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FLAG Week Culminates in Community Celebration

Junior School FLAG Week: Monday 16 – Saturday 21 May 2016

Junior School students had a fun week learning about God during our annual FLAG Week. The theme was “Hometown Nazareth – Where Jesus grew up as a kid”.

Guest speaker Pastor Alex Green (Wallsend SDA Church) took the character of a carpenter in Nazareth village, as he shared stories from the Bible from a first- person perspective.

He taught us about: the fact that Jesus is God, the King of Kings, our deliverer, Saviour and our friend. He also explained how we are all part of the family of God, and the honour of being a child of God.

Each day I explained something historical about what life would have been like for a boy in the first century village of Nazareth – the food Jesus would have eaten, games kids would play, the Synagogue, how clothing was made, and life on the farm. As archaeologists have discovered that children played with glass marbles in that area, a highlight of the week was a “Marbles Tournament” on Friday lunch-time.

The week finished on Saturday with a special “Celebration Service” at the Church attended by almost 500 people, followed by lunch kindly provided by Church members.

Alex reminded us of God’s reassuring words in the Bible
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10

You can see some of the fantastic images taken during the week HERE or watch videos of the students participating during the week HERE.

Pastor Brad Rea

2016 FLAG Week Crafting Students’ Knowledge About Jesus

The 2016 FLAG Week program is well underway with Students getting right into the spirit of the birthplace of Jesus, Nazareth.  Following the theme of “Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus Was a Kid”, the Junior School has been busy in learning about the life of Jesus as a carpenter’s son in Nazareth.  

The first half of this week’s program has explored what it means to be part of God’s family, the truth that Jesus is God and how God is our deliverer.
The second half of the program saw students learning about committing a life to Jesus, following Jesus and being baptised, and finally God’s wish for students to become disciples.

Families are invited to attend the finale of FLAG Week on Saturday 21st May commencing at 11am with the last Chapel session and a celebration lunch.  Information has been sent home to families via Junior School Bulletin and also a printed note this week with details.

Check out some of the views of Junior School students on their experience of FLAG week so far by visiting our YouTube channel, with FLAG videos under the “MC Chapel” Playlist.    Here you can find a highlight video for each day’s themes and also a “Week in Review” video!

While you’re there, also check out the highlights from the recent Senior School Week of Spiritual Emphasis (WOSE), in which the theme of “God’s Divine Obsession” was explored.


Year 1 Experience Sight, Sounds and Scales

Australian Reptile Park
On Tuesday the grade 1 classes had a fantastic excursion to the Australian Reptile Park. Students enjoyed the interactive show where they were able to pat a frog mouth owl, an alligator, snakes, a baby turtle, a koala and a blue tongue lizard. We learnt that a turtle breathes out of its bottom in the water and that the python’s brown spots help camouflage it when preying on bats. We also learnt that a koala has 4 thumbs and they blue tongue lizard’s tongue helps protect it from predators.

A highlight was seeing two tassie devils playing tug of war with James’ hat! Another drama included having to chase off the emus and kangaroos who thought our lunch looked very tasty. After that we enjoyed a peaceful walk around the various enclosures in the glorious sunshine with our parent helpers. On our walk we saw two red bellied black snakes and various types and sizes of spiders. We also got to pat a very old tortoise. A spin on the playground topped off an awesome day. It was a memorable experience for all.

Incursion about Bugs

This term grade 1 students have enjoyed learning about bugs in their backyard. On Wednesday afternoon, Mr Preston, Savannah’s grandpa, came with an amazing bug display. Students were intrigued to see an enormous bird eating spider and the deadliest Australian spider – the funnel web. They also looked at long stick insects, as big as their pencil case, brilliantly colourful butterflies from various countries, moths that camouflage, cicadas, bees, wasps, ants and other beetles. Students learnt that the study of bugs is called “entomology.” They also learnt that there is a difference between beetles and bugs. Students found out that scientists are still discovering new beetle species every year and that there are thousands of different types of beetles around the world.  They also learnt that the most deadly creature to humans is the mosquito. What an interesting afternoon of learning! 

Incursion “The Science of Sound”

To top off an amazing week of learning, students were captivated by an incursion from the Newcastle Museum on the “Science of Sound.” David Owens brought in various objects for students to touch and use to make sound.

Year 1A Reflections: “Isn’t God Great!?”

He is higher than space (Harrison)

He helps me in difficult situations (Jackson)

Stronger than a thousand packs of muscle (Addison & Lizzy)

Bigger than the Blue whale (Jackson)

I love you so much because you died for me, you forgave me, you have power,
you care about me, you keep your promises, you have a pure heart, you love
me a lot, and a lot and a lot. You are wonderful! You’re the best God! (Elizabeth)

But He cares for our family.

Year 6 Leadership Program Preview

Professional communicator, Graeme Frauenfelder, will be leading an exciting group activity at Macquarie College on Monday 15th February, as part of the 2016 Junior School Leadership program.

During this year’s Leadership activities, Graeme will explore the concepts of leadership through discussions and activities which reveal students’ ability to:
* understand their roles;
* work as part of a support team to the badged Junior School Leaders;
* recognise their own abilities; and
* show collective and consistent connection with their Year 6 peers and all students within the Junior School.

While only a small group of individuals are honoured with being named School Leaders each year, the responsibility to think, cooperate and be a leader is everyones!  Joining Graeme on the day will be local businesswoman, Michelle Crawford, keen to share her insights into being a dynamic student, who can connect with others in a really genuine and authentic way.

The program is a great opportunity for students and teachers alike to discover their strengths, view each child as a contributor to the community, and build confidence through authentic connections.

Macquarie College is committed to offering students a wide range of academic and emotional wellbeing tools which can empower them at every stage of their education journey.   With leadership comes responsibility and great rewards.