McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter

05 April 2018
5 April 2018
Prayer and Reflection
Principal's Report
Important Dates
Teaching and Learning
Pastoral Care
Science and Engineering Challenge
Careers News
McCarthy Environmental Council
McCarthy Parents Association
General Information
McCarthy Catholic College
(02) 6761 0800
Tribe Street
Tamworth, New South Wales, 2340

Prayer and Reflection


The Joyful Song of Easter Eve

Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels!

Exult, all creation around God’s throne!

Jesus, Christ out king, is risen!

Sound the trumpet of salvation!

Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendour,

radiant in the brightness of your King!

Christ has conquered! Glory fills you!

Darkness vanishes forever!

On this holy night all evil is dispelled,

guilt is washed away, and peace restored.

See we are reconciled with God. Alleluia!

(From the ancient Exsultet for the Easter Vigil)


Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

St Dominic, pray for us.

Blessed Edmund Rice, pray for us.


Stations of the Cross

As part of honouring Holy Week, we conducted a whole school Stations of the Cross prayer experience on Wednesday 28 March. Drama students created a tableaux in front of the stations which hang on the external walls along the main path in the school and this was live-streamed to the Hall where the main school body, reflected and prayed on each station. Our school band provided a musical interlude as the Drama students made their way to each station outside.


Chrism Mass

Thank you to Mr Bernie Williams and Year 11 students who represented McCarthy at the Chrism Mass in Armidale last week as part of Holy Week.



This year our Caritas fundraising attracted $1,907.30. In general this money came from what students and teachers contributed on a daily basis in Mentor Group. Whilst the total amount is less than the total donated in 2017, I would like to extend my thanks to the students and teachers for their generosity.  


Mrs Cate Allen

Mission and Spiritual Formation Coordinator


Principal's Report

Outstanding Results

Congratulations to our talented students and staff who have achieved some amazing results over the final few weeks of Term 1. From being awarded Champion School in the Science and Engineering Challenge, Champion School in the Federation Cup Inter School Debating competition, winning $4,000 worth of solar panels at the Amazing Enviro Race, as well as Water Polo, Touch and League Tag teams success, McCarthy Catholic College students are to be commended for their commitment to excellence in a wide variety of fields.


Earth Hour

In a similar vein, the whole school committed to raising the profile of stewardship of the earth’s resources by participating in Earth Hour last Wednesday. Teachers and students turned off all lights, air-conditioning and devices for one hour to draw attention to the need to conserve the earth’s finite resources and continue to investigate renewable energy alternatives. Congratulations to the Environmental Council for their initiative.


Remembering Jack Cutcliffe

It is with significant sadness that we remember Jack Cutcliffe who was taken too soon from his family and the McCarthy community 12 months ago on March 30. In honour of his memory, the Year 12 students decided to wear “Blue” on a themed day last Thursday and raise money for the Heart Foundation. May Jack’s memory live long in our hearts.


Staff News

Congratulations to Mr Shaun Nichols who joins us on a full-time contract as a Science teacher until the end of the year. Mr Nichols has been working on a short term contract since Mr Gavin Baker left in February and we have appreciated and valued his expertise. Similarly, we welcome Mrs Sarah Chaffey as further administrative assistance to our Teaching and Learning staff as she will expertly support the administrative tasks required of teachers and Leaders of Learning. Please make them both feel welcome in our community.



I extend an open invitation to all students and staff to participate in the local ANZAC services that commemorate 103 years of the ANZAC tradition on Wednesday April 25 2018 (nb. last week of the holidays). McCarthy students and staff can attend marches at Tamworth, Manilla, Quirindi and Kootingal. Please check your local guides for updated information.
Kootingal -  7:45am for 8.00am start
Quirindi  - 10:45am for 11:00am start
Manilla -  10:30am for 11:00am start.
In Tamworth we will be ‘stepping off’ at 10:00am from the eastern side of Bourke Street. Please arrive before 9:45am to form up.
All students are to wear Winter Academic Uniform with a McCarthy hat. As the weather can be unpredictable it is not compulsory to wear the College jumper with the winter uniform. Let the weather determine that decision. Students can be collected from No 1 Oval at the conclusion of the march. Thank you to everyone who intends to support such an important and memorable day in our nation’s story.
A special ANZAC Day Mass will also be celebrated at St Nicholas' Church beginning at 8:00am. Please feel welcome to attend.
Dawn Service at ANZAC Gates begins at 5:30am.


