McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter

16 August 2018
16 August 2018
Prayer and Reflection
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal - Mrs Sparke
Assistant Principal - Mr Larkin
Important Dates
Teaching and Learning
Careers News
Canteen Corner
McCarthy Parents Association
General Information
McCarthy Catholic College
(02) 6761 0800
Tribe Street
Tamworth, New South Wales, 2340

Prayer and Reflection

Prayer for Rain


Heavenly Father,

we are in need of rain.

We realize now, looking up into the clear, blue sky,

how wonderful even the smallest drop of rain really is.

To think that so much water can fall out of the sky,

which now is empty and clear!

We place our trust in You.

We are sure that you know our needs.

But You want us to ask you anyway,

to show You that we know we are dependent on You.

Look to our dry hills and paddocks, Heavenly Father,

and bless them with living, soft, soaking rain.

Then the land will rejoice and rivers will sing Your praises,

and the hearts of all will be happy.

We ask this prayer through your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen



Our Lady of the Rosary. Pray for us.

St Dominic. Pray for us.

Blessed Edmund Rice. Pray for us.


The first three weeks of this term have been very busy and alive in the RE and Mission areas of life at McCarthy. During week one we celebrated the life and contribution of St Dominic and the Dominican Order to Catholic Education in Tamworth at our whole College assembly. Staff and students were treated to a staff presentation which focussed on the Dominican habit and the personal way it reflected the faith of the women who, since 1206, have and still devote their lives to the service of God and the Church in the consecrated life as a Dominican sister.


Each week our students have continued to celebrate the Holy Mass in year groups. This term, based on feedback from our Tamworth priests, we will focus on developing a more prayerful atmosphere during the Mass with the inclusion of music and continued explanation of the meaning of the parts of the Mass and practice of the various liturgical stances. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Tamworth priests, Fathers Christopher and Raj from St Nicholas, Fr Paul and Deacon Manvell from Mary Help of Christians and Fr Anthony Koppman from St Patrick’s for their ongoing guidance and support of our Liturgical program.  


On Tuesday 31 August, eight staff attended an afternoon spiritual retreat run by the CSO’s Renewal team. The retreat encouraged our further reflection on the principle of the Common Good and the place of equality, equity and liberation as imperatives within this.


On Friday 10 August, Bishop Michael Kennedy visited McCarthy and enjoyed lunch with a group of 14 Year 11 students as part of his Year of Youth activities in the Diocese. The Bishop was keen to hear our students’ thoughts on the support they currently experience from the Church and how it can better engage young people. The students very honestly and confidently shared with Bishop Michael their concerns around homilies, music, Youth Masses, and local youth festival style activities which would be more accessible for rural youth.

Finally, our St Agnes Conference have conducted a blanket drive and will deliver a total of 36 blankets to our local St Vincent de Paul shop in Peel St.



Our thoughts and prayers go to Jack Connell and Noah Cook  and their families following the passing of their grandfathers and to Miller Lloyd  and his family following the passing of his grandmother.

Mrs Cate Allen

Mission and Spiritual Formation Coordinator


Principal's Report


The focus on support for drought affected families has been widespread in recent weeks. From major TV stations such as NBN and Prime, to local charity groups providing opportunities to “Buy a Bale”,  the need to support our drought-affected families has rightly gone national. Consequently, our aspiration to raise over $20,000.00 during this year’s Walkathon is timely and valuable for our local farmers and agricultural industries. Each student at the college has been asked to raise a minimum of $30.00. In return  students will  walk twelve  kilometres around the streets of Tamworth on Friday 7 September  in a display of solidarity with those suffering the effects of the drought. I strongly endorse and encourage all students, families and local businesses to get behind our annual Walkathon either by donating sponsorship money or by offering goods in kind that will be passed on to needy families.  Please contact Mrs Christine Gall at the College office  if you are able to donate.


