Caroline Chisholm Catholic College was established in 1997 and is dedicated to learning excellence in a faith-filled, engaged and supportive environment.
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Caroline Chisholm Catholic College was established in 1997 and is dedicated to learning excellence in a faith-filled, engaged and supportive environment.
We are a co-educational secondary College in Melbourne’s inner west, dedicated to learning excellence in an engaged, faith-filled and supportive environment.
Students enjoy a single-sex education in their formative years at separate all-girls and all-boys campuses in Years 7 to 9, before moving to our senior co-ed campus in Years 10 to 12.
CRICOS Provider Code – 02184D
Christ the King Campus
Christ the King caters for Year 7 to 9 girls in an inclusive, focused learning environment. Each student is valued and encouraged to aspire for excellence.
The facilities at Christ the King include a state-of-the art food technology area, dedicated art, science and technology spaces, as well as bright, welcoming classrooms with a focus on engaged and active learning.
Well-planned study groups support a rich learning environment with a focus on engagement of all students, regular lunchtime activities delivered by passionate and dedicated staff.
Our new performing and visual arts building, St Madeleine Centre, houses music, drama, dance and other subjects and opened in 2019. Learn more about the St Madeleine Centre here.
St John’s Campus
St John’s caters for Year 7 to 9 boys. Students are challenged and encouraged to be the best they are called to be. We celebrate diversity and provide our students with a positive and safe environment to learn in.
The facilities at St John’s include a modern and well equipped library, with a range of break out spaces for use by students in and out of class, newly refurbished and welcoming classrooms with access to data projectors as well as a number of specialised classrooms for art and technology subjects and brand new Science labs.
Students are well supported by our dedicated staff in and out of the classroom via a breakfast club, homework club and free after school tutoring, as well as through a range of co-curricular activities.
Sacred Heart Campus
Sacred Heart is an inclusive senior co-educational campus educating Year 10, 11 and 12 students in a focused learning environment.
It offers a range of learning opportunities and pathways into VCE, VCAL and VET, where each student is valued and encouraged to aspire for excellence.
We encourage all students to be active and engaged members of the College community via our Faith In Action programs.
Sacred Heart enjoys a number of newly renovated facilities including a dedicated Senior Study Centre, fully resourced Pathways Centre, where all students can go for career advice and information, a Lecture Theatre with data projectors, great acoustics, modern lighting and a large seating capacity for guest speakers, debating and other intimate activities, and a Differentiated Learning Centre which provides a learning space for students require additional support.
Garema-Dumont is Caroline Chisholm Catholic College’s 56-acre outdoor and environmental education facility located in a native bush land setting on the Moorabool River near Steiglitz in the Brisbane Ranges.
The Moorabool River provides opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, rafting and swimming. The property also has high and low ropes courses, a rock climbing tower, archery field, bush tucker garden as well as a range of mountain biking tracks.
On-site facilities include a dining hall and kitchen, amenities with toilets and hot showers as well as a barbeque and campfire area.
Garema-Dumont hosts a large range of wildlife including koalas, sugar gliders, echidnas, kangaroos, kookaburras, wedge tailed eagles and platypus. As a sustainable facility Garema-Dumont produces renewable energy through wind and solar power and promotes minimal impact practices.
Garema-Dumont provides easy access to the Meredith Education Area, Steiglitz Historic Park, You Yangs Regional Park, The Great Ocean Road and Otway Ranges.
We provide a wide variety of opportunities across the academic curriculum, including VCE, VET and VCAL programs, as well as a comprehensive co-curricular program, spanning sport, music, visual and performing art, drama, technology, maths, languages and Faith In Action.
Our students’ academic results are strong; 95% of our Year 12 students have gone onto tertiary education, and in 2020 our College DUX achieved an ATAR score of 98.7 and our Proxime Accessit 98.5. Several students were successful in achieving scholarships to leading universities including Deakin University, La Trobe University and Victoria University.
The College provides a rich pastoral care program that supports students as they enter high school and until they graduate the College. We value positive relationships and partnerships between the College, home and community. It provides for students in a safe, caring and enjoyable learning environment and a motivating and challenging educational environment.
The College has an established Primary Links Transition Program designed to support our new Year 7 students in helping them settle into their new environment. To us, it means welcoming them into a new community for the next six years.
Learner Mentors, House Coordinators, Directors of Campus and Deputy Principals oversee the wellbeing of their students and are involved in every stage of a student’s life at the College. They offer a valuable point of contact for parents who wish to discuss their child’s progress. They particularly concern themselves with the needs of the individual and with maintaining the standards and expectations of the College.
