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Newsletter No. 7 | Friday 27th April 2012 Dear Parents If I had a dollar for every time I came home from playing with my friends with bruises, cuts, sprained ankles, black eyes, gashes on my knees and elbows, and bumps on my head as a child I would be a very rich person. My brother and I, along with whoever else was around in the neighbourhood, would range around and through the yards of the families in our immediate neighbourhood. We built, rode, and smashed a variety of models of go-carts, often risking being run over as we screamed out of our steep driveway and spilled onto the street. We played a variety of Cops & Robbers, and Cowboys & Indians, and took on the personas of a variety of popular sporting figures - changing names and games as the sporting season fluctuated in the course of a year. There have been a number of articles in the media over the last few weeks pointing to the notion that we have become a ‘nanny state.’ The term is used to refer to the extensive net of protection that society and parents now place around their children. Reference has been made to the reluctance of parents to let their children walk or ride to school, restrictions placed on the types of activities children are allowed to participate in, and, most recently, the increase in the number of law suits where children have been injured in the course of what is usually considered normal play. Normal play has included activities such as hand stands, cartwheels, running on an oval (which I would have thought was a pretty good place to run), and playing a game of tennis. Thankfully Australian courts have not yet adopted some of the ridiculous legal interpretations we read about in American law suits. The vast majority of actions prompted by accidents which occur in the course of normal play are summarily thrown out of our courts. I empathise with the problems faced by parents these days in what they allow their children to participate in and what they intervene in and try to protect them from. While child abduction when walking or riding to and from school is extremely rare we all connect with the grief experienced by families such as the Morcombes, and want to ensure it never happens to our families. I recently came across the story of one adventurous school Principal who built a skateboard park in the grounds of the school and encouraged children to use it at break times. There had been a few broken limbs and bumped heads but many very positive social and learning outcomes for those involved. Relax….. I am not considering building a skate park at MCC (not at the moment anyway). I just want to support parents by acknowledging the difficult decisions they make about what to allow and not allow. After all, most of the lumps, bumps, and breaks we have all experienced in the process of growing up have helped us learn how to make judgements in life. They contribute to our ability to evaluate risk, to consider the cost versus benefit of decisions and actions, and how to avoid causing ourselves unnecessary pain – just to mention a few. God bless you as you continue in the parenting journey. Yours in Christ

Pastor Dr Craig Murison PRINCIPAL

Welcome back to Term 2! I pray you had time during the Easter break to reflect upon the wonderful gift of life given to us by the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ – what an amazing miracle of love and grace! And if we believe that Jesus did this for each one of us, we too may have eternal life. Thank you very much to all the students who participated in the MCC Cross Country run on the last Friday of last term. EVANS HOUSE FAMILY were victorious!!! Yayyyy!!! The free-dress collection raised $540 and the F&TV students ‘Jungle Photo Booth’ also raised just over $200. Thank you very much to Ms McQuaker for organising the booth. What a great start to our fundraising for Nurse Rachael Greer’s vehicle in Zambia! If you would like to support us in this fund-raising adventure, please collect a sponsor sheet from the College Office or Junior School reception, complete the details and pop it into an envelope with your donation.

Evans House Family celebrating a win at the Year 6 - 12 Cross Country

We are also holding a ‘Chaplains’ Challenge’ at MCC and in a number of schools throughout Mackay. A 600 ml bottle of $2 coins is worth over $500. Mr Tunnah and I are giving schools with Chaplains a 1 litre bottle to fill with coins for their Chaplain. ALL money raised in the Chaplains’ Challenge will go to the Mackay Chaplains’ Committee for distribution to our Mackay Chaplains. The bottles will be collected on Friday 1st June. We farewelled two teachers at the end of last term – Mr Earl McCann and Mrs Katie Penfold. We now welcome Mr Godfrey Rinemhota and Mrs Suzanne West. If you would like to discuss your child’s progress, please contact the College Office to arrange a meeting time for either Tuesday afternoon, or Wednesday afternoon or evening, of Week 3. Interviews are held in the College Library on the King’s Park Campus. Karen from Youth Support Services will be hosting the next 7 week series of ‘Who’s in Charge’ workshops for parents of challenging children, on Tuesday 1st May and Thursday 3rd May. Cost is $5/session. Please contact Karen on 49 532299 for details. Please check your MCC Calendar for scheduled events during Term 2. 2012 continues to be a busy year! May you and your family be richly blessed. Mrs Lesley Tunnah Deputy Principal

Thank you Year 6 for creating the wonderful African animals that were scattered around the Cross Country track this year

experience that success and receive praise and acknowledgement for a job well done. A close friend of mine placed this sentence starter on Facebook on day 1 of the recent Easter holidays. It gave me an opportunity to really think about what holidays become for me and my first response was ‘…the washing is up to date!’ As teachers we usually find ourselves spending several days during tem break planning and preparing for the term just around the corner and tying up loose ends of the one just passed. This Easter break, I made a commitment to myself to spend some time doing two things I really love but have not done for over 4 years. When I was a young mum (*sigh*) in Darwin in the 90’s, I worked with a fantastic group of women running a craft group that served our wider community. We would often have over 100 women come every Wednesday to learn a new craft, practice an old one and just do what women do best – talk and eat great morning teas! My craft specialties have for many years been patchwork and quilting AND teddy bear making. I have made a pledge that my next teddy bear creations will be for my grandchildren! So I trust that is still a while away!

