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Newsletter No. 17 | Friday 12th October 2012

Dear Parents Welcome back to Term 4. I hope you had a relaxing break with your children and you were able to spend some quality time together. Each year around this time, most Year 12 students in Mackay are considering what their immediate future holds for them. Some of them will successfully secure School Based Apprenticeships while at school, complete a portion of their training, and will secure employment in the industry of their choice. Others will wait patiently to discover their OP score and then, either been delighted in the knowledge they will receive an offer of a place in a course at university, or be worried that their score won’t be enough. Another group of students will be out on the hunt for a job to start them on the next part of their life journeys. The success of schools in Australia has increasingly been diminished to objectively measurable outcomes such as scores on exams, OP results, and the percentage of students achieving university entrance. This is largely driven by the economic focus of governments, which have the economic future of the country as their goal. An example of this in Australia is the range of government educational policies which focus on solving problems in the current and future economy – such as skilling the work force to address identified skills shortages. There are so many other things which are important to future life happiness, sense of fulfilment and the success of school leavers, throughout their lives. Sure, good academic or vocational results might make the transition to life after school a bit easier. However, it is characteristics which are less easily measured, and therefore not as easily reported on, which really contribute to success. Attributes such as resilience, strong values, a sense of purpose in life, confidence, flexibility and the capacity to learn and adapt to change are examples of such attributes. Parents and teachers should think about how we measure success in our young people. Terms such as excellence, standards and success are one way to do it. Terms such as well-being, flourishing and happiness reflect a different perspective on the measurement of success. Neither is wrong, and both are needed. Yours in Christ

Pastor Dr Craig Murison PRINCIPAL

Welcome to Term 4! This term always seems to fly by quickly, yet we have so many events to pack into the next eight weeks. Please check your MCC Calendar for dates – we are looking forward to the Year 11 Leadership Camp, the Gala Concert, the Trade Training Centre and Sports Awards evenings, the Senior, Middle and Junior School Celebration Nights, the Pre-Prep Celebration Evening, Senior Graduation Dinner and Activities Week for the Middle School.


AVERILL = 2665 DENNIS = 3237 EVANS = 3548 YOUNG = 3323

Since the introduction of our new House Families in 2005, each House Family has won the Overall House Family Championship Shield at least once – except Evans. I am very excited to see that this may be EVANS’ year to win!! My prayers are with you. Don’t give up now!

iPads FOR YEAR 6 & 7 IN 2013


Last term, we farewelled Mrs Rebecca Roberts, and this term we welcome Mr John Ilao, Mr Rikky Murphy and Miss Monique Soares. As the year draws to a close, one of our tasks is to interview and recommend new teachers for 2013. Please continue to pray that God matches your child with just the right teachers who will both encourage and challenge them to grow and mature.


This has been the first year ever where I have not taught at least one class. But in Term 4, I have the privilege of teaching the Year 12 Biology class. I am enjoying the experience already after just one lesson. Why? Because our students’ brains tick over with some great questions. The topic is Evolution/Creation and usually most students arrive with a pre-conceived idea of which ‘story’ about the origin of this world is correct. The truth is that we can prove neither story absolutely, but as scientists, we can investigate the evidence and then make a judgement about which story best fits the evidence available. I love that the evidence for a Creator God is overwhelming, but my task is to have students look at how the evidence is able to be applied to both origin stories, and then each must make a decision for themselves – a decision that includes eternal consequences...

The College ICT Committee has decided to introduce iPads as the student-owned computing device for students in Year 6 & 7 in 2013. Students in Year 8-12 will also have the option of purchasing an iPad, but if you have bought a Notebook, these will still be the major computer resource item for students in Year 8-12.

Romans 1:20 states: ‘For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.’

Please read the information letter included in this Newsletter which gives more details about the iPad program for 2013.

May you and your family be richly blessed Mrs Lesley Tunnah Deputy Principal


Thank you to all the parents who are utilising the Hotline number 4963 1199 and the email address to notify us of their child’s absence. It may be helpful for you to store the hotline number in your mobile phone so you have it on hand when needed. We really appreciate you using these methods of contacting us. However we still accept the late/absentee slips, if this is your preferred method of notifying us. Please send your child to the Office if you require more slips which you can store in the glovebox of your car. Just a reminder that if you are notifying the College via email please use the ‘away’ email address preferably to the generic mcc email address.