The College offers a number of extension programs, including international exchanges with schools in Japan and Italy; Aspire, our accelerated educational and enrichment program; Encore Music for students in Years 7 to 9; and a partnership with Australian Catholic University enabling Year 12 students to study tertiary subjects while at the College.
The College enjoys modern facilities that include a 6-lane indoor swimming pool, 800-seat auditorium, two libraries, a wholly-owned outdoor education campus, a trade training centre, modern Science labs, fully equipped music rooms, cafeterias on each campus, expansive sports grounds including basketball courts, a gym, and a new arts centre at our all-girls campus.
We believe technology provides an innovative and inclusive approach to education. The College is a Notebook school, meaning all students are provided with laptop computers, and has data projectors in all learning spaces.
Our robust ICT infrastructure is underpinned by the SAMR Model – Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition and supported by a dedicated team. This allows students and staff to maximise a range of digital opportunities, including an onsite learning management system; online software; cloud-based applications, and Google tools.
Our cyber safety program ensures students understand their responsibilities and how to act as a good digital citizen in the 21st century.
Families are encouraged to read about eSafety for practical advice and information on safe internet use in the home and public spaces.
As a College we know how important is for us to communicate how your child is doing. That is why we use Compass, our online student and parent portal that allows interaction and ease of communication with families about students’ learning progress and achievements.
Compass allows you to view your child’s attendance, timetable, and assessments. Families can interact with subject teachers via the platform, make times to meet, view reports and order school photos. Compass provides continuous reporting so you can see how your child is progressing with the their classes in real time.
In the beginning
Caroline Chisholm Catholic College was founded in 1997, when three schools – with roots stretching back more than 50 years – merged.
We honour the parents, priests and parishioners who worked tirelessly to establish Christ the King College, St John’s College and Chisholm College, enabling the children of Melbourne’s inner west to access a Catholic education.
In 1954, Fr Thomas Murray of Braybrook established Christ the King Primary School to educate girls. The school was initially held in an empty migrant workers’ hostel.
Christ the King Primary School later expanded to include secondary education and changed its name to Christ the King College in 1963. The school began with the assistance of the Sisters of St Joseph and, from 1956, was led by the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Heart.
In 1965, the parishes of the region started St John’s College for the education of boys under the direction of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.
The Brothers went on to establish Chisholm College, a co-educational school for students in Years 11 and 12 in 1979.
Caroline Chisholm’s dedication, strength of character, fearlessness, compassion, humanity and lack of prejudice distinguish her as a great role model for our students.
On the move
In Sydney, she was shocked to witness the terrible plight of many of the young women who arrived from Britain with little food, money or understanding of their new land.
Beginning in a small cottage and later expanding, Caroline Chisholm welcomed these young girls, providing them with shelter and training. She also set up a school and an employment agency to find positions for new arrivals, settling some 11,000 young women.
She was not only a social reformer and advocate for the most vulnerable, she was a visionary, leader, canny political operator, and feminist as well as being a wife and mother.
To educate and prepare our students to be the best they are called to be in a faith-filled and inclusive community.
To be the leader in learning excellence in our community.
Faith – We live faith-filled lives and give thanks daily.
Acceptance – We respect and embrace the community.
Compassion – We care and do what is right and just.
Excellence – We strive for and celebrate every success.
Faith is at the heart of our school.
We live faith-filled lives and give thanks daily with morning prayer. Weekly liturgies provide further time for contemplation and worship.
We endeavour to live out the philosophy of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in every aspect of school life.
A well-ordered, structured and nurturing environment is essential to teach and to experience love of God, love of neighbour and love of learning. Our students receive religious education – both inside and outside the classroom.
Our goal as a Catholic community is to remain faithful to the mission of the church in proclaiming the faith and work of Jesus Christ. This active faith informs our community’s involvement in bringing about the Kingdom of God: God’s love for us was revealed when God sent into the world his only Son so that we could have life through him; this is the love I mean.
We strive to instill self-discipline – and to ensure discipline imposed on students: respects the dignity of the individual; is consistent and fair; and is based on relationships of mutual trust and cooperation.
Laudato si’ (Italian for ‘praise be to you’) is the second encyclical (letter) by Pope Francis dated 24 May 2015. The encyclical is subtitled On Care For Our Common Home. In it, the Pope laments environmental degradation and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take “swift and unified global action.”
As a College we are committed to the mission of delivering the encyclical’s key points, by encourage our students to get involved in activities through our Faith In Action program and other activities.
Read the full version of Laudato si’ here.
Learn about our sustainability initiatives here.
