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Newsletter No. 10 | Friday 7th June 2013

Dear Parent Education is now a major election issue with all sides of politics claiming they have the policies which will lead to the best outcomes for our children. The main statements about education, regardless of what side of politics they come from, seem to always centre on money. The issue is, of course far more complicated than being able to say it is just about how much is spent on education. Of course, more money spent well on education would be very welcome in any school, state or non-state. However, we should understand that more money will not necessarily lead to improved results for our children. At a recent conference I heard the Executive Director of the Public Policy Institute, Professor Scott Prasser, speak about quality outcomes in education. He referred to research which shows that expenditure only accounts for 4% of the impact on learning outcomes. 96% of the factors which positively impact on the quality of learning outcomes do not depend on more money being spent. They come from educational policy and practice within schools. Professor Prasser said that there are 6 main principles which contribute to quality in schools. A school which expects its students to achieve well, employs high quality teachers and focusses on continuous improvement for teachers, expects professional behaviour from its teachers, is able to make decisions locally but is accountable to its stakeholders for those decisions, supports its students by providing a caring learning environment in which positive relationships are developed and achievement is valued, and gathers data about student progress so that learning can be specifically targeted to students’ needs, is going to do a great job. The current campaign around the Gonski education reforms seems to largely be about money. It is making promises that significantly more money will be spent on schools if Gonski is adopted. The simple slogan ‘I give a Gonski’ implies that if you don’t support it you don’t care about our children’s education. Of course, we all care very much about our children’s education. The information we have been given about the impact of Gonski on MCC is that we would see significant increases in our per student government funding if it goes through. However, these increases would not be fully realised until 2019. This is a number of elections away – and they say two weeks is a long time in politics. It has proven to be very difficult, impossible really, to find out the detail of what this funding would actually look like, or even if it is really going to come to our school or not. While more money would be very helpful what we really need is certainty and the ability to plan for the future. In such uncertain times I am glad that it is God who is our source and provider and not governments. I can always remind myself that God has never let us down, and that He is not going to start now. Yours in Christ

Ps Dr Craig Murison PRINCIPAL

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a workshop led by Professor Michael Bernard, the developer and author of one of Queensland schools’ most popular self-development programs for students, ‘Program Achieve – I Can Do It’. While Mackay Christian College has already incorporated much of this program into our CLEAR Lifeskills sessions from Foundation Year to Year 12, I was encouraged and inspired to continue to emphasise its message for our staff and students. Program Achieve is based upon five life habits that allow us to function more successfully as we navigate through life’s daily challenges. At MCC we have linked the five life habits to our CLEAR values.

Christlikeness is linked to confidence – the ability to trust in Christ and oneself when faced with challenges Learning is linked to resilience – that as we move through challenges, we learn from the experience and can bounce back with greater strength

Excellence is related to organisational skills – as we improve our organisation, we can present higher standards of excellence in our projects

Attitude is linked to persistence – when things get tough, don’t give up or give in, rather push through to personal success Respect is related to getting along with others – developing social skills that allow all parties to be respected

As parents, one of our responsibilities is to teach our children how to achieve a level of personal peace and joy in their life. True success, as opposed to the worldly definition of success. The world bombards us with success images including great wealth, lots of possessions, great clothes, the right body shape and of course, eternal youth. The pursuit of these images has caused great anxiety, fear and frustration for many, who may or may not eventually realise that true personal success comes from fulfilling the purpose for which Father God designed us. May you discover who you are in God, and why you were placed on the Earth …scripture tells us that we were designed to do good works during our time here, to care for others and to serve with a generous heart – these are the true avenues to personal success! May God bless you and your family Mrs Lesley Tunnah Deputy Principal

woolworths Earn & Learn We greatly value your continued support this year in the Woolworth Earn & Learn promotion which runs until this coming Sunday 9th June. That means we only have the rest of this week & weekend to collect as many stickers as we can! Every $10 spent at Woolworths earns 1 point with the promotional stickers collected at the register. You can drop your stickers or completed sheet into the drop box at either the Northern Beaches or Mt Pleasant Woolworths, or drop them into the College Office or Junior School Reception and we will put them to good use! Be encouraged, your assistance even in a small way, benefits our College immensely as we redeem these points for Literacy & Numeracy resources. Thank you for your continued involvement Mrs Sharryn Westbrook Junior School Curriculum Coach

administration position Expressions of Interest are sought for the position of Administration Assistant in the College Office, King’s Park Campus. This position is predominately an Administration position but will include some First Aid duties. The successful applicant will have a professional telephone manner, be a competent user of MS Office programs (Word, Excel and Outlook), have the ability to multitask and be able to work well in a busy office environment. A current ‘Working with Children’ Blue Card or eligibility for one is essential. Applications must include an Administration Application Form with your resume which is available via the College website at Applications should also include a Minister’s reference. Applications will be addressed to the Principal and can be dropped into the College Office or emailed to

