McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter

19 December 2019
Thursday 19 December 2019
Prayer and Reflection
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal - Curriculum 
Assistant Principal -    Pastoral Care
Leader of Student Wellbeing
Leader of Teaching & Learning 
Important Dates
Creative Arts Night
ICAS Maths Competition
Careers News
Year 10
St Nicholas Parish
MCC Canteen
G'DAY USA 2020/2021 
The School Advisory Council 
McCarthy Parents & Friends Association
Website & Compass Parent Portal
College Uniform
General Information
McCarthy Catholic College
(02) 6761 0800
Tribe Street
Tamworth, New South Wales, 2340

Prayer and Reflection

Advent Prayer

The First Candle - the Candle of Hope

God of hope, we enter your holy season of Advent giving thanks to you for the love you have for all of us.

We begin to prepare for the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Saviour, your Son, Jesus.

With the promise of your Son, we live with great hope and anticipation.

Hope in the knowledge of the love you continue to give us.

Hope in the knowledge that baby Jesus is coming into our lives and hearts to heal us and love us.

We are people of hope, and no matter how difficult times sometimes are,

we know that your Son is coming and you continue to shower us with your love.



Our Lady of the Rosary. Pray for us.

St Dominic. Pray for us.

Blessed Edmund Rice. Pray for us.


Reflection - Advent Season

The Advent wreath is a Christian tradition symbolising the passage of the four weeks of Advent. It is a circular candle holder that typically holds four candles. During the season of Advent, one candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday, until all four candles are lit. Each candle represents an aspect of the spiritual preparation for the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The word Advent (Latin adventus, “coming”) initially described the whole mystery of the Incarnation. The conception of Jesus was an Advent, so too was his birth and what will be his final coming at the end of time. The season of Advent gives expression to each of these themes.


Mission and Spiritual Formation Report

This week we celebrated our whole College Thanksgiving Mass in the Hall. Fr Chris presided over the celebration and the newly elected SLC performed the reading ministries at the Mass. The First Reading focused our attention on God’s power and might and his never failing mercy and in the Gospel we heard about Jesus’ desire and ability to heal us. This is why we look forward to Christmas with great joy, because the God we welcome into our hearts and lives at Christmas is a God of mighty power and love. Our prayers of Intercession focused on thanking God for his many blessings and presence in our lives this past twelve months. At the end of the Mass, Fr Chris blessed and commissioned the ten Year 10 students travelling to Perth for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival; Rebecca Cameron, Tazmin Darnell, Brianna Elliott, Alana Faulkner, Megan Filicietti, Maeve Galvin, Hannah Kampe, Tully Munro, Emily Pring and Martha Smith. On behalf of the College, community I would like to thank Fr Chris for his continuing support of our liturgical program. 


Mrs Cate Allen -  Leader of Mission, Spiritual Formation and Religious Education


Principal's Report

Final Newsletter for 2019

The following newsletter represents our final publication for 2019. As such, the articles contain an extensive summary of the events of the final term as well as reminders and updates about the 2020 academic year.


Newsletter Schedule 2020

To ensure that our future newsletter communication has ongoing value for busy families, we have decided to trial the publishing of the newsletter in Weeks 2, 6 and 10 each term (ie. beginning, middle and end of term). Such a change to the newsletter will allow for a more detailed report of academic and community achievement while also accessing other online platforms such as COMPASS, Facebook and Twitter to communicate shorter reminders and to celebrate achievement both in and out of the classroom. We will seek your feedback regarding the potential efficiencies during 2020.


Sports Awards Assembly

Congratulations to all of our award winners and coaches who were acknowledged on Wednesday 27 November at the annual Sports Awards Assembly. We were privileged to have Mr Ken Sutcliffe as the Guest Speaker who not only reminded the students of the ongoing value of sport in building the right attitudes towards their work lives, but he also spoke about the increasing opportunities for women both on and off the field in sport, especially in his field of sports journalism.


I also publicly acknowledge the dedication and hard work of Mr Brad Mitchell in coordinating and supporting the myriad of sports on offer in the Armidale Diocese. I congratulate and thank him for his great work in 2019. I also deeply thank and acknowledge the generosity and hard work of all of our volunteer coaches without whom we would not be able to offer such a diverse selection of sporting opportunities.


Orientation Day

On the 2 December we welcomed close to 165 Year 6s who will be bursting at the seams to begin their transition to secondary school. The day began with some trepidation that was soon allayed by enthusiastic Year 11 buddies and a caring bunch of dedicated and experienced staff who lead them on a journey of discovery and understanding about Year 7. 


