5/10ths Mentoring Activities Return for 2018

Macquarie College 5/10ths Mentoring Program

The 5/10ths Mentoring Program returned in 2018, with our first combined Year 5 and 10 event held on Friday 16th March.  Through different team building activities we are fostering long-lasting friendships which will carry the Year 5s through to when they start in Year 7 in 2020. The next activity afternoon will be in Term 2, and students can look forward to a competitive trivia competition! Many thanks to Mr Smyth, Mr Hilder and Senior School Chaplain Josh Goss for facilitating these activities.   Here’s what some of the students had to say about their first get together for 2018.  Click Here  for our Photo Gallery from their day.

“The 5/10ths program is where Year 5 boys and girls buddy-up with Year 10s, and do team building challenges and activities together. There were four groups that went to different stations, each with a different challenge/activity including water balloon throwing & catching competition, building a shelter to survive a ‘storm’ (just water balloons and a bucket of water!) an ‘Egg Drop Challenge’, and finally a game of ‘Finska’.    I was in a with Swaye and enjoyed throwing water balloons to each other, though we didn’t do that well in the competition, but it was still very enjoyable and I got to learn a bit about Swaye too.

We moved onto the next station and got into bigger groups. Swaye and I joined up with Thomas, Joseph, and Elijah to build a shelter out of a tarp and piece of rope so that we could survive the ‘storm’. We could use objects around us to tie the rope and keep the structure steady. We first had fun watching some others get drenched, as water balloons were thrown in from all directions at them, before we ourselves got drenched. It was quite nice and refreshing getting wet on a sunny day! To top the activity off, we then got to drench another group with water!

At our third activity station, our challenge was to create a structure entirely out of paper, with only sticky tape to hold it together, that could support an egg dropped from a 3 metre height without breaking it! We only had 10 minutes to complete the challenge which made it harder, but it also helped get the whole team involved. Some groups got their egg to survive the fall, which sadly wasn’t the case in my group, but it was good fun building it with the others!

Our final activity was a game of ‘Finska’!  Our challenge was to hit the numbered pins and some groups managed to easily score the 50 points needed.  My group did go over 50 a few times, and got close to 50 points nearly twice!   Overall, the day was very enjoyable and I got to meet some of the year fives and learn a bit about them whilst doing the challenges and activities with them.”    James B (10Z)

“The 5/10ths activities on Friday were awesome. My group was brilliant. The Year 10s were so nice to the Year 5s. My favourite part was building ‘the base’ to prevent the water balloon storm from hitting us. I can’t wait to get together again next term. Manning M (5S)

“It was an amazing day. Water balloons, frozen treats and laughter. My favourite part was when we had to try and prevent the egg from breaking. I enjoyed making new friendships and laughing a lot.” Daisy M (5S)

“Years 5 and 10 came together and had a lot of fun doing some exciting activities. These included a water bomb fight, an egg drop, a fort competition and a game of Finska. I enjoyed getting to know some of the Year 10 students and working together to figure out the best way to win competitions. I’m sure everyone enjoyed it and we’re excited to do it again soon.” Ruby M-D (5S)

“5/10ths was a great experience with lots of fun activities. My favourite activities were creating a shelter and wrapping an egg up in paper so it survived a drop test. It was wonderful to meet the Year 10s and play interactive games with them. I am looking forward to doing this again next term.” Thomas T (5S)