McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter

09 May 2019
Thursday 9 May 2019
Prayer and Reflection
Acting Principal 
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care
Leader of Student Wellbeing
Important Dates
Acting Assistant Principal- Curriculum
Careers & Library News
McCarthy Parents and Friends Association
General Information
Intervention Workshop
St Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School  
Friends of Children with Special Needs
Catholic Education- Election 2019 Edition
McCarthy Catholic College
(02) 6761 0800
Tribe Street
Tamworth, New South Wales, 2340

Prayer and Reflection



O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice.

He opened his heart to Christ,  present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice.

May we follow his example of faith and generosity.

Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund Rice as we seek to live lives of love and service.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Our Lady of the Rosary. Pray for us.

St Dominic. Pray for us.

Blessed Edmund Rice. Pray for us.


Edmund Rice Mass

Last Wednesday, students and staff attended Mass in honour of Blessed Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers, who were instrumental in the foundation of Catholic Education in Tamworth and the history of McCarthy Catholic College. The mass concluded with a blessing of the statue of Blessed Edmund Rice by Father Christopher Onuekwusi.  



Our thoughts and prayers are with Kate Gulliford, Charlotte Traill and Lachlan Gillies and their families following the passing of their respective grandfathers and Mackenzie Alderson and her family following the passing of her grandmother.


Parish Mission Event - Bruce Downes, The Catholic Guy

Please see attached an exciting Parish Mission Event to be held at St Nicholas' from 28 - 31 May 2019.

Mrs Kerry Ackhurst- Leader of Mission, Spiritual Formation and Religious Education


Acting Principal 


Thank you to all students and staff who supported the ANZAC Day marches in Tamworth, Kootingal, Manilla, Barraba, Nundle and Quirindi at the end of the recent holiday period. There have been numerous positive reports affirming the manner in which McCarthy students supported our national day of remembrance. The large number of students, across so many communities, who made the effort to march proudly in McCarthy uniform,  made it a very special day.



Enrolment Information Evenings

We will be conducting two compulsory Year 7 Parent and Student Enrolment evenings.  All applicants for Year 7, 2020 from Armidale Diocesan Primary Schools, and/or siblings of currently enrolled McCarthy students, must attend one of the information evenings to ensure a clear and consistent message about values, expectations and opportunities is delivered to families and the Year 6 students. The events will be held in the College Hall and the two options for parents and students to attend are:

Tuesday 21 May from 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Thursday 23 May from 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Applicants from other schools will be contacted for face-to-face interviews in the coming weeks.



Athletics Carnival

As this newsletter goes to print we are participating in the annual Inter House Athletics Carnival at the Tamworth Regional Sporting Complex. On the back of much improved attendance and participation at the Swimming Carnival, the Athletics Carnival has also proven popular. Well done to students, especially Year 12, for their enthusiasm and participation. I thank Mr Brad Mitchell and all of the staff for their prior organisation and coordination of the day. Mr Mitchell will report in more detail in the next newsletter.


Year 12 Parent/Teacher/Student  Conferences

Thank you to parents and students who attended last night’s Year 12 Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences. The opportunity to work in partnership with parents to support our HSC students is timely and of great value. In recent newsletters, Mrs Raelene Maxworthy has outlined the significance of parents understanding and supervising the study commitments of successful HSC students.


Year 12 2018 Gift to McCarthy

McCarthy Catholic College has a rich history, informed by the charisms of the Dominican Sisters and the Christian Brothers who founded Catholic education in Tamworth. While St Dominic has long been represented by a statue in the College garden, there was previously no recognition of Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers. The 2018 Year 12 cohort made a contribution to the purchase of a statue of Blessed Edmund Rice which was blessed and dedicated at the recent whole college mass for his feast day. 


Project Compassion

The McCarthy community raised $4,700 for Project Compassion during Lent. The Year 12 Shave for Lent initiative was a standout fundraiser and I particularly acknowledge the efforts of Luca Barden, Calvin Farmilo and Julia Hannaford who raised significantly more than the $100 ‘entry’ fee.



