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2017 Camp Week – Year 8 (Blue Mountains)

The Year 8 cohort departed for a four-day Camp full of fun and adventure in the Blue Mountains.  This year we had the challenge of inclement weather and on arrival to the camp site in Glenbrook, the skies opened and we got saturated as we were unpacking.  Once the rain cleared students spent the afternoon setting up their tents and campsites.  We then made our way to the Jellybean Pool for an afternoon swim.

On the second day we filled our day packs and headed to Wentworth Falls to complete the five hour Valley of the Waters walking trail.  Whilst the hike was extremely challenging the students were all in good spirits and many jumped in the water at the base of the falls even though the temperature was freezing.

The next activity on the camp was an Amazing Race style event, around the township of Katoomba where students were given a list of challenges and a budget for the day.  The day promoted themes of teamwork, leadership and problem solving and featured ‘competition points’ for teams picking up rubbish around town as part of contributing to community service.

Each evening after the students cooked their own meal, Mrs Chaumont organised games and activities.  On the final night everyone enjoyed a massive Easter Egg Hunt around camp.  Another highlight was sitting around the campfires in the respective camps and chatting with each other and reflecting on everyone’s daily experiences.

It was a very successful camp despite the early challenges posed by the weather.  Students enjoyed being out in the bush and as the weather cleared, it lifted everyone’s spirits and allowed us to return home dry.

Click Here  for a collection of images from our Camp, on our Facebook gallery.

Mrs Tenielle Lowrey
Year 8 Coordinator

ANZAC Day Traditions Upheld by College Leaders

The commemoration of past and present Australian soldiers is an incredibly important part of our culture.

This year Macquarie College was represented by both our Senior and Junior school captains at the Wallsend ANZAC Day dawn service. This moving service allowed our students to march with Returned Service personnel and locals currently serving in our military forces.

The captains laid flowers on the Cenotaph to represent our respect for those who have suffered or lost their lives to protect our future.

We continued ANZAC commemorations during our Wednesday Chapel service. The school had the opportunity to hear about the significance of ANZAC Day more than 100 years after the first commemoration in 1916. Our service lead out by students, Mr Goss and Mrs Jones, spoke about perspectives of war. The stories were told of both the ANZAC and the Turkish troops to hear about both sides of this World War One conflict.

It is important to continue to remember all of those who perished on our behalf, as well as using their experiences to help us change our patterns of behaviour to move towards a better world. 

2017 Camp Week – Year 9 (Kosckiusko NP)

The 2017 Year 9 Invictus Wellbeing Program hiking expedition to Kosciuszko National Park was characterised by wide horizons and freezing nights. 

Our students navigated their way from campsite to campsite and demonstrated a variety of problem solving skills in order to get into camp on time. Some groups explored caves by torchlight, others summited Howell’s Peak and all visited historic huts or homesteads.

The horizon was frequented by kangaroos and wild brumbies whose environment we were privileged to share for a couple of days.

Throughout the camp students worked in teams and showed empathy to their classmates as they negotiated obstacles and made team decisions. Stories were shared by campfire at night and each of us came home a little footsore and a whole lot more appreciative of one another and the world we live in.

Click Here for a collection of images from our Camp, on our Facebook gallery. 

Mr Joshua Brown
Year 9 Coordinator

Junior School Leaders Inspire the Next Generation

On Friday 31 March, our School Captains presented speeches to the Junior School about “leadership” and how to be a positive influence on others. The speeches followed their attendance at the Halogen Young Leader’s Day “Imagination” in Darling Harbor earlier this term. 

Captain Anton Holgate spoke about Sam Webb, who started up a charity to support mental health. Captain Sienna Eve shared what she learnt about leadership from Jade Hameister, a 15-year-old explorer and outdoors adventurer. Gulalai Khalid, Vice Captain, discussed what bio-medical engineer Dr Jordan Nguyen taught her about being a good role model and “persistence”. Kalan Rodrigues, Vice-Captain, shared his reflections on leadership after listening to musical performer Barry Conrad.  

