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McCarthy Catholic College has a broad and diverse curriculum designed to meet the needs of all students and to develop their individual talents. The curriculum offered at the college has the scope and breadth to cater for students at all stages of the learning journey, offering both challenges and support.

Key Learning Areas

Religious education is at the heart of the education offered at McCarthy Catholic College. The Religious education courses provide significant opportunities for students to learn more about the Catholic faith. Our Catholic identity is evident in many areas of school life. The college has a rich prayer life that includes masses, liturgies, reflection days and retreats and a strong commitment to supporting social justice initiatives.


Links to the Parish

McCarthy Catholic College has strong links with our local parish, Our Lady of the Way as well as with other parishes within the Penrith area.

The students are given the opportunity to attend and fully experience and participate in mass. The college holds liturgies throughout the school year to celebrate significant events throughout the Catholic Church’s calendar year.

Contact Our Lady of the Way Parish


A Year of Faith

© Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Vatican City. 2011

On October 11 2011, Pope Benedict XVI announced in an Apostolic Letter, Porta fidei, a Year of Faith. It will begin on 11 October 2012, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, and it will end on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on 24 November 2013.

The Pope used the phrase the Door of Faith, Porta fidei, to introduce us to a vision for this year. It is an image which invites us to enter into more fully the life of the Trinity through the doorway of Jesus Christ.

The “door of faith” is opened at one’s baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and the Church.

From the Pope’s letter and from Pastoral recommendations from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, these foundational purposes for the year are proposed.

The year of faith is intended:

  • To contribute to a renewed conversion to the Lord Jesus,
  • and to the rediscovery of faith
  • so that members of the Church will be credible and joy-filled witnesses to the Risen Lord in the world of today,
  • capable of leading those many people who are seeking it to the ‘door of faith’.”

To do this, we are challenged to live our Christian life with greater focus through:

  • celebrating the richness of our faith in our Christian lives through the Word and Sacrament of Eucharist,
  • study and reflection on the story and truths of our faith,
  • to build our lives on faith and be instruments of faith to others
‘The Years of Grace and Faith fit together perfectly: grace is God’s free gift to us and our response is the faith that accepts the gift. So the two Years fit together as neatly as God’s gift and our response. It’s when those two meet that we have the Christian life in all its power and beauty.’
Archbishop Mark Coleridge


The Nicene Creed is the Prayer for the Year of Faith

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.

For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
At the words that follow up to and including and became man, all bow.
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.

He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.

Amen.


Religious Education


Year 9 Pilgrimage Presentations

Year 9 are doing a Topic – Christianity in the Middle Ages. One of the things they have to research is Pilgrimage.

Gemma Antonelli (School Captain) and Karina Canete went to World Youth Day last year as pilgrims. Above is their PowerPoint presentation on being a pilgrim which they presented to all Year 9 Religion classes.


Religious education courses

There are three religious education courses provided at McCarthy Catholic College. These courses are Sharing Our Story (Years 7-12), Studies of Religion I and Studies of Religion II (Years 11-12).

Sharing Our Story

Sharing Our Story is the mandatory religious education curriculum for the Parramatta diocese. The subject matter has been decided upon in consultation with parents, students, priests, teachers, principals, Catholic Education Office personnel and the wider community.

This course has been endorsed by the NSW Board of Studies. The teaching staff is enthusiastic about assisting our young people in their search for a more meaningful faith life. The blend of the teachings of the Catholic Church with the contemporary need for service, dialogue and understanding underpins our studies.

The course gives students an awareness and understanding of different religious traditions and rituals within Christianity. Our students are encouraged to critically think about the modern world and the need to develop strong moral and ethical beliefs in response to the issues they will face as they mature.

Studies of Religion I

Studies of Religion I is offered to Years 11 and 12 as a two year course. It is a 120 hour course that was designed by the NSW Board of Studies. The course explores the nature and role of religion in the search for meaning. It maintains a Christian focus and compares aspects of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism with Christianity. This course deepens the understanding and appreciation of the development of religion in Australia. It is externally examined at the end of the HSC course.

Studies of Religion II

Studies of Religion II is offered to Years 11 and 12 as a two year course. It is a 240 hour course that was designed by the NSW Board of Studies. The course explores the nature and role of religion in the search for meaning. It maintains a Christian focus and compares aspects of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism with Christianity. This course deepens the understanding and appreciation of the development of religion in Australia.

