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Newsletter No. 9 | Friday 25th May 2012

Dear Parent In one of the places where I have lived there was a family with children who lived close by. The father had a terrible habit of using the worst swear words when he was angry with his children. When you are angry most people don’t speak softly, they raise their voices. This guy was no different. So, unfortunately for us, we were subjected to these outbursts of swearing from time to time. It was interesting trying to explain why this man used such foul language when cross with his children to our own two – who were very small at the time. Often it was easier just to turn the volume of the music up in our lounge room. Some years later the children of this family were playing a game outside the front of their house when a disagreement happened between them. There is nothing unusual about siblings having a disagreement. What was unusual was that when one of them used a swear word in anger the father rushed out of the house and yelled at them, ‘Where did you hear that? Where did you hear that word?’ We were stunned. We knew exactly where that child had heard that word and heard it used in anger on many occasions. One of the most powerful ways children learn is by watching their parents. I can remember a few occasions when I was unhappy about the way in which my children responded to a situation thinking that they did so because that’s the way they saw me respond in similar circumstances. Sometimes it makes us proud of our kids, and sometimes it makes us reflect on ourselves. If we want our children to be respectful – we must be respectful. If we want our children to be considerate of others then we must be considerate of others. If we want our children to be slow to anger, slow to judge others, to listen to others viewpoints……well, you get the idea. If ultimately we want our children to grow and become like Christ, then……

Pastor Dr Craig Murison PRINCIPAL

A BIG thank you goes out to our students, teachers and families for their support to date in the ‘Run If You’re Game’ fundraising project. It is not too late to donate!! Please see information on the following page about how you may make a direct deposit either to the Vehicle Fund or the Chaplaincy Fund (all donations to the Mackay Chaplains are tax deductable if you supply name and address details). 1. Nurse Rachael Greer’s vehicle fund:

It is wise to remember that NAPLAN only tests some sections of the things your child learns. It doesn’t take into account the gifts and talents in a variety of fields that God gives to our students to be used for His good on this earth.

For a second year, we are privileged to have Andrew Ironside (an internationally acclaimed and recognised Christian songwriter and performer) work with our students in a 4-day Music Ministry Camp. The lessons learned will culminate in our Thursday Chapel, with students presenting songs and testimonies, along with our drama students, who have prepared thought-provoking items to perform. Thank you to Mrs Danielle Smith and Miss Amanda Howard for organising this event. With assessment schedules approaching, I encourage our students to ensure they take time to study their theory and practise their skills!

All money raised through MCC RIYG events is being donated to Nurse Rachael Greer’s vehicle fund for the medical centre in Zambia. Total so far? $2291.60! This total includes money raised from the Cross-Country, the Providence Jungle Day, the Student Council and generous donations from Mr & Mrs Doble, the Woodworth family and Marvic. Events still to come? On 1st June we will be holding Free Dress Days on both campuses and another Safari photobooth and sausage sizzle on King’s Park Campus. We look forward to your support. 2. Mackay Chaplains’ fund: This week is Chaplaincy Week where we can appreciate the wonderful work our Mackay Chaplains do in schools. Mr and Mrs Tunnah have been busy visiting a number of Mackay schools, speaking about the RIYG Chaplains’ Challenge and leaving bottles to be filled with coins by Friday 1st June. The fund so far has already collected $120 from donations. You may donate at either the College Office or Junior School Reception using the form on the next page. A BIG thank you to Mrs Hair, Mrs Lister and Mrs Greentree for their very smooth organisation and running of the Year 9 NAPLAN testing at King’s Park, and to our Year 3, 5, & 7 teachers for organising this in their classrooms last week.

Remember, Perfection is the expectation of the devil, since we strive and can never achieve it; but Excellence is the expectation of God, since it glorifies Him to others who see our work.

Mr and Mrs Tunnah are leaving for Zambia in 2 weeks time. They will be visiting the Foundation for CrossCultural Education in Zambia for 2 weeks prior to running the Big 5 Marathon in South Africa. FCE is an organisation that trains and equips teachers, farmers, builders and medical staff to be Jesus Christ in their communities by their actions, not just their words. We are looking forward to sharing and learning so that we can find ways to involve our students in these projects in future. If you feel called to do so, please pray for our safety as we travel through Africa. Under the direction of Ms Ulla Hansson, the Year 10 students are off at camp in Yeppoon this week. They will be challenged to reflect upon their personal development as they engage in the many activities and discussions that have been organised. May God bless you and your family richly Mrs Lesley Tunnah Deputy Principal

