McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter

15 August 2019
15 August 2019
Prayer and Reflection
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal - Curriculum 
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care
Leader of Student Wellbeing
Leader of Teaching & Learning 
Important Dates
Library News
Careers News
Creative Arts
School Sport Australian Championship - Connor Roberts 
College Counsellors
NSW Youth Summit
Europe 2020 & 2022
MCC Canteen
McCarthy Parents and Friends Association
General Information
The School Advisory Council 
Moore Creek Speed Zones
Reproductive Health Bill - Statement from our Bishop, Michael Kennedy
McCarthy Catholic College
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Tamworth, New South Wales, 2340

Prayer and Reflection


Prayer (Psalm 13)

Remember me, God?

If so, where are you?

How long 

do I have to go through this?

Are you testing me?


God enough is enough!

I want some answers - now!

I don’t want to lose faith in you.

I don’t want to say,

“I told you so!”


I trust you, God,

And I will rejoice because you

always take care of me.

You are kind to me;

help me to keep praying.



Our Lady of the Rosary. Pray for us.

St Dominic. Pray for us.

Blessed Edmund Rice. Pray for us.


Staff Twilight PD - Prayer at McCarthy

Last Tuesday evening a number of staff elected to participate in professional development on the subject of 'prayer' at McCarthy. The threefold focus of the PD included broadening our understanding of prayer in the Catholic tradition, increasing staff confidence with using different ways of praying in staff meetings and with our students in the classroom, as well as introducing staff to a new and comprehensive prayer resource, ‘Sweeter than Honey’ produced by Broken Bay Institute. Staff elected to participate in their choice of five prayer workshops which provided both background information and the experience of a new way of prayer. The five prayer workshops included prayer walks, Lectio Divina (praying with Scriptures), Visio Divina (praying with Scriptural images & artworks), Scripture and the Rosary and Imaginative Contemplation or guided Meditation. During the presentation staff were also introduced to the use of contemporary song as a means of engaging youth in prayer. As well as the Psalms, song is  a versatile source of prayer for many occasions and situations. It is hoped that we will feel more confident about praying in different ways in our classrooms and meetings. 



Our thoughts and prayers are with Tarnee Ingram and her family following the passing of her  grandmother and to Ellie and James Highlands and their family following the passing of their grandfather.


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


Principal's Report

Walkathon Sponsorship

As you are aware, Australia is in the grip of a prolonged drought affecting 97% of the country. Our Senior student leaders, notably senior leaders are seeking the possibility of financial support from city Catholic communities, for our annual Walkathon, to aid our community during these difficult times.


As one of our annual social justice initiatives, the College conducts a Walkathon each September with the students walking for a worthy cause. Since the inception of the Walkathon 12 years ago we have raised over $220,000, with monies contributing to the construction of a school in Zambia, an orphanage in India, and a Medical Centre in Uganda.


Last year, the students of the College proposed to focus on an issue closer to our own community, assisting local farmers and families with the impact of the hardship of the drought. As a result, $15,000 was raised with monies distributed to the local community through St Vincent de Paul.


Farmers, local families and local businesses affected by the drought are often unwilling to seek financial support, and we as a Catholic community would like to assist them in any way, providing tangible relief for a short period of time. This year, increasing numbers of our own families employed in Tamworth and in surrounding towns are unable to support this cause due to job losses related to agricultural manufacturing and supply services, and the general decline in retail. As the drought has intensified many other impacts have emerged besides financial loss, such as social isolation, emotional impacts and rising mental health issues. As a rural community we don't often ask our city parishioners and Catholic school communities for help. However, this time it is different.


Donations of cash, vouchers for raffles and other contributions would be gratefully accepted. Cash donations can be deposited into the College's separate account - BSB: 082105 Account: 001013635 (please use the reference ‘Walkathon’).  Vouchers and the like can be posted to the College. 


Please contact your ‘city-cousins’ and friends to aid and support this extremely worthwhile cause.


