McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter

01 August 2019
1 August 2019
Prayer and Reflection
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal - Curriculum 
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care
Leader of Student Wellbeing
Leader of Teaching & Learning 
Important Dates
NAIDOC 2019 - Voice Treaty Truth
Library News
Careers News
Nazareth House French Day
College Counsellors
McCarthy Parents and Friends Association
General Information
Moore Creek Speed Zones
McCarthy Catholic College
(02) 6761 0800
Tribe Street
Tamworth, New South Wales, 2340

Prayer and Reflection


Family Prayer

God, our Father,

we are brothers and sisters in 

Jesus your Son,

one family, in the spirit of Your love.

Bless us with the joy of love.

Make us patient and kind, gentle and generous, 

welcoming to those in need.

Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.

Protect all families with your loving care,

especially those for whom we now pray;

[We pause and remember family members and 

others by name].

Increase our faith, strengthen our hope,

keep us safe in your love,

Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.

This we ask, through Christ our Lord,



Our Lady of the Rosary. Pray for us.

St Dominic. Pray for us.

Blessed Edmund Rice. Pray for us.



Marriage & Family Week

Bishop Michael Kennedy has designated the week ending 28 July as Marriage and Family Week for the Armidale Diocese. The theme for Marriage and Family Week is ‘The Family: School of Virtue’. During this week, we pause to remember that the home and family is the primary place where faith and core values are nurtured and passed on. The most significant way this happens is by allowing our children to see how faith is lived out on a daily basis. As parents (and teachers) it is good practice to reflect on the areas of our faith life where we can improve our own active witness; for example openly talking about God, showing practical concern for others in need, speaking openly about all the positive aspects of the Church.

In order to mark Marriage and Family Week at McCarthy, Year 11 students have been able to listen to three Catholic married couples from St Nicholas’ parish speak about their own personal journey to married life, their experiences of marriage and raising families in the faith. On behalf of the students, I would like to thank David and Elise Smith, Henry and Kate Buckman and Michael and Laura Murray who set time aside to come and speak openly with our students about their marriages and family life as young Catholics. 

St Vinnies

Thank you to those families who have already donated to the Vinnies Winter Appeal, the College is still accepting donations of blankets and items of warm children's clothing. 



Our thoughts and prayers are with Nicholas and Benjamin O'Connor and their family and Liam Thompson and his family following the passing of their respective grandfathers.


Mrs Cate Allen -  Leader of Mission, Spiritual Formation and Religious Education


Principal's Report

Welcome to Term 3

Welcome back to another exciting and busy term at McCarthy. As always Term 3 brings with it the final academic term for Year 12's, as well as beginning the conversation and discernment for Year 10's who consider their course options for Year 11 2020. I encourage all Year 12 and Year 10 families to keep up-to-date with the Event Calendar in the Newsletters and the McCarthy Facebook page as there are many important dates and deadlines to be met across the coming weeks. Similarly, we are moving towards our Annual Walkathon in Week 7 and the students are keen to continue their support of families affected by the drought in partnership with the St Vincent de Paul Society. Sponsorship forms will be heading home next week. The Year 11 and 12's have suggested that rather than attempt to get financial support from already cash-strapped local families and businesses that we contact Catholic school communities in city areas so that their urban communities can make a contribution as a practical sign of solidarity between city and country Catholic communities. Stay tuned for more details and in the meantime, reach out to your friends and relatives in the cities so that they too can choose to support a truly worthwhile cause.


Year 10 Ski Trip

The Year 10 group have just returned from a wonderful trip to the snow and by all reports had the most amazing weather with quality snow runs and beautiful sunny weather. I commend the hard work of Mrs Michelle Gale who planned and led the tour, as well as the volunteer staff who supervised the students on the ski fields and at night in and around the accommodation facilities. Well done to all involved!


Staff News

With a few of staff on leave at the moment I acknowledge the professionalism and generosity of those staff who have volunteered to step up into acting roles for periods of time this term. 

Mrs Mel Lees (Acting Leader of Learning Science - 3 weeks)

Mrs Mel Thompson (Acting Leader of Student Care Year 11 - 2 weeks)

Ms Rebecca Hannan (Acting Leader of Student Care Year 8 - 5 weeks).

We also welcome Mrs Natalie Deacon back after a period of maternity leave.


