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Newsletter No. 16 | Friday 13th September 2013 Dear Parent University of Melbourne researcher Patrick Griffin was recently quoted as stating that the change in the skills needed by students in the Information Age was similar to the enormity of the changes in the Industrial Revolution. ‘New 21st Century skills are needed. We need new skills to make sense of what we learn; we need to be able to evaluate and critically appraise both the information we are given and also the source of the information.’ (Professor Griffin as quoted in The Australian 10/09/2013). Across my over thirty years in education I can’t remember the number of times I have heard people question the direction of education. Their comments almost always contain some reference back to their experiences, or to a time when things were better. There is a nostalgia around our schooling experiences. They seem to either make us hanker for a time when things were simpler, or pray for better experiences for our own children. There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground. Even over a hundred years ago people bemoaned what they saw as failing education standards. The following list can be found in Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology (2009) by Collins and Halverson (pg. 30). Their list highlights the many examples of how education has been very resistant to change. • From a Principal’s publication in 1815: ‘Students today depend on paper too much. They don’t know how to write on a slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. They can’t clean a slate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper?’ • From the journal of the National Association of Teachers in 1907: ‘Students today depend too much upon ink. They don’t know how to use a pen knife to sharpen a pencil. Pen and ink will never replace the pencil.’ • From Rural American Teacher, 1928: ‘Students today depend upon store bought ink. They don’t know how to make their own. When they run out of ink they will be unable to write words or ciphers until their next trip to the settlement. This is a sad commentary on modern education.’ • From Federal Teachers in 1950: ‘Ballpoint pens will be the ruin of education in our country. Students use these devices and then throw them away. The American values of thrift and frugality are being discarded. Businesses and banks will never allow such expensive luxuries.’ • From a Science Fair judge in Apple Classroom of Tomorrow chronicles, 1988: ‘Computers give students an unfair advantage. Therefore, students who used computers to analyse data or create displays will be eliminated from the Science Fair.’ The replacement of fountain pens with ball point pens met with great resistance. It is true that the beautiful calligraphy of those days is a skill which is restricted to a small group of people. History shows however that new skills have replaced older ones. Many of those new skills are far more likely to contribute to fulfilling students’ life ambitions than the ones which have disappeared. The same is true today. At the same time we need to be careful not to discard skills just because they have a long history. It seems that some people dismiss Christianity as an old skill set. Something that is not needed in today’s modern world. To me that is like saying that breathing is outdated! God Bless you

Pastor Dr Craig Murison PRINCIPAL

Quite often our daily perspective is directly related to the task at hand. We become focussed on the now and the urgent in our immediate environment in order to get through the day with a modicum of success. Mums with babies and toddlers are a wonderful example of the existentialist – they live and respond in the moment to each issue that comes along. Understandably, mums may feel disassociated from other people’s lives – their focus is drawn into the moment by moment needs of their very dependent young children. All of us has what I refer to as ‘the keyhole perspective’ – that is, seeing only a small part of what is happening in another person’s world. To increase our understanding of another person’s world, we can ask questions and gain information from them that helps us to see their world more clearly. Unfortunately, we may fall into the trap of thinking we already know another person’s world, and that may lead to wrong assumptions about what is really happening. The world of a school is an interesting one. Many people who have little to do with the College on a day-to-day basis believe they know and understand the workings of this school partly because they went to school themselves – their experiences and memories set the tone for their keyhole perspective. Their personal image is then added to by very biased accounts from their children – if the child has had a good day, then school is a wonderful place. If the child has been challenged about inappropriate behaviour or not following the classroom rules, then school is terrible! As parents, our goal should be to help our children grow in maturity, and that includes not just ‘listening through their keyhole’, but asking for further clarification and supporting the school in its very complex role of caring for your child. Not only does our College teach specific subject content, concepts and skills, we reinforce appropriate social behaviour and apply consequences when rules and expectations are not followed. Why? Because social success leads to success in life – in forming relationships, in being employed and in raisng their children of the future.

