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2000-2009 Potted History

Information sourced from CHESS NEWS and school newsletters 

Principal Elida Brereton continued to ensure new works and renovations matched increasing enrolments. Students toured overseas, interstate and to regional Victoria for a variety of educational activities and the Year 12 students achieved outstanding results that led to university places. Music and sport continued to have a high profile.

  • 2000
    • 5 gifted students went to Greece for the 2k International Student Project.
    • The City of Melbourne invited students and staff to represent them in China.
    • Two Year 11 leaders ran the Peer Support Program for Year 7 in small groups.
  • 2001
    • CHS was placed in the top 10 government schools in five Year 12 subjects.
    • The Wiz was staged.
    • The new VCE centre was opened.
  • 2002
    • All Year 7 home groups participated in the Karaoke Competition.
    • Year 8 went to the Rivoli to see Star Wars as part of their English studies.
    • 12 students visited our sister school in Yokohama.
  • 2003
    • CHS topped the state in LOTE (Languages other than English) and Geography.
    • New IT and science rooms, a refurbished admin. area and the library were now ready for use. The Hall held all 1200 students and staff for assemblies.
    • Dannii Minogue dropped in during lunchtime, much to the delight of students.
  • 2004
    • Year 9 cooked pancakes to raise money for homeless young people in the area.
    • Students participated in the Surf League, rowing, cross country and lacrosse.
    • The new Drama Centre was opened on the corner of Byron Street.
  • 2005
    • The Music Tour to the United States was memorable and very successful.
    • 25 French students visited Noumea.
    • Senior staff visited Vietnam to report on the progress of 7 VCE students.
  • 2006
    • The Federal Government allocated $101,000 to upgrade the music facilities.
    • A 50th reunion was held for the first Matriculation students.
    • Elida Brereton won the Sir James Darling medal for outstanding contribution to Victorian education.
  • 2007
    • The Year 8’s dressed up for Medieval Day and enjoyed a banquet.
    • At the Athletics Championships several athletes became State Champions.
    • The James Morrison/CHS Senior Stage Band performed at Hawthorn Town Hall.
  • 2008
    • A memorial service was held at the school for former principal David Collins.
    • Anzac Day was commemorated with recitations, readings and musical items.
    • 89% of Year 12’s gained a tertiary offer.
  • 2009
    • The devastating bush fires took the life of ex-student Brian Naylor and his wife.
    • The new canteen, change-rooms and the outdoor area were named The Hub.
    • 3AW Breakfast Show was broadcast from the school.
    • Elida Brereton retired. In 43 years of service she had only missed 1 day of work.