School Advisory Council AGM

School Advisory Councils act as key advisory bodies to Catholic schools across the Armidale Diocese. I am deeply indebted to the past and present members of our McCarthy Family who choose to volunteer their services and expertise to support the strategic governance of the College. At the Annual General Meeting held on 19 November 2019 we elected our 2020 Council. The new council is listed below -


Ex-officio - Parish Priest of St Nicholas Father Christopher Onuekwusi
College Principal - Geoff McManus

Chairman - Bernie Munro

Secretary - Fletcher Davies

Staff - Raelene Maxworthy and Briony Martin
Members - Carol Reed, Geoff Shanley, Richard O’Halloran and Felicity Sawtell


I publically endorse the great support that ex-member Peter Sleiman generously donated to the Council by filling a casual vacancy position during 2019. Thank you, Peter!



Well done to all of our 2019 Year 12 students on their HSC achievements. I attach the list of Distinguished Achievers below and they are to be highly commended not only for such an achievement but their work ethic and dedication! I especially identify Sebastian Diss (ATAR 97.65) who is now in the privileged position of having to decide between a number of lucrative and prestigious scholarship offers in the fields of Medicine, Engineering and Mathematics as a consequence of his diligence, hard work and positive collaboration with the expert teaching staff at the college.


Sarah Lui - Ancient History

Madeline Neville - Biology and Business Studies

Sebastian Diss - Chemistry, Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2

Briony Littlejohns - Community and Family Studies

Laura Robertson - Community and Family Studies

Anabelle Coppola - Mathematics Standard

Keely Jameson - Mathematics and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

James Smith - Mathematics

Krisha Transona - Mathematics


Tuckwell Scholarship Update

We are pleased to announce the news that 2018 College Captain Ellie George has been elected to the position of Bell Ringer at the Australian National University for 2019.

Elected by the most recent Scholar cohort, the Bell Ringer is a prestigious appointment awarded to the Scholar who has most consistently demonstrated the Tuckwell attributes, and who best represents what it means to be a Tuckwell Scholar.


As Bell Ringer, Ellie has the opportunity to provide leadership within her year of service and can represent the program on formal occasions.


The position title stems from the Tuckwell handbell used in the 'ringing in' ceremony at the annual Commencement Dinner. The Bell Ringer rings the Tuckwell Bell once for each new Scholar to welcome them to the Tuckwell community.


Ellie is currently studying an ANU Flexible Double Degree (Arts, Social Sciences, Business, Science) and is a resident of Bruce Hall.


Award Night

Congratulations to all the award winners from this week’s annual Award Night. In choosing a theme of ‘essence’ in my Principal’s Address, I chose to tap into the refined definition that is “its intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something, especially something abstract, which determines its character.” And in holding our learning work here at McCarthy up against that definition I highlighted and showcased the ‘essence’ and quality of this wonderful faith community. An excerpt of my address will be printed in the 2019 Year Book due for publication in early 2020.


I particularly thank all of our teaching and support staff for their untiring effort and support of our students. I similarly acknowledge the support of our parents and carers who operate in partnership with us to provide a high-quality educational opportunity for our students. Special thanks to all of the Administration staff who collated results, printed certificates, wrapped prizes, organised trophies for engraving and set up on the night. Their work almost always goes on behind the scenes with little public acknowledgement and is always high quality and I thank them for their ongoing support of the great work going on at the college.


Staff News

As we draw to a close for 2019, it is with some sadness that we farewell some long term staff who have made a long and valued commitment to McCarthy Catholic College. On behalf of the students, staff and long-term families I offer great affirmation and appreciation to these staff members -


Mrs Suzanne Day - long-term Leader of Learning - TAS who also successfully performed the role of Acting Teaching and Learning Coordinator for a number of years.

Mrs Andrea Woods - Student Support Teacher.

Ms Sophie Cottrell - Contract and Casual teacher of English.

Mr Ned Forrest - long-term groundsman appointed at the formation of McCarthy Catholic College in 2003.

Mrs Michelle Gale - long-term teacher of TAS and recently a well-respected Year Coordinator and Leader of Student Care.


Authentic farewells and appropriate written testimony are difficult as long-term staff move on at this late stage of the year and this newsletter summary does little justice to the contribution and commitment of the above staff. Nonetheless, we wish all of these dedicated staff the best as they move into new phases of their careers and/or retirement.


Alternatively and happily, we welcome the following staff to the college to begin new full-time or contract careers at McCarthy - 


Ms Kylie Bailey (Agriculture and TAS); Mrs Josie Cox (Library Support Staff); Mrs Marlene Tremain-Beveridge (Student Support Teacher); Mr Connor Betts (ICT Support Staff); Mrs Katie Buckman (Mathematics); Mrs Carrie Madden (English); Mrs Wendy Bowden (TAS) and Mrs Angell Harris (HSIE).


