STOP MCCARTHY CATHOLIC COLLEGE NAME CHANGE

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McCarthy Catholic College, with NO consultation from parents, students or the wider School Community will change it’s name from the 2020 School Year - NEXT SCHOOL TERM !

McCarthy Catholic College was named after a Local Penrith Family who held illegal Mass Services in a time when they were not allowed.

They were farmers, hard workers and inclusive of ALL of Our Community.

McCarthy commenced in 1986 as a Senior High School for Years 11 & 12. The School was unfinished at the time so students initially travelled between the School and what was Nepean College of Advanced Education (now Western Sydney University Kingswood Campus).

In Term 2 of 1986 students where housed in a Tent City which made the front page of the Daily Telegraph at the time. This continued until the next School year.

It became a Year 7-12 co-educational college in 1999.

In 2010 a Trade Training Centre was established which allows students to stay at School and commence a Trade whilst finishing Year 12, within a flexible, welcoming environment for students not wanting a purely academic pathway.

THIS WAS A FIRST FOR WESTERN SYDNEY.

The School Motto is Integrity, Justice, Peace.

TODAY we were TOLD that the School will be renamed, rebranded and new uniforms required from 2021.

We need your support to make a Community Representation to the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta.

WHY ?

- there has been NO consultation about the name change

- the name chosen has NO connection to The Penrith Community

- there are MANY past students who are now sending THEIR children to McCarthy as it has strong links to Our Local Community and a sense of History amongst Past Students

- The name change will wipe 33 years of History from Our Community as McCarthy will no longer exist

The Community feel we have been treated with a HEAVY HAND by the Diocese, bullied into accepting a change “because we (they) said so”

PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME TO THIS PETITION SO WE CAN COMMUNICATE THAT WE ARE NOT OK WITH THIS.