College Events

High School Musical

The O'Connor Musical for 2018 has been announced and it's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL!!! Auditions will be held at the end of term 3 with rehearsals commencing in the first week of term 4. Additional audition and rehearsal information will be made available by week 7. Students who wish to register for auditions or who would like to be considered for a role in the production team should email 

Click on the link below to see the fabulous promo video :-)…





Wow! What a beautiful day Thursday the 21st of September was, especially for a Walk-a-thon and that is exactly what the students and staff at O’Connor Catholic College did. The Student Representative Council of O’Connor organised a wonderful walk from the Armidale Pine Forest to their school with over 400 students and teachers participating. This walk was to fundraise for some new items around the school and also to make a donation the the adorable Olive Russell.



Olive was born with a number of medical issues which have blocked her trachea since birth, which means she has never been able to speak or make any vocalisation. In the past three years she has undergone many major surgeries making the journey across to Perth to see the only surgeon available six times. The Russell family is scheduled to travel back to Perth in the September holidays to undergo further treatment.


A major thank you to the O’Connor Catholic College community for all their support in the smooth running of this event.




Tonya McQuilty

Walk-a-thon Organiser

Year 12 DT Major Designs

 Projects Completed


Members of the Year 12 Design & Technology class of 2017 should all be proud, as they have completed their Major Design Projects ready for assessment by markers from the NSW Education Standards Authority.


The Major Design Projects were commenced towards the end of last year, starting as a problem to be solved using technology creatively. Some students carried out up front market research to assess the true nature of the problem and to guide them through decision making such as who the target market consisted of, appropriate materials to use, how to evaluate and by whom.


Many hours of dedicated toil have been poured into these unique one-off, handcrafted works, which will no doubt now take pride of place at home.


As a parting gesture, the 2017 DT class have left a message board with advice for the DT class of 2018, the essence of which is universally; ‘Start early. Don’t procrastinate’.


Glenn Watson

TAS Coordinator

Literacy Award

Congratulations to Year 8 student Tia Armbruster who received an Australian Literacy Educator's Association award for outstanding growth in reading comprehension and writing. She is pictured with Lee Herden who is the treasurer of the association and he proudly presented Tia with her award yesterday.


Child Studies

The Year 9 Child Studies class have been making soft toys and storybooks with these characters. Each story is suitable for a 3 year old and has an educational theme. This completes the unit on Child's Play and demonstrates learning through play.



Ruth Patrick

PDHPE Coordinator

Vinnes Report

The Vinnies group visited Autumn Lodge on Tuesday 19th September to present a mural to be placed in the garden at Ningana. The mural has been a project long in the making and was created as part of term 5 activities in 2016 and has been completed over the course of 2017.

It was with great delight the students presented the work to some of the residents, Lyn Bruce, CEO and Diane McFarland, the Leisure, Lifestyle and Volunteer Co-ordinator. The mural will be placed on the brickwork of one of the raised garden beds at Ningana to provide visual pleasure for the residents.

O'Connor Vinnies students are very generous with their time and regularly visit Autumn Lodge on Fridays during their lunch time to spend time visiting and talking to the residents.


Cheryl Leggatt

Vinnes Coordinator

Art Award

Congratulations to Nick Troon (year 11) who was nominated for an Arts award and a Community award through the Armidale Youth Advisory committee. He was quite humbled to be nominated by his peers, and he went on to WIN the Arts award!

The O'Connor acapella group also received two nominations...well done to all involved.


Community Service Award

Congratulations to Year 12 student Eliza Clark who received the community service and community involvement awards from the Armidale Youth Advisory committee last night at the Armidale Regional Youth Awards.

Also, O'Connor staff members Melita Roache and Olivia Moore both received awards for support of young people in our community.