Europe Excursion

Good luck to all the students and staff who will be flying out to Europe on Saturday 14 April. Special recognition is offered to Mrs Susan Barrett’s meticulous organisation augurs well for a tour to remember. We look forward to hearing of their adventures on their return in Term 2!


Happy Holidays

Term 1 concludes on Friday 13 April.

Please note: Term 2 commences on Tuesday 1 May. Monday 30 April is a Pupil Free Day.


Enrolments for Year 7 in 2019 close Monday April 9 2018

McCarthy Catholic College extends an invitation for students seeking enrolment into Year 7 in 2019. Year 7 applications will close on Monday 9 April. Fully completed application forms and the $100 application fee need to be lodged at the College on or before Monday 9 April.

Contact the Enrolment Officer, Mrs Jo O'Brien, on 6761 0802 or [email protected] for an application pack and/or more information.


Spirit of Catholic Education Awards 2018

The Spirit of Catholic Education Awards celebrate the outstanding achievement and contribution of Catholic education by staff, students and volunteers in the Diocese of Armidale. Show your appreciation by nominating someone you know for the 2018 Spirit of Catholic Education Awards. Nomination forms are available from the Catholic Schools Office website, the College office or by contacting Christine Gall [email protected] Nominations close on Friday 13 April 2018.


May God go with you.

Mr Geoff McManus


Important Dates


5 April:  Vinnies Camp

6 April:  NSWCCC Swimming

9 April:  Year 7 2019 Enrolment Applications close

9 April:   Warraymalaya Retreat

10 April: World War 1 History presentation

11 April: Principals' and Captains' Dinner at McCarthy

11 April: Year 9 English, Year 10 Drama Shakespeare presentation

13 April: Choir to Nazareth House

13 April: Term 1 concludes

14 April: Europe Excursion departs

30 April: Pupil Free Day

1 May:     Term 2 commences

7 May:     Year 10 and 11 Vaccinations

8 May:    Spiritual Formation Retreat 

9 May:    Year 12 Parent/Teacher Interviews 4:00pm - 6:30pm

10 May:  Athletics Carnival

11 May:  UNE Open Day

11 May:  Diocesan Cross Country, Tennis, Golf

15 May:  NAPLAN

15 May:  Year 12 Twilight Retreat

15 May:  Association Meeting

16 May:  Careers Expo

Teaching and Learning

Last week, I wrote on the topic of ‘Engagement’ which began to unpack what the research says about the impact of parental  involvement in learning and how it applies to the families in our McCarthy community. This was also a concept I was able to discuss with the members of the McCarthy Parents Association last week.

Through the work of John Hattie in his meta analysis, we learnt that the highest effect sizes regarding parental involvement occur when parents have high expectations for the learning and achievement of their children and when they take a more active approach to learning (d = 0.58). There are however, negative effects when parents’ involvement includes a ‘surveillance approach’ or micromanagement. (Hattie, J. (2009). Visible Learning. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, New York.

Having high expectations of students, helps students have high expectations of themselves.

At the McCarthy Parent Association meeting, we used an example that is very relevant and current to our students and their families. The example was none other than Ed Sheeran and his recent music tour of Australia. The question posed was, ‘As parents, if we have high expectations of our children, do we allow them to take time off school to see Ed Sheeran and agree to missing the days of travel it would involve?’

As you can imagine the conversation became rigorous and there was debate as to the setting high expectations and how we could communicate and demonstrate high expectations in this very real scenario. As the conversation developed, we manipulated the variables; if the student was in Year 12 and had an Assessment Task due?  If the student was in Year 12 and did not have an Assessment Task due? If the student was in Year 8? We discussed the merit of taking students to a memorable cultural experience, a once off ‘treat’, and we also had the ‘you only live once!’