We know this drought will end eventually. Farmers and the community are generally optimistic, chanting the phrase " we are one day closer to rain". On behalf of the McCarthy community, we thank you for your generosity in anticipation and we ask you to continue to pray to our Lord for plentiful rains, so that this devastating drought can be broken.


A strong reminder for all students to wear the uniform well and with pride, particularly in public places such as shopping centres and downtown. By wearing your uniform with pride you show respect to the people you meet and greet each day as well as representing your family well. No student should be wearing the Sports uniform on any other day than Tuesday please. Lowes are in the final stages of manufacture of the new uniform which should start to become available in early Term 4 - 2019. A reminder that there will be a two year phase-in period through 2020 and 2021 so that all students must have purchased the new uniform by January 2022.


Manilla Road

Just a reminder to students to please use the traffic lights on Manilla Road opposite Spotlight. As one of the busiest roads in Tamworth, we want to ensure that all students travel safely to and from the College and do not put themselves at risk by attempting to cross the road in an unsafe and unregulated manner.



An annual satisfaction survey of parents, students and staff will be conducted on behalf of all Catholic schools in the Diocese this term. The surveys are designed to gather feedback from parents, staff and students about our College and will be used to inform school improvement. Responses are confidential and individuals can not be identified. 

The surveys will be launched via email on 12 August and close on 23 August 2019 using the email addresses supplied to the school. If you do not receive an email with a link to the survey, you can access and complete the survey at the following link.


Staffing News

I extend a warm welcome to Ms Madeleine Simmonds-Cutts who commenced recently as one of our Aboriginal Education Assistants. Madeleine brings a wealth of experience in her respective field and we are privileged to have her join our community.


HSC Trials 

Congratulations to our Year 12 students. HSC Trials conclude 19 August.

Thank you also to the generous and talented staff who offered many hours of their break time to deliver HSC Workshops over the recent student vacation period.



Mr Geoff McManus - Principal


Assistant Principal - Curriculum 

While the majority of Year 12 students are focusing on their Trial examinations and still have a number of weeks before they sit their actual HSC exams, those who study a Language or a subject that is project based have due dates beginning within the next few weeks. Industrial Technology, Drama, Extension English 2, Music, Textiles & Design and Visual Arts are all required to submit a major work in the coming weeks. Additionally, many will also have itinerant markers come to the college to assess their work. Balancing projects and due dates along with Trial exams is difficult and we wish them well.


Mrs Sally Sparke - Assistant Principal - Curriculum 

Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care

Are Our Children Too Fragile?

I enjoy observing my daughter (who is a primary teacher) parent my two granddaughters. She is quite deliberate and thoughtful in what she says and how she says it to her children. Incidents where they hurt themselves resulting in a child wailing as if the world is about to end is a common one. Amy will calmly ask of her daughters ‘Where does it hurt?’ This, I realised, helps the child to focus on what matters rather than the shock or surprise that they are mostly feeling. Once they focus on the exact problem they are beginning to process and calm down. It is intriguing because the instinct as a parent is to immediately comfort and wrap the child up and make them feel safe again. Amy’s approach helps the child move from an emotional to a logical, rational response and begin to control the situation themselves. It is once this happens that she then comforts and attends to the problem the child is experiencing and discusses how it can be avoided in the future.

The other situation I love watching is when something has gone wrong and my granddaughters are incredibly frustrated or angry but not hurt. Again, using language is important in the situation. Amy helps them to articulate what exactly the problem is and to describe how this makes them feel. From there she begins to ask questions such as ‘What could you do differently? What other options could you take?’ These are then discussed. Sometimes they end up proclaiming that they are just ‘frustrated’ or ‘sad’ and this is fine. Amy will validate their feelings saying ‘I can see how you feel that way’. Sometimes they understand that they need to do something differently the next time. The important thing is that they have worked through the problem and feel more in control. As a parent, Amy tries to empower her daughters rather than solve everything for them.

I was thinking about this because of an article that was in the Sydney Morning Herald: ‘Coddled Children Too Fragile: Expert’ from 27 July, 2019. The article stemmed from a visit but Professor Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist from New York University who is concerned “about the threat posed not only to children, but to the rest of society by parental over-protection in the middle classes of the English-speaking world”.

