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‘PLEASE LET THIS REMIND US ALL THAT WE NEED TO SPEAK UP WHEN WE ARE PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENCOURAGE AND AFFIRM OTHERS. THIS IS GOD’S WAY, IT IS LOVE.’ “Magnificent”. What a great word. So uplifting when someone uses this word to describe something that you are associated with. This week the Middle School staff ran a ‘Meet and Greet’ followed by an information session about our new EStEaM programme. One parent’s response to the presentation was “What you are doing is magnificent.” Wow! Thank you so much. The power of a spoken word to build up, to encourage, and to affirm is often underestimated. It was through spoken words that God created all things, and communicated the best news ever reported, that salvation was available to all. Please let this remind us all that we need to speak up when we are provided an opportunity to encourage and affirm others. This is

God’s way, it is love. At Mackay Christian College, we honour those who speak truth, who encourage others and contribute to the work God is doing in this place, with our students, staff and parents. I agree that the work being done here is magnificent and I am thankful that it is both appreciated and communicated. I pray you have a great week and take opportunities presented to you to speak positive and loving words into the hearts of others, and your own. God bless Mr Alun Tunnah Acting Principal

MUST-READ MESSAGES UNEXPLAINED ABSENCES Is your child going to be absent from school? In Senior and Middle School, we will now be following up on all unexplained absences daily via email. If your child is going to be away, please notify us. There are four different ways you can do this: 1. Call the 24 hour Absentee Hotline on 4963 1199 and advise your child’s name, Year level, House Family and brief reason for their absence. 2. Call the College on 4963 1100. If it is before 8am please leave a message advising your child’s name, Year level, House Family and brief reason for their absence. 3. Email au advising your child’s name, Year level, House Family and brief reason for their absence. 4. Use the link on the College website The button is at the bottom of the home page. Mr Peter Hopper Head of Senior School

2017 COLLEGE PRODUCTION Mackay Christian College’s 2017 College Production is ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’. This will be staged in Powerhouse on Friday 28th & Saturday 29th July. We are excited about the number of students who have auditioned, and this week a number of roles were announced. The successful auditions for main parts are John McKee as Joseph, Breeanna Quinn as the Narrator, Jack Leo as Pharaoh and Kobi Brown and Jasmine Ney as Mr & Mrs Potiphar. A talented group of students have been cast, and letters of commitment have gone out which must be returned to confirm all roles. Rehearsals have started during Tuesday lunchtimes and after school 3-5pm on Thursdays. Thank you to Miss Tonia Beckman, Miss Laura Hopper, Mrs Susan Bobongie, Mr Earl Winterstein and Mrs Helen Williams for making this great opportunity for students to happen. Mr Peter Hopper Head of Senior School

COLLEGE SPORT For those who couldn’t make either of our Sport Sign-on days, please email Miss Louise Dreghorn at and she will be able to discuss this with you. Coaches and Managers are needed - if you are interested, or for more information about how you can get involved, please email sport@ Miss Louise Dreghorn Sports Coordinator

ACCOUNTS Due to technical issues with our accounting program, we have not been able send the invoices for school fees out as promised. We expect that by the end of this week you will receive your invoice via email. We apologise for the delay. If you wish to start making payments for your Term 1 school fees, please contact Mrs Bev Palmer in the Accounts Department through the College Office on 4963 1100. Mrs Tracy Swadling Accounts Manager


All members of the Bel Canto Band, Middle School Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble and Senior Jazz Combo need to have their Cultural Uniform for the Twilight Concert on 21st March. A note will be going out next week about uniforms, or you can contact the Uniform Shop to get prices and ordering cut off dates.

UNIFORM SHOP Uniform Shop Opening Hours: 8am - 10am | 2pm - 4pm Monday to Friday during the School Term. We still have a number of outstanding laybys in the Uniform Shop - we are unable to continue to hold these laybys without continued payments. These laybys will be returned to the shop floor and monies will be forfeited if they have not been collected by Friday 24th February. There are also some pre-paid House Family Polos still to be collected - please remember to come say hello and pick up your shirt.


