On Friday 1 November, Mercy College held its annual Sports Night. This year the College offered seventeen different sports with sixty-seven teams, three inter-school carnivals, and also provided Representative opportunities through the school sport pathways.
Over 1400 certificates were received for Participation as well as recognising individual performances throughout the year. Renae Kunst was the Guest Speaker and she inspired the students with her accomplishments and advice on achieving goals and overcoming obstacles.
Three major awards were presented with Luke Schulte taking home the Caleb Woodland Memorial Trophy, recognising courage and dedication in the sport of Rugby League, and Zoe Breitkreutz and Solomon Grigg were given the Sportswoman and Sportsman titles respectively.
The evening celebrated the dedication and commitment of all the students, staff, parents and helpers for 2013 as well as recognising the successful year that was ‘Mercy Sport’.
Congratulations to the Mercy Choir for the wonderful choral successes in the Mackay Eisteddfod.
The students worked extremely hard to achieve the results of first place in the Novelty Chorus for Secondary Schools, first place in the Choral Singing for Schools Open Group, first place in Choral Singing (Hymn and Folk) Group Secondary Schools and winning the Mrytle McGeever Trophy for Secondary Schools Choral Championships. Well done to the students, parents/guardians, Mrs Carmel Daveson, our guest conductor and Mrs Anne Thompson our accompanist.
Congratulations to all Mercy students who participated in the Eisteddfod. We acknowledge the many individual successes, as well as first time competitors and everything in between.
The Mercy Men ensemble has also spent much time rehearsing together in preparation for the Eisteddfod. Performing last Saturday evening in the Vocal quartet section in the Space at MECC the Mercy Men swooned the audience with a polished rendition of the very modern song 'Let Me down Easy' written by Brisbane band Sheppard. The adjudicator described their performance as very entertaining and was genuinely excited to hear an all-male ensemble. She highlighted the great benefits that The Arts can provide for all and congratulated Mr Jim Ford for his support and encouragement of a very strong Arts program at Mercy College. Jim Ford, Scott McSherry, Val McKenzie, Mathew Anderson and Michael Comerford are to be congratulated.
It has been a busy couple of weeks for the Mercy Interact Club. Our annual Walkathon was conducted on the 16 October with around 130 students participating and raising $2,300. This money will be used to assist those less fortunate in our community. A fantastic effort by the students!
Last week we had Mr Ian Ritche from the West Mackay Rotary group come and speak to us about his work in Kenya, volunteering his time at one of the local orphanages there. He gave a moving insight into the work that is being done with educating children in Kenya, and the difference this is making in their lives.
Our final service engagement for the year was assisting at the West Mackay Rotary Fair. Interact members manned the drinks stall for the two nights of the fair, helping support this event and also raising money for the local community. Thanks to those students and staff who assisted.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of the 2013 Mercy Interact Committee for the effort they have put in this year and the contribution they have made to the wider community.
Mr Brendan Gunning, Interact Coordinator
The top three Mackay teams flew to Brisbane (Mercy College Mackay – Secondary) and (Victoria Park State School, Homebush State School – Primary) to represent the region. Mercy College’s teams, Year 8 students Purav Bhandare and Armaan Kundal with Year 9 students Nina Rillera and Lincoln De Thomasis did an outstanding job against very heavy competition. Undeterred by the fact that most games were played against older senior students, their individual games took up to 2 ¼ hours.
A total of six rounds over two days were played at Brisbane State High School, Sports Hall. Our competitors are eager to go back next year and do it all again!
Overall winner in the Secondary competition was The Church of England Grammar School. Mercy students are determined to be in the placings before they finish high school. A worthy goal!
Mr Jim Ford, Principal/Chess Coordinator
KMEIA 20th Regional Choral Festival – Mercy College Junior Voices
What a wonderful weekend of song in Mackay. Mercy College Mackay choir students took part in a number of workshops and training sessions over the weekend with other local high school students hosted by guest Conductors Mr Anthony Young of St Laurence’s College of Brisbane and Dr Debra Shearer-Dirie, Director and Conductor of the Brisbane Concert Choir and Queensland Conservatorium. The workshops were part of KMEIA’s 20th Regional Choral Festival which ended in a concert on Tuesday night at the MECC with a massed choir of four hundred choristers.
The concert was a wonderful opportunity for our students to sing along side visiting students from St Laurence’s College.
Mercy students also had the chance to work with Mrs Shearer-Dirie at a workshop on Monday at the College.
Thank you to the parents for your support and the students for your lovely singing and representing the school so beautifully.