We also congratulate the following staff on their appointment to positions of added responsibility from the beginning of 2020 - 


Mrs Chloe Bushell - Leader of Learning - TAS

Mrs Melissa Lees - Leader of Student Care - Year 11.


Baby News

Congratulations to Lauren Ryan and her husband on the safe arrival of their first son, Daniel.


Creative Arts Showcase

Congratulations to the Creative Arts faculty and the talented students for their wonderful showcase of artistic, dramatic and musical performance in Week 7. The lament we have once again is how do we get more members of our community to witness the incredible talent that we have at the college. Well done to all involved!



All uniforms are now available at Lowes. A further reminder that the phase-in of the new uniform begins in earnest from 2020. All students in Years 7, 8 , 9 and 10 are expected to wear the new uniform. Students in Year 11 and 12 may also choose to move into the new styles. However, full compliance with the new uniform is only required from the beginning of 2022.


College Fees 2020

In consultation with the School Advisory Council and the Financial Department of the college, we are attempting to streamline the delivery of school fee invoices to all families from 2020. Early in the new year, all families will receive a one-off invoice that summarises the tuition fee commitment for the full academic year. Families can then choose to pay these fees in a variety of modes -

  1. Pay in full by Qkr!, cheque, credit card, cash or direct deposit to the college bank account.

  2. Pay in instalments as listed according to the three dates set out on the invoice by Qkr!, cheque, credit card, cash or direct deposit to the college bank account.

  3. Pay by Direct Debit using ADIG either weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

We trust that this new measure will allow for families to plan their financial commitments more readily and reduce any potential confusion about the amount owing resulting from frequent invoices being sent.


A reminder to all families to make a confidential appointment with me and/or Mrs Lisa Sutherland (Fees Officer) if the current drought and/or employment conditions are impacting on your capacity to pay the fees. Your children should never hear or be aware that there could potentially be a concern about fees. By convening a private conversation here at the college we can ‘work something out’ that would be mutually agreeable to all parties. We deeply understand the current and ongoing impact that the drought is having. Please come in and have a chat so we can ‘work it out’ together.


Australian Catholic Youth Festival

I have just returned from Perth having spent a week with five and a half thousand inspirational young people attending the Australian Catholic Youth Festival. It would be no surprise to anyone that spending time with young people who willingly share the essence of their faith is completely and utterly energizing. When the theme of the Festival was set on the opening day by the Archbishop of Perth to take on St Francis’ calling by God to ‘rebuild my church’ and you hear and see over 5000 kids affirm that call in song and dance, you can’t help but believe that all is not lost for our catholic church. And yes, we in dark times in the foul shadow of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Abuse. However, if these kids Mrs Allen and I worked with over the past week are anything to go by, the essence of a new vibrant catholic church is just around the corner - and the old bureaucracies of the church had better listen and hear the roar from our young Catholics! Pope Francis 'gets it’ and purposely concluded his most recent communication to our young people by saying - “Dear young people, my joyful hope is to see you keep running the race before you, outstripping all those who are slow or fearful. Keep running, “attracted by the face of Christ, whom we love so much, whom we adore in the Holy Eucharist and acknowledge in the flesh of our suffering brothers and sisters. The (old) Church needs your (youthful) momentum, your intuitions, your faith… And when you arrive where we (the old church) have not yet reached, have the patience to wait for us”.



May the peace of Christ be with all of our McCarthy families these holidays. If you are travelling be safe and enjoy the love and fellowship that comes with relaxing and sharing a meal together with family and friends. Take care and may God go with you.


Commencement dates for 2020 are listed below:

Thursday 30 January 2020 Year 7, 11 and all new students

Friday 31 January 2020 all students


Mr Geoff McManus - Principal


Assistant Principal - Curriculum 

Orientation Day on 2 December 2019 is a reminder of the excitement and promise of secondary school and  the exhilaration of rich and diverse ways of learning. This promise has been very tangibly realised for Year 12 Music student Ryan Thompson who has been selected to perform at Bravissimo 2020 - a showcase concert of outstanding HSC talent to be held in February next year. This is a high accolade for Ryan, and for the staff who have supported his development, and fitting recognition of talent, dedication and commitment. Bravissimo  aims to inspire younger students to embrace every opportunity and to aim high - just as Ryan has done throughout six years at the College. We congratulate Ryan on this achievement. 


I wish all our students and their families a wonderful Christmas, safe and relaxing holidays and we look forward to seeing you all in the new year. 