The major difference between this course and Studies of Religion I, is the concentration upon other religious traditions through in-depth studies so we see how other faiths make meaning of their lives and compare that with the lived Christian life. This course is externally examined at the end of the HSC course.


Pastoral care

McCarthy has a well-developed pastoral care program designed to ensure all students receive the support, advice and encouragement needed to achieve their true potential.

We aim to:

  • provide school retreats, reflection days and camps where students have the time and opportunity to deepen their spiritual life and their relationship with others within the college

  • create and foster an environment in which students can develop productive and enjoyable relationships

  • foster a learning environment which encourages the growth of our students through academic, spiritual and cultural development into mature, responsible Christian adults

  • develop a strong sense of social justice amongst our students with a desire to be active both within their local parish and the wider community.
Retreats over the years
Retreats over the years

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English at McCarthy is an active and dynamic discipline which has as its foundation the commitment to encouraging students to engage with reading and writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing.

Shakespeare   Michael Moore  Away

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Of particular importance is a continued search for new ways of exploriing ways our language is used to make meaning through new technology, Computer Literacy is now an important element of English at McCarthy.

The Lord of the Flies
 The Simple Gift Blade Runner

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Great resources are the foundation of  strong learning. Contemporary texts and Topic Manuals for each  module of study have been introduced across all cohorts. These manuals are specially composed by McCarthy English staff to provide our students with a large range of quality texts  in a manageable form.

 Narnia
Hitlers Daughter  

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Literacy in all its forms has a particularly important focus within the English Syllabus. Year 7 and 8 have specific periods a week dedicated to reading functional literacy.

Holes
Tomorrow When the WEar Began
 Plays Children Love

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Involving students in understanding and enjoying classic, traditional, and contemporary literature remains at the forefront of  English studies at McCarthy. This year we have increased the reading requirements for our students and introduced monitored wide-reading strategies. Talented students are introduced to an extension programme which gives them access to a wide range of literature and related learning activities

The Sixth Sense
Letters From the Inside

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Support and encouragement at home has now become easier for parents through access to McCarthy McMoodle website. Parents  and students are able to find resources and check assessment tasks .

Romeo & Juliet
The Secret River

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Helping students to realise their creative potential as writers, poets, journalists, songwriters, scriptwriters, film-makers  to name a few, is where the greatest reward is reaped every year. English at McCarthy focusses on empowering our students with skills that ensure they are able to voice their ideas in creative, coherent and confident ways and become lifelong learners .


The English Faculty Staff

Una Hughes (Coordinator), Daniel Conway, Michelle Deschamps, Peter Hume, Rachel Miller, Bob Mitchell, Cathy Reid, Marian Samuel, Jill Vella

At McCarthy Catholic College we aim to enhance the numeracy skills of all our students with a range of activities. We provide regular homework, extension work, and acceleration for appropriate students. Maths Help is offered every Wednesday and Thursday after school in the Library until 4 pm. There is also extra help available to senior students, many mornings before school. In addition, we offer external opportunities for mathematical enhancement, such as Mathematics Competitions and Olympiads.

With our involvement in the Numeracy Now initiative, we are more able to meet the needs of a wider range of student abilities. The EMU program provides intervention for our more vulnerable students in Year 7. We are also involved in providing a number of rich tasks to our students, across the junior years, aimed at improving their mathematical resilience, and extending their capabilities.

We offer the full range of Mathematics courses for senior study, including Mathematics General I, Mathematics General II, Mathematics, Mathematics Extension I and Mathematics Extension II. Stage 5 students are placed in the three BOSTES approved levels of study, Stage 5.1, Stage 5.2 and Stage 5.3, allowing all students to access the curriculum at an appropriate level. 

 

The experienced staff that make up the Science Faculty at McCarthy Catholic College have a passion for the subject, and are constantly developing new and innovative ways to bring out this passion in our Laboratories. The faculty is well equipped with the latest technology being incorporated into student learning in 5 full Science Laboratories as well as two demonstration laboratories.

