Chisholm Need to Know


Dear Staff, Parents, Carers and friends of the Chisholm community,

It has been a wonderful week 2 in our college community as we have all settled into the rhythm of the term meeting new classes and commencing our positive relationships with students across the college. Our Year Leaders have all set high expectations for the students of the college by communicating the standards for learning, presentation and commitment to learning. I have been incredibly impressed with the beautiful manners and warm personalities of all students Year 7-12 in their daily interactions with me in the playground, in learning sessions and in welcoming them to the college in the morning. I would like to express my gratitude for the way in which you have prepared your daughters for an all girls learning environment in their presentation, social skills and eagerness to learn. There is a genuine excitement to be back at school with friends, as well as make new friends and commence a positive relationship with their Year Leaders and class teachers. It is a year of new beginnings for everyone including myself, as I commence my journey as Principal of this fine college.

I look forward to interacting with you once the college is open to welcome parents and visitors once again when COVID restrictions are lifted in the coming weeks and months.

I was extremely pleased and proud today to present the HSC 2021 Distinguished Achievers with their certificates and a congratulatory letter from Tanya Davies MP Mulgoa at our college assembly. The college community was very excited to finally acknowledge our Distinguished  Achievers for their exceptional results in the 2021 HSC and celebrate this milestone together as a community. Congratulations once again to each and every award recipient who has worked with exceptional commitment and diligence to achieve this standard recognised by NESA and the college community.

Our Year 11 Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 15 February 6pm as a Facebook Live event due to the current COVID safety restrictions. As a result, I strongly encourage all students and parents to connect with us at this time and hear key information about the HSC Learning Pathway and our Learn Plus Diploma Pathway. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and engage with us through the chat facility. We certainly hope there will be a high level of participation on the night! I look forward to connecting with each of you through our Livestream event next week via Facebook or Zoom

Stay safe, stay calm and stay connected with us @Chisholm

Ms Tania Cairns
Principal Leader

Immuno-compromised student
From time to time we have students at the college who have suppressed immune systems. We currently have a student who would be particularly susceptible to contracting chicken pox. This is a notifiable disease anyway, but I would ask at this time parents who suspect their daughter might have chicken pox to keep her at home and have a medical check as you do normally.

Mr Greg King
Assistant Principal

2021 Award Presentations
A reminder that our 2021 Presentation ceremonies have been rescheduled for the following dates and times:

Thursday 17/2/22
8.40am Year 12 (Year 11 2021)
10.40amYear 9 (Year 8 2021)
1.05pm Year 11 (Year 10 2021)

 Friday 18/2/22
10.40am Year 10 (Year 9 2021)
1.05pm Year 8 (Year 7 2021)

These will be livestreamed due to the current limitations due to COVID. We hope that this will soon change and parents will be able to attend these important occasions celebrating the achievements of your child.

Year 9
Year 9 students will be given an opportunity to change elective courses next week. We will do our best to accommodate requests for changes but unfortunately, not all changes will be possible due to timetable and class size constraints. We encourage students to discuss any changes with their parents before seeing Ms Scollard next week.

Study Skills Tip for February
Having run over 5000 study skills seminars over the last 20 years, Dr Prue Salter has been asked many questions about study skills. Below are some of the common questions parents ask.

Should you type or handwrite study notes?
If the exam will be handwritten, students are better to handwrite study notes. This creates muscle memory and helps students practice their handwriting skills. However, many students prefer to type their study notes as it is so much easier to organise the information. If students choose to type, when they are learning their notes they need to read a section, see what they can write down without looking and check and see if they are correct. This will help them practise their handwriting skills while committing the information to memory.

 My student doesn’t seem to know how to study, what should they be doing?
Sadly many students think that studying for a test just means reading their notes over and over. This is the slowest and most ineffective way of studying. Studying involves 3 steps. The first is to make study notes or summaries on what they have been learning. The second is to learn the notes by testing themselves over and over on the information to be retained. The last step is to do as much practice as possible – the more different questions they can do, and preferably under time constraints, the better they will be prepared. Remember that we all learn in different ways so there is scope to allow students to use techniques that suit their individual learning style, such as recording notes to listen to.

