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Macquarie College Welcomes 2018 Senior Student Leaders

Macquarie College is pleased to announce the new Senior School leadership group for 2018.  College Captains Adam Mitchell and Emily Coles will be supported by Vice Captains Jye Pickin and Hannah Coles.  During a special Chapel event recently, the full leadership team were presented to College Principal, Dr Bruce Youlden, and Head of Senior School, Mr Marvin Anderson.  We were privileged to gain some insights into the next generation’s approaches to leadership and their perspectives of leadership, service, and community-building.

2017/2018 Prefects
Philippa Amos, Emily Coles (Captain), Hannah Coles (Vice-Captain), Caitlin Fitzgerald, Adam Mitchell (Captain), Alexander Morgan, Jye Pickin (Vice-Captain), Cooper Verstegen, Emma Wellham, Louis Wellings, Jasmine Anderson, Isaiah Broad, Allegra Hillyard, Max Kozlik Selina McCloskey, Channae O’Hern, Ryan Rowe‭ ‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬

2017/2018 House Captains
Charlton: Hannah Coles, Emily Coles, Samuel Holding, Jye Pickin
Dobell: Emma Jones, Chloe Jones, Cooper Verstegen (Sport Captain), Ryan Rowe
Shortland: Bernice DeJager (Sport Captain), Nakita Jackson, Thomas DeJager, Philip Hosken

When asked “What does it mean to be a true leader?”, Prefects Alexander and Philipa gave the following responses on behalf of their peers:

Alexander: Instead of reading a definition of what a leader is, we thought we would give you a moment to think about the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word leadership. For many of us, it is probably that leadership is all about power, influence and followers and that to be a leader you must be some kind of professional, advisor or someone who is in charge or above others. In reality true leadership is something else. Being a true leader isn’t necessarily a person who flashes a badge, has a fancy title, stands on stage or makes the rules it is the people who provide support and encouragement for those around them that are that ultimately the true leaders. True leadership essentially involves four characteristics; courage, humility, responsibility and the ability to empower and uplift other.

Philipa: True leadership includes the ability to have the courage to stand alone, to have integrity and lead by example. Leadership by example is the only kind of real leadership as it sets the standard for others around us. Leading by example should mean that our actions no matter how great or small, influence others in a positive way and create a culture that is centred around respect, service, empathy and above all love. In order to achieve this a leader must be someone who follows up their words with actions. It is often one of the most difficult aspects of leadership as it is quite easy to talk, but not so easy walk. Ultimately there are three main types of courage. Firstly, the courage for initiative and action, to make the first attempt, pursue existing efforts and step up to the plate. Secondly, the courage to have the confidence to let go of the need for control, to have faith in the people around us and be open to change. Finally, the courage of voice and communication, the ability to raise difficult issues, provide tough feedback and share unpopular opinions. As leaders it is not only our responsibility to express these types of courage but instill our own courage inside of others.

Alexander: A true leader not only strives to better themselves in all that they do but strives to bring out the best in others and empower them to reach their full potential. Everyone in this room has a unique set of skills and gifts to offer and each and every one of us has the ability to influence others and let their light shine. As mentioned earlier, leaders aren’t just the ones who wear a badge or are behind the microphone, a true leader is one who can utilise their own gifts and talents effectively and share them to bring out the best in others. Leadership is also the recognition of other’s abilities and the willingness to let others have an input. The flying V formation of birds and geese is relevant to many aspects of leadership. Initially, you might think that the bird at the front is the most noticeable leader, however, when the lead goose in the front gets tired, it rotates back into formation and allows another goose to take the leadership position. Through this example, we can learn that the act of leadership isn’t about a solo effort and we can empower others to also lead.

Philipa: Another aspect of leadership is humility. Acting aloof or above your peers does not make a leader. When we think of humility we often imagine an individual who lacks confidence, is weak or unsure of themselves and that if a leader demonstrates any of these traits they will be a pushover. In fact true humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less. In leadership it can be tempting to become obsessed with status and power however, it is important that as leaders we focus on others before we focus on ourselves. The best leaders are those who lead with humility and are willing to remove their ego from any situation, have no job they are not prepared to complete and are not afraid to seek help from others.

