McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter

07 September 2017
Term 3 Week 8 2017
Prayer and Reflection
Principal's Report
Important Dates
Teaching and Learning
Careers News
McCarthy Sport
McCarthy Parents Association
General Information
McCarthy Catholic College
(02) 6761 0800
Tribe Street
Tamworth, New South Wales, 2340

Prayer and Reflection

Prayer  for Peace

O God of many names,

lover of all nations.

We pray for peace

in our hearts,

in our homes,

in our nations,

in our world.

The peace of your will.

The peace of our need.


Staff Spiritual Retreat

On Monday 28 August, a small group of staff participated in a spiritual retreat entitled “Present and Faithful in My Relationships", run by Anne Finlayson from the CSO Renewal Team. The focus for our discussion and reflection was the challenge posed to our being present in relationships and interactions with others made by mobile phones and photo technology.  Our reflection led to acknowledging that each one of us has the responsibility to those we are in relationship with, to listen to them, make eye contact with them, to be present to their need and their demands on our time. A reading of John 21:15-18 clarified our understanding of the nature of our responsiveness in relationships. In this passage, Jesus guides Peter in his relationship with God by reminding him of the constancy to be present to the needs of the Church and “to feed [His] sheep”.


Year 12

During Week 9, two special occasions will be celebrated with our outgoing Year 12 cohort. The first of these is the Twilight Retreat on Monday evening (11 September) from 5:00pm – 9:30pm. And the second is the Thanksgiving Mass which will take place on Wednesday evening (13 September) at 6:00pm at St Nicholas’ Church. All are most welcome. 


Our thoughts and prayers go to Emma Dumble and family following the passing of their grandmother and to Liam Thompson and family following the passing of their grandfather.

Mrs Cate Allen

Mission and Spiritual Formation Coordinator


Principal's Report

NAPLAN Online Readiness Test

This week students from Years 7 and 9 completed the trial of the NAPLAN online readiness test. The purpose of this trial is not to obtain results for students but to assess the readiness of schools, networks and technology across NSW to be able to deliver NAPLAN through an online platform. Students in Years 7 and 9 have been involved and I thank them for their cooperation and participation to assess our readiness at the College. I also publicly thank Mrs Briony Martin, Mrs Raelene Maxworthy and Mrs Sally Sparke for their hard work and administrative expertise in delivering the trial with little external release and funding to support their work.



At the time of writing, we are gearing up for the annual College Walkathon on Friday 8 September. We are hoping to raise some well-needed funds in partnership with Australian Catholic Mission to support St Luke’s Medical Centre in Uganda. As our main service learning activity for the year, we are intending to raise over $20,000 to support such a worthwhile cause. Thank you to those businesses and families that have already donated prizes or sponsored our students. I also acknowledge and thank Mrs Fiona O’Neill and the McCarthy Environmental Council for their hard work in preparing for McCarthy’s Got Talent which will run after lunch on the day. There will be many photos and a report to follow in the 2017 Year Book.


Year 12

Year 12 students are now in the final weeks of classes prior to beginning their HSC examinations after ‘Stuvac’ at the end of this term. I commend their work and thank the Year 12 teachers for going above and beyond with their support of the students' learning. As we have been telling Year 12 students for many months now, it is not too late to rectify and improve previously poor results through focussed study and analysis of their strengths and weaknesses.

Similarly, as they approach the end of their time at the College, we celebrate their connection to our faith as well as the unrelenting support of their families through both a spiritual Twilight Retreat next Monday (11 September) and the Thanksgiving Mass next Wednesday (13 September), as well as the Final Graduation Assembly (20 September) in Week 10 of this term. Please keep Year 12 students (and their deserved success) in your weekly prayers.



As Mr Bernie Williams takes some well-earned long service leave, we congratulate Mrs Ashleigh Jones ([email protected]) for taking on the role of Year 9 Coordinator until the end of Week 2 Term 4. Thank you Mrs Jones!



Congratulations to Mrs Tamara Shoemark and her husband Brendan on the safe arrival of their second son, Louis Ray Shoemark.


New Bus

We are fortunate to have recently purchased a new 25-seat Mitsubishi Rosa mini-bus to support the external learning activities at McCarthy. I offer a big thanks to Mr Wayne Northey, who liaised with both local and regional companies to procure a great price and a wonderful new resource for the College. We also hope to get some targeted advertising on the exterior of the bus to promote the myriad of learning activities and wonderful students at McCarthy.


May God go with you.


