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Newsletter No. 21 | Friday 7th December 2012 Dear Parents Wow, the year has gone so quickly! We have had four Celebration events in the last few weeks including the first Pre-Prep Celebration afternoon. The Junior School Celebration Night held this week, was as fantastic as ever. Even with many extra chairs brought in and hired in, every seat in Powerhouse was full with people standing at the back and in the balcony. Each of our end of year events has been a celebration of the 2012 MCC year, and I have enjoyed every one of them. I wish you all the best for the Christmas break and God’s blessing for the New Year.

I look forward to continuing the learning journey with you in 2013 helping you to provide the very best opportunities for your children to become all God wants them to be. Yours in Christ

Pastor Dr Craig Murison PRINCIPAL


The last scheduled day of the 2012 College school year is here! Students are excited to be free from the shackles of their classrooms, teachers are putting the finishing touches to their markbooks, filing cabinets and desktops, and some staff will continue working for a few weeks yet, but in a much quieter College environment. Personally, I love the bustle of a normal College day – it reminds me that our students are busy learning, academically, spiritually, socially, emotionally and skilfully! The end of the school year is a great time for reflections – even though you may think we just want to shut down our brains and relax for as many days as possible, teachers take time to assess their planning and classroom presentations...what could I have done to extend the thinking, or challenge the students, or make the topic more relevant...hmm...how will I present that unit next year...?) On Wednesday of this week, the Learning Leadership Team and the Discipling Leadership Team spent the day reviewing progress on the Australian Curriculum, and the MCC Strategic Plan as it applies to mentoring and building positive relationships in the College community. In particular, we discussed how we could include parents more. What followed was a great discussion and many creative suggestions. I am looking forward to 2013 and how we may use some of the ideas to include parents in our College community activities.

We also say a BIG THANK YOU and farewell to a number of our teachers: Miss Amy Conwell, Mr Geoff Gay, Mr Murray Hair, Mrs Robyn Hair, Mr John Ilao, Mr Godfrey Rinemhota, Mrs Juanita Steyn, Ms Danielle Grove and Miss Lisa Aston as well as Mrs Catrien Oosthuizen and Mrs Lisa Delanty who are both going on Maternity Leave. Please pray that these teachers will continue to bless students and their community in their next appointment. We certainly have appreciated their dedication and care of our students during their time with us at MCC. God has been very good and gracious towards all of us (even if we may not realise it). Some of our parents have been ill or needed surgery, some families have left us for employment elsewhere and some have experienced difficult relationships or financial situations. To all situations, both the good and the hard, our loving God is available to walk through the tough stuff with us. As we move into the Christmas season (and I love the Christmas season – just ask my children!), I wish you and your family time together to remember God’s blessings with a sense of joy. We have an opportunity to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who came to deliver us from our selfishness, to truly demonstrate sacrificial love, and to establish His eternal Kingdom. No wonder I love the Christmas season! May you and your family be wonderfully blessed together this Christmas. Yours in Christ Mrs Lesley Tunnah Deputy Principal

MAINTENANCE & GROUNDS STAFF Expressions of interest are sought for this position. It would be preferable for applicants to have trade experience, however this is not essential. A sound knowledge of grounds/maintenance procedures relevant to school policies and experience in sports preparation & greens keeping would also be helpful. An understanding of irrigation systems, machinery & equipment is desired. The successful applicant will be self-directed, enthusiastic, well presented, flexible & hard-working, and will have the ability to work with minimal supervision. A ‘working with children’ Blue Card or eligibility for one is essential. As the College is operating from a Christian values base, applications should include a personal testimony and a reference from a Minister. Applications can be dropped into the College Office, posted or or emailed to the Principal.

Applications Close on Friday 21st December 2012

help elize deysel Elize Deysel is the mother of Johannes (Jan) Deysel who is one of our College Captains for 2013. Elize has recently undergone a procedure to remove a Brain Tumor and although this was successful, she will need continued treatment. As you can imagine there are enormous medical expenses of up to $80,000 which accompany this procedure & treatment. If you would like to bless the Deysel family by helping them with these medical expenses please place your donations in a envelope marked - Elize Deysel - and drop the envlope in to the College Office before 21st December 2012 or after 7th January 2013.