Alexander: Even though we can all be leaders in some way or another, the act of leadership involves the willingness to take on responsibilities and the confidence to make decisions that may impact others. A true leader also acknowledges and takes ownership for their mistakes and strives to amend them without compromising others. Throughout our everyday lives, each of us takes on some level of responsibility. These responsibilities may be small or great but for a person to act in a way so that they are stepping outside their comfort zone, reveals a sense leadership in itself and ultimately success in life. Neal Boortz’ quote “The key to accepting responsibility for your life is to accept the fact that your choices are leading you to either success or failure,” highlights the importance of responsibility and the significant role it plays in being a leader.     

Philipa: As we all strive, in some way, to grasp our own meaning of what true leadership is and become better leaders within our communities through courage, empowerment, humility and responsibility, I will leave you today with a verse from 1 Timothy 4:12: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 

State Cycling Selection the next Goal for Makenzie

Makenzie S (12B) has ridden many thousands of kilometres on local and interstate roads during the 2017 road racing season which ran February to August.  

In her first season of road cycling, Mackenzie’s goals were modest but her effort was exceptional.  Throughout the season she was training six days per week including local club races out of Kooragang Island.  Naturally this included riding to and from home to her club events, being almost 200km a weekend.  On top of this, her two gym sessions a week were guided by a personal trainer who sometimes required two sessions in the one day. 

Testament to Makenzie’s competitive spirit and love of the sport is her weekly training at the Dunc Grey Velodrome in Sydney, with the NSW Track Squad.

Since January 2017, Makenzie has competed in events in Canberra, Eastern Creek, Kurri Kurri, Bathurst, Mittagong, Tasmania, Penrith, Coonabarrabran to Gunnedah, and Nowra.  Taking in the sights of regional NSW roads was gruelling, invigorating and ultimately rewarding as she medalled in multiple events including the NSW U19 Championships, and chased closely those competitors in Open women’s divisions also.

With the 2017 road season coming to an end Mackenzie is focusing on local events and the transition to the velodrome season which runs October 2017 to February 2018.
“The next serious event that I have coming up will be held on 30th September, the Mick Chapman Memorial Road Race at Kurri Kurri. After this event, I will be transitioning from the Road racing season to the Velodrome season. If I continue to gain fitness within my transition, I will be competing in the North Island of NZ in November for Velodrome representing NSW.”
Makenzie’s focus for 2018 is to continue to improve her performances in the road season, and produce better results in the same events now that she has a benchmark from her 2017 results.
Major Event Summary 2017
January: Oceania Road Championships, Canberra 
February: NSW Elite Criterium Championships, Eastern Creek 
March: Orica Kermese, Kurri Kurri 
March: Criterium races (Bathurst to Blaney) 
April: NSW U19 & Elite Road Race Championships, Mittagong (3rd)
April: Junior and Women’s Tour, Canberra. Three-day event featuring four races. (3rd in road race, 4th overall for four events)
April: Tour of Mersey Valley, Tasmania. Three races including a time trial and two road races
June: Sydney Road Titles, Penrith (3rd) 
June: Handicap Road Race Coonabarabran to Gunnedah  and Road Race Gunnedah to Tamworth 
July: NSW Club Team Time Trial Championships (U19s team placed 4th behind elite Women)
July: Nowra Road Race (7th)

Lucy’s Lesson for The Drowsy Driver Wins Competition

As part of the annual Year 10 PDHPE program, students attend a road trauma forum in Sydney called bStreetsmart. This forum is sponsored by major organisations such as Westmead Hospital, Careflight, and Ambulance NSW to name a few. Collectively, they are trying to reduce road casualties on NSW roads by educating young people about the consequences of their behaviour and decisions. On the day, we watched a dramatised road crash which involved a driver under the influence of alcohol, an unrestrained passenger, and an innocent motorcyclist. The impact of this scenario was especially relevant to our students as nearly everyone of them has some connection with a road trauma.   This is our 6th year attending this forum and it has been outstanding and meaningful for every student who attended.  

