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“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!

Macquarie College students celebrated at NSWCIS 2017 awards night

Macquarie College Sport

Congratulations to these three amazing students who were presented with the top awards from CIS, at a special ceremony dinner, for representing at National Championships during 2017.

  • Sienna E (7B) for Cricket: received a 2018 State Medallion
  • Harry A (6L) for Golf: Member of the Team of the Year, received a Red Award, a 2018 State Medallion, and the DA WIburd Shield for Primary Sportsperson of the Year. 
  • Jye P (12V) for Golf: Member of the Team of the Year, and received a 2018 State Medallion.

Harry Scores a Treble at CIS Annual Awards

Macquarie College Sport

Macquarie College Sport GolfHarry A (6L) attended the NSWCIS Awards night at the Waterview Function Centre, Sydney Olympic Park recently. 

The evening was a celebration of athlete performances in 2017, during which Harry was acknowledged for his outstanding efforts in golf.  In December 2017, Harry competed in the Australian Primary Schools Golf Championship in Adelaide, in which he won the individual overall competition, receiving an NSWCIS Red Award.  Harry was also awarded The DA Wiburd Award for the NSWCIS Outstanding Boy – Primary School for his sportsmanship in 2017.  Harry was also a member of the NSWCIS golf team that won the Primary Team of the Year award.

We acknowledge Harry’s work ethic and commitment to his chosen sport, and the manner in which he holds himself as a young leader in the team environment also.