SO LONG, FAREWELL, AUF WIEDERSEHEN, CIAO, JA NE, TIONANA, AU REVOIR, ALOHA, TOTSIENS, BA BYE, SHALOM, ADIOS, YASOU, VALETE, SLAN from the Hairs Well Good Bye can be said in so many beautiful ways (test yourself with all of the options above - answers are at the end of this article!), and of course the gorgeous French – Au Revoir – has always appealed to me. Yasou on the other hand makes me laugh – I think this is a result of a wonderful experience my sister and I had in a Greek restaurant once, where we smashed many plates! It is never easy to say Good Bye to a place where you have thrived, grown, fallen in love with people and seen your children blossom and spread their wings. As mentioned several Newsletters ago, Murray and I are off on our next adventure to a small Indigenous Christian School in the Northern Territory called Woolaning. So this is my final edition – you will all have to wait for the release of my first book to read any more crazy anecdotes from me! There is little for me to say this week other than to thank a number of people: Craig Murison – thank you for seeing in me what I could not. Thank you for your amazing vision for Christian schooling which continues to inspire and encourage me in my onward journey in education. Lesley Tunnah – thank you for taking me on, and teaching me in ways I will always appreciate. I know God knew what He was doing when He put us two together! Jennifer Penfold – I am so grateful God brought me here to MCC if only so I can now call this wonderful woman of God my best friend. She does so much behind the scenes to make this College run as smoothly and problem free as it does – what a blessing to have worked with her and to call her my ‘bestie’!

Jill Willis – what an amazing woman who has left an amazing legacy at MCC. A close friend and mentor whose passion for educating young people is exceptional. Robyn Hudson & Tonia Beckmann – two of the most amazing teachers I have ever known. Teaching with these two wonderful women was not only a privilege and honour, but so much fun. I have and will continue to miss our awesome teaching team – BUT I know I can continue to enjoy such a special friendship. My amazing co-workers in the Executive Offices – Priscilla Lister, Peter Lister, Alun Tunnah, Jakki Tickle, Jacqueline Greentree and Melissa Hewitt. These people made coming in to work every day such fun and you have all been a blessing. The staff at MCC are incredible. It has been a privilege to work with a group of people who have answered the call of God on their lives and done some awesome work to not only provide great learning opportunities for students but to also develop their own God given gifts and talents to reveal Christ to all who grace the classrooms of our College. I wish I had pages so I could go through every person who I have worked with and who has thus touched my heart and my life. THANK YOU to you all. As we plan to drive out of Mackay on December 28th on a four day track across the country to arrive in Woolaning probably on New Year’s Eve, please know that you will all be in my prayers and on a daily basis as 2013 rolls in I will be asking our incredibly powerful and all loving God to continue to bless this place of learning. And that above all else MCC would continue to be a place where Christ is revealed to the lost and truth is taught to our children. May God richly bless you all as you celebrate this Christmas season. Stay safe and true to what God has purposed for you before time began. With all my love Mrs Robyn Hair (No longer Head of Teaching and Learning) ANSWERS: English, English, German, Italian, Japanese, Malawi, French, Hawaiian, Afrikaans, Creole, Spanish, Greek, Latin, Irish

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


Blessed be the Name I will exalt You, my God the King; I will praise Your name for ever and ever…. for you have exalted Your name and Your Word above all things. Psalm 145:1 & Psalm 138:2 The Bible teaches us the two things that God honours above all else: His Name and His Word. Our name is our individual identification and the carrier of our reputation. The mere mention of one’s name often brings with it a variety of emotions. When considering possible names for our son several years ago, my wife and I struggled to find a name that didn’t already have a face and personality attached to it. We wanted him to be unique. Sadly, the College is saying farewell to a number of staff who will not be here next year, including Mr & Mrs Hair. Murray & Robyn, along with their family, have been a significant blessing to the College community and the mere mention of their name brings with it thoughts of generosity, love, faithfulness, wisdom and patience.

We will surely miss seeing them around and pray for their adventures ahead. A good name is precious. A good name is worth fighting for. A good name is worth honouring. Over the Holiday Break, let us determine to use this Christmas Season to truly magnify and proclaim the blessed name of Jesus. Find a great local church on Christmas Day and celebrate with friends and family the birth of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.

Hark! the herald angels sing, ‘Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.’

