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Newsletter No. 20 | Friday 22nd November 2013 Dear Parent As the year comes to a close for our 2013 Year 12 Graduates and we begin to celebrate all their achievements, I would like to share with you some statistics and sucesses from our 2012 Graduates. Of the students who completed Year 12 in 2012 72.5% received an OP of between 1 and 15. 94% received either a Queensland Certificate of Education or a Vocational Education Qualification and of the students who applied for a place at university 100% of them were successful! The College’s 2012 Dux, Nicholas Buttle, received an OP 1 and was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s scholarship. He is currently studying Mathematics at The Queensland University of Technology as part of the Dean’s Scholars program. At the end of last year a major engineering firm advertised a number of apprenticeships. It is my understanding that they received over 7000 applicants for those positions. Nine MCC students applied and all nine were successful. Tenille Tonga was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence and is now an apprentice Diesel Fitter. As 2014 progresses I am sure you will hear of similar achievements from our 2013 Year 12 Graduates. This year, our student body has been involved in many exciting events. I have recapped some of them here: Students attended a music workshop with Mr Andrew Ironside, the annual Multimedia Camp with Pastor Brad Huddleston, participated in the Mach VI and the inaugural ZACH MACH, the Festival of Fashion and the Mackay Eisteddfod. Our Creative Academy delivered 190 instrumental lessons each week and saw all of their ensembles gain many high accolades at events during the year. We had 123 students involved in team sports, 21 students represent us at Mackay District level, 12 at Capricornia and 3 students represent us at state level. Our Cattle Show Team this year only had 11 members but managed to win 50 ribbons at various shows. 8 students were regular members of the Aero Club and 9 students were regular members of the Robotics Club. Our focus on Missions has continued this year as we saw over 60 staff and students involved in Missions Trips to Torres Strait and Cape York, Africa, Thailand and Nepal. Our Home Economics classes made clothes for children in the Torres Strait, College Captain Jade Young organised a number of students to participate in the 40 Hour Famine, the Early Childhood class spent time volunteering at the Mackay Special School, our Senior Mentors dedicated their time every week to mentoring the younger students, students made regular visits to Resthaven on Quarry where they entertained the elderly residents, students ran a Missions Market Day where they raised $3000 for missions and Mr Peter Hopper led a team of Trade Training Centre students to Bundaberg to help with flood relief efforts. I can also tell you that this year 31 students were enrolled in the Mackay Christian College Trade Training Centre. 5 of these students were nominated by their employers for awards at the Mackay Regional Schools Industry Links Awards Night recently. Being able to serve as Principal in a ministry such as Mackay Christian College for thirty years, to see it develop from nothing to where it is today, to see staff members develop, students grow, and welcome the children of past students into the school as they travel on their school journey is such a great privilege. Yours in Christ Pastor Dr Craig Murison PRINCIPAL

There is a buzz in the air, Year 12s have graduated and left imparting, a real sense of purpose, hope and excitement within the student body here at the College. It is at this time of the year where you might be finding it a little more difficult to motivate and keep your student’s interest in coming to school and finishing the race. As we grow more tired and we see that students are getting tired it is easy to just let it ride out and relax on the boundaries. However there is still a great deal to be achieved in these last 2 weeks.

In Senior Learning, students are not able to sit exams early and unless they have a medical certificate, are expected to be in attendance at the exam on the sitting date. Semester Assessment Calendars are made available on the College Portal for dates and assessments due in the next few days.

It is at this time of year, that I often feel nostalgic about the year that is about to finish and all that we have achieved within that time. I love working in a Christian learning community where we are all in partnership with each other and God for the fulfilling of His mission and purposes. Graduation Night, House Family Celebration Morning and Celebration Nights are such great expressions of how this partnership works and the fruit of the labour looks.

Middle School Orientation Day

• Members of the community working as one with each one carrying out their function using their gifts for the service of others. • Each member encouraged to grow in their knowledge and likeness of Christ willingly sharing their faith and their journey with others. • Members working cooperatively so that each can use their own learning style and gifts for the advantage of the whole group. The Graduates of 2013 declared that their relationships with each other and with teachers and staff of the College are their most memorable moments. What a privilege and honor to be counted amongst the great crowd of witnesses that were able to impart and invest into the future of our communities. In looking at the upcoming students and leaders there is a real sense of hope that in all we do in our learning community, it is about fulfilling the mission to ‘become all God wants us to be.’