Absentee email:


Absentee Hotline: 4963 1199

For your convenience we have facility on our College Website for you to advise us if your student will be away. Go to - under the ‘contact us’ tab - to fill in the details with the dates your child was absent and a brief reason for their absence.

STUDENT OWNED iPads TO BE INTRODUCED TO MCC IN JANUARY 2013 Mackay Christian College has invested in computing devices to assist student and teacher learning since 1995. Computer network access for all students at the College remains a priority. In 2010, the student-owned laptop computer program was introduced in the Middle School and this program now applies to students currently in Year 7 – 10. Other students in the College have had access to College computer Notebooks through classroom laptop trolley sets. After much discussion and investigation of the most appropriate, available tool for students at this time, MCC has decided to introduce student-owned iPads in 2013.

In 2013, an Apple iPad will be a compulsory part of parent provided materials for students commencing or continuing in Year 6 & 7. PURCHASING YOUR CHILD’S iPad & ESSENTIAL APPS

Parents will need to purchase their child’s Apple iPad. A variety of stores in Mackay sell this item. (The College is currently investigating the possibility of parents having access to an educational discount – we will inform you of news about this as it comes to hand). The College will also provide a list of essential apps in the Student Needs List for 2013 that will need to be purchased and loaded on your child’s iPad.

The College recommends purchase of an Apple iPad with the following minimum requirements:

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a full sized iPad screen (not an iPad mini) a 3rd generation iPad with at least 16 Gb memory Wifi capability only (NOT 3G. This will provide your child with supervised, filtered access to internet sites through the College Network) a robust protective case that covers the screen and protects the corners of the iPad (eg the Griffin Survivor case) $50 itunes gift card to establish an itunes account for purchase of necessary apps

We strongly recommend that you do not purchase an iPad with 3G capability, since 3G connection capability would allow your child to bypass the College Security Network and access the open internet. Teachers are currently unable to monitor this access effectively.

Advantages for the use of an Apple iPad include:

• • • • •

lightweight (approx 660g) purchased applications (apps) remain the property of the parent or student (at least 13 yrs old) through their iTunes account wireless connectivity battery life lasts longer than the current Notebooks insurance – your iPad may be included in your ‘House and Contents’ policy

Students who already own a Notebook computer will continue to access the College Network via their Notebook. However, any student in Year 8-12 has the option of purchasing and using an Apple iPad at the College from January 2013.


Please watch this space for details of a Parent iPad Information Evening to be held later this term. At this evening, iPads will be on display and demonstrated. Have your questions ready! Mrs Lesley Tunnah Deputy Principal


The Australian Government announced in the 2012 Budget that the Education Tax Refund (ETR) would be replaced by a new payment called the Schoolkids Bonus. For further information, please visit the following website http://www.families.fahcsia.


Last year we had parents request assistance on how to setup parental controls on student Notebooks, such as the amount of time or time of day/night the Notebook can be used. If you wish to setup Parental Controls, please follow the below internet link to open the instructions on how to set-up parental controls. Happy Clicking Mr Bill Corbett ICT Manager


Welcome back to Term 4! Can you believe it? I sure can’t. Firstly I apologise for the lack of a newsletter entry in the last newsletter – unfortunately illness struck many of us down last term and I was SOOOOOOOOOO sick I couldn’t even raise a newsletter for you. So I hope and pray this one makes up for my tardiness! I love returning to school after term break to hear the stories of fun and adventure experienced by our College community. This term they ranged from trips to Sydney, the Outback, Canada, Vietnam (although Miss Hudson chose to remain there for her long service leave) and of course to those who chose to have adventure close to home. I headed off to Sydney for a couple of important events. One to see my great nephew again – just to check up on his welfare and progress! Don’t worry I won’t bore you with more cute photos. However the second highlight was a reunion afternoon with my close knit group of girlfriends from Year 12 in 1982. Yes if you’re quick at mathematics that is 30 years. Once I overcame the shock and distress at being 30 years out of school, my excitement grew. Nine women met at the Opera House on a beautiful spring Sunday. The waiter at the establishment just

