McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter

29 June 2017
Term 2 Week 10 2017
Prayer and Reflection
Principal's Report
Important Dates
Teaching and Learning
Careers News
Creative Arts
McCarthy Sport
Youth Leadership Course
McCarthy Parents Association
General Information
McCarthy Catholic College
(02) 6761 0800
Tribe Street
Tamworth, New South Wales, 2340

Prayer and Reflection

Prayer for NAIDOC Week

God of Holy Dreaming,  Great Creator Spirit,

from the dawn of creation you have given your children the good things of Mother Earth.

You spoke and the gum tree grew

in the vast deserts and dense forests, in the cities,

at the water’s edge, creation sings your praise.

Your presence endures as the rock at the heart of our land.

When Jesus hung on the tree, You heard the cries of all your people

and became one with your wounded ones;

the convicts, the hunted and the dispossessed.

The sunrise of your Son

coloured the earth anew and bathed it in glorious hope.

In Jesus we have been reconciled to you,

to each other and to your whole creation.

Lead us on Great Spirit as we gather at this special place

located on land where ancestors of long ago

gathered for work, play and praise.

Enable us to walk together in trust. From the hurt of the past

into the full day which has dawned in Jesus Christ.



International Catholic Mission Guest Speaker

Last week a selection of Year 8 and Year 11 students were privileged to hear international Catholic Mission guest speaker, Sister Mary Goretti speak about her work at St Luke’s Medical Centre for mothers and their babies in Uganda. At the centre, twelve sisters provide antenatal, delivery and post-natal care for Ugandan mothers and their infants. Sister Mary outlined for the students the everyday challenges they struggle to overcome at St Luke’s, such as not having a resident doctor on site, no ultrasound or oxygen machine, no ambulance to bring mothers to the centre for delivery; the present form of transport for women in labour is a pillion on a motorcycle and no running water exists at the centre. Later this year, when we undertake our annual Walkathon for Catholic Missions, we hope to raise sufficient funds for the sisters at St Luke’s to alleviate some of their challenges to the care and support they provide in Uganda. 


Our thoughts and prayers go to Amelia and Nathan Summers and family following the passing of their grandfather.

Mrs Cate Allen

Mission and Spiritual Formation Coordinator


Principal's Report

Core Catholic Principles and Values

Last Friday the teaching staff engaged in purposeful inservice on the topic - Fidelity in Relationships. As the third of four overarching principles, Fidelity in Relationships emphasizes the “Call to Family, Community and Participation; Sacredness of Self, Sacredness of Marriage; and Sacredness of the Family” as foundational values of the Catholic Church. In a time where society challenges these core values, particularly the sacrament of marriage, such intentional professional learning was gratefully received by our staff across the Tamworth, Gunnedah, Barraba, Manilla and Quirindi schools of the Armidale Diocese.

A special thanks to all of the catering staff, lead by the indomitable Mrs Raelee Balderston, who worked so hard behind the scenes for weeks leading into the day to prepare and serve morning tea and lunch to over 250 visitors to our beautiful college. Similarly, I identify the generous work of our support staff who took our aspirational mission to SERVE to a practical level on the day itself. As participants, we were humbled by your generosity!


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NAIDOC Assembly

I commend the wonderful work of Mrs Joelene Faint and Ms Kisani Upward in planning, coordinating and facilitating a special celebration assembly for the upcoming NAIDOC Week. From the Smoking Ceremony presented by local Elder - Mr Len Waters, to the powerful words of guest speakers Locky and Fleur Dennis, and the mesmerizing dance presented by our talented ‘Deadly Xpression’, the 2017 NAIDOC Assembly certainly raised the standard of celebration of NAIDOC Week to an even higher level. Well done to all involved and a special commendation to Year 12 student Camille Fernando who is the inaugural recipient of the McCarthy Catholic College Perpetual Cultural Award. This new award not only honours a student’s commitment to culture and leadership but also to Catholic education. This trophy was designed by Mrs Jodie Herden to specifically highlight the beauty of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Camille is currently completing Year 12 and has overcome huge adversity to continue her studies as well as excel in her School Based Traineeship. Camille has been nominated for a NSW Training Award and has been both actively and consistently involved culturally in the school and community for the past 5 years. Her involvement in the Cultural Dance Performance Group has developed her leadership qualities to a point where she has well earned respect among peers and staff alike.



