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The Final Week of Term 1 Rolls Around

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It’s hard to believe the end of Term 1 is upon us. It has come around very quickly and the past 8 weeks have disappeared in a flurry of learning, camps, summer sports and the many Cocurricular activities that are offered at Ambrose Treacy College. I am very proud of the way students have stayed focussed on all they need to do to prepare for assessment week.

Reports

ATC believes continual feedback and results are key in supporting boys achieving their best outcomes. To facilitate this teachers provide results and feedback for each piece of assessment via our Learning Management System (seqta). Parents are encouraged to continually access this information via the Parent Lounge. After logging on, you can click on the “Assessments” tab to access your son’s results for a specific task in each subject. The task view will also provide a text bubble which contains information regarding what your son has done well in the task and areas that he can work on to improve. This constant feedback is valuable in setting, working towards, and achieving goals.
The College will also issue an interim report for term 1. This will be different in a number of ways. Firstly the report will be available only online to parents via the seqta Parent Portal. The reports will be made available at the end of the term – 3.00pm on Thursday 24 March. The interim report for Term 1 focuses on the College Touchstones of Learning, Leadership and Service. It is primarily a pastoral report indicating how your son has demonstrated the following criteria:

Learning

Engagement Demonstrates the ability to arrive on time to class prepared and ready to learn.
Endurance Demonstrates a consistent application to his school and homework and responds to feedback.

Leadership

Respect Demonstrates respect for the learning environment.
Relationships Demonstrates a commitment to building collaborative and supportive relationships during class.

Plus the report will indicate the hours of service your son has obtained during term 1 and what hours he should be targeting for this year.

In the report, students are rated in each of the four categories above – Very High, High, Satisfactory, Needs Improvement. A Semester report will be produced in June with a focus on learning achievements after more detailed assessment has been completed by all students.

Last Day of Term – Thursday 24 March

It is appropriate that after such a demanding term we finish with a bit of fun and reflection leading into Easter. The day will be structured differently and so the boys will be able to wear their full PE Sports uniform to school. The first section of the day will be the Annual Inter-House Cross Country carnival, run around the College property. All students are expected to participate. This will be followed by our Lenten Fayre from around 11.00am. This will be conducted on the ovals and will run for around 1 ½ hours. After our second break the boys will return to the Homerooms for a final clean up and farewell in their class before moving to the Hall for our Easter Liturgy commencing around 2.15pm. Parents are invited to join us for any or all of the activities during the day. Students will be dismissed at the normal time of 3.00pm.

St Patrick’s Day

Along with millions around the world with a connection to Ireland, today we celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Our ATC history is strongly embedded with the land, people and history of Ireland. St Patrick’s breastplate contained these wonderful words-

God’s power to guide me, God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to teach me, God’s eye to watch over me,
God’s ear to hear me, God’s word to give me speech,
God’s hand to guide me, God’s way to lie before me….
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger,
Christ in every eye that sees me.

Mr David Gardiner, Deputy Principal