The decision is certainly a parental one and there are no right or wrong answers - except in the scenario involving Year 12 Assessment. What does matter is how you can continually maintain and demonstrate the high expectations you have of your child when these  circumstances arise. Communicating with your child about the impact on the learning.

If parents decide their child is permitted to go, boundaries need to be established, How will they catch up? Will they cut back on part time work for that week to allow for catching up? What measures will the student take to access the work, that does not involve making additional demands on teachers? Is this leave approved by the Principal? If parents decide their child is not permitted to go, the conversation needs to be focused around the impact on the learning and the time out of school that the experience demands, the effort versus the benefit. This challenge can also involve other scenario’s such as sporting commitments and family holidays planned outside of school holidays. This is not easy.

What doesn’t change, is the conversation about the high expectations you have of your child. Communicating the expectation of them to focus their energy on learning and prioritising learning throughout their education at McCarthy Catholic College. These are just some of the ways we can be engaged and have mutual high expectations throughout 2018 and beyond:

  • Expecting and supporting high attendance rates. When permitted to be away, having the conversation beforehand about how to support learning.

  • Reinforcing positive learning behaviours such as prioritising school, switching off the phone, limiting work hours to the recommended 8 hours per week.

  • Respecting the rights of all students to learn and expecting this from your child

  • Expecting students to strive for suitably challenging goals and celebrating the steps towards achieving those goals.

  • Supporting the work of the teachers and the school through respectful dialogue

  • Listening to your child read their drafts or assignments out loud.


Fed Cup Five – Debating Thrives

In the closest competition to date, McCarthy Catholic College clinched the Federation Cup in Debating despite valiant efforts from Farrer, Calrossy Girls and Calrossy Boys. Teamwork, discipline and intense preparation were the keys to success on the evening.

If standing before your peers and arguing coherently, concisely and convincingly is not demanding enough, throw in having only one hour to prepare and organise your case and then stand up and debate! Nevertheless, despite this added complexity, each team embraced the challenge and fought fiercely to the end.

Stage 6 students had to argue that climate change is the great moral challenge of our generation while Stage 5 grappled with the idea that a healthy environment is a first world luxury and Stage 4 explored the notion that preserving the environment is more important than jobs and growth.

The adjudication panels were made up of local solicitors from many of the firms in town as well as the doyen of local debating, Bruce Stewart.  

In a competition designed to celebrate the peaceful achievement of the federation of the Australian states, students from Years 7 to 12 have met over four evenings throughout Term 1 to ascertain the champion school in debating. It was most obvious to all involved that the standard rose with each successive debate.

Many of the debaters are now in their fifth year of the competition and it is most apparent that their skill, verve and confidence is flourishing because of the opportunity to debate regularly.

Going into the evening, two of the schools were in a position to win the overall trophy – McCarthy, the champions from 2014 and 2015 and Calrossy Boys. With all three McCarthy teams making the top tier finals, they only required one win to take the overall trophy for 2018, which they managed when their Stage 5 team won.

Following the debates, a large crowd shared supper, carried out post-game analysis, heard the final results and, most importantly, reflected on the growth that was most evident among all of the teams who debated over the competition before commencing prep for 2019.

Stage          Final              School                                                        Winner

6                   1 v 2                 McCarthy, Calrossy Boys                     Calrossy Boys

6                   3 v 4                 Calrossy Girls, Farrer                             Calrossy Girls

5                   1 v 2                 McCarthy, Calrossy Boys                     McCarthy

5                   3 v 4                 Calrossy Girls, Farrer                             Calrossy Girls

4                   1 v 2                 McCarthy, Calrossy Girls                      Calrossy Girls

4                   3 v 4                 Farrrer, Calrossy Boys                           Calrossy Boys



Throughout the year our students produce some wonderful pieces of writing and texts that reflect their skill, originality and creativity. Attached is a recent example:

Mr Mick Larkin - English Coordinator


VET News

2018 will be a big year for VET at McCarthy Catholic College. Along with the eight Year 12 students continuing their courses, we have twenty-six Year 11 and two Year 12 students who have commenced a pathway of study through either a TAFE Vocational Education and Training (TVET) course or a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT).


