McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter

08 February 2018
8 February 2018
Prayer and Reflection
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal
Important Dates
Teaching and Learning
Pastoral Care
Careers News
Creative Arts
McCarthy Parents Association
General Information
Europe Excursion
McCarthy Catholic College
(02) 6761 0800
Tribe Street
Tamworth, New South Wales, 2340

Prayer and Reflection



Come Holy Spirit of Youth,

fill the hearts of young people with the hope and love of Jesus Christ.

Enliven our community with the creativity, energy and joy of youth.

Guide us together,

as we strive to offer God’s mercy to all.


Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

St Dominic, pray for us.

Blessed Edmund Rice, pray for us.


Lenten Group

McCarthy will host a Lenten group again this year for staff, interested parents and parishioners. This will be held on the Wednesday evenings during Lent at 7:00pm in the Meeting Room. The first group reflection will be on Wednesday 14 February.  Please contact the school if you are interested in joining our group. All are most welcome for one, two or all evenings.

Mrs Cate Allen

Mission and Spiritual Formation Coordinator


Principal's Report

I offer an enthusiastic welcome to both new and existing families to the 2018 academic year at McCarthy Catholic College. Once again we embark on that collaborative journey with our families to support and grow the learning of our wonderful students. The 2018 Annual Improvement Plan (AIP) presents the theme - ‘Learning is our Work’ arising from Jesus’ words in John 10:10 to bring full flourishing as a human being. In other words, our holistic work is to fully develop all students to the best of their and our ability. Our focus is to not only have students “touch the gate and switch on to learning” but to ensure that students grow in self-awareness of their learning through explicit Learning Intentions and Success Criteria for every lesson. Similarly, by teachers intentionally identifying the learning stages of the lesson and setting high expectations, students can take more ownership of their learning to achieve greater than one year’s worth of growth.  As I suggested last year at this time, I encourage families to discuss at home how this positive approach to learning can be supported. Some examples might include changes to home study spaces and/or management of the number of hours that students are spending at sport and part-time work.


HSC 2017

The College community congratulates the Class of 2017 on their outstanding HSC results. Our hard working students achieved 27 Band 6s, up from 18 in 2016. The Dux, Jack Murray, is the recipient of the Sr Patricia Rowe Award for Dux 2017 with an ATAR of 97.35. Jack will receive his award in front of the College community next Wednesday after the Ash Wednesday Liturgy. I also publicly acknowledge Jack and Karie Mayman (Vice-Captain 2017 and 96.55 ATAR) for their generosity and imparted wisdom as they returned to McCarthy to speak to the 2018 Year 11 and 12 students. Their targeted and ‘real’ advice about work ethic and work-life balance was deeply appreciated and valued by the students.


I welcome new staff to the College for 2018: Mr Michael Larkin (English KLA Coordinator), Mr Brad Mitchell (PDHPE), Miss Lauren Ryan (HSIE/RE), and Mr Daniel Glasson (IT Assistant). Please make them feel welcome in our community. We also congratulate Lauren on her recent engagement to Phil Windle. Similarly, we congratulate Dane and Kerry Kelly on the safe arrival of the beautiful baby daughter - Peyton.


It is with regret that I announce the resignation of Mr Gavin Baker. Gavin has only been with us for a short while, however, in that time he has made a genuine and committed contribution to this community, both inside and outside of the classroom. We wish him well as he moves onto new career directions. Advertising has begun for suitably qualified staff.


At this time I publicly endorse the wonderful contribution that Mr Ian McKenzie has made as PDHPE Coordinator over many years at McCarthy. While Ian remains on staff as a talented teacher in the PDHPE faculty, his meticulous work as coordinator is to be commended and I thank him for his dedication to improved learning outcomes at the College. Similarly, I commend the generous work of Miss Kathryn O’Sullivan during the majority of 2017 as the Acting English KLA Coordinator. In stepping into the role, Kathryn displayed great skill, humour and dedication to ensure that the students were given contemporary learning opportunities in their English classrooms. Thank you Ian and Kathryn!