Mrs Sally Sparke - Assistant Principal - Curriculum 

Assistant Principal -    Pastoral Care

A Time to Reflect
In 2016 Pope Francis said: “the Birth of Christ, inaugurating redemption, speaks to us of a different
hope, a dependable, visible and understandable hope, because it is founded in God. He comes into the world and gives us the strength to walk with him: God walks with us in Jesus, and walking with him toward the fullness of life gives us the strength to dwell in the present in a new way, albeit arduous. Thus for a Christian, to hope means the certainty of being on a journey with Christ toward the Father who awaits us. Hope is never still; hope is always journeying, and it makes us journey. This hope, which the Child of Bethlehem gives us, offers a destination, a sure, ongoing goal, salvation of humankind, blessedness to those who trust in a merciful God.”

In the midst of the season of Advent, in preparation for Christmas, it is appropriate that we reflect back on the blessings we have had over the course of the year and give thanks for those people who we journey with. I thought I might try to reduce my list to twelve to mirror the twelve days taken to celebrate the nativity of Jesus’ birth.

1. First and foremost, I am grateful for the many young people who we are so fortunate to have as students. Their energy, questions, hopes and dreams serve as a constant reminder of the joy and fortunate life that we have here in Australia.

2. I am grateful for the teachers and staff who work here. There is not enough space to enumerate the many, many things they do for the students. From excursions to sport to music to debating to chess to extra lessons, the list goes on and on. The teachers and staff here are passionate about education. Everything they do is driven by this passion. Not a day goes by at this school where I don’t witness this powerful commitment – from the front office to the IT team to the library staff to the cleaners to the groundsmen, there is a bevy of people who make this school possible and wonderful.

3. I am grateful for the student leaders elected by their peers and staff – they have chosen young people of substance, integrity and who are dedicated to the service of their peers and creating an inclusive culture. Julia and Cameron have done a marvellous job and I can see that Michelle and Tom are already very comfortable in the big shoes left for them by our past leaders.

4. I am grateful for the way our young people are ambassadors for the College– never have they let us down on days such as Open Day and Orientation Day. They guide parents and potential students about with such poise and pride in their school and are the biggest selling point of the College itself.

5. I am incredibly grateful for the amazing Learning Support Team that we have led by Andrea Woods. Her team epitomises the notion of service to others. They have created a trusting, caring and supportive environment that ensures that students with special learning needs feel successful in our College.

6. Complementing this is Joelene and the ATSI team who do such an amazing job in supporting, encouraging and nurturing our young Indigenous people.

7. I am grateful for the tireless work done by Brad Mitchell in organising sport at the College. He is driven to provide opportunities for young people to excel and achieve their best. He is most ably supported by many staff and parents who coach and manage teams. From sweltering cricket fields, to freezing nights at rugby to the steamy basketball courts or poolside for waterpolo – they are there for our young people.

8. I am grateful for the expert counselling team of Tamara Shoemark and Aimee Cook who do such an amazing job with our young people when they are in crisis along with Lesley O’Shea.

9. I am grateful for the wonderful parent body that we have. Many parents are incredibly supportive, conscientious, committed and involved in their young people’s education and learning. It is most evident from attendance at parent teacher interviews and stage nights at the beginning of the year, that many of our parents are invested in the growth and development of their children.


10. I am grateful for the way the young people of the school involve themselves wholeheartedly in school events – from the sporting carnivals to the walkathon to McCarthy’s Got Talent and the excursions and retreats.

11. I am most fortunate to have a wonderful pastoral team to work with – Sharon Stuart has been a rock and fortress to rely upon while all of the Leaders of Student Care: Damian Kenniff, Fiona O’Neill, Michelle Gale, Andrew Davy, Bernie Williams, Mel Bearup and the teachers who stepped in when members of the team were on leave – Bec Hannan, Mel Thompson, Mel Lees and Mel Davis have done a sterling job in offering pastoral support to students and staff alike. Their assistance, tireless efforts and commitment has been an inspiration.

12. Lastly, I feel grateful for having the privilege of being able to work with, and for these young people. The years of adolescence are a rocky road and to be involved in this journey is a joy. Working with young people energises, inspires and, somehow, keeps me feeling youthful in spirit despite my decaying body telling me otherwise.

I wish you all a happy and holy Christmas, safe travels and I look forward to continuing the journey
next year.

Mr Mick Larkin - Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care


Leader of Student Wellbeing

Safe Partying

As the end of the year approaches, parents may be considering hosting a party for their teenager/s. The NSW police website outlines some practical tips for parents when hosting such an event for young people. The following link provides advice for hosting a safe event, listing advice on organisation and action  before, during and after the party.