We welcome the following students to the McCarthy community: Hamish Dunbier (Year 8), Taya Powell (Year 8), Sharlie Brown (Year 8), Jolie Nguyen (Year 11), Indi Bell (Year 9) and Flo Davidson (Year 11) I would like particularly to acknowledge the current students who volunteer to act as ‘buddies’ to  new arrivals to the College. It is their generosity and welcoming nature that makes a real difference to the quality of transition into a new community for students joining McCarthy.



I extend a warm welcome to Mrs Sophie Maher (Administration) who commenced this term in Reception. Sophie brings a wealth of experience in her respective field and we are privileged to have her join our community.


Mrs Kayla Crittenden, one of our Aboriginal Education Assistants, has this week resigned from her position at the College to return to work in Early Childhood. We wish her every success.


Leadership Team changes Term 2 Weeks 1 to 4

A reminder that while Mr McManus and Mrs Allen take leave, there has been some temporary changes in leadership roles.

Acting Principal - Mrs Sally Sparke

Acting Assistant Principal - Curriculum - Mrs Raelene Maxworthy

Acting Mission Spiritual Formation and RE - Mrs Kerry Ackhurst (3 weeks)

Acting Leader of Teaching and Learning - Mrs Heather Burke


Armidale Diocese System Well-Being Conference

The Catholic Schools' Office will be hosting a whole Diocesan Well-Being Conference for all staff on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 June 2019, following the June Long Weekend on Monday 10 June. Please note the College will be closed on these days.

Mrs Sally Sparke - Acting Principal 

Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care

Importance of Sleep

The great Australian cartoonist, Michael Leunig, wrote in a series titled ‘The Curly - Pyjama Letters’ (1998):

“You must rest Vasco – otherwise you will become RESTLESS! I believe the world is sick with exhaustion and dying of restlessness. While it is true that periods of weariness help the spirit to grow, the prolonged, ongoing state of fatigue, to which our world seems to be rapidly adapting, is ultimately soul destroying as well as earth destroying … Tiredness is one of our strongest, most noble and instructive feelings. It is an important aspect of our CONSCIENCE and must be heeded or else we will not survive … Tiredness has become the most suppressed feeling in the world … And of course you know what happens when such strong and natural feelings are denied – they turn into the most powerful and bitter poisons with dreadful consequences. We live in a world of these consequences and then wonder why we are so unhappy.”


I first commenced thinking about this issue for students when a colleague sent me an article about the link between sleeplessness and student anxiety. I then came across a fascinating concept when reading for history – the notion that our industrialised way of life has replaced organic time with mechanical time. The essence of this concept is that with industrialisation taking place, about 250 years ago, we radically changed our way of life. Instead of our lives moving to the seasons and the sun, humans were now driven by the clock and the whistle which signalled the beginning or end of shifts in the factory. Changes in season were irrelevant to the factory that could work for 24 hours. In our post-industrial age the world works 24/7 – the digital age transcends borders and time zones. The consequences for us is that we have devices that can entertain and stimulate us constantly, as long as we have enough data, there is no need to shut down.

Sleeplessness is becoming an epidemic amongst teenagers. With the massive changes occurring within their bodies, teenagers need between nine and ten hours of sleep every night. Many are only getting between seven and eight hours of sleep. The consequences for learning are significant: reduced alertness and concentration, decreased understanding, increased feelings of sadness and irritability. In a book titled 'Being 14', Madonna King claims that a 14-year old with an average sleep loss of 30 minutes per night will record a measurable IQ drop of up to 10 points. While the research in this area is up for debate, it does tend to indicate that not getting enough sleep will have some impact on learning.