Students are constantly challenged to take the Science of the classroom and turn it into a career. Recently a high achieving Year 12 student, Jeremy Rix, received the prestigious Victor Chang award at the Penrith City Council Chambers. He will soon be given the opportunity to visit the Victor Chang Institute to get a feeling for the type of work the Institute is doing every day and make some decisions about his future studies. McCarthy continues to produce high achieving students who go on to study Science at a Tertiary level. Practical experiences and excursions are integral to the teaching of Science at McCarthy with something new happening every day.

Stage 6 Sciences offered at McCarthy include Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Earth and Environmental Science as well as Senior Science.

Budding Scientists
Budding Scientists


Victor Chang Award
Ms Meddows and Jeremy Rix - Victor Chang Awards

 

The Creative and Performing Arts Department offers a broad range of creative experiences in the fields of Dance, Drama, Music, Photographic and Digital Media and Visual Arts. Our aim is to increasingly broaden the students’ exposure to expressive forms across each stage of the curriculum.

In the performance-based subjects, Dance, Drama and Music, the aim is for our students to become independent, confident performers with the capacity to engage in collaborative and composition experiences.

In the creative-based subjects of Photographic and Digital Media and Visual Arts, students are exposed to a range of material experiences as they respond to their world, their beliefs, raise issues and make observations.

Music
 

Dance, Drama and Music

Students in Year 7 and Year 8 Music learn to play the guitar, keyboard and the drums whilst studying Musical Identity and Rock Music. Students also learn to compose and explore their creative side using the program GarageBand.

Year 9 and 10 Music students engage in composition, aural, musicology and performance under a variety of genres including Australian Music, Rock, Popular, Classical, Jazz, Music and Technology, Music of a Culture, Music for Large and Small Ensembles and Music for Radio, Film, Television and Multimedia. Year 9 and 10 Dance and Drama students learn the elements of safe dance, appreciation, theatre, composition and performance in a variety of contexts, styles and genres.

Year 11 and 12 Music caters for individual students needs by exploring the major components of aural, performance, composition and musicology within genres that appeal to each student’s interests. Year 11 and 12 Dance and Drama continue the exploration of theatre, appreciation, performance and composition both individually and within an ensemble. Senior students are given a number of opportunities to showcase their works at performance evenings throughout the year.

All music subjects are complimented by a peripatetic music program, which allows students to have group or private lessons on their chosen instrument within the school.

Creative Arts

Visual Arts and Photography

Students in Year 7 and 8 Visual Arts are exposed to a range of materials in drawing, painting and ceramic media. In year 7, students focus on their ‘identity’ through self-portraiture, they then move onto forging a connection with their local area through landscape drawing and painting.

In Year 9 and 10, students work in drawing and painting again, but with a focus on extending and refining their techniques and material usage. Students gain an exposure to photography, ceramics, jewellery, printmaking and sculpture. Students lean on a range of subject matter to master their materials. Landscape, Architecture and the Human Body become the inspiration for their Artmaking and their Critical and Historical Studies.

Our senior students continue the Visual Arts Course with increasing levels of expertise in their material usage and independence in their artmaking concepts. By the HSC year each student is able to manage the decision making and skill entailed in producing a Body of Artworks.

Photographic and Digital Media students work across various forms of photography in Stage 5 and Stage 6. The programs allows for students to work with film, the darkroom, digital photography and potentially videography. Subject matter is broad and crosses into areas of design and the visual arts in order for students to gain an exposure to the range of uses of photography in visual industries.

Creative Arts


The Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) Department oversees a range of mandatory and elective subjects from Years 7 to 12.  The thirteen members of the HSIE staff are dedicated and experienced educators whose aim is to create interested students, deepen their learning experience and encourage independent thinking.

There are also numerous opportunities for students to participate in a range of exciting stage-appropriate co-curricular and extracurricular activities from year seven to twelve.  This year for example, all students will have the opportunity to participate in an experimental archaeological group after school on Thursdays.

In Years Seven and Eight, students complete a History and Geography course, both of which ground them in the necessary skills set for each discipline, then give students opportunities to apply these skills to a number of topic areas.  In History these include; Ancient Egypt and Ancient Rome, Medieval Europe and Contact and Colonisation in Australia and America.  In Geography, students’ focus is on global issues, incorporating environment and the role of citizenship.

As part of their studies, students participate in the Year Seven Local Area Excursion, during which the students spend two days delving into the history of the Penrith and surrounds.  In the lead up to the excursion students work in groups to frame a problem or question they would like to address through participation in the range of activities. 

