McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter

21 September 2017
Term 3 week 10 2017
Prayer and Reflection
Principal's Report
Important Dates
Teaching and Learning
McCarthy's Got Talent
Careers News
McCarthy Sport
McCarthy Parents Association
General Information
McCarthy Catholic College
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Tamworth, New South Wales, 2340

Prayer and Reflection


Dear God,

We pray for our Year 12 students as they finish 13 years of education.

We thank you for those we love and for the work you are continuing to do in their lives.

During this season of new beginnings, we ask that you make their way clear.

We ask that you keep their footsteps firm and remind them that you are with them, always.

May they sense the freshness of your Spirit in their lives, and may they be strengthened, and instilled with hope, for the new roads you have in store.

Be a lamp for their feet, and a light to their path.

Shine over them.

Fill them with your spirit.

Bless them with your favour and peace.

In Jesus’ name,



On Monday 11 September sixty Year 12 students attended the final Twilight Retreat. The students listened to personal testimonies given by staff and participated in a number of icebreaker and reflection activities during the course of the evening. The main focus of the retreat was to review their years together and to break open the Gospel reading selected for their Thanksgiving Mass on Wednesday 13 September. The students explored Mark’s version (Ch 6:46-51) of Jesus walking on the water. Our focus was the boat, a metaphor for the Church, which provides a place of security amid the storms of life; and in this respect it provided our Year 12 students with a very worthwhile message on the eve of their leaving school and moving out into the world where there will be storms.

At their Thanksgiving Mass, Fr Joe concentrated on Jesus’ words to his disciples, “Courage! It’s me! Don’t be afraid;” these same words he speaks to us today. I would like to extend a sincere thanks to Fr Joe for celebrating the Mass with us and to the teachers who assisted with both the Retreat and Mass during Week 9.



Our thoughts and prayers go to Isis Lumby, Maddison Hewitt and families following the passing of their grandfathers.

Mrs Cate Allen

Mission and Spiritual Formation Coordinator


Principal's Report

Year 12 2018 Student Leadership Council

I had the pleasure of announcing our College leaders for 2018 at the Year 12 Farewell Assembly this week. Congratulations to Zac Clark, Lily Darcy, Maggie Fulwood,  Matthew Gambrill, Eleanor George, Sophie Littlejohns, Charlotte Mills, Matthew O'Toole, Tom Rindo, Dakota Skewes, Holly Supple, Georgia Volk, Abbie Wieland and Garvin Yip.

Captains: Eleanor George and Tom Rindo.

Vice Captains: Charlotte Mills and Matthew O'Toole.

I look forward to working closely with these students over the next 12 months.

ADIG Diocese All-Rounder Award

I am pleased to announce that Jack Awad is the recipient of the inaugural ADIG All-Rounder Award for 2017.  This award recognises a Year 12 student who has:

  • provided outstanding service and contribution to the College and/or wider community.
  • academic potential and will undertake post-school education in 2018.
  • demonstrated involvement in co-curricular activities.
  • demonstrated contribution to spiritual life.

 Jack will receive $1,500 towards Vocational or Tertiary study expenses in Semester 2 of 2018.

An additional Encouragement Award was won by Isabelle Ambrose. She will receive $500 towards her study expenses.

Congratulations to our well deserved students.

Perpetual Award

Congratulations to Mrs Briony Martin who is this year's winner of Year 12's Perpetual Award for significant contribution outside of normal duties.



I thank all the students and staff who contributed to a fantastic community day on September 8. The attached photos do little justice to the enthusiasm and spirit that pervaded the walk. Special thanks to the McCarthy Environmental Council and Mrs Fiona O’Neill who coordinated another brilliant McCarthy’s Got Talent, which once again proves that McCarthy Catholic College really does have some incredibly gifted performers. Well done everyone!

At the time of writing, we are a little worried that our aspirational target may come up short, so I encourage all students to get their sponsorships and donations in as soon as possible. The current total is $9046. Thank you to the local businesses and organisations that sponsored the walk and McCarthy’s Got Talent prizes and for supporting such a worthwhile cause! I particularly identify the Tamworth Regional Council for their significant financial and physical support in providing road crossing supervisors who kept our staff and students safe as we crossed Manilla Road. We are fortunate to have such a community minded Council.


