Caroline Chisholm Catholic College originated from three colleges: Christ the King College, St. John’s College and Chisholm College. They were all established to bring a Catholic education to the girls and/or boys of the Western suburbs of Melbourne. In 1963 Christ the King College registered as a secondary school for girls (Years 7 to 10) under the leadership of the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Heart. In 1965 The Brothers of the Sacred Heart arrived from Quebec, Canada and established St. John’s College for boys (Years 7 to 10). It was then in 1979 that the two schools began working cooperatively. This resulted in the formation of Chisholm College, a senior co-educational college for Year 11 and 12 students. In 1997 Caroline Chisholm Catholic College was formed with the amalgamation of Christ the King (girls junior), St. John’s (boys junior) and Sacred Heart (co-ed senior). The mission at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College is to strive to live Gospel truths and values. The college seeks to provide a holistic education and endeavours to inspire and empower all members of the community to reach their full potential.
: The college contains many state-of-the-art facilities that enhance the learning experience. There are two Arts Centres/Visual Arts Centres, Design and Technology Centres, Food Technology Centres, Music Centres, and Information Resource Centres as well as a Performing Arts/Drama Centre, a Pathways Centre, Trade Training Centre, lecture theatre, media suite, wireless site and eight science labs. The college is also equipped with an auditorium, four basketball courts, a weights/circuit room, four tennis courts, an oval, a pool, a college campsite, a Year 12 common room and two canteens, chapels and halls.
: The college is proud to provide an innovative learning and teaching program complemented by fine facilities, resources and a progressive culture. All students receive a notebook which is supported by high functioning Information Services and teachers are well trained to facilitate the notebook as an effective educational tool. Students who are accommodated by a variety of learning opportunities including mainstream core classes, elective classes, programs for accelerated learning and classes that provide targeted support for students with learning needs. The college is well poised to address challenges in Secondary Education consistent with the agenda of Commonwealth and State Education Departments and Catholic Education authorities. Initial consideration is already being given to addressing the National Curriculum. Participation in National Partnerships is assisting the college in strengthening parent and community relationships. Further consolidation will be required in order to accommodate the challenges of the 21st Century classroom with particular emphasis on the effective use of the notebook program. This will include further developing digital learning resources as they progressively replace the school textbook. The college also looks forward to strengthening the place of VET opportunities especially once the $13.2 million Western Access Trade Training Centre is established. Physical Education opportunities at the college will expand with the use of a new swimming pool and plans by the Maribyrnong City Council to upgrade the area that includes Kindersmith Reserve.
Extra-curricular activities: Extra-curricular programs at Caroline Chisholm are designed to expose students to a variety of experiences and work to complement the mainstream curriculum. Classes in drama, music, art, sport and outdoor education from Years 7 through 12 ensure that students are exposed to a variety of activities and provide the opportunity for them to be challenged in areas of their passion.
Student welfare programs: The Deputy Principal of Faith Development is supported by chaplains who seek to develop the faith, religious and prayer experience of students. A variety of liturgical celebrations, seminar and retreat days and community service activities are all designed to foster the Catholic ethos of the college. There is a rich pastoral care program. Home-group teachers, Year-level Co-ordinators, Heads of School and the Deputy Principal (Student Wellbeing) oversee the wellbeing of students. These staff members offer valuable points of contact for parents who wish to discuss their child’s progress.