Our teachers are busily preparing a Semester 1 Report for your child. As I write this newsletter article, I am watching the reality TV show ‘House Rules’. Before me is the unravelling of the discussions and vision of individual teams to take responsibility for their zones, interpreting and applying the owners house rules and ultimately keeping their focus on the bigger purpose of the game. At this time of the year as students are almost at assessment again, I draw the analogy of how year level teaching and learning is the building materials. As a construction supervisor, we wouldn’t simply drop off materials and tools at a worksite and have the workers ‘go at it.’ Instead, we would begin with a blueprint — an overall vision of the desired building to guide its construction. Without an overall end in mind, teachers can create wonderful individual rooms that won’t necessarily fit together within and across floors or achieve the intended results.

The journey of building to a Life Blueprint is an extensive one, and as a College we are committed to working with parents, students and the community to provide curriculum assisting individual students to build their future. Throughout the next couple of months we have a number of events that assist students to continue building new dimensions on their Life Blueprint......

changes to junior School reportS

In response to feedback from parents, we have reviewed the format and design of the Junior School Report. In a couple of weeks you should receive this adjusted School Report with a cover letter to explain the changes. We trust that this new report will provide more clear and concise information to parents.

set planning

All Year 10 students next week will begin a 6 week unit on SET Planning.

At MCC our curriculum is intended as an accurate reflection of the College’s Vision for Learning and its core values, positioning Christ as the centre. It is based on our vision and belief that our young people are active, lifelong learners and that they are confident, creative and keen to question. Learning is not static. It is the life and breath of our daily interactions within and outside the classroom with the students whose learning we nurture. It asks the question: ‘Through the teaching and learning that we facilitate, the values and beliefs that we enact, and the experiences that we create, what is it that we hope for students to understand?’ Education needs to ignite and inspire, empowering young people to develop and use their talents. Without doubt, the needs and basics of Literacy and Numeracy are as strong as ever, but our learning approach must be so much more.

A Senior Education & Training Plan (SET Plan) helps students structure their learning around their abilities, interests and ambitions. As part of the planning process, students think about their future, consider their abilities and investigate their options for careers and further education. The plan is finalised by the end of Year 10 and the SET Plan is reviewed periodically to monitor the student’s progress. It can be updated at any time.

subject selection expo

The 2013 Subject Selection Expo will be held on Tuesday 13th August & Wednesday 14th August in the Faith Centre. Students in Year 7, 8 & 10 are encouraged to attend the relevant Subject Selection Expo. Faculties and teachers will showcase subjects being offered and answer questions about subject choices. May we continue to partner in building futures and creating hope. Blessings Miss Lynn Morrison Head of Teaching & Learning

UNIFORM SHOP We have received new stock in the MCC Uniform Shop so if you would like to restock your uniforms please pop in and see what is available. We are open every day of the week.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 8.30am to 10.00am

Mrs Sharon Hubbard Uniform Shop Coordinator

Tuesday & Thursday - 2.00pm to 4.00pm


Most Senior students are feeling the pressure of assessment due dates at present. Within a family, pressure like this will manifest in different ways. Short tempers, impatience, procrastination, overeating or under eating are just a few of the responses parents may notice. Sometimes students allow the stress of these busy times to affect their judgement and they make poor choices. The College CLEAR values are a good checklist and reminder to guide student’s thinking and actions at this time. The first value ‘Christlikeness’ will be of particular help for those who apply it. This value can be summed up by the Fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are the exact characteristics we need to demonstrate under pressure. More importantly, we develop them by inviting the Holy Spirit into our lives and seeking His guidance and power to live by.

Thank you!

