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2019 Junior School Leaders attend Halogen Young Leaders day

On Monday 11th March, the Junior School Student Leaders attended Halogen Young Leaders Day at the International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour. They joined 4,000 student leaders from schools across New South Wales. Over 23,000 student leaders attend this event annually across Australia. After the early morning departure from the College, our leaders had a great day listening to speakers recognised for their contributions to The Arts, Community Service and Sport, including Tim Diamond from the Cotton On Foundation, and Tamsin Janu author of ‘Figgy and the World’.

Jed R (6C): I enjoyed my time at Halogen Young Leaders Day because we got to listen to some very inspirational speakers about what they had to say to us being young leaders. My favourite speaker was Holly Ferling because she told us not to worry about the life ahead of us and to keep looking forward in life. We also shared the same kind of interest… cricket.  Tamsin Janu, a talented Author, said that you have to accept feedback from others to be a great leader and like Tamsin she had to accept feedback from her editors so she could have great success. 

Ocea M (6C):  I enjoyed listening to all the speakers and learning their stories about how they became leaders in their industries. I was particularly inspired by Cate Campbell and her determination to never give up – despite injuries and setbacks – and always be the best person you can be. 

Tommy B (6B): The National Young Leaders day was an inspiring, amazing and positive experience to show us how to lead and guide others. I know in life if we put our mind to a task and never give up you will always succeed.  Mr Tim Diamond said his foundation made a difference and showed how you should put others before yourself, and the feeling of giving is a whole lot better than taking.

Amelia S (6B) : The 2019 Halogen Young Leaders Day was a great experience and taught me a lot about motivation and growth. The speakers told us that one small action can change the world and even if we have major setbacks we have to ask ourselves “How much do you want this?” to overcome them. The Halogen Leaders day made me feel motivated and inspired to help make a difference and that together we can make a real impact.  Holly Ferling told us that “it’s better to be a little fish in a big pond so you can learn and grow”.

Save the Date: School Readiness Information Session

Pre-school and Junior School staff invite parents and their guests to save the date, Wednesday 27th March 2019, for the annual Transition to Kindy parent information night.

Come along and meet our Kindergarten Teachers who will present ways in which you can positively support your child  as they prepare for their transition to Kindy in the years ahead.  Some of the topics being discussed on the night include:

  • Reading to your child
  • Interactive conversations
  • Self help skills
  • Day to day skills
  • Emotional & social skills
  • Technology

Transition to Kindergarten Registration Poster 2019

Information on how to register for this event will follow shortly.

Enrolment at Macquarie College is not a pre-requisite for attendance  at this free community event.

Macquarie College presents Melinda Tankard Reist

Macquarie College is pleased to present Mrs Melinda Tankard Reist as the next keynote speaker in our eSmart Program series.  Melinda will speak at a special parent and community event on Wednesday 13th March.  Melinda’s presentation entitled “Navigating a sexed-up world: the sexualisation of children and what we can do about it” is a must see event for parents of all children.

Drawing from current global literature on the subject, as well as the experiences of young people themselves, Melinda will explore with us how the proliferation of sexualised images and messages contributes to a distorted view of bodies, relationships and sexuality in young people, hampering their healthy physical emotional and social development. 

Melinda Tankard Reist is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls. She is best known for her work addressing sexualisation, objectification, harms of pornography, sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence against women.

Registrations to attend this free community event are now open online

Click Here to hear more about Melinda’s impacts on school children of all ages, right across Australia.


“I hesitantly went to Melinda’s talk about children being sexualised in the media thinking it was going to be a sensationalist attempt to make me feel bad as a parent. During her introduction I realised it was the best 50 steps I took from the car to the auditorium and 90 minutes later, I had quantifiable evidence and authentic strategies to help educate my children against the normalisation of women and girls as sexual objects in the media” –  Heather Douglas, parent, S.A.

“Melinda Tankard Reist has a simple message which is powerfully delivered. With her prodigious intellect, sand blasted sense of humour and immaculate research she puts a much needed spot light on the erosion of childhood, the pornification of our environment and the commodification of young people” – Adolescent psychologist, Dr Michael Carr Gregg.

“Melinda is probably the world’s best presenter on the damage advertisers and pornography do to our children and teens – often when we don’t even know. Her highly visual presentations will knock your socks off. You will be left angry in the very best way and be so much better equipped to talk to, and protect, your kids.” – Steve Biddulph AM, Author Raising Girls and Raising Boys.



Students Appointed as Junior School APEC Ambassadors

Term 3 studies concluded with a special APEC Summit hosted by all Year 5 students and their teachers.

The Geography study incorporated over 40 APEC countries that ambassadors were individually chosen to represent. Students spent the term investigating their nominated country in comparison to Australia and identifying lifestyle, economy, trade, culture and cuisine.  Ambassadors prepared speeches and presentations about their country and the specific leadership qualities needed for the unique circumstances of each country.  

The event enabled students to utilise the Hospitality facilities at Macquarie College and present the evening in the Open Learning Centre (OLC).  Over 150 guests were treated to a delicious three course meal with a selection of Asian cuisine, all prepared by the students under the guidance of parents and teachers.

Comments reflected that attendees “learnt much about the APEC community with the varied and diverse aspects of this part of the world”. They “loved listening to the student’s presentations and enjoyed their fresh and enthusiastic ideas for improving life for citizens around this region”. Parents affirmed “the brilliant choice of movie and the students for being trained in their specific responsibilities and doing such a great job”. 

Click Here to view a gallery of images
from the inaugural Year 5 APEC Summit event

Junior School Chapel Journos – Friday 13th April


On Friday 13th April, Junior School welcomed Flying Officer Christopher Rees-Jones.

The main theme was ANZAC day and how we should always be loyal to your country. Flying Officer Rees-Jones was also talking about how we should be proud of all of the soldiers that have made Australia what it is today. Our soldiers have shown loyalty and bravery. Lest we forget.

At this time, we remember that Jesus died to save us just like the soldiers continue to give their lives for our country and our freedom. No matter whether it’s something big or small that someone sacrifices, we should always be thankful.

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you . Greater love has no one than this, that He lay down His life for His friends.
John 15:12-13

Nicole C, Julia C (6L) and Jahnavi R (6CS)