Andrew Fuller, a clinical psychologist who specialises in the well-being of young people, explains the physiological impact of sleep on our brains: “Getting enough sleep is one of the most powerful ways we can protect ourselves against depression. The structures in the brain that support the most powerful antidepressant, serotonin, are built and re-built between the sixth and the eighth hour of sleep. Adolescents are often sleep-deprived which may in turn increase vulnerability to stress,” says Fuller. 

Stress occurs when the demands upon us are far greater than the resources we have to meet such demands.  A deficit in sleep will lead us to have far less energy, patience and clear thinking to deal with the demands in our life. Guy Claxton argues that “Under these circumstances, people feel obliged to try to manage their feelings rather than to focus on tackling the demands themselves. And this leads to denial, withdrawal, blaming, escapism and displacement activities.”


Dr. Alexandra Parker from the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health emphasises the importance of simple lifestyle interventions. “Support young people in having some structure and routine, and remember the importance of sleep, diet and exercise. These have been shown to be modifiable risks factors for developing depression or developing anxiety disorders. They are influences which young people can change and have some control over.”

Tips for teens to promote a good night's sleep: 

  • Try to get up at about the same time each morning.

  • Do physical activity during the day, preferably outside. 

  • If you're worrying about things during the night, set aside some time for problem-solving during the day.

  • Avoid drinks that contain caffeine (e.g. tea, coffee or soft drinks) after 4:00pm as it’s a brain stimulant. 

  • Allow yourself time to wind down before going to bed. If you're working or studying, stop at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Try to relax before bed, avoiding phones, tablets and TV.

The one critical action parents should take is to make sure that the bedroom is technology free. Teenagers should not have access to phones, ipads, computers or televisions in their room – the allure of the transient digital world is too great for young people. Furthermore, I am concerned how it is encouraging teenagers to become deceitful – looking at and using technology when they say they aren’t.  It doesn’t take long before ‘white lies’ become a pattern of action, a constant way of interacting in the world and thus leads us to eventually lying to ourselves about important issues. Parents must play an active role in supervising the use of technology – particularly where and when it is used in the household.

The bottom-line is that young people need adequate sleep to learn effectively and as Proverbs tells us: “If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.” Or if you prefer a more contemporary view, Mr. Curly advises Vasco: “do as we do in Curly Flat – learn to curl up and rest – feel your noble tiredness – learn about it and make a generous place for it in your life and enjoyment will surely follow. I repeat: it’s worth doing nothing and having a rest. Yours Sleepily, Mr. Curly".


Mr Mick Larkin - Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care


Leader of Student Wellbeing

Uniform Matters

With the onset of cooler weather, it is expected that all students are in full winter uniform by Monday Week 5. In the meantime, students may transition to winter uniform if required.  A reminder the full winter uniform is required, for example, ties need to be worn.


The requirements for the SPORT uniform are: 

  •  Sport shirt (house colour band around sleeve) – Year 11 and 12 students are still allowed to wear old style version until the end of their time at the College. All other students should now in the new version.
  • Sport shorts (new ones available from Lowes – note that they have ‘MCC’ embroidered on bottom corner) - Year 11 and 12 students are still allowed to wear old style shorts until the end of their time at the College. All other students should now in the new version.
  • White socks only above the ankle
  • Joggers - no skate shoes
  • Hat/cap for practical lessons.

Uniform supplies are available from Lowes, or second hand items can be accessed through the College's Clothing Pool. The opening times are listed on the back page of the newsletter.  If any families require assistance in accessing the winter uniform, please don't hesitate to contact me at [email protected].

The wearing of the College uniform should reflect the pride students have as members of the McCarthy community. One area of concern presently is bright, unnaturally coloured hair.  The College policy states that students who choose to colour their hair must use a natural hair colour or natural highlights. We are enlisting the support of parents and students in adhering to this policy.


Staying Healthy

It is inevitable with 950 people in one area, that illnesses like the flu will occur. A reminder to parents, to avoid the influenza virus spreading, please keep your child at home if they show symptoms of the flu. It is important to get better in a warm, home environment, rather than soldier on at school. If a student has an assessment task due, and they are unwell, a doctors certificate is required. For senior students, they must additionally have a parent ring through to the College office on the day of the due task.


