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Junior Students investigate identity and Aboriginal culture

On Friday 9th August, Dr Brooke Collins-Gearing, Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle, visited students in Years 4 and 6 for some special presentations about Aboriginal culture and history. 

Year 4 students were challenged to identify an array of animal sounds, and then heard some dream-time stories about different animals.  Dr Collins-Gearing also fielded dozens of questions from the students and shared stories with the students about totem and Aboriginal spirituality.

Sharing is really important to the Aboriginal Peoples. You do not have your own possessions as they belong to everyone. You do not have to ask to take something because it is there for everybody to use with respect. There are a lot of dreaming stories that speak about greed and respect. It was to make sure not only people survived but the country survived for future generations.  Eliza M (4T)

The Aboriginal people discovered this land and have taken care of it for a long time.  We can respect them by doing the same.  The land to them is “country” and they have passed it down from generation to generation, while sharing stories and traditions. Jackson C (4L)

Year 6 students learned about the importance of storytelling, personal identity and community identity.  They heard about the stolen generation and the subsequent impacts on shared knowledge and traditions following the removal of children from their families.  Students quizzed Dr Collins-Gearing on relationship to country, Aboriginal heritage, language and customs, coming away with a deeper understanding about Aboriginal peoples.  Students then proudly showed their guest their recent dot paintings produced on bark collected from trees around the Campus.

Dr Brooke Collins-Gearing Dr Brooke Collins-Gearing
Dr Brooke Collins-Gearing Dr Brooke Collins-Gearing

Junior Students Inspired to Pursue MC Robotics Club Opportunities

Over 70 students Years 4-6 have flocked to an opportunity to join the MC Robotics Teams in 2019.  On Thursday at lunchtime, Mr Chris Swafford hosted an information session for students to check out the VEX IQ robots, learn about the MC Robotics program, hear about the various team member roles, and use the robots to navigate the course and its obstacles.

It was a fantastic turnout to the first information session, about the program which will run throughout Terms 3-4.  VEX Robotics competitions fall within the STEM and Digital Technologies curriculum, and delivers hands-on, project based learning through which the engineering process is taught – and experienced – in a uniquely engaging way!

The program will feature intraschool competitions between MC teams, which will test the students’ skills before progressing to competitions against other schools later in the year. 

We acknowledge the support of the Macquarie College PTA for their contribution to the investment in the robot devices.



Final Day Fun includes Chapel & Mufti Day Fundraiser

Mufti Day Fundraiser

Mufti Day FundraiserThe final Junior School chapel on Friday 5th July was a special day, as it coincided with a mufti day some special farewells.   For our mufti theme, we had the choice of either wearing pyjamas or a onesie and those dressed in mufti were asked to bring in a gold coin donation, to raise money for the Australian Red Cross! We all thoroughly enjoyed it!  It was a very comfy experience. Some people wore onesies like lions,giraffes and zebras! Some students from Years 1-6 enjoyed being a part of a special photo! That was very exciting! 

The most important part of the morning’s chapel program was the class hosting … KW students were spectacular! They sang a song to show us we need to have love in our hearts and be kind to our friends, family and of course our teachers! They showed us a video of how we can colour our world with kindness, and how a simple thing can make someone’s day. We danced and performed the actions to the songs! 

We had a very special guest speaker, Dr Emma Campbell, who told us about how to be kind, and that kindness is the best medicine for sadness. You can definitely heal people with kindness! 

We had some farewell presentations, including a thank you and bunch of flowers for the  lovely Mrs Young who is leaving our school and relocating to Queensland. We also said farewell to Mr Franklin, who is on leave until the end of 2019. 

By Benjamin A, Daisy M and Zahra W (6B)

Soccajoeys returns to Macquarie College in Term 3

Soccajoeys runs classes from minis to 2-and-half year olds through to their premier program for 9-11 year olds.
Soccajoeys classes are one hour of fun and are non-competitive, and are great for children of all ages who want to learn to play soccer or who play and want extra training. The classes are run by qualified C licence coaches, and by coaches who currently coach in the local NPL as well as coaches who are qualified early childhood educators, with years of experience in coaching children.  
All coaches have working with children checks
Classes run for 8 weeks during the school term, as well as holiday clinics.
Classes will run from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM on Monday – Friday on the Macquarie College oval.
In Term 3 2019, Soccajoeys will be running their Junior program which is for 6-8 year olds and Premier program for 9-11 year olds.
There will be two coaches for each age group.  Children can be picked up from and returned to OOSH as well if required.
Remember, the Government has made additional Active Kids vouchers available from 1st July!
Registrations include a soccer shirt and water bottle.  Registrations are now open, with the Term 3 program starting on Monday 29th July.
Visit www.soccajoeys.com.au for more information and to register.
Places are limited to 16 participants in each age group.

Junior School Students Learning to Life a Full Life

“I’m king of the world!”  The Junior School chapel program on Friday 21st June started off with 3S presenting a well-rehearsed acrostic poem about obedience. The poem stated that we should respect and obey our parents (no matter the circumstance). It reminded us that we should listen too, and respect God’s word. 

“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” 1 John 4:16 was our weekly verse. The theme helped us to learn that we should live our lives to the fullest no matter what other people do or say.

The speaker was Mr Brown, who showed us a clip from Titanic and it opened with a man standing at the railing of the Titanic and yelling, “I’m the king of the world”! After the clip finished Mr. Brown told us about a holiday that he went on around Australia when he was a teenager and how he recreated the Titanic clip at a place called the Wall of China located at Ord River WA, because no one was around. It was a fantastic talk and it was good to know that God wants us to live our lives to the fullest.
By Ben A & Thomas T (6B) and Nourseen A & Avy L (6C)

On Friday 28th June, Ms Macalpine led the string ensemble in a special item, before the Year 3/4 Choir sang “Storm” followed by the Year 5/6 Choir which sang “Bella Mamma” and “When You Believe”.  Our theme this fortnight is Caring & Compassion.  We were visited by Miss Dotty who spoke about the importance of humility, the story of footwashing at the Last Supper, and how God wants us to serve others.