Year 11 Moderation

As the Year 11 students are in their final week of assessment, I would just like to remind students and families that Year 11 students have assessment items due right through till Wednesday 27th November.

Year 11 student folios are expected to be complete with all assessment items by Friday 6th December as moderation panels require the folios by that time. If your Year 11 student is giving you a different story to this please ensure you are speaking to House Family or Class Teachers before relaxing the boundaries and expectations. Let’s encourage them to finish well.

Year 7 Students

New students to the College entering Year 8 in 2014 should have received their letter of invitation to this great event and opportunity. If at the time of reading this Newsletter you have yet to notify us of your attendance please do so straight away for catering purposes. RSVP to the College Office between 8:30am – 4.00pm on 4963 1100 or by email This was required by Wednesday 20th November. Session 1 - 8:30am-11:00am @ Faith Centre, King’s Park Campus. Students and Parents new to the College entering Year 8 in 2104. The program will begin with an introduction to key Year 8 staff and learning features; House Family Activities and tours of the Campus. This session will finish with a morning tea for parents and students in the Meeting Place.

Year 5 Students

Session 2 - 11:00am-12:00pm @ King’s Park Campus Year 5 students and new to the College students entering Year 6 in 2014. Students meet Year 6 teachers in the Meeting Place; have a Middle School ‘talk’ and a tour of King’s Park Campus. Students will return to Providence for a BBQ lunch and a games afternoon. Blessings Miss Lynn Morrison Head of Teaching and Learning


Middle School Celebration Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tuesday 26th November Year 6 Orientation Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wednesday 27th November Year 8 Orientation Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wednesday 27th November Year 10 & 11 Finish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday 29th November Pre-Prep Celebration Afternoon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monday 2nd December Junior School Celebration Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tuesday 3rd December Pre-Prep to Year 9 Finish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday 6th December

The Senior School Celebration Night and Year 12 Graduation day last week were great celebrations. On Tuesday night it was a great joy to see Powerhouse full of parents, guardians and friends who had come to mark the end of another academic year for their children. Naturally it was also a pleasure to hear of the achievements of so many of the Senior students. In particular I enjoyed seeing the large number of Honour and Timothy Chrsitian Character award recipients. These awards are very highly regarded in our community and can be attained by any student willing to maintain high standards of character and consistently high effort in their studies, regardless of their level of achievement academically. The Year 12 Senior Chapel on Thursday morning was very well run by the students and was a great blessing to the Middle & Senior School students that attended. Kyla Ranger and Sam Turner coordinated the event and Pastor Chris Campbell provided the spiritual and technical oversight. Well done and thank-you for delivering such a memorable farewell to the College. Thankyou also to Mrs Robyn Hair who organised and directed the staff tribute to the students, ‘You Are A Child of Mine’. The Graduation Dinner on Thursday was a very classy evening at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre.

CHRISTMAS is for sharing….there are only 4 weeks till Christmas….it is getting really close now! Santa has arrived at Canelands and people are starting to put up Christmas trees and decorations. Now is a really good time of the year to look around you and consider those who may have no-one with whom to share this special time. Why don’t you invite them to join your family for Christmas? Don’t let yourself talk you out of it because you are not a good cook, or the house is too small, or the kids too loud…..share what you have with someone, because they will be blessed by it. My experience has always been that in the process of blessing someone else, you yourself will be abundantly blessed.


Make sure you have planned to come along to our Prep-Year 5 Celebration Night in Powerhouse at 6:30pm on Tuesday 3rd December 2013.

The amazing venue (MECC) made an impressive backdrop for a very special and memorable occasion. As each student came on stage and received their Graduation Folio from Dr Murison, the House Family Coordinators introduced them personally with a few words about their time at MCC and their future aspirations. I’d like to thank the MCC PR & Events staff Rebekah Hayhoe, Madeyn Westbrook, Rebecca Woodworth and Jennifer du Toit for organising the evening so efficiently. I’d also like to thank the many Year 11 students who gave their time on the night to serve as wait staff for the dinner. They did an excellent job! With the 2013 Year 12s now graduated, there is only one week remaining of school for Year 10 & 11 students. I’d like to take this opportunity to remind families that the last week of school is compulsory and all the usual rules will apply. I’d also like to remind Year 11 student’s families that their Year 12 Camp is not far away! It will take place in Week 2 of Term 1 next year. This Year 12 Camp is an essential component of a Senior student’s education and I encourage families to return the medical form and be making partial payment at least this term so that the $255 cost doesn’t hit too hard at the start of next year. Mr Warwick Drew Head of Senior School

Our theme this year is ‘Christmas Around the World.’ Every Junior School student will be involved in at least one element of the evening. Please invite friends and family to join with us on this night. Please speak to your child’s teacher if you are not sure about the costume your little one needs to be wearing on the night.

thank you gina’s flags

We would like to make special mention of Ginas Flags for their support of our College. They are donating the use of their flags for our Junior School Celebration Night. Thank you Gina’s Flags! We really appreciate it.