He went on to say, “Coddling is the determined effort by adults to deprive kids of feedback from their own experience and replace it with lectures," he told a forum at Sydney University. "'I will tell you what is right and wrong, and you will learn it that way'.

"When you deprive children of [unsupervised] play, you make them vulnerable to anxiety and depression because they fail to develop basic skills of self-regulation and interaction that will make them successful in life.

"In the United States, we know kids need more failure, so we now have college courses on how to fail. They never learn how to fend for themselves."

Some of the consequences of this type of parenting along with the social media malaise is the concerning rise in rates of anxiety and depression and young people struggle to cope with minor challenges in life such as demanding assessment tasks, break ups in friendships or not making a team.

Furthermore, it is impacting on their capacity to cope in the workplace. Some Gen Z employees are challenged by feedback – they begin to “crumble” and their thought processes are typical of someone experiencing depression – “catastrophising, black-and-white thinking, jumping to conclusions.”  

Fortunately, I tend to find that living in a rural area many of our students have generally had much more opportunity to explore their physical world unsupervised and have thus learned how to assess risk and tend to be more resilient.

In saying that, there continues to be deep concern regarding social media. If students have unfettered access to the digital world, particularly social media, then the risk taking here can have significant social and emotional consequences. Parents need to be aware and involved in this space with ongoing dialogue between yourself and your young teen about what is appropriate, what is safe and what is ethical and just. The maxim, ‘you cannot put an old head on young shoulders’ is particularly relevant in this context. Technical mastery does not mean a person has the maturity to make wise and sensible decisions. 

Building social and emotional resilience is a lifelong project. Parents are pivotal in beginning and shaping the way in which their children respond to set backs and hardships in this world. Allowing young people to fail, to pick up and start again and again and again is what learning is all about.  

In an article titled ‘The Five Ways to Build Resiliency’ there are some excellent suggestions on how a parent can support their teenager in building social and emotional resilience:

  1. Help young people find the positives in situations. In life we are always going to encounter hardships and problems that annoy or frustrate us. Resilient people accept the negatives and move on. Because of built-in survival mechanisms, our brains are naturally wired to pay more attention to negative events than positive ones. But in reality, we experience positive events with much greater frequency. One key to building resiliency, says Barbara Fredrickson (author of Positivity), lies in noticing and appreciating those positive experiences whenever and wherever they occur.“What matters most is your positivity ratio,” she says. That ratio is a product of how you characterize the balance of positive and negative experiences in your daily life. Fredrickson’s research suggests that, at minimum, we need a 3-to-1 ratio of positive to negative experiences not just to build resilience, but also to thrive, be optimally productive and enjoy our lives.”
  2.  Use each experience as a learning opportunity. Help young people to ask questions when they have experienced pain either emotionally or physically – use “question thinking,” a method of problem solving developed by psychotherapist and executive coach Marilee Adams. Question thinking encourages people to approach challenges and situations with “Learner Questions” — neutral, nonjudgmental questions such as “What is useful here?”  or “What are my available choices?” — as opposed to “Judger Questions” like “What’s wrong?” or “Who’s to blame?” Learner questions are empowering, and they promote more expansive thinking and acceptance. They also improve how you relate to others, and creating meaningful connections with others is yet another essential component of resilience.
  3. As I have written about in previous newsletters, acts of kindness to others has a powerful impact on our own sense of self. Acts of kindness, and the serotonin boosts that accompany them, have a cumulative effect. “Once you’ve added these things to your life in a consistent way, the benefits become exponential, so that in times of difficulty you’ve got this well of resiliency to draw upon,” says Sabine. It’s worth noting, though, that receiving and appreciating kindness from others may be just as important as offering it up, because gratitude turns out to be an important part of resiliency, according to clinical social worker Darcy Smith.
  4. Maintaining good physical health is also critical in supporting a young person to feel in control of their life. It aids sleep and keeps feelings of anxiety at bay.
  5. Lastly, and I think most importantly, being able to laugh at situations and yourself.  “Playful humour enhances survival for many reasons,” writes resiliency authority Al Siebert in The Survivor Personality. For one thing, he notes, “Laughing reduces tension to more moderate levels.” And psychologically, choosing levity can be incredibly empowering. “Playing with a situation makes a person more powerful than sheer determination [does],” Siebert explains. “The person who toys with the situation creates an inner feeling of ‘This is my plaything; I am bigger than it . . . I won’t let it scare me.”

