McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter

07 February 2019
7 February 2019
Prayer and Reflection
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal - Curriculum
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care
Important Dates
Teaching and Learning
Careers News
McCarthy Parents Association
General Information
Europe 2020
McCarthy Catholic College
(02) 6761 0800
Tribe Street
Tamworth, New South Wales, 2340

Prayer and Reflection


Blessing on Learning

Dear Lord,

look with favour on all that we do.

We ask that you bless our learning and bring forth good things from it.

As your kindness enfolds us, give the increase and make our

teaching and learning fit for building God's Kingdom in our world.


Our Lady of the Rosary. Pray for us.

St Dominic. Pray for us.

Blessed Edmund Rice. Pray for us.


The religious life of McCarthy began this year with the celebration of the Holy Mass and a commissioning for all staff and teachers from St Nicholas’, St Joseph’s and McCarthy. This was followed by our whole College Opening School Year Mass at McCarthy – the Mass of the Holy Spirit in the College Hall celebrated by Fr Chris. During this celebration we prayed for God’s blessing on the year ahead and that the presence of the Holy Spirit remain in and guide our College community throughout the year. At the end of Mass Fr Chris and Mr John Wallace, who represented Tamworth St Vincent de Paul Society, introduced and commissioned the seven office bearers of our St Vinnies group; Madeline Neville – President, Peter Iuso – Vice President, Sara Lui – Secretary, Lyndell Boschma – Spiritual Advisor, Josie Chick and James Smith – Publicity Officers, and Stephanie Koukides – Social Coordinator.   



Our thoughts and prayers are with Ryan Lowe and his family following the passing of his grandmother.

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


Principal's Report

Welcome everyone to what promises to be an exciting year of learning at McCarthy Catholic College. In the first few days we have welcomed many new students and staff to our community, as well as refreshing our learning relationships with ongoing students. We have been heartened by the enthusiastic way in which classes have begun with an attitude that is ‘fair dinkum’! As I have said many times before, what happens in the classroom is never about the final result. It is always about the attitude and the effort that precedes that result. If a student brings a ‘fair dinkum’ attitude (on time, prepared with correct materials, and ready to learn) to the classroom, there will be growth in learning. Consequently, when these early days of the year begin with that type of positive attitude it is important to highlight and encourage it.

The 2019 Annual Improvement Plan has three clear goals to promote excellence in education in a community which supports students and staff to flourish. As with most strategic language in education and business the ‘jargon’ can be a bit confusing at times. Nonetheless, the goals listed below mean a lot to the leaders and staff of McCarthy with regard to enhancing the learning of our students.

Goal 1:  by the end of 2019 evaluate, design and begin to implement staff and student faith formation opportunities.

Goal 2: by the end of 2019 we will have commenced the implementation of a contemporary  whole College approach to positive relationships that support learning.

Goal 3: by the end of 2019 we will commence strategic implementation of contemporary processes and strategies for teachers to effectively collaborate.

In short, we are aiming to:

1. Improve practical opportunities to grow closer to our God.

2. Improve learning relationships in the classroom between students and teachers.

3. Enhance collaborative opportunities for teachers.

In a contemporary world, where education is now more about how we learn rather than what we learn, we believe our work behind the scenes with staff will continue to enhance the outcomes of students.



Without repeating the full content of Mr Larkin’s letter to families regarding the College uniform that was sent last week, and with the support and leadership of the 2019 Year 12 students, we are taking consistent steps to ensure our uniform standards are maintained to a high level. Please help your child present themselves well by purchasing the correct uniforms from Lowes or visit our Clothing Pool which has quality second-hand items available. If families are experiencing adverse economic or private circumstances, please contact a Leader of Student Care, Mrs Stuart or Mr Larkin confidentially, so we can work out a respectful way to ensure compliance with the uniform code. I especially note the better structures that have been put in place regarding the minimal wearing of the Sports Uniform. Note too, that all students other than Year 11 and 12 must have the new style of Sports Shirt and Shorts (with MCC embroidery) by the end of this first term please.

