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Newsletter No. 17 | Friday 11th October 2013

Dear Parent I have had the privilege to take part in a funded Professional Development Trip in the UK with 4 other Principal’s from Christian Schools around Queensland. An hour and a half drive from Bath found us at a small church in time for the Eucharist Service. The cathedral was magnificent. Wonderful stained glass windows and a beautiful stone roof above the altar. The boys choir sang throughout the service which filled the space with beautiful harmonies. They sang in Latin and at times in English. The service was high church, so it was liturgical. Every word could be followed on the sheet for the day except for the sermon. The minister spoke about angels. His message was titled ‘Have you ever been an angel.’ He wove a personal story from his early days in ministry in Devon into the message. His congregation in Devon was very small. He gave the impression that there was only one young man in it but this young man was very faithful and turned up without fail every Sunday. Until one Sunday he didn’t. He still wasn’t there the following Sunday. The minister had to go to London for something so he went by train. There were very few trains to Devon from London so he had to be careful not to miss the last train home. He headed to Piccadilly Circus tube station to get to Waterloo Station for his train to Devon. As he went there he felt that he should stop for a moment. He didn’t know why, just that he should stop - so he did. After a while he heard singing he recognised as that of the Hare Krishna’s. He knew that was why he had had to stop and wait. He headed in the direction of the singing. As the group of people passed him, he recognised the young man on the end. It was a delicate situation. He knew he must do something, but he didn’t quite know what to do, or what to say. So, as the young man went past him he put his hand on the young man’s shoulder and as he turned to look at him he just smiled. Then he hurried for his train. He only narrowly made it! The next Sunday the young man was back in church. When he had an opportunity to do so the minister spoke to him and asked him if anything interesting had happened to him recently. The young man explained how he had travelled to London and, on a whim, had joined the Hare Krishna’s. He told the story of how he was in Piccadilly Circus and he had felt a hand on his shoulder and had turned to see who it was. The minister asked him who it was. The young man replied that no one was there, but it was glorious. God orchestrates divine appointments for us. Have you ever been an angel?

Pastor Dr Craig Murison PRINCIPAL

Life is an ongoing adventure! I wake every day with a sense of expectation that I will face things not faced before, that I will wrestle with issues not presented before and I will meet people in a way not seen before (even if they’re already old friends). Thank God that I do not walk into these situations completely unprepared! Why not? Because my God has already walked every day of my life before me, and made resources available for every possible event to come. This is a great comfort to me – even in the darkest days of my life, God will not desert me, but will be available to provide wisdom, comfort, strength, love and care for both me and those I meet. We are rapidly approaching the end of another College year! Mr Tunnah and I will be exiting a little earlier than usual this year as we take a few weeks of Long Service Leave and travel to South America (where we will tango!) and the Antarctic. Preparation is essential. I have dancing shoes! We have also already begun borrowing warm gloves, thermal underwear and jackets for the coldest continent on Earth. If we simply arrived in our typical tropical garb, we would suffer the cold conditions and be robbed of the opportunity to truly engage and enjoy the sights and experiences of this snow-covered land. The same could be said for each of our lives – preparation is essential to fully experience what life has to offer. For our Year 12 students, it is vital that they not relax and think that the year is already finished. With five weeks remaining, there are still opportunities to excel in their subjects and improve their ratings and Senior Certificate Levels of Achievement.

During the next five weeks, there are a variety of events planned (see your calendar) to celebrate the progress and successes made throughout this year. Events such as the TTC Awards Evening, the Sports Awards Evening, the Senior, Middle & Junior Celebration Nights, the House Family Celebration Morning, the Senior Graduation Dinner, the Senior Chapel, the Senior Mystery Tour, the Middle School Activities Week… whew! I’m exhausted already! So…how to extract everything we can from life and not dwell later with regrets that we let things pass us by? 1. Look for every opportunity to grow and learn new things every day. 2. Look for every opportunity to think of others, not just yourself, and extend kindness and care where possible. 3. Trust that God has every day in His hands and has made preparation for us to walk through with courage and calm. (Even when it may seem He has deserted us, He hasn’t, so cling to Him through both the good and the hard!) We have already begun the countdown for this term…I have 22 days remaining of this College year…the Year 12 students have 25! The time will seem to fly and very soon, I will be standing on the great southern frozen continent ready to explore and enjoy what opportunities come. My prayer is that our Year 12 students will also be standing in a new place as they finish their years of schooling, ready to explore and enjoy whatever opportunities come next! May God bless you and your family richly Mrs Lesley Tunnah Deputy Principal