2018 Role Changes

I congratulate the new Acting PDHPE Coordinator - Mrs Ashleigh Jones, who steps into the role for 2018. Ashleigh is a long term staff member and ex-student of the College who brings great organisational and innovative learning experience to the role. With the departure of Mr Matt Feltrin at the end of 2017, the College has appointed Mr Brad Mitchell and Mr Damian Kenniff in a shared role as Sports Coordinators. With Brad being new to the Diocese and Damian being heavily involved with our sports program over a number of years, we feel they bring a professional edge to this busy position. And finally I welcome our new VET Coordinator - Mrs Julie Kellahan to this newly formed role to support the growing area of vocational pathways for both HSC and non-HSC students in Stage 5 and 6. Thank you and congratulations to these four staff members!


New Mobile Phone Policy

The use of technology in classrooms is certainly very different from when most parents and staff members were at school. From my own school days I can still remember when the first Overhead Projector arrived to begin the replacement of the old purple-print handouts! So, when the media get on the bandwagon and start condemning the use of technology in classrooms, they do so with little understanding of the contemporary learning landscape. Interactive technologies that can operate in real time to allow students to share and contribute in a collaborative context take many forms. Laptops and Chromebooks are good examples, but so too are mobile phones or smartphones. Our teachers are working all the time to engage students collaboratively and are using smartphones in the classroom as a quick and useful aide to learning. To ensure that students understand the correct and responsible use of technology we have modified our Mobile Phone Policy to ensure that there is no disruption to learning. Please check out the graphic poster below that is printed in every classroom at the College. Put simply, the default for all students is to put their phone in their bag or locker or in the red box at the front of the classroom. If it’s going to be used at some point in the lesson, the teacher will indicate the level of use. If a student uses a phone without permission during class time the phone will be confiscated and taken to the office to be collected after school. Regular non-compliance will result in parent contact. The school accepts NO responsibility for the loss/damage of any mobile phone. Parents should contact their children by telephoning the office on 67610800.

Assembly and Academic Pastoral Care

As a College committed to ongoing improvement, we have modified our student meeting schedule to allow dedicated time for student’s to meet within their Mentor Groups to focus on the holistic development of each individual student. As most research suggests for students to achieve well at school it is extremely important for students to pay attention to their own personal well-being. At McCarthy we are intentionally providing a time for students each week to pause and take stock of their current effort and reflect on how they can achieve their learning goals. Students will be instructed and supported to learn such skills as work-life balance, well-being strategies, study scheduling, study skills, goal setting, etc. While Assemblies, Year Meetings and House Meetings will still occur these Academic Pastoral Care meetings hopefully ensure that not only students become more capable in managing their own well-being but they know that they have at least one teacher (their Mentor Group teacher) who knows their full academic and pastoral profile and can assist them in making better decisions and efforts to become a full flourishing human being (John 10:10).


McCarthy Executive Staff for 2018

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


Five Period Day

To assist in promoting our ongoing commitment and effort to enhance comparative learning gain, we have lengthened the learning periods this year. Contemporary research in schools would suggest that a longer lesson allows for more effective teaching and learning to occur. In shifting from fifty minute lessons to one hour lessons we lose one period from the previous routine of a six period day. Students will now experience a five period day with sixty minute lessons and two equal break times of thirty minutes each for Recess and Lunch. The starting and finishing times are not affected. The new bell times are listed below:

Time                                     Event

8:45am - 8:50am              Movement Bell (5 mins)

8:50am - 9:00am              Mentor Group (10 mins)

9:00am - 10:00am            Period 1 (60 mins)

10:00am - 11:00am          Period 2 (60 mins)

11:00am - 11:30am          Recess (30 mins)

11:30am - 12:30pm          Period 3 (60 mins)

12:30pm - 1:30pm            Period 4 (60 mins)

1:30pm - 2:00pm               Lunch (30 mins)

2:00pm - 3:00pm              Period 5 (60 mins)


New Email Addresses

Across the entire Armidale Diocese there is a strategic move at play to migrate all email addresses in schools to a single email domain. From the beginning of 2018, students will be migrated from the domain to a domain ending with This intervention will allow students to move more easily from their Catholic primary schools without losing all of the work saved in their Google Drives or Google Classrooms. Staff and Administration emails will also change to to support consistency and portability across the Diocese for staff. New contact details are on the website.

New Administration email: [email protected]


Association Meeting - AGM

The Annual General Meeting for the McCarthy Association (7:00pm) will be held on Tuesday March 20. I strongly encourage current members to stand for office bearer positions as they become available next month. The enormous commitment that the current executive have dedicated to their roles is to be commended. As a community, McCarthy Catholic College is indebted to the wisdom and hard work of current members. Most recently the Association purchased $13,000 worth of gym equipment to be accessed by students in their extended break times and after school. The students are very fortunate to have such a hard working and generous group of parents dedicated to supporting the holistic growth of our student body. They are also in the final stages of purchasing new picnic benches for our grounds.


