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principal’s piece Everyone seems to be very budget-conscious at the moment. Both the Federal and State Governments have advised us to be wise with our resources and to invest what we do have in worthwhile projects. Running a school is no different to running a business, except that our product is not a sale item, but the growth and development of active young minds and bodies. Our goal is to offer educational opportunities that challenge, delight and fulfil the gifts and talents of our students. The College, like any other organisation, needs to budget carefully and spend its income appropriately, looking to achieve value for money spent. Where does MCC get its resources from? Both the Federal and State Governments commit to allocating taxpayers’ money to independent education facilities that give the taxpayer true choice in what is available to families for educating their children. The College also depends upon regular and timely payment of fees from families. For fees spent, the College provides great learning environments for a variety of subjects including Science Labs, an Agriculture Centre of Excellence, a Trade Training Centre, access to a computer network, HPE facilities and large air-conditioned general classrooms. All teachers employed by the College have a personal Christian faith experience and are able to teach from a Christian World View, as well as being professionally registered with the Queensland College of Teachers. Many have years of teaching experience that they are able to share with our students. In order to be able to continue offering a high standard of service, we appreciate the many families who pay their fees on time. This year, we have introduced a term fee rather than paying monthly, but parents may opt to go with a direct debit payment plan that automatically deducts your fees each month if that’s easier to organise and budget for.

‘Our goal is to offer educational opportunities that challenge, delight and fulfil the gifts and talents of our students. ’ We understand that some families may be experiencing financial difficulties, but we encourage you to continue paying what you can afford to, so that the College can continue to provide educational resources. As they say, money doesn’t grow on trees! Father God encourages us to pay our debts and to pay fairly for goods and services provided. If you are in genuine need, please contact the College Accounts Department to discuss payment options. We thank you for partnering with us to provide great services and facilities. As well as investing in a school that cares for your family, you are contributing to providing a genuine alternative education with Christian values-based foundations. May you and your family be richly blessed Mrs Lesley Tunnah Acting Principal

MUST-READ MESSAGES tuckshops closed Please note that the Tuckshops on both our Campuses will be closed for 2nd break on Friday 27th June (last day of Term 2) due to the House Family picnic and sausage sizzle.

REPORTING ABSENTEES Just a reminder to all parents that you can phone the Absentee Hotline to inform us that your child/children will be absent. We would really appreciate you using the hotline number whenever possible. The Absentee Hotline number is 4963 1199. For your convenience we also have the facility on our College Website for you to advise us if your child/children are away. This is located at http:// Just complete the details of the dates away and a brief explanation. Mrs Carol Sorrensen Office Supervisor

Student Free Day All of our staff will be participating in an upcoming Professional Development Day held on Monday 14th July. Classes for students will NOT be conducted at MCC on this day. The first day for Term 3 for students is Tuesday 15th July 2014.

APPLE NEWS Apple is releasing a new version of the operating system for iPads and other iDevices. Part of the new iOS8 is a feature that will be of benefit to parents and school students. The new feature is called Family Sharing. Check out the details at The release date for iOS8 is expected to be September 2014 and the date will probably coincide with the announcement of Apple’s new devices for the coming year.

uniform news As the colder weather sets in we would like to remind parents and students that we are fully stocked with MCC Jackets from sizes 4-26 as well as opaque stockings for the girls. Also please remember to mark your property clearly. Usually the mornings are quite chilly but as the day goes on the students tend to remove jackets etc and leave

them lying around. While the staff in the Office do a wonderful job trying to reunite students with their belongings, this is not always possible if items are not marked clearly. After exhaustive efforts to return clothing, any items leftover from lost property that have not been collected or returned by the end of term will be sent to the College Uniform Shop to be resold as a second-hand item.

Save the Date: June - July Pioneer Valley Cattle Show Mackay Cattle Show Mackay Show Holiday Proserpine Cattle Show Year 4 - 12 Sports Carnival Term Break Student Free Day Chemistry Quiz

15th June 17th - 19th June 19th June 20th - 21st June 24th - 25th June 28 June - 13 July 14th July 24th July

Qld Youth Chamber Orchestra

COLLEGE PHOTOS Thank you to all our families for helping our Photo Days run smoothly last week by turning up on time with the correct uniforms! Junior School students who ordered photos should recieve those in Term 3 (providing there are no delays with production). If you missed out on placing an order, you can contact Advanced LIfe on 1300 728 972 or email enquiries@ and you will be able to place a late order. All photos of our College Captains, sporting teams, ensembles and other extra curricular groups will soon be available for viewing in the Library on King’s Park Campus and in the Reception Area of Providence Campus. Order forms for these photos will be available at both of these locations.