Rules are made to enhance everyone’s opportunity to have a successful and joyful day. At our College, the rules have been very clearly stated, from uniform expectations to homework expectations. Students in Years 6-12 have a summarised version of the most asked about rules in the Student Diary. It should not come as a surprise then, when a student receives a consequence for things such as: * having their mobile phone switched on through the school day * wearing the wrong uniform or shoes or socks * having a hairstyle or hair colouring that does not conform with the Hair Policy * wearing inappropriate jewellery * being disobedient or disrespectful of a teacher’s instructions * not completing assessment tasks or homework. A consequence is NOT a punishment. A consequence is a reminder to assist students to do the right thing next time. Most students are quick to acknowledge when they have broken the rules and understand why they have been given a consequence. However, the story they then take home with them, while it may have elements of the truth, may not be the whole truth. This is where we greatly appreciate parents who e-mail or phone for clarification first (thank you for not making accusations first with only your child’s version of the story to refer to – there is usually a whole other side to the story which then brings balance and understanding). Educating your child is a team effort! God has given the primary responsibility for raising your child to you. The College aims to partner with you by providing consistent opportunities for academic, cultural, sporting, social and values education. We thank you for trusting your child to our care each day. This is a responsibility we take very seriously. We also thank you for taking the time to contact your child’s teachers and discuss any issues you may have that need more than just the initial ‘keyhole’ perspective. May God bless you and your family richly Mrs Lesley Tunnah Deputy Principal


Trade Training Centre Work Experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monday 16th - Friday 20th September Year 8 Sports Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wednesday 18th September Missions Market Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday 19th September Term Break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monday 23rd September - Friday 4th October Labour Day (Public Holiday) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monday 7th October Year 7 Canberra Trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sunday 6th October - Friday 11th October Year 11 Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday 17th - Friday 18th October Student Free Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monday 21st October

‘September Term Break’ something about these words just has a nice ring to it. Probably because Term 3 is always a long, demanding time for students and families. Obviously the break is a good time for students to take a well deserved rest, but it is particularly valuable for other reasons. Research out of both England and America in recent years clearly shows that family involvement and engagement in student’s education and learning has a significant effect on school achievement. It also shows that it is never too late to get involved. With reports due out and three quarters of the year’s study complete, the September break is the ideal time to take stock and consider what has worked and what hasn’t. Being involved in our children’s learning requires connection. Break time provides the breathing space to develop and strengthen that connection. It can be invaluable to make some time to spend individually with each child. How that happens can be as varied as the interests of the different family members. Bowling and golf provide great opportunity for both fun and conversation but anything that strengthens the bonds is worthwhile.

disability action week

Disability Action Week 2013 will be celebrated from 8th to 14th September. Christopher Reeve [1952 – 2004] played Superman in the 1977 movie, for which he won a British Academy Award for best actor. Reeve secured the part from 200 people who auditioned. Reeve played Superman in movie sequels [1978, 1980, 1983, 1987]. However, in 1995 he fell from a horse and was paralysed from a spinal cord injury. After his accident, Reeve acted and directed films and wrote an autobiography. Reeve founded a foundation to raise money and offer grants to people with a disability. Reeve also campaigned for the rights of people with disabilities.

Going over a School Report should also be a positive experience for students. Senior students must develop and maintain ownership of their learning so the parent or carer takes on a coaching or tutoring role. At the same time it is important to retain the right to institute measures which may be required to allow the student to do their best. Limiting term time recreational computer or television time for example. The act of rewarding either improved results or positive comments is usually well received and helps the student to value learning. Practical preparation for Term 4 is also necessary during the break. MCC has reasonably high expectations of student’s behaviour and presentation, and student’s should display their best understanding and application of these standards by Term 4. I’d ask all parents and students to brush up on these requirements in the Student Diary. This can avert the inevitable distress experienced by students who return with inappropriate hairstyles or missing items of uniform that no longer fit. Please review the expectations for shoes, dress length, make up and hair style. Punctuality and attendance expectations should also be reviewed. Whatever you and your family invest your time and energy into during this break I pray it is a time of joy and refreshment for you and particularly all our Senior students. Mr Warwick Drew Head of Senior School

