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Coming Up in Week 4

Next week we celebrate the life of a man who showed great courage and compassion and through serving others, changed the lives of many. The Feast Day of Blessed Edmund Rice is a significant event for Ambrose Treacy College as well as the hundreds of Edmund Rice ministries across the world. Inscripted on the College Touchstones at the front of the Edmund Rice Building are the words of Blessed Edmund Rice: The will of God be done in this and in everything we undertake.

We try to follow Edmund’s example of faith and generosity in everything we undertake at Ambrose Treacy College. On Friday 6 May we will celebrate Edmund Rice Day with a whole school community Mass in the Nudgee Junior Hall at 9.30am. All families, particularly our mothers attending the Mothers’ Day breakfast are invited to join us in celebrating his life.

Timetable Reminder

This Friday 29 April the College will operate on a Monday A timetable. This is to balance the timetable with the loss of two Public Holidays falling consecutively on Mondays.

Year 4 Family Catch up

A reminder to all year 4 families to bring a picnic blanket, snacks, drinks and a few footy balls to Jack Bowers Oval on Sunday May 1 from 3pm. Adults, kids and siblings all welcome at this relaxed catch up.

Mothers’ Day Breakfast

The significance of Mothers’ Day is so we can honour the person in our life who gives us unconditional love and kindness. At ATC we encourage the boys to mark this special day by showing their appreciation for their mother and all she does for them. On Friday 6 May the P&F will hold the Annual Mothers’ Day breakfast on the Westcourt Deck Middle School Precinct from 6.30am-8.30am. Details of this event including how to book and pay for breakfast can be found on the blog’s Community tab. or by following this link

Year 7 & 8 immunisations – HPV2 & Chickenpox

This is a reminder that the Immunisation Team will be here on Tuesday 3 May 2016. The vaccinations will be conducted by a team of specially trained registered nurses and/or medical practitioners. Only students who have returned the forms will be immunised. Please ensure your son has breakfast tomorrow and discuss the importance of staying calm during the vaccination process.

Enquiries regarding vaccinations should be directed to the Brisbane City Council Immunisation Service – ph 3027 4429 or immunisation@brisbane.qld.gov.au

Calendar Events for the next two weeks

Week 4
Monday 2 May – Labour Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 3 May – Yr 7 and 8 Immunisation
Tuesday 3 May – P&F Meeting 18.30
Wednesday 4 May and Thursday 5 May – Yr 7 and 9 NAPLAN Literacy and Numeracy Immersion.

Week 5
Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 May – Years 5,7 and 9 NAPLAN

Along with students across the country all Year 5,7 and 9 students will be sitting the NAPLAN tests during week 5. The National Assessment Program- Literacy and Numeracy is an annual national assessment covering reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. NAPLAN tests are only one aspect of the College’s assessment and reporting process. Ambrose Treacy College does not place NAPLAN as the most important tests the boys are involved in.

Our focus is on the curriculum that is planned in each year level across the year. This is the best form of learning for the boys, and good preparation in itself for NAPLAN. But NAPLAN does provide significant data for parents, the College and education authorities. So to assist the boys in preparing to do their best for the NAPLAN tests students across these year levels will participate in Literacy and Numeracy immersion workshops during week 4. Parents can best support their son by encouraging him to do his best he can on the workshops days during week 4 and on the NAPLAN days during week 5.

Mr David Gardiner, Deputy Principal
gardinerd@atc.qld.edu.au.

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