Shooting Stars Holiday Camp Mackay Basketball is pleased to announce the return of the Shooting Stars QBL Winter Holiday Camp for 2014. Registrations are now open for all players aged from 6 - 14 years of age who wish to improve their skills and have the opportunity to learn from the stars of our Global Product Search Meteorettes & McDonalds Meteors QBL squads. The Shooting Stars Holiday Camp is aiming to expose players to all the skills of the sport in an environment that’s fast paced, exciting and most importantly enjoyable for all players who are involved. The Shooting Stars Holiday Camps are suitable for all levels of players, from beginner right through to the more experienced representative level players. Each and every participant will be challenged to improve their skills in every session and walk away from the Camp a better player.

The Queensland Youth Orchestra will again be visiting our area. Our Wind Ensemble will have workshops and 2 concerts on the first Tuesday of Term 3 - 15th July. The first concert will be for the Providence Campus at 11:15am and the second concert will be that night in the MECC starting at 7:30pm with the MCC combined QYO items. Entry is by gold coin donation so please come and support our students and hear some great music.

Term 3 BCB first rehearsal

The Bel Canto Band will have their first rehearsal and lesson for Term 3 on Wednesday 16th July because of the QYO visit that week.

do we have your contact details? Not only will players have the opportunity to improve their skills but will also be able to rub shoulders with some of Queensland most talented players from the McDonalds Meteors and Global Product Search Meteorettes. In what will be a unique environment for players to be a part of, being given the opportunity to learn from professional athletes,this Camp is one not to be missed. The Mackay Basketball Shooting Stars Camp will be conducted over two days this June / July Term Break on Monday 30th June & Tuesday 1st July. Registrations for the Camp close on Friday 27th June 27 so get your application in today as places are limited and are sure to fill up quickly! For more information please contact Greg Vanderjagt at Mackay Basketball on 07 4957 5543 or

Please ensure that we have your correct email address as we use email as our preferred method of contact. Important information such as lesson changes and upcoming events gets emailed home. We also send the accounts out via email. If you are not sure or need to send your updated email address please contact us as soon as possible.

ABSENCE from Music lessons

If you call the College or email Mr Winterstein and Mrs Momberg and leave a message before 8:30am stating that your child will be absent and miss their music lesson, we will arrange a make-up lesson or a credit on next term’s account. If there is no message/s then a make-up or credit may not be given.

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 olds to Open competitors, Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th June. All 9 year old competitors will compete on Wednesday 25th June only, and will travel around to each event with their classroom teacher. Any 9 year old students who are currently in Year 3 are also invited to join the Year 4 classes on this day. All 10 year old students will be partiicipating on both Tuesday and Wednesday. 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 King’s Park Campus, from the Meeting Place. 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 & 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. Our College can only run an event like this with your help. Student Helpers - student helpers are required at each event. 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! Ms Ulla Hansson Head of Faculty HPE

SENIOR SCOOP Year 10 Work Experience

Thank you to all the excited Year 10 students who returned their Work Experience forms in readiness for next term. MRSILS will now start organising placements for students so that when we return next term there will be lots of great placements. Earlier next term an induction will be held to inform the Year 10 students of what is required of them once they have received their placement forms. All relevant information will be provided to parents via the Newsletter as the placement draws nearer. For more information please contact Mr Mark Swadling or Mrs Narelle Braak via the College Office. Mr Mark Swadling Acting Head of Trade Training Centre

QCS Practice Day

Monday 23rd June will be a full day practice for Year 12 students sitting the QCS Test. Students will undertake a writing task and short response paper. They will need to ensure they have all equipment required for the QCS Test. Students have been provided with a list including which calculators are allowed to be used during the test.

QTAC Information

QTAC will open applications for 2015 University places on Tuesday 5th August. QTAC guides for Year 12 students will be distributed early in Term 3. Students will be able to apply online at any time once applications open. We will help students who may need some guidance after the QCS Test is completed (2nd & 3rd September).

Students who are interested in courses, such as Creative Arts, that require a portfolio or audition will need to check application cut-off dates. Mrs Jacqueline Greentree Learning Pathways Coordinator

Mackay, Whitsunday and Coalfields F1 in Schools Program

Students from our region will build model Formula 1 Cars to F1 standards and then race these models against each other. REGIONAL FINALS Race Day Tuesday 19th August (Scrutineering on the 18th) at Junior Campus (Powerhouse) STATE FINALS Racing from Wednesday 22nd to Friday 24th October at Junior Campus (Powerhouse).