HSC 2018

The College community congratulates the Class of 2018 on their outstanding HSC results. Our hard working students achieved 13 Band 6s. The Dux, Isobelle Sullivan, is the recipient of the Sr Patricia Rowe Award for Dux 2018 with an ATAR of 94. Isobelle will receive her award in front of the College community in a few weeks time. We all look forward to hearing her address to the students to set an aspirational tone for our dedicated students.



I welcome the following new staff to the College for 2019:

Mrs Deanne Battistuzzi (English), Mrs Heather Burke (English), Mr Jonathan Dean (Maths), Mrs Melissa Gamble (Agriculture), Mrs Julie Hodges (TAS), Mr Wade Leu (Science), Mrs Wendy Rheinberger (Student Support), Mr Tom Rindo (IT Support), Miss Millie Woolaston (PDHPE).

We also welcome the following staff on various contracts for absent staff - Mrs Wendy Bowden (for Mrs Kellahan), Mr Ryan Saban (for Mrs Deacon) and Mr Daniel McDonald (for Mr Chittick).

We congratulate Mr Ryan Saban on the announcement of his recent engagement to Anika.


2019 Role Changes

As I stated at the Awards Night ceremony late last year, contemporary education settings are nothing like the old paradigm where fear ruled and automatic respect for parents, teachers and Principals were a given. The modern educational paradigm, particularly for school leaders and middle leaders, demands a different skill set built on world leading professional standards for teachers and Principals. Consequently, it comes as no surprise that as an organisation committed to excellence, we choose to move boldly into that brave new world of contemporary educational leadership. We have brought on board a second Assistant Principal in Mr Michael Larkin and restructured the active role statements and duties of the entire Leadership Team. Coordinators have received new role statements and new titles (Leaders of Learning) focusing on the leadership of learning and Year Level Coordinators are getting an increase in allowance and a change of role title to Leaders of Student Care that will allow them more time to support case management of students with pastoral needs. The clear intent of these changes is one of effective leadership of learning and clear lines of active support for teachers in the classroom based on proven evidence and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

While most of the staff names are familiar to ongoing families, the leadership titles are reflective of a current and future change in practice that will more directly facilitate the support of teachers to enhance student outcomes.

In practical terms for parents and carers, if there is a subject related issue please contact the individual teacher or the Leader of Learning. If there is a more global concern that involves a mixture of pastoral and academic issues please contact the Leader of Student Care. For any other matters contact our Administration Staff who will put you in contact with the appropriate Leadership Team member.


McCarthy Leadership Team for 2019

Principal: Mr Geoff McManus

Assistant Principal - Curriculum: Mrs Sally Sparke

Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care: Mr Mick Larkin

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

Leader of Teaching and Learning: Mrs Raelene Maxworthy

Leader of Student Wellbeing: Mrs Sharon Stuart

Leader of Pedagogy: Mrs Briony Martin


Leaders of Student Care:

Year 7: Mrs Melissa Bearup

Year 8: Mr Bernie Williams

Year 9: Mr Andrew Davy

Year 10: Mrs Michelle Gale

Year 11: Mrs Fiona O’Neill

Year 12: Mr Damian Kenniff


Leaders of Learning:

Religious Education:   Mrs Cate Allen

English:                             Mrs Heather Burke

Mathematics:                 Mr Tim Godden

Science:                            Mr James Vella

HSIE:                                  Mrs Louise Vella

TAS:                                    Ms Suzanne Day

PDHPE:                             Mrs Ashleigh Jones

Creative Arts and Languages: Mrs Deborah Fulwood



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

Year 8:   Teleah Brown, Connor Budden, Zac Gripske, Trang (Sophia) Vu

Year 9:  Jessica Cox, Travis Dalton, Madeleine Groth, Madison Hardy, Logan Hughes, Taylah McCarthy

Year 10: Georgia De Bonis, Megan Ras, Lochlan Alleyn

Year 11:  Van (Kaity) Vu, Brian Webb.

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


Mobile Phone Policy

Please note that there is a separate letter being sent out via email this week to all families explaining our current policy and a suggestion for the future. Please consider this complex situation and be prepared to respond to a staff and parent/carer survey later in the term that will seek community opinion about maintaining the current policy or making the proposed changes or even considering other ideas. As always I am happy to take feedback. We intend to run Information Nights in Stage groupings later in the term, at which you could speak with me or you may like to write to me via email or ‘snail-mail’. Thank you in anticipation for taking the time to consider this challenging societal issue. I look forward to gathering your feedback and opinions prior to final resolutions being made.

