Page 1

Newsletter No. 19 | Friday 9th November 2012

Dear Parents At this time of year, every year, I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time with numbers. Now, don’t misunderstand me, I like numbers, in right measure. However, I get to the end of a day where I have done little else but work with numbers and I feel starved of conversation. The sorts of numbers which monopolise my time include developing the next year’s budget, enrolments, class sizes, student teacher ratios, fee calculations, predictions for the end of year figures, salary and wage calculations and a range of operating benchmarks. These are all a big part of the job and very necessary for the College to function well. I know that some people actually feel that they can have some sort of conversation with numbers, that they talk to them. I guess I can understand someone who gets excited about mathematics or accounting feeling that way. I confess that this is not so in my case. I find that I go a bit numb if all I have done all day is complete mathematical calculations, build spreadsheets and analyse numerical data. God created us to live in relationship with one another. We call that ‘community.’ We are independent and interdependent at the same time. Anyone who says that they do not need anyone else is really only fooling themselves. We all rely on other people to some degree - some more than others. I for one, am glad that we are created to live in community, that we are not condemned to the solitary existence of a hermit. Thankfully, when I find the numbers and silence getting too much for me I can have a conversation with the Lord. Not only are we created to live in community with one another, we are also created to live in community with our God. It sure helps get me through some days! Yours in Christ

Pastor Dr Craig Murison PRINCIPAL

The Senior School Celebration Night is next Tuesday 13th November, 6.30pm in Powerhouse on the Providence Campus. I am soooo excited! Both the Senior & Middle School Celebration Nights and the House Family Celebration Morning (next Wednesday 14th) are wonderful opportunities to celebrate the gifts and talents of our students, and to appreciate the dedication of our teachers. The theme for next Tuesday evening is ‘Celebrating God’s Opportunities’, and the focus will be the amazing variety of opportunities offered by Mackay Christian College to our students, and how taking on those opportunities and challenges allow our students to grow and mature. Ms Lindy McQuaker and her Film & TV students have been completing a project that I have asked them to do in readiness for next Tuesday – I set them the task of producing a number of ‘ads’ that reflected our appreciation for teachers and the work they do. Sadly, some people think that their education has just happened by accident, but as well as the essential foundation that parents give to their children’s learning, teachers work in partnership with parents to complete the child’s overall education. What a great responsibility for both parents and teachers. However, the rewards are great! To see our Seniors getting ready to graduate is like a mother watching her children getting ready to venture out into the world. Have we done enough to prepare them? Will they be safe? Will they keep in touch? What does their future hold in measures of joy and hardship?

It has been 34 years since I first stepped into a classroom. My passions then were Mathematics and Science, particularly Biology and Chemistry. But I also loved musicals and dance and established school musicals in my first 2 High Schools in Roma and Weipa. Teachers bring a toolbox of experiences into their classrooms with them. Experiences that stretch their students’ imaginations or challenge them to be more than they ever thought they could be. These are the real gifts teachers impart to students. Some students do not understand that these gifts have been offered with love and care for them, and so they choose to reject them. They may never fully realise what opportunities they have let slip by. But years later, if a person is asked to remember their favourite teacher, at least one face will come to mind. It may be the teacher that pushed you until you couldn’t fail Physics any more, but instead celebrated the joy of finally passing with you! Or it may be the teacher whose persistence in holding you accountable helped you to understand the meaning of integrity, or it may be the teacher whose jokes were consistently so cheesy that you still laugh at them years later! As we come to the end of another school year, I pray that you appreciate your teachers. For the most part, it is a fairly thankless job – people are swift to criticise and slow to thank. I encourage you to take every opportunity you can before this year ends, to let your teachers know how much you appreciate their input into your life. May God richly bless you and your family Mrs Lesley Tunnah Deputy Principal

POSITIONS VACANT We have a vacancy in our Public Relations & Events Office for 2013. The position may involve the organisation and running of College events, management of the College’s marketing strategy and the coordination of College enrolments. The successful applicant must have experience in administration, demonstrated competence in events management, will have a professional telephone manner, be a competent user of MS Office programs (Word, Excel and Outlook), have the ability to multi-task and be able to work well in a busy office environment. The successful applicant will also have a warm, enthusiastic and welcoming disposition. A working with Children ‘Blue Card’ or the eligibility for one is essential. Applications must include a Public Relations & Events Application Form available via the College website at Applications should also include a Minister’s reference. Expressions of Interest for the position can be addressed to the Principal and submitted via the College Office or emailed to

parent survey

Dear Parents and Caregivers Thank you to those parents who took the time to respond to the Parent Survey that we published in MCC College Newsletter on 26 October 2012. I have included the link again to give opportunity to those parents who have not yet responded to be able to do so. The link is located below. This survey will provide us with useful information for our Strategic Planning as we move forward in using technology more effectively in our classrooms. Please submit only one survey per family. Cut and paste this link into your browser to complete the survey Thank you Mrs Candace Murison College e-Coach

‘If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.’

Abraham Maslow

Abraham Maslow is probably best known for his work in Psychology and the development of his theory - Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. As I reflected on this quote I saw the truth behind his thinking. In the educational realm, we are so often challenged to try new things. It has become more and more evident that teachers must be learners themselves in order to maintain a degree of knowledge and understanding not only of how their students learn, but also what motivates and inspires them. As we travel this educational journey we are all learners, we are all doers and we are all teachers.

