Past Events

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Barefoot Bowls March 2018

Our Welcome to CHS - Barefoot Bowls & BBQ family event again proved to be popular. About 80 parents and children joined in the fun, along with our Principal Mr David Osland, Deputy Principal Ms Evelyn Manson and our two Year 7 Advisers - Barbara Corso and Julie Hurst.
The parents got a chance to get to meet some of our teachers and each other, while the students and younger siblings enjoyed the barefoot bowling and BBQ at Willoughby Park. Special thanks go to Lyndall Franks one of our year 7 parent coordinators, for coordinating all the RSVPs.

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Trivia Night 2017

The P&C hosted a trivia night on Saturday, September 2. This was our premier social event for the year and we were thrilled when the event SOLD OUT with over 180 people attending.

Everyone had fun - with students, parents and teachers all enjoying the paper plane, nearest to the pin and putt-putt golf competitions. A senior jazz ensemble set the vibe early. And it was great to see yr11 prefects (who came 3rd place overall) support the night as well as 2 tables of teachers representing the high school and IEC (overall runners up). The victorious parent table were rewarded with chocolates, chocolates and more chocolates.

Whilst it wasn't originally designed to be a fund raiser, when some local businesses generously provided prizes we decided to raise funds via extra voluntary games and to donate any profits to the band US 2018 tour.

Local businesses & parents who generously donated prizes were:

  • Forestry Tools (CHS family)
  • Imagine Creative Learning (CHS family)
  • Birdwood Cafe (Lane Cove)
  • The Italian pizza restaurant (Willoughby)
  • GPK pizza (Chatswood)
  • Nespresso (Chatswood)
  • Radiance (Northbridge) and Toni & Guy (Chatswood) hairdressing salons
  • Fitness First (platinum) gym (Chatswood)
  • Crunch Gym (Chatswood)

A night like this doesn’t happen without help behind the scenes.
Special thanks to our wonderful CHS parents - especially Wendy Claxton who organised our Trivia host Michael (from InnQUIZitive Quiz) & some prizes; Alex Hudson for coordinating band raffle, cake and drink stand, Andrew Stergio for providing acoustic guitar music between question rounds; Julie Farquar and Carol Stables for managing Trybooking and money matters and Andrew Stergio for performing on his acoustic guitar during breaks
Also a big thank you to: Jeremy Cardew (Yr. 10 student) who capably managed all the audio-visual technical operations on the night; Peter Meyer (CHS school GA) and Sue Ward & CAPA students for helping set up the hall; and Clare Morecombe from the Office for her help in advertising the event.

Thanks to David Osland & Evelyn Manson from the School leadership team, all the CHS & IEC teachers and everyone who came and supported the event.

It was a fun community night.

Respectful Relationships - Parent Resources

Vanessa Hamilton (founder of presented a well-received session to parents in learning Centre on June 15. This was followed up with 2 sessions to year 9 students on the following day - positive feedback has been received from the school and families for these sessions.

Vanessa provided a resource sheet with useful links, tips for conversations about sexuality with your children and some questions to ask yourself.

You may like to read an interesting article Does Jealousy equal Love? from the Sydney Morning Herald on 27 February which highlights the need for better education about relationships for our young people.

Well Being Sessions - Internet Usage

Thank you to Dr Phillip Tam for presenting at the parent session on Monday 29 May 2017 - How to Identify and Prevent Problem Internet Usage.

Here are some resources from the session that may be helpful:


Barefoot Bowls

Our first social event “Welcome to 2017” was held on Friday 31 March. We enjoyed a fun night of Barefoot bowls and BBQ at Willoughby Park Bowling Club with our Principal, David Osland, some of our wonderful CHS teachers and over 70 parents and students from a variety of year groups.


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Sleep for Health

On Feb 28th, our first well-being seminar for 2017 saw Dr Carmel Harrington present on “Sleep: the vital ingredient success to improve academic and sporting performance and health”.

Three separate sessions were run for our year 11 and 12 students, teachers, and parents & families. It was great to see over 100 parents attend the evening session.

2 handouts were available at the meeting and Carmel left us with a summary of the data she presented:

World Teachers Day Morning Tea 2015


On Tuesday 20 October the P&C hosted a morning tea for the teaching staff at Chatswood High School. Parents were also invited to come and show their appreciation of our wonderful and committed teaching staff.

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Lunar New Year Celebration 2015


Well; we did it! This event has witnessed a level of Team Spirit and Community not previously seen at CHS.

There are so many people that I want to thank. Firstly, Michael Spence for lending us the Portable 8 Kitchen and Anna Zhong for getting the stunning Lanterns from China during her recent holiday. Also Swantje Lorrimer, Peter Hayes (P&C) and Wei Leu (呂崇偉) (Head Teacher LOTE) who guided me on the policy, enabling access and necessary clearances for the event to happen. The amazing Poster designed by Sue Ward and her Team. The printing and laminations by Amanda Clifford and her Library Team. The Chinese activities and games were set up by Wei Leu and Ling Lin (IEC teacher) and were enjoyed by many students.

image2Most of all, are the 65 amazing Parent Volunteers who put in an outstanding effort. Some parents even took leave from their workplace. Some arose very early, preparing food, cooking transporting equipment and setting up food stalls. They worked tirelessly in the hot sunny and humid conditions; cooking and serving with smiles on their faces. Thank you for making this event a success. 

Thank you Captains, Leaders and SRC Students for your many extra hands..... you were fantastic! Assisting us taking and setting the tables, BBQ stoves, drinks and hanging the Lanterns.

A BIG Thank You also to those parents who donated cakes or sweets for the International Sweets Stall and the Achacha Fruit Holdings for donating the delicious Achacha fruit.

Another Thank you to Mr Chaffey and Alfonso for their help with setting up, putting away and generally helping us keep the school ground clean.


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More photos can be see in the Photo Albums and more videos will be posted when technical problems with loading them are solved. :)


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Lunar New Year Videos

The finale:

World Teachers Day 2014

WTD2014WTD2014-cakeThe P&C hosted a morning tea for World Teachers Day, celebrated on Friday 31 October in Australia. The morning tea was catered by our wonderful canteen staff with the help of a few parent volunteers. It is a time when we show our appreciation of the efforts the teachers go to for our students.

The teachers were very appreciative and thankful for the morning tea.

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Outburst Winter Dance 2014

OutburstDanceFloor3OutburstWinterDanceOutburst, the winter dance for years 7-9 was held on Saturday 14 August. Much fun was had by all. In the words of a student : "it was really, really good".

The dance floor had nearly 100 students from Chatswood High School and Chatswood Intensive English Centre, dancing to the latest hits with sound activated laser lights illuminated by the smoke machine. Tables and chairs were set up for those who needed a rest, and yummy lollies and chocolates were on sale to keep the sugar levels up.

Read more: Outburst Winter Dance 2014