Horizons of Hope is an education framework supported by the Archdiocese of Melbourne for Catholic school communities to engage in dialogue about the distinctive nature of learning and teaching, and enhancing Catholic identity in our schools. The framework is a living document that continues to be added to with examples of practice from schools, as well as additional strategy statements in the areas of leadership, wellbeing, diversity, and religious education.
Our social justice programs invite students to support those in need as well as attempting to understand injustice in our social structures. The St Vincent de Paul Chapter and Year 12 Community Service Program encourage the practice of our Christian faith. These groups look to support both Church and local community programs and projects.
Members of the College community are also invited to participate in voluntary community service program that provides opportunities to be of service to other and to share our time, talents and social connection.
Each House has chosen to support a different organisation as part of their fundraising efforts and Faith In Action activities.
Ambrose House – Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans
Clare House – Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services
Galgani House – Caroline Chisholm Society
Lorenzo House – Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project
Learn more about our Faith In Action Program.
The College’s Faith Education is supported by Reflection Days for students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. These days provide students with various opportunities to deepen their spiritual self and relationship with God through presentations from guest speakers and teachers on topics which included morality, cyber safety, and anti-bullying.
Year 11 and 12 students are involved in the College Retreat Program, where they participate in a two and three-day program respectively, giving students opportunities to develop their spirituality and personal relationship with God.
Our Staff Faith Formation Day allows all staff to contribute to building the Kingdom of God. We are all challenged with the responsibility of welcoming all humanity and on this day, our Catholic values are explored and there is a healthy mix of discussion and questioning.
The day includes presentations and visits from external presenters from Office for Justice and Peace, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH).
The chapel located at the St John’s / Sacred Heart Campus is named after Father André Coindre founder of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, and devoted to high school and elementary school education. Class masses, liturgies, lunchtime prayer services and Religious Education classes take place here.
The Chapel was fully renovated in 2005 and was officially opened later that year.
The beautification program of the College through the renewal of grounds and building has progressed significantly with religious artwork being a focal point and making a strong faith statement in the physical environment to all who work, study and visit the College.
Our students are surrounded by many beautiful interpretations of scripture that strengthen our Catholic identity.
Established in 1969, Caroline Chisholm Society is a charitable organisation that deliver a range of pregnancy and family support services. They support them to achieve and maintain a safe and nurturing environment, carrying on in the spirit of Caroline Chisholm, who was also concerned with the immense disadvantages and pressures facing women and families at that time.
The College supports Caroline Chisholm Society with various fundraising activities through the year.
Caroline Chisholm Catholic College has a proud tradition of offering a robust number of learning programs, in addition to its core curriculum and co-curriculum subjects.
We seek to provide an inclusive and engaging learning environment for all students and recognise that some students may require additional support including those:
Our program at Years 7–9 is designed to ensure all students have access to a broad range of courses and learning styles in a single-sex setting. This lays the foundational knowledge, skills and understanding required for their transition into our co-educational senior school.
We offer an innovative and diverse curriculum that provides all students with opportunities for growth, skills enrichment, learning and achievement.
Our staff, students and families work together to support students to be engaged learners aspiring for excellence.
We recognise that every student’s dreams, interests and aspirations are different. For this reason, we offer senior students a wide range of opportunities to identify and develop their particular goals, gifts and talents – and prepare for life after graduation.
Year 10 is designed to strengthen students’ ability to plan their future pathways with a structure that allows flexibility and choice in a wide range of core and elective subjects. Select students can extend their learning and study Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) subjects at Year 10.
Years 11 and 12 / VCE
Our College offers more than 50 VCE subjects, achieving excellent results, particularly in the sciences, mathematics and technology. Students who are academically inclined can study university subjects while still at school – and 95% our students go on to university after graduating.
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is an alternative pathway to success, which runs parallel to the VCE. It is a hands-on option for Year 11 and 12 students and provides practical, work-related experiences in both the classroom and workplace settings.
The College offers a robust VCAL program that is supported by dedicated teachers and collaboration partnerships such as Western Hospital in Footscray.
We also offer Vocational Educational and Training (VET) units that are designed to deliver workplace specific skills and knowledge based competencies. The curriculum delivered and assessment in these programs is based on the skills and knowledge needed to undertake tasks for a particular job or career. Students undertaking VET units can gain a nationally recognised qualification and achieve credits towards completion of their VCE or VCAL program.
Some VET units are offered at the College and as part of the College timetable include certificates in:
The College also offers the opportunity for students to study VET Units off-campus at local registered training organisations (RTOs), such as TAFEs, universities or another secondary college.
The following links provide more information on a variety of VET courses students can study alongside their VCE/VCAL program:
Please visit the Careers Office more VET course options.