HSIE 1

In Year 8, students participate in Medieval Day where performers come to the school and present an interactive display of life in medieval times.  Students are encouraged to dress in medieval clothing.  Students also have the opportunity top compete in the History Mastermind competition where teams of five compete with twenty five other schools from the area for prizes and prestige.

The Mandatory History and Geography course continues into years nine and ten where there is an Australian focus in both subjects.  Students are also able to select elective subjects and HSIE offers Commerce, Elective History and Elective Geography.  For Geography, students participate at a site study at Penrith Lakes.  Students will also have the opportunity to participate in History and Geography competitions and essay competitions so they can test their knowledge and skills in a wider context.

In the senior school, students are able to select from the following subjects:

  • Ancient History
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Society and Culture

Teachers who take these senior subjects are specialists in their fields with many years experience.  Where appropriate seminars, site studies and lecture days are included during term time, and students are given opportunities to attend revision sessions at the school on holidays prior to major exams.

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Information Technology at McCarthy 'To infinity and beyond'

2015 is a big year for Information Technology at McCarthy. We are extremely grateful to have Hayden McKechnie, our Technical Support Officer, and Russel Saguid, our 2nd Year I.T Trainee. They have brought considerable skills and expertise to McCarthy, which has made the introduction of new technologies possible.

In addition, we introduced BYO iPads into Years 7- 12. To facilitate this we have expanded our wireless and internet infrastructure, as well as introducing Jacaranda digital textbooks for Years 7-9.

During 2015 we have also installed Apple TVs, data projectors and speakers in every teaching room across the College. All staff members have embraced technology with additional training, a MacBook Pro and iPad.

With our aim to become platform independent, McCarthy has gone to the Cloud this year with a range of new web based applications including:

  • Millennium – our administration system which has expanded and enhanced all aspects of the school including roll marking, reports, attendance, calendar events, internal notices and much more.


  • McMoodle – our student content management system with over 200 courses already online. Students can now access course information 24/7.


  • Google Apps for Education – providing email, documents, calendars and personal websites for all staff and students. This has seen a considerable improvement in student use of technology both at school and home.

Although technology is moving fast, we are ensuring that all staff and students are able to access the information and services they require with just the click of a button.

TBA
Learning Technology Coordinator

Drugs, Sexuality, Spirituality, Relationships, Driving, Lifestyle Problem Solving and Decision Making Skills, Psychological Health, Nutrition, Disease and Illness, Careers, Sports Performance, Diversity, Adversity, Anatomy, Sports Medicine, and Happiness. These are just some of the issues and concepts that the student’s at McCarthy Catholic College engage in during PDHPE.

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Swimming and Lifesaving, Dance, Gymnastics, Olympics Sports, Fitness Activities, and Team Sports are just some of the practical activities that our juniors ‘have a ball’ participating in.

Our elective students and Stage Five classes have opportunities where they coach their peers, create, plan and conduct modified games and practical lessons. Year Nine PASS (Physical Activity and Sports Studies) apply what skills they have learnt at the pool when helping the teachers guide Year Seven through First Aid, Swimming and Lifesaving Activities.

Senior Stage Six students develop community research projects, design training programs for elite athletes, experience parenthood with baby simulators, deliver coaching sessions, and create promotion initiatives to improve Australia’s Health.


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PDHPE Teachers

  • Mr C.Beacroft
  • Mrs L.Martin
  • Mrs K.Rudel
  • Mr B.Luchetti
  • Mr J. McKnight
  • Mr C.Meek
  • Mrs S.Blattman
  • Mrs C.Hall
  • Mrs S. Curran

Mr B Hunt
PDHPE Coordinator

The aim of the TAS Department here at McCarthy Catholic College is to develop students’ ability to design, produce and evaluate quality solutions that respond to identified opportunities and needs. We aim to enable students to responsibly, safely and creatively use and select materials, tools and techniques to produce quality goods and solutions to identified problems and opportunities.

The TAS Staff at McCarthy Catholic College are focused on continuous development and redevelopment of our programs. This process is intended to have them focus in on, as much as possible, current societal trends relating to issues that our local, National, and Global communities face. We hope to broaden our student’s minds and develop their skills so that they are well placed to be both productive and innovative individuals as they move through their working life.

