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MC Basketballers Contests HRIS Opens Title

“It’s that time of the year again, the annual Opens HRIS basketball gala day. The gala day is a chance for schools to showcase their talent, display their skills and have fun. Players get to enjoy numerous games through a round robin system to determine an overall winner. 

Our Opens Girls side coached by Mrs Tracy Martin had a challenging day finishing up in 5th place. Led by Selina M (12M) the team had numerous close games which was a fantastic effort given the team has a lot of new players. The girls knew they were a relatively inexperienced team, and were there to give it their all. Mrs Martin stated “They did really well today, we only had a few training sessions and some girls were still learning all the rules as we played!”. The girls bounced back from a heavy defeat in their first game to the eventual champions, Hunter Valley Grammar School.  Our team continued to improve as a team as the day progressed. The girls now look ahead to next year and with Hannah R (9B) coming into the side, they will certainly be a force in next year’s competition.

The Senior Boys side coached by Mr Roennfeldt came 3rd overall from 12 competing sides. The boys played hard and well throughout the day, with a number of highlight plays along the way with year 12 Ryan R (12M) starring as he led the side. Ryan was not alone in providing exciting plays but his heroics and leadership in all the games cannot be overlooked. In the first game of the day against Avondale, Ryan hit three free throws after the buzzer to tie the game, showing incredible nerve when it was needed. The Boys progressed from pool play into the final stage which contained the four best sides on the day. Macquarie lost to eventual champions Hunter Valley Grammar School and also Central Coast Adventist in the final games despite leading Central Coast by a point at half time. The boys bounced back from these tight defeats in a comprehensive win over Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College, to finish 3rd place. 

This 3rd place result is terrific for Macquarie College, but in the years to come overall champion is an achievable goal. Marcus A, Joshua L and Thomas S (10W) all gained valuable experience on the day as they are only in year 10 and showed extreme promise against older, stronger competitors. With a number of other promising year 10 students available for next year and an injured Fynn W (10W) back in the side, the future is bright for Macquarie College Basketball. 

And that’s how it was, the HRIS Opens Basketball day, it was very encouraging to see the support both sides gave the other as they watched and cheered along all MC games. We cannot forget that days like these are made possible due to committed and willing people like Mr Martin and coaches of all respective teams. Mr Martin in particular was announcing over the PA system all day, directed two different ambulance teams to injured players (from other schools) and organising the event behind the scenes to allow things to run smoothly.

On behalf of both MC Open teams, we sincerely thank all who made the day possible.”

Samuel W (10W)

Year 8 Students Selected for International Sporting Festival

Congratulations to Millie W (8W) and Emily D (8H) for their selection to represent Team Lake Macquarie at the International Children’s Games in Jerusalem, Israel.   This international multi-sport festival is for students between 12-15 years of age, and Lake Macquarie hosted the event in the Lake Macquarie region in 2014.  Both girls are very excited to travel internationally to represent the region, and meet other young athletes from all over the world.

Emily is flying over to the Games on the 25th July and competing in swimming between 30th July and 2nd August. She will be racing in the 50m, 100m and 200m Backstroke as well as the 200m Individual Medley. This is Emily’s second overseas trip for swimming, having competed in New Zealand in 2017.  She trains at the Toronto and is part of the Macquarie Shores Swimming Club.
Millie is competing in tennis at the games, playing both singles and doubles matches.  Millie currently trains at Tennis Central Belmont, and plays a weekly competition at Belmont with her dad while making to time to also compete in Northumberland Region Junior Development Series and other Tennis Australia sanctioned tournaments throughout Australia.   Millie has competed in tournaments in New South Wales and Victoria.   Millie also had the opportunity to compete in the International Children’s Games in 2016 in New Taipei City, Taiwan.  This was Millie’s first overseas trip.  

Congratulations to both students on their dedication to their training, competition and their sporting passions, we wish you all the best.

“Who are we?” We are MC Sport and our time is now!

This week we caught up with Mr Jim Zenith, for the fourth and final installment in our series of MC Sport Staff Q&A sessions.  We’ll hear about recent experiences and future goals for delivering sport and recreation programs for students in 2018, and beyond. 

How does it feel to finally get into this new facility?

It feels really good to have an undercover area that allows us to play in all weather and doesn’t hinder our normal routine. Before the new Sports Centre, if the weather was bad, we would need to find a suitable space to teach in, which wasn’t always easy especially for sports like softball!  We would then need to teach more sport theory and then reschedule the practical classes to ensure they were completed before the end of term.  There is such a great flow and balance now in terms of our teaching. 

What have you enjoyed most in these first few weeks?

I have really enjoyed having a central office for the PDHPE department. The facilities are excellent and it’s been particularly good for us as a team.  Moreso, the central location is proving beneficial for parents and students, particularly new students, who sometimes had difficulty locating us in multiple locations.  Another thing I’ve noticed is that more students and staff are riding their bikes to the College, due to the additional shower facilities, which is fantastic!

What do you think the completed Centre will mean for students coming through MC over the next 10-15 years?

For me, it means that we can start to foster and create our own sporting traditions. I went to school in the USA and schools over there are notoriously steeped in tradition. My school, Fresno High had a mascot which represented all sporting codes and as well as being easily recognisable, united us a school.  I come from a family of swimmers who all represented Fraser High in swimming, as part of this, we were given the infamous  ‘letterman’ jacket which we wore with immense pride. The jacket identified me as a swimmer and and meant I represented my school.   