He was paralysed except for the ability to blink his left eyelid. By blinking to indicate the correct letter of the alphabet, Bauby composed a book by blinking a single letter at a time. The person who wrote the script used an alphabet with the most frequently used letters listed first. Children and adults will at some time come in contact with a person with a disability. How you respond to this person will influence your child’s response. Take opportunities to encourage an attitude in your child of respect and acceptance. Not only explain to your child how this person with the disability is different from them but how they are the same. Have your child treat the person with the disability as an equal and talk to this person as they would anyone else. Look at the person’s strengths and abilities, not just their limitations.

Ludwig van Beethoven [1770 – 1827] was one of the world’s greatest pianists and composers. He started performing in public at a very young age. He studied in Vienna under the guidance of another great musician, Mozart. About 1796, Beethoven started losing his hearing, first in his left ear and then his right. Despite his eventual complete deafness, he created extraordinary works.

Did you know… Mackay’s Iluka Park All Abilities Playground is a park especially designed for children with disabilities, as well being a great place to play for all children and their families. The park was opened in 2010 and is at Binnington Esplanade, East Mackay, Town Beach.

Jean-Dominique Bauby [1952 – 1997] was a well-known French journalist and editor of the French fashion magazine, Elle. In 1995, he suffered a heart attack resulting in a coma. After 20 days he came out of the coma to have Locked-in Syndrome.

We all play a part in our community’s and the College’s supportive attitude towards people with disabilities. Ms Donna Maurer Learning Enrichment Centre Manager

Hi all, as another busy term comes to a close we can reflect back on the last term to consider our current attitudes and look forward to the break and next term with a sense of expectation and excitement. This term our Middle School students engaged in a variety of learning activities that ranged from building solar powered cars and, participating in our very own Greek Festival including dress ups and feasting in Year 6 & 7, dissecting toads in Year 8 Science or doing projects and service activities in Year 9. The Year 6 & 7 students and their teachers are very excited about their trip to Canberra after the Term Break and are keeping a close eye on the weather and snow reports. The College is a great place for getting involved in all sorts of interesting and challenging extra-curricular activities and sports. The choir is always happy to have singers, and I am keen to have helpers for Chapel and various other service opportunities. There are crystal growing competitions, Aero

End of Term Checklist

Has your child returned their overdue items (by early in the last week of term)? As stated in our MCC Information Book, all student loans must be in order before their School Reports are posted home. Our students receive regular updates during House Family Group each morning of what books should be returned. Misplaced items will need to be paid for, but we cheerfully refund this money if the item is later found. Parents, please contact the Library if you would like to check on the status of your child’s Library account before reports are issued. During the Term Break, overdue items can be returned to the King’s Park Office or to the Junior School Library. The Senior Library will be open part-time during this period.

book review

The Dark Side of Technology – Restoring Balance in the Digital Age. In this very practical and timely book, author Ps Brad Huddleston, does not place a stop sign on technology, but rather a caution sign, and exposes the darker side of technology, as it applies to social networking, mobile phones, the Internet, video gaming etc. Such is the relevance of this topic, the King’s Park campus has 3 copies available for parent loan. Also by Ps Brad Huddleston, the DVD Intimacy with God. Brad is an international evangelist with degrees in Computer Science and Bible. He has spoken to tens of thousands of youth and adults in conferences, churches, schools, and on radio and television. He also teaches computer and multimedia courses. The Dark side of Technology is available at the Kings Park Campus Library.

Club, Robotics Club, Chess Club, Drama Club, Cattle Show Team and various sporting teams. Getting involved in these groups is a great way to meet new friends with similar interests. Many of these subjects require group work and sometimes the teacher will place their students in groups instead of students choosing their own. Instead of complaining, students should embrace the opportunity to develop their group skills and spend time getting to know and work alongside students they may not know well. Accepting challenges is a sign of maturity and seeing a student from Middle School dropping their bottom lip and making ungenerous comments about other students is the best way to get another challenge to grow up! Thank you for reinforcing our CLEAR values as we work together to develop resilience and a sense of excitement in the students, to build on and around their special gifts and talents to become all that God is calling them to be. Mr Alun Tunnah Head of Middle School Head of Faculty Science & Innovation

Term Break Borrowing

Please come and borrow some reading material for the Term Break. We have a great range of Fiction, Information, and Parent books for you to read your way through. All student borrowing during the last 2 week of this term have been extended to be returned in Term 4.