Period Times

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)


Administration Email Address


Association Meeting

The next meeting for the McCarthy Parent Association will be held on Tuesday 19 February commencing at 7:15pm in the Staff Room. I encourage all parents and guardians to attend and give valuable input to fundraising and social gatherings. The current members are a welcoming and hard working bunch who always enjoy meeting new parents. The first opportunity to actively support the College will require parent support of our College Open Day on March 9 by serving light refreshments for our visitors. Please feel welcome to join in!


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 28 February, presents an ideal opportunity for students to contribute to the growth of College 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. I know that our 2019 Year 12 students are setting the bar high to increase attendance with the introduction of some alternate novelty games.

Please note: there will be no supervision available at the College after 2:00pm on Thursday. The following day, Friday 1 March, 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 College on Monday 11 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 2020 close Monday April 8 2019

McCarthy Catholic College extends an invitation for students seeking enrolment into Year 7 in 2020. The only round of Year 7 applications for this year will close on Monday 8 April. Fully completed application forms and the $100 application fee need to be lodged at the College on or before Monday 8 April. The College Open Day will be held on Saturday 9 March from 10:00am until 1:00pm.

Please contact the Enrolment Officer, Mrs Jo O'Brien, on 6761 0802 or 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 College Hall or Library. After school, early bus travellers meet in the bus waiting area. 


Pedestrian Entry and Exit

Students who walk to or from the College must use either the Children’s Crossing in Tribe Street or the designated section of Johnston Street at the end of the oval.


Pick Up and Drop Off Areas

Please read the attached letter regarding this serious safety message.



Government regulations require that schools document all student absences with reasons eg. illness, approved leave etc.  Please provide the College 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 College 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 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 College 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 also available from the College office.


Permission Validation

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


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 College office. Parents need to bring late students to the College 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 College before the normal finishing time of 3:00pm. This also applies if the student is returning to the College 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 or vice-versa on their mobile phones as this is the legal responsibility of the College.


Office Hours

The College 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 College Facebook page and the Skoolbag app.



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 College 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 College office as soon as the student arrives at school. The College 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 College office or on the College website. For further details see attachment.


Sports Uniform

Students in Years 8 and 9 will have practical Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) lessons on Tuesday Week A (the odd weeks of the term) and Years 7 and 10 PDHPE lessons on Tuesday Week B (the even weeks of the term) where they are permitted to wear their sports uniform to school. Sports uniforms may NOT be worn on other days.


Clothing Pool

The Clothing Pool operates Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00am – 8:30am. 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 College office and disposed of at the end of the Term. Parents are asked to ensure that their child’s uniform and possessions are labelled clearly.



The College 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 College 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 McCarthy community to receive newsletters, update personal information, receive urgent alerts, notify the College of absentees as well as view the College calendar.



QKR! is our preferred method of payment at the College. Please find attached instructions on how to install the QKR! App to enable payment of school fees, excursions, sporting events etc.

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 use email as our major source of communication.


Change of Student and Parent 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.


Media Consent Form

For any parents wishing to update the Media Consent Form their child, please complete the attached form and return to the College Office.

Mr Geoff McManus - Principal


Assistant Principal - Curriculum

Welcome to the 2019 school year –  it is full of possibilities and opportunities. The new year is a great time to make a fresh start and resolve to be a proactive and responsible learner every day. New classes, new teachers, new timetables – Term 1 is the perfect time to commit to following up the opportunities that are presented for great learning each lesson. Everyone can learn to high standards and will be encouraged to do so throughout the year. Later in this newsletter, Mrs Maxworthy, introduces a valuable resource for consolidating what has been learnt in the classroom. I encourage all students to spend the time to investigate its potential use.