Learners – I have now been blessed with using an iPad for the past 6 months and have fallen in love with its simplicity and ‘fun’. My learning curve is steep and constant BUT fun! As we begin a journey with iPads in 2013 we are preparing our teachers by providing them with an iPad, conducting professional development activities to assist them to develop their ‘toolbox’ and setting aside time to collaborate with their colleagues. If I can be so bold as to call myself an experienced iPad user, I can also be bold enough to tell you that I am learning on an hour by hour daily basis of just what potential this mobile device has in education. The iPad has within it the potential to provide teachers with a ‘gazillion’ tools to replace the one hammer! T.S.Elliot once wrote ‘It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape, not from our own time — for we are bound by that — but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time.’ Teaching tools such as the iPad provide opportunities for our teachers and students to escape into a future that seems to hold no bounds. Doers – Education is a constantly moving profession and if

we stop and stand still we are bound to be bowled over! Being a ‘doer’ requires so much. Energy, motivation, time, skills, tools, collaboration - and the list goes on. As a ‘doer’ we learn so we can enact our new knowledge. Doing is part of being and growing into individuals who can make a difference to our world. As teacher – doers we are constantly enacting our new knowledge for the benefit of our students to carry forward the doing. Sounds complicated but really it is as simple as ‘paying it forward’ – in our doing we are giving!

Teachers – Every teacher here at MCC has the equivalent of a 4 year degree, some have a Masters Degree and some even have a Doctorate. But the reality is that we don’t need a degree to learn from life – we simply need an open heart and desire to become better human beings.

I have learnt more from my children in regards to using my iPad than I have at many of the conferences I have attended. As teachers we open ourselves up to being taught by anyone around us, including our students. We are a Learning Community here at MCC and that is what I love about this place – NO-ONE should be afraid of learning, doing or teaching – it is all part of life’s journey.

‘Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.’ Nikos Kazantzakis (writer of Zorba the Greek) And is some learning, doing and teaching happening in the next few weeks!

• iPad Information Night will be held in the Faith Centre

on Wednesday 21st November from 6-7pm. This evening will be to answer any questions and provide some general information regarding the use of iPads as our device choice for the future. Parents of current Year 5 & 6 students are encouraged to attend.

• Year 12 post verification is nearly completed and

the Year 12 students are mentally checking out – but not physically until Friday 16th. We look forward to an exciting week ahead with celebrations galore. We continue to ask that they stay focused and strong to the end of the race. Year 12 verification is over and done – now we just need to fine tune results and some of our students will have the opportunity to improve their results with a post verification task.

• Year 8 Orientation Day will be held on Wednesday 21st

November. This is a great opportunity to get a feel for Year 8 and build/ strengthen relationships with peers and new students to the College. There will be a Sausage Sizzle available for lunch or the Tuckshop is always available. Please RSVP to the Front Office by Friday 16th November at the latest.

• Year 5 students

will be treated to a tour and some activities on the King’s Park Campus on Wednesday 21st November. They will return to Providence in the afternoon to participate in some activities.

• Year 6 students will also enjoy some Year 7 time and

familiarise themselves with the changes that take place in the small transition from Year 6 to Year 7.

Bless you all Mrs Robyn Hair Head of Teaching & Learning

YEAR 12 GRADUATION AND AFTER GRAD We wish the current Year 12 students the very best as they are about to graduate from the College. It’s a very exciting time of the year for our Year 12 cohort as formal Secondary schooling comes to a close and students transition to the next phase of their life, be it full-time work, University or even travel. Our staff and students at the College always miss the graduating students. I look forward to seeing the beautiful young ladies and handsome young men as they celebrate with parents, friends and staff at the Graduation Ceremony. After graduation the students will embark on the Mystery Tour where the College provides an environment for graduating students to celebrate in a safe and meaningful way.

Students can enjoy farewells and enjoy the last time together before going their separate ways. We pray for God’s richest blessing upon our Graduating Seniors of 2012, and hope their dreams become a reality as they continue to seek God’s plan and purpose for their lives.

MISSION TRIPS COMING UP IN 2013 Africa - Easter. Open to all. Middle School students will need parent supervision. Torres Strait Islands and Cape York - June/July. Year 11 & 12 students only. God Bless Pastor Peter Lister Head of Senior School College Chaplain

‘Just ask anyone who has raced it – it’s nightmarish stuff, full of broken bikes and withered souls.’ FLOW Mountain Bike Magazine

Facing incredible challenge and adversity brings out both the best and worst in people. Perseverance and endurance can only be forged in a hostile environment. While I am all too aware

It was only half way through the Second Stage of this year’s infamous Crocodile Trophy that I began to look for someone to blame for the world of hurt that I was experiencing. What had I gotten myself in to? Who had tricked me into thinking that this would be fun? Scorching sun, chocking dust and a blistering pace pushing up never ending mountains didn’t seem as nauseous on the promotional website. And there were still 7 days to go!!!! During the last 2 weeks I took Long Service Leave to compete in what is internationally recognised as the longest, toughest and most adventurous mountain bike race in the world. With a group of keen riders from Mackay and a huge support base, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity that just couldn’t be missed. Riding to both challenge myself against some of the world’s best Mountain Bikers and to help RUOK? continue to raise awareness about the importance of looking out for those in need, to say I hurt every day would be an understatement. However, with ‘RUOK?’ emblazoned on the back of our team jerseys I was never in short supply of people asking how I was going.

that my Crocodile Trophy is going to tarnish and fade over time, I know that the lessons learned throughout the journey will stay with me for the rest of my life. Lessons such as patience, perseverance, determination, preparation, teamwork and the importance of rest are ones we can never afford to avoid. It’s these virtues that shape our relationships with God and others, ultimately preparing us for eternity. All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:25-27 Thankyou to all those who followed my progress and supported me through prayer and encouragement. Pastor Peter Lister

When riding long, hot and dusty stages of up to 140kms in a seemingly lonely world of pain it was always encouraging for someone to ask how I was travelling. 9 days and nearly 1000kms later I finally reached the finish line on the top of Grassy Hill in Cooktown. I had not only finished the iconic endurance race, but had finished 43rd out of 150 competitors from all around the world. When I first started training a year ago I set an initial goal of simply completing the race. As I got more serious in my training I began to aim to finish in the top 3rd of the field. I can now tick the Crocodile Trophy off my bucket list. When asked if I’d ever do it again I initially replied ‘Nope!’ but now I catch myself saying ‘If I ever do it again’. Hmmmm.

