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FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK

Newsletter No. 6 Friday 25 March 2011

Dear Parents The College Chaplain, Pastor Peter Lister delivered a very thought provoking message to the Middle and Senior School students in Chapel this week. Pastor Peter referred to the recent disasters in the world, and the recent political unrest in countries, and used these to speak to students about the uncertainties of life and the need for us to live our lives to the full and to live them well. The Bible speaks of a time when the world as we know it will come to an end. It doesn‟t, as Pastor Peter clearly explained to the students, tell us when this might happen. It does however, point to earthquakes, floods and wars as some of the indicators of Christ‟s imminent return. All of this serves to remind us that we should live our lives as if God is coming back tomorrow but plan as if He won‟t be back in our lifetime. In thinking about the recent Japanese earthquake and the terribly destructive tsunami which followed, Pastor Peter asked the students to reflect on the state of their hearts and their current level of relationship to the Lord if they were to face such a sudden disaster. These are important questions for each person to think about. There was a very large response from students at the conclusion of Pastor Peter‟s message. Many students indicated a desire to learn more about how they could put their trust in God. I think this in part, reflects the fact that our young people have been seeing some very scary images on the television recently and hearing the adults around them speak about what has been happening in the world.

In this Issue: 3.

Deputy Principal

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Head of Studies

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Senior School

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Junior School

10. Library 12. Health & Physical Education 14. Junior School Update 15. Assessment Calendar 16. Creative Academy 17.

Industrial & Vocational Learning

18. Creative Arts Tuition Accounts 19. Important Dates Swimming Carnival Vaccinations 20. Kite Surfer 22. Mackay Christian Family Church 23. Bits & Pieces 24.

Providence


From the Principal cont... Pastor Peter‟s message aimed to provide reassurance to students that we can put our trust in God regardless of how terrible things seem around us. The Bible teaches us that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is one of the few things, perhaps the only one, which remain constant in a world which must look pretty scary to many people right now. As Christians we believe that the only way to God is through faith in Jesus Christ. It is not about what Church you go to, how often you go, or even whether you go at all! It is about the relationship you have with God. Like you, I am just so aware of the events taking place around the world at the moment. Whether it is the fight for political freedom from oppressive regimes, or the struggle to recover from natural disasters, it provides an opportunity for each of us to reflect on the shortness of our lives, and the immense value of each life, and to be encouraged to live life to the full. As one popular book series is titled, “Don‟t Sweat the Small Stuff.” Junior Campus Update Traffic Lights - I have been informed that the traffic lights at the end of Short Street should be completed this coming week. Move to new campus – We have set the date of Friday the 1st of April for the big move. Classroom resources will progressively be moved up to this date and all the remaining classroom furniture etc will be moved on the day. The College will run programs for students in Prep to Year 5 on that day. However, if parents are able to do so it would be helpful if students could stay at home for the day. Classes will commence on Monday the 4th of April on the Junior Campus. There may still be some ground work to complete (weather depending) – but we will be there! Yours in Christ

Pastor Dr Craig Murison PRINCIPAL

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From the Deputy Principal Bullying seems to be a perpetual hot topic for schools, and, over many years MCC has developed and refined an anti-bullying policy that reinforces our beliefs and values. Unfortunately, as we take time to listen to both sides of a story and investigate witness accounts where possible, parents may become impatient and accuse the College of „doing nothing‟. We ask parents to both trust and support the College as it works through what can be complex issues. Quick-fixes and cries of „expel them all‟ rarely address the underlying situation. Teachers work to achieve real resolution wherever possible – restoration of sound relationships is our first goal. If that is not possible due to personal choices made by students involved, then more serious consequences may be employed. It is very important for parents to remember that we have NO CONTROL over the actions of individuals – not even God has that! We can be pro-active in educating students about our College behavioural expectations, and we can apply consistent consequences when students choose to disobey, but it is highly unrealistic to expect that we can prevent incidences from happening of which we receive no prior warning. Sometimes parents appear to have higher expectations of MCC‟s degree of control over students than they have over their own children. Common sense and daily experiences for parents show them that they are more often in the role of judge and consequence giver than in the role of preventing sibling rivalry. It is also important for parents to remember that you are only hearing one side of the story from your children, and usually a sanitised version at that. Unless you have been present for all interviews with teachers and students about an issue then you do not know the full story and are in no position to judge fairly. The recent You-Tube clip of two boys fighting and a bystander filming demonstrates how complex an issue can be as the details unravel. While many cries of support for the older student were initially heard, we were then presented with a different perspective by the younger student...who is really the victim? Are they both victims? Are they both just silly boys learning social skills as they grow up? And who held the camera? He is also accountable for his part! We ask that parents trust and support our staff as they gather as much information as possible and then decide consequences for each child involved. You may not agree with our judgements – but you do not have access to all our information, and under the Privacy Act we are usually unable to share details about any children other than your own. We would also appreciate that you avoid being a speaker for the „Carpark Mafia‟ – parents who think they know what‟s really going on and make defamatory statements to others. MCC would prefer that we could tell you everything, but we can‟t. Many parents appreciate the confidentiality when they finally learn the part their child has played! Thank you to all those parents who do support MCC staff in what is a difficult and complex task. I certainly appreciate the efforts of all our Teachers, Year Level Coordinators and Heads of School as they deal with children on a daily basis.