It is with sadness that I announce the resignation of Mrs Katrina Sullivan from our McCarthy staff at the end of this term. Mrs Sullivan is moving in a new direction, away from secondary education and I offer our collective thanks for her commitment and dedication to the students in her classes and the efficient coordination of the English faculty over the past 8 years. We wish Mrs Sullivan well in her new endeavours.

We warmly welcome the following new staff to our team - Mrs Leah Jones (Administration), Ms Kara Spicer (HSIE), Mrs Natalie Joyce (Student Support Teacher), and Mrs Melanie Thompson (English).

And finally best wishes to Mr Gavin Baker (Science) who is getting married over the holidays.


School Photos

School photos will be taken in Term 3, Week 2 - Wednesday 26 July and Thursday 27 July. Photo envelopes were distributed this week via Mentor Groups. Please check with your child or in their school bag. Please be reminded that students must wear full winter uniform including black leather school shoes, jumper and tie for these photo days. NO SPORTS UNIFORMS will be worn on these days as their will be NO PDHPE practicals at this time.


Parent/Teacher Interviews

Thank you to all of those families who supported the Parent/Teacher Interviews on Wednesday night. As we continue to strive for academic excellence with your sons and daughters, the partnership that we forge together in conversation and collective commitment to that excellence can only be enhanced on nights such as these.



Happy holidays to all students and their families! Please travel safe and enjoy the downtime with friends and family.


Term 3

Term 3 begins on Monday July 17 at 8:45am.

May God go with you.


Mr Geoff McManus


Important Dates



29 June:         University of Newcastle Open Day

30 June:         Term 2 concludes

17 July:           Term 3 commences

17 July:           Year 10 HSIE performance Vietnam Dusted Off

17 July:           Year 9 English performance Hot Chips and Potato Pies

18-21 July:     Year 10 Excursion

19 July:           University Information Evening: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

25 July:           Board & Association Meetings

26 July:           School Photos

31 July:           HSC Trials commence

1 August:        ICAS English

3 August:        Diocesan Basketball - Tamworth

Teaching and Learning


Term 2 has been a productive term and I congratulate students on their application and enthusiastic approach to learning.

Half-Yearly Reports and Parent/Teacher Interviews are important ingredients in communicating what work needs to be done to improve. What students choose to do with that feedback is vitally important.  I encourage all students to listen to the recommendations and use them to their advantage.



For Year 12 students, the upcoming school holidays should be thought of as ‘stuvac’ or study vacation, not a ‘school holiday’. Year 12 have received their Trial HSC examination timetable and students must follow the procedures and times listed carefully. Many of these examinations will present the opportunity for students to improve their performance. It is never too late. The Catholic Schools Office has recently subscribed all McCarthy HSC candidates to a fantastic site called HSC Hub - it presents materials in short videos and I encourage all students to access this as part of their HSC preparations.


Year 10

Year 10 students have been participating in Careers lessons with Mrs Barrett in preparation for subject selection for Preliminary 2018. There will be further information early Term 3 regarding information evenings and course selections.



Holidays are a useful time to replenish the supplies students require in their classes. Please ensure your child has the necessary stationery and equipment to get on with the business of learning in Term 3.

Enjoy the break and stay warm!

Mrs Raelene Maxworthy - Teaching and Learning Coordinator


Community and Family Studies

On Wednesday 14 June the Year 11 CAFS and Year 10 Child Studies combined to observe children at play. We had some special little visitors join us for a play session, run by the students, to discover the differences between gender, socialisation and the stages of the lifespan. Many thanks to our little visitors Fletcher, Chelsie, Ashton, Lachie, Oscar, Nina, Abbey, Elijah, and Genevieve and their parents and carers who brought them in. ​

Mrs Ashleigh Jones - CAFS teacher


Mrs Raelene Maxworthy

Teaching and Learning Coordinator

Careers News

TAFE Open Day

On Wednesday 21 June, several groups of McCarthy students in Years 10, 11, 12 visited TAFE. They were able to tour the facilities and find out about a range of courses TAFE offers to both school leavers and TVET students. 

University of Newcastle Schools' Visit Day

Today, over thirty Year 12 students are attending the annual UON School's Visit Day. They will have the opportunity to attend talks on courses and various aspects of university life. 