Enjoy the challenge & happy password creating! You & Your Digital Reputation: Your digital reputation is defined by your behaviours in the online environment and by the content that you post about yourself and others. Tagged photos, blog posts and social networking interactions will all shape how you are perceived by others online and offline, now and in the future. A poor digital reputation can affect your friendships, relationships and even your job prospects - so protect your digital reputation.

How to choose a strong Password Part 3 of 3 Part 3: ‘My Password is complex and creative.’

How can you create a password that is easy enough for you to remember without writing down, but complex enough that no one could easily guess it? What if you first took the name of a favorite book, or a favorite movie or part of a funny joke that you could easily remember and then wrote it in a creative code? Experts say the trick is to use a code that is not difficult to remember because once you write it down, anyone can find it and copy it. A strong password must get not just one check, but all three checks that we have worked through over the last 2 Newsletters. For Example: use your favourite book title ‘The Quick Brown Fox’ could become Th3qu1ck8r0wnf0x!. The options are endless when you think carefully and use symbols or numbers in place of common letters.

How do I protect my digital reputation? • Think before you post, send or blog! • Treat others as you would like to be treated. • Set your profile to private - and check every now and then to make sure the settings haven’t changed. • Keep an eye on photos tagged by your friends and remove ones that are offensive. Remember, online information could be there forever. Your personal information may end up being seen by people you don’t know, including potential employers. Learn new skills! Discover the world at your fingertips. Protect your digital footprint. Knowing your online world is about understanding how you can use technology and devices. It is about learning new skills and knowing how to protect your digital footprint. When you know your online world you have the skills and knowledge to participate in the online world with confidence. You learn new things, understand the language of digital technologies and know how to take action if your privacy is breached. When you are online: • Learn how new skills will help you explore the online world • Recognise online risks and how to manage them • Look out for suspicious emails and scams • Use secure websites for financial and retail services • Keep passwords secret, strong and unique This information provided by: an ACMA production. Mrs Candace Murison eCoach

Middle School Moments House Family Picnic

In the last week of term there will be disruptions to normal class lessons. On Tuesday & Wednesday we are having our Year 4-12 Athletics Carnival. On Thursday after regular assembly and Chapel, the students will be helping teachers to add displays of their best work to their rooms and helping to make their learning spaces more colourful and engaging. On Friday we are having a Celebration Picnic for the students. It will be a Free Dress Day in House Family colours. The morning session will see them set up tents, flags and banners for an Inter-House Family games day on the AD Oval. There will be a round robin soccer tournament to celebrate Australia’s involvement in the World Cup and some other games to allow students to mix with younger and older students.

At 12 noon the Junior School students from Providence Campus will join us for a sausage sizzle style lunch followed by some face painting and party games. These activities will be led by the older students who will buddy with the younger students so they feel like they belong to a bigger but still caring community of MCC students. We hope to then play the biggest game of streets and lanes ever! This should involve all the students in a fun game with lots of fun and laughter. The Junior School will then go back to Providence after 2pm to ready themselves to go on Term Break.

The King’s Park students will then relax and watch the aging teaching staff attempt to get a win against the students in a game of soccer. The point of the day is to relax and enjoy the company of fellow students and teachers after a hectic term of assessment completion, marking and reporting. This is a great opportunity for relationship building which is a very important part of what we do at Mackay Christian College. Mr Alun Tunnah Head of Middle School

Junior journal Farewell Mrs Graeve

Our Head of Junior Campus, Mrs Alison Graeve, has accepted a position as Principal at The Coast Christian School in NSW commencing in January 2015. Mrs Graeve was responsible for establishing our Providence Campus in 2011 and now has chosen to move closer to her family. Although we are sad to see Mrs Graeve leave MCC, we are happy that God blessed her in providing this position and take this opportunity now to thank her for all she has done for our Junior School!

Sports Carnivals

Our 10 year old students will be participating in the Year 4-12 Athletics Carnival on Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th June. Our 9 year olds will be attending this same Carnival on Wednesday 25th ONLY. Our students in Prep-Year 3 will be having a special Carnival on Thursday 7th August. All parents are welcome to attend and encourage our little people on this day. There will be further information sent home to you next term.

