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.
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!
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.