HSC Trials 

Good luck to our Year 12 students as they enter the Trials period. After many months of hard work and preparation these exams begin the ‘third leg’ of the journey from Preliminary Year, HSC School-Based Assessments and on into the full HSC Exams in Term 4. We wish them well and trust that those who have been meticulous and dedicated in their preparations are rewarded accordingly. Thank you also to the generous and talented staff who offered many hours of their break time to deliver HSC Workshops over the recent student vaccation period.



We welcome the following students to the McCarthy community: Blake Wicks (Year 7), Zelia Kleidon (Year 8), Bella Moujalli (Year 7) and Marlani Davis (Year 7).  As a community, we hope that their transition has been a smooth one and that they are enjoying the McCarthy community.


Mr Geoff McManus - Principal


Assistant Principal - Curriculum 


On Tuesday 23 July, a large number of McCarthy teachers attended an Australian College of Educators evening to hear inspirational Maths teacher, and Australian Local Hero, Eddie Woo, in a presentation entitled Innovative Teaching. The presentation challenged the audience to look at learning as wilderness exploration, where explorers often get lost. However, this is not to be considered a barrier, but as an opportunity for discovery. He emphasised the joy and privilege of working with students to 'pioneer' attitudes to learning that encourage exploration, creativity and openness; where students view 'getting lost' as a first step to discovering something new. It was certainly a thought-provoking evening and exciting to see Mr 'Wootube' in action.


We wish the Year 12 students well as they begin their Trial HSC examinations shortly. It was very pleasing to see so many avail themselves of the opportunity to do additional work during the recent holiday period. 


Congratulations to Mrs Raelene Maxworthy who travels to Melbourne this weekend where she will be presented with a Graduate Certificate in Education: Assessment of Student Learning at the Australian Council for Educational research. We are very proud of you and grateful to be the beneficiaries of your ongoing learning. 


Mrs Sally Sparke - Assistant Principal - Curriculum 

Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care

Effort is the Key

At the end of last term Semester 1 2019 Reports were sent home to students in Years 7 to 11. A good deal of information was provided regarding their learning. Following the reports, it was wonderful to see so many parents and students attend the parent teacher interviews on the Wednesday evening. But similar to the beginning of the year, now is a good opportunity to sit down with your child and review their First Semester report in more detail and with ‘cooler’ heads. Together, discuss the following:

  • What areas was your child most pleased with – why? Outline what you were most proud of in their report and learning so far this year.

  • What areas of learning does your child and yourself believe have not been mentioned in the report? What do you think your teachers need to know about you? (maybe write an email to the teachers and let them know what you feel they need to know about you as a student).

  • What areas did they feel they improved most? What did they do to make this happen?

  • What areas would they like to develop this second half of the year? What will they need to do to achieve this?

  • What advice were the teachers giving to help in this regard? Or do I need to speak to someone to help work out what I need to do?

  • How would I rate my effort in each subject? Give yourself a 5 if you did everything possible or range your self a mark down to a 1 where you made little, to no, effort at all.  Then work out your average. 

Regardless of academic performance, one of the core elements that I consistently encourage with students is effort – effort is the single most influential factor that they can control in their learning: ‘Get the effort right and the rest will follow.’ Or, as that great war-time leader said:


“Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.”   

Winston Churchill 


In an article that I like to use with Seniors, one of the key points made for school leavers is that:


Your attitude matters more than your academic results: Contrary to all that your well-meaning and hard-working teachers have told you, the rest of life will not hinge on exam results and tertiary entrance rankings. Sure, good marks give you options and make your parents proud, but in the real world attitude counts for everything. The good news is that employers will quickly overlook the poorest academic results if they see you are hard-working, teachable, reliable and just plain-old polite.


Of one of the main sites where we are expected to learn and develop these qualities is at school and once you develop these qualities and apply it to your learning then, over time, the results will take care of themselves.

Allied with this is an emphasis on the notion of growth. Growth is something all of us can do, regardless of innate talents or abilities, therefore focusing on the process of learning rather than the end result is always much more useful and meaningful if we are to continue to grow.


I have been sharing with Year 12 my own journey in the realm of completing chin ups for the first time as a 50 year-old. When I commenced a few years ago I was only able to complete sets of one at a time. My starting place was as low as you could get but over time I have been able to build the repetitions. I learned several important things through the process that applies to growth and I believe applies to learning at school:

  • Get started – nothing happens if you don’t begin. 

  • Usually the first set is the most difficult so it is critical to push through this but once you have commenced you are on your way and you feel that you can complete more. 

  • When you are striving to go to another level you often struggle and cannot complete that repetition but trying to is vital because you are more likely to achieve it the next time round. You build strength even when you don’t succeed.