Radical Reading Challenge

Next term during Week 2-6, it will be time for our annual Radical Reading Challenge. For those who are new to this concept, during this period students get rewarded for reading. Parents, Secondary School siblings, Teachers and Library Staff can assist the students by verifying and signing the students’ special bookmark for each time a book has been completed. Students earn rewards, prizes and House Family points for the reading they do during this 5 week period. More information will be sent home next week.

Library Online

Check out the online resources on the MCC Library page on the Portal. The link is in the left hand column of the home page. Resources include referencing help, research tips, online picture books, royalty free images and music to use during projects, biographies and referencing.

Online Resources

Remember to use our Online World Book Encyclopaedia. It is available to our College community and is accessed through the Portal and can be located on the Home Page at the bottom of the links on the left hand side. Happy Reading Mrs Robyn Hopper Head of Libraries



Thursday 19th September from 10am – 1pm on the verandah of Powerhouse building (on the Tuckshop side). If you come along, you will find a variety of Market stalls designed to raise both money and awareness for Missions. Each Pre-Prep - Year 5 class will be setting up a Market Day stall and all children will be given an opportunity to visit the Market stalls and purchase products throughout the day. This year the money raised will be used to support our two sponsor children in Indonesia.

If you are interested and available to help us cook and serve the BBQ lunch on Mission Market Day on Thursday 19th September, please contact the College Office on 4963 1100 to volunteer.

There will be NO Tuckshop available on Missions Market Day. However, there will be a special lunchtime only meal deal special so watch your child’s school bag for further information.

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

During the mid-semester break the Lister family will be embarking on another adventure for some much awaited and needed long service leave. Priscilla and I have had the absolute privilege of teaching at Mackay Christian College and have not had an extended break for 15 years. We will be travelling to Africa for 3 1/2 months to slow down, read some good books, spend some quality time with family and God, compete a Discipleship Training Course and recharge the batteries in preparation for the next season of our life. We have really been blessed in our time at the College, but we also plan to spend some time seeking God for direction for us as a family in the future.

We would love to have some help on the day.


Term 3 School Reports will be posted to the mailing address you have supplied to the College. These reports will be posted during the final days of this school term. Please contact the College if you have changed these contact details.

We hope to receive emails when we are away (when the Internet and power are working) to hear how the year progresses and hopefully keep you updated with our adventures.

Reach nepal trip - applications open soon!

Within the next week a brochure will be made available continuing more information for those interested in participating in the Nepal Trip over the Easter Break in 2014. Team members will be participating in activities such as working with children, teaching and a variety of practical activities from painting to trade specific work. Brochures will be available from the College Office.

indigenous outreach trip

We love Mackay and really appreciate the wonderful opportunities that have been provided through the College to serve others locally, nationally and internationally. We just want to make sure that we are always relying on God as our security and provider, and not our jobs.

Trip brochures and application forms will also be available next term for Year 11 & 12 students and staff interested in joining the trip to the Torres Strait and Cape York during the Mid-Year break next year.

Teaching has always been a ministry to us and we believe that there is no better place to be than where He wants you to be, doing what He has created you to do. We are believing for increased wisdom, specific direction and renewed energy to continue serving God to the best of our ability.

Please continue to pray for the Thailand Team as Miss Duncan continues to prepare the team for their trip during the Christmas Break.