Being fragile at times is part of the human condition, none of us are impervious to pain or hardship but how we respond, how we manage this will determine whether we are crippled by fragility or ultimately, grow from our weakness and become robust and independent adults.    



Mr Mick Larkin - Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care


Leader of Student Wellbeing

Incorrect Uniform 
There have been concerns of late that some students are wearing sports uniform on non PDHPE practical lesson days.  This year, practical lessons for Years 7-10 have been timetabled as such:
Years 7 & 10 - Tuesday Week B 
Years 8 & 9 - Tuesday Week A

Students who do not meet these requirements will be monitored by their Mentor Group teacher and if necessary lunch detentions will occur. If there is a legitimate reason for your child wearing incorrect uniform, please provide a note indicating why incorrect uniform is being worn and for the duration. Alternatively, email the office concerning incorrect uniform.  Assistance is always offered if families are experiencing difficulty in supplying the correct uniform.


Please email me at [email protected] and support will be offered. 

Counsellor Support - McCarthy Thrive
Our two Counsellors, Mrs Shoemark and Mrs Cook, can be contacted by students or parents at [email protected].  Once contact has been made, a follow up appointment can then be organised.   Please note our counsellors available days are as follows:

Mrs Shoemark -  Wednesday- Friday 
Mrs Cook -Monday- Thursday 
Mrs O’Shea  (Student  Welfare Officer) Monday & Tuesday 


Mrs Sharon Stuart - Leader of  Student Wellbeing

Leader of Teaching & Learning 


 Sleep is crucial not just for physical and mental well-being, but for the consolidation of learning, and to ensure you perform in all your endeavours in peak condition. The absolute last resort should be to sacrifice sleep time in order to get things done.

How much sleep is right for you? This is tricky as everyone is different. Some lucky people need only 6 hours a night, most people need about 8 hours and some people need 10 hours! 

Two ways to tell if you are getting enough sleep:
How quickly do you fall asleep at night? If you fall asleep instantly that can be a sign you are not getting enough sleep, it should take 10-15 minutes to fall asleep. 
How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? If you feel tired and sluggish then that can also be a sign that you need to get to bed earlier.




  • Avoid caffeine (cola drinks, coffee, energy drinks, chocolate) after dinner or even better, no later than 4:00pm.
  • Organise as much as you can at night to minimise what you have to do in the morning (e.g. organise your clothes for the next day, pack your bag).
  • Try and have a half hour to an hour before you go to bed without computers, TV, phone or any electronic devices or homework or chatting to friends. If you can’t do that, at least put the devices on night mode or turn the brightness down. 
  • Set up a relaxing ‘wind-down’ routine for before you go to bed. Do this same routine every night (e.g. warm shower, reading, listening to quiet music) so your brain associates these activities with bed time and sleep. 
  • A drop in body temperature near bedtime triggers the sense that is time to go to sleep. So after a warm bath or hot shower, cool yourself down. It is also better at night to be cool rather than overheated.
  • Keep your room as dark and as quiet as possible at night. 
  • When you lie in bed, start at your feet and mentally imagine relaxing each muscle as you slowly work your way up the body. Most people do not make it up to their head before they fall asleep!
  • In the morning open the curtains wide or go out into the sun and get lots of light to help wake your brain. Being exposed to lots of natural light during the day will also help the body produce the melatonin at the right time for a good sleep cycle.
  • A healthy breakfast will help to kick-start your body clock for the day.