All Ensembles have commenced and are preparing for the Twilight Concert on Tuesday 21st March. Senior Jazz Combo Mondays - arrive 3.15pm at TLE7 Bel Canto Band Tuesdays - arrive 7.20am at TLE7

The 11yrs - Open Swimming Carnival is coming up on Monday 27th February. We have a variety of House Family merchandise available including swim caps, swim/gym bags, drink bottles, House Family arm bands, House Family tattoos, face towels and even hair ties in House Family colours. Let us help you stand out and support your House Family for the carnival.

Wind Ensemble Wednesdays - arrive 7.20am at TLE7

Mrs Sharon Hubbard Uniform Shop Coordinator


String Ensemble Fridays - arrive 7.20am in TLE7


Invoices for lessons were emailed out last week. If you want to take advantage of the discount period, please pay no later than today (Friday 17th February). The full amount is due next Friday 24th February. If you wish to make a payment plan, please contact me as soon as possible and we can set this up for you.

Gym opening times for students are: 7am-8am | 3.30pm - 4.30pm Monday to Friday Parent or community member open times are: 7am - 8am | 3.30pm - 4.30pm Monday, Wednesday & Friday 6am - 8am | 3.30pm - 4.30pm Tuesday & Thursday Memberships: Yearly - $200 Monthly - $30 Casual - $5 For further information, please contact Miss Louise Dreghorn via email or through the College Office on 4963 1100. Miss Louise Dreghorn Sports Coordinator

Please let us know if you have changed your email address so we can keep our records up to date. If you have any questions, please contact the Creative Academy: Mrs Leanne Drake ldrake@mccmky. or Mr Earl Winterstein Mr Earl Winterstein Head of Creative Academy

Middle Jazz Ensemble Wednesdays - arrive 3.15pm in TLE7


All Year 6-10 instrumental students were involved in an Independant Schools instrumental workshop yesterday and today. This will culminate in a FREE Concert tomorrow Saturday 17th February at 11.30am in the Faith Centre. All are welcome.

INSTRUMENT HIRE If you need to hire your student’s instrument for Semester 1 2017 you should have received an email from either Mrs Leanne Drake or Mr Earl Winterstein with details. Hire remain unchanged at $70 per semester and needs to be paid before instruments can go home. If you have not received an email, please contact either Mrs Leanne Drake or your student’s instrumental teacher at the College.

COLLEGE PHOTOS Middle & Senior School Photos & Pre-Prep 2B Wednesday 1st March All students will have their photo taken, regardless if they order photos or not. These are for school records.

• Year 6-12 Individual portrait • • • •

and ID card photo Year 6 - 12 Group photos College Captains House Family Captains Pre-Prep 2B students individual portrait & class photo

It is best to order online, or envelope orders must be placed before Tuesday 28th February 2017. How to Order Online: Step 1: Go to www.advancedlife. before photo day and enter your school code 5XT KLH AZQ. Step 2: Enter your student’s details. Step 3: Choose the package that best suits your needs (all orders will be returned to the College for collection).

Step 4: Pay for the photos via the shopping cart (upper right corner of the page). Please note: LATE FEES will apply once orders are closed. If you are not a fan of online ordering, payment envelopes were sent home to use for cash or cheque payments. Please ensure that each student returns their own envelope even if payment is made in an older child’s envelope. Students are to return their envelopes to either the College Front Office, Junior School Reception or their classroom teacher. Any late orders will need to be made directly to Advanced Life. Uniform Requirements 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 DAY 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 (including shoes) 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 College Office or the staff in the Design & Events Office on 4963 1100. If you have any questions regarding your photo orders or payment please make these enquiries directly to Advanced Life Photography on 1300 728 972 or email enquiries@ Mrs Rebekah Hayhoe Events Coordinator

