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Year 7 and 8 Family Meet and Greet

The Chatswood High School P&C invite parents/guardians of students in year 7 and 8 to join us for a Year 7 & 8 Family Meet & Greet.

This is a great opportunity to meet other CHS families and we have also invited the Year 7 year Advisors and the Principal and Deputy Principal.

Who: Parents and children welcome
When: Friday 26th May: 6:30pm onwards
Where: Great Northern Hotel (cnr Mowbray Rd and Pacific Hwy Chatswood) in the Dining area (near the fireplace)
What: Dinner or light snacks/drinks only

Please RSVP by Friday 19th May to help manage table bookings, by emailing

Well Being Sessions

Thanks for your positive feedback on our the first “Well-being” session on “The importance of Sleep for Peak Performance”.

We’re now working with the school leadership team to finalise dates for student and parent sessions in terms 2 & 3. These will again be targeted at specific student year groups, plus a parent session (open all year groups) on the topics of:

  • “Internet – how to identify and prevent problem usage”
  • “Respectful relationships”

Watch this space! We’ll let you know dates shortly (via the CHS school stream app and this website) so you can lock these into your family diary.

We’d love to hear your suggestions for future well-being topics. Some others we’re considering are healthy eating and positive mental health sessions. Please send any ideas to .

Help needed

We’re looking for enthusiastic parents to contribute in small ways within the P&C community to support our school and students.

Here’s 2 ways you can contribute:

  1. We’re looking for a couple of people to help organise some fun social events over 2017- including a casual Trivia night in late term 2/ early term 3. Planning has already started and NO fund raising is required! We’ve also got some multicultural ideas hatching as well. Do you have any other suggestions? We’d love to hear from you.
  2. Our Building Sub-Committee is looking for some fresh faces and ideas to contribute to discussion and planning on how we can spend our existing building fund resources – with some small and big projects. Over recent years, we’ve added the shade clothes to the quadrangle, created a lovely space in the under-croft for students and added the extension to the school hall for music rehearsals.

Could you lend your expertise or interest?

We’d love to have your support. If you’d like to join in either of these activites, please email our secretary: .

Community Sponsorship

A big thanks to Harris Farm Markets Willoughby (High St) and Bakers Delight (Artarmon).

We’ve received two generous community donations to help support the CHS breakfast club which is run daily by several of our dedicated teachers from the IEC. We really appreciate the on-going and generous support received from Harris Farm Markets Willoughby (High St) and Bakers Delight (Artarmon) to support this important program to support some of our students.

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STEM equipment

TestingMachineThe P&C has contributed $25,000 towards the purchase of a Precision Universal Tester - one of the Autograph AGS-X series.

The Shimadzu Autograph AGS-X series provides superior performance and practical testing solutions for a wide array of applications. It will be used in Engineering subjects for stress control and tensile testing with strain control for iron and steel, measuring modulus of elasticity for plastics and resins.

It is anticipated that the machine will be helpful to students in the Engineering subject streams.

BBQ & Barefoot Bowls - 31 March 2017

All CHS families are invited to attend a BBQ & Barefoot Bowls evening on Friday 31 March 2017. 

  • Come and meet the principal David Osland and some of the other wonderful teachers
  • Bowling is $10 and is lots of fun, but not compulsory
  • BBQ sausage sandwiches will be available for $2, or you can bring your own food

More details are on the invitation.

Please RSVP to  with number of people attending, how many sausages you would like and whether you plan to play bowls.

Duke of Ed program

The Duke of Edinburgh program is Australia’s leading co-curricular youth development program.

Each level of the award has four sections:

  • Service
  • Physical Recreation
  • Skills
  • Adventurous Journey
  • and at Gold level - Residential Project

The school is prepared to support this activity with the engagement of an external consultant to coordinate the program.
It is proposed that the consultant be employed one day a week as a casual teacher to undertake the coordination of the program within
Chatswood High School.

The P&C has agreed to fund the cost of the casual teacher along with some equipment purchases.

HSC Minimum Standards

There has been talk recently about the new minimum standards for awarding an HSC. Our principal David Osland shared with the P&C meeting information he has been given.

Sleep for Health - 28 Feb

You’re invited to the first of our "Well-being" seminars for 2017 to hear how critical good sleep is to being top of your game. We all know sleep is important, but life in the 21st C is getting busier and busier. And time allocated to sleeping is often the first thing to be squeezed.

The CHS P&C are very pleased to present Dr Carmel Harrington, an internationally recognised expert in the field of sleep research, to speak to our Chatswood High community on the importance of sleep. Carmel is a consultant to numerous health and biomedical companies and specialises in paediatric and teen sleep health. She is an honorary research fellow at Westmead Childrens’ Hospital, and a founding member of the Australian Sleep Foundation. Carmel has written two best-selling sleep books, The Sleep Diet and The Complete Guide to a Good Night's Sleep.

Parents and students are invited to come along and hear this crucial message.

When: Tuesday – 28th February at 6pm
Where: School Hall

(This will be followed at 7pm by a Study Skills session for years 11 & 12, and a BYOD session for year 7 & new students)

Did you know that:

  • 50-80% of adolescents (aged 15-18yrs) and 30% adults are chronically sleep deprived (sleep less than seven hours per night).
  • Did you know it is better to get 1 extra hour of sleep before an exam, than stay up and cram.
  • Did you know getting a good night’s sleep will improve your ability to score “3 pointers” in a basketball game
  • Research also suggests a lack of sleep is a causative factor in obesity.
  • It is crucial to physical and mental health, our ability to think and learn. It is vital for optimal exam performance.

Too little sleep and we will feel unmotivated, depressed or grumpy and we will not have the energy to meet the challenges of life.

Sleep is essential to our mental and physical well-being - so important in fact that it should be thought of as our third pillar of health. Along with food and exercise, good, quality sleep enables us to be the best we can be.

The P&C is sponsoring a number of initiatives in the area of student welfare in 2017, with the introduction of a workshop series that is aimed at helping students, parents and staff. Other topics being covered this year include Respectful Relationships and Internet & Gaming Addiction.

Year 12 Gift

Traditionally the P&C pays for a small gift for each student in Year 12 to be a token to remember their years at Chatswood High School. In 2016 the gift was a torch on a keyring with the phrase"Your future looks bright" printed on it.

Thank you to the Year 12 parent network and organising committee for sourcing this gift.

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