We cannot force our children to live by the Spirit but we can pray with them and for them to receive His help. We can also pray for the Fruit of the Spirit in our own lives as we walk through the tough times with our children. Fortunately this pressure is usually only for a short time and then the mid-year break will be with us. Before that however we have a very busy final week of term. This will include the Athletics Carnival, a Free Dress Day and a Core Skills practice exam. Regarding the Free Dress Day on Monday 17th June, please be aware that the College has very high expectations regarding modest clothing for both boys and girls. Students are reminded to dress according to the College’s Free Dress Day standards which are availbale in the Student Diary. Any students who arrive in clothes that are too revealing or tight fitting will be sent home to change. The cost to students to come in Free Dress is $2. We are looking forward to some interesting outfits as the theme for the day is ‘Design your own Super-Hero.’ Mr Warwick Drew Head of Senior School

from Public Relations & Events

The ‘Run Around Australia’ promotion at Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre has finished and Mackay Christian College has won 3rd prize in the sum of $1000! Thank you to everyone who handed in their receipts and helped our College to place in this promotion.

newsletter feedback

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social media survey

Thank you to everybody who has sent us feedback using our Social Media Survey. As a College, we recognise the importance of Social Media and its impact on Parents, Students and College Staff. We have created a survey to find out just what you use and how you use it to give us ideas of how we can improve our Social Media presence and communicate important and exciting news with you! Whether you consider yourself to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or you are just learning the basics of Facebook/Twitter – we would love your opinion! The survey will take less than 3 minutes to complete and will help us move forward as a College. You can find the survey here:


Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monday 10th June Pioneer Valley Cattle Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sunday 16th June ICAS Writing Competition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monday 17th June ICAS Spelling Competition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tuesday 18th June Year 4-12 Athletics Carnival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tues 18th - Wed 19th June Mackay Cattle Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tues 18th - Thurs 20th June Show Day Holiday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday 20th June Student Free Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday 21st June Proserpine Cattle Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd June Indigenous Outreach Trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturday 22nd June - Saturday 6th July

Hi all welcome to the first winter Newsletter of 2013. This is a timely reminder that students need to be aware of, and follow the uniform requirements on page 66 of the College Diary.

We would much rather students achieved highly in their social skills which are evidenced by observed behaviours consistent with our CLEAR College values of Christlikeness, Learning, Excellence, Attitude & Respect. When these behaviours are consistently demonstrated in class and at home, then academic achievement will improve.

If they don’t yet have a College approved jacket they can wear other jumpers until 8:30am when the nonuniform items need to be removed. Girls who wear camisoles need to have them tucked in and not on show over their skirt.

In the next 2 weeks students will be submitting assignments and completing exams for assessment. Can you please encourage your child to record when their assignments and drafts are due and to ensure they are submitted by the due date. Assignments not submitted by the due date cannot be assessed, but there is an expectation that it will be completed before returning to class.

By the time you get the next Newsletter, teachers will be writing School Report comments about the academic and social progress made by your children.

On a brighter note, the Middle School Student Leaders will be meeting next week to start work on our Sensory Garden Project. This will be a place for students to relax and enjoy the beauty, texture and sounds of God’s creation. We will keep you updated on our progress.

Although we strive for excellence in academic achievement, progress in this area is dependent on the student’s attitude and the value they place on their own learning. It would be great to get straight A’s but what does this mean if the student is selfish, disruptive, or a bully.

End of term 2 reports

Mr Alun Tunnah Head of Middle School Head of Faculty Science & Innovation

sports carnivals

Our teachers are busily preparing a Semester 1 School Report for your child. This report will be mailed to the address you have provided to the College.

Our 10 year old students will be participating in the Year 4-12 Athletics Carnival on Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th June. Our 9yr olds will be attending this same Carnival on Wednesday 19th only.

If you have recently changed your address, please contact the College Office so that we can make sure you receive your child’s School Report.

Our students in Prep-Year 3 will be having a special Carnival with a Farmyard theme on Thursday 1st August.

supervision of students

Please be advised that it is not the responsibility of the College to provide free child minding services for students for extended periods of time before and after school. We WILL supervise your children FROM 8am in the morning and UNTIL 3:15pm in the afternoon.

All parents and grandparents are welcome to attend and encourage our little people on this day. There will be further information sent home to you next term.

staff development/pupil free days

All of our staff will be participating in two upcoming Professional Development Days. These days will be held on Friday 21st June and Monday 8th July 2013. Classes for students will NOT be conducted at MCC on these days.

We WILL NOT supervise your children BEFORE 8am in the morning and AFTER 3:15pm in the afternoon.

THE FIRST DAY of Term 3 for students is TUESDAY 9th July 2013.

If you need supervision for your child outside of these hours, please contact the MCC Outside School Hours Care (OSHCare) program on 4963 1100.