laughed at this group of 47 year old women squealing like school girls again as we met each other. As we had discussions we calculated that the last time we were all together was at my wedding in 1989. What a wonderful afternoon of reminiscing and memories. One story that made me laugh was the perpetual ‘get out of sport’ note that we all kept in our bags. Amazingly three of us had chronic muscle strains throughout our Senior year – and nobody ever questioned it! As we shared together photos and our lives since then, it reminded me just how important it is to make memories at school for our students that may last 30 years. My hope and prayer is that our students will have a similar experience to mine remembering their school days way in the future – except I do think our PE Teachers would be on to the muscle strain note pretty quick! Upon our return to Mackay we were delighted to find a new calf in the Ag Centre. Make sure you read Mr Hair’s article for more details. But one of the greatest family adventures we have shared has to be our Friday night delivery of the second calf – Garnet. As a midwife in my past life, I was quite excited and felt reasonably prepared for assisting in the delivery of a

breech calf. I have been privileged to be present at a number of births, including those that require assistance in some way. But I must say my respect for cows shot sky high as that beautiful Droughtmaster Citrine laboured without even the slightest ‘moo’ and as three people pulled her baby out with chains she merely turned and began to lick and love her new calf. I know they are tough, but what a lovely example of maternal love in God’s creatures. We rejoiced (after cleaning up!) as we watched little Garnet struggle onto her stiff and likely sore legs and feed for the first time. We are so blessed to have access to such fantastic experiences for our students. Yes we got it all on film and I know that Mr Hair has been sharing the story with his classes. We now have two very cute calves with two more to come. As you will have read throughout this newsletter, after much discussion and research the College Executive have decided that the new device to be used within the school will be the Apple iPad. In the coming weeks a selection of teachers will be becoming familiar with this device and investigating ways to enhance the learning experiences of students using a variety of Apps. It has become a bit of a joke around the office – ‘There must be an App for that’, and surprisingly there usually is! As we continue to explore Just in Time learning using iPads and Notebooks, we can be assured that the students of 2012 will be equipped and ready for all that they may encounter in their future. Stay alert for further information and letters being sent home with details. Term 4 will be short and sweet BUT very full. Here is a snapshot: • Year 12 folios are currently being sent away for verification – this thorough and lengthy process will assist in the allocation of OP’s and Credits for the QCE. A big thank you to all the staff who have worked tirelessly to pull these submissions together.

Awards and Celebration Nights will roll through the term – lots of later nights and photos to be taken – a very exciting time for our College families.

Year 8 Orientation Day will be held on Wednesday 21st November. Be on the look out for further information regarding this exciting day for our Year 7’s.

Year 5 students will also participate in a Campus Orientation as they look forward to moving from Providence to King’s Park Campus for Year 6 – details out soon.

I’m sure there is much more to tell you, but I will wait until next time. Bless you all Mrs Robyn Hair Head of Teaching & Learning

CROCODILE TROPHY ‘The Hardest, Longest and Most Adventurous Mountain Bike Race in the World!’ Next week I will be taking long service leave for a fortnight, travelling through beautiful Cape York. I will kind of be doing a cruise from the rainforest near Cairns to the bulldust near Maytown and finishing up near the reef at Cooktown. The route will cover nearly 1000 kilometres over 9 days.

To just make the start line I have had to overcome a broken collarbone and a couple of ribs in July and have disciplined myself to get up 4am for 80k training rides every weekday morning in preparation for longer weekend rides and races.

Some will know it as ‘The Hardest, Longest and Most Adventurous Mountain Bike Race in the World’. Our team from Mackay will be riding for the RUOK? Foundation raising awareness about the importance of supporting each other through life’s ups and downs.

With the race yet to come, I have already learnt valuable lessons about the importance of endurance, perseverance, discipline and responsible stewardship.

More information about the race can be found at


I have heard that SBS will be broadcasting parts of the race and it will feature on Cycling Central during and after the race on Sunday afternoons at 5pm. There may be live/daily webcasts also. Please pray that I am safe, healthy and competitive during the race and make the most of not only an amazing opportunity to race with the world’s best, but to be a living book that gives glory to God.

I look forward to coming back to MCC with plenty of exciting stories just in time to celebrate the Graduation of our Year 12 Class of 2012.