YEAR 7 VACCINATIONS Vaccination Forms are now due. Please carefully read, sign and return forms ASAP to the College Office. Mrs Carleen Dreghorn Office Supervisor

SWIMMING CARNIVAL 11YRS - OPEN 27TH FEBRUARY YEAR 1 - 5 27TH OCTOBER MCC 11YRS - OPEN SWIMMING CARNIVAL IMPORTANT - Year 5’s turning 11 and 12 this year are invited to attend the 11 Years - Open Swimming Carnival. They must be dropped off at King’s Park in the Meeting Place at 8.25am to participate. The following information concerns the 11 Years – Open Swimming Carnival only. Pioneer Swimming Pool on Monday 27th February from 9.00am-2.45pm. Students must be dropped off at school and not at the swimming pool. Students must meet their House Family teacher at 8:25am for roll marking. Students arriving at school late will need to go to the Front Office and get a late slip and then meet in the Meeting Place. Students will then walk to the pool together under staff supervision.

The carnival will start promptly at 9:00am. Students are invited to dress in House Family colours or their sports uniform and must have a brimmed hat, eg. the College bucket hat. All clothing must comply with College Free Dress Day standards. All swimwear must be of a modest nature (ie. covered midriff). Students not dressed modestly will be required to wear a rashie/T-shirt. House Family teachers will check that all students have a brimmed hat and dressed appropriately before escorting the students to the pool. Students without hats will be sent to the Head of School. Students are able to use coloured hair spray and apply face paint in House Family colours if they are NOT swimming. Once class rolls have been marked and hats have been checked students will go to their designated House Family Group areas. House Family Group Areas at King’s Park are: Averill – Meeting Place Dennis – Year 12 Area Evans – TTC Young – Area C Picnic Area

The pool tuckshop will be available throughout the day for food and refreshments. We ask that no take-away food be delivered to the students at the pool. No water guns or floatation aids of any kind will be accepted. Students can be picked up from the pool no later than 3.00pm and must report to the scorer’s tent accompanied by their parent/ guardian before they leave. If students are leaving with another parent this must be specified on a note from the student’s parent/ guardian. No permission phone calls from parents to student mobile phones will be accepted. All other students will walk back to school under staff supervision and will then be picked up at the end of the day through the normal procedure. Parents, please feel free to join in and be part of this family fun day. Your valuable assistance is required in the area of timekeepers and place judges. Please let the College Office know if you are able to assist on the day by phoning 4963 1100. Ps Peter Lister Head of Faculty HPE

Save the Date - February / March Senior Learning Information Night

21st February

Year 3 Safety Circus

23rd February

11 yrs - Open Swimming Carnival

27th February

Pre-Prep B & Year 6 - 12 Photo Day

1st March

Book Fair (Providence Library)

14th - 16th March

National MTB Championship

16th - 19th March

Creative Academy Twilight Concert

21st March

Junior School Dance

25th March

TTC Work Experience

27th - 31st March

11Yrs - Open Cross Country

31st March

Pre-Prep - Year 5 Fun Run

31st March

Term 1 Finishes

31st March

SENIOR SCOOP GRIP Leadership Conference

On Monday we sent our College Captains, House Family Captains and our Care Ambassadors to the GRIP Leadership Conference. This was an opportunity for them to learn and develop their leadership skills and mix with leaders from other schools. The students and the teachers came back enthused and ready to press forward with big ideas. I am looking forward to working with them as they build their legacy in the College. Mr Peter Hopper Head of Senior School

Information Evening

A Senior Learning Information Night will be held on Tuesday 21st February at 6.30pm in the Library. This is for students and parents in Year 10 - 12. Information about the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), OP’s, the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test and post-school pathways along with Senior School expectations will be discussed. Information about our new EStEaM programme will also be presented. Miss Lynn Morrison Head of Teaching & Learning

Student Exchange

We have received information from a number of organisations providing services for student exchanges. If your family is interested in hosting an exchange student, or one of your children would like to be an exchange student, please email me and I will pass on the information to you. Mr Peter Hopper Head of Senior School