On the finish line with the small pic of Priscilla and Jonah and my Averill band.

Hi all. Our big news this week is the Solar Eclipse that will be happening in a solar system near you next Wednesday morning. You will no doubt read about it in the paper or see information on the TV but here is our take.

It helps us to reflect on how tiny we are in the scale of the universe, but how big we are in the eyes of Jesus who desires that we see Him in all the wonderful sights that He presents to us.

The Solar Eclipse will occur early in the morning on Wednesday 14th November. We will be holding a special viewing of the event on the Eric Liddell Field between 6:30 & 7:30am. We will have special glasses for you to observe the eclipse which will be at its maximum at about 6:45am. This is a very rare event and it would be great to see you here with your children to share it. We have included information below about how to safely view the event. Remember to remind your children it is unsafe to ever look directly at the sun, and an eclipse is no different. An eclipse is an extraordinary event and opens lots of conversations about the design of the universe and the Designer Himself.


The Student Council will run a fund raising sausage sizzle to add some sensory magnification to the event and there will be displays and other viewing options available. Hope to see you there. Yours in Christ Mr Alun Tunnah Head of Middle School Head of Faculty Science & Innovation


early in the morning on

wednesday 14th november,

australia will observe one of the most spectacular solar system events... a sunrise total solar eclipse! TO LEARN ABOUT HOW TO VIEW A TOTAL ECLIPSE SAFELY VISIT THIS WEBSITE: WWW.ECLIPSEEYESAFETY-AUSTRALIA.ORG

There are only 6 weeks till Christmas it is getting really close now! Have you started Christmas shopping and Christmas cooking? Christmas can be a great time of fun and family or it can be a stressful time of eating and spending too much - the choice is yours! I pray you choose to enjoy being with loved ones and remembering the reason for the Season.


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.


On Wednesday 21st November 2012, our Year 5 students will be participating in a Middle School Orientation visit to the King’s Park Campus followed by a BBQ lunch and games afternoon.


Make sure you have planned to come to our Prep - Year 5 Celebration Night in Powerhouse at 6:30pm on Tuesday 4th December 2012. Every Junior School student will be involved in at least one element of the evening. The purpose of the evening is to celebrate the 2012 school year. The night will be filled with lots of fun and fellowship, and will provide a great finish to our school year. Please invite friends and family to join with us on this night. Mrs Alison Bannister Head of Junior Campus

WITHDRAWAL OF STUDENTS I would like to inform you of the change in process for students who are withdrawing from the College. As of November 2012 written notification must be submitted when you are withdrawing your child/ren from the College. This can be via email, letter, or the College’s official Withdrawal Form which is available from the College Office or Junior School Reception. Please note that you will continue to be invoiced for fees until we receive written notification from you. Mrs Tracy Swadling Accounts Manager

TUCKSHOP Please make a note that both King’s Park & Providence Tuckshops will be closed on the last day of school - Friday 7th December. Mrs Erin Falvo Tuckshop Manager

LOST PROPERTY If your child has lost any items of clothing, lunch boxes, drink bottles, items from one of our camps etc please be sure to check out the Lost Property Basket for any lost items before school finishes for the year. All unclaimed items from lost property will be sent to the Mackay Christian College Uniform Shop or to a local charity. Mrs Carol Sorrenson Front Office Supervisor

important dates NOVEMBER Senior School Celebration Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tuesday 13th Solar Eclipse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wednesday 14th House Family Celebration Morning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wednesday 14th Year 12 Chapel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday 15th Year 12 Graduation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday 15th Year 8 Orientation Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wednesday 21st iPad Information Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wednesday 21st Middle School Celebration Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tuesday 27th

SCHOOL REPORTs & Overdue/Lost Items

Hi to our MCC families. Wow! We are more than half way through Term 4 already.

Year 12

As your school year is nearly over, you will have received a list during the last week of all resources which have been borrowed out in your name. These should all have been returned to the Library by today (Friday 9th November). Remember to check inside the front of class text books to ensure that it is your copy. Exit Statements will we posted when all MCC accounts have been finalised.

Last Day of Borrowing

Students may continue to borrow from the Library until the end of Week 7 (23rd November). The Library will be closed during Week 8 (26th-30th November) as all loans are returned, cleaned, repaired and entered into a huge stocktake.

Koorong Kids

the final Koorong Kids catalogue closed on Friday 9th November. The order has been sent and the resources should arrive in the next 2 weeks.

Radical Reading Challenge

Our Reading Reward Program on the Junior Campus finished on Friday 9th November. We continued to reinforce that it is not a reading race, but rather rewarding students for reading books at their level, at their pace, and we have enjoyed rewarding them as they do so. Thank you to the parents who have got behind this reading incentive program and encouraged their children, and thank you to those who shared their success stories with Library staff. For those who are interested in the competition angle, tally points and class prizes will be awarded over the next few weeks.

Please keep reminding your children to look after and return all borrowed items. Remember, that all text books, calculators etc. have to be returned at the end of your student’s school year, and any other issues resolved before final school reports are released.

