Chisholm Need to Know


Dear staff, students, parents and friends of Chisholm,

This week has been another eventful and busy week at Caroline Chisholm College. Our Year 7 students have been settling in very well with the learning expectations of the college and the new demands of Stage 4. It has been very encouraging to visit classes and interact with the girls across a range of subjects. I am sure that they have come home exhausted with a sense of self-fulfilment and achievement. All students have started to develop new friendships and are excited about the new possibilities that Year 7 will present throughout the year. There will be many challenges; however, I am confident that your daughter will be happy and successful having the right support network with family, friends and the college staff working in close partnership together.

I would like to congratulate all students who received awards at our Presentation ceremony for 2021 this week. At Chisholm we celebrate the commitment to learning, the drive for personal excellence and the motivation to be curious as a learner always searching for greater knowledge and increased skills capability. During the ceremony, we were honoured to be able to appreciate a musical item performed to an exceptionally high standard by fellow students of the year group. I would like to also thank those students who also demonstrated their leadership ability by reading prayers at the opening, Acknowledgement of Country or by assisting in the organisation of the awards with our Support Staff Team. It is these combined teamwork and efforts that ensure these important events are able to occur successfully as wonderful moments of celebration of our student academic performance, sporting achievement and leadership capabilities. I would like to encourage all students to now refocus by setting new learning and personal goals for the 2022 school year. As young women of the Greater Western region of Parramatta Diocese, it is important to remind ourselves that we should aim high and not be limited in our future goals and aspirations. Everything is possible if you dream big and reach for the stars, young women of Chisholm! Be everything that you can be and more!

I would like to acknowledge and thank Ms Deborah Scollard (Assistant Principal Learning) and her amazing Support Staff team, Mr Greg King (Assistant Principal Pastoral) and the Year Leaders of Learning, Mr Mathew Beatty and the IT Team, teachers attending, organising and supporting in a variety of way and Ms Sarah Eyles for her outstanding photography capturing the girls at their absolute best!

Stay safe, stay calm and stay connected to us here at Chisholm.

Mrs Tania Cairns
Principal Leader

Use of Aerosols
Students are reminded that aerosol products (such as spray deodorants) are not to be brought to or used at school or while travelling to or from school on buses. This is a serious Workplace Health and Safety issue as students with respiratory issues (such as asthma) are very susceptible to aerosol sprays. 

Loss of Property
Parents and students are reminded that the college does not take responsibility for items which go missing from bags. Students are advised not to leave items of value in unattended bags, particularly small items which can be easily taken. Students are discouraged from bringing valuable personal items or large amounts of cash to school. If the items or the money are needed for something after school, they can be left at the front office during the day. Students at the college are remarkably honest, as demonstrated by the valuable items which are found and handed in every day but we cannot guarantee the security of all student property - this remains the responsibility of the individual student. Items such as AirPods are expensive but small and easily lost or left behind in classes. Students are advised to buy a cheap set of Bluetooth or wired earphones for school if they need them and leave the expensive ones at home.

Mr Greg King
Assistant Principal

Formal Assessment - Years 10, 11,12
Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 undertake formal assessments. The formal assessment tasks are outlined in the Assessment Plans for each year group. These plans have been shared with students along with an Assessment Calendar which can be used to help with organisation and planning. Parents can access the Assessment Plans on the College website under the ‘Learning and Teaching’ tab. The College Calendar, also accessible on the College website, includes all formal assessment tasks. 

The Year 10-12 Assessment Policy and Procedures document has also been shared with students and is accessible on the College website under the Assessment tab. Please discuss the expectations about assessment with your daughter. All students are expected to complete all assessment tasks to the best of their ability by the due date. If a student is absent from school on the day of an assessment task, or the day before an assessment task is due, she must complete an ‘Assessment Appeal Form’ and submit it to the relevant KLA Leader of Learning. Students should expect to be asked to complete or submit assessment tasks as soon as they return to school. We encourage students to approach their teachers if they have any questions about their assessment tasks. The teachers are keen to work with students to empower them to succeed in their assessment tasks. 

Home learning 
The beginning of the school year is a good time to revisit the College’s Home Learning Policy. Although we encourage students to persevere with tasks they find challenging, home learning should not be a source of stress for families. Students should seek the help and support of their class teachers if they are not able to complete home learning tasks in a reasonable time frame. Please spend some time discussing the value and purpose of home learning with your daughter.

Teachers at Caroline Chisholm may set home learning activities for students across all year levels. The home learning will be purposeful, linked to class learning, achievable, differentiated and engaging. Teachers will follow up to see if homework has been completed or if the home learning requires clarification or further development.

