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Educating for the future
The learning journey at Caroline Chisholm honours the developmental stages in a student’s life. Based on leading educational research and the best of today’s technologies, we prepare students for the future by teaching them how to think critically and creatively, how to communicate effectively and how to lead and work both independently and collaboratively.
As a Catholic school we also have a strong religious dimension that runs through all the KLAs and is also formally recognised as the KLA of Religious Education.
Caroline Chisholm students take part in formal Religious Education every day, based on the new Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese curriculum that is relevant to our students and to the world they live in.
Caroline Chisholm follows the curriculum approved by the Education Standards Authority (NESA) covering all key learning areas. We also have a range of elective courses to suit students at all ability levels.
We offer a range of subjects across the Key Learning Areas (KLAs) of:
Learning at Caroline Chisholm College aims to equip students with the skills to be lifelong learners who are brave and resilient enough to undertake any challenge they are faced with.
The Caroline Chisholm learning journey begins when Year 7 students join their Connected Learning (CoLe) class. Here they are encouraged to work collaboratively on integrated projects from the Religious Education, English, History and Geography courses.
Students set individual learning goals across all of their subject areas and work with teachers and their peers to strive to meet their potential. Homework is a regular part of learning and is often used to prepare students for the next step in their learning. This enables the classroom to become an environment where critical thinking skills can be developed and where engaging, sophisticated discussions and debates can take place.
Feedback is the key to improvement so our teachers provide quality feedback to students throughout the learning process. Peer feedback is also part of regular teaching and learning practice at the college.
There are many myths when it comes to subject selections so it is important that students choose subjects in which they have a genuine interest, ones that they feel they are good at, that fit with their learning styles, that prepare them for future study and work, and that align with career interests and keep career options open.
The innovative Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese School of Now program offers a unique learning experience for Year 11 and 12 students in a contemporary hybrid setting. This modern-day approach provides senior students with access to a greater range of extension courses and specialised electives that may not be offered at our school, helping them to achieve their personal career and study goals. The blended learning format using both virtual and face-to-face teaching methods optimises students’ learning experience with support from expert HSC teachers with specialist knowledge.
Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese is a leading provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) opportunities. Our school offers this pathway to students to develop their hands-on skills, industry knowledge and real-world experience by learning from professionals in the field. VET allows students to pursue their own interests and passions, providing them with the tools to take charge of their learning and their future. Theoretical knowledge is translated to practical ability in VET, building a sense of identity and purpose through relevant, engaging education.