As part of the 2017 event, Macquarie College students entered into the bFilmed Competition, submitting a film that they have created highlighting road safety. The NSW winner of this year’s bFilmed competition was Lucy G (10N) for her entry “The Drowsy Driver”.  Click Here to watch Lucy’s fantastic video.

Below are some student comments from the bStreetsmart forum.

“The BStreet smart presentation was a good experience, it made me aware of all the risks when driving and getting in the car with others. It is extremely easy for someone to get distracted and you life can change extremely quickly. It was also good to see people that had been through car crashes and have got life long injuries as much as it was sad it was a good way to really understand what it is like for it to happen and makes you 100% more aware of what could happen to you and how it would impact your daily life. I think the BStreet smart is a good program that should continue to run for those who are learning to drive in the years to come, not to scare them from driving but for them to have a clear understanding of the risks.” Claudia G

“It was a massive eye opener, and showed how lives can be changed dramatically by a simple mistake. I’m glad to have experienced the event, it made me think of the impact I could make by driving safely on the road.” Kirita E

“Wednesday was a great experience although very confronting. The emotional stories made me want to cry but also made me aware of the risk of either getting in a car with someone, drink driving or being in a accident due to fatigue or alcohol etc. Every child needs to see that performance before getting their license because it surrounds the Childs thoughts with awareness. Very useful. My friends enjoyed it too….” Claudia P

I found the driver ed very confronting. It made me realise how big of a responsibility driving really is and that it isn’t all just fun and games. Whist driving, you have the lives of people in your vehicle andd those around you in your hands and your irresponsible actions can impact someone life forever. Driving is a srious matter.  Radhika T

The day presentation was really good in helping me to rethink the little things about car safety that are usually forgotten, like putting your feet on the dashboard and taking your seatbelt off for a second when you are in the back of the car. I found the speakers very powerful and probably the best part of the day.  Holly B

Going to the Driving Ed caused me to understand the significance driving a whole lot more. I also learnt a heaps more about how 1 simple little action can cause a ripple effect of negative impacts on the people around you.  Channae O

Seeing the consequences in person makes me realize how serious it is really good how real life and confronting it was to show up in person how dangerous driving can be if done wrong. Jasmine A

The presentation gave me a further understanding of how car crashes affect people and all the different outcomes. I also was able to gain knowledge about driving the car and how small things like music and chatter can turn into big distractions affecting the way we drive. But most importantly I learnt that I shouldn’t be scared of driving, just cautious and aware of the positive and negative impacts I can have behind the wheel. Ella J

Yeah I thought the day had a pretty big impact on me and the decisions ill make in the future, because I now know the consequences of things you do on and off the road. Ethan B

It did exactly as intended and gave realization to be more safe. Luke G

The event really opened my eyes on how to be careful and to be responsible in a car when driving or even if I’m a passenger. The event showed us braking distance, and how long it takes for the car to come to a complete stop made me realise that when I drive I need to be aware of my surroundings on the road. Daniel P

bStreetSmart was very educational to me, it informed me on what services are used in different scenarios and how common accidents can be if the necessary precautions are not taken. bStreetSmart also helped me understand what dangers using your phone can illicit while driving. The presentation also helped me understand how speed affects your vehicle, it educated us on how long/far it takes to brake and that 40 is the ‘default’ speed for roads if it is not posted. Wesley T

Overall, the bStreetsmart Program was a great experience! I really enjoyed the braking distance demonstration and interactive displays. The car crash scenario was quite eye opening on the importance of safe road practices. Lucy G

The day was an eye opener to the realities of road safety. I am much more aware of how quickly things can go wrong. I know I will drive safely when I get my license. Lucas T

The braking demonstration was an eye opener showing the effect speeding and how going a bit over the speed limit can be the difference between someone’s life living and dying. The scene really opened my eyes at just how dangerous driving can be and how wearing your seatbelt is vital. Matthew A

I liked the braking demonstration because it helped me visualise myself in the car braking and to give myself more time to brake when driving. I liked the speakers because they showed that accidents like that can actually happen to anyone who’s not carful driving. It was much better than MacBeth because I actually understood it. Sione D