After the course we look forward to travelling north of South Africa to visit Victoria Falls and the Mission Base and School at Koti ni Eden in Zambia. There is a distinct possibly that we may travel to Malawi to relieve missionaries from their base to allow them to travel home to visit family for Christmas. It is a very exciting time for us. The only downside for us will be missing out on a number of significant events including the Graduation of our Year 12, Senior Chapel, the Mystery Tour and ever amazing Celebration Nights.

thailand exposure trip

MIDdle SCHOOL mission trip to resthaven

We are very excited about the strengthening of our relationship with Resthaven on Quarry, an aged care accommodation facility right on our doorstep. More and more trips are being organised with the possibility of our Middle School students running a Christmas Party for the residents including food, cards, Christmas carols and a play. Pastor Peter Lister Head of Missions College Chaplain

Mega Eisteddfod Wind Ensemble

On Tuesday evening 15th October in the MECC theatre our Mega Wind Ensemble will be competing in the Open Section of the Eisteddfod. This is a new concept for us as we have invited alumni students, teachers and parents to come along and play with our College members of the Wind Ensemble. We have an additional 17 performers that have said they will play. We have had 2 rehearsals and it’s sounding terrific!!

AMEB Exam results

Many of our students have been very busy sitting for the AMEB (Australian Music Educators Board) exams. Although we have not received all of the results at this moment below are the ones we do know about. These exams really challenge our students to do their best and the results show they have done very well. Congratulations to everyone. Lilli Deardon-Ord Tara Stokes Maddison Probert Elisabeth Watson Marilize Momberg Elyce Dahms

Violin Preliminary grade Violin Grade 1 Clarinet Grade 2 Alto Sax Grade 5 Flute Grade 2 Flute Grade 6

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IMportant dates 15th October - Eisteddfod All Ensembles, at MECC (times TBA) 22nd October - Gala Twilight Concert Faith Centre, 6:30pm 1st November - Proposed trip to Brisbane’s Music Fest Jazz Ensemble 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 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. Creating in Christ Mr Earl Winterstein Head of Creative Academy

first eisteddfod rehersal

INTENTION FORMS FOR 2014 Family Intention Forms for 2014 were sent home with your child in July. If you have not already done so, please complete this form and return it to the College as soon as possible to secure your child’s place for next year. If you have extra children you would like to enrol you will also need to complete an Enrolment Contract. This is available from the College Office, Junior School Reception or the College Website. If you have lost your form or you did not receive one, please contact the College on 4963 1100. If at any stage your circumstances change and you find out you are not returning to the College for 2014 please notify us straight away as we are expecting to have waiting lists for some year levels. Please remember that until we receive your withdrawal in writing you will continue to be charged fees.


Our Under 18 Boys Inferno Team have made it to the Grand Final which was played on Wednesday night at 5.00pm against Mack Magic Blue. Congratulations Boys.


Next week some of our MCC Boys basketball players, along with their coach, Mr Allan Payne, and staff member Mr Rikky Murphy, are off to Brisbane to compete in the Queensland Schools Basketball competition. This is a four day competition, and the boys have been training hard for this trip. We have received generous support in the way of major sponsorship for this team from Flat Chat Deliveries – proprietors Darren and Jenny Hawkings, who are a Mackay Christian College family. We are extremely grateful for their sponsorship. The boys are sporting new playing uniforms as a result, and we are looking forward to some great results!


Year 8 Sports Day will be held on Wednesday 18th September. Please remember to return your Permission/Medical Form.


Sports Profile forms are available at the Front Office for nominations which must be returned by Friday 11th October.


We will be holding our annual ‘MCC Sports Presentation Evening’ on the evening of Thursday 31st October. The evening will showcase students who have participated in an MCC Sporting Team. We aim to celebrate our 2013 Sporting Season and recognise students and coaches who have put in so much time and effort throughout the year.


We still have outstanding Netball uniforms. Could they please be returned to the Front Office before the end of term.