Fee Relief

In a similar vein, please find attached a letter from Bishop Michael Kennedy and Mr Chris Smyth (Director of the Catholic Schools Office) identifying the opportunity for families suffering genuine cases of hardship due to the drought, to contact the college to discuss partial or full fee relief for 2018 and 2019. As stated in the letter, if a rural family or related agricultural business is in genuine need, please contact Mrs Lisa Sutherland - Fees Secretary at the College Office.


HSC Drama, Music and Art Showcase

I strongly encourage all families and friends of the college to attend the HSC Showcase of Drama, Music and Art next Monday 20 August at 6:00pm in the Our Lady of the Rosary Cultural Centre. The quality of work and performance on display will be first class and is representative of the hard work of our talented Year 12 students and their teachers. It is traditionally one of the best cultural nights in our academic calendar. I look forward to seeing many of you there!


Catholic Schools Celebrate

As an integral member of the Armidale Diocese, McCarthy Catholic College is proud to be associated with the Bi-Annual extravaganza - Catholic Schools Celebrate being held at the TREC on 27 September. While the majority of the school performances come from the regional Primary schools some  McCarthy students will be performing as part of the band or in individual performances. I encourage families to get their tickets early to avoid missing out on a wonderful night of music and dance. Deb/Colleen insert ticket details.


As many would be sadly aware Mrs Lisa Lane will leave us in the next few days for a new position in the Hunter district. It is sad due to the incredible work that Mrs Lane has undertaken over the past nine years to bring the level of performance of our three bands and ensembles to their current high level of quality performance. She is a very gifted director of music and band and our music and band students are well aware of the discipline that Mrs Lane demands and gets out of her talented students. We wish her well and deeply appreciate her commitment and generosity of spirit in her time at the college. I also welcome to the McCarthy family - Mrs Donna Swan who begins this week as an experienced Music and Band teacher. Mrs Swan brings much experience and will spend the next couple of weeks with Mrs Lane in a handover period to ensure a seamless transition for our music and band students.

May God go with you.

Mr Geoff McManus


Assistant Principal - Mrs Sparke

Educational Access Schemes

Educational Access Schemes (EAS) help students who have experienced long-term educational disadvantage gain admission to tertiary study. To be eligible for EAS consideration their educational performance must have been seriously affected, normally for a period of at least six months during Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent, due to circumstances beyond their control or choosing. 

This year the applications are online. Mrs Gale notified all Year 12 of this via Google classroom in Week 1. Applications open on  2 August and early bird applications are due by  29 September. If you have any questions please speak to Mrs Barrett or myself.


Here are the links to the information on the UAC and the PDFs.

Dropping students off at the College

With the exponential growth of Moore Creek, Windmill Estate and Windmill Downs, traffic on Tribe street has also increased significantly. This has very serious implications for the safety of the McCarthy community and I urge all drivers and students to have increased awareness of this situation. 

  • Drop off (morning only) - drivers are NOT to block the car park pedestrian crossing located near the College administration at any time.
  • Please do NOT use the bus bay for student drop off
  • If students need to cross Tribe Street they MUST use the pedestrian crossing on Tribe Street.

To alleviate some of the congestion, parents could drop students in Johnson Street and students then use the footpath on Tribe Street to enter the college.

Mrs Sally Sparke

Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal - Mr Larkin

Facing The Future

In the last two or three years there have been an increasing number of stories in the media about the rapid pace of automation in industries that had previously  been thought to be primarily the domain of humans. Such dramatic shifts are constituting radical change at a pace never before seen in human history. This is driving educators and education systems to reconsider what we do and how we do it in an effort to remain relevant in the 21st Century.

In an article titled, ‘Personality Factors Are Best Defense Against Losing Your Job to a Robot’ Jeannie Kever wrote that:

‘Researchers say people who are more intelligent and who showed an interest in the arts and sciences during high school are less likely to fall victim to automation. Later educational attainment mattered, but researchers said the findings highlight the importance of personality traits, intelligence and vocational interests in determining how well people fare in a changing labor market. The work was published this week in the European Journal of Personality.


