Coming Up Week 7

It has been another active week with many noteworthy events prior to the final fortnight of assessment laden tasks. This week also marks, bar one Japanese exam, the completion for most Seniors of their external exams. Next week, we eagerly look forward to celebrating with the Year 12s and their families the wonderful milestone of completing their schooling.

Summer Music Concert

Families shared a BBQ dinner before the Summer Music Concert began and were entertained by our Clarinet and Flute ensembles. Our Junior Guitars opened proceedings in the NJ Hall with an entertaining set of rock classics, before our Concert Band and Junior Bands shared their talents and demonstrated their outstanding progress across the year. Our Percussion Ensemble B and C featured our very talented percussion students and were very popular as always. The evening concluded with an exciting performance that combined the ATC Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble with a very fitting end to the year for those ensembles. Congratulations students on an outstanding evening of music making! This concludes our music concert program for the year, and we eagerly look forward to the entertainment at next week’s Celebration of Excellence.

Clontarf Awards evening

It was a pleasure to attend the Clontarf Foundation Awards evening this week. The partnership between Clontarf Foundation and ATC is providing excellent support to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. The sense of community was very strong, and the gratitude naturally spoken about by all of the award winners was exceptional. Congratulations to Mr Josh Hoffman and, in his absence, Mr Cam Pickering for their leadership and organisation in celebrating the achievements of the Clontarf students. I add my congratulations to the young people who were acknowledged across the three schools of the College for Top Attender, and Academic awards, along with Brock Compton who was awarded the Warrior of the Year, and Lachlan Rawson for achieving the Clontarf Spirit award.

Remembrance Day Liturgies

Whilst the country will pause tomorrow to acknowledge Remembrance Day, we took the opportunity today to pay our respects as a community. Warril Place provided the special setting by the river as the students and staff came together in two different liturgies. I continue to be impressed how well the students understand the significance of such occasions and their respect they exhibit. In these times of war across our world, it is important we acknowledge the sacrifices of past and current service people. Our prays for peace will continue for our troubled world.

Celebration Of Excellence Tuesday 14 November

This is our formal celebration of the achievements of 2023. All families are invited to join us at Riverlife next Tuesday 14 November, as we reflect on the year we have had. The students who are receiving an award at this year’s Celebration of Excellence have had an email sent to their parents and caregivers from Mrs Tammy Sleeth. Please check your emails and note that rehearsals will be held on Monday 13 November in the Nudgee Junior Hall. During rehearsals, students will be informed of their specific award. Award recipients will be required to wear their full formal uniform at both the rehearsals on Monday 13 November and the Celebration of Excellence on Tuesday 14 November.

Exam Period

The focus this week has been very much on completing units of work and final assignment tasks. Next Friday the exam period begins for all year levels. Please ensure your son has checked his exam schedule that have been published. To best prepare, knowing what day, time, and location each exam is, will ensure a calm approach to each exam. Being organised with equipment and exam details will help produce best outcomes.

2024 Subjects

An email has been sent to students and families in the current Years 7 to 10 to remind all of the subjects that have been allocated for 2024. This is to assist families with the purchasing of stationary for next year.

2024 Homerooms

Staff are currently working on the allocation of homerooms for years 4 to 10 for 2024. Many factors will be taken into account, including student relationships, academic results, balance across the groups. Whilst we value the partnership with families at ATC, I ask that you respect our decisions as educators. I assure you we will take in all factors, and a large team of staff will determine the best allocation across the homerooms.

ATC Parents and Friends

Please join us for the 2024 Planning Meeting on Tuesday 21 November in Mt Sion Library (Junior School precinct) at 6.30pm. We will begin planning the 7 key community events that the P&F coordinate and speak about volunteer participation at other events and sport canteen. Please come along to hear about what the P&F does at the College and possibly lend a hand at one of these events. All Year Level Parent Liaisons are requested to join me at this meeting. We are also looking for a Year 4 parent to take on the role of Parent Liaison in 2024. Please email the Secretary, Catherine Jackson if you have a son already at ATC and a younger child starting in Year 4 2024. We need your expertise to help guide new parents to the College.


