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    "No Mercy"

    After a five hour, rain delayed departure from Mackay, our four Robotic teams finally arrived at the University of Queensland for the State Robotics Competition. This is an annual event that Mercy has attended for the past 3 years and was held last weekend, 16 and 17 August.

    Eight boys competed, putting their problem solving, fault finding and technical skills to the test against over twenty schools from around Brisbane and throughout the state.

    Making it through around twenty-five matches, three of our teams made it through to the finals. To finish off a great experience for the boys, our ‘No Mercy’ team, consisting of Lachlan Stevens, Eddie Carroll and Alex Van Lint, was successful in winning the Grand Final.

    On behalf of myself and Mr Denman, I would like to congratulate all the boys for the way they conducted themselves over the weekend and for the spirit in which they competed. Also, thankyou to the dads who travelled with us for their support, something that has become a tradition on this trip.

    The ‘No Mercy’ team is now looking at competing in the National Finals to be held in Brisbane during the September holidays. We wish them all the best.

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    Artist in Residence - Mr Sean Andrews

    A huge congratulations is extended to the students who were involved with the recent ‘Artist in Residence’ week with Mr Sean Andrews!

    I am delighted to report that Sean was not only impressed with the talent of our students, but also their behaviour and attitude towards this venture. It was truly inspiring to see how the students ‘lifted, improved and found that extra gear’ as Sean explained the importance of using air in their playing and singing.

    Sean worked with the College Choir and Band, the Instrumental Music Voice students, and soloists. As part of the week, he visited both Holy Spirit College and St Patrick’s College to share his techniques and talents with our Catholic counterparts with great success.

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    National Soccer - Final 16

    Over Terms 2 & 3, sixteen Mercy students took part in an Australian-wide Soccer tournament. In a phenomenal feat of excellence, this team has achieved a spot in the final sixteen teams of Australia. They have defeated the following schools in order to become the best team in North Queensland: North Mackay SHS, Burdekin Catholic High, Kirwan SHS, and most recently, Cairns SHS. They will now take part in the Queensland semi-finals against Toowoomba Grammar School, with the Queensland final to be played the next day against either Chancellor SC or Cavendish Road SHS.

    This is a truly epic accomplishment from these boys who have achieved something that has never been achieved by a Mackay team, let alone a Mercy College team, with future teams hard-pressed to repeat this wonderful feat. Not only are they talented soccer players, but they are also hard-working, committed, persistent, and have a fantastic rapport with each other. The entire school community is behind this high quality team and wish them the best for the future.

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    New Caledonia Study Tour

    This year marked the third annual New Caledonia French Study Tour. On Thursday 26 June, twelve excited Year 10 students and three teachers travelled to Noumea 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. The highlight of the trip was undoubtedly the day trip to Amedee Island. The day was spent relaxing on the beach, snorkelling and eating an amazing French-Polynesian seafood buffet.

    Everyone had a great week away and it was hard to go back to eating Vegemite on toast after eating croissants and baguettes for breakfast every morning!