I look forward to seeing you again in 2013. God Bless Pastor Peter Lister Head of Senior School College Chaplain


This last week has seen the fulfilment of one of my dreams for the MCC Ag Centre with the birth of ‘Quarry Hill Howlite.’ With 3 heifers and 1 bull this brings the Quarry Hill Droughtmaster Stud numbers to a grand total of....wait for it....8! As I mentioned in my November report, one of my legacies is to leave the Ag Centre with an established stud breeding program. With this now firmly in place, Kate (our MCC Farm Manager) attended a Breed Plan Workshop held in Nebo. Kate will continue to record and document the growth and development of the calves therefore building data for accurate EBV’s (Estimated Breeding Values). Congratulations to the Year 12 Ag students who all passed their subject and have begun the next phase of their life’s journey at work, further study or taking a gap year. Congratulations also to Jessica Phillips who is the 2013 Captain of the Cattle Show Team. Jess joined the CST this year and has made a great impact with the other members and she will continue to lead by example at the 2013 regional Shows. A big thank you to Cassie Lingren and Daniel Hair our 2012 Captain and Vice-Captain. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to a few people that support the MCC Ag Centre and the Cattle Show Team: John and Nancy Curran, Thrifty Car Hire, Jeff & Elle Scells (Tara View Droughtmaster), The Deguara Family - Jim, Heather, Troy & Clare (Pindi Brahman and Lazy T Brahman Studs).

With continued local community business involvement and support from the above mentioned people (and others) there will be continued opportunities for young people to learn about the local beef and stud cattle industries. 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 Coordinators role. Thanks to the students who over the past 7 years have made my time at MCC memorable both as a HPE teacher and as Coordinator of the Ag Department. Thanks also to Mr Steve Downes who invited me down to MCC to begin my teaching career and has played a mentoring role to me as a teacher, and Mrs Stephanie Gunton (former MCC HPE Teacher). Thanks also to the staff of MCC, the Teaching, Support, Administration, IT and Maintenance. Lastly thanks to you as parents who have entrusted your children into a caring learning environment that is filled with exciting learning opportunities to help them on their journey of life. Till next time, keep the billy boiling and see you in the long yard or in Litchfield National Park swimming at Wangi Falls. God’s richest blessings to you and your family as we celebrate the birth of Jesus this Christmas. Mr Murray Hair Agriculture Department Centre of Excellence Coordinator

Returning Books

Both Libraries will be open during the first week of the Christmas Break (10th-14th December) and will re-open two weeks before school commences in 2013 (14th January). Alternatively, books can be dropped off at the College Office.

If they still have outstanding items, the Libraries will remain open for part of the Christmas Break, so these items can be returned or paid for.

The MCC Library staff would like to wish you and your family a Happy, Holy and Safe Christmas and we look forward to meeting up with you again in 2013.

Thank you for reminding and supporting your children to return everything they have borrowed out of either of the Libraries.

School reports can be issued and/or posted when these are finalised.

Happy Reading over the Christmas Break Mrs Robyn Hopper Head of Libraries


Microsoft Graduation Present to year 12 students

MATILDA INTERNET offer to MCC Parents

Microsoft have just advised, if a Year 12 student that graduated owns a Notebook with school software on it, they will grant them perpetual use rights for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. To access this offer, the Year 12 student must 1. Present the Notebook for removal of the College software 2. Sign a Microsoft agreement accepting the perpetual use rights 3. Gve us an email address for email download information. The link to obtain the license code and download the software, would then be emailed to the student by the end of January 2013. Be aware the download of Microsoft Windows and Office will be approximately 5Gb. If you do not have at least a 1.5Mbps ADSL connection (or above), we would suggest you do not try downloading the software. We have asked if there was an option to buy media such as DVD’s, but unfortunately the only way to obtain the software is via download.

Nextbyte offer to MCC Parents Nextbyte, Canelands Central, are currently offering to MCC parents in store 5% discount on iPads, 10% on third party accessories and 20% on concierge work. For more information or to take advantage of this offer, please contact Steve Philbin at Nextbyte.

Matilda Internet are currently offering to MCC parents an iPad bundle. For $663.00 the bundle includes: • 16Gb iPad 4th Generation WiFi (other options available on request) • Griffin Survivor Protective case • AppleCare extended warranty and 2 year phone support

• 2.5Hrs Hands on Parent Training on use of an iPad For more information or to take advantage of this offer, please contact Leon or Stacey at Matilda Internet 29 Gregory Street Mackay.

Notebooks with COLLEGE software installed A reminder that when a student leaves MCC the College software, including the Adobe Suite, Microsoft Office and Sophos Antivirus has to be removed, as per the agreement signed when you purchased the Notebook. The IT department will be available to help remove the College software until Thursday 20th December if help is needed. As we remember the reason for the season, Jesus Christ, enjoy the Christmas Break. Regards Mr Bill Corbett ICT Manager

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 mcc@mccmky.qld.edu.au.