IMPORTANT DATES October - November

Year 11 Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday 17th - Friday 18th October Student Free Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monday 21st October Prep Orientation Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wednesday 23rd October Prep - Year 3 Water Fun Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday 24th October World Teachers Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday 25th October MCCTTC Awards Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wednesday 30th October Sports Awards Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday 31st October Senior School Celebration Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tuesday 12th November Celebration Morning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wednesday 13th November Year 12 Chapel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday 14th November Year 12 Graduation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday 14th November Middle School Celebration Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tuesday 26th November Year 8 Orientation Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wednesday 27th November Year 10 & 11 Finish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday 29th November

Don’t let the yucky bits suck your fun circuits dry

As another school term begins and old routines settle back into place, it is hard to believe that this is the final term for the year. During this term we will see approximately 70 Year 12 students graduating, 1000 other students graduating to the next phase of learning, along with a number of celebratory events to finish and close off the 2013 school year. Throughout this year, like me, you have probably experienced a variety of situations that have given great joy, great sadness, stress and challenge. Sometimes a single experience may have had you feeling all emotions at the same time. Through it all, it is how we respond to the ‘yucky bits’ that allows us to truly know success. I pride myself in my ability to succeed in the things I put my mind to. In fact I know myself to be someone who will persevere and work at something until I have some measure of success. But I wasn’t born like that. It was something I learnt from failing many times and picking myself up and starting again. Early on I mostly didn’t want to pick myself up. I just wanted to sulk and wail and whine and give up. I hated failing assignments. I hated coming second. Even as an adult I struggle in being corrected and feeling like a failure. It wasn’t until someone I respected pointed out to me ‘What if there was a lesson I could learn from every failure or correction?’ Learning from failure is critical to becoming an independent learner and successful in life. But do we let our children fail appropriately and learn the lessons they need to learn? Do we as significant adults scaffold ‘failing’ and developing the attitude and skills to overcome ‘failure’ in life lessons? What research is starting to find is that resilience and grit are as important or even more important to the success of learners and individuals for their lives. Resilience is defined as the ability to bounce back or recover readily from some adversity. Grit, is when one combines perseverance of effort with the intrinsic motivation of a goal with meaning to the person. So what allows for a child to develop resilience and grit?

• Developing a trusting and caring learning environment that the students feel they can overcome the instant gratification mode of thinking and start applying effort for longer term goals. • Believing that everyone can grow. The difference is having a ‘growth’ mind-set or a ‘fixed’ mindset. When we have a growth mindset, we believe that everyone is able to grow and change. We see mistakes as opportunities to learn. Holding a fixed mind-set leads us to believe that people’s traits - such as intelligence - are immutable. People with a fixed mind-set tend to immediately and permanently place others into categories. They place the primary responsibility for overcoming learning challenges on the person. Those with a growth mind-set consider responding to a person’s challenges to be a joint responsibility. Let’s take up that which is our responsibility and join our student/s in responding effectively to challenges. • Above all else, face the future with courage, faith, and love. As a parent, and for those who are my teaching colleagues, your courage will support students who are left out and overlooked; young, impressionable students, who sometimes are sitting/feel they are doing life, all alone. At times you will have children facing long odds for whom your smile, your encouraging word, and your willingness to go the extra mile will provide the comfort and security they need to try again tomorrow. Being courageous requires faith. Every opportunity you have to create welcoming environments where people feel connected, counts. Have faith that your hard work and the investment of others, is having a profound impact on your child/ren. But you can’t be courageous or step out in faith without a deep love for what you and others do to support and build students to become all God wants them to be. Love your student/s beyond their results or the disappointments they may cause. No matter what their age they need your love. As you continue to journey to the end of this school year, remember to impart to your child, ‘Walk with courage, with faith, and with love. And don’t let the circumstance suck your fun circuits dry.’ Be Blessed as we partner together creating hope, building futures. Miss Lynn Morrison Head of Teaching and Learning

Welcome back to school for Term 4. The students I have spoken to this week have expressed mixed feelings about being back but there is a general consensus that it is good to be among friends and able to get on with the work that has to be done to finish the year. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:8 ‘The end of a matter is better than its beginning and patience is better than pride.’ With the end almost in sight, it is very important for all Senior students to finish well. We have a very full program this term including Celebration Night and Graduation Week. The Year 12s have five weeks of lessons and these are very important weeks for them. The excitement of being close to the end of school affects students in different ways. In some cases, students ‘drop their bundle’ and give up on the work required for their final assessments. This is always a bad choice and can have significant effect on their exit results particularly for those students who are borderline between grades. I encourage all Year 12s and their families to maintain their academic efforts right to the end. This makes the final celebrations so much more enjoyable.