Term 4 School Reports will be posted to the mailing address you have supplied to the College. These reports will be posted during the final days of this school term. Please contact the College if you have changed these contact details. Mrs Alison Bannister Head of Junior Campus

So WOW what a fortnight it has been since our last Newsletter. The highlights for me have been making my 100th Blood Donation and sharing that experience with some of the students. I won’t say any more than thank to everyone for your kind words. The other major event was on the 8th November at the Construction Skills Queensland awards evening where I was honoured by being awarded in front of 1000 of my Construction Industry peers the 2013 Construction Trainer of the Year award.

On 7th November MRSILS held an employer appreciation afternoon which also recognises the efforts of Work Experience students. There were 5 MCC students nominated for awards by their employer for showing great attitude, work ethics and initiative while at Work Experience. Congratulations to the following MCC finalists: Aaron Dillon-Walker Kyla Ranger

Joshua Hubbard Natalie Rogers

Madison Gribbin

Thank you for your effort. It has contributed to the good standing of the College in the community as a collection of young people who know how to work. On work experience there is some good news. All the Year 11 TTC students who have chosen to finish their year with Work Experience have now been placed. Hopefully this is a good sign for next year as we may be starting to see a turn in Mackay’s local economy. TTC will continue with early starts right through to the end of next week for both Trade Pathway and Single Subject Pathway students. Letters of offer for 2014 Year 11s should be on their way home by the time this Newsletter goes to print. I apologise for the holdup. There has been a budget review of the TTC levy which will result in a small rise and probably some changes to the way it is invoiced. We have also renegotiated the prices for the TTC uniforms and kits and wanted all that information to be included with the letter of offer.

While this is a great personal honour the real credit belongs to the team I work with at Mackay Christian College and in particular the Trade Training Centre team. It is their willingness to and personal ownership of, what we do here at MCCTTC that makes it a success and draws the accolades from outside. Please join me in applauding them for in the words of Young House Family it is ‘teamwork that makes the dream work.’ It has been my privilege to work with a fantastic team, together we have been recognised as Construction Trainer of the Year.

As usual if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us through the College Office or by email. It is our pleasure to work with you in the education of your children. Mr Peter Hopper Director Trade Training Centre Head of Industrial & Vocational Learning

update from the tunnahs Hola MCC! Here we are doing it tough in Patagonia. Thinking now that we should have spent more time on our very limited Spanish. It is very cold, can’t even imagine what this place would be like in winter. We set sail for Antarctica this week, having second thoughts about going swimming! Mr & Mrs Tunnah

IMPORTANT: HAVE YOU SET UP DIRECT DEBIT YET? Next year we will be streamlining our accounts to reduce operating costs. All School Fees will need to be paid by Direct Debit. Direct Debit allows the College to deduct from your Bank Account or Credit Card an agreed amount each month, on a date nominated by you with a frequency suitable to you, such as weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Not only will this change save the College money, and thus help keep our fees down, it also makes the payment of fees much easier and enables you to spread the cost of School Fees over the year to suit your budget and you no longer have to worry about falling behind in your School Fee payments. The benefits are the transmission occurs automatically, it is secure and there is no charge for this service. You can take advantage of this service now by requesting a Direct Debit form to be sent to you via email or mail, otherwise you will receive a Direct Debit form in our Start of Year Pack that is sent to you in the beginning 2014.


Apple also announced that any new iPad, registered with Apple after 1 September 2013, is eligible for a free copy of the iWork suite which includes Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, iMovie, iPhoto and GarageBand.

As a Parent/Guardian you can set restrictions for blocking or allowing installation of Apps and monitor/block purchase of App content. For example, parents can restrict explicit music from being seen on playlists, or prevent the installation of Apps.

