Every year students from Year 6-12 with a gifting in the area of Mathematics, Science and English are given the opportunity to be involved in various Academic Competitions. Mackay Christian College has experienced great success at these competitions over the years including being awarded overall competition winners, and placing in various year levels.
The MCC Adventure Club truly ‘Embrace the Challenge’ embodied in Adventure Sports with participation in various races and challenges during the year including in the MACH VII, ZACH MACH and the Paluma Push. Students, staff and family members travel around the state to participate in Adventure Sport challenges. The MCC Adventure Club recently purchased approximately 20 mountain bikes which are utilised for training and during school camps. For more information email the Adventure Club.
MCC Angels are an aero club who build and fly foam and balsa model planes. Training is held one day per week during lunchtimes when students practice on a computer simulator using the same transmitters they use to fly the model planes. Real flying occurs on the Eric Liddell field on Fridays before and after school. They also conduct demonstrations at the College Open Day and other events.
Agriculture students have the opportunity to join the Mackay Christian College Agricultural Centre of Excellence Cattle Show Team. Membership is open to all Year 10,11 & 12 students. No prior experience is required as students from all backgrounds can join the Cattle Show Team (CST). The CST trains, prepares and exhibits our own stud cattle and steers as well as cattle from local cattle studs. This challenging yet rewarding extra-curricular activity provides students with opportunities to participate in ‘Junior Parading’ and ‘Junior Judging’ competitions at the local and regional shows with students regularly winning or placing in all competitions. The CST allows students to learn personal skills such as; animal handling, personal grooming, public speaking, time management and the opportunity to participate in overnight camping excursions.
The Junior School Chess Club and Middle & Senior School Chess Club are groups of students who meet together during lunch time on a particular day of the week. Sometimes chess can be the highlight of a student’s school life. During Chess Club students develop their chess skills and friendships. This group participates in the Queensland Interschool Chess Championship (Mackay-Whitsunday division) 3 times a year. They welcome new players and love to challenge anyone to a game of chess. Some of our dedicated teachers serve as coaches who give up their own time to encourage and promote these budding chess stars.
The College has various choirs depending on the year. Some examples are the Year 3 Choir, Year 4/5 Choir, Year 6/7 Choir and our Song and Dance Club. Our choirs practice during lunchtime and have a number of performance opportunities throughout the year including the Mackay Eisteddfod, College Open Day, Award nights and other community events.
MCC students are involved in a number of Club Sports including Basketball, Netball, Rugby Union, Girls Soccer, Touch Football, Rugby League and Tennis. A number of our staff, parents and even students volunteer their time to train and coach the teams. Mackay Christian College teams have experienced great success in the past with our teams often winning championships and always focussing on having a lot of fun and demonstrating excellent sportsmanship.
For more information email the Sports Department.
The Creative Academy is more than an instrumental program. It allows a student to learn an instrument, workshop with specialists, rehearse and perform in a wide range of ensembles and showcase their talent in a systematic approach to ‘Concert’ programming. We believe this provides a well-rounded academic program for students who learn an instrument. Click here to discover more about the Creative Academy.
Students in Year 11 & 12 at Mackay Christian College are able to participate in the Drama Club. This club will be offered on a Thursday afternoon from 3.30 til 5pm. During this time students can work on Eisteddfod performances, Theatre Sport events and gain insight into dramatic skills. Students are also involved in Theatre Sports, a competition for all ages with participants represented from each house family.
F1 in schools
Teams of students from all over Australia come together to compete in the F1 in Schools Technology challenge. Students design and build small but very fast versions of Formula 1 racing cars which hurtle down a 20m track at speeds of up to 80kmh. Teams compete in a variety of areas including racing the cars, oral presentations, marketing their product, gaining sponsorships and assembling their team display.
Festival of Fashion
Senior Home Economics students enter the Student Festival of Fashion Competition every year and have had great success in achieving placements each year since becoming involved in the competition in 2002. Being involved in these events help the students to show the wider community their wonderful talents and creativity.
At Mackay Christian College we provide practical outreach opportunities for students and staff to develop an understanding of the servant heart of Christ towards the poor and the lost while serving others, representing the beliefs, values and ethos of the College. Visit our MCC Missions page to discover more.
MTB Skills Park
Mackay Christian College has been recognised as a Mountain Bike Australia School of Excellence. To view our certificate click here.
Our Mountain Bike Skills Park can be utilised by students as well as the general public. Guidelines can be accessed here MTB Skills Park Guidelines. This park has been designed and developed in consultation with the Mackay and District Mountain Bike Club (M.A.D.) to be a safe and enjoyable introduction to the sport of Mountain Biking. Students may access the MTB Skills Park during school hours at designated times, including specific classes and lunchtimes. The MTB Skills Park is also open to students as well as the general public outside school hours as outlined in the MTB Skills Park Terms & Conditions. For more information email the MTB Skills Park.
Each year a group of dedicated multimedia ‘savvy’ students come together to design, create and inspire in a 5 day annual Multimedia Camp. Pastor Brad Huddleston travels from the USA to guide and develop the gifts God has instilled in each of these creative students chosen for the Multimedia Camp. For the duration of the camp the students create a studio for recorded interviews, brainstorm ideas for a final DVD production and develop their skills in production, photography, editing, blogging, videography, design and professionalism in a Multimedia work environment.
The students at Mackay Christian College have the opportunity in Middle & Senior years to participate in our Robotics program. The students meet at lunchtimes as well as after school to learn skills in building and programing robots using the Lego RCX or NXT programmable bricks. Students use these skills to complete design challenges and participate in competitions at a local, regional or state level. We have used Robotics as a context for extending our gifted or motivated students who use allocated class time to complete the above mentioned challenges. These challenges require creative thinking, teamwork, persistence and resilience, as the students discover that the challenges are more complex than they imagined. We have sent teams of students to several competitions to play Robocup Junior Soccer and Robocup Junior Dance. The soccer requires 2 robots per team to operate autonomously, to play soccer on a 3 square metre field for 20 minutes without any interference or decision making by the team. The Dance challenge requires teams of students to create robots, programs and props that move in time with music to entertain an audience.
The ZACH MACH (Mackay Adventure Challenge) celebrates the life of an amazing young man, and past graduate of Mackay Christian College, Zach Roberts who tragically passed away in 2012 in an accident at the age of 18. Zach was passionate about Adventure Racing and was heavily involved in the College as a member of the Adventure Club and as a House Family Captain. The ZACH MACH is a community event and includes 4 challenging and fun filled stages – Mountain Bike, Kayak/Canoe, Trail Run and Road Cycle. The ZACH MACH is held in the beautiful Pioneer Valley, and can be enjoyed by solo, pairs or team competitors from as far afield as Townsville, Sydney and Darwin. For more information about the ZACH MACH you can click here or to enquire about competing or sponsorship you can email ZACH MACH.