Hi all, welcome back to Term 4. This may be the last term of the year but it is that time when the fruit is harvested. Like seeds planted in the wet season, with steady input of effort throughout the year the students have grown in stature and wisdom. Those that have put in the effort will have a great harvest, those that haven’t may be disappointed in the quality of their fruit. Our years in Middle School are about developing habits and gaining the skills that will enable us to become independent and responsible learners. Like a tree that is growing we should see the fruit of our character developing.

The Year 11s have their Camp next week. This will be a great opportunity for team building, initiative and leadership development activities. Located at beautiful Eungella the Camp is an important part of the Senior School experience. The focus of the Year 11 Camp will be on the road ahead for these students, looking at the opportunities and responsibilities of being the leaders in the College next year. They are maturing personally, spiritually and academically and the Camp will enable them to explore the implications of this for them individually and as a group. Most families will have reviewed their School Reports with their children during the break. Students who performed below their expectations in the mid-Semester assessment can make the most of this final term to get a better result by the end of Semester. Senior subjects for Year 11 & 12, are recorded and accumulated by the Queensland Studies Authority as Semester Units so this is a good opportunity to be contacting teachers and asking what students need to do in the next assessment pieces to improve their final result. The staff of the College are committed to making this term a positive and rewarding time for all Senior students and their families. As we work together on this with parents and carers, I pray the Lord gives us patience and strength so that we all finish the year well and the end will be even better than the beginning. Mr Warwick Drew Head of Senior School

We are told in Galatians that the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. These are the qualities we are seeking to develop at Mackay Christian College. When our heart is right, our character is strong and our work will be fruitful. Every day our students have opportunities and choices to develop these qualities in classrooms, at lunch breaks at extra curricula activities, at their sport, their work and at home. Thank you for trusting us to work with you to encourage our young ones to persevere and grow in character and wisdom. Please take every opportunity to encourage your children, their friends and their teacher as we continue on this journey together. Mr Alun Tunnah Head of Middle School Head of Faculty Science & Innovation

Am I brave enough to say that there are only 10 weeks till Christmas? Where has this year gone? Here we are in Term 4 and we are really looking forward to: Year 3 Learn to Swim lessons; Prep 2014 Orientation Day; Prep - Year 3 Water Fun Day; Junior School Celebration Night; end of year final School Reports. If you need any further details about any of these events, please do not hesitate to contact the College Office.


Internationally World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the first Friday in October. However, as this is usually during Australian school holidays, Australia celebrates the day on the last Friday in October of each year. We will celebrate World Teacher’s Day at MCC on Friday 25th October 2013. Celebrated in over 100 countries, World Teachers’ Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society. It is a day on which students, parents and community members can demonstrate their appreciation for the contributions that teachers have made to their community. Please take the time to thank your child’s teacher with an encouraging word, a smile or even a small card. It costs nothing to say thank you.


Did you know that Monday 21st October is a Pupil-Free Day that is set aside in the MCC Calendar for Staff Professional Development purposes?



This term we welcome Miss Amber Bunn to our teaching team. Amber is replacing Mrs Sharlene Bowater in Year 3A for the first seven weeks of the term whilst Mrs Bowater attends a training course in Africa. Please take some time to meet Miss Bunn and welcome her to our College community.


On Wednesday 23rd October we will be hosting a visit from 2014 Prep students and their parents as they begin to get excited about becoming an MCC Prep student next year. In order to make our Prep teachers available for these guests, our existing Prep students will be visiting other classrooms for the morning session only (8:30-11:10am).


Our Prep - Year 3 Water Fun Day is to be held on Thursday 24th October right here at school. All parents and grandparents are welcome to join us for a fun-filled half day of water-based activities. This is an event NOT to be missed, so keep your eyes and ears open for more information closer to the day.


Term 4 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. Mrs Alison Bannister Head of Junior Campus

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.


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

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.