To claim these free Apps, you must have followed these steps: • Register your iPad with Apple AFTER 1 September 2013, • Have iOS 7 or above installed • Purchase the Apps through the App store on the iPad they should say Free rather than $10 each.

Recently we have had a parent enquire about the Parental Control features for iPads.

For more detailed information on how to set-up these restrictions please visit the College Website and look under the iPad section or follow the link below.

Please note that the offer of the free Apps is only available to the first user to claim it per device. It is not transferable and cannot be redeemed on multiple iTunes accounts. So, be careful you redeem the offer while logged into iTunes with the account that will be used for the student.

what is ios7 and do i need it? We are currently working on updating the Website to include additional IOS7 features and this will be ready to go in the near future.


If you are a currently using an iPad at MCC, then you keep using the iPad you have now. No need to update to the new model for school purposes. Any students new to the iPad program will need to purchase an iPad and the iPad Air is the current model now. As per the information on our website, we recommend: • A full size iPad Air (iPad Version 5 - not an iPad mini, not an iPad 2) • 16 GB size is sufficient for school work, but you may wish to buy larger • Wi-Fi only model is recommended and cheaper.

iOS7 is the latest version of the operating system for iDevices such as iPads and iPhones. It is available as a free download from Apple. You should be aware the download is approximately 1 GB in size and this will count towards your internet downloads and may take some time to download. Do you need it? That is a personal choice, but here are a few reasons to consider the affirmative. • iOS7 contains enhanced and refined built-in apps such as Mail, Calendar, Photos to name a few • the interface is more intuitive and easy to use once you know how to use it effectivel To help with getting familiar with the new iOS, there is a free eBook available from the iTunes iBooks store called ‘iPad User Guide for iOS7’. It is available for download at id709634245?mt=11 Mr Bill Corbett ICT Manager

from the accounts department The school year is coming to an end very soon and I would like to remind you that all School Fees need to be paid in full by the end of the year. We have issued the final invoice for 2013, which you should have received by now, if you haven’t please contact Mrs Bev Palmer in the Accounts Dept for a copy. Payment can be made by Direct Debit, Credit Card, BPay, cash or cheque. For all the families that have had Family Assistance, I would like to remind you that at the end of every year these rebates are cancelled and if you are requiring assistance next year you will need to reapply for Family Assistance. You can do this by contacting Mrs Bev Palmer in the Accounts Department who will organise an appointment for you. From next year we are moving to have all accounts paid by Direct Debit. Forms will be sent home in the Start of the Year Packs at the beginning of 2014. I encourage you to complete the Direct Debit form as soon as possible and return it to the Accounts Department. These forms can be either mailed, handed in at the College Office or Junior School Reception, or emailed to I would like to thank you all for trusting MCC with your child’s education and honouring your commitment by finalising your account by the end of the year. We look forward to seeing you all in 2014. Mrs Tracy Swadling Accounts Manager

Last week we mentioned students who had made the Mackay District & Capricornia Team. Unfortunately we did not make mention of Hayley Gould 7C who represented MCC at the Mackay District Trials, and successfully progressed through to attend the State School girls U12 Championships on the Gold Coast in the Capricornia team. Hayley also represented Mackay at the U13 State Titles and her team won the State Championships and she was awarded the player of the State Titles for her division. This is a huge honour with the last Mackay player winning this honour going on to play for Australia. Congratulations and well done to Hayley!


Basketball Queensland is proud to present a series of shooting clinics for players who have a burning desire to improve their shooting technique, led by Basketball Australia Accredited Master Coach, 2013 AIS Men’s Basketball Head Coach and twotime NBL Coach of the Year, Ian Stacker. These sessions are aimed at players aged 12 – 16 years old who are serious and committed to improving their performance, and want to gain insight into how great shooters think, shoot and practice.


There is the well-known alphabet song, alphabet soup, police letter alphabet, braille alphabet, Morse code alphabet, sign language alphabet, signal flags alphabet and Alphabet City in New York. For fun, try beating the record for accurately typing the alphabet on an iPad in 2.47 seconds. Students occasionally ask why computer keyboards are not set out in alphabetical order. The reason goes back to the typewriter [remember this machine?] which was invented in the 1800s. Ordering words alphabetically is an important skill even though Word, on the computer, has an Ascending and Descending command on the Home tab that will alphabetise a list of words, texts and bullet-points with one click. Aegilops is one of the longest English words where the letters are arranged in alphabetical order.

