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    Mercy's Master Chefs

    Wow, what an amazing year it has been for the Mercy MasterChef competition. This year the competition was bigger than ever with twenty-five students competing for the coveted title of the Mercy MasterChef. The competition took place over two days with the Juniors competing first, followed by the Senior section. The exuberance, confidence and skills the students displayed was mind blowing. A surprising record number of Year 8 students rose to the challenge and produced impeccable dishes. Unfortunately, no Year 10 students competed but the Year 9’s were brave enough to stand in for them.

    To say judging the competition was difficult is simply an understatement. The judges had their work cut out for them. After gruelling deliberations, the winners for the Mercy Junior MasterChef section were Kiralee Welsh and Caitlin Neundorf with Georgia Legge and Clare Pullen emerging as the Mercy Senior MasterChef winners. They went on to compete with seven other schools at the Mackay TAFE in the Rotary Young Chefs finals competition. Their performance was outstanding. Although Clare and Georgia were not placed, their two course meal which included a pasta dish and a flourless chocolate cake, was highly commended by the judges. Kiralee and Caitlin emerged winners as this year’s Mackay Young Chefs overall winners, receiving a night at the Ocean International Hotel and a show of their choice at the MECC.

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    Performance Tour

    It is with great pride that I report on the success on yet another Performance Tour from the Mercy Co-Curricular Performance students. This year we embarked on the journey to Brisbane- arguably our most exciting adventure to date.  With 76 students, 7 adults, 2 coach It is with great pride that I report on the success on yet another Performance Tour from the Mercy Co-Curricular Performance students. This year we embarked on the journey to Brisbane- arguably our most exciting adventure to date.  With 76 students, 7 adults, 2 coach drivers and an infant it was always going to be a full on trip! The students represented the College so wonderfully in their performances with Dance Troupe, African Percussion Ensemble, Choir and Band wowing the crowds at Southbank, Dreamworld and a couple of schools as well.  We even had people asking where they could enrol their children to become part of our wonderful program!

    As well as our performances, the students were given the opportunity to participate in special workshops with some of the state’s leading conductors/directors in their field.  What an honour this was!  All of the ensembles got such a boost from the expertise shared in these workshops.  In addition to all of this, students had plenty of time for sight- seeing as well.  It was a very busy week away, but I’m sure the students and staff would agree that the exhaustion was worth it.

    Congratulations to the students who attended this year’s performance tour - I am so proud of the enthusiasm and professionalism you displayed throughout the trip.  A huge thank you also to the staff - Mr Gunning, Miss Courtice, Miss Gillespie, Mrs Madden and Mr Hay; a more dedicated, caring, and supportive team you couldn’t find!

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    Meditation and Prayer

    This Semester the Religious Education Department staff members have been implementing a new Religion Curriculum, with Prayer being one of the four focus areas.

    Students in Years 8 - 10 have participated in Christian Meditation and contemplative prayer, both at school and at the Mackay Botanic Gardens. For some Year 10 students this has complimented their study of Christian Spirituality.

    There have been many exciting and valuable learning experiences that we have shared with each other.

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    Winners are Grinners

    On the evening of Wednesday 11 June, the Indoor Bowls finals between Mercy College and Mackay High School were played to decide the All Schools Challenge and champion for the Mackay region. They consisted of 2 games of 9 ends, 3 ends if there was a draw after the 2 games and one extra end if there was still a tie.

    The game was well supported by a large crowd who witnessed an epic match between evenly matched teams. Mercy won the first game 24-2. Nick and Cooper were able to score two perfect ends for 6 six points each. The second game brought Mackay High School back into the competition with Mercy being beaten by 6 points: 6-12. The match was tied. They battled through 3 tie breaker ends. Mercy won 2 but in the final end Mackay High School came back to even the points: 2/2. It came down to playing extra extra-time. Even though Mercy drew 3 bowls within centimetres of the Jack, there was space for Mackay High School to place one bowl to take the game. Everyone was holding their breath as Mackay High School delivered their last bowl.

    After 3 hours of play, Mercy won 3-0. The team comprising of Cooper Whitestyles and Nicholas Hilder, is the champion All Schools Cup winner for the Mackay region. Cooper was awarded the player of the series for his excellent and consistent play.