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From the Deputy Principal cont... WARNINGS ABOUT USE OF TECHNOLOGY Recently, there was an incident where it may have been possible for an inappropriate image of a student to have been sent to another student via their mobile phone. Fortunately, this did not go ahead. I remind parents that their children are responsible for every image they choose to send to others and if inappropriate or illegal, may be charged for sending an indecent image of a minor. They may be charged for each image sent if they send multiple images to multiple recipients. Please discuss safety with your children, especially when using their mobile phone or social networks such as Facebook. We advise parents that we are very limited in what we can do about rude or derogatory comments made by students about others on Facebook. We suggest you report these incidences immediately to the Police. MCC implements a values-based set of guidelines called CLEAR technology@MCC:

This program teaches students not about how to use technology, but about the heart and values of the user in making moral decisions when using technology.

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From the Deputy Principal cont... NEW STUDENT LEADERS We have had a wonderful response from students in Year 6-12 wanting to volunteer their service as a Student Leader. The following applicants have been successful to date: Julia Pearson Rianne Boyce Bradley Bombardieri Mikhyla Budden Stacie Waddington Elyce Dahms Rebekah Harland Lauro Gomes Dale Lopdell Elma Rose Fyvie Hadassah Harland Georgia Whatman Dannielle Hewitt Danielle Farren-Price

Amber Young Hannah Watson Patrick Noscov Angus Dalton Claire Kelly Daniel Fehring Hugh McBroom Nicholas Buttle Josiah Westbrook Shannon Botha Isabella Ross Nathan Heaney Molly Falvo Claire McCrohon-Horniblow

Lydia West Jonathan Bowen Emma Corbett Crystal Ison Ajla Batterham Megan Notnagel Kimberly Marais Julie Marshall Storm Bartels Emily Lund Telleeya Millar Josiah Thurlow Grace Keighley

CONGRATULATIONS to all these students and may you continue to uphold our College CLEAR values in all you do. CHRISTIAN WORLD VIEW MCC teachers are dedicated to integrating the Christian World View into their lessons as often as possible and practicable. Our current Strategic Plan has this as our first Strategic Principle and Goal (please see the College website for details). This also means that when you enrol your child at MCC, you can expect our teachers to present world events from a Christian perspective. In Biology, students will learn about Creation and its sound scientific basis (as well as evolutionary theory and its non-scientific basis). In Study of Society, students will see how Scripture interprets and influences world events. In HPE, students should understand the amazing design of their bodies and their capabilities, and in CLEAR thinking, students learn how to apply Biblical principles and thought to their personal lives and events. Teachers at MCC already regularly pray for your children but will also pray with your child if asked. We welcome discussion from parents about any of the topics presented by teachers from a Christian Worldview. If you find yourself unable to support the College and its Christian World View, then perhaps you should ask yourself whether MCC is the best place for your child. We appreciate parent support of our curriculum, and we are very open at every enrolment interview about the Collegeâ€&#x;s stance with regards values and Christian perspectives. Enrolment here then becomes the choice of each individual family. May God bless you and your family richly Mrs Lesley Tunnah Deputy Principal

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From the Head of Studies ―The Reward for a thing well done is to have done it!‖ Ralph Waldo Emerson I am sure most of us can remember the sometimes overwhelming feeling when we have a list of things that must be accomplished and we are not sure where to start! This week some of our Senior students have had the „joy‟ of up to 7 exams to evaluate their learning so far this year. Overwhelming may be an understatement! But as Ralph Waldo Emerson (19th century poet, philosopher and lecturer) wisely said the satisfaction and reward comes from the doing. This image is of my Year 8 report – it is simple with little information.