  • There are days when it feels easy – make the most of it.

  • There are days when it is tough – these are the most important days when you push yourself through the sets because you come out the other side much stronger, both mentally and physically.

Some growth comes in spurts while at other times it is gradual, steady and slow, sometimes imperceptible. This is where teachers and parents play a key role in giving students feedback and encouragement that sustains their self-belief and reinforces their sense that it can be done. 


I have always been a great fan of Steve Waugh who said “Mental toughness is not giving in to yourself.” Our greatest impediment to growth and development is often ourselves, particularly when we face a challenge. Building academic resilience and a self determination to do one’s best is one of the core goals we have with our students. Once they develop this mindset then they have the key to success.



Mr Mick Larkin - Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care


Leader of Student Wellbeing

NSW Youth Summit

Later this year, UNICEF Australia, with support from the NSW Government, is hosting the first NSW Youth Summit on Living with Drought. 


The 3-day Summit is a chance for young people (aged 14-24 years) to come together to discuss the challenges and action needed for young people to better cope with the realities of drought and be better prepared for future droughts.


The Summit runs Wednesday 9 October 2019 - Friday 11 October 2019 at Point Wolstoncroft Sports & Recreation Centre.


Summit participants will hear from inspiring speakers, and take part in discussions, workshops and activities. They will work with others who share and understand their struggle, form new support networks and learn new tools and strategies to cope with the daily struggles of the drought. It will be an opportunity to connect, engage and reflect, surrounded by the beautiful waters of Lake Macquarie, NSW.


UNICEF Australia would like to ensure the Summit represents the diversity of experiences and backgrounds of young people in drought-affected regional NSW – including those most severely impacted by the drought and Aboriginal young people.


Return travel from a regional town (locations TBD) to the venue, accommodation, and meal costs will be fully covered.


For more information on how to apply please contact Mrs Stuart at the College on 02 6761 0800 (applications close 30 August 2019).

Mrs Sharon Stuart - Leader of  Student Wellbeing

Leader of Teaching & Learning 


  •  All students must attend their exam at the published time.
  •  In the event of illness, you must phone the College before an exam;
  •  a medical certificate must be  provided when returning to College; and
  • an Application for Consideration of an Assessment Task (blue form) filled in and submitted to Mrs Maxworthy. 

Year 12 students have made every effort to take the opportunity to revise over the break, and a thanks goes out to the generosity of teachers who hosted study sessions. For most subjects, the Trial Examination is a significant proportion of the final school based assessment mark.


The 5 P’s adage, Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance, is a reminder to those students, that it is never too late to study and preparing well is an antidote to stress.


During this time many students will also be putting the finishing touches on Major Works and Projects. Term 3 is characteristically a very busy one and I encourage all students to have the stamina and organisation to meet the requirements for each course.



Year 10

Thank you to all parents and students who attended the VET information evening. For any further enquiries please contact Mrs Julie Kellahan or myself at the College.

For anyone who missed the evening, I will be available to answer your questions personally after the Subject Information Evening.


Below is a list of important dates for Year 10 parents and students to attend:

Timeline of Year 10 up and coming Events

  • Week 2-4:     

During Wednesday’s APC lessons, students will hear presentations from Leaders of Learning in each Faculty.

  • Week 4:         

What: UAC (Universities Admissions Centre) will present information relating to ATAR  which will help clarify pathways and options for Year 11 2020.

When: Wednesday 21 August 2019

Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm

Where: Our Lady of the Rosary Cultural Centre


Following this presentation on the same evening: 

What: Year 11 2020 Subject Selection Information Evening

When: Wednesday 21 August 2019

Time: 6.15pm – 7.00pm

Where: Our Lady of the Rosary Cultural Centre


  • Week 5:         

Year 10 students course selection online during class time.


ICAS Assessments

ICAS Assessments are designed to assess students' ability to apply classroom learning in new contexts, using higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills. Earlier this year, I advised changes to an online platform. Students are encouraged to complete the form and payment in order to participate.

The following is a link to the letter advertised in the College notices. 