Radical Reading Challenge

During Weeks 2-6, all students from PrepYear 5 will once again be participating in our Radical Reading Challenge. Our aim is to reinforce a Reading Culture which encourages and rewards reading, extends and builds language skills, and exposes students to a wide range of types and topics. Your Junior Campus children should have brought a letter home with more information. We have made a few changes to how the program works, so please read the information. Students are encouraged to read books at their level at their speed (not too easy, not too hard). Maximum of 10 books per week. In a nutshell: • Students record books as they read them on their special bookmark • Parents/teachers/Library staff/Secondary siblings check the book has been read and sign it off • Individual and class tallies are made weekly • For every 5 books read, students complete a mini book review which is displayed in the Library (excluding Prep students) • Rewards – House Family points, extra Library borrowing vouchers, Gold Awards, novelty prizes • The class with the greatest reading tally at the end of term will receive a reward • For the first time Prep students will be joining in.

Koorong Kids

A new Koorong Kids Catalogue will be sent out this week. We are moving the return date for the Koorong Kids catalogues forward so as to ensure the resources are here before school ends for the year. All orders will need to be in by Friday 8th November.

Parent Borrowing

We welcome parent borrowing and continue to buy new resources for you, including DVD’s. Not only do we have a section especially for parents, but you may like to browse through our novels for some bedtime reading.

SCHOOL Reports

Each term, students have to ensure that all overdue books etc are returned before School Reports are issued. We still have a collection of them remaining from Term 3. Letters with the overdue items listed should have been received already. If you have any queries about these, please talk to the Library staff. Lost (or destroyed) books need to be paid for, however, as they usually turn up later, we cheerfully refund your money when this happens. Please remember that this process will happen again at the end of this term. As this is also the end of the year, students will need to return all borrowed items, include text books and calculators, about one week before they finish school for 2013. We then clean and repair everything ready for 2014. Thank you, parents, for reinforcing this responsibility with your children at home. Happy Reading Mrs Robyn Hopper Head of Libraries

mental health week This year, Mental Health Week is celebrated from 6th – 10th October. Mental Health Week promotes good mental health and well-being. At times, children can feel worried, anxious or stressed. Children need to have ways of handling issues that come their way. Good mental health can contribute towards positive school performance. Here is a toolkit of good habits that promote resilience and good mental health in children. Ms Donna Maurer Learning Enrichment Centre Manager


Welcome Back Everyone! By now all families would have received their last Creative Academy invoice for this year. Please remember that our discount period for Term 4 finishes 18th October. We would appreciate it if invoices were settled so we can finalise our teachers by the end of the year.

Mackay Eisteddfod details

All Eisteddfod performances will be happening at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre. We welcome all friends and families to come along and watch our Ensembles perform in the Eisteddfod.

Tuesday 15th October


String Ensemble

Arrive: 5:45pm at MECC (Parents responsible for arrival times) Perform: 3rd ensemble to play after 6:30pm Dress: Cultural Uniform (black socks & polished black shoes)

Bel Canto Band (Year 6 - 10)

Arrive: 5:45pm at MECC (Parents responsible for arrival times) Perform: 4th ensemble to play after 6:30pm Dress: Cultural Uniform (black socks & polished black shoes

Wind Ensemble

Arrive: 5:45pm at MECC (Parents responsible for arrival times) Perform: 11th ensemble to play after 6:30pm Dress: Cultural Uniform (black socks & polished black shoes

MORNING PERFORMANCES Bel Canto Band (Year 6 - 7) Bus: 8:30am bus departs from King’s Park Perform: 26th ensemble after 8:30am Dress: Cultural Uniform (Crossover tie, black socks & polished black shoes) Return: BUS returns to MCC by 12:30 pm

Jazz Ensemble

Scholarship Band (King’s Park students)

Junior String Ensemble Bus: 9:30am bus departs from Providence

Bus: 9:20am bus departs from King’s Park Perform: 20th ensemble after 8:30am Dress: School Dress Uniform (polished Black shoes) NO sports uniforms Return: BUS returns to MCC by 12:30 pm

Scholarship Band (Providence Year 4 & 5)

Bus: 9:30am bus departs from Providence Perform: 26th ensemble after 8:30am Dress: School Dress Uniform (polished Black shoes) NO sports uniforms Return: BUS returns to MCC by 12:30 pm AFTERNOON PERFORMANCES

