The exciting conclusion to the inaugural Mackay Inter-School Debating Competition was held on Tuesday evening 15 August. The College hosted the Junior Competition in two divisions; the Years 7 & 8 section and the Years 9 & 10 section.
There were six schools competing throughout the competition - Mackay State High School (our near neighbour), Whitsunday Anglican School, Mackay Northern Beaches State High School, Holy Spirit College, Mackay North State School and of course Mercy College. Sixteen teams debated, both prepared and impromptu topics that were presented during the five fortnightly rounds. This was followed with the semi-finals and then the grand finals.
Congratulations to all involved.
On Monday 14 August, 15 of Mercy’s Chess Lords took on 150 of the coolest check-maters in Mackay. As this was an Opens event, our players were outsized, but definitely not outplayed. With 7 rounds of intense and thrilling chess, the only thing guaranteed was that heads and pawns would roll.
Our squad of 15 was broken into 4 teams: Show no Mercy, Mercy’s got Talent, Mercyless and Mercy Rules. All players performed to their best and represented Mercy with pride. Special mention must go to ‘Show no Mercy’, who claimed 3rd place overall. This team consisted of Michael Pengelly, Fletcher Clarke, Henry Williamson and Braxis Kretschmer. In addition Braxis, must be commended for his efforts, placing 3rd overall individually.
With such a young squad, the 2017 Mercy Chess Lords are pumped up and ready to ‘Rook and Roll’ in 2018.
On Tuesday 25 July several students from Mercy College competed in the annual French Speaking Competition with Whitsunday Anglican College. I would like to congratulate all the students for the time and effort they put in to preparing their poems. Well done to:
Georgia McCarthy (3rd place), Ashton Smith
Aidan Collins, Abby Clark, Jesika Lett, Dallis McLean, Kaitlin Scott, Marian Villon (1st place), Jarlah Walsh
Ziluo Huang (1st place)
Nicole Copo, Mary Di Francesco (3rd place), Steffanie Ogilvie (2nd place), Teya Smith