ICAS 2019 Schools Competition Dates


Year Level



Digital Technologies

7, 8, 9, 10

Tuesday 3 September



7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Thursday 5 September 



7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Tuesday 10 September




Thursday 12 September



7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Tuesday 17 September



7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Thursday 19 September



Mrs Raelene Maxworthy - Leader of Teaching & Learning  


Important Dates


1 August: College Photos

2 August: First Friday Mass

5 August: HSC Trials commence (concludes 19 August 2019)

7 August: NSW North West Netball Finals 

12 August: NSW Secondary Schools OzTag Finals (concludes 14 August 2019)

15 August: Unity Gaming and Coding Workshop 

15 August: Qld Catholic Schools Music Festival- Brisbane Band Tour 2019 (concludes 18 August)

20 August: CCC Hockey Championships

20 August: CCC Netball

21 August: CCC Hockey

21 August: UAC Information Evening 5:00pm-6:00pm

21 August: Year 11 2020 Subject Selection Evening 6:15pm-7:00pm

22 August: College Photos catch-up

28 August: Regional 7's Girls Rugby - UNE 7:30am-4:30pm

30 August: Diocesan Athletics 

30 August: College Fees due


Advanced Notice

14 November: Year 7 Vaccinations (catch-up for Year 10 who were missed)

14 November: Year 12 Graduation - Tamworth Town Hall



NAIDOC 2019 - Voice Treaty Truth

NAIDOC 2019 - Voice Treaty Truth

The NAIDOC theme for 2019 is Voice, Treaty, Truth which highlights the importance of reconciliation and unity, “let’s work together for a shared future.” The Indigenous voice of this country is over 65,000 years old and communicated the first words spoken on this continent. These languages have passed down lore, culture and knowledge for over a millennia. They are precious to our nation.


Keeping this in mind, in addition to, 2019 being the International Year of Indigenous Languages, McCarthy Catholic College celebrated NAIDOC 2019 by highlighting language and the rich Indigenous culture. 


Uncle Len Waters, local Gomeroi Elder, performed a traditional Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country to begin the proceedings of the day at our McCarthy Catholic College formal assembly. The NAIDOC Assembly quite appropriately, incorporated the beautiful Gomeroi language thus setting the tone for the morning. Indigenous senior students Alina Swan and Jacob Shanley led the assembly as well as many other Indigenous McCarthy students who participated in prayer. All of these students should be commended on their level of professionalism and commitment to promoting pride in their culture.


The first performance held us in awe, as we were entertained by Kaleb Taylor, proud Gomeroi man, ex-McCarthy student, mentor and family liaison for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families at Lewisham Christian Brothers High School. Kaleb and the members from his dance group, Harry, Jack, Ezekiel and George engaged the entire audience in the hall, teaching language and presenting traditional dances. Each story was explained meticulously, and it was an outstanding and inspiring performance to which I would like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Later in the day, Kaleb and the boys also hosted a traditional dance workshop for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students alike. We are so very grateful and wholeheartedly hope we will see them again.

Another highlight of the assembly was the presentation of our two major NAIDOC awards, the McCarthy Catholic College Perpetual Cultural Award and the Julian Rice Memorial Scholarship.  Both honours were taken out by very worthy Year 12 recipient, Joshua Turner. Congratulations Josh, your hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed. Thank you and congratulations also to Miss Nicola Ross, past McCarthy student who was last year’s very first recipient of the Julian Rice Memorial Scholarship. Nicola also attended the assembly and spoke to the students about her journey thus far into tertiary education and afterwards was presented with her cheque for $2000.

The awarding of this scholarship would not be possible without the generosity of the Rice family on Julian’s behalf. Thank you to all of you for being with us and particularly Christian Rice for the delivery of your very moving speech and for presenting the award on behalf of the family. 


Following the speeches came our next very special treat….the outstandingly polished traditional dances and didgeridoo instrumentals performed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from St. Edwards Primary School Tamworth. You were an inspiration to us all, we loved every single moment, WOW! Thank you Mrs Heidi Hardaker, Mrs Lisa Smith and Miss Brittany Cloake for bringing them across. We can’t wait to have you all up here with us at McCarthy again soon. 


To conclude the assembly the McCarthy Catholic College choir and band, along with several of our Indigenous students and Aboriginal aides sang “I am Australian”. A specific highlight in this performance was the chorus, sung in the Gamilaraay language taught to us by Uncle Len Waters. Thank you Uncle Len, Mr Tim Godden, Miss Katherine Harvey and Mrs Donna Swan for your support and guidance also.

Finally, a very sincere thank you to Mr Chris Smyth, Director of Catholic Schools Office- Armidale, and Mr Geoff McManus who both attended and spoke to the assembly about their genuine investment in Aboriginal culture and education at McCarthy Catholic College and around the Armidale Diocese. We sincerely thank you both for your continued support as well as, the entire McCarthy staff for their ongoing support of our rich, beautiful and diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and students. 

