McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter

18 May 2017
Issue One
Prayer and Reflection
Principal's Report
Important Dates
Mission and Spiritual Formation 
Teaching and Learning
Performing Arts and Music
Around McCarthy
McCarthy Sport
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander News
Careers News
McCarthy Parents Association
General Information
McCarthy Catholic College
(02) 6761 0800
Tribe Street
Tamworth, New South Wales, 2340

Prayer and Reflection


The Fatima Prayer

Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell,

Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.



When we set the 100 year anniversary of the Fatima apparitions alongside current news events and headlines it would suggest it is a very good time for Catholics to renew their devotion to praying the Rosary in response to Our Lady’s request one hundred years ago, to “Pray the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and the end of war.” In response to Bishop Kennedy’s invitation, RE classes at McCarthy are praying a “Decade-a-day” to mark the Church’s celebration of the Fatima centenary.


Our thoughts and prayers go to Zac Clark and his family following the passing of his grandfather.

Mrs Cate Allen - Mission and Spiritual Formation Coordinator


Principal's Report


Welcome to the new Newsletter for McCarthy Catholic College! As a measure of our ongoing search to improve the quality of communication to our families and potential new enrolments, the iNewsletter provides for seamless viewing on any form of electronic device, particularly smartphones. We trust that families find the new interface more user-friendly so that key items such as important messages, student success and upcoming events are more easily communicated and presented in an attractive manner. We are happy to hear your feedback!


Athletics Carnival

At the time of writing we are preparing for the annual Inter-house Athletics Carnival to be held on Thursday May 18 (weather permitting) Once again, this day offers an opportunity for students to engage in a great community-building event whereby students can contribute simply by participating or they can choose to excel in front of their peers on the big stage. I thank the staff for their commitment to the prior organisation and smooth running of the day, particularly Mr Feltrin, Mrs Jones, Mr Davy and Mr McKenzie.


Student Social

Great fun was had by all last Thursday night at the first Student Social for 2017. While a ‘Bogan’ theme and a cool night combined very well to reduce the complicated decision of what to wear, many students commented about the increased numbers, great music and good times that they had with their friends. I commend the Student Leadership Council for their hard work behind the scenes in setting up and working in the canteen on the night. We look forward to another fun night in Term 3!


We welcome Kyle (Year  7) and Nicholas Minton (Year 9) to the McCarthy community.

Stronger HSC Standards - NESA updates

The NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) are providing updates to the community and schools on a fortnightly basis with regards to the Stronger HSC Standards. These stronger standards come into effect with the changes to several Stage 6 in 2018 and by the requirement of students to be able to demonstrate a minimum standard in literacy and numeracy based on Year 9 NAPLAN scores. Students who have not demonstrated this minimum standard in their Year 9 NAPLAN assessments will be provided with opportunities to resit literacy and numeracy testing in two testing periods in Year 10, 11 or 12 as required. Once students have demonstrated the standard they do not need to complete further testing.


If you are interested in keeping abreast of these changes that you may like to bookmark the following webpage:

May your God go with you.


Mr Geoff McManus - Principal

Important Dates

18 May:                   Athletics Carnival

18-19 May:            NSWCCC Hockey - Newcastle

23 May:                   ICAS Digital Technologies

24 May:                  Jump Rope for Heart (Year 8)

26 May:                  Debutante Ball

26 May:                  Diocesan Cross Country, Tennis, Golf - Gunnedah

29 May - 2 June: Years 7, 8, 9, 10 Exams

7 June:                   Diocesan Soccer - Inverell

12 June:                 Public Holiday

20 June:                 Board & Association Meetings

22 June:                 Cochrane Cup (Netball & Rugby League)

23 June:                 PUPIL FREE DAY

28 June:                 NAIDOC Assembly

28 June:                 Parent/Teacher Interviews (Years 7, 8, 9, 10) 3:30pm - 7:30pm

29 June:                 University of Newcastle Open Day

30 June:                 Term 2 concludes

17 July:                   Term 3 commences


Mission and Spiritual Formation 


Edmund Rice Whole School Mass

On Thursday and Friday 4 and 5 May, all students at McCarthy celebrated the feast of Blessed Edmund Rice over two days at St Nicholas’ Church. These celebrations were prayerfully led by Fr Joe and our choral under the leadership of Miss Katherine Harvey and Mr Tim Godden. During his homily, Fr Joe urged the students to ‘stay connected to the vine’ through constant prayer and the Eucharist. On behalf of all at McCarthy, I would like to thank Fr Joe, Miss Harvey and Mr Godden for their ongoing concern, desire and effort, which make our Eucharistic celebrations prayerful and meaningful community events.