So I began the holidays making new curtains for my bedroom – out with the old yukky yellow and in with the new. Inspired and with my sewing machine warmed up I made a start on some gifts for my soon to be born great niece and great nephew – one in Washington and one in Tokyo! With much satisfaction and pride I can reveal my finished products – all completed in one full day with only two unpicking requirements and one broken needle. My great niece will receive a wise looking owl quilt and my great nephew a nappy (diaper) bag with 8 pockets!! Sewing was my first holiday job ticked off. The second was a manicure! Another thing I rarely do and especially not during term time. Now, no washing up or cleaning – very smart holiday decision on my part I believe! All of these activities (and I did eventually clean and although painful this too can be very satisfying) proved to me yet again the value of experiencing success in learning. Since completing my projects I have bathed in the glory of my colleagues praise as they inspect my handiwork – Mrs Pienaar gave me an ‘A’! How important it is that we provide opportunities for our children to

This experience of mine has led us to examine the way students talk to themselves as they learn, and in Year 6 & 7 classes this term we will be conducting some explicit lessons in how we can demonstrate successful behaviours for learning. We are developing language like ‘I can do it!’, ‘Give it a red hot go’ and ‘put on my hard yakka pants and hard hat’. Positive self-talk is a powerful motivator in learning and by making these explicit in all our lessons we can dispel our classrooms of the ‘I dunno’ response to challenging learning experiences. Preparation continues in classrooms across the campus for students who will sit the NAPLAN tests on Tuesday May 15th to Thursday May 17th. One of the most effective ways of helping your child prepare for these tests is to reassure them and encourage them to do their best. Teachers will be conducting in class preparation from practice tests to explicit teaching on how to read and decipher some of the multiple choice and short answer questions. If you have any questions or concerns about your child sitting these national tests please talk to your child’s teacher or contact Mrs Priscilla Lister – Middle School Learning Pathways Coordinator. This term will see our Year 12 students participating in a number of preparation activities for the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test being held on September 4th and 5th in Term 3. This week students will be sitting a writing task practice that will be sent away to an external marker who will provide vital and productive feedback for improvement for individual students. Then in Week 10 – Monday 18th June, students will sit a whole day practice that will include another writing task and a short response paper. This will be conducted in full exam conditions in the Faith Centre. This task too will be externally marked and feedback will provide students with the opportunity to improve again before the official test days. These are a great opportunity to touch base with your child’s teachers for the first time this year. These provide a time for you to build a greater understanding of your child’s work ethic in the classroom and together set goals for improvement. Remember that appointments can be made through the College Office. Until our next edition – may God bless you all and remember that … ‘We are all God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ Ephesians 2:10 Mrs Robyn Hair Head of Teaching & Learning

Leadership positions at Mackay Christian College do not just exist where students can aim and be chosen for one. Our leadership positions make it possible for students to make a real difference to others, the College and the wider community. We shouldn’t assume that a student has been an excellent leader just because they have been an excellent student, leadership is something far more. Students are encouraged to begin their leadership journey by grabbing hold of one of the many leadership opportunities available to them. At any time a student in the Senior School at Mackay Christian College can apply to become a Student Leader, Senior Mentor or join Student Council. It has been fantastic watching the House Family Groups run Chapel Services this term as we are travelling through the greatest story ever told, the story of God and His love for the world. This week Young House Family Group enthralled the student body by taking them on a ‘Wander in the Wilderness’ with the Ancient Israelites, learning about the pitfalls of grumbling, complaining and disrespecting leadership.

With approximately 7 weeks till departure the Outreach Team is in the midst of fundraising to raise funds. Please support them as they seek to embark on the journey of a lifetime. Amongst other activities, the team will be conducting a Bible based Children’s Holiday programs based on the Israelites Exodus from Egypt. They team of 17 will be focussing of Combatting Chronic Disease in the Indigenous Communities with the assistance of students from Height Christian College in Rockhampton. Parents and Team Members are reminded to keep installing money either at the College Office or electronically for the trip weekly. If you are interested in participating in the 2012 Mach5 Adventure Race at Kinchant Dam you will need to pay and submit the application form by Friday 4th April. Come along for a great adventure with likeminded people! God bless Pastor Peter Lister Head of Senior School College Chaplain

We have several methods available when paying for Camps, Fees and Excursions. Our preference would be using Direct Deposit or Internet Banking. Our bank details are BSB: 084-789 Acc # 019277202. Please ensure when using this method that you use your child’s surname and initial, account number for fees or what the event is for all other activities in the reference section. An example would be - Smith J, 9 Camp. Please ensure when there is any change to your child’s medical condition you fill out the change of details form so that we have it on file in the First Aid room. You may think you have given use these details when filling out the camp medical/permission forms but this information is purely for the camp or event it isn’t entered into our database.

