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Junior Students Inspired to Pursue MC Robotics Club Opportunities

Over 70 students Years 4-6 have flocked to an opportunity to join the MC Robotics Teams in 2019.  On Thursday at lunchtime, Mr Chris Swafford hosted an information session for students to check out the VEX IQ robots, learn about the MC Robotics program, hear about the various team member roles, and use the robots to navigate the course and its obstacles.

It was a fantastic turnout to the first information session, about the program which will run throughout Terms 3-4.  VEX Robotics competitions fall within the STEM and Digital Technologies curriculum, and delivers hands-on, project based learning through which the engineering process is taught – and experienced – in a uniquely engaging way!

The program will feature intraschool competitions between MC teams, which will test the students’ skills before progressing to competitions against other schools later in the year. 

We acknowledge the support of the Macquarie College PTA for their contribution to the investment in the robot devices.



eSmart Event Postponed: Digital Footprints

Wednesday 21st March:

Regrettably we must postpone tonight’s event.  Jonny Shannon will not deliver his presentation to parents at the College tonight.  A new date for the parent presentation is currently being negotiated and information about the re-scheduled event will be made available as soon as possible.

Macquarie College welcomes eSmart Accredited Presenter, Mr Jonny Shannon, to speak with parents about cyber safety and the phenomenon of digital footprints.  This event will be hosted at the Campus Church starting at 7pm on Wednesday 21st March. 

Jonny speaks candidly about the opportunities – and the potential risks – involved in online communities.  He will share insights into digital footprints, techniques for being safe and smart online, and will describe the regulatory frameworks in Australia which are available to protect children and young people online.

Click Here to pre-register and secure your seats.  
Supper will be served after Jonny’s presentation.

Every user of the web who participates in online communities is leaving a digital footprint that can remain for many years. 

Macquarie College Support CoordinatorMrs Natalie Neuschulz, Support Department Coordinator, and eSmart Committee Member, encourages parents to update their knowledge, to keep up with this constantly changing environment, “Continually updating our understanding of the web and social networking, is key to ensuring we are equipped to model safe online behaviours, and respond appropriately to unforeseen issues if they arise”. 

“Our students are learning about creating a safe and supportive environment.  This applies to the school yard, their home and especially when they are online.  We are committed to ensuring that students understand how to behave, how to make informed choices about their online activities, and what to do if they need help.” 

While the National Day of Action Against Bullying is on Friday 16th March, programs about cyber safety and anti-bullying are delivered continuously in the College through Junior School and Senior School.  “There are numerous implications for students engaging in online communities.  It is our responsibility to educate students that posts with photos and comments today, may well be viewed by prospective employers.  We aim to support parents with information that can guide their child’s online decisions, mitigating consequence now and in the future.”

You are invited to join us at this FREE community event, and you are encouraged to bring a guest to hear Jonny’s presentation.  This is the perfect opportunity to begin (or continue) conversations in your home which protect and preserve your child’s online safety and legacy.

PTA Hosts a Successful ‘Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea’

Macquarie College hosted an ‘Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea’ event on Friday 12th May in the Canteen Hub, to raise funds for the Cancer Council.  The morning tea was a fundraising success, with $638.00 raised for the Cancer Council from generous donations.  Members of the Macquarie College community are still welcome to make a small donation, which you can do online by Clicking Here.

We had a lovely high tea style morning tea provide by Lia Ross from Petit Fours High Tea and delicious fruit and yoghurt provided by Nyree Sessions from Top Juice.
We had some great prizes donated also including an amazing $100 fruit basket, hair products and vouchers, a ladies perfume pack, Bill Bass Sunglasses, a $100 Target voucher, Bakers Delight Warners Bay Voucher and some amazing curry pastes and relish from JamesandRose.
Our mums had a lovely social time together, finishing with a very informative talk by Dr Emma Campbell when we heard about the challenges and some opportunities to achieve balance in the lives of mothers.   The morning finished with the drawing of a donated gift.
A huge thank you to all of the businesses and friends who supported the successful hosting of this PTA event, contributing to this important cause, especially Mrs Julie Morrow for collecting donations and hosting on the day.

 Please click here
to see some images of the day
on our Facebook Gallery.