JUNIOR JOURNAL Meet the Teachers

Last week we held our Meet the Teacher Night for 2017. Children benefit greatly when parents/ caregivers and teachers work together in partnership. As you love, care and nurture your children, our staff will partner with you in providing assistance in their educational wellbeing. We are able to do this much more effectively if we can build a supportive relationship together. Please feel comfortable to communicate with us on matters of both joy and concern. We ask that our partnership be based on open and honest communication, and we agree that we all deserve to be treated with courtesy and respect. There are always things we could have done better and we are happy for you to raise any concerns with us. However, we ask that you do so with an understanding that our heart’s desire is to provide the best level of care for your children. Thank you for coming along and sharing with us. I trust you made some new friends and felt a valuable and loved member of our community. If you were unable to come along, please take the time to arrange an alternative time with your child’s teacher and begin the ever important process of building a working partnership with them.

Scholarship Band Program

Junior School Photos

We will be holding a meeting on Wednesday 22nd February at 7pm in Powerhouse to discuss the Scholarship Band Program.

Orders placed before 1st March will arrive with the rest of our AdvancedLife Photo orders early in Term 2.

Mr Earl Winterstein Head of Creative Academy

For more information on ordering, please see our ‘College Photos’ notice in the Must Read Messages section.

If you have received a letter offering your child a place in this year’s Scholarship Band Program, please return the acceptance form by Monday 20th February.

School Times

School commences at 8:30am for ALL students in Prep-Year 5. A ‘get ready’ bell is sounded at 8:25am to remind students to prepare to line up for class. Students who arrive AFTER the 8:30am bell has sounded are late for school and are required to get a late pass from Junior School Reception before proceeding to their classroom. Please sign-in late arriving students at Junior Reception. School finishes at 2:50pm for ALL school students in Prep-Year 5.

Online ordering for Junior School photos will remain open until 1st March. Photos can still be ordered after this date but you will be charged a late fee.

Year 5 Swimming Change

We have the opportunity to have Fox Sport NRL presenters and players visit MCC to address some of our classes about respect and belonging in the community next Wednesday afternoon, 22nd February, which is our usual swimming day. Next week, Year 5 will have their swimming lesson on Tuesday afternoon, 21st February. Please ensure your child/ren wear their sports uniform and bring their swimming items on Tuesday. Lessons will return to their normal Wednesday routine the following week.

Drop Off & PickUp Zones

Prep & Year 1 Parents- the car park closest to the Prep/Year 1 building is for you to park each morning and afternoon so you can accompany your little one in and out of the school with ease. Students will not be released to walk to the carpark unaccompanied. Prep parents are required to sign students in and out each day on the sign-in sheet outside the classroom. In the afternoon, Prep & Year 1 students will be supervised by their classroom teacher and can be collected from their classroom from 2:50pm through to 3pm. From 3pm, the remaining Prep & Year 1 students will be supervised at the picnic tables in the covered area of the Prep/Year 1 building. This supervision is provided up to 3:15pm only. Bus students will be walked by a staff member to Powerhouse. Year 2-5 Parents - In the morning, parents may choose to park in the carpark and walk their child to the classroom OR use the dropoff zone provided at the front of Powerhouse. In the afternoon, Year 2-5 students are escorted to the front of Powerhouse to be collected. Students who catch the bus will wait for the supervising teacher to walk them to the bus stop. Students will be supervised outside Powerhouse by Junior School staff from 2:50pm – 3:15pm. After this, students are taken to Prep-Year1 undercover area. Students will not be released to walk through either of the car parks as this is NOT safe for unsupervised, young children.

