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Authentic Values of a Catholic School

The College Candle

May I start by wishing a belated Happy Mother’s Day to all the significant ladies in our community. Mums have such an integral role in all of our lives, and are very important people in the Ambrose Treacy College community. It was great to see the love and enthusiasm of so many of our boys last Friday as they prepared breakfast, and sought gifts through the stall run by kind hearted parents. We are so privileged to have such wonderful family involvement here at ATC.

Community Mass

I spoke of this appreciation at the Community Mass on Saturday evening here at school. It was wonderful to share the sacred occasion with families (particularly of boys in Year 5 and 8). The choir were fantastic and always provide a beautiful setting for our celebrations. We will have a similar gathering in Term 3. I encourage all families to attend and join in the beautiful community spirit evident at our Mass.

Sacraments

I am aware that in our local parishes many of our young men are currently finalising preparation for holy sacraments. Our boys will be completing their first Holy Communion and Confirmation in particular. We are very proud of our young men for deciding to make this further commitment to their faith. On these special days, boys are certainly invited and welcome to proudly wear their formal Ambrose Treacy uniform. We believe that this gesture shows the clear links between our school community and the local diocese. Furthermore, we are extremely confident that our young men are wonderful ambassadors for ATC. Of course, it is not compulsory, and many families may choose to add their own stole or icon to the uniform.

Renewal Process

Next week is a significant time for our College as a team from Edmund Rice Education Australia will visit our campus for three days as a part of our renewal process. The panel will be looking to affirm the College for the ways that we exhibit the authentic values of being a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition. Four touchstones or characteristics are mandated in our charter. I am confident that we are school that consistently demonstrates the importance of providing a Liberating Education, being a symbol of Gospel Spirituality, encouraging Justice and Solidarity and celebrating an Inclusive Education policy. It will be a busy week, but one where we look forward to receiving both commendations and suggestions for the future.

Service to Others

Now may also be an opportune time to remind boys and families of the importance of serving those around us through our Service Program. Kindness can be contagious, so we encourage all our boys to spread positivity, compassion and awareness throughout their lives. Our Year 6 boys are currently showcasing their faith through action in their winter appeal. Well done to all boys for getting involved and showing such initiative.

Junior School Cu Chullain Awards

Congratulations to the following boys who are recipients of the Cu Chullain award this week:
Year 4
Jonathan Hill, Cameron Messenger, Jack Ryan, Rowan Parnell
Year 5
Tiago Ganho, Jack Sutherland, Harvey Cole, Sebastian McCormack
Year 6
Angus Mulvihill , Zachary Beachy-Head, Sean Callinan and John Pham.

God Bless,

Mr Matt Warr, Assistant Dean of Formation
warrm@atc.qld.edu.au

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