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    Lunchbox Concerts

    Congratulations to the members of the Dance Troupe, Choir, Concert Band, and African Percussion Ensemble who all represented the College last week at the Mackay Festival of Arts Lunchbox Concerts.

    The members of the audience on each of the three days were absolutely wowed by the professionalism, energy, enthusiasm and stunning performances of each of our ensembles. The staff were approached by tourists and congratulated on not only the performances, but also the exemplary behaviour and manners of the Mercy students - what amazing endorsements, well done! Special thanks to Miss Gillespie and Miss Courtice for helping me with supervision, and to Mr Dave Hay for transporting equipment.

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    Pyjama Day

    On Wednesday 16 July Mercy staff and students celebrated National Pyjama Day.

    A colourful array of PJ’s and onesies dotted the campus as school uniforms were swapped for the day.

    Congratulations everyone for raising $193.45 which will buy resources such as books, games and puzzles for The Pyjama Foundation library.

    The Pyjama Foundation is a charity that supports children in foster care through a learning based mentoring program, delivered by volunteers known as Pyjama Angels.

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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!