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Formation & Service Week 8 Term 4

The Tea Strainer team supporting Blind Eye Ministries this Movember.

As the final week of the school year draws to a close, it is remarkable for me to reflect on the past 12 months and think of all the change and excitement that has gripped ATC. It seems surreal to think that for many students and staff, myself included, this has been our first year at the College.

Ambrose Treacy is the most dynamic, energetic and complex school I have worked at. The opportunities are endless and on every day of the year, hordes of students and staff head in so many different directions to give their all to so many varied endeavours. We are so lucky to be part of such a vibrant community. The fact that all of our endeavours can be so simply tied into our three formation pillars; learning, leading and serving, owes to the willingness of everyone to unite behind our school’s ethos and values. A heartfelt thank you goes to everybody that has helped to make the 2016 year as successful as we could’ve hoped for.

All cohorts will be celebrating the success of their respective year levels in the form of a celebration liturgy this week. Some will be more formal than others, particularly the Year 6 and Year 9 celebrations to mark the boys’ transition into a new phase of their schooling. We look forward to welcoming all families to these special occasions as we share a Mass and rite of passage rituals together. The Year 8 cohort will be experiencing the inaugural ‘Chapel to Chelmer’ day as we spend some time with our friends at Milperra State High School. The diversity of our local diocese allows such activities to extend far beyond the sport or game that is being played at the time. We know our boys will holistically benefit in many ways due to the day’s events.

St Vincent De Paul Appeal

The ongoing generosity of our families will continue until this Friday. The Christmas Tree images here are just an example of the supplies that have been raised for our St Vincent De Paul Christmas appeal. We hope that our support can make the lives of some of the poor and marginalised in our suburbs slightly more pleasant over Christmas. We thank our families and our local supporter, Simons Gourmet Gallery Chapel Hill.

On Friday, we will gather as a whole school for the last time in 2016 for our end of year Christmas liturgy. Parents are most welcome to attend. The celebration will begin at 2:15pm in the Nudgee Junior Hall. The boys will finish the day at 3pm.

Looking forward to 2017, two early date claimers that I’d like to point out are the first day of classes on the 24 January, and the Opening College Mass on 7 February at 11am. We would love to see the entire College community gather to welcome the year at a sacred occasion.

Congratulations to the Week 8 Cu Chullain Award winners:

Year 4: Jack Arnold, Gus Clifford, Tom White, Cailem Wickman, Teo Luxford
Year 5: Caleb Poulsen, Mikiyas Simpson, Harry McAvoy, Michael Robinson

I hope that all of our boys and readers of ATConnect can share in a wonderful and rewarding Christmas period together. The birth of Jesus united the world in an unprecedented way thousands of years ago. I hope your time together can also be one of love, laughter, harmony and solidarity.

Mr Matt Warr, Assistant Dean of Formation
warm@atc.qld.edu.au