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Mrs Raelene Maxworthy - Leader of Teaching & Learning  


Important Dates


15 August: Unity Gaming and Coding Workshop 

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

19 August: HSC Trials conclude

20 August: CCC Hockey Championships

20 August: CCC Netball

20 August: Parents' & Friends' Association Meeting

21 August: CCC Hockey Championships

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

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

22 August: College Photos catch-up

22 August: AGQUIP Field Day 2019

25 August: Youth Mass- St Nicholas' Church 5:00pm

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

28 August: Year 8 Cake Stall - Walkathon Fundraiser

30 August: Years 10 and Year 11 Young Drivers' Expo

30 August: Diocesan Athletics 

30 August: College Fees due

6 September: First Friday Mass

6 September: Walkathon

6 September: MCC Got Talent

9 September: Year 12 Twilight Retreat

11 September: Year 12 Reports published

16 September: Year 12 Thanksgiving Mass- 6:00pm St Nicholas' Church

17 September: School Advisory Council Meeting

17 September: MCC Parents & Friends Association 

19 September: Year 11 Exams Commence (Conclude 27 September)

23 September: Year 12 Community Service Day 

24 September: Year 12 Paint Ball 

25 September: Year 12 Final Assembly- 9:00am

27 September: Year 11 Exams Conclude 

27 September: Term 3 Concludes


Advanced Notice

14 October: Term 4 Commences

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

14 November: Year 12 Graduation - Tamworth Town Hall





My name is Maddy, I’m the newest AEA Team member. I’m 23 years of age, a mother to a beautiful 2-year-old daughter and a proud Gamilaroi Woman.

I’m thrilled to be a part of the team at McCarthy and I am looking forward to working with and supporting the students at McCarthy. My belief is that education comes in many guises and is what builds the foundations of an individual’s life in both their career and other life situations. I have recently moved to the Tamworth area, however, prior to this I worked as an Indigenous SLSO at Pilliga Public School which is a small, rural primary school.  My role at Pilliga required me to instigate and support an Indigenous language program that taught the students Gamilaroi Language. I have been working in schools for 4 years and teaching language for 3 years. I believe that through the communication and teaching of language, we will be able to raise awareness and close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons. I’m excited about this new adventure at McCarthy and am eager and willing to learn and share my knowledge.

Ms Madeleine Simmonds-Cutts- Aboriginal Education Assistant

Library News


This week Friday sees the start of Children’s Book Week.  This year the theme will be

“Reading is my secret power”.

All the nominated books will be on display.  Each year the shortlisted picture books are of great interest.  They are used especially in English classes which do units on picture books and visual literacy.


But wait, there is more!  There will be a superhero photo booth with cut-outs for students to take selfies.  Find your secret power in the library!!!


On our Device Free Wednesday in Week 5, there will be special superhero themed activities at lunchtime in the library.


Mrs Susan Barrett

Careers Adviser

[email protected]

Careers News

Year 12

At the conclusion of the Trial HSC exams the focus for students:

-intending on applying for jobs including apprenticeships and traineeships is to get resumes and cover letters ready to go as many jobs have started being advertised now for a January 2020 start

- intending on applying to go to university will be on submitting applications:

  • To UAC, QTAC, VTAC etc

  • Various early entry schemes for different universities including the School Recommendation Scheme run by UAC

  • EAS applications for long term educational disadvantage

  • Scholarships

  • Accommodation

To assist our students there are several events and opportunities in Week 5 planned and my career interviews with Year 12 students will be continuing.


Monday 19 August

Are you thinking of the University of Wollongong? Do you want to find out about their Early Admission scheme? Then you are in luck! UOW are coming to Tamworth to tell you all about what they offer and their early entry scheme! 

When: August 19, 2019 - 4pm - 7pm

Where: Tamworth - Powerhouse Hotel

So register now!


Thursday 22 August

Charles Sturt University are sending a representative to talk about their brand new Charles Sturt Advantage scheme which is an innovative way of students gaining early offers to study at campuses including Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo, Wagga, Albury and Port Macquarie.

Interested students in Years 10,11 and 12 are invited to A1 (time to be advised) to find out about courses and the new scheme.