Without ‘stealing the thunder’ from those proud teachers, coaches and conveners, I offer public congratulations to those students who have excelled on the sporting field in the final few weeks. Our NSWCCC Athletes performed admirably at the State Championships in Sydney last week. Congratulations to Ethan Miller, Georgia Simm and Emma Higgins on receipt of Gold, Bronze and Bronze medals respectively. Well done!

Similarly, we are exceptionally proud of our Year 7/8 Oztag team in making the Grand Final of the statewide Oztag championships. While they lost by one point in extra time, their skill level and commitment as a team was exemplary. Extra-special congratulations also to Jada Taylor in being awarded the Most Valuable Player Award for the entire tournament.

And finally, well done to those students who recently participated in the UNSW National Science Competition whereby a number of students achieved results of exceptionally high calibre. Mr James Vella has listed the names later in this edition of the newsletter. Exposure to academic testing of this quality provides higher challenge to our students to promote higher engagement and commitment to excellence. Thanks to Mr James Vella and the Science staff for their efforts behind the scenes.


Notification for Families

Planning for the 2018 school year is well underway. The Catholic Schools Office requires each school to send in student projection numbers. Using this data, the CSO determine our staffing levels. Could I ask any families who may be relocating to let the school know as soon as possible so that this can be taken into consideration as we plan for next year.


End of Term

Term 3 usually brings with it a raft of colds and flu, and this term was no different. I trust that the well-earned break allows students to rest up and rejuvenate for a busy final term. I once again thank the teaching staff for their dedication and hard work in differentiating their instruction to support the learning needs of our students. The upcoming break might be a holiday for some but our teachers will be still working to prepare contemporary resources and learning materials ready to start Term 4 at a sprint! I also identify the great work that our Education Assistants, Administration Staff and Support Staff do behind the scenes in supporting learning. Their ‘quiet achiever’ attitude is another fine example of community spirit in action at McCarthy. Thank you!


Summer Uniform

A final reminder that Summer Uniform may now be worn to school. I remind and encourage all students to wear their clean and pressed uniform with pride and to especially ensure that they wear their shirts tucked in at all times, especially in public.


School starts for Term 4 on Monday 9 October  at 8:45am.


Have a safe and happy holidays with family and friends.

May God go with you.


Mr Geoff McManus


Important Dates

22 Sept:          Term 3 concludes

9 Oct:               Term 4 commences

11 Oct:            Year 11 Legal Studies Excursion - Sydney

16 Oct:            HSC commences

16 Oct:            NSW Junior Basketball Finals - Penrith

17 Oct:            Association Meeting

24 Oct:            Year 11 Twilight Retreat

25 Oct:            Year 11 Parent/Teacher interviews

2 Nov:             Year 8 VALID

9 Nov:             Year 12 Graduation Dinner - Town Hall

13 Nov:           Years 7, 8, 9, 10 Exams commence

20 Nov:           Year 7 2018 Orientation Day

21 Nov:           Association Meeting

28 Nov:          Creative Arts Evening

4 Dec:             Year 9 Excursion

11 Dec:          Award Night

Teaching and Learning

Year 11

Year 11 examinations have been running smoothly and students have been preparing themselves well. It is vitally important, when making decisions about subjects and patterns of study for the HSC course, that students reflect on their results and, before making decisions, they should meet to discuss their progress and plans with their teachers and our Careers Adviser. On 25 October, Year 11 will have Parent/Teacher Interviews. These will be held in the library and I urge all parents and students to attend. Mrs Martin and I will also be hosting small group sessions on HSC HUB, so please factor into your time a ten minute window where you can join is. We will be sending further details in the mail with Reports early in Term 4.


Interim Reports

Years 7-10 Interim Reports have been emailed and these present an ideal opportunity to take the time to pause and reflect on your child's level of application, cooperation and organisational skills, such as being punctual and completing book work. These are the basics of good student management and I encourage all students to make adjustments where needed and for many of our students, to keep up their pleasing level of effort and application.


The school holidays are a great time to restock pencil cases, freshen up books and make some study notes in order to prepare for Yearly Examinations in Term 4.

Mrs Raelene Maxworthy - Teaching and Learning Coordinator


HSC Drama Examination and OnStage Nomination

On Friday, 1 September, HSC Drama students performed their Group and Individual performances for itinerant HSC Markers. It has been an intense preparation for HSC students, a number who battled with sickness (flu and laryngitis) during the days before, and of, the HSC exam. A number of pre-HSC performances (Stage 6 Creative Arts Evening and lunchtime theatre events) ensured that students were thoroughly prepared for their exam. 