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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)


NEW GUITAR TEACHER 2012

Mr Antonino Proia will be joining us next year from Sydney to teach Guitar and Bass Guitar at Mackay Christian College. As his official biography says ‘he is an incredible virtuosic guitarist, a brilliant musician, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer, with exceptional teaching skills of over 20 year’s experience’. He is able to teach all levels of guitarists including those at a professional level, including band coaching and recording techniques. Growing up in a musical family, Mr Proia started playing in bands at the age of 12. His teachers have included world renowned guitarist Ike Isaacs, as well as Jeremy Sawkins, Guy Strazz, Dieter Kleiman, George Golla and Dave Smith. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance, and Masters of Composition (current). Mr Proia has played for numerous international artists around the world and in Australia. He has played all genres of music ranging from Jazz to Rock and everything in-between. He was also the Musical Director for the house band on Channel 31’s ‘The Movie Show’ for 2 seasons in 2003/4. With over 22 years of teaching experience in both Music Schools and High Schools including the renowned Australian Institute of Music (AIM) in Sydney, Mr Proia has developed a unique and proven approach to teaching guitar that allows anyone to grasp difficult guitar techniques. His fast-track approach gets students playing their favourite songs quickly and easily while

incorporating backing tracks and recordings. Mr Proia strongly believes that every student is unique with different needs. He caters for those needs ensuring that every student has the opportunity to reach their absolute maximum potential. Lessons are fun and based around song based learning, covering all aspects of Music and Music Theory. Mr Proia is currently working on his second full-length solo guitar album which he plans to release in the near future, and an ‘Ultimate Guitar and Theory Book’ which will be released in Modules. We look forward to him adding to our already high standard of teaching in our Creative Academy at Mackay Christian College next year.

Instruments

All College owned instruments should have been returned and hire or purchase for next year should have been organised. Please contact Mr Winterstein to arrange your instrument for next year at ewinterstein@mccmky.qld.edu.au.

Cultural Uniform and Folders

All uniforms and folders should have been returned. If you still have them at home please return to the Front Office during the first week of the Christmas Break. Thank you to all members of our Creative Academy whether you just learn an instrument, do Speech & Drama or are in one of our fantastic Ensembles. We would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. We look forward to seeing you all in 2013!!!!!!! Creating in Christ 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 schooling. 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 1.00pm on Friday 21st December 2012 and will re-open at 8.30am on Monday 7th January 2013. 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 Offcie Supervisor


Well there you go, another year done! What happened? Where did it go? We are not quite done yet. Those students who have been successful in gaining entry to the TTC Trade Pathway Program for next year will receive a letter from us soon with revised details of equipment lists and advising of any changes in Engineering or Construction for 2013. All Single Subject Pathway students will receive a letter with details about how that subject will be offered in 2013. As alluded to in the last newsletter we will deliver that course as an early start from Term 1 Week 3.

As an apprentice I loved smoko – not because I was always hungry or because I needed a break. What I loved about smoko was listening to older tradies tell stories. I would listen – thinking one day I will have stories of my own to tell and I will be able to retell some of theirs. Each of us is a collection of stories and those stories contribute to who we are and who we become. The Christmas break provides a great opportunity for your children to write some of their own stories. As parents our challenge is to help our kids to write good stories. It is a busy time of year, the run in to Christmas always has many challenges. Don’t allow your kids to be a hassle adding to the busyness. Engage them, include them as part of your team. With practice and perseverance you will reap the rewards. Christmas is about quality time with family, what better way to do that than involving them, plan and organise Christmas together, therefore adding to their stories and to yours.

In 2013 we will endeavour to keep parents up to date with the daily happenings of TTC via email. To help this process please email Mrs Narelle Braak at nbraak@mccmky.qld.edu.au to confirm we have the correct email address on file. Please be sure to include your name and you child’s name in the body of the email.

My girls are now 19 and 23. Robyn and I are looking forward to writing some new stories with them as we roll out our driveway to ride our motorcycles to Tasmania. I look forward to telling those stories and I look forward to hearing your children’s stories in 2013.

If you have changed your address recently please provide this to us also, so that your contact details can be updated.

God bless you this Christmas and may He help you help your children become all that He wants them to be this Christmas.

The really important stuff

Until next year

As I reflect on the year I am reminded again that while I spend a fair bit of my time at the College helping students into a career pathway. It is not what they do that is really important but who they are and who they become.