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.” ~Donna Roberts~ When I first began working at MCC in 2006, I recall one of my colleagues saying to me that the best thing about working here was that every day he got to work and play with his friends. At the time – because I was a new employee I did not fully understand what that meant or indeed what it could possibly feel like. Now, six and a half years later, I can closely relate to this idea. I have the extreme honour and pleasure of working with some amazing people whom I also call my friends! This week, I would like to honour just three of them. Mrs Priscilla Lister – has been a part of the MCC teaching team for too many years to count in a variety of roles. She is currently a vital part of my Teaching & Learning team. These past few weeks Mrs Lister has worked tirelessly to administrate the NAPLAN tests for the Year 3, 5, 7 & 9 students. Most people have little understanding of the amount of paperwork and red tape involved in this process and as Middle School Learning Pathways Coordinator, she has shone brighter in the past few weeks – Thank you.

“Friends are the Bacon Bits in the Salad Bowl of Life.” ~Pizza Place Sign~

Mrs Jacqueline Greentree has been an integral addition to our team this year. She has embraced her new role with a professionalism that is beyond description. Our Senior students are not only in good hands as they begin their journey towards the end of their schooling, Mrs Greentree is largely responsible for monitoring and encouraging our Senior students in their chosen study pathway. Thank you for your commitment to excellence Mrs Greentree.

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him, his own.” ~Benjamin Disraeli~ Finally, I would like to honour Mrs Sharryn Westbrook. Thrown into a new role this year as the Junior School Curriculum Coach, Sharryn has worked exceptionally hard in the past 15 weeks developing and building her role into one of great potential. Having spent some time this week away with her conducting some training in the area of coaching, I am blown away by her love of her job and passion for the teachers on the Junior Campus – believing strongly that she will serve and support them to become even greater teachers. I believe it was the famous singer Cher who said, ‘I can trust my friends. These people force me to examine, encourage me to grow.’ I am privileged to work with these and many more amazing people whom I call my friends – and wow it makes for a great work environment! If you pass these ladies in your travels, please join me in thanking them. Mrs Robyn Hair Head of Teaching & Learning

Grandparents Day will be held on the Junior Campus on Friday 14th September 2012 and we would love for all our College Grandparents to join us! Invitations will be sent out to all Grandparents we are given addresses for. Address update forms have been sent home with all students or are available from either the College Office or Junior School Reception. Please fill these out and return to either of the College Campuses as soon as possible so that we can ensure all our VIP Grandparents receive an invite!

What an exciting time to be at MCC. There are so many things going on at the College with students away at Beef Week and Work Experience recently. As I am writing this we have our Year 10 students at Camp in Rockhampton and another group of wonderfully talented students attending the Andrew Ironside Music Ministry Camp. MCC makes the school I went to look boring!

On the 12th May the College conducted its annual Mach V Adventure Race at the tranquil Kinchant Dam. Well, it was tranquil until we arrived! The 50 competitors entertained onlookers as they battled hills on their bikes and on foot and paddled at a furious rate on knots. Well, at least some of the competitors did. The day was another huge success as the 5th Mackay Christian College Adventure Challenge. Thankyou to Mr Tunnah, Mr & Mrs Greentree, parent helpers, competitors, Sunwater, Kinchant Dam Outdoor Education Centre and our sponsors Athlete’s Foot and Corry Cycles!

James Grant Multisport Adventure Race, Cairns. Sunday 29th July

Congratulations to Raymond Kerr and Jasmine Derdziak in receiving QATSIF Scholarships to assist them in attaining their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Raymond is pursuing a traineeship as a Diesel Fitter with the assistance of our Trade Training Centre and Jasmine is training to become a Hairdresser through TAFE. Well Done Guys!

We are very excited to announce that we have arranged for Jason English, the 3x World and 5x National 24hr Solo Mountain Bike Champion to spend some time at the College teaching bike skills, sharing about training, racing and recovering in endurance events as well as sharing about how his faith in Jesus Christ motivates him to be all that God has called and equipped him to become. Friday 20th July: MTB Skills Day (Rowallyn Park), Community Info Night (Powerhouse Auditorium) Saturday 21st July: Father & Son Breakfast (Powerhouse Auditorium) Congratulations to all our Year 11 & 12 students who attended Work Experience last week. I was very proud visiting some of them as they learnt all about Psychology, Pharmacy, being a Park Ranger, Childcare and the life of a Travel Agent just to name a few. I know our future is in safe hands when these students leave our College to become all that Christ has called and equipped them to be. God bless Pastor Peter Lister Head of Senior School

Pre-Prep Class Photos .......................................................... Wednesday 30th - Thursday 31st Middle & Senior Sporting & Cultural Photos ................................................. Wednesday 30th Junior School Photo Day ..................................................................................... Thursday 31st