Pumpkin Harvest
Agriculture

Penrith Show
Penrith Show

Fire Pit
Metals

Paper Recycling
Paper Recycling

VET Hospitality
VET Hospitality

HSC Timber
Timber

Food Technology
Food Technology

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are offered as part of the Higher School Certificate.  They enable students to study courses that are relevant to industry needs and have clear links to post-school destinations.

These courses provide school and TAFE delivered, approved training along with the opportunity to sit for an HSC exam in the subjects and have them count towards a University Admission Index.

At McCarthy Catholic College we offer the following VET courses:

  • Business Services
  • Hospitality
  • Information Technology
  • Metal and Engineering
  • Primary Industries
VET

Students who choose VET subjects are driven to achieve an industry – based double qualification. VET Hospitality students at McCarthy study the Commercial Cookery strand and are more likely to be working in the industry already.

They start out with the fundamental units such as hygiene, cleaning, occupational health and security, paving the way for them to prepare and serve dishes for catering events in and outside the College.

VET Hospitality is a good introduction to the world of travel, cuisine, tourism, working in team environments and, for those who like to eat.

It’s also a great way to develop a taste of the unknown and experiment with a wide variety of foods and presentation techniques.

Also see: Trade Training Centre 

Learning In Each Stage

In Years 7 and 8 students study:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Design & Technology
  • PDHPE
  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • History
  • Geography
  • Japanese

In Years 9 and 10 students choose a subject combination that satisfies the requirements for the award of the School Certificate.

Courses that are studied by all students are:

  • Religious Education
  • Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • PDHPE
  • Australian History
  • Geography.

Students also choose two courses from a range of electives:

  • Commerce
  • Drama
  • Food Technology     
  • Industrial Technology – Metal or Timber
  • Japanese
  • Music
  • Photographic & Digital Media
  • Visual Arts
  • Visual Design 
  • Physical Activity & Sports Studies
  • Textiles Technology
  • Software and Information Technology

Year 9 2016 Elective Courses Handbook

Year 10 2016 Elective Courses Handbook

Learning areas Examples of courses offered
Religion Studies of Religion I and II, Sharing Our Story
English Advanced, Standard and Extension
Mathematics Extension, Mathematics and General
Science Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science, Physics
HSIE Ancient History, Business Studies, Economics, Geography
Legal studies, Modern History, Society and Culture
Technology Business Services, Construction, Entertainment (off campus),
Food Technology, Hospitality, Industrial Technology,
Information Process & Technology, Metal & Engineering,
Software Design & Development, Textiles & Design.
PDHPE PDHPE, Community & Family Studies, Exploring Early Childhood,
Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation
Creative Arts Dance, Drama, Music Course 1, Photography, Visual Arts
LOTE   Japanese Continuers

 

McCarthy Catholic College HSC Assessment Blocks

Other Programs

The education of students with particular learning needs has always been an important focus for educators within the Diocese of Parramatta. The Learning Support Team at McCarthy Catholic College is committed to providing quality education for our students by developing goals and strategies which

  • address the diverse needs of students
  • promote inclusive practices
  • provide effective teaching and learning support for all students

The Learning Support Team help teachers to address the identified needs of students with learning difficulties, as well as provide opportunities to empower academically gifted students to perform at their highest level.

The following initiatives are undertaken by the Learning Support Team to improve the learning, and give individual support, to students at McCarthy Catholic College:


Year 7 – Numeracy Program

To support the Mathematics Department in the implementation and running of EMU (Enhancing Mathematical Understanding), a program for students who have not achieved the required growth points for Year 7 Mathematics.

Years 7 & 8 – Reading Support Program

To provide students in Years 7 & 8 with the literacy skills required for secondary education.


Years 8 & 9 –Travel Training Program

To help students in Years 8 and 9 to undertake successful independent travel trips, to plan for these through a variety of transport modes, to develop communication skills, to read and comprehend general community information, and to acquire functional money skills.


Years 7 to 10 – Gifted & Talented Program

To enhance, or 'enrich', the learning of students identified as 'gifted', offering broader education activities and personalised learning through,

  • a differentiated curriculum
  • providing opportunities for ability grouping e.g. acceleration
  • providing opportunities beyond the classroom such as subject competitions, mentor-ships etc

Included in this is the Space to Grow, Enrichment Program, run at McCarthy to provide the appropriate level of academic challenge which caters for the intellectual and affective needs of the students whose interests and strengths lie in the areas of astronomy, physics, mathematics and computing.


