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Macquarie College Foundation investing in children and their community

Dr David Fox is coming up to his first anniversary as a Director of the Macquarie College Foundation, and reflects on his time with the Foundation, connection with the College, and hopes for the future.  David attended Avondale School, and is currently the Head of Research at Farnam Investments.

“I joined the Foundation Board in 2017 because I saw this as a great opportunity to contribute to the school, which provides a great education and so much more for my children”. 

Since joining the Foundation Board, David’s helped to guide discussions regarding the review and long-term management of the Foundation’s investment portfolio while assisting with the formation of the strategies for the Stage 3 Sport & Recreation Centre Fundraising Campaign.

“My children James and Sophie are excited about their school and love learning from their excellent teachers and wonderful peers.  The new Sport & Recreation Centre is a beautiful facility for the children attending Macquarie College, and it will also prove to be a valuable resource for members of the broader community. “

When time permits, David is an active swimming, surfer and mountain bike rider.  “Completing Stage 3 of the Sport & Recreation Centre will create more participation opportunities because many people will have a multitude of wonderful opportunities to engage in health and wellbeing activity, of which I am a strong believer.”  

Throughout 2018 and in to 2019, the Foundation is taking a purposeful approach to connecting with the modern College community.  Since its establishment in 1990, the Foundation has developed a strong financial base.  Moving forward the Directors and Staff are working hard to raise awareness among families and College Alumni about giving programs, investing in Campus facilities, and continuing to build Foundation reserves in order to return high quality services and resources for the benefit of today’s community and for generations to follow.

A servant of education guiding our Foundation’s future

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Macquarie College FoundationThis excerpt from the 2015 Cooinda Dedication to Mrs Margaret Watters, is just a snapshot of the contribution Margaret makes week in and week out at Macquarie College and beyond.  

“Following her retirement, Margaret Watters picked up the baton again and brought her experience to bear within the Adventist School System and Macquarie College in particular. She served as Head of Junior School, Acting Head of Senior School, Acting Bursar, Chair of the Macquarie College Foundation and Chair of the College Council, and an Education Director of SDA Schools (SNSW)”. 

We are grateful to Margaret and Warren Watters for their continued service to the MC community.  Currently, Margaret retains a position as a Director of the Macquarie College Foundation and is overseeing the resurgence of the Foundation’s profile, activity and investment back into the school and local community.

Margaret has always been been associated with the Foundation, beginning in the 1990’s when it was originally called the Hunter Adventist Education Foundation. Now, almost 30 years later she plays an active role in its strategic direction, and guides the work of the Foundation which is finding its voice once again with, and for, the families and students at Macquarie College.  Margaret recently shared with us her reasons for continuing to play an active role in College matters, saying “I have always had a strong belief that the Foundation was playing a vital part in the support of the College, and I wished to have an active role in it.   Although I didn’t attend the College myself, my two sons did (one is now on the Staff), and now my two granddaughters are enrolled there.”  There is a proud tradition at Macquarie College, of children following in the footsteps of their parents who attended the school.  This is building a wonderful heritage that spans many decades. 

“Macquarie College has always been a special place to me. As well as supporting the Foundation, I was fortunate enough to hold leadership positions for many years.  Although I am ‘retired’ now, I still volunteer in the classrooms.  I really enjoy working with the members of staff and meeting each wave of new students coming into the community.”  Margaret shows how service to others can take many different forms, and occur over many seasons of life.  This latest season in the life of the Foundation has ignited a spark in many, as major building and fundraising projects and community engagement initiatives are being launched.
 
The Foundation Directors have a new focus and purpose, launching a Foundation Membership Drive, a Macquarie College Alumni Program, and providing most significantly leading the Stage 3 Sport & Recreation Centre Fundraising Campaign. “The Sport and Recreation Centre was always part of the major plan for the College and it has been wonderful to see the planned facility finally become a reality. So much more of the Physical Education program can be catered for right here on the College campus, unaffected by weather.  The state of the art facilities provide excellent opportunities for every child in the school from Pre-School to Year 12. With the completion of Stage 3 ahead of us, there is a great opportunity to increase staff, student and family use of the facility, and to cater for community-based programs too”. 

“Who are we?” We are MC Sport and our time is now!

This week we caught up with Mr Jim Zenith, for the fourth and final installment in our series of MC Sport Staff Q&A sessions.  We’ll hear about recent experiences and future goals for delivering sport and recreation programs for students in 2018, and beyond. 

How does it feel to finally get into this new facility?

It feels really good to have an undercover area that allows us to play in all weather and doesn’t hinder our normal routine. Before the new Sports Centre, if the weather was bad, we would need to find a suitable space to teach in, which wasn’t always easy especially for sports like softball!  We would then need to teach more sport theory and then reschedule the practical classes to ensure they were completed before the end of term.  There is such a great flow and balance now in terms of our teaching. 

What have you enjoyed most in these first few weeks?

I have really enjoyed having a central office for the PDHPE department. The facilities are excellent and it’s been particularly good for us as a team.  Moreso, the central location is proving beneficial for parents and students, particularly new students, who sometimes had difficulty locating us in multiple locations.  Another thing I’ve noticed is that more students and staff are riding their bikes to the College, due to the additional shower facilities, which is fantastic!

What do you think the completed Centre will mean for students coming through MC over the next 10-15 years?

