Chisholm Need to Know


Student Free Days 15 - 16 March 2021
The College staff will be involved in a two day training program on 15 - 16 March, 2021. These are student-free days. For your interest, we will be trained in:

  • Gifted education
  • Designing learning for rigorous inquiry
  • Mental health first aid for adolescents.

Students in Year 12 are welcome to come to school in casual clothes to study individually or in groups. We have set aside Rooms N203 and N204 for this purpose. They will need to sign in and out at reception.

Collection of Information by the Australian Government
The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the department) would like to advise you that a request has been made for Caroline Chisholm College to provide residential address and other information as required under the Australian Education Regulation 2013 (Cth).

The school is required to provide the department with the following information about each student at the school:

  • Names and residential addresses of students’ parent(s) and/or guardian(s)
  • Student residential address (excluding student names)
  • Whether the student is a primary or secondary student (education level)
  • Whether the student is boarding or a day student (boarding status).

Please see the attached file for more information.

Study skills - tip for March

Here are four reasons why you should start working on your assignment immediately.

Even if your assignment is not due for weeks, start thinking about it immediately. At the very least, ensure you review and understand the requirements the day you get your assignment. Even if you are not thinking about it directly, your subconscious will be hard at work.

Although the school or local library may not be your main source of reference, you should drop in soon after receiving the assignment. Your teacher will probably have alerted the school librarian to the assignment, and reference books etc, may well be displayed. These will disappear quickly if the whole class has the same assignment. Reference books can sometimes be a useful general overview for an assignment and they help clarify a direction as you begin to immerse yourself into the assignment topic. Your librarian can also guide you to online journals or databases that may be useful.

If you do some initial research on the assignment, you could find yourself needing more direction in your next research. For example: Perhaps there isn’t enough information, or perhaps you find you don’t understand important concepts, or perhaps you need to speak to your teacher to get further clarity. If you find this out early, you will still have plenty of time to plan, research, write and present your assignment. Imagine if you didn’t start your assignment for a week or so, and then discovered you needed more guidance. You could easily run out of time. Starting early also gives you a longer time to think through and develop your ideas.

Starting your assignment immediately will give you a safety net in case you get sick or something unexpected happens. Assignments are usually given over a period of time because they require more time; students must plan a strategy or schedule to ensure they are completed. You should always have a schedule that allows for the unexpected.

So get started today!

Learn more this year about how to improve your results and be more efficient and effective with your schoolwork by working through the units on  - our school’s access details are:

Username: forccconly
Password: 55results

College Award System
Information about the College Award System has been updated on the College website here. You may wish to read this information and discuss with your daughter. If you have any questions about awards, please contact your daughter’s homeroom teacher.

Reading Challenges 2021
The easiest and most enjoyable way to improve skills in English is to read, so students at Caroline Chisholm are encouraged to take part in various reading challenges and opportunities.

Congratulations to all of our students who entered the Executive Director's Summer Reading Challenge and especially to Amelia Wood who, as a runner up, won a $30 gift voucher.

The NSW Premier's Reading Challenge and CCC Senior Reading Challenge both opened on the 1st March. Students have until the end of August to get involved in the challenges and all students have been emailed information as to how to participate. Please contact Library Staff if you have any questions.

NAPLAN Online 2021 – test dates
Students in Years 7 and 9 will sit the NAPLAN online tests between Tuesday 11 May and Friday 21 May 2021. Tests will be scheduled at Caroline Chisholm in the first week of testing, allowing time for any missed tests to be completed in the second week of testing. The online test schedule at Caroline Chisholm is as follows: 

Wednesday 12 MayWriting42 minutes
Thursday 13 MayReading65 minutes
Friday 14 MayConventions of language45 minutes
Friday 14 MayNumeracy65 minutes

Catch up sessions will be run throughout this week and the second week of the testing period to enable students who are absent to sit the tests.

Practice tests – 25 March 2021
Students will have an opportunity to complete two practice online tests in the lead up to the online testing. The practice tests include an Omnibus test (combining Reading, Conventions of Language and numeracy) and a Writing test. The practice tests are scheduled for 25 March, 2021. This will allow students the opportunity to become familiar with the online test environment.

Equipment and preparation for the tests
Students will download the secure NAP Lockdown Browser in the next week, preparing their devices for the tests.

All students will require a set of headphones for the tests.