We are pleased to advise that Mackay Christian College has been approved under the QATSIF (Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation) Queensland Certificate of Education Scholarship Support 2013-2014 Program to provide scholarships to 4 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants to complete their Queensland Certificate of Education. Congratulations to Tyler Little, Luke Dunrobin, Isaiah Derdziak and Travis Wallace. God Bless Pastor Peter Lister Head of Senior School College Chaplain

important dates OCTOBER Year 11 Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wednesday 17th - Friday 19th Student Free Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monday 22nd Gala Twilight Concert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tuesday 23rd Prep Orientation Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wednesday 24th Junior School Swimming Carnival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday 25th Mackay Eisteddfod (various performances) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday 25th - Sunday 27th MCCTTC Awards Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wednesday 31st NOVEMBER Sports Awards Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday 1st Nth QLD Babies & Kids Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturday 3rd

Welcome back to Term 4. This is a very important term for many of our Middle School students as they complete their academic studies and plan ahead for what options will be available for next year.

Year 6 & 7 students will experience a change in the way they learn also. Moving classrooms and experiencing a wider variety of teachers and subjects will enhance their learning and relationships with the teaching staff.

Year 9 students will be placed in Maths classes in Year 10 based on their level of understanding of their work this year. It is very important that students do their very best this term so that future opportunities and career choices are not limited because they did not work to their potential this year.

Parents can help their students achieve to their potential by being engaged with their progress. How well can they read, spell, add, multiply and divide. These are the basic skills that will enable students to learn quickly and effectively now and in the future. Consistent attention to these skills at home will reinforce their learning and prevent them from falling behind, and losing opportunities for future employment. If you have concerns about your child’s progress, please contact the College so that we can work together to improve their learning.

Year 8 students will be selecting electives that could lead to changes in their career goals. Whatever subjects the students find themselves in they need to do their very best to open as many doors as possible in their future endeavours.

Yours in Christ 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 4 & 5 Learn to Swim lessons; Prep 2013 Orientation Day; Junior School Swimming Carnival (25th October); Junior School Celebration Night and 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 on 4963 1100.


Our Prep-Year 5 Swimming Carnival is to be held on Thursday 25th October 2012 at Pioneer Pool. All parents and grandparents are welcome to join us for a fun-filled half day of swimming activities and events. There will be prizes for the best dressed (dress in House Family colours) and prizes for family participation. There will be a MARCH PAST some very serious judges at approximately 11am. Do you know which House Family Group your family belongs to???? Do you know what colours to wear and bring on the day? This is an event NOT to be missed and we even have events for YOU to participate with us! I look forward to seeing you there!


House Family tattoos will be on sale for $1 from Providence Reception for the Swimming Carnival. Come on, buy a tattoo and support the College and your House Family!


This term we welcome Miss Monique Soares to our teaching team. Monique is replacing Mrs Terri DuPreez on Year 2A for the term whilst Mrs DuPreez takes some Long Service Leave. Please take some time to meet Miss Soares and welcome her to our College community.


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 your contact details. Mrs Alison Bannister Head of Junior Campus

YEAR 12 GRADUATION Tickets Tickets for the Graduation are now on sale until TODAY Friday 12th October (for the first round of ticket sales) then all unsold tickets will go up for resale from MONDAY 15th October until FRIDAY 26th October. Tickets for students are to be purchased from the College Front Office while all other tickets for family and friends are to be purchased directly from the Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre (MECC).

OCTOBER IS ANXIETY & DEPRESSION AWARENESS MONTH Test anxiety can cause a student to go blank, panic, be fearful, freeze, zone out or feel overwhelmed. Test anxiety becomes a problem when it affects the ability to think logically and recall information. Test anxiety can affect the body and mind, with physical signs as well as mental signs. There is no magical cure to test anxiety. It is common and many of us, at some time, have experienced some level of test anxiety. Physical signs include tightness of muscles, sweating, nausea, sweaty hands, increased heartbeat, feeling faint, having a headache or feeling shaky. It can cause a ‘flight’ or avoidance reaction. Doing poorly on a previous test can also increase test anxiety as we remember the bad experience. If we think we will perform poorly, we can have a reaction consistent with that expectation. Test anxiety can be a performance anxiety, especially if we have a very high expectation of ourselves. We can put pressure on ourselves to do well or get a perfect result. Reaction to stressful thoughts and fears can become distracting during the test. Not being prepared for a test, not having studied enough, not knowing the work, finding the work difficult or feeling tired can also result in anxiety. At the same time, stress can be used as a good reminder to prepare for the test in advance.

