Category Archives: Junior School

Interactive Experiences Enjoyed by All at the Murrook Culture Centre

On Monday 21st August 3F and 3B students travelled to the Murrook Culture Centre.

“It was a long bus ride, so when we arrived we had our recess and broke into groups. After that we went to see a smoking ceremony. That’s what they do if someone dies, gets married or if a baby is born. Then the Indigenous guides, Chris and Steve sang a song about God while we watched the smoke. Chris taught us how to speak “Gutung” and it was fun.  After that we got to do some painting of Aboriginal art on canvas. We could choose to trace some animal stencils and do dot paintings. They looked great! Next, we had lunch and played on the oval. After lunch we went to see how didgeridoos were made and saw some Indigenous artefacts. The boys got to play the didgeridoos and the girls played the sticks.Then we got to do a funny dance and had our faces painted with white ochre. Last of all we got to throw returning boomerangs. It was super fun! We said goodbye to Chris and Steve and thanked them for having us. Then we went back to school on the bus. We had such a great day!” By Amelia B and Alarna M (3B)

“For the welcoming ceremony Steve put a fire on and added green leaves so it would produce a lot of smoke. They walked through the smoke and released all their bad energy. Then Chris said some words in Wallimia language then translated it into English for us.  For our painting activity we used mini canvas, paints, brushes and stencils to create our own little story with aboriginal dot art. It was interesting to see and hear all the different picture stories.  Then we learned a traditional dance, which required us to put on paint, learn the moves, show our friends. There are certain animals to their dancing as well the ones we learnt were the kangaroo and emu. Then we looked at different artefacts that were used in hunting, gathering and cooking, such as spears, plates and cutting down materials.  We were able to come up and choose our favourite artefacts. One of the kids chose an occer (Oh-ker) which makes different colours when rubbed against a rock (red, white and yellow). Red is for boys, yellow is for girls and white is for everyone.  We each got a turn at throwing a boomerang. There were three different types: returning, non returning and hunting boomerang. We threw two different sizes of returning ones, the big one was the easiest.” By Eva (3F)

Please click here for a selection of images from the day, on our Facebook Gallery.

Social Emotional Learning


The Macquarie College approach to social emotional wellbeing

The development of social and emotional competence is essential to success later in life, as children who are socially and emotionally well adjusted perform better at school, have increased confidence, cultivate positive relationships, take on and persist at challenging tasks and communicate well. 

At Macquarie College, we take a holistic approach to learning and believe in cultivating the whole child. As such, we view social emotional development as an integral aspect of both our curriculum and philosophy of teaching and endeavour to foster this learning in all of our students.

There are 5 key skills which constitute good effective social emotional learning;

  1. Self Awareness
  2. Self Management
  3. Social Awareness
  4. Relationships
  5. Decision Making

One way we approach the teaching of these skills is through our FRIENDS for LIFE Programs.

The FRIENDS Programs are Australian developed, internationally recognised Programs aimed at strengthening resilience skills and providing positive life coping strategies for children, families and their wider communities such as the school and work setting.  FRIENDS is endorsed by the World Health Organisation, praised in the 2007 Cochrane Reviews for their solid evidence base and further endorsed in the 2011 Evidence Check Review brokered by the Sax Institute for the New South Wales Ministry of Health. As well as this, the FRIENDS Programs are proven, effective treatment and prevention programs for childhood anxiety and depression. 

The FUN FRIENDS program is a downward extension of the FRIENDS Programs for children aged four to six years, and is aimed at increasing social-emotional competence and resilience in early childhood. 

Both programs emphasise the importance of, and encourage parent and family involvement.  Children, parents, families, teachers, principals and community mental health professionals are empowered through learning the FRIENDS Programs’ skills. These include self-regulation, relaxation, challenging unhelpful thoughts, problem solving skills, creating coping step plans, empathy building, and social skills training. 

As a result, students develop personal and social competence as they learn to understand and manage themselves, their relationships, their lives, work and learning, more effectively. This involves:

  • Recognising and regulating their emotions;
  • Developing concern for an understanding of others;
  • Establishing positive relationships;
  • Making responsible decisions;
  • Working effectively in teams; and
  • Handling challenging situations constructively.

Each of these general capabilities are reinforced and developed through each of the FRIENDS Programs, allowing teachers and students to be the best they can be.

Professor Paula Barrett is the creator and founder of the FRIENDS programs and has worked closely with Macquarie College to foster and support our development of these programs. Below is a short video shot here at Macquarie College during one of her visits.

If you would like more information on Paula, please visit her website: or to find out more about the FRIENDS programs or Paula’s clinic and research centre please visit:


Macquarie College offers an outstanding sporting program giving students opportunities for selection to State and National levels. Macquarie College sport teams regularly attain excellent results in regional sport carnivals against other much larger schools in the Hunter region. We utilise an integrated approach to sport, where all sport classes are conducted by trained PE specialists. Students have the opportunity to compete in Athletics, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Golf, Netball, Tennis, Touch Football, Soccer, and Softball.


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A fully qualified music teacher cares for the music of Junior School. Every class has a music lesson each week, following the Board of Studies syllabus. Emphasis is placed on practical activities where children can learn through participation. There are two choirs in the school. They provide items for Chapel, Spring Fair, Speech Day, and the Massed Choir Day.

String ensembles, flute ensembles, and individual musical performances also provide items at school functions and at nursing home visits. Each year a concert, usually a musical, is held, giving opportunity for both individual and group performances.


All sporting activities are a vital part of the school program. Teachers encourage students in maximum participation. Some activities, such as gym, will only be part of the program if trained instructors are available either on or off campus. Our Sport Co-ordinator has the role for co-ordinating K-6 Sport (1 period a week per class) and also co-ordination of school sporting events, HRIS, and other inter-school events. The co-ordinator is a member of the HRIS Primary Sports’ Committee.

Macquarie College offers an outstanding sporting program giving students opportunities for selection through to State and National levels. Macquarie sport teams regularly attain excellent results in regional sport carnivals against other, much larger, schools in the Hunter region.

Macquarie College utilises an integrated approach to sport, where all sport classes are conducted by trained PE specialists. Students have the opportunity to compete in Athletics, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian events, Golf, Netball, Tennis, Touch Football, Soccer and Softball.


Our curriculum has been developed using the content and outcomes from the New South Wales Board of Studies Curriculum Documents. These have been linked with the outcomes from the Adventist Schools Association.

  • Growing in Faith
    • Values Education
  • English
  • Talking and Listening
  • Reading and Viewing
  • Writing
    • Spelling
    • Handwriting
    • Functional Language
    • Computer Technology
  • Mathematics
    • Number
    • Measurement
    • Space and Geometry Patterns and Algebra
    • Data
    • Working Mathematically
  • Science
    • Designing and Making
    • Computer Technology
  • Technology
    • Designing and Making
    • Computer Technology
  • Society and Its Environment
    • Change and Continuity
    • Cultures
    • Environments
    • Social Systems and Structures
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
    • Personal Development and Health
    • Peer Support
    • Physical Education and Sport
  • Creative Arts
    • Visual Arts
    • Music
    • Drama
    • Creative Movement
  • L.O.T.E.