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Senior musicians set to launch their album at Lizotte’s

Year 12 Album Launch 2020As part of their senior studies in Music Year 12 students have been writing an album of original songs which will be debuted at Lizotte’s on Monday 23rd March.

The composition component of this performance is the assessment task and the performance component is just another opportunity for students to perform in front of a crowd which will help them when they have to perform in front of examiners later in the year.  This is the 4th time Macquarie College has hosted a concert and Album Launch, and each year proves to be enjoyable for family and friends, and a key memory event for students after they graduate.

There will be two other bands playing on the evening, with Year 12 on stage second. Tickets are on sale now and you’re invited to join us for a fun night, and to support our students.

Purchase your tickets today via the Lizotte’s website, or by calling the venue on 4956 2066.

Year 9 DEV passion project takes off

In 2020, Macquarie College is providing Year 9 students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in “passion projects” either individually or in groups.  Mr Ross is currently coordinating a whole class passion project called the Drag and Electric Vehicle (DEV).  
 
Students will work in teams to complete a variety of projects including building a drift trike, an electric go kart, and two electric bikes which will be used to compete in Australia’s largest electric bike gran prix at the Cameron Park Raceway later this year.  The group’s most high profile project will be the race car, and today students took possession of their vehicle from Mr David Mitchell. We intend to compete in local motorkhana and gymkhana events where we anticipate students with a CAMS licence have some opportunities to drive. The group is also planning to participate in at least one drag race event in Sydney. 
 
While the car looks the part of a race car, there are still a number of things that will need to be done to get it ready for student use. Our group project will focus heavily on developing strong interpersonal skills and communication, imperative in any motorsport racing team environment.  Racing will present many challenges and setbacks, and students will have be challenged to be good at problem solving and building personal resiliency.
 
Mr Ross is a qualified motor mechanic by trade and could not wait when given the opportunity to share some of his own passions with students, jumping at the chance to work with students within this space.   A final goal for the group is to connect students with industry experts. 
 
Macquarie College is interested in partnerships and mentoring from a variety of sources including fabrication, painting, tuning and electrical work.  If you have industry experience which could help our students learn, or would like to discuss a financial partnership for the project, please contact Mr Ross to discuss further (jross@mc.nsw.edu.au).

Year 9 STEM students are pleased to introduce Jeremy

Year 9 STEM finished the year with a team robot-building project that involved designing, building and coding a robot using the skills we had learned throughout the year. We assembled the robots using Arduino boards and other electronic components, a laser-cut plywood body we designed using Adobe Illustrator software, and used the Arduino programming language to instruct the robot how to function. We had Arduino programming experience from controlling LEDs and electronic sensors, and laser cutting experience from earlier in the year when we design and built plywood marble runs, however we had not done something like this before and as such it presented a challenge. Through careful planning, trial and error, and a lot of glue, the three teams were able to create functional, moving robots, which drove using on-board motors, and were able to detect and avoid objects using an ultrasonic sensor.

“Time was a constraining element. We ended up using Aila’s code as she had made code that actually worked.” Maria P (9O)

“The coding part of the project was the best part, as we got to code whatever we wanted to make the robot move around.” Navpreet S (9B)

“Through this project Abigail and I learned basic coding skills but also how to problem solve. We learned that you typically have to check things in many different spots in your code to fix a small problem, and sometimes you end up changing things you didn’t even know were a problem.” Coco C (9H)

“It worked in the end, which is all I really wanted, to be honest [laughter].” Aila B (9O)

By Liam M (9O)

Senior Athletes Awarded HRIS Honours

Five Macquarie College students have been acknowledged by the Hunter Region Independent Schools Association for their significant contribution to the Year 7 to Year 12 sport program.  At the final Senior School assembly for the Term, the five Year 12 athletes were presented with awards honouring their participation in regional school sport throughout their secondary schooling.  

Commitment award: selection in 4 team sports, or 5 individual sports
Exception commitment award (Year 12): selection in 5 team sports or 6 individual sports
All-Rounder award: selection in 3 sports in the calendar year

Congratulations to these five students for their outstanding efforts over the past six years representing Macquarie College at the HRIS level.

Jasmine A (12N)

All-Rounder: Athletics, Cross Country, Swimming

Exceptional Commitment: Cross Country, Swimming

Lucy G (12N)

Exceptional Commitment: Swimming

Selina M (12M)

All-Rounder: Athletics, Basketball, Cross Country

Exceptional Commitment: Basketball, Cross Country

Byiringiro N (12M)

Commitment: Athletics

Exceptional Commitment: Cross Country

Ryan R (12M)

All-Rounder: Athletics, Basketball, Cross Country

Exceptional Commitment: Basketball

Six senior musicians excel at the 2019 HRIS Cultural Festival

Earlier this month a small group of talented Senior School students took part in the 2019 HRIS Cultural Festival at Hunter Valley Grammar School. This year’s festival featured secondary students only, approximately 260, representing 16 schools. The day consisted of six hours of intensive rehearsal followed by an evening concert. Macquarie College students participated in the Year 9-12 Choir, Concert Band, Wind Orchestra and String Orchestra.

Congratulations to Matthias S (7M), Nicole C (7V), Aila B (9O), Nicole N (9B), James B (11Z)  and Jackson D (10M) who represented Macquarie College at the festival and showed high levels of commitment and musical talent.