Twilight Swimming Carnival and Day in Lieu

The upcoming Twilight Swimming Carnival, being held at Scully Park Pool from 2:30pm – 7:30pm on Thursday February 22, presents an ideal opportunity for students to contribute to the growth of school and House spirit. While elite swimmers are given the opportunity to shine in front of their peers, other students receive the intrinsic reward of contributing to their House team by participation. I commend this opportunity as a rare time during the school year when students can enjoy a casual and spirit-filled afternoon and evening of fun and camaraderie with their peers. As the College allows for the extra commitment of the twilight event to be repaid with a student-free day the next day, I encourage all students to attend and enjoy a wonderful community event.

Please note: there will be no supervision available at the College after 2:00pm on Thursday. The following day, Friday 23 February, will be a non-school day. The College will not be open on that day.


Year 7 Welcome Barbeque

The McCarthy staff warmly invites Year 7 students and their families to a Welcome Barbeque at the school on Monday 12 February from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. It is a casual event that enables parents to meet some of the teachers who will be working with their children this year. A letter was sent home this week.


Enrolments for Year 7 in 2019 close Monday April 9 2018

McCarthy Catholic College extends an invitation for students seeking enrolment into Year 7 in 2019. The only round of Year 7 applications for this year will close on Monday 9 April. Fully completed application forms and the $100 application fee need to be lodged at the College on or before Monday 9 April. Open Day will be held on Saturday 3 March from 11:00am until 1:00pm.

Contact the Enrolment Officer, Mrs Jo O'Brien, on 6761 0802 or [email protected] for an application pack and/or more information.


School Hours

School hours are from 8:45am until 3:00pm.                 


Playground Supervision

The playground will be supervised from 8:30am and until the last bus leaves in the afternoon. Before school, students are to congregate in the quadrangles outside the hall or library. After school, early bus travellers meet in the bus waiting area. Other bus travellers meet on the terrace before moving to the bus waiting area.


Pedestrian Entry and Exit

Students who walk to or from school must use either the Children’s Crossing in Tribe Street or the designated section of Johnston Street at the end of the oval. We had a visit from Tamworth Police, Sergeant Buko, during the week who reminded our staff that police patrols are targeting School Zones for the beginning of the 2018 school year.


Pick Up Area

The pick up area for collection of students after school is located adjacent to the College hall and is accessed via the service road. There is a turning bay behind the hall. We have also begun opening the lower gate near N-Block that has a small parking and turn around zone for early parking and pick up. We trust this extra space will take the pressure off the service road pick up zone. In the interests of student safety - PLEASE DO NOT PICK UP STUDENTS IN THE MAIN CAR PARK, BUS BAY OR IN FRONT OF THE OFFICE.



Government regulations require that schools document all student absences with reasons eg. illness, approved leave etc.  Please provide the school with an explanation of your child’s absence within seven days by way of a letter upon their return or a phone call (phone: 6761 0801) on the day of their absence.  Follow-up text messages will be forwarded to parents/guardians seeking explanation if this has not been provided.  It is very important that students attend Mentor Group for roll marking or sign in via the office if they are late to school (after 8:45am). If a response to the text has not been received within seven days, the absence will remain as unexplained and will NOT be able to be changed. Alternatively you can email absentees to [email protected] or via the Skoolbag App.


Attendances - Leave

As per government requirements, if a student is going to be absent from school for five days or more for a sporting/extra-curricular activity, an 'Application for Exemption from Attendance' form must to be completed and returned to the office before the event. For all other leave of ten days or more, an “Application for Leave” form must be completed and returned prior to the leave taking place. These forms are available from the office.


Permission Validation

If someone other than a parent is collecting and signing a student out from the school, a written note or email is required from the responsible parent/carer. Please address notes or emails to the Attendance Officer, Mrs Leah Jones [email protected] .


Students Late for School

The bell for the beginning of school goes at 8:45am. Students who arrive after this time are required to complete an entry in the late book in the office. Parents need to bring late students to the office and sign them in or provide the student with a note.


Early Departure

Parents are required to sign students out when they leave the school before the normal finishing time of 3:00pm. This also applies if the student is returning to school later in the day.