Mr Geoff McManus


Important Dates


8 Sept:             Walkathon

11 Sept:          Year 12 Final Twilight Retreat

12 Sept:          NSW Oztag Championships - Penrith

13 Sept:          Year 12 Thanksgiving Mass 6:00pm St Nicholas'

13 Sept:          Wests Challenge Cup

14 Sept:          Year 11 Exams commence

14 Sept:          RU OK? Day

15 Sept:          NSWCCC Athletics

19 Sept:          Association Meeting

19 Sept:          Year 12 Community Service Day

19 Sept:          Krispy Kreme Fundraiser pick up from N Block 2:30pm - 5:30pm

20 Sept:          Year 12 Final Assembly

20 Sept:          Wests Challenge Cup

22 Sept:          Term 3 concludes

9 Oct:               Term 4 commences

11 Oct:            Year 11 Legal Studies Excursion - Sydney

Teaching and Learning


Term 3 in any school is synonymous with an intensity and energy that is difficult to describe and hard to believe. Excursions, assessment tasks, examinations and learning are ongoing, students are busy, teachers are busy and our Teaching and Learning team continue to pursue those initiatives that are proven to make a difference with enthusiasm.


Year 12

Year 12 students have been exceptional in their completion of the Practical Examinations and submission of Major Works that have been held these past weeks at the College. Congratulations to the staff and students involved.

This week we will meet with Year 12 students to give them an overview of what to expect during their HSC examinations. These exams are supervised by an expert external team and students have been prepared about the requirements around attendance, illness and misadventure procedures, approved equipment and generally what to expect in the HSC examinations. Students should ensure they are clear about NESA rules, procedures and protocols and email me with any questions to clarify.

Many of our staff have, once again, availed themselves to Year 12 students during the school holidays for revision sessions. This is a very generous offer and students have been reminded to turn up if they have agreed to commit themselves to this extra curricula offer.

Earlier this year, Year 12 and I discussed ‘The Choice Point’ - those decisions and actions that move us towards the goals we want compared to those decisions and actions that move us away from the goals we want. With 50% of the total HSC mark still up for grabs, I encourage students to make the choices that will move them towards their goals; work hard, another choice point is before you!


Year 11

Year 11 will complete their Preliminary examinations which begin on  14 September.  Please be sure to contact the school if for any reason your child is genuinely unable to attend. The blue forms used to apply for special consideration must be completed upon return with documentation (eg a doctor’s certificate) attached.


Year 10

Year 10 TVET applicants will undertake their interviews this week with me. There are some very dedicated and enthusiastic students who have actively pursued School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships and we congratulate those students who have had an employer agree to sign them up for 2018. If you require any information about these opportunities please refer to the Year 10 Subject Selection Guide for 2018 or contact me via email.

Mrs Raelene Maxworthy

Teaching and Learning Coordinator

Careers News

Year 12

Term 3 continues to fly by for our Year 12 students with applications for jobs and universities all happening now. The last two visits by representatives from universities were University of New England last Monday and Southern Cross University this week with a focus on the various Early Entry Schemes offered by each university.

Students are encouraged to regularly check all email accounts in order to know what is happening, what is available in terms of scholarships and what deadlines are approaching.


Jobs for School Leavers 

There have been quite a few apprenticeships and traineeships that are targetting school leavers both in Year 10 and Year 12.  These are mentioned in either Daily Notices  or on the McCarthy Careers Facebook page which students and parents are advised to like and follow to keep abreast of opportunities.


University and College Open Day Season

The last month has seen Open Days at most tertiary institutions.  I have had feedback from parents and students who have travelled to various Open Days including those in Canberra, Wollongong, Sydney and Newcastle. Anyone who was unable to attend Open Days is reminded that a phone call can lead to a personal tour of campuses, colleges and specific faculties during the September holidays and after the HSC exams themselves to gather information for the main decisions to be made later this year with university preferences and offers.



I am currently seeking expressions of interest from Year 12 students for scholarships:

- University of New England (2)

- University of Newcastle

- a non-university scholarship worth up to $5000 for a school leaver wishing to study one of these courses while living and working in Tamworth:

  • Certificate III in Business Administration      
  • Certificate IV in New Small Business           
  • Diploma of Human Resources Management    
  • Diploma of Business        

McCarthy Sport

League Tag

The Northwest Region Girls  League Tag Finals were played at Gwydir Oval in Bingara on Wednesday 30 August. The Under 14 girls were undefeated on the day, taking out their division, while in the Opens, the girls drew with Bundarra to become joint winners. 

All girls played with great sportsmanship and teamwork and should be proud of their success. 

Thank you to Mrs Tanya Laird for her enthusiasm with the Under 14 side. 

Opens team: Alina Swan, Annabelle Pegus, Breanna Williams, Dakota Skewes, Grace Salter, Isabella Thrupp, Laura Robertson, Madison Sharp, Madison Roach, Miah O'Sullivan, Mykenzie Semple, Phoebe McLoughlin, Rosie Ferguson, Sophie Barr and Tyla Endemi.

