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That's the Life

I recently sent my best mate this photo of my new hiking gear which I was prepping for an ATC camp and mused that perhaps I have too many hobbies. His reply was, “Not really mate, all I can think of is, running, swimming, cycling, hiking, camping, golf, boating, cooking, fishing, building furniture, landscaping, skiing, reading, triathlon, Alaskan themed TV, home brewing, sugo making, music, coaching sport and welding – maybe you should take up an instrument.”

The reality is that I get bored, I like to try new things. I get caught up in things and want to learn more and more. Lately, thanks to our talented musicians and the influence of Jono Bolt I have developed a bit of an obsession with Jazz and have been listening to Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Frank Sinatra, Chris Botti and Count Basie with much more enthusiasm than the rest of those in my household! I love the energy of learning something new and discovering the opportunities that it might open up for you.

I guess that’s why I love the #ambrosetreacylife. There is always something new on the horizon, always a new initiative, building, competition, project or opportunity. I see this energy and excitement in our boys and every day is an adventure which needs to be lived to the fullest. I reckon that’s why boys run everywhere as life is more fun at high speed and you can fit more into your day if you can save time on transportation! I see the thirst for knowledge in our boys and their energy for life is contagious. Every week is an opportunity for something new and for a chance to experience life and to learn new things alongside their mates.

So, is there such a thing as too many hobbies? My garage would suggest there is! Is there such a thing as being too adventurous, wanting to try everything and to learn about the big wide world we live in? Not a chance. I have asked my kids for a guitar for Father’s Day. Who knows, I might make my solo debut at next year’s Soloists Concert.

Co-curricular Music

Last Thursday ATC’s inaugural Guitar, Piano and Vocal concert was held in the Chapel. The boys performed to a full house, with outstanding performances from the guitar ensemble, and soloists in guitar, piano and voice. This concert will become an important part of the ATC performance calendar. Last Saturday, the ATC Jazz Orchestra performed an incredible set at the Brisbane Jazz Club to a packed audience and were given the opportunity to work with John Morrison in an impromptu workshop, a valuable and awesome experience for the boys and impressive for the audience. See the photo gallery on our Facebook page.

On Monday the Junior choir performed at the Queensland Youth Music Awards, at Mansfield State High School, receiving Gold for their outstanding performance, and progressed to the finals, while on Tuesday the ATC Chamber Choir received Silver for their performance after a memorable experience enroute to The Gap State High, enjoying a nice 2km, 30 minute stroll along Waterworks Road after their bus broke down! Next week, the Middle and Senior School Co-Curricular Winter Music Evening will be held on Thursday, June 1st – 11 ensembles will be involved: ATC Big Band; Middle School Handbell Ensemble; Wind Ensemble; Guitar Ensemble; Senior Clarinet Ensemble; ATC Chamber Choir; ATC Senior Singers; ATC Symphonic Winds; Senior Flute Ensemble; Percussion Ensemble; ATC Jazz Orchestra. The Junior Winter Music Evening, which will feature all remaining ensembles, will be held in Week 9, on June 13.

Co-curricular Sport

Semester 2 Sign On
As we near the end of Semester One, boys and families need to start thinking about their preferences for Sport in Semester Two. The Semester Two Sports Sign on will open on Friday 26 May and will close on Friday 9 June via the ATC App. There will be a document with information on each Semester Two Sport emailed to parents and put on the ATC App, I would ask that you read this carefully to ensure boys understand the commitment and clashes for each sport and parents understand any additional costs involved. Once boys are signed up for a Semester Two sport, there is the expectation that these boys will follow through with attendance at training and games. For sports that cover an additional costs to participate, the amount will be added to school fees once the Sport Sign On has closed on Friday 9 June. If boys select two sports that clash, the Sports Office will contact either the boy or parents for them to decide which sport they will be taking part in.

Holiday Basketball Camp
The ATC Holiday Basketball Camp will be held from Wednesday 5 July to Friday 7 July at Centenary SHS. We will be breaking the camp into two sessions, Year 5-7 will be run from 8:00am-11:00am while Year 8-10 will run from 11:30am-2:30pm each day. The camp will be run by some of the best basketball academy coaches in Brisbane along with the possibility of being joined by some current College Basketball players. Registrations for the camp will open on Friday 26 May and will close on Friday 9 June at 4:00pm via the ATC App. This camp is seen as an extremely important element to our basketball preseason and we would like to see as many boys attending as possible. The camp will only be open to those boys who are participating in basketball for ATC in Term 3 & 4. The cost for the camp will be $70 per boy.

Co-curricular Activities & Clubs

Year 4 students are excited about Robotics Club.

Robotics Club
Our Year 4 Robotics club have been interacting with some of our newest technology – Ozobot Bit. Ozobots are small, smart toy robots that empower users to code, play, create and connect both the physical and digital worlds. The boys initially began controlling their robot with OzoCodes by simply drawing lines and color segments. In this week’s club we advanced to the visual block-based editor OzoBlockly on the iPads, which allowed the students to write code then load this code on to their robot. The boys had great fun working collaboratively to solve challenges using code and watching their Ozobot Bits in action. See the photo gallery on our Facebook page tonight.

Children’s Art Competition Brookfield Show
The Children’s Art Competition was a huge success with many young artists entering and participating in some fantastic art workshops over the weekend. Congratulations to Harry Elder in Year 10 who received 3rd Prize for his artwork of a self-portrait incorporating drawing and photography elements. Congratulations also to the following year 8 students who received a Highly Commended Award for their Mulga inspired paintings: Troy Franklin, Euan McArdle, Patrick Milne. Year 10 students Jack Steel and Connor McCarthy both received Highly Commended Awards for their self-portrait drawings.

Have a great weekend!
Dave Capra, Director of Co-curricular Activities
caprad@atc.qld.edu.au