“Robots can’t perform as well as humans when it comes to complex social interactions,” said Rodica Damian, assistant professor of social and personality psychology at the University of Houston and lead author of the study. “Humans also outperform machines when it comes to tasks that require creativity and a high degree of complexity that is not routine. As soon as you require flexibility, the human does better.”


“We found that regardless of social background, people with higher levels of intelligence, higher levels of maturity and extraversion, higher interests in arts and sciences … tended to select (or be selected) into less computerizable jobs 11 and 50 years later,” they wrote.


In addition to Damian, the researchers included Marion Spengler of the University of Tuebingen and Brent W. Roberts of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“Perhaps we should consider training personality characteristics that will help prepare people for future jobs,” she said. Machine learning and big data will allow the number of tasks that machines can perform better than humans to increase so rapidly that merely increasing educational levels won’t be enough to keep up with job automation, she said. “The edge is in unique human skills.”’

This type of research is driving schools to consider and provide more authentic, relevant and effective educative experiences that promote students to be powerful, real-life learners. This means understanding that much of the content that we teach is nowhere near as important as how the students learn. It is how  students develop the learning dispositions that will be so critical for the future. When students complain about a topic or a particular subject I urge them to see that learning involves much more than being able to regurgitate or replicate information someone has provided them. I want them to understand that the most important growth experiences come from focusing on developing key qualities or, as Kever writes, “personality traits” or habits of mind that will prepare them for the future. These include:

  • Being able to persevere when facing a challenge. Through all of their experiences at school we want the students to develop their capacity for persistence, to be resilient when things get tough, to have true grit (to echo one of my favourite John Wayne movies, which actually refers to the young girl who won’t give up on capturing her father’s murderer).

  • We also want them to be team players – to be able to work collaboratively with others – to be able to share and cooperate and create in groups as so many workplaces require these skills. Being socially aware and empathetic to others is vital for meaningful interactions beyond school.

  • To be disciplined learners – to be able to map out a path of what needs to be done and to execute that plan – to be methodical and structured learners.

  • To reflect on what they have done (or not) and to consider alternatives where necessary, seek help when required and to exploit and harness their strengths to achieve their goals.

  • To accept that confusion is part of the learning process – academic or otherwise – and to have the confidence and strength to battle on realising that mastery is on the other side of hardship.

  • To be curious – to ask questions that provoke further thought and challenge what they know and what others know and to use this as a pathway to discovery.

At times the future can seem daunting and this is why the learning done at school is so much more important than ever before. Ultimately, the sort of learner that we become will significantly influence the quality of our life in the future.

Mr Mick Larkin

Assistant Principal

Important Dates


17 August: Diocesan Athletics Carnival - Armidale

20 August: HSC Music and Drama Evening 6:00pm

21 August: Advisory Council Meeting

21 August: Association Meeting

22 August: NSWCCC Hockey

23 August: School Photos catch-up

30 August: Diocesan Basketball - Tamworth

31 August: Young Drivers Expo (Year 11)

6 September: All Schools' Touch Carnival

7 September: Walkathon and McCarthy's Got Talent

13 September: Year 7 Vaccinations (Round 2)

17 September: Year 12 Twilight Retreat

18 September: Year 12 Thanksgiving Mass at St Nicholas'

18 September: Association Meeting

20 September: Year 11 Exams commence

21 September: NSWCCC Athletics - Homebush

26 September: Year 12 Farewell Assembly

27 September: Catholic Schools Celebrate

28 September: Term 3 concludes



Teaching and Learning

The Teaching and Learning team have been concentrating our efforts in the area of assessment. We have reviewed NESA’s new requirements in conjunction with our Collegel based practice. Assessment is a broad term and involves ongoing decisions about where students are in their learning and what their point of need is moving forward. Every day, observations are made, students self evaluate and peer evaluate, teachers make formative judgements - this is assessment. Assessment can be informal or formal and a student’s overall grade is the culmination of these ongoing types of assessment, therefore there is never a ‘good time’ to be away and there is never an ‘assessment free’ time in schools. One of the first changes you may notice from our work, is a refined notification sheet. Task notifications will be transitioning, with the help of Mrs Bronwyn Bell, in our administration team. So far, student feedback has been very positive and I thank those students who were involved in our consultations. The goal is to streamline tasks and make them more ‘student friendly’, which were recommendations made by Patricia Hipwell from Logon literacy following our whole College professional development.