Here is what they had to say: 

Captain: Anton Holgate

Sam Webb had a friend named Casey Lyon. Casey Lyon’s best friend Dwayne Lally lost his life due to mental illness. Sam and Casey were heavily affected and wanted to help so together they created a charity called LIVIN. It is a non-profit Charity where people can go to seek help. The charity took two years to build, and I learned that you need patience, sometimes things will go wrong and you will ‘stuff up’ from time to time. You need to persist and not stop, because if you have a dream just be patient and to get to your goal. Finally, you need positivity, you can be patient and persistent but if you’re not positive it will feel like a chore instead of a fun activity. That’s the three p’s and that’s definitely one thing I took from Sam’s speech. I think to be a good leader you must be patient persistent and positive because if you’re not then it will be harder for you to be a leader.

Captain: Sienna Eve

Jade Hameister is a 15 year old student from Melbourne. At the age of 14, she completed the longest hike to the North Pole by a woman on the planet! Jade told us not to judge ourselves by the opinions of others. People’s negativity should not stop you from reaching your true potential. At Halogen Young Leaders Day, Jade told us to set our goals and dreams higher and to push our limits. Jade really inspired me to always try my best no matter what others say because one day we will reach our goals. 

Vice-Captain: Kalan Rodrigues

Barry Conrad, a musician and actor, has participated in many acts and performances and has been rejected from many more. From his experiences he taught me to not only be resilient and persevere, but to have a positive approach on everything I do. He inspired me to use my gifts and talents to make positive outcomes in the world and inspire others to do the same. I’m not just saying I was inspired because I needed to write about the inspiration that I felt, but because I was legitimately inspired by the speakers. My goals from my speech were not just to talk about Barry Conrad, but to inspire others via Barry Conrad’s Story.

Vice Captain: Gulalai Khalid

Dr Jordan Nguyen, a Chinese bio-medical engineer, created a mind controlled smart wheelchair which allowed people with disabilities to achieve their ultimate goals in life. He has taught me that not everything is achieved on your first attempt. Showing perseverance, persistence and patience is very important and I learned that I should care for others. Dr Jordan showed a lot of these qualities and never gave up no matter what happened. As I listened to his talk I took notes on how to be a better leader myself.

Indonesian Service Trip by MC Alumni Shell-sea Ellem (2016)

Macquarie College Alumni, Shell-sea Ellem (2016) recently shared technology resources with Indonesian students, creating new learning opportunities and cross-cultural relationships.

A two year journey of personal exploration and service to others extended beyond completion of the HSC at Macquarie College in 2016.  Shell-sea met with participants in an Asian Aid humanitarian project in March 2017, to donate technology resources on behalf of the Macquarie College community.

The inspiration for Shell-sea’s journey was sparked after attending a school presentation about the partnership between Asian Aid and the H.E.L.P. Foundation (Health, Education, Lifestyle Program) which positively influences the lives of young Indonesian Muslims. The Foundation provides direct support in learning English and business skills, and teaches students methods for making informed choices about their health and wellbeing.  The donation of laptop computers by Macquarie College will contribute to the improvement of the students’ learning environment.  

Shell-sea learned that the H.E.L.P Foundation was also partnering with Macquarie College to raise awareness about the wellbeing of young people in Indonesia via the College’s own INVICTUS Wellbeing Program.   The INVICTUS Wellbeing Program was developed by Mr Joshua Brown, Coordinator of English and History at Macquarie College.  The Program requires students to complete life-skills modules (Journey, Network, Master and Serve) which guide teenagers in their social, emotional, moral, spiritual and aesthetic development and wellbeing.

Accessibility to this technology is necessary for effective upskilling of students in an effort to be work-ready in future years, maximising future opportunities for personal and community success.   Students from the Year 9 Invictus Program in 2016 also helped Shell-sea to achieve her mission by fundraising and supporting the procurement of the donated laptops. 

The synergy between the two programs was obvious to Shell-sea who experienced her first trip to Indonesia, and made the most of this adventure by working as a volunteer English teacher.