Mrs Sharon Stuart - Leader of  Student Wellbeing

Important Dates


9 May:   Athletics Carnival

12 May: Mother's Day

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

11 May: UNE Open Day

14 May: NAPLAN commences

14 Mar: Year 10 Boys PDHPE presentation (Nathan Hindmarsh)

14 May: Association Meeting

15 May: NAPLAN

15 May: Northwest Regional Careers Expo Years 10,11 & 12

16: May: NAPLAN

17 May: NAPLAN

17 May: UNE Year 8 Maths Day

17 May: Relays on the Oval

21: May: Enrolment Information Evening 5:45pm - 6:45pm

22 May: Association Meeting

22 May: Year 9 Mass

23: May: Enrolment Information Evening 5:45pm - 6:45pm

24 May: Year 12 Ancient History Excursion

27 May: Catholic Schools' Week

28 May: Association Meeting

29 May: Whole College Assembly Catholic School's week

30 May: Year 10 Vaccinations

31  May: Deb Ball

3 June: Years 7, 8, 9, 10 Exams commence

5 June: Year 10 Mass

7 June: First Friday Mass

10 June: Long Weekend

11 June: Pupil Free Day - Diocesan Well-Being Conference

12 June: Pupil Free Day - Diocesan Well-Being Conference



Acting Assistant Principal- Curriculum


Year 7 and 9 Students will sit for the National Assessment Program- Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) online on Tuesday 14 May to Thursday 16 May.  It is important all students attend school on these days.  However, if absence is medically unavoidable, please notify the College office immediately.  Students are encouraged to simply do their best.


This will be McCarthy’s second year participating through the online platform. NESA have published the following information for parents wanting to know more about NAPLAN online, and for access to translated materials:

'Parents and carers of students doing NAPLAN Online for the first time often want to know more about online testing and in particular, tailored testing. The ACARA information brochure for parents and carers addresses common questions about NAPLAN testing including tailored testing

Information brochures available in other languages. Translations of ACARA’s parent and carer information brochure are now available on the NAP website resources page in Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Hindi, Khmer, Persian, Samoan, Serbian, Sinhalese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Vietnamese.'


YEAR 12 Parent Teacher Student Conferences:

Yesterday, Year 12 students and parents met with teachers to discuss their progress to date.  These nights are important.  I would encourage all Year 12 students to take on board the advice and integrate the suggested strategies into their study routine.

Thank you to the parents and teachers of Year 12 for your ongoing commitment and support of these young men and women.


HSC Timetable

NESA have released the 2019 Higher School Certificate Exam Timetable.  Students are able to access their personalised timetable via Students Online.  All students in Years 10, 11 and 12 have been guided through the process of activating their account; it is very important students update their details (including the use of a non-school email) so they can download their ROSA grades and HSC results.


Whilst Mr McManus is away, Mrs Heather Burke and I will be working together on all matters of Teaching and Learning along with our Leaders of Learning. I thank Heather for accepting the challenge and be assured, we are available to assist students and parents with any questions they may have regarding curriculum and learning.



Many students say ‘I don’t have a good memory’ but many barriers to developing a good memory can be overcome. Here are the top 3:



Henry Ford once famously said, “whether you believe you can, or you can't, you are right”. This refers to your mindset or mental attitude, and the concept that your mind is powerful enough to enable your thoughts to create your reality. If you have a negative attitude to memory, it will likely reduce your chance of developing and maintaining a good memory. There are some simple steps you can take to start making changes. Be aware that negative thoughts are just a habit, and habits can be changed with a little effort. Awareness is the key to changing a habit, as you need to consciously be aware of the current habit before you can change it – so start catching yourself in the act of making negative statements. Affirm your intention to improve the way you think. Then correct the negative statement, and make it into a more positive one.



