Geralyn McCarthy – 20 Years of Service at Thomas Carr College

After 22 years in Catholic Education at Thomas Carr College, Geralyn will be leaving to take up her new appointment as Deputy Principal of Faith and Mission at Marcellin College, Bulleen.  In 1999 Geralyn began at TCC as the first student counsellor and then established and coordinated student well being.  She then became the Director of Student Services and in her final years had the position as the Director of Faith and Mission.

We thank Geralyn for her commitment and loyalty in providing a holistic education for the students under her care including their academic, social, emotional and spiritual development.

We thank Gerlayn also for working closely with the feeder schools and parishes maintaining a healthy relationship between school and parish.  Although Geralyn is not leaving the parish, she will truly be missed by all at TCC and remembered lovingly for her commitment, sense of humour, loyalty and genuine love and living out of the Gospel.


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Jose De Piro Kabattang Orkestra

To enhance the Church’s social teaching and provide opportunities for those in need, CaSPA (Catholic Secondary Principals Australia) and its corporate partners have encouraged secondary schools in Australia to apply for the annual Social Action Funding Grant aimed at providing support to those within remote Australia or in neighbouring countries.

The Faith and Mission Team from Thomas Carr College, were recently delighted to learn that their application to support the work of the Jose De Piro Kabataang Orkestra was successful.

This application was aimed at supporting the Missionary Society of St Paul’s Jose De Piro Kabataang Foundation, which auspices the music program of Jose De Piro Kabataang Orkestra (Youth Orchestra) which is comprised of more than 60 talented young musicians from impoverished and disadvantaged families in Dinalupihan, in the Province of Bataan, Philippines.

Thank you to CaSPA for their $5000 grant. Read more about this HERE.

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Congratulations to Shane Nicole Villegas

Congratulations to Shane Nicole Villegas, a Year 12 student at Thomas Carr College, Tarneit, who has received a Future Leaders Future Justice Award 2021.

Shane Nicole is one of only seven students nationally to receive this award, which recognises Year 12 students who have shown leadership and initiative on intergenerational equity. She has worked extensively to support those less fortunate in the community and helped establish the Vinnies Conference at Thomas Carr College where she is co-president. Shane Nicole has raised both funds and awareness for the St Vincent de Paul Society, the Missionary Society of St Paul and the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry. Despite the rigours of studying her final year of VCE, she volunteers at a Vinnies op shop and is the liturgy captain at Thomas Carr College.

From St James Parish, we especially thank Shane Nicole for raising awareness and funds in support of the MSSPs. Thank you Shane Nicole for your support and consideration.

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Students from St James the Apostle, St Francis of Assisi, St Clare’s and Thomas Carr College attended 10:30am Mass on Sunday 23 May to mark 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia.

The Religious Education Leaders from the four schools organised the Mass and each REL spoke about aspects of Catholic Education today and in the future.

It was wonderful to see so many families participating. The Church was at its COVID capacity and the overflow filled the Paulist Centre where the Mass was live streamed.


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Almighty and all-loving God, with gratitude for the endeavours of Catholic education in the past, with confidence in our Catholic pre-schools, schools and universities today, and with faith in their continuing contribution in the future, we celebrate 200 years of Catholic education in this Great South Land.

As our Heavenly Father, we thank you for your providential care for your children in this land in inspiring priests, religious and lay people to found and staff our schools in ages past. Through them the Good News of your Son was brought to the young even in colonial times – and ever since.

As Christ the Teacher, you grace the staff and leaders of Catholic education today. As they build on the achievements of their predecessors direct them in their present efforts to ensure that every young Australian has the opportunity for an excellent education and formation in faith.

As our Inspiring Spirit, you lead us into the future. In the century ahead grant those teaching and learning in our schools, those planning and leading, and the families and community that entrust their young people to us, a love of learning and a willingness to be the face of Christ in the world of tomorrow.

Pour out your abundant blessings upon all involved in the ministry of Catholic education. Amen.

Our Lady of the Southern Cross – pray for us. St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Patron of Catholic Education in Australia – pray for us.


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