Have a really great week Mrs Alison Bannister Head of Junior School

Bollywood chapel

indigenous outreach team

With less than 3 weeks to go our team has been busy presenting their ‘Look, Step, Reach’ Children’s Holiday Program activities to classes in the Middle School recently.

Our College was recently visited by a team consisting of leaders, young men, young women and children, all the way from India. New Life Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation, founded by Bob and Janine Mann formerly of Moranbah, that has had a relationship with Mackay Christian College for several years. It partners with organisations to help relieve poverty and assist with humanitarian needs around the world, focussing on saving girls in India from slavery, rescuing orphans in Myanmar, and assisting a community in the slums of Jaipur, India. There were lots of laughs as the team presented traditional Indian puppetry and dance, especially when some of our students and staff were called to the stage to participate.

Did you know that we have 39 people on the team this year? Some of our activities include: • Church Services • A Youth Outreach in front of the most Northern Pub in Australia • Children’s holiday program • Assisting with Vacation Care • Spending time with elders at the Star of the Sea Retirement Village • Leadership Sessions • Praise & Worship Seminar The team will be departing on the first Monday of the JuneJuly break and will return on the last Friday (24th June - 5th July). Please keep us in your prayers in the next few weeks.

Go Mrs Riley and Mrs Tunnah!!!

Pastor Peter Lister Head of Missions

BIKES FOR AFRICA - MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Corry Cycles in conjunction with Mackay Christian College are holding a Bikes for Africa Day on Sunday 14th July. This will be an opportunity for the community to make use of the old bikes in the shed by donating them to the ‘Bikes for Africa’ drive. Once the bikes are collected we will then hold a community mechanics day where all the bikes are checked over by you the public with our trained mechanics on hand (a great opportunity to learn some mechanics!). The bikes will then be loaded into a shipping container destined for Zambia, Africa.

You can drop your bikes off at Corry Cycles (Kay Court North Mackay) from 1st June 2013 onwards.

Queensland Youth Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Coming to MCC!

We have been selected as the only Mackay school for the tour of this fantastic ensemble on Tuesday 9th July, the first day of next term.

Our Wind Ensemble and some of our string players will be doing workshops with the orchestra during the day. There will be a concert in Powerhouse for the entire Junior School at 11:15am. Our Wind Ensemble will be joining with their player to perform in the first section of this concert. The Orchestra will be performing the well-known ‘Peter and the Wolf’ for the College. They will also be performing on Tuesday night in the Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre (MECC) at 7:30pm. Our Wind Ensemble will be joining them for the first section of the concert. Please plan on being there for this special concert. On the first day of school for next term, Tuesday 9th July, the Wind Ensemble players will need to be dropped off at Providence Campus and go to Powerhouse at 8am. A note and emails will be sent out with more information. Creating in Christ Mr Earl Winterstein Head of Creative Academy

Lost property

Important dates

(*** denotes new or updated events) *** 9th July – QYO & WE Concert *** at MECC, 7:30pm 17 & 18 August – Mackay’s Orchestras & Bands All Ensembles (times and venue TBA) 13th September – Grandparent’s Day Wind and/or Jazz Ensemble at Powerhouse (time TBA) 15th October - Eisteddfod All Ensembles, at MECC (times TBA) 22nd October - Gala Twilight Concert Faith Centre, 6:30pm 12th November - Senior School Celebration Night Wind & Jazz Ensembles, at Powerhouse (times TBA) 26th November - Middle School Celebration Night Bel Canto Band, String & Jazz Ensembles, at Powerhouse (times TBA) 3rd December - Junior School Celebration Night Scholarship Band & Junior String Ensemble, at Powerhouse (times TBA) Please mark these dates into your diaries and let us know well in advance if there are any valid reasons why a student cannot be there.

from The Front Office

There are a large number of lunchboxes, MCC jackets and other items currently in the Lost Property Basket outside the Front Office. If your child is missing any items of clothing, lunchboxes, hats, etc. please either send your child to look through the Lost Property Basket or call in yourself and look for items that may have been lost. Wherever possible all items with names on them are returned to students.


We have several methods available when paying for Fees, Camps & Excursions, however our preference would be using Direct Deposit or Internet Banking. Our bank details are BSB: 084-789 Acc number 019277202. Please ensure when using this method that you put your child’s surname & initial, your account number for fees or the name of the event for all other activities, in the reference section. An example would be - Smith J, 9 Camp.