The Teaching and Learning team continue to ensure relevant and engaging activities in each curriculum area. Collaborative work will be a focus this year – for students in the classroom and for teachers planning, working and evaluating together. A NESA (NSW Educational Standards Authority) Audit will occur at the end of Term 1, when representatives from the Catholic Schools Office and from NESA will affirm the good work occurring at the College.

Mrs Sally Sparke - Assistant Principal - Curriculum

Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care

Making a Good Start

It is always an exciting time to commence a new school year – energy levels are high, everyone is refreshed and renewed from a long break and new challenges appear exhilarating and stimulating … at least for the first few weeks and then old habits kick in or a heat wave of Biblical proportions hits the North West and makes it difficult to function full-stop.

Nevertheless, now is a good time to go back and review your son or daughter’s report from last year – particularly if you had a ‘Hulk’-moment when you first received it. A cool, calm and thoughtful discussion can be quite powerful at this point of the year – both you and they have had an opportunity to reflect and are now in a position to actively do something as a result of the report.

Together, sit down and discuss the following:

  • What areas was your child most pleased with – why? Outline what you were most proud of in their report and year’s work.
  • What areas did they feel they improved most? What did they do to make this happen?
  • What areas would they like to develop this year? What will they need to do to achieve this?
  • What advice were the teachers giving to help in this regard? Or do I need to speak to someone to help work out what I need to do?


Motivation (that internal energy that drives us) waxes and wanes – it is difficult to sustain high levels of motivation all of the time – we become tired, distracted, frustrated and discouraged or just plain bored. When this happens it is easy to give up. But successful people don’t – we tend to explain this by the fact that they are ‘highly motivated’; as if they have been unusually blessed with some greater source of energy that we lack or didn’t receive a fair share when it was being handed out.


In reality this is not the case. Successful people have good habits and routines that they are able to fall back upon when motivation wanes. These habits and routines sustain them through the difficult and challenging times, times when others give up.


Often I am asked by parents how can they best help their young person achieve to their potential. Increasingly my view is that the best, most effective thing you can do is help them create good habits and routines.

Aristotle said:

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.


How can we do this?

Students need to set big goals but set a small task to complete – for example: I want to be a much stronger reader, I will read one page a night from this book. When we complete the small task it builds a sense of achievement and accomplishment – we are more likely to push on and do more.


Link the habits you want to create to other habits that you already have such as ‘I’ll do 10 minutes of Math homework before I eat dinner.’ Or ‘I’ll do 15 minutes of homework before I watch Home and Away.’ This is known as the ‘If-Then’ technique. If I am going to soccer training then I will do 10 minutes music practise before I leave.

Always there are moments when we give up or throw our hands in the air and say ‘I couldn’t be bothered.’ Forestall such moments by planning – in particular if it involves resorting to gaming as a distraction. Put the controls in a different room so that you have to physically move to get them when you go to use them. Don’t leave them conveniently nearby. Try to do work at the same time in the same place in the same pattern.


Habits and routines are the foundation upon which success is built – not chance, not genetics nor in different allotments of motivation. Motivation grows when we feel successful and to be successful we need to cultivate strong habits and routines.


 Mr Mick Larkin - Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care


Important Dates


11 February:  Year 7 Welcome BBQ

19 February:  Association Meeting

28 February:  Twilight Swimming Carnival

1 March:          Non-school day

1 March:          First Friday Mass

4 -6 March:     Year 7 Excursion

6 March:          Ash Wednesday

9 March:         College Open Day

11 March:       Lenten Group commences

13 March:       Year 12 Physics Excursion to Dubbo

19 March:       Science and Engineering Challenge

19 March:      Association Meeting, School Advisory Council Meeting

20 March:      Science and Engineering Challenge

21 March:      Band Workshop

23 March:      State Election

4 April:           Vinnies Camp

8 April:           Real Talk Parent Presentation

8 April:           Year 7 2020 Enrolment Applications close

9 April:           Warraymalaya Retreat commences


Teaching and Learning

Welcome to our new families, students and teachers.

Last year, I wrote about an exciting initiative Mr Larkin and I have been investigating for some time. In this Newsletter, there is a flyer that outlines how McCarthy students can access our new Study Skills Handbook by Dr Prue Slater from Enhanced Learning Services. This is a comprehensive program that parents, students and teachers can log into and seek additional resources, support and strategies for study skills and much more. Students will be working with this tool in the coming weeks during Mentor Groups however, I would strongly encourage all parents to peruse this online tool now. Please ensure you take a minute to read through the flyer and to log in, simply follow the instructions, using the College's details as outlined.