OSH -Students attending OSH (Outside School Hours care) will be delivered to their classrooms each morning and collected each afternoon by an OSH staff member. These arrangements ensure that all students are kept away from moving traffic. If you require an alternative to this arrangement, please put your request in writing and hand it to your child’s class teacher. - PLEASE use the drop off and pick up zones to STOP, DROP/PICKUP & GO. - Please DO NOT park in the drop off and pick up zones. If you do need to park, please use the carparks provided. - Please DO NOT park in the roundabout as this prevents other cars from moving freely through the area. - Please drive to the FAR END of the drop off zone before encouraging your child to board your vehicle. This will ensure the maximum number of cars are able to use this area.


With the recent extreme heat, staff have been monitoring students during the breaks and ensuring they stay hydrated. We have modified our usual playground procedures and have several contingencies to combat the heat effects and protect our students. Mr Evans has modified his PE lessons to cater for the conditions. Mrs Robyn Hopper Head of Junior Campus

2017 College Production

Junior Campus students who wish to be in the 2017 College Production, ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ must join the choir. This is a significant commitment to undertake, and a notice outlining the expectations, cost and requirements will be given to each student soon. Please have a serious discussion with your child about these, before signing and returning the form. The cost for Junior School students is $30, which covers tuition in singing, dancing & acting, some costuming & accessories, makeup and hair (if necessary), rehearsal meals and a souvenir t-shirt. Senior Campus students pay $60. Mrs Bobongie will be teaching the choir all the relevant songs from Joseph and His Technicolour Dreamcoat. There is currently a Monday lunchtime practice each week, and soon a weekly afternoon practice will begin on Wednesdays. Performances will be Friday 28 - Saturday 29 July.

Library Bags

The MCC Uniform Shop is taking over supplying Library Bags for our College. All Year 1 Students need to purchase one by June. Year 2 - 5 students need to have their Library Bag to borrow books . If you have not already purchased your child’s Library Bag please do so as soon as possible for a small cost of $12.00. Mrs Robyn Hopper Head of Libraries

FUN FEATURES ONE ACTIVITY THAT BENEFITS EVERY STUDENT... What if there was one activity that could benefit every student …. An activity that could improve grades and scores on standardised testing? An activity that would allow students to form lasting friendships? An activity that would help students become more disciplined and confident? (Journal of Research in Music Education) This activity is MUSIC! Through the Creative Academy, all students can choose from many instruments to learn. Piano, Speech and Drama and Voice can be learnt from Prep. Guitar and String instruments (Violin, Viola and Cello) can be learnt from Year 3. Brass, Woodwind and Percussion can be learnt from Year 4 in our Scholarship Band Programme. What are the benefits, you may ask? Here are some interesting facts you may not know:

“The benefits of music education have been proven time and again by decades of research.”

“Learning music can help students’ selfconfidence, self-discipline and team work. Music helps students progress in other important learning areas such as Maths and English. Indeed, countries with a strong focus on music education tend to have higher scores in literacy and numeracy.” Music contributes to students’ development that no other subject can match: “Music education uniquely contributes to the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of all students.” “Music training improves cognitive and noncognitive skills more than twice as much as sports, theatre or dance.” Study performed by Adrian Hille and Jurgen Schupp for the German Socioeconomic Panel Our teachers have vacancies for group or private lessons. For more information phone either Mrs Leanne Drake or Mr Earl Winterstein through the College Office on 4963 1100 or email: creativeacademy@ Mr Earl Winterstein Head of Creative Academy

CLEAR TECHNOLOGY @ MCC Have you been on the Mackay Christian College website lately? On the dropdown menu under Learning, you will find a link to CLEAR Technology. As students participate and learn in a digital world, it is important for them to become responsible cybercitizens, underpinning their technology skills with CLEAR heart and mind values. CLEAR Technology @ MCC aims to reinforce using the College’s CLEAR values (Christlikeness, Learning, Excellence, Attitude and Respect) as a filter for decision making when using technology.

