Author Archives: Philip Wicks

5/10ths Mentoring Program Resumes for 2017

Macy L (5DS): On Friday 3rd March, it was the start of the 5/10ths program for 2017 and I had been waiting all week for this amazing opportunity. First, we played balloon stomp with Mr. Smyth. We had to blow up a balloon, tie a piece of elastic to the end of it and then onto one of our ankles. Then all the Year 5 students in my group had to try and stomp on everyone else’s balloons. It was extremely loud. Once we had a go and all our balloons were popped, it was Year 10’s turn.  We then played with water balloons but not the way you normally play with them. Everyone found a partner in the opposite grade and carefully grabbed a water balloon. We stood a reasonable distance apart and threw the delicate object to each other. I didn’t drop it on purpose but I secretly wanted to get wet! The next challenge was to make a catapult to fling a lolly as far as we could with only one finger. We had a few items including: three rubber bands, ten paddle pop sticks, a spoon and our lolly of course. The next activity involved us using ten pieces of paper and not too much sticky tape to protect an egg from cracking once being thrown into the air. My groups egg smelt gross and there was yolk everywhere so we could tell that we were unsuccessful but that was ok because we had fun doing it. Lastly, we had to try and make a tarp shelter for our Year 10 friends. Then we had to throw some water balloons and a bucket of water at them. In conclusion, it was an awesome afternoon and I can’t wait until we do it again next Term!

Chloe P (10N): 
The 5/10s activities were such a good experience, definitely something I would have loved when I was younger! I made some really close bonds with some really amazing Year 5s.

Emma T (10R): Year 5 and Year 10 students joined together for a special program designed to link both grades by making connections through different activities. Teachers designed brilliant activities which required team work. For example, we had to construct a catapult that was made from 10 paddle pop sticks, rubber bands, string, a plastic spoon and a starburst lolly and make it go as far as possible. My team of four (Areej, Mia, Selina and I) was very successful in creating a shock absorber for an egg drop. Year 10 students were happy to mentor the younger students and it will be great to participate in new activities throughout this year

Isabella D (10N) : On Friday the 3rd, I gave up my lunch time, along with the rest of year ten, to participate in some activities with the year fives’. It was a very wet but enjoyable afternoon, I made some new younger friends, made some new exciting memories and had lots of fun with my friends. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by most and it was a great day to gain some new friendships with the year five’s that hopefully will last, and will make the year five’s more comfortable when they come to high school.

Holiday Vacation Care Commences April 2017

Term 1 & 2 Holiday Vacation Care Program Now Open

Registrations for Term 1 Holiday Care Program close Friday 3rd March.  Book to reserve your place today.

Vacation Care prices are $55/day per child
(plus additional charges for incursions or excursions to be booked during Care times).

For all enquiries about the upcoming program, please contact the team at
Wallsend Mini Miracles OOSH at Macquarie College
Mobile: 0423 015 501

Senior School Leadership Build Team Culture Through City Scramble

On Friday 17th February, we had the most amazing experience! Despite the rain, hail, thunder and lightning, the 2017 Senior School Leadership team braved the elements to participate in a City Scramble in Newcastle. Teams were challenged to race around Newcastle, from Horseshoe Beach to Empire Park, taking photos, competing in challenges and collecting items. The day entailed taking a photo with a random high-vis clothed worker, to begging a lady at the bank for a foreign coin, to taking temporary shelter from the sideways rain behind a bush and convincing Mr Martin to give us a little lift in the bus (after all, the rules never mentioned no vehicular transport!).  

The day was nothing like I expected! Working as a team to complete the challenges was great fun! Starting with a bubble-gum blowing competition and ending with a delicious candle-lit dinner back at school, being served by the teachers, the day was nothing short of fantastic! A huge thanks to all the teachers who gave up their time to make Friday such a special day for us.  

Emma Wellham, Year 11 Prefect

Experience an Open Day & Student Expo at Macquarie College

The Staff and Students at Macquarie College welcome you to join us at our next Open Day, on Wednesday 8th March.  Visitors will be taken on guided tours of the College Campus by members of our Student Representative Council.  You’ll visit various locations on the Campus depending on the areas of future Enrolment you are interested in, Pre-School, Junior School or Senior School.  

Visitors will see our classrooms in action, view our commercial kitchens, science laboratories, computer labs and art rooms, learning and activity spaces and also our Library to name a few of the quality facilities available to students. Click Here to download a copy of the Open Day Flyer.

Our staff are committed to providing an educational experience in which young people can grow, mature and flourish into independent thinkers and whose lives are driven by principle and responsibility within community. 

Our families take great pride in the innovative approaches to teaching and learning and academic standing within the region; the social, emotional and spiritual well-being of our students; as well as the performing arts and the regional and state sporting opportunities available.    

Macquarie College Principal, Dr Bruce Youlden, will give a short presentation about the College experience and what families can expect by joining the College community.  The presentation will be followed by an opportunity for visitors to speak with our Registrar and the Heads of School, or perhaps explore the Student Expo featuring works proudly displayed by our Junior and Senior School students.  Refreshments will also be served during each session.

New Champions Rise During 2017 Swimming Carnivals

The Forum Pool at the University of Newcastle played host again in 2017 to the Junior and Senior Swimming Carnivals.

JUNIOR SCHOOL REPORT:  Charlton claimed the Junior School house championship this year, claiming the title from 2016 swimming champions Shortland.  The competition was fantastic, starting early with the fancy dress, the house cheers and then the first races of the day in which swimmers could let those pre-race butterflies loose.  The Junior School sport captains’ wrap up of the day is below.  You can Click Here to see the Facebook Gallery of images taken at this year’s Junior Swimming carnival.  Thank you to all of the parents and carers who came to the pull to cheer and support students in their races and their participation in the event.  

The full results from the Swimming Carnival including Age Champions will be published on the Junior School Sport page shortly.  Presentations to Age Champions will also be made during JS Chapel.

  Dobell might not have won the carnival, but they tried their hardest and did their best.
Dobell won the boys best dressed and the war cries, which was awesome. Go Dobell!
Captains: Georgia Walker, Cooper McLachlan, Jessica Mantilla, Christian Mansell
  The swimming carnival was a blast! The costumes were very unique and funky.
Everyone was enthusiastic and supportive. Thank you Shortland for coming, you made the day awesome!
Captains: Katie Ross, Alexander Tenorio, Anna Geelan, Guy Brennan
  The swimming carnival was completely awesome! All the costumes were amazing. Everyone was supportive of each other and the other teams.  The atmosphere was very loud, but encouraging! Everyone was determined and tried their best. In the end, Charlton won!
Captains: Katie Grave, Amelia Scully, Robert Truel, Jack Latta


It was a highly competitive event at the 2017 Senior School Swimming Carnival, with 23 race records broken on the day and one of these records was set 14 years ago!  The House Champions for this year’s Carnival was Dobell (1703), followed by Charlton (1576) and Shortland (1535).  The SS Sport Captains shared some reflections on the day below:

“2017’s swimming carnival was awesome, saw heaps of participation from all ages and houses! Everyone looked pretty revved up from all the hype today, it was plenty of fun.”  Nathaniel Duggan.

“The 2017 swimming carnival undoubtedly had the most involvement and participation that I have witnessed in my 5 years at Macquarie College. This year was also the most colourful it has been, in terms of dressing up. I was ecstatic to see so many people be super competitive in my home pool, in order to support their houses. ” Kendall Williams.

The full results from the Swimming Carnival including Age Champions will be published on the Senior School Sport page shortly.  Presentations to Age Champions will also be made during SS Chapel.