How can students get more organised?
The first step is to work out what area of organisation you want to target. Books, computer files, locker, diary, desk, folders…the list goes on. There is no point saying to a student ‘you need to be more organised’. Instead, identify an area where there could be improvement. Then, with your student, work out specific strategies to implement to address this issue. Once this issue is under control, then move onto the next problem.

What time should students go to bed?
Although it varies, most students need at least 8 hours of sleep each night. Therefore work backwards, allow an hour or so for students to get ready for bed and fall asleep, then work backwards to the time they need to get up for school. Have students pay attention to how they feel in the morning – they may need less or more sleep than the average.

How can I get my student motivated to do their work?
There is no quick or easy fix for lack of motivation. There are quite a number of strategies to try, but they all take time and effort and persistence. Check the Developing Motivation unit to print a guide for parents on helping your student to be more motivated.

Parents and students can learn more about studying efficiently and effectively by working through the units on

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Ms Deborah Scollard
Assistant Principal

2022 School Fees
CEDP have advised a 5 day delay in sending out the Term 1 Fee Statements and these will now be issued to Parents and Carers by Friday 18 February 2022. The due date will remain unchanged at Wednesday 16 March 2022.

Please note 

  1. COVID has again had an impact on our plans for overnight excursions in 2022. At this stage as previously advised, we are postponing some events and re-scheduling for dates later in the year. No refunds will be issued for overnight excursions in 2022 unless the event is cancelled altogether. We will advise any cancellations as soon as a decision is made and when any applicable refunds will be applied against parent and carers fee accounts.

  2. If your Fee account is currently in credit for more than the first instalment of fees, you will not be issued a Statement. If you wish to see what your balance is at any time please call Wendy Slaughter in the College office on 02 4737 5520 and she can print/email you a copy.

College Swimming Carnival
Entries for the swimming carnival close Monday 14th February. Parents have been sent this link via email.  All students competing need to have their parent/carer register their events on the Google form link emailed. No late entries will be accepted after the 14th or on the day of the carnival.

Year 7 students need to ensure parents/carers complete the GENERAL PERMISSION NOTE that was emailed this week for permission to attend the carnival. For those students wishing to compete, parents need to complete the Google form for COMPETITORS emailed this week.

For students in year 7 who are not competing at the carnival do not complete the Competitors entry form. These students are expected to come to school as per normal, catch the bus to the carnival and then return to school in time for afternoon dismissal/buses.

Only students who are competitors and have indicated on their entry form that they are travelling with a parent/carer or another parent are permitted to make their own way to the pool.

Notes sent to families this week
The following notes have been sent to families via our Compass email system or Skoolbag App:

Year 7 Welcome Letter

Year 7 Excursion Permission Form

Year 8 Welcome Letter

Year 8 Excursion Permission Form

Year 9 Welcome Letter

Year 9 Excursion Permission Form

Year 10 Welcome Letter

Year 10 Excursion Permission Form

Year 11 Welcome Letter

Year 11 Excursion Permission Form

Year 12 Welcome Letter

Year 12 Excursion Permission Form

Competitors Only Swimming Permission Form

Diary Dates - Term 1 Weeks 3-4

Monday 14 February 2022
Year 12 Work Placement - Primary Industries, Business Services

Tuesday 15 February 2022
Year 12 Work Placement - Primary Industries, Business Services
Incursion - Year 10 Vietnam Veterans Presentation
Excursion - Year 11 & 12 Drama OnStage 2022, Seymour Centre
Year 11 Information Evening - via Zoom - 6.00 pm -7.00 pm

Wednesday 16 February 2022
Year 12 Work Placement - Primary Industries, Business Services
Year 10 VA2 Excursion - Penrith Regional Gallery

Thursday 17 February 2022
Year 12 Work Placement - Primary Industries, Business Services
VET Work Placement - 12 BSE
Year 12 (Year 11 2021) Presentation Ceremony
Year 9 (Year 8, 2021) Presentation Ceremony
Year 11 (Year 10 2021) Presentation Ceremony
Year 10 VA1 Excursion - Penrith Regional Gallery

Friday 18 February 2022
Year 12 Work Placement - Primary Industries, Business Services

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

Friday 25 February 2022
Opening School Mass


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.