People give gifts at Christmas for a number of reasons: • • • • • •

Tradition Sign of love Share a bond with family and friends Sign of appreciation and gratitude A sense of generosity and care A sense of satisfaction it gives the giver

Mr Peter Hopper Director Trade Training Centre Head of Faculty Industrial & Vocational Learning

When looking for presents for children or young people this Christmas, give thought to: • Books Pack of cards • Board games Puzzles • ‘Paint by numbers’ books Jigsaw puzzles • Science kits Construction kits • Craft sets Colouring books • Magic tricks Science lab kits • Children’s cookery books Educational software • Sporting equipment

As Christians, we try not to get carried away with the commercial hype of Christmas.

Wishing you a merry Christmas and a safe New Year!

While gift buying is important, we must retain the joy of giving and reflect on the gift God gave to us in Jesus, which is the heart of Christmas.

Signing off for the 2012 school year Ms Donna Maurer Learning Enrichment Centre Manager


Vacation care bookings are being taken at our OSHCare Centres now. Get in quick so you don’t miss out on a place. Here is a sneak peak at the firs t two weeks of our AMAZING program!!!


ISSUE 17 - 2012

MIDDLE SCHOOL EDITION

Reflections on Parent iPad Information Night On Wednesday 21st November, a Parent Information Night on the Introduction of iPads in Year 6 & 7 in 2013 was held in the Faith Centre from 6-7 pm. There were many helpful hints and tips that came from informative sources. If you were not able to come, here are some highlights. iPads in Education: Mr Alun Tunnah explained that tools change even though we don’t so we need to use the best tool available to produce the best learning possible. The iPad is a new way of learning to get the best outcomes for your children.

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The growth of Communication Technology over the last 25 years The positive growth of the World Wide Web The negative impacts of technology types. Our CLEAR Technology values will be outlined here. Sustainability and how Communication Technology has made a way to spread a greater awareness of the sustainability issues in society across the world.

Why iPads at MCC? • Lightweight – easy for students to carry • Affordable – so available to all • Mobile – able to be used at Home and at the College • Battery – enable a full days use • Fast start-up - Instant on – fast to be on task • A Learning Tool – allow the gathering, analysis of data, problem solving and creation of ideas Mrs Murison explained that CLEAR Technology @ MCC aims to reinforce using the College’s CLEAR values as a filter for decision making when using technology. Clear Technology @ MCC continues to be relevant with the introduction of the iPads encouraging students to make wise decisions when using a technological device. Recommended iPad Purchase: • 16 Gb minimum • Wifi only • 4th Generation (3rd Generation is now obsolete.) • Griffin Survivor Case or another suitable tough case! • Apple Care Protection Plan (2 Years Phone Service) Discounts Available at NextByte (Canelands Central next to Myer): • Currently offering to MCC parents in store: 5% discount on iPads, 10% on third party accessories and 20% on concierge work. • Contact Steve Philbin Other Accessories available: • Apple TV • SD card converters • Stylus • Bluetooth keyboards

For current and up-to-date information on iPads @ MCC check our website regularly mccmky.qld.edu.au/ipads


‘Safety on the Net’ presented by S/Const Julia Grisan – Mackay District Crime Prevention Unit It is inevitable our children will use the Internet and it will be an integral part of their lives. It is also a natural protective reaction to say ‘No’ to our children when we feel that their safety is under threat; especially when as parents we feel left behind and confused about the internet, so what can we do? • It is a parental responsibility (and grandparents/guardians) to provide a safe Internet environment. • You will need to set boundaries and monitor. • Understand that there are predators on-line. • A threat can also build up from within our own ‘on-line’ world • Educate yourselves first. Having an understanding will help you explain your rules later. • Share your newfound knowledge with other parents, friends, and associates. • Take an interest in what is happening in your child’s life. Share the new technology experiences together. • Stay in Control – Facebook, Online Gaming, Instant Messaging, Chat rooms – Learn how to be responsible with your personal information and make sure your children exercise caution when accessing them. • Protect your computer – learn about Firewalls, Malware, Cookies, Filters – technical jargon, but without knowledge of these you can be left open for online combat. • Report Abuse. This includes; Sexual Exploitation, inappropriate content and spam.

For more information visit www.thinkuknow.org.au

Use multiple iTunes accounts on one computer In some families, you may find it useful to keep all your accounts separate. iTunes by default only has one account, however you are able to run multiple accounts on the same computer. The directions for Windows and Mac differ in the buttons pressed. Mac users: Hold down the Option key while you open iTunes. Windows users: Hold down the Shift key while you open iTunes.