Aspire is Caroline Chisholm Catholic College’s accelerated educational enrichment program for students in Years 7 – 9. Aspire enables dedicated and high achieving students to be challenged, providing a pathway that meets their specific needs.
The program is designed for students who share a passion for and commitment to learning, have exceptional abilities across multiple disciplines and are highly motivated to reach their full potential.
Aspire promotes excellence and is delivered through a rigorous accelerated curriculum in a stimulating and personalised learning environment. Within an interdisciplinary context that poses real world problems, students explore and experience authentic and deep learning that challenges their thinking and broadens knowledge.
Aspire students can be working six to 12 months ahead of those who are not in the accelerated program, and are encouraged to go on to the VCE and university subjects ahead of schedule in their later years.
Aspire students learn through:
Aspire is accessed by invitation on the basis of academic testing and an application process.
For more information about Aspire, please contact our Gifted and Talented Education Coordinator, Ms Lauren Markovic at firstname.lastname@example.org
Encouraging students to participate in sport is a key part of a holistic education. Sport and physical activity can provide students with skills in leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship and perseverance.
Students compete in a wide range of interschool competitions in a number of sports including swimming, golf, futsal and cross country running – and can potentially represent their region, state or country. Closer to home, they can test their skills against each other at the College’s annual athletics carnival and other sporting events. Students also have the opportunity to participate in sports they may never otherwise experience, such as cross-country skiing, ultimate frisbee and women’s AFL.
Health and Physical Education (HPE) is a compulsory subject for Years 7-9, with students learning about both sporting and physical skills, and healthy living and safety. Students can continue to study various sport and health-related elective subjects in the senior years.
All students also have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular sports including: basketball; volleyball; netball; soccer; AFL; cricket; futsal (indoor soccer); tennis; hockey; golf; swimming; cross country; track and field; and chess.
Our students not only have access to our school sporting and fitness facilities, but to nearby community facilities including RecWest Braybrook, the Le Breton Swimming Pool, Dobson Reserve, Kinder Smith Reserve and Skinner Reserve.
Our College is a member of the Sports Association of Catholic Co-educational Secondary Schools and is also affiliated with School Sports Victoria.
In an increasingly globalised world, our students have opportunities to take advantage of our links with schools overseas.
We enjoy a reciprocal relationship with two sister schools in Japan – St Paul School in Tokyo and Okinawa Catholic College. We also have a relationship with Caroline Chisholm School in Northampton, England.
We receive visits from students from Japan and Italy who stay with host families from our College, providing a great opportunity for cultural exchange and for language students to practice with native speakers.
College students in Years 9 – 11 also have the option of participating in an annual study tour to Japan and Italy.
Our Outdoor Education program promotes students’ personal development while encouraging teamwork and positive attitudes towards the environment.
All students in Years 7–9 safely build on their skills year-by-year under the supervision of our qualified and experienced outdoor education staff.
Activities are non-competitive and include camping, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, cooking, rock climbing, surfing and cross-country skiing.
The outdoor education program aims to:
Many of the activities are held at Garema Dumont – a 56-acre outdoor and environmental education facility on the Moorabool River near Meredith owned and operated by our College.
Outdoor and Environmental Studies is offered at VCE. Students investigate the range of motivations for interacting with outdoor environments and the factors that affect an individual’s access to outdoor experiences and relationships with outdoor environments, particularly through their involvement in practical recreation activities. Students develop practical skills and knowledge to help them play and live sustainably in outdoor environments.
Outdoor education costs are included in the College tuition.
Students face a myriad of subject, academic and career choices while at school. Our Pathways Centre helps them make informed decisions that lay the right groundwork for their futures.
Students who are unsure about career or subject choices are always welcome to visit the Pathways Centre to speak with the Careers and VET Coordinator, Senior Pathways Coordinator or VCAL Coordinator – as are families.
Whether students are heading towards tertiary study, a traineeship, apprenticeship or employment, the Pathways Centre can offer professional advice and assistance in the following areas:
The College has a dedicated Careers website that offers comprehensive information about university open days, employment opportunities for students, navigating the post-school options and a weekly newsletter that highlights key information.
For more visit www.carolinechisholmcatholiccollegecareers.com
The College takes up the challenge issued by Pope Francis to protect our common home and to bring humanity together to seek a sustainable way forward for future generations to come.
“We received this world as an inheritance from past generations, but also as a loan from future generations, to whom we will have to return it!”—Pope Francis, meeting with political, business and community leaders, Quito, Ecuador, July 7, 2015
Through education and dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet, we can play a part in shaping attitudes and concern within the College community, which in turn, has the potential to influence beyond the sphere of the school alone.