A number of information sessions/open days are scheduled over the next few months. These provide students opportunity to find more about courses and careers they may be interested in after completing school. 15 May 2012 – Mackay Mater Hospital Health Care Careers Expo – RSVP 8 May on 4965 5415 This is for students interested in Medicine, Nursing or Allied Health Professions such as physiotherapy, pharmacy, radiology, social work, psychology and many more. The expo will run from 5.30 – 8.00 pm with representatives from James Cook University, CQU and CQ TAFE available to answer questions. Tuesday 22 May – CQU Information Session, CQU University contact the University for more information Sunday 29 July – QUT Open Day, Kelvin Grove Brisbane Sunday 5 August 2012 10.00am - 2.00pm – JCU Open Day Mackay Sunday 19 August – CQU Open Day Mackay Sunday 26th August 2012 - 10.00 am – 2.00 pm – JCU Open Day Townsville Students can expect to see more information in the coming weeks as Universities and TAFE institutions provide us with more dates.

Welcome to Term 2. Our year is well under way, with lots of learning happening and some exciting events being planned. My trusty reporters in Year 6 & 7 have sent me details of their current work on Tectonic plates, bread mould, adverbs, reading ‘I am David’, softball, fractions, music and map drawing.

assignments are under way with drafts submitted, and due dates written in our diaries.

If you want to see more details of these stories they are on the Portal under Collaboration > student groups > middle earth > middle school documents > news of the week. There are lots of different topics, each one an exciting opportunity to learn something new and possibly trigger a lifelong interest that may lead to a hobby or a job. You never know how each new experience will bear fruit, so embrace every new day and activity as if God has planned it just for you, for a very special purpose. (Which He really has. Eph 2:10) Next term the Year 6 & 8 students will be going on a camp, and the Year 7’s are getting very excited about their trip to Canberra. Some students are training for the MACH 5 Adventure Challenge others for Netball, Basketball or Rugby Union. With every activity that we choose to get involved in, we need to plan ahead. We need to make sure our homework is done, our

Year 6 students with their Mouldy Bread One of the key challenges of Middle School is to become more independent, to start taking more responsibility for our planning and choices. We will get better every time we are given opportunities to practice these important life skills. We will make mistakes, and we will be challenged to practice more and get better, faster or more organised. But we can accept these challenges because we know they will help us grow into maturity. Mr Alun Tunnah Head of Middle School Head of Faculty Science & Innovation

Twilight Concert ........................................................................................................Tuesday 1st Parent Teacher Meetings ........................................................... Tuesday 1st - Wednesday 2nd Founders Day .........................................................................................................Thursday 3rd May Day Holiday ..................................................................................................... Monday 7th Beef Week ..........................................................................................Monday 7th - Friday 11th Book Fair ....................................................................................... Tuesday 8th - Thursday 10th MACH V ................................................................................................................ Saturday 12th Year 11 & 12 Work Experience ........................................................Monday 14th - Friday 18th Year 8 Vaccinations ............................................................................................... Tuesday 15th NAPLAN Tests .............................................................................. Tuesday 15th - Thursday 17th Andrew Ironside Music Camp ..................................................... Monday 21st - Thursday 24th Year 10 Camp ................................................................................. Tuesday 22nd - Friday 25th Middle & Senior Sporting & Cultural Photos ................................................. Wednesday 30th Pre-Prep Class Photos ........................................................... Wednesday 30th -Thursday 31st Junior School Photo Day ..................................................................................... Thursday 31st

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter break and are ready for a fun-filled Term 2. Hopefully you have noticed that we are continuing to make improvements to our lovely new Junior Campus? We moved onto this campus only ONE year ago on April 1st 2011 and we are truly blessed to have such a wonderful facility. You are probably aware that Councillor Deidre Comerford, wife of Mr Brett Comerford, is currently running for Mayor of the Mackay Regional Council in the upcoming local government elections. In order to support his family through this very busy time, Mr Comerford has taken four weeks leave from his duties at MCC. This means that our 1B class is being taught by Mrs Cerise Elbourne until Friday 11th May 2012. Mrs Elbourne is a new teacher to Mackay Christian College and a local resident of the Mackay district. She is really looking forward to getting back into the classroom after having taken a few years out of teaching in order to raise her young family. Please take some time to introduce yourself to Mrs Elbourne and make her feel welcome to Mackay Christian College Junior Campus. On TUESDAY 1st MAY and again WEDNESDAY 2nd MAY we will be holding our Parent-Teacher interviews. You may phone the Junior School Reception staff to book in your 15 minute appointment to speak with your child’s teacher. Because staff are often heavily booked with appointments, the interview schedules are run exactly to time. We have a rather annoying bell ringer who will ensure that interviews do NOT run overtime. Come along and see for yourself!