Learning is no longer about percentages, but more about demonstration of learning. Whilst students are busy studying and constructing assignments of wide varieties, our teachers are consumed by the marking and construction of reports that effectively reflect each student‟s individual ability. For the average Secondary teacher this means completing over 180 individual comments and reflections on learning (we won‟t mention the specialist Primary teachers who sometimes have to do over 300!). Making judgements on student learning is a complex and often time consuming activity. In order to maintain consistency across classes we regularly „moderate‟ student work together, having professional conversations about what we expect to see in the work of a „C‟ student an „A‟ student etc. There is so much more to reporting on our students learning in the 21st century, but Emerson had the right idea – the reward is in the doing of the task.

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From the Head of Studies cont…. We value being able to communicate with our parents, about their child‟s progress. The reports you will soon receive will give you a „snapshot’ view into how your child is progressing so far this year. I encourage all parents to remember that this is a new year! In many cases the depth of knowledge and degree of difficulty in the learning has risen with entry into a new year level. Coupled with this is the rapidly approaching introduction of the Australian Curriculum. Teachers across the country have a significant amount of work to do to be personally prepared but also to have students prepared for the introduction next year of the Australian Curriculum in Maths, English and Science. To this end, and to ensure alignment of the MCC work programs with the Australian Curriculum documents, our teachers will be working very hard this year to fill in some gaps we have identified. The reports serve as a precursor for conversations with your child‟s teachers next term - so be watchful for the advertisement of the parent-teacher meetings coming up. JUNIOR SCHOOL We are very nearly there. With much excitement our Prep-Year 5 teachers have visited their new learning spaces and taken photos and begun to design and organise their new classrooms. As we continue to pray for some dry weather to ensure the playgrounds are established, the students are beginning to latch on to their teacher‟s excitement. We have been blessed with an absolutely amazing facility - thank you God. MIDDLE SCHOOL We have some fantastic learning initiatives in the Middle School. Our Robotics team are busy creating and designing under the guidance of Mr Alun Tunnah. Our Year 9 Maths support groups are progressing well with some „light bulb‟ moments being experienced for many of our students - this is a teachers favourite moment! SENIOR SCHOOL As mentioned earlier, our Senior Students have a heavy load at the moment. They are committing themselves to study and learning. My Year 12 students are an ongoing blessing to me as I listen to absolutely fantastic and mature conversations about Shakespeare – hard to believe but true! Some of our students have additional leadership responsibilities with House Family, student council and sporting duties to be achieved in addition to their study. Some have school based apprenticeships or traineeships and are completing TAFE courses as well. Congratulations to our Senior Students for their sense of loyalty and service to our College and its wider community. With 10 days left of school for this term, I want to say thank you to all our staff for their unyielding commitment to the learning of all our students. Bless you all Mrs Robyn Hair Head of Studies P.S. Many thanks for your concern over my toe – we are certainly on the mend!

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From the Senior School INDIGENOUS OUTREACH TRIP 2011 I particularly love this time of year as we prepare for the trip. Our College is filled with amazingly talented, humble and reliable students who love to share about how God has changed their lives for the better. Our Outreach Team preparations are in full swing with both staff and students very excited about having 3 teams once again. Our Indigenous Outreach Teams are a perfect opportunity for our Senior Students (Years 11 & 12) to help serve the Mission Heart of the College. During the mid-year break (end Semester 1) we will be conducting Bible-based children‟s holiday programs, church services and community events throughout the Torres Strait on Thursday (Waiben), Warraber (Sue) and Poruma (Coconut) Islands. We will also have a team working through the 5 Indigenous Communities on the very tip of Cape York including New Mapoon, Seisia, Bamaga, Umagico and Injinoo. This year we will be having a team focus solely on Thursday Island. I‟m particularly excited about this as we have a very capable team praying for a powerful experience of God‟s love. I always have a laugh when I think of the last time we had a team stay on the Island for an extended time as it somehow correlated to an “awkward silence”. The team were trying to get to sleep late one night and had had enough of an annoying buzzing sound that had been keeping them awake. The team leader went into problem solving mode and found a small box that was “buzzing” and turned it off to everyone‟s relief. It wasn‟t until the morning when a local woke them up knocking on the door that they realised they had inadvertently turned off the Radio Station Transponder, thus silencing the whole Torres Strait‟s radio reception! On Monday I had the pleasure of spending time with a small team of students and staff from Heights Christian College in Rockhampton, to help them prepare for the Indigenous Outreach Trip this year. They will be joining our team as we attempt to help them start an Outreach program like ours on another Island in the Torres Strait. Including the 4 students and 1 teacher from Heights College, we have 35 members participating in the 2011 trip. Please support our students as they are about to endeavour on the trip of a life time. Each student (and family) has committed to pay $1800 each to participate in this year‟s trip, with past students saying that they would surely pay double for the experience they encountered. Outreach is a vital expression of the heart of this College and it is truly a privilege to be involved in it. HOT CROSS BUNS ANYONE! You should have noticed the Bake Drive forms that went home to the oldest in the family recently. Please buy up big to support the team as they endeavour to raise funds for this year‟s trip. All orders and money need to be returned to our Tuckshop Convenor, Mrs Erin Falvo, by Friday 1st April. All orders will be ready to collect on Wednesday 6 th April between 1:30pm – 4pm from the King‟s Park Tuckshop. If you have any questions about this year‟s trip, please do not hesitate to contact me through the College office. Team Leaders for 2011: Mr Peter Lister & Mrs Priscilla Lister, Mr Warren & Mrs Kerry Tysoe, Miss Lynn Morrison Pastor Peter Lister Head of Senior School College Chaplain N E W S L E T T E R N O. 6