Our College is proud to announce we are officially an eSmart school. Since we first registered with the program, we have introduced many new policies and activities to improve the way our College manages cybersafety, bullying and cyberbullying. We feel confident our students, staff and the wider College community are now well supported to be smart, safe and responsible users of digital technology. We encourage everyone in the College community to continue to uphold and promote eSmart behaviours, at school and at home. If you are aware of any incidents of bullying, cyberbullying or risky online behaviour, please contact the Head of School or our eSmart Coordinator Mrs Murison via email Mrs Candace Murison eCoach

CLEAR TECHNOLOGY Care for your computer Leave a lovely digital footprint Enjoy the e-Adventure with Excellence Always avoid Danger Reliable Resources Rule! To see more, click on the following link:

EVERYTHING EXTRA COULD YOU BE A FOSTER CARER? Churches of Christ Care provide a vital safety net to more than 2,800 children across the state who often come from backgrounds of abuse or neglect, but we need your help. If you have a heart for children in need, a desire to transform young lives and a willingness to open your home, we’d love to hear from you. For more information call 4953 5097 or visit



Cap Money will teach you a simple money management system to help you get control of your finances. The course runs for 3 weeks starting 28th February, from 12.30pm 2.30pm at New Life Church, 75 Evans Avenue North Mackay. Please call Christine to book on 4953 4400.

JAMAICA BLUE STAFF WANTED 2 Junior Positions available. One position is for weekend work - must be available to work both Saturday & Sunday. Other position is permanent part time and must be available 7 days. To apply, please present your resume to Jamaica Blue Sydney Street Markets.

ATHLETICS SIGN ON Slade Point Athletics Club Sign-On Day Saturday 25th February | 1pm - 3pm Cathy Freeman Oval 2 Wren Street, Slade Point Ages 4+ including masters Alternate Sat & Sun club days 1pm - 3pm Fun, family-friendly atmosphere Track and field events including javelin & hurdles. Come and try first club day Saturday 4th March. Great training for school sport days. Contact Chrissy Mau 0439 512 667 or Cheryl Dixon 0432 282 182.

BREAST SCREEN QLD You can now book your appointment online any time of the day or night. Out of Hours times available. Before 8am most week days After 4.30pm every second Thursday Monthly Saturday Clinics Women aged 50 to 74 are encouraged to have a breastscreen every two years. Women aged 40 to 49 and 75+ are also eligible to attend. For more information visit www. or phone 13 20 50.

MC CARE COUNSELLING SERVICE Providing counselling for many issues, including: • Family issues • Grief and trauma • Depression and Anxiety • Relationship difficulties • Low self esteem • Parenting issues For appointments please phone Kerry Brannan (Dip, Couns) 4963 1155 or email

CONTACT US The MCC Messenger is a fortnightly publication produced for the families and wider community of Mackay Christian College. Contact PO Box 3215 North Mackay QLD 4740 P:+617 4963 1100 F:+617 4942 4085 E: W: Providence Junior Campus Pre-Prep (Kindergarten) – Year 5 17 Ambrose Way North Mackay QLD 4740 King’s Park Senior Campus Year 6 – 12 9 Quarry Street North Mackay QLD 4740

Mackay Christian Family Mackay Christian Family Church has Celebration Services to reach people and welcome them home, Training Courses to restore people and create hope, Small Groups to raise people and to do life together and Ministry Teams to release people to demonstrate love. If you want to know more about the vision of MCF or want more information about our ministries and life groups please call the Church Office on 4963 1155 or email

Coming Up at Mackay Christian Family Sunday February 19th

Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30am with Ps Rob Booth-Jones 6.00pm Sunday Night Live

Sunday February 26th

Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30am with Ps Darron Hayhoe 6.00pm Sunday Night Live

Sunday March 5th

Celebration Services @ Powerhouse 9.30am with Kane Attard 6.00pm Sunday Night Live

Creative Academy Date Claimer Date




21st February

Band 6-10

Independent Schools Workshop


21st March


Twilight Concert


YEAR 12 CAMP 2017

MCC Messenger Issue 3 - 17 February 2017  

Mackay Christian College Newsletter

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