McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter

10 May 2018
10 May 2018
Prayer and Reflection
Principal's Report
Important Dates
Teaching and Learning
Careers News
Europe Tour 2018
McCarthy Parents Association
General Information
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 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.


Staff Professional Development

McCarthy teachers and staff gathered at the beginning of the Professional Development day at the start of this term for the first in a series of school based adult faith formation sessions as part of our implementation of the Diocesan ‘Faith Formation Framework for Mission for Adults, “Come and See (Jn 1:39) and Go and Do (Mt 28).”’ We began with some reflection of the concept of ‘faith’, firstly as a human phenomenon which is part of our response to the uncertainty of life. Secondly, we looked at ‘religious faith’ which names God as the object of our hope and trust and source of certainty as Christians. We considered ‘faith’ as God’s gracious free gift and invitation to a relationship with him; a gift given to each human person created in God’s image and likeness. Following this we reflected on the implications of whether we think of faith as a noun, a ‘thing’ we can accept, store away, lose or reject or as a verb, something we choose to do or not do in response to life’s events and experiences. We finished our formation segment with the first Joyful mystery of the Rosary, during which we reflected on Mary's ‘yes’ to God and her active ‘faithing’ in response to that ‘yes.’ All present were encouraged to consider how they might more actively and explicitly ‘faith’ during this term.


Edmund Rice Mass

Last Thursday and Friday, students and staff attended Mass at St Nicholas’ Church 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.


Mrs Cate Allen

Mission and Spiritual Formation Coordinator


Principal's Report


Thank you to all of those wonderful students and staff who supported the ANZAC Day marches in Tamworth, Kootingal, Manilla and Quirindi at the end of the recent holiday period. I have received many positive affirmations from community members affirming the manner in which McCarthy students supported our national day of remembrance and commending our wonderfully talented drumline of Mr Ronny Rindo, Christopher Macpherson, Samuel Cohen, Wilson Cowley, and Ryan Thompson. The large number of students (over 250) who made it their personal business to march proudly in McCarthy uniform in the Tamworth parade made for a very special day. Thank you!


Enrolment Information Evenings

We will be conducting two compulsory Parent and Student Enrolment evenings. All applicants for Year 7, 2019 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 compulsory meetings for these particular students will be held in the College Hall and the two options for parents and students to attend are:

Thursday 17 May from 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Tuesday 22 May from 5:45pm - 6:45pm

All other Year 6 students from other schools will be contacted for face-to-face interviews in the coming weeks.


Winter Uniform

A reminder that the changeover date from Summer to Winter uniform is Monday 14 May. All students are expected to wear their Winter uniform from this date. Note the changes to the Clothing Pool opening hours below.


New Clothing Pool Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays from 8:00am - 8:30am.


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 proven to be even more popular. Well done to students, especially Year 12, for their enthusiasm and participation. I thank Mr Brad Mitchell, Mrs Jane Burt, Mr Damian Kenniff and all of the staff for their prior organisation as well as coordination on the day. Mr Mitchell will report in more detail in the next newsletter.


Year 12 Parent/Teacher Interviews

Thank you to parents who attended last night’s Year 12 Parent/Teacher Interviews. The opportunity to work in partnership with parents to support our HSC students is always of great value. As Mrs Raelene Maxworthy has suggested in her writings in recent newsletters, the value of parents understanding and supervising the study commitments of successful HSC students reaps great rewards at the end of their son’s or daughter’s senior years.



We welcome the following students to the McCarthy community: Charlie Roberts, Gareth Whyte, Jacob Whittaker (Year 8), Tanisha McKinnon, Aimee Crookall and Allee Farrell (Year 10). I also pay special tribute to our current students who volunteer to act as ‘buddies’ to our new arrivals to the College. Their generosity and welcoming nature make a real difference to the quality of transition into a new community for these students!



I offer a warm welcome to our new staff - Mrs Sarah Chaffey (Administration) and Mrs Kayla Crittenden (Aboriginal Education Assistant) who started this term. Both ladies bring a wealth of experience in their respective fields and we are privileged to have them join our community.

Congratulations to Marcus and Felicity Chittick on the safe arrival of Sofia Ella. Born 3:52pm on 5 May weighing 2.73kg.