2020 Environment Council

Congratulations to the following students on being elected to positions with our Environmental Council:


President - Bella Robertson

Vice President - Bianca Watson

Secretary - Johanna Facistol

Treasurer - Thomas Macpherson

Publicity Officer - Nicholas Hannan


Presentation of their badges were made by Mrs Sally Sparke, Assistant Principal - Curriculum, at our Whole College Assembly on Wednesday 11 December 2019.



Year 9 Tea Gardens Excursion

Wishing a  great week of fun activity to all Year 9 students and teachers as they go on their annual camp Tea Gardens facilitated by Aussie Bush Camps. Activities include:

  • Team Challenge Trail

  • Rock Climbing

  • Canoeing

  • Lost Island

  • Pioneering

  • Fencing

  • Fossiling

  • Dual Flying Fox

  • High Ropes

  • Archery

  • Raft Building

  • Bushcraft

We thank the supervising teachers and teacher aides for supervising this event. We look forward to hearing of actions of endurance, resilience, decision making and of course fun times!


Mrs Sharon Stuart - Leader of  Student Wellbeing

Leader of Teaching & Learning 

2020 Stationery and Textbook Lists 

All year level Stationery and Textbook Lists for 2020 are now available on our website by visiting the following link:


Students undertaking elective subjects (Years 9 and 10) and Year 11 students are advised not to purchase their stationery and textbook requirements for 2020 until confirmation of their subject selection in Term 1 2020.


Preparing for the year ahead

Rest, relaxation, and time with family and friends is the main goal for students over the end of year holidays. However there are some things that students might like to consider doing, perhaps towards the end of the holidays, that will make their school year ahead much easier, particularly senior students. 

  • Organise and rearrange your room and study space to make it a more effective learning area.
  • Sort out all of your materials for school, decide what to keep and how to organise your work and if you can improve your filing systems.
  • Set up term planners for the year so you can map out your due dates when the year starts.
  • Set up a study timetable for the year so you have clear times allocated to complete your schoolwork during the week.
  • Think about building your skills in any areas of weakness or any areas you’d like to develop new skills in like touch typing.
  • If you can find out any of the novels you will be studying in the coming year, read them over the holidays.
  • For senior students consider downloading the syllabus documents for the subjects you will be studying.

Of course we also want students to refresh their mind and body, catch up on their sleep and take the time to focus on enjoying a healthy lifestyle.


You can learn more about how to be a more effective student at, our school’s subscription details are -

Username: mccarthycc

Password: 77success


Mrs Raelene Maxworthy - Leader of Teaching & Learning 

Important Dates


18 December: Whole College Assembly/Christmas Fun

18 December: Term 4 concludes for students


Advanced Notice

January 2020:

28 January 2020: PUPIL FREE DAY - Staff PD day

29 January 2020: PUPIL FREE DAY -  Staff PD day

30 January 2020: Term 1 Commences for Years 7 & 11

31 January 2020: Term 1 Commences for the remainder of College

5 March 2020: PUPIL FREE DAY -  Staff PD day


June 2020:

5 June 2020: PUPIL FREE DAY - Staff PD day


August 2020:

17 August 2020: PUPIL FREE DAY -  Staff PD day


December 2020:

17 December 2020: PUPIL FREE DAY - Staff PD day

18 December 2020: PUPIL FREE DAY -  Staff PD day

Creative Arts Night

Creative Arts and Languages Showcase

The Creative Arts and Languages Showcase was recently held in the Our Lady of the Rosary Cultural Centre. Artworks were viewed in the Centre foyer, followed by Drama, French and Music performances. The showcase highlighted the hard work and achievements of our Creative Arts and Languages students and was very well attended by family members, friends and staff.


There were a number of musical performances on the night, some featuring soloist, and other ensembles. The night began with the Concert Band performing Take On Me and How To Train Your Dragon, and concluded with the Jazz Band performing the Peter Gunn Theme and Can't Stop The Feeling. The Band Awards for 2019 were presented as a part of the concert. Congratulations to the following students who received an award on the night:



  • Bandperson of the Year: Nicholas Hannan
  • Band Achievement: Tully Munro, Katie Ringland and Lillian Harrison


  • Bandperson of the Year: Brendan Scott
  • Band Achievement: Michelle Coates, Augustin Monet, Wilson Cowley


  • Bandperson of the Year: Seamus Shepherd
  • Band Achievement: Zoe McGilchrist, Archie Ringland, Annabel Kelly

The  Creative Arts and Languages faculty would like to congratulate all the students who participated (on stage and off) in the evening - we have seen your hard work come to fruition and are proud of you. A sincere thank you to the family, friends and McCarthy Staff members who attended. A creative culture is only developed with your support. We hope you enjoyed the evening.