Year 12 students have been conscientious throughout their examinations and I am sure they will continue to make good use of the remainder of the term in preparation for the HSC Examinations. Our Major Works and Projects candidates are busy putting the finishing touches on their submissions and I wish them, and their teachers all the best in these final weeks.


Year 11 students will receive their Yearly Examination Timetable in Week 6 and should be preparing study notes and referring to their published assessment schedules for each subject.


With interim reports due later in this term I encourage all students to give their best effort at school and to make sure they come to every lesson prepared, ready to learn.


Why a Languages Day at McCarthy?

To promote the learning of another language in Year 8

To celebrate Australia as a multicultural country

To put students in a positive and receptive mindset so they enjoy their language experience in Year 8

To arouse students curiosity about world languages

To encourage students to further their studies of languages, in Year 9, 10 and above

To raise awareness of McCarthy’s cultural and linguistic diversity.


All over Europe [I come from France], students start learning a second language in primary school, all the way to Year 10 or 12. In Year 7 or 8, they all get to learn a third language!  Learning another language is a normal part of the curriculum. Here at McCarthy, students don’t usually start learning a language until Year 8 and as most of them stop at the end of the year, we would like to encourage more students to continue their language studies into Stages 5 and 6.

This is why we would like this experience of learning about another culture and communicating in another language to be a positive and rewarding one.

Let’s celebrate LANGUAGES on Languages Day!

Outline of the day:

Recess and Lunch:

A food stall with traditional food from France and Italy

A soccer game France v's Italy

A photo booth

All the money raised will go towards the 2018 Walkathon


A prayer read in the languages spoken at home by some of the McCarthy students including

Aboriginal, Cantonese, English, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Indian, Italian, Maltese, Mandarin, South African, Spanish, Vietnamese, Welsh

French and Italian national anthem performed by McCarthy musicians

In the library and on the Hall & PAC windows:

Display of student works - French and Italian culture (Year 8) - French and Italian artists (Year 7)

To follow up from last Newsletter’s reflection on Languages.

Here are some of the students’ answers to the question:

Why is it important to learn another language (or more), especially when living in Australia?

Learning another language is important because…

  • we are a multicultural country. (Jay)

  • you get to experience something new and learn something new. (Ruby)

  • in places like Europe where there are many different countries and languages they live a more connected life. But in Australia, we are on an island and we need to stay in touch with the rest of the world. (Rebekah)

  • I want to travel when I am older and would love to be able to say things to local. (Ashlee)

  • there are so many people from other countries moving to Australia. There is also a lot of people moving away from Australia and you don't know yet what you are going to do in the future. (Zoe)

  • it would be boring just speaking English our whole lives... and now we can travel and have an idea what people are saying... (Isabelle)

  • we can open up to the rest of the world. (Phoebe)

  • it could help break language barriers and maybe help you get a better job. (Leo)

  • we can help others with other languages.  (Kyle)

  • Due to migration and tourism, we are constantly exposed to other cultures and I believe that it is important for us to have the knowledge of other languages… (Georgia)

Mrs Raelene Maxworthy

Teaching and Learning 

Careers News

Year 12

Year 12 students will receive their copy of the UAC 2019 book next Tuesday after the Trial HSC finished. There will be a talk with instructions on applying to UAC and QTAC held during the week. Details will be in Careers Classroom and morning notices.

Students should have all received a copy of their UAC PIN in an email from UAC. Students will need this as well as their HSC Student Number for NESA. If students don't know their number, they can see me after the Trial exams end or call in to the College as Mrs Jones has a list of the numbers.


Students who will be applying for University of Wollongong's Early Admission scheme will need to meet me in the AV Room at lunchtime on Tuesday. The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 24 August.  