I believe that creating new traditions such as these, will help us further answer the question ‘who are we’?, both as a school and as a community, and’ where are we going’? I hope to see and be part of MC building their own sporting history.

I also think it will mean a lot to those who have long-anticipated the Centre’s completion. For the MC Community who have been planning and fundraising, I think it holds particularly sentimental meaning. It’s completion comes with a sense of pride and a feeling of having been part of the building of this awesome Centre. I would like to invite all those who are keen to be been part of the massive fundraising and building efforts to come in for a game and have a ‘shoot’ with us on the new courts!

What types of events would you like to see MC host in the Centre?

I would love to see us hold more social sports events which revolve around fun and companionship rather then competition. Events that bring the wider MC Community together and foster unity and camaraderie I think a Staff vs Staff tournament would be fun!  I believe this would be a great step towards fostering staff morale.  I would also like to see the Centre open to past students at certain times, and to see more access be facilitated to a wider range of people. 

Who would you like to see showcased in a ‘Hall of Fame’ when the foyer is completed?

Macquarie College has a number of high performing sports Alumni who I would like to see recognised. From current world record holding Paralympians such as Cameron Crombie (shot put and javelin) to International sailor’s such as Kyle Langford. Honouring these sports men and women creates a rich picture of MC’s sporting history. Naturally, the Centre will house our trophy Cabinet to proudly display all of our sporting achievements. In addition,  I think we should also include team and individual photos in the cabinet. My hope is that these elements combined will create a sense of awe around our sporting history and give current students something to aspire to.

What’s the G.O.S.S. with Mr Will Bennett

This week we caught up with Mr Will Bennett, for the third installment in our series of MC Sport Staff Q&A sessions.  We’ll hear about recent experiences and future goals for delivering sport and recreation programs for students in 2018, and beyond.

How does it feel to finally get into this new facility?
Sport and Recreation Centre Macquarie College
Having relocated to our offices to the new Centre has already allowed us to be more efficient in getting the job done. There is better team cohesion because of the proximity we have to our facilities and to each other as a team, therefore we have already seen better quality lessons. We have also seen more of Mr Mac from the Junior School which brings the Senior and Junior school together and has added to the Sports Department functioning more effectively as a whole school team.

What have you enjoyed most in these first few weeks?
How well the students have embraced the centre and how excited the students are. At lunchtimes alone, we are having 60-70 kids playing sport in the centre. Particularly badminton as it’s a very inclusive sport. We have also seen an increase of girls playing sport. This has prompted us to establish a ‘Girls Only Sports Session’ (which we have nicknamed G.O.S.S.!) every Tuesday at lunchtime, because there have been so many more girls wanting to play sport during their break.

What do you think the completed Centre will mean for students coming through MC over the next 10-15 years?
It means we can host more inter-school events such as HRIS, because schools are now more willing to compete here at MC, because we are no longer limited by the original facilities such as the asphalt basketball courts. This new, high quality facility is generating a lot of interest.

What types of events would you like to see MC host in the Centre?
More inter-school events and social volleyball.

Who would you like to see showcased in a ‘Hall of Fame’ when the foyer is completed?
Any significant sporting achievement.

Mr Mac excited for MC’s vibrant sporting future

This week we caught up with the Junior School Sport Coordinator, Mr Jacob McElevey, for the second instalment in a series of MC Sport Staff Q&A sessions.  We’ll hear about recent experiences and future goals for delivering sport and recreation programs for students in 2018, and beyond.

How does it feel to get settled into this new facility?
Relief! It feels good to have all of this space! It’s also good to have an area where you’re surrounded by all of our sports resources and for all of the Sports staff to be in the same space.

What have you enjoyed most in these first few weeks?
What I’ve really enjoyed is seeing the new opportunities for different sports such as badminton, volleyball and newcomb ball that have been created. It’s also great to have a safer area for students to play on. We have more students, more enthusiastic about playing, and putting themselves really out there as they play hard for the ball on custom-made surfaces.

What do you think the completed Centre will mean for students coming through MC over the next 10-15 years?
The Sports Centre is definitely a huge thing for new students coming through. Basketball is a growing culture at MC, particularly among our Junior School students. Participation was lower when I first started and it’s getting much bigger now.  So I can only see it continuing to grow over the next 10-15 years. It also means a wider variety of sport opportunities for a wider range of students, badminton is one we’re seeing at the moment. Being an all-weather facility also means increased physical activity for our students. We can potentially host Junior and Senior school classes together which opens a wider range of say, mentoring opportunities. The size of the Centre, means we can run different codes at the same time, for example we can have basketball, netball and athletics all going at the same time.

What types of events would you like to see MC host in the Centre?
I would love to see MC Sport host Gala events and invitationals, for HRIS schools and also local schools. I would also love to see MC Sport create our own Shield matches. We could name them after a successful former MC sport students and feature a range of sports such as futsal, volleyball, basketball, netball and table tennis.

Who would you like to see showcased in a ‘Hall of Fame’ when the foyer is completed?
Mr Martin! Actually I would be happy to see any of our successful past students. At the moment, I can think of a few Junior School students who are excelling in basketball who are prime candidates. I also think our students who are currently playing for the Newcastle Hunters who deserve to be up there. There is so much talent here at MC, and so much more to be developed over time!