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Junior Students Inspired to Pursue MC Robotics Club Opportunities

Over 70 students Years 4-6 have flocked to an opportunity to join the MC Robotics Teams in 2019.  On Thursday at lunchtime, Mr Chris Swafford hosted an information session for students to check out the VEX IQ robots, learn about the MC Robotics program, hear about the various team member roles, and use the robots to navigate the course and its obstacles.

It was a fantastic turnout to the first information session, about the program which will run throughout Terms 3-4.  VEX Robotics competitions fall within the STEM and Digital Technologies curriculum, and delivers hands-on, project based learning through which the engineering process is taught – and experienced – in a uniquely engaging way!

The program will feature intraschool competitions between MC teams, which will test the students’ skills before progressing to competitions against other schools later in the year. 

We acknowledge the support of the Macquarie College PTA for their contribution to the investment in the robot devices.



Introducing a new era of leadership at Macquarie College

On Wednesday 24th October, Macquarie College Principal Dr Bruce Youlden introduced the new captains for 2018/19.

The announcement of the next generation of student leaders coincided with the introduction of Dr Youlden’s successor, Mr Rohan Deanshaw, who will commence as the Principal of Macquarie College in 2019.

Dr Youlden presented Captain’s badges to Isaiah Broad (in absentia) and Lucy Geelan, as well as Vice Captains badges to Ryan Rowe and Channae O’Hern during the special leadership chapel.   Dr Youlden and Mr David Martin presented Sport Captains badges to Max Kozlik and Jasmine Anderson following their announcement as the leaders of the MC Sport program for 2018/19.

During the Chapel service, the 2018/19 prefects spoke to the qualities of leadership that inspired them, the attributes that they wished to demonstrate as future leaders and encouraged all students to consider how they may be of service and lead in their daily lives.  Over the coming weeks our Prefects

Dr Youlden’s introduction of Mr Rohan Deanshaw as the new Principal was a special moment for reflection about the new chapters that are to be written in all leaders’ lives.  Mr Deanshaw comes to Macquarie College after a distinguished career as the Principal of Kempsey Adventist School, which has seen exponential expansion to become one of the leading education institutions in the Macleay Valley. 

Rohan DeanshawDr Youlden’s announced Mr Deanshaw’s appointment to the parent community on Monday, highlighting the current leadership roles Mr Deanshaw holds within AIS  Advisory Committees, and his contribution to the development of Project Based Learning frameworks within the NNSW Conference of Schools. 

In greeting students and parents at Wednesday’s Leadership Chapel, Mr Deanshaw acknowledged Dr Youlden’s role as the founding Principal of Macqaurie College, and his committed service to Adventist education spanning 40 years.


National Mental Health Month VIP Speakers

Macquarie College will host two special guest speakers as part of a series of events for students and families during national Mental Health Month in October. 

Click Here to download Senior School Parent event flyer, for Tuesday 16th October (Register here).

Click Here to download Junior School Parent event flyer, for Tuesday 30th October (Register here).

As staff work closely with children to create meaning and purpose in their lives, and contribute to their overall wellbeing, we invite you to these events which promise current information and practical resources which may assist with management of increasingly challenging issues facing young people today.

Generous donor charts a course for a successful fundraising auction

The biennial Macquarie College Spring Fair returns on Sunday 9th September.  This year’s event features a Live Auction, made possible through many generous donations from members and supporters of the College community.

The major prize is a luxurious European River Cruise package taking in “Normandy & Gems of the Seine River” for two people, courtesy of SCENIC Luxury Cruises and Tours Newcastle.  

Click Here for further information about the Fair, including the schedule of events, as well as the full list of the goods and services generously donated to the event.  The auctioning of this major luxury cruise package is sure to draw a crowd, don’t miss a minute of the Live Auction action, starting at 12.o0pm, 

We acknowledge the wonderful support of many fair Sponsors and Suppliers also, without whom the event would not be possible.  The Fair is a major fundraising initiative of the Macquarie College PTA, reinvesting funds back into resources and support which enhances the experiences of students and staff alike around our Campus.

The Spring Fair commences at 10.00am and concludes at 3.00pm.  All visitors are welcome to bring a rug and enjoy morning tea or a picnic lunch on the College oval, at the centre of the fun of the Fair. 

Macquarie College Foundation investing in children and their community

Dr David Fox is coming up to his first anniversary as a Director of the Macquarie College Foundation, and reflects on his time with the Foundation, connection with the College, and hopes for the future.  David attended Avondale School, and is currently the Head of Research at Farnam Investments.

“I joined the Foundation Board in 2017 because I saw this as a great opportunity to contribute to the school, which provides a great education and so much more for my children”. 

Since joining the Foundation Board, David’s helped to guide discussions regarding the review and long-term management of the Foundation’s investment portfolio while assisting with the formation of the strategies for the Stage 3 Sport & Recreation Centre Fundraising Campaign.

“My children James and Sophie are excited about their school and love learning from their excellent teachers and wonderful peers.  The new Sport & Recreation Centre is a beautiful facility for the children attending Macquarie College, and it will also prove to be a valuable resource for members of the broader community. “

When time permits, David is an active swimming, surfer and mountain bike rider.  “Completing Stage 3 of the Sport & Recreation Centre will create more participation opportunities because many people will have a multitude of wonderful opportunities to engage in health and wellbeing activity, of which I am a strong believer.”  

Throughout 2018 and in to 2019, the Foundation is taking a purposeful approach to connecting with the modern College community.  Since its establishment in 1990, the Foundation has developed a strong financial base.  Moving forward the Directors and Staff are working hard to raise awareness among families and College Alumni about giving programs, investing in Campus facilities, and continuing to build Foundation reserves in order to return high quality services and resources for the benefit of today’s community and for generations to follow.