Jungle Theme Free Dress Day ...................................................................................... Friday 1st MCCTTC Information Night ..................................................................................... Tuesday 5th ICAS Science Competition ................................................................................. Wednesday 6th Queens Birthday Holiday ....................................................................................... Monday 11th Pioneer Valley Show ............................................................................................... Sunday 17th Year 4 - 12 Athletics Carnival ................................................. Tuesday 19th - Wednesday 20th Show Day Holiday ................................................................................................. Thursday 21st Student Free Day ..................................................................................................... Friday 22nd

At 2:30 – 3:30pm on Thursday 7th June, Mayor Deidre Comerford and Mr Brett Comerford will be available for students and parents to say your farewells. Mr Comerford will be in the Year 1B classroom from 2:30-2:50pm. The Comerford family will then be available in the Prep/Year 1 undercover area from 2:50 – 3:30pm for any other members of the MCC community who would like the opportunity to speak with them. Friday 1st June we will be having a FREE DRESS DAY as a fundraiser for the Run if You’re Game appeal. Students and staff may come dressed in a Jungle Theme for a gold coin donation. A special Red Rooster Lunchtime meal deal will also be available on the day. This also is a fund raiser for the Run if You’re Game Appeal.

Pre-Prep to Year 5 photos will be taken on Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st May.

ALL parents are encouraged to regularly conduct an age appropriate conversation with your child/children/grandchildren about what is appropriate and inappropriate touching. It is our responsibility as parents to ensure that our children are equipped with strategies to say ‘NO’ to anyone who tries to touch them in an inappropriate and unacceptable manner. As busy parents we sometimes need to be reminded to have these very important conversations…..can this little newsletter message please serve as a timely reminder for you to do so? Mrs Alison Bannister Head of Junior Campus

4A wanted to build a bike. We collected recycled materials from home. We knew all about the different parts of a bike. We used our imaginations so as to think about how to construct it. Everyone was given a section to work on and we worked in teams. We then figured out how to make each part. We talked to one another to make decisions. We gave people different jobs. We found that different students were talented in different ways. The bike was ready, but was still in parts. We assembled all the parts and put it all together. Then we put it up in our classroom. We are pleased with our class bike!

In order to assist us in making these photo days run as smoothly as possible we ask that you make your child/children aware of the days that they will be having photos taken and that they present to school on those days in correct FORMAL uniform for portrait and class photos, and sporting or cultural uniforms on the Sporting, Cultural and Leadership photo days. Students are asked to bring their uniforms to

change into if required. Teachers will also be aware of these days and the times that students are scheduled to have their photos taken. If you have any questions regarding the format of the photo days please contact either the Front Office or the staff in the PR & Events Office on 4963 1100. If you have any questions regarding your photo orders or payment please make these enquiries directly to Advancedlife Photography on 1300 728 972 or by emailing Mrs Jacinta Kliese Public Relations & Events Coordinator


Cattle Show Team


Aero Club – MCC Angels


Robotics Club


U14 Boys Basketball Red


U14 Boys Basketball Blue


U16 Girls Basketball


U16 Boys Basketball


13 & U Netball


15 & U Netball


Year 8 Rugby Union


U15 Rugby Union


Open Rugby Union


Open Rugby League


Soccer Open Girls




Missions Outreach Team


Middle School Student Leaders


Senior School Student Leaders


Year 6-12 Chess Club


Sound & Lighting


Drama Club


Chapel Band


Year 6/7 Choir


Bel Canto Band (with instruments)


String Ensemble (with instruments)


Flute Ensemble (with instruments)

2.15 2.25

Jazz Ensemble (with instruments) Wind Ensemble (with instruments)


PP1A – Group shot and individual portraits PP1B – Group shot and individual portraits


PP2A – Group shot and individual portraits PP2B – Group shot and individual portraits

8.20 8.40 8.55 9.10 9.25 9.40 9.55 10.10 10.25 10.40 11.15 11.30 11.35 11.50 12.05pm 12.20 12.35 12.50 1.10 (LUNCH) 1.20 (LUNCH) 2.05 2.20 2.25 2.30 2.35

Scholarship band (with instruments) Junior String Ensemble (with instruments) Prep A Prep B Prep C 1A 1B 1C 2A 2B 4/5T Junior School Vice Captains Junior School Student Leaders 5A 2/3H 3A 3B 4A Year 4/5 Choir Year 2/3 Choir 4B U10 Boys Basketball U8 Basketball U12 Girls Basketball Junior Chess Club

As a young fella I completed Year 11 then left school to take on the world, well ok, the Northern Territory. Fresh out of high school I enrolled at the Katherine Rural College (KRC) where I quickly learned that the world owed me nothing and I would only get something if I put in the hard yards and did some work along the way. My year at KRC took me on a life changing journey, from being a boy and transforming me into a man, learning and experiencing new skills that I still use today and most significantly solidifying my faith in God as He led me on a year of life changing events and new relationships.

participated in the Junior Judging competition and led our cattle and Pindi Brahman cattle in their respective classes. Cassie Lindgren our CST Captain was privileged to lead Pindi Brahman, Miss Magnolia in her class and was awarded 5th place. Congratulations (no easy task when put up against some of Australia’s best Brahmans)!