Graduation Dinner A final updated letter outlining the details for the Year 12 Graduation has been sent home with each of the students this week along with a copy of the College Dress Code for the event. This information also been emailed to those parents who have provided us with their current email address. If you do not received a copy of this letter please let the ladies in the College Office know and we will organise to get a copy to you. If you have any questions regarding the Graduation please do not hesitate in contacting the College Office. Mrs Jacinta Kliese Public Relations & Events Coordinator

The development of good study habits is important. ‘Cramming’ for the test the night before does not allow for a deeper level of understanding, organisation of information in the brain and confidence. More frequent, regular study will allow for studying and understanding what might be on the test. Try these strategies:

- Use good time management; use time effectively to adequately prepare for the test.

- Stop negative self-talk about the test. Do not send yourself negative thoughts and expectations. Do not keep saying that you are going to do badly on the test.

- Say that you know the work to the best of your ability and will do the best you can on the test.

- Learn to accept any mistakes you make on the test.

- Try muscle relaxation techniques and slow breathing. Have a good sleep beforehand, get exercise and eat healthily.

- During the test stay focused and concentrate, read the questions carefully and follow any directions; return to the more difficult questions later in the testing time if you can. If an essay is required, take a moment to write an outline first.

Happy Learning Ms Donna Maurer Learning Enrichment Centre Manager

Hello from both of our Lovely Libraries.

Radical Reading Challenge

During Weeks 1-5, all students from Prep to Year 5 will be once again 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 School 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!

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! If your child’s school report hasn’t arrived in the mail, it may be because of overdue books or unpaid chocolate money. 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, including text books and calculators, about one week before they finish school for 2012. We then clean and repair everything ready for 2013. Thank you parents, for reinforcing this responsibility with your children at home.

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 2nd November.

Parent Borrowing

We welcome parents 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. Below are a few titles from the Parents Section of the Senior Campus Library (King’s Park). Any parent is welcome to borrow. Providence Campus Library also has resources just for parents. Love & Respect – The Love She Most Desires, The Respect He Desperately Needs by Dr Emerson Eggerichs Launching Your Kids for Life by Bob & Cheryl Reccord Fireproof (from the creators of Facing the Giants) - DVD Teaching True Love to a Sex-at-13 Generation by Eric & Leslie Ludy Living Beyond Your Circumstances (with Joni Eareckson Tada) – DVD Come in and check out what is happening in the Libraries, borrow a novel, or browse through our collection. You are very welcome. Happy Reading Mrs Robyn Hopper Head of Libraries

Thank you to Jeff Richardson from the Andergrove Convenience Store for sponsoring the Library and Trade Training Centre with Daily Mercury papers

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Because of your generosity at Grandparents Day 2012, over 80 new books were added to our Junior School Library. These books will continue to delight, engage, educate and inspire our students and your grandchildren for many years to come. On behalf of the Staff and Students of Mackay Christian College we would like to thank you for your valuable contribution to our College Library Resources.

Welcome to Term 4. This is the term that rushes by so here are the main points.


We only have a few more students to interview and then the letters of offer for positions in the Trade Training Centre should be mailed out around Friday 2nd November. If you have not been contacted regarding an interview please contact Narelle Braak through the College Office - 4963 1100.


The Mackay Christian College Trade Training Centre Awards will be held on Wednesday 31st October commencing at 6.00pm with nibbles. The ceremony will start at 6.30pm sharp. All Trade Training Centre Students and Parents are invited to attend.

Welcome to a very busy and exciting term filled with opportunities for students to glorify God by using their gifts and talents. Please make note of these dates for all of the upcoming events over the next couple of weeks. Of particular interest is the Eisteddfod and the Gala Concert. The Drama Club and the Primary Choirs are participating in this year’s Eisteddfod. Please support your child in this as they have been preparing for this competition since May. A letter explaining the finer details will be sent home soon.


Work Experience for Year 11 TTC students will be conducted in the week from 3rd to 7th December. Forms for this will need to be in by the end of next week at the latest. Year 12 TTC students are working hard to secure their opportunities on the completion of Year 12. We are getting a good response from employers but some matches are still hard to find. We have some employers with jobs we cannot fill and still some students who have not yet found their match, and a number of students working their way through the employment process. If you know of businesses looking for apprentices for 2013 please let us know. That is the news in brief. Until next time Mr Peter Hopper Director Trade Training Centre Head of Faculty Industrial & Vocational Learning


Drama Performance for Eisteddfod will take place on Friday 27th October at 6.30pm.