Our Year 11 & 12 Recreation Studies students went on an overnight hike to Eungella National Park from Thursday 5th to Friday 6th September. They did an excellent job hiking together as a group, encountering slopes, uneven ground, stairs, creek crossings, leeches, ticks, and even sighting a platypus. Our students hiked with expedition packs and cooked their own food on camping stoves. They proved that they have a wonderful sense of determination and perseverance. Well done to the students who attended, as well as a big thank you to Mr Pierre Craven for helping to supervise the trip! We look forward to more adventures with Recreation Studies in the future. Ms Ulla Hanson Head of Faculty HPE

Another term nearly done! This week I am going to digress from my usual Newsletter themes of Work Experience, Trade Training and employment and ride a couple of my personal hobby horses.

blood donation

Donating blood and promoting blood donation is something I have been actively involved in most of my life. Here at Mackay Christian College I have enjoyed the assistance of Young Blood ambassadors. This year Cheryl Fiedler and Sam Turner are our Blood Bank Ambassadors. I am proud to say that the enthusiasm for blood donation in the Mackay school community is very high. In fact last year the Mackay Donation centre collected one third of all high school donations in Queensland. Due to some policy changes in the Australian Red Cross Program it has been more difficult to secure donation appointments for the High School Program. Sam and Cheryl have been persistent and now have appointments every Wednesday morning in Week B and Thursday afternoon in Week A for the rest of this year. Students over 16 who are fit and healthy and weight more than 50kg are eligible to donate with their parents or legal guardians permission. If this is your child you can encourage them to donate or better still if you are fit and healthy, go with them! Without consistent regular blood donors a shortage of blood product could become a silent killer in our community. One in three Australians will require blood products yet only 1 in 30 donate. Please join me and encourage your children to be live savers. 1 donation can save 3 lives. In November Sam and Cheryl will be donating with me as I make my 100th donation. This is a very special milestone for me.


safe driver training

This week we handed out information to TTC students about the ‘Safe Drive Test Drive’ (Defensive Driving) program. This program is not a ‘learn to drive’ program but is a defensive driving program aimed at making young drivers aware and prepared for the challenges they will confront on our roads. Young drivers are vastly over represented in road deaths and injuries and I am personally frustrated by the lack of compulsory education in this area. It would appear that successive government and law enforcement agencies think the best solution to road safety is to remove young people from our roads. Of course they are right – if we apply that thinking to the whole community and no-one could drive of course we would have no road accidents and we could save money on road repairs to add into the mix. The point is that the responsibility for driver training falls to us as parents. We invest a lot of money in our children’s education but it is really wasted if they end up a road accident statistic. Mackay Christian College along with most schools in Mackay support the work of Rotary and Road Accident Action Group (RAAG) by taking our Year 11s to the Young Driver Awareness Program each year. Please don’t skimp in this area. I encourage you to invest in this program and in driver training for your children with any one of our local registered driving instructors. As an adult it is never too late to learn to improve your driving skills. I was delighted with my Father’s Day present this year. My kids pooled together to get me a gift voucher to the Australian Superbike School Level 1 course. I have been riding motorcycles since I got my licence but there is always more to learn. Hope this is something to think about and act on. Until next term, God bless Mr Peter Hopper Director Trade Training Centre Head of Industrial & Vocational Learning

from the front office

There are many items currently in the Lost Property Basket. If your child has lost any items of clothing please ask them to check the Lost Property Basket. All named items are returned to their rightful owner. All unnamed, unclaimed items will be washed and given to the Second Hand Uniform Shop or to charity. Please make a point of coming to check the basket before the end of Term 3.


Our Junior School students can access Queensland Health School Dental Services even when the Dental Van is not parked on our site. To access the School Dental Service at any time of the year, parents should phone the clinic on 4951 4241 to arrange an appointment. This is an excellent way to promote oral health, hygiene and nutrition, have a general dental check-up and they can also take care of any dental emergencies.


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 Just fill in the details of the dates away and a brief explanation. Mrs Carol Sorensen Office Supervisor

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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.

