Who would have thought two subjects taken in Year 9 (Art and Textiles) would have triggered a passion for fashion design and creation to be born. Kiralee Welsh commenced sewing in 2015 and in 2016 was awarded multiple local awards in the Mackay Festival of Fashion.
In the recent September school holidays Kiralee had 5 outfits progress from the Mackay round of the Apex Australia Teenage Fashion Awards through to the Queensland Finals. Kiralee was awarded runner-up with her retro revival casual wear piece and leading designer with her ‘Home’ inspired wearable art piece. She was also awarded the prestigious title of, ‘Queensland Designer of the Year’.
Well done Kiralee!
The College’s Handbells Ensemble performed recently at the Mackay Orchestras and Bands Competition on the 18 August. The adjudicator was very impressed with their ensemble skills, attention to dynamics and a musically sensitive performance.
They are now working towards the Eisteddfod, attending workshops with Mrs Carmel Daveson, President of the Handbell Society of Australasia.
We are in Week 2 of Mackay’s 70th Annual Eisteddfod. This is such a great event that allows us to celebrate and share within the Arts categories. From dance to instrumental, singing and drama, Mercy College Mackay students are truly involved. I have enjoyed seeing our students compete and be successful as individual competitors in many different sections. On Tuesday I was so proud of our ensemble students who took to the stage. It was a pleasure to see the hard work and dedication to their craft be rewarded. Congratulations to all students and I look forward to the last week of singing and drama to come. Best wishes from the Mercy Community.
On 2 October, MAD (Mackay and District) Mountain Bike Club hosted the Queensland State Cross Country Olympic Distance (XCO) Mountain Bike Championships. This event brought mountain bike racers from all around the state to race our tracks. Mercy’s Mountain Bike Club had five entries in the Under 15 competition. We came away with two in the top ten (Kiah Dumigan 7th and Alex Bogna 10th), all with experience at a higher level of mountain biking with many lessons learned.
The group of about twenty College riders, who train together every Monday and Friday, have recently been blessed with some training obstacles thanks to Mr Dunn – the most recent being an adjustable seesaw. While the staff have been more than a little frightened by the seesaw, the students have taken to riding it like a duck takes to water.