Thursday 8 March, Pindar Panther students put their Masterchef hats on and held a bake sale to raise funds for Caritas. Close to 50 students volunteered in one way or another to help out in a bake sale, which included baking delicious treats, setting-up/packing up the stall, promoting the sale or selling to the hungry masses.At the end of the sale a total of $461 was raised. These funds are to go towards Caritas Australia's annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising project – Project Compassion.
On Sunday 4 March, the Mercy eSports Committee kicked off with its first tournament for the year. The new leadership members have been hard at work organizing the event since the start of term. The students played Overwatch, a sci-fi fantasy action game set in a futuristic earth which is plagued by the aftermath a war between humans and robotic entities known as Omnics. Each player selects a hero from a colourful cast of characters and works together in teams to capture objectives or complete various tasks during the match.
We had a huge turn out on the day with a record breaking 27 students eager to test out their skills against one another. Everyone performed remarkably well and after a very long and hard-fought event we found our champions.
On Friday 2 March, Mercy AFL players were given the opportunity to participate in a training clinic with Gold Coast Suns players Mackenzie Willis, Jacob Dawson and Lauren Bella. In not the most pleasant of conditions, the training session covered the fundamentals of the game with the students being guided by the professional players. The final part of the clinic consisted of a question/answer session.
Click, click, click was the symphony of cameras in room TO1 the last couple of meetings. Students were put to task on composing shots to an introduction to manual settings.
With training during lunchtime meetings, it became a revelation that photography is a quagmire of skills and knowledge. From simple point and shoot composition to understanding more advanced concepts.
With the Mercy Photography Club in its second year and 30 members, students are already contributing images for the schools Facebook page, newsletter and next year’s yearbook.