University visits to McCarthy

Last week representatives from UNE and CSU were at College and spoke to interested students in Years 10 and 11.  


A representative from Southern Cross University will be coming to McCarthy on  Wednesday 12 September from 11:00am to 11:30am.  He will be talking specifically about their STAR Early Entry scheme. This is quite different in how to apply with a direct application to the university and major changes this year.

Air Force Cadets - 310 Squadron Are Recruiting

Mrs Susan Barrett - Careers Adviser

Email: [email protected]


Girls' League Tag

On Friday 3 August, fifty girls from McCarthy Catholic College participated in the North-West League Tag competition in Tamworth. There were two open and two junior teams all who played  well.  All girls are to be commended on their sportsmanship, conduct and effort they displayed on the day. The Open teams were both undefeated. The girls showed some great skills, speed and teamwork playing teams from Armidale, Oxley High School, Tamworth HS, Peel High School, O’Connor Catholic College,  Armidale and Quirindi High School. The Under 14 blue team came away undefeated in some close games with the girls' fitness helping to secure the wins. The Under 14 White team played gallantly having some very close games. They showed good progress throughout the day and can be proud of their efforts. Both Open’s teams and the Under 14 Blue team will now progress to North West Finals to be played at Bingara on Wednesday 29 August. We wish all teams the best of luck!


Senior League Tag Team 1

Grace Salter, Jessie O'Mally, Maddison Roach, Lucy Cotton, Laura Robertson, Jasmine Shumack, Mackenzie Alderston, Melanie Young, Phoebe McLoughlin, Caitlin Ross, Annabelle Pegus, Alina Swan, Keely Lett and Tyhla Endemi.

Senior League Tag Team 2

Roma Bernardo, Holly Bynge, Macy Gillies, Georgia Horniman, Phoebe Porter, Abbegale Ryan, Jada Taylor, Olivia Whittemore, Anika Earsman, Sienna O'Malley, Daisy George, Sophie Corbett, Maddison Sharpe and Mackenzie Alderston.

Junior League Tag Team 1

Monique Corbett, Tomi Gavin, Georgia Goodwin, Chloe Haworth, Mia Kennedy, Georgia Shepherd, Georgia Simm, Annalise Tighe, Bree Luckey, Claire Cavalaro and Claudia Cartan.

Junior League Tag Team 2

Wunda Jaffa-Williams, Aleisha Young, Erin Hansen, Lydia McCosker, Bella Fancourt, Isabelle Molloy, Amelia Easton, Jacqueline Tuema, Georgia Goodwin, Caitlin Downey, Millie Seymour and Chloe Nicholson.

Mountain Bikes National Championships 2018

Conor Noonan and Nathan Watson recently competed at the Australian Schools' National Championships at the Gold Coast (August 3-5) and achieved some outstanding results. Over three days of hard racing against some very strong and experienced riders they performed very well.

In the Eliminator B grade race - Nathan Watson finished first and Conor 2nd in a sprint finish. In the XCO  Conor finished 10th and Nathan 11th. In the team 4 hour enduro race MCC finished 2nd with two other students from Oxley High School being in the team. Well done to both students on representing McCarthy Catholic College with pride and distinction.

NSW All Schools' Cross Country Championships

On Friday 27 July Georgia Simm competed in the NSW All Schools' Cross Country championships at Eastern Creek Sydney. In a gruelling course, Georgia finished 26th from over 100 runners in the Under 14 age group. In such an elite field, this was a wonderful effort. Congratulations Georgia on this achievement and keep up the hard training!


Water Polo

The NSWCCC Water Polo Championships registrations are now open.


Open Girls:       Years 7-11

Junior Girls:     Years 7-9

Open Boys:      Years 7-11



Junior Girls:      31 October 2018

Open Boys:       2 November 2018

Open Girls:        7 November 2018


All registrations must be in by Friday 26 October 2018.

There must be six or more teams registered to make this a viable competition

More information can be found on the CSSS website.