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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

Coming Up at Mackay Christian Family Church:


September 15th Celebration Services at Powerhouse 9.30 am with Ps Rob Booth-Jones 6.00 pm with Ps Chris Campbell

Office: The Cottage 9 Quarry Street Ph: 07 4963 1155 Fax: 07 4942 5003

September 22nd Celebration Services at Powerhouse 9.30 am with Sharryn Westbrook 6.00 pm with Ps Chris Campbell

Postal: PO Box 3215 North Mackay QLD 4740

September 24th - 27th Extreme Conference ‘Until the End’ September 29th Celebrations at Powerhouse & Mackay Harbour 9.30 am with Glen Gerreyn 5.30 pm Family Fun Night at Harbour Park (near Surf Club)

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 3:30pm – 5pm every Friday, $5 per person includes afternoon tea. 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!

wanted - accomodation

Can you help? One of our College families is looking for accommodation for the remainder of the year. A 2 bedroom granny flat or similar. If you can help please contact Marilyn on 0427 490 439.


School holiday fun for Primary School aged children at Mackay Gymnastics: Wednesday 25th September & 2nd October 2013 at Swayne St, North Mackay 9.30 – 11am. Cost only $15 per child. A great way to get children active and out of the house. Numbers are limited so please book. Contact Mackay Gymnastics or phone 4953 1425.

Give Away your kids this term break!

How does 2 weeks of kid free holidays sound? Drop off your kids in the morning, fill your day, and pick them up at the end! It’s as simple as that. The Fruition Tuition Holiday Program will consist of daily tutoring and break-out session full of FUN and entertainment! You have the options of half day or full day stays, it’s entirely up to you! Call today to book your preferred days and times before the program fills up. Call 1300 884 846 and enter our postcode, 4740. We have 2 locations for your convenience!


Milo In2cricket – 5 to 8 year olds. 7 week program at Magpies Sporting Complex Starting: Monday 16th September, 4.15pm to 5.15pm. Register online at: or at first session. U10 Cricket – 8 or 9 year olds Commencing Friday 11th October, 6pm. Visit Club website to register

mackay surf life saving club open day

Mackay Life Saving Club is holding our annual Open Day on Sunday 29th September. Come on down and find out what becoming a member is all about. We will be providing: surf sports demonstrations, beach events, clubhouse tours, beach safety talks and equipment demonstrations, free jumping castle and face painting! For more information, ring Kelly Jo on 4955 5630 or email

free welcome to mackay bus tour

New to Mackay? 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. Sunday 29th September, departing from the Old Town Hall on Sydney Street. Arrive 10:30am for an 11am departue. There are limited seats available so booking is essential! Please contact the Welcome to Mackay Centre on ph 4957 7757 or email to reserve your seat. Children are welcome.

IAssist Safety App

IAssist Safety App helps children learn protective behaviours. Using a hand IAssistSafety allows a child to identify 5 adults who they could ask for help if feeling unsafe. The hand assists children to remember their safe people. These 5 adults will help the child to be safe if they are scared, worried, sad or just need help. This App helps to give your child a voice in keeping themselves safe. Available in Google Play or the Apple Store.

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Kidz Life operates as a not-for-profit business partnering with New Life Church supporting local and international community projects including missions. The Play Centre is located at 75 Evans Avenue North Mackay and is available for Birthday Party bookings. For opening hours and prices, you can visit or phone them on 4953 5575.


Do you want to be a TV star? Would you like to read Prime Time news? Improve your confidence, speaking and communication skills at Media Potential School Holiday Programs - 23rd & 24th September at the Channel 7 Studios. For students aged 13 to 17 years. Ph 3511 3455 or visit for more information.

Prado 4 wheel drive (2003 model). Petrol, eight seater, 195km, brand new tyres and rims. VGC - Roadworthy Certificate. $16,500 ONO. Please ring 0408 709 707 for more information.


Family Relationship Centre (Centacare) can offer families a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner to assist separated families to develop ‘Parenting Plans’ which outline the care and control of their children. As this service is largely funded by the Commonwealth Government only a small fee applies (relative to your yearly income). Please call 1300 783 544 for future information.

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Mackay Turf Club, Sunday 27th October, 11:30am - 4pm. Tickets $75 per person. Purchase tickets via with special guest Prof Tony Attwood.


Issue 16 - 13 September 2013  

Mackay Christian College Newsletter

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