As part of the College 1:1 Laptop Program, each student has given a College laptop at the beginning of the year. During the last week of the school year, every student will be required to hand in their laptop. This will allow a full audit to be completed and general maintenance to occur. Students in Years 4, 7 and 10 in 2024 will receive a new College issued laptop. All other students will receive their current laptop on day one of the new school year.

The Year 12 cohort will be on a different timeline and process. Students will need to hand in their laptop and charger to the IT Department by 11am on Thursday 16 November. It is important that Year 12 students back up any files on their laptop that they wish to keep to a USB or external hard drive. After auditing the current laptops and the needs for 2024, a decision has been made to offer the 2023 Seniors the opportunity to purchase their College laptops. After consultation with our IT partners, ATC has been offered $125 for each of the devices. If a family wishes to purchase the College laptop, they will need to pay the market rate of $125 via Parent Lounge, under Events and Payments. Purchase of the laptop must be completed by COB Friday 17 November 2023 and will be returned in the same physical condition as they were handed in. The laptop can also be repaired but will incur an additional charge per the Acceptable Technology Use Policy (Students). Laptops will be available for collection from the IT Office from Monday 4 December 2023 after the laptop has been wiped and come with the default Windows 10 setup as if you purchased it from a retail store.

Please read on for more upcoming events to ensure you are up to date.


Saturday 11 November | Remembrance Day

Monday 13 November to Friday 17 November | Co-curricular Ensembles Auditions

Monday 13 November to Tuesday 14 November | Year 12 External Assessment

Monday 13 November | Celebration of Excellence Rehearsals

Monday 13 November | Year 12 non-ATAR STEPS/Financial Literacy excursion

Tuesday 14 November | Year 12 non-ATAR STEPS/Car Maintenance excursion

Tuesday 14 November | Celebration of Excellence

Wednesday 15 November | Year 12 Retreat & Reflection Day

Thursday 16 November to Friday 24 November | Exam Period

Thursday 16 November | Friday Bell Times

Thursday 16 November | Year 12 & Staff Breakfast

Thursday 16 November | Farewell Assembly

Thursday 16 November | Year 12 Mass

Thursday 16 November | Valedictory Lunch

Friday 17 November to Thursday 23 November | Year 11 Exam Block

Friday 17 November | Monday Bell Times

Personal Details in Parent Lounge

Have you moved house, got a new mobile number, or changed email addresses? Parents and caregivers are reminded to update their contact details and their child’s medical details in Parent Lounge over the December/ January holidays.

Lost Property

We have a large amount of lost property in Senior School Reception and Main College Reception. Please ask your child/ children to check for any missing items by THURSDAY 23 NOVEMBER. Any remaining unnamed items at the end of term will be disposed of over the holidays.  We strongly advise caregivers and students to carefully label all items with the student's name. If items are labelled, they can easily be returned to the student or retrieved from College Reception. 

Office Hours During December/January School Holidays

Please note that College Reception will close at 3.00pm on the last day of Term 4, Friday 24 November 2023. The College will be closed for the Christmas period from Monday 18 December and will reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2024. At all other times, College Reception will be open from 8am to 4pm.



Congratulations to our Year 12 students on their efforts and participation in the external exams for the past few weeks. We finish the external assessment period on Thursday with the Japanese exam. We look forward to celebrating with Year 12 on Thursday 16 November.


Year 4-11 internal exam period commences on Thursday 16 November. The exam schedules are on the ATC App.