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From the Junior School We are getting sooooooooo excited in Junior School. Firstly, because our Prep-Year 5 Swimming Carnival is NEXT WEEK! YES, that‟s right…..NEXT WEDNESDAY 30th March our Junior School students will be taking over the Pioneer Swimming Pool from 9.00am to 12 midday for a fun-filled day of swimming activities and events. There will be prizes for the best dressed (dress in House Family Group colours) and prizes for family participation. There will be a MARCH PAST with some very serious judges at approximately 11.00am. We had a practice cheering competition in our Assembly this week and the DENNIS House Family Group took first place! Do you know which House Family Group your family belongs to???? Do you know what colours to wear and bring on the day? (You can check these things with the Office if you don‟t!). This is an event NOT to be missed and we even have events for YOU mum & dad! I look forward to seeing you there! BUT WAIT….there‟s MORE!!!! We now have been given a moving date for the big move to the Providence site. We are counting down the days till we make this exciting and historic move. We will be conducting Junior School classes on the new site from MONDAY 4 th April 2011. Make sure you come and have a look at this wonderful new facility. Parents are most welcome to come and see how God has abundantly blessed us with this very special extension to Mackay Christian College. All you need to do is sign in at the Administration Office (located in the Prep & Year 1 building) and get a visitors pass. Tours will be conducted at 8:30am EVERY morning commencing Monday 4 th April through until Friday 8th April. I look forward to showing you around.

Mrs Alison Bannister Head of Junior Campus

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From the Library Hi From the Library SCHOOL REPORTS Junior School reports will be mailed home next week, while Middle & Senior School reports will be mailed home the week after (last week of term). However as usual, students with overdue books/items will not receive theirs until these are returned or paid for. Students have been reminded about this, and teachers have reinforced this with class lists. Our Library is open all holidays and school reports can be collected (or mailed) when books are returned or paid for. JUNIOR CAMPUS LIBRARY Next week the Library will make the big move to the new campus and set up the Junior School Library. We will spend the week setting up and shelving etc and be open for the students to borrow for the holidays during the last week of term. LIBRARY VIRTUAL CLASSROOM Don‟t forget to visit our Library Virtual Classroom with your child at http:// mccmky.qld.edu.au and then choose MCC Portal (your child will need to log in) >My Classes>Library. There are Research Links, access to the Library catalogue, help with assignments & referencing and online magazines. ASSIGNMENT REFERENCING AND BIBLIOGRAPHIES In the Library Virtual Classroom, check out the Reference Generator from the links in the middle. Simply fill in the blanks of the details of books or internet sites used for assignments, and the program will correctly set out each reference for you. Then just cut and paste them into the assignment. READING EGGS It is great to see the Prep – Year 4 students in our Junior School enjoying using Reading Eggs, both in the classroom and at home. However, there have been a few issues with logging on, passwords etc. Parents do not need to select “Free Trial” and I don‟t want parents to be in anyway coerced to purchase the program. The College has already subscribed for both school and home for all of 2011. Simply log-in to the panel on the right-hand side of the home page by typing in the log-on and password written on your take-home letter. Our students are all established users as their accounts have been set up at school.

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From the Library cont...

