The new Elite Human Powered Vehicle has arrived!
The carbon fibre racing trike is state of the art and last year’s prototype for the new version this year, making it the only one in Queensland.
The design of this vehicle allows air to flow around the vehicle from all directions, rather than the current vehicles which suffer from side winds slowing them down. The incredible aerodynamics are complemented by state of the art running gear and safety inside the vehicle, ensuring the racer’s ability is not compromised by vehicle limitations.
Of course the main question is - "Is it fast?". The answer is "OH YES" very, very fast; easily capable of hitting well over 60 kilometres per hour during a race while keeping an average steady speed in excess of 45 kilometres per hour. It is an exceptional vehicle and certainly will allow the Mercy Elite Team to perform well in all their races.
Term 1 concluded with a visit to many of our essential service agencies. This was a way to say thank you and show our gratitude for all the work they are doing during this difficult time. Thank you to the Justice@Mercy students for supplying the many Thank You cards; they were well appreciated by the service workers. Another big Thank You to all the parents/guardians and students who donated the Easter Eggs to enable us to provide this small Thank You to the hard working and dedicated services staff.
Work Experience provides a valuable opportunity for students to explore, learn and practise the skills needed to succeed in the future. These early work experiences often help young people connect learning with work and realise the value of education.
137 students at Mercy College recently completed one week of work experience in various occupations and local businesses. The students excelled during their working week and came back to school with renewed enthusiasm.
A big thank you to all businesses who hosted our students during this time. Without the community support we would not be able to offer this valuable opportunity to students.
Our Indigenous students and Dance Excellence class participated in a BlakDance, three-day workshop. The focus was on Performing Country. Student engagement was used to reveal and share stories of the night sky from cultural and contemporary storytelling practices.
On Friday of Week 6, an Interschool chess competition was held at Mackay Christian College. Many schools in Mackay participated with Mercy entering two teams.
We arrived in the morning and played seven rounds. Many games went the duration and were quite challenging for both players, who then had to face-up minutes later to their next opponent.
After the final game Jerry Yuan was crowned the overall champion. The combined efforts of Mercy 1 saw them awarded second prize overall and they were only half a point away from the top spot.
It was a bit of a torment knowing we lost by half a point, but we all proved to ourselves that we could compete with the top teams, even against Year 12 students.