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2018 Camp Week – Year 11 (Melbourne)

Year 11 flew to Melbourne for camp week, where we went to lots of different locations related to our subjects. We broke up for excursions to a Buddhist Temple for relaxation and meditation, the Melbourne Gaol, to see street art with a tour guide named Zazu, and another group went on a Hospitality lunch. We rode the Melbourne Star observation wheel (which was not popular with everyone due to the heights and fear of being trapped in spherical objects), visited the MCG, went rock climbing and visited the Eureka Tower. Spending this time away from School with friends was good to reinforce long term friendships. Seeing our teachers in a different environment was great too, because they’re great to talk to and help with everyday situations, and it was interesting hearing about their life outside of school.

Ethan, Maddie & Harvey

2018 Camp Week – Year 9 (Kosciuszko National Park)

We hiked in the Kosciuszko National Park, after about 9 hours on the bus from Newcastle.  Some described the three day adventure as “We ate breakfast packed up walked, walked, walked, walked, set up camp ate played a game and then slept.”  Others however embraced the challenge which every new day posed.

After waking up very early we got ready for an adventure full of unknowns. We arrived at school and piled our hiking packs into the bottom of the bus, found our seats and ‘really’ enjoyed our 9 hour bus trip sitting because we knew the next 3 days would be on our feet walking with a hiking pack. We had a 3km hike to where we would be camping that night.  The hike the first day was easy, because there was trails and there wasn’t many inclines. It was dark when we arrived at camp so we had to set up our tents, cook dinner and fill up our water from the creek in the dark. We had a group camp fire and all talked which was fun, and also did some stargazing which helped to clear our minds and focus on how amazing everything really is.  Spending the first night at campsite shared with a brumby was pretty eventful, after the brumby followed me around our tent in search for someone to share breakfast with it.  On Day 2 we had a short hike to the Currango Homestead covered in old newspapers. It gave me an insight to how people used to live and the history of the mountains. We then left the dirt track and started to navigate through the grasslands to Bill Jones Hut, this for me was the most fun part of the trip it taught me how to navigate and was great to see all the wildlife (brumbies, kangaroos).  It was a challenging day for many with the distance covered and tiredness setting in. When walking up the final hill with it in sight was so rewarding to final let our packs go from our backs and enjoy a such beautiful view of landscape as well as the stars above our heads while we sat around a campfire.

On Day 3 we all hiked for about 2 hours before reaching the Cooleman Caves. This cave was very small and had little patches of water spread throughout it. Some of our group decided to hike to another cave that was much bigger, it had massive puddles of water and at times you had to cross it just by stepping on small rocks. It was very hard because there were five of us and only 2 head torches. At the end of the cave there was a spring, it was so cold that just putting your hand in the water for a few seconds would start to make it numb.   When the hiking was over, some of us went to the fresh water creek and took off our stinky and sweaty hiking boots, walked into the icy cold water and looked back on where we were, knowing we had hiked such a long way.  We then travelled to a local caravan park in Tumut. We had a pizza dinner and showers at the caravan park which was great.  Caving today taught me you have to be very careful and bring more head torches! Also it showed me how much we rely on things such as toilets, showers, and electricity.  The final day we were up at 5am, packing everything away and back on the bus for the trip home at 6am.  There was some jostling to get a seat on the smaller bus with Mr Bennett and his tunes. Stopping at Maccas was a treat after our hard work and then we continued all the way back to school. It was refreshing to know we would be able to have a sleep on a bed that wasn’t just air, and reflect on what we’d learned from this hike, and how much we have to be grateful for.

During the camp we got to talk to new people from our year, got to know them because they were in our hiking groups.  A lot of my classmates in my group surprised us with their mental toughness and their resilience when we were getting tired … others didn’t give out extra food for free!  We learned that even though someone isn’t the most keen they are still trying their best and helping others enjoy the experience.   We found it that we can truly work as a team sensibly.

It was fun getting to know some new teachers.  Mr Cox is very experienced and a laid back and funny guy.  We found out more about our teachers including what schools they went to and how many siblings they have, that they can have a good laugh, and we are very lucky to have genuine and hilarious teachers.  Mrs Winch … the best of all time GOAT!  We learned that teachers are always there to support you, no matter what.

Abbey, Emily, Josh, Joshua, Lily, Natalya, Sam, Teesha

2018 Camp Week – Year 8 (Blue Mountains)

We went to Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains for our Camp.  On our first day we had a quick lunch in town before heading to the National Park to unpack the trailers, find our gear and work together to set up the campsite – which was quite a challenge for many doing this for the first time. I think having the complete responsibility of setting up our tent and cooking our own food was great. We had lot more freedom that I had expected, and i enjoyed it very much. We spent the afternoon at the Jellybean Pool before dinner around the campfire, when we reflected on the day’s activities and heard what Day 2 had in store for us.  On Day 2 we got up early for an endurance hike into the Valley.  The Grand Canyon Loop was about 10km long, and there were lots of steep parts on the trail but the scenery along the way was magnificent.  We learnt to be strong and persistent during the hike. After another trip to the Jellybean Pool, had dinner and a game of glow in the dark capture the flag.