Friday 23 August

Students who are having difficulties or questions with UAC, SRS and early entry applications are asked to come to J1 at lunchtime with their own device or use a school computer to get assistance.


Year 10

I am continuing to meet with students seeking advice and guidance on subject selection, work experience and seeking employment with several activities including some excursions being planned for later this term.


Local employers

Recently three major local employers who employ over 2000 people in and around Tamworth spoke to interested students in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 on the range of jobs they have available to students both in school and whenever they leave. Employing  accountants, HR staff, registered nurses, business trainees, electricians, mechanics, labourers and they offer a range of:

- School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

- full time Apprenticeships and Traineeships

- processing jobs

- gap year jobs.


The next step will be arranging tours for interested students as part of an initiative of a local working group on Youth Employment and organised through the Regional Department of Premier and Cabinet.


New McCarthy Careers webpage

It is hoped that in Week 5, there will begin to be access to the revamped website so watch this space for details. 



Mrs Susan Barrett

Careers Adviser

[email protected]


Creative Arts

Year 9 Visual Arts

Visual Arts students recently put together a ceramic mural.

The theme 'Tree of Life' allowed for great collaborative team work.

Mrs Kate Sullivan- Creative Arts Teacher




Today, Thursday 15 August, members of the McCarthy Catholic College Ensembles are travelling to Brisbane to compete in the Queensland Catholic School and Colleges Music Festival. We have four ensembles competing in this year's competition. On Friday 16 August, the Brass Ensemble and Saxophone Ensemble will be competing at Villanova College from 11:00am. Then, on Saturday 17 August, the Concert Band and Jazz Band will be competing, again at Villanova College, beginning at 10:20am. All of our musicians have been involved in rehearsals to prepare their pieces for the Festival. We wish our ensemble members the best of luck and hope they enjoy their experience. When not performing, students will have the opportunity to listen to a variety of musical performances from other Catholic Schools and Colleges.


At the college, our music students are provided with the opportunity to participate in a variety of learning and performance experiences. If you or your child would like to be involved, please contact Ms Swan or Mr McNeill.

Mrs Donna Swan- Music Teacher

School Sport Australian Championship - Connor Roberts 

A huge congratulations to Connor Roberts!  At the recent School Sport Australian Swimming Championships in Melbourne, Connor won gold in the 200m IM and the 200m breaststroke, as well as bronze in the 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle.


Connor's main goal is swimming at the 2025 Paris Olympics, although he will attempt to earn a spot at next year's trials for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Before then, he aims to compete in a host of events as an open competitor at the 2020 Australian Championships in Perth, where he hopes to make the finals.





Eddie Willis - Year 7 Boys Schools National MTBA Championships

Eddie Willis competed in the Schools National Championships over the weekend of 3-4 August at Nerang QLD representing McCarthy Catholic College with 99 schools from across the country and 306 entrants. Year 7 boys had 57 in their category.
The racing consisted of XCC (Cross Country Short Course) on Friday, Enduro (individually timed downhill run) on Saturday and XCO (Cross Country Olympic) on Sunday. 
Eddie rode well in each of his races finishing with 1st, 2nd, 1st making him Yr 7 Boys Schools National Champion.  Next on his calendar is NSW State Championships held in Orange NSW in November.


An apology must go out to Eddie Willis where he was incorrectly labelled as Eddie Bates in the McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter dated 4 July 2019, we apologise for the unnecessary confusion that was brought about by the typographical error.

Divisional Netball 

Congratulations to the Year 7 McCarthy Gems who won the Division 3 Netball Carnival!  

Great to see the other Year 7 and 8 teams play in Division 4, with dedicated parents coaching and helping out. Year 10 and 11 students played with their club teams and last year's Year 12 students making a mixed team. Nice to watch them all play, proudly representing their College with excellent sportsmanship.  