Illness at School

Students are reminded that if they fall ill at school, they are to inform their teacher and report to the office where the Sick Bay is located. Office staff will assess students and contact parents if necessary. Students are asked NOT to phone their parents on their mobile phones as this is the legal responsibility of the school.


Office Hours

The school office is open from 7:30am until 4:00pm. Student access to the office is restricted to before school, recess, lunchtime and after school.



The McCarthy iNewsletter is published each fortnight. It is emailed to students and parents on Thursday, Day 9, of the timetable. The iNewsletter is also available on the McCarthy website, the school Facebook page and the Skoolbag app.


School App

The school has a Skoolbag App. It can be accessed by searching “McCarthy Catholic College Tamworth” in the Apple iStore or Google Play Store.


Student Planners

All students will be issued with a Student Planner. These Planners contain important information about the school and its expectations, along with excellent support material to assist students to plan and manage their learning. They are to be used for communication between home and the school and as a record of aspects of the student’s academic program. Please check each child’s Planner regularly and encourage them to use this resource effectively. If a Planner is lost a new one can be purchased from the office.



No medication will be given to a child without the written permission of a parent/guardian. All medication must be clearly labelled with all relevant information provided by parent/guardian. Students are expected to present themselves at the office at the appropriate time for distribution of their medication.



Students have been issued with a locker and combination lock. Students are NOT to move allocated lockers.



The College strongly recommends that students do not bring valuables or large amounts of money to school. Any money brought to school e.g. for excursions etc, should be handed in at the office as soon as the student arrives at school. The school accepts no responsibility for the loss or damage of valuables.



It is expected that students wear the correct uniform at all times. If at any time a student is unable to wear the correct uniform, they are to have an explanation note signed by a parent. This issue noted should be addressed as a matter of urgency. A list of uniform requirements is available from the office or on the school website and in the Student Planner.


Sports Uniform

On days when students have practical Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) they are permitted to wear their sports uniform to school. The PDHPE teacher will notify students of these times. Sports uniforms may NOT be worn on other days.

As notified late last year the College is in the final stages of changing the sports polo. Final samples were viewed and approved by the Executive today and should be ready for purchase from Lowes by the end of the term. Please keep an eye on the Facebook page and the Newsletter for updates.


Clothing Pool

The Clothing Pool operates each Wednesday from 8:00am – 10:00am. The Clothing Pool is located at the southern end of M Block. It can be accessed by parking in the bottom carpark (just above the oval) and walking up the stairs and to the left.


Lost Property

Lost property is retained in the office and disposed of at the end of the year. Parents are asked to ensure that their child’s uniform and possessions are labelled clearly.



The school canteen complies with state and federal healthy food regulations. It is open five days a week at recess, lunchtime and immediately after school. Lunch orders are to be filled in at the canteen before school or via the new Qkr! app before 9:30am.


McCarthy Facebook Page and Skoolbag Mobile App

The official McCarthy Catholic College Facebook page keeps our school community informed of current information and events. 

Please like our page to ensure you receive up to date information.


The McCarthy Skoolbag App is another option for the school community to receive newsletters, update personal information, receive urgent alerts, notify the College of absentees as well as view the College calendar.


Student Mailbox

The Student Mailbox is located outside the student reception area for depositing notes etc. that DO NOT contain cash. If students are paying the College by cash, they MUST hand it in to the Finance Office directly either before/after school, at recess or lunch.


Email Addresses

Please ensure that the College office has your correct email address as we move towards utilising email as our major source of communication.


Change of Student and Parent 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.

May God go with you.

Mr Geoff McManus


Assistant Principal

Welcome everyone to 2018, an exciting time to be at McCarthy Catholic College. A particular welcome to those students, families and staff who are new to the McCarthy community. We continue to embrace all that contemporary learning and collaboration bring to education in the 21st century and have introduced some changes to facilitate the growth in this area, including the move to a five period day and the introduction of Bring Your Own Device with Year 7.


As always, there have been some adjustment to rooms, timetables and classes and the Teaching and Learning team are working to ensure that these are made as quickly as possible so that we can get on with each person working to be the best they can be.


Late bus students are reminded that they may only visit Coles if they have a Coles pass. Parents must provide a written note granting permission for their child to visit Coles (after school only). This note is handed to the office and I will arrange a laminated pass that must be shown to the teacher on duty upon return. Students who have previously been issued a pass do not have to re-apply as long as they still have a pass to present. 