Year 12 Textbook returns

A reminder that following the completion of Year 12 exams, we ask that you please check your Parent Lounge account to ensure that your child has no outstanding textbooks from 2023.  Please return all textbooks by Friday 17 November 2023.  All 2023 textbooks still outstanding by COB 17/11/23 will incur a replacement cost. If students are attending school for the Year 12 graduation assembly and farewell on ​Thursday 16th November, this is a good day to drop all textbooks back. We wish you all the very best at this exciting time in your child’s schooling journey! 

Year 4 Raft Regatta

The annual Year 4 Milk Bottle Raft Regatta is held on Thursday 23 November.  Working in teams, students will make rafts out of plastic milk bottles and race them in the ATC Pool. Parents are welcome to attend from 11:15am to 12:15pm at the pool. Students are to wear sports uniform this day and bring swimming togs or boardshorts, Sun-shirt and towel. Students will be racing the rafts they constructed for three laps of the ATC pool. On completion of the races, they will be given the opportunity for a free swim. A reminder that bottles are to be brought in week beginning Monday 13 November along with rolls of packing tape.  Please email Mr Degenkamp if you think your son would find this activity difficult.  Year 4 students will be bringing books and work home from school throughout the last week of the year. Laptops and chargers will remain at school from the Tuesday of the last week. 


Year 11 Semi Formal & Year 12 Formal Photos - Downloads

With the end of the school year fast approaching, a reminder that photos from the 2023 Year 11 SociABLE and Year 12 Formal are still available for free download but will expire at the end of the year.  Please CLICK HERE for YEAR 11 PHOTOS and CLICK HERE for YEAR 12 PHOTOS to access the free downloads.  We encourage you to browse the images, download the ones you want to save and action this in the coming weeks, before the gallery closes.

LINK Year 11:

LINK: Year 12:

Procedures around students leaving early

Please be reminded that students are not to contact their parents or carers directly if they are feeling unwell or need to leave the College early. Students are FIRST to report to Student Reception, where staff will contact parents/ carers on the student’s behalf. If you are aware that your child will need to leave the College early, please log this via the College App, providing as much notice as possible.

Safety and Bikes & Electric Scooters

After several reports from parents and members of our local community, we believe it is important to address some safety concerns for our students. All students who ride bikes and electric scooters to school, must exit the campus at a safe speed. Several parents have reported witnessing daily collisions both from the pedestrian pathway and the roadway between students on bicycles and e-scooters. It is important to note our Queensland Law and Road Safety Rules. Correspondence was sent earlier in the year which is as follows:

Riding – students should observe Queensland Law and Road Safety Rules. This includes wearing a secured helmet when riding. Please also note that e-scooters are illegal for people under the age of 12, and that users between the ages of 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Due to the substantial number of hospitalisations recorded because of accidents on e-scooters, it is the College’s preference that students do not ride e-scooters to and from school. Any student riding their bike should ensure it is locked in the cage at the pool.

Crossing the Road

We understand parking around the school is at a premium during pick-up times, but we are experiencing a significant increase in our Senior Students crossing the road at the top of SFXC. Whilst it is not illegal to cross the road at this location, and often convenient, it is not safe. There have been several close calls, and we ask for parent support in collecting their sons from the designated collection locations on campus. Our internal road is a wonderful facility that is easy for entry and exit while ensuring the safety of students and drivers. Please continue to support our efforts for student safety and for our teachers who supervise our students each afternoon.


Christmas Carnival

The last day of school, Friday November 24, will be the Christmas Carnival. On this day, the students have an opportunity to participate and help at a stall/activity with other students in their class to raise money for charity as part of our Christmas Charity efforts. Each class is organising an activity for the morning. As part of that organization, we need some small donations to hand out as prizes.  We encourage all students to bring up to a maximum of $20, made up of some small change, to participate in the many fun and engaging activities that will be organised by all classes. Students are to wear PE uniform. Food and drinks will be for sale on the

We encourage all students to bring up to a maximum of $20, made up of some small change, to participate in the many fun and engaging activities that will be organised by the homerooms across the college. Food and drinks will be for sale on the day. If you have any questions about this initiative, please do not hesitate to contact your son's Homeroom teacher. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Year 12 Retreat and Reflection Day

The Year 12 Retreat and Reflection Day is being held Wednesday 15 November at the Riverside Conference Centre Chelmer. This day plays an important part in the final week at the College for our Seniors. Please see the letter from Matt Warr, Dean of Faith and Mission, outlining the details and importance of the day.  If you have any questions, please contact the Faith and Mission Office.