Year 12 Twilight Retreat

On Wednesday 10 May, forty-nine Year 12 students attended a second voluntary twilight retreat. Sixteen staff assisted with the retreat activities, running icebreaker games and giving personal testimonies about God’s presence in their life.  The students were introduced to the PUSH idea ‘Pray Until Something Happens’ and as well were given a taste of Karl Rahner’s theology, ‘the magnetism of mystery’. At the conclusion of the retreat, Mrs O’Neill led the students in a thirty minute Ignatian Examen reflection prayer.

I would like to extend my gratitude to the teachers who assisted with the retreat, their presence and contribution is testimony to the importance we give to our students’ faith formation.

Mrs Cate Allen - Mission and Spiritual Formation Coordinator



Teaching and Learning



Week 3 was exceptionally busy with Year 7 and 9 students completing NAPLAN. I was very impressed with the way students applied themselves and their preparedness and organisation was fantastic. Very simply, we asked the students to do their best work.



Some Half Yearly Examinations are scheduled in the hall during Week 6, others will be conducted in class. Students will be given a timetable during mentor group this week. We continue to encourage students to give their best effort in all assessments. Again, making sure students are demonstrating their real ability on the day is very important. Teachers spend time analysing results and making adjustments, so it is important that we are looking at the true ‘snapshot’ of a student at that moment in time.

Please make sure students attend all examinations with the correct equipment and follow the instructions on their published timetable. These will be distributed via Mentor Groups this week. Copies will also be available on the school website. It is very important that all students who have genuinely unavoidable absence follow the procedures outlined below and include the required documentation.


Exam Procedures for Students Include:

·         Please be prepared with appropriate equipment needed for each exam:  paper, pens, pencils, eraser, ruler, tissues and any other specific items as notified by your teacher.

·         Mobile phones devices and smart watches are not to be brought into the hall – leave them in your bag which will be locked in the foyer.

·         If you wear a watch into the hall, it must be removed from your wrist and placed on the desk in full view.

·         If you bring in a pencil case or clear water bottle, it must be placed on the floor.

·         Go to the toilet before an exam.


Appropriate behaviour is expected:

·         Follow teacher instructions

·         Do not speak to other students

·         Sit quietly when you have finished the exam, you are not allowed to leave early.

·         Respect other students’ right to complete their exam without disturbance.


If you are unwell, a phone call to school or email to [email protected] from your parent is required before the start of the examination and a medical certificate MUST be presented on your return. Your medical certificate must be attached to a blue ‘Application for Extension of or Special Consideration for an Assessment Task'. These are available from the office. Please forward this completed application to Mrs Maxworthy by handing it into the office staff.

Mrs Raelene Maxworthy - Teaching and Learning Coordinator


Safety Reminder in Technology Classes

We need your help in keeping your child safe.  As you know, our students wear their PDHPE uniforms on the days they are required to participate in a practical PE lesson.  Unfortunately, sports shoes are not appropriate or safe footwear to work in the timber, food or agricultural areas.  As a result, your child must bring their leather school shoes with them on the days when they have a practical lesson in both Technology and PDHPE.  We cannot allow the students to work in unsafe footwear due to WHS laws which means they will be completing alternate theory work.  Please help us to ensure your child’s safety by reminding them to follow these procedures.

Mrs Suzanne Day - TAS Coordinator


Year 8 Jump Rope for Heart

All Year 8 students will be participating in our annual Jump Rope for Heart program during periods 3 - 6 on Wednesday 24 May. 

The unit of work aims to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity through skipping as well as the role of a nutritious diet in maintaining good health.

Another important aspect of the program is to raise funds for the National Heart Foundation and all Year 8 students should have received an official sponsorship brochure from their PDHPE teacher.

Fiona Coote (an ex Rosary College student) was in attendance at the "Jump Off Day" last year and reinforced the message of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and supporting the work of the National Heart Foundation. Fiona's heart transplant in 1984 was the catalyst for the initiative of Jump Rope at Rosary College the same year.

I ask all Year 8 students and families to embrace this wonderful opportunity at the College.

Mr Ian McKenzie - PDHPE Coordinator

Performing Arts and Music

$10,000 Arts Scholarship Awarded to Ex-student

An impressive $10,000 Arts scholarship was recently presented to ex-Drama/Music student (2016), Matthew Letton. He was presented with the giant cheque during one of the rehearsals for Rock of Ages (Tamworth Capitol Theatre May 12-27), in which Matthew is performing.


Matthew intends to travel to London to study with Broadway performers later in the year and wishes to share his experience and skills gained upon his return to Tamworth. We are all very proud of you!