The Eisteddfod dates and times for the choirs are as follows:

Thursday 25th October Year 3 Choir 1pm, Session 95, Section 3B Year 4 & 5 Choir 6:30pm, Session 97, Section 4A/B

My thanks to Miss Tamara Smith and Miss Amanda Howard for the time they have invested in preparing our students for the Eisteddfod. May God bless them both richly.

Friday 26th October


Thank you for your continued support.

The Gala Concert will take place in the Faith Centre on Tuesday 23rd October commencing at 6.30pm. This concert will showcase performances from both the Creative Academy and Creative Arts.

Year 2 Choir 8:30am, Session 99, Section 2

Mrs Danielle Smith Head of Faculty Creative Arts Head of Faculty English


Exact times for all ensembles are to be notified by EMAIL and a note has been handed out at rehearsal. Mackay Eisteddfod does charge an entrance fee for parents but not for performers. All performances will be held at the Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre (MECC).


Junior String Ensemble 8:30am (approximate arrival time). Travel to MECC and return by bus in the morning


In preparation for the Eisteddfod on Tuesday 16th October the Wind Ensemble will be having some extra rehearsals. These dates have been sent out in previous newsletters and an email from Mrs Williams as well.

UNIFORMS: Scholarship Band and Junior String Ensemble members should wear Formal College Uniform. All other ensembles should wear Cultural Uniform with black socks (not white or blue).

Mon 15th Oct Rehearsal Seated ready to play at 7:30am

Scholarship Band & Year 6 - 7 Bel Canto Band Bus leaves MCC at 8:30am and will return by lunchtime.

Tues 16th Oct Eisteddfod performances

Wed 17th Oct Sleep In. No RehearsaL. Lessons are on. SBP parents to drop off at King’s Park Campus by 8am to meet Mrs Williams. Arrive in Formal College uniform ACCOUNTS and bring change to sports uniform if needed. By now you would have received your last Creative Academy BCB Arrive at school normal time for rehearsal at 7:30am account for the year. The discount period ends Friday 19th (Year 6 & 7 ONLY). Arrive in Cultural Uniform and bring October. It would be appreciated if all accounts could be change to normal school uniform. finalised by this date so we can finalise our Creative Academy teachers’ pays. Wind Ensemble & Jazz Ensemble (Year 8-12) Bus leaves MCC at 1:30pm.

Students may need to make their own way home and then back for evening performances.

Students who drive will need to follow the correct procedure for driving themselves.

Bel Canto Band (Year 6 - 10) and String Ensemble Arrive at MECC 5:45pm. Travel to and from MECC arranged by parents. SE is performing at 6:30pm (1st item) BCB is performing the 5th item Wind Ensemble Arrival times if only in WE is 6:30pm Jazz Ensemble Arrival times if only in JE is 7:00pm WE, JE then Flute Ensemble perform later that evening.


16th October – Eisteddfod at MECC, various times: All Ensembles – Cultural Uniform SBP, BCB, SE, WE & JE 17th October – Eisteddfod at MECC, 8:30am: Junior String Ensemble Cultural Uniform 20th October – Bunnings Sausage Sizzle SE, WE & JE students and parents 23rd October – Gala Twilight Concert 6:30pm start at MCC Faith Centre: All Ensembles 13th November – Senior School Celebration Night at Powerhouse, Junior Campus: WE & JE 27th November – Middle School Celebration Night at Powerhouse, Junior Campus: BCB & JE 4th December – Junior School Celebration Night at Powerhouse, Junior Campus: SBP & String Ensemble Creating in Christ Mr Earl Winterstein Head of Creative Academy


Our Under 14 Boys Red Team played in the preliminary final on Friday 21st September against Midgets. It was a fantastic game with a lot of MCC supporters on the sidelines cheering them on but, unfortunately we lost by one point. Well done to the boys and their coach Mrs Nita Lawton for making it this far. Our Under 16 Boys Team played in the Grand Final against Whitsunday, who had won all their games for the year except one which they drew against our boys. It was a great game with our boys winning 32-38. Well done to the Under 16 Boys Team and their coach Mr Allan Payne.


Sports Profile forms are available at the Front Office for nominations which must be returned by Wednesday 17th October.


We still have outstanding Netball and Soccer uniforms. Could they please be returned to the Front Office as soon as possible.