The biggest thank you of all however, is extended to all the families and community that came along to celebrate with us and support us. Thank you for making the day as significant as it rightfully should have been. We will see you all again next year for NAIDOC 2020.

Library News

Moon Landing 50th Anniversary

Last week we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a special display.


Device Free Lunchtime

We also held our first Device Free Wednesday at lunchtime.  We had students and some staff playing with lego, having a UNO Stacko challenge, other board games, colouring in, playing Battleships, reading and communicating!

We look forward to seeing this grow. 



Wanted: Donations of more lego and board games!

If any families in our community have unwanted lego or board games that can be played in half an hour (not Monopoly!) and are willing to donate them to the Library, they can be brought in to the College Office or the Library itself. 

Return Books Borrowed in Term 2

This is the time when we ask students to return library books borrowed earlier this year. The cooperation of students and parents in doing this is appreciated.


Mrs Susan Barrett

Careers Adviser

Careers News

University Information Evening for Senior Students and Parents 2019

This annual event was held on Wednesday 24 July in the first week of this term. The night provided an overview of what is involved and what needs to be considered when applying to university. Of special interest to parents who attended was information on the financial expectations and opportunities involved in university study.  Some Year 11 parents said it was very useful in giving them an idea of what is required in the future and gave them time to prepare financially. A selection of booklets and brochures were made available at the evening. 

The general advice for current Year 12 students was to firstly concentrate on their upcoming Trial HSC exams and then switch their thinking to applying for university, scholarships, early entry and accommodation.


Guest Speakers

Earlier this week two major local employers gave a presentation to interested students on the range of jobs they have available to students both in school and whenever they leave.

They offer a range of:

- School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

- full time Apprenticeships and Traineeships

- labouring jobs

- gap year jobs.


Students in Years 9,10, 11 and 12 attended.  The presentations were an initiative of a local working group on Youth Employment and organised through the Regional Department of Premier and Cabinet.


Term 3

This is an important term for many of our students:

Year 12  with applications, Open days, important dates, deadlines and decisions to be made

Year 11 with their end of Year 11 exams prior to possibly thinking of making changes to their pattern of study for the HSC

Year 10 with a strong focus on subject selection for Year 11 2020 or seeking employment and other options instead of continuing on to Year 11



Mrs Susan Barrett

Careers Adviser



Paige Seaton - Gymnastics

Paige Seaton in Year 9 recently achieved some remarkable performances in Gymnastics. At the State Championships earlier this year Paige placed 3rd overall on Level 8, qualifying her to represent NSW at Border Challenge in Caloundra, where she competed on the Vault, Bars, Beam and Floor giving her a day one result of 2nd place overall and 7th overall on the second day. Paige also competed in the team event to help take out the bronze medal. At our assembly on Wednesday 24 July the College had the opportunity to see videos from these Championships. Her skill levels are outstanding and everyone was most impressed by her efforts. Well done Paige.

Paige Seaton is pictured second on the left


Opens' Rugby League


On Wednesday 3 July eight senior students and Mr Bernie Williams travelled to O’Connor Catholic College Armidale to take part in a combined Opens' Rugby League game MCC/O’Connor Catholic College against Armidale Secondary College. The event was a charity game to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. It was also an opportunity to celebrate NAIDOC week with some guest speakers, music, junior games and girls' league tag.

In a thrilling game, MCC/O’Connor finished 24-22 victors. The game was played in great spirit and intensity. The combined team of McCarthy Catholic College and O’Connor Catholic College Armidale  showed great teamwork to overcome a physical Armidale Secondary College team. Liam Ball played an outstanding game where his brilliant attacking game earned him the Man of the Match honours. A big thank you to O’Connor Catholic College for hosting such a great day and providing the boys with a complimentary lunch. To Mr Bernie Williams for taking the boys on the bus and helping coach them, thank you for your efforts. The team included; Liam Ball, Nicholas Hannan, Nicholas Minton, Thomas Lange, Nicholas Taggart, Izack Fox, Luke Wallace, Ethan Russell, and Thomas Ferguson.

Mr Brad Mitchell - Sport Coordinator


Term 3 is a busy term for the Music department. Our Year 12 students are preparing for their HSC Elective examinations. These students prepare a combination of Composition, Musicology and Performance electives, which they present to external examiners. There are 19 Year 12 Music students, who are studying either Music 1, Music 2 or Music Extension. 


