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Formation & Service Week 1 Term 4

Three very ordinary, yet extra-ordinary events occurred over the past three weeks and served to remind me of the significance of our touchstones of Service, Learning and Leadership and the way in which our boys lives these out every day.

Service – We received an email yesterday morning congratulating one of our young men who catches the 444 bus for giving his seat up for a fellow passenger.

Leadership – the many students and families attended the Term 3 Sport and Activities awards even though they were not personally receiving awards.

Learning – Mr Wong and Mr Cullen, along with several dads took 14 of our ATSI boys to Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) to walk country, talk with elders, learn culture, traditional methods of catching fish and crabs, cooking and sharing stories.

Climbing the Falling Rocks Sand Dunes at Stradbroke Island

Whilst these events are sometimes taken for granted by our students, they are great examples of the values that we hold most important in our community. To learn, lead and serve is our primary ambition for our boys. To see this in action on a day to day basis in our infancy as a College is testament to the students, families and staff who form our community. No doubt these type of events happen every day, yet it is important to stop and think about the impact they have on our boys.

Pope Francis’ message of action and humility is refreshing and a timely reminder to our community to be like Jesus, and take our message “out onto the streets”. Through simple actions our boys are responding to this message and are taking our Touchstones and values out into the world through our Service Program, reaching out to those in our community in need. Already this term we have seen boys engaging in activities to build their service hours and I thank them for their continued efforts and I reckon our community is a much better place for it!

Dave Capra, Acting Dean of Formation
caprad@atc.qld.edu.au