Only 3 cattle shows to go Pioneer Valley, Mackay and Proserpine, all happening between June 15th and June 24th. Please drop in and see the team at the shows if you have time and say G’day to the students.

Up until now the most cattle I had musted/herded in one day was 1200 Santa Gertrudis cattle on Helen Springs, a property just north of Tennant Creek. My week at Beef 2012 was another exciting time in my life as I was able to facilitate the Cattle Show Team’s participation in one of the world’s largest Beef Industries Expo. I along with Miss Kate Matsen and 14 students were amazed at how many cattle (over 2100) not just people attended Beef 2012. We set up camp at the Rockhampton State School from where the students based their activities which included washing and grooming the cattle for showing, stall beautification and presentation and general interaction with other Cattle Show Teams. MCC students

Till next time keep the billy boiling and see you in the long yard. Mr Murray Hair Agriculture Centre of Excellence Coordinator

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 Expression of Interest are welcome.

Please note that as previously advised in College newsletters, that the 2 years insurance on all ACER 1410 computers purchased late 2009/early 2010 will have expired now if you have not extended it. For the 1830t model computers purchased in late 2010/early 2011, the 2 years insurance will expire late this year, so now would be a good time to think about extending it.

For information on possible Government Tax subsidy of education costs such as Notebooks, please visit the following website You can possibly claim 50% of eligible education expenses outlined on this website.

The insurer has brought to our attention that claims for damage to a computer must be lodged within 14 days of the incident.

While your insurance is current, you have the opportunity to purchase the 3rd year of insurance at the cost of $55.00.

Some claims have not been reported for months after the damage occurred and in this scenario that claim can be rejected.

To purchase the 3rd year‘s insurance you will need to email with the following details: 1. Name the Notebook is insured under 2. Address 3. SNID (Serial Number from the sticker on the bottom of the computer) 4. Email address 5. Contact phone number

Please view the below clause: The insurer has advised that to avoid any claims being rejected or causing difficulties with processing the claims, they must be advised within 14 days of the damage.

Steve will contact you within 14 days of receiving your message. If you have not heard from him within that period you can contact him on 1300 389 083. NOTE: If you have a HP Notebook, the cost of 3 years accidental damage was included in the cost of the unit, but you should have the Notebook noted on your contents insurance for fire and theft cover.

Claims On the happening of any event which may give rise to a claim under this Policy, You must: · within fourteen (14) days after its occurrence notify the Third Party Administrator as to the nature and extent of the loss or damage. The Third Party Administrator is indicated in the current Schedule. The Third Party Administrator will act on Our behalf for purposes of assessing and administering your claim. Happy Clicking Mr Bill Corbett ICT Manager

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)

Our Scholastic Bookfair was a huge success!!! Our families spent more than $5300 at the recent Book Fair. This means that we got a commission of $1800 to spend on books and resources for MCC. We will choose books for both our Libraries and then, on behalf of our students and their families, we will also once again be able to bless another school in need. In the past we have donated to schools affected by floods, cyclones and bushfires, and we will find another opportunity to give on behalf of our families once again this year. Well done, MCC families. A Reminder!! Year 1 students will begin independent borrowing from the Library in Term 3. In order to do this, they will have to earn a ‘borrowing licence’ which states that they know about (1) the care of books, (2) the correct borrowing and returning procedures and (3) they have an MCC Library bag. These bags are very sturdy and waterproof, are covered by a 10 year warranty and have the College logo printed on them. The cost will be $12.00. The bags are available for purchase from the Junior Library.

The Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival will be in Week 1 of Term 3 (11-14 July). Our bookings have still not been finalised, so stay tuned. We are hoping to take a group from each campus. Booking forms for students wishing to attend either of these sessions will be available next week with all details included. The cost will cover the bus and 2 authors. Places are limited. Parents, the Library has a small collection of books at both campuses just for your borrowing exclusively. Mainly on the topics of parenting and marriage, here are just a few titles:DVD – Fireproof – Never Leave Your Partner Behind (from the creators of Facing the Giants) Teen Wise – Building a Relationship That Lasts a Lifetime Love & Respect – The Love She Most Desires, The Respect He Desperately Needs Women and Stress – A Practical Approach to Managing Tension Teaching Your Child About Sex You are most welcome to check out more at either campus. Happy Reading Mrs Robyn Hopper Head of Libraries

Thank you to Jeff Richardson from the Andergrove Convenience Store for sponsoring the Library and Trade Training Centre with Daily Mercury papers

Have you recently: · Moved house? · Changed your email address? · Bought a new mobile phone? · Changed jobs? · Had a change of family circumstances? · Do you need to update your emergency contacts? If so then you need to complete the Family Details Update Form and submit it to the College Office as soon as possible. You can find a Family Details Update Form attached to this Newsletter email which you can print out, or you can collect a form from us in the College Office. These forms ensure that information about you and your child/ren are current and correct for the safety and well being of the College Community. Do you need to update your child’s medical details? Please call into the College Office to see our First Aid Officer for relevant medical update forms.

We are looking for a volunteer to assist with administration tasks in the King’s Park Campus Front Office one day per week. Experience with office procedures is essential. If you would like more information please contact me through the College Office on 4963 1100. Mrs Carol Sorrensen Front Office Supervisor

Tuesday 19th June & Wednesday 20th June The annual Year 4-12 Athletics Carnival will once again be held at our Eric Liddell Field. Events span over 2 days for 10 year olds to Open competitors. 9 year old competitors will compete on the Wednesday 20th June only, and will travel around to each event with their classroom teacher. 9 year old students who are currently in Year 3 are also invited to join the Year 4 classes on this day.

When: Monday 28th May Who: U15 Boys Permission forms should now be signed and returned to the Front Office. Mackay Christian College entered a team in the Vicki Wilson Cup this year, which was played at Mackay State High

Students are invited to dress in their House Family colours which conform to the College’s Free Dress day standards. Covered shoes and a broad brimmed hat must be worn when not competing. House Family competitions will be run in the tents making sure there is plenty of action for everyone on the day. Along with each of the events House Family points will be awarded to the best dressed House Family supporter male and female, best House Family Mascot and the traditional war cry challenge! A program will be issued to the oldest in the family closer to the event. Our MCC Tuckshop is available for the purchase of hot food & refreshments. As our College is getting bigger an event like this can only run with your help. Parent helpers - We will be requiring some assistance with measuring, time keeping and placing judging. Please let me know if you are able to assist in any way by calling the College Office on 4963 1100. We look forward to 2 jam packed days of fun competition. The Sporting Photos will be taken this year on Wednesday 30th May. Please bring your sports uniform and your smile on the day.

School last Friday. Although no trophy was won a great day was had by all and the girls played extremely well. Well done girls. The Mackay & District Cross Country was held Monday 14th May at Sarina Golf Course. Mackay Christian College took a small team this year, but they did very well. All runners ran exceptional races with 2 students placing 1st in their age group. Well done to all students who ran on the day. 14 yrs Girls 1st place Clare Nixon 17 yrs Girls 1st place Marnie Harding 13 yrs Girls 8th place Thea Dobbins 16 yrs Boys 7th place Jordan Tucci 17 yrs Boys 8th place Tyson Morgan Ms Ulla Hansson Head of Faculty HPE

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: English Tutoring: Wednesday & Thursday 3:15pm to 4:00pm Thursday 3:30pm to 4:15pm

A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped out at last Saturday’s Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings as it was a great success and raised over $1200!!!!!! A special big thank you to Mrs Buttle and all the parents and students who helped out. While everyone is in sausage sizzle mode, could you please mark in your diaries the 20th October as we have another Bunnings Sausage Sizzle on that date?

This special event is occurring called the ‘State Honours Ensemble Program’ (SHEP) is happening this weekend. The Open Conservatorium in Brisbane has been running these events over many years mainly in Brisbane and for a few years in Rockhampton and Cairns. They are now bringing this terrific opportunity to Mackay for the best students in Mackay in Year 6-9. The event runs from Friday 25th May to Sunday 27th May.

CONCERT: 1pm Sunday 27th May - Mackay North State High School Performing Arts Centre. Entry by Gold coin donation. CONGATULATIONS to the following students who have been accepted: Olivia Mills - Violin Jasmine Ney - Bass Guitar Duron Prinsloo - Oboe Sax Tristan Ware - Euphonium Josiah Marsh - Alto Sax Ashlee Young - Clarinet Elizabeth Watson - Alto Sax Amber Young - Percussion

Performances by MCC groups at the National Day of Thanksgiving are: Choirs, String Ensemble, Bel Canto Band, Wind Ensemble & Jazz Ensemble. This date has been in many newsletters and emails and I know of only 6 students who cannot attend. If it is not possible for your child to attend for a good reason, you must let us know this ASAP by emailing Thank you to everyone who have finalised their Creative Academy invoices. To those families who still have payments outstanding and who haven’t made arrangements with us regarding them, lessons will now cease until their invoices have been cleared.