University Information Evening - Wednesday 19 July 7:00pm - 8:30pm (first Wednesday of Term 3)

All Year 12 students intending on applying to university and their parents are urged to attend this important information evening to be held in OLORCC. The evening will cover all aspects of applying, and the important changes that are occuring this year regarding university offers.  There will be several universities and colleges in attendance for students and parents to talk to as part of the evening. These include: University of Wollongong, UNE, Bond Uni, and St Albert's College, UNE.

Students in Years 10 and 11 are also encouraged to attend along with their parents. Year 11 students will gain an understanding of the process that awaits them in 2018 and beyond. Year 10 students will be able to gain advice from Universities that may assist them in their senior subject selection.


Creative Arts

Tamworth Eisteddfod

It was wonderful to see the McCarthy Catholic College bands perform at the Seventieth Annual Tamworth Eisteddfod on Monday 19 June.  

In the “Small Ensemble” category, the McCarthy Brass Ensemble played a great rendition of “Opera Pops” but were narrowly beaten by St Mary’s College Instrumental Ensemble of Gunnedah.  

The McCarthy Jazz Band won the “Stage Band” category, with their “Blues Brothers” performance receiving special mention from the Adjudicator, beating strong performances from St Mary's College, Gunnedah and Calrossy.

The McCarthy Brass Quintet took first position in the “Chamber Ensemble” category performing “Rondo”. 

The crowning achievement of the competition was first place to the McCarthy Concert Band in the “Large Ensemble” category.  The Concert Band performed captivating renditions of “Game of Thrones” and “Counting Stars”, and led the field against strong competition which included ensembles from the Tamworth Conservatorium, St Mary’s College, Gunnedah and Calrossy. With over forty students participating in the McCarthy Concert Band, it was spectacular!

A huge vote of thanks to Mrs Lisa Lane, for all the work she does with our students. Her enthusiasm, expertise and generosity in rehearsing and performing with our students is much appreciated.

Mrs Kylie Evans (parent supporter)

Band News

McCarthy students have achieved great successes in the 2017 Tamworth Eisteddfod.

Numerous students participated in the solo Instrumental sections. The most outstanding results across a range of sections were:

Daisy George (Year 7) - Piano 2 x 1st and 1 x 2nd place

Veronica Borchard (Year 8) - Piano 1st and 2 x 2nd places

Veronica Borchard (Year 8) - Violin 2 x 2nd and a 3rd place

Kathryn Burke (Year 9) - Piano 1 x 2nd place

Augustine Mundele-Turner (Year 10) - Violin 1 x 1st and 2 x 3rd places

Ryan Thompson (Year 10) -  Trombone 1 x 2nd and 3 x 3rd places plus "Most Promising Brass Player Award"

Emily Thompson (Year 12) - 3 x 1st places plus "Senior Instrumental Championship"

Ebony Carr (Year 8) - 2 x 1st place vocal solo

Taylor Gambrill (Year 8) -  2 x 3rd place vocal solo

Congratulations to all the McCarthy competitors.

The Jazz Band also competed in the adult section.  This was a fantastic night of high quality music. The McCarthy Jazz Band performed "Tuxedo Junction" and "The Lady Is A Tramp" featuring Jeffrey Wong on Tenor Saxophone, and achieved 3rd place behind some very good competition.

Students from McCarthy also participated in the Tamworth Clarinet Choir and Tamworth RSL Brass Band.

The winning ensemble of the evening was the 2340 Big Band.  They won the Stage Band category and the Open Age Large Ensemble. Congratulations go to the six McCarthy members (nearly 1/2 the band!) Mr Tim Godden, Mr Ronny Rindo, Jack Lange, Jessica Higgins, Jeffrey Wong and Mrs Lisa Lane for this achievement.

Mrs Lisa Lane

Band Director

Sydney Dance Company Workshop

A wonderful experience was afforded to our students with The Sydney Dance Company's Joel and Geraldine working with thirty students to create an atmosphere of what life in a dance company can be like. The students were given the opportunity to express ideas, create movements and perform contemporary dance. It was challenging but achievable and, of course, very enjoyable for each student.