Cyber bullying: Illegal Offence under the Criminal Select Create Library and then give your new account a name and Code Act 1995 (Commonwealth). select Save. • Sending text messages / emails that harass menace or are offensive. • It is an offence under Commonwealth legislation s.474.17 that states - Using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence. Ask yourself: • What is your part in bullying? • You are the bully? • You assist the bully? • You enable or aid the bully? • You get someone to bully someone for you? You will now have a new account to use whenever you wish. *Remember: To select a different account from now on, you will need to hold down the key as listed above while opening iTunes.

Edited by: C Murison & F Horwell


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: December 9th Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30am with Ps David Westbrook 6.00pm Water Baptism Party December 16th Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30am with Ps Kat Spark 6.00pm Worship Encounter December 23rd Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30am with Ps David Westbrook December 25th Christmas Day Service @ Powerhouse 9.30am with Ps David Westbrook December 30th Christmas Day Service @ Powerhouse 9.30am with Ps David Westbrook January 6th Christmas Day Service @ Powerhouse 9.30am with Ps Chris Campbell 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 info@mcf.org.au.

CONTACT US

Office: The Cottage 9 Quarry Street Postal: PO Box 3215 North Mackay QLD 4740 Ph: Fax: Email: Web:

07 4963 1155 07 4942 5003 info@mcf.org.au www.mcf.org.au

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GYMNASTICS FUN DAYS

Mackay Gymnastics School Holiday Fun Day, for children aged 5-12 years. Inside out fo the sun. Where: Swayne St, North Mackay. 9.30am – 11am Wednesday 19th December, 2012 & Wednesday 23rd January, 2013. Cost: $15. Bookings Essential Limited numbers! Come & have fun in the gym. Phone 4953 1425 or admin@mackaygymnastics.org.au.

REWARD OUR GREAT AUSSIES

Recognise those who make a significant contribution to our region, whether big or small, by nominating them today for an 2013 Australia Day Award. Complete your nomination online at www.mackay.qld.gov.au/australiaday or pick up a form at any Customer Service Centre.

ALTERATION SERVICE

Dawns Alteration Service is available for all clothing alterations. Free pick up and delivery to business premises, Canelands Central, Mount Pleasant and City Heart. Guaranteed professional work. Phone Dawn on 4954 7674 or 0412 832 062.

Maths and English holiday program

NumberWorks’nWords Mackay 22nd, 23rd, 24th January 2013. However your children have performed in English or Maths this year, a NumberWorks’nWords holiday course will give them an amazing boost. Not just in their education, but in their confidence. Sessions run for 2 hours plus 10 minutes for refreshments. Enrol for one, two or all three days and have so much fun it doesn’t feel like learning! Places on our holiday program are limited and fill fast. Please call 4942 6615 to find out more.

WEP STUDENT EXCHANGE

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 www.wep.org.au 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.

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY HORSE CAMPS

7 Day Horse Riding Camps for ages 6 - teens, all riding abilities are welcome. Includes arena lessons, learning how to keep and care for a horse/pony, trail rides twice a day, gymkhana and night activities. For more information call 07 5486 6166 or visit www.kiahpark.com.au.

TENNIS SIGN ON

Tennis ‘Sign-on’ Saturday 2nd Feb 2013 3pm at Mackay & District Tennis Assoc (previously Mackay Junior Tennis) courts off Bridge Road for children 5 to 15 yrs. All levels of ability welcome. Come and join the fun!

IDEAL PLACEMENTS

IDEAL Placements is a local non-profit organisation focused on the provision of quality employment services that improve the lives of job seekers with a disability, injury, illness or health condition. IDEAL Placements provides tailored employment solutions that encourage independence of clients and selfconfidence through support with finding and maintaining employment in the open labour market. IDEAL Placements can work with students 15 years or older if they are wanting to find part-time employment or a school based apprenticeship or traineeship. IDEAL Placements has many programs running in 2013 to find out more contact (07) 4957 8177 or drop into one of our local offices: Mackay - The Dome, Shop 6 134 Victoria Street or Sarina - Shop 3/33 Central Street.

2013 BRISBANE TERTIARY STUDENT ACCOMMODATION

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 www.raymont.com.au or by contacting the College 07 3377 9903.

HOLIDAY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

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

HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT

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 www.studentexchange.org.au or call us on 1300 135 331.

KIDZ LIFE PLAY CENTRE

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 www.kidzlife.com.au or phone us on 4953 5575.


PRE-PREP CELEBRATION


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MIDDLE SCHOOL CELEBRATION


Issue 21 - 7th December 2012