If you have any problems with accessing the program or getting it to run, let us know and we will sort it out for you. Thank you to those parents who have already contacted their classroom teacher and allowed us to correct the issues they faced. BOOK REVIEWS FOR PARENTS Parents, there will be a collection of books for you at both campus Libraries. Books on marriage/relationships are split between both. Resources (books and DVDs) on parenting younger children will be available at the Providence Junior Campus, and similarly, resources on parenting older children and teenagers will be at the Kingâ€&#x;s Park Middle & Senior Campus. Reviewing 2 books from the Kingâ€&#x;s Park Campus: How to Really Parent Your Teenager provides positive strategies for real-world problems - an essential companion for parents facing the joys and challenges of navigating the adolescent years. Author Ross Campbell MD, has spent over 30 years as a clinical psychiatrist, focussing on the parent-child relationship. The Gold Book for Women - Women's Service Manual for Life The Gold Book for Men - Men's Service Manual for Life Written by Dr Guy Hingston, these health books are designed to help men and women of all ages prevent disease from forming, as well as pick up serious disease at an early stage, before it causes irreparable damage. Mrs Robyn Hopper Teacher Librarian

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From the HPE Department YEAR 6-12 CROSS COUNTRY This year we are again incorporating Middle & Senior School together in our cross country/fun run on FRIDAY 8th April. The 2011 MCC Year 6 - 12 Cross Country/Fun Run will start and finish at the Eric Liddell Field and will incorporate a combined street and Gooseponds circuit. Races will get under way by 9:00am and will conclude by 10:30am. Distances and choice of events will vary so please read the following information regarding the events and dress code for the day. All students will need to participate in one of the following events on the day. Competitive Cross Country This will be run in age groups to the official qualifying distances for Mackay District Selection. Students who wish to attend the Mackay District trials (13yrs – Open only) will need to place in the top 6 in their event. AGE GROUPS 11 yrs 12 yrs 13 yrs 14 yrs 15 yrs 16 yrs Open

BOYS 3 km 3 km 3 km 4 km 4 km 6 km 6 km

GIRLS 3 km 3 km 3 km 4 km 4 km 4 km 4 km

Age Champions will be taken from the competitive Cross Country only. Fun Run All other students will be participating in the fun run which will be divided into 2 categories. Category One - Team Event: Students are invited to form a team within their House Family Group (minimum of 4 members) and come dressed in a team uniform which conforms to MCC free dress code standards (see the Free Dress Code Standards below). All team members must cross the finish line together if they are to claim their House Family points. An extra 20 points will be awarded to the most original/best dressed team at the start of the event. Category Two - House Mascot: Individuals are invited to carry a (light weight) mascot in their House Family colours around the course. They must cross the line with their mascot intact to receive their House Family points. ALL course maps are posted beside the sports notice board (end of FY building). Students are required to view the maps and be well informed as to where they are to run on the day. Please come along and enjoy the excitement of the day. If you are able to assist on the day please contact the College Office on 49 63 11 00. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

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From the HPE Department cont... Free Dress Day Standards The following guidelines outline acceptable dress standards. Students who violate these dress standards will be sent home to change. Denim jeans, shorts and skirts ARE allowed, but need to be worn neatly and modestly (ie. no bare midriff). Students are to dress modestly – no singlets, no tanktops, no bare midriffs or low hipster pants; girls‟ sleeveless tops need a shoulder strap wider than 2cm, no low cut tops, no see through fabric. Clothes are not to advertise anything that contradicts the College values eg. secular brands, sexuality, alcohol or drug endorsements. A selection of jewellery (within reason) may be worn excluding any facial or visible piercings, other than earrings. Boys may not wear earrings or studs. Students may be asked to remove rings, bracelets or necklaces for safety reasons in some classes eg. woodwork. Students will need to wear covered footwear including trackshoes or court shoes, and if doing practical work in Home Economics, Technology or Science, need to bring their black leather shoes. PREP—YEAR 5 SWIMMING CARNIVAL The Junior School Swimming Carnival (Prep-Year 5) will be held on: WEDNESDAY 30th MARCH at PIONEER POOL from 9.00am to 12.00pm Mark your calendar and get ready to come along and encourage your Prep to Year 5 children as they splash about, race and have lots of fun. We encourage parents to participate in novelty events! Parent helpers are also needed on the day. If you can help, please call the College Office on 4963 1100. There will be no tuckshop available at the College for Prep-Year 5 students. Students are to bring a packed morning tea and lunch. House Family Tattoos will be on sale for $1 from the Front Office for the Swimming Carnival. Come on buy a tattoo and support the College and your House Family! HOCKEY SOCCER TENNIS Northern Suburbs - Trials for 12 year olds If you wish to try out for the Northern Suburbs Hockey, Soccer or Tennis team, could you please have your name to Miss Hazell ASAP.