Book reviews

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. Launching Your Kids for Life by Bob & Cheryl Reccord. Many books are written about how to give your children the roots they need to prepare for life. This book tells how to give them wings to fly on their own one day. Whether that day is far away or very near, it’s never too early or too late to get them ready by using strategies and ideas from this book. If you want a marriage in which fairness, justice, respect, and support operate equally, it’s time for Rocking the Roles by Robert Lewis and William Hendricks. It explores – common myths and misunderstandings about roles; ‘core’ roles that don’t limit choices but help prioritise commitments, energy and time; what husbands and wives most need to understand about each other; spiritual leadership as practical responsibility, not privileged rank; what submission is and is not; and more. 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

2013 TUCKSHOP HELPERS NEEDED Our tuckshops need more helpers for 2013. If you would like to assist our dynamic Tuckshop team, please fill in the form below and hand it in to the College Office or Junior School Reception, or email the information below to


Name: _______________________________________________________________________

Phone: _______________________________

Mobile: ______________________________

Please indicate which day and how often you are available:

Monday Weekly Tuesday Fortnightly Wednesday Monthly Thursday Friday My child attends: King’s Park Campus (Middle/Senior School) Providence Campus (Junior School)


Jazz Ensemble Tuesday 13th Nov 7:30 am – POWERHOUSE - all regular players Wednesday 14th Nov – 3:15pm-4pm – TLE7 2013 JE (No Yr 12) Wednesday 21st Nov – 3:15pm-4pm – TLE7 2013 JE (No Yr 12) Tuesday 27th Nov 7:30 am – POWERHOUSE – Final Practice Bel Canto Band Wednesday14th Nov – 7:30am – TLE7 BCB ONLY (no SBP unless playing at Middle School Celebration Night) Tuesday 20th Nov 7:30 am – Normal practice – SBP welcomed Tuesday 27th Nov 7:30 am – POWERHOUSE – Final Practice (no SBP unless playing at Middle School Celebration Night) String Ensemble Monday 12th, 19th, 26th Nov – 7:30am – TLE7 Normal rehearsals Tuesday 27th Nov 7:30 am – POWERHOUSE – Final Practice Scholarship Band Thursday 14th, 21st & 29th Nov 7:30am Normal rehearsals at Providence Tuesday 4th Dec 7:30 am – POWERHOUSE – Final Practice Junior String Ensemble Thursday 14th, 21st and 29th Nov 7:30am Normal rehearsals at Providence Tuesday 4th Dec 7:30 am – POWERHOUSE – Final Practice UNIFORMS Senior ensembles: correct Cultural Uniforms – BLACK SOCKS and polished shoes Junior Ensembles: Formal College Uniform – NO sports uniform.



CA folders will be collected after their final performance night. Please remove any personnel items like method books etc. You may keep any photocopied music or leave them in the folder and the paper will be recycled.


Once a student has their final performance at their Celebration Night the uniform is due back the Friday of that week. The vest should be washed and with the tie/s placed in a plastic bag WITH THE STUDENTS NAME ON IT and returned to the Creative Academy Office in AD3.


If you currently hire an instrument from the College then we offer a special holiday deal. If you pay the hire of $70 for Term 1 of 2013 you get the holiday period free of charge. More information will be coming out shortly about this offer and the way you can purchase your child’s instrument through the Creative Academy. Please ring us through the College Office on 4963 1100 for more information.


13th November – Senior School Celebration Night at Powerhouse, Junior School Campus: WE & JE 27th November – Middle School Celebration Night at Powerhouse, Junior School Campus: BCB & JE 26th - 30th November - Final week of Creative Academy lessons 4th December – Junior School Celebration Night at Powerhouse, Junior School Campus: SBP & String Ensemble Creating in Christ Mr Earl Winterstein Head of Creative Academy

All accounts should be finalised.

Mackay Junior & Youth Orchestra Auditions If you are a young musician who loves music, is keen to develop your musical skills, is committed to practice and loves to be part of a team, then we would like to invite you to audition to become a member and enjoy the many benefits that music can offer. We aim to offer the full orchestra experience and complement the fabulous school music programs or provide opportunities to those who are not able to participate in school orchestras and bands. We will be holding auditions on Monday 19th November 2012, at the Conservatorium, Central Queensland University, from 4.30 pm. Please bring along two pieces of music of your own choice to play. You may also be asked to play a couple of scales. All enthusiastic young musicians are encouraged to join us! For more information contact Vicki on 0418 150 690 or Leonie 0413 778 676. We look forward to hearing from you!

CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Cheryl Fiedler who won the Healthpoint Chemist Bursary in the singing section of the Mcakay Eisteddfod. Special thanks also go to Lauro Gomes who accompanied Cheryl on guitar with less than 24 hours notice.


Our annual Sports Presentation Evening was held on Thursday 1st November and we would like to thank all our students and their families who attended the evening. We would also like to once again congratulate the following award winners:


MOST IMPROVED Jade Lowe Brendan Cook Philippa Raymond Lisa Crathorne Jack Couper Joshua Hawkings JessiahStace Ivan de Beer Lauren Preston Meg Wright Noah Smith Brodie Morris NETBALL BEST & FAIREST MOST IMPROVED Annerie Grobbelaar Ashleigh Stam Elizabeth Watson Ashleigh Close RUGBY UNION BEST & FAIREST MOST IMPROVED Aiden Hawkins Jake Best Tyler Little Samuel Goodwin Joshua Sugars Benjamin Greer RUGBY LEAGUE BEST & FAIREST MOST IMPROVED Luke Dunrobin Brodie West SOCCER BEST & FAIREST MOST IMPROVED Beula Leach Shian Black Bailey West Thea Dobbins SENIOR CHESS BEST & FAIREST MOST IMPROVED Hugh McBroom Michael Tanner