Europe Excursion

Welcome back to our European travellers who returned after three weeks visiting iconic historical and religious sites in Paris, Berlin, World War I Battlefields in Belgium, Nuremberg, Venice, Florence and Rome! Their experiences will be communicated more explicitly later in this newsletter and at Assembly. In the meantime, I thank Mrs Susan Barrett and Mrs Sally Sparke for their expert leadership and planning for such a valuable learning experience.

May God go with you.

Mr Geoff McManus


Important Dates


10 May: Athletics Carnival

11 May: UNE Open Day

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

15 May: NAPLAN

15 May: Association Meeting

16 May: NAPLAN

16 May: Northwest Regional Careers Expo

17 May: NAPLAN

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

18 May: Senior Geography Excursion

22 May: Geography Competition

22 May: Jump Rope for Heart (Year 8)

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

23 May: Diocesan Football - Inverell

28 May: Catholic Schools' Week

29 May: ICAS Science

30 May: Physics Excursion

1 June: Deb Ball

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

5 June: Year 12 Twilight Retreat


11 June: Long weekend

14 June: ICAS Writing

19 June: Association Meeting



Teaching and Learning


Our students will be sitting for these tests in Week 3.  This year McCarthy will be completing NAPLAN tests online. Students have had trials in the Hall Term 1 and I am confident they are well prepared. Please ensure your child attends school, especially during these days, and be sure to notify the College by phone or email if absence is unavoidable.

Time                                Tuesday 15 May                    Wednesday 16 May

Mentor Group              Year 7 Writing                        Year 7 Conventions of Language

Period 1                          Year 7 Writing                        Year 7 Conventions of Language

Period 2                          Year 7 Reading                       Year 7 Numeracy

Period 3                          Year 9 Writing                         Year 9 Conventions of Language

Period 4                          Year 9 Reading                       Year 9 Numeracy


There were further changes late last year to the HSC Minimum Standards, consequently, NAPLAN tests are no longer a way to demonstrate early achievement of the standards. Further information regarding the changes can be found at:

Information regarding the online tests HSC Minimum Standards for Year 10 students will be distributed in the coming weeks.


Year 12 Parent/Teacher Interviews

Year 12 Parent/Teacher Interviews allowed for quality discussion and feedback to students that can assist them to progress throughout this term and the HSC examination period. The remainder of this academic year will require all students to demonstrate a proactive commitment to learning. One way to use the feedback from Parent/Teacher Interviews is for students to reflect on the suggestions and to set learning goals that are specific, measurable, achievable and time bound. SMART goals, as they are called, can be one way to keep up the motivation levels and to track progress. Focus on the daily disciplines, the study habits and consistent routines that will allow each child to maximise their potential in the HSC.


HSC Timetable

NESA has published the 2018 HSC timetable and students can view their personal timetable via their Students Online account. This link will also contain important information for students who have practical and performance examinations.

Students should log in to check their personal details and timetables. Please be sure to let me know if there are any errors, omissions or clashes in timetable immediately.


Mrs Raelene Maxworthy

Teaching and Learning Coordinator

Careers News

ANZAC Day Ceremony

Special Guests at Hillvue Public School's ANZAC Day ceremony on 13 April were Year 12 students Charlotte  Mills and Isobelle Sullivan who shared with the staff and students some of their experiences on the Western Front visiting the memorials and grave of family members who fought in World War I. Both girls prepared a PowerPoint presentation and spoke beautifully of their memories of their visit to Europe on the school tour in 2016.



History Presentation

Last term a group of McCarthy students and staff were fortunate to listen to a talk by Mr Lambis Englezos from Melbourne. He was responsible for locating the missing remains of hundreds of Australian soldiers after the Battle of Fromelles in 1916.  Due to his efforts, their remains were exhumed and exhaustive DNA testing identified many, some of them men from Tamworth who enlisted in World War I.  Lambis was accompanied by Mr John Nash from Tamworth and gave an informative and moving account to senior Ancient and Modern History students  and students who went on the 2016 McCarthy Europe Excursion and those who attended this year's excursion.


Lunch Time Talk on Careers of the Future

Interested students in Years 10, 11 and 12 attended at a lunchtime talk last term on careers in cybersecurity, intelligence, anti-terrorism and working with government departments and organisations including Treasury, DFAT, Australian Federal Police and ASIO.
The students found out about career options open to university graduates with a Bachelor of Arts, Social Science, Computer Science, Economics and many more degrees. I shared with students what I saw and collected at a recent  National Security Careers Night 2018 held at the Australian Defence College in Canberra. 

