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A Busy Term Ends

On Wednesday evening we celebrated the end of a wonderful first term of sport at ATC. For the first time our talented musicians from the ATC Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and Big Band joined us to make the evening even more celebratory. It was an entertaining and fantastic experience for everyone.

Having our musicians perform was also a great example of the holistic approach to education at ATC. Over many years sport and music staff have worked as a team to develop a collaborative approach so that these two significant aspects of College life continue to engage and motivate students as they progress through their journey at ATC. My thanks to Mr Jonathon Bolt, Mr Darren Skaar and Mr Michael Bannan for their support of this event.

In addition to acknowledging age champions we distributed Most Improved and ‘Claddagh’ Awards for each team across Indoor Cricket, Volleyball, Cricket and Water Polo. Our awards are designed to reflect the qualities that we want to see in all of our students at ATC. The criteria for these awards are as follows:

ATC Claddagh Award
The Claddagh Award acknowledges individuals who demonstrate the following qualities in all aspects of training and competition:

  • Courage, grit, spirit and passion
  • Commitment to team mates and the College
  • A high level of skill demonstrated throughout the season

Most Improved Award
For an individual who has demonstrated a significant level of improvement in skill, knowledge and understanding during the course of the season. the Most Improved Award acknowledges the achievement of personal excellence through commitment, a positive attitude and personal effort.

Congratulations to all of our award winners for Term 1 2017.

Sport Support Group
At the end of another busy term, with another very busy one looming, I would like to acknowledge the work of our Sport Support Group and in particular Donna Densley, Andrea McAvoy and Helen Hicks. Their organisational work behind the scenes and then their hands on work at events has been a significant contributing factor to the success of our program this term.

At this same time I would like to appeal to parents for their support in this area. We always need volunteers at co-curricular events to ensure the best possible experience for the boys. The vast majority of assistance that we need does not require any organisation or pre-work, but rather willing hands on the day to cook, serve, set up, pack up at events. Please keep an eye out for calls for help for sporting and music events, in particular for home rugby, soccer and AFL games throughout term 2.

Holiday Programs
Best of luck to the 6A rugby team who are heading to The Armidale School Rugby Carnival and to the 5A, 6A, 7A, 8A and Year 9/10 teams playing at the EREA Football tournament over the holidays. Thanks to the many staff who have volunteered to give up their time during holidays to make these opportunities a reality for the boys.

The Term 2 timetables for both music and sport are available for download via the links below. The Clubs and Activities timetable will be finalised over the holidays and released in week 1. Nominations for Year 4 Robotics and Tech Club opened on Friday. Please see the App for full details.

Thanks to all staff, students and parents involved in the co-curricular program this term. Have a great break and get ready for winter activities!

Dave Capra, Director of Co-curricular activities

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