On Friday, September 14th a group of 10 students in Year 11/12 Recreation Studies and 11/12 PE, along with Miss Hazell, participated in a sea kayaking trip that took place in the Whitsundays. They departed from Shute Harbour and paddled approximately 15km return trip to South Molle and Middle Molle Islands.


It was a perfect day for weather, with hardly any wind and lots of sunshine. It was amazing to see God’s creation with the beautiful coral underneath the water. The students enjoyed navigating using maps to find their way, and rose to the challenge of completing this trip. Many thanks to Mr Graham for driving the group, and to Mr & Mrs Tunnah for their helpful support.

The annual Year 8 Sports Day was held on Wednesday 19th September. A great day was had by all who participated. We had a student receive the most valuable female player in Volleyball – congratulations Elizabeth Fitos.

The Year 10 students went to Kippen Street Tennis Court last term to implement their skills that they had learnt during their Tennis Unit.

Ms Ulla Hansson Head of Faculty HPE

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As parents, the anticipated arrival of children is an exciting time especially if it is the first child. Talking with a mate over the weekend he and his wife are expecting their second child and he explained to me that prior to the birth of their first child, he and his wife were attending birthing classes. They were eager to know every detail about the birth of their first child. This time however my mate told me that while he was excited about the arrival of their second child he wasn’t up on all the details as to the progress of his wife’s pregnancy but was just relaxing and waiting for the birth. ‘What has this story got to do with AG?’ I hear you ask. Well I’m glad you did ask! Just over 283 days ago (the gestation time for cows is about 283 days) our four Droughtmaster heifers completed an AI (Artificial Insemination) program. If you are quick with your maths you will have worked out that we should have 4 new calves on the ground. On Sunday 30th September I came in to feed the cattle and found an extra set of feet on the ground, ‘Quarry Hill Fluorite’ had arrived (our female cows are named after precious gemstones). By this time Kate, our farm manager, and I had done the sums and worked out that possibly only 2 of our heifers were successful in the AI program and our other 2 heifers conceived to a bull from Tara View Droughtmasters (our back up plan worked thanks to Mr Jeff & Mrs Elly Scells).

So I was now feeling relaxed, 1 calf on the ground, 1 to come and 2 more in 3-5 weeks, however on Friday afternoon I noticed that Citrine had started to go into labour and one hoof was showing. I thought that if I was to come back later that afternoon we would have another addition to our stud. When I came back to check on her progress I realised that something was not right, unbeknown to me Citrine’s calf was breech, so I called the vet who then came around and I assisted with the delivery of ‘Quarry Hill Garnet’ another cute little heifer. A bit of excitement for me having not assisted with the delivery of a calf beofre and so much for being relaxed and care free about the second calf!! What a privilege it is to work at MCC Agricultural Centre of Excellence where the students get an opportunity to witness and experience life on a farm from birth to maturity of our cattle and God’s creation. Thanks to Stabler and Howlet Veterinary surgeons for their support of the MCC Ag Centre and my support team of Mrs Hair and Daniel Hair. Please feel free to drop in and say G’day and check out our new calves. Till next time keep the billy boiling and see you in the long yard. Mr Murray Hair Agriculture Centre of Excellence Coordinator

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While some families took holidays and teachers had a well deserved break over the last two weeks, here at OSHCare the staff and kids were having an absolute blast at our Gameshow and Mad Science week adventures. Survivor games, Minute to Win it and Slime Day were amongst a variety of fun filled days we all had together. You only need to ask one of our kids to find out how much we all love OSHCare. Don’t miss out on our amazing Christmas holiday adventures coming at the end of this year.


Needed – Any empty soft drink bottles and tissue boxes to be used for a variety of activities.

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We are constantly adding to your children’s OSHCare Learning Scrapbooks. These scrapbooks will contain photos of your children at OSHCare, some of the arts and crafts they have made and stories of learning experiences your children have had during their time at OSHCare.


Do any of our OSHCare families have a local business that could be of interest to our families? If so, perhaps you could bring along business cards and/or brochures to share with all our OSHCare families. Until next time Mrs Katie Campbell MCC OSHCare Director

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Woodwork: Pencil Case & Work Book

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Maths A: Assignment

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Year 11 Camp

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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 Ave North, North Mackay. Coming Up at Mackay Christian Family: October 14th Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30am with Ps Tim Spark 6.00pm with Bevan Little & Jen du Toit October 21st Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30am & 6:00pm with Ps David Westbrook October 28th Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30am Kid’s Church Takeover 6.00pm Family Fun Night November 4th Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30am & 6:00pm with Ps James Macpherson 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


Revolution Youth Ministry is the teenage ministry of Mackay Christian Family Church. RevLive roars to life Friday nights from 7pm - 9pm at the Faith Centre for Year 8 - 12 with passionate praise and worship, relevant and real preaching and a crazy good atmosphere to hang... Come get Reved!