UNIFORMS UNIFORMS UNIFORMS UNIFORMS We are still missing quite a few NETBALL UNIFORMS. If you have played Netball for MCC, could you please check in your cupboard to see if there is a uniform still hiding in there. WE ARE DESPERATE TO KIT OUT OUR TEAMS IN CORRECT UNIFORM. If you have a uniform please drop it into the College Office. Mrs Ulla Hansson Head of Faculty HPE

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Junior School Update We are getting very excited in Junior School as we enter the final stages of the construction of Providence, the new Junior School Campus. As a result, we have now been given a date for moving across to the Providence site on Evans Avenue North. Mackay Christian College will commence classes on the Providence site from MONDAY 4th April 2011. Mark this in your calendars now as a historic and very exciting day in the growth and development of our College. Please note: It is unlikely that the Providence Tuckshop will be in operation during the week of 4th - 8th April so please make sure your child has a packed lunch for this week. In preparation for the big move, we have already started moving some furniture along with teacherâ€&#x;s resources and equipment across to the new campus. The biggest and most disruptive stage of this move will be the day when all desks, chairs and classroom fittings are taken out of the current classrooms and relocated across to the Providence site. THIS will occur on Friday 1st April and means that normal classroom lessons WILL NOT be able to take place on this day. Whilst we will have a range of engaging activities for our students and adequate supervision will be provided during this day, it would be preferable if at all possible for parents to keep their Junior School children home on this day. In order for us to achieve this move in one day, we will need as many helpers as possible. If you are able to help us with this move please contact Mr Maurice Coppo at the College on 4963 1100 or by email mcoppo@mccmky.qld.edu.au to let him know of your availability. All Prep - Year 5 Parent Teacher interviews will be held on the Providence site on Tuesday 3rd May and Wednesday 4th May. More information and booking advice for the interview times will be provided with your childâ€&#x;s report which will be mailed to your home address on Wednesday 30th March 2011.

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Assessment Calendar Year 8 Assessments due week beginning: 28th March

Metalwork - Cake slice/Workbook Woodwork - Pencil Case/Workbook Art - Folio

Maths - Algebra Test Graphics - Plane Project

4th April

Drama - Duologues

Graphics - Folio

Year 9 Assessments due week beginning: 28th March

Woodwork - Box /Workbook Metalwork - Practical/ Workbook Home Ec - Garment

4th April

English (AH/KP) - Short Story

Graphics - Folio Art (DG/LD) - Folio

Year 10 Assessments due week beginning:

28th March 4th April

Home Ec - Garment

Graphics - Folio / Project

SOSE (KP) - Short Answer Exam

Metalwork - Toolbox/Workbook

Woodwork - Project/Workbook Drama - Presentation

Year 11 Assessments due week beginning:

28th March

Ind Graphics - Assignment Science 21 - Report AG - Field Trial Music Studies - Presentation Graphics - Assignment Vis Arts - Major Piece Engineering (SPW/TPW) - Project/Journal Construction (TPW) - Awning/BBQ Table

4th April

Construction (SPW) - Awning BBQ Table

Year 12 Assessments due week beginning: 28th March

Vis Arts - Appraisal MSS - Assignment

Vis Arts Studies - Major Piece Music Studies - Presentation

4th April

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From the Creative Academy NEW PERFORMANCE DATE

“Where every student is a star”

National Day of Thanksgiving Performance (BCB, WE & JE)

Saturday May 28 10am-12pm for BCB, WE and JE. Official times TBA. Please add this date to your diary. See your last email from Mr Winterstein or the new Virtual Classroom for our Creative Academy (see section below) for a full list of other dates to write down and put into your diaries. If students work on a Saturday morning please arrange to have that morning off or swap shifts. We will need help with transporting gear there and back. A note will go out closer to the event. VIRTUAL CLASSROOM – CREATIVE ACADEMY The College‟s new Website http://www.mccmky.qld.edu.au has lots of information and we have included sections for the Creative Academy http://www.mccmky.qld.edu.au/our-learning -centres/creative-academy. Please have a look and let me know what you think. On the College Website students and parents can now log onto the College Portal and view the „Virtual Classroom‟ for the „Creative Academy‟. The student will need to log onto the portal from home and then go to „My Classes‟ and under that you will should find „Creative Academy‟. The main page (Creative Academy) is set up and the other Tabs are under construction. We are including a wide range of information that parents and students can now access from home. This includes music lesson timetables for all CA Teachers, a calendar of our performances, pictures and links to important websites. I hope you find this a great help in finding information when needed. CULTURAL UNIFORMS – ALL ENSEMBLES The Creative Academy Cultural Uniform is being handed out over the next week. Letters containing information about what is exactly needed for the uniforms (new and previous players) has been put into the bag with the students vest and tie which will be handed out. For students who were in an ensemble last year that wore the Cultural Uniform please make sure to try on the pants and shirts to see if a new size is required. Also the MCC Uniform Shop will be happy to sell/resell the older ones for you. Marvic Uniforms & Embroidery are ordering new stock which should arrive by the first week in April. Creating in Christ Mr Earl Winterstein Head of Creative Academy

