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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. 

A servant of education guiding our Foundation’s future

Macquarie College Foundation

Macquarie College FoundationThis excerpt from the 2015 Cooinda Dedication to Mrs Margaret Watters, is just a snapshot of the contribution Margaret makes week in and week out at Macquarie College and beyond.  

“Following her retirement, Margaret Watters picked up the baton again and brought her experience to bear within the Adventist School System and Macquarie College in particular. She served as Head of Junior School, Acting Head of Senior School, Acting Bursar, Chair of the Macquarie College Foundation and Chair of the College Council, and an Education Director of SDA Schools (SNSW)”. 

We are grateful to Margaret and Warren Watters for their continued service to the MC community.  Currently, Margaret retains a position as a Director of the Macquarie College Foundation and is overseeing the resurgence of the Foundation’s profile, activity and investment back into the school and local community.

Margaret has always been been associated with the Foundation, beginning in the 1990’s when it was originally called the Hunter Adventist Education Foundation. Now, almost 30 years later she plays an active role in its strategic direction, and guides the work of the Foundation which is finding its voice once again with, and for, the families and students at Macquarie College.  Margaret recently shared with us her reasons for continuing to play an active role in College matters, saying “I have always had a strong belief that the Foundation was playing a vital part in the support of the College, and I wished to have an active role in it.   Although I didn’t attend the College myself, my two sons did (one is now on the Staff), and now my two granddaughters are enrolled there.”  There is a proud tradition at Macquarie College, of children following in the footsteps of their parents who attended the school.  This is building a wonderful heritage that spans many decades. 

“Macquarie College has always been a special place to me. As well as supporting the Foundation, I was fortunate enough to hold leadership positions for many years.  Although I am ‘retired’ now, I still volunteer in the classrooms.  I really enjoy working with the members of staff and meeting each wave of new students coming into the community.”  Margaret shows how service to others can take many different forms, and occur over many seasons of life.  This latest season in the life of the Foundation has ignited a spark in many, as major building and fundraising projects and community engagement initiatives are being launched.
 
The Foundation Directors have a new focus and purpose, launching a Foundation Membership Drive, a Macquarie College Alumni Program, and providing most significantly leading the Stage 3 Sport & Recreation Centre Fundraising Campaign. “The Sport and Recreation Centre was always part of the major plan for the College and it has been wonderful to see the planned facility finally become a reality. So much more of the Physical Education program can be catered for right here on the College campus, unaffected by weather.  The state of the art facilities provide excellent opportunities for every child in the school from Pre-School to Year 12. With the completion of Stage 3 ahead of us, there is a great opportunity to increase staff, student and family use of the facility, and to cater for community-based programs too”. 

Charting a new course for the Macquarie College Foundation

Macquarie College Foundation - Ross Howard

The Hunter Adventist Education Foundation Limited was established in 1990, creating a solid foundation for Christian education in the region.  In 1994, the Foundation was renamed the Macquarie College Foundation, coinciding with the relocation of the College from Hamilton to its present site on Lake Road Wallsend.

For the past 28 years, the Foundation has worked discretely supporting the maintenance and development of facilities, providing scholarships, bursaries and awards, and providing education resources to achieve the philosophy and vision of the College.

Macquarie College Foundation - Ross HowardMr Ross Howard become a Director of the Foundation in 2017.  As Chair of the Committee, Ross is overseeing a new, purposeful approach by the Foundation to connect with the community by raising awareness about giving programs, investing in facilities, and building on the Foundation’s strong, financial foundations developed over many years.

Recently Ross attended the Macquarie College PTA AGM, taking the opportunity to briefly introduce himself and share information about the exciting Foundation projects coming in 2018.  “I enjoyed this opportunity to meet another group of enthusiastic volunteers who are actively community building and supporting College Staff.  It was tremendous to see the depth of volunteer support in action at the beginning of 2018.”

Priority projects for the Foundation include a Constitutional review and launching a Foundation Membership Drive, the conceptualisation of a Macquarie College Alumni Program, and finally, supporting Stage 3 of the Sport & Recreation Centre through an important fundraising campaign.

Speaking with Ross about his role as Chair, it was clear to see that his head and heart are both heavily invested in Macquarie College.  Ross has seen all four children complete their schooling at Macquarie College (some commencing in Hamilton and enjoying the move to Wallsend), with his youngest graduating Year 12 in 2005.  Now, two grandchildren are attending the school.

“Macquarie College is special to me because of what it offers young people – a good education in every sense.  Plus, it offers answers to the two big questions that, sooner or later, we all ask; “Why am i here?” and “Where am I going?”.

“The Foundation has been in a holding pattern for a long while and I am keen to see it reactivated, because of its obvious potential to support and promote the wellbeing of the College and its students.”

“Before the Sport & Recreation Centre was built (and as one who isn’t involved in the day to day operations of the College), I didn’t see it as a project that was particularly critical to the development of the campus. However, since it was finished, I’ve been taken aback by the number of comments from students and staff about what a great addition it is to the campus, and that’s what really counts.”

The Sport & Recreation Centre features two international standard basketball courts and mixed-use playing zones, two new classrooms and changerooms, and new offices which bring all Junior and Senior Sport Staff into the one location increasing collaboration, resource-sharing and team culture.  Over 2,100 scheduled classes will be delivered in the Centre during 2018 alone. 

Another two classrooms, a fitness and recreation zone, a cafe, and a formal reception foyer with amenities are included in Stage 3 construction, which has everyone looking keenly to the future of this development and the role the Foundation will play in garnering community support to get these walls up as quickly as possible.

Classmates from 1972-1977 Reunite

Forty years ago, a group of five HSC graduates left Newcastle Adventist School (now Macquarie College) to take on the world!  

On Sunday 19 November four of these graduates reunited at the College along with some classmates who shared their education journey with them at various stages between Year 7 (1972) to Year 12.

Twelve former students and several spouses gathered for a special occasion to share memories, reminisce and catch up on the last 40 years.

Canteen staff provided a delicious lunch after which the former students enjoyed an informative tour of the College.

According to reunion organiser Mark Vodell (now Principal at Gilson College in Victoria), the concept of the reunion was inspired by the premature passing of a former classmate and the death of his old headmaster Pr Ernie Krause. Mark emphasised that it is important to “get together whilst you still can”.

Back row L to R: Mark Vodell, Loren Watts, Darrel Nelson, Shane Felk, Bill D’Costa
Middle row: Margaret (Jones) Jobber,  Susan (Greenstreet) Beattie, Kim (Rodger) Clarke
Front row: Rose (Durrant) Blair, Sharon (Robinson) Vodell, Jenny (Davy) Strahan, Joy (Arthur) Guy 

 

 

The 1977 HSC graduates Margaret Jones, Joy Arthur, Mark Vodell and Jenny Davy cut the celebration cake for all to enjoy.

Joy Guy (nee Arthur) (1977)