Chisholm House

Welcome to Chisholm House

Motto – “To serve justly and impartially”

Many people think that, if Australia was to have a second canonised saint, Caroline Chisholm may well be the best qualified for this honour. We are proud and thrilled to have Caroline as our patron in Chisholm House. Caroline is remembered for being a progressive 19th-century English  humanitarian woman who had a strong interest and drive in improving the lives and welfare of women and emigrants.

Caroline Chisholm

Caroline was the youngest child of a wealthy family from England.  As a young girl, her father took in a severely injured soldier and he was very keen for her to show the soldier great respect and obligation as he had fought for them. There is little doubt that this is where a young Caroline established her sense of responsibility for others.

Caroline married and with her husband moved to India in 1833.  Upon her arrival she became very aware of the poor state that the wives and daughters of the British soldiers were living in.  She approached the Governor of Madras about establishing a school for the women.

A deeply religious woman, Caroline found a great strength in reading the scriptures.

“For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.”
(Matt 25:35,36)

Caroline Chisholm took these words of our Lord seriously and devoted her entire adult life to helping those who could not help themselves. She became known as the“Emigrant’s Friend” even in her own day. Thousands of emigrants owed their new lives to her.

In 1838, the Chisholm family moved to Sydney in the colony of New South Wales.  She established employment agencies in rural centres for single women.

With St Joseph’s being a Kildare Ministries  school and all of us being very aware of the terrific work that the Brigidine sisters do with women and refugees – it’s very appropriate that Caroline be a patron of one of our houses.

Caroline Chisholm’s story deserves to be taught to all as a shining example of four key attributes that we will work as a Chisholm community

  • Faith
  • Strong family values
  • Determination in the face of opposition
  • Love for justice

The role of the Learning Mentor

Our Learning Mentors are pivotal to the pastoral care program at St. Joseph’s College; supporting and guiding students on their intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual journey. They liaise with teachers, support staff and parents to enhance communication and ensure optimal outcomes for our students.

Our Learning Mentors for 2018 are:

  • LM1 – Felicity Hutton
  • LM2 – Elle Molluso & Adam Brady
  • LM3 – David Robinson
  • LM4 – Rachel McAsey
  • LM5 – Alma Simmonds
  • LM6 – Margie Ahearn
  • LM7 – David Chapman

Our Student Leaders

House Captains -Elizabeth Neale, John Rochford

Vice Captains -Keeley Mitsch, Joseph Guiney

Junior Captains -Oakley Kerr, Dermott Ritchie

Beacon Leader -Katie Rogers

Chisholm House Leader – Bronwyn Chatfield chisholm@sje.vic.edu.au