Careers Corner

Events are starting to appear on our school calendar to help students to with their choices of careers and courses after they leave school.

Week 2:  Friday 11 May - UNE Open Day for interested Year 12 students.

Week 3:  Tuesday 15 May Senior Student and Parent Information Evening open to all Tamworth students and parents at the William Cowper Campus of Calrossy 6:30pm - 8:30pm with talks on applying to university by UAC (Universities Admission Centre) and the changing world of work facing our students in the future. This is the first time this event has been held in Tamworth.  See attachment below.

Week 3: Wednesday 16 May - Northwest Regional Careers Expo to be attended by students in Years 10, 11 and 12.  See the attached documents for details. Parents may also visit the Expo at the TRECC if they wish and it is expected that approximately 2000 students in the region will attend.

Week 3: Thursday 17 May - visit by University of Newcastle rep at Recess covering: 

·         Going to Uni/Life as a Uni student/Newcastle lifestyle

·         What you can study at Uni

·         Getting in and other pathways

·         Scholarships/Accommodation/Clubs and Societies.


Jobs: Traineeships and Apprenticeships

These continue to come up and are listed in morning notices and on the McCarthy Careers Facebook page .  Choosing to continue on at school to receive the HSC isn't necessarily the best choice for every student.  

Not all careers require the HSC and there is often a better chance to obtain an apprenticeship or traineeship mid-year instead of waiting until late in the year. This is when there will be more applicants from all secondary schools in Tamworth  (including students in Years 10 and 11 who do not wish to continue at school as well as Year 12 school leavers).

At the moment there are traineeships with Tamworth Regional Council and HVGT as well as a plastering apprenticeship and a position with JAX Tyres being advertised.


Want to Help Your Child Find Their Chosen Career?

JobJump is a website available to all McCarthy students and parents at . Simply click on I'm New! to register as a member of McCarthy Catholic College Tamworth. Our school's password is: brumbies


Watch this great two minute video:  about the new super Careers finder quiz 'Career Cwiz' and then do the quiz on the JobJump website.  It searches quickly through 550 career options and is highly accurate in meeting each student's  interests, personality and subject choices.  


UAC 2018 Parent and Student Information Evening Tuesday 15 May

Mrs Susan Barrett - Careers Adviser

Email: [email protected]

Europe Tour 2018

Europe Tour 2018

During the recent April school holidays and Week 1 of this term, a group of twenty-eight students, parents, staff and members of the McCarthy community toured France, Belgium, Germany and Italy with a few brief hours in the Austrian alps.

The focus was on experiencing the culture and history of these countries.  They visited major sites like the Eiffel Tower, toured sites associated World War II and the Nazi era in Berlin and Nuremberg, Germany, glimpsed Ancient Rome through the Colosseum and Pompeii, climbed Mt Vesuvius, saw major art works in the Louvre and in Florence, visited churches such as Notre Dame in Paris, some toured the catacombs underneath Rome, they floated on the canals in Venice on a gondola and remembered the sacrifices of Australian soldiers on the Western Front at Villers-Bretonneux, Fromelles and Menin Gate.  Some also participated in a pasta making class in Rome and all ate heaps of pizza, pasta and chocolate as well as enjoying cake for breakfast.

Any students and parents who may be interested in participating in a similar cultural European tour with Academy Travel in April 2020 are asked to keep an eye out for expressions of interest later this year and to start saving for the trip.  Comments from some of the students included  "life changing, "an amazing experience", "wonderful" and a definite need to be fit as  there is lots of walking as well as using buses, planes, boats and various metro systems to get around.

Mrs Susan Barrett - Europe Excusion Coordinator


McCarthy Parents Association



The next Association Meeting will be held on Tuesday 15 May at 7:15pm in the Staff Room. 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.

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

[email protected]                    


Year 7 Coordinator - Mr Bernie Williams

[email protected]


Year 8 Coordinator - Mr Andrew Davy

[email protected]             


Year 9 Coordinator - Mrs Melissa Bearup

[email protected]                


Year 10 Coordinator - Mrs Fiona O'Neill

[email protected]                    


Year 11 Coordinator - Mr Damian Kenniff

[email protected]                        


Year 12 Coordinator - Mrs Michelle Gale

[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.

McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter
SOCEA 2018.pdf
Ocean Blue - Sara Vella.docx
2018 Parent and Student Information Session - Tuesday 15 May.pdf
Careers Expo Sites Listing A-Z.pdf