Supervision of students

If you see Mrs Graeve around the Campus over the next 6 months please let her know how much she will be missed!

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 & after school.

Semester 1 School Reports

We will supervise your children from 8am in the morning and until 3:15pm in the afternoon. We will not supervise your children before 8am in the morning and after 3:15pm in the afternoon.

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

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

Prep Orientation Day Change of Date

Please make the change in your diary - the Prep Orientation Day for new students entering Prep in 2015 has been moved from Wednesday 22nd October and will now be held in Powerhouse on Tuesday 14th October.

Village Assemblies

Here on our Junior Campus we have established smaller ‘Villages’ within the larger Prep-Year 5 Campus. A ‘Village’ is the name we have given to each of our three buildings. Prep/Year One = ORANGE Village Year 2 & 3 = BLUE Village Year 4 & 5 = GREEN Village One morning each week, your child will be attending a ‘Village Assembly’ in their building. This is held from 8:30am – 8:45am. At this assembly there will be special news and announcements that are specific and relevant to the particular age group of the students within the building. Ask your child’s teacher for further information.

ZACH MACH The 2014 ANZ Mobile Lending ZACH MACH Mackay Adventure Challenge provided spectacular viewing as 125 competitors tested themselves on the rugged 92km course revolving around the iconic Pinnacle Hotel. Competitors ‘Pressed towards the goal’ as either Solo, Pairs or Relay Teams of 2-4 embraced the ZACH MACH Challenge. After reviewing the running of the inaugural ZACH MACH last year, organisers Mr Alun Tunnah, Mrs Jacqueline Greentree and I made the decision to change the course from ‘Point to Point’ to a ‘Clover-Leaf’ format where competitors would return to a centralised location after each stage. This change made the Mountain Bike stage considerably harder by adding a gruelling climb from the Pinnacle Hotel (the Hub) up to Teemburra Dam. Apart from this added challenge, the legendary MTB stage through Mia Mia State Forest stayed relatively unchanged. Competitors raced back to the Hub when they either tagged a team-mate or transitioned to the River Stage for a Kayak/Paddle down the Pioneer River to Septimus. Competitors then either tagged another team-mate of set off on a challenging 12km Trail Run through cane paddocks and straight up Cattle Creek. On returning to the Hub, competitors once again either tagged their final team mate or transitioned to their Road Bikes to battle headwind and undulating hills before enjoying a strong tail wind for 42km all the way

home to the Hub to share stories over well earned pies and drinks. A record number of our MCC Community took up the challenge this year with 15 students and 12 staff competing, an incredible 18 students and 15 staff volunteers, and many more former students and parents lending a hand to make it all happen. Throughout the day I was asked by a number of people how we managed to find so many people willing to help with such joyful hearts.

‘There is such a sense of community. There is a buzz. A vibe. Where do they come from?’ This is one of the reasons why I love Mackay Christian College.

We do have a fantastic community of people who genuinely care for others, enjoy life and make a positive difference in the community. Congratulations to all those who ‘Pressed towards the goal’ and finished the ZACH MACH 2014. We hope you join us next year to test yourself again or perhaps volunteer to help others achieve something great. On behalf of the ZACH MACH TEAM, I would like to thank all those who have helped bring our vision of a fun, challenging, community event into reality. An event that showcases the very best of Mackay Christian College in Christlikeness, Learning, Excellence, Attitude & Respect. Pastor Peter Lister Head of Missions College Chaplain