Have any of your family details changed recently? If so then please ensure you complete the Family Details Update Form available from the College Office. These forms ensure that information about you and your child/ren is current and correct for the safety and wellbeing of the College Community. Do you need to update your child’s medical details? Please call into the College Office to see our First Aid Officer for relevant medical update forms. Mrs Carol Sorrensen Front Office Supervisor

direct debit payments Next year we will be streamlining our accounts to reduce operating costs. All School Fees will need to be paid by Direct Debit. Direct Debit allows the school to deduct from your account or Credit Card an agreed amount each month, on a date nominated by you, with a frequency that is suitable such as weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Not only will this change save the College money, and help keep our fees down, it also makes the payment of fees much easier. It will enable you to spread the cost of your School Fees over the year to suit your budget, and you will no longer have to worry about falling behind in your School Fee payments. The benefits are: the transmission occurs automatically, it is secure, and there is no charge for this service. Thansk you to all our families that are already choosing to pay their fees in this way. You can take advantage of this service now by requesting a Direct Debit Form from the College Office or you can notify us if you would like one emailed or mailed to you. All families will receive a Direct Debit Form in our Information Pack that is sent out at the commencement of the new year. Mrs Tracy Swadling Accounts Manager

zach mach Shirts for sale We have a selection of ZACH MACH shirts still availiable for $50 from the Front Office on King’s Park Campus. We have both Cycling Jerseys and Shirts available however we have limited sizes left so come in and grab a shirt as a reminder of this first ever special event. Hurry in before they run out! Students and staff are welcome to wear their ZACH MACH shirts to school each Thursday as one of our ‘Event Shirts’.



Congratulations to Jennifer Allen-Waters and Sacha Jupe who competed in Gymnastics Competition in Rockhamption, Jennifer came 1st (Level 9) and Sacha came 2nd (Level 7). The girls then went on to Brisbane for State trials.

Being held on Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th June. Our annual Year 4-12 Athletics Carnival will once again be held at our Eric Liddell Field. Events span over 2 days for 10 year old to Open competitors. 9 year old competitors will compete on Wednesday 19th only, and will travel around to each event with their classroom teacher. 9 year old students who are currently in Year 3 are also invited to join the Year 4 classes on this day. All 9 & 10 year old participating students will need to be dropped off at the King’s Park Campus at the normal time, and will be meeting a teacher in the Meeting Place before being escorted across to the Eric Liddell Field. At the end of the day, they will need to be collected from the Meeting Place at the King’s Park Campus.


Our Year 11 & 12 Recreation Studies class have been attending Sensory Circus Tribe in North Mackay, and have been learning some circus arts skills. Our students have learnt how to climb the trapeze and hang upside down, as well as climb up a rope to reach the top. We have been learning about different kinds of recreational experiences in our community, and our students absolutely love the challenge and fun that Circus Arts provide.

Students are invited to dress in their House Family colours which conform to the Free Dress Day standards. Covered shoes and a broad brimmed hat must be worn when not competing. House Family competitions will be run in the tents making sure there is plenty of action for everyone on the day. Along with each of the events House Family points will be awarded to the best dressed House Family Supporter male and female, best House Family Mascot and the traditional War Cry Challenge! Our MCC Tuckshop is available for the purchase of hot food & refreshments throughout the day. As our College is growing, an event like this can only run with your help.


Congratulations to the following students who made Capricornia Teams: • Bailey Pratt - Tennis • Tendekai Machando - Basketball • Philippa Raymond - Basketball • Alexandria Craig - Basketball • Kahlani Mooney - Rugby League • Charl Wolfaardt - Rugby Union • Dominic McCarthy - AFL

Student Helpers - student helpers are required at each event.

Dominic kindly submitted this Mackay District Team photo, of which 9 Mackay boys made the Capricornia Team. Congratulations and Well Done to all of these students!

If you are unable to compete for medical reasons please offer your services and earn points for your House Family.

Parent Helpers - We will be requiring some assistance with

measuring, time keeping and placing judging. Please let me know if you are able to assist in any way by calling the College Office on 4963 1100. We look forward to two great days of fun competition.


Congratulations to our Open Girls soccer team who competed in their last game this past Thursday. They had a great season, learning to work together as a team and scoring several goals. We look forward to more next year!


Training will commence in Term 3, on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30pm to 4:15pm (this may change depending on the schedules of the boys). Games will be held on Thursdays from 4:00pm to 5:15pm at different soccer field locations around Mackay.