Wind Ensemble

Bus: 1:30pm bus departs from Providence Perform: 20th ensemble after 1pm Dress: Cultural Uniform (black socks & polished black shoes) Return: Students make their own way home and return or stay on for evening performances

Jazz Ensemble

Bus: 1:30pm bus departs from Providence Perform: 24th ensemble after 1pm Dress: Cultural Uniform (black socks & polished black shoes) Return: Students make their own way home and return or stay on for evening performances

Arrive: (anyone not in WE) 6:45pm at MECC Parents responsible for arrival times Perform: 18th ensemble to play after 6:30pm Dress: Cultural Uniform (black socks & polished black shoes

Wednesday 16th October

Perform: session 43 section 177 Dress: School Dress Uniform (polished black shoes) NO sports uniforms REHEARSAL before school on Wednesday 16th October

IMportant dates 15th October - Eisteddfod All Ensembles, at MECC. Times above 16th October - Eisteddfod Junior String Ensemble, at MECC. Times above 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

MCC 2013 Sports Presentation Evening

It’s the time of the year again for Celebration and Presentation. We are holding our ‘MCC Sports Presentation Evening’ on the evening of Thursday 31st October.


Congratulations to our U18 Boys Inferno Basketball Team who won their Division 2 Grand Final against Mack Magic. Well done boys!!!

The evening will showcase students who have participated in an MCC Sporting Team. We aim to celebrate our 2013 Sporting Seasons and recognise students and coaches who have put in so much time and effort throughout the year. It is being held in the Mackay Christian College Faith Centre. Please come along, support and celebrate the achievement of the MCC Sporting Teams of 2013.

WHEN: Thursday 31st October WHERE: Mackay Christian College Faith Centre TIME: 6.00pm Presentation to start


A team of our boys, along with some staff, went to Brisbane and competed in the Queensland Schools Basketball competition at the beginning of the Term Break. This was a four day competition which the boys had been looking forward to all year.

The evening includes MCC Sporting Teams of Netball, Secondary Rugby League and Rugby Union, Primary Rugby Union, Basketball, Soccer, Secondary Chess, Mach V, ZACH MACH Adventure Challenge, Mackay District and Capricornia Year 6-12 Representatives and our Coaches. If your child played in a Sporting Team, can you please encourage them to check that their name is on the list under their Team Sport. The list will be on the Sports Notice Board. If a student’s name does not appear and should be there please notify Ms Ulla Hansson or Mrs Brenda Wilson through the College Office on 4963 1100.


The Junior Rugby Union season in Mackay has kicked off. It is played on Friday afternoons/evenings from 4pm. All players from ages 5 to 17 are welcome to come and play. Boys and girls are welcome. Players will receive coaching/training from Mackay Rugby coaches and then play a game against other boys and girls. Cost of sign on is $95. In this players receive insurance as well as a t-shirt supplied by Mackay Junior Rugby Union. It is a chance to come down, make some new friends and play the fun game of rugby union.

We competed in Division 3. This division had a total of 30 teams. In the minor round games we only had one loss by 1 point. Unfortunately this put us in 2nd position within our pool and after our cross over games we ended up in 11th position overall which was a fantastic effort for our first year in this competition. Our boys played some hard fought basketball, and there were patches of real brilliance.


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

RECREATIONAL STUDIES During Term 3, our Recreation Studies students finished off their Hiking and Camping unit by making two different desserts with camping stoves, called Trangias. They made Apple Crumble and a bush version of Tiramisu with chocolate. Well done for all your hard work last term.

The team had a mixture of experience and rookies. All the boys played well above our expectations, and have gained some valuable experience. We would like to once again thank Flat Chat Deliveries for their support and sponsorship of this team. Ms Ulla Hanson Head of Faculty HPE

Another year nearly done

Term 4 is a time to tidy up the outstanding jobs and reflect on what we have done with the year and to some extent set in place things for the New Year.

tidying things up

It is really important that our students focus on finishing the year strongly. Being at all their classes and on time every day is really important if they are to get done what remains to finish off the year. It is easy to become distracted by the end of year goings on and not get things tidied up. It was not until I came to teaching that I realised how different things are in the school world in this area. In the building world if you did not get the job finished on time you had to go back tomorrow and finish it off. In the school world if you don’t get things done by the end, you have to live with that. There is no more time - what’s done is done and what’s not never gets done. So encourage your children to make the most of every day to get the most out of their school year. At the end we often have a lot of unfinished jobs that we simply recycle the material. We would much prefer they were complete projects at your house as a reminder of your child’s achievement in 2013.