Home learning should be:

  • completed in a reasonable timeframe
  • rigorous
  • set as required to support class learning
  • linked to the syllabus outcomes
  • connected to classroom learning
  • challenging, engaging and achievable
  • completed seriously and with effort.

When completing home learning activities, students should endeavour to complete tasks and should persist with difficult problems. Students should seek support and clarification from their teachers when they are unable to complete home learning tasks.

The following times are a guide to the amount of homework students should complete:

  • Years 7-8      Approximately ½ hour per night
  • Years 9-10    Up to 1 hour per night
  • Years 11-12  Sufficient time for completion of assigned tasks, assessment tasks and regular review of course content and skills

If you have any questions about home learning, please contact your daughter’s subject teachers.

Ms Deborah Scollard
Assistant Principal

Swimming Carnival Year 7 students, Competitors and PASS Students
Date: Monday 21/2
Time: Beginning 9.30am
Location: Mt Druitt Pool
Year 7 and competitors only.

Please note 

  • Parents / spectators of competitors will be physically distanced on one side of the pool.
  • Year 7, competitors and PASS helpers are permitted to wear their house colour to and from school on the day.
  • No streamers, feathers etc are to be taken to the pool.
  • All Year 7, competitors and PASS helpers are to gather at the COLA for homeroom.
  • Competitors arrive directly at the pool need to arrive between 8.30-9.00 am

Enrolments Open for Year 7 2023
Caroline Chisholm College are now accepting enrolments for 2023 and 2024 respectively.  2023 enrolments will be closing 28th March 2022.  Our Open Night Tour dates (7, 8, 9th March) can be booked through Eventbrite. For any further information please contact the College Enrolments Officer, Mrs Karen Chester on 4737 5505.

Notes sent to families this week
The following notes have been sent to families via our Compass email system or Skoolbag App: 
2022 Collection Notice to Parents and Carers

Enrolments 2023

Student Parking in streets surrounding Caroline Chisholm College

At this time of the year we often get complaints from neighbours about vehicles parking in front of their houses and sometimes blocking or partially blocking driveways. In some cases we do identify that the vehicle is driven by a Caroline Chisholm College student.

Students are allowed to park on the streets surrounding the school but must be aware of any road or parking signs that may restrict the periods during which vehicles may park, and the length of time that vehicles may be parked there.


Any students parking in surrounding streets should be considerate of the resident’s right to access to their property and avoid any part of their vehicle blocking the driveways. Students should also be aware of the restrictions against parking on the nature strip or footpaths, whether in front of a residential property or otherwise. Penrith City Council rangers will impose fines for breaches.


Please refer to the attached notice from Penrith City Council.


Diary Dates - Term 1 Weeks 3-4

Monday 21 February 2022
College Swimming Carnival - Year 7, Competitors Years 7-12, 9PASS
Year 10 ViD Excursion - Australian Museum
Year 10 VA1 Excursion - Penrith Regional Gallery

Tuesday 22 February 2022
Year 12 VA1 Excursion - Art Gallery of NSW
Excursion Encore 2022 - 3.00 pm

Wednesday 23 February 2022
PDSSSC Open Basketball Gala Day
Year 7 Incursion - Big Fish into Little Fish

Thursday 24 February 2022
Excursion - LIFTED 2022, West HQ

Friday 25 February 2022
Opening School Mass
Public Speaking - CCC - 2.00-7.00 pm

Monday 28 February 2022
Year 12 Work Placement - Primary Industries

Tuesday 1 March 2022
Year 12 Work Placement - Primary Industries
Year 12 GEO Excursion - Barangaroo Urban Dynamics
Vaccinations Year 7 - 1st Dose, Year 8 Catch up
Year 8 Incursion - Poetry in Action

Wednesday 2 March
Year 12 Work Placement - Primary Industries
Ash Wednesday Year Group Liturgies

Thursday 3 March 2022
Year 12 Work Placement - Primary Industries

Friday 4 March 2022
Year 12 Work Placement - Primary Industries
Public Speaking - 2.00-7.00 pm


Caroline Chisholm College recognises that email is a fast and convenient way to communicate with your child’s teacher. We wish to remind you that teachers read their emails at various times throughout the school day. Further, teachers are generally not expected to respond to emails from parents and students outside of normal working hours. In the case of a genuine emergency please contact the school office during business hours on or phone 02 4737 5500. We appreciate your assistance and understanding. If you have any questions about the above please feel free to contact the college.