Students are completing Certificate II and Certificate III TVET courses in fields such as: Salon Assistant, Health Services - Nursing, Electrechnology, Community Services, Construction, Early Childhood Education and Care, Information and Digital Skills, Property Services - Real Estate, and Animal Studies. Our SBAT students are seeking skills through TAFE either attending face to face or online tutorials and working with an employer in the community in areas such as: Business Administration - Medical at Hunter New England Health, Animal Studies at Piper Street VET, Health Services - Nursing at Hunter New England Health where we have three girls completing traineeships, Plumbing at Country Combat Plumbing and Education Support at St Nicholas' Primary School.

With a TVET or SBAT course students can get a head start on a career and complete a TAFE NSW course while still at school. All TAFE courses count towards the students' HSC, with some contributing towards an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). These studies can be used to help students gain a place at a university and provide them with an industry qualification as well as gaining work-related skills and experience which are recognised and valued by employers, a pathway of VET while at school is worthwhile.

Mrs Julie Kellahan  - VET Coordinator

Email: [email protected]

Mrs Raelene Maxworthy

Teaching and Learning Coordinator

Pastoral Care

Girls' Night In

Sister Squared held a 'Girls Night In' on Friday 23 March at McCarthy, with a range of students attending with their mothers. The night started with a fitness and yoga routine by Sami Rigby and Alana Maguire from Pink Battalion Fitness, followed by inspirational and motivational talks from Queen of Country, Alex Kellahan and Princess of Country, Cheyanne Conlan. The girls completed quizzes on nutrition followed by dinner in the hall. Beauticians, make up artists, hairdressers and stylists gave talks and tutorials to all the girls, who then had their photos taken by a professional photographer. A huge thank you to Year 12 student, Montana Cooper-Mason for organising the event, which was enjoyed by all who attended.

Mrs Aimee Cook


Year 10 and 11 Vaccinations

Year 10 and 11 students will have the opportunity to receive the Meningococcal ACWY Vaccination on Monday 7 May. Please return consent forms to the College office before the above date.


Mitchell Brady Encouragement Award

Congratulations to Oliver Keft-Gill who has officially received the Tamworth Regional Council's Australia Day Mitchell Brady Encouragement Award. Oliver attended a special morning tea this week where he was presented with his award. 

Mrs Libby Molony - Pastoral Care Coordinator


Science and Engineering Challenge

Science and Engineering Competition 2018

Congratulations to the students from Years  8, 9 and 10 who took part in the Science and Engineering Challenge held at TRECC on Tuesday 20  (Year 8 team) and Wednesday 21 March (Years 9/10 team) .

The competition is hosted by The University of Newcastle in conjunction with support from the NSW Office of Chief Scientist and Engineer, Alan and Brenda Coates, Engineers Australia, Whitehaven Coal, Lawrence Hearn, the Rotary Club of Tamworth First Light, and the Rotary Clubs of Tamworth and Manilla.

This year the Year 9/10 team did our school proud by winning on the day and becoming Champion School.  This means that the team may be eligible to attend the next level of competition to be held at Newcastle University later in the year.

Our Year 8 team, in the Discovery Day, gained valuable teamwork skills and knowledge, challenging themselves throughout the day by building bridges, bionic hands and catapults. The Year 8 team placed 5th overall, with many students already excited about next year’s competition challenge.  

Special thanks go to Mrs Godden and Mrs Bryant for leading the Year 8 team and to Mrs Bearup and Mrs Lees who lead the champion Year 9/10 team. Without their efforts and enthusiasm, McCarthy students would not be able to participate in such events. By all accounts, all students had a very enjoyable experience. They collaborated extremely well in teams to solve the challenges put before them. Our McCarthy students were exceptional ambassadors for our school. Well done to all. Look out 2019 competition!