For me, it means that we can start to foster and create our own sporting traditions. I went to school in the USA and schools over there are notoriously steeped in tradition. My school, Fresno High had a mascot which represented all sporting codes and as well as being easily recognisable, united us a school.  I come from a family of swimmers who all represented Fraser High in swimming, as part of this, we were given the infamous  ‘letterman’ jacket which we wore with immense pride. The jacket identified me as a swimmer and and meant I represented my school.   

I believe that creating new traditions such as these, will help us further answer the question ‘who are we’?, both as a school and as a community, and’ where are we going’? I hope to see and be part of MC building their own sporting history.

I also think it will mean a lot to those who have long-anticipated the Centre’s completion. For the MC Community who have been planning and fundraising, I think it holds particularly sentimental meaning. It’s completion comes with a sense of pride and a feeling of having been part of the building of this awesome Centre. I would like to invite all those who are keen to be been part of the massive fundraising and building efforts to come in for a game and have a ‘shoot’ with us on the new courts!

What types of events would you like to see MC host in the Centre?

I would love to see us hold more social sports events which revolve around fun and companionship rather then competition. Events that bring the wider MC Community together and foster unity and camaraderie I think a Staff vs Staff tournament would be fun!  I believe this would be a great step towards fostering staff morale.  I would also like to see the Centre open to past students at certain times, and to see more access be facilitated to a wider range of people. 

Who would you like to see showcased in a ‘Hall of Fame’ when the foyer is completed?

Macquarie College has a number of high performing sports Alumni who I would like to see recognised. From current world record holding Paralympians such as Cameron Crombie (shot put and javelin) to International sailor’s such as Kyle Langford. Honouring these sports men and women creates a rich picture of MC’s sporting history. Naturally, the Centre will house our trophy Cabinet to proudly display all of our sporting achievements. In addition,  I think we should also include team and individual photos in the cabinet. My hope is that these elements combined will create a sense of awe around our sporting history and give current students something to aspire to.

What’s the G.O.S.S. with Mr Will Bennett

This week we caught up with Mr Will Bennett, for the third installment in our series of MC Sport Staff Q&A sessions.  We’ll hear about recent experiences and future goals for delivering sport and recreation programs for students in 2018, and beyond.

How does it feel to finally get into this new facility?
Sport and Recreation Centre Macquarie College
Having relocated to our offices to the new Centre has already allowed us to be more efficient in getting the job done. There is better team cohesion because of the proximity we have to our facilities and to each other as a team, therefore we have already seen better quality lessons. We have also seen more of Mr Mac from the Junior School which brings the Senior and Junior school together and has added to the Sports Department functioning more effectively as a whole school team.

What have you enjoyed most in these first few weeks?
How well the students have embraced the centre and how excited the students are. At lunchtimes alone, we are having 60-70 kids playing sport in the centre. Particularly badminton as it’s a very inclusive sport. We have also seen an increase of girls playing sport. This has prompted us to establish a ‘Girls Only Sports Session’ (which we have nicknamed G.O.S.S.!) every Tuesday at lunchtime, because there have been so many more girls wanting to play sport during their break.

What do you think the completed Centre will mean for students coming through MC over the next 10-15 years?
It means we can host more inter-school events such as HRIS, because schools are now more willing to compete here at MC, because we are no longer limited by the original facilities such as the asphalt basketball courts. This new, high quality facility is generating a lot of interest.

What types of events would you like to see MC host in the Centre?
More inter-school events and social volleyball.

Who would you like to see showcased in a ‘Hall of Fame’ when the foyer is completed?
Any significant sporting achievement.

Mr Mac excited for MC’s vibrant sporting future

This week we caught up with the Junior School Sport Coordinator, Mr Jacob McElevey, for the second instalment in a series of MC Sport Staff Q&A sessions.  We’ll hear about recent experiences and future goals for delivering sport and recreation programs for students in 2018, and beyond.

How does it feel to get settled into this new facility?
Relief! It feels good to have all of this space! It’s also good to have an area where you’re surrounded by all of our sports resources and for all of the Sports staff to be in the same space.

What have you enjoyed most in these first few weeks?
What I’ve really enjoyed is seeing the new opportunities for different sports such as badminton, volleyball and newcomb ball that have been created. It’s also great to have a safer area for students to play on. We have more students, more enthusiastic about playing, and putting themselves really out there as they play hard for the ball on custom-made surfaces.

What do you think the completed Centre will mean for students coming through MC over the next 10-15 years?
The Sports Centre is definitely a huge thing for new students coming through. Basketball is a growing culture at MC, particularly among our Junior School students. Participation was lower when I first started and it’s getting much bigger now.  So I can only see it continuing to grow over the next 10-15 years. It also means a wider variety of sport opportunities for a wider range of students, badminton is one we’re seeing at the moment. Being an all-weather facility also means increased physical activity for our students. We can potentially host Junior and Senior school classes together which opens a wider range of say, mentoring opportunities. The size of the Centre, means we can run different codes at the same time, for example we can have basketball, netball and athletics all going at the same time.

What types of events would you like to see MC host in the Centre?
I would love to see MC Sport host Gala events and invitationals, for HRIS schools and also local schools. I would also love to see MC Sport create our own Shield matches. We could name them after a successful former MC sport students and feature a range of sports such as futsal, volleyball, basketball, netball and table tennis.

Who would you like to see showcased in a ‘Hall of Fame’ when the foyer is completed?
Mr Martin! Actually I would be happy to see any of our successful past students. At the moment, I can think of a few Junior School students who are excelling in basketball who are prime candidates. I also think our students who are currently playing for the Newcastle Hunters who deserve to be up there. There is so much talent here at MC, and so much more to be developed over time!