For Year 12, it is a continuing HSC journey. Focus on the daily behaviours that will build an overall picture of success. Consistency and persistence are attributes that will put you in good stead for this final HSC year. Together with our Leader of Pedagogy Mrs Martin, I will be working closely with Year 12 throughout fortnightly Year group meetings.

Year 7, you look fantastic in your uniforms and I congratulate you on your enthusiastic start to the year; you 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 talented staff and give them your full support.

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

  • Ensure your child has the equipment, books and materials they need for ALL classes. If you need help, please get in touch with your Leader of Student Care 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, 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 2019.

Mrs Raelene Maxworthy - Leader of Teaching and Learning



Students are asked to have their textbooks with them in class by the end of Week 3 (Friday 15 February). The textbooks for each year group are listed below and are available from Collins Booksellers. A limited number of second-hand textbooks will be available for purchase during Week 3 in B1. Prices range from $10 to $30. If you have any textbooks from previous years that you wish to sell, please pass them onto a Maths teacher.

All students have access to the Mathspace website, which is an excellent resource for revision and consolidation of class work.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns.

Year 7

Cambridge Maths NSW Year 7

Year 8

Cambridge Maths NSW Year 8

Year 9

Cambridge Maths NSW Year 9 5.1/5.2/5.3 (Mr Kelly and Mrs O'Neill's classes)

Cambridge Maths NSW Year 9 5.1/5.2 (Mr McDonald and Mrs Bryant's classes)

Year 10

Cambridge Maths NSW Year 10 5.1/5.2/5.3 (Mrs O'Neill and Mr Dean's classes)

Cambridge Maths NSW Year 10 5.1/5.2 (Mrs Thompson, Ms Harvey, Ms Sommerlad and Mr Godden's classes)

Year 11 Standard

Oxford Insight Mathematics Standard Year 11

Year 11 Advanced

Maths in Focus Year 11 Maths Advanced (3rd Edition)

Year 11 Extension

Maths in Focus Year 11 Maths Extension (3rd Edition)

Mr Tim Godden - Leader of Learning - Mathematics



2017 HSC Drama student and recipient of the Armidale CSO Cultural Award, Matthew Letton, will be studying at NIDA this year in the Actor's Studio programme. Congratulations, Matt - The McCarthy community continues to be proud of your achievements and knows how hard you work to achieve them. 

Ms Felicity Sawtell - Drama Teacher


Careers News

Welcome back to 2019.  Term 1 has already seen several career related events, with a lot more to come.  

Earlier this week, fifteen Year 11 students travelled to Wollongong and Sydney with Mr Northey and myself.  We attended the University of Wollongong's Discovery Day 2019 program with over 1000 students from high schools across NSW after spending a night in campus accommodation to get a taster of uni life.  We also visited Macquarie University, UNSW, University of Sydney and the North Sydney campus of Australian Catholic University. Students were able to learn about various courses, scholarships, uni life and various Early Entry Schemes available to them.

Careers Talks for 2019

This week also sees the first optional Careers talk for 2019. This will be on Friday at recess on Gap  Years: what to consider and what you need to know.


Work Experience in 2019

This year, due to time factors, Work Experience opportunities will focus on students who are looking at apprenticeships and traineeships when they leave school and those who need to do it for entry into university courses eg medicine.  

There is a clearly defined step by step process which students and their parents must follow for Work Experience to satisfy legal and school requirements. All students in Years 9-12 will be told this process during this week and next week.  It takes time to complete all the steps and paperwork involved.  


Information for Students and Parents

Information on jobs, scholarships, excursions, deadlines, guest speakers, university options, holiday workshops will be communicated via:

-morning notices

-Google Classrooms

-MCC newsletters

-McCarthy Careers Facebook page  so parents can LIKE and follow this to keep in the loop.

Some will be mentioned on only one channel, others will be mentioned across two or three.  Students are asked to be vigilant in reading and listening to notices in order not to miss out on information and opportunities.