I was incredibly proud of all the student performances. Their maturity and support of each other are to be congratulated. We would like to wish Jaydon Merrick, who has now literally flown the coup overseas, all the best for his future theatrical studies.

An acknowledgement must also go to Katherine Sleiman who received an OnStage Nomination for her Individual Performance: Capulet-Montague - a series of Julietextracts from Romeo and Juliet performed in Expressionism form. Katherine focused on the absolute obsession of adolescent love and used Expressionism art to model blocking and angles in body posture. Below are some images that were taken of the Group Performances 'Mind What you Say School' and 'Heavy Traffic'.

A special thank you to the wonderful parents who have supported such a creative crew.

Ms Felicity Sawtell - Drama teacher



This year a number of students ranging from Year 7 to 11 participated in UNSW's Global ICAS Science competition. All the participants are commended on their willingness to participate in such events. As I mentioned at assembly in Week 9, no one improves academically or otherwise without taking the initiative to challenge one self. Congratulations to all the participants and achievement recipients. Particular mention and congratulations go to Joseph Melville who achieved a Distinction and to Eoin Shephard who was awarded a High Distinction in the Year 7 section of the ICAS Science Competition. Congratulations and well done to all.

Mr James Vella - Science Coordinator

Australian Reading Hour
Relaxing with a book was the theme of period 1 on Thursday 14 September as Year 7-10 students enjoyed both the educational and calming benefits of reading during Australian Reading Hour. Whether students brought in books from home, were read to from their teacher's favourite book, read of the latest findings in Science or Mathematics together or explored our wonderful library to find their reading bliss, students lapped up the opportunity to devour the written word and engage in an activity that reduces stress by 68% - even more than listening to music or going for a walk. A big thanks to our library and academic staff for helping us promote both the academic and well-being benefits of getting stuck into a good book!

Mrs Melanie Thompson - Acting English Coordinator



Congratulations to Ella Patterson (Year 8) who was recently presented with the Brand Muster Award at the Quirindi Show Opening Ceremony. The award was for the No Technology section which all McCarthy Year 8 Agriculture Technology students participated in last semester. 

The Brand Muster Awards were for a Logo competition run by Food River Station which is an online resource introducing students to the Liverpool Plains and all they have to offer, helping students to understand their connection to the plains.

Robbie van Hemert is the founder/owner of this resource.

There were many schools and hundreds of children who entered from around the New England Area; there are currently 3000 students using the Food Bowl Education Unit on the Food River Station website.

Congratulations to Ella for winning one of the sections with her beautiful artwork. ​

Mrs Jo McHugh - Agriculture teacher



These last two weeks, all Year 8 students have had the opportunity to participate in a French tasting cultural experience and use their knowledge of the language to express their good manners. Some classes had a French breakfast and were served 'petit pain au chocolat' (chocolate croissant), 'baguette' with 'confiture' (jam) and 'beurre' (butter). Year 10 Elective French cooked 'crêpes' for thirty students who enjoyed tasting them with 'sucre-citron' (sugar and lemon) or 'confiture'. Thank you to Julia, Lauren, Heath, Phong and Calvin for the delicious crêpes!

Well done to all the Year 8 students who endeavoured to use French for their 'everyday communication' in the classroom this term and improved their speaking and listening skills. Many students (whatever their grades were in Semester 1, from A to E) can now ask in French if they can write the date on the board, hand out or collect the notebooks, go to the bathroom or if they can have a pen or a sheet. Some students also enjoy having a little conversation in French with the teacher as they come into the classroom. Thank you to Year 8 for their efforts this term and congratulations on your progress!

Special congratulations to Eleanor George too, who has taken the Preliminary French Continuers Course and is studying through Distance Education. She received the Faculty Award for her fantastic work this year and is about to begin her HSC Course. All the best!


Mrs Raelene Maxworthy

Teaching and Learning Coordinator

McCarthy's Got Talent

McCarthy’s Got Talent

The Environmental Council’s annual McCarthy’s Got Talent was a great success this year, showcasing a wide range of high quality performances. The acts included violins, a jazz piano and drum combo, a magician, and many talented vocalists. The interlude also featured the notable talents of Mr Chittick and Year 12 students, Connor Robinson and Jack Hannaford in an entertaining lip-sync battle.

First place was awarded to Roma Bernardo (vocalist) and Dominique Enriquez (guitar), second place to Augustine Mundele-Turner (violin), and third place jointly to Rebecca Hughes and Ebony Dube (both vocalists). The People’s Choice Award was won by the Screwdrivers (vocalists).