Mrs Tanya Laird - Sport Teacher

North West Finals Netball Success

On Wednesday 7 August, two Year 7 and 8 girls' netball teams, a Year 9/10 Girls' and Year 9/10 Boys' team travelled to Inverell to play in the North West NSW Schools Cup Netball Finals.  All teams applied themselves well, playing some great netball through the round games. The Year 7 and 8 Team 1 (Tigers) consisting of Georgia Shephard, Mia Darcy, Jayda Constable, Tarnee Ingram, Aleisha Young, Isabel Kerr, Charlotte Leonard, Isabella Bolsom, and Gabrielle Higgins and the Year 9 and 10 girls' team of Georgia Horniman, Phoebe Porter, Holly Austin, Olivia Whittemore, Tyanna Kerr, Caitlin Downey, Aalinyah Smith, Macy Gillies and Brianna Elliott, played some outstanding netball progressing all the way to the finals.  Both finals were tightly contested, with our girls showing some great skills, teamwork and fitness to claim the trophy. 


The Year 9/10 Boys' team of John Flanagan, Nathan Summers, Noah Dunnill, Nathaniel Thrift, Charlie Sorensen, Clint Aitken, Julian Fuller worked hard with no reserves to call upon and reached the semi-finals, eventually succumbing to O’Connor Catholic College of Armidale.


Year 7 and 8 girls Team 2, comprising Olivia U'Ren, Elissa Lane, Rai-Lea Hayward, Keira Kerr, Jayde Elliot, Alyssa Downey, Savannah Barber, Amelia Easton, Lucy McMullen, Erin Hansen gained valuable experience and were very competitive in each game. Well done to all our students, showing great sportsmanship and representing the College with pride.


The Year 7 and 8 Tigers (Team 1) and the Year 9 and 10 Girls' team now have the opportunity to play in the NSW Statewide championships in Sydney in the last week of term.  A big thank you to Georgie Hawthorne, Charlotte Leonard and Emma Higgins who helped out umpiring games. Melissa Bolsom and Tania Young for assisting in coaching the junior teams and to Miss Millie Woolaston, Mrs Nicole Anderson, Mrs Chloe Bushell and Miss Lauren Ryan for coaching and managing our students on the day. 



National All Schools Hockey

Congratulations to Amber Witney and Nicholas O’Connor who represented NSW in the Australian All Schools Hockey Championships in Newcastle. Both played exceptionally well and were integral members of their teams. Amber’s team finished first winning the gold medal and Nicholas’ team came 3rd picking up the bronze medal. This was an outstanding achievement and both students are looking forward to representing McCarthy at the NSW CCC Championships later this month.

Mr Brad Mitchell - Sport Coordinator


BATYR Visit Years 9 and 10

On Monday 29 July, BATYR in partnership with NSW Rugby visited McCarthy Catholic College to conduct workshops and a rugby skills clinic with Year 9 and 10. 

The BATYR workshop aimed to remove the stigma around mental health and engage, educate and empower young people to reach out for support. 

'We know there are greater challenges for Australians living in regional and remote areas due to stigma, access to services, isolation and pressures from the drought. We know regional communities need our support, so we are packing up a bus and bringing the "Get Talking" tour to communities to Northern NSW' a BATYR spokesperson said. One in five Australians will experience a mental health condition in any given year, according to statistics from BATYR. 

Garry Walsh from NSW Rugby and his team also knew that to have a healthy mind you need a healthy body and they promoted this through participation in Rugby skills and non-contact games. The students thoroughly enjoyed this experience and took on board many important messages from the day. A big thank you to all the class teachers, BATYR and NSW Rugby for conducting and supporting these sessions.

Mr Brad Mitchell - Sport Coordinator 

College Counsellors

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

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


Staying Connected When Emotions Run High

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

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

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

Mrs Aimee Cook - College Counsellor


NSW Youth Summit

NSW Youth Summit

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Mrs Sharon Stuart - Leader of  Student Wellbeing

Europe 2020 & 2022

Europe 2020 & 2020

In recent years, our groups travelling on the biennial Europe tours have been around the 24-28 numbers.  However the group going in 2020 will be a smaller group and, due to unforeseen circumstances, we have seen a few people withdrawing from the tour. This has created several vacancies.  When speaking to Academy Travel this week, they have advised that it is not too late to join the group touring France, Belgium, Germany and Italy next year.