We couldn’t wait to get started on the Amazing Race activity around Katoomba on Day 3. Once we were sorted into groups, we had a list of activities to complete, a budget and a deadline to complete all the challenges. We learned some new navigation skills and did our best to cooperate while trying to win!  Later that night we had an easter egg hunt to finish the day.  Our final day of Camp meant pack up and clean up.  We packed up our gear into the vehicles and trailers – which was like a game of tetris – got back onto the buses and drove back to school, stopping for lunch on the way home.  The Camp ended with clearing out the buses and making sure everyone had all their gear before heading home to enjoy the holidays.

During the camp we were challenged in lots of different ways, and spent more time with other people, learning that you can be friends with anyone and everyone is unique, and is good at something. It was good to know that we can rely on each other, and while some people are easier to work with than others, we all have different personalities and different strengths.  Spending time with our teachers we found out that they can be really funny and fun to be around, while expecting maturity from us. They were quite tolerant and supportive during all our activities.

For ourselves, we learned that that it doesn’t matter who you hang out with, you can hang out with whoever you want to. Nobody has a right to harshly judge other people.  It is fun doing group tasks especially when you’re with people willing to give things a go.  I realised how well I can cope in an unknown environment. It was exciting having the freedom to cook my own meals and setting up a tent.

Hannah, Paris, Thomas & Mia

5/10ths Mentoring Activities Return for 2018

Macquarie College 5/10ths Mentoring Program

The 5/10ths Mentoring Program returned in 2018, with our first combined Year 5 and 10 event held on Friday 16th March.  Through different team building activities we are fostering long-lasting friendships which will carry the Year 5s through to when they start in Year 7 in 2020. The next activity afternoon will be in Term 2, and students can look forward to a competitive trivia competition! Many thanks to Mr Smyth, Mr Hilder and Senior School Chaplain Josh Goss for facilitating these activities.   Here’s what some of the students had to say about their first get together for 2018.  Click Here  for our Photo Gallery from their day.

“The 5/10ths program is where Year 5 boys and girls buddy-up with Year 10s, and do team building challenges and activities together. There were four groups that went to different stations, each with a different challenge/activity including water balloon throwing & catching competition, building a shelter to survive a ‘storm’ (just water balloons and a bucket of water!) an ‘Egg Drop Challenge’, and finally a game of ‘Finska’.    I was in a with Swaye and enjoyed throwing water balloons to each other, though we didn’t do that well in the competition, but it was still very enjoyable and I got to learn a bit about Swaye too.

We moved onto the next station and got into bigger groups. Swaye and I joined up with Thomas, Joseph, and Elijah to build a shelter out of a tarp and piece of rope so that we could survive the ‘storm’. We could use objects around us to tie the rope and keep the structure steady. We first had fun watching some others get drenched, as water balloons were thrown in from all directions at them, before we ourselves got drenched. It was quite nice and refreshing getting wet on a sunny day! To top the activity off, we then got to drench another group with water!

At our third activity station, our challenge was to create a structure entirely out of paper, with only sticky tape to hold it together, that could support an egg dropped from a 3 metre height without breaking it! We only had 10 minutes to complete the challenge which made it harder, but it also helped get the whole team involved. Some groups got their egg to survive the fall, which sadly wasn’t the case in my group, but it was good fun building it with the others!

Our final activity was a game of ‘Finska’!  Our challenge was to hit the numbered pins and some groups managed to easily score the 50 points needed.  My group did go over 50 a few times, and got close to 50 points nearly twice!   Overall, the day was very enjoyable and I got to meet some of the year fives and learn a bit about them whilst doing the challenges and activities with them.”    James B (10Z)

“The 5/10ths activities on Friday were awesome. My group was brilliant. The Year 10s were so nice to the Year 5s. My favourite part was building ‘the base’ to prevent the water balloon storm from hitting us. I can’t wait to get together again next term. Manning M (5S)

“It was an amazing day. Water balloons, frozen treats and laughter. My favourite part was when we had to try and prevent the egg from breaking. I enjoyed making new friendships and laughing a lot.” Daisy M (5S)

“Years 5 and 10 came together and had a lot of fun doing some exciting activities. These included a water bomb fight, an egg drop, a fort competition and a game of Finska. I enjoyed getting to know some of the Year 10 students and working together to figure out the best way to win competitions. I’m sure everyone enjoyed it and we’re excited to do it again soon.” Ruby M-D (5S)

“5/10ths was a great experience with lots of fun activities. My favourite activities were creating a shelter and wrapping an egg up in paper so it survived a drop test. It was wonderful to meet the Year 10s and play interactive games with them. I am looking forward to doing this again next term.” Thomas T (5S)

With new wheels our students can serve anywhere, anytime

The Food Technology team extends a sincere “thank-you” to the PTA for assisting with funding to produce a new coffee cart for our Hospitality department.  The mobile cart enables our students to make and serve coffee around the campus, supporting parent and community events alike. 

We would like to especially thank all of those involved in contributing to the making of the new cart including Mr Watters and Mr Thomman, as well as other members of our school community who provided advice, materials and expertise along the way. 

We look forward to serving you in the near future!