Under 14s: Aalinyah Smith, Abbegale Ryan, Anika Earsman, Chole Shanley, Holly Bynge, Jada Taylor, Macy Gillies, Olivia Whittemore, Phoebe Porter, Sienna O'Mally and Sophie Corbett.

Mr Matt Feltrin

Secondary Schools' Oztag Regional Championships

On Thursday 31 August, McCarthy Catholic College competed in the Secondary School Oztag Regional Championships in Tamworth. McCarthy entered four teams - Junior Boys, Junior Girls, Senior Boys and Senior Girls. 

Both boys' teams had good days to make it through to the semi finals, but were unfortunate to lose their matches and were knocked out. The McCarthy girls' teams remained undefeated throughout the day and won their respective Grand Finals. 

All teams showed great enthusiasm and skill, as well as good sportsmanship. They should all be commended. 

Thank you to Mrs Tanya Laird, Ms Phoebe Molenaar and Mr Damian Kenniff for assisting the teams throughout the day. 

Junior Girls: Aalinya Smith, Abbegale Ryan, Anika Earsman, Chloe Shanley, Holly Bynge, Jada Taylor, Macy Gillies, Olivia Whittemore, Phoebe Porter, Shanae Roach, Sienna O'Mally, Sophie Corbett, Breanna Luckey and Ella Mitchell.

Junior Boys: Angus Wallace, Bailey Jameson, Beau Cavallaro, Clint Aitken, Elijah Allan-Saunders, Freddy Williams, Jack Daye, Jack Murdoch, Logan Hawker, Noah Taaffe, Tom Davison and Tyhla Condrick.

Senior Girls: Alina Swan, Annabelle Pegus, Billie Mitchell, Isabella Thrupp, Krystal Booby, Laura Robertson, Madison Roach, Miah O'Sullivan, Millah Green, Mykenzie Semple, Phoebe McLoughlin and Tyla Endemi.

Senior Boys: Cameron Lane, Ethan Russell, Jim Zell, Liam Ball, Nathan Watson, Nicholas Pannowitz, Oscar Dietrich, Tom Ferguson, Tom Lange, Tom Sheppard and Zeus Souter.


Mr Matt Feltrin

Sports Coordinator

McCarthy Parents Association

Association Meeting

Our next Association meeting is Tuesday 19 September at 7:15pm in the staff common room. All are most welcome to attend.

Krispy Kreme Donut Fundraiser

Thank you to those parents and friends who placed orders in our Krispy Kreme fundraiser. Please note: Pick up will be Tuesday 19 September from 2:30pm - 5:30pm at N Block.

Trivia Night

Thank you to those families who attended the Trivia Night. A fun night was had by all. Over $1,000 was raised on the night. Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Avon (Theresa Canu)

Club Synergy

Forum 6 Cinemas

Harvey Norman Computers

CRM Driver Training

Ridley Agri Products

Go Go Express

Edwina Frewen Massage

Jamaica Blue Coffee Shop

Maria Creigh - music

Peel Valley Tiles and Ceramics

McDonalds (East and South)

Micky Fit (Fitness)

Lindsay Smith Photography

Hissy Fits Cafe


General Information

Clothing Pool

The Clothing Pool can be accessed on Thursdays between 12:30pm and 1:30pm via the bottom carpark. It can be found at the top of the stairs, to the left (facing Tribe Street)

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.

Executive Staff

Principal: Mr Geoff McManus

Assistant Principal: Mrs Sally Sparke

Mission and Spiritual Formation Coordinator: Mrs Cate Allen

Teaching and Learning Coordinator: Mrs Raelene Maxworthy

Pastoral Care Coordinator: Mrs Libby Molony

Leader of Pedagogy: Mrs Briony Martin

Year Coordinators

The 2017 Pastoral Care team is:

Pastoral Care Coordinator    

Mrs Libby Molony

[email protected]                    


Year 7 Coordinator - Mr Andrew Davy 

[email protected]                         


Year 8 Coordinator - Mrs Melissa Bearup

[email protected]                  


Year 9 Coordinator - Mr Bernie Williams

[email protected]                 


Year 10 Coordinator - Mr Damian Kenniff 

[email protected]                     


Year 11 Coordinator - Mrs Michelle Gale 

[email protected]                         


Year 12 Coordinator - Mrs Fiona O'Neill 

[email protected]                         

Change of Details

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

McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter
ADIG Yr 12 award.pdf
Trivia Night 2017.pdf
Krispy Kreme Fundraiser 2017.pdf