Year 8 team: Elih Griffiths, Eoin Shepherd, Joseph Melville, Kilian Apen, Rory Littlejohns, William Ashton, Samuel Tickle, Charles Kelly, Bailey Evans, Brady Painter, Amy Nawer, Angeleena-Treesa Tijo, Chloe Nicholson, Georgie Hannan, Georgina Simm, Elissa Groth, Emma Percy, Rachel Smith, Wilson Cowley, Will George, Kacey Afable, Ryan McKinnon, Angus Wallace, Caitlin Downey, Eleanor Pawsey, Isabelle Neville, Johnina Facistol, Laura Sinclair and Marianne Flood.

Year 9/10 team: Bella Robertson, Chloe Radoll, Carter Griffiths, John Wong, Brendan Scott, Ethan Waters, Lillian Harrison, Tazmin Darnell, Eleanor Neville, Emily Hubbard, Ewan Ball, Joseph Vella, Joshua Viertel, Nathaniel Thrift, Daisy George, Emily Pring, Georgia Horniman, Hannah Kampe, Stephanie Creigh, Alyse McNay, Nicholas Hannan, Olivia Coppola-Smith, Ellie Hannaford, Elisa Flint, Tully Munro, Maeve Galvin, Indianna Diss, Hannah Neville, Thomas Macpherson, Riley Frankel, Nikala Murray and Johanna Facistol.

Mr James Vella - Science Coordinator




Harmony Day Celebrations

On Friday 23 March, the McCarthy Jazz Band performed in the Fitzroy St Mall for Tamworth Regional Council's celebrations of Harmony Day.

The students represented the school with pride and were a great advertisment for what we do at McCarthy.

Mrs Lisa Lane

Careers News

Professional Development for Careers Advisers supported by the CAA NSW/ACT

From 20 - 25 March 2018, I was one of eleven Career Advisers from Tamworth and District Careers Advisers Network (TADCAN) who toured various tertiary institutions to explore what options are available to students. Our group included Careers Advisers representing the secondary schools in Tamworth, Inverell, Glen Innes and Moree.

There will be lunchtime presentations on all these institutions and career areas including the information and advice we received plus photos to be shared with students. The first will be in Week 11 and the remainder will be in Term 2.


Goulburn Police Academy

We spent Wednesday morning with Inspector Nick Hallett who took us through the recruitment process and  a tour around the academy. We were fortunate enough to see the students from both first and second year practising in scenario situations completing policing duties such as questioning a suspect in the village of Rossiville, specifically build to resemble a real town.



Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra

On Wednesday afternoon we went on a tour of ANU. It was a large campus that has 26,000 on campus students which is undergoing a large construction and rebuilding program. University staff then gave us an overview of their courses, requirements and employment outcomes.


Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)

On Thursday morning we visited ADFA. Leanne Harrison (Student Recruitment UNSW) explained the dual application process for ADFA and the courses offered (Engineering, IT, Arts, Business, Science). Courses are based around the training needs of the Defence Force. We toured the facilities (Engineering, Maths and Science) which included the experience in a sound proof room and watching programmed drones in action.  It is a demanding program with some students having 40 hours face to face study as well as the military drills, marches,  training and activities. 


Royal Military College, Duntroon

We then did a tour of the grounds, campus and facilities offered at the Royal Military College, Duntroon on Thursday afternoon beginning at the mess. We spoke to current students about their experiences and reasons for joining the Defence Forces.

The importance of having life experiences prior to joining, discipline and success through perseverance were stressed. Military expectations of behaviour, attitude and commitment were emphasised.

We made our way to the Australian War Memorial to the daily Last Post Ceremony where we paid our respects and were fortunate to see a spitfire demonstration over Lake Burley Griffin and Parliament House.


