On Monday 15 August, the College participated in the Mackay Interschool Chess Competition. We had two teams competing against 8 teams from other schools within the district; Show No Mercy and Mercyless. Show No Mercy placed 4th and Mercyless came in 5th. The difference between 3rd and 4th was only one point with both teams doing Mercy proud!
This year the Mercy community took part in a rescheduled Clean-Up Australia Day. Over 80 students and 5 teachers volunteered to take part in an extended rotational clean up throughout the day.
It was a beautiful sunny day, perfect for a beach walk! Students and teachers alike were astonished at some of the products they found lying around i.e. dental retainers, pipes, rubber, broom sticks, underwear (you’d think someone would notice them missing!), syringes and furniture. All were found amongst the dunes at Binnington Esplanade.
Over 6 massive garbage bags were filled with litter by the end of the day. It was a real eye-opener to how much debris is littering our pristine shores and it made us all realise how big an impact rubbish disposal can have.
The College eSports Club had its first birthday this month and was host to a small celebration of its one-year anniversary.
What started out as a simple group of like-minded individuals, has since evolved into a community where students are able to come together to have fun and cooperate in the spirit of play! The club has had a number of gaming competitions and events over the last 12 months which the students have enjoyed immensely.
It is the students hope that this Club will continue long into the future. Their goal is to invite more schools to participate so they can host interschool competitions and events.
The eSports leadership also thanked Mr Jim Ford for his support in accepting the establishment of the club and his on-going encouragement of the students.
On 9 August Mercy College was wonderfully represented in the Mackay Sister Cities Japanese speech contest. Four Year 10 students competed against Years 10, 11 and 12 students from schools around Mackay in the annual Japanese Speech contest to celebrate the Sister City relationship with Matsuura. Students were given the topic of ‘Hey, I’m a teenager’ and were asked to write, in their own time, a two-minute speech in response to this topic. Their responses were extremely varied and it was fantastic to hear how Mercy’s and Mackay’s teenagers feel about being a teenager.
The College was represented by Montana Poyner, Bridget MacDonald, Jun Hong Liu and Vince Vinzon. All four students worked extremely hard to write their speeches, utilising a wealth of knowledge from their hard work during their Japanese classes. They practiced endlessly in order to memorise their speeches. The task of presenting in front of their peers, family, friends and visiting students from Matsuura was extraordinarily daunting. They should be exceptionally proud for volunteering to be a part of this amazing experience. All were commended for their speeches with Vince Vinzon receiving 3rd place amongst Mackay’s Year 10 participants.
Recently a group of our Year 10 students, accompanied by Miss Hannah Greer and Mr Brett Comerford, travelled to the Capricorn Coast PCYC to take part in the annual ACTS camp. Rather than share an adults perspective on ACTS camp I will leave the reflection to our participants.
I would definitely recommend ACTS camp. I made so many new friends and it was a great experience. It was great getting to know new people that will be our friends for life. It helped me to grow and become a better person by accepting everyone’s different personalities and learning their gifts and talents and how alike we are. Abbie