Mackay Basketball is holding Shooting Stars Holiday Camps over 4 exciting jam packed days. Camp 1 is Monday 1st & Tuesday 2nd July for Girls & Boys 5 yrs – 9 yrs and Camp 2 will be held on Thursday 4th & Friday 5th July for Girls & Boys 10 yrs – 15 yrs. With all the stars from the Global Product Search Meteorettes and McDonalds Meteors on hand to help players learn and fine tune their skills the camps promise to be an exciting blend of learning, development and fun. For more information or to get a registration form please contact the Mackay Basketball Office on 4957 5543 or email Registrations close on Friday 28th June 2013. Ms Ulla Hanson Head of Faculty HPE

Thank you to all of you who were involved in Work Experience for Year 11 & 12. Whether that be as parents, students, employers or teachers who were visiting. The feedback was very positive. It is encouraging for teachers to see their students in a different environment living out the College values. I would like to thank students in particular for the positive attitude you carried into the workplace. It is very important in the challenging times we face to find employment that we as individuals and as a College give ourselves every opportunity to shine in our community. As I mentioned in an earlier Newsletter, for the first time we were unable to place all students. This is a reflection of the tough economic conditions employers find themselves in at this point. If your child is one of those who missed out and you would like to pursue an opportunity in the future please have them come and see Mrs Braak at the TTC Office and we will seek to find a time and place they can make that up. With Year 11 & 12 Work Experience over, our attention now turns to Year 10. Year 10 will go on work experience from Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd August. Work Experience application forms were handed out on Tuesday this week. Students will be required to have their forms back by Monday 10th June.

Hello to all our MCC Families

Library Bags for Year 1

Don’t forget that next term Year 1 students may begin borrowing one book at a time if they have an MCC Library Bag. If you haven’t already got one for your child, they can be purchased at the Junior Campus Library for $12.00. Borrowing certificates will be presented in Assembly to Year 1 students who (1) Have a Library Bag, (2) Demonstrate the borrowing procedures and (3) Know how to care for books.

Whitsunday Voices

Unfortunately, MCC will not be attending the Whitsunday Voices Literary Festival this year. If you wish to take your child to any of the sessions yourself, please check out the sessions online at This is happening in Term 3 from Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th July.

Please ensure that the back of the form is filled out correctly with relation to Medical Conditions and that travel arrangements are considered. Work Experience can provide many challenges for families interrupting their daily routine which is why MRSILS will always take location into account when placing students. The number of employers willing to take students from Year 10 is much less than from Year 11 & 12 so it is important for students to have their forms back on time (or earlier) so that there is plenty of time to work on placements. It is not necessary that parents or students find their own placements however if you know a business owner you would like to have your child do Work Experience with please make sure you indicate on the application form the name of the business and the name of the person you have spoken to and their contact phone number. If you have any questions about work experience please contact Mr Peter Hopper or Mrs Narelle Braak through the College Office on 4963 1100. Mr Peter Hopper Director Trade Training Centre Head of Industrial & Vocational Learning

SCHOOL Reports

School Reports will be posted home in 2 week’s time. However, as usual, students with overdue books will not receive theirs until these items are returned or paid for. Students are being reminded about this, and teachers are reinforcing this with class lists. Our Junior Campus Library will be open during the Semester Break, or items can be dropped in or paid for at the Front Office on King’s Park Campus. School Reports can be collected (or mailed) when books are returned or paid for. Happy Reading Mrs Robyn Hopper Head of Libraries

Thank you to Mr Jeff Richardson from the Andergrove Convenience Store for sponsoring the Library & Trade Training Centre with Daily Mercury Newspapers

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and master it. Take charge of the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and everything crawling on the ground.’ – Genesis 1:28 Pre-Prep is on a mission to go GREEN. We want to embed sustainable practices in our everyday life. But we need your help! We are • • • •

looking for everything you can recycle: Bottles (plastic and glass) Newspapers and magazines Boxes (small, medium and large) Floor mats

God created the heavens and earth – we want to bring nature back into the classroom and you can help by collecting: • Leaves • Drift wood • Pebbles (round) • Shells • Coconuts • Gumnuts • Pine cones We are also looking for bigger pre-loved items: • Small boat/dingy • Garden bench • Garden arch • Pot plants • Seed pots • Woven baskets • Padlocks and keys If you are passionate about our environment come on down to Pre-Prep and share your ideas with us.