The first stage of the memory process is encoding information to be remembered – thus the brain uses senses and emotions to process the information and form a memory. Here are some ways in which you can be less absent minded:

- Setting an intention to become more attentive.

- Sitting up front where there are less things to distract you, especially if you have difficulty paying attention in class.

-Taking notes in class to ensure you listen.



Stress will increase the likelihood of being distracted, meaning that information may not be encoded accurately – and thus cannot be later retrieved. Stress may also result in mental blanks. For example, if you’re stressed before an exam, you may not be able to think clearly and access and retrieve the information you need. The best thing to do is to take ten deep breaths and calm down to allow your mind to focus.


Learn more at the Brain and Memory unit of

Our school’s subscription details are -

Username: mccarthycc

Password: 77success

Mrs Raelene Maxworthy - Acting Assistant  Principal Curriculum 


Careers & Library News

Careers News

We are starting Term 2 with lots of Careers information being sent to Year 12 students via Careers Classroom emails.  Additionally, there are several major excursions being organised to Universities, Expo and TAFE.  It is up to students to take responsibility to know what is happening by checking and reading their emails.

Events in May:

Friday 10 May                  -  UNE Open Day excursion (7:00am -3:00pm)

Tuesday 14 May             -  Parent Careers Night

                                             -  University Admissions Centre (UAC) presentation and an opportunity to talk to                                                     exhibitors from the Careers Expo. 

                                                 See  the flyer attached for details.

Wednesday 15 May  - North West Regional Careers Expo at the TRECC - for students in Year 10, 11 and                                                      Year 12.   Cost is $2.


North West Regional Careers Expo  

This will be attended by over 1200 students who will have the opportunity to talk to and gain information from over 65 exhibitors.  These include local employers, UAC, Universities, Colleges and TAFE.  I strongly urge parents to take up this inaugural opportunity, to not only listen to a presentation by UAC, but to speak with local employers and other exhibitors who are travelling to Tamworth to be available to students the following day.


Recent Holiday Activities

During the recent holidays, we had students participate in work experience, attend HSC revision lectures and participate in the Cochlear Autumn School of Engineering run by  Engineers Australia.  Alana Noonan and Chloe Radoll  attended this event and found it very worthwhile. They visited various universities and organisations, such as the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), to give them an insight into various branches of engineering courses and careers.


Library News

McCarthy Chess Club in 2019

Starting on Friday May 10, the McCarthy Chess Club will recommence at lunchtimes in the AV Room, within the Library.  It will be supervised by staff members and all are welcome. Whether you are a beginner, an experienced chess player or want to learn you are invited to come along.


Overdue library books from 2018

During Term 1 of this year, students were contacted and reminded to return books borrowed from last year. This week we are beginning the process of contacting parents & guardians of students whose books have not yet been returned. The next step in the process is sending home an account for the cost of the book.  Cooperation of parents and guardians in this matter is appreciated.


Library Displays

Thanks to the creative members of the library staff for the ever-changing displays in the library.  


World Book Online

The Catholic School Office has now subscribed to World Book Online for all staff and students to use.  It is on the Library page of the McCarthy site which can be found by opening the McCarthy Library (Oliver) link.

Europe 2020

Planning is underway for the excited 18 students and some parents who will be travelling to Europe in April next year.  I have been in touch with Academy Travel who are busy booking our hotels at the moment. We will be commemorating Anzac Day on the Western Front and  Easter next year will be spent in Germany.  It will be fascinating to see how another culture celebrates Easter with their unique customs, foods and practices. 

It is not too late for anyone to join us.  Please email me for information, [email protected].



Mrs Susan Barrett

Careers Adviser

[email protected]


The Gomeroi Malinyan Go are looking for male and female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander soccer players aged 15 and over.  Any Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders who are interested in playing please see Mrs Faint for more details.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to call Mrs Jolene Faint (Aboriginal Focus Officer) at the College on 02 6761 0800.