I look forward to working with students and parents to assist them with career information so our students can make a successful transition from school to employment or further education.

Mrs Susan Barrett

Careers Adviser


Swimming Carnival - Long Distance Event Information

If students wish to swim in one of the following Long Distance Events they will be required to record their name at the College office before the day of the carnival, as well as indicate in which long distance events they will be swimming. Students will need to be at the office at the beginning of lunch on the day of the Carnival to be bussed to the pool early.

The long distance events are:

  • 4 x 50m Individual Medley Boys and Girls
  • 100m Freestyle Boys and Girls
  • 100m Breaststroke Boys and Girls

NSW All Schools' Championships

The following long distance events will NOT be swum at the College, Diocesan or NSWCCC Championships but will be swum at the NSW All Schools' Championships on Monday 13 May, 2019.

Only current long course times swum since August 2016 and that can verified on the Swimming NSW Website will be accepted.

The events are the 200m Back, 200m Breast, 200m Fly, 400m IM, 800m Free and 1500m Free.

Divisions are as follows for the 200m Back, Breast, Fly and 400m IM events:-

Juniors - Under 12-14. Born in 2005, 2006 or 2007.

Intermediates - Under 15-16. Born in 2003 or 2004.

Seniors - 17 Years or over. Born in 2002, 2001 or 2000

Please note - The 800m and 1500m Freestyle events are Open events and only 1 male and 1 female swimmer will be selected for each event.

The swimmers with the fastest 3 times will be notified at the NSWCCC Championships on Friday 5 April 2019.

Nominations close 3:00pm on Friday 22 March 2019. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.

To register, please go to



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 NSWCCC 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 College 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 College.


MCC Sport Google Classroom

Any students 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: 5xn0kwc

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 . 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 the College.



Please find attached information regarding the Year 7 cricket competition.

Mr Brad Mitchell - Sports Coordinator


McCarthy Parents Association


We welcome any interested parents, friends and guardians to come along to our first Association Meeting for the new year on Tuesday 19 February at 7:00pm for a 7:15pm start in the Staff Room. 


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   


Year 8 Leader of Student Care - Mr Bernie Williams

Year 9 Leader of Student Care -  Mr Andrew Davy             


Year 10 Leader of Student Care - Mrs Michelle Gale                      



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

Year 12 Leader of Student Care -  Mr Damian Kenniff         

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

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.

Volunteers Needed

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 very few volunteers to assist this year, we will work with you to utilise the hours of service you can provide.  If you are interested in assisting us please contact Jenny Ayres or 6761 0856.


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 Jenny Ayres in our College canteen by phone 6761 0856 or email 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.



Europe 2020

Europe 2020

We are still in the throes of finalising our tour in April-May 2020. 

I am pleased to announce that Jackie from Academy Travel who organises the tours will be at McCarthy on Wednesday 13 March from 6:00pm - 7:00pm to provide information on the tour and to meet with participants and parents. 

All those who have submitted their booking forms, plus anyone who is considering joining this tour or possibly one in 2022, are invited to come along and find out more information.

It is not too late to join us in 2020. It is also planned that this tour will also include something different and personalised in the battlefields on the Western Front in France and Belgium.

I can give you information or answer questions if you phone the College or I can provide an information package if you email me at the email address below:

Mrs Susan Barrett.  Email:


McCarthy Catholic College Newsletter
College Drop off Map.pdf
Parent Information for Qkr Payments - NON Canteen.pdf
Parent Information for Qkr Payments - NON Canteen.pdf
Student Drop off and Pick Up Information.pdf
McCarthy Catholic College Junior Uniform Guide.pdf
McCarthy Catholic College Senior Uniform Guide.pdf
Year 7 Welcome BBQ.pdf
Mobile Phone Usage at McCarthy 2019.pdf
2019 Uniform letter.pdf
Student Parent Notice Study Skills Handbook.pdf
NSWCCC Sport Registrations Open for 2019.pdf
2019 MCC letter for players.pdf
MCC Canteen Menu 2019.pdf
Parent Information for Qkr Canteen Payments.pdf