Founders Day (Thursday 3rd May) is a really special day on the MCC Calendar. It is MCC’s ‘birthday’! On this day, we remember those who founded the College and take the time to look back over the years of dedicated service and commitment of our Founders that have brought MCC to where it is now. This year, in addition to the usual Founder’s Day service held on the Senior Campus (King’s Park Campus) there will be a special Junior Campus Founder’s Day service. This service will be held in Powerhouse at 2:00pm on THURSDAY 3rd MAY, 2012. ALL parents and friends are invited to join us for this special time of celebration.

On Thursday May 10th a number of gifted Year 4 & 5 students will be participating in a DAY of EXCELLENCE. This day will have a focus on the Creative and Performing Arts. These days are held twice each year and in conjunction with Whitsunday Anglican School and Carlisle Christian College. This semester it is to be hosted on the King’s Park Campus of MCC. Next semester our Day of Excellence will have a focus on Writing and students who are identified as having exceptional abilities in this subject area can spend the day mixing with other gifted students in the Mackay region to explore their creative and academic potential.

On 15th, 16th & 17th May students in Year 3, 5, 7 & 9 all across Australia will be sitting for the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests. Please speak to your child’s teacher for further information. Have a fun term. Mrs Alison Bannister Head of Junior Campus

We are seeking interested young musicians to come and join the Mackay Youth and the Mackay Junior Orchestras. Through a program of rehearsals and performances, these orchestras seek to develop the musical potential of its members. Mackay Youth Orchestra (MYO) caters for the experienced musician, while the Mackay Junior Orchestra (MJO) provides beginner level instrumentalists with the opportunity to learn the basics of orchestral playing. Both ensembles have experienced and respected conductors and both groups perform a mix of modern and classical music. The Mackay Youth Orchestra is under the experienced guidance of Conductor Earl Winterstein while the Junior Orchestra is capably led by Conductor Gwenda Aay. Run by a committee of volunteers, the organisation is non-profit and solely exists for the benefit of the young musicians and the audiences they entertain. For more information please contact Vicki Braithwaite on 0418 150690 or Leonie Curran on 0413778676 or by email

A detailed letter outlining the Year 12 Graduation night has been sent home this week along with a copy of the College Dress Code for the event and guidelines for chocolate fundraising. This information has also been emailed to those parents who have provided us with their current email address, and posted to your postal address. If you have recently changed your email or postal address or if you have not received a copy of this letter, please let the ladies in the College Office know and we will update your details and organise to get a copy to you. If you have any questions regarding the Graduation please do not hesitate in contacting the College Office. All students in Year 6-12 should now have received their 2012 Student ID Cards in their class rolls. If there are any issues with a student’s ID card (eg. incorrect DOB or spelling) students are to return the card to the Front Office and a new card will be ordered. Please note that the first ID card is at no charge to the student, however if a card is lost and a new one ordered the replacement cost is $5.

Nationally and Internationally acclaimed musician and songwriter, Mr Andrew Ironside will be hosting this year’s music camp on Monday 21st May to Thursday 24th May 2012. Expressions of interest are invited from students in Year 712 to come along and improve their skills in composition and performance particular if they are looking at becoming part of the worship team at their local church. The only prerequisite is a willing heart and a joyful spirit. It will be a fun, enriching and rewarding experience for your child. On Thursday 24th May during our Chapel, we will be having a concert which will showcase the work produced at Music Camp. The concert will also include some Drama

Students who placed a photo order from Year 6-12 you should now have received these via their class rolls. A reminder that if you have any issues or questions regarding these photo orders, or you would like to reorder, please contact Advancedlife Photography directly at; Advancedlife Photography – 40518611. Office hours are Monday to Friday 8.30-4.30pm, please ask for Michelle, she is more than happy to help! TO ACCOMMODATE PHOTOS OF THE PRE-PREP STUDENTS WE HAVE HAD TO CHANGE THE JUNIOR SCHOOL PHOTO DATES: Pre-prep Photo Day – Wednesday 30th May and Thursday 31st May 8.30am – 10.30am – to be held in the PPLC Junior School Photo Day – Thursday 31st May – to be held in Powerhouse foyer Please mark these dates on your calendars! We are participating in a number of Fundraising Promotions at the moment. Make sure you check out page 9 of this Newsletter for information on how you can support MCC. Mrs Jacinta Kliese Coordinator Public Relations & Events