Mrs Jolene Faint - Aboriginal Focus Officer


Bill Turner Football

On Friday 29 March the boys' Under 15 Football players competed in Round 1 of the Bill Turner Cup Football against Carinya Christian School of Tamworth. In a great game of Football, the boys came away with a 3-1 victory. It was a really solid team effort with each player contributing to the success of the team. Their passing and ball control was very good and the boys were well in control of the game against a committed opponent. A big thank you to Mr Ronny Rindo who has been training and coaching the players. We now look forward to the Round 2 game, which will be played on Monday, 13 May.

The team included; Brayden Boonstra, Kilian Apen, Eoin Shepherd, William Albertson, Jack Stanton, Brady Painter, Augustin Monet, Connor Budden, Louis Johnson, Benjamin O’Connor, Ethan Ross, Achille Monet, Seamus Shepherd, Edward Williams and Frederick Williams


CCC Swimming - 5 April 2019

Last Friday, Connor Roberts, Edward George, Daisy George, Lyndell Boschma, Isabella Bolsom, Sienna Marzato, Clementine Monet , Augustin Monet and Achille Monet joined the Armidale Diocesan team of 21 swimmers at Sydney Olympic Park to participate in the third level of school competition, CCC Swimming.  Our swimmers completed well and broke a few PB's.  Connor won 4 gold and 2 silver medals. He came first in the 100m Backstroke, 200m Individual Medley, 100m Butterfly and the 100m Breaststroke with some amazing personal bests. Additionally, he came second in the 400m Freestyle and 50m Breastroke.  Achille third placed  in the 50m Breastroke.

Both Connor and Achille qualified to swim at the All Schools' competition on May 14 in Sydney.

Good luck to them!


Well done to all these swimmers for their hard work at training and their good results! Thank you to Mrs Oriane Monet for acting as Team Manager for the Diocese and supporting our swimmers in Sydney.



NSW Northern Rugby League trials

On Wednesday 3 April, Clay Frendin and Nicholas Taggart represented the Armidale/Lismore Diocese at the Northern Open’s Rugby League trials at Smithtown. Clay played well in the limited opportunities he had, and was very unlucky to miss out on higher selection. Clay’s dedication to training and fitness will mean that he will have a big future in the game. Nicholas played really well in the trials, and was heavily involved.  His strong performance resulted in his selection in the Northern NSW Opens team to compete in the NSW CCC Rugby League Championships later in the term. Congratulations to both players who represented McCarthy Catholic College with pride at this high level.


Bill Turner Shield

On Monday 8 April, the Under 15 Bill Turner Shield girls' Football team travelled to Oxley High School to compete against Oxley. Many girls who were not regular players stepped in and acquitted themselves well.  Oxley High School had an experienced team and were run away winners, but our girls can be proud of the manner in which they played and the sportsmanship that they showed.

Again thank you to Mr Ronny Rindo for volunteering his time in coaching the team.  The team included; Lauren Daye, Jazmyn Pearson, Erin Allan, Clare Cavallaro, Clementine Monet, Tayla Johnson, Abigail Burr, Emma Percy, Matilda Barton and Mackensey Kerr.

NSW CCC Sport Success

A big congratulations to several students who have gained selection in the NSW CCC teams.


16 girl’s Maeve Galvin

16 years and Open’s girls Amber Witney

16 years and Opens boys Nicholas O’Connor

Water Polo

Open Girls Bianca Watson


Good luck to all students at the upcoming NSW All Schools' Championships.

Mr Brad Mitchell - Sports Coordinator

McCarthy Parents and Friends Association

McCarthy Parent and Friends Association Meeting

Next meeting of the McCarthy Parents and Friends Association will be at 7:15pm on Tuesday 21 May.  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

[email protected]   


Year 8 Leader of Student Care - Mr Bernie Williams

[email protected]

Year 9 Leader of Student Care -  Mr Andrew Davy

[email protected]             


Year 10 Leader of Student Care - Mrs Michelle Gale

[email protected]                      

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

[email protected]     

Year 12 Leader of Student Care -  Mr Damian Kenniff

[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.