TERM 2 25th to 27th May: 26th May:

30th May: 31st May: 4th to 8th June:

TERM 3 16th to 19th July: 4th August: 17th to 19th August: 14th September:

We have organised our Parent Concerts for this semester in weeks 7 & 8 of this term. Emails and notes have started to go out. All concerts start promptly at 7:00pm unless otherwise noted. Thursday 31st May Mrs Jones’ Vocal students TLE7 Rehearsal Concert Room Monday 4th June + Tuesday 5th June – Mr Winterstein & Mrs William’s students TLE7 Rehearsal Concert Room Wednesday 6th June – Mrs Higham’s Piano students 5:45pm and 7pm TLE7 Rehearsal Concert Room Wednesday 6th June – Mr Macintyre’s Guitar students AD8 Senior Drama Room Thursday 7th June – Mrs Pronger’s Piano students TLE7 Rehearsal Concert Room Thursday 7th June – Mrs Eales’ Drama students AD8 Senior Drama Room Thursday 7th June – Miss Richardson’s String students Year 3 Music Room at Providence Campus (Junior Campus)

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 Parent Concerts Parent Concerts Lunch Box Concerts Cultural Uniform. All Ensembles Open Day - 5pm Powerhouse All ensembles. Neat, casual dress M.O.B. Competition Conservatorium/Faith Centre (TBA) All Ensembles Grandparents Day - Powerhouse Jazz Ensemble

TERM 4 16th October: 20th October: 23rd October: 13th November: 27th November: 4th December:

Eisteddfod - MECC at various times All Ensembles. Cultural uniform Bunnings 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

Here is an interesting fact from the Queensland Studies Authorities information booklet for Year 12’s doing an OP. 50% of last year’s OP 1s undertook a VET subject as part of their Senior course. Often the perception in our community is that you must do all OP subjects to get a good OP. Clearly more students are challenging this belief and proving it wrong. Work Experience for Year 11 & 12 was a great success with a number of students gaining real opportunities to secure School Based Apprenticeships and employment options beyond Year 12. Employers were very impressed with the high level of skill shown by the TTC students. Below are only some of the wonderful comments that the students received from their employers; Andergrove Veterinary Clinic commented ‘that it is always a pleasure to have delightful MCC students as they are always prepared for the experience.’ Dyno Power commented that ‘Andrew Rogers is the best students that they have had.’ Northview State School were very impressed with ‘Jack Kenny consistently showing a very positive attitude towards the Special Needs Students and their work aptitude.’ Thank You to all Year 11 & 12 students for such a wonderful effort!

Now with Year 11 & 12 work experience over it is now time to start on Year 10 placements. The Year 10 applications for Work Experience will be handed out in House Family on Tuesday 29th. Students will be required to have their forms back by 8th June. Please ensure that the back of the form is filled out correctly with relation to medical conditions and travel arrangements are considered. Year 10 will go on Work Experience from Monday 30 July to Friday 3 August. The number of employers willing to take students from Year 10 in much less than from Year 11 & 12 so it is important for students to have their forms back on time or earlier so that there is plenty of time to work on placements. It is not necessary that parents or students find their own placements however if you know a business owner you would like to have your child do work experience with please make sure you indicate on the application form the name of the business and the name of the person you have spoken to and their contact phone number. Until next time Mr Peter Hopper Director Trade Training Centre Head of Faculty Industrial & Vocational Learning

In the Learning Enrichment Centre we work with students on a Life Skills Program. This program helps students work towards becoming more assertive and self-reliant, as well as developing skills and techniques for managing independence. Learning Enrichment Teacher Aides work with students on the many areas in the Life Skills Program. A sense of worth is instilled in each student by teaching skills to positively address aspects of their life.