We also congratulate one of our HSC students, Ryan Thompson, who has been selected to perform at Bravissimo in Port Macquarie next year. Bravissimo is a concert which recognises the best HSC performers on the North Coast and inland. Ryan plays the trombone and has remained focused and worked very hard to prepare and refine his performance skills, and is to be congratulated on this achievement.


Year 7 2020 Orientation Day - Music and Drama Introduction

During the Year 7 2020 Orientation Day, future McCarthy students were introduced to the Music program held at McCarthy (information is also in the school's parent packs). Students watched the College Concert and Jazz bands play, sang collectively under the guidance of Mr McNeil and viewed two self-devised performances from Year 9 and 10 Drama students. 


Thank you for being such an interactive audience Year 7 2020. We look forward to you being part of our school in the new year.


Miss Felicity Sawtell and Ms Donna Swan - Creative Arts and Languages Faculty


ICAS Maths Competition

In late Term 3, 37 students participated in the ICAS Mathematics Competition, which is facilitated by the University of NSW. Thomas Melville (Year 7) was successful in obtaining a High Distinction, placing him in the top 1% of students who participated in the competition. Four students obtained Distinctions; Blake Hutchinson and Oscar Krogh (Year 8), Eoin Shepherd and Angeelena Tijo. Credits were achieved by Allyza Baga, Edward Bates, Dante Reverr, Kerwin Richards and Charmaine Smith (Year 7); Jack Salvestrin (Year 8), Joseph Melville & Kilian Apen (Year 9). Caitlin Downey (Year 9), Caitlin Jackson and Cameron Keys (Year 8), also received Certificates of Merit, placing them in the top half of the Australia-wide cohort. All students who entered this competition benefited from the experience and we encourage all students to consider entering in 2020.


Mr Tim Godden - Leader of Learning - Mathematics


Careers News

Year 12

University early offers are now  being made to students. I ask that students follow instructions and keep an eye on their emails so as not to miss deadlines for accepting offers and changing preferences. Remember too that university is not the only or the best option for many students. 


Any students who need advice regarding University are asked to contact UAC or the University they wish to attend directly to get advice on changing preferences for the main round of December offers before Christmas as I  will not be in the country to assist you.


Here are some valuable resources to help students and parents during the December - January period along with the UAC book which was given to all Year 12 students.  It has detailed explanations of offers, preferences and rounds.

Careers @ McCarthy Careers Page

The new McCarthy Careers page is ready for students and parents to use to help them with information and where to find what you want to know about all things career-related.Click here to access it.


Opportunities for Students

In coming weeks there are opportunities coming up for certain student groups organised by and with Tamworth TAFE and UNE (University of New England).


Student Exchange
WEP Australia is a not-for-profit student exchange organisation registered/approved by the education departments/regulatory authorities in QLD, NSW and VIC. Now is a great time for students in years 8-10 to apply for a student exchange as WEP is offering an Early Bird Special for 2020 programs.  Find out more here:

You can visit their website at


Mrs Susan Barrett - Careers Adviser



Diocesan Cricket

On 20 November the Years 7-10 Diocesan cricket team played their first game against St Mary's Gunnedah at Donnelly Playing fields Gunnedah. St Mary’s batted first in the 20 over per side contest and reached 7-131. A steady flow of wickets to our bowlers early on along with some good fielding had St Mary’s in trouble, until a lower order partnership added some respectability to their score. Kilian Apen bowled really well to claim 2-10 from 4 overs, whilst Eoin Shepherd snared 2-29. Nathaniel Thrift also picked up 1-12. 


In reply, Nicholas O’Connor opening the batting was very unlucky to be run out for no score from the first ball of the innings. From then on, there was some great batting from Kilian Apen and Ben Chick. The boys batted superbly hitting to all parts of the ground and looking very confident throughout their innings, with Kilian scoring 72 not out and Ben finishing on 56 not out. The winning runs were hit with 3 overs remaining. The game was played in great spirit, and the sportsmanship shown by both teams was a credit to themselves and their school. A big thank you to Mr Tim Godden for driving the bus and coaching the boys. Well done!



Diocesan Cricket v O’Connor Catholic College Armidale 

On 29 November the years 7-10 McCarthy cricket team played against O’Connor Catholic College of Armidale at Riverside playing fields Tamworth. Batting first we made 8 for 116 off the 20 overs. A competitive total against some good bowling from the opposition. Noah Dunnill top scored with a hard hitting 33 with a couple of memorable sixes being a highlight. Nathan Summers contributed with a handy 16 not out at the end of the innings. A few players got starts but were out to some accurate bowling and good catching. Nathan Summers added some valuable runs at the end of the innings. 


