McCarthy Newsletter 25 August 2017


25 August 2017


Dear Parents and Guardians

This term has been one that has kept the whole community actively engaged in learning at McCarthy. We have also had opportunities to celebrate our learning by showcasing the student work across Key Learning Areas by presentations at our assemblies. Recently we have had Technology and Applied Studies present whereby the cattle were led by students from the Agriculture Team and paraded to the entire school. As well as this, the hospitality students prepared ‘edible delights’ for students to taste during the assembly. At our assembly this week, the Creative and Performing Arts and Trade Training Centre teams also presented well. In particular, one of our gifted Trade Training Centre students’ Lachlan Wiggins played the Scottish Bagpipes and demonstrated his amazing skills in playing this instrument to the awe of the entire college community. I am very appreciative of all KLA Leaders of Learning for preparing their students and staff to showcase the learning in their KLA this year. Parents of Year 9 2017: Later in this newsletter you will see important information about the NAPLAN tests from the NSW Educational Standards Authority (formerly known as Board of Studies). Many of our students are anxious that they will have to sit their NAPLAN tests again if they do not achieve a Band 8 in the areas of literacy and numeracy. Students do not need to sit the NAPLAN tests again. Many of our students at the College will have met the standard and their report will indicate “Met the HSC minimum standard early”. For those that have not achieved the standard, they will have the opportunity to do a 45 minute online test during any school term between now and the HSC to demonstrate proficiency. This is only required in the areas where the standard was not met. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mr Paul Rochfort or Mrs Michelle Deschamps at the College. McCarthy Day 2017: Last Friday I celebrated my first McCarthy Day at the college and was most impressed with the attendance and participation of students on this day. On this day we celebrated our school name founders the McCarthy family who were pioneers who settled in the Nepean region and persevered through difficult times as they made a new life in Australia after arriving here from Ireland. Our ancestors are also the Darug indigenous people who we recognise as the original owners of the land. Together they have formed who we are today at McCarthy as people of great strength, courage and commitment to continuously be the best we can be in all that we do. The community celebrated with a Liturgy followed by a college BBQ and activities. A wonderful day filled with immense spirit reflecting our charism of integrity, justice and peace .

Mary MacKillop Feast Day - 8th August: We acknowledge the feast of our Australian saint Mary MacKillop.

Holy God, source of all goodness, you show us in Mary MacKillop a woman of faith who lived by the power of the cross. Teach us to embrace what she pioneered: new ways of living the gospel that respect and defend the human dignity of all in our land. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Thank you to all parents for your ongoing support of the education of your child at McCarthy Catholic College.

Mrs Tania Cairns Principal Leader

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