The Life Skills Program assists the students’ transition from school to adulthood. The students work towards fulfilling their potential in education and employment. The goal is to equip the students by increasing their knowledge, skills and confidence for when they face challenges. Happy Learning Ms Donna Maurer Learning Enrichment Centre Manager

If you are making your payments by direct deposit into our bank account, please make sure you reference the payment. We have had some payments made that we have been unable to allocate. Please check your accounts and payments and contact the accounts office if you have any queries. Thank you for paying fees promptly by the end of each month. Mrs Beverly Palmer Accounts Department


28th May

Maths: BIMDAS Test (order of operations) Science: Marvelous Micro-organisms Test

Maths: Rich Task


4th June

Maths: Tree Diagram (problem solving) Test

Maths: Volume Test


28th May

Science: Scientific Report

SOSE: Mapping Skills


4th June

Science: Exam English: Written Speech

Maths: Graphing and Data Test


28th May

SOSE: Multimedia Presentation

Ag Science: Portfolio work sample


4th June

HPE: Exam SOSE (MN): Report/Artefact SOSE (DV): Research report Music: Keyboard Assessment Science: Biology test

Home Ec (PL): Practical exam English (KP&SH): Analytical Exposition English (LD&EMc): Autobiography SOSE (KP): Personal Collage Drama: Presenting


28th May

SOSE (TM): Research report due SOSE (KP): Persuasive Speech

Drama: Performing and presenting Music: Composition

4th June

SOSE (LM): Reflective Essay SOSE (DV): Multimodal Presentation BES: Portfolio of Journal and source documents Ag Science: Power point presentation

English: Advertising Package Mutitech: Website HPE: Exam Maths: End of Semester Exam

28th May

English: Analytical Essay Draft SOSE (SH): Case Study Draft SOSE (MN): Draft SOSE (TM): Field Report

Prevoc Maths: Challenge Exam HPE: Assignment Graphics: Bungalow Assignment Agriculture: Research Trial Assignment


4th June

English: Analytical Essay SOSE (SH): Case Study SOSE (MN): Presentation Music: Composition Draft Multi Tech: Sound Assignment

Maths A: End Semester Exam Maths B: End Semester Exam (Paper A & B) Science: Exam BES: Monopoly Assignment Drama: Forming Task


28th May

Physics: Exam Recreation Studies: Dance Report

Film & TV: Assignment HPE: Essay Exam

4th June

Maths A: End Semester Exams (Paper A & B) Maths B: End Semester Exam Paper A SOR: Exam Legal Studies: Extended Essay Industrial Graphics: Building & Construction Assign Agriculture Studies: Presentation

English: Jane Austen Monologue Drafts Music Studies/OP: Analysis Exam SOS: Research Orals Modern History: Exam (extended response) Agriculture: Written Report

28th May

Prevoc Maths: Challenge Test Chemistry: Exam Practical Film & TV: Assignment Graphics: BDAQ Assignment

HPE: Essay Exam Physics: Exam Home Economics: Practical Exam & Journal

4th June

English Com: Charities Presentation Maths A: End Semester Exam (Paper A) Prevoc Maths: Assignment SOR: Exam Legal Studies: Extended Essay Early Childhood: Assignment IT Studies: Project

CLEAR: Assessment Portfolio Maths B: End Semester Exam (Paper A) Biology: Exam SOS: Research Orals Modern History: Exam (Extended Response) Drama: Presenting Music Studies/OP: Analysis Exam






We are having so much fun at OSHCare! Since the beginning of the year when we first opened we have grown significantly in kids numbers, staff and quality of service. We work hard as a service to provide for the kids needs and interests socially, mentally and physically. During NAPLAN we decided to have a whole sensory week dedicated to fun and relaxing and often messy sensory activities such as shaving cream painting, goo making and smelly dough. We now have a sensory tub full of wonderful relaxing activities to help calm and soothe us all in the afternoons. We are now heading into a ‘Who Am I’ week and launching our individual learning folders that will be storing some of our work, pictures and learning stories throughout the year. These will be available to parents and children to view at any time during OSHCare. If you find you have toys your children have grown out of or no longer play with, you are welcome to bring them in to OSHCare. We will put them to great use in our centres and any we do not use we will bring to a local charity. You can find a detailed list of equipment needs in our OSHCare Centres. Do any of our OSHCare families have a local business that could be of interest to our other families? If so, perhaps you could bring along business cards and or brochures to share with all our OSHCare families.

Our kids LOVE recycled crafts so instead of filling your recycles bin why don’t you bring it to OSHCare. We welcome any materials however cannot take old toilet rolls due to hygiene reasons. Please make sure all bottles, jars and tins are washed out before bringing in. You may have noticed a couple of new faces on our centre over the last few weeks and as we grow more will be added. The two most recent additions to our team are Elizabeth Johnson (Group Leader in Pre-Prep OSHCare) and Lacey Fry (Assistant in Pre-Prep OSHCare). I am confident that these two staff will be an asset to the dynamics of our team and help make OSHC the best experience for your children. Our Quality Improvement Plan is now active and ongoing. This plan is a document that insures the continual improvement of our service and how we meet the National Quality Standards, Laws and Frameworks. If you are interested in viewing this a copy of our plan is available upon request. Until next time Mrs Katie Campbell MCC OSHCare Director

The Jewel Miner Featuring Jesselyn Hynard - 16.5.12 Jesselyn today you were playing outside in one of our sensory tubs filled with different coloured pebbles, glass stones and mining and construction play toys. You spent a long time sorting out the silver pebbles and glass stones into different trucks. You told me that you were digging for jewels that would be taken in trucks to the dress and jewellery shops to be put on pretty dresses and made into rings and necklaces.

