Mondays 6pm – 7pm
The McCarthy Educational Chat Show has been presented by Craig Laffin for almost three years.
The show is a community contribution by McCarthy Catholic College, a diocesan high school of 800 students at Emu Plains. The show broadcasts each Monday 6-7pm and showcases guests in a chat format. Guests come from a broad spectrum but with a focus on the Nepean, Lower Blue Mountains and Western Sydney. Guests include teachers and students from McCarthy but also from other catholic, state and independent schools, primary and secondary, Western Sydney University, educational authorities, community organisations, sport and business.
“It has been a privilege meeting and chatting with so many exceptional individuals”, said Craig, a Humanities teacher, of over forty years experience. “From bubbly Years 5 and Six students, through teenage girls shaving their heads to raise money for cancer research, other teenagers achieving national and state sporting recognition, dedicated innovative teachers and leaders, outstanding university researchers and educationalists, renowned sport coaches, commerce contributors and wonderful and committed organisers and leaders of Nepean and Blue Mountains community organisations”.
Some memorable guests have included: Owen Rogers who instigated 2015 Penrith Poppy Park; James Wright a WSU Ph.d postgraduate student studying the human brain; Robyn Yates, Founder of Blue Mountains Cancer Help; Michele Ellory, Founder of Queen of Hearts and helping victims of domestic violence; 15 yearold McCarthy sports star Madison Higgins Ashby and Stephanie Haaring, an ex McCarthy sports star; Barakah Raasheed and Judith Mogi WSU students and founders of the university’s Rotoract; Penrith Detective Inspector Grant Healey; Assistant Principal John Wills and his enthusiasm for McCarthy’s Trade Training Centre; David Wilkinson of Nepean/Blue Mountains Prostate Support and the bubbly excitement of primary students from Our Lady of the Way, Holy Family and St Josephs primary schools. So many exceptional guests making positive contributions to our Nepean and Blue Mountains community.
Craig brings to his role of show presenter a wealth of experience gained as a teacher, educational entrepreneur (establishing two schools), Foundation President of the Families and Friends of the First AIF (Australian WWI military heritage), a NSW and Australian futsal coach and official and founder of and contributor to community organisations. “I love presenting the McCarthy Educational Chat Show’, he said,” each week brings a new guest/s. a new story and a fascinating chat!”