Years 7 to 10 – Organisational Skills Work Booklet

To assist students in taking responsibility for their own learning and help them to find structure at school and in other areas of their lives.


Years 7 to 12

The Learning Support Team ensures that all students with learning needs have options and choices through Individual Planning Meetings and Mentoring Programs. Students in Years 9 and 10 with identified learning needs are also encouraged to participate in a range of Transition Courses which include:

  • Effective Communication
  • Work Orientation Day
  • 2Work
  • Pathways
  • Taster Courses (Automotive, Building and Construction, Retail etc)
  • Fast Track
  • Work Experience
  • OH&S
  • First Aid

Years 9 to 12

Most students with learning needs at McCarthy participate fully in learning experiences and assessment activities provided by the regular syllabus outcomes and content. However, for a small percentage of students, the Life Skills program of study offered at McCarthy provides a more relevant, accessible and meaningful curriculum option. Through this program the student’s interests, strengths, goals and learning needs are of prime importance as well as the student’s transition needs from school to adult life.


Years 7 to 12 – Literacy and Numeracy Support Programs

(Includes individual tutorials if and when needed)
To assist students with needs to unlock the complexities, of language and numeracy. The program is intended to be a support and revision of what is already happening in classrooms across curricula.


Years 7 to 12 –Drop In and Learn (DIAL)

This program encourages students with learning education needs to make use of the Learning Support Room at lunchtimes for assistance with homework, assignments and one-on-one discussion of key concepts covered in class.


Information & Resources

Special Needs Brochure
Gifted & Talented Brochure
Special Needs Websites
Gifted & Talented Websites

Through programs such as these, the Learning Support Team at McCarthy Catholic College provides a framework to encourage and develop a collaborative ‘whole school’ approach to learning support involving teachers, parents and students with learning needs.

Literacy Tips:

Read the novel your child is reading for their English class - this is best done by reading aloud sections each as a shared experience, then talking about the pages read - this can be done while waiting for sport, preparing dinner, as your child goes to bed etc.

If time does not allow for shared reading, read the novel individually and find time (car, dinner, etc) to have a general discussion about the novel, which will support them in class tasks.

Nada Nenadic
Learning Support Coordinator

McCarthy Catholic College offers a vast range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Some examples of these activities are:

  • Dance, drama and music
  • Debating and public speaking
  • History, Geography, Mathematics and Science competitions
  • McCarthy Idol
  • Mock trials
  • Sport to state and national levels
  • Students’ mock united nations
  • Tournament of the Minds
  • Variety night/talent quests.

These activities provide students with the opportunity to develop leadership and organisation skills. 

McCarthy Catholic College encourages students to become fully involved in the life of the college and we believe strongly in the need for students to be balanced and to see education as a process that involves the whole person both in and out of the classroom.

At McCarthy we have a very strong sporting tradition and we offer a variety of sporting choices, including representative sport through the Parramatta Diocese Secondary Schools Sports Council program (PDSSSC).

This program provides students with the opportunity to represent at state and national level.

We encourage all students to discover their sporting passions and talents, and sports on offer. For those students who prefer non-competitive pursuits, we also offer a range of activities to meet these students’ needs.

Competition Sports

  • AFL
  • athletics
  • baseball
  • basketball
  • cricket
  • cross country
  • futsal
  • netball
  • Oz Tag
  • rugby league
  • soccer
  • softball
  • swimming
  • touch football
  • volley ball

Non-competative Activities

  • agriculture
  • art
  • chess/draughts
  • fishing
  • games
  • walking
  • golf
  • gym
  • ice skating
  • ten pin bowling
  • indoor rock climbing
  • mountain biking
  • music
  • stream watch project
  • table tennis
  • tennis
  • European handball

The following links are useful sites to support parents in preparing their children for NAPLAN. Please use the strategies over the following week at home; and at school your child will be involved in various NAPLAN preparations by their teachers. Together we can support your child so they feel confident as they approach NAPLAN.

NAPLAN Assessment Dates:

12th May 2015: Language Conventions and Writing
13th May 2015: Reading
14th May 2015: Numeracy