What you were learning Jesselyn, what a wonderful creative imagination you have. Today, through your play, you were learning about organisation, size, shape and colour as you were searching for the stones and sorting them into your different trucks. You showed a wide range of thinking strategies and problem solving skills as you tried to figure out how to use the different trucks and how your jewels would go through the process of getting to the factories. You also showed a real connection to your community with your interest in mining and construction equipment. You showed a great ability to explain to me the sequential process of what happens to the jewels after they are mined. What wonderful learning and playing.

What next Jesselyn, you suggested to me that we could make some jewellery and dresses at After School Care. What a great idea, I will make sure we put that in the program soon. I also think you would enjoy us bringing in some real crystals and precious rocks that we can put on display I know you and others would enjoy looking at and investigating them. Written by Katie Campbell - Director

ISSUE 7 - 2012

IWB’S @ MCC In the Junior Campus at Mackay Christian College there is an Interactive Whiteboard in every classroom from Prep to Year 5! Prep to Year 3 have an Activboard and Year 4 & 5 have an Epsom Interactive Projector. The Interactive Whiteboard can transform ordinary lessons into captivating learning experiences. The activities created to use on an IWB are called ‘Flipcharts’. Teachers can create their own or access Promethean Planet for free and publisher created ready-made lessons.


Created by teachers, for teachers, Promethean Planet is a unique teaching, sharing and support community - your place to connect, create, and change the classroom!

What is NAPLAN?


In 2008, the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) commenced in Australian schools. Every year, all students in Year 3, 5, 7 & 9 are assessed on the same days using national tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy. 2012 NAPLAN Tests: 15-17 May

Students @ MCC have been practicing hard for NAPLAN! Here are a few different ways we did it!

Editors: F Horwell, C Murison

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. May 27th

Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30am with Glen Gerreyn 6.00pm with Glen Gerreyn

June 3rd

Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30am with Ps David Westbrook 6.00pm with Ps Chris Campbell

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.

Water coolers are a great way to get your kids to drink more water. If you would like more information about Awesome Coolers please ring Liza Ackermann on 0403 492 461 or 0401 441 291

The Australian Childhood Vision Impairment Register collects information on children who have vision impairment. This information is used in research and to plan better services throughout Australia. Families are invited to register their children who are between 0-18 years, with an eye condition diagnosed by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) that causes vision impairment in both eyes. Families can access our website to begin the registration process at: This website also gives access to low vision events and useful resources.

Would you like to be a part of one of Mackay’s fastest growing AFL Clubs? The Magpies AFL is looking for players from U9’s, U11’s, U13’s & U15’s to play in the current competition. Enquiries please contact Noel on 0409 588 454, Paul on 0438 795 791 or email 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 Tami Bass on 0459 323 958 or email them at

Student Exchange Australia New Zealand Ltd are now offering a unique School Group Program to Spain with similar programs to France, Italy and Japan also available. These programs offer language students a fantastic opportunity to boost their language skills and gain invaluable 'in country' experience.

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.

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.

If you’ve been out of the workforce for a period of time for whatever reason, or just wanting to start working after recently moving here, this event will get you heading in the right direction. Come to: Souths Leagues Club, Milton St Mackay, Thursday 24 May, 9.00am and 6pm. A selection of employers offering flexible and school-hours employment will be attending the event. To RSVP 4953 2655 or email FREE SUPERVISED CHILD MINDING SERVICE available.

A new Coffee Shop has opened 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 and 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 4953 1425.

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.

Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on. Open to young people 13-18. Opportunity to style up and show your talents and skills to Mackay’s Indigenous and NonIndigenous Community during NAIDOC Week. Get together with friends or go solo. All you have to do: Submit a piece of artwork!! It can be in song, short story poem, poster, canvas printing, drawings, visual or media arts, short film that shows what NAIDOC means to you past, present and the future of our deadly culture. For more information contact Noeleen Madrill at Mackay Youth Support Services 4953 2299.

Issue 9 - 25 May 2012.pdf  

Mackay Christian College Newsletter

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