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HSC Design & Technology Students On the Move

Two Macquarie College students have taken accessibility to a whole new level in their 2016 HSC Major Design Projects.

Taylar (12W) created the Emergency Motorcycle Tool Kit and Robert (12G) created the HD Diving Plane
 
Robert’s project is designed to be used as a live interface when game fishing. Live underwater viewing has been enabled from bait setting right through to landing a fish with the design and development of a stingray-like attachment for a Go-Pro.
 
Taylar’s Emergency Motorcycle Tool Kit (EMTK) has been developed out of a need to have an all-in-one kit featuring first aid and procedures, tools and puncture repairs for off-roading and trail riding.
 
Both students have undertaken extensive research, design, development and testing to get to where the project is now and we’re excited about their works being judged by this year’s HSC markers and wish them all the best.

Hotly Contested 2016 Electric Vehicle Challenge

On Sunday 14th August Macquarie College once again competed in Australia’s Largest Electric Vehicle Gran Prix. This is an extracurricular STEM project that the school has been a part of since its inception in 2012. This year there were over 45 team entries. 

To compete in the race, teams build electric bikes that meet strict requirements from battery capacity and voltage limitations to rider position and rider safety. Students learned about gear ratios, electricity, kinetic energy, and kept track of statistical measurements during testing.

Mr O’Hern and Mr Ross supervised these builds during lunchtimes and after school. “I’m so proud of the work ethic of the team this year” stated Mr. Ross. The bikes were completed before the race and testing was carried out. We knew we would be competitive but weren’t sure if the batteries (which were carried over from previous years) would be up to the task.

Team members included Angus McLean, Oscar Priest, Noah Cameron, Josh and Sam Alexander, Densley Ross and James Butcher. The team stuck to their game plan and rode extremely well, but in the end the old batteries kept us out of a podium finish with the teams placing 5th and 8th in the endurance category.

We would like to make special mention to the parents who helped for the duration of the day, Mr Alexander, Mr and Mrs McLean and Mr and Mrs Priest, your help is so appreciated. The team is already making plans for our next bike builds to expand the categories that we can compete in and add new members to the team.

For next year’s event, we are seeking donations in the way of motorcycle riding gear for our riders.  Anyone who may be able to help, please contact Mr. Ross or Mr. O’Hern.

Click Here for our Facebook gallery of images from the day!

Three Hat Service from Year 11 Hospitality Students

The Year 11 Hospitality students joined the Avondale School’s Hospitality class to prepare a ‘Thank You’ luncheon for almost 100 Senior Citizen Volunteers in the Cooranbong area.

This has become a yearly event and students, together with Mrs Reynaud and Mrs Nevell from Avondale School, develop the recipes and menu for this event.
Students had their work cut out, preparing a three course meal in 2 ½ hours.  All food items were prepared from scratch, involving fresh ingredients and no pre-cooked ingredients.  A true Masterchef challenge!
“The standard and presentation of the meal was superb and it was just amazing to see the smiles of these volunteers as they enjoyed being made to feel special,” said Dr Faull, Avondale Schools Principal.
Two Macquarie College students, Laine (Year 11W) and Lauren (Year 11M) changed quickly from chef’s attire into waiter’s uniforms to take part in the service team. Students hosted the day with a friendly and professional manner, delivering efficient service, which certainly did not go unnoticed.  Mrs Donna Nevell from Avondale School gave positive feedback about our students’ waiting skills and their great manner with guests.
Mrs Reynaud would like to commend each of the six students who participated in this venture for their hard work on the day.  Fantastic teamwork was displayed by our Macquarie College and Avondale School students.
All in all, a truly successful function that provided students with invaluable learning ‘on the job’ experience.

They Came. They Conquered. It Was Glorious

Reflections from students about this year’s Concert at Lizotte’s.
“Lizotte’s this year was the best show by far! It was such an enjoyable performance to watch and to participate in. The whole atmosphere of the night was incredible and so much fun to do! Everyone was so strong with their parts and instruments and we all had each other’s backs making us all more confident therefore producing killer performances. Even the first time performers gave it there all with some encouragement from the older students.

The Spice Girls medley would have had to be my favourite as it was so fun and I couldn’t help but smile the whole time! However a night like this doesn’t just happen so a massive thankyou to Mr Scully, Mr Zyderveld and Mrs Jones and to all the crazy talented musos. Can’t wait for next year!” Hannah, Year 10T

“Lizotte’s is always one of my favourite performances, and I think this year was the best it’s ever been. The songs were all amazing and all the students have fun together. It was also pretty great seeing Mr Scully and Mr Zyderveld in their dress ups!” Caitlin, Year 10C

“This years Lizotte’s concert put together by the Performing Arts team at Macquarie College was truly a night to remember. Every year, these performances entertain the audience, and fill them with pride for their children. On top of this, the concerts are an amazing opportunity for each student taking part in the concert to build the confidence that, mind you, is somewhat required if someone wants to spread their musical talents further to new audiences. For myself, being a part of the performing arts team has given me the opportunity to form friendships that I will ensure I keep, as well as the courage to be confident in my abilities musically.” Flynn, Year 11M

“One of the most amazing parts about Lizotte’s is not just the incredible opportunity to perform at such a venue but the friendships that you form. Everyone was being everyone’s number one fan it was so much fun! One of the best things I will take with me from this years Lizotte’s is when I was talking to one of the younger girls and I was helping her with her song. I told her that it was sounding amazing and she said that it meant so much to her because since she saw me on stage in primary school I was almost like her singing idol. To me this was insane and drove me to play and sing better than I had.” Emily, Year 10T

Check out the full gallery of photos and videos from the night HERE.