In reply O’Connor got off to a quick start before an excellent catch by Ben Chick off the bowling of Nick O’Connor brought the first wicket. Eoin Shepard bowled a good line and length and was rewarded with a wicket and Joe Mitchell in his first bowling spell ever in a cricket game picked up the other wicket. Some strong batting from O’Connor saw them come home with a comfortable win. Thanks to all the students for their efforts, it has been a great year in cricket. 



Indigenous Oztag Tour

Congratulations to Year 10 student Chloe Shanley  and Year 12 student Alina Swan who recently played for the Indigenous Oztag Team in the  Oceania Cup in New Zealand. There were 118 teams from 22 different nations and 18 divisions involved in the competition. Chloe's team was the Indigenous Australian Under 21's team. Alina was in the Indigenous Australian U 18's team. Chloe's team come away with a silver medal, losing to Tahiti in the grand final. Alina received a Gold Medal in 18's as they were the only team, but they played in the 21's and came 4th place overall. This was a great effort from the girls to compete at such a high level and perform strongly. Congratulations to both Chloe Shanley and Alina Swan.


Chloe has also made the the Under 18 Girls Australian Tagaroos team she will play Against New Zealand in the trans Tasman series in Auckland April 1-6. The Junior Tagaroos teams were selected from the recent 2019 Australian Championships in Coffs Harbour. A wonderful achievement from Chloe and we wish you all the best in the upcoming series.



Liam Gordon’s National Athletics Success

Liam has finished a great year is Athletics with his recent success at the National Athletics Championships in Perth. After receiving the Junior Sportsman of the year award and training hard all year round Liam was primed for a great performance in the Under 13 age group. Liam came away with two bronze medals in the 400 metre sprint and the 4x 100 metre relay. This was an amazing achievement against the best young athletes in Australia. Well done Liam.



Wednesday Night Basketball Success

On 11 December 2019 saw the grand finals in the Tamworth Schools Basketball Competition. Congratulations to all MCC teams who reached the grand final. Results included; 9/10 boys - MCC Jazz won 96 -60  against Peel Dream Team. The 7/8 Girls. - MCC Rangers won 55 - MCC Flames 29, Year 7/8 Boys Quirindi defeated MCC 36-32. On Tuesday 17 December 2019 the Year 9/10 girls played Tamilla and played a great game against a quality team. The girls lost but tried their hardest.  A big thank you to the MCC Basketball committee; Carol Rickard, Cheryl Cruikshank, Paul Hobson, and Lesa Sellars for co-ordinating the MCC teams throughout the year. With their ongoing dedication around 100 students have had the opportunity to enjoy Wednesday night Basketball in 2019. 


Mr Brad Mitchell - Sport Coordinator


Year 10

With the completion of exams in week 5 students will have received their marked examinations back. This is a good opportunity for reflection and growth. I encourage caregivers  to sit down with their learners and dissect their exam papers. This is not a time for judgement, but a time to reflect on efforts made towards learning and achievements attained. This may lead into a reassessment of balance for your learner - between work and school, sport and socialising. While for others, it has cemented a good foundation for the work ethic required to succeed in the senior years at the college. The exam period does not symbolise the end of Year 10’s academic studies. It is important that your learner continues to engage within the classroom as teachers are continuing to meet learning outcomes as prescribed by NESA. 


Year 10 has also undergone a voting process to select their Student Leadership Council (SLC) members for 2020. After many students took the chance to be selected, (it was very close!) I am pleased to announce our girl representatives: Daisy George and Sarah Klasen and our male representatives: Nathaniel Thrift and Zac Refalo. It is intended that the SLC members are the voice for the student body at the College, in which I am confident these elected members will flourish in this role and uphold the College motto “Receive, Worship and Serve”. 

Remember, “Touch the gate, and switch on to learning”


Supporting a positive learning environment.


Mrs Melissa Lees - Year 10 Leader of Student Care


St Nicholas Parish

St Nicholas Youth



MCC Canteen

Canteen News

Thank you to everyone who helped in the canteen last Term. In 2020 we would really love a few extra canteen helpers to lighten the work load.  You can come whenever it suits you whether it’s one day a term, monthly, fortnightly or weekly. It is a great way to meet other parents, carers or your children’s teachers and friends. Parents, carers and grandparents are all welcome.


Unfortunately due to an increase in costs, a few canteen items have had a price increase. We have tried to keep prices as low as possible to allow everyone access to the canteen.