Mrs Sally Sparke - Assistant Principal

Important Dates


12 Feb:   Elevate Education

12 Feb:   Year 7 Welcome BBQ 5:30pm - 7:00pm 

14 Feb:   Ash Wednesday

14 Feb:   Lenten Group commences

20 Feb:   Year 11 Twilight Retreat

22 Feb:   Twilight Swimming Carnival

23 Feb:  Non-school day

27 Feb:   Association Meeting - 7:00pm

2 Mar:     First Friday Mass

3 Mar:    Open Day 11:00am - 1:00pm

5 Mar:    Year 7 Excursion

8 Mar:    Diocesan Swimming - Moree

15 Mar:  Music Workshop

23 Mar:  Diocesan Touch - Inverell

30 Mar:  Good Friday

2 April:  Easter Monday

6 April:  NSWCCC Swimming

9 April:  Warraymalaya Retreat

13 April: Term 1 concludes


Teaching and Learning

Welcome to our new families and students!

The start of a school year always brings with it a clean slate and fresh opportunity. For our juniors, it is a chance to experience high school, reconnect with friends and teachers and experience new electives on their learning journey. For our senior students the start of the year can be daunting as they face the increased expectations of Preliminary and HSC courses. However, school is not a place you endure, it is a journey to enjoy. Many students find this journey more enjoyable when they can find their purpose in becoming educated and following this ‘why’ up, by planning some suitably challenging goals. Purpose far outweighs feeling motivated to learn. I encourage all students to connect wholeheartedly to the learning opportunities and experiences we offer here at McCarthy Catholic College.


It has been a wonderful start to the year for teachers. Their work in developing and implementing teaching strategies and learning activities have been balanced by the collegiality that is thriving among us as we share our gifts and talents to maximise student learning in our Key Learning Areas. This mutual support realigns our focus in offering our students enriching learning experiences, and the opportunities to achieve new levels of personal best.


Year 12

For Year 12, it is a continuing HSC journey and I encourage them to focus on the daily behaviours that will assist them in the long run. Consistency and persistence are attributes that will put them in good stead for this final HSC year. Together with our Leader of Pedagogy Mrs Briony Martin, I will be working closely with Year 12 throughout fortnightly Year group meetings.


Year 7

Year 7 students look fantastic in their uniforms and I congratulate them on their enthusiastic start to the year; they are exceptionally organised and prepared, ready to learn. Enjoy the variety of subjects available at McCarthy and the chance to move between classes throughout the day. It is a big change for you and to nervous parents, I encourage you to trust our wonderful staff and give them your full support. I join you in the mixed emotions of having a child starting high school for the first time!


Community is very important in education. There are many ways you can assist teaching and learning in your very own home. Some ways you can do this are:

  • ensure your child has the equipment, books and materials they need for ALL classes. If you need help, please get in touch with your Year Coordinator immediately. A little help with organisation goes a long way.

  • support high rates of attendance and avoid booking holidays mid term or midday sign outs.

  • discuss the impact of part time jobs on learning and modify part time work hours to the recommended 8-10 hours per week.

  • communicate with teachers via the daily planner, email and schedule into your calendar to attend Parent/Teacher Evenings. Encourage your child to ask questions if they are having difficulty. Changing classes or requesting to choose your teachers is not sustainable.

As we settle into Term 1, I encourage all students to engage effectively in the lessons; participate in lively classroom discussions, open up and share their views and responses. While the development of skills and knowledge may be challenging, our teachers are highly skilled and they dedicate much time to ensuring students are participating in suitably challenging activities, in a collaborative, student centred learning environment. Growth producing relationships are a key element to successful teaching and learning and I look forward to working in partnership with our vibrant McCarthy community in 2018.

Mrs Raelene Maxworthy

Teaching and Learning Coordinator

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Care team works to promote and nurture the physical, social, emotional and intellectual well-being of students, staff and parents. Please keep us informed of any health, social, financial and/or family issues that may affect your child’s learning or general well-being. Such information is treated with discretion and allows us to provide appropriate support. You are encouraged to contact us with any concerns you may have regarding your child at McCarthy. Please note that due to teaching, duties and interviews it is sometimes difficult to return calls immediately. It would be appreciated if you could inform the receptionist if a matter is urgent. For non-urgent matters please consider emails.