Under 8’s week

During the week of 20th – 25th May Pre-Prep celebrated ‘Under 8’s Week.’ The theme this year was: ‘Celebrating community – sharing music, movement and culture. Think Locally.’ We enjoyed listening to stories read by Mrs Bannister and a performance from the Year 4’s and Year 2’s during a lunch box concert. We had a puppet show and did our own talent show. Mrs Holt taught us all about percussion instruments and we made some of our own. A big ‘thank you’ to all our parents who shared these activities with us. God Bless Mrs Cornelie Johnson Director Pre-Prep Learning Centre

ISSUE 6 -2013


clear technology in the BLUE VILLAGE How does the Blue Village reinforce the CLEAR Technology values in the classroom? Year 2 students have enjoyed learning to ‘Care for your computer.’ This CLEAR Technology value has been reinforced through teacher instruction, demonstration and modelling to students - before, during and after their computer lessons each week. As a result, students have developed their understanding and skills in: • Removing laptops from the trolley with care • Carrying laptops safely • Following the school logging on and off processes confidently • Taking care to shut down correctly • Returning laptops in an orderly manner • Checking laptops are stored and charging correctly Year 3 ‘Enjoy the e-adventure with Excellence.’ Students have been learning to work with educational games such as Mathletics, Reading Eggs and Spellodrome. • Reinforce caring for the computers • Logging on / shutting down properly • Taking care with their passwords • Logging on doesn’t work if address is not written correctly • Resilient problem solvers when computer doesn’t log on properly

What are some of the activities that engage our students in the Blue Village with technology as the tool in the learning process? Year 2 students have used technology as a learning tool in the following ways: • During Reading rotations on a daily basis to ensure the use of programs such as Reading Eggs and Studyladder • In specialised laptop sessions where students are exposed to software such as Microsoft Word • The use of maths games on the IWB either during rotations, group work or free time • The use of phonics and spelling games on the IWB either during rotations, group work or free time • Contribution to lessons that require the use of flipcharts and students interaction on the IWB • Have film clips that ‘bring lessons to life’ and engage the students in the topic of the lesson • Using the IWB for playing our chapel videos/music during our devotional and CLEAR time with God Year 3 students have used technology as a learning tool in the following ways: • During English Workshops students work with educational games, on a daily basis to improve their proficiency at number facts and spelling concepts • IWB – students use IWB to write and categorise spelling words and highlight particular sounds in their spelling words • Watch ‘clips’ from Clickview and educational websites for learning new content eg. Science clip this week was about a ‘taxonomist’ which linked in with our unit ‘Feather, Fur or Leaves?’ • Students will work on Microsoft Word to publish their narrative • Use flipcharts from Promethean Planet to highlight concepts learned in English and Maths eg. a flipchart about fractions

editor : C.murison

brain fog Oh fog! Oh fog! What do I see? Nothing! Nothing! I can’t even see me! Andrew D Robertson, 2010

For the student affected by brain fog or poor mental clarity, try increasing daily organisation, prioritising tasks and using effective time management. For healthy brain functioning, check stress levels, diet, fatigue, amount of sleep, water intake, any medication, and a change in blood-sugar levels.

London is famous for its fog. In 1952, the famous London fog turned into The Great Smog. Twelve thousand people died. San Francisco’s fog has been the inspiration for many poems. In 2012, a yellow fog covered Wuhan in China as a result of famers burning straw. Some people have experienced a ‘foggy moment’ or Brain Fog. Brain fog can occur when our thought processes are not clear or accurate. Our thinking becomes slow, unclear and not as sharp as normal. Concentration is difficult. As a result we make mistakes and become forgetful. Our ability to function and complete tasks is impaired. We struggle to solve problems. It can be hard to focus on reading and remembering what has just been read. We can feel as though our head is foggy or in a cloud.

Brain fog is not the same as dementia or learning difficulties. A Wall of Fog A wall of fog Inside my head Shutting out The words I said read. Anonymous Ghurl, 2012 Ms Donna Maurer Learning Enrichment Centre Manager

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MACKAY CHRISTIAN FAMILY CHURCH LIFT UP YOUR EYES...! MCF is a place where YOU are welcome! We believe God’s plan for you includes being actively involved in the Body of Christ, His Church. We invite you to be a part of our loving family every Sunday and also throughout the week as we meet in the community. We pray you have a blessed week! MCF meets in the Powerhouse Auditorium. Powerhouse is the Multipurpose Hall on MCC’s Junior School Campus at 143 Evans Avenue North, North Mackay.

