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Formation & Service Week 3 Term 4

SIGNUM FIDEI Breakfasts

On a daily basis, we encourage the boys to embrace the pillars of learning, leading and serving by being examples of an ATC Gentlemen in all that they do. The College motto, Signum Fidei, means to be a Sign of Faith; a living example of someone that upholds their values and gifts. As a part of celebrating boys who consistently do this, we are holding some celebratory breakfasts for boys who have been recognised by their teachers and peers.

Families at Signum Fidei Junior School Breakfast.

This celebration was on Wednesday for Junior school boys and Thursday for Middle School boys. Congratulations to all boys that have been recognised. We hope that the small token of appreciation can be an inspiration for all boys to continue to grow into positive, young, role models in their school life.

Wear red tomorrow and bring a gold coin.

LIGHT IT UP RED

Dyslexia is a learning obstacle faced by millions of people throughout the world. It is a challenge which hinders the mind’s ability to swiftly decipher words and letter sequencing. Some boys in our own learning community confront dyslexia as a part of their normal school life. Tomorrow, Friday, boys are encouraged to wear red in place of their uniform. A gold coin donation will help to discover strategies and methods for those in need.

CHRISTMAS APPEAL – St. Vincent de Paul

As we enter the final weeks of the school year, we are aware that Christmas is quickly approaching. Unfortunately, many in our community will not be able to celebrate this holiday in a meaningful way. Beginning next week, our St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal will be launched. All in the community will be encouraged to dig deep and provide for those in our world who are not as lucky as others. We are lucky to have wonderful support from local community business Simons Gourmet Gallery on Moggill Road. They are showcasing menu items that featured on stage in our Cook Off final in Term 3. A portion of the proceeds from the sale each breakfast will be donated by Simons to our Christmas Appeal. Please watch this space for more detail in coming weeks and please enjoy breakfast at Simons.

IT’S IN THE BAG

Thank you to those families that have kindly donated female comfort products to our current ‘It’s in the bag’ appeal. A reminder that any ladies’ deodorant, sanitary products or toiletries can be donated to the College and in turn these will be passed onto local organisations. Please see last week’s formation article for more information.

FAIR GO FOOTY

A sincere thank you and congratulations to all boys who participated in the ‘Fair Go Footy’ carnival at Villanova College last Sunday. Many Brisbane schools gathered together in a spirit of unity and friendship to celebrate the power of sport to unify and bring people together. The ATC soccer team performed admirably, with some great results against students from other schools that were often Year 12 boys. We hope to continue our participation in years to come.

RETREAT

After all the hard work we will look forward to the many end of year celebrations across the College. Celebrations remind us that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that the hard work is all worth it! In the Junior School there will be a focus on the Year 6 students as they ‘transition’ to the Middle School. I look forward to celebrating and acknowledging the wonderful achievements that have happened in 2016 with students and parents the across Years 4 to 6 in the final week of the term. More detailed information regarding these events will be emailed in the coming weeks.
Year 6 Transition Retreat: Friday October 21.

This Friday the students in Year 6 will engage in a Retreat to provide a reflective opportunity for the boys in this significant time of transition from junior to middle school. There will be three key components to the retreat; storytelling and sharing, reconciliation and healing and affirmation and appreciation. Boys are asked to print out and bring with them on the day a collection of 5 photos that represent different stages of their life. These can be photos prior to year 4 and/or year 4 to year 6. During the day they will reflect and share stories on their Junior School journey. It will be a fun day which engages students in looking back and in preparing for the new journey ahead.

Josh selling cupcakes at Coles Bellbowrie.

Service Program

Recently, Josh Wharmby in Year 9 helped sell cupcakes outside the Coles​ Bellbowrie store raising over $1000 for Hummingbird House​, Queensland’s only children’s hospice. Great work Josh! Remember to send your Service stories and photos to signumfidei@atc.qld.edu.au

Cu Chullain Awards

Year 4: Week 2 Sean Reid, Joe Walsh, Aidan De Vries, Joe Drane Week 3: Oscar Thorne, Alex Holden, Will Musgrave, Matthew Nesbitt
Year 5: Henry Lukan, Toby Smitheram, Azino Emu, Oliver Jackson
Year 6: Jasper Malouf, Tom Musgrave, Tom Nugent, Jontay Gothachalkenin, Alex Khoo.

Preparing for the Last Weeks of Term
It is easy for students and parents to forget how to deal with the many twists and turns that often arise in the final term of a school year. To be effective in managing the ride, it is imperative that some structures be put in place. In term 4 families need to keep everything running calmly and smoothly and I know this sounds easier than it actually is. Busy times are part of life and growing up and we cannot avoid them, but as students and adults we can be well prepared. By keeping things running to a routine, time doesn’t race away, we stay calm and things tend to operate well when the focus is on the present moment. Having said that, planning ahead is essential and all students have assessment calendars to guide them over the course of the remaining weeks of the term. The work coming up should not be a surprise to students and boys are encouraged to stick to their study plan to achieve their goals.

Award winning smiles from Year 4 boys Rhys and Aidan.

Mr Michael Stewart, Head of Junior School
stewartm@atc.qld.edu.au