IFRS National Security Careers Night  - Presentation Lunchtime on Thursday 10 April (Week 11)

On Thursday evening we attended this event at Australian Defence College run by Institute for Regional Security (IFRS) which gave us the opportunity to talk to many different organisations (over 20 including AFP, ASIO) about what they wanted in potential employees.  It emphasised a growth in demand right across the entire national security and intelligence sectors and gave us an insight into the desired skills and attributes which were flexible, critical and analytical thinkers, attention to detail, writing and communication skills, and resilience.


University of Canberra (UC)

On Friday, we spent the morning touring the University of Canberra.

Sports courses: We had a look at the sports courses’ facilities (eg partnership with Australian Institute of Sport and other organisations) which included watching the ACT Brumbies train, the altitude / environment room for research and training.

Health courses: We toured the Nursing/Midwifery and Allied Health facilities which included robotic mannequins for Nursing and Midwifery (can actually give birth), and Biology laboratories.  UC will be introducing Optometry and there will also be a new Cancer Treatment Facility and UC Hospital in which students will be able to use and do work placements at.

Science and Forensics courses: tours of the labs and talks with academic lecturers about the courses and opportunities available to UC students.


University of Wollongong (UOW)

That afternoon we drove from Canberra to Wollongong and checked into the on-campus accommodation with a tour on Saturday morning. We spent some time at their Early Learning Centre, sporting facilities  and Library, with a tour by current students and a presentation.

This also provided the opportunity to catch up with several ex-McCarthy students who are studying there.  We visited the Innovation campus with tours of the “Science Space” and planetarium.

Term 2

Major events include:

  • Friday 11 May:  UNE Open Day – permission notes will be given to Year 12 students before the end of this term
  • Tuesday 15 May
    • Visit by Bond University – at lunchtime
    • UAC talk for all interested senior students and parents  6:30pm - 8:30pm at Calrossy (See Flyer attached below)
  • Wednesday 16 May -  Rotary Club of Tamworth First Light’s   North West Regional Careers Expo at the TRECC for students in Year 10, 11 and 12. Session Times: 9:30am – 11:30am and 12:00pm – 2:00pm. Parents may also attend.
  • Thursday 7 June – Ag Careers Expo at Farrer. Parents may also attend.
  • Thursday 5 July – University of Newcastle Schools' Visit Day for interested Year 12 students.

April School Holidays

This is a good time for students and parents to visit colleges and universities before the hectic times ahead in Terms 2 and 3. If students are interested in a place, phone and let them know when you will be there and ask for a tour of facilities in the area you are interested in. Most will be only too happy to do so.


Work Experience

Last week Hope Taylor in Year 12 did four days of work experience at Sydney's Taronga Zoo working with the marine animals which she found very interesting and rewarding.   

During the April school holidays, a number of students have completed paperwork to do Work Experience with various local employers and many are hoping to gain insights into careers with a view to applying for apprenticeships when they leave school. I commend these students for their initiative.


UAC 2018 Parent and Student Information Evening Tuesday 15 May

Mrs Susan Barrett - Careers Adviser

Email: [email protected]


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander News

Congratulations to Jay-Lee Nash of Year 9 who has been selected as a participant of The Gomeroi Culture Academy. The Gomeroi Culture Academy is a year-long cultural learning experience and new initiative which aims to create a generation of culturally strong leaders in our community.

The Gomeroi Culture Academy aims to continue the traditions of community, belonging and connection to land which is a process that will strengthen the identity for the next generation of Gomeroi Leaders. The program will enable participants to learn more about their culture, strengthen and develop their own identity and have a greater opportunity for success.

Jay-Lee was one of ten Indigenous students selected from over forty applicants across three local secondary schools in Tamworth which is an outstanding achievement. Throughout the year, Jay-Lee will participate in weekly group gatherings and mentoring sessions as well as on country learning, performances and demonstrations. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Jay-Lee all of the best on her journey.

