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Transforming learning - Curiosity to clarity

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McCarthy is a co-educational school focused on educating students from Year 7 to 12.

McCarthy Emu Plains Religious Education

Cultivating a Catholic imagination

The beliefs and traditions of the Catholic faith are the foundation for our learning, teaching and relationships. Students are supported in becoming independent, thoughtful and compassionate young people and we work together to ensure learning at McCarthy Catholic College is inclusive, positive, challenging and enjoyable. Students are involved in a diverse range of faith experiences that reflect and enhance our Catholic heritage, mission and enthusiasm for social justice, ecology and school initiatives that enliven Catholic faith and morals.

Catholic Life   Religious Education


McCarthy Emu Plains Dignity

Students are treated with dignity and respect

We acknowledge and welcome parents and caregivers as the primary educators of their children. McCarthy is a safe, caring and welcoming environment where staff value and demonstrate the importance of continual professional learning.



Exceptional educators

Our staff are committed to fostering a learning environment that is both positive and rigorous and we aim to provide a comprehensive and diverse education that includes an extensive range of activities above and beyond traditional curricular lessons, all underpinned by a strong pastoral framework. Whether teaching or in the office McCarthy Catholic College staff are part of a system committed to transforming the lives of every student, every day.

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McCarthy Emu Plains Curriculum

A broad and diverse curriculum

McCarthy Catholic College is a learning community where the values of Integrity, Justice and Peace are brought to life for students, staff, families and the wider community of our parish and diocese. Students are challenged throughout their education to strive for personal growth and development in the spiritual, academic and community spheres. 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.

The Learning Journey  Courses & Subjects


McCarthy is a Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) college

McCarthy is the only Catholic school in NSW to be designated as a P-TECH College. P-TECH enables students to be involved in developing enterprise skills in conjunction with our Industry Partners, Telstra and PwC. Students have access to and acquire very specific skills in order to be successful in diverse career pathways. In conjunction with P-Tech, we offer the iSTEM course. iSTEM and P-Tech involve real world problem solving and the development of Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Adaptability and Creativity.

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McCarthy Emu Plains CTTC

Award winning trade training centre

The McCarthy Trade Training Centre (CTTC) offers Year 11 and 12 students the chance to combine both vocational training with academic subjects to achieve their Higher School Certificate and the opportunity to gain qualifications towards their chosen trade.

Benefits of trade training:

  • Complete Years 11 and 12 in a Catholic School
  • Achieve their HSC
  • An opportunity to gain paid employment through a School Based Apprenticeship/Traineeship (SBAT)
  • Develop essential employability skills
  • Learn with greater flexibility and relevance
  • Be supported by mentors who provide valuable advice to students and are vital contacts for parents
  • Gain practical industry experience preparing students for life after school

The trade areas include but are not limited to:

  • Automotive
  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry
  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Electrotechnology
  • Hairdressing
  • Hospitality
  • Metals and Engineering

Students are trained using state-of-the-art facilities to ensure that they receive industry standard training.

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McCarthy Emu Plains Extra

Extra-Curricular Programs

Enriching the lives of our students outside the formal curriculum is a priority and we aim to provide students with the option to participate in a variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities including:

  • Big History Project
  • CAPTIVATE performing arts program including dance, drama and music
  • Debating and public speaking
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • History, Geography, Mathematics and Science competitions
  • University links from Year 9 onwards
  • Student leadership opportunities
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McCarthy Emu Plains Enrichment

Learning Enrichment

At McCarthy we recognise that each and every student is different and learning needs to be tailored to students’ individual needs and abilities. Our learning support team works alongside teachers and parents to set learning goals and strategies to enable students to be successful learners.

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McCarthy Emu Plains Sport

Sporting opportunities to state and national levels

Our sporting heritage is something that we are proud of and we encourage our students to enjoy the sporting activities that we have on offer including competition sports such as AFL, cricket and cross country and noncompetitive activities such as bush walking, golf and ice skating.

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McCarthy Emu Plains Enrol

We look forward to welcoming you to our community!

Why not contact the school to enrol today and discover the many benefits of joining the McCarthy community.