The 2018 Pastoral Care team is:

Mrs Libby Molony         [email protected]           Pastoral Care Coordinator

Mr Bernie Williams       [email protected]       Year 7 Coordinator

Mr Andrew Davy            [email protected]                 Year 8 Coordinator

Mrs Melissa Bearup      [email protected]           Year 9 Coordinator

Mrs Fiona O'Neill           [email protected]                 Year 10 Coordinator

Mr Damian Kenniff       [email protected]              Year 11 Coordinator

Mrs Michelle Gale          [email protected]                  Year 12 Coordinator

Mrs Aimee Cook             [email protected]                School Counsellor

Mrs Lesley O’Shea         [email protected]                 Student Welfare Officer (part-time)



I would like to extend a warm welcome to Year 7 students and the following new students:

Year 8: Clare Bonarius, Bella Fancourt             

Year 9: Jacob Bell, Vance Madden, Jazmyn Pearson, Emily Pring, Thomas Purkiss, Taniel Rae, Ashley Teakle

Year 10: Harrison George, Jaiden Marshall, Cameron Morris, Gieorgia Rennie

Year 11: Peta Anderson, Vilhelmiina Hakari, Connor Roberts, Liam Rowsell, Hayley Ryan, Kimberly Tulabut, Janaiyah Ward.

Welcome also to the families who are joining the McCarthy community. We look forward to meeting you and working with you.


Sister Squared Mentoring Program

Sister Squared Mentoring Program will be running every fortnight in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) starting from Tuesday 13 February 2018. The program has been specifically designed for Year 7 girls and boys who feel they would benefit from the support and mentoring of a buddy, to help ease the transition to secondary school. 

The program is designed to increase awareness and teach students a better understanding in areas such as social skills, resilience, healthy eating, exercise, positive self-image, mental health awareness and increasing self-esteem. Sessions will involve discussions, role play, team building exercises and games and will be given activity booklets, handouts and “home tasks” to complete.  Sessions will be held during lunch time, once per fortnight, and the cost is free. The students will have access to their buddy at school during recess and lunch, before and after school.

Careers News

Welcome to the new school year. I look forward to working with students and parents with information and opportunities to help make many decisions during the year, especially for students in Years 10, 11 and 12.

During the holidays we have had students doing Work Experience and attending holiday career events.  Several students attended Engineering summer schools at various universities in Sydney.  Activities included experiences with robotics, visiting work places, doing design activities and building challenges in groups. I commend these students for taking up the opportunities available to them.


Information for Parents and Students

I urge parents and guardians of students in Year 10, 11 and 12 (and the students themselves) to use the following resources available to assist students with careers, courses, scholarships etc.

These include:

Parents may contact me via the school (ph 67610800) or email: [email protected]

This year I will be available to see students in the Careers Adviser’s Office at lunchtimes on Tuesday and Thursday. 


Work Experience Procedure

Work Experience at McCarthy is NOT compulsory and there is no set time allocated to do this. Each year about fifty students do Work Experience primarily to help them gain employment such as apprenticeships and to assist them with certain careers such as medicine.

Work Experience must be done at a time that suits the school and the employer.  There is much paperwork that must be submitted before Work Experience commences.

Step 1 is to get an Application to do Work Experience form from the door of the Careers Adviser’s Office and hand it in so the process can begin.


Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC)

Air Force Cadets are recruiting now and are looking for people aged 13-16 years with initial recruit intakes for 2018 during  February.

The AAFC has long been established in the Tamworth community dating back to 1941. To this day, the AAFC as a national organisation remains as one of Australia’s premier youth training organisations, and is still administered by the Royal Australian Air Force. Details are attached for interested students and their parents.

Mrs Susan Barrett - Careers Adviser

Email: [email protected]

Creative Arts


McCarthy's Instrumental Music Program will continue in 2018.

All students have the opportunity to be involved, either as an existing instrumentalist or beginner.

It is a wonderful way to become involved in the school, as well as improve academic, emotional and creative development.


The Concert Band/Orchestra will rehearse on Thursday mornings from 8:00am – 9:00am in the Rosary Centre, Room 4. Any student who already plays flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet/cornet, horn, euphonium/baritone, trombone, tuba, drums, percussion, violin, cello or double bass Year 7-12 are welcome to join. Membership is a year-long commitment and includes some out of school-time performances. 


Jazz Band will rehearse on Wednesday mornings from 8:00am – 9:00am in the Rosary Centre, Room 4. This advanced group is for trumpet, trombone and saxophone players with rhythm section. There are currently no vacancies.