Acts directed by Miss Amanda Howard. You are invited to attend this concert in the Faith Centre at 9.00am. Students who are interested in being part of the Music Camp are to collect a form from the Front Office. The camp costs $50 and includes a Polo Shirt and a Pizza lunch to end the camp on Thursday 24th May. Yours in His service Mrs Danielle Smith Head of Faculty Creative Arts Head of Faculty English

Our Middle and Senior School ‘Run If You’re Game’ Cross Country was held on the last day of last term. A great morning was had by everyone involved. We would like to thank all students who ran in the Cross Country. It is wonderful to see so many students getting involved and keeping up the team spirit in our College. We would also like to thank all our staff and parents who helped out on the day. Without you this event would not be able to take place.

Girls in Year 9 - 12 who are interested in playing on the MCC Soccer team please see Miss Hazell or Mrs Wilson in the HPE Department. Training Thursday 3.30pm – 4.30pm The first game is being played against Whitsunday Anglican School on 26th April 4pm at Whitsunday Anglican School. Permission forms must be returned. We will also be putting together a Year 7/8 mixed (boys & girls) soccer team for MCC during TERM 3. The games will be played on Thursdays from 4pm to 5.30pm and training will most likely take place after school on a Tuesday afternoon. Welcome to the season and a good season it is going to be! We need your support so if you are available to assist in any way please contact the office.

We did have some winners and our scores were: EVANS DENNIS AVERILL YOUNG

478 435 403 352

Congratulations to all of our age champions in each age group. CROSS COUNTRY AGE CHAMPIONS 2012 BOYS GIRLS 11YRS Kaison Ayre Naitayah Preston-Yasserie 12YRS Codey Suhle-Rath Denvah Allardyce 13YRS Donovan Suhle-Rath Shania Turvey 14YRS Tendekai Machando Clare Nixon 15YRS Jesse Allardyce Rebekah Marsh 16YRS Jordan Tucci Beula Leach OPEN Ewan Grobbelaar Marnie Harding and Aiden Hawkins Some of our teams have played their first game already. We are still looking for players to fill some of our teams. If you are interested in playing Basketball please see Mrs Wilson or your HPE teacher.

We would like to thank all families and friends who collected the Coles tokens, we have now received our Sports Equipment from Coles for the students to enjoy. Ms Ulla Hansson Head of Faculty HPE

We currently have a vacancy for a Front Office Supervisor in the College Office, King’s Park Campus. The position is predominately an Administration Position however includes overseeing First Aid. The successful applicant must have experience in office supervision and administration of staff, will have a professional telephone manner, be a competent user of MS Office programs (Word, Excel and Outlook), have the ability to multi-task and be able to work well in a busy office environment. A working with Children ‘Blue Card’ or the eligibility for one is essential. Applications must include an Administration Application Form available via the College website at Applications should also include a Minister’s reference. Applications will be addressed to the Principal and can be dropped into the College Office, posted or emailed to

Koorong Kids catalogues went home to Prep to Year 7 classes this week. Orders are due back to the Library by Friday 8th June. Year 8-12 students can pick up a catalogue from the Library. There are a lot of good Christian novels, picture books, CD’s, DVD’s, devotions etc to choose from.

Week 4 is our Scholastic Book Fair week. From Tuesday 8th May to Thursday 10th May, 8am - 4pm, you are all welcome to come in, browse and purchase from the Book Fair display in the Junior Campus Library.

This year the theme is Book Fair Showtime: Your Ticket to Read! This Carnival theme means that the Library has an awesome display happening already and students will be able to have fun with some creative activities closer to the time. Remember, that our college received a percentage of the sales as a bonus to purchase books for our Library. Please keep up the effort to either return or pay for lost MCC books from last term. We still have quite a few imprisoned school reports awaiting the return of overdue items. If the item is lost we ask that you/your child pay for it. It is our policy that, if the item is later found, we cheerfully refund the money. This is an important lesson in responsibility and respect for property, so please support us in helping your child learn this.

We have recently added 2 copies of Brad Huddleston’s book, The Darkside of Technology: restoring balance in the digital age, to our collection. Brad examines the issues facing our students in the use of Technology, warning of danger areas and giving strategies for dealing with issues as they arrive, and preparing students to be responsible users of technology. The Junior Campus will have a large display of books and accessories. Parents are reminded that there are EFTPOS facilities available at the Junior Campus, but you can also pay by cash or credit card. There will be no sale items at the Senior Campus, but all are welcome to purchase from the Junior Campus.