The Concert and Jazz Bands, as well as the Brass and Saxophone Ensembles, are also busy preparing for the Queensland Catholic Schools & Colleges Music Festival. This will be occurring in Brisbane between August 15 - 18. The bands will be travelling to, and staying, in Brisbane to compete in this competition. We wish our ensembles all the best for this competition, and hope they have a great experience.

Mrs Donna Swan- Music Teacher

Nazareth House French Day

McCarthy Students’ visit Nazareth House - French Day

Last Tuesday, 23 July, 6 students from McCarthy visited Nazareth House to participate in their 'French Day'. It was organised to celebrate Bastille Day (traditionally July 14) with the residents. Eden Filicietti sang the famous French song ‘Champs Elysées’ (from the name of the famous avenue in Paris which leads to the Arc of Triumph), accompanied on the piano by Edward George. The two Distance Education French students were supported by Caitlin Jackson, Katelin Abra, Annabel Kelly and Grace Salkeld, 4 fantastic Year 8 French students volunteers who sang the chorus. The students then served macaroons, made specially for the occasion, while connecting with Nazareth House residents who were more than delighted to meet them. They then helped organise games and everyone sang ‘Frere Jacques’ in round.

The visit was a great success and the students enjoyed this special excursion. 

Congratulations and a big thank you to them for sharing their love of the French language, culture and their musical talent with the community!


Mrs Oriane Monet - French Teacher

College Counsellors

Would you like to have a real say in the things that matter to young people in regional NSW?

The NSW Government is recruiting for the Regional Youth Taskforce, for young people aged 12-24. The NSW Government is looking for young people who understand and want to tackle the big issues facing young people in regional NSW. These issues include the impact of drought, youth unemployment, mental health and drugs, lack of things to do, and difficulty accessing services. Taskforce members will be young people who want to make a difference, bringing their best and brightest ideas to solve local issues. Follow the link for more information.


Staying Connected When Emotions Run High

This initiative is delivered by Dr Annemaree Bickerton (Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist) and Toni Garretty (Team/Clinical Coordinator) for the Family and Carer Mental Health Program within the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

Staying Connected When Emotions Run High is a set of five key strategies empowering others to be a resource to a person in distress, such as an adolescent. 

The aim of the workshop is to empower families with skills, knowledge and hope and invites families to identify their role in the relationship process. This is a free workshop for all parents and carers; details are on the attached flyer. 

Mrs Aimee Cook - College Counsellor


McCarthy Parents and Friends Association

McCarthy Parent and Friends Association Meeting

Next meeting of the McCarthy Parents and Friends Association will be on 20 August 2019.  All are most welcome to attend.

General Information

Clothing Pool

The Clothing Pool can be accessed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 8:00am and 8:30am 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.

Leadership Team 

Principal: Mr Geoff McManus

Assistant Principals: Mrs Sally Sparke and Mr Mick Larkin

Mission, Spiritual Formation and Religious Education Coordinator: Mrs Cate Allen

Leader of Teaching and Learning: Mrs Raelene Maxworthy

Leader of Pedagogy: Mrs Briony Martin

Leader of Student Wellbeing: Mrs Sharon Stuart

The 2019 Pastoral Care team is:

Year 7 Leader of Student Care - Mrs Melissa Bearup   

Year 8 Leader of Student Care - Mr Bernie Williams

Year 9 Leader of Student Care -  Mr Andrew Davy             

Year 10 Leader of Student Care - Mrs Michelle Gale   

Year 11 Leader of Student Care -  Mrs Fiona O'Neill     



Year 12 Leader of Student Care -  Mr Damian Kenniff     


College Counsellors

Mrs Tamara Shoemark 

Mrs Aimee Cook

Change of Details

It is imperative that the College 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.

Moore Creek Speed Zones

Safer Speed Zones Moore Creek

Roads and Maritime Services is improving safety by changing some speed zones and installing new signage at Moore Creek.  A speed zone review has been carried out in response to the changing road environment and traffic volumes in Moore Creek, after the development of several residential sub-divisions.
With a number of land release stages planned, the number of vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians moving in and around this area is expected to continue to grow. Following consultation with Tamworth Regional Council and NSW Police, we will be implementing a number of speed zone changes in the area for the safety of all road users.


Please see below flyer from Roads and Maritime Services NSW 


McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter
iCAS Assessments Letter.pdf
HNE LHD Flyer.pdf
Staying Connected When Emotions Run High flyer.pdf
190619 Notification Moore Creek speed zone changes_F.pdf