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Integrity, Vision and Hope

Natalie Treasure enjoys Mothers' Day breakfast with sons Nate and Emerson

One of the predictable aspects of life I find is the way in which the media seeks to influence popular thought and either polarise or promote people of various backgrounds. When this is overlayed with the spectre of politics the outcome can be quite depressing. Not content with having us contending with an upcoming Federal election, we are teased with the possibility of a State election and if we are not subdued by that we are silenced by the incredulous possibility of an American political farce in the form of the possible Trump v Clinton Presidential race.

It is not my role to share my political beliefs in the newsletter and I don’t intend to join in on the current circus. My hope is that all sides of politics are aware of the need of this nation for real leadership; the way that all the major players in this sitcom continue to act shows a real leadership vacuum. We are craving for people of integrity, vision and hope, and at the moment we have very little from our various political leaders. I dream of an election where our politicians make a pact that they will not base their campaign on critiquing their political opponents but rather base their campaign on creating a vision for us of what our communities and our nation can become, and importantly what they can do to help us make this dream a reality. Imagine an election campaign that was based on hope, aspirations and promise rather than fear, criticism and cynicism. If the opportunity arises, I would encourage you to let your local politicians, on Federal, State and Local levels, from all political parties, know that we need leadership; authentic leadership that is focused on the community they serve and that is based around a positive engagement with the community and not a leadership that seems to be premised on the belief that fear and criticism are the keys to electoral success.

The media is always an influential medium in shaping what the general public understands and believes. Over the last week much has been said about the voting in the TV Logies and in particular the selection of Waleed Aly for a Gold Logie. Once again, as seems to be the aim of the media, they have helped create a divide in our community on the merits of the selection of Waleed Aly and the obvious racial overlay that this has brought and in particular with his acceptance speech. I have previously declared my admiration for Waleed in the way as a journalist he is prepared to declare his position and in some cases his opposition to controversial matters even if it doesn’t fit the popular belief. It is my hope that Waleed can be applauded for his honesty and integrity to tackle the ‘elephant’ in the room when it comes to racial prejudice in our community.

Parents and Friends

The building of community is the major focus for our P & F and I am grateful that we have so many committed parents who make this a reality for our community. Last Friday was a great example when the P & F hosted our Mothers’ Day Breakfast in the new Middle School Westcourt precinct. It was a wonderful morning that was aided by an incredible backdrop of a sweeping reach of the Brisbane River. It was great to see so many mums join us to be waited on by the males of our community – some committed dads and an energetic band of students. I would like to thank Martin Bradshaw, our current P & F President, and his committed band of helpers for making this morning such a great success. I would also like to acknowledge and thank Diana Taylor and her team for their energy to provide the boys with the option to take home some Mothers’ Day gift show bags for their mums.

This week you should have received an email alerting you to the fact that the Community Directory is now online and available. The Community Directory contains contact details to help families coordinate events around their sons various College activities. Trying to keep pace with the many opportunities that we are able to offer our students is often a challenge for families and we hope that the Community Directory will give families the option of working together and supporting each other with regards to arranging things like transport. To access the Community Directory please go to the ATC website and click on Parent Lounge on top right hand side of the screen, log into your seqta engage account. Click on documents, the ATC P & F Community Directory is one of the documents under Parent Information. If you have any issues with logging into Parent Lounge please contact the IT Helpdesk – helpdesk@atc.qld.edu.au . If you require your details to be updated in the ATC 2016 P&F Community Directory please email pandf@atc.qld.edu.au

Thank you

I would like to extend a sincere a thank you to all our families who found time to complete our online EREA Renewal Survey. We had over 30% of our community complete the survey and this data collected will provide us with some statistically significant feedback around the College’s life as a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition. As previously advised next week we will have a team from our national office visiting the College as a part of our EREA Accreditation Process. The data collected from the online survey will help inform this review process. The visitation team will also be conducting a series of interviews with staff, students and parents across the community to see how we as a community live out the EREA Charter through the touchstones of Gospel Spirituality, Liberating Education, Inclusive Community and Justice and Solidarity.

Prayers

I would ask you to please keep Jesse Davis (7 Nolan) and his family in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of his maternal grandfather. We hope that time will help heal the pain they will feel in his absence. Eternal rest grant unto him our Lord, May perpetual light shine upon him, May he rest in peace. Amen.

ATC Mums Connect program

Earlier this year we conducted a very successful Dad’s Network program to help fathers to understand more fully the significant role that they can play in their son’s development. This term we are offering ‘mothers’ the opportunity to be involved in our inaugural ATC Mums Connect program. It is open to any mums, step mums, grandmothers, aunties, or any other significant women who are active in the life of your son(s) at the College.

An email was sent to the community with information about the four week program that will be held across four Monday evenings commencing May 23 from 6.30 – 9.00pm – there is no charge for this program. The first week will be facilitated by Andy & Caitlin Roy (ATC parents) of Powerhouse Programs http://powerhouseprograms.com.au/ and subsequent weeks will be led by Caitlin. Andy will introduce some key topics / issues from the dads program so mums can gain an understanding of what the men explored.

The mums program is designed to align with the dads program which is a fun and meaningful experience that honours and supports the changing nature of the relationship with your son(s). Participants are guided on a journey that deepens the relationship and supports them to make the vital changes required at this important developmental stage in your son(s) life. Places will be limited so I would encourage you to respond to the email that was sent on Tuesday. Enquiries regarding this program can be directed to Mr Conor Finn, Dean of Formation: finnc@atc.qld.edu.au.

With best wishes

Michael Senior