Ms Felicity Sawtell - Drama Teacher


Around McCarthy

Term 2 School Social


McCarthy Sport

Northern NSWCCC Rugby League Trials

On Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 May, Thomas Croake travelled to Smithtown for the Northern NSWCCC Rugby League trials as a part of the Armidale Diocesan U15 Rugby League team.

Thomas was not selected to progress to the NSWCCC Rugby League trials, but should be commended on the effort shown during the two games in which he was involved.

Mr Matt Feltrin


Congratulations to Josie Chick who was selected in the NSWCCC Open Girls' Basketball team. Josie travelled to Castle Hill on May 8 for selections, and will now travel back to Castle Hill on June 5 to trial for selections for the NSW All Schools' team. We wish her the best of luck.

Peel Schools' Carnival

Girls League Tag

This year marks the 53rd Peel Schools Rugby League Carnival Tamworth, with the introduction of girls' League Tag. Six teams competed in the knockout competition throughout the day. McCarthy under 14’s team played three games with only four tries scored against them. The team defeated St Joseph’s Aberdeen and Gunnedah High School. McCarthy played Scone High School in the final playing with refined skill and effective  teamwork to win and take out the inaugural title as the winners for the Girls' League Tag A Grade. Each game the girls displayed fair play and cooperated with each other with two aims in mind; to work together and include everyone. It was a pleasure to be their coach and I was proud of their performance and achievement.

Thank you to Nick Taggart who volunteered to assist the team during the final.

Congratulations to Jada Taylor who was named Player of the Girls' Competition and to the following girls who now go on to play in Tamworth on 12 May: Breanna Luckey, Holly Bynge, Georgia Horniman, Sienna O’Mally, Macy Gillies, Shanae Roach, Phoebe Porter, Chloe Shanley, Olivia Whittemore, Sophie Corbett, Abbegale Ryan and Aalinyah Smith.

Mrs Tanya Laird


Mr Matt Feltrin - Sports Coordinator

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander News

Warraymalaya Retreat

At the end of last term, selected students from Years 8-11 attended the Armidale Diocese Catholic Secondary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Retreat, “Warraymalaya” - Stand and Support/Together in the Gamilaraay/Yuwalaraay language. This year, the retreat was held in Coffs Harbour.  It was a successful retreat where the students had a great time learning from some wonderful mentors. Locky and Fleur, from Milan Dhiiyaan, taught the students several songs in language and the corresponding traditional dances, while two wonderful representatives from The Missions of Gods Love, focused on workshops with the students highlighting Christian teachings on this year’s theme - “Fidelity in Relationships”. Through this combination of Indigenous culture and Catholic teachings, the students began their journey of connection to country, whilst growing closer to God.


The students also had a chance to go up against staff and peers in an epic sumo zorb battle which lead to a few people biting off more than they could chew. A brave many, faced their fears to overcome the sky wire and giant swing and a lucky few managed to have a go in the pouring rain! Water-logged and mud soaked, the rain dissipated and the students were rewarded with a campfire under the stars. Gumbaynggirr Elder, Uncle Mark sat with us, sharing passionate stories of his peoples, while marshmallows and damper were toasted on the flames.  


It was a perfect ending to a great retreat. Special thanks needs to be given to staff members who volunteered their time, and the continuing support of the Catholic School’s Office.

Ms Kisani Upward


Careers News

North West Careers Expo

This week has seen students in Years 10, 11 and 12 attend the North West Careers Expo at the TRECC. With over seventy exhibitors, our students were among about two thousand from the region to see what course and career options are available both in Tamworth and beyond. There were local employers, universities, colleges, accommodation providers, TAFE and much more.


Careers Activities Beyond the School

It is pleasing to see that many of our students are taking up opportunities that are mentioned in Careers Alert emails, notifications from JobJump, morning notices, the McCarthy Careers Facebook page and posters. In the recent holidays, several students attended talks on architecture at Bond University, the CSU My Day program on Criminology at Bathurst, as well as some students visiting media colleges and attending other events at universities or planning to do so in the next few weeks. 




Parents who wish to know what is available and how to access information are advised to register with JobJump through the school's account.


The instructions and link can be found on the McCarthy Careers page: by scrolling down to IMPORTANT for McCarthy Students and Parents.


Mrs Susan Barrett - Careers Adviser

McCarthy Parents Association

Association Meeting

Our next Association meeting is Tuesday 20 June at 7:15pm in the staff common room. All are most welcome to attend.


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

Senior Office Manager: Mrs Christine Gall

Year Coordinators

The 2017 Pastoral Care team is:

Pastoral Care Coordinator    

Mrs Libby Molony

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Year 7 Coordinator - Mr Andrew Davy 

[email protected]                         


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 

[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.

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