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Blowing Hot Air

Years ago I heard the saying that “….the human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.” It has stuck with me ever since! Whilst watching our Year 10 boys at QDU last night, I reflected on the many nervous and painful-to-endure attempts I made with a microphone in hand in my mid twenties.

What struck me last night was what a fantastic opportunity our boys have to participate in an activity that is enjoyable, competitive and cognitively challenging. Even better is that they have the opportunity to develop such an important skill that will be utilised throughout their school and working lives.

Debating students Round 1 of QDU.

Whilst an increased ability to argue is not necessarily a virtue welcomed by parents, the capacity to clearly develop an idea, respond quickly and intelligently and speak confidently in front of others is a life skill beneficial to all. We have all endured terrible 21st birthday speeches, awful cliché-ridden sport diatribes (apologies) and roastings by the Best Man at a wedding that have guests trying to hide under the table! This is why it is in every student’s best interests to do at least one season of debating before they leave school, so that the benefits can be appreciated when they are most needed. Boys who have the confidence to debate at a competitive level are very impressive young men and will no doubt hold a room or audience comfortably in years to come!

Happy faces at Beginner Band Day

Co-curricular Music

Beginner Band Day
Our youngest members of the Co-curricular Music Department have been well and truly exercising their new skills this week. The Beginner Band day last Friday has given them the skills they need to prepare for being part of a large ensemble with weekly rehearsals and lessons. It was a real pleasure for parents to see the boys perform on stage at the end of the day. Junior Band parents are urged to check the College App regularly and subscribe to your sons band and teacher to keep up to date.

Choir
The Junior Choir are performing at Voices from the Trenches which is an event to commemorate the end of World War I They will join a variety of schools from across Brisbane and the Gold Coast on Saturday 18 March at ERPAC Stephens Road South Brisbane. Tickets are available on the Birralee website.

Handbells
Ringers will attend the Bellatutti Handbells workshop and concert on Sunday 12 March at Coorparoo Secondary College and all further information is available on the website. All Handbell Ringers are expected to attend and should have paid their registration of $25 to Mrs Scalia in the Co-curricular Music Department.

Co-curricular Sport

Football (Soccer) Training
The ‘world game’ is alive and well at Ambrose Treacy College with unprecedented numbers of boys nominating to play this term. Following our first pre-season training session on Tuesday we have needed to make a few changes to utilise our green space as best as possible. As of Tuesday 14 March:

Years 7 to 10 Training will continue at Chelmer Sports Inc, Queenscroft St as planned. Boys are to meet at the back of Mt Sion and will walk to Chelmer under teacher supervision. Boys will then change uito training gear in the change rooms at Chelmer. Training will conclude at 4.55pm, with pick up at 5.00pm

Years 5 and 6 Training will now be held on Brothers Oval at ATC (next to tennis courts). Boys are to change into training gear and boots straight after school and are to meet coaches at the sheds. Training will conclude at 4.25pm with pick up at 4.30pm.

All future Football information will be relayed via the College app only. All Football families must subscribe to the FOOTBALL tag in the App.

QCIS Swimming Championships
Tomorrow 37 of our best swimmers will be heading to Toowoomba to defend our title from last year. With very strong performances across all ages at both club and school meets this year we are looking forward to a great day in the pool. Congratulations to Mr Paul Jones and the swimming staff for their preparation of the boys and to the boys for their hard work, dedication and passion for swimming. The early mornings, late nights and extra time in the gym will no doubt come to fruition in the pool come Friday!

Lemon tree fruiting along with the pear, mandarin and orange trees.

Clubs and Activities

Gardening Club is humming along this term with record numbers of boys embracing the natural environment. Mrs Burton and her team have cleaned, weeded, plucked and pruned in the first couple of weeks of Gardening Club. They have have planted two types of lettuce, beans, cucumber and two types of tomatoes. The hot weather has meant a few of the seedlings were burnt but our citrus trees are doing fabulous as you can see in our photo. The passionfruit vines & banana trees are loving the hot weather too! More seedlings will be planted early next term when it’s cooler. Our clients from Meals on Wheels are coming over for a visit and we look forward to donating a lot of our produce again this year.

Enjoy the weekend.
Dave Capra, Head of Co-curricular Activities
caprad@atc.qld.edu.au