We would also like to thank our coaches, who play a vital role in our students sporting lives. It is through our coaches’ support and involvement that students are given the opportunity to play the sport of their passion and assists in their further development and exposure in the sport. Ajla Batterham U8 Basketball Maddison O’Brien U8 Basketball Justin Smith U10 Boys Basketball Kara Buttle U12 Girls Basketball Tania Buttle U14 Boys Blue Basketball Nita Lawton U14 Boys Red Basketball Stephanie Banditt U16 Girls Basketball Allan Payne U16 Girls & U16 Boys Basketball Richard Smith Year 8 Rugby Union Chris Hayes U15 Rugby Union Jeff Greer U15 Rugby Union Kevin Leon Open Rugby Union Peppe Tucci Open Rugby Union Matthew Gilbank Open Rugby League Jessicia Murray U13 Netball Kevin Patterson U13 & U15 Netball Julie Hazell Year 7/8 Mixed & Open Girls Soccer Michael Nettlefold Senior Chess Brenda Noack Senior Chess


Denvah Allardyce Athletics Kobi Brown Athletics/Hockey Dawson Harch Athletics Hugh Lanser Athletics Tiana Lingwoodock Athletics Sean McLean Athletics Jael Mezieres Athletics Kahlani Mooney Athletics Georgia Sellings Athletics/Netball Jordan Stephens Athletics Codey Suhle-Rath Athletics/Cross Country Donavan Suhle-Rath Athletics/Cross Country Nikita Van Wyk Athletics/Basketball Jeremy Buttle Basketball Logan Craig Basketball/Cross Country Alexandria Craig Cross Country Alistair MacDonald Cross Country Naitayah Preston-Yasserie Cross Country Rhys Scott Cross Country Carl Bottcher Hockey Kellie Best Netball Bethany Doble Netball Bailey Pratt Tennis Demi Bella Touch Football Connor Falvo Touch Football Luke Robertson Touch Football

MACKAY DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES Kobi Brown Hockey Sean McLean Athletics Johannes Deysel Athletics Thea Dobbins Athletics Joshua Fiedler Athletics Beula Leach Athletics/Hockey Ashdyn Maddern Athletics Claire Nixon Athletics/Cross Country Logan Craig Basketball Dion Buttle Basketball Alexandria Craig Basketball Adele Ladewig Basketball Philippa Raymond Basketball Marnie Harding Cross Country Morgan Radford Netball Isaiah Derdziak Rugby Union Joshua Dobbins Rugby Union Tyler Little Rugby Union Wayne Norton Rugby Union Mark Rebelo Rugby Union Ozanna Beckmann Squash Lia Dunsmore Squash Max Dunsmore Squash Nathan Heaney Swimming Natalie Rogers Tennis Declan Heaney Swimming


Kobi Brown Hockey Beula Leach Athletics Claire Nixon Cross Country Adele Ladewig Basketball Marnie Harding Cross Country Joshua Dobbins Rugby Union Ozanna Beckmann Squash Nathan Heaney Swimming Natalie Rogers Tennis Declan Heaney Swimming

QUEENSLAND REPRESENTATIVE Ozanna Beckmann Squash Ms Ulla Hansson Head of Faculty HPE


We have completed the interviews for Year 10 students wanting to enter the Trade Training Centre as Trade Pathway Students in 2013. The letters of acceptance in the TTC were mailed out on Tuesday. Please contact Mr Peter Hopper or Mrs Narelle Braak through the College Office on 4963 1100 if you have any questions relating to these letters. Included with this letter you find an updated price list for the uniforms required to be worn by the TTC students. An updated equipment list will be sent out later this term.


Mackay Christian College Trade Training Centre held its Awards Night on Wednesday 31st October. We had a wonderful evening celebrating the success of our students and remembering all that we have done over the past 12 months. Thank you to the parents and students who made the time to be here contributing to the friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We have received many positive comments from sponsors and parents about how great it is to be involved with the Trade Training Centre. We are very grateful for the support of all our Industry supporters in sponsoring the various awards and providing opportunities for our students. Thank you to the sponsors who took time out of their busy schedules to be here to present the awards. We also wish to thank our Industry Advisory Committee for their support and knowledge in helping us to further develop the program over the past 12 months. Mr Peter Hopper Director Trade Training Centre Head of Faculty Industrial & Vocational Learning

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2012 TTC AWARD WINNERS Hastings Deering Safety Awards Year 11 Tate Langton Year 12 Michael Tanner Prochem Environmental Student of the Year Raymond Kerr CSQ Best Construction Student of the Year Year 11 Brodie West Prochem Best Construction Student of the Year Year 12 Nicholas Goode Werner’s Best Engineering Student of the Year Year 11 Raymond Kerr Year 12 Jarred Elias Woodman’s Mitre 10 Encouragement Award Matthew Goodlad Porters Encouragement Award Alyse Borg Andergrove Hardware Encouragement Award Regan Jones MCC TTC Encouragement Award Brandon Veitch MCC TTC Encouragement Award Thomas Ruming - Whitsunday Anglican School Sander Turner & Ellick Single Subject Pathway Student of the Year Year 11 Shian Black Year 12 Nathan Gibson MRAEL Employer of the Year Statewide Industries Pty Ltd MBC Builders Time Management Award Joshua Hubbard MBC Builders Team Work Award Andrew Rogers John Foster Projects Leadership Award Blake Pedersen MAIN Directors Award Tenille Tonga MRAEL School Based Apprentice of the Year Mitchell Gorey Prochem Student of the Year Peter Brunette

School Crossing - King’s Park Campus It has been reported that some parents are not observing the No Standing Zone on either side of the school crossing at King’s Park Campus. This is not just a school requirement but is set as a standard by Queensland Transport. It is ILLEGAL to stop in a No Standing Zone and also puts the lives of our students who are using the crossing in danger. There is also no parking allowed at the end of the cul-de-sac or on either side of the road between the school crossing and the cul-de-sac. Please also note that stopping in the bus zone between 8.00am - 4.00pm incurs fines. The police will patrol this area periodically to issue fines. Remember our children are precious and we should be setting an example by obeying the road rules.