Office: The Cottage, 9 Quarry Street Postal: PO Box 3215, North Mackay QLD 4740 Ph: 07 4963 1155 Fax: 07 4942 5003 Email: Web:

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Five week Parenting courses commencing 28th October at the Mackay Church of Christ, Beaconsfield Road. Parenting Children (0-10yrs) commencing 2.30pm and Parenting Teenagers (1118yrs) commencing 6.30pm. Length approx. 2hrs each. Cost $10 per adult. Bookings essential. For more information ph Miranda 4955 2585.


Pharaoh Hound cross puppies to give away, they will be medium sized dogs. They would make great family pets or could be used for hunting. They will be wormed and treated for ticks and fleas. If you are interested please ring Kate on 0407 867 398.


Hewlett Packard laptop (school standard) purchased at beginning of 2012 and received in about March from HP (so basically Brand New!) for sale. Comes with Hewlett Packard laptop bag and Hewlett Packard optical travel mouse. $800 ono. Paid $1200. For more information contact Jacqui DuBois on 0439 957 324.


Fun & Fitness exclusively for 5 & 6 year old boys and girls. The GymMix class at Mackay Gymnastics Monday afternoons is a fusion of all gymsports (Artistic gymnastics, sports acrobatics, sport aerobics, trampoline & cheer). Learn co-ordination and balance as well as having lots of FUN. Don’t miss out on a place in the Term 4 class. Bookings phone 4953 1425.


RentConnect helps Queenslanders to find and secure a home to rent in the private market. RentConnect helps people who are able to manage a tenancy but who are struggling to access the private rental market due to non-financial barriers. Specialist RentConnect Officers work together with clients to identify what type of assistance they may need. For more information contact Mary Richardson or Shannan Leicht on 07 4967 1494.




Raymont Lodge Residential College provides fully furnished, single room accommodation for students who live 100kms from Brisbane who wish to undertake tertiary study in Brisbane within a supportive Christian environment. Located 4km from the city and close to UQ, QUT and public transport. More information available online at or by contacting the College 07 3377 9903.


Mackay Junior and Youth Orchestras meet each Monday afternoon 4.15pm to 6pm at the CQU Conservatorium of Music, Planlands. Students of all instruments are invited to audition for either the Junior Orchestra or Youth Orchestra. For more details email or


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. Birthday Party bookings are available. For opening hours and prices, you can visit or phone us on 4953 5575.


You are invited to join your community at The Walk for Juvenile Diabetes which is on again in Mackay. The Walk will be held on Saturday 13th October. The Walk site will open at 8.30am with the Walk starting at 9am. The 3km Walk will start at Caneland Park, is pram and wheelchair friendly and dogs are permitted. We will have face painting and a sausage sizzle at the end of our walk. If you would like to participate in this Walk, please register today at

NAB AFL Auskick is the Australian Football League’s key introductory program for Primary school-aged boys and girls and their families. Through our WEEKLY COACHING PROGRAM, you’ll learn the skills of the game through appropriately modified activities and rules, play football in a fun and safe environment, and make plenty of new friends too! Over 1800 participants were involved in the Auskick program throughout Mackay and the Whitsundays in 2011! Participants will enjoy 8 weeks of AFL coaching (fully accredited coaches), and receive fantastic benefits which include: 2012 AFL Auskick backpack, Sherrin football, pump, cap, stationary pack, water bottle, height chart, footy cards, NAB kickback book and insurance!! Your local AFL club affiliated to your school is the Northern Beaches Magpies, with Junior teams U9s to U18s.


Sign on & 1st Session: Tuesday 16th October, 2012. Time: 3.15pm – 4.15pm (every TUES for 8 weeks) Venue: Mackay Christian College Junior Oval Cost: $60 for children aged 5 (in 2012) to 12 yrs old. Visit to register! For more information contact: AFL QLD Mackay Office on 4951 0622 or AFL Development Officer Dion Obst on 0424 156 248.


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Mackay Christian College Newsletter