Nepal Reflections I

t was an absolute privilege to lead the College’s first Missions Exposure Trip to Nepal during the Easter Break. Our team of 9 brave adventurers set off on an adventure that led us to the top of the world. Visiting an unfamiliar location for the first time on your own is daunting enough, let alone leading a team of students. Fortunately, we were in good hands with the staff of Transform the Nations (Educate Nepal) taking good care of us and the knowledge that our own team was blessed with leaders with a wealth of cross-cultural missions experience. Transforming the Nations (Educate Nepal) partners with Hosanna Christian Church in Kathmandu to provide for the spiritual, educational, vocational and physical needs to Nepali children in particular. One of their inspirational initiatives rescues girls from sexual slavery and cares for them in hostels, allowing them to not only hope for a fulfilling future, but receive one. Lia, Naomi K, Naomi V, Jamie, Skye and Miss Rebecca Woodworth spent quality time with these beautiful girls as they sang songs, danced with them, ran craft activities and loved them with all their hearts. One of the highlights of the trip was watching their lovely dark eyes and gorgeous smiles as we bought ice-cream for 67 children in one hostel where Mackay Christian Family Church sponsor almost all of the children. The little girls waited patiently, seemingly without expectation, without preference and full of gratitude. It melted our hearts! Miss Lynn Morrison was a tremendous help to teachers in Kathmandu and Surkhet as she delivered the Effective Teaching Learning Series focussing on an Introduction to Christian Teaching and Approaches to Teaching and Learning. Her expertise and passion for quality Christian Education are second to none. Mr Jonathan Weir from Mackay Christian Family Church also joined our trip as he spent his days not only servicing generators and cars, but teaching young men how to do it themselves in his absence. In between making sure the trip ran smoothly, I loved spending time training Pastors and Leaders from urban and remote areas of Nepal and Tibet in Effective Leadership Principles. I loved watching our girls grow in confidence, wisdom, their giftings and love for others throughout the trip. The Educate Nepal leaders repeatedly told me how impressed they were with our girls as they served with humility, excellence and joy, day in and day out. I look forward to returning in 2 years’ time with another team to experience what the ‘Top of the World’ has to offer. Pastor Peter Lister Head of Missions College Chaplain

everything extra Get involved at your beach Volunteer to care for our coast. Help with dune planting, weeding, watering and rubbish collection. Learn about our coast, native dune plants and invasive weeds. For more information on upcoming Coastcare events, contact Claire Bartron, Reef Catchments. Ph 0429 155 841 or email claire.bartron@

free wi-fi access Free wi-fi is availiable to members at Mackay City Library, Gordon White Library, Sarina Library and Mirani Library for up to 90 minutes per day. Charges apply for non-members.

gymnastics fun days Come and have fun in the gym! For children aged 5-12 years. Inside fun, out of the sun. Open on 2nd, 4th, 9th & 11th July from 9:30am-11am. Phone 4942 0032 or email admin@ Bookings are essential!

MR MAGIC SHOW Children from Prep to Year 7 are invited to attend a magic show presented by local magician Mr Magic. Be astounded, amazed and enthralled by his magic tricks and illusions. Bookings are essential, contact Gordon White or City Library for more information.

revfit is coming RevFit is coming! Just $10 per person per session or 12 sessions for a monthly pass. Various Monday to Saturday T&C’s apply please contact RevFit for full details and timetable. Ph 0457 782 209.

does your child have vision impairment? The Australian Childhood Vision Impairment Register collects information on children who have vision impairment. This information is used in research and to plan better services throughout Australia. If your child has vision impairment you are invited to join. By registering your child, you will contribute to

what is known about children who have vision impairment and what best meets their needs. The Australian Childhood Vision Impairment Register website - www. can also help with finding specialised services which support your child’s health and education.

Contact us The MCC Messenger is a fortnightly publication produced for the families and wider community of Mackay Christian College. Contact PO Box 3215 North Mackay QLD 4740 P:+617 4963 1100 F:+617 4942 4085 E: W: Providence Junior Campus Pre-Prep (Kindergarten) – Year 5 17 Ambrose Way North Mackay QLD 4740 King’s Park Senior Campus Year 6 – 12 9 Quarry Street North Mackay QLD 4740 Mackay Christian Colleges Ltd t/a Mackay Christian College

Mackay Christian Family 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. 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

Coming Up at Mackay Christian Family Sunday June 15th

Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30am with Ps David Westrbook 6.00pm with Brenton Roberts

Sunday June 22nd

Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30am with Ps Tim Spark 6.00pm Family Picnic

Creative Academy Date Claimer Date




13th - 15th July


QLD Youth Chamber Orchestra

Workshop, Concert & Billeting TBA

19th - 20th July

31st July

2nd August

16th - 17th August

12th September

14th October

16th - 17th October

18th November

25th November

2nd December





WE or JE






CQ Uni Jazz Festival

SBP Workshop Day

Open Day

MOB Competition

Grandparent’s Day


Music Festival Competition

Senior School Celebration Night

Middle School Celebration Night

Junior School Celebration Night

Conservatorium of Music

Powerhouse, Times TBA

Providence, Times TBA

Faith Centre,Times TBA

Arrive Powerhouse 8am

Held at MECC, Times TBA

(Proposed) Brisbane, Details TBC

Powerhouse, Times TBA

Powerhouse, Times TBA

Powerhouse, Times TBA

Issue 10 - 13 June 2014  
Issue 10 - 13 June 2014  

Mackay Christian College Newsletter