NSW Oztag Championships

On Tuesday 14 August McCarthy Catholic College fielded eight teams in the NSW Secondary North-West Oztag Championships held at Tamworth. Congratulations to all students who competed, for their effort, conduct and enthusiasm. The boys teams performed well with most teams in contention for the semi-finals up until the final game. The girls teams, after playing together in the recent league tag championships, showed great form.The Open Blue team were undefeated and won the final 3-1 against Oxley High School. Jada Taylor was named player of the grand final. The Junior Blue girls team won a tense grand final, 3-2, in extra time against Oxley High School. Monique Corbett deservedly received the  player of the match award. Both teams will now advance to the State finals in Sydney on 12 September. Thank you to Mrs Laird for training and assisting with the teams. 

Years 7-10 
Senior Girls Blue

Holly Bynge, Chloe Shanley, Jada Taylor, Olivia Whittemore, Macy Gillies, Phoebe Porter, Sophie Corbett, Georgia Horniman, Sienna O’ Mally, Abbey Ryan. 
Senior Boys Blue
Zeus Souter, Tom Sheppard, Izack Fox, Cameron Lane, Thomas Croake, Liam Ball, Hamish Sparke
Tom Ferguson, Jim Zell, Nicholas Pannowitz. 
Senior Boys Gold
Blake Parker, Clint Aitken, Tomas Davison, Ben Nelson, Ewan Ball, Jack Daye, Reef Lawler, Tyhla Condrick, Cameron Holton
Junior Boys Blue
Yuri Gillon, Parker Constable, Brock Turner, Liam Mayman, Bailey Betts, Campbell Thompson
Caleb Viertel, Cameron Smith, Rory Morris, Sebastian Lawler, Bradyn Hamilton.
Junior Boys Gold
Rueben Shepherd, Todd Hannemann, Nathaniel Thrift, Nathan Summers, Charlie Sorensen, Nick O’ Connor, Darcy Walker, Julian Fuller, Mitchell Croucher.
Girls Junior Gold
Chloe Haworth, Jacqueline Teuma, Amelia Seymour, Georgia Sheppard, Erin Hansen, Aleisha Young, Chloe Ginman, Amelia Easton.
Girls Junior Smashers
Claudia Cartan, Breanna Luckey, Ella Mitchell, Tomi Gavin, Mia Kennedy, Monique Corbett, Claire Cavallaro, Annalsie Tighe.
Senior Girls Gold
Madison Roach, Roma Bernardo, Skyler Dowden, Daisy George, Anika Earsman, Georgia Goodwin,  Mackenzie Alderson, Georgia Simm

Canteen Corner

The College need volunteers to help in the canteen. We are more than happy to accommodate different times to allow parents to continue with their busy days. We ask that our parents (and perhaps older siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents) consider helping out in the canteen once a month. We can be reached on phone: 6761 0865 or [email protected] 


Alone we struggle, together we strive.  

To the current volunteers, thank you once again for your invaluable contribution to the smooth running of our canteen in the best interest of our students. We welcome and thank you all for your treasured voluntary work,  working together seemlessly to fulfill the mission and vision of our lovely canteen.

Mrs Beano Radebe - Canteen Supervisor

McCarthy Parents Association



The next Association Meeting will be held on Tuesday 21 August at 7:15pm in the Staff Room. All are most welcome to attend.


Save the Date

The annual McCarthy Association Trivia Night will be held on Saturday 17 November. 

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's: Mrs Sally Sparke and Mr Mick Larkin

Mission and Spiritual Formation Coordinator: Mrs Cate Allen

Teaching and Learning Coordinator: Mrs Raelene Maxworthy

Leader of Pedagogy: Mrs Briony Martin

Year Coordinators

The 2018 Pastoral Care team is:

Year 7 Coordinator - Mr Bernie Williams

[email protected]


Year 8 Coordinator - Mr Andrew Davy

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Year 9 Coordinator - Mrs Melissa Bearup

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Year 10 Coordinator - Mrs Fiona O'Neill

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Year 11 Coordinator - Mr Damian Kenniff

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Year 12 Coordinator - Mrs Michelle Gale

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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.

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