Happy Reading Mrs Robyn Hopper Head of Libraries

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 free and is held by MCC teachers in the Lloyd Averill Information & Resource Centre (King’s Park Library) on the following days: Maths Tutoring: Wednesday & Thursday 3:15pm to 4:00pm

English Tutoring: Thursday 3:30pm to 4:15pm

The Queensland Studies Authority has asked for expressions of interest for representatives to help observe, monitor and administer the Queensland Core Skills Test. The QCS Test for 2012 will be held on Tuesday 4th September and Wednesday 5th September. Representatives need to be available on both days from 8.00am to 3.00pm. The College is required to nominate two representatives and a reserve representative. One person will serve at the College and another at a neighbouring school. This is a paid position if you are selected to be a representative. If you are interested in undertaking one of these positions please contact Mrs Robyn Hair or Mrs Jacqueline Greentree via the College Office 4963 1100 or by email or for an application form. Applications as an Expressions of Interest are required by Monday 7th May2012.

Miss Ann Richardson Ann grew up in the UK and only relocated to Australia in February of this year. She studied music at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, gaining a BA Honours in music specialising in Double Bass performance. After graduating in 2009, she pursued a career as a double bassist, conductor and teacher of orchestral string instruments in the UK while continuing to study for a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology. We are very blessed to have Ann teaching here at MCC and we all look forward to hearing the fabulous music we will hear from our wonderful string students. Tuesday May 1 Faith Centre, King’s Park Campus. 6.00pm Students to arrive (teachers will let you know which rooms). 6:30pm Concert Starts Choirs (2/3, 4/5 & 6/7) as well as our other Ensembles (SE, BCB, WE and JE)

TERM 2 1st May: 3rd May: 19th May: 25th to 27th May: 26th May:

30th May:

Twilight Concert - Faith Centre All Ensembles, 6:30pm start Founders Day - Faith Centre Wind Ensemble Bunning’s Sausage Sizzle Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble students & parents State Honours Ensemble Program Year 6-9 nominated students Day of Thanksgiving Outside Council buildings, 11am Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Bel Canto Band Cultural Ensemble Photos Bring cultural uniforms All ensembles

TERM 3 16th to 19th July:

Lunch Box Concerts Cultural Uniform. All Ensembles 4th August: Open Day- 5pm Powerhouse All ensembles. Neat, casual dress 17th to 19th August: M.O.B. Competition Conservatorium/Faith Centre (TBA) All Ensembles 14th September: Grandparents Day– Powerhouse Jazz ensemble.

TERM 4 16th October: 20th October: Everyone would have received their Creative Academy invoices by now. The discount period for Term 2 invoices ends this Friday 27th April. If you wish to take advantage of the discount we offer could you please finalise your invoice by this date.

23rd October: 13th November: 27th November: 4th December:

MCC Flute Ensemble that will play for the first time at the Twilight Concert

Eisteddfod - MECC at various times All Ensembles. Cultural uniform Bunning’s Sausage Sizzle Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble students & parents Gala Twilight Concert 6:30pm Faith Centre . All Ensembles Senior School Celebration Night Powerhouse (Time TBA) Wind Ensemble & Jazz Ensemble Middle School Celebration Night Powerhouse (Time TBA) Bel Canto Band & Jazz Ensemble Junior School Celebration Night Powerhouse (Time TBA) Scholarship Band Program, String Ensemble

Creating in Christ Mr Earl Winterstein Head of Faculty Creative Academy

On the first day of term in fact first thing in the first day we invited the Training Coordinator for RIO Tinto Hail Creek to visit to instruct their apprentices and all our TTC staff in the use and practical application of the safety tool ‘Take 5’. Each student has a Take 5 note book in which they reflect on the hazards they may encounter in each activity they undertake in while working in the Trade Training Centre. RIO has kindly provided booklets for the College as we have implemented this safety strategy across the all TTC activities.

Year 10’s should be fully focused on Camp and making sure they have finished all their school work prior to attending. As soon as they return they will be receive their Work Experience application forms. They will have two weeks to complete and return them. If you have a child in Year 10 it would be worthwhile having a chat to them about what they would like to try on Work Experience. It is important that you think through how your child will get to work during this week – this is the biggest challenge to families in this period. It is not necessary for parents to arrange placement for your child we have a team with a range of contacts to do that. However, if you have a contact in a specific workplace your child would like to attend please feel free to discuss this with them, their name and contact details can then be written on your child’s Work Experience form so that we can arrange this placement. Entrance into the Trade Training Centre each year is via a student application and interview (with a parent) process as there is a set number of positions available. Students who wish to be in the TTC will have to apply and they will be subject to a selection process. So as students have all the information they require and have time to prepare their applications we will conduct a Mackay Christian College Trade Training Centre Information session on the 5th June at 6.30 pm in the Trade Training Centre. If this is something your child is considering please keep this date free.