Mackay Basketball Centre: Wednesday 11th December 4:00pm – 8:00pm. Cost - $20. To register: email by Thursday 5th December.


Once again it is time to start thinking about a coaching position for next year. ‘A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of home I lived in or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.’ Coaching an enthusiastic child in the sport that they love is a very rewarding experience and the impact that you can make as a coach is priceless. Any parents that are interested in coaching a team next year will need to apply for their Volunteer Blue Card. An Application Form can be downloaded from the Commission for Children Website. Once completed your application can be returned to the Principal’s Assistant with a copy of your Identifuication Documents as listed on the form. NOTE Please read the document carefully when filling in the requested details. We are looking forward to meeting any students or parents that are interested in coaching in 2014. Ms Ulla Hansson Head of Faculty HPE

Can you think of other words where the letters are arranged in alphabetical order? Consider these words: accent, access, almost, biopsy, billow, effort, forty. What do you notice about these two words: one, spoon? Their letters are in reverse alphabetical order. What do you notice about this word: facetious? The vowels are in alphabetical order. Revise alphabetical ordering with your child. Direct your child to look at the first letter of each word. Order the words according to how the alphabet goes. If any words start with ‘A’ these words are listed first. Then, list any words starting with B. Continue through the alphabet in order. If more than one word starts with the same letter, look at the second letter of the words. If the second letter of the words is the same, look at the third letter in the words. Ms Donna Maurer Learning Enrichment Centre Manager

It’s been a great year for all our ensembles. We really appreciate all our students and their parents.

New Guitar teacher started this week

We welcome Mr Jonathan Andrew to MCC to teach our guitar and bass guitar students. He was able to start these last two weeks since Mr Proia decided to return to Sydney earlier. Please make sure you come to your lesson on time and make him feel welcome by doing lots of practice for him!!

IMportant dates 26th November - Middle School Celebration Night Bel Canto Band, String & Jazz Ensembles, at Powerhouse 3rd December - Junior School Celebration Night Scholarship Band & Junior String Ensemble, at Powerhouse


If you wish to continue to hire your child’s instrument over the Christmas Break you can pay now for Semester 1, 2014 and get the Christmas Break period free.

You should shortly be receiving an email from Mrs Denise Thomas with details. If you do not receive an email please contact either Mrs Thomas or your child’s teacher at the College.


Once your child has had their last performance please wash their vest and put the vest and tie/s into a plastic bag with the student’s name on it and have the student return it to the Creative Academy Office in AD3 or give it to either Mrs Williams or Mr Winterstein. If a student is only in our Wind Ensemble then they should have returned their uniform by Monday 18th November. ALL other uniforms need to be returned after the Middle School Celebration Night by Monday 1st December washed and in a bag as described above.


Lessons will commence in Week 3 of Term 1 (10th-14th February 2014). Timetables will be sent out as emails and as hard copies to all students, parents and Prep-Year 7 teachers. You DO NOT need to fill in an application for lessons that you are already having this year as they will just continue unless you wish a change. Have a great Christmas Break from the Creative Academy and all our great teachers. Mr Earl Winterstein Head of Creative Academy

from the front office The Front Office Team would like to take this opportunity to thank you. We love serving you and supporting you in all that you do concerning your children‘s education. We pray that your break will be an enjoyable opportunity to spend some valuable, quality time with your children. Don’t forget to keep us informed of any changes that might occur for your family during the Christmas Break. The Front Office will remain open until Friday 20th December 2013 and will re-open at 8.30am on Monday 6th January 2014. Christmas Break hours are 8.30am to 4.00pm each day. Have a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all again next year. Mrs Carol Sorrensen Front Office Supervisor

2014 TUCKSHOP VOLUNTEER HELPERS NEEDED Please note that the tuckshop will be closed on Friday 6th December at King’s Park and Providence. The last day of tuckshop this year will be Thursday 5th December. Our Tuckshops need more volunteer helpers for 2014. 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 to volunteer:

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

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MCF is a place where YOU are welcome! We believe God’s plan for you includes being actively involved in the Body of Christ, His Church. We invite you to be a part of our loving family every Sunday and also throughout the week as we meet in the community. We pray you have a blessed week!

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MCF meets in the Powerhouse Auditorium. Powerhouse is the Multipurpose Hall on MCC’s Junior School Campus at 143 Evans Avenue North, North Mackay.