A big thank you to all our sponsors, who generously provided prizes and support to McCarthy’s Got Talent, including ADIG, Forum 6 Cinemas, Stain Busters, Peel Valley Tiles, CommBank RAB, Edwards Printing Solutions, JB Hi-Fi, New England Engraving and North West Locksmiths. Thanks also to Mrs O’Neill, Mr Rindo, Mr Northey and Mr Thompson, without whom the show would not have been possible.

Eleanor George - McCarthy Environmental Council

Careers News

Jobs for Year 10 - 12 Students

Quite a few employers have contacted the school about full-time apprenticeships, traineeships and gap year positions available for school leavers. There are also a number of Christmas holiday jobs being advertised. These are posted on the McCarthy Careers Facebook page and in the Daily Notices.



A number of scholarships from Universities, private Colleges and organisations are also available and being promoted in the same places.


Job Hunting

Students will need a quality resume for part-time and full-time jobs, College applications, scholarship applications and more. It is upon the resume that an employer will decide if students progress to the interview stage. A poorly laid out and presented resume with spelling and layout errors will definitely NOT help a student's chances of success. To assist students, a sample resume for junior students is available from the door of the Careers Adviser's Office and for Year 12 students samples of job and University resumes are available in the 2017 Year 12 Careers Booklet given to all Year 12 students earlier this term. 

Examples of cover/applications letters to accompany a resume are also available. A well written cover letter will enhance job applications if they are in the expected format.


Interview Tips and Advice 

Should a student get to the interview stage, this can be stressful and being prepared can make a big difference. There are many tips, sample questions and much more available for our job seeking students.


University Deadlines

The UAC and QTAC deadline for on-time applications are approaching. Year 12 students are strongly advised not to leave it until the last moment. They should check with individual Colleges for accommodation deadlines and scholarship deadlines and allow plenty of time to prepare written applications and get them proof-read by someone before they are submitted.

It has become evident that not all Year 12 students are checking and carefully reading emails and for some that may mean they miss important deadlines, notifications of scholarships and other opportunities. 


Parents are also invited to subscribe to Careers Alert emails to keep informed. Please click here and fill in details.


McCarthy Sport

NSW Oztag Championships

The Years 7 and 8 Oztag team competed in the NSW Championships in Sydney on 13 September. The girls played four games in their pool and placed second. They won both semi final games and qualified for the Grand Final against Central Coast. At full-time the score was 1 all, which meant the girls had to play a "drop off" of five players until there was a result. In 31 degrees, and extremely windy conditions, the girls played brilliantly. Exhausted as the girls were, they pushed through but narrowly missed scoring. The opposition replied with a try on the wing to finish an action packed game.

Congratulations to the team who were runners up in the NSW Oztag Championships and should be very proud and pleased with their performance. Congratulations to Jada Taylor being named Most Valuable Player of the Championships in the Year 7 and 8 Girls' Division.

The talented team consisted of: Aalinya Smith, Abbegale Ryan, Anika Earsman, Breanna Luckey, Chloe Shanley, Ella Mitchell, Georgia Horniman, Holly Bynge, Jada Taylor, Macy Gillies, Olivia Whittemore, Phoebe Porter, Sienna O’Mally, Sophie Corbett and Shanae Roach. The team were a pleasure to coach.

Thank you to Mr Northey for patiently driving the bus and supporting the girls on the day as the  photographer and keeper of water bottles. Thank you also to parents, Mrs Luckey and Mr Mitchell, who helped out with ice, water, ice blocks and camp organisation.

Mrs Tanya Laird

NSWCCC Athletics Championships

The NSWCCC Athletics Championships were held in Homebush on Friday 15 September. The following McCarthy students competed at the Championships in what was a successful day for the Armidale Diocese: Mia Kennedy, Kilian Apen, Paige Seaton, Georgia Simm, Ethan Miller, Ben Nelson, Emma Higgins, Julia Hannaford and Jessica Clarke.

Congratulations to Ethan Miller who received Gold in 14 Years Boys' Shot Put, Georgia Simm, who received bronze in the 13 Years Girls' 1500m, and Emma Higgins who received bronze in the 16 Years Girls' Shot Put.



Mr Matt Feltrin

Sports Coordinator

McCarthy Parents Association

Association Meeting

Our next Association meeting is Tuesday 17 October 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

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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