MCCTTC students went out on Work Experience during the last week of school but due to wet weather hindering construction some students didn’t attend until the first week of Term2. Again students represented themselves well. Applications for Work Experience for all Year 11 & 12 students are currently in the hands of placement coordinators. We will hand most of these placements out at our Work Experience induction on the 1st May.

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

Our tuckshop needs more helpers for 2012. 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. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————

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)

Tongue twisters can be found in every language. Say these tongue twisters quickly five times.

Speech is one of the main ways we communicate. When there is a breakdown in our speech, there may be difficulties:

Brad's big black bath brush broke

articulation *for example leaving out sounds or adding sounds, distorting sounds, substituting one sound for another+

Irish wrist watch Tongue twisters are fun to say and challenge us when we have to repeat them several times. The serious side is that tongue twisters can assist teachers in helping students with articulation, speaking clearly and control of the voice. Tongue twisters can also assist overseas students learn English by strengthening their speech skills.

dysfluency *for example stuttering+

What makes a tongue twister tricky to say when repeated over and over without mispronunciation? Tongue twisters contain similar letters and sounds with their order shifted and changed. Muscle memory wants to say these similar words in the way they were first said. Also, different areas of the brain are responsible for speech production, along with the vocal cords, lips, jaw and tongue; all these must work together.

dysarthria *slurred speech, slow or inaccurate speech+

How fast can you repeat these tongue twisters? Clean clams crammed in clean cans Seven slick slimy snakes slowly sliding southward Black background, brown background Singing Sammy sang songs on sinking sand

lisp *for example with the ‘s’ sound being said as ‘th’ where the tongue is placed incorrectly between the teeth+ voice *for example pitch, volume+ cluttering *speaking very fast or with repetition+

apraxia *difficulties saying sounds, syllables and moving jaw, lips and tongue+ expressive language disorder *difficulty expressing oneself and using correct grammar, tense and vocabulary+ Boys are more likely to have speech difficulties than girls and early intervention by a speech pathologist is important. Ms Donna Maurer Learning Enrichment Centre Manager


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Maths: Area and Perimeter Test (7th May – Labour Day)

Maths: Analysing & Investigating (Problem Solving) Test

Maths: In class task - Transformations (7th May – Labour Day)

(7th May – Labour Day) Graphics: Number Dice Maths: Test (Chapter 5&6)

Science: Physics test Home Ec (MP): Design work Music: Keyboard Assessment

(7th May – Labour Day)

Graphics: Open Book Test

Music: Aural/Research Presentation (7th May – Labour Day) SOSE (LM/MN): Reflective Learning Journal

Home Economics: Sun Protection Research

30th April

Science 21: Multimodal Presentation

SOS: Essay Exam


7th May

(7th May – Labour Day) Maths A: Assignment SOR: Multimodal Presentation Modern History: Exam (Short Answer)

English Com: Memo & Powerpoint Graphics: Production Graphics Test Legal Studies: Short Response Task Music Studies/OP: Analysis Practice Exam


30th April

SOS: Essay Exam Drama: Responding Task

Science 21: Multimodal Presentation

(7th May – Labour Day) Maths A: Assignment (Part B) SOR: Multimodal Presentation Modern History: Exam (Short Answer)

English: Feature Article - Draft Maths B: Assignment Legal Studies: Short Response Task Music Studies/OP: Analysis Practice Exam


7th May

What a great holiday we had at OSHCare, Days full of non-stop action and adventure. There were loads of laughs had and new friends made, even some from other schools in Mackay. Our favourite things were obstacle courses, treasure hunts, team challenges, excursions, games, cooking, crafts, bikes and giant slip and slides, just to name a few. The new term has just begun and we already can’t wait until the next Vacation Care Program!! Please come and check out our daily reflection book at OSHCare to see the fun pictures and funny moments of each day. Until next time Mrs Katie Campbell MCC OSHCare Director

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 is now meeting in the Powerhouse Auditorium. Powerhouse is the Multipurpose Hall on MCC’s Junior School Campus at 143 Evans Ave North, North Mackay. April 29th

Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30am with Ps David Westbrook 6.00pm with Neels de Jager

May 6th

Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30am with Ps David Westbrook 6.00pm with Ps Tim Spark

MCF has a weekly Prayer Meeting at 5.00pm 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 need more information about our ministries and life groups please call the church office on 4963 1155 or email Revolution Youth Ministry is the teenage ministry of Mackay Christian Family Church. RevLive roars to life Friday nights from 7pm - 9pm at the Faith Centre: 9 Quarry Street, North Mackay for Year 8 - 12. With passionate praise and worship, relevant and real preaching, and a crazy good atmosphere to hang... Come and get Reved! If you want any more information on Revolution Youth call Ps Chris Campbell on 4963 1155 during office hours or check us out on Facebook for the latest news. Kids Church is the children’s ministry of Mackay Christian Family Church. We meet Sunday mornings from 9.30am 11.30am at Powerhouse, while the Morning Service is being held. All are welcome! Miss Katharine MacDonald Mackay Christian Family Church Manager

