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Coming Up in Term 3

As the term comes to an end I would like to thank the whole college community for their enthusiasm over the past ten weeks. Term 3 is shaping up to be another exciting one with so many educationally engaging activities planned for our students including study skills workshops, geography and science excursions as well as the Official opening and blessing of the Middle School Precinct. Please note that tomorrow, Friday 17 June is a normal full school day for all students. We will celebrate the end of term with a liturgy at 2.15pm and the expectation is that all boys will be in attendance til 3pm.

Middle School Winter Concert
Congratulations to our Middle school Ensembles for a fantastic concert last Thursday evening. The Senior Ensembles of our College performed professionally and with poise. Well done to all students and the dedicated Instrumental Music Staff. We also farewelled our Lower Brass Music Teacher, Mr Shane Hannan after over 10 years of service to NJC/ATC. Thank you Shane for all you have done for our Tuba, Trombone, Euphonium and Bass Guitar students for many years and we wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

Reports
Semester One Report Cards will be uploaded on Thursday 23 June. Further details will be emailed to parents next week. I encourage parents to not only read the report but also sit down and discuss it with your son/s. Last night on the ABC show, Education Revolution, John Hattie who is a leading educational consultant in Australia, spoke about the most significant impact on a child’s success at school is the support and encouragement from parents. The release of the Semester Report provides an ideal opportunity for parents to acknowledge their son’s successes and areas of improvement, areas to work on, and to look ahead to Semester Two with some goals.

Holiday Activities
Students across the College are involved in two significant tours over the holiday period. A group departs for Japan to further develop their language and understanding of Japanese culture, plus strengthening our connection with Kobe Junior College. Our talented musicians combine for their Sydney Music Tour that includes a performance at the Opera House. I wish these students and staff all the best for a very successful tour.

The co-curricular program of Ambrose Treacy College is highlighted by these tours plus the events of this week (including the Inter House athletics and the Middle School Music Concert), along with the list of activities below for the first week of Semester Two.

Vacation Care
Camp Australia’s holiday program for ATC will run from Monday 27 June – Friday 8 July 2016. Siblings and friends of the College are more than welcome. Please remember to book online so you don’t miss out on Camp Australia’s exciting holiday program Feel free to visit Michelle, our onsite coordinator, if you would like to talk to her about the service or take a look at the facilities. Michelle: 0450776873

Save the Date – Jazz by the River 2016
Our inaugural Jazz by the River in 2015 drew a crowd of over 700 people. It was a special occasion celebrating the Arts at ATC on the lawn beside our Brisbane River. Preparations are well underway for the 2016 Jazz by the River and we look forward to another Cultural extravaganza. This year Jazz by the River – A Celebration of the Arts will be held on Saturday 15 October 4.00pm-7.30pm. Our Guest Performer is Tamara O’Callaghan.

Key Dates
Friday 17 June 7C & 7T Geography Excursion
Friday 17 June Last day of Term 2 – End of Term Liturgy
Thursday 23 June Semester One Reports uploaded
4-10 July Sydney Music Tour – World Projects Music Festival
Monday 11 July Student Free Day – Parent Teacher Feedback Meetings
Tuesday 12 July Day 1 Semester Two for all students
Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 July Year 9 Study Skill workshops
Tuesday 12 July P&F Meeting
Wednesday 13 July Year 7N and 7B Geography Excursion
Thursday 14 July Yr5 Forensic Science Incursion
Thursday 14 July Parent Teacher Feedback Meetings
Friday 15 July Year 5 Mass
Friday 15 July Academic Assembly
Tuesday 19 July Official Blessing and Opening of Middle School Precinct

*Working Bee *
To be held on Sunday 10 July 8am – 11am (last Sunday before Term 3 starts). This is an opportunity for the boys to add some service hours and to learn some new skills! The aim is to ensure the College looks in great shape for the start of Semester 2. It will operate from 8am till 11am, followed by a barbeque. Please contact Steve Davidson if you are able to help out steve.davidson@cea-eng.com.au. Full details are in today’s Parents and Friends article.

Tuckshop
Please note Paddy’s Place and The Bakehouse will be closed on Friday 17th June 2016, including breakfast.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on Students with Disability (NCCD)

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) is a joint state and federal government initiative.From 2015, all schools across Australia have taken part in the implementation of a new national data collection on school students with disability. The data will provide information about the number of students with disability in schools, where they are located and the level of adjustments they receive. The Data Collection is an annual national count of the number of students provided with educational adjustments as a result of their disability, as defined broadly under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992(DDA). Information will be recorded in such a way that no child can be identified. Student names will not be collected. Inclusion in the data collection is voluntary. If you wish your young person to be excluded from this, you can choose to opt-out of the data collection by informing the school in writing no later than June 17, 2016. (Last day of term) Further information is available at www.education.gov.au/what-nationally-consistent-collection-data-school-students-disabilty
Please contact Ms Deborah Butler, Head of Exceptional Learners, butlerd@atc.qld.edu.au for any additional information or concerns about the process.

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