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Hotly Contested 2016 Electric Vehicle Challenge

On Sunday 14th August Macquarie College once again competed in Australia’s Largest Electric Vehicle Gran Prix. This is an extracurricular STEM project that the school has been a part of since its inception in 2012. This year there were over 45 team entries. 

To compete in the race, teams build electric bikes that meet strict requirements from battery capacity and voltage limitations to rider position and rider safety. Students learned about gear ratios, electricity, kinetic energy, and kept track of statistical measurements during testing.

Mr O’Hern and Mr Ross supervised these builds during lunchtimes and after school. “I’m so proud of the work ethic of the team this year” stated Mr. Ross. The bikes were completed before the race and testing was carried out. We knew we would be competitive but weren’t sure if the batteries (which were carried over from previous years) would be up to the task.

Team members included Angus McLean, Oscar Priest, Noah Cameron, Josh and Sam Alexander, Densley Ross and James Butcher. The team stuck to their game plan and rode extremely well, but in the end the old batteries kept us out of a podium finish with the teams placing 5th and 8th in the endurance category.

We would like to make special mention to the parents who helped for the duration of the day, Mr Alexander, Mr and Mrs McLean and Mr and Mrs Priest, your help is so appreciated. The team is already making plans for our next bike builds to expand the categories that we can compete in and add new members to the team.

For next year’s event, we are seeking donations in the way of motorcycle riding gear for our riders.  Anyone who may be able to help, please contact Mr. Ross or Mr. O’Hern.

Click Here for our Facebook gallery of images from the day!

Three Weeks to 2016 Spring Fair

 The Macquarie College 2016 Spring Fair is just three weeks away.  

This fun community event is open to all College families and their friends.

We’ve got a full program of Live Entertainment to keep your toes tapping, starting at 10.00am and finishing off at the end of the Fair at 3.00pm.  

Hunter Valley Amusements have an outstanding selection of fully-supervised Carnival rides operating between 10.30am to 2.30pm.  

CLICK HERE to visit the Fair Page for more information about the Art Show, Unlimited Carnival Rides and Family Links to volunteer on the day!

Three Hat Service from Year 11 Hospitality Students

The Year 11 Hospitality students joined the Avondale School’s Hospitality class to prepare a ‘Thank You’ luncheon for almost 100 Senior Citizen Volunteers in the Cooranbong area.

This has become a yearly event and students, together with Mrs Reynaud and Mrs Nevell from Avondale School, develop the recipes and menu for this event.
Students had their work cut out, preparing a three course meal in 2 ½ hours.  All food items were prepared from scratch, involving fresh ingredients and no pre-cooked ingredients.  A true Masterchef challenge!
“The standard and presentation of the meal was superb and it was just amazing to see the smiles of these volunteers as they enjoyed being made to feel special,” said Dr Faull, Avondale Schools Principal.
Two Macquarie College students, Laine (Year 11W) and Lauren (Year 11M) changed quickly from chef’s attire into waiter’s uniforms to take part in the service team. Students hosted the day with a friendly and professional manner, delivering efficient service, which certainly did not go unnoticed.  Mrs Donna Nevell from Avondale School gave positive feedback about our students’ waiting skills and their great manner with guests.
Mrs Reynaud would like to commend each of the six students who participated in this venture for their hard work on the day.  Fantastic teamwork was displayed by our Macquarie College and Avondale School students.
All in all, a truly successful function that provided students with invaluable learning ‘on the job’ experience.

They Came. They Conquered. It Was Glorious

Reflections from students about this year’s Concert at Lizotte’s.
“Lizotte’s this year was the best show by far! It was such an enjoyable performance to watch and to participate in. The whole atmosphere of the night was incredible and so much fun to do! Everyone was so strong with their parts and instruments and we all had each other’s backs making us all more confident therefore producing killer performances. Even the first time performers gave it there all with some encouragement from the older students.

The Spice Girls medley would have had to be my favourite as it was so fun and I couldn’t help but smile the whole time! However a night like this doesn’t just happen so a massive thankyou to Mr Scully, Mr Zyderveld and Mrs Jones and to all the crazy talented musos. Can’t wait for next year!” Hannah, Year 10T

“Lizotte’s is always one of my favourite performances, and I think this year was the best it’s ever been. The songs were all amazing and all the students have fun together. It was also pretty great seeing Mr Scully and Mr Zyderveld in their dress ups!” Caitlin, Year 10C

“This years Lizotte’s concert put together by the Performing Arts team at Macquarie College was truly a night to remember. Every year, these performances entertain the audience, and fill them with pride for their children. On top of this, the concerts are an amazing opportunity for each student taking part in the concert to build the confidence that, mind you, is somewhat required if someone wants to spread their musical talents further to new audiences. For myself, being a part of the performing arts team has given me the opportunity to form friendships that I will ensure I keep, as well as the courage to be confident in my abilities musically.” Flynn, Year 11M

“One of the most amazing parts about Lizotte’s is not just the incredible opportunity to perform at such a venue but the friendships that you form. Everyone was being everyone’s number one fan it was so much fun! One of the best things I will take with me from this years Lizotte’s is when I was talking to one of the younger girls and I was helping her with her song. I told her that it was sounding amazing and she said that it meant so much to her because since she saw me on stage in primary school I was almost like her singing idol. To me this was insane and drove me to play and sing better than I had.” Emily, Year 10T

Check out the full gallery of photos and videos from the night HERE.

Wallsend Church Presents Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton

The Wallsend Church presents Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, speaking on “Faith and Forgiveness”, this Saturday 13th August at 11.00am.


Join us at the Wallsend Seventh-day Adventist Church as we hear Lindy share, on faith and forgiveness, bringing encouragement, hope and inspiration to both young and old. We invite you to stay for a light lunch afterwards.

There is no pre-registration required for this event, everyone is welcome.

For any event enquiries, please contact Matt Jackson on 0409 023 462 or Email Matt.

Wallsend Church Website