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Industrial & Vocational Learning LEND LEASE CONSTRUCTION EXPO Lend Lease are planning a Construction Skills Expo to be held on Friday 8th & Saturday 9th April at Caneland Central. The expo will showcase exhibitors related to the building and construction industries, training providers with relevant course information, teachers, civil engineering and welding simulators, numerous activities related to the industries, guest speakers, a construction tour of the new Myer centre and so forth. This expo will also cover streams in plumbing, electrical, air-conditioning and OHS. The expo is providing the College with an allocated time to attend so that students can see all that is on offer along with bus transportation to and from the expo. We will take Year 10 students interested in a career in the Building & Construction Industry to the Expo during the last lesson (1.15-3.00 pm) on Friday 8th April. We will be sending out notes in the next week so that students can nominate to attend. If you require any further information please contact me via email at phopper@mccmky.qld.edu.au. TRADE TRAINING CENTRE WORK EXPERIENCE Our Year 11 & 12 Trade Pathway students will be undertaking a work experience block from 4th - 8th April. These students should have received their work experience placement forms and need to ensure they have made contact with their employer and arranged to have their paperwork signed. The Work Experience Agreement needs to be signed and returned to the College prior to students undertaking work experience. All Trade Pathway students are required to attend work experience at this time. Mr Peter Hopper Director Trade Training Centre Head of Faculty Industrial & Vocational Learning

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From Creative Arts Mrs Gauci would like to inform the Senior students who wish to work on their assessment items that they can do so on Thursday afternoon‟s in the Art Room between 3:15pm – 4:30pm. Also Year 7‟s are holding a fun time of fellowship, drawing and sharing ideas on Friday‟s at 2nd break in the Art Department. Students are to bring drawings or art work they are working on. Yours in Christ Mrs Danielle Smith Head of Faculty Creative Arts

Tuition Tuition for both English and Mathematics for Year 8 – 12 students is available if your child is seeking to improve their general skills or wanting assistance with an assignment or assessment piece. Tuition is held in the Information & Resource Centre (Library) on the following days: Maths Tutoring Wednesday & Thursday 3:15pm – 4:00pm English Tutoring Thursday 3:30pm – 4:15pm

From the Accounts Department We have received payments into our account via internet transactions which have no reference codes attached to them, therefore we cannot assign these to an account. Would you please check previous accounts to ensure all monies paid have been credited to you. Please call the Accounts Office on 4963 1100 if you have noticed your account is incorrect. Please ensure when you are making direct debits that you put in your reference code.

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Important Dates

MARCH Prep-5 Swimming Carnival ................................................................ Wednesday 30th APRIL Move to Junior Campus ................................................................................ Friday 1st Year 8-12 Cross Country ............................................................................... Friday 8th Last Day of Term 1 ........................................................................................ Friday 8th KMEIAâ€&#x;s 19th Regional Choral Festival ................................................... Monday 11th Marlborough Cattle Show........................................................................Saturday 16th First Day of Term 2 ............................................................................. Wednesday 27th Student Free Day ................................................................................ Wednesday 27th

Junior School Swimming Carnival Our Junior School Swimming Carnival (Prep-Year 5) will be held on: WEDNESDAY 30th MARCH at PIONEER POOL from 9.00am to 12.00pm Mark your calendar and get ready to come along and encourage your Prep to Year 5 children as they splash about, race and have lots of fun. We encourage parents to participate in novelty events! Parent helpers are also needed on the day. If you can help, please call the College Office on 4963 1100. There will be no tuckshop available at the College for Prep-Year 5 students. Students are to bring a packed morning tea and lunch.

School Based Vaccination Program The College is participating in Queensland Healthâ€&#x;s School based vaccination program. Vaccinations are conducted by a team of specially trained registered nurses. Vaccinations for Year 8 & Year 10 students will be conducted on Tuesday 10th May. Year 10 students recently received vaccination consent forms for the Boostrix Immunisation. The consent form is to be returned to the Front Office by Friday 1 st April.