Reflecting on what we have done

The biggest events are of course are our Celebration Nights on Tuesday 12th November for Senior School and 26th November for Middle School. Please come to the House Family Celebration Morning on Wednesday 13th November too in you can. These are all great times of reflection and celebration of student achievements. The Trade Training Centre has an Awards Night on Wednesday 30th October. This will be an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the achievements of our Trade Training Centre students both Trade Pathway and Single Subject Pathway students. I look forward to catching up with you during one of these events.

preparing for next year

We will start TTC Trade Pathway interviews next week. We are a bit slow on this because I have been making plans for next year. I am taking 2014 off. After 16 years at MCC I have decided to take a year off to pursue some other interests. I will return in 2015. In the meantime Mr Mark Swadling has been appointed to replace me as Director of Trade Training. As a result he will be doing the interviews of new Trade Pathway Students for 2014. I am looking forward to sharing a great term with you. If you have any questions or concerns this term, please give us a call through the College Office or send us an email. Mr Peter Hopper Director Trade Training Centre Head of Industrial & Vocational Learning

cars for kids The Mackay and District Holden Club Inc organise and run the Tappet Cover Racing and Motor Show each year. There was a variety of cars on display to appeal to both the big kids and the little kids! The Tappet Cover Racing is a fun event for Primary aged students. Students are able to enter a team from their school. Dale Richards Year 5A, entered a tappet cover car (made from a tappet cover off a car engine with computer hard drives as wheels). Dale did very well, claiming 3rd place. As a result, an XBOX 360 has been awarded to MCC, donated by John Donnelly The Good Guys. Next Year, we would like to make more Tappet Cover entries from Mackay Christian College. Big kids and Little kids, let’s get thinking and looking for tappet covers, and some form of wheels – scooter, skateboard, trolley or even computer hard drives. Mums and Dads, have some fun with your kids! If you would like more information, please contact Trevor Richards in the Trade Training Centre at

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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: October 13th Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30 am with Ps David Westbrook 6.00 pm with Jacques & Jennifer Du Toit October 20th Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30 am with Ps David Westbrook 6.00 pm with Patrick, Jake & Caleb 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 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!

rock your socks for downsyndrome awareness!

When someone asks you, ‘Why are you wearing those crazy sock!!!?” Tell them you are wearing them for Down syndrome Awareness! It’s easy to do (& free), so whether you’re at home, daycare, school, work, play, on holiday, or anywhere… get out your wildest, most colourful socks and join in! October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month! So on Friday 18th October, Rock your Socks and invite all your friends, family & colleagues to do the same. For more details visit FB: PCYC Down Syndrome Mackay or contact Bec Nicol (Mackay QLD) 0447 595 173.


Brooke Lee Modelling Studio are holding a Modelling & Deportment Workshop. When: Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th October Where: 227 Victoria Street (Above Meng Tyres) For more information visit


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.

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 20th October, 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.


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.

IAssist Safety App

IAssist Safety App helps children learn protective behaviours. Using a hand IAssist Safety 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.

high tea luncheon - discovering aspergers

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

student exchange scholarships

Student Exchange Australia New Zealand is pleased to extend an invitation for Mackay Christian College students and their families to attend our next LIVE Online information session being held on Wednesday 23rd October. The LIVE Online session gives students and families the opportunity to learn more about becoming an exchange student and the various scholarship options that are available. 5.30pm (EDT) on Wednesday 23rd October. To secure your place, please register online: info-sessions/ for more information call 1300 135 331 (cost of a local call).

foster carer - could you be one?

Foster carers are as different as the young lives they transform. Churches of Christ Care Pathways support their carers with training, advice and access to local resources to enable them to provide the best home environment for the children and young people in their care. To recieve a foster care information pack contact Church of Christ Care Pathways on 4953 5097 or visit carepathwaysqld.


World Education Program (WEP) is inviting you to experience another culture in your own home by becoming a volunteer host family to an international student arriving in January 2014. It’s easier than you think and a fantastic experience for all! Find out more! To help you make this important decision, contact WEP today to receive a full information pack for your family. Call Sylvia on 1300 884 733 or email

Grandparent’s day

Issue 17 - 11 October 2013  
Issue 17 - 11 October 2013  

Mackay Christian College Newsletter