Coming Up at Mackay Christian Family Church:

June 9th Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30 am with Ps Tim Spark 6.00 pm with Ps Tim Spark June 16th Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30 am with Ps David Westbrook 6.00 pm with Ps David Westbrook MCF has a weekly Prayer Meeting at 5pm on Sunday afternoons before our Evening Services. This Prayer Meeting is open to everyone and we would love to see you there. If you want to know more about the vision of MCF or want more information about our Ministries and Life Groups please call the Church Office on 4963 1155 or email


Office: The Cottage 9 Quarry Street

Ph: Fax:

07 4963 1155 07 4942 5003

Postal: PO Box 3215 North Mackay QLD 4740

Email: Web:

Mackay Christian Family Church has Celebration Services to reach people and welcome them home, Training Courses to restore people and create hope, Small Groups to raise people and to do life together, and Ministry Teams to release people to demonstrate love.


Revolution Youth and REV67’s are the Youth Ministry of Mackay Christian Family Church. REV67’s as the name suggests is for children in Year 6 – 7. Held from 4:30pm – 6pm every Friday. Revolution Youth for Year 8 and above is held from 7pm – 9pm also every Friday. With crazy challenges, live music and great preaching from the Bible, Rev is where it’s at!


Little Athletics Queensland are pleased to announce the 2013 IGA Winter Championships & U7 ‘n U8 Carnival. Everyone is Welcome to Join in the Fun! Run, Jump, Throw ~ Give Little Athletics A Go. Nominations Close 19th June. When: 29th - 30th June Where: Townsville Sport Reserve Cost: $10 - $15 Call: 1300 559 436 Email:


Police-Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) Mackay invites you to the ultimate concert for the youth of Mackay. PCYC delivers a oneof-a-kind under 18’s music and dance event. When: Where: Cost:

8th June PCYC Mackay Stadium - off Norris Rd, North Mackay $30 for Primary School students $10 for Primary Chaperone $30 for Senior School students

Tickets Sold at PCYC Mackay / Mackay Music / Local Schools MECC / Dial n Charge 4961 9777 /


The State Government has developed a Bus Safety Net Scheme for some students who do not recieve other forms of School Transport Assistance and are members of lower income families. Application forms with further details are available by calling 4951 8313 or visitng the Translink Division of Department and Main Roads in Industrial Street.


Do you want to be a TV star? Would you like to read Prime Time News? Get involved in Media Potential School Holiday Programs at Channel 7 Studios. For students aged 13 to 17. When: 1st - 5th July 2013 Web: Phone: 3511 3455


3-A-Side Beach Volleyball Tournament to raise funds and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease (MND). $10 entry per person to participate plus serving competition and sausage sizzle on the night! Teams must have a minimum of one female. No experience necessary! Proceeds to be donated to the ‘Million Metres for MND Team’ running at the Gold Coast Marathon on 6th July 2013. When: Friday 28th June at 5:30pm Where: City Beach Volleyball Register by emailing :


If you are interested in having some photos taken of your children, Swoon Photography is offering a special discount to Mackay Christian College students. For more information check out their website


The Marriage Course is a unique and practical seven week course open to all married and cohabiting couples and covers many of the most challenging areas of marriage – money, communication, forgiveness, in-laws and sex. When: 7pm once a week starting Friday 12th July Where: Powerhouse, Junior Campus Cost: $100 per couple (including dessert each week) Call: 4963 1155 Email:


During the June Holidays Fruition Tuition Mackay is giving you and your child the opportunity to catch up and start Term 3 feeling confident and in control of their learning by offering a Holiday Program. Given the expanded demand of the Australian Curriculum, you and your children are invited to make the most of the holidays by joining us to catch up and get ahead. You can choose between the following: SESSION 1 Arrive between 8.30 - 9.00am Tuition and activities between 9.00am- 12.00pm SESSION 2 Tuition and activities between 12.00pm - 3.00pm Collect between 3.00 - 3.30pm ALL DAY SESSION Stay all day for maximum tutoring benefits and fun activities. Call 1300 884 846 today to book your preferred days and times before the program fills up.


The Welcome to Mackay Centre offers information on everything you might need to know about setting up and adjusting to life in the Mackay region. We would like to invite you on a FREE Welcome to Mackay bus tour so you can get to know a bit more about Mackay and the local community. When: Saturday 22nd June Time: 10.30am - 1.00pm Where: Old Town Hall, Sydney Street Cost: It’s Free!



Issue 10 7 June 2013  

Mackay Christian College Newsletter

Issue 10 7 June 2013  

Mackay Christian College Newsletter