Mrs Jolene Faint


Diocesan Touch Football

On Friday 23 March, thirty-three students from McCarthy Catholic College participated in the Armidale Diocesan Touch Football trials at Inverell. There was some great play and close fought matches on the day. Well done to the girls Under 15 team who were undefeated on the day. Thank you to Mr Damian Kenniff and Mrs Tanya Laird for their efforts in coaching and taking the teams to the trials. Several students were successful in making the Diocesan team which will compete in the NSWCCC Touch Football Championships in Penrith on Wednesday 20 June 2018.

Under 15 Girls: Jada Taylor, Sienna O’Mally, Macy Gillies, Holly Bynge, Abbegale Ryan, Phoebe Porter and  Georgia Horniman

Open Girls:  Madison Sharpe

Open Boys: Hamish Sparke, Liam Ball and Nicholas Pannowitz.


Girls' League Tag

On Thursday 29 March, three Girls' League Tag teams participated in the ten-a-side Gala Day at Riverside Fields in Tamworth. Matches were played against Manilla Central School, Uralla Central School, Oxley High School, Tamworth High School, Peel High School and Quirindi High School. The level of skill and competition on the day was very strong. The two senior teams were undefeated and the Under 14s also played well in only losing one of their four games. The gala day is good preparation for the Term 3 tournament where the winning team will advance to Bingara to play against other successful schools from the wider region.


Representative Sport

On Monday 26 March the NSWCCC Boys and Girls Hockey trials took place in Newcastle. Several talented students were successful in making the teams. Congratulations to Amber Witney, Lucy Frame, Holly Littlejohns, Sophie Littlejohns, Callie Michell and Billie Mitchell for making the NSWCCC Girls' Under 16 team. Billie Mitchell also made it into the Girls' Open Hockey team. The Under 16 Girls' team will compete at Moorebank on 3 June and the Open Girls' at Moorebank on 24 July.

Congratulations to Luke Maher on being selected in the Under 16 Boys' NSWCCC Hockey team. Luke will be competing at the NSW All Schools' Championships at Newcastle from 12 - 15 June. Well done and good luck to all these students in these representative matches.

Mr Brad Mitchell and Mr Damian Kenniff - Sports Coordinators

McCarthy Environmental Council

Amazing Enviro Race

On Friday 23 March, members of the Environmental Council and Year 11 Geography took part in Sustainable North West’s Amazing Enviro Race - coming first on the day and winning $4,000 worth of solar panels from Inland Solar (Ben van Aanholt) including installation. 

First place for secondary students went to our own Connor Roberts and Oliver Keft-Gill, with second to Isobelle Sullivan and Montana Cooper-Mason and third to Abby Kelly and Maddy Neville. 

The race included stations where students participated in learning about the environment, and specifically the impacts of everyday actions. This included native wildlife management with Landcare, water sustainability, electricity usage and native flora management. This enabled students to see the environment and human actions as interdependent, and work towards a more sustainable future. 

Special thanks to Mrs Stuart for helping get us all there.



Earth Hour

The Environmental Council was able to organise whole school participation in Earth Hour on Wednesday 28 March. Lights, air conditioning and computers were turned off for the event, with classes focusing on non-technological activities. This raised awareness to staff and students alike about how much our school relies on electricity and how much of it we consume. 

Isobelle Sullivan - McCarthy Environmental Council

McCarthy Parents Association



The next Association Meeting will be held on Tuesday 15 May at 7:15pm in the Staff Room. All are most welcome to attend.

General Information

Clothing Pool

The Clothing Pool can be accessed on Wednesdays between 8:00am and 10:00am 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 Bernie Williams

[email protected]


Year 8 Coordinator - Mr Andrew Davy

[email protected]             


Year 9 Coordinator - Mrs Melissa Bearup

[email protected]                


Year 10 Coordinator - Mrs Fiona O'Neill

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Year 11 Coordinator - Mr Damian Kenniff

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Year 12 Coordinator - Mrs Michelle Gale

[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
SOCEA 2018.pdf
Active Kids Rebate.pdf
Ocean Blue - Sara Vella.docx
2018 Parent and Student Information Session - Tuesday 15 May.pdf