These tests should not be a source of concern for students or parents. Please be assured that the teachers are working with your daughter to ensure she is developing the necessary skills to complete these tests successfully. A copy of the NAPLAN Online information for parents and carers is included below. Parents may wish to access the Public Demonstration Tests by clicking this link:  If you have any questions about special provisions for the tests please contact Mrs O’Brien; if you have any other questions about the NAPLAN tests, please contact Mrs Smith at the College.

College Policies
From time to time we will highlight in the newsletter aspects of college policies which we are required to remind parents of. Today we will highlight:

1 Supervision and dropping off and picking up students
Caroline Chisholm College provides supervision of students in designated areas in the playground from 8.00 am in the morning, through recess and lunch breaks and until 3.00 pm. From 3.00 pm to 3.15 pm, supervision is provided at the front of the school only for the last scheduled buses.

Parents are to use the drop-off zone outside the college in accordance with the signage. No cars, other than staff cars, are to enter or leave the school grounds between 8.00 and 8.25 am. Please note that the No Stopping signs between the driveways means you cannot even stop momentarily to let a student out. You may be booked for stopping even momentarily. No cars are to enter or leave the school grounds between 2.40 pm and 3.00 pm.

Students walking home and crossing to the north side of The Lakes Drive are to do so at the pedestrian crossing outside the college.

Students needing to leave school early must have a note signed by a parent and presented to the homeroom teacher in the morning for signing. They will be met and signed out by a parent or authorised person at the appointed time. Students who become ill during the day are to have their diary signed by a teacher before proceeding to the student office and being admitted to sick bay. An office staff member will contact the student’s parent/carer and arrange for the student to be taken home. Students are not to phone parents directly to arrange for collection when sick.

2 Corporal Punishment
Any form of corporal punishment is explicitly and without reservation banned as part of any student management at the college.

3 Procedural Fairness
Caroline Chisholm College is committed to ensuring procedural fairness in all situations. Procedural fairness refers to what are sometimes described as the ‘hearing rule’ and the ‘right to an unbiased decision’.

The ‘hearing rule’ includes the right of the person against whom an allegation has been made to:

  • know the allegations related to a specific matter and any other information which
  • will be taken into account in considering the matter
  • know the process by which the matter will be considered
  • respond to the allegations
  • know how to seek a review of the decision made in response to the allegations.

    The ‘right to an unbiased decision’ includes the right to:

    • impartiality in an investigation and decision-making
    • an absence of bias by a decision-maker.

    Procedural fairness includes making available to students and parents or caregivers the policies and procedures under which disciplinary action is taken. At Caroline Chisholm College, these policies are contained in the Student Diary, Information Handbooks issued to students and their parents/carers and on the college website.

    Lowes 20% Off Sale 11th & 12th March 2021

    Please see the attached flyer from Lowes regarding a 20% Off Uniform Sale starting on Thursday 11th March 2021 and ending at midnight  Friday 12th March 2021 .
    The sale applies to both in-store and on-line shopping.

    The 20% Off Sale applies only to Zero & Rewards card holders.

    You can join either of these memberships in-store or on-line. 
    There is no fee on the Lowes Reward Card.  

    There is a setup and annual fee on the Lowes Zero card.  

    Collection Notice for parents/guardians


    Year 7 2022 Enrolment

    Diary Dates - Term 1 Week 7

    Monday 8 March
    Open Night 2021 for Year 7 Enrolments in 2022 - 3.30 -6.30 pm - Bookings are essential

    Tuesday 9 March
    Year 8 Poetry Incursion
    Open Night 2021 for Year 7 Enrolments in 2022 - 3.30-6.30 pm - Bookings Essential

    Wednesday 10 March
    PDSSSC Touch Gala Day, St Marys
    Open Night 2021 for Year 7 Enrolments in 2022 - 3.30-6.30 pm - Bookings are essential

    Thursday 11 March
    Year 10 Study Skills Session
    Year 11 Study Skills Refresher Session

    Friday 12 March
    PDSSSC Swimming SOPAC, Homebush

    Diary Dates - Term 1 Week 8

    Monday 15 March

    Tuesday 16 March

    Wednesday 17 March
    PDSSSC Touch Gala Day, St Marys

    Friday 19 March

    PDSSSC Football (Opens) Gala Day, Jamison Park
    Year 12 VA Art Gallery of NSW / Armoury, SOPA
    Year 11 Geography Auseco Biophysical Interactions, French Forest Excursion


    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.