Lunch orders

We encourage the children and parents to order their lunches through the QKR App, the Electronic Order System.  Electronic order CUT OFF time will be 9:30am daily. This makes life easier for everyone. The instructions are attached.


Manual orders can also be taken over the counter before school and during first break.


Students are asked where possible, to order their lunches before mentor group. Lunch bags, pens and menus are available on the table near canteen. Please remember to write your name and year and what break you would like your order on your lunch bag. 



G'DAY USA 2020/2021 

G’DAY USA Tour 2020/2021  

We are looking forward to establishing our ninth G’Day USA tour group for January 2020 and/or 2021. The 20 day tour to the West Coast of the United States is held in the January school holidays, visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco and a chosen host city. As an initial source to see the highlights of the program you may like to visit


Ms Hayley Mitchell from Educational World Travel provided further information at a meeting on 23 September. The meeting elaborated the support provided by the company and the teacher chaperones before and during travel. If any students are interested in the tour, but did not attend the evening, please email me for details.

Mrs Fiona O’Neill

The School Advisory Council 

School Advisory Council

The School Advisory Council meets once per term and consists of the following members:


Principal: Mr Geoff McManus
Parish Priest: Father Christopher Onuekwusi
Chairperson: Mr Bernie Munro
Secretary: Mr Fletcher Davies
Teaching Staff Representative: Mrs Raelene Maxworthy and Mrs Briony Martin
Parents Association Representative: Mrs Carol Reed
Elected Members: Ms Hiliary Thornberry, Mr Geoff Shanley, Mr Richard O’Halloran and Ms Felicity Sawtell


There are no further SAC meetings for 2019. Dates for 2020 will be published in our first newsletter in Term 1 and on the College Calendar. 

McCarthy Parents & Friends Association

McCarthy Parent and Friends Association Meeting

There are no further MCC P&F meetings for 2019. Dates for 2020 will be published in our first newsletter in Term 1 and on the College Calendar. 


Website &
Compass Parent Portal

MCC Website

Please note parental access to the McCarthy website is as below:

Username: parent

Password: Parent2340!


Compass Parent Portal

Last week we distributed to each family their Compass Parent Portal registration and log in details. The Parent Portal will enable parents to be able to:

  • View up-to-date class and school attendance information

  • Approve past absences for your child

  • Access your child's Student Semester Reports

  • Download, print and approve upcoming excursions

  • Update you registered email and mobile number (used for SMS alerts)

  • Access information regarding upcoming events and news

Reminder - Update of Student Record Details

To ensure that our student records are up to date we have distributed a series of forms for completion. Families who have not returned their forms are reminded to forward them to the College as soon as possible. 


If you have any questions in regards to this update of information please do not hesitate to contact the staff in the College Office. 

College Uniform

New College Uniform

The new College uniform is now available at Lowes, in store and online. Our new uniform will be phased in over the next 2 years with the whole College in the new uniform at the commencement of the 2022 school year. 


The Junior and Senior Uniform Guidelines have been updated and are available on our website by visiting the following link:



General Information

Clothing Pool

The Clothing Pool can be accessed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 8:00am and 8:30am via the bottom carpark. It can be found at the top of the stairs, to the left (facing Tribe Street).

Study Club

The MCC Study Club runs every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3.00pm to 5.00pm during school term in the Library. It is fully supervised and students have access to the Library resources and computers to assist with their study. 

Hours of Supervision

The playground will be supervised from 8:30am. School hours are 8:45am – 3:00pm. After school, students will be supervised in the bus bay area until the last bus leaves.

Leadership Team 

Principal - Mr Geoff McManus

Assistant Principals - Mrs Sally Sparke and Mr Mick Larkin

Mission, Spiritual Formation and RE Coordinator - Mrs Cate Allen

Leader of Teaching and Learning - Mrs Raelene Maxworthy

Leader of Pedagogy - Mrs Briony Martin

Leader of Student Wellbeing - Mrs Sharon Stuart

The 2019 Pastoral Care Team

Year 7 Leader of Student Care - Mrs Melissa Bearup 

Year 8 Leader of Student Care - Mr Bernie Williams

Year 9 Leader of Student Care -  Mr Andrew Davy

Year 10 Leader of Student Care - Mrs Melissa Lees   

Year 11 Leader of Student CareMrs Fiona O'Neill

Year 12 Leader of Student Care -  Mr Damian Kenniff 

College Counsellors - Mrs Tamara Shoemark and Mrs Aimee Cook

Change of Details

It is imperative that the College Office be advised about any change of details such as change in family situation, address, workplace, email addresses, phone numbers – mobile and landline for home and work.

McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter
MCC Canteen Menu 2019.pdf
QKR Instructions.pdf