Junior (Beginners) Band will rehearse on Tuesday mornings from 8:15am - 9:00am in the Rosary Centre, Room 4 commencing later in the term. Any student in Years 8 –12 who would like to start a band instrument (not guitar) should meet Mrs Lane in R4 next Tuesday at lunch time. Many of the most successful students start after Year 7. Year 7 students will be given an opportunity to apply shortly and will receive more info in their Year meeting.


Brass Quintet will rehearse at lunchtimes on Mondays. Brass Ensemble will rehearse at lunchtimes on Wednesdays, Senior Brass Trio on Tuesdays, Woodwind Ensemble at lunch on Thursdays, Saxophone Quartet on Fridays. These are advanced groups for proficient players by invitation.


The program has a small membership fee of $40.00 per annum. It is a yearly, not term fee as participation is a yearly commitment.

Instruments (Brass, Woodwind) are available for hire from the school, again for a very reasonable fee. $50.00 deposit then $20.00 per term. New Concert and Jazz Band members will need to purchase a band shirt at a cost of $40.00. 

Students are also involved in 1/2 hour tutorials on a rotational basis during school time.

Students also can choose to take private/group lessons with Conservatorium tutors on a rotational basis during school time. This is highly recommended for Junior Band members as well as existing players.


Other Music Ensembles

The McCarthy Chorale will rehearse on Friday mornings 8:00am – 9:00am in the Rosary Centre, Room 4.  Any dedicated singers are welcome to join. Commitment to performances is expected.

Percussion/Drum Group will rehearse on Friday lunchtimes in the Rosary Theatre.  Any student who wants to play drums and percussion is welcome to join this group.

Rock Band will also rehearse Friday lunchtimes.


All elective music students are expected to participate in at least 1 school ensemble to further their musical ability and performance experience.

Mrs Lisa Lane – Band Director/Music Teacher 



Talented athletes are able to compete at Diocesan, State and National level through the sports supported by the New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) Sporting Competitions. 

On the website you will find all Sports events held by NSWCCC throughout the year. There is also a full calendar to check entry closing dates and selection trial dates and information.

The website allows parents/caregivers to enter their child into various events where an individual entry is required and pay the entry fees.

I would ask that parents continually check the website for up to date information on closing dates and competitions. It is the responsibility of the student and their parents to ensure they have registered for a sport on time. No late entries are accepted.

Below are instructions on 'How to Register' your child in any events. Should they make a NSWCCC team the coaching staff of that team will advise them of what the procedure will be. Please check the relevant pathway for each sport under "Sport Specific Information" and "Pathway Information" for further details.


Step 1: Please go to the website

If you have not registered online before go to Step 2. If you have registered online before go to Step 7 to complete an expression of interest for a sport.

Step 2:  Go to the “What’s my password?” button (in the top panel on the right)

Step 3: Select “I am a parent/guardian for a student”.

Step 4: Select “Secondary School Student”.

Step 5: Select “How do I get a login for the website?” Scroll to the bottom under “If you do not have a login” Click here to get a new account and log in

Step 6: Set up a PARENT ACCOUNT. You will receive an email with your new password.

Step 7: LOGIN (in the top panel). To login you put in your email and the password you received.

Step 8: Select NSWCCC

Step 9: Select the sport you are interested in.

Step 10: Select REGISTER. Here you will either be asked to make an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST or to REGISTER.

Step 11: Once you have completed all the information an email will be sent immediately to the Diocesan Rep, Principal and School Sports Coordinator.

Step 12: You can log in at any time to see the status of your registration.

Step13: Please make sure your details (email address and mobile) remain up to date so that you can be emailed or sent a text message.

Check carefully the payment process – for some sports you pay online while for other sports you pay direct to the school.


MCC Sport Google Classroom

Any students who are interested in playing sport for McCarthy, please ensure that you sign up to the MCC SPORT GOOGLE CLASSROOM.

Here you will find information about trials, competitions, meetings, and training sessions.

The Classroom Code is: c5cple

All nominations are done through Google Classroom so it is important that if you are interested in participating in a Sport at McCarthy, you are able to access Google Classroom.


Notices for any non-school related sport will be advertised on the Sports Noticeboard which is located outside the McCarthy IT office in J Block.


