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Coming Up in Week 8

It looks like we are aiming for another busy week around the College. It was wonderful hearing so many positive reactions to camp week and particularly from the Year 10 boys who excelled in the new Senior School program which offered a variety of programs from coast to country and the city to the beach.

MAD – Make a Difference – is a theme for us at ATC. And no, we are not all crazy! As week 8 approaches we continue to focus on Lent and its meaning. It is a time when we are all asked to reflect on how we live our lives and what we can do to make a difference. The Lenten season is a time when many Christians focus on simple living and prayer in order to grow closer to God.

We are challenging the boys to look at their actions and see how they can simply make a difference, perhaps in their manner, in the way they support each other, in giving, in volunteering to help others, wearing their uniform better or being more focussed on their school work.

We were overwhelmed with the donations of food and toiletries for the Ronald McDonald House initiative over the past two weeks. Staff member, Debbie Shalders and a group of boys coordinated this Service initiative. Deb said on her Facebook page: “I am so blessed to be a part of such a giving school community. We took 21 Coles bags filled with donated pantry and toiletry items to Ronald McDonald House today, along with $500 worth of Coles vouchers, to make the lives of those with critically ill kids a little bit easier.”

Another example of giving this week was the large group of 120 students, parents and staff who participated in the very successful Sunday morning to Clean Up a small portion of Australia. The large pile of rubbish near the tennis courts was evidence of the hard work done by all to make the College grounds and local environment a healthier place.

Yesterday a group of parent volunteers cooked sausages for hours at the House Lunch to feed the whole school community. Thank you to the P&F for the ordering and organising. People’s actions do make a difference. Let’s keep encouraging the boys to be MAD!

Another busy weekend of sport is on at ATC including paddle play, cricket, volleyball, indoor cricket following on from today’s QCIS swimming championships. Please click here for this weeks Co-curricular news. All training and game schedules are shared on the App. Please make sure you are subscribed to your son’s sports. Rugby, AFL and Football preseason training has commenced. Details on the App.

Coming Up

Sunday 12 March – Anglers Outing (Junior School only) 8am-10am NOTE: COLLEGE BUS IS NOT RUNNING
Sunday 12 March – Bellatutti 2017 Youth Festival (Handbells) 10am
Monday 13 March – Shake & Stir Theatre Workshop (Year 9 Drama students)
Monday 13 March – Year 8 Author Visit
Monday 13 March – Dad’s Connect Program
Wednesday 15 March – QDU Debating Year 8
Thursday 16 March – Year 4 Middle School Information evening
Thursday 16 March – Year 4 Ngutana Lui Excursion
Friday 17 March – St Patricks Day
Friday 17 March – National Day of Action Against Bullying
Saturday 18 March – Voices from the Trenches Junior Choir performance
Saturday 18 March – QCIS Cricket Mason Cup
Monday 20 March – P&F Book Club Begins
Monday 20 March – Dads Connect program 6.30pm
Saturday 25 March – P&F Year 7 Family Get together
Wednesday 29 March – Term 1 2017 Sport Awards Evening
Thursday 30 March- Autumn Music Evening 6.30pm
Saturday 1 April – Rugby Boys Day Out

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Anglers Outing – Sunday 12 March
Junior School students are invited to the Anglers Outing this Sunday 12 March from 8.00am-10.00am. Please refer to Mr Dave Sullivan’s earlier notification for detailed information.

Ngutana Lui Excursion- Thursday 16 March
On Thursday 16 March Year 4 students will be going on an excursion to Ngutana-Lui, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies Centre at Inala. The bus will depart at 9.00am and return by 2.30pm. As the boys will spend much of the day outside we are asking that they wear their sports uniform and apply sunscreen in the morning. Please pack usual morning tea, lunch and water bottle in a small backpack.

Parent Information Evening – Thursday 16 March
Current Year 4 parents and caregivers are invited to attend a Parent Information Evening next Thursday 16 March at 6.30pm in the Chapel. This will be an opportunity for current Year 4 families to obtain information about ATC Middle and Senior schools, and to ask any questions regarding what ATC may offer your son in the future. Please email RSVP@ATC if you will be attending.

Green / Orange Day Friday 17 March
Next Friday we will celebrate St Patrick’s Day and the National Day of Action Against Bullying. St Patrick’s Day has a strong connection for many Australian families and a specific connection for ATC and our history with Edmund Rice and Ambrose Treacy with their Irish roots and work. Hence the green connection for the day. Orange is the selected colour for the national campaign to highlight action against violence and bullying. We do not tolerate bullying in any form at ATC. Boys are invited to wear green and/or orange clothing on Friday 17 March to promote their awareness of these concurrent special days.

ATC Dad’s Connect Program

ATC Dads Connect Program started this week. There are 3 more Mondays in the Program and it’s not too late to join in. Please come along to our free program open to all dads with the next meeting scheduled for Monday 13 March. Please download the information letter via the link below. You can register by emailing rsvp@atc.qld.edu.au

App Tips

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  • Please remember to check your subscriptions by tapping on the white Settings COGWHEEL on the face of the App. Click on SUBSCRIPTIONS. Then deselect any activity that doesn’t apply to your son.

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