Every year students from Years 6-12 with proficiency in 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.
Our Adventure Club truly embraces 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 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.
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.
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.
Students are involved in a number of Club Sports including Basketball, Netball, Rugby Union, Girls Soccer, Touch Football, Rugby League and Tennis. We have had great success in the past with our teams often winning championships and always focussing on having a lot of fun and demonstrating excellent sportsmanship.
The Creative Academy is more than an instrumental program. It allows students 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.
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 3:30pm until 5pm. During this time students can work on Eisteddfod performances, Theatre Sport events and gain insight into dramatic skills.
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.
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.
Mackay Christian College has been recognised as a Mountain Bike Australia School of Excellence, where Mountain Biking is not only embedded in the curriculum, but students have the opportunity to participate in local, state and national level events.
Each year a group of dedicated multimedia ‘savvy’ students come together to design, create and inspire in a 5 day annual Multimedia Camp. Students develop their skills in production, photography, editing, blogging, videography, design and professionalism in a Multimedia work environment.
Students can 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.
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. Zach was passionate about Adventure Racing and was heavily involved in the College as a member of the Adventure Club. The ZACH MACH is a community event and includes 4 challenging and fun filled stages – Mountain Bike, Kayak/Canoe, Trail Run and Road Cycle.