Expression of Interest: Coaches and Managers

If there are any parents willing to assist with the coaching or managing of our College teams, please contact me at the College by phone or via my email address [email protected] . All coaches or managers must have a valid Working With Children Check, which can be applied for at the website. A valid coaching certificate in the sport of interest would be beneficial.


Any questions, please contact me at school.

Brad Mitchell and Damian Kenniff - Sports Coordinators

McCarthy Parents Association

Next Meeting

The next Association Meeting will be held on Tuesday 27 February commencing at 7:00pm in the Staff Room. New members of the McCarthy community are most welcome to attend.


The Annual General Meeting of the McCarthy Association will be held on Tuesday 20 March commencing at 7:00pm.

General Information

Clothing Pool

The Clothing Pool can be accessed on Wednesdays between 8:00am and 10:00am 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

bwillia[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.


Canteen Operating Hours

The canteen is open from 8:20am until 3:10pm Monday to Thursday and 8:20am to 2:00pm on Friday.  Students can purchase items before or after school and during scheduled breaks. Students are not permitted to purchase items (including water) during class time.


Scheduled Breaks

1st break: 11:00am to 11:30am

2nd break: 1:30pm to 2:00pm


With changes to the scheduled break times this year, students are adjusting to what suits them best in regard to when they want to eat a lunch meal or have a morning or afternoon snack.  Students can nominate if they would like their lunch order for first break when placing the order before school.


Lunch Orders

Manual orders can be taken over the counter before school and during first break.

Students are asked where possible to order their lunches before Mentor Group.  Lunch bags, pens and menus are available on the table near canteen.  Please remember to write your name and year and what break you would like your order on your lunch bag. 


Electronic orders through Qkr! App will be available this week. Information and instructions have been emailed to parents.  Electronic order CUT OFF time will be 9:30am daily.



A great way to meet other parents, carers or your children’s teachers or friends is by experiencing a “day at McCarthy through the canteen”.  Our volunteers are in canteen from 10:00am to 2:00pm (or anywhere in between these hours), monthly or once a term.  With only 23 volunteers able to assist this year, we will work with you to utilise the hours of service you can provide.  If you are interesting in assisting us please contact Raelee Balderston [email protected] or 67610856.


McCarthy Catholic College Canteen   

Volunteer Advertisement

Casual Work Available – Employment Guaranteed

Where: McCarthy Catholic College Canteen

When: weekly, fortnightly, monthly, once a term

Hours: flexible, preferably 10:00am to 2:00pm

Experience: Everything you need to know will be learnt within a short space of time.

Salary: "A La Carte" lunch, plenty of tea or coffee and best of all, friendship and a good chat.

Bonus: Your child or children will be happy to see you in their favourite place ‐ school! You get to spoil them by making them a free lunch on the day that you work and you get to meet new people and make good friends within the school community.

Applications close: NEVER


Please contact Mrs Raelee Balderston in our College canteen by phone 67610856 or email [email protected] as soon as possible. You will be included on our roster and an orientation pack will be sent home to you.  Thank you in anticipation.



The canteen will not be serving meat on Ash Wednesday or Fridays during Lent;  this includes Wednesday 14 February,  Friday 16 February, 23 February (non school day),  2 March, 9 March, 16 March and 23 March.  Please see Lent menu for items available.


Europe Excursion

Europe Excursions in 2018 and 2020

This year a group of twenty-eight students in Years 10 and 11, some family members and members of the McCarthy community is excitedly counting down the sleeps until we leave at the end of Term 1 for 20 days in Europe We will be visiting France, Belgium, Germany and Italy with our travellers and:

  • climbing the Eiffel Tour
  • touring the battlefields of World War I in France and Belgium
  • visiting Berlin and Nuremberg to see sights associated with World War II, the Nazi and Cold War eras
  • climbing Mt Vesuvius after visiting Pompeii
  • travelling on a gondola in Venice and visiting galleries in Florence
  • visiting the Vatican, the Colosseum and eating pasta and pizza in Rome

So if you would like to be involved and participate in the April 2020 Europe tour, please send an email to [email protected]au  for a brochure and start saving!

Mrs Susan Barrett 


McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter
Trafflic Light Phone Policy 2018.pdf
Traffic Light Phone Policy 2018.pdf
Advice from Mrs Barrett as ATAR Release Day approaches (2).docx
310 Recruiting Posting 2018.pdf
2017 St Eds Christmas Schedule (2).pdf
Lent Menu MCC Canteen 2018 (1).docx