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. To learn more about this opportunity call Student Exchange Australia New Zealand on 1300 135 331 or visit our website at WEP is a not-for-profit student exchange organisation registered with the education department. We are now accepting applications for students to live overseas in 2012/13 as exchange students for a summer, semester or year. WEP is offering $3000 scholarships for year-long programs to Italy and French-speaking Belgium in January 2013. Applicants need to be in Year 9, 10 or 11 in 2012 and enrolled in Italian or French. Visit or call 1300 884733. Volunteers needed! Can you host a foreign exchange student for 6-12 months? Host families are being sought for students from Finland, Austria, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Sweden and Italy. Students aged 15-18 are arriving in Australia in July and would love to be part of your family. Hosting is voluntary, so it will basically cost you what it would cost to feed and launder an extra person in your house, and students come prepared with their own spending money. For more details go to or call Louise on 0435 301 774.

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. If your family can offer a friendly, supportive and caring home environment, contact us today. To hear more about this wonderful opportunity or our student exchange programs out of Australia log onto or call us on 1300 135 331.

Casual Monday-Friday work delivering catalogues and local papers in the Northern Beaches area. Age 11+ with access to a car. Get paid weekly and exercise too. Call Karen on 0414 773 639.

Ladybird & Dragonflies Child-minding Service are an Award Winning Mobile Child-minding Service for Weddings, Nannying Services, Pre-labour, Group Care, Home or Accommodation Child-minding. For more details contact Kirsten or Suzanne on 0459 323 958 or email them at

Dr Susan Galletly, private speech pathologist and teacher specialising in school-aged clients with difficulties in communication, learning and/or literacy, has recommenced work at her Beaconsfield practice. Please phone 0409 576 725 or 07 4942 2621 for enquiries and appointments.

Are you looking for friendship? Wanting to learn a new skill? Come along and Learn to Paint. Only $5/hour. Day classes, if enough interest also Night classes. For more information Ph: 4952 6218.

During the term break, one of our Year 11 students Cheryl Fiedler, competed in the Mackay's Got Talent contest. She sang the Scottish traditional song ‘The Last Rose of Summer.’ Cheryl not only received 3rd place in the competition but also received the Back Stage Award for most outstanding talent. Congratulations Cheryl!

Kidz Life operates as a not-for-profit business partnering with New Life Church supporting local and international community projects including missions. 75 Evans Avenue North Mackay. Open 9am—3pm Monday to Friday 9am 4pm on Saturdays. Cost 0-1yrs Free, 1-5yrs $6.50, 6-12 yrs $8.50, Adults $3.00. Birthday Party bookings available. Phone 4953 5575 for details.

Opening Tuesday 10th April at 3 O’Loughlin Street (inside Starbodies). All proceeds from this coffee shop will go to charity. Business Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 2:00pm Saturday 8am - 12pm.

Gymnastics is a year round sport and it’s never too late to start. FUNtastic 1 hour classes are available for boys and girls from 2 years old. Kindergym classes for 2 – 3 yr olds, 4 yrs olds have their own Gym skills class, there is a class just for preps, beginner classes for boys & girls in gymnastics or trampoline and a Gym Mix class which includes 6 disciplines and is loads of fun. Want to know more? Phone Mackay Gymnastics 49 53 1425.

WEP is a not-for-profit student exchange organisation registered with the education department. We are now accepting applications for students to live overseas in 2012/13 as exchange students for a summer, semester or year. WEP is offering $3000 scholarships for year-long programs to Italy and French-speaking Belgium in January 2013. Applicants need to be in Year 9, 10 or 11 in 2012 and enrolled in Italian or French. Visit or call 1300 884733.

Scale Model display and competition, May Day long weekend, Sat 5th & Sun 6th May, St. Paul’s Uniting Church Hall, Macalister Street. Entries accepted from 8am to noon on Saturday, $2 per entry. Public welcome from 11am to 6pm Saturday & 9am to 3pm on Sunday. $1 per child, $2 per adult, $5 per family. Awards ceremony from 3pm on Sunday, raffles drawn, prizes and trophies presented. For more info, call Greg Martin on 0427 423815 or email: gmart364@bigpond.comchoice

For those of you who are on Facebook, we have an MCC Facebook page for all current and past parents, students and staff. We will be keeping this page updated with events that are happening in the College and wet weather updates, along with sharing photos and video presentations that people may like to view. This is an important communication tool between College and parents so to keep informed, visit and hit the Like button!

Issue 7 - 27 April 2012.pdf  

Mackay Christian College Newsletter