Mackay Catholic Education Week
Friday 22 July 2016
The Marquee at the Clarion Hotel
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The Marquee Mackay Marina
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Mercy College Mackay Cultural Ensembles have been very fortunate over the last few weeks by being invited to perform for the public at some fantastic venues. Congratulations goes to Concert Band, Choir and Signing Choir, who performed at the RSL 100 Year Anniversary Celebration and to the Drum Corps who performed at the Mackay Meteors verse Townsville Crocs game. It is such a pleasure to watch these wonderful students entertaining the community.
Last week was certainly an eventful week for our College staff and students. Much organisation went into the annual Retreat Program for Years 7, 8 & 9, which was embraced and enjoyed by the students. In addition, Year 7 students participated in their Outdoor Education Experience which included a two-night camp and lastly the Year 10 cohort took part in their Reflection Days. The College Leadership Team are appreciative of the staff who go above and beyond in their commitment for the formation of our students.
Last month, Lara Hutchinson received a movie voucher from the Student Wellbeing Committee for having the most MindFit points during the Mindful May Challenge.
Students were able to participate by practicing a variety of exercises focused on building a positive mental attitude during the month of May. The challenge was well received amongst the students and the Committee has plans to continue to promote positive mental attitude during the year.
On Thursday 26 May 2016 we held our ‘Official Blessing & Opening of the College’s New Buildings’ blessed by Most Reverend Michael McCarthy DD - Bishop of Rockhampton and opened by Leesa Jeffcoat AM – Diocesan Director Catholic Education.
Over a three year period, and with an expenditure in excess of 8 million dollars, Mercy College has been transformed. With a previous capacity of 700 students, the new facilities can now accommodate and educate an extra 200 keen and eager Year 7’s who are now firmly ‘at home’ at high school.
State Government support for facilities in this expansion was in excess of 3.4 million dollars with the other funds being sourced from Diocesan Catholic Education Office – Rockhampton and College loans. The benefit is to all aspects of College functioning including general classrooms, science labs, new canteen, toilets, new administration block and class kitchens, covered areas, walkways and student shelter. Even the maintenance facility and carparks needed to be upgraded.
The overall result is very pleasing and we would like to acknowledge the architects BOLD architecture & interior design and the builders WHF Group Pty Ltd and GW & JL Fergus Pty Ltd.
It was a wonderful official blessing and opening ceremony, very fitting to the process of reconstructing the College. Thank you to all of our special guests.
Best wishes for a new vibrant Mercy College!
Mr Jim Ford - Principal