Parents and students who are thinking ahead to possibly coming in 2022 are advised that  we would offer the tour but there is no guarantee it will go ahead if we do not get the numbers needed. This has happened to other schools who have struggled to get enough participants. So any one who is thinking of 2022 is asked to consider whether they would like to be part of the 2020 tour instead and contact me before Friday 23 August 2019.


There will be many memorable experiences from walking through the battlefields of World War I, seeing Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower, visiting the Vatican in Rome and sailing the streets of Venice in a gondola.

More information is available via email [email protected] and by calling the College. 


Mrs Susan Barrett - Careers Adviser

MCC Canteen

Canteen Operating Hours

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 College 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


Lunch Orders

Manual orders can be taken over the counter before College starts 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. Students need remember to write their name, year level and which break you would like your order, on their lunch bag.  

Electronic orders through QKR App are also available.  Please note the electronic order cut off time is 9:30am daily.



A great way to meet other parents/ carers or your children’s teachers and friends is by experiencing a “day at McCarthy through the canteen”.  Our volunteers are in the canteen from 10:00am to 2:00pm (or anywhere in between these hours), monthly or once a term. With only 8 volunteers able to assist at the moment, we will work with you to utilise the hours of service you can provide.  If you are interesting in assisting us, please contact Jenny Ayres at [email protected] or 67610856.

McCarthy Parents and Friends Association

McCarthy Parent and Friends Association Meeting

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


General Information

Clothing Pool

The Clothing Pool can be accessed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 8:00am and 8:30am via the bottom carpark. It can be found at the top of the stairs, to the left (facing Tribe Street).

Hours of Supervision

The playground will be supervised from 8:30am. School hours are 8:45am – 3:00pm. After school, students will be supervised in the bus bay area until the last bus leaves.

Leadership Team 

Principal: Mr Geoff McManus

Assistant Principals: Mrs Sally Sparke and Mr Mick Larkin

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

Leader of Teaching and Learning: Mrs Raelene Maxworthy

Leader of Pedagogy: Mrs Briony Martin

Leader of Student Wellbeing: Mrs Sharon Stuart

The 2019 Pastoral Care team is:

Year 7 Leader of Student Care - Mrs Melissa Bearup

[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]     


College Counsellors [email protected]

Mrs Tamara Shoemark 

Mrs Aimee Cook

Change of Details

It is imperative that the College Office be advised about any change of details from last year, such as change in family situation, address, workplace, email addresses, phone numbers – mobile and landline for home and work.

The School Advisory Council 

School Advisory Council

The School Advisory Council meets once per term and consists of the following members:

Principal: Mr Geoff McManus
Parish Priest: Father Christopher Onuekwusi
Chairperson: Mr Bernie Munro
Secretary: Mr Fletcher Davies
Teaching Staff Representative: Mrs Raelene Maxworthy and Mrs Briony Martin
Parents Association Representative: Mrs Carol Reed
Elected Members: Ms Hiliary Thornberry, Mr Geoff Shanley, Mr Richard O’Halloran


The next meeting is scheduled for 17 September 2019.

Moore Creek Speed Zones

Safer Speed Zones Moore Creek

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


Please see below flyer from Roads and Maritime Services NSW 


Reproductive Health Bill - Statement from our Bishop, Michael Kennedy

Reproductive Health Bill - a Statement from our Bishop, Michael Kennedy

Our Bishop has asked us to communicate the following statement to you regarding the Reproductive Health Bill which is currently before the NSW Parliament. 

The statement can be accessed below. 

For further information on this matter please contact the Diocesan Chancery Offices.



McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter
iCAS Assessments Letter.pdf
Staying Connected When Emotions Run High flyer.pdf
Walkathon Sponsor Sheet.pdf
190619 Notification Moore Creek speed zone changes_F.pdf
20190731 Statement on Reprod Health Care Reform Bill.pdf
Walkathon Sponsor Sheet.pdf