Year 6 Transition Retreat

The purpose of the Retreat on Wednesday 22 November is to provide a reflective opportunity for the students at this significant time of transition from Junior to Middle School. There will be three key components to the day: storytelling and sharing, affirmation and appreciation and preparation. Students are asked to print out and bring with them on the day a collection of 5 photos that represent different stages of their life. These can be photos prior to Year 4 and/or Year 4 to Year 6. During the day, they will reflect and share stories on their Junior School journey. It will be a day which engages students in looking back and in preparing for the new journey ahead. Students are to bring 5 photos (to be printed on paper separately) and their morning tea, and should wear their ATC Day Uniform.

RSVP required: Year 4 Celebration Breakfast & Liturgy

We invite families to our End of Year 4 Celebration Liturgy on Thursday 23 November commencing at 8:45am. This is a great opportunity for the Year 4 community (students and families) to come together to reflect on a wonderful first year at Ambrose Treacy College. It is important that you RSVP for this event by Thursday 16 November. Preceding the celebration, students and their families are invited to gather for a light breakfast at the back of NJ Hall from 8:00am. To assist with arrangements for the morning, families are requested to accept the invitation in Parent Lounge by Friday 17 November. Please select an option for the number of family members attending, excluding your son in Year 4. Should you have any dietary requirements, please contact Helen Hicks, PA to the Dean of Faith and Mission via email. Year 4 student dietary requirements have been noted already. To assist with parking on this occasion, please adhere to the directions of the grounds staff to park on Brothers oval only. With the Year 4 Regatta later that day, boys will wear their PE Uniform on this day.


Christmas Appeal St Vincent de Paul Homeroom Hampers

This year ATC will support the St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas Appeal. Homerooms have been tasked with filling a hamper with Christmas goodies and groceries. A list of items required has been supplied to homeroom teachers and students will be given an item to add to their homeroom hamper. Please ask your child to bring this item into their homeroom no later than 17 November so that delivery can be made to those in need prior to Christmas by St Vincent de Paul Society. Please contact Andrew McCrohon, Head of Service and Clubs, should you have any queries.


Last weekend saw two ATC teams participate in the primary schools all schools touch competition at Cleveland. The students competed very well in some tough, wet conditions over the course of the weekend with the A team making it through to the quarter finals. Congratulations to all of the students and many thanks to Mr Jirasek, Miss Madsen and Mr Ryan for coaching our teams.

Our swimmers also participated in the first invitational swim meet of the season against BBC with some strong performances in the pool.

This Saturday is the GBC Gala day at the University of Qld with many of our students participating in the mixed touch football competition with Brigidine College. The events runs from 7.30am-12.30pm on Field 8 at UQ opposite the athletics track. Good luck to all of our competitors.


Summer Music Concert

Clouds skittered away as tunes from the Summer Music Concert drifted across the campus. Families shared a BBQ dinner as our Clarinet and Flute ensembles entertained the gathering crowd by the Brisbane River. When the concert moved inside for the formal part of the evening, our Junior Guitars opened proceedings with an entertaining set of rock classics, before our Concert Band and Junior Bands shared their talents and demonstrated their outstanding progress across the year. Our Percussion Ensemble B and C featured our very talented percussion students and were very popular as always. The evening concluded with an exciting performance that combined the ATC Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble with a very fitting end to the year for those ensembles. Congratulations students on an outstanding evening of music making!