Coming Up at Mackay Christian Family Church: November 24th Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30 am with Ps Tim Spark 6.00 pm with Ps Chris Campbell November 30th 5.30 pm A Kid’s Crazy Christmas Production Tickets are now on sale at College Office, Junior School Reception or the Church Office. December 1st Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30 am with Ps David Westbrook 6.00 pm A Kid’s Crazy Christmas Production MCF has a weekly Prayer Meeting at 5pm on Sunday afternoons before our Evening Services. This Prayer Meeting is open to everyone and we would love to see you there. If you want to know more about the vision of MCF or want more information about our Ministries and Life Groups please call the Church Office on 4963 1155 or email


Office: The Cottage 9 Quarry Street

Ph: Fax:

07 4963 1155 07 4942 5003

Postal: PO Box 3215 North Mackay QLD 4740

Email: Web:

Mackay Christian Family Church has Celebration Services to reach people and welcome them home, Training Courses to restore people and create hope, Small Groups to raise people and


Revolution and REV67’s are the Youth Ministry of Mackay Christian Family Church. REV67’s as the name suggests is for children in Year 6 – 7. Held from 3:30pm – 5pm every Friday, $5 per person includes afternoon tea. Revolution for Year 8 and above is held from 7pm – 9pm also every Friday. With crazy challenges, live music and great preaching from the Bible, Rev is where it’s at!


PSW Mackay (formerly Marvic Uniforms) is your proud uniform supplier. PSW has been supplying uniforms since 1990 and looks forward to delivering you the quality uniforms that the College community deserves. Visit us today and let our Store Manager Michelle (10 years experience with Marvic) and team assist you with all your back-to-school needs. We look forward to seeing you. PSW MACKAY - 17A Evans Ave, North Mackay. Ph: 07 4951 4892 TRADING HOURS: Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 5:00pm Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm, Saturday 9:00am - 12:00pm

Media School Holiday Program

Do you want to be a TV star? Would you like to read Prime Time News? Get involved in Media Potential School Holiday Programs at Channel 7 Studios. For students aged 13 to 17. When: Monday 16th December Web: Phone: 3511 3455

Research into parenting children with type 1 diabetes

The University of Queensland is conducting research into parenting children with Type 1 Diabetes. If you are a parent of a 2 to 10-year-old child with Type 1 Diabetes, we would love to hear from you! By sharing your experiences (confidentially), you will be making a valuable contribution to the development of much-needed childhood diabetes management strategies for parents. To complete the online survey, please log on to: https://exp. For further information about the project or to request a survey to be posted to you, please email Aditi Lohan aditi.lohan@ or call 07 3365 7689.


SALVATion army christmas cheer

With Christmas fast approaching The Mackay Salvation Army has already begun collecting food and gifts for the many families in need. All donations are greatly appreciated. Please remember we accept all non-perishable food, no alcohol or chocolate, and all food must be in date. Lots of people give toys but please don’t forget that these families need food as well. These donations can be dropped off at 48 Gregory Street. The smallest donation can mean so much to someone who really needs it. For more details please phone our Office on (07) 4957 3576.

foster carer - could you be one?

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


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

come horse riding

Kidz Life operates as a not-for-profit business partnering with New Life Church supporting local and international community projects including missions.

Horse riding camps for ages 6 years - teens, all riding abilities are welcome. 7 day riding camps. Fun horse riding camps every school holidays. Includes arena lessons, learning how to keep and care for a horse/pony, trail rides twice a day, gymkhana and night activities.

The Play Centre is located at 75 Evans Avenue North Mackay and is available for Birthday Party bookings. For opening hours and prices, you can visit or phone them on 4953 5575.

Various dates availiable. Contact us on 07 5486 6166 or visit

MUSIC theatre classes

Do you have children who love to sing, dance, act and perform on stage? Enrolments for the 2014 Conservatorium Academy Music Theatre classes are now open! These classes are held on Saturdays in the fully equipped theatre and studios at the Central Qld Conservatorium of Music. Register your child early to secure a place. For an information booklet & registration form email: or phone 4940 7800.

become a volunteer tutor

Do you have a passion for helping others? Become a TAFE Queensland Volunteer Tutor. Volunteer Tutors have the opportunity to work with migrants and refugees and help their students settle into life in Australia by contributing to their English as a Second Language programs. For more information on what is required or how you can be involved please contact Central QLD TAFE on 07 4940 3414 or email

A week of celebrations!

Issue 20 - 22 November 2013  

Mackay Christian College Newsletter

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