What is a ‘legacy’? The Macquarie Dictionary defines legacy as ‘a gift of property, esp, personal property, money by a will or bequest - anything handed down by an ancestor or predecessor.’ There is a lot of communication around in farming and general agricultural circles to encourage farmers to consider leaving a legacy. Farmers are urged to formalise their wills and legal documents to ensure that their property/farm will continue to benefit their family after their death. As a teacher, the greatest legacy I hope to leave is a desire to learn and become a ‘lifelong learner’ and for students to become ‘learning managers’ of their own life whether at TAFE, Uni or in a trade. As my teaching career takes another path back to the Northern Territory in 2013, my hope as an Agricultural teacher at MCC, is that my legacy will be that I have been able to arouse my student’s curiosity to the importance of the Australian Agricultural Industry. Our farmers need us, as the general community, to spend a little bit more on Australian grown produce. As the Coordinator of MCC’s Agricultural Centre of Excellence I have also had the privilege to initiate a new breed of cattle to the Agricultural Program - our Droughtmasters. The breeding program is bearing fruit (calves) as we have 3 calves on the ground and still have 1 to come.


Mathematical calculations are a part of students’ lives. Young students often use their fingers when they first learn to count or add numbers. All students need strategies to help them calculate answers quickly and more efficiently. Memorising number facts can assist students manipulate numbers and give confidence to learn other mathematical concepts and solve a variety of number problems. Rote learning number facts may make learning higher level maths easier. Students need a combination of understanding number concepts and number strategies to quickly work out an answer.

Along with major fence refurbishments and an expanded cropping area located on the Providence Campus I hope these will be a legacy that will continue to enable students to learn about the Agricultural Industry in Australia. Thanks to Kate Matsen our Farm Manager who has supported me in my role and will form another great teaching team with Miss Stephanie Banditt, who takes the reins in 2013. Please keep Miss Banditt in your prayers as she takes on the Ag Coordinator’s role and along with Kate heads up the Cattle Show Team. A special note of thanks to Pastor Dr Craig Murison and Mrs Lesley Tunnah who recognise the importance of the Agricultural Centre and the role it plays in educating young people. With their support and encouragement the AG Centre will continue to be a ‘Centre of Excellence’. As my wife and I take up new teaching roles at Woolaning Homeland Christian College, Litchfield National Park (2hrs drive from Darwin) I hope and pray that you and your children’s lives will continue to be blessed as we have been blessed by God during our time at MCC. Till next time keep the billy boiling and see you in the long yard or in Litchfield National Park. Mr Murray Hair Agriculture Centre of Excellence Coordinator

When having students rote learning number facts as a strategy, teachers do not undervalue the importance of concept development, the principles of problem solving and the practical application of mathematical skills. Students need to see how number facts are related: 4x5 has the same answer as 5x4. Students need to see the connection between different number facts to solve new problems: by knowing 3+2=5, they can solve 5-3=2 and 5-2=3. What strategies based on understanding and memorisation do you use to answer these number facts: 8+2 6x7 5x5 4x10 13-7 6x0 4x1 3x11 Happy Learning Ms Donna Maurer Learning Enrichment Centre Manager


12th Nov

Geography: Information Report


19th Nov

Maths: Cartesian Planes and Positive & Negative Numbers Test Science: Electrifying Investigation


12th Nov

Science: Journals English: Weekly Task and Presentation HPE: Exam Maths: Linear Equations Test SOSE: In-depth Study & Speech


19th Nov

Science: Open Journal Exam English: Weekly Task and Presentation Art (7B only): Celebration Mask Maths: In-Class Assessment Tasks - Money & 3D Views


12th Nov

Ag Science: Practical Test Drama: Script & Character Performance SOSE CLEAR DV: Collage Due Music: Group Performance English: Assessment Due HPE: Multimodal Presentation


19th Nov

Woodwork: Mug Tree & Work Book Home Ec: Healthy Eating Brochure

12th Nov

Music: Group Performance Art: Major Artwork Due Ag Science: Practical Test HPE: Assessment Due

19th Nov

SOSE History DV: Task Due Home Ec: Product Label & Package Due Art: Folio Artworks Due English (GG & TaR): Portfolio Due (Literacy Circles) Drama: Assessment Due English LD & GR: Essay Exam (Novel Study) Wood work: Coffee Table, Candle Holder & Work Book Graphics: Practical Work (Dragster), Bookwork & Folio

12th Nov

English: Final Assessment SOSE (CLEAR): Reflective Learning Journal Graphics: Assignment Prep Maths B: Assignment Agriculture: Exam SOSE (Geography): Draft Report Business Enterprise Studies: Research Assignment

19th Nov

Prep Maths A: Paper A Prep Prevocational Maths: Budget Assignment HPE: Assignment Home Economics: Practical Item Multitech: Project Work Woodwork: Completed Cabinet SOSE(History): Presentation Metalwork: Pop Pop Boat SOSE (Civics): Case Study SOSE (Geography): Field Report

12th Nov

Graphics: Pedal Bin Assignment Recreation Studies: Assignment HPE: Volleyball Assignment Information Technology Studies: Assignment CLEAR(LD): Assessment Visual Art/Visual Art Studies: Major Artwork CLEAR (PL): Assignment Home Economics: Practical Cooking Exam Prevocational Maths: Challenge Test Biology: Plant Physiology Assignment Science 21: Multimodal Presentations

19th Nov

Maths A: Paper A Maths B: Paper A Drama: Forming Assessment Recreation Studies: Exam Chemistry: Exam TTC: Photo Journal Film & TV: Project

12th Nov

Year 12 Finish!



