The Student Wellbeing Committee proudly hosted Pyjama Day on Tuesday 19 July. Students were able to swap their school uniform for their pyjamas in support of The Pyjama Foundation. This is a charity that supports children in foster care through a learning based mentoring program, delivered by volunteers known as Pyjama Angels.
The unusual fundraiser is a great way to raise awareness and highlights the importance of reading. It also raises funds for children in foster care at the same time.
Funds raised on the day contribute towards resources such a books, puzzles and games that are used with the children.
The first Sunday of the holidays marked the departure of the 5th annual New Caledonia Study Tour. Twenty excited Year 10 students and 4 teachers travelled to Noumea, New Caledonia for a week of immersion in French language and culture.
The group did lots of interesting things such as shopping at the local markets, sightseeing around town in the Tchou Tchou train and visiting the Cultural Centre. The students improved their knowledge of French by studying at a French language school for four mornings. This knowledge was then used to order lunch, buy tickets and negotiate around the markets and supermarket.
The highlight of the trip was undoubtedly the day trip to Amédee Island. The day was spent relaxing on the beach, snorkelling and eating an amazing French-Polynesian seafood buffet. Everyone had a terrific time immersing themselves into the French/Pacific way of life.
Term 3 definitely started with a bang for the Cultural sector.
Jack Sturgeon Lunch box Concert is an annual event held during the Mackay Festival of Arts. This year 115 Mercy students ventured out to Canelands Shopping Centre to provide some fantastic entertainment for the community. It was such a privilege to be able to support these students so they can continue to do what they love….perform.
The audience was very impressed by the high quality of each performance and many lovely comments have come through to the school.
Thank you to the wonderful Ensemble tutors who have helped lead each group and continue to work with these students.
During the last week of Term 2, the Humanities Department conducted our very first Humanities Study Tour to Melbourne. Twenty-seven students and four teachers enjoyed 6 days exploring Melbourne. The tour group visited many different historical, cultural and famous Australian landmarks including Sovereign Hill, Chinese Museum, Chinatown, Kryal Castle, Shrine of Remembrance, Galactic Circus, Queen Victoria Market, Scienceworks and many other exciting places. Too many to name.
The Melbourne tour proved to be very successful and we look forward to repeating this great adventure next year.
Mrs Tanya Bugeja, HOD Humanities
The Interhouse Athletics Carnival was a little different this year with the carnival taking place over 1 ½ days. Discus and High jump were held at the College on Wednesday and remaining events were at the Mackay Cristian College oval on the Friday.
It was great to see so many students on the oval during Period 4 and 5 on Wednesday either competing in one of the events or supporting their fellow House mates.
Friday morning greeted everyone with a thick layer of fog setting the scene for some epic battles in the track and field events. The day commenced with the 800m, 200m and 400m track events. Students not competing used this time to collect Participation Points for their House by takin part in other events.
The students then split into age groups and supported the competitors in their respective events. During this time supporters could also participate in some fun games against each other to keep the competitive juices flowing.
The 100 meter races were then held with student House groups cheering on each of their competitors.
Everyone then returned to the College Hall on the buses, to hear the final results.