Caroline Chisholm College Athletics Team consisted of:

Mischa Partridge, Emma Matthias, Alyssa Naicori, Milaya Cleary, Teagan Hinds, Mikayla Costillo, Lucy Klemesrud, Jessica Preston, Olivia Renshaw (Year 7). Raphaila Idris, Katelyn Smith, Charlize Risse, Chloe Gill, Jessica Gallen (Year 8). Herberta Williams, Ashleigh Gill, Chloe Matthias, Clare Roser (Year 9). Kailah Stapleton, Tayla Gallen, Brielle Daines, Ainslie Baxter, Vivien Toth (Year 10). Zoe Walther, Nevine Idris, Mia Gleeson (Year 11). Hannah Norrie (Year 12).

Notable performances on the day included:

Jessica Preston 2nd 400m, 3rd 1500m

Emma Matthias 2nd Javein, 2nd Shot Put, 3rd Discuss

Raphaila Idris 1st 200m, 1st 100m, 1st Long Jump, 2nd Triple Jump

Chloe Gill 2nd 400m

Katelyn Smith 2nd Discuss, 2nd Shot Put

Kailah Stapleton 2nd 100m

Mia Gleeson 1st Javelin, 2nd Discuss, 3rd High Jump

Tayla Gallen 2nd 1500m, 2nd 800m

Junior girls relay 1st - Alyssa Naicori, Milaya Cleary, Jessica Preston, Raphaila Idris

Best wishes to Raphaila, Emma, Kailah and Mia who will be representing the Parramatta Diocese at the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Championship on Friday 20th September at Homebush. We also have our fingers crossed for a few wildcard entries to the CCC Championsips.


Mrs Brooke Hughes - PDHPE Teacher

Leaving Caroline Chisholm College in 2019?

This is a reminder that families must inform us, in writing, by Friday, 27 September, if they intend to discontinue the enrolment of their daughter at Caroline Chisholm College in 2020. If this written notice is not received by 27 September and your daughter does not continue her education here in 2020 then you will be liable for the payment of fees for Term 1, 2020 as detailed in the agreement signed on enrolment at the College. Please note if you are discontinuing the enrolment of your daughter at Caroline Chisholm College you must also provide written evidence of the enrolment of your daughter in another school.


Your appropriate response is requested so that we can offer places, in a timely manner, to new families seeking enrolment.


Diary Dates

Wed 11 SeptemberHSC Music Exam, St Nicholas of Myra, Penrith
Thur 12 SeptemberYear 10 B-Street Smart, Homebush
Fri 13 September

Year 11 Examinations Commence

CCD Mass, St Andrew the Apostle Church, Marayong

Sat 14 SeptemberNational Titration Competition, UNSW
Mon 16 September

PDSSSC Girls 7-10 Basketball Gala Day, Penrith

Year 11 Examinations

Tues 17 September

Year 11 Examinations

Years 10, 11 & 12 Dance - Chicago Musical

Wed 18 September

Year 11 Examinations

Penrith Schools Debating Development Day, WSU Kingswood

Thur 19 September

Year 11 Examinations

Nepean Research Day, Nepean Clinical School

Fri 20 September

Year 11 Examinations

NSWCCC Athletics Carnival, Homebush

Mon 23 SeptemberYear 11 Work Placement Week

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