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Mackay Christian Family Church MCF is a vibrant and contemporary Church with a vision to see Mackay transformed through the love of Christ. We invite you to join us here in Faith Centre every Sunday. March 27 Celebration Services - 9.30am & 6.00pm April 3 Celebration Service - 9.30am DIVINE Encounter Worship Night - 6.00pm April 10 Guest Ministry – Dale Van Steenis at both 9.30am & 6pm Dale Van Steenis: “One of the residual matters that is stirring me and settling deep in my spirit concerns how little most of us, and our Churches, are affecting the culture in which we live. For the most part we are still trying to get people to come to Church services. Empty seats prove most have little interest. Someone well said Church people are „sermon sick and teaching tired.‟ I heartily agree. There must be a radical shift from the thinking that has constrained - to almost entirely to what happens in and around church services - to a mindset of discovering what is needed in our communities and putting pew sitters in motion to meet those needs.” REVOLUTION YOUTH We had 110 radical young people at our first ever Activ8 Night. It was awesome! Don‟t be scared to come and have a look at what we do on Friday nights….you will meet heaps of really nice people and make new friends. Feel free to call Tim if you have any questions, he would love to have a chat and meet you! March 25 REV Rampage - Sick games, passionate praise & down-to-earth advice on how you can live for Jesus! April 1 Rev Activ8 Night’s have just started. Come join a group to discover more about God & have loads of fun with your friends! If you want any more information on Revolution Youth call Pastor Tim Spark on 4963 1155 during office hours. Rev meets here in Faith Centre from 7.00 - 9.00pm every Friday night.

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Bits & Pieces GRANPARENTS AFTERNOON TEA Grandparents raising grandchildren afternoon tea/get together to be held at the Uniting Church in the Administration Building, Macalister Street on Thursday 31st March at 1.00pm. Please contact Annette on 4942 9841 for further information. PIANO FOR SALE 7 years old, Gold Star (Japanese Steinway copy) . Full size upright in mahogany gloss finish. Perfect condition. Has clear, bright tone and a practise pedal. Paid $3600 2 years ago asking price $2000. For further information contact Mrs Kris Harland through the College Office on 4963 1100. KIAH PARK HOLIDAY RIDING CAMPS

The camps offer a fantastic opportunity for children to gain their independence in a safe Christian environment. We cater for children ages 6 years to teens, offering full accommodation and adult supervision. The camp is situated close to Gympie and there is a bus available from Brisbane. Holiday camp dates are 2nd - 9th April; 9th - 16th April; 16th - 23rd April. For more information email info@kiahpark.com.au or visit www.kiahpark.com.au. GYMNASTICS School holiday fun for Primary school aged children at Mackay Gymnastics. Monday 18th April and Thursday 21st April, 2011 at Swayne St, North Mackay 1.30pm - 3.00p.m. Cost only $14 per child. A great way to get children active and out of the house. Numbers are limited so please book. Gymnastics – it‟s FANTASTIC. Contact Mackay Gymnastics 4953 1425 for more information. N E W S L E T T E R N O. 6

STUDENT EXCHANGE In June/July 2011, students aged 14 – 19 years from Europe, the USA and Latin America will be arriving in Australia to study at local schools for 2-10 months. Opportunities are available to act as a host family in a volunteer/unpaid capacity. Hosting can be on a temporary, short or long term basis. Host families help provide each student with the chance to study and experience life in Australia. This is a great way to practice another language, share your stories, learn about another country and culture, establish a lifelong link to a family in another country and contribute to international goodwill. Our students bring with them their own spending money, health insurance and a wonderful attitude and desire to learn about their new host country. Your whole family….and your relatives and friends….will grow and learn as you all get to know your new „son‟ or „daughter‟ from another land. If your family can offer a friendly, supportive and caring home environment, contact us today. To learn more about this opportunity call Student Exchange Australia New Zealand on 1300 135 331 or visit our website at http://studentexchange.org.au/. STUDENT FESTIVAL OF FASHION Get Creative over the Holidays! This would be a great time to get started on your outfit for the Student Festival of Fashion. Check out the op shops for something to revamp for the recycle section (make sure you take a photo and keep the docket). Males could find that perfect T shirt to turn into their own model T. There are heaps of exciting categories – with great prizes. Visit www.studentfestivaloffashion.com.au for more information. This years event will be on Saturday 13th August 2011 at the MECC. For enquiries phone Rosemary 4957 8265 or 0414 354 920.

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PROVIDENCE

Powerhouse - Front Side

Prep & Year 1 Classrooms

Powerhouse - Rear

Prep & Year 1 Classrooms

Year 2 & 3 Classrooms

Year 2 & 3 Classrooms

Year 4 & 5 Classrooms

Year 4 & 5 Covered Area

Administration

Playground Area


Issue 6 - 25 March 2011