Mrs Jane Burt


McCarthy Sport

NSWCCC Cross Country

On Friday 16 June, Georgia Simm, Eoin Shepherd and Jessica Clarke travelled to Eastern Creek to compete in the NSWCCC Cross Country Championships. Congratulations to Georgia Simm who was successful at the Championships and will return to Eastern Creek on Friday 21 July to compete in the NSW All Schools' Cross Country Championships.

Cochrane Cup

On Thursday 22 June our Year 7/8 and 9/10 teams travelled to chilly Armidale to compete in the annual Diocesan Cochrane Cup. McCarthy had the privilege of playing netball teams from O'Connor, St Mary's, St Philomena's and Holy Trinity Catholic Colleges.
The Year 7 and 8 team consisted of: Abbegale Ryan, Brianna Elliott, Gabriel Bray, Holly Austin, Jekoya Nash, J-Lee Nash, Lucy Hamlin, Mackenzie Alderson, Olivia Whittemore and Phoebe Porter.


The Year 9 and 10 players were: Anabelle Coppola, Briannah Donaldson, Courtnee Blanch, Diaz Martyn, Elise Daly, Ellie Purkiss, Emma Higgins, Hannah Pollard, Jessica Dehm, Kate Lane, Keely Jameson, Lily O'Connor Bourke and Stephanie Koukides.
We would like to thank our volunteer umpires, Sara Sinclair and Chloe Radoll for the admirable leadership qualities they brought to this challenging role.


All the girls exhibited notable sportsmanship in the five games they played.
After winning the early round matches by impressive margins the Year 9/10 team were victorious, winning a closely matched final against O'Connor by three goals. The Year 7/8 team was highly competitive placing third.
All students' behaviour was exemplary and our netballers are to be commended for their dedication to training and commitment to their team.
Ms Sarah Sommerlad and Mrs Katrina Sullivan


Rugby League

On Thursday 22 June, McCarthy participated in the Diocesan Cochrane Cup Rugby League competition in the Under 14 and Under 16 age divisions.


The Under 14 team played four matches and improved their performances throughout the course of the day. 

Reef Lawler was a standout in attack and defence, Bailey Jameson showed good defence skills, while Clint Aitken and Tomas Davison combined well in the halves. Liam Nicholson, who was playing up an age division, should be commended for his performance throughout the day.

Team: Clint Aitken, Tyhla Condrick, Tomas Davison, Jack Daye, Noah Dunnill, Bradon Gumbleton, Bailey Jameson, Reef Lawler, Alex MacDonald, Jack Murdoch, Liam Nicholson, Blake Parker and Liam Thompson.

Mr Bernie Williams


The Under 16 team played games against O'Connor Catholic College, Armidale and Holy Trinity, Inverell. Unfortunately, the boys lost both games but they are to be commended for their great team spirit. Special mention to Nicholas Taggart, who played an outstanding game, and to all the Year 9 boys.

Team: Jonathon Abra, Jack Alcock, Liam Ball, Isaac Byrne, Thomas Ferguson, Clay Frendin, Izack Fuller, Cassidy Hunter, Lachlan King, Cameron Lane, Thomas Lange, Hayden McGregor, Bailey Rock, Ethan Russell and Nicholas Taggart.

Mr Damian Kenniff

Junior Basketball Grand Finals

Congratulations to the following McCarthy teams who played in the Regional Australia Bank Junior Grand Final Gala Day on Sunday 25 June at the Tamworth Sportsdome.

MCC Mavericks 42 d Quirindi 41

Mavericks: Darcy Walker 13, Nathan Summers 9, Quirindi: Dylan Smith 23, Charlie Parsons 10

MCC Diamonds 51 d Oxley Vipers 30

Diamonds: Anika Earsman 25, Mia Kennedy 13, Vipers: Zali Humble 17, Zhara Hudson 6

MCC Rubies 20 d Calrossy Suns 0 (forfeit)

MCC Knicks 86 d MCC Thunder 28

Knicks: Thomas Sheppard 10, Caleb Lavu Lavu, Cooper Kelly 7, Thunder: Kiennel Aquino 9

MCC Hornets 34 d Farrer Hawkes 29

Hornets: Jim Zell 8, Kody Collier 8, Hawkes: Bernie West 14, Jordan Villella 13

MCC Opals 64 d MCC Emeralds 52

Opals: Josie Chick 23, Bianca Watson 13, Emeralds: Emma Higgins 18, Sienna Kennedy 17

Mr Matt Feltrin

Sports Coordinator



This year McCarthy Catholic College celebrated “Our Languages Matter” NAIDOC 2017 with sincere meaning. For the first time in McCarthy’s history we were able to perform the Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony inside the school hall for the entire school community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Lenny Waters for making this possible and for his ongoing support and commitment to McCarthy along with Mr Geoff McManus, for his support and ongoing commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education.