Read more about Laudato si’ here.
Caroline Chisholm Catholic College is a ResourceSmart School looking to achieve 5 Star Certification for sustainability with the intent of becoming a leading sustainable school.
Our vision for sustainability at the College: To be recognised as a role model in environmental stewardship and sustainable resource use.
Our purpose: To empower students to take action in protecting and caring for our environment and natural resources.
The College partners with SoEco for Schools to reduce resource usage and achieve cost savings across our three campuses, and our outdoor education site.
At the College, we encourage everyone to always recycle right. Hear from our RecycleRight Heroes about the College’s recycling and waste streams.
In July 2020, the College launched its new plastic granulator and sheet press, located at Christ the King Campus. We are one of only four schools in Victoria with the capabilities of repurposing our plastics. Families are encouraged to save milk tops and students can drop them off at Student Services. Read more about it here.
The College operates four waste streams – paper and cardboard, organics, landfill and recyclables across its three campuses. We conduct regular audits to ensure our waste streams are effective and provide those results to our community via our College newsletter. To learn more about our audits, hear from our students in the video below:
The College is progressively planting local native species. We have installed bird boxes at our outdoor education site, Garema-Dumont to encourage native bird nesting. Students are encouraged to participate in local tree planting, as well as conference that teaches other kids about water and biodiversity.
The Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference is a two-day conference is designed to help give kids a voice towards our future. More than 50 schools and 500 students attend each year. Knowledge is shared over the course of the two days highlighting the enormous impact and harm we are doing to our planet. The College has presented about water wastage and hydroelectricity through two visual models and a quiz.
To learn more visit: https://www.kidsteachingkids.com.au/
Staff and students volunteer with Friends of Kororoit Creek and have planted more than 500 flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees at The Bug Rug, Sunshine. There are opportunities for students and their families to participate in future events. To learn more visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/friendsofkororoitcreek/
The College has developed an energy master plan and mapping of our energy assets. This includes work on our LED project that has seen all light fittings converted to LED and reducing our energy use by at least 15%. We also have a central control unit for heating and cooling that will allow remote control of our AC units.
Our St John’s Campus uses solar panels to draws it energy that supplies other parts of the College. View the installation of the panels in the video below.
At Caroline Chisholm Catholic College we are committed to environmental sustainability. Our student-led Sustainability Action Group (SAG) are tasked with educating the College community to think about how we live and how we can best improve the planet we live on.
The Group collaborates with Learning Areas and external organisations to implement best practices at a College level and beyond.
Students from any year level are encouraged to join the group and get involved in activities across our three campuses.
Deputy Principal (Staff)
Deputy Principal (Learning & Teaching)
Deputy Principal (Student Wellbeing)
Deputy Principal (Community Engagement)
Director of Faith & Mission
Director of Campus - Sacred Heart
Director of Campus - Christ the King
Director of Campus - St John's
Head of Learning - Technologies
Head of Learning - English
Head of Learning - Mathematics
Head of Learning - Health & Physical Education
Head of Learning - Humanities
Head of Learning - Languages
Director of Music
Head of Learning - Performing Arts
Head of Learning - Religious Education
Head of Learning - Science
Head of Learning - Visual Arts
Ambrose House Coordinator - St John's
Ambrose House Coordinator - Christ the King
Ambrose House Coordinator - Sacred Heart
Clare House Coordinator - St John's
Clare House Coordinator - Christ the King
Clare House Coordinator - Sacred Heart
Galgani House Coordinator - St John's
Galgani House Coordinator - Christ the King
Galgani House Coordinator - Sacred Heart
Lorenzo House Coordinator - St John's
Lorenzo House Coordinator - Christ the King
Lorenzo House Coordinator - Sacred Heart
According to the provisions of Canon Law and their particular applications in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, this College shall follow the directives / guidelines for Religious Education as approved by the Archbishop. The College is subject to other directives and guidelines which may be given from time to time by the said ecclesiastical authority in accord with the Code of Canon Law. (See particularly Canons 803–806 in ‘The Code of Canon Law’ 1983.)
This College is managed by the Caroline Chisholm Catholic College Board, under delegation from the Canonical Administrators, in accordance with the Constitution which is approved by the Archbishop. According to the provision of Canon Law the College Board acts as a Board of Management, and is responsible to the Canonical Administrators who in turn are subject to the vigilance of the Archbishop. (Canon 1279).
A number of sub-committees exist to support the work of the Caroline Chisholm Catholic College Board.
These sub-committees are:
Other policies and procedures are available in either soft or hard copy upon request.
Please contact us on (03) 9296 5311 if you would like a copy.