“Dreams force you out of your comfort zone”

Over a 12 month period Kendall (Year 11B) slashed nine seconds off her best race time for the 100m breaststroke … but missed qualifying for a spot on the Australian Paralympic Team for Rio 2016 by less than one second.  Kendall may not be competing in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games when they start on 7th September, but she will be watching her favourite event with great interest and considering what may have been.  Her journey over the past 12 months has been staggering, inspiring and very real.  In a sport ruled by milliseconds, Kendall sure knows how to make every minute of her life count.
 
In April 2015, Kendall started her quest for Rio 2016 Paralympic qualification.  What followed was a gruelling schedule of training (nine swimming sessions a week), physiotherapy, nutrition monitoring, gym sessions, stretching, massage therapy, school and competitive swim meets.  A hiccup with a restrictive swimming suit saw doubts creep in, as every millimetre, millisecond and meal was proving the difference between efficiency and performance.  Each training session had a special focus, whether it be race pace (race skills practice), aerobic training (long, steady and controlled swimming), or threshold intensity (swimming with minimum rest). In the final stages of her 12 month preparation she actually swam the requisite qualifying time during training, so her prospects were looking very good. 
 
However, when her final qualifying event came, the 2016 Hancock Prospecting Australian Championships in April 2016, multiple factors conspired and Kendall faced the harsh reality of national selection. Nerves, an electric atmosphere, a crowded marshalling area, rubbing shoulders with Australia’s greatest Olympians, and televised races at night all took their toll.  Less than one second was the difference between qualifying and not.  A chance to don the green and gold in Rio was lost.  Then some dark weeks followed, when a pool could bring no joy, no smiles and no rewards.
 
Now, after some quality rest, time to debrief and time to reflect, Kendall puts things into perspective because the significance of losing nine seconds over a 12 month period outweighs the one second that cut her Paralympic dream short in 2016. 
“I was completely shattered that night and never wanted to step foot in a pool again, until three weeks later when I was missing it so much! I’m only 16 and there’s always next time.  If things don’t work out the first time, try again.  This helps to prepare you for things in life that don’t always go your way and helps you to develop resilience.
 
Currently ranked seventh in the world for 50m breaststroke (Sb9) and 10th in the world for 100m breaststroke (Sb9), and holding Australia Age records for both events, Kendall has earned some epic stripes this year.  She has lived the regimen of an elite athlete and accessed world’s-best training facilities during National squad camps at the AIS – a real eye-opener for this teenager. 
“We trained six hours a day for the week.  We had medical scans, ECGs (heart tests), lactic acid tests, massages, physiotherapy, sports psychologist and sports scientist consultations.  All of this helped with the various elements that make up an elite athlete’s wellbeing, technique and race planning. We even had our sleep monitored by wearing electronic wristbands.”   
 
Preparing for a Paralympic qualification in the pool was by no means a solo effort.  Kendall is full of praise for her support team, each member taking on different roles in motivation, emotional support, positive energy and technical know-how.
“My team included Paul (swimming coach), Craig (physiotherapist), Liam (nutritionist), Nick (sports masseur), Mum and Dad and my sister.  My friends at NU Swim Club, school friends, people at Variety Children’s Charity, competitors and staff within Swimming Australia squads who have become friends over time all helped me every day as I tried to qualify.  Dad was pretty helpful offering me incentives for good results, including a chocolate shake or a pair of new compression tights if I improved my times at different competitions.  Thanks Dad!”
 
The experience of attempting to qualify for the Paralympics was surreal.  Kendall admitted that she’s not a morning person and “could be quite grumpy”, with all of the 4.00am wakeups, not to mention a strict protein and carbohydrate-controlled eating plan, with all meals logged into a nutrition app. 
“Looking back on the past year it’s all a bit of a blur.   Now I’m only training four times a week and getting some more sleep.  Things are feeling great.”
 
Kendall reflects on the freedom she felt to dream big and set a big goal such as Paralympic qualification. 
“Anything is possible when you’re young, if you have support, are determined and the dream is realistic.  Goals help keep you focused on what’s important, and let you make the greatest use of each day. Dreams force you out of your comfort zone and power you to achieve more than you would have without them. For me my swimming goals, like my other life goals, allowed me to control some of my destiny by taking an active role in the outcomes of my life.”
 
Kendall has been selected for both junior and senior Australian Paralympic Swim Team “long lists” for “Road to Tokyo 2020” camps.  She is a real prospect for making an Australian Swim Team in the near future.   Next stop for Kendall is a National Schools championships in Darwin this September, and then the cycle begins all over again for State and National Championships.  Kendall’s got some new experiences to draw on, and time is certainly on her side. After that?  Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is a possibility.  Tokyo 2020 is a possibility. 
In Kendall’s words, “Keep trying as one moment in time doesn’t define what you can do. Keep going until you are completely satisfied that you did your personal best. In the end all you can really do is your best.”
 
We’re sure that this is just the beginning of Kendall’s long and distinguished path as a high performing athlete, and mature young adult.