SOSE Geography GG: Research Report Due SOSE Indigenous Studies: Multimedia Presentation



SOSE CLEAR LM: Reflective Essay Business Enterprise Studies: Argumentative Speech SOSE Civics GG: Persuasive Speech Due SOSE Geography TR: Research Report Due

YEAR 10 6A





YEAR 12 6A

English Communication: Draft Speech & PPT Agriculture/Agricultural Studies: Broccoli Report Industrial Graphics: Hole Punch Assignment Legal Studies: Inquiry Task HPE: Table Tennis Prac Modern History: Exam

ISSUE 16 - 2012


Introducing the iPad (Year 6 & 7 in 2013) The iPad has become a household name. You’ll find that most people either own an iPad, or know what it is. After all, Apple has sold more than 84 million iPads since the device first debuted in 2010. iPads used to be for the technologically-minded people, but Apple’s tablet is so easy to use that it’s been embraced by everyone – even young children. Still, there’s one subset of the population that has historically had a harder time adjusting to new technology – our parents and our grandparents. Here are some tips for you:

Why iPads at MCC?

To empower learners, both teachers and students, to engage in transformational learning experiences. Through these experiences we will learn to be creative problem solvers, creative thinkers who can engage in solution focused dialogue.

How does an iPad measure-up with MCC’s original vision for a computing device?

Lightweight easy for students to carry  Affordable available to all  Mobile able to be used at Home and at School  Battery enable a full days’ use  Fast Startup Instant on – fast to be on task  A learning tool allow the gathering, analysis of data, problem solving and creation of ideas The Notebook like driving a Ferrari to the local shop.

Take an iPad screenshot

You can take a screenshot on your iPad by pressing Home and the Sleep/Wake button together. The screen will flash and you’ll hear a click, indicating that a photo has been taken. Your screen shots are saved automatically in your Photos gallery.

Create app folders

To create an app folder tap and hold on an app until it starts to shake, then drag the app over another icon and release. Your iPad will create a folder with both the apps in it. The folder will be named according to the category of the apps it contains, but you can rename it as you like.

Access all running apps

Double-clicking the Home button shows you all the running apps in a bar along the bottom of the screen. To switch to a running app just tap on it. Just swipe the screen downwards to remove this bar. To close an app from this task bar hold your finger on the app until it appears to shake then close with the red minus icon.

Apple addressed all of these needs in education and made the iPad

The iPad inspires creativity and hands-on learning with features you won’t find in any other educational tool – and on a device that students really want to use. Powerful built-in apps and access to iTunesU provides a channel for education to share content and ideas by offering a large range of apps that allow students to engage with content in interactive ways, find information in an instant and access an entire library wherever they go. In their presentation on October 23rd, Apple reported there are 275,000 apps specifically designed for the iPad. A sample of apps designed for education can be seen at or via the app store. They also continue to facilitate advances in education by addressing the lack of electronic text books with iBooks and iBook Author.

Where to find more information Over the coming months this site will be updated with lots of information relating to our 2013 iPad program.

iPad 101 for Middle School Parents The must do’s to be ready for 2013 1. Have a play with an iPad: Ask your child to show you how if you are unsure. Navigating around the iPad will help you both understand what will be required. 2. Home Internet Security: Select a good tool to protect your child/ren from sites not appropriate. 3. Security: Discuss with your child the importance of not sharing passwords with anyone, particularly iTunes passwords. Sharing of passwords is in breach of the Network User Agreement that all families and students are to abide by. (Remember you have to be aged 13 and older to have an iTunes account!) 4. Establish firm rules about when and where the technology is going to be used. A leading child psychologist (Andrew Fuller) suggests that families have a charging bench where all technology is recharged overnight. 5. Perform a mini health check of the iPad. Learn how to close running apps, clean up email box, check the calendar to make sure important events are recorded, adjust screen brightness to ensure battery life will last longer. Turn the iPad off and leave for a few minutes as this allows the iPad to operate more efficiently. 6. Sync your iPad to the home computer so that data is saved on all relevant devices. 7. Assist your child to organise their Apps into folders. 8. Monitor what games your child wants to download. Don’t be afraid to delete games if your child is playing excessively. Remember the aim of using an iPad is to enrich their learning experience. 9. Make sure you have a robust cover that will ensure the iPad is secure. 10. During family time enforce rules about technology. Encourage a balance of other activities including physical activities.

Home Security Options Apple’s built-in Parental Controls 1. Select ‘General’ from the iPad home screen. 2. Select ‘Restrictions’ and set to ‘Enable.’ 3. Select a 4-digit code that will act as your password to modify or turn off restrictions. NOTE: If forgotten or lost, this code cannot be retrieved from the device. Write down and store the pass code in a safe location to avoid having to totally re-set your iPad in the case of a lost code! 4. Once the restrictions page appears, select the level of limitations to meet your needs. a. You will be given the option to disable Safari, iTunes purchases, YouTube and more. This screen will also give you the option to limit the rating of music, movie and TV media that can be viewed while restrictions are enabled. 5. Under ‘Apps’ in ‘Allowed Content’, parents can select an appropriate age range rating to determine which apps on the device will be accessible to children. If desired, all apps can be disabled by selecting ‘Don’t Allow Apps’. 6. Tap the home button once restrictions are set.

