Chisholm Need to Know


Please pray for our HSC students
The media has been full of stories about policies and plans and changes for our HSC class. This uncertainty has not been helpful as our students prepare for their final assessments beginning on Monday 16 August. Please pray for them. Perhaps you could use the prayer written by our music teacher, Mrs Lewis:

Heavenly Father, we bring before you our HSC students.Give them the gifts of
wisdom, right judgement, knowledge and courage. Bless them with calm hearts and clarity of mind as they sit for their exams. May they be affirmed in their efforts, and may they know that you are there with them. 

We pray that they will stay calm under pressure and work to the best of their ability. May they feel your loving presence in their lives, 
now and always, 
and may they be strengthened by the prayerful support of us in the College,their families, and their parish community. 
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

Year 12 HSC NESA updates
NESA continues to update their information and advice in response to COVID-19. This week NESA advised that teachers will provide marks for their students’ HSC performance and language oral exams to limit the movement of NESA markers within or outside Greater Sydney. Teachers will provide marks for performances in Dance, Music and Drama performances and for all Language oral examinations.To ensure equity, teachers’ marks will be moderated by NESA against the externally marked components of the course. Further information about changes to the HSC can be found on the NESA website.

The teachers of these Year 12 subjects have discussed these changes with their students and will continue to work with them to ensure they are able to achieve the best possible result in these courses.

Year 12 Final HSC Assessment Tasks 2021
From 16 August to 30 August, Year 12 students will undertake their Final HSC Assessment Tasks. Tasks will be conducted online using google classroom and Zoom meeting rooms. Students have been given a timetable for these tasks and have detailed instructions about completing them. The final assessment period is a challenging time for all students, made even more difficult this year by the current lockdown. We ask for your support in ensuring that your daughter is ready for these tasks and has a quiet space to complete them. Any student who has questions or concerns about these tasks has been asked to contact Ms Scollard of Mrs Cocks for assistance. In addition, an ‘Assessment Helpline’ has been organised for students who experience last minute difficulties with these online tasks. A copy of the assessment timetable can be found on the College Website under the Learning and Teaching tab.
Assessment Information

Year 11 Examination Block
The Year 11 Examination Block is scheduled to run from Friday 3 September to Friday 10 September. We are making plans for students to complete these tasks online under timed conditions. The tasks will be open book tasks up to 90 minutes in length. Students will be required to log on to a Zoom meeting with their class teacher at the beginning of the assessment. The task will be released on google classroom and class teachers will supervise students completing the task. All tasks will be submitted via google classroom at the end of the allocated time. At this stage the lockdown is scheduled to finish on 28 August. If we are back at school, the tasks will proceed as planned but will be conducted onsite rather than online. Next week, students will be given notifications for these tasks containing specific information about the structure of the task and the content being covered. A timetable with more detailed information will also be shared with students next week.

Message from our Bishop about getting vaccinated

Bishop Vincent has written to all Catholic people in the Diocese to encourage them to get vaccinated and to answer any questions they may have about the morality of using vaccines. His letter is attached. In summary, he says that it is a moral obligation to do everything we can to support our health and the health of our community - which means we should all be getting vaccinated as soon as we can. Bishop Vincent has led by his own example and is fully vaccinated. This is also the official position of the Catholic Church and of Pope Francis.


Please update your contact details

On Monday 16 August you will receive an email or SMS (for those parents without email) from Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) asking you to review and, where necessary, update the key information they hold about your children currently enrolled in CEDP schools. 

The purpose of this review is to ensure that CEDP has the right details to correctly identify and support students, including contacting families in an emergency or to share important updates. 

Steps have been taken to ensure this process is as secure as possible to protect your information and your family’s privacy. Your information is only accessed by authorised staff when it is necessary and in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

The link is open until Friday 3 September and I encourage you to complete the review/update as soon as possible to ensure that your family’s correct details are on file. This is particularly important as Greater Sydney remains in lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

This short “how to” video may assist you with completing the process (use the closed caption icon to turn on subtitles). Please don’t hesitate to contact the school office if you have any questions or concerns.

Only one person per family needs to complete the survey and it takes about 15 minutes to complete. If you have any questions or to seek help, please contact the CEDP Community Liaison Team on 9840 5796.


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.