Congratulations to the many students who volunteered and ran this year’s 2017 formal NAIDOC assembly. They all showed outstanding leadership and professionalism beyond their years.

One of the major highlights was the performance and speech delivered by Fleur Magick Dennis - Wailwaan and Wiradjuri woman, and Laurance Magick Dennis - Wailwaan and Yuin man. Together they highlighted the importance and significance of language and how beautiful and rich our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture truly is. Fleur and Locky also stayed for the day conducting storytelling, dance and spirituality workshops for staff and students alike, which I am sure resonated with all and will be remembered for years to come. Thank you to Locky and Fleur for travelling to be with us on our special day of celebrations.

A special thank you must also be extended to the McCarthy Cultural Dance Performance Group “Deadly Xpression” for displaying outstanding leadership, commitment to culture and community as they performed “Walk In My Shoes,” not only at various schools and preschools throughout the community, but also at McCarthy’s formal school assembly. They have done both McCarthy and themselves extremely proud.

This year also saw another first – the presentation of the perpetual McCarthy Catholic College Cultural Award. This beautiful trophy was created by Mrs Jodie Herden and was awarded to worthy recipient, Year 12 student Miss Camille Fernando who has consistently represented McCarthy in the community through Acknowledgements to Country, cultural performance, speaking and sport. She was also a nominee and finalist in this year’s NSW Training Awards and member and senior role model for Deadly Xpression. Congratulations Camille and best of luck for 2018 and beyond.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr McManus and the McCarthy staff for their ongoing support of both myself and Kisani in our roles as Aboriginal Education Assistants and for their continued support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education. A sincere thank also goes out to all families and community members who celebrated with us on this special day, we are most humbled.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish the entire McCarthy community a safe and relaxed break and to encourage you all to get out into the community and be a part of this year’s NAIDOC celebrations from 2 to 9 July 2017.


Mrs Jolene Faint - AEW


Youth Leadership Course

On Tuesday 27 June, ten Year 11 students graduated from the Youth Leadership Course organised and run by Tamworth Communicators in partnership with Tamworth Toastmasters. The graduating students who completed the six week course were: Kane Clinch, Montana Cooper-Mason, Maggie Fulwood, Olivia Jeffrey, Eleanor George, Shayla Groth, Lilly Souter, Isobelle Sullivan, Adelaide Tinson and Georgia Volk. During first term they volunteered to take up the opportunity to polish and extend their public speaking skills in both prepared and impromptu speaking. Over the six weeks, each student demonstrated impressive increases in confidence and skill. In their public deliveries they aroused both laughter and tears from the assisting toastmasters who mentored their progress with constructive, thoughtful and expert critique.

On behalf of the school community I would like to thank the Youth Leadership Coordinators, Bob Kirchner and Kevin Hunter and their team for their enthusiastic investment in our students’ public speaking skills. I would like to congratulate our students for taking this opportunity and completing the course.

The three finalists on the evening, Eleanor George, Georgia Volk and Montana Cooper- Mason deserve special mention for the quality of their speeches and skill in delivery. There can only be one winner however, and this year the Judy Woodgate Memorial Award was won by Montana Cooper- Mason. 

Mrs Cate Allen      

McCarthy Parents Association

Association Meeting

Our next Association meeting is Tuesday 25 July at 7:15pm in the staff common room. All are most welcome to attend.


Trivia Night - 26 August

Please save the date of our annual Trivia Night into your calendar. More information to follow.


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

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Year 7 Coordinator - Mr Andrew Davy 

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Year 8 Coordinator - Mrs Melissa Bearup

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Year 9 Coordinator - Mr Bernie Williams

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Year 10 Coordinator - Mr Damian Kenniff 

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Year 11 Coordinator - Mrs Michelle Gale 

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Year 12 Coordinator - Mrs Fiona O'Neill 

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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.

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