On the last day of Term 3, the College celebrated Mercy Day which is actually the 24 September. On this day in 1827 the First House of Mercy, in Dublin Ireland, opened its doors to the poor and vulnerable. It was Venerable Catherine McAuley’s, (founder of the Sisters of Mercy) life vision and determination, sacrificing an easy life, to provide care and education for the poor young girls, and homeless women and girls.
We celebrated by commencing with Mass at 9.15am, in the College Hall, followed by lunch and activities at the Mackay Harbour. We were fortunate to have the Mackay Sisters of Mercy, Mr Michael McCusker - Assistant Director Schools Northern Region, Board and P & F members join us in our Celebratory Mass. Sister Denise Hinton shared her journey as a Sister of Mercy, and what brought her to become a Sister of Mercy, and her ministry including working at the Curtin Detention Centre. In upcoming newsletter reflections I will share more regarding the ministry of the Sisters of Mercy with refugees and asylum seekers.
Arts students at Mercy College displayed their creativity and commitment on Tuesday evening in a spectacular Showcase Concert. The Concert Band and Music Class wowed us with their energy and dynamics. The Dance Troupes performed 4 engaging and colourful numbers; a contemporary piece, Seusical The Musical, The Wizard of Oz, and Charlie’s Angels. These dances are a credit to the passionate and creative students who choreographed them. The beauty of Laudate Rings, the Mercy Handbell Ensemble, and the String Ensemble provided a gentle contrast to the African percussion Ensemble and the upbeat media presentations by Miss Pace’s Media classes. The choir performed a diverse repertoire and stole everyone’s hearts with their rendition of ‘It’s a Lovely Day’. Bronze, silver and gold medallions were awarded to students, with Cultural Awards of Excellence received by Gabrielle Burton, Rina Bascuguin and Brianna Martin. The grande finale, ‘Happy’ reflected the enjoyment of students, staff and parents as the culmination of hours of practice and rehearsals resulting in exciting and visually stimulating performances by all the Co-curricular Ensembles.
On Friday 15 August the Interact Committee held the annual Crossroads Social at the West Uniting Church Hall.
For those who don’t know what the Crossroads Social is, it is where mentally impaired members of the community come together to have a fun night.
Mercy committee members hosted many games including bowling, cricket and hula-hooping. There was lots of laughter, singing and dancing throughout the night.
Those who attended Crossroads included students, teachers and members of the community.
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.