40 Hours with a Backpack Provides New Insights

Congratulations to the 21 students and staff who participated in the recent 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge.  Raising $3,268.22 so far, the group gained valuable insights into the plight of refugees and displaced children this past week as they experienced limited resources, and altered their perceptions of necessities.  Here are some accounts of their experiences this past weekend.  If you would like to contribute to their fundraising, with all funds going to World Vision, please Click Here

“As soon as I get home I’ll start the 40 Hour Famine,” I was thinking to myself, but I realised I hadn’t packed yet! So I got everything I needed toiletries, spare pair of clothes, water, first aid kit, laptop and a small amount of food. “Finally, I’m packed ready to head off on my journey!”  Setting up didn’t take long, and was surprisingly somewhat comfortable, with just a blanket to cover me and sleep on. The first night was quite bitter, not letting me fall into a deep sleep, until it gave me mercy in the morning when I found some warmer sleeping equipment. The second night was a lot better with the better setup.  I wanted to walk everywhere, but the troops denied me access, so I used some transport to get to places instead. Standing up for hours wasn’t too bad, and losing a few items on my journeys, e.g. first aid kit and one pair of shoes, wasn’t the best, but it did give me more room in my bag! Seeing lots of food around me that I couldn’t have made me hungrier and forced me to have good self control. Overall, the experience was good and gave me a taste at what a refugee would experience. Next year I’m going to make it harder for myself and walk that extra mile. Why don’t you join me!  James B (9Z)

On Friday the 11th of August a group of us Year 11 girls decided to take on the 40hr backpack challenge to raise funds for refugee and displaced children. We committed to living out of our backpacks for the entire 40 hours, not using any outside resources including furniture. The first challenge was to pack, flee and find a safe place and that is what we did. The second challenge was the one we all dreaded the most, no devices so we stayed up late playing card games. On both nights we set up camp straight on the floor with only a sleeping bag and a jumper for a makeshift pillow. The next day we all had to pack our bags and flee to a new location so all five of us split up to a different location and that night was a lights out challenge. With another night on the cold floor boards we were all excited to wake up to the sound of another challenge alert which in this case was that we could have nothing but water for the next four hours! Another challenge right before the finish line was to give up one of our limbs as if we had sacrificed it to help someone else and then we counted down for midday on Sunday. When the 40 hours were up we were all very grateful to regain our access to an array of foods, furniture and technology. While it was easy for us to return to our old ways but the reality for over 65 million people worldwide is quite different. This challenge has made us all appreciative for the simple things we take for granted everyday.  Emily C and Phillipa A (11T)

The Latest 5/10ths Program Delivers Food, Facts and Friendships

On Friday 30th June, Year 5 and Year 10 convened for the next round of their 5/10ths Mentoring Program!  Here are some reports from the Year 5 students about their experiences spending time with the Seniors and bonding over food, facts and friendships.

I really enjoyed the 5/10ths trivia day. It was really cool getting to meet people in Year Ten and getting to know them. The trivia was really great. We were asked a variety of questions and we had to discuss them in our groups and decide what the answer was. My favourite part was getting to have pizza for lunch. We were given lots of pizza to share in our group. I really loved chatting to the Year Ten’s as we shared pizza and even though we didn’t win the trivia I still had an awesome time. I am really excited to hear what fun and exciting activity we will be doing with them at the end of next term. Samantha C

5/10ths was absolutely awesome!!!!!! We had a tricky and fun quiz which got our brains working. There were questions about all sorts of topics like sports, music and other forms of general knowledge. Our team put on our thinking caps to share our answers. The pizza was absolutely scrumptious! I enjoyed sharing half a pizza with my friend. What a lively afternoon it was. Rebekah M

The Trivia Afternoon was so cool working together with the Year Ten’s. It was fun discussing answers all together and doing different topics like trying to guess different songs from the radio. The best bit of the Trivia Afternoon for me was eating hot pizza and combining with the Year 10’s and making friends with them.  Sienna C  

The Year Five’s and Year Ten’s did a trivia together at the end of last term. For lunch, we had pizza and it was scrumdiddlyumptious. We had to work as a team to answer some trivia questions. It was a bit challenging but at the same time, I can’t wait to do something else next end of term with the Year Ten’s James H