Edited by: C Murison & F Horwell

OpenDNS • OpenDNS provides parents a way to secure their internet connection and prevent access to restricted web sites. The advantage for parents is that this can be applied to ALL devices in the home. • More information and set-up can be found at: OpenDNS Parental Control. CyberSafe247 • A Wi-Fi ADSL2+ modem router purchased from cybersafe247 that connects home devices to the Internet like any wireless modem router does, however, the Parental Control system allows you to view real-time reports of home Internet usage and then set rules to manage its access. • The user friendly interface is completely flexible allowing you to either block certain websites or schedule when the Internet can be accessed, with an option of applying your rules to the whole house or individual devices. • More information, purchasing and set-up can be found at:

What a great couple of weeks we have had at OSHCare. This week in our older centre we made a ‘Culture Wall’ where we have a map of the world and pictures of ourselves with string leading to where we, our parents and sometimes even our grandparents were born. It was fun to find out all the different places we come from, we have people who come from England, Malta, New Zealand, Africa, Torres Straight Islands and many other different places in Australia. We found out lots of interesting facts about the countries and cities we were all born in. Next time you come pick your children up make sure you have a look. In our Pre-Prep OSHCare Centre we have been having fun with water, enjoying ‘WET DAY WEDNESDAY’ and other fun watery activities. We also have been doing some cooking, this is our favourite thing to do. This week we made pancakes. We measured, scooped, pored and stirred and even got to flip the pancakes ourselves. We were very careful not to touch the hot pan so as not to burn ourselves. We learnt about heat and how to check if something is hot before we pick it up or touch it. We did this by hovering our hand over the surface of something and feeling the heat that came off it.


With the weather heating up we are launching Wet Play Wednesday where, on top of our normal program, kids that want to participate will have the opportunity to cool down on a Wednesday arvo with hoses, sprinklers and slides. Make sure you pack swimmers and a towel on this day.


If you are doing a spring clean and have any toys, books, dress ups, craft supplies, old office equipment or anything else that could be useful OSHCare may be able to use it. Anything donated that is not useful will be taken to the Salvation Army.


Get in early for the Christmas holidays, the program will be available this week, feel free to email your booking in now. Spread the word to family and friends that we are open to students outside of MCC. Our holiday dates are as follows: 10th – 21st of December (OPEN 7:30am - 5:30pm weekdays) 24th December - 1st January (Closed) 2nd – 25th of January (OPEN 7:30am - 5:30pm weekdays).

Scrap Books

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


Do any of our OSHCare families have a local business or know of community events 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




% of your purchases are paid back to us to improve our facilities*



Preferred pricing Exclusive offers VIP shopping nights Member only competitions

*Conditions apply, visit

ALL YOU NEED TO DO It’s super simple. 1. Join Team Amart, Amart All Sports loyalty program today instore or online at It’s FREE to join! 2. Select our school/club on your account profile. It’s important! If you’re already a Team Amart member, simply add us to your account profile. 3. Ensure you swipe your loyalty card every time you shop at Amart All Sports. 4. And that’s it, with every purchase you make at Amart All Sports, we secure funds to improve our facilities.


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: November 11th Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30am with Ps David Westbrook 6.00pm with Ps John Gilbank from C3 Church Mackay November 18th Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30am with Ps David Westbrook 6.00pm with Ps Craig Tomkinson from New Life Church Mackay November 25th Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30am with Ps David Westbrook 6.00pm with Ps Ken Wigglesworth from City Impact Church 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

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: Fax: Email: Web:

07 4963 1155 07 4942 5003

m a c k aY christian

f a m i ly church

love. hope. life.HOME


Are you unsure what career is right for you? Find new career opportunities, connect with local employers, see what is ahead in your future! Come along to CQU on November 13th between 11am & 6pm. See what is available for you now and when you have finished school. For more information contact Tracey Wood on 0432 427 748.


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.


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. Contact us for a Foster Care Information Pack on 4953 5097 or



Need a job for the holidays? With Christmas coming there are plenty available. Visit and search for a job today!


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.


Each year there are hundreds of students from around the world who choose to visit Australia. You can be a part of the experience by welcoming an exchange student into your home. Our students bring with them their own spending money, health insurance and a wonderful attitude and desire to learn about their new host country. If your family can offer a friendly, supportive and caring home environment, contact us today. Log onto or call us on 1300 135 331.

Calling for volunteers: Mackay Street Chaplaincy is ready to begin! Mackay Street Chaplains will be an incorporated body run by volunteers from across the churches of Mackay and the wider community. Patrolling the nightclub district, they will provide a friendly presence, comfort, advice, first aid care and assistance to get home safely. Training commences at 7.30pm from Monday 22nd October and will run at at Mackay Baptist Church for 6 weeks.




Can you help? The Red Frogs Organisation is seeking donations of pancake shakers in time for Schoolies Week. During Schoolies, Red Frogs provide a program for school leavers that is safe and drug and alcohol free. They will make about 50, 000 pancakes across the nation and all their supplies are by donation. If you would like to donate, there is a collection box in the Junior School Reception. For more information email Cheree Harvey at

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.



Boost your child’s confidence and education with NumberWorks’nWords specialist After-School Tuition. We provide individualised instruction in Maths & English for students who are struggling to keep up and those bursting to race ahead. Phone now for a free assessment and introductory lesson at NumberWorks’nWords, Greenfields Mt Pleasant. Phone 4942 6615 or visit for more information.

Information about Oxbridge Academic ‘Summer’ (our Winter) Programs are now available in the Library. Opportunities to experience study in Oxford, Cambridge, Paris & Montpellier, Barcelona & New York are available to students in Year 8-12 (ages 14-18). Send away for an information package today or go to

Study overseas in more than 20 countries with World Education Program (WEP) Australia. Opportunities to live and study overseas are available to all Australian Secondary students who enjoy a challenge and are willing to completely immerse themselves into day-to-day life in another country. Find Out More! Visit or call 1300 884 733 (for the cost of a local call) to discuss suitable program options and request an information pack, including WEP’s free application form.


Issue 19 - 9 November 2012  

Mackay Christian College Newsletter

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you