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Formation & Service Week 9 Term 3

Year 6 ATC students with St. Kevin's exchange students on the CityCat.

Following on from the successful Student Ambassador Exchange Program, our Year 6 cohort continue to impress us with their leadership skills and maturity. In what has been an exciting week with welcoming to the College the Year 4 students of 2017 and launching the Service Initiative, Swagtember, the Year 6 students have shown they are true ambassadors of the culture at ATC.

Orientation Days at ATC are built around welcoming new students and their parents and our Year 6 students were at the ready to answer all their questions about life at ATC. Superb leadership was demonstrated by our Year 6 students who conducted tours, served morning tea and modelled the ATC Uniforms to our new parents and students. Well done Year 6!

It was most obvious in meeting with the soon to be Year 4 students that they are very much looking forward to joining Ambrose Treacy College. I am delighted to see large numbers of these students already preparing to represent ATC in the club cricket program in Term 4. This is a great way for the boys to begin to build a network of friends before the 2017 school year even begins!

Service Program

Our Service Program is steaming ahead as Year 6 students busily raise funds for their Year Level Service Initiative – Swagtember. Last week saw the students coordinating numerous activities in the lunch breaks culminating with a sausage sizzle on Friday. The initiative concludes next Thursday evening, with the Year 6 boys gathering in the hall to pack and prepare toiletry packs which will be donated to the homeless.

A huge thanks goes to all the parents and students across Years 4-6 who have contributed items that will be used in the packs. Thanks also goes to the Year 6 staff for the guidance they have provided to boys with this annual initiative. To donate please go to the Year 6 Everyday Hero website.

Cameron Kilpatrick and Liam Barrie (Year 7) volunteered at the Mater Little Miracles water station in the city for the Bridge to Brisbane Run. The boys were at the Marriott Hotel by 6am and spent the morning setting up the water station and handing out cups of water to the participants. They even saw some ATC students and families run by!

Formation

The ‘Let’s Chat’ Year 5 formation sessions commence next week on Monday and Wednesday. I urge parents to continue talking with your son about what was discussed in these sessions. The year 4 session will be held early in Term 4. Our school’s Formation program covers a wide range of education matter, including self-awareness, social self, safe living and sexual self. The topics encourage students to make informed decisions about their lifestyle and will be implemented in a manner that supports the role of parents, and reflects the Catholic values and ethos of the College. This program will be the foundation for future programs as the boys’ journey through the College.

Assessment

As we approach the end of term, can I ask parents to check SEQTA for the release of marks for assessment items conducted across the term. Feedback from examination items will also be provided which will enable boys to develop their learning goals for Term 4.

Cu Chullain Awards

Congratulations for our Junior School winners this week:
Year 4: Felix Iuvale Joshua Jackson Joshua Bassett Tom Burge Jack Rosolen
Year 5: Will Reid, Felix Doherty, James O’Connell, Michael Robinson
Year 6: Will Sharkey, Alex Della Mattea, Noah Keenan, Angus Parnell, Liam Conole

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