2024 Co-curricular Music and Drama & Communication enrolments

ATC offers a Co-curricular program in Instrumental Music, Vocal and Drama & Communication for all students in Years 4-12. We welcome all new and continuing students wanting to participate in the program in 2024 to now enrol via the online form by Friday 22 November.

The enrolment link includes vital information on tuition conditions, the program offered as well as the fees associated for each lesson type. If you have any questions, please contact Carla


Our final week for the remaining Term 4 clubs will be next week, Week 7. Thank you to all our students who have participated in our vast and busy clubs program this year.  With close to 1200 students participating across the year in 22 clubs, the popularity of our Clubs program continues to grow. A big thank you to our wonderful staff who give up so much of their time and energy to facilitate the clubs each term.  We look forward to another busy year in 2024 with the same energy and enthusiasm.  Please keep an eye on the App in early 2024 for what will be on offer in the clubs space.


A reminder that the tuckshops will be closed on Friday 24 November and students can bring gold coins to buy food and drinks at the Christmas Carnival that morning. 


Art West Community Gallery Group Opening Night | Thursday 23 November

Art West community Gallery Group would like to invite you to our Opening Night Thursday 23 November 2023 6pm for 6.30pm to view our first exhibition at our new gallery at 34 Coonan Street, Indooroopilly, situated through the main ground floor entrance beside the ‘Horizon and Grind’ café and above Spotlight.   Light refreshments will be available whilst viewing exceptional artworks from within your local community.

 Art West Community Gallery was established in 2015 and since 2017 had a gallery at Mt Ommaney shopping centre for 5 years and currently at Kenmore Village shopping centre until renovations commence.  We will continue to operate Kenmore as well as our new Coonan Street venue which officially opens Monday 20 November 2023.  Please RSVP for catering purposes to by Friday 17 November 2023.

Brookfield Bush Christmas | Friday 8 December

The annual free community event, hosted by NFP Brookfield Show Society, is set for Friday 8 December. Festivities kick off from 4pm and close at 10pm at Brookfield Showgrounds, 550 Brookfield Rd, Brookfield.  Lots of entertainment, live music, market stalls and food galore for all. Plus, the Brookfield Bar will be open to grab a beverage, alcohol and non-alcoholic. A big hit with the kids will be free rides for the littlies and Santa Claus stopping by to say g'day!  We look forward to celebrating the season of joy with Brookfield and surrounds.


Year 8 Parent Night

A message from the P&F Year 8 Parent Liaison to invite parents and caregivers to the final social event for 2023! Come for drinks and chats at The Kenmore Tavern, 841 Moggill Road in the Courtyard from 6pm on Saturday 18 November. For any enquiries, please email Julie Korpelainen.

P & F Planning Meeting | Tuesday 21 November

Mr George Patrikios welcomes all parents and caregivers to the 2024 Planning Meeting on Tuesday 21 November in Mt Sion Library (junior school precinct) at 6.30pm. We will begin planning the seven key community events that the P&F coordinate and speak about volunteer participation at other events and sport canteen. Please come along to hear about what the P&F does at the College and possibly lend a hand at one of these events. All Year Level Parent Liaisons are requested to join us at this meeting.

Year 4 Parent Liaison

We are also looking for a Year 4 parent to take on the role of Parent Liaison in 2024. Please email the Secretary, Catherine Jackson, if you are interested in this role. New parents are most welcome to attend and just find out how it all happens! No pressure to put your hand up to take on a whole event - there are always lots of little jobs to help out with.

  • Year 4 Welcome Event
  • Year 7 Welcome Event
  • Kick off Cocktails
  • Rugby Night Out
  • Trivia Night
  • Spring Lunch
  • Staff Christmas Lunch
  • Volunteers for Sport canteen
  • Volunteers for Mother’s Celebration
  • Volunteers for Father Son Night
  • Volunteers for Staff Christmas Lunch 

Enjoy Week 7.

Mr David Gardiner 

Deputy Principal