Intervention Workshop

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


St Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School  

Centennial Celebrations 

You are invited to celebrate the centenary of St Mary of the  Angels Catholic Primary School at Guyra, with a dinner and Mass.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.


Friends of Children with Special Needs

Friends of Children with Special Needs - Touch of Christmas


Catholic Education-
Election 2019 Edition

Catholic Education- Election 2019 Edition

Catholic Education’s Election Funding and Policy Objectives

The key issues for Catholic Education at the upcoming federal election are:

  • increased capital funding
  • more resources for early childhood education
  • religious freedom in schools

In 2017, Catholic school communities funded almost 90 per cent of the capital works in their schools – nearly $1.3 billion – while the federal and state governments jointly provided $152.2 million across our 1746 schools. To put this in perspective, the NSW government is spending 10 times this amount - $1.5 billion each year - on capital works in its 2200 schools.

With the rising cost of land, construction and classroom technology, Catholic schools cannot continue to rely on parents and the rest of the school community to shoulder the burden of increased capital costs to the same extent into the future.

The federal government must help to ease the burden on parents if Catholic schools are to meet the needs of future students.

Catholic Education is also increasing its focus on the delivery of early childhood education, a vital component of each child’s development. Catholic schools are well placed to meet this need, with many new preschools being built next to existing and new Catholic primary schools. This will make life easier for families with young children and puts our preschoolers at the heart of our school communities.

Catholic Education will seek a significant increase in dedicated capital and recurrent funding to deliver quality early learning centres for our families.

While school funding arrangements have now largely been settled for the next decade, Catholic Education will seek to clarify details on key elements before polling day, particularly around maintaining the choice of low-fee Catholic schooling for Australian families.


Summary of Known Education Policies

Catholic Education has sought formal responses from the major parties to several questions regarding their education policies. We will share their responses with you early next month.

For now, the parties’ known education commitments are summarised below:



  • Total spend on all school sectors to 2029 - $308 billion
  • $200,000 to each federal electorate to spend on local schools ($30.2m)
  • New online courses and resources to teach mathematics and phonics ($9.5m)
  • Extend National Partnership on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education to ensure every child can have 600 hours of quality preschool in the year before school ($449.5m)
  • Improve preschool data and participation rates among disadvantaged communities ($4.9m)
  • Enhance Child Care Subsidy System (CCSS) and the Inclusion Support Portal ($4m)
  • Develop social and emotional support materials for students through Life Education Australia ($5m)


  • Total spend on all school sectors to 2029 - $322 billion
  • Ensuring public schools are funded to 100% of their SRS (included above)
  • Ensuring 15 hours of preschool for every three and four year old in the two years before they start school
  • Establish an Evidence Institute for Schools ($280m)
  • Tax-free bursaries for high achieving teaching students ($45m)
  • Restore Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher program
  • Rebuilding TAFE, waiving upfront fees for 100,000 students and other initiatives ($1.73b)


McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter
TRC School Zone Road Safety.pdf
BDTCG Parish Event Flyer St Nicholas Parish (A) (1).pdf
BDTCG Parish Event Flyer St Nicholas PRINT.pdf
Parents Careers Night Parent Invitation.docx
Parents Careers Night Parent Invitation 2019.pdf
Staying Connected When Emotions Run High flyer.pdf
Gomeroi Gaaynggal High School Program.pdf
50% off School shoes_Flyer (1).pdf
Easter schools ad 2019.pdf
Gomeroi Gaaynggal High School Program.pdf
Gomeroi Gaaynggal High School Program.pdf
Gomeroi Maliyan-Go2.pdf
Staying Connected When Emotions Run High flyer.pdf
St Marys Centenary Invitation.pdf
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