Chisholm Need to Know


2021 Leaders’ Induction and Blessing
Students in each year group have completed the process of leadership nominations and our new Student Representative Council has been elected. Congratulations to all those students who have been recognised as leaders by their peers and by the College. Year 7 student leaders for Year 8 2021 will be finalised at the start of next week.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to hold our Leaders’ Induction Mass at Padre Pio Catholic Church, nor are we permitted to invite parents and families to an induction ceremony. A blessing and induction will be held at the College on Tuesday 8 September. This event will be live streamed and will also be available to be viewed on YouTube afterwards. Official photos of each student’s induction will also be available for download. We hope as many family and friends of our leaders as possible can join us online for the celebration of the gift of their leadership. More details of the live stream will be shared closer to the date.

Resources for parents of HSC students
This year’s HSC is different due to COVID-19. Information is available on the NESA website to clearly answer parents’ questions about the HSC exams.

An important message from NESA
The health and wellbeing of HSC students is more important than any exam, which is why NESA are encouraging students to:

  • Stay connected
  • Take time out for rest or exercise
  • Ask for help.

Internet Safety
The best collection of resources for parents wanting to keep their daughters safe online is the office of the eSafety Commissioner which can be found at There you will find a range of resources for parents. Much of this material is presented to students in classes at the college, particularly in PDHPE and Pastoral Care. However, there are a few social media sites which are not at all suitable for children which we are reluctant to specifically address with students as we don’t want to encourage curious experimentation. They are supposed to be only accessible to people 18+ but this is not enforceable. Very few girls make their way to these sites but there are occasional ones who do, even as young as Year 7. We have had students access these sites at home and also at school hotspotting to their plan data, as the sites are blocked on the CEDP network.

We think it is something to draw to parents’ attention who can then be informed and act as appropriate. One site parents should be aware of is called Omegle. The eSafety Commissioner has information about this site here. Note that the eSafety Commissioner says “Users may encounter sexualised content and inappropriate behaviour anywhere on the site”. 

We would encourage parents to have regular conversations with their daughters about their safety online. The more informed the parents are, the more effective the conversation will be.

Caroline Chisholm College is no longer accepting Cash Payments
As a result of changing business practices across the Australian economy as a result of COVID-19 and security concerns, at the direction of Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta we will no longer accept payment of cash at the College Reception for school fees or any other transactions.

In future please use either of the 3 payment options noted on the bottom of Current Tax Invoice/Statements sent to you for College Fees, being:

  • BPOINT - Direct debit against a valid bank debit or credit card
  • BPAY -  Direct debit against a valid bank account, debit or credit card
  • Australia Post Billpay - cash can be paid across the counter at any Post office, and by debit/credit card over the phone on 13 18 16, or via

 Thank you for your consideration.

Premiers and Senior Reading Challenge
Student access to the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge closes this Friday evening,  28th August. Administrators still have access for a few more days, so if your daughter needs help finalising her entry in the challenge please email Mrs O'Keeffe for assistance.

CCC Senior Reading Challenge closes 11:59 pm Monday 31st August. Contact the Library for more details on entry.

HSC Language Students
We wish our Language students the best of luck for their HSC oral exams, which will be held on various dates, starting this Saturday for the Japanese Continuers students. がんばってください!

29 August - Japanese Continuers HSC Oral exam
5 September - Korean Beginners and Modern Greek Beginners HSC Oral exam
12 September - Japanese Beginners HSC Oral exam

HSC Music Showcase
Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have had to cancel the HSC Music Showcase, which was scheduled for Monday August 31 at 6.30pm. We will all be thinking of our Year 12 students at this time, as they prepare for their Practical HSC Music examination on September 10 in the new Music rooms.

Confusion in the media about the New Religious Education Curriculum

Some of our families may have noticed that the Diocese's new Religious Education Curriculum has attracted some poorly informed media attention. Caroline Chisholm College is trialling the RE Curriculum with our Year 9 students who are responding very positively, because the teaching respects the questions of our young people and honours their experience of being human. The attached communication from the Vicar General of our Church seeks to clarify some of the misinformation circulating. We hope you will take the time to read it. Please contact Dr Elliott at the College if you have any questions.

Questions and answers on the Draft Religious Education Curriculum


Diary Dates - Term 3 Week 7

Saturday 29 August
Japanese Continuers HSC Oral exam

Monday 31 August
HSC Trial Examinations
Year 9 2021 Subject choice submissions due

Thursday 5 September
Korean Beginners and Modern Greek Beginners HSC Oral exam

Friday 4 September
Literature Dress Up Day


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.