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A Community Enriched by Our Staff

“What the teacher is, is more important than what he or she teaches.” Soren Kierkegaard

“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” Carl Jung

World Teachers’ Day will be celebrated this Friday October 26. This day is an opportunity to recognize the great work of teachers across Australia. Teachers wear many hats in one day. They are coaches, mentors, leaders, project managers, colleagues, administration officers and learners. Many arrive as early as 7 am, frequently give up their weekends and work late into the night to provide our children access to quality education. At ATC we are very fortunate to have a group of hard working and dedicated men and women who are responsible for the day to day care of your children. The profession of teaching is a rewarding career, even though on a daily basis it may prove frustrating, the chance to see, in our case, young boys grow into young men is very rewarding. On behalf of the ATC community I would congratulate all of our staff and in particular our teachers on the great work that they are doing with the young men of Ambrose Treacy College. We are very fortunate to have a very dedicated and caring group of professionals leading our students.

World Teachers Day will hold a special significance at ATC. At tomorrow’s assembly we will take time to recognize a number of our long serving staff. At Colleges like ATC, our staff act in many ways as the conduit in which the culture of the community is strengthened and passed on from year to year, from generation to generation. The richness of the ATC community I believe is nourished by a number of staff both within and outside the classroom who have selflessly made this community their vocation. Countless numbers of young men and families have benefitted from the generosity and commitment our staff have shown in their time at the College. On behalf of the current ATC community and past Nudgee Junior communities I would like to acknowledge the wonderful work of the following staff who have all served this proud community for more than 10, 15 or 30 years.

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” Brad Henry

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” Mark Van Doren

Night of Excellence
Tuesday night afforded our community to gather and celebrate the wonderful achievements of many of our students across the various dimensions of College life. It provided an opportunity for us to congratulate students who have achieved outstanding achievements in their academic pursuits, their sporting and cultural endeavours and importantly in our dimensions of leadership and service. As a spectacle, whilst always admitting to my inherent bias, the night was a great showcase of our students and their capacity and potential. I know I heard one parent comment at the end of the night, that she had to continually remind herself that none of our students are older than 14 or 15 years such was the poise and maturity they showed.

Santiago Ferrando welcoming guests to Night of Excellence.

I would like to congratulate our four compere’s for the evening, Santi Ferrando, Reuben Waugh, Fletcher Porche and Oliver Cook. We have a belief at the College that all students are called and have the capacity for leadership, and it was great to see these four ATC students step up and ‘lead’ for the evening. Without a doubt many of the families would have walked away with a wonderful memory of the night – the A-Z of what ATC stands for, the dynamic Taiko drumming performance, the engaging address from year 4 student Hugo Hart, the incredible magic show by Matt Rosolen, Nat Cowan and Tom Sherratt, the creative video presentations by Sam Hassett, or the entertaining musical performances of our Symphonic Winds, ATC Big Band and Middle School Singers. There was a little bit in it for everyone.

Reuben Waugh addressing the audience.

You are no doubt aware that nights like that do not just happen and a lot of thoughtful planning and work goes in behind the scenes to ensure the night runs so smoothly. (A planned 9.00pm finish only missed by two minutes as the closing thanks concluded at 9.02pm). I would like to congratulate David Gardiner and Jodi Rivalland, our ‘architects’ for the evening, for their great work to ‘produce’ the evening. David and Jodi were supported by a wide range of staff and I would like to extend a general thank you to all staff who contributed to the success of the evening.

World Children’s Mission Mass
Opportunities often arise in the strangest places and times. Today a small group of students across various year levels joined other schools to attend the World Children’s Mission Mass at the Cathedral. They were joined by boys and girls from Catholic Primary and Secondary schools from throughout the Brisbane diocese. The Catholic Mission is one our targeted partners that we support and some of the money raised in our Lenten Fayre was sent through to support their work with the children in Cambodia.

Students with Archbishop Mark Coleridge.

What happened after Mass was warming to hear. After Mass our students made a decision to seek out Archbishop Mark Coleridge to speak to him. I was delighted to hear about an extract of part of this conversation. Tom Perissinotto one of year 8 students asked Archbishop Coleridge, “Your Grace, in Year 8 Religion we have been learning about the Pope. We know that Francis is a man of the people and has taken ‘selfies’ with those he meets and posts them onto social media. Could we please have one with you?” to which Archbishop Coleridge replied “Well, if Francis is doing it, I suppose I’d better too.” The result is this photo:

Matt Warr our Assistant Dean of Formation shared with me that the boys were a credit to themselves and the College. (As a footnote, Archbishop Coleridge asked for a copy of the photo for his own social media activity and a copy was sent through this afternoon.)

Prayers
I would ask the community to please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers following the passing of my wife, Wendy’s father, Kevin Grieve. Kevin passed away late last week quite suddenly following complications with his health. As a family we will celebrate the gift that Kevin has brought to all of our lives. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

Congratulations
Wonderful news from the Trowell family – Mel Trowell (Middle School Teacher) and Derek Trowell (IT Department) on the safe arrival of their daughter who was born in the early hours of this morning weighing 3.2 kg